project life 2014 | week 50

i'm back and picking up where i am today. still loving project life and the ease of digital! week 50

i'm changing things up a little to simplify my documenting process and help make more time for real life in between. instead of the bigger 4x6 week in review cards filled with lots of details from our week, i made a smaller 3x4 card with just the highlights from the week. (these will be available in my digital shop soon.)

this week's pages were filled with life moments... making pizzales (the kids call them snowflake cookies), school project christmas gifts from the boys, santa visit, stiller's antics + elf warnings (our elf on the shelf), favorite toys, a school christmas party, santa letters, christmas crafts and our 2014 christmas card.

i made the green circle 'tis the season card. i might make more of these soon.

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project life 2014 | week 34

slowly but steadily my august pages are getting done! week 34

this week quinn went back to school and started the first grade and i wrote about his first day with some text on a photo. i also included photos from a yogurt with dad, funny things the boys are saying, date night and everyday life.

again this week i used the first day of school journaling card that i made and inserted quinn’s answers. then i printed it out and had quinn write his name on it. since i am doing project life digitally, i then scanned the card and inserted it in my pages. you can download this card for free here.)

the "first day of school" card is from becky higgin’s project life school theme pack.

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project life 2014 | week 33

moving forward with my august pages. i still have everything organized for my unfinished summer pages. they will get done. i'm just not sure when! week 33

this week tate started pre-k 4 and quinn stayed home with me because he didn't start school until the next week. we also got away for one last summer family beach day.

i made a first day of school journaling card and inserted tate's answers. then i printed it out and had tate write his name on it. since i am doing project life digitally, i then scanned the card and inserted it in my pages. you can download this card for free here.)

the back to school card is from becky higgin's project life holidays mini kit.

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project life 2014 | week 32

I'm behind - and skipping ahead for now. This has been a fast, crazy and busy summer. I didn't get all the things I wanted to get done during the past two months, so I'm just going to start right where I am today and take some time in the next few weeks while the boys are in school to catch up on my summer project life pages. This is fun and not stressful. I'm just happy to get it all together and documented in whatever order I can! Today I'm posting our week 32 pages.

week 32

This was our last full week of summer break before Tate started school. The boys were in bible school with their cousins, we went swimming, had doctor's appointments and the boys both attended friend's birthday parties. We celebrated my dad's birthday and Mark and I got out for date night. (I blurred one card for privacy.)

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project life 2014 | week 24

yes, i'm behind. the summer has completely derailed all of my plans to catch up instead of fall behind - ha! no worries. i'm working on getting my weekly pages done. and i'm still documenting and photographing each week so that it will all come together at some point. week 24

this week was the first week of summer break. it was stormy all week and we stayed home to pack and get ready for our cruise the following week. it was a good thing because the boys and i got sick. this quiet week also included haircuts, drawings, a movie + lunch with a cousin, tate's favorite book and funny things the boys said.

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project life 2014 | week 23

i love how fast my digital pages come together. the immediacy of seeing my finished pages on my computer screen makes me so happy. i thought i'd miss seeing my boys flip through our album like they did when i was doing a physical album, but it is okay. they still get to see our weekly pages on my computer. they come and sit on my lap and we look at our pages together. memories + stories still documented. week 23

this week was the last week of kindergarten for quinn. i added journaling on the photo from his early birthday celebration at school. i also included photos from his end of the year awards and a first and last day of kindergarten comparison photo (using my simply white collection v1). there was also some reading at sam's club, playing with trains, tate's new favorite stuffed friend, water slide photos and a pool photo.

i scanned some of quinn's pokemon drawings and a note he wrote me about tate. (when he wrote this note and told me what it said i wrote down what he said on a post-it note and put it on the back of his note. that was how i was able to figure out what it said so long after he wrote it.) i also used some more word art like "this week" from ali edwards, "good times" from paislee press and the camera from cathy zielske.

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project life 2014 | week 22

every week our photos and story are different. life changes and no two days are exactly alike. i love that our pages always tell fresh new stories - even if they are just simple ordinary days. week 22

this week i scanned a drawing of the american flag that quinn made for memorial day at school. there was also some lego time, lots of rain, new miami dolphin flip flops, quinn's first sports injury, a sick boy, a new stuffed animal puppy, drawings and some travel time for me and mark.

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project life 2014 | week 21

i've been absent from my blog due to some serious vacationing! i'm back now and still a little behind. no worries - our weeks will still get documented with project life. i'm just trying to focus on keeping it simple and getting it done a little at a time so i don't get overwhelmed. week 21

this week tate finished his first year of preschool, i said good-bye to some toys that made me sentimental, the boys worked on some projects, we went to the dentist, quinn got sick and we took the boys to a marlins baseball game.

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project life 2014 | week 20

some weeks i take all of my photos with my iphone. this was one of those weeks. i just love that i can tell our story without having to always use the big camera. week 20

this week we had lots of school related events like an end of kindergarten teacher meeting, lunch at school with quinn, parent's day and a music and art festival. there was also some sports sprinkled in like quinn's weekly basketball game and tate's new obsession with cleats and baseball uniforms. i added some quotes from the boys and a saying i found a long time ago that i've always liked and finally put into these pages.

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project life 2014 | week 19

i am keeping up with my weekly project life pages - even if i am always two weeks behind! ultimately my pages are getting finished thanks to the simplicity and ease of digital project life. week 19

this week was a bit quiet after our trip last week. Tate's preschool celebrated mother's day with a mother's day tea. Tate picked out a red tie to wear for the little program and we had fun together. this week was also our 8th wedding anniversary. i included some little moments from our week like tate playing the recorder, making lego numbers, playing with magnet letters, napping on the kitchen table, modeling clay messes, spider-man and sleeping too.

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project life 2014 | week 18

i'm trying to decide what to do with all of the extra photos that i take every week that don't make it into my project life pages. i view project life as our family journal where i document what we do each week - big and small things. some weeks i have just a few photos to work with and other weeks i have more photos than i can fit on a page. i don't want to cram all of the photos i take into our project life pages, but i don't want these photos and memories to be left on my computer either. so i've been thinking about what exactly i want to do with all of my extra photos. right now, i'm leaning towards making a simple yearly family photo book that contains all of the best photos that i take. i'm also working on yearly photo books for each of the boys (like the one i made for quinn's 4th year). what i'm realizing is that i need to come up with a plan to get these pages made. talking about making these pages is one thing, but actually getting them done is another.

i've always wanted to make a yearly family photo book but i've never been able to find the time to do it. sound familiar? well, i've never had an actual plan on how to get the photo book done. so after thinking about this, i've finally come up with a plan. i'm going to start with this month. and then i'm going to make pages each month going forward. if i try to go back to january, i'll never get a system in place and i'll be empty handed at the end of this year for sure.

my biggest obstacle to making photo books is picking which pictures to use. i go through files filled with photos over and over again unable to decide which photos to use. i'm usually overwhelmed by all of the photos and i end up doing nothing. so now i'm going to try to follow a simple plan... each week, i sort through my photos for project life and add the photos i want to use into my weekly project life smart collection folder in lightroom. well, in the spirit of being efficient, what better time to also drag and drop the photos from that week that don't make it into project life, but that i do want to add to our family photo book right into another smart collection folder in lightroom? and i can do the same with adding photos of the boys to their own smart collection folder for their yearly books. then all i have to do is collect the photos from these folders and make my monthly pages and pages for the boy's yearly books. only go through the photos once. this will save me time and a little bit of my sanity too.

i'll let you know how this goes as i try to put it in place this month.

now, onto my weekly project life pages...

week 18

this week we went on a family trip to the beach in naples, florida for a few days to celebrate mark's 40th birthday and our anniversary (which was the following week). i included our weekly journaling card, some black + white photos of the boys, a photo of tate sleeping on my shoulder (something he doesn't do very much anymore), our favorite pasta dinner that i made, a "40" journaling card and family photo from mark's birthday dinner. i also included a really big image of my favorite photo of mark and the boys at sunset on the beach (taken with my iphone 5) and two smaller photos from our trip on the other page.

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i created two extra insert pages that i will print right after week 18 in my project life photo book. i wanted to add more photos from our trip to naples so i used a 12x12 template from my simply white the squares v2 collection and a 12x12 template from my simply white life pages v3 collection (just released!).

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