Archive for October 2013

Project Life Halloween Themed Cards

Monday, October 7, 2013

A little over a month ago, my girls and I were watching one of their favorite movies- Barbie and the Popstar (the only Barbie movie I can reasonably stand enjoy). The girls were pretending to change the color of their hair with a magic brush and singing loudly into their glitzy star wands that doubled as microphones when Ella got very excited about her sudden stroke of genius. She and Lily would be Tori and Keira for Halloween this year! So for the past 4+ weeks and the next few weeks, I'll continue to be asked 1) Is it Halloween yet? and 2) When are our Tori and Keira costumes going to be here!? Finally, I can say tell her that they are both on their way soon. I came *this* close to purchasing handmade costumes on Etsy (unlucky for me, Barbie and the Popstar was "so last year" in the costume department and has been replaced by Barbie Mariposa). But then Zulily saved the day with a much friendlier price tag and equally beautiful costumes that I'm sure will be added to the dress-up closet and get plenty of love in our house. They will be perfect and I can't wait for them to arrive in a few weeks, right on time for our Halloween Mini Session with the fabulous Meredith of 519 Photography. Yay! It's the first year I've asked someone else to take pictures of the girls in their costumes and I'm really looking forward to the pressure being off me that night and solely focused on trick-or-treating and a fun night with friends.

Last year, the girls wanted to be Rapunzel for Halloween, so we compromised a little and they both dressed up as their favorite Disney Princess (of the Month). Ella proudly posed in her wedding gown, complete with veil, diamond ring and bouquet of flowers. And Lily happily twirled around in her traditional purple gown exclaiming "Mommy, I pretty!".

Today I stopped by Hobby Lobby and was excited to see the brand new line of Project Life theme cards lining the wall. As much as I wanted to put each one into my cart, I decided on just one to complete my next project- a mini Halloween project that will include Ella's first Halloween, Lily joining us the following year, through now and beyond. I'll be using a midnight Project Life mini album + the new theme cards. Pictures of the first few pages will be posted later this month. But for now, I'm sharing my latest digital pages using the very same set. I love how this two-page spread turned out. The neutral Halloween colors are perfect for any pictures, even ones filled with pretty princesses!

Credits: Becky Higgins Project Life Halloween Theme Cards, Templates A and G at www.digitalprojectlife.com

Two-page layout:


Left side: Design A



 Right side: Design G


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New Project Life Themed Cards- Tennis

Friday, October 4, 2013

Up until my freshman year of high school, basketball was my favorite sport. As one of the tallest kids in my class, I was expected to be good at playing basketball (and I was...in grade school!). So the summer before my sophomore year, I picked up a tennis racket and started playing just for fun with a friend on the single court in the Ford Addition park that turned into our neighborhood ice rink each winter. I was hooked from my first ace. Instantly I knew my days of running endless sprints to the whistle of an unforgiving coach and then sitting on the bench during the games were finally over. I joined the JV tennis team my sophomore year, met some of my very closest friends and teammates and in my junior and senior years played varsity doubles with one of the most successful tennis teams in our high school's history- U.P. State Champions! I loved tennis. Loved it. And one day I'll go back into the "archives" of my newspaper clippings and team photos and scrapbook about those years and memories. They were nothing short of amazing.

And a few weeks ago, Ella and I were walking through Target (and because I can never only keep my cart full of things officially "on the list"), we were wandering through the games and toys and she spotted a yellow tennis racket. Yes, finally! After I dusted off my racket and determined the strings wouldn't immediately snap on impact with the ball, we hit back and forth in the kitchen for a few days before deciding to take it to the courts.

If you've ever been the middle/south of the U.S. in the summer, you'll know it is H-O-T. But nothing deters the mind and determination of a four-year old, until Disney princesses are involved. Ella brought the princess magnets from Grandma's place to the court and after about 10 minutes of interest in attempting to hit the balls I threw to her and play singles against Grandma and I, she had a one-track mind for the princesses. We still had a great time and I had been anxious to get back out on the court. There is nothing quite like the refreshing smell of opening a new can of tennis balls!

When Becky Higgins announced that the new themed packs would include a tennis set, I knew right away I'd have to document these tennis stories that were such a huge of my young life. And, I couldn't be more excited to be finally share my passion for this sport with my littles. Maybe one day they'll find as much love for this sport as I did when I was younger (and I hope they find it even sooner than I did!).

Credits:
Tennis Theme Pack at www.digitalprojectlife.com (some cards modified)
Template D at www.digitalprojectlife.com


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