Happy Hour with friends.
I had been preparing mentally for Project Life. I somewhat obsess over people’s layouts, making mental notes on what I do and don’t like. I love that it is literally a peak into real life documenting everyday little moments. I’m much more moved at random snapshots than all posed pictures.
What is Project Life?
Project Life was developed by Becky Higgins as a form of scrapbooking. Instead of a blank page, your template is a sheet protector with pockets for 4x6 photos, and typically 3x4 journaling cards. The kits come coordinated with cards in these sizes. You buy the plastic protectors, the journaling/card kits, and your photos. All you do is insert the photos and journaling cards in the slots, VOILA! No fuss, completed pages. It is most commonly completed documenting one week a time.
I have researched, and researched, and punched numbers, and browsed online. I absolutely love the paper look of Project life, and I think the kits are so adorable, but I have decided that paper is not the route that’s best for my lifestyle and budget. I love the freedom of going all digital, but that isn’t for me either. Typically, pages are 12 x 12 in Project Life. That size sheet is difficult to get printed. There are some specialty printing websites that do it, but Snapfish and Shutterfly only print books in that size, not the sheets. Besides, the cost to print one sheet adds up.
Alas, this brings me to my hybrid concept. Project Life is based off the 4x6 photo size. The journaling cards are even one half of a 4x6 photo. With 4x6 photo albums and Google’s Picasa (FREE) , Project Life is accessible to nearly everyone.
Google’s Picasa is a photo editing program that allows cropping to specific sizes and collaging. I was able to search online for free Project Life kits. It was as easy as selecting one photo and one PL card, creating a collage of the 2 in a 4x6 size, and TA DA! I’m digitally scrapbooking. Using this method I was able to easily make the month of April. I consider it hybrid because I am printing 4x6 photos and inserting into actual pocket as opposed to one full sheet. But there is a heavy digital presence because that’s how I add the fun kits.
When I complete my layout for the month of May, I’ll add screenshots as a tutorial.
Best of luck!
We had originally thought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be so fun to have as Isaac’s 3rd birthday party theme. After seeing how much he loved the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (on Netflix) we decided to attempt to pull it off.
It was a challenge finding things that would go with the theme. So, I literally had to make everything. Planning is key! It is what really let me keep to the theme and stay under such a budget.
I felt that this party was so successful because of the little details and of course, the Ooze making station.
I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family. I am eternally grateful for their help and love.
Me. My name is Janelle. I am 27 years old. I am married to my best friend from high school; and together we have three really awesome kids (whose names all start with the letter I).
We are broke. Broke, broke. But honestly, I’m ok with that. This is only temporary. You see, there have been periods of my life where we were better off financially. Those times, too, were temporary as it turned out. I was a mother at 19 and have been playing catch up for the last 8 years. Before that, I was broke too. Here’s the thing about being broke. There ARE ways to avoid it, to overcome it, and to depart one’s self from it completely. I have not settled for it but I understand that I am still in transition and learning and adjusting. I don’t like to consider wrongs or rights, it’s life and its lessons that makes us all different.
Being broke has taught me many things. Probably the most evident is creativity. It sounds weird saying “ooh I’m creative”, but there is a purpose. I have learned to be resourceful in so many ways. On this blog I hope to document the things I learn, the things I make, and the simple happy life I live.
I’m one of “those” moms… the ones that wear their babies. I’m a marsupial.
I really have my eye on an old 90s van. Even though this picture shows one that’s probably a lot older than the one I want, this still shows how I see myself in my minivan of choice. That van is a 1995 Dodge Caravan. I don’t mind a new van out even an SUV. But I really see myself and my personality and my awesome family in this.
Bella and I at #FirstSundays in #DowntownRiverside. First station we made headdresess. I made one for Zac, but I’m wearing it with pride. Celebrate your community :)
I absolultely love, love the fall. I’m sure most people do. I anticipate it. There’s a change in moods, and it seems like I dream up all the things to do from here until January. Being that it’s Southern California, I have to wait a little longer to see changes, but Imma looking :)
This was a test run at getting the sizes of the Project Life templates in and functioning in Picasa. I wouldn’t consider this a completed page, just happy that I was able to easily get the sizes in and have everything fit nicely using just the Grid set up in the collage maker. I am currently backing up my pictures and as a reward will begin my Project Life.
I think my uneasiness started when one of my friends posted a meme poking fun of religion. Then I clicked on the comments of a picture/meme of Hilary Duff. People were just bashing each other and making comments. I clicked on the comments of a foreign woman with her baby in what appears to be a classroom. People saying negative comments about people having kids, saying no need to respect her. People being unkind for the sake of being clever. Then, there came a picture of a baby that was undergoing surgery at 21 weeks gestation. The baby survived and some people were praising God. But the majority were talking badly about God and those people who believe.
Yes, I take offense because of my religious views. I try to roll it off my shoulders.
What bothers me most is the way people are with each other. Somebody mentioned this very fact in one of the threads; we are intelligent enough to overcome so much but stupid enough to fight on Facebook with people we don’t know. The response? Oh you’re just taking it too serious. Why do these people win? Why do we encourage unkind behavior? Is it for entertainment? Why do people make fun of other people or put other people down for the sake of being witty?
Yes, religion is a touchy subject. I don’t push my religion on other people. But why do people go out of their way to make fun of religious people. If you don’t believe, why do you have to poke fun at those who don’t? People may feel like, well it’s just a joke, but at whose expense. You see, I don’t feel that it has anything to do with beliefs or religions. I believe it has to do with character and decency. I have friends that are of many different religions and some that don’t follow any at all, so it appears to me that people of different beliefs can in fact function around each other with tolerance or at minimum, indifference. So I wonder again why the negativity?
I feel it is important as a society to be kind and tolerant. Be courteous. I asked my daughter one time what the most important thing in the world was. Her answer: being nice.