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One Little Word: 2013 | COURAGE

Thursday, January 17, 2013

COURAGE | the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

My first journey into the One Little Word adventure started by Ali Edwards began a few years ago with the word today. I held it close to my heart that year as our family grew for the first time, as we moved across the country, as our careers transitioned and in so many ways I had to learn to slwo down, embrace one day at a time, take things in stride and trust that I was giving it my all to do what I needed to do each day to just.keep.moving.forward. It seemed like such a simple thing to take a word and weave it into my daily thoughts and actions, but wow, it was more powerful than I ever imagined.

This year, especially this month, as I finally defend my Ph.D. thesis (yah!), I need this new word courage to be front and center in my life. While thinking about possible words for the new year in late December, I came across courage at least five or six times in different ways over the course of 24 hours. It was amusing and a little strage (ok, I get it already!), so I let it in and can't wait to see how it helps me finish this chapter of my professional life in a few weeks and how it will inspire and challenge me to step outside the box over the next year. I don't know what this means yet. And I want that feeling to be exciting, not frightening or anxiety-producing. So, enter COURAGE.

If you're taking on a One Little Word challenge for 2013, I'd love to hear how you chose your word (or it chose you), please share in the comments or send me an email. I started a board on Pinterest and encourage you to do something similar if you love quotes as much as I do!

Design F add-on page has been added to my Project Life album to celebrate this OLW. On the back side of this page I'll add photos or written examples of how I've lived courage this year, one each month. So excited to fill those pockets. How will your OLW inspire you?

Credits: Quotes about courage (several Pinterest images), Clementine and Seafoam Project Life Core Kits.

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Project Life 2013: Anatomy of a Title Page

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hello, 2013! And Happy New Year to all of you Project Life enthusiasts!

I hope you're well on your way to choosing your favorite stories from the first week of January. Whether you've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of one of the new core kits (Olive is here and Seafoam too!) before really getting started or you've been stockpiling supplies for years, a blank page can be both incredibly exciting and anxiety-producing at the same time (I speak from experience!). In fact, last year I was a Project Life Title Page drop-out. Despite my good intentions, I let indecisiveness and comparison get in the way of starting the process of recording my life in this awesome way. This time I vowed to overcome the tendency to want to know all of my options before starting and get over trying to create the perfect page in exchange for the empowering feeling of simply "getting things done".

I've decided to work with both the Clementine and Seafoam (coming soon) Core Kits this year. You can now find all of the digital versions at AC Digitals. I'll be creating all of my pages digitally (I'm a digi-gal at heart!) and printing the photos and journaling cards to also put in a physical Seafoam binder (also coming soon) along with more of the "stuff of life". I think these two core kits go together beautifully and can't wait to see them blended together throughout the year.

Without further delay, I'm happy to say, my title page is complete! If this is your first year of Project Life, I sincerely wish for all of you who've been putting this off as you soak up inspiration on Pinterest boards and new blog posts that you'll take an hour to put together your own page. Once you get something "down on paper" I promise you'll feel like this project is much more doable (because it absolutely is).


In case you might find it helpful, I'd like to share what I like to call my "Anatomy of a Title Page".

The 10 most essential pieces of this cover were:

1. Photos of all family members
2. Names and ages
3. Family name
4. The current year
5. Neutral background with lots of bright pops of color
6. A camera element
7. Welcome 2013 sentiments
8. Basic patterns and grids
9. A classic-looking font: Rockwell and a more funky-looking font: Elephant (2013)
10. One of my favorite design principles: the visual triangle to move your eye around the page (For example: Find the 3 gray/white circles- top right camera, bottom left "0" from 2013 and the bottom right circle with a star in the center AND the pops of yellow in the top left and right and bottom left "celebrate the everyday")

Credits:
Becky Higgins Design A Template
Clementine and Seafoam Digital Core Kits
Emily Merritt Facebook Freebie- 2013 card (welcome)
Cathy Zielske Blog Freebie- Templates
Jessica Sprague Blog Freebie- Journaling cards

Again Happy 2013- it's going to be a great year! Please link me up to your title pages, I'd love to see them!

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