Winter Break

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Last week I finished finals for my first semester back as a student. Before I started I was nervous about how it was going to go. It was several years since my last finals and I wasn’t sure I could still do the school thing.

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However, it worked out great. It was the first time I had ever had a final project instead of a paper or test and I couldn’t have had more fun. We are now into our winter break and I’ll be taking on more classes next semester, starting in January. I am grateful that I started this new chapter in my life. I am so excited to see where it takes  me and what opportunities come from it.

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As for my plans for this little blog of mine, not much will change. I absolutely love this space and will absolutely not give it up. Things will shift a little bit though, I will be posting 4 – 5 times between Tuesday and Saturdays.

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 Dress : Forever 21, similar| Skirt : Target | Jacket : Target | Shoes : Minnetonka | Necklace : Charming Charlie, similar
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Free Project Life Calendars

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For the last two years I have created calendar cards for each month of the year. I don’t worry to much about capturing one picture each day for my album so I use these to help tie in a timeline throughout the year. In the past I have used these as 3×4 cards at the beginning of the month, for this album with it’s bold graphics and punchy yellow color I wanted to make the calendar cards 4 x 6. I also created and used some patterns to make digital washi tape, each month has a different style on it.

This year I am making the files available to you for use in your own project life album. Click here to get the download.

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Project Life In 2015

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I can’t believe that 2015 is just around the corner, 2014 has flown by and while I sit here reflecting on it I am just as excited to see where 2015 takes us. I am really excited to do a Project Life album for the 3rd year in a row. It has been an incredible experience and I am so thankful for my completed albums. If you haven’t heard of Project Life it is a scrapbooking system that allows you to slip your pictures into pockets and add as little or as much embellishment as you want. I really love that I work on it each week throughout the year and that at the end of the year I have a completed album for my shelf.

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In 2015 I will be using the Midnight Edition Core Kit, the Midnight Edition Dividers, and the Midnight Edition Paper Pack. I decided to go with this really fun yellow-orange striped 12 x 12 album this year. I chose a black and white album for 2014 and a sea-foam blue one for 2013 so I didn’t want to stay black and white again this year.

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I am not entirely sure how I want to label the dividers this year. Last year I used a date stamp to put the month on the divider. I’m thinking about using some alpha stickers instead. In the past I’ve stuck pretty closely to what comes in the core kit as my only embellishment, in 2014 I experimented with some stickers and stamps. This year I really want to use more embellishments, especially since this year’s colors are really neutral. I’m thinking colored stamp pads and twine as well as washi tape and other embellishments will bring in more colors.

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As for the organization of my album in 2015 I will be sticking with the same plan I did this year. Monday – Sunday weeks and posting about it the next Friday. This worked really well this year and allowed me to stay on track better since I didn’t have a second weekend between the week and the blog post. I do have a goal of capturing more pictures of people. I love detail shots, they really help tell the story but I often forget to take pictures of people, I know most people hate getting pictures taken so I quit asking but then I end up with pictures of food and actives but not the people they involved. (So get ready friends and family I’ll be taking more pictures of you in 2015!!)

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Project Life : Week 49

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It is week 49! I love it! The holiday’s are in full swing and we are doing everything we can to soak it up.

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We hit up the coffee shop to do some planning for our Christmas shopping. And made delicious cookies!

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Gift wrapping and hanging out with family has been a priority this week. I hope you are enjoying your holiday traditions!

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Christmas Lights

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Last week Gunnar and I took a few minutes to walk around a local museum and take some pictures with their holiday decorations. Christmas lights are so magical I love them.

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It has been crazy cold here but we haven’t had much snow yet. I’m just waiting for it so we can get some pictures for our holiday cards.

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