Project Life 2014 – Week 14

Here is my two-page spread for Week 14 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

I’m currently in Destin, Florida. I’ve learned that being behind on PL and being out of town and trying to scrap on an ordinary laptop (instead of my usual big honkin’ dual monitors) is not a good combo for moving forward in my PL journey.

In addition to the problems listed above, I have yet another problem. My real life is getting in the way of scrapping about my life. Each day right now I’m thinking, do I want to be working on PL or out on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Surprise! The beach is winning every day.

Here’s a closer look at the left side of Week 14:

Here’s a closer look at the right side of Week 14:

On these two pages I used several things/techniques I love.

First, I LOVE my 2014 week cards! I have conquered the Pesky Week Card! Oh, how I stewed over that card every single week of 2013. No more! Now I always use a landscape photo taken by me or a family member.
Then I always add the week number with brushes/stamps from Ali Edwards. And I always add the dates with brushes/stamps from Digital Design Essentials.

I love to use templates! They allow me to get lots of photos on each page in an orderly fashion. On these pages I used a bunch of templates, most by Tracy Larsen (some have been modified). Here are some examples:

(Ellie Mae and Mister Bucky know how to chill.) Templates can be used in 3x4 spaces, as well as 4x6 ones.

I love to use QR codes! I used one on each page. See the eighth photo above and this one:

Side note: This week I saw a PL page done by my friend Niki who lives in Italy. On the page was a QR code, linking to a video of her and her daughter surprising Niki’s mom in Canada. I got to see all three of them and hear their cute accents. So cool! I love Project Life and QR codes!

I love stuff stacked up on top of other stuff; I stacked stuff all over both pages, like here:
That's an Ali Edwards brush and a newspaper article title on top of a photo I took with the InstaWeatherPro app.

Stacked stuff and the use of drop shadows on the stacked stuff give dimension to a digital page.

I love to use more than photos to tell my story! For example, I used a clip from Facebook on top of the three-photo collage of my daughter Graham. I used the scanned title of an article from our local newspaper on the spot above that included “HEY APR.” And I used a screen shot from my Fitbit:

I love photos edited on my phone, like this one:
I took the photo above of clothing while I was shopping. Later, using the Rhonna Designs app on my phone, I added 1) the birthday cake with "Celebrate" above it and 2) the text "What to do when..." and "Go home and eat cake!" I used that edited photo on Instagram and here on my PL page.

I love patterned papers, like this one I used as the base of the 4x6 spot:
These two pages include a number of patterns. I hope I won’t look back in the years to come and wonder, What was I thinking to use all these patterns?!

I love gold:
I need to use more of it.

I love to use text on photos:
If the text gets lost on the photo, I put a white strip (or black strip if the text is white) under the text, and reduce the opacity of the strip so the photo shows through.

And, last, but not least, I love words that look as if it were done with a brush:

Kit used to make these pages: Piazza by Mye De Leon

Additional elements from the following: Just Jaimee, Lori Whitlock, Miss Mint, Penny Springmann, Rhonna Designs, and Tracy Larsen

That’s it for Week 14. By the way, I love my blog readers, too. I appreciate you!


Project Life 2014 – Week 13

Here is my two-page spread for Week 13 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

Here’s a closer look at the left side of Week 13:

I’m scrapping about late March in late July. When I was choosing photos for this week, I was surprised to come across this photo showing major flooding of the Mississippi River:

This flooding was huge. How did I forget it? And that, folks, is why I’m making these albums. Apparently my memory is not as complete as it once was.

Should my memory ever completely vacate my brain, I hope someone in the family will bring me my albums to reactivate some grey matter here and there. Perhaps someone will read the pages to me à la The Notebook.

More of the left page of Week 13 . . .


And finally on the first page of Week 13 there is Conrad's fire. Here’s the beginning of the fire story and some follow-up:

Conrad received a call while he was at work that he needed to go home because his apartment was on fire. When he got there, the place was surrounded with emergency equipment, and no one was allowed inside. For all he knew, all his earthly possessions were in the process of departing this earth.

So, Peter and I were sitting in a theatre watching a musical, and I could feel my iPhone vibrating like crazy. I finally sneaked a peak, and my heart sank. What could I do about the fire from 2000 miles away? Worry! It’s what moms do best. Regardless of how far away your “child” is or how old, the worrying never stops, does it?

Although the unit directly below Conrad was the one that caught on fire, he didn’t lose anything in the fire. Except his door. The firemen chopped it down with an ax to get inside. Conversely, to get inside the unit that was on fire, they got the super to open the door with a key. Go figure.

I LOVE his Facebook post (above). Conrad inherited much of my OCDness.

More from the fire:

Here’s a closer look at the right side of Week 13:

Close-ups from the right page of Week 13 . . . 

I'm so torn as to how to do these weekly posts. Do I do separate posts for each of the pages? That's what I did for all of 2013. Do I do one post about each week? That's what I did for Week 13. 

So it wouldn't be excessively long, I have very little commentary in this post; instead, it's very photo heavy. I could talk about every photo here (because I can talk about anything and everything). But I guess the journaling on the pages is sufficient to tell the overall story of the week. And I do need to move on to other weeks (many other weeks).

Kit used to make these pages: Storyteller April 2014 Collection  ("The Whole Shebang") by Just Jaimee

Additional elements from the following: Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Darcy Baldwin, Digital Design Essentials, Rhonna Designs, Tracy Larsen

So ends Week 13. Thank you for stopping by!


Project Life 2014 – Week 12 | right side

Here’s a closer look at the right side of Week 12:

This one is hilarious to me:
Blake and Elisabeth take these brackets (seen here taped to a door) very seriously. Nothing like an uninformed two-year-old kid dominating the family contest.

I used to waste a lot of time on Facebook. Now I waste a lot of time on have switched my allegiance to Instagram, because I like its focus on photos.

Also, for the most part, my Facebook friends were already my friends in real life. In contrast, I didn’t know most of the people I follow on Instagram until I discovered them on Instagram (or they found me). 

I’ve really, really enjoyed getting to know people from all around the world, such as Jennie and her husband Oscar who live in Sweden and who are the parents of this cutie:
Funny thing: Sometimes when I'm looking through my Instagram feed and see a photo of Molly, I think she is my granddaughter Evie, except Evie's mother Elisabeth doesn't usually write in Swedish. Okay, she never does.

Side note: I always wanted a daughter named Molly after my mother's mother's mother. I had a daughter, but we named her Graham. Long story.

It’s a good thing we have lots of chairs and sofas:

I’ll end with my favorite spot on this page:

Surely you’ve seen the YouTube video entitled “Charlie bit my finger.” (If not, it’s here.) It's had over 700,000,000 views. That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this video of Peter and Evie. I love my grandkids!

See y’all later!

Besides the kit shown above, I used this stuff to make these pages:
  • “week” stamp and “eleven” stamp: Ali Edwards
  • date stamps: Digital Design Essentials (Gina Cabrera)
  • QR code maker: www.qrsuff.com
  • various word art: Ali Edwards, Kerri Bradford, Penny Springmann


Project Life 2014 – Week 12 | left side

Here is my two-page spread for Week 12 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

For Week 12 I used Pocket Life: March Collection, a digital kit by Traci Reed.

For both of these pages I started off using my beloved Template A. I don’t know what happened. At first I thought I didn't have enough stuff to fill the eight 4x6 spots on these two pages. Then I thought I had too much stuff for the 4x6 spaces.

I was adding and deleting 4x6 and 3x4 spots all over the place. Imagine my surprise when I finished the pages and realized I had eight 4x6s and eight 3x4s, exactly what I would have had if I’d used two copies of Template A.

Well, enough about 4x6s and 3x4s.

A closer look at the left side of Week 12:

A close-up of Conrad's photo:
Isn’t it gorgeous?? The park was named after George Sterling, a Californian who lived from 1869-1926. During his life he was celebrated as the one of the greatest American poets, but he never gained popularity outside of Northern California.

Perhaps the locals felt sorry for him and named this amazing park after him? Maybe he got the park name because he wrote poems about the "City by the Sea" area.

Here’s a part of a poem that’s about the sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge:
        “Homeward into the sunset
        Still unwearied we go
        Till the northern hills are misty
        With the amber of afterglow.”

If you want a good view of the sunset when you’re in San Francisco, go to George’s namesake hilltop park. (The view is better than his poetry.)

Elisabeth and Blake are amazing. It never would have entered my mind to make a contraption to TAPE onto the wall for the kids to play with. If the truth be known, I didn’t even want them near the walls. Kids can mess up walls.

How sweet is this?
Actually, Mister Bucky wasn’t helping me; he was trying to get my stylus. He teethes on it. I have no idea how it’s still working.

During the years I’ve had my Bamboo tablet and used a stylus instead of a mouse, I’ve completely forgotten how to use a mouse. I must have the stylus, so Mister Bucky and I fight over it daily.

These two spots are about Graham and her guitar:

I'm thankful someone in the family has musical talent.

Here’s my favorite spot on the left page:
I’m totally enamored with Evie's expressions and those enormous eyes!

This is getting too long. See the next post for the right side of Week 12.