2. After You
8. One with You
11. The Island House
15. Beach Town
16. A Man Called Ove
20. Savannah Blues
21. Savannah Breeze
24. Before the Fall
28. Christmas Bliss
2. After You
8. One with You
11. The Island House
15. Beach Town
16. A Man Called Ove
20. Savannah Blues
21. Savannah Breeze
24. Before the Fall
28. Christmas Bliss
Just stopping in to share a few weeks of my Project Life layouts from the end of 2015. I’ve got the year finished and my Blurb book ordered (40% off on sale last week!). Now I just need to start on 2016…only about 15 weeks behind! 🙂
Cass took our family pictures in a coffee shop and it snowed.
Ali‘s “With Gratitude” set – no longer available.
Ryan went duck hunting. I ran a Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving morning. That 6″ wide page on the right is like an insert. I actually filled the rest of the 12″ page with black in the file I uploaded to Blurb, and I’ll cut it off when my book comes!
Thanksgiving, taking Ellie to see Santa, putting up our tree.
Kelly Purkey Thanksgiving freebie
A double page spread for week 49.
I signed up for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (13.1 miles – in 18 days from now! EEK!), we were surprised by the porch horseshoe art fairy again, Ryan worked at Purdue, and I went to the eye doctor (again!).
Ellie got a video message from Santa, we opened daily Christmas countdown books, the Amazon packages started coming hot and heavy.
And the second spread.
Ellie’s second trip to Christmas at the Zoo. She was much more interested this year. 😉
Mailing Christmas cards, another (!) eye doctor appointment, and a little photo session in front of our Christmas tree.
Check back soon to see my pages for the rest of the 2015!
I’m making big progress on my 2015 Project Life album. Just a few weeks left to finish up, and I have a goal to have it ordered by the end of the month! I’m working on week 50 now, so I’ll have a few more layouts to share soon.
A doctor’s appointment, a work trip, a new checking account, and a little Halloween photo shoot.
Ali Edwards‘ Wordart (not currently available)
The end of harvest, trick-or-treating, and the stomach flu.
Ali Edwards‘ What Today Looked Like Word art (not currently available)
Kristin Cronin Barrow’s Halloween Sweetie cards
Daycare fun, our first Santa sighting, and a lazy weekend at home.
One Little Bird’s At Week’s End journaling cards
Scrapbooking, a doctor’s appointment, reading, Red Cups, and a breakfast date.
One Little Bird’s Around Here journaling cards
Check back soon for week 47 – 52!
I put Ellie to bed one night, then about an hour later she was awake and crying while I was asleep on the couch. Daddy rocked her for a while and told her I was asleep on the couch (“No Mommy, wake!”). I finally went in to put them both out of their misery and told her Daddy was being so good and rocking her and she needed to be nice to him:
(Pointing to the rocking chair) “No, Mommy rock!”
(Pointing to the door of her room) “Daddy get out room!”
5:24am, everyone in the house is sound asleep:
“No way Jose, Mommy. No way Jose, Mommy.”
Right back to sleep.
At daycare, Ellie asked Marianne to put on Mickey Mouse and Marianne told her she’d do it as soon as she finished what she was doing:
“May-anne, TV DAT way!”, while turning Marianne’s chin with her hands.
Ellie knocked her sippy cup off the coffee table, after she’d just knocked my cup over (with a lid on it):
“Gosh darn it! Water. Fell over. Speeled. Clean it up.”
When Ryan accidentally dropped a roll of aluminum foil on the floor and had to roll it back up:
“Oh Mommy yookie! Happened Daddy?”
I’m not a huge fan of year-long resolutions for a lot of reasons, but I love setting goals each month. The first of each month is like a new beginning, a fresh start. I posted about my January goals on Instagram, but I never shared them here. I’ve got new goals for February, but here’s how January’s goals shook out.
Bed by 10:00pm: Miserable fail for the most part. Something I will continue to shoot for all year because I have GOT to get more sleep. Getting up at 4:45 and going to bed at 11:30 is just brutal, and the fact that I’ve been doing that consistently for 9 months or so is probably why I’ve been sick for almost 4 weeks and can’t shake it.
Drink 100 ounces of water a day: I did pretty well on this one. I have my 24 oz Starbucks cold cups (that I LOVE) and I make a mark in my planner every time I finish one of my big cups (nerdy, I know, but if I don’t track it I drink hardly anything). I do well keeping up with it at work, but I’m not keeping up with my water in the evenings or on the weekends. I need to do better about that.
NO SPEND JANUARY: November and December were out of control, and not just with gifts for others. So I set a goal to make no purchases for me or the house, or anything unnecessary for Ellie in January, with a few exceptions (some major). I did really well on that goal, only purchasing those exceptions (including things for Ellie’s birthday party at the beginning of February). I added things I wanted to my wishlist board on Pinterest, and some of those things I’ve already purchased this month. But it is a habit that is continuing into February, being more mindful of what I’m buying, not buying things immediately when I see/think of them (which often means I lose interest and don’t buy them at all). I’m calling this one a win.
Do all of the TIU workouts during the TIU Challenge and try new TIU recipes: I don’t think I did EVERY workout, but I did almost all of them and I made new TIU recipes, so this one is a win too.
And now for February’s Goals:
NO FACEBOOK FEBRUARY: I had been spending entirely too long every day scrolling Instagram and Facebook. For a long time, I felt like I had to be “caught up” on both. I didn’t want to miss anything anyone posted. That’s just crazy. Add into that the fact that Facebook is now almost entirely junk, ads, memes, or re-shares of stuff that I mostly don’t care about and there’s so much of that that I barely see the photos or posts from people I actually know…it was time to get off of it. I don’t think I’ll ever give up Instagram, although I pared back the number of people I was following so I spend less time there also, and I’ve given up being “caught up” on it. I miss things people post and that’s totally fine. But it was time for Facebook to go, at least for now. I posted on January 31 that I was taking a break from it for a month, and then I moved the app into a folder on my second page of apps, and I haven’t looked at it since. The first day or two I’d catch myself thinking ‘I’ll just see if anyone has commented on anything I’ve posted’, or at bedtime thinking ‘huh, I’m caught up on Instgram, I looked at Timehop, I’ll pop into Facebook for a few minutes’. Nope. Okay, so now I have a few minutes for reading before I turn off the light. Win-win.
Move Blog to WordPress: This is something I’ve been thinking about that’s been hanging over my head for over a year. I just had no idea what I was doing. I even procrastinated all fall when the company I had my domain registered with was sold/changed hands and I thought ‘I should just get everything switched over before all that happens’. I had months of warning, and never made it happen. I decided last month that once Ellie’s birthday party was done, this was becoming a priority. For at least a year or more, no one’s been able to get to my blog if they leave off the ‘www’ and just type in ‘nicolenorman.com’. I have no idea what I did to make it do that, but that’s another reason I wanted to get things switched over, fixed, cleaned up, etc. So last week, I just started with what I thought was the first step. It was hard and confusing and I had to read a bunch of tutorials, but it’s pretty much done. I need to do a lot of tweaking, customizing, figuring out why my pictures aren’t showing up, etc., but it’s moved.
Catch Up on Project Life: I won’t be able to get totally caught up on Project Life this month, but I want to make progress on it. I took a couple weeks off of working on it to work on stuff for Ellie’s birthday party, but now that that’s done (post coming soon), I’m back into Project Life catch-up and I’ve got two weeks done in the last week. I’m trying to get faster about choosing the pictures I want to include and moving on. I want to get that 2015 book ordered! And I’m excited to work on 2016 with new products.
So there you go. January and February’s goals. What goals are you working on? Maybe I’ll be able to share my March goals before the month is half over…
Like last year, I made a little video with pictures and video clips for Ellie’s 2nd birthday. You guys, time is a BULLET TRAIN. These videos are a huge labor of love for me every year (mainly because I have to relearn the software every year) but I know I’ll be SO glad I made them. I already love them so much.
I know it’s a long one, but if you watch nothing else, fast forward to 14:15 or so (“nice to meet you!” – I am still LOLing at that one) and 15:24. Oh my Lordy, the girl absolutely kills me. I could watch those short clips over and over. Anyway, enjoy.
If you hadn’t noticed, I’m making some big changes around here. I’ve made the big jump from Blogger to WordPress and am learning my way around. Come back soon for some more Project Life catch-up, Ellie’s 2nd birthday video, and a few pictures from her 2nd birthday party. See you soon!
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.
Lots of exercise, LOTS of vehicle repairs (UGH), the dentist, a baby shower, and a big girl at daycare (my baby is growing up!).
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!
Farming, family, scrapbooking at work, a full moon in the crib, and more farming.
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.
A new planner, a sign painting party, plenty of Ellie gems, farming, fall colors, and Bridge Festival-ing.
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.
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.
>>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:
Once I’ve done all of those things, I will delete most of the checkboxes so it just looks like this:
Clear as mud? Any questions? Fire away!
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.