Archive for February 2013

Project Life- Olive Edition | A Wedding Story

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Five years of the phrases "someday soon" and "when I have a little more time" and "if only x,y,z would happen, then..." came crashing to a halt this past weekend. I finally did it. Our wedding photos are no longer being stored in a large unorganized photo box with the simple label "Teresa and Jay * September 1, 2007".

Instead, with the help of the gorgeous Project Life Core Kit- Olive Edition, I am beyond ecstatic to be paging through these photos in an actual album. I watched with so much joy as my oldest daughter turned the pages excitedly pointing to family members and friends and exclaiming "Mommy, you look like a princess"!

The whole process was simple and much easier than I imagined (which of course is the entire philosophy behind Project Life, but as primarily a digi-girl, this was new territory for me!). And I have to say, I loved every second of it. I used a combination of page protectors, including Designs A, B, C and D from the Big Variety Pack 1 and Design G. The album is an American Crafts Black Cloth Album.

Last week I started sorting through all 1200 photos from our wedding. I divided the photos into categories: the details (cake, flowers, venue, table settings, etc.), getting ready (bride and groom), bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, ceremony, vows, formal portraits, dinner, reception/dancing and farewell.

Next, I placed one of each of the page protector designs on my table and started arranging the photos from each category that I wanted to include in the album into the designs. I was amazed at how easy this process was with the different options. I didn't limit myself to a particular number of photos or pages, just included the photos that meant the most to me. It took several 2-3 hour blocks of time after the girls went to bed at night or during nap/quiet time on the weekend to categorize the photos and select those to go in the page protectors.

When the Olive Edition arrived on my doorstep at 10 a.m. this past Saturday morning, I couldn't wait to dive into the box. While I've seen many photos of Olive online, they didn't prepare me for how stunning Olive is in person. The colors are amazing and the details are perfection. I took out each set of matching cards and cut the deck in two to lay out all of the designs on my table.


And then I set to work! I began putting each set of photos into the page protectors and choosing coordinating cards. I was less focused on making sure the pages on the left and right matched perfectly and more focused on the individual pages. I plan to also include the Olive Month Dividers to correspond with the sections of the album.

I included cards with space for writing and some with only designs. I haven't written in the album yet, but now that my new printer has recently arrived, I'll be set to start journaling soon! To be honest though, even if I never add journaling, I would be absolutely thrilled to simply have the album as it stands now. Seriously, thrilled.

By Monday evening I had finished putting together 70 single-sided pages of our wedding album. I don't plan to share all of them here today (maybe in a video?), but I've included some of my favorites below and wanted to share just how quickly this project came together- easily and beautifully thanks to Project Life and Olive!

I hope this project will inspire some of you who've also been holding onto those precious wedding photos just waiting for the "right time" to create an album. I know I'm not alone in putting this off for years...right? So let's change that! If anyone has created/creates a wedding album or pages using Project Life, please leave a link in the comments. I'd love to see them.

Happy Valentine's Day!














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Project Life 2013 | Week 4

Monday, February 11, 2013


Welcome to Project Life 2013, Week 4!

Since I'm playing catch-up for January, I decided to throw out the "rules" of chronology and finish weeks as I'm inspired...hence, Week 4 before 2 and 3! But I promise, they're in the works too.

I spent a large portion of this week in Stockholm, Sweden for my Ph.D defense. It was my first time being away from the girls and I'm working on an extra insert to document their time at home with Jay and their Gaba (Jay's Mom). But for the core of this week, I wanted to focus on my trip and how wonderful this experience was for giving closure to my years as an official "student".


Left side: (Top left) Title card from the Seafoam Core Kit. (Top right) View of Stockholm. Several of the panorama photos here were included with the help of Wikimedia Commons and Google Images to show-off the places I've seen and love in this beautiful city. (Middle) 3x4 Calendar Cards by Splendid Fiins and Writer's Blocks by Paislee Press. I also included the cover of my printed Ph.D. thesis. (Bottom left and right) Cards from the Seafoam Core Kit (modified to combine two cards on the right).


Right side: Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili at The Lilypad (Middle) Card from the Seafoam Core Kit.


And there's Week 4 so far. Playing catch-up on a weekly project like this is challenging. In reality, it's how I got so far behind last year that I was never able to fully invest in Project Life. But I promise, if you're in the same boat, you CAN do this. I'm determined to keep going and get back on track. I've been keeping my photos organized (daily and weekly) and starring my favorites that I know I want to use for a weekly spread in Adobe Bridge (where I do all my photo organizing, tagging, etc.). I've also been writing down daily notes on my iPhone using the Momento app. Seriously, the best thing that has ever happened to my memory!

Have you found yourself playing a bit of catch-up this year too? Maybe you've been on the fence and haven't had a chance to get started? It's never too late, really. Please let me know anytime if I can help with questions you have about Project Life. More Project Life posts planned for later in the week...see you soon.



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Project Life 2013 | Week 1


Welcome Back to Project Life 2013!

This is the first year I'll be using Project Life to document a full year on a weekly basis. As many of you may be experiencing too, I'm starting this year in catch-up mode. At the end of January, I defended my clinical neuroscience Ph.D. thesis in Sweden. The last three months of my life were consumed by the process of preparing for January 25, 2013. All-in-all, the defense was a great success and I'm so happy to finally stamp this part of my career as DONE! So...to get up to speed, I'll be posting double-time for a few weeks as I get back into a regular schedule at home, work and crafty things. I'm very ready to get this party started, so let's roll right into week 1.


This year I'll be primarily using the Seafoam Core Kit and the Design A digital template (and page protectors when printed) as the foundation for my weekly layouts with the Seafoam album. The Clementine Core Kit will be making regular appearances as well.

Each week I'll create a digital layout and print out the photos to use with the physical core kit. I love the idea of having a paper album to keep the extra pieces of life that don't translate as well into a digital album. The digital album will be printed in a bound book at the end of the year. My new printer will arrive later this week (old one timely crashed in December), so I'll also have some catching up to do there as well.


Left side: (Top left) Each week I'll include a weekly review, with a daily approach to the week. I like to write (a lot). These cards will be journal-heavy using some of my favorite fonts: Bebas Neue, Rockwell Light and Coneria. (Top right) Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili at The Lilypad. The Hello 2013 card is a digital version from the January Project Life Studio Calico Kit that was gifted to wait-listers. (Middle) I'll be using the 3x4 Calendar Cards by Splendid Fiins to highlight the current week. (Bottom right) I enjoy writing down little things the girls say during the week, so the 'And I Quote' phrase will likely become a regular feature.



Right side: (Top and bottom left) Writer's Blocks by Paislee Press at The Lilypad. (Middle) The 'A Good Memory' card is from the Mayfield Childhood Mini Kit.

And that's a wrap for Week 1. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything I've posted here. More Project Life is on the way!



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