Week in the Life 2017 (and where did the first quarter of 2017 go???)

I am not exactly sure where the first three months of this year got off to but they were certainly not spent with me writing on my blog !   Snow, moving Dad into a new apartment which entailed multiple trips to ROC, Snow, some cold, basketball, homework, Paris travel album project finished (!),  Hawaii travel album finished except for 2 sets of journal cards my family needs to fill out (!),  sleet, basketball,  all of my Modern HST Sampler blocks DONE!, pussyhat knitted, Women’s March attended, beer sampled, snow, bird feeders finally filled and hung, family, family, family (in the best most everyday way possible) gift quilt project started and top finished, meatballs made, shopped with teenagers, memory keeping projects worked on, business changing conference attended, new friends made, dog walked, sticks collected, moss wreath made (!)

OK, now you are caught up!

My next memory keeping project coming up is “Week in the Life” .  WITL is a memory keeping project conceived by Ali Edwards, you can read more about it on her website here.  It is an in-depth documentation of one ordinary week in our life.  I first participated in 2011, then in 2012 and 2013.   I organized my files in preparation for this year and realized that it looks like I did 2014 but never printed it out (?) I worked pretty much all digitally in 8.5×11 format for 2011-2014.  2015 I took a stab at but didn’t get far.  2016 I purchased Ali’s kit in the 6×8 format, but never really did anything with it…or so I thought !

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LOL I decided to use my 2016 kit (I think there are still some available here) to document 2017…and when I pulled it out to get set up, look what I found… all the stuff and writing from 2016… well, all this will just get slotted in to the Project Life spread for that week because I’m only on March 2016 I think and this was from May.  Lemons=Lemonade.

This year, I am starting my documenting on Sunday, the 16th which is Easter.  It will be fun to document as we are hosting dinner and a lot of family will be here.  This will be the first year that I use physical product i/o digital so for me, setting up in advance and having a plan works much much better!  Here is my plan for this year….

Witl 4.jpg Yes, it’s super high tech..chicken scratch sketched on a piece of scrap paper!  Each day will have 2-6×8 slots for either a large photo, a good amount of writing or a cute 6×8 fill-in insert that I purchased last year in digital form.  4-4×6 slots, one of which will hold the “day” card (or maybe not, might move things around who knows?!)  2-3×8 slots, I have digital templates that I can make up and print out for these, or maybe just pretty paper or ???   7-3×4 slots, at least one of these will be a journal card, the rest depending on what’s going on, we’ll see.     I have set up my album with all the page protectors and cards in place and ready to go (with the full realization that I will most probably be moving things around…

In preparation, I also went in organized all of my digital elements.  I made a folder for WITL 2017 on my desktop and the a sub-folder for all of my digital items.   I copied all of the digital templates, artwork and files I may use into this file with a note to DELETE when done as I have the master copies in a WITL Master File.  I also made up a folder for each day to help organize the photos and what I’m going to print out.

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I gathered up all of the kit elements, printed out the daily sheets (available on Ali’s blog), and found a pad of Studio Calico “printshop” paper that goes perfectly with the color scheme, just in case I need background paper for something I don’t want to have to go hunting.  I will most probably not use all of the items in the kit… I can see using the stamp set (need to find my “good” black ink), rubber word embellishments and the word stickers and a few of the round chipboard circles definitely.   Anything I don’t use will go into my soon to be re-arranged stash.

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So here we are ready to go!  Baking tins too beat up to bake in make awesome project bins.  I’m really looking forward to this project this year after a few yeas off.  I was going through my past WITL spreads and the girls seemed so little! And we were in a different  house!  And the cats were still with us!  So much fun to look at all those memories now!  I hope you’ll join us next week!

 

Reads January 2017

I have not done blog-clean up in awhile and I realized my “reads” tab has been sorely neglected since I’ve started using Goodreads to track my read & want to read lists !  Last year I took the Goodreads challenge and my goal was to read 25 books this year.  According to Goodreads, I read 24 but I am reasonably confident that it was more than that and some quick library book reads did not make it on my list!  This year, my goal is again to read 25 and I’m sure I’ll read more than that.  I am also a heavy magazine, blog and real paper newspaper reader so there is never a lack of reading material around here.

Here is what I’m reading right now

 

 

225x225bbFiction:  Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (part of the Vampire Chronicles)  I now it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but BOY can Anne Rice write a story!  It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of the Vampire books I’ve forgotten how much I love them and how easy it is to sink. in.  Want to go back and read them all again…

225x225bb-2Non Fiction:  The Creative Habit / Twyla Tharpe   Super enjoying this, savoring it… I danced for a number of years as an adult so I love learning more about how things are choreographed, and her process.  Hoping some ideas rub off 😉
61vrrzxqk5l-_sx355_bo1204203200_Design:  Textile Designs:  Two Hundred Years of European & American Patterns Organized by motif, style, color, layout and period.   My undergrad degree is in Apparel Design & Textils and my MA is in Interior Design so I totally geek out over books like this!!  So much good stuff!
Love having more than one book going but they have to be very different topics, or fiction/non-fiction/art.   Looking forward to more good finds in 2017!  You can follow me on Goodreads with the button in the sidebar.   What’s on your nightstand??
Happy New Year!

Printing it out

I got a wonderful package to open BEFORE Christmas… yep, Christmas came early…

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57 layouts that I had printed through Persnickety Prints.  I love their quality and their customer service.  A few times a year, they sell print credits for different sizes so I can print a 12×12 layout for half price.  The credits are perfect because they never expire, they just sit in your account until you are ready to order so…In keeping with my “print it out” mantra, I went into my files and discovered that there were layouts from 2015 that were waiting to be printed (!) no time like the present so I uploaded everything and off they went to the printers.  A week or so later, back came a lovely stack of layouts…and of course there they sat in my studio for two weeks until I finally got a moment to open them…

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Yay for printed out layouts!  I’m so happy with how they all came out.  Now, the next thing?  Getting them all in an album….The thing after that?  Re-organizing my albums by year…because they are all completely random…half a dozen+albums crammed full of randomly filed layouts.  Put it on the to-do list for 2017!

On to more post-Christmas fun!!  Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

 

Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 6

Happy Friday…again!!  Banner morning for making stuff, cleaning up and doing laundry (I guess that’s what happens when you get up at 4:30 am!  I’ll be napping soon….)  The story of the 6th is the story of an early Christmas present for Charlie !!   I’m trying to catch up and keep things simple so here we go….

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Double spread today, you get my messy desk and attempts at caffeination as a bonus!

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Left side close up…That card was perfect!  mixing elements from Ali’s main kit and the Authentique Classic Christmas line… I inked the back of the circle from the 5th green and added paper and a sticker, see through snowflakes from the 5th and made up a card and the santa head from Ali’s shop

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Right side close up… Charlie enjoying his early Christmas gift!  I used the overlay on top of the photo and changed the color to better coordinate w the layout, added a sticker from Authentique sheet.  Journaling on a card I made up from Ali’s 4×6 Templates vol. 3, changed the color to coordinate w the layout, typed up the journaling, printed it out on yardstick I’d trimmed to 4×6 before running thru printer… added sticker tag w some bakers twine… Done!

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Here’s how the see-through elements from day 5 worked with the day 6 layout… I think they work together pretty well!     OK off to get ready for work and do more laundry!  Catching up slowly but surely!

Happy weekending!

 

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!

 

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share

Happy Friday everyone!

A quick departure from December Daily shares for… a Christmas layout!    Because as I look out my window right now, it looks a lot like the photo below…but 40 degrees colder!    Kit and template are from Joy to the World Bundle (buy the bundle, get the templates and the kit yippee!)  by Little Feet Digital Designs.

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I wonder what the weather gods will bring for us this year?!  Santa, can we have enough snow to look pretty but not enough to really have to work hard at shoveling?!

Happy weekend crafting!!!