project life update: january + part of february (it’s a lot!)

***this is a super long update…i hope you’re cumfy***

i’ve been a busy girl. wanting desperately to be semi-caught-up with project life, i spent this weekend at the kitchen table with all my supplies and marshall at my feet (playing trains, of course).

the majority of january had been done. months ago. then 2 weekends ago i worked on some more of january when i finally started feeling creative. then this weekend, it was on like donkey kong. after a short work week (my boss is cool enough to close the office on Good Friday) and a 3-day holiday weekend on the horizon, i received good news in my mailbox. all my february pictures arrived from persnickety prints and i had fresh loot from the scrapbook store. i could picture my entire weekend.

let’s begin with how i’m approaching project life for twenty twelve. without question, i am a scrapbooker. a digi scrapper. a traditional scrapper. a scrapbooking girl from the days of christmas tree stencils and mrs. grossman’s stickers. i’ve been at this craft since 1998. times have changed, trends have developed and my style has matured. as much as i love my very first pages, this new way of capturing all the little things versus just the big things, really speaks to me and how i envision my kids seeing these books in 40 years. (and i fully intend for them to be memorialized with a shrine and all, jk)

so, the deal is that i have a lot of supplies. remember…scrapbooker here. i typically buy lots of matching lines of paper and stickers and embellishments for my traditional pages. and then i save the scraps for another time. and that other time is now. i also began seeing supplies differently. now i don’t buy 6 12×12 papers with all the embellishments to go along with one set of photos. i can now buy a sheet of letter stickers, a sheet of embellishment stickers and maybe a 12×12 of the paper cutouts. a slightly cheaper way to go but the best part is that with project life, i use significantly less of said supplies. they just go so much further.

here are the basic supplies that i rely on:

lily bee design alpha stickers
lily bee design 6×6 tiny tablets
washi tape and good ‘ole masking tape
american craft pens
smashpads
various letter stickers + various scraps and things
becky higgins core kit in clementine + 12×12 paper pack
date stamp
stapler
scotch glue sticks (no fancy tapes for me)

with all this stuff, pictures + supplies all organized, i delve into twenty-twelve.

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what i’m saying is that it doesn’t have to be a crazy expensive project. it can be so simple. it can be so quick. what i love is that i can still make little mini scrapbook pieces and still feel like i’ve made something special.

and that’s what i love the most.

happy scrapping!

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The Mom Creative

4 thoughts on “project life update: january + part of february (it’s a lot!)

  1. kristy.lynn says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it. from the staples to the masking tape & everything in between! i’m soo jealous you’re semi-up-to-date. i’m finishing up week 4 now.. and just did a MASSIVE edit on picnik before it shuts down shop this weekend. hope to get all the pictures this weekend & then hustle through the next few weeks. i’m starting to find my groove (finally!)

  2. dawn says:

    WOW!!!!! This was awesome to read and see, what a great job you did on it. Lots of cute moments to remember with your boys. I like that your in a lot of the pictures, keep that up!! Fun to see a variety in photo sizes, this way you can have more fun with the album.

    HOORAY for catching up, that was a lot of work!! Can’t wait to see more when you get them ready.

    p.s. sweet how you put in an old photo of you and your grandma!!

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