Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Project Life: Week 17

Another week done!  Played a little more with papers and elements than I usually do.  I tend to pick a a kit (usually a BYOC from the Lilypad) and pull everything from one place... this time I pulled from a few different kits/sets.  It was fun... but I sure had a bunch of files open at one point!!

 Supplies:
Template - Amy Jaz Designs
Title card - Titled Templates by Amy Jaz Designs
Chev. paper - Jump for Joy Lilypad Collab
Dotted paper - Hoppy Birthday Lilypad Collab
4x6 templates - Paislee Press
Now sticker (recolored) - Jump for Joy Lilypad Collab
13 card - Dated Big Negatively by Amy Martin
"happy birthday" - Hoppy Birthday Lilypad Collab
Supplies:
Template - Amy Jaz Designs
4x6 Templates - Paislee Press
Chalkboard paper and doodles - Chalklet by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid
Grey chev. paper - Jump for Joy Lilypad Collab
Typewriter card - Today Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens
Friday card - Bracket it Up Weekdays by Amy Martin

All from The Lilypad!

Monday, April 29, 2013

backtracking...

Getting ready to work on project life, but I wanted to start on posting my spring break pics.  I can't believe that almost a month as passed already!  That's the one thing I'm not sure I like about PL... it really makes the weeks fly by!!  I'm just finishing up one week and then *boom* it's already time to start the next one!

We had such a great day yesterday!  Alex had his 13th birthday party at a gaming lounge here in the city.  It's funny... I think there may have been 13 kids there (plus one of Alex's teachers from school) to go with the "13" theme.  They had an absolute blast together... it was amazing for me to see such a big group of boys (and a girl) that really get each other...  they're all somewhat geeky gamers just like Alex and have such a great time when they're hanging out together.  Sigh... makes this mom happy!   Sadly... the few photos I took won't get added to a PL page until next week (when I do my week 18 layout) since I scrap Sunday to Saturday.

Anyway... back to spring break!  Our first full day in Missouri was Easter Sunday.

Here are the kids dressed up for church...
In front of the sign for the church I grew up going to...
After church, we went back to my parents' house and started getting things ready for the big family dinner.

One of the highlights of these gatherings for the kids is getting out the golf cart. 

 Clara was the brave soul riding on the back...
 Now, her cousin joined her back there...
Charlie...
For some reason the kids ended up rummaging through dad's garage and came out with the kites...


And then some leftover fireworks from the 4th...
 It was a really great day of catching up with family that we don't get to see very often!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

a little preview of the grunge show...

I have got to get back into posting things other than my project life pages!  For every photo that makes it into my PL book... there are a bunch more that are edited and ready to go into our big, end of the year album.  I even had a bunch completely edited, resized for web and ready to post... but I've been a little lax about actually posting them.

So, before I go back to the spring break photos I've been meaning to upload, I'll post this video from last weekend.  Alex has been at School of Rock for a while now and loves it!  Clara just joined around Christmas.  She wasn't so sure at first, but now loves it too!  Especially since she has graduated out of Rock 101 and is in a "real" show this spring!  She joined the grunge show with Alex.  That official show is next weekend, but last weekend was the spring preview show.  Three songs were picked from each of the 5 spring shows and were performed at a fundraiser concert. 

One of Alex's songs, was picked and Clara just happened to play keys on this song too!  As an added bonus, it was on Alex's 13th birthday!  What better way to ring in your first day of being a teen than belting out Smells Like Teen Spirit up on stage!!  Can't wait until the full show next weekend!!

video
The song needs just a little more polish... but my favorite thing is the end where they're all high-fiving each other!  They really have a lot of fun up there and a few of them have become really close!  Alex has a band with a couple of the kids up there (two on the song and one coming in for the next song).  They hang out a lot, have sleepovers and have a lot of fun together.  I love it when an activity, becomes more than just another lesson to go to, but more of a family :-)



Friday, April 26, 2013

Project Life: Week 16

Another week done!  I'm very excited that I'm sticking with it!  I think my motivation now is getting excited about paging through the finished book.  I really can't wait to see it.  The other day I came across some old photos from when the kids were little.  This distracted me a bit, I got into the mindset that today could wait and what I really needed to do was free the old stuff from computer, since we had so enjoyed looking through those photos (laughter to the point of tears... so much fun!).  But, I had to keep myself on track and realize that I needed to keep focusing on today, since in a few years, these will be the "good old days" for my kids.  So, onward with this project and I'll fill in the down time with work on the old stuff. 

Oh!  Speaking of freeing photos from my computer... my MyPublisher book came!  I'm totally in love with it and ready to go back a year to 2011 to print another one!  I can post more details about it later if anyone is interested.  I'm just so excited about getting so many things printed this year.  That book has 635 photos in it... most of which, had not been printed before in any form!

 Enough of that... on to week 16.  Not loving my title card this week, but I gave up and called it "done". 
 Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Title Card - Titled Templates by Amy Jaz Designs
Paper on title card - Crazy for You by One Little Bird
Journal Card - Color Me Happy by Amy Jaz Designs
4x6 Photo Collage templates by Designs by Lili
3x4 Photo template by Designs by Lili
Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Journal Card - Color Me Happy by Amy Jaz Designs
Make a Wish Card - paper and elements from the Lilypad collab Hoppy Birthday
4x6 photo collages by Designs by Lili
3x4 photo template no. 2 by Designs by Lili

All from The Lilypad.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Project Life: Week 15

 Forgot to post these last week!  So here they are and on to putting together week 16!

 Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Cards - Hello Lucky by Amy Jaz Designs (4x6 recolored)
4x6 Templates - 4x6 Collages by Designs by Lili
Arrow photo cards - 3x4 Photo Templates No. 2 by Designs by Lili
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
4x6 Templates - 4x6 Collages by Designs by Lili
Journal Card - Hello Lucky by Amy Jaz Designs
Papers - How It Began by One Little Bird
3x4 frame - Make Today Amazing by Emily Merritt

All supplies from The Lilypad!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Project Life: Week 14 part 2

Finally caught up with posting my completed PL pages... but, yes, that does imply that I still have not completed week 15!  It's about halfway done and it is only Tuesday (but why does it feel like it must be later in the week that this???).

 Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Title Card - Titled Templates by Amy Jaz Designs
Papers - In Review Papers by One Little Bird
Elements - In Review Elements by One Little Bird
3x4 Photo Templates No. 2 by Designs by Lili
4x6 Photo Collages by Designs by Lili
Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Card - In Review Elements by One Little Bird
4x6 Collages (No. 1, I think) by Designs by Lili

As usual... all from The Lilypad!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Project Life: Week 14 part 1

Still behind with my posting!  I have good a excuse though :-)  Instead of resolutions, a lot of people I know do the "one little word" thing for each new year.  I didn't officially do that this year... but, if I had, I think my word would have been "print".  I have been very troubled for a while by how many photos I have trapped in computer and this year I've decided to do something about it!  My PL pages are still technically trapped and so are my Bearski book pages for now... but I just completed my second photobook of the year!  I mentioned the Cancun one a few weeks back (ordered from Shutterfly... loved it!), today I just sent a 100 page book with about 635 photos from 2012 to print!!!  I saw a couple of pins on pinterest about people who print a big year book of sorts with all of their photos each year and I've been wanting to do that.  One of the posts I read, mentioned that they print through My Publisher and that they waited to print their book until they run their free extra pages deal.  Well... I got that email the other day and I sure wasn't ready for it!  But, their software was easy to use, the process went really smoothly and I was able to send the book off to print today before the coupon expired (SPRINGPAGES expiring at 11:59 tonight)!  Hardbound book with photo front and back, 100 pages, 635 photos, SHIPPED for $45.99!  I can't wait to get the book to see what I think of the quality! 

Okay... back to project life!  Here is the first half of our spring break trip to Missouri...
 Supplies:
Template - Amy Jaz Designs
Title Card - titled templates by Amy Jaz Designs
4x6 Templates - 4x6 Collages by Designs by Lili
Happy card - spring break cards by Emily Merritt
Papers - Think Happy. Be Happy. by Lauren Grier
3x4 Photo Templates No. 2 by Designs by Lili
Supplies:
Template - Amy Jaz Designs
4x6 Templates - 4x6 Collages by Designs by Lili
Spring Break Card - spring break cards by Emily Merritt
Papers - Think Happy. Be Happy. by Lauren Grier

Friday, April 12, 2013

Project Life: Week 13

We're back from spring break!  Actually, we've been back almost a week already... I just haven't gotten around to posting anything.  I'm actually all caught up still with PL, I've just been avoiding making my supply lists so I could post everything.  I've got the supply list done on this one, so here it is...
Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Title card - Titled Templates by Amy Jaz Designs
Patterned Papers - oh dearie by Paislee Press
4x6 Collages (No. 1) by Designs by Lili
3x4 Photo Templates (No. 2) by Designs by Lili
Arrow Card - Hello Lucky by Amy Jaz Designs
Supplies:
Template by Amy Jaz Designs
Patterned Paper - oh dearie by Paislee Press
Heart - dotted: love edition (recolored) by Emily Merritt
Journal Card - Chevrombre 4x6 by Amy Martin
4X6 collages - Designs by Lili

All available at The Lilypad.