2014 week two | Project Life® Creative Team

Welcome to week two of my 2014 album.  This week I used It’s a Man’s world theme kit but recoloured the cards and Jade kit.  This is the week the first polar vortex hit us and MAN was it cold. Take a look:

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Project Life® is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I use photos, text and stuff to document our life weekly, monthly and for everything in between.

 

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*a portrait of my children every week in 2014*

A little behind but here is week 6.

Jake enjoying all our snow in our yard – its deeper than him in some areas but that isn’t stopping him.  He’s more into outdoor winter play for sure this year.

Ian’s new kicks – he’s quite proud of them, wearing them all through the house wanting the snow to be done so he can wear them outside.

And a portrait of brothers.  My silly boys.

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2014 week one | Project Life® Creative Team

I’ve discovered a few things creating my Project Life layouts the last few years.

First, I like it clean and simple.

Second, I prefer square edges but I’m OK with rounded and fine using both.

Third, my need to have it all one kit and matching was wrong.  This year I have been pulling from many kits, on hand or digital and creating layouts that match my weeks spread.

Fourth, I love this concept.

Here is week one finished from my 2014 album. I started my week on the first of the year so it was a short week.  I don’t feel the need to “have” a daily photo.  I take my week and look at it as a whole.  80% is always chronological but I make it work where and when I need to.

This week we said hello to twenty fourteen, goodbye to my sister as she travelled back to Honduras to finish her last term there teaching.  We’ll see her in June again. We visited the dentist, baked, cooked, built lego sets, and headed into the deep freeze that became the Polar Vortex.  I used a mix of products, Jade, Sunshine, Midnight, It’s a Man’s World, and Project Life life printables.  This week I also mixed using digital type, typewriter and my own handwriting.

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Project Life® is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I use photos, text and stuff to document our life weekly, monthy and for everything in between.

 

 

 

 

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*a portrait of my children every week in 2014*

Jake’s silly face after spending some time with me crafting on something from one of our Kiwi Crates.  His crazy hair.  Those eyes.  Him.

Ian lounging in his jammies, with his squishy, on the couch playing a game on the iPhone. That one ringlet, melts me every time. He’s getting so grown up looking.  Sigh.

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Lately | January 2014

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Lately I have been enjoying the simple everyday moments in taking and picking up my two boys to and from school.   It’s a simple thing that I miss out on and cherish so much.

Lately we have been adjusting to changes in routines and struggling without an extra vehicle when public transportation isn’t an option.

Lately I’ve been grateful for a good friend.

Lately I’ve been missing my other good friend.

Lately my boys seemed to have grown overnight.  I just pulled out all the small clothes and have to do so again  within weeks.  But it’s the longer reaches, the slimming face, the taller heights that get me… especially losing the baby face.

Lately I’ve had insomnia again and it’s time to put into practice my yoga.

Lately I’ve been reading about happiness because this year I want to fill my life with purpose.  These words struck me the most… “the days are long but the years are short” G. Rubin.

Lately I’ve had a lot of change on the work front and am excited to settle in for the rest of the school year.

Lately I’ve wondered how to connect deeper with my boys big and small.

Lately I’ve made time for myself doing something I love.  Putting photos and words together.

 

12 new recipes in 2014 | Parmesan Chicken

This year I wanted to change things up in the food department, now that I’m not coming home at 7pm any more it’s time to do some more cooking, so my goal is 12 new recipes. That give a new recipe a month.  So here’s January’s new dish care of Pinterest.

Parmesan Chicken | Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast

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  •  1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 c mayo
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Spread mix over chicken breasts, then bake at 375 45 mins.  It’s that simple and good.  We weren’t creative with the side dishes, just salad, rice and some corn but everyone loved it.  Will be making this one again.

 

School Album | Title Page

Welcome to Jake’s school album title page! This is how I chose to start his school album even if it’s the start of the month. I love the bold graphic look of his title page.  It’s bold but simple, with classic colours. I am using Personal Yearbook Mini Kit (digital exclusive) with Design A.  I’ll show you more of his album shortly – including September – December and two field trips/events.  Pardon the blur – I kept some details of this private for him and his teaching staff. I love pocket scrapbook.  I hope to pair this album with regular layouts, pieces of his work, both scanned and real.  I also hope to go back and do this for that past ohhhh… 8 years of my oldest son’s school career to date. Wish me luck!

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Project Life® is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I use photos, text and stuff to document our life weekly, monthy and for everything in between.

 

School Album | October

This layout was shared over on Becky’s Blog as a part of the Creative Team inspirations for January 2014.  I’ve been working on Jake’s school album for his first year of Junior Kindergarten.  I’ll share more of it later as I finish up some inserts and the last few months.  It’s been a really fun way to document this first year of school.  I am using the Project Life® as a memory-keeping system for these precious school years.  I also plan to go back as I sort through my oldest son’s boxes of school items.  I am using Personal Yearbook Mini Kit (digital exclusive). Using Design A and D for the pages.  I love the ease of pocket style scrapbooking, it allows me to play with paper and photos without too much fuss. I’m still a digi girl for everything else! Here is a look at October!TMcKerninJan2 TMcKerninJan2a TMcKerninJan2b

Project Life® is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I use photos, text and stuff to document our life weekly, monthy and for everything in between.