Putting Myself Out There

A little over two weeks ago, Becky Higgins put out at call for applications for the 2014 Project Life Creative Team.  I love looking at the 2013 Creative Team’s layouts and am always impressed with how lovely they look.  I love the wide variety of styles, too:  from the super-minimalist to lots of embellishments.  As I read over the qualities they were looking for in a team member, I thought maybe I should send in an application.

For two weeks the idea sat in the back of my mind.  Overwhelmingly, the question I most asked myself was, “Am I good enough?”  I don’t think of myself as particularly creative, but I think my layouts generally turn out pretty nice.  I’ve really enjoyed the past year of Project Life and it’s fun looking back and seeing how my style has developed over the months.

On Sunday, the last day to submit an application, I decided to go for it.  Put myself out there.  What do I have to lose, right?  The worst they can say is, ‘no thanks,’ and I can still do Project Life next year.  I typed up the bits of information they requested and attached five pictures of my layouts to an email.  And I pushed ‘Send.’  And now I’m waiting.  I don’t really think I’ll be someone that’s seriously considered (have you SEEN some of the amazing spreads people are doing?!?!), but it felt good to apply for it anyway.

Here are the pictures I sent in:

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Week 7

Week 30

Week 31

Week 40

Did you submit an application?  Link to your blog in the comments to share your work 🙂


Filofax, Week 43 Decoration PLUS a Video PLUS a Freebie!

I’ve been gone.

But now I’m back.  And to make up for my unplanned absence, I’m bringing  you THREE bits of awesome this morning.

First, my weekly pages:

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I wanted to use some nice, neutral colors this week.  I chose polka dot gray and warm yellow washi tapes, plus brown ink to decorate.

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Last weekend, I managed to print a little check list for each day of the week directly onto the pages.  It’s not perfect, but it’s close.  The video explains a bit more about why I’ve done this, but essentially, I wanted all my to do lists, cleaning schedules, etc. to be in ONE section, not split across multiple sections.

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FF WK 43.4The cute blue magnetic clip was from a RAK!  I love it!

Second, a video!  I totally changed my Filofax around again, so of course I had to make a video showing you all the fun newness.  Here ya go:

Third, and finally, a freebie!  You can download the journal page I created and print it for yourself!  You can print it on blank personal sized Filofax pages OR on regular size printer paper and trim it to fit.  When you print, make sure you change your settings for the personal size paper (3.75 x 6.75″).  Feel free to customize it for your own Filofax(es) and/or share it on your blog, too.  Just be sure to post a link back to this blog entry so people know where it’s from originally.  Click the link below to download it 🙂

FF Journal Pages

Filofax Decoration, Week 41

Week 41 in my Filofax is clean and simple!  Last week got a little too busy for my liking, so I’m trying to ‘tone it down’ a bit.  Here’s how it turned out:

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I used my cute tape from YozoCraft on the bottom and my all-time favorite cloud/heart washi tape along the top.  The yellow tape in the middle matches the bits of yellow in the house tape on the bottom.

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I just love this tape!  It’s not ‘real’ washi–it’s actually a plastic (not paper) based tape.

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I made the banner out of a longer tag piece.

FF WK 41.4My little bunny face sticker was perfect for my blog notes about Lucy 🙂

Share your Filofax links in the comments!

Project Life, Week 39

I’m all caught up with my Project Life pages!  I have week 39 to share with you today:


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I try to base the colors in my layout on the title card’s colors.  I made ALL my title cards at the beginning of the year (probably won’t do that again, but I don’t want to waste them).  This week’s colors were blue and green and the picture of the chestnut tree went perfectly with it!


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I had just finished my Week in the Life album this week, so I had some pictures of it.


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I didn’t have many pictures from the week, so three of the pictures on this page are from our outing to a craft fair over the weekend.


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I love using my bunny stamps any chance I get!  One of our buns got a new pen this week.


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Filler cards for 3×4 slots!  I didn’t have too much to say this week.


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Another filler card on the left.  I like how it turned out.  The pinwheel on the bottom is actually covering up a stamp-gone-wrong!


WK 39.7Week 39 is in the books!

I’ll be posting week 40 next weekend.  Can you believe we only have 12 more weeks of 2013 to go?  Time flies!

Week in the Life Lessons

OK, I promise this is the last post about Week in the Life!  As I went through this project, I learned a few things about what to do different next time to make completing things much smoother and simpler.  Here we go:


1.  Start with the end in mind.

If you watched my video from Tuesday, you know that my album was a goofy size.  I also had a mix of vertical and horizontal photos that made choosing an album type difficult.  Next time, I’m going to take all horizontal photos.  Then I’ll be able to choose a standard type of page protector, slip photos in pockets and be on my way!  Shopping for an album beforehand might also be helpful (so I’ll know how many photos I can use for each page/day).


2.  Send photos to an online printer.

I printed my pictures with my Selphy.  Easy?  Yes.  Quick?  Double yes.  But cost-effective?  Probably not.  I could have printed them much more cheaply had I sent them to Snapfish or another similar online printer.


3.  Stay simple!

I made my album so much more complicated than it needed to be.  Next time, with some planning ahead, I’m going to have a quick and easy way to display my photos and wrap up the project much more quickly.


Just a final thought:

I so enjoyed this project.  I recently started a new, less-stressful job and that’s what enabled me to do this WITL to begin with!  My old job was great, but it was totally exhausting and took over my life.  I NEVER would have attempted to even start a project like this because I knew I would just get too tired and I would never have the time to put a whole album together.  With my new job and my new lifestyle, I can do fun crafty things like this and I don’t view it as another chore to add to my ‘to do’ list.  I actually had a good time doing it!  I’m excited about finding other similar projects to take part in.  If you haven’t given something like this a try–go for it!  And feel free to link to your blog or YouTube channel below to share your projects!

Death Row Bunny

After we had Junie spayed and tried to bond her with Nibbles, it became apparent very quickly that Nibbles was not interested in having her as a buddy.  Junie would groom and snuggle, but all she got from NIbbles was…well, nibbles and nips!  After several months of trying to bond the two of them, we resigned ourselves to believing they could never work as a bunny pair.  Nibbles seemed totally fine on his own, but Junie would stick her nose through bars of her cage trying to get to Nibbles.  She would scamper over to get as close to him as she could.  It was obvious she wanted a friend.


Enter Crispin.


We got in contact with a fabulous bunny rescue, Friends of Rabbits.  We looked at an online album of adoptable bunnies and saw an adorable black and white spotted bun.  We arranged for him and Junie to meet and they got on famously!  We also learned that this sweet bunny had been in a county shelter on death row (literally) when Friends of Rabbits swooped in and saved him.


Junie and “new bunny” (as we called Crispin before he was Crispin) went to the bunny bonder’s house and were bonded over just a few days.  When they came home, it was so amazing to see her and “new bunny” running around together, grooming each other, and just being happy bunnies!  Here are some of the first pictures of the two of them together at home:



Floor Snuggle Buns

Next week…

Where Lucy came from!