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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Catching Up: Project Life: Jan. 30-Feb. 5 & Feb. 6-Feb. 12, 2012

Hello All!  Sorry for the absence, but it's been a busy few weeks!  So let's drive right in!
First Up: Project Life: January 30-February 5, 2012
LOTS of stuff for this week; we visited the Georgia Aquarium over the weekend, so that means I've included stuff from our visit and the plane rides (a first for both boys) plus all the other stuff that happened during the week!
Here's a close up of the left hand page; I used the 4"x3" spaces more for receipts and pieces of paper collected throughout the weekend than I did for pictures, which is my norm.  There's a picture of my grocery cart at Wal-Mart, where I got a bunch of party favors, plates and napkins for my boys' upcoming birthday parties, and I've included the receipt.  I put our Claim Ticket we got at the airport for our double stroller (luckily they let us check it at the gate, and pick it up right outside of the plane, so we weren't without it for long!).  I also wrote out everything we ate on our Atlanta trip on a piece of the notepad paper that was in our hotel room, mainly because I liked the saying on the paper: "Leave a trail of genius".
Here's the first insert-in an 8.5"x11" page protector, our boarding passes leaving Greensboro (I blurred out the important stuff).  When I checked-in online, they offered to include the weather report for our destination (Atlanta) with the print out.  I opted in for that, since it would be cool to look back and see what the weather was like...(fortunately) it was totally wrong and we didn't have rain on Saturday, but beautiful sunny skies and mid-60's!
On the back of the insert, I included the walking map the hotel gave us so we could get to the Aquarium.  It was only about 8 blocks, but it was a great walk.
And the right-hand side; mostly pictures from the Aquarium, including an Instagram picture that I printed at 4"x4" and pieced next to one of our admission tickets to the Aquarium.  In the 4"x3" spaces, there's a receipt for Dairy Queen (we visited that after our walk back to the hotel-it was awesome!), a picture of the interior of our hotel-looking up, the MARTA card we needed getting back and forth to the airport in Atlanta (the MARTA is Atlanta's transit system that goes both above and below-ground) and some journaling about when we got back home.  The bottom right-hand picture is my husband's and my Superbowl feast of ribs, pizza and cheese sticks...I'm really glad I walked a lot in Atlanta!

And next: Project Life: February 6-12, 2012
This was another busy week-my first baby boy turned 2 years old!  So a good part of this week was devoted to his party.
Liam had a farm-themed party, so this was the invitation I made for him.  It is in an 8.5"x11" page protector that I stitched and trimmed down.
Here's the back of the card, with my design stamp (if you're interested in my invitation designs, Like my Facebook page: Designs By Erin: Custom Invitations to see invitations I've made, and new ones I post, and contact information if you're interested in having me make some for an event.) and Robbie's bracelet for the Children's Museum, where Liam's party was.
The insert behind his card is the RSVP list that I kept track of replies on...yes, I'm that OCD that I have to create a table and denote how we know each group of people, whether it be work, family, daycare, etc...don't judge!  :-)
Here's the last insert-a Happy Birthday card that his class made for him!
I put this in a 12"x12" page protector, stitched and trimmed again.
Here's the back, with everybody's hand prints from his class.  I usually try to limit the amount of inserts I include, because I want all of 2012 to fit in one binder, but...this was just too sweet not to include!
And the right-hand side; 2 McDonald's receipts (1 from bringing Liam's class Happy Meals on Friday, and 1 for the 60 chicken nuggets we bought for Saturday's party...Liam loves his chicken nuggets!), and more pictures from the party and our house after presents were opened.
and a Baby Gap tag, that I loved because it said '2 Years' on it, that came off one of his new swim trunks from his Aunt Claudia.

That's it for January 30-February 12...I've got one more birthday this weekend-my baby boy Jacob is turning 1, and it seems much too soon to be celebrating this birthday...but they grow up, and the grow up fast!  Thanks for reading and comment with any questions!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Delayed Project Life & Our Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

Hi all!  No Project Life for Jan. 30-Feb. 5 today; my family and I got back Sunday from a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.  It. Was. Awesome!  We're in North Carolina, so it wasn't too long of a flight for us.  I definitely recommend the trip; there's so much to do in Atlanta, and a LOT of it is around the Aquarium.

I've just finished sorting through all of the photos that I took and ordering a photo book from Shutterfly.  I had over 115 pictures from our day-and-a-half vacation adventure.  There's no way to scrapbook all of those, but I wanted them all together, so a photo book it was!  I've previously done a photo book of my mom's wedding that I gave to her and her husband as a Christmas present, and Shutterfly makes the process rediculously easy.  Now I won't lie...the perfectionist that I am-it took me almost 5 hours to customize my book exactly the way I wanted it, but I happy with how it looks, and I can't wait to get it in the mail!  I'll share with you when I get it, but from past experience with their photo books and having ordered hundreds of prints from them, and having dealt with their Customer Service, I totally recommend them!

I'm hoping to get Project Life up tomorrow, but I have a busy couple of weeks coming up: Liam's turning 2 this coming Saturday (which means lots of party planning) and Jacob will turn 1 the Saturday lots of picture taking and one tired momma = trying hard not to get behind on lots of things!

Thanks for reading, and check back soon!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Project Life: January 23-29, 2012

Welcome to Project Life: January 23-29!  I have a bunch of stuff going on this week, so let's jump right in!
Here's the left side; pretty basic...I printed the top left-hand photo with the date on it (something I did a lot in 2011)  I like doing this because I get 1 more picture in...and you can never have enough pictures, right?  I especially love the bottom right-hand picture of my sister asleep on our couch, and Liam driving one of his trucks over's fall-asleep-at-your-own-risk at my house!

This is the first of 2 inserts for this week; a 5x7 photo of Liam at a birthday party.  It's the first birthday party he's been invited to, so it's kind of a big deal...I added text that I 'wrapped' around him (kind of like a magazine layout) to talk about the party.  I had a lot of things I wanted to journal about this week, and since I didn't want to compromise that journaling, I thought I'd get a photo + words  together, that dealt specifically with the party details I wanted to document.  I put the photo in a standard 8.5"x11" page protector, stitched up the side fairly close to the photo, trimmed the excess and viola!  A custom page protector!  This also happened to be my favorite picture from the party, so I'm glad I got to highlight it.
On the back of Liam's picture with the journaling is his party gift bag, that I trimmed to fit, and his bracelet from checking-in to the party.  Not quite getting the Monster High appeal, but then again, I don't have girls either.  But I like that it adds some color to an otherwise plain back-of-a-picture it documents the theme.
This is my second insert for this week; a modified 6x12 insert.  I got a bunch of 4x6 pocket pages with my We R Memory keepers albums, and since I didn't want a whole 12x12 insert, I trimmed it down to 6x12.  I like the eclectic look of different sized inserts.  There are 3 photos on the front and 3 on the back in this insert.  I put a small Avery label on the outside of this insert to denote that the pictures are of the birthday party.
And the right side; more pictures and journaling cards from our week, including a screen shot from my iPhone of a Facebook status, that I cropped to 4x3 to fit in a journal card space...a unique way to document what's going on in the Facebook world.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!  Leave me a comment if you have any questions (make sure to include your e-mail address!)