Friday, January 30, 2015

Five on Friday

  1. LOVE this sweatshirt, I mean every Gilmore Girls fan needs this in her wardrobe. Its the perfect thing to wear while bingeing on the past episodes now that they are streaming on Netflix. This is totally going on my birthday wishlist.
  2. Planning on making this Salted Caramel Bailey's milkshake ASAP. It's one of the many recent pins to my Yummy Beverage Pinterest Board.
  3. Spotted this sign while at the movies this past week. I CANNOT WAIT. Watch the trailer here #acaawesome 
  4. I just finished this book. I was a bit afraid of how it might end based on a few snippets of reviews I saw on Goodreads. Have you read it? It was tough but so, so well done.
  5. Super late to the party but my husband and I are loving Breaking Bad. Averaging about two episodes a night and knee deep in season 3. While googling to find and image to add I found this one. Its perfect and you can even get it on a tshirt which is super awesome.
Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Workspace Wednesday │ the compartmentalizer edition

I'm planning to play along with Marcy Penner's Workspace Wednesday posts as much as I can this year. I love seeing how people store things and I always love little sneaks into other crafter's workspace's so I look forward to sharing some of my space with you.

By nature I'm a total compartmentalizer. Spell check is telling me that's not really a word, but I'm using it anyway. Basically I like my things in things. Just about everything around me in my home, in my car in my purse is inside something. I hate things floating around loose and messy, which is the main reason I HATE the kitchen junk drawer in my house. 

When I spotted these super cute little divided organizers in the Target Dollar Spot I knew they were the perfect solution to corral all of the cute little things that come in kits.  I love that I could easily separate out everything by style and color so I'm using one for paper clips, one for acrylic bits and one for flair. I really like that I can get an overall view of everything without sifting thru them like I would have had they all been in one dish. I also love that they aren't super big and deep. Because they are shallow, a little less than one inch tall it makes them nice and compact and stackable. Its also a plus that the sections are small which makes is great for the super tiny items that you still want separated out.

Another victory from the Target Dollar Spot and as they say #targetdoesitagain

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Project Life® 2015 │ the beginning

January 24th and I finally started my 2015 album. I took a much needed break from making after finishing my December Daily® album and I took a lot of time to figure out how I wanted to tackle the new year. I loved reading all of the blog posts I saw at the beginning of the year on how people planned to tackle the project for the year. One of the overwhelming themes I saw was how different everyone wanted the year to be. Different in the sizes of the albums they would work with, different in the scope they wanted it to take and different in how they were approaching the project as a whole. I could totally add myself to the list of people that really want to do it differently this year. Reading these posts by others helped me in some ways but also left me wondering how and on some days even if I would proceed with the project again this year. I mentally started making a list of things that I knew I wouldn't do the same this year which was great but it left me with a lot of unanswered questions on what I would do.

Probably my biggest decision hurdle was the size because size was a big concern for me this year. There was a huge appeal to go smaller because I have learned that mini books are totally where its at for me, my total happy place as far as recording goes. But the expense of some of the albums and protectors I saw out there was a huge deterrent, especially since I have such a huge supply of 12x12 protectors. I'm also afraid that if I went small I would end up with just too many volumes for the year. Right now in 12x12 I end up with two per year and that's a manageable number for me. I'm afraid if I went small I'd end up with four and that's not a manageable number to me. That being said the biggest appeal of the smaller size albums is the ability to switch things up and play with sizes and shapes of the spreads. This is a huge draw to me as its something I love doing in my December Daily® albums.

I could go on and on with the pros and cons of all the decisions I had swirling in my mind and even wrote to a friend how foolish I felt worrying so much about it. The thing that put everything into place for me was a trip to Michael's and seeing that all the albums were buy one get one free and they happened to have two of the Heidi Swapp black and white stripe Project Life® albums in stock. Decision made.

My hope for the year though is to switch things up size wise inside the album. My other main change will be that I'm freeing myself of the one spread per week that I have done in the past. I want this year to be way more loose, way more free flow. I want to be able to sit down and see what I have that hasn't been covered and if its one week great, if its three that's okay too. I'll turn it into however many spreads I want to in whatever size I want to.

Another change this year is when I sat down to actually start I didn't want to use a pocket page for my title. I've done how many now and I just wanted something different. Taking my cues from the black and white stripes I made a full 12x12 page for the title.

The year cut file is from Paislee Press, the glitter stars are old Studio Calico, the sequin heart is Heidi Swapp, loved those things and grabbed a few before they were gone. I added in a simple stitch of hot pink thread around the photo and it was done.

I knew I wanted a few more photos and details included so I also made this page for the back side. A simple black and white grid of photos, cards and paper. Some of the cards are from the current Studio Calico Project Life kit and some are old. The circle vellum came in the Studio Calico Sparkle class kit as did the rose gold stars. The pink flecked hearts are in the current Studio Calico kit and the rest of the supplies were from my stash.

So there you have it, a beginning.  I'll be back when I have more to share which hopefully won't be that far off.

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