Thursday, July 28, 2011

Project Life and Feeling Crafty

Project Life.  If you haven't thought about doing it.  I love that I can capture Knox's life, week by week, in an easy and stress free format.  I can get creative, or simply place pictures in their spaces if I don't have time.  I love that I can put it off and list what we did and then go back to print pictures later.  I love it, and you will do.  It's easy...just do it!  Thanks, Becky, for making me a believer :)

One of my favorite things about this project is that it's easy to start whenever you I "started" at Knox's first birthday party and then will chronicle his first year.  I thought it might be funny to open up with his birthday party, so I printed all of his yearly pics and made that the opener.

 I added an insert and kept all of his check-up "report cards."  I love that we can look back on these, and I would have lost them ages ago if I hadn't had this little pocket for them.

I then added our Christmas card, baby dedication, etc. pics just to catch us up to speed!

Then it was birthday time!  I added some of the decor (invitations, cupcake toppers, etc.) to have preserve them so he can see later.

I used Picnik to collage pictures to fit in the 4x6 slots...that way I could get all the pictures I wanted on one page!
If you're wondering what to do on the weeks that you didn't take a lot of pictures, you can always journal more or print off facts, logo's, etc. from where you went, what you did, etc.  See the San Antonio post below for an example!

One of my favorite weeks was the Mavs Game 4 (and their ultimate win).  I added inserts of the newspaper clippings, and then stapled our ticket to the front of the inserts.

There were other things that happened that week, like swim lessons and MNO, so I just differentiated with colors.

Using Picnik, I'm able to add spaces to later journal.  See below:

Sometimes I'm crafty with color schemes...

And keeping things cute and in order.

Other times I try and maximize the amount of pictures...

and focus on the ones that make me smile!

With Project Life, you call the shots.  You can journal as little or as much as you want.  Just make sure you add the dates (see the top left of the below picture) so you can remember when it was.  Becky Higgins has packages that contain all you would ever need, but I started in between her releases.  Later this summer she'll come out with new stuff, so if you need more structure, wait for it! 

Don't be afraid to have a hodge-podge of info on one sheet.  This last week we had random backpack pics, birthday pics, a walk in the park and even a patio remodel.  It's ok!

This pic was taken with my iPhone.  You can use any pictures you have!

Just do it.  It's fun, it's creative and it's can do it!

Now, onto my second obsession...Pinterest.  If you need an invite, just ask.  This website is amazing!!
I've been wanting something for my front door, so I started pinning different ideas. 

This one was ok, loved the flowers.

Loved the penant idea on this one, too.

So...I made a mish mash of the two.

And, you guys.  All of the materials, including spray painting the wreath, cost me $13.11.  I love Michael's and their random sales.  I had some left over letters, so I went ahead and made a "Knock and DIE" sign for the front, too :)

It's not perfect, but let's hope it does the trick!!

Now, get out there and start getting crafty!  Happy Pinning :)


  1. Look at you! Awesome. Okay that project life sounds amazing...but it looks long is this taking you?!

  2. You are such a super mom! So cute and crafty!

  3. You make everything look so easy! Love this stuff!