color therapy.

Color sparks my creativity. It lifts my soul and inspires my creative juices. I don't get to play with my collection of Copic markers every day because I have this pesky thing called a job. It certainly gets in the way of my crafty life but I am sure able to appreciate those creative times because they do not come often. I make sure to schedule those times now.  It makes this girl function better in her life. And it makes her not want to choke her dear husband in everyday life. Honey, if you are reading this- love you! :)

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i'm still alive.

I seem to do this. I blog for a while and then promptly forget to keep it up. I tell myself that I don't have time. Truly, I choose to play on Instagram and Facebook because they're quick. I don't really have to think about what to say. Blogging is more purposeful, more insightful, and requires more thought from me to share those thoughts. Most of my time is spent at work. Scrapbooking and card making has come in short spurts, much to my distress. I truly miss making stuff. Making pretty stuff. For no reason at all. For a long period of time. In reality, I make myself DO SOMETHING CREATIVE everyday. And I stress myself out. I have completed Project Life 2012 (halleluyer) and I have yet to finish Project Life 2013. I drive myself crazy knowing that the album is not done. Because it's not done, I have not started Project Life 2014. I'm really good at collecting and hording and making a mess of my craftroom, but I work about 50-60 hours a week. My work is really cramping my crafty lifestyle. It's also interfered with my relationships.

IMG_3046My mind is on other things instead of being present with all aspects in my life.  I have lost true connection with my family. Yes, I speak with them, but superficially. This is going to be different. My nephew is 10 months old and I am missing how he is growing up. He barely knows me. He's afraid of me. This could be because I attack his neck. It's just begging to be chomped. I am convinced that if he sees me more, he would just be used to it and offer his neck to me automatically. No questions asked.

So. I've chosen to redesign the blog so that it's more simple and less cluttered. So that I am not bogged down with crap.  I will be returning to the blog world. Don't be scared.

 


project life 2013 week 1.

I am very far behind Project Life 2013. I am such a big fan of the Project Life experience and it was such an accomplishment finishing 52 weeks of Project Life 2012.  I just haven't found my groove yet. It has taken me a while to prepare for this new year and to get a feel for my new theme- Seafoam. This first week was a difficult one. Halleluyer. It's done.

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welcome 2013.

It's been almost a year since my last blog post. I'm embarrassed to say that I have almost forgot about the ol' blog. I haven't completely dropped off the face of the earth.  find that I can only have one active social outlet and it became Instagram. Still, I am proud to say that I have completed 1 full year of Project LIfe. 52 whole weeks. Who knew? I cannot wait to start Project Life 2013!

Here's the link in case any one is still out there.

Project Life 2012


project life 2012 week 3.

I don't know how I ever scrapbooked without Project Life. It has taken away all the pressure from coming up with something new, a catchy title, and matching all my supplies. I just print photos, stick leftover embellishments wherever they may fit, and tuck into pockets. All I need is a couple of hours a week. That's it. I feel free and I like scrapbooking again. :) I've completed 6 pages in 3 weeks. I don't think I scrapped 6 pages last year.

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project life 2012 week 1 and 2.

Happy first post of the New Year!

I have purchased Clementine and am currently using it that instead of the Amber version. I have used the Instagram and the Momento apps for the iPhone to help me document my moments for Project Life. So far, so good! I love this process. It's so much easier than scrapbook pages. The pockets are so convenient and everything does not seem so overwhelming.

Here is Week 1:

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Here is Week 2:

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Can't wait to do next week's pages! :)


it's beginning to look a lot like christmas.

It's our tradition that I steal my mom for a few hours and she helps decorate our tree. It's so funny to watch her try and put ribbons and ornaments and garland on a 9' tree with her 4'11" self. What's even funnier is that she has commissioned our 6'2" giant son to help her decorate. He can't say no to her and I just like to watch and laugh. :) He is at her mercy. Ha.

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I am not feeling the Christmas spirit right now. No kids this year. Junior is visiting mom and Abby won't be coming this year. Eh. But the house will be decked in all it's jolly glory and Christmas music will be played incessantly in the car and on the stereo all season long.

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preparing for project life.

Project-life-logoI have been extremely slacking in the scrapbooking area and wanted to find a way to jumpstart my creativity as well as document my life. I hope to do this with Project Life by Becky Higgins. I took advantage of the Black Friday deal and purchased the Amber Edition, page protectors, and albums at Amazon.com. I cannot wait to start this project. Last year was a blur and barely documented what happened with me, good or bad. I want to put down more memories on paper. I want to remember my life.

One thing that I struggle with is what to document. I don't have my own children and am finding it difficult to scrapbook my mundane life. I work a lot and struggle to find balance. I want to document about my relationship with my husband, my siblings, my parents. I want to document everyday boring chores like dishes and laundry. I want to create more. I want to document my faith, the importance of my church choir, the church community that I serve. I want to doument celebrations, parties, birthdays, anniversaries. I want to take more photos and not worry about what they look like. I will be using my iPhone camera more. I need to do more fun things and not be defined by my work. Project Life is one of those fun things. I hope. :)

How will I do this while working 40-50 hours a week?

  1. Take more photos and document when those photos were taken.
  2. Designate a spot on my craft table for Project Life.
  3. Keep all Project Life supplies together.
  4. Stalk blogs and Pinterest for ideas.
  5. Print photos straight from my iPhone.
  6. Blog more.

 

Are you currently participating in Project LIfe? Will you be continuing it in 2012?