Project Life

Project Life: 2014 version

 

Around the first of the year, I decided that I wanted to do Project Life again this year. If you remember I did it in 2011, and then again in 2012 but last year I just wasn't feeling it. I didn't do it and I didn't feel bad about it.


Actually I was getting really excited to make a PL for our Disney trip, but thinking about that made me want to try it again this year. But this time I'm going to do it differently.

I noticed while I was doing week by week style, I'd so often have not enough photos one week and then way too many on another. And then this new year's I got off on this whole thing of most dates being arbitrary and what's so big about new year's anyway. So I decided to do this, but not limit myself with any kind of time restraints. I'm putting in pictures I like and stories I want to tell. Every once in a while I throw in a date to help me remember, but if flows like it flows. 

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Here's my album. I'm hoping to fancy it up some through the year. 

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 Ok, my front page. When I started there weren't any pictures, just ideas. The first slot is a picture I drew of my house. I call this place the "friendly yellow house" which is where they FYH comes from. I just scribbled down the 2014 and plan to replace it with something pretty.

Happy little Life is from the 5th and Frolic. I want a picture of my camera next to that, and my bed next to that. You might recogize the picture of me from my Disney trip. It's recent, and kinda captures me so I think it's good.

Of course my computer is a huge part of my life, so it's there. And then a Hello Again Project Life card I made in the bottom corner.

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And here we have the first spread. 

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 The left page is more of the introduction. There's me again which is probably too much me. We'll see if I find something better. Then spots for  the people I love the most.

 

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 On the right are things that a really a hangover from 2013, but that's where my head was so that's where my PL is. I want to make a Happy New Year card, when I make the 2014 one. For this first set of photos in this book, I was really digging putting words on the images in Photoshop before I printed them.

Unfortunately I was in such a hurry to get them printed I didn't proof them and many letters are cut off. Lesson learned. Maybe some day I'll go back and replace them. Probably I won't. 

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 The second spread.

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 Food, dogs, weather - typical photos in my album.

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 More fun with typing on photos. I'll cut it back a bit, but I'll definitely do more of it.

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 Third spread.

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 Somehow I keep missing that picture of the apples with Nutella every time I print. Weird. I was having some Nutella issues in January. I've got it under control now. 

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 The sunset, the top of my baby fridge, my dog, me, my wall, fortunes from Panda. And the other picture, of the thumbs up for the food, is one Greg sent me. He was hungry so he ordered some delivery food from grubhub, i went online and paid for it and it was at his house in NYC in less than an hour. How awesome is technology? I'll add a bit of paper with a bit of that story.

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 Another spread.

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 This is one of my favorite pages, which is weird because I hate snow and cold, but I love it. Poor burried St Francis. He's doing much better  now.

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 A close up because I like it so much.

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 A whole row of food. And check out the supplies for ice cream party on the bottom right. Brilliant idea I should never do again.

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 I was making a lot of art in February, so I made a whole spread of arty/art room photos.

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 And that's as far as I've gotten.

But! I think I've come up with a brilliant plan for how to move forward.

In the past I've had a problem with printing too many photos, or ones I didn't really want after all. It seemed like it would be better to do this: I cut a bunch of papers the size of the slots, and when something happens, I make a note. And when I took a good picture, I wrote about it on a paper. When I had a pile I laid them out and made some plans. Here's how it looks.

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So that's my so far.
I'll check back in after I get the next set of pages settled in.

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Life According to My Cell Phone Pictures

 

This is what my computer desk looks like right now.

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There was Thanksgiving and then there was Disney and then it was Christmas and then it was post all that and it was freezing and I was having a hard time getting it together.

To drag myself out of that, I cleaned some things. That always helps, as strange as it seems. I started with my computer table.

When it was cold, I spent a lot of time doing this: Watching TV cuddled up to the space heater.

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The dogs didn’t mind the cold though. Spike even kind of likes it. 

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This morning temperature was insane - and not even the coldest it got!

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I had to replace my old and well used paper slicer. Here’s the old and new, side by side.

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I’m going to relaunch Project Life this year. I bought this album to tell the story of our Disney trip,

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and this one for 2014

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Daisy slept on my laundry.

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I made some pizza.

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Hannah took me to lunch to thank me for driving her to the doctor in KC. We liked our fortunes.

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Danny, Hannah and I went in to KC again on the weekend. We tried some Krispy Kreme for the first time ever (how weird is that),

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And then went to see Frozen, which I am sad to say I didn’t really love even though we had a really good time seeing it.

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Weeks 37 & 38 of my Project Life book

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Last Tuesday, my fingers were still pretty unhappy about me burning them, so I skipped the Project Life update. Today I almost forgot! Still trying to catch up with the posting of the pages - these week it's 3 spreads for 2 weeks.

September 10 - 16

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left side: i guess now the first photo has to be of both dogs. in theory at least. i need to add something decorative to that first middle slot.

September 17 - 23

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left side: the dogs running together in the yard, a shot of a drive through Lecompton, and some spill over from the ren fest on the weekend.

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right side: i might add some little tags with descriptions someday when i'm looking for something creative to do (those days still exist, right?). right now it's just some familiar shots from the kc ren fest.

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left side: food and fun from the ren fext

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right side: when we were done at the fest, we headed to my brothers for a partial sibling night. i got my camera bag this week. after i took this picture i wrote some words about it on that tag with white ink.

 

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: All caught up! Part 4

PL-Tuesday

August 20 - 26

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left side: we got a new/old dog. you can read about it here. the first picture is the last one of daisy as an only dog; shots of spike on his first day; the message his old mom sent me; hannah cleaning up her room so he can sleep with her; two more shots of spike, making himself at home.

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right side: hannah's old playstation broke, so she cashed in her giant piggy full of quarters to buy a new one; she and spike on the couch just after he got here; when h was buying school supplies she bought me some hunger games earrings; the dogs getting along in the back yard; spike licking h's face.

August 27 - September 2

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left side: the two dogs; daisy in the back yard; hannah's insulin pump broke. am i the only one who wishes there were cards that said things like 'whoops' or 'dang' or other words for things that didn't go right? documenting daily life inculdes things that don't go smoothly and i believe in remembering those as well; we got a new pump the next morning; new pump and old pump, side by side.

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right side: spike let's us hold him like a baby; dinner with debra; my back yard in the summer; 2 filler cards; new pump in action; spike rolling in hannah's hair

September 3 - 9

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left side: things are still mostly about our new dog; on the bottom are my two art desks, both busy and full

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right side: hannah worked on a school project while we caught up with "once upon a time"; words; filler card; h after she got home from the renaissance festival; the dogs; all hannah's stuff from from the festival.

Just a couple more posts worth of updates and I'll be up to date on posts as well as layouts. It feels good!

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Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 26
All Caught Up Part 3 - September 27

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: All caught up! Part 3

 

July 2 - 8

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left side: flowers from the farmer's market are taking daisy's place; me with my new hair; crazy heatwave!; i really thought i had made a print of my old journals on the shelf, but if i did i sure can't find it. when i do, that's where it will go; a mural from downtown.

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right side: me, getting ready for lunch with my friends; my friends; other downtown murals; lots of baby tomatoes from the farmer's market; two tomatoes, merged together. i like it.

July 9 - 15

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first page: it's my birthweek! there was lots of eating and lots of hanging with friends, but the big news was getting my new camera! a nikon d5100. my first dslr.

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second page: it was also a sibling day this week! love those; alan spray painted a shadow box for me; after sibling day debra met me, d & h at my dad's old bbq. man it's delish.

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Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 26

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: All caught up! Part 2

June 4 - 10

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left side: this page is all about the girl going back to school. except for the first photo of daisy. she's sleeping as usual.

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right side: i spent some time in kc interviewing some dog people so i could write about them; when my friend debra mentioned she was selling her dining room table, i jumped at a chance to buy it; one night after dinner, d, h & i watched sleeping beauty. we're trying to watch disney movies we've missed to prepare for our upcoming trip!

June 11 - 17

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left side: i kind of like this page. i love the top right pocket; i've had that fan for so many years, it is of great sentimental value to me at this point. kinda weird; the yum is a plate i painted at one of those paint your cermaics kind of places; i stuck a sticker on a filler card; and then it's me and the girls at the concert; it's a weird angle of my dog; and evidence of me sitting on the bed, working and working on the dog stories.

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right side: all about the barry manilow concert with my old high school friends.

June 18 - July 1

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This spread is one of the times I had to combine a couple weeks to fill up the pockets. I had filled out the header cards when I first got PL in the mail, so I just cut them and stuck them together.

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left side: one of my favorite wriers, laura moriarty, did a reading at the public library. i went, got all fan girl when i met her, and had a lovely time; also that week i spent over 2 hours at my doctor's office just so i can contine to not have another baby. insane!; on the weekend we went to my mom's. hannah used a baby doll to demonstrate to the family how to do infant emergency first aid; daisy was not happy to be around 2 little babies. she hid under that table a lot.

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insert a: the label says 5 sleeping girls; hannah, granny, daisy, vivi and maeve were all crashed out.

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insert b: baby girl was chomping on the sweet peppers. hannah removed the color in photoshop. my sister has these enlarged and hanging in the kitchen. so cute!

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right side: it was close to my birthday so my sister made me a cake! jello! my favorite; baby girl; baby girl daddy; other baby girl; daisy, happy to be back home; plums from my mom's tree and my favorite summer time lunch.

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Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 24

If you want to go back to when I first started this update, try here. If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: All caught up! Part 1

PL-Tuesday

 

This update is kinda huge. Weeks and weeks of caught up pages 46 pictures I think. It's way too big for one post, so I'm going to do a few weeks in each post, with links between them at the end.

In the beginning it was slow going, but as I got to the end it finished up quickly. I'm not in love with any of the weeks pages, but I'm quite pleased with the overall catch up. I'm sure I missed plenty of small details, which is a big part of what this project is about - but I'm so glad those weeks didn't slip by entirely. That's a lot of good memories captured!

March 26- April 1

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left side: Oh no! How did I not get a picture of my dog at all this week? Poor neglected Daisy. Instead those are my feet, up on the side of the chair as I sat reading in the library this week. Why don't I spend more time there? Love the shot of my bed. The yellow quilt. It was probably 25 years ago when this quilt I grew up with got tattered enough to become my childhood dog's dog blanket. He'd been gone for quite a while when my mom tried to throw it away. I insisted she give it to me. Last year when I was putting away the big blankets, I knew I should have thrown it out but I couldn't. This year Alan suggested I just take a picture of it and put it in Project Life, and then throw it away. So I did. Goodbye yellow quilt.

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right side: I was nervous to go to the Hunger Games because I loved the books more than I can say. But it was pretty good. I'm glad we went to see it. The Kansas Jayhawks were in the tournament and there was a lot of basketball watching around the big green house. I bought a lottery ticket because it was worth like 200 million dollars. On Sunday Alan and I went out for Mexican food at a restaurant that had a Maragrita special going. I had two, and I could tell.

May 7 - 13

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left side: It was Mother's Day! I got lunch at my current favorite Mexcian restaurant. They had baloons and flowers and were giving away free desert to mother's. Awesome.


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right side: It was Mother's Day, and I got some mom type presents, but the big news was we're going to Disney World in December. !!! I made Hannah and Danny little bags full of Disney stuff (Danny was in on it), and said I had just gotten them something for Mother's Day as well. Hannah pulled out the third or forth thing and said "We're going to Disney World, aren't we?" She's clever. This page obviously has two more bits to write.

May 14 - 20

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left side: It was a week spent in waiting rooms. Yuck!

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right side: I cooked up a bunch of ground beef to make future dinners ready faster. Alan bought me After School Specials on DVD. swoon. I finished a book I seriously loved and stll need to choose a quote from. We pulled out the dishwasher thinking we might buy a used one and install it ourselves.

May 21 -27

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left side: Dog on the bed, with the tivo buttons and my journal is how I end most evenings. Hannah has a picture from a concert I want to add here. Our firend Joel came in to town.

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right side: I hate going to the doctor, for me or for Hannah. I let her bring the playstation into the living room while she was on rest up duties. I want to add a note on Disney paper telling about the picture of my Disney planning. Have you heard of Oklahoma Joe's? It's a kinda famous KC BBQ, although of course it's not as good as my dad's was. I got to see my baby niece there!

May 28 - June 3

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left side: Daisy, in her favorite room = the kitchen. Is it horrible that I can't even remember the brand of the dishwasher I bought? I liked it though, and it looks lovely in our kitchen. That blank space needs a filler card.

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right side: Hannah's still got her infection. She bought herself some videio games to help pass the time. She's got a card she's writing about being sick and/or the games she bought. I love that hollow log in the back yard. Silverware and napkins from our favorite burger place.

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Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 3 -
All Caught Up Part 4 -

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.

 


Project Life: Continues

PL-Tuesday

Here's how I do the PL catch up dance.

I keep everything out on the art table.

I stand there and flip through the pages, looking at the pictures, the blank spaces and the notes I've made to myself.

Something like Inspiration or Motivation hits me and I do something.
I remind myself it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to get done.
I keep going until all I can't think of anything else to do.

I have pages I like, pages I think are coming along, and pages I am so sick of looking at.


Here are some of the ones I think are done enough.

April 9 - 15

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It's the week of Hannah's birthday!

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left side: This week's picture of Daisy includes Hannah. They were playing chase in the back yard. There's a photo of the gas pump, and documentation of the night Hannah stayed out all night! With my permission of course, but unplanned and at the last minute. Enough to make a worried mom freak out.

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1a: And then it was her birthday. One of our birthday traditions is a home made sign hanging over the stairs near her bedroom when she wakes up. That's the top left photo. The card is still blank because the girl swears she wants to write something there. Then there's pictures of the girl and the cake!

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It was a busy week, so it needed two spreads.

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1b: There's the card, waiting for more words from the girl. A shot of her picking out a birthday movie at the RedBox. Photos from her birthday lunch, which was followed by hours of playing video games in the living room. Looking at it right now, I really want to switch the places of those bottom two.

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right side: There was a baby shower for my cousin, where I got shots of my two baby nieces and made a card from a party souvenir. Fortunes from Hannah's birthday lunch (I should have put those on colored paper), a reminder we got our car tag sticker, a filler card I made, a shot of a run down garage we saw when out one day exploring, and one tiny part of a huge list of restaurants in my town that have come and gone while the mediocre Border Bandito has stayed around.

April 16- 22

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left side: I went to an auction and thought it was pretty exciting. I've got the card they gave me with a number so I could bid and a couple images from the auction. A piece of the menu from dinner with my bestie. A shot of a yummy salad I made. And of course my dog, on my couch hogging the remote control.

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right side: Some of the postcards I won at the auction and the tags that came with my wins. The birthday cake my dog got to, and the restaurant where we went to celebrate the birthdays of Alan and Danny. I need to add a birthday sticker to the picture of the restaurant.

April 30 - May 6

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left side: I think that date card is really too plain and I hope to add something to spice it up. This week's dog picture is of her sleeping in with Alan. One card is blank because it will hold some financial info related to those papers Danny is carefully inspecting in the next photo. And then it's all about the vanity Alan found and fixed up for me!

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right side: That week we also went to Pittsburg to visit my sick mom. There's my sister and my niece. My own daughter asleep with her Lion King buddies. The hospital room. A mascot gorilla. Mom in the hospital bed and my girl looking pretty.

July 23 - 29

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left side: Aww, I love my dog! I blurred out the obscene finger gesture but be assured she was joking around and not really showing disrespect. We got rid of our ancient old couch so I saved it forever in photo form. Danny's almost empty jar of treats and a lovely Kansas summer blue sky!

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right side: There was a lot of new furniture going around, so I took pictures of all of it. I see I have yet to write about how we ended up with 2 new tables and a new couch all in one week, but I did get the leftovers from dinner with Alan, another shot of my sweet dog outside, the living room so full of dog toys it looks like I have a toddler, and a delicious lunch eaten at the new table!

August 13 - 19

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left side: Hannah wants to write a bit on the card where she's playing with the dog. My mom came to visit me and her doctor, where's she waiting in the bottom left photo. Above it is a space for me to make notes about that, and an instagram of the air mattress in the living room where I slept while she was here. A too dark shot of dinner with the bestie. A horse on the side of the road, and my favorite is my sweet niece on my front porch!

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right side: From the same drive as the horse shot, a typical view of rural Kansas. One shot of like a hundred I took of ducks at the lake. Alan that same day. And then the girl, getting bangs!

 

I reserve the right to go back and fiddle with these pages at any point this year, but they are good enough done. By next Tuesday I will be completely caught up and I will never get behind again!

I hope.

Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 26

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: Great Progress

PL-Tuesday

 

After taking a little while off, I am back on the PL bandwagon. There are Many weeks that are just about finsihed - just a bit of journaling here and a sticker or two there. I would barely say I'm behind at this point.

I thought I'd go ahead and share the first couple weeks of catch up:

March 12 - 18
(yes, I know how long ago that was!)

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My big art table is completely covered with cards and stickers and stuff for PL. It's handy. I wish I could leave it like that all the time, but then I'd never have a space to work on anything else.

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Left side: It was a low key, stay at home kind of spring break, as you can see. My dog loves spring, when she can dig up tender plant shoots and eat them! Mud face has become one of her nicknames.

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Right side: Doing a bunch of pages at a time has shown me many things. One very obvious one - I take a lot of pictures of food!

 

March 19 - 25

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Left side: I try to start each week with a photo of our dog, Daisy. I came home to find this one afternoon. Another poor toy gave its life to entertain the dog. We got rid of a sorry old recliner that was old enough to vote. Since we live in a college town, we put it out by the curb one afternoon and it was gone before sunrise. The ice cream was a treat for my daughter and me; coffee for her and peanut butter cup for me!

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Right side: We were driving around one weekend finding out of town garage sales. The top two pictures are the lovely sights we found while looking. And yeah, this week was heavy on dog photos. Sometimes she's the easiet thing to take pictures of.

April 2 - 8
I included way too many photos for this Easter week. But there were babies! I couldn't help it.

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Left side: Whoops. I missed that this isn't totally finished. I think I'll move the picture in the bottom right corner to the top right. It's a cuter dog picture and there are a million of her on my bed. The Jayhawk cake was a celbration cake for when my alma mater's basketball team made it into the final four. I'll leave it there with a 4x6 card for journaling. There's a shot of our backyard in spring, my Sim on her laptop, my daughter getting her hair trimmed, and my brand new baby niece.

Insert 1a:
Here starts the too many photos.

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Mostly shots of my niece. I might add an Easter sticker to the purple polka dot card.

Insert1b:

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Girls and dogs. That card needs a sticker as well.
Oh, and yes, the photos are too small for the pockets! I'm not so great at numbers, and I printed them all a little too short. Lesson learned.

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More girls!

Insert 2b:

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We printed and framed a photo of the 3 grand daughters (from the front of this page) to add it to our mom's Easter basket.

Insert 3a:
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I really didn't need to add all these shots. I don't even have anything to say about them.

Insert 3b:

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Right side:

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And that's enough of that for now!

Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Getting Closer - August 21
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 26

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.


Project Life: Getting Closer

PL-Tuesday

Another week has passed and I'm still not caught up with my Project Life project! I'm trying not to be discouraged. It took a long time to get this behind and it will take a little while to fix the mess I created. I have made a lot of progress, a little bit at a time. Day by day and bird by bird, so to speak.

I also realized what made me get so behind. It was doing the Week in the Life project. I love doing it, but then it seemed far too overwhelming to do anything with. I had planned to just add a page a day inserts into PL for that week - and I never did. So I threw myself off the regular PL schedule and procrastinated till I kind of forgot all about it and got so behind it seemed like a giant job. I will remember that next time I do WitL!

Ok, so I got all the pictures in the mail, along with some prints I ordered to make a couple photo walls in my house. First things first, I separated them all out. All the PL prints together in one giant pile, and all the prints that needed trimming in another.

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That's kind of unusaly tidy for my art desk, but I still thought for such a big project I needed to clear it off.

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I gathered my stuff and got started.

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Trimming seemed to take forEVER.

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I spread out all my photos, consulted my pre planning charts

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and soon enough most of the photos had found their slots.

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So how did I end up with all these leftover photos? I will never know. I guess I wasn't precise enough in the ordering process.

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I pulled out my cards (some came with the kit and some I made), some stickers and most importantly the post it pad and a pen.

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I went back to my planning charts and marked which words were going to go where. I also added notes about words I might add to a photo or other embellishments I thought of as I went through, page by page.

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Some spreads were pretty full.

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Some still need a lot of help.

But I'm getting so much closer, right? I wouldn't think it would be much of a challenge to be finished up by next week - except - I'm getting one of Luna's puppies back this week (he's not a puppy  anymore). And he has some issues. I have no idea how much work it will be trying to make him feel safe and at home, and trying to blend him in to our other family. I know Daisy is going to be really upset, and I'm sad for that. I'll be trying to make sure she doesn't feel left out or rejected as well. I guess we'll see.

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Project Life: The Catch Up Project
Trying to Catch Up - August 7
Update - August 17
Great Progress - September 11
Continues - September 18
All Caught Up Part 1 - September 25
All Caught Up Part 2 - September 26

If you'd like to know more about Project Life, here's a good place to start. If you'd like to see other posts I've made about Project Life, check them out here.