Vacation 2014 Book Done

I finally got the 2014 summer vacation book completed. It’s been submitted to Shutterfly for an 8×8 soft cover book. This will be my first soft cover book so I’m really excited to see how it turns out.  I had a free coupon from World Market for an 8×8 book.  I ended up having to pay a little bit more for it because I had over 50 pages.  The free book was only for 20 pages.

I created the book in Photoshop. I used digital kits I purchased and kits downloaded free. After creating individual pages, I uploaded to Shutterfly and simply drag and drop onto the book pages. Here are a few pages of what will be in the book:


Repost Received Project Life Digital Book

Original date: 1.29.13

I was so excited when I got my Digital Project Life Book last Friday.  I couldn’t help but to look through it like 5 times.  It’s really beautiful.  It’s inspiring me to create more digital books.  If I hadn’t already started on the binder Project Life for this year, I’d definitely go this route but there are other photos and ideas that I can always use this method for.  Currently, I am collecting all the photos husband and I took of our house when it was being built to put into a digital book.  Husband just sent me all the files.

Repost I’m Back + Project Life Digital Book Completed!

Original date: 1.24.13

I am back! That was a well needed break from blogging.  I took the time to focus on my goals and to catch up on Project Life.  I am still designing and have some ideas in mind for a new kit.

Going forward, I will no longer be doing “Friday Freebies.”  I really enjoyed sharing free stuff once a week but I won’t have time for that anymore.  I will, from time to time, give out freebies but it won’t be a consistent thing.

This year, my biggest priority is getting Project Life done.  I slowly started in 2011 (followed Becky Higgins’ blog sometime in 2010).  Although I truly enjoy digital scrapbooking, I’ve always loved documenting and collecting memorabilia.  I love looking through old albums, reading old letters, and remembering things from the past, so I want to continue this trend.

All that aside, I’m thrilled to say, I’ve finished my first Project Life Digital book! The actual book is being printed and should be on it’s way to me soon. I can’t wait to see and touch it! Below is a digital view of it.

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I hope your new year is starting out great!

Repost Project Life Digital 2012: February 14 – May 23

Original date: 12.30.12

I’m finally playing catch up on my Project Life Digital.  I’m really excited about printing this book and hope to do it in the earlier part of next year (which is only a day away!).

The following are all the pages I accomplished today.

February.  This one was done awhile ago but I just  never posted it.


February.  This one was done awhile ago too.








March and April






April and May





If you are interested in reading and looking at these photos closer, you can visit my family blog here.  Most of these are from my family blog.  There are a few that I’m not including in my digital Project Life because they will be going into my 3-ring binder Project Life.

My Project Life & Project Life Digital

Earlier this month, I received my Project Life order from and couldn’t wait to get started!

I’ve been following the creator of Project Life, Becky Higgins, for about 3 years now and have just recently purchased some of her products.  Before I knew of Project Life, I was doing something similar using products from We R Memory Keepers.  I mentioned it in this blog post.  But, when Becky introduced the 6×12 Page Protectors and Big Envelopes, I just had to get them!  I have two girls who are both in school and sometimes when they bring home artwork or writings, I just don’t know where to put them and have wanted something to keep them all together with photos and other memorabilia.

These are my current albums.  As you can tell, I’ve fallen behind and have not found a good way to keep my labels on.

I still have a lot of work to do to make my albums more story-like.  Before, they were pretty much 12×12 sleeves and more about scrapbook/digi-scrapbook pages.  It’s nice and all but I have a yearning to tell a story.

Here is a 6×12 page protector with an art piece Kylie made at her preschool.  It is special enough to me that I want it to be in its own sleeve.  During her parent-teacher conference a month back, her teacher told husband and I that she was an excellent scissor cutter (better than her classmates), and was proud of her ability.  I was very proud as well, mainly because when Kida was at the same preschool 5 years ago, we had this same conference and her teacher asked us, “Does Kida know how to cut with a scissor because she didn’t know how to hold a scissor and struggled with cutting paper.”  I told her teacher that I just never had her use a scissor because I thought it was too dangerous.  I learned something about myself that day.  I learned that I have to let go of the fear that my kids will hurt themselves because getting hurt is sometimes the best way to learn.

This page is my first real Project Life page for Kylie.  I took a bunch of photos and wanted to finish this page but realized that the photos I took were vertical and these pocket pages are horizontal.  I’m going to order the vertical ones so this page will have to wait.  In the meantime, I’ve been taking photos just about every day of both my girls and writing notes for some of them.

Credits: The 3×4 card with Kylie’s pronunciations on the right is an idea I got from Paislee Press’s Project Life.  The card design is from the Picture This Journal Blocks by Designs by Anna & Kitty Designs.

Digital Project Life

Yes, I am hoarding Project Life.

I have also started a digital version of Project Life through  Actually, I tried to start one a year ago but never finished.  I believe I only completed one or two pages and then backed out of it.  I guess because I didn’t really trust it.  I went with Kodak instead and created a beautiful book of Kylie’s first years.  The downside was that the book was very boxed.  I had very little flexibility as to what I could do.  Maybe it was just that I didn’t know my way around putting text wherever I wanted or rearranging photos to my taste but I struggled with it.

Digital Project Life is different.  There is so much flexibility.  SO MUCH.  I’m creating my pages with my jaw open and my mind thinking, “Wow, I could do that?  Let’s try this…wow…crazy…amazing…OMG, could I really do that?…wow…wow…wow.”  Honestly, there is still a small limit (hint…better fonts) but otherwise, I love everything about it.  There are tons of backgrounds and elements to use and I could put a text box anywhere I want to and write as much as my heart desires.  I dreamed of one day being able to utilize something this fun and creative and Becky made it all possible.

This is the first two pages of my Digital Project Life.  My goal with this book is to mainly document this blog but I’m also including other pieces of my life that I don’t blog about.  This book is going to be about me.  Life through my eyes and through my camera.  I’ve noticed that most mothers who create digital books or scrapbook tend to focus on their kids and/or the whole family from a 3rd person point-of-view.  I have 4 binders for that (see above, photo #2) but I also want my girls to know who I am besides the person they know as, Mom.  I guess it is something that I wish my mother had.

So far, I’ve completed January.  I’m putting one day a week into this Digital Project Life.

You might ask, why do you want to do this?  I do this because I want my daughters to know how important it is to enjoy life and to document it so that they can have something to remember by, and pass it down to their kids.  I want them to know their mother as a person with dreams and goals for herself.  I want them to know the love between their mom and dad and the almost normal life we try to create for them.

Next goal is to start Kida on documenting her life.  I’ve been eying K&Company SMASH folios and a few other pieces from that collection.