Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2013 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I'm Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited four-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky one-year-old. I'm also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to juggle it all.
Each Tuesday, I share my most recent spread as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. Some links are affiliate links.
I got one spread done by the skin of my teeth for today. I actually finished the journaling this morning before work – eek! I am so thankful for the accountability of Project Life Tuesday. I know there are many weeks that I would otherwise probably push Project Life aside. One thing I know for sure – I never regret working on this album. It is such a family treasure.
Gosh, it was such a delight using the Jade kit this week. I am so in love with it and am so happy I switched from the Seafoam kit.
For the first page, I trimmed for 4×6 date card down to 3×4. (My date card is from the Seafoam kit. I had already stamped the dates for the first 5 months of the year, but since the kits match so well, I'm not going to waste the cards by restamping Jade cards.) The little stickers are all from American Crafts.
I'll be sharing a tutorial tomorrow on how to make Elias's crazy hat pictured in the bottom left. He wore it for Dr. Seuss week at school. 🙂 I realized after laying out the spread that I had forgotten to work in the picture of Elias with his Lorax mustache so I shrunk it down to 1.5×2 and added it to the journaling card. I love that card!
The 5×7 insert is two additional pictures of the kids playing. I love adding bigger pictures to my album. They really stand out and make the album more interesting to look at. I added embellished paper clips from American Crafts on each picture to act as a tab and a fun accent. Adding inserts really adds to an album's bulk, and I will likely have three albums this year since I have been using so many inserts. I have decided I would rather use lots of pictures and have three albums then not use all the pictures that I love each week. Project Life is my way of documenting the year and most of the other photos I take just collect space on an external hard drive, so printing as many as I can is the way I roll.
The Design H insert is filled with photos from Elias's first soccer game. I took so many photos that day that I really wanted to set them apart. I love the simplicity of this insert and the “remember today” card from the Jade kit is so perfect.
The last page is very simple. I used a couple more American Crafts stickers and let the journaling cards add some color to the spread.
Day in the Life
I want to mention this because I think it is important. Last week I mentioned that I was planning to do Day in the Life on Thursday. Life was just too hectic and I didn't do it. I then thought, I can do it Friday. But I didn't do it then either.
And that's okay. There are no rules. No musts.
Project Life is about what YOU make and want your album to be. Use Project Life Tuesday as inspiration for your album, but ultimately remember that no one is going to be looking at your album and comparing it to someone else's.
Your story is important. Your memories are important. Just do it! (And I do plan to do day in the life in April. For more thoughts about Day in the Life, check out Ali Edwards' post today. I love that she also has a ‘no rules' philosophy.)
Project Life posts worth checking out
SALE: Through April 5 you can get 20% off all Project Life mini albums. I have the Cinnamon album and plan to do a favorite pictures album with my most FAVORITE photos (an idea I got from Stacy Julian). These albums are also available in other colors including: Kiwi, Cherry, Rain, and Midnight. They are available for only $15.99, which is a great price. I would definitely recommend snatching at least one up!
101 Free Prints: In case you missed it on Sunday, Shutterfly is having a massive sale – 101 free prints! YEOW! To get your prints, simply use the code 101PRINTS at check-out. It is valid through today (Tuesday, April 2). Shipping is $6.99 on 101 prints, but if you only order 99 prints, shipping will drop to $4.99. Sweet!
I love these life quote free printables from Smiling Katie.
This simple spread from Dani is a great reminder that Project Life doesn't have to be complicated to be sweet.
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