Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #40

Another great week and another week of band, band, and more band!  This has been our life for the past 7 years and it's the last season with Concord Marching Band.  Next fall will look very different, that's for sure! 

For this page, I used 2 cards from the Project 52 ~ Fresh Edition.  The cards I used to highlight our band activities are super simple, but I felt like they summed up the week very well. 



Have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #39

Happy Monday Friends!  

Once again I have a Project 52 page to share with you.  This time it's for Week #39 and I kept the cards pretty simple with lots of white space which really makes the photos pop.  I haven't taken tons of photos the last few weeks, but I have spent some down time watching lots of new TV shows.  So I decided that since that week in September was full of season premiers, I would document what I've been watching.  

Another spot on my page features a super cute photo of my daughter.  I haven't seen her since Labor Day weekend, so I told her I missed her face and that she should send me a photo.  I 💖 it!

I don't normally do this, but I used a combination of kits on this page ~ Currently & The Poet Society Card Collection.  



Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #38

Today I'm sharing my Project 52 page for Week #38.  It was a hot and steamy week with lots of band activity and not one but TWO college acceptance letters for my son ~ Western Michigan University & Indiana Wesleyan University.  So that was pretty exciting!

The kit I used for this page is the Bridgeport Childhood Mini Kit in the Project Life App.



Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #37

Each week has been a new adventure lately.  For week #37, it was all about hosting our band invitational & that made for a week filled with lots of prep and planning.  And then when it's over, you think you're gonna have lots and lots of time... NOPE!  Still behind and trying to play catch up.

My page Project 52 page for Week #37, I used the Project 52 Fresh Edition for my cards.



Have a Happy Day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #36

The weeks are just flying by and I am itching to get back into my craft studio to create some pages with all the physical products I have stacking up.  However, with marching band season in full force, I am thankful for the Project Life App so that I can keep up with the weekly events going on.

I created this page with the Capture Life kit in the PL App.  There were lots of fun photo opportunities this week & I love how this page turned out.



Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week 35

Hi Friends!   My Project 52 page for week #35 features the September Skies kit in the Project Life App.  As usual, we had lots of Marching Band stuff... even some retro uniforms for the Drum Majors.  I also moved my daughter back to college for her final year.



Have a great day!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #34

Hello Friends!  This page has been done for over a week & I thought I posted it already.  Then I looked and realized it was just sitting here ready to be typed up ~ oops!  My routine has been a bit off this week because my sweet pup had to have surgery last week for a torn ACL.  This is her second one in 16 months... poor baby!  This injury and surgery requires a lot of special care and months of rehab.  The good news is, she is doing very well... so I've very thankful for that!

The top two card on this page are from the Jade Kit and the "Not the Best Day" card is from the Project 52 Fresh Edition, both from the Project Life App.

Thanks for hanging in there with me on my blog.  I'm trying to carve out more time to work on my albums, but it's been hard.  However, on the flipside, I'm that totally involved parent for my son's senior year and having my daughter home for the summer.  So... no regrets there!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #33

Hi There Friends!  Today I have my next page from my Project 52 Album for Week #33.  This page is a little less band heavy and a little more... well... miscellaneous.  Haha!  Last week was the start of the school year for my son & his it's his senior year!  ACK!  When did that happen!

I used the Project Life App for the page with the Personal Yearbook Mini Kit and the Hello Lovely Edition.  I don't usually mix kits, but I couldn't find a card for the lower left photo that I liked.  I also used a few photo overlays from the Project 52 Edition Photo Overlays kit.



Have a Wonderful Week!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Project Life ~ The Solar Eclipse

Happy Day After the Eclipse!

Yesterday we viewed the solar eclipse with our favorite marching band.  It was so much fun watching the kids reaction to the event.  {Yes, they all had the specially approved glasses}.  I made my page using the Project Life App and a free Solar Eclipse download from Elle's Studio.



Have a Great Day!

Monday, August 21, 2017

One Little Word ~ August Prompt

Hello Peeps!  Last week I was able to get some time to catch up on my One Little Word prompts & it felt great to get back into my studio.  Fingers crossed that I can get in there again this week to create some layouts!

This month Ali Edwards challenged us to print just 3 photos ~ one about where we are right now, one about what we are celebrating, and one about what we are struggling with.   At the moment, this chapter is all about band; I'm celebrating a great relationship with my son; and I'm struggling to get into my studio.  The other big struggle is staying in the moment so I can enjoy each little thing during Matt's senior year. 



In addition to those 3 photos, I found several things on Pinterest meant to inspire me with my struggles this month. I printed those as well as my prompt card for this month, the August Actions card, and the August Reflections card.


I'm pretty happy with my pages for the August Prompt & excited that I carved out time to finish work on them!


Happy Eclipse Day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

One Little Word ~ July 2017

I know you didn't expect to see me again this week ~ SURPRISE!  This morning I finished my July Prompt for the Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop and I wanted to share my pages.

The prompt for July was to express your personal manifesto by creating a mixed media piece of encouraging reminders.  I started out as I usually do, with a printed graphics that I found on Pinterest.



Next I added my Action card for the month and my mixed media piece.  Since I didn't have any stencils and paint, I used an embossing folder and white ink.  Then I added my messages with alphabet stamps.


For the next page, I added my Reflections card and more positive messages form Pinterest graphics and another stamped card.


I love the prompt this month, but I'll be honest that the cards I made didn't really come out like I would have hoped.  However, they are done & I'm just going to be OK with that because it's the message that really matters.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #32

This summer has been a whirlwind of activities for our entire family.  Matt had his final full week of summer and along with several band practices, managed to fit in a visit to Western Michigan for a trombone lesson and some flight lessons.

For this page in my Project 52 album, I used the Project Life kit called Honey.  It is in the App & I love the cute cameras on these cards.  I thought they were perfect to go along with the pictures from the formal photo night for band.


I'm hoping to get into my craft studio this week and create.  It's been months since I've had time to do anything other than my Project 52 album.  Wish me luck!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #31

Hello Friends!

My page for last week centers around the band's prep and the Indiana State Fair track show last Saturday.  Each summer our band performs a goofy summer show, either at Cedar Point or the State Fair.  This year they dressed as carrots with the color guard as rabbits and performed the song 24 "Carrot" Magic.

The cards for this page were from the Awesome Edition card kit.  I love how the colors on the cards coordinate with the photos this week! 



Have a Wonderful Day!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #30

Hey There Friends!  We are still knee deep in Summer Band, but I did manage to take a few picture of other fun things going on ... like 4H projects, the 4H parade, a fun concert at the fair and a shopping day with my daughter.  We live in Elkhart County (Indiana) and have the second largest county fair in the country (after San Diego). In fact, our county fair is larger than most of the state fairs in the country.

I used the new Sandlot Card Collection in the App and love the bright colors.  I kind of wish there were more cards in this collection because they are so fun.  



Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #29

A bit Wednesday Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm sharing another page from my Project 52 Album.  Last week was Band Camp for the entire marching band, so it was a very busy week for the whole family.  So this leads to lots of band photos, lots of band themed pages, and zero time to scrapbook anything other than my Project 52 in the PL App. :)

This week I used the Better Together kit from the Project Life App.  I thought the arrows and music notes were perfect for this page.



Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #28

Hey Friends!  Welcome to my blog and another weekly page from my Project 52 album!  This week it's all about band... and guess what?  Now that band has started... a lot of my pages will be all about band. It's what our family does starting in July... well, at least for one more year.  This page officially marks the start of Matt's senior year of band.

I used the Project 52 - 2016 Edition for the cards on my page.   



Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #27

Hello Peeps! I hope your week is going well and you are finding time to enjoy all that summer has to offer.  Last week we enjoyed lots of time with family and then I ended the week with our marching band seniors on their Senior Leadership Weekend.  What a blast & a great group of kids! However, it is a little bit bittersweet that my son {and youngest child} is a senior this year... I think it's going to be a pretty emotional year in band.  Band has been part of our family life for the last 10 years and this is it ~ what on earth will I do with all my spare time next year??

For my Week #27, I used the Coral Edition kit for my title, filler and journaling cards.  On the filler card at the bottom of the page, I may add some sort of embellishment or stamp once I have it printed. So far, I haven't printed any of my pages for this project so I may send them off this week.  I'm going print them as 12x12 pages and then I will cut them down the middle with my paper trimmer and display them in a 6x12 album.  I'll post some pictures once I have that done.



Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #26

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a sparkly 4th of July holiday! We had a house full of company, so I'm just not getting last week's page posted.  I used the new Dream Catcher kit that was part of the last Project Life App update.  I added the date to the title card and changed the ink color to white.


Have a Fantastic Day!


Friday, June 30, 2017

{Explore} One Little Word ~ June Prompt

So don't fall off your chair, but I'm back again with another post today!  I took some time yesterday to finish up my One Little Word prompt for the month of June.  The OLW workshop is another project that I don't want to get behind on because I know that if I do, I may not go back and finish.  I also feel like this is a project that needs to be done each month just for me.

For the first page, I pulled a graphic off Pinterest and printed it on my photo printer, then I printed the "JUN" button from the OLW digital package.  The "In-Progress" pages, are the June downloads for the workshop.  I typed up my responses in Photoshop and printed them on kraft cardstock.  Then I stamped the "Keep Moving Forward" from the OLW Icon Stamp set and the camera image from the Lens Story Stamp in Poppy Ink (Stampin' Up).


For my next few pages, after they were printed, I added stamped phrases from the OLW Icons & OLW Messy Circles sets, as well as the Brave & Lens Story Stamps.  The card with the big heart is from the Brave Story Kit.


On my final pages of the June prompt, I printed off my Actions & Reflections cards and added stamped phrases from the Icons stamp set.  I also printed two photos that I pulled off Pinterest.  The "You Can Do It" is from the OLW June downloads.


Woohooo!  Another OLW monthly prompt it finished and even though I had a few setbacks with my OLW goals this month, I gave myself a pep talk and I'm ready to move forward.

Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #25

Welcome to another Wednesday!  Is your summer schedule all wacky too?  My motto this summer is... "Everyday is a new adventure".  Usually, I thrive on routine and To Do Lists, but this summer, I don't have a list or a plan for each day ~ and that is totally not me!  But soon enough (like in 2 weeks), my son's last year of marching band will start and my schedule will begin fall in place as my last year of lead band mom.  So for now, I'm just going to enjoy the break!

Today's Project 52 page features a few more pictures of my finished floors and the rooms getting back to normal.  However, I've already added a few things to the rooms, put up some photos and changed out the rugs (I seem to change things daily).  Matt had his last Jazz gig for the year this past weekend and it was fabulous to hear this group play, one more time. Then he finished his 4H Shooting Sports Trophy shoot that afternoon.



Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #24

The reality of renovation... dirt, dust, and mess EVERYWHERE!  Yup... that's what my days were like was this past week & the subject of this week's Project 52 page.  On Monday during demo day, I thought I might actually lose my mind because the noise level was so bad and you could actually see a cloud of dust inside the house.  I was so thankful for the RV where we could keep the dogs in a cool place, a quiet place to get away, and use the stove/fridge for cooking meals.  We ended up eating lunch in there everyday and a few nights for dinner as well because the kitchen was so torn up.  We also set up a TV spot in our sunroom so we could chill out in the evenings.  I am so thankful this phase of our remodel is finished and we are able to start getting the house put back together.  Once everything is back in place in the rest of the house, our next project is removing the dining room wallpaper and paint.  Then replacing the carpet on the stairs and hallway & the sunroom.  Once those things are done, our first floor should be finished & we'll move to the second floor updates.

For my page this week, I documented the transformation of our flooring using the DIY kit and the Maggie Holmes Open Book kit.  I thought the cards were perfect for the subject.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #23

Last week was an exciting week for my kids & I'm so happy I was able to document it in my Project 52 album.  My daughter spent the last two weeks in Germany, Austria and Paris for one of her college classes.  She said it was the best 3 credit class EVER!  :)  My son started a new journey in aviation to become a pilot & he celebrated his 18th birthday!

As for me and my husband, we had a 3 day garage sale (which I will never do again) and we cleaned out the house to get ready for new flooring that started this past Monday ~ that was not nearly as exciting!  Next week's page will cover all of that madness!

For this week's page, I used the Wander Kit in the Project Life App.  I thought it was perfect for these photos of my daughter's trip and my son's flight.


Things have been super quiet here on my blog because as we work on this home renovation project, I have zero time to work on any pages other than my Project 52.  Don't worry, things will calm down soon ... I hope!

Thanks for stopping by today and hanging in there with me until I find a bit more time to work on more pages.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #22

Hi Friends!  Welcome to Wednesday & another page from my Project 52 album!  This week I used the Project Life App with the Charming Edition Kit.  Normally for the subject of these photos I would have done something a bit more amusement park themed; however, since our wedding anniversary was on June 3rd, I decided to stick with the floral theme because I really liked the title card the the "I Love You" card.



Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Spring Break 2013 ~ Our Family

Hello Friends & Happy Monday!  I've been a little quiet over here on my blog lately because life has been soooooooo busy and I haven't had a chance to scrapbook in about a month!   We are currently working on a big renovation project at our home and while I'm super excited about it, it is also very time consuming.  This week I am packing up my entire first floor and moving it into other areas of the house as we get ready for new flooring.  What a job!  And everything takes 3x longer then you think it should.  But it's all good stuff & I can't wait to see how everything comes together.

Until I get back into my studio to create more pages, I do have a few left from our Spring Break 2013 Album that I haven't posted yet.  For these pages I used the Simple Stories Heart Mini Collection.  Super simple pages for sure highlighting a few of the portraits taken by the ship photographer.



and a photo of the whole crew...



Thanks for stopping by today &
for hanging in there with my spotty posts.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #21

Hello My Crafty Friends!  Sorry I've been quiet here this week, but it's been super busy around here with the end of the school year, house guests, a quick trip to Cedar Point, and house renovations. No wonder I haven't had any time to scrapbook lately!

Today I thought I'd share my latest Project 52 page for week #21.  Thank goodness I can at least stay caught up with this project since I use the Project Life App.  I used the September Skies kit for this page.

Well... I'm off to make a batch of graduation cards.  Wish me luck... I haven't made any cards since December.  YIKES!  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 26, 2017

One Little Word ~ {Explore} May Prompt & Pages

As we close out another week, I wanted to share my One Little Word pages for the May prompt.  This month Ali encouraged us to see our word through the lens of our camera.   I picked nine photos from 2017 that were some of my favorites and also showed how I connected my word to my life.

For my May cover page, I found this fun camera photo on Pinterest and then added the quote from the Ali Edwards Lens digital kit & printed it as a 4x6.  Each month I pick a new color to coordinate with Kraft & for May I picked Mint.  I also added the "May" button from the One Little Word Digital kit & I stamped "through the lens I see" sentiment from the Lens Story Stamp.  

The Action card is from the OLW Digital Kit & I added the text in Photoshop Elements.  Then I stamped the "This Month I Will" phrase from the OLW stamp set.  For each photo, I added the word "Explore" or "Exploring" and then one other word as well as a puffy heart sticker.


For the next page, I continued the same journaling for each photo & I also used a date stamp for each photo.  The "Love This View" card is from the Lens Story Kit.


I added just a few more photos to the last page with more favorite photos from 2017 & then found this cool quote on Pinterest & printed on 4x6. Again, I added Kraft and mint cardstock to layer the photo on the monthly divider.


It feels great to be caught up on this project ~ now I wait for the June Prompt ;)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #20

It's Wednesday & that means it's time to share my weekly page from my Project 52 Album.  Wow ~ the weeks leading up to the end of the school year are just crazy busy!  Thrown into regular school stuff, we are working on renovations at our house and we have lots of year-end concerts for various bands/orchestras.  I also managed to get some time in with my BFF for a girls night out to see Mamma Mia at the local theater ~ What a Blast!!!  It's all great stuff, but makes for lots of extra things on the schedule.  Tomorrow is the last day of school, but I anticipate another very busy summer as well and I plan on enjoying every second of it with both kids home this year!

My page today uses the Favorite Things kit from the Project Life App.  This week we spent tons of time preparing and having the Jazz Cafe event at the school, so half of the page is about that event.  SO MUCH FUN!!!  



Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One Little Word ~ {Explore} April Prompt & Pages

Good Morning!!  Today I wanted to share with you my One Little Word pages from the April Prompt.  The prompt this month was to put Post-Its up around your house to make your word {and questions about your word} visible.  

Below is the cover page for my April pages.  It's a photo I found on Pinterest and the "apr" button is from the OLW digital kit. 


For my Post-It questions, I decided to rewrite them on 3x4 cards and use an Ali Edwards travel stamp set and stamped "Let's Explore" in light aqua ink as the title of each card.  Then I used the OLW stamp set to add the subtitles.  I just hand wrote my questions, which is normally something I don't like doing, but I guess my WITL project helped me get over some of that dislike for my own handwriting.  I also included my Actions card with a stamp from the OLW stamp set for the subtitle.


For the last few pages, I included another "Post-It" question on the 3x4 card, a photo from Spring Break 2017 and my reflection card for the month.  The pattern card is from Studio Calico with a OLW Messy Circle stamp and the Explore arrow from an older Ali Edwards set.


Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #7 Saturday

Well I've made it through WITL & today is the last post for this project!  This turned out to be a pretty involved project, but I really enjoyed it.  However, once a year is good enough for me.  I enjoyed looking at & documenting my daily life more in depth ~ and it really does open your eyes to new things.

I used the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}along with products from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  My Friday pages once again I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.

Note: if you contemplate doing this project {which I highly recommend}, come up with a daily format for your pages and stick to it.  It makes the project much more manageable.


Transparent divider with the day embellishments.


Here is my journaling page in the 3x8 protector.



And the opposite side.


I wanted to make sure to take a picture of our home for the book and date night!



Lots of pictures of my son and his beautiful prom date.



A bunch of great band kids & a photo of me with Matt.



 A few more favorite prom pictures using one of the layered templates.



and the final page of Saturday's pages and the end of my album.


If you missed any days of this album, check out this link!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a Week in My Life.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #19

Some projects are long and more time-consuming... like my WITL album.  And then some are quick and easy to make and post... like Project 52 using the Project Life App!  I know I've said this before, but this project would never be done, let alone caught up, if it wasn't for the App.

For the cards this week, I used the September Skies kit in the project life App and I also added some photo overlays from the Currently kit.



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #6 Friday

Hi Friends!  Just a few more days of WITL posts.  I used the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}along with products from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  
Today I have Thursday's pages to share and I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  
I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.



My set up is the same for each day ~ the transparent divider.



My 3x8 journaling page protector



My daily summary card and big chipboard letter.
I also used one of the layered templates for my morning photo story page.



This is another layered template.


Cards from the WITL Kit & Studio Calico





Sometimes Friday's call for a sweet treat... just because.



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