I hope everyone had a great holiday! Mine was generally quiet which was what I was looking forward to! I was able to spend Christmas Eve with my family, Christmas and New Year’s with friends and had a pretty raucous party in between for the UFC heavyweight bout!
This was my New Year’s Eve. I’ve been working on a project with the hubby and part of it is playing as many board games as I can with as many different people as I can. Sadly, I got pretty tired out over the day so I had kind of checked out of this game of Agricola but we got really into Spaceteam after the ball dropped. If you have an iOS device, check it out!
Also, the handsome little pup in the picture was my midnight kiss. Thankfully, my husband’s not the jealous type!
But with the new year comes new projects! I worried that I’d overbooked myself this year because I’d signed up for the Studio Calico Day By Day Project Life class as well as One Little Word and 31 Things with Ali Edwards. However, after I realized that I’d have all of New Year’s Day to myself, I took the opportunity to get some prep and such started.
After watching the intro video, it was time to get started with OLW for January. My word for 2013 is CREATE. While I’m not totally finished (I still need to get my intentions written and onto cards), I got the non-intention base cards done! I started out with some images I’d found with quotes I liked, but I’m finding that I eventually don’t like the look of that. It seems sloppy when I look back on it. So with this, I took the quote and created cards using the Meant to Be pack from Paislee Press. After that, I looked up create in the dictionary and thesaurus and copy pasted what I found there onto 4×6 cards. I’m planning to use the rest of the blank spaces to fill in with my monthly intentions. I’ll be brainstorming those tomorrow, I hope.
Now, if you’re also doing OLW with Ali, you’ll notice I chose a different format for my layout. She suggests 8.5×11 and nine pocket page protectors. Because I wanted to keep everything for the year, including OLW, in the same binder, I went with a pack of G Design protectors from Becky Higgins. At 10″x12″, they are slightly smaller than the other pages surrounding them so they do stand out. I think I’m going to grab some more of these to insert into the monthly sections of Project Life for trips and special events because I really like the layout.
After that, I started work on 31 Things. I signed up for the class in late December, but I’d held off on starting until now. Luckily, the process for 31 Things, outside of the writing is surprisingly easy, even when doing it hybrid like I am.
I picked my base paper (I got this one out of the Studio Calico Penn Station add-on kit from last month) and got started on the process of putting it together. I had already printed the page numbers, so I just cut those and added them with double sided tape. Next, I set up and shot the picture. After some editing with RadLab, I added that day’s title and printed the photo, adding that to the page. Now for the hardest part, writing! It was writing about jewelry. I’m not a jewelry person. On an average day, I don’t wear any and often, if I’m going out, I’ll keep it to one piece. Heck, I don’t even have a wedding or engagement ring! So, this one was a particularly hard one to write, esp. since I’m not against jewelry, I just think I’m too lazy for it!
Lastly, I started on my Project Life pages. This is definitely still a work in progress for two reasons:
1. There are a few cards from the Studio Calico Project Life kit that I know I’ll be integrating into the page.
2. We’re missing a family member! Ruby, our next corgi, will be joining the family this year and her space won’t get filled until she joins us!
So far, it’s just some photos of the three of us which I stuck to 3×4 cards and trimmed with washi tape. I’m not sure where I got the star card that currently sits in Ruby’s spot, but I’m positive it was one of the Studio Calico kits. The name card is an IaCB geometric journalling card that I added sticker letters to (from the same Penn Station kit.) The other side has a quick Currents card that pulled together today.
This is my first year starting in January for Project Life and my first time doing the title page. I really like it! As I mentioned when talking about OLW, I’ve learned so much these couple of months and learned that I really enjoy looking back on the things I put a lot of effort into. I can tell where I was being lazy! So, I took a lot of time on this page because I know I’m going to want to look back on it fondly!
The last new addition to my Project Life binder in 2013 is some monthly dividers. While I was digging through my page protectors, I discovered I’d also purchased some Design I pages! The nice thing about Design I is that it’s just got those three square spots. This makes them great for small scrappy things or Instagram photos. I’m hoping to make it sort of a “best of” for the month as well as a divider. Currently, it just has two squares filled. The first will be the actual title once I find or cut some letters I like. The paper is something I got as a member of the Roost Tribe. The next square down holds a card of unknown origin that I printed long ago. I had to cut it down to fit, so I added a pre-designed banner I cut with my Cameo. The paper’s just the red version of the one above it.
I’m really excited about what this year holds for me and paper crafting! On top of all this life logging, I’ve got cards to make and a board game to create. I hope you’ll stay with me here and will enjoy what I share through the year!
Oh, and I’ll be posting a New Year’s goals list shortly. I found an old list I did a few years back so it’ll include how I did on those and where I hope to be at the end of 2013. Comment below with a link to or list of your goals for this year. Maybe we have some that are shared!