Project Life: July & August

Shutterfly ships much quicker now. I get my photos in a week or less! I must not have been the only one complaining. 😉 My enthusiasm for Project Life is waning but I still like it. I just don’t obsess about it as much as I used to and that is a good thing.


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I really wanted to capture my yard in the above layout.


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(one private photo turned over)

toby & ezra page!
toby & ezra page!

All about my new guinea pigs: Toby and Ezra! I brought them on August 7.

Click here to see all my Project Life posts.


Music for the week: John Mayer, The Civil Wars, Adam Lambert, Neko Case, John Legend (his new album is superb!)  Tara MacLean, Jaheim, Ariana Grande

TV for the week: Grey’s Anatomy, Big Brother 15, US Open

Movie of the week:  none as of right now

Books of the week: Gluten-Free Made Easy As 1,2,3: Essentials For Living A Gluten-Free Life by Angela McKeller, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts by Colette Martin, Bully: A True Story Of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze

Goals for next week: Work related goals. Do more yoga at home. I always feel better after doing yoga at home. I think it is because in a class, I am too self conscious to really let go. So maybe classes aren’t the best thing. I just wanted to take advantage of it because it was available at the gym. Volunteer at the animal shelter on Friday.

Project Life: May & June

Before I get to the pics, I must say that I went to the gym today at work and it was empty! I used the weight machines for the first time. I wish I were confident enough to get on those machines while people are around. Then I got on the treadmill for a mile. My new workout song is Katy Perry’s Firework. I could have exercised forever with that song in my ears. I feel so good after that workout. 🙂  Note to self: I was at the gym around 11AM (empty!).


What is Project Life (click link)? Here are my layouts for May and June:

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May is my birth month and my favorite time of year so I went all out in my own way. During May I moved and I celebrated my birthday by going 1.5 hours away. I went to a state park for 2 nights. I stayed in a nice cabin. Here is the rest of May….

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may page 3
may page 3

Two pics were private so I took them out.


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During June I was off from work for a week. I sooo needed that break.  I went to the park near my house. I also watched the latest season of Arrested Development which I thought was a little above average. It probably gets better on repeated viewings but I’ll pass. And I went to the Olive Garden for the first time.

June page 2
June page 2

……and I joined a gym. (I need to take a stamping class or get better gear).

That is all for May and June. Since Shutterfly had 101 free prints (!!!!) for the 4th of July, I decided to print out all my favorite pics from my computer. Photos from before I started Project Life. I’m doing a separate album for those photos. I probably won’t post those layouts here because they are mostly personal photos or photos of my pets. But here is my first page of that album:

cover page
cover page

I used a 3×4 card to cover up a personal pic. I will probably play around with this page and change things as I go. I haven’t begun to work on this album yet. Actually I don’t have an album yet. Just page protectors…

To see all my project life posts click here.

Putting my defenses up

I finally saw Silver Linings Playbook. (No spoilers). I expected to like it much more. I usually love those type of films. But it wasn’t a waste of time. I liked it. What I did love about it is how it portrayed mental illness. Maybe it was just me but it made it seem like having um, mental issues are normal. I loved the convo about ‘what meds are you on?’. I loved it! I’ve dream of having that conversation and not being judged. I’m glad other people loved it. It is just a movie but maybe it erased 1% of the mental illness stigma.


I did get some responses from my apartment ad. But no one wanted to see it today. (two people want to see it later). The one person who really seemed interested didn’t reply back after I told her exactly where it was. I think the location is too far out for most people. It is about 20 minutes from downtown. That’s not good. When I re-post, it will be with June being rent free so I’m sure I will get more responses.  O GOD. Someone else just emailed me about the apartment. *&$#. I’m all sweaty (see below). Maybe she’ll wait to see it tomorrow. I’m working OT for half a day tomorrow….


I mowed my whole lawn today for the first time. What a workout. I meant to include pics of my lawn in this post but I forgot to take pictures so that will be in the next home post. These pics are definitely before pics. I’ve been here for about 2 weeks. I hope to have after pics soon but who knows?


Shelves above my bed. I didn’t know quite what to do with this space. But now I use it as a nightstand since I don’t have anything beside my bed.

My “walk-in” closet is more of a junk room:

There is definitely something missing from my kitchen. It is big but it doesn’t have a lot of counter space. It is my least favorite space. I’m trying to come up with ideas. (Love my plant though). The towel on the window is a long story and will be fixed soon.

The living room. Today I put an accent rug down and even that makes it better. This is the least put together room. Everything seems to land here. (Remember these are before pics!)

Living room. I am embarrassed by my lack of books on these shelves. I have dreamed of having shelves and now I have no books. My books are at my moms house, all packed up. I might eventually get some of them…Yes I have a tiny TV in the living room because I’m in my bedroom most of the time.

I should be embarrassed by this. ha. This is my Project Life spot. I don’t even do PL on the weekly basis yet I have a spot for it. lol. This is really my dining room. The other side is my work office. I already posted a pic of that.

Have I mentioned that these are BEFORE pics? 😉

Project Life: March & April

I used flair for the first time. 🙂 Before all of this moving stuff was even about to happen I brought a mix of Project Life stuff from Ebay. In these layouts I used things from the following kits: Olive, Seafoam, Jade, Blush, & Turquoise.  I’m surprised by how much I love the Jade kit. The cards from the new kits are definitely thinner then what “old timers” are used to. I also used two pieces of flair from Studio Calico. And as always I used things from Memory Works. (Private photos are turned over).


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  • I got a free newspaper and decided to clip some headlines.
  • I finished reading a book by Pema Chodron.
  • I took my dog to get a pedicure. She needs another one.

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  • March continued…I went to the beach.
  • I did water aerobics alone in the hotel. The water was so warm. I have yet to get into a pool that warm since.
  • Justin Timberlake’s album came out. Rolling Stone loved it. I do too.

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  • I saw this to die for yellow dress. It was so fierce, I took a pic of it. I didn’t buy it but I wanted to. I added a “must have” button from Studio Calico.
  • Coach Shaka Smart decided to stay at VCU. I included it because it made me happy and it shocked me.


(A lot happened in April. I didn’t have time to document much…)

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  • Chris Hayes’ show debuted. I watch most of it every night when I’m near a TV.
  • I went to see my “dreamhouse“. I will be sort of moving in any day now. I can’t wait! May will be full of moving (and camping) photos.
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  • I went to the beach again. heh.
  • I started watching Mad Men from the beginning. Season 1 and 2 are great. Season 3 is bad so far. I wonder how many viewers did they lose? I prefer watching TV shows in a marathon type of way versus watching it weekly on TV. I’m too impatient and forgetful for that. I included a pic of the fashions from the show because I love it. I especially love the skirts.

May will have a ton of photos if I can remember to always carry my camera! All of my project life posts can be found here.

Project Life: January & February

January spreads:

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  • Ray Lewis announced his retirement.
  • I brought some dishes from the Goodwill.
  • Kim & Kanye announced they were expecting! lol. I don’t usually get excited about baby announcements but it was big news and that is the best pic of them I’ve ever seen. 😉
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  • The teams playing in the Super Bowl were announced.
  • The Oscar nominations were announced.
  • I read a great book: “Welcome to your crisis
  • I went to my first class at the Y. It was a yoga class and it didn’t go well. I never went back to that particular class but I’m still going to the Y 2-3 times a week.
  • I brought my first EVER bathing suit. I only wore it once because later I found a great one piece online.
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  • I brought a newspaper. heh. I could have snipped a lot of things from that paper but I didn’t want to start another January page so I only included two headlines.
  • I started rereading “The Power of Now” by Tolle.
  • The pic of my dog was actually taken in February. Shhh!


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  • The Superbowl happened. My Baltimore Ravens won! Still unbelievable.
  • I brought a chaise lounge chair. I work from there for a couple of hours every weekday.
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  • I went to the library near where I live for the first time. I checked out way too many books.
  • “Argo” won best pic at the Oscars. The Oscars were so boring this year.
  • Debbie Ford (author) passed away. She got me started reading self help books. I still think her book “Dark Side of the Light Chasers” is one of the best self help books ever written.
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  • Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss died.
  • I watched season one of “Girls”.

(private photo turned over)

8×10 insert of Ravens Superbowl win:


Sometimes I’m glad I keep Project Life simple. But other times I wish I had all the stuff to be creative. I just don’t want to spend more money on PL. Since I did two months of spreads in two days, I’m so thankful that I kept it simple this time. I’m going to try to take more pics in the future. I have already taken a ton of pics during this month.

All of my project life posts can be found here.

Project Life Nov & Dec

Finally! I’m not at home so I was able to move about and get the final of 2012 done. This is supposed to be simple. I don’t feel like I’m making it hard but maybe I am. Before I post the spreads – I JOINED THE Y!!!1!!!!1 As in the YMCA. I was supposed to join another gym but the guy never called me back. I am a little bummed about that because I was so excited to take the meditative class. Do you know how long I’ve been looking for a meditative class? For at least 3 years. 😦

However, I am excited about the Y because I get to do water aerobics! YAY. 🙂 I was told that I did not need to know how to swim to do water aerobics (since the water is only 3 feet). IF I can find something to wear, I am going to my first class on Tuesday or Wednesday.  (What do people wear to water aerobics? I have no clue). My first real class will be yoga on Sunday. Yes I am nervous. I have a lot more to blog about but this is supposed to be my Project Life post so…


The last week of November:

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I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

In December I started doing Project Life by month. These are the December spreads:

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December page 2 (my fave albums of the year) –

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December page 3

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Thanks Elise for the quote cards! They came out so great. I looooove them. Yep the top card is from Ali Edwards (don’t have a link for that).

Last page of December:

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I really don’t like the last page. Too much filler but ugh, I had to get this done somehow. That’s it. Whew. A lot of pop culture in these pics. I only had to turn one personal pic over.


This is for Project Life geeks only:

Have you seen the new kits???? I know you have. ODMDLDFKD FDF DF D. 😉 They come out in May and my birthday is in May. At first I was going to ask for a new kit but now, not to be a total downer, I’m realizing that a person only needs the kit if they journal everyday on the 3×4 cards. It is a lot of waste if you don’t use the cards. Waste of space/product and waste of money. But if I can’t think of anything else for my birthday (doubtful), I will ask for one of the new kits…maybe. I really just need the grid cards. They are cheap and do the job.

But I still love them. As of right now, I would have to say the Cinnamon Edition is my favorite. I would like to see more of Rain. I also like Midnight. I just don’t want to spend money on it just because. The binders are the best. I drooled over the binders more than the kits.  Once again, I don’t “need” one. My current binder can hold 2-3 years. I love, love the new cinnamon binder. If I would have known they were coming out, I might have not gotten such a huge binder.

I also love the mini albums. I might put my old photos in one of those instead of in my 2012 binder. I have a lot of room left in my 2012 album because I started in September. Or maybe if I go on a trip where I take a ton of photos, I will use one of the minis as a travel album. I have my eyes on the cherry one.

Yeah I know Seafoam and the Olive editions are already out. I want to compare Seafoam with the new kits coming out in May before I make a decision. At this point I’m leaning towards not getting anymore kits. 😦 I’m “making” my own title cards for 2013 so all I need are the lined 3×4 cards. No full kits needed. Remember LESS is my word for the year…even if I’m failing at it in many ways.

Project Life geekery. yeah. okay, bye.

new year, new project life

I still have to post my pages from December 2012 but first I have to do them. I did start my 2013 Project Life book:

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I am using a mixture of the cherry edition and the turquoise edition for this year. I will probably mostly use turquoise.

My binder is huge:

I put in the plastics/sheets I think I might use for 2013. See how much room is left over? I will use this binder for the next THREE years if I live that long.



1. Jason Mraz  – Love is a Four Letter Word

2. Rachael Sage – Haunted By You

3. Alanis Morissette – havoc and bright lights

4. Melanie Fiona – The MF Life

5. Tristan Prettyman – Cedar + Gold

6. Fun.  – Some Nights

7. Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE

8. No Doubt – Push and Shove

9. Christina Aguilera – Lotus

10. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

11. Yuna – Yuna

12. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – The Lion The Beast The Beat

Honorable mentions (in no particular order):

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream

Philip Phillips – The World From the Side of the Moon

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible

I listened to over 70 albums released this year. DMB and Bob Dylan’s albums were also good. It was too overwhelming to do a top 40 albums list like I planned.

Project Life – November

When I was 11 or 12, I started my first scrapbook. It was all pop culture (mostly music related stuff). Well now I kind of want to go back into that. The only difference is now I’m not that into pop culture. I don’t worship any celebrities anymore. That makes me officially old. 😦

Anyhow, I just think I’ll be more interested in what was going on in the world in 3 years than what was going on in my life. I’m expecting a lot more focus on news and maybe on sports in my future layouts. For example this week, I’m thinking about including Susan Rice in my layout. And I’ll write a little about what is going on with her. But then again I don’t want  my scrapbook to be too impersonal. I need a good mixture.

Here is an overview of November 5 – 18 2012

2 week overview

Close up of the week of November 5

week of the election

I could have done a lot more on the election with all the stuff I got in the mail. Yes I did vote for Obama. NO I do not support him on a lot of things. The drones. etc. It annoys me when people like um, The President says he has a mandate to do something just because he won. Uh, no I don’t think so. Not with my vote. Anyway….

Week of November 12

I turned over a private photo. The only pop culture thing in this layout is the top ten songs on iTunes. I’m going to label these photos later. I could not find a pen when I was doing the final touches. Sad but true. :/

I’m not done with the week of Thanksgiving but it only needs one more pic, so I’ll post it anyway:

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I also have to do the title card.

Starting December 2012 and in all of 2013, I am going to do Project Life on a monthly basis. Doing it weekly is all too much. I love PL, but now I can understand why people quit doing it. I felt silly stressing so much over this hobby. Instead of quitting, I am going to just take pictures when I take pics. No more forced picture taking. Since I don’t have a good camera phone, I can go a week without even taking a pic. The weekly thing is too much pressure.

I don’t know how this will affect my journaling. That is one of the things I love about PL. I think I will have a routine where I journal at the same time. When I was doing it weekly, I would try to set things up on Sundays…I don’t know. I just feel less anxious about the whole thing if I just see what pics I have on a monthly basis. I even thought about giving it up but I’m too invested now. I have to do it for 2013.

Ideally I would like to post my layouts once a month but I don’t print photos that often. I will probably post 2-3 months at a time starting in 2013. And who knows? In 2014 if I’m still doing it, I might just scrapbook without dates in mind. It sounds kind of nice to just put whatever in my scrapbook whenever I want and wherever. But I’m committed to doing 2013 monthly.

Read about Project Life here. I am using the Cherry Edition.

One more photo:

look @ storm!

Excuse the mess. That is the only spot I have for the new tank. It is 5 gallons – believe it or not. It is definitely better to get a horizontal tank if you have room. There is Storm, the betta fish. If you look closely at the bottom of the aquarium near the sponge bob cave, you can see one of the frogs. I think that’s Michelle. 🙂


Ohhh! The topic in this week’s Project Real Life class is decluttering! I have a lot to say about that. 🙂 Coming soon.

Project Life: Oaxaca City

I have my fall sort of planned out. First I gotta move. No big deal, right? I don’t know exactly when that is happening. Then the bead show is next weekend – so excited!!! Plus, I have 2 days off: Friday & Monday. That never happens. All I have to do is get my car inspected that Monday. On December 8 or 9, I will go see Breaking Dawn 2 or Lincoln. I may be daring and see both – not during the same weekend. lol. December/January is my movie going season. It is when the best movies usually come out (re: Oscar movies). I haven’t been to a movie theater since April.

It probably seems like I need more plans but anything else would overwhelm me. I have enough to do day to day.


One thing I love about Project Life is that it encourages me to journal. It isn’t just about pictures. I have journaled my whole Oaxaca City trip in my binder. I did a lot of layouts on my vacation because I don’t take a lot of photos each day so I have more than enough room. I am more of an event kind of girl. I would rather capture something new than document my day to day life. (which is the opposite point of Project Life – heh). But I’m doing both. I can’t wait for 2013. I get to do a full year of PL. 😉

I used my 25 free prints at Persnickety Prints for my photos.  I do not like how my photos came out. I am with from here on out. They are very slow but their quality is superb.  I’m probably going to shuffle things around more. I have a few more things I could add…and yes I do have empty spaces. Okay, here are the layouts:

1st page
page 2
3rd page
4th page
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page 6
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page 7

(Excuse that snippet of President Obama on Rolling Stone in the background. He had to try to sneak in and ruin my layout!)

As you can see as the pages go on, the more blank spots there are. The pics that are covered are pics of me, btw. I’m so tired of writing and blogging about Oaxaca, that I don’t have much to say. Blah, blah, blah. I wish I could go back for my birthday next May. LOL. Anyone want to pay for my plane ticket? 😉 I can afford a place to stay. That would be so wonderful…but so not happening.

Thanks for looking. I think I will have a ton of pics for next week’s layout. I took a lot of pics today. Then there’s election day and the bead show. But don’t worry, I won’t be doing a PL post soon since I order my pics every 3 months or so. I always make exceptions though. I will probably order my next pics after the 1st week of Jan 2013. #willpower

They Can’t If You Don’t Let Them

Tomorrow I’m leaving for Oaxaca, Mexico! 🙂 My alarm is set for 3:20AM. My flight leaves at 7:00. I will be back at 9PM on Wednesday night. Scared. Anxious. Terrified. Sick to my stomach (literally). Yep, that’s me. Excited too. I woke up at 2AM this morning and could not get back to sleep. It was nerves, I think. This cannot happen tonight. I have to travel for 10 hours. I need my sleep. I’m nervous, scared and anxious.

It is random things that are on my mind now. Like people saying, “Don’t eat the lettuce”. Well I was planning on doing just that since salads are less likely to be spicy. Well now, I probably won’t. If I were going to be there a week or two, I would take my chances with getting sick but I’m not going to be there long enough to get sick. The last thing I want to do is be sick on the plane ride(s) back. That would suck. There are just so many things to worry about. My mind is like AARGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!


Project Life layout – Week of September 24

This layout includes:

  • my passport photo
  • my dog smiling
  • the black and white necklace I made
  • iced vanilla coffee from McDonald’s – included it because it was National Coffee Day
  • 2 journal cards from the cherry project life kit

Week of Oct 1 – Oct 7

Layout includes:

  • business card from the currency exchange place
  • a pic of some of my pesos
  • pic of my passport/Oaxaca travel book
  • tag off of the IKEA dishrag I brought. lol. I was going to use the receipt but receipts don’t last very long
  • the start of a purple necklace I made
  • journaling cards

Big Brother layout

Big Brother 14 layout

Oh yes I did…This layout includes:

  • 3 pics from Big Brother. I’ve been watching this show for 14 years. I have probably missed less than 5 shows during all 14 seasons! The funny thing is I always forget who won so I wanted to document it in Project Life. I doubt I ever forget Ian. I love him. 😉
  • a Dexter advertisement. Another one of my favorite shows
  • my dog
  • journaling cards

I’m not fully done with these layouts. I will add some embellishments to a few photos when I come back. I can’t wait to do layouts for my Oaxaca trip. I am doing Project Life and I’m also making my own travel journal. The travel journal will have much more pics, more journaling and just fun decorations. I can’t wait. (geek alert!) I can see myself grabbing random stuff thinking “this would be wonderful for Project Life or my travel journal”. haha. To see a great travel journal. click here–> Her travel journal is my inspiration. Beautiful.
Memory Keeping at its best with Project Life

I used my ebay bucks to get started with my travel journal scrapbook. Look at what I’m getting:



Adios! Voy a Oaxaca, Mexico.