Project Life 2013 Week 2

Week 2 was January 7-January 13 for our family.

It started out quiet enough, but toward the end it got quite busy. Thursday, January 10 was the high school art show. Saturday, January 12 was Katie’s actual birthday and we had a party for her on Sunday, January 13.

I have already completed the special pages for the Art Show and the Birthday Party. Tomorrow I will work on the Week Summary page(s). I’m fairly certain it will only be a single page.



I decided to throw having “cohesiveness” out the window for Project Life. Our life isn’t simple… I want each page to be a reflection of that week, that day, of us… in all of our chaos, creativity, and confusion! (that last part just sounded good).

There will be journaling about the art show on the main page for the week – in fact, the main page will probably match the kit and elements I used on the art show page.

I will come back tomorrow and edit this post (when & if I get the chance) to post credits and link the pages to my TLP gallery.


Catching Up

We’re only two weeks into the New Year and I’m playing catch up already… especially where the 31 Days of Challenges at The-LilyPad.Com are concerned!

I just finished days 10 and 11.


Kim Jensen Chalk Artist
Jacque Larsen Lone Star
Kate Hadfield Under The Tree
Sahlin Studio Field Trip
Allison Pennington Duly Noted v.2
TLP Collab Grateful (ScrapStacks #1) template by Amy Martin
TLP Collab Hoppy BDay
Valorie Wibbens For The Record

There might be more in the credits. I didn’t take notes like I usually do. Sad smile I was naughty.


TLP Collab Winter Wishes
Template: 31 Days of Challenges Day 11 Freebie by Emily Merritt


Day Late & a Dollar Short


I was on a really good streak with the 31 Days of Challenges until yesterday. Now, I’m a day behind. I might be able to eek out today’s (day 9) challenge later, but right now – I just want to take a nap.

Day 8’s challenge assignment was to scrap a page without using a photo. I’ve done photoless before, so no problem… or so I thought. I just couldn’t find inspiration. So I started browsing through all of my layouts (all the way back to the first one in February 2006). In my browsing I discovered I hadn’t made a cover for my youngest son Benjamin’s album.

Problem solved.


Template: from Beechtree by Sara Gleason
TLP Collab Things That Matter Most
Font: DJB Play Misty For Me by Darcy Baldwin

Why am I so tired?

I did a bunch of errands today…

Bank #1


Bank #2

The roads were super icy, so it took longer than it should have to drive from home to the first stop. By the time I finished at the first place the roads were much improved.

Nothing out of the ordinary at Bank #1 or at the Library.

Bank #2 is where things started to get weird.

Weird? At the bank?

Yes. Weird.

While I was conducting my business with the teller, the manager got a telephone call. It was the alarm company. The bank’s “Hold-Up Alarm” had been tripped. Police were in route.

As I was pulling out the parking lot, the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Deputy was pulling in. He looked at me critically as he pulled right up to the bank’s front door.

What a day! Now my neighbor is teasing me that while my kids are at preschool I run around robbing banks. HILARIOUS!

This should make for interesting entries for Project Life!


On A Roll

I’ve stuck with the 31 Days Challenges at The-LilyPad.Com for 7 days!! So proud of myself!

Day 7 Challenge – Build a Title using 4 Different Alphas. Harder than you might think!


-Template by Band Geek Designs
-Papers, doodles, flower, and 3 alphas from TLP Collab You Make Me Smile
-4th Alpha from TLP Collab Fall Moments
-Font: Janda Elegant Handwriting

Project Life Week 01 – January 1 – January 6, 2013 is complete!



Day 6 of 31

I just finished my Day 6 layout for the 31 Days of Challenges at TLP. The challenge was to scrap an imperfect photo. I had no trouble finding one!


The lighting at the bowling is *always* bad. No matter what I do or try with my phone, p&s, or dslr - the lighting just sucks and there is no way to compensate for it that I have found that gets me good results. So I just deal.

Papers & tape from The People In Your Neighborhood (a TLP collab) (I blended a paper by Amy Jaz and another from Amy Wolff together to get the look I wanted)
Journal card - Journal It by Jacque Larsen
Fonts: Title - Showcard Gothic and Journaling - Janda Everyday Casual
bowling element by Dream BIG Designs - (April 2012 Facebook freebie)


31 Days–Day 4 & Day 5

I’ve been scrapping like a maniac so far in 2013! Averaging just under 2 pages per day.

Day 4 Challenge: Realistic Stamping


Template by Amy Martin
December Bits by Sabrina Dupre
A Little Jingle Papers by Amber Clegg
Kitschy Christmas by Jennifer Barrette & Sahlin Studio
Petal Pops 4 by Amy Wolff
Very Merry Papers by Gina Miller

Day 5 Challenge: Color Inspiration – Purple

Let me just say, I am NOT a fan of purple. I went stash diving to find this gem of a kit so I could avoid purchasing any purple.


Follow Me by Allison Pennington


Day 03 of TLP 31 Days of Challenges


Inspired by this movie poster

I created this…


Template - Project Grids by Amy Martin
Alpha by Jacque Larsen from Winter Wishes TLP Collab
2011 Date Stamp by Amber Clegg
font: St. Marie

I will say this about the 31 Days of Challenges at TLP… I’m getting some scrapping done!

Layout Share: Resolutions {of sorts}


This was for the TLP Journaling Challenge for January 2013

Credits: I used everything but the kitchen sink! LOL
-Build Your Wings by Michelle Godin & Melita Bloomer
-Black & White Labeled by Michelle Godin
-Dreams & Wishes by Michelle Godin
-Summer Stickies by Michelle Godin
-TLP Grateful Collab (Scrap Stacks #1 November 2012)
-TLP Collab You Make Me Smile
-Messy Edges DSD Freebie by Amy Wolff
-The Simple Things Elements (BYOC April 2012) by Amber Clegg
some doodles by Kate Hadfield

Project Life

Just checking in…



Title Page…


Life Quote card by Ali Edwards.
blank grid journal card by Becky Higgins.
Project Life Template F by Becky Higgins.
Numbers by Amy Wolff from TDF Collab Everyday Life.
Font: Traveling Typewriter.
background paper by Amanda Heimann from Everyday Life (TDF Collab).
Paper for year card by Gina Miller from Everyday Life (TDF Collab)
Names & Birthdays list inspired by Kim
Kim A Walker.
Photo template used for dog space by Lili from TLP. Newspaper, bow, and word art on dog card from Must Love Dogs by Valorie Wibbens and Honey Design


2nd Challenge in the 31 Days of Challenges.
I Like Nonsense by Kaye Winiecki
Veneered Storytellers by Traci Reed
Jot It Down 3 by Amy Wolff


Scrappy New Year!

Between you and me and the wall, I’m going to be a scrapping fool for at least the month of January.

Project Life.

TLP’s 31 Days of Challenges – that’s a layout a day for the whole month. Awesome prizes up for grabs to those that complete the whole 31 challenges.

TLP’s Monthly Challenges

I have found a ton of other challenges and inspiration to keep me busy!

Day 01 of the TLP 31 Days of Challenges – Minimalist/Clean&Simple layout. Here’s the layout I managed to produce (image linked to TLP Gallery for full credits)…


See that font used in the journaling? I MADE THAT! My own handwriting on my layouts – finally!

{digital} Art Journal

First – It is the first day of a new year! Welcome 2013! It’s going to be a busy year for our family! Christopher will graduate from high school in 6 short months.
My baby boy is growing up.
He’s weighing his options and exploring things for his future as an adult.

Ok, down to business.

Last year, I discovered Art Journaling. More importantly, I discovered {digital} Art Journaling.
My pieces aren’t as elaborate or eloquent as some I’ve seen, but they are my “therapy”, my creative release – my time to express myself. This style doesn’t hold me to documenting or preserving family memories. I can do whatever I want.
I have promised myself for 2013 I will explore this genre more. I might even decide at some point to get my hands dirty and actually play with paints, markers, crayons, and glue.
Here are my {digital} Art Journal pages from 2012
2012-11-05_LMI_AJ_WindsOfChangeCredits: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin

All by Michelle Godin Designs


You’ve all seen this one before! I was playing and exploring. Decided I liked this one well enough it is going into my Document December project album.2012TLPArtsyMusing01

“Rainbow” was my first ever attempt at Art Journaling. I will say this, Michelle Godin Designs at TLP makes some of the yummiest goodies for {digital} Art Journaling!

Dashing off to Mass to celebrate theSolemnity of Mary, Mother of God.