Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project Life Recorded

So it has begun. After spending the last week of this life on work adventures in Brussels and Mons Belgium, I arrived home to find this yummy stack of boxes waiting for me!


Two Peas in a Bucket (that giant box on top!) and two boxes filled to the brim with Becky Higgins Project Life supplies. Mr. C. had a good laugh when I waited to open them until early the next morning. I love to play Christmas morning when boxes of fun things arrive in the mail. Wake up early and run downstairs in excitement.

I have been debating adding project life components to my memory keeping for a few months now. The main concept of project life is to take the glue, scissors and tape out of scrapbooking so that you can concentrate on the story. You are supplied with tons of goodies, such as 3x4 and 4x6 cards for journaling, large envelopes for keeping track of fun goodies and page protectors of all different sizes. I have to admit I ordered most of the goodies in my excitement! Plus all these Two Peas in a Bucket supplies, so many pretty things!


To get more inspiration for project life here are my favorite links for inspiration

Project Life Concept (Becky Higgins)

How to create your own Project Life Cards (Cathy Zielske)

How to print your own Project Life Cards (Paislee Press)

Digital Project Life (Jessica Sprague)

Project Life Inspiration + Shop Goodies (Marcy Penner)

Project Life Inspiration (Elise Blaha)

Project Life Inspiration (Kelly Purkey)

Vintage Project Life Cards (Pretty Little Studio)

Of course, let’s not forget my project life pin board containing links to freebies!


Enjoy the project life inspiration and have a wonderful day full of adventures.

P.S. How do you open packages that arrive in the mail? Hopefully I am not the only one that still likes to play Christmas morning as an adult!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thoughts on Growth and Change…



{image credit: Cut Out + Keep, check out their pattern!}

“To grow, a lobster must shed its old shell numerous times, Each shedding renders the creature totally defenseless until the new shell forms…When risk becomes frightening, think of the lobster; vulnerability is often the price of growth.”


-Richard Armstrong

Are you struggling with life changes? I love this visual of being ready for change and vulnerability. It is often difficult to realize our vulnerabilities when we are so busy trying to fit into the shell of an old life that no longer fits us; when we are so busy assuring ourselves and those around us of that we are ok when we are really not. My challenge today is to open myself up for growth and change even when painful. To remember that life is an adventure both the good and the bad.

I hope this quote inspires and challenges you in your daily adventures today!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stitched: Around the World

Time for a new project and I am so excited about this one. This print from P&B textiles and designer Jill McDonald is going to rock once my fingers work their embroidery magic! I have been looking for a good sampler to try different hand stitches on for some time now, and with bright colors and line graphics this fabric will be a great canvas for stitching by number.


Don’t you just love all the bright colors and mess in this picture? To add a little clarity here is the overview of all the wild fun!This picture is quite messy but describes my project steps nicely.

1. Find hand quilting hoops

2. Assemble all the wild colors of thread I can find

3. Sort through the various needles sizes for the perfect fit (I find the numbers so confusing, do you?)

4. Assemble quilt sandwich

5. Start stitching!

My favorite sites for stitch inspiration are Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials (awesome!), and Wild Olive. Check them out if your fingers are itching to stitch today as well!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Version Scrap Round-Up

How do you know when your summer has flown by at light speed? When you are still blogging about a spring event! I know most blogs at this time of year are full of pretty wreathes and odd activities like apple bobbing and ten different ways to re-use the fallen leaves in your yard…but I had to share these fun photos of my trip to Paris with my friend Julie.

DSC_00461. Met Celine Navarro from The Green Frog Studio and {entreARTistes}magazine and she is super great. We attended her photography class not realizing that it would all be in French, luckily she took pity on us and translated portions. It made for a fun experience!


2. Made an awesome book in Celine’s class and used so many masks and mists. I have to admit there were scary parts of this class…like when the class charged the misting tables and started spraying everywhere.

scissors3. Used these awesome scissors to create a make and take, can you believe the size of the scissors? I could not resist a picture to show off the size…wanted to make a scary face but thought it might be a little too much for the blog…I mean seriously those scissors are scary!


We had a great time scrapbooking, eating macaroons and how many times can you attend a scrapbook conference and head to dinner under the Eiffel tower afterwards?

If you visited my blog today seriously hoping for tutorials using fallen leaves you can always check out the board on pinterest…sorry I could not resist *grin*.



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