Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Weeks 38 - 42

I've been chugging along, working as quickly as I can to finish up Project Life 2015. I wanted to have the pages done and the book ordered and in hands the first week of February. Yeah, not happening. But I'll just keep chugging as fast as I can, while I continue to upload current photos and journaling so I don't lose anything from my current memory keeping while I catch up on these past weeks. If you missed it, you can see more about how I do that here.

Week 38
Lots of exercise, LOTS of vehicle repairs (UGH), the dentist, a baby shower, and a big girl at daycare (my baby is growing up!).
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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
One Little Bird's Cabana journaling cards
Digital Design Essentials Daily Notes cards
Ali Edwards Say Hello No. 2 Word Art

Week 39
A 19-month checkup and shots, new Thursday night TV, a bald eagle in our backyard, lots of working out, scrapbooking, farming, and a birthday party!
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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Project Life Happy Edition
The Starbucks card is an image saved from the Starbucks emails (love them!).
The "You are my favorite" card is a freebie from Christine Herrin's email newsletter.

Week 40 
Farming, family, scrapbooking at work, a full moon in the crib, and more farming.
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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Project Life Perfectly Imperfect cards (recolored to match)
In a Creative Bubble's Real Life cards (no longer available - but check out the awesome designs now in her shoppe!).

Week 41
Lots of farming, horseshoe art left on our porch, running, Mama-and-Ellie day at the Bridge Festival (and a lost [and found] cell phone - UGH), and Daddy cutting his first beans.
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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 cards

Week 42
A new planner, a sign painting party, plenty of Ellie gems, farming, fall colors, and Bridge Festival-ing.
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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Everyday Edition kit
Ali Edwards Fall Boxes from Designer Digitals (no longer available).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Staying Organized for (Digital) Project Life

As I recently shared, I am currently 16 weeks 13 weeks (progress!) behind on Project Life. I’m not really stressing about it because I have a system (do you know me? Obviously I have a system.). As promised, today I’m going to share a little peek into that system which helps me keep my photos, journaling, etc. organized so I don’t have to worry when I get behind.

I take a ridiculous number of photos every week, mostly on my iPhone. I like to get the photos off my phone once a week so they’re getting backed up and so I don’t lose track of where I am. So on Mondays I upload the previous week’s photos to Dropbox. (I just recently turned the Camera Upload feature back on in Dropbox so this part may be changing soon.) In Dropbox, I have a folder called _PHOTOS (the _ is so it shows up at the top of my list of folders alphabetically), and inside that folder I put a folder for each week.

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
Here's how that looks on my phone:

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.

Sidenote: There are two Week 52 folders because I'd already uploaded all of the photos from December 21 - 27 before I decided to include 12/28 - 12/31 in that last week of the year, so I made a second folder to keep things straight while uploading, then lumped them all into one folder on my computer called 'Week 51 12-21 to 12-31'.

While those photos are uploading, I look back over my planner and my photos from the previous week and type up a short list of what we did that week, along with anything Ellie said or did that I want to remember, etc. Anything I might want in a Project Life layout for that week gets typed into a plain text file (so it opens easily on PC or Mac) and saved right in that same week’s folder of photos in Dropbox. Every couple of weeks I copy the photos and text file to a corresponding folder on my laptop and my desktop. On my desktop, in my Photos folder, I have a 2015 folder that has a folder for each month (01 January, 02 February, etc.), and then inside each of those folders is a folder for each week that falls into that month.

>01 January
>>Week 1 1-5 to 1-11
>>Week 2 1-12 to 1-18

My laptop is just for scrapbooking, web surfing, etc. – not for long-term storage – so I just have a Project Life folder that has a folder for each week with the week number and dates. Once I scrapbook that week, I drag that week’s folder into a “DONE” folder and I’ll eventually just delete those since the photos, layouts, etc. are stored on my desktop (and backed up from there to the cloud).

Usually on Sunday evenings, I upload any photos I took on my dSLR that week into the corresponding week’s folder on my laptop (and into the folder in Dropbox so I can easily copy them over to my desktop for long-term storage) so those are ready to go with the iPhone photos. I keep a list in Evernote of all of the weeks of of the year with the week number and the date that looks like this:

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
The check boxes are:

  • to make sure I’ve uploaded the pictures to Dropbox
  • to make sure I’ve put the photos on both my laptop and my desktop
  • to make sure I’ve tagged and renamed them on my desktop in Bridge (I tag with the names of the people in the photos, the location or subject of the photo, etc. then rename with Year_Month_Day_'Original Filename from camera' so they’ll show up in chronological order no matter if they’re iPhone photos or dSLR photos.
  • to be sure I’ve scrapbooked the layout on my MacBook
  • to be sure I’ve copied the layout to my iMac for long-term storage/backup

Once I’ve done all of those things, I will delete most of the checkboxes so it just looks like this:
How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
So, WOW. That looks really time intensive and confusing. I promise it’s not, not at all. And now, looking at 13 weeks to catch up on, I’ve got 13 folders labeled with the week number and the dates stored on my laptop. Each folder contains all of the photos and information about that week ready to go, along with any digi supplies I want to be sure to use. I can access my list in Evernote from any computer, so I can always see where I’m at and what I need to work on next. When I’m done with a layout, I save the finished Photoshop file, full-size 12” x 12” JPGs of both sides of the layout (for printing), and any files resized to share on Instagram or my blog into Dropbox so I can get the full-size files onto my desktop and the small files onto my phone to share.

Clear as mud? Any questions? Fire away!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Week 37

If you've been following along here for a while, you know that I used to share my Project Life layouts. And...that stopped in April 2014, a few weeks before I went back to work from maternity leave. Near the end of 2014 it was becoming clear to me that I wouldn't be able to keep up with Project Life if I tried to continue doing it in paper. And I had a baby who would soon be mobile enough to get into my supplies if I had them spread around. So I switched to digital layouts that I just had printed at Persnickety Prints and slipped into 12" x 12" page protectors at the back of 2014's album.

Sidenote: I am not using the Project Life app, although I have it and it’s dang awesome (and I do use it for part of my process for keeping organized for Project Life). This control freak just needs a little more control over fonts, etc. and I can add my fun digi supplies with a lot less finagling and moving files around if I just use Photoshop on my laptop.

After doing that for a few months and liking it, I decided that I'd continue doing digi layouts in 2015, but I'd order them in a 12" x 12" photo book. I love photo books and how little space they take up on the shelf compared to two huge three-ring albums per year. And the look is so clean and pretty. So that’s what I’ve been doing and I was chugging along, just a few weeks behind, for most of the year. Until Week in the Life in August. I switched over to working on that project instead of Project Life and with just 30 minutes to an hour on my lunch break at work and an hour or less some evenings, progress is pretty slow on my scrapbooking projects. I finally wrapped up my Week in the Life album and started working on Project Life pages again in November, just in time to get into December Daily which took priority over Project Life too. Other than waiting for one last batch of photo prints and wrapping up some last journaling and embellishing once they come, December Daily is pretty much done now too. That last week of the year I was really itching to get started on Project Life this year with the new Project 52 2016 kit I downloaded, but I’ve got 16 weeks of 2015 to catch up on before I’ll let myself get into the new year.


But have no fear. I’m determined, I have a goal (three weeks, which I’m really not sure is possible), and I’ve got a pretty good system in place. I’ll share a little peek into that system in the next few days or so. It may just help you stay organized for your own Project Life.

So without further ado, here is the page I finished yesterday. Week 37, complete with a Labor Day breakfast date and swimming, workouts, a healthy food grocery haul (solo! With Starbucks!!), and a full day of meal prep.
Project Life Week 37
Here's a larger view of the left side.
Project Life Week 37
And the right side.
Project Life Week 37
Check back in the next few days for a peek into my Project Life organizational system!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The 20 Books of 2015

1. The Longest Ride
This was a Nicholas Sparks book that I'd somehow missed until I saw it mentioned at the end of 2014 because of the movie coming out. I loved the book.

01 The Longest Ride

2. The Happiness of Pursuit 
I heard Chris Guillebeau interviewed on a podcast and HAD to read his book. The man visited every country in the world. Awesome, inspiring book (and a good read for the beginning of the new year!).

02 The Happiness of Pursuit

3. The Fringe Hours
I posted about this book when I read it. An awesome read for any mama, or really probably anyone that's not been making enough time for themselves.

03 The Fringe Hours

4. Happier at Home
I love, love Gretchen Rubin. Couldn't pass this one up. Great read.

04 Happier at Home

5. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe
This book had been on my "Books to Read" Pinterest board for a while. I loved it.

05 The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

6. The Secrets of Happy Families
Another one from my Pinterest board. I knocked several of those out this year. This one was just...okay.

06 The Secrets of Happy Families

7. Me Before You
A much talked about book online and on Instagram this year, I had to check it out. It was okay, but I HATED the ending. Blech. I'm interested to read the sequel...it's on my list. :)

07 Me Before You

8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Another book from my Pinterest board. It was a light easy read. A nice change after Me Before You.

08 The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

9. The Girl on the Train
Another much talked about book. It was a page-turner for sure, but I didn't love it.

09 The Girl on the Train

10. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
One of the most talked about books this year and I LOVED it. I want to Konmari EVERYTHING.

10 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

11. Eleanor & Park
Another of 2015's popular books it seemed. I loved it and didn't want it to end. I need to read more of Rainbow Rowell's books.

11 Eleanor & Park

12. We Are Called to Rise
Yet another popular book, at least in the blog/Instagram circle I'm in (mostly scrapbookers/creatives). This one was just 'eh' for me.

12 We Are Called to Rise

13. Grey
A new 50 Shades book...how could I not? Love them.

13 Grey

14. All the Light We Cannot See
A Pulitzer Prize winner on my list. I liked it and read it pretty quickly.

14 All the Light We Cannot See

15. Yes Please
Amy Poehler...I mean, you can't go wrong.

15 Yes Please

16. Anchored
I heard about this book during an Amazon book sale. It was a tough, but very interesting look at what it's like to have a very preemie baby and to come out on the other side. I wouldn't recommend for a pregnant or new mama.

16 Anchored

17. Out of Line Series
I saw this one recommended by an Instagram friend and I loved it! Very easy read and it kept me up entirely too late at night.

17 Out of Line series

18. Finding Lily
I've followed Rachel del Grosso on Instagram for years so I had to check out her first self-published book.

18 Finding Lily

19. Captivated by You
I saw in a magazine that there was a new Crossfire book coming out in April 2016. When I went to pre-buy it for my Kindle, I saw there was a fourth book that I'd missed! This one kept me up too late at night and I flew through it.

19 Captivated by You

20. The Year of Pleasures
This book had been on my Pinterest board for years. I was itching to check out an actual physical book from the library and they had it, so on my bedside table it went. It was okay, but by the end I was just kind of ready to be done with it.

20 The Year of Pleasures

So those are the 20 books I managed to squeeze into 2015. I've got some awesome books stacked up on my bedside table, and several unread or barely started books in my Kindle app on my iPad. With my 10:00pm bedtime goal for 2016, I'm hoping to get back to more reading (and less scrolling)!

I'm also going to get back to blogging more as I crank through my 16 weeks (!!!) of Project Life that I'm behind on. I've got my photos organized and journaling for each week in the folder with them, so I'm ready to get rolling so I can get 2015's book ordered! Check back soon!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Week in the Life - Sunday 8/9/15

My last post from Week in the Life 2015! My photos came in the mail yesterday, so I might have my album finished up by the end of the weekend! 

6:20 Workout in the garage. Do 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes of a Tone It Up total body workout.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

Shower. Ellie is awake but still in her crib. When I get out of the shower the house is quiet. Ryan and Ellie are sitting at table looking at the book for his new fishing boat kicker motor.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

8:20 Breakfast. Oatmeal, toast, yogurt, and strawberries for E.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

9:00 Start a load of laundry while Ryan unloads and loads the dishwasher. Cut onions to roast with green peppers.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

9:40 Ryan leaves to put on the new boat motor and take recycling. I put chicken in to bake.

10:20 Rock and lay Ellie down for nap. I take the chicken out. I listen to scrapbooking podcasts and mix up peanut butter balls for the week.

10:45 Ryan comes home to meet Dale and Rodney to go over their Canada lists. I put together my salads for work. Dad and Jenny come over and come in to visit.

11:50 Ellie wakes up. She visits with Dad and Jenny. She eats Goldfish and cheese.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

12:15 Dad and Jenny leave. I heat up a hot dog for Ellie. She eats all of it, and a whole veggie pouch, and some broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.

1:00 We put away laundry.

1:50 I pick out outfits for Ellie for vacation and pick out her clothes for this week while she plays in her room.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

She plays in our extra bedroom while I put some of her clothes in the suitcase.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

2:45 Ryan gets home.

3:10 Lay E down for her second nap. She's been yawning. Ryan preps scalloped chicken except with leftover turkey from Rodney and Cheryl's the other night.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

5:30 Ellie and I throw balls back and forth off of our bed while Ryan takes a shower. I was supposed to be packing but this is more fun. :)

6:15 Supper. E eats lots of "turkey spaghetti", a ton of cottage cheese, a bunch of strawberries, and half a banana.

7:00 Bath.

7:30 We all play on our bed and our bedroom floor.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

7:45 Ryan and I finish my salads for work.

8:25 I rock Ellie and lay her down. She's yelling "Mommy? Mommy?". Catch up on IG.

9:00 Pack my clothes for vacation.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

Pack diapers and wipes for the week in the car seat bag.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

10:00 Sit down with iMac and laptop and move this week's pictures off of Dropbox onto computers.

2015 Week in the Life: Sunday

10:30 Ryan's TV shuts off because I plugged it into a timer for vacation. He goes to bed. Me too.