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New flow for weekly Projecf Life

At the beginning of the year, I started weekly Project Life in a 6×8 album. About mid-March I realized that size didn’t allow the amount of space I wanted to feature our photos. My kids are young and active and I take a lot of photos.  So I moved back into 12×12 and accepted that my current enough was making digital layouts on my phone using letterglow, the project life app and Ali Edwards digital products. 

 

My constant challenge is the desire to include bits and pieces of everyday life in their paper form into my album.  The idea of adding these elements in between my double page 12×12 weekly layouts came about around the same time Heidi Swapp released her Storyline products. Genius!


This new flow allows me the space and opportunity to document stories embellished with everyday bits when I want to. 


On Father’s Day I wrote a note to my husband and wanted to document those words in a more creative fashion.  The title “Dad stories” is part of Ali Edwards June digital kit.  I added my words onto a journal card from a previous story kit tucked it into a library book pocket. 


This page will be sandwiched between the respective week’s Project Life spread and the backside will be space to store the boys handmade cards for my husband. 

I love collecting the little bits of life and this new flow is sparking my creativity! 

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Brave

This was the spot over seven years ago that I went to celebrate positive pregnancy test and reflect on the unknown journey that lay ahead. looking at the water I felt BRAVE which morphed in the months and weeks to come. in those moments I felt fear and panic and becoming a mother. I was concerned about the mental health jeans that my family brought to the table and the perfect June Cleaver jeans that my husband brought. how would they mix and would it be my fault if the kids were a mess? becoming a mom made me nervous but by the water in the very first minutes of knowing I was pregnant, I only felt BRAVE. the water calmed my mind, the rocks grounded my feet and I bravely embarked on this new adventure.

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Taking care of Me

Making a layout about myself felt narcissistic until I understood my intention behind the story.  First, I wanted to explore the ways I take care of myself currently. (Later I want to take that a step further and determine if my self care measures need adjusting, added to or subtracted from).  And even more than that, I want my children to see this layout in 20 years and understand how important it is to recharge yourself by taking time to enjoy life. 

My story sparks ignited as I browsed through my photo gallery from the last few weeks. There were pictures of my kids, the dog and screenshots of items to remember or purchase. Embedded between those images were glimpses of how I am currently caring for myself.
Walking around outside seeking the beauty of blooming spring blossoms. 
Sipping a latte while writing down thoughts and goals in my planner. 
Finishing the day with a book that had me craving more of the story. 
 Linking breathe with movement in yoga class. 

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coffee with Mema

a few weeks ago my yoga instructor asked the class, “if you could have a cup of coffee with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?”  I couldn’t really think of anyone on the spot except my grandma.  She passed away almost 10 years ago from Alzheimer complications.  She had a profound impact on my early teenage years and on building the foundations for my faith.  I would love to share a cup of coffee with her now to tell her all those things.


The part patterned journaling card “Love this Storh” from Ali Edward’s March digital kit as a jumping off point to tell the story about what I would say to her now over coffee.


The photo I included on the journaling is a piece I inherited from her mismatched china collection.  I think I’ll start enjoying my coffee in this cup more often to remind me of her and her amazing love.

Here is the completed layout:

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family love

My brother had a tattoo on his forearm that said “family first” AND this layout is dedicated to his spirit and mindset of putting family first.

I love the colored horizontal stripes on the journal card from Ali Edwards’ February digital kit.  I knew this layout had to be hybrid to add journaling in between those lines!

Love is a word I use so often that sometimes I forget the truest definition.  My favorite visiting pastor, Chris Brown, said before “love is an action, not a feeling” and I like having that quote here and relating it to scripture.

1 John 3:18New International Version (NIV)

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

My three men have all my heart!  Here is the full layout and all the delicious colors to match.

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puppy love

This is Ryder, our Goldendoodles puppy and when I saw the reds and hearts from Ali Edward’s February digital kit I knew I had to create a puppy love layout.

I brought the digital cards into the Project Life app and had the awesome “follow your heart” journaling card spread across a few pockets. 

Having a puppy has been challenging and entertaining all at once. I asked each of my boys and my husband why they loved Ryder and documented it on the “reasons you are loved” card. 

The images of each of the boys with the puppy had lots of blues so I decided to make the journaling card black and white to match the larger heart card. 

Everything was completed in the letterglow app and the layout was finalized in the project life app. 

I love the ease andconvinence of scrapbooking from my iPhone!