Repost Project Life: Binders and Instagram Photos

Original date: 9.05.12

I keep adding more 3-ring binders to my collection and I’m loving it!  I can’t wait to fill out most of the bookshelf with these books full of memories.

I’ve changed labels around for some of these books.  In the above photo, the blue binders are going to store our family life.  The bright pink will still be for Kida’s school photos, memorabilia, and things that only have to do with her, such as her dances, catechism, etc.  The soft pink is for Kylie for the same reasons.  I will talk more about their binders later.

To the left of the black binder is a photo book of Kylie’s first year.  I created it digitally a couple of years ago through the Kodak website to document my pregnancy with her up to her first birthday.  Maybe I’ll talk more about that book in another post.  The book was fun to put together and I always enjoy flipping through it to revisit those wonderful memories.  The thin black book to the right of the yellow binder is a book of nature photos husband and I took a few years ago.  I created that book digitally through Walgreens online photo store.  The half blue book with the pink dots is Kida’s first year.  It’s a traditional insert-your-photo photo book.  I’m hoping to someday scan those photos and create a book like the one I did for Kylie but it will be a loooong someday.  Right now, I’ve got Project Life on my hands and my mind.I’ve read many times that Becky Higgin’s Project Life is unique to everyone.  It might sound overwhelming but it is really simple and fun too!  I’ve been following Becky’s blog since 2009, and even though I started buying the 3-ring binders last year in an attempt to start Project Life, this is the year that I’ve really pushed forward with it.  I read and view inspirations from bloggers quite often who are Project Lifers and two things always happen when I do.

1. I get overwhelmed at how creative and fast they document.  I often wonder, how on earth will I ever catch up?…but then tell myself…catch up to whom?  It’s my own unique way of documenting mine and the lives I am surrounded by at my own speed.

2. I get inspired.

Getting inspired by Becky and the bloggers is what keeps me going.  The more I do it, the easier it gets, and I also get more inspired each time I finish a story, an event, etc.  I truly enjoy looking at each finished story, event, or ordinary day of photos and words.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment to document these things (big and small) in life.  I know someday my kids will look back and smile at all this stuff I am doing.  I smile when I look through the photo albums my mother put together for all 7 siblings when we were kids.  She is my biggest inspiration.  More on that next time.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been working on.  Since I went android over the summer and downloaded Instagram, I’ve been completely hooked.  I’ve taken so many photos with my phone and wanted a way to save them in print.  I did some thinking and planning and test printed a few photos using a 3×3 template on a 4×6 photo size white document.  I then cut some cardstock to 4×4 size then used double-sided tape to tape the the photos onto the card stock.  They turned out awesome!  I wanted a clean and simple look for my Instagram binder and it was achieved.

I still have a lot more to go (including doing a bunch for my husband’s photography binder) but for now these are looking pretty good:


Products I used:  We R Memory Keepers 12×12 Leather 3-Ring Binders, We R Memory Keepers 9-4×4 inch Pocket Photo Sleeves, K&Company Smash Date Stamp, ink pad, Scrapbook Adhesives double sided tape, The Paper Company Card Stock, and ZIG Photo Signature Pen.

Memorial Day and Amazing Clouds

It’s been a long week but somehow it managed to pass by quickly.  Memorial Day, I was in Wisconsin for a dear cousin’s funeral.  It was heartbreaking but it was also really wonderful to be with extended family.  It’s been almost a decade since I’ve visited cousins out of state, and with life being busy with everyone on different schedules, it has always been difficult to plan visits.  If I could, I’d definitely plan more visits.  Returning home was hard.  There wasn’t much time to catch up on life during the time we (Mom, my sister, and myself) were there.  I always find Facebook too harsh and abrupt for catching up on things so it’s rarely an option.  I’d much prefer the presence of those I love.

Back home husband and Kida ran the Bolder Boulder in Boulder, CO.  The Bolder Boulder is a 10K race that takes place every year on Memorial Day and has been going on for 35 years.  This was the first race Husband and Kida ran and they really enjoyed it, especially Kida.  She loved it so much that she wants to run it again next year!  I had planned to be there to cheer them on (this was planned in April) but sometimes things just don’t work out so perfectly and that’s okay.  I’m just glad that Kida had a great time.

Today, the family took a short trip down to Colorado Springs to visit the Cave of the Winds.  It was awesome but I think I was more fascinated by the clouds on our drive there.  We also stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts where I had a sugar coated raised donut, a Boston Kreme donut, and an iced coffee.  The donuts were my favorites since I was 16 working at a Dunkin’ Donuts as a cashier.  It’s been about 17 years since I’ve walked into a Dunkin’ Donuts but the memories flooded back as soon as I saw the coffee shop.  I had so much to tell husband about the years I worked in one that I think he zoned me out.

Gone Android

Last week, husband and I upgraded our phones to androids.  We tried to avoid getting into the android world because it’s too expensive and too time consuming…time away from the family.  But, we did it.

For me, it’s really about having a good quick camera with me at all times.  I wanted the flexibility of being able to take a photo anytime and anywhere without carrying a big bulky camera or separate heavy pieces in my purse.  Before, I would carry my cell phone, Nikon Coolpix, my wallet, Kindle, calendar book, sketchpad, keys, sunglasses, and some beauty products all in my purse.  I even wanted to get an HD camcorder to record my daughters’ activities and family events when we are out and about.  Imagine all that in a large heavy purse!

One year in college, I only carried a small cloth zipper wallet big enough to fit my ID’s, credit cards, and a chapstick, and it fit into the front pocket of my jeans or into a pocket in my jacket…life was simple and I loved it.  I have no pictures or video to remember much of that time though.  And, with me being forgetful these days…photos and videos really help keep me together, and of course, they are also for memories of our family.

I am glad to say that my new android phone has been a big help.  The all-in-one thing is great (I still have to carry an actual calendar schedule though) and I’ve realized that I’ve been missing out on technology, especially in the area of apps.  My husband loves playing with the apps more so than I do, but I do have a few that I am child-like about:

1.  Instagram

Love love love this app!  This is the app that I’ve been dying to have and have been going bonkers with it ever since I got it.

Here are some shots I’ve taken:

2. Shazam

My sister (who does not have an android yet but will soon) introduced me to this.  It will come in handy when I hear a song on the radio that I love but don’t know the title or singer.  I tested it yesterday while driving home from my parents’ house and got way too excited.

3. Barcode Scanner

Used to scan Quick Response (QR) barcodes and books.

I learned that I could generate my own QR barcode and generated two of them.

This blog:

My digital scrapbook blog:

Go here to generate your own code.

I promise, I will not get too deep into apps.  I know how time consuming they can be.  I’ve watched my husband play with his apps and I miss having him sit next to me with us lost in a good conversation.  I got down on him about it last week and he put the phone down but he did get right back to it over the weekend.