Sunday, December 30, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 36

Well, I wasn't really planning on blogging again until I was ready to share my first Project Life post of 2013, but I've been so proud of myself for staying all caught up in 2012 and I'm *almost* done with my album (I just put the finishing touches on Week 51, so only one more week to go and my 2012 Albums are ALL DONE!!). I doubt I'll ever get around to sharing all of my 2012 layouts, but I thought I'd go ahead and share a few more while I'm waiting on the goodies I've ordered - and plan on ordering - for 2013 to arrive. So since my last share was Week 35, how about a look at my Week 36?

This was the week of Sept 2 to Sept 8 and it was a fun and busy week around here. Here's what the entire 2-page spread looks like, minus a couple of inserts - I added two 8.5x11 inserts to this week - they contain some drawings of Space stuff that Dean did (specifically Stingray Nebula and a few different galaxies...I know....weird) as well as a photo I took of some artwork that was hanging up on the wall of his classroom when we attended Open House this week. I'm hoping I'll eventually replace the photo with the actual physical artwork at the end of the school year when we receive his Art Portfolio (last year when he brought home his Kindergarten Art Portfolio I think I added about 20-25 more inserts of artwork into my album - I just took the ones I wanted to keep out of his Portfolio and put them straight into the appropriate week of Project Life and then tossed the Portfolio, no need for extra folders laying around).

And a closer look at the left side of the page. I think I've mentioned before that I do NOT do a Photo-a-Day approach to Project Life. I just takes photos of the things that matter to me, some weeks I have only photos from the weekend because nothing really happened but school and work during the week (and then I'll journal about that fact) and I find myself scrambling to fill in a lot of empty pockets OR I have like 7 pictures from the same trip to the beach or park. Those weeks are usually the weeks that I tend to fill in holes with other things about our current life - like what are we watching on TV, reading, eating a lot of, etc. I'll sometimes try to find stock images of these things online and fill in space with them. It still gives a nice overview of our life. (You'll see an example of this with the Boardwalk Empire photo on the right side of this week's spread). Anyway...this week didn't need much "filler". It was pretty busy. We had a fun sunset BBQ at a friend's beachside condo's pool, there was lots of playtime going on, and lots of time was spent watching the Democratic National Convention.

And the right side. Photos from a fun day at the park and a Family Game Night as well as one of those stock images found online of a new TV show we started watching that week (on DVD). Photos from First Grade Open House and a Beach Adventure. I journaled about Open House as well as my favorite moments from the DNC.

And that's it for Week 36. I'm not really sure how many people read these Project Life posts, so for now I'm not going to include product links. But if there's a product you see me use that you have questions about, please ask and I'll post a link. If I start getting a lot of questions, I'll start adding product links.

Also, sorry for the fuzzy photos. Something happened during resizing / saving, but I'm too lazy to retake the photos!! :-)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December SFYTT

Hi There! It's been awhile, huh? Today's post is one with a couple of important announcements, so stay tuned for those. I haven't posted in a few weeks and I missed the first Team Post for the December SFYTT because we were on a little mini vacation on Oahu. But I'm back, which brings me to the first announcement...I'm sure most of you stampers have heard by now that this is the Final SFYTT - yes final as in EVER! After years of fabulous inspiration, Jen has decided to take a break from the sketches. So how about a look at that final sketch?

For my card, I decided to pull out my all-time favorite Verve set, Happy Days, as well as some patterned paper from the Seen and Noted collection from Pebbles. I added some splattered ink and a few wood veneer stars and called it good.

So this brings me to my second announcement, which is really hard for me to make, but I've been putting it off for several weeks now and it's time. After several amazing years as a DT member for Verve, I recently stepped down, which was a super hard decision to make. Right now I'm just wanting to spend more time with my family and less time blogging. I still love Julee and Verve and all of the wonderfully talented Divas, but I'll just be going back to being a really good customer.

I'll also probably be posting a lot less frequently in 2013 than I have in the past. Well, actually, probably about the same as I have the last couple of months as I've already pretty much cut back on that. Most of what you'll see from me will be Project Life posts (I'll just start fresh with that in 2013) and the occasional card here and there, but I'm no longer on any DTs, so no more deadlines or blog hops. I do have one Guest DT gig lined up in a few months, but other than that things will be pretty mellow around here.

OK, back to the December SFYTT... Each month this year, as in years past, we've had some amazing sponsors. This month, Splitcoast Stampers is offering up a full one year fan club membership to the winner of the SFYTT 2012 Christmas Day Giveaway! Have you participated in all 12 months of SFYTT this year? If so, you're eligible to win the Grand Prize! The winner will receive $20 gift certificates from EACH of this year’s sponsors, as well as a one year membership to SCS. TWELVE prizes total! All of the details can be found HERE on Jen's Blog. Here's a list of all of this year's sponsors:

The Cat’s Pajamas
Your Next Stamp
The Craft’s Meow
There She Goes
Skipping Stones
Lil’ Inker Designs
My Favorite Things
Verve Stamps
Kraftin’ Kimmie
Market Street Stamps

Whew! That's a lot of stuff in one blog post!!  Be sure to stop by these other SFYTT Sisters' blogs to see what they're sharing today with this month's sketch!

Jen del Muro
Carole Burrage 
Jodi Collins
Susan Liles
Tracy Schultz

OK, that's it from me. Enjoy your weekend everyone!