Sunday, February 13, 2011

Project Life Week 3

So I finally finished another week of my project life album. This week has been so busy but I finally found some time today to get it all done. Plus there was so many extras that I needed to include for the week. Here is the first side of the week. January 21 -27. The first picture is of the heart garland that the kids and I made. We hung it on the mantle and I love it. The second picture is of our Elders Quorum activity at Church. (Patrick is the President) We had a Chili cookoff where we had two judges, eat the chili and pick a favorite. Paul, father in law, was one of the judges. That night we also had the Wii's hooked up to projectors and we played bowling on the big screen. It was a big hit !! The next picture is of us playing our mostly weekly game of phase 10.

This next page is of Noah outside. He came to us on Saturday and pleaded to go outside so we let him. He was in heaven. I went around with him taking some pictures of him exploring. I had so many cute pictures of him that I couldn't choose one of them. I made a collage page and I love it.

This is another collage that I did which is on the other side of the previous collage. My mom and I went down to the dinosaur museum that monday. They have museum mondays down there and do extra fun stuff. They had put some fake snow like stuff around the museum and had the dinosaurs dressed up in hats, gloves, scarves, ect. The girls thought that was so funny. Before we left the girls got our their DINOSAUR sighting gear, hats, binoculars, and walkie talkies. They pretended to Dino Dan and Track (one of their favorite shows on TV) all night. They really had fun. 

This page is my journaling from our museum night. I used on of Ali Edwards Journaling blocks and added my text.

This is some journaling from the next set of pictures. We are going to do a fun family photo every month and the day we took Januarys it was snowing and it 
really made it kind of cool. The journaling just tells about the photography project that we are going to do, which is the monthly family photo. Again, I used one of Ali Edwards journaling blocks. 

This is my favorite picture from the museum and so I wanted to blow it up and print in for the book We had just gotten to the museum and the girls were really excited about searching for dinosaurs. Katelyn had spotted one and was pointing it out to Maddie. It is a 6x12 picture. 

These are some pictures from our January family photo shoot. I love, love how they turned out. I love that it was snowing and that we had hats, and gloves on. 

This is our family photo for January. The snow was falling, the timer was set, maddie is saying Cheese instead of actually smiling, and Noah was not to happy, but I love it. It shows us in really life. Nothing is perfect. 

This was one of my favorites from that day. Noah and Patrick adore eachother. Noah follows Patrick around like a puppy dog and wants to be with him all the time. He is such a daddy's boy. 

As I have gotten three weeks into my project life album I have really come to the realization that I love this way of  preserving our lives. It really does work for me, for the here and now. It is fun, not to stressful, and I am really enjoying doing something new. I have really enjoyed finding different clipart pieces, or different things to go onto my journaling cards.  I don't just have to leave them plain all the time. I am still doing traditional layouts and I will post them here for you to see but for the everyday, real life other stuff, this is great. I feel really ok about not doing a layout of our dinosaur museum trip or all the snow pictures that I took that week. It is really freeing to be able to do something with my pictures that I adore but not have to take the time to do a two page layout. I had to really come to the realization that I don't have time to do two page layouts of every event, or every multiple photo event that I have. I still am going back to when Noah was born and doing pages from then. I even have to finish his baby book. But wow, look at me ramble off. I guess my point is, if any of you out there feel like you don't have the time or the creativity to scrapbook, PROJECT LIFE, might just be the thing that you need. 

Everyone have a wonderful Valentine's Day. I am off to put some finishing touches on Katelyn's Birthday party plans. 



Anonymous said...

I love your project life album! All the extra elements you have added are great. Please tell me how you make your collages - are they templates and if so where from. Also, the journaling on your photos - is that something you purchased? I like to add things to my photos before I print as well, but some of your fonts are great. I am so inspired by your album. Thanks so much for your help.

Mindi said...

Brandi - Thank you for the nice comments. The collages are from Cathy Zielske. You can find them at The ones I bought came in a pack of collage templates. They are great and I love them. As far as the journaling goes, the actual sayings are from Ali Edwards and you can find them at designerdigitals as well. The days of the week are Ali Edwards brushes. And some things I just made in photoshop. If there is something specific you would like to know about just let me know and I will be glad to point you in the right direction or answer any questions. Thanks for looking.

Laura T. said...

I just found your site from the PL Gallery. Your album is coming along so nice. I love all the little "extras" you are adding to your book.

Debbie said...

You're awesome for sharing... Will you tell me how your printing your journaling cards? Are you using a good ole' typewriter or are you feeding the cards through your printer? Thanks!

Mindi said...

Debbie - Just saw your comment. Yes, I am putting them through my printer. I have a wonderful printer that I can put any size paper in. So what I do is scan the card in and then crop it to 2.75 X 3.75 using photoshop. put my journaling in and print on the card. There is another way if you don't have a printer that you can put your cards through. You type your journaling on a sheet of printer paper, the thinner the better. Hold it up to the light with the journaling card on top. That way you can see right through the card and see if you need to adjust your journaling to fit around the card space. Adhere the card to the printer paper. I have used the square mounting squares, they work the best because they come right off. And then run it through your printer again. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. I'd be glad to help.

Debbie said...

Thanks Mindi for your reply! It helps a lot with the printer thing and I'm grateful for the hint on what adhesive to use for a temporary fix. I've also looked at Cathy Zielske's collage templates and I'll be purchasing soon. I could make my own, but honestly, I'm going for what's easier at this point! Easy means getting it done. :) Thanks again!

Arlene said...

Mindi, your work is amazing. I am working on my PL as well...way behind though but trying to catch up. I am wondering where you get your 4x6 page protectors from? Also, do you use any 6x4 protectors, if so where do you get them from? Your work is very inspiring.

Mindi said...

Arlene - Thanks for the comments. I'm glad I'm not the only one behind !! The move has really taken my time away for my pl album. Someday soon I'll catch up. The 4x6 page protectors are these ones form american crafts. Here's a link

found at I got them at Roberts Crafts back in Utah. You could check Michael's but you'll probably have to order them online. I haven't used any 6x4 page protectors. Here are some I found at

Hope that helps. Let me know if you need anything else.