Project Life- Are You Getting in the Groove?
Over the past month I been sharing my Project Life layouts from the Heidi Swapp Capture Life Challenge. This challenge has definitely pushed my creativity, my time and most of all given me the opportunity to capture everyday life as it’s happening. I’d say I’m getting in the groove.
Why has it pushed my creativity?
As an avid scrapbooker for YEARS I’ve always worked with a fairly large canvas size to scrapbook and typically a clean blank piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. When I started using Project Life cards it was SO easy to plop the cards and photos into the pockets and walk away. BUT that’s not how I roll. I wanted to give it a little more. Add a bit of Kimberly flare to it. This is why I love it. If you have NO time, Project Life can help you. If you have time, you can still unleash your creativity and in my case it pushed it a bit. Here are a few things new I tried using Project Life:
- Printed directly on the pocket cards. It took a bit of a learning curve but the internet is an open book and I’m a good listener.
- I created my own pocket cards using Photoshop. I even used my own handwriting. This was a HUGE learning curve and still is. But I did it.
- I started using other products I had in my stash. I have a bunch and instead of letting it collect dust I decided to play with it. This pushed my creativity – I’m use to everything coordinating when using Stampin’ Up!. When you are using other products it’s not always that easy.
Why has it pushed my time?
It’s simple. I have NO time. None. This is the truth. I spend most of my time during the day working on my Stampin’ Up! business. Once the kids are home I am on the road driving and then back home to cook. Then I’m back on the road again to pick up. Next is guiding the kids so they can have a successful night. This includes dinner, homework, chores … You know that drill.
Once everyone is tucked in bed I come back to work. I have been putting these layouts together typically around midnight. Don’t be scared. They have taken me 5 minutes to put together. That’s IT. The hardest part was finding the cards, ink, stamps or embellishments I wanted to use.
Why capture everyday life?
Why NOT? Every single day I take a photo of something. It’s now a habit. I’ve captured some great memories since I started. Now that they are in an album I can tell a story of my August happenings. Come to find out we are not as boring as I thought we were. But the real reason I capture everyday life… Life is SHORT. I am not promised tomorrow but I can remember yesterday and many days before that. Life can change in an instant. We know this. So why not keep memories alive?
Whether you started this journey with Heidi at the beginning or you are just starting now, it doesn’t matter. The first big step is starting it.
I have a few layouts I want to share with you. I hope you are inspired to create your own.
This moment captured is so special. These two can but heads better than anyone I know. To see them quietly working on Brandon’s Algebra/Geometry was heart warming and a moment I didn’t want to forget.
I look at this picture and think how can she be growing up so fast. Over the last year alone she has grown 4″. She is becoming a lady before my crazy eyes.
I know many hate to take selfies, but remember… YOU have a story to tell too. It’s important that we leave our own legacy behind. Someone will enjoy a good laugh on us one day.
This was a HUGE milestone. HUGE.
Selfies don’t always have to be a face. Remember to be real with the journaling. This story speaks volumes for me. It’s been a crappy couple of years for me. I’m starting to feel like myself again. Although the past has been painful, I’ve learned so much about myself and finding myself again has been just as interesting. Being true to WHO you are is important.
It was just a moment to capture. She normally wears contacts because of gymnastics. Her right eye was really red and inflamed so I told her she had to wear her glasses. You could see her self confidence melting. She doesn’t like to wear her glasses. Her mama thinks she is gorgeous with or without them. I wanted her to see for herself. It’s a moment she will remember.
There are not many days left with this challenge. I am excited that I’ve kept on track for the most part. I am 3 days behind right now but I will finish it tonight. I’m not worried. I have the memories. Now to put them in their sleeves so I can admire them for the long haul.
There are two things I can accomplish by sharing this book.
- I created it.
- I inspired you to create your own.
I hope you will let me know if you have started.
Thanks for reading my friends. I do love you!
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