Since I was at Blissdom through Saturday and then shooting the new Bloom book club selection videos all day Sunday, I couldn’t complete Project Life Tuesday in time. Thankfully, faithful Mom Creative reader and Project Lifer Sarah from The Arena Update graciously agreed to guest post. I hope you enjoy her layouts and I will be back next week with another double whammy (just like last week!). Sarah did a great job and I know you are going to love her pages.
Happy Project Life Tuesday everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting this week while Jessica recovers from Blissdom. Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Sarah Kooiman and I write a little blog called The Arena Update. Most of the time, I write about my three boys (Isaiah – age 4, Micah – age 2, and Thomas – 6 months) and the hazards that come with being the mommy to those crazies, everything from sleep struggles and bloody noses to tornado-level tantrums. I’m also a teacher, waitress, and die hard Packers fan. We’re working on paying off our debt Dave Ramsey style, in the midst of trying to sell our house, and losing weight together as a couple. I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram (@slkooiman) so let’s connect!
This is my third year using Project Life as a way to document our memories. For the first two years, I did the Photo 365 approach, a photo for every day. This year, I have loosened the reins a bit and I do a layout for each week. My favorite thing about Project Life is how versatile it is and how it’s best feature is its simplicity. It can be anything you want it to be. Play. Enjoy. Record your life.
Ok, enough jabbering. Bring on the Project Life!
(You can click on any of the photos to make them bigger.)
This week, I used the usual Design A protectors, a 6×12, and a 8.5×11 page. Here’s how it looks when you open up this week.
The left side is a huge mish-mash of things this week! I used date overlays from Ali Edwards, Cobalt Edition digital papers, and Tiny Templates from Cathy Zielske to make the most of the photos I had. To be perfectly honest, this is way more digital mumbo jumbo than I usually attempt, but I decided to push the envelope a bit this week, considering the occasion. I also experimented with adding journaling stickers to photos for the first time. I apologize for the smudged ink – clearly, I was using the wrong pen.
When I used my corner rounder on the last journal card, it snipped off a bit of the letter “S.” I just decided to leave it alone because I really don’t want to stress over this album being too perfect.
I really liked the idea of including this collage of a few of the shows we’re watching on TV right now. Might be fun to look back on in a few dozen years!
The flip side of the 6×12 is a collage of photos (again sized to 6×9) that I made using Picasa. Same cardstock, coordinating ribbon and stickers. You can also see the 8.5×11 page up next where I printed out an entire blog post I wrote about my son asking me some serious questions about faith. It was such an important moment in his life that I really wanted to feature it. This is a simple way to do that without really doing anything fancy.
Finally, the right Design A finishes off this week. In addition to my regular photos and journaling cards, I also included a couple more treasures I found online.
Wow! Thanks so much for inviting me to invade your blog today, Jessica. I had a lot of fun!