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2014 Project Life – Snippets from Weeks Two and Four

Week Two 

This week was frigidly cold. My dog wouldn’t go out the first few days for his walk. After day three, something changed and now he will play everywhere in the snow for at least 30 minutes. From a project life standpoint, I so enjoyed using the Project Life Coral Edition and seeing how well all my existing supplies and embellishments fit with it. DSC00733 DSC00735


Week Four

Early this month, I had the great fortune of finding four of the Studio Calico stamp sets that I missed out on. I had so much fun using them in my layouts this week.



Print and Cut Labels for Project Life

I found some wonderful free printables on Pinterest while prepping for my Vision Board. . My favorite freebie was this set of colored labels that I downloaded for free from the ByNess blog, where the blogger generously posted a link to the .studio file she used to create labels using her printer and Silhouette.

After way too much time on Two Peas looking for the best paper, I bought some Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper from Amazon. There seem to be a few options on the paper front — I chose the the Ultra Premium matter version because I wanted something that looked more professional. I wish I’d discovered this paper earlier! Previously, I used sticker paper to print and cut labels and they were really flimsy and not nice. Huge upgrade!

Here’s a screenshot of one of the files from By Ness. Each file has labels in a different color scheme that is very versatile.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 10.38.14 AMThe files were very easy to use and I quickly created some lovely labels.


I decided to enlarge some of the labels so they could work in place of some journaling. In the spirit of paying it forward, you can access the .studio file for the enlarged labels here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzS75vM5W2qjMldLRzR2YzlOTFU/edit?usp=sharing

This is what it should look like on the screen. Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 10.38.00 AM

Thank you so much Vanessa at the HappyNess blog!

2014 Project Life – Week 1


So excited about Project Life this year. I took full advantage of the Two Peas sale and stocked up on many fun supplies including the new Becky Higgins Coral Kit, a ton of alpha and puffy stickers, and washi.

Flipping through last year’s PL books, I saw a huge positive difference in the look and feel of my weeks after I started using the Project Life kits. I like creating my own cards but pre-made cards make it a lot easier to focus on my journaling and the stories I want to remember from a given week.

My favorite new products are the Glitzy woodgrain washi tape and the puffy stickers from Daily Flash.  I love the designs of the Glitzy Tapes and they always add texture to my projects but I don’t really think of them as washi. They feel more like printed glossy strips of paper than washi.

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I made a ton of labels using a free print-and-cut design I found on Pinterest using Epson’s Ultra Premium Matte Presentation Paper! I’ll create another post soon to show I customized the labels and also created some homemade alpha stickers!DSC00689 IMG_0004

Sony RX100 versus Canon S100 – Colorful Woven Card


Daylight – RX100 with POP filter.

Over the holiday, we got the Sony RX100.

I generally take pictures of my dog, crafts, and food and I don’t think I’m ready to lug around a DSLR. We plan on traveling more though and I really want to bring more depth and more detail to our photos. My husband was sold because MKBHD calls the RX100 MarkII the best point and shoot ever and the Mark I is not very different from the MarkII.

We’ve had the camera for three weeks now and I’m still now sure how I feel about it. Canon’s colors are definitely more vivid and saturated in the auto mode and I really like how it automatically handles white balance, especially in lower-light situations. The macro is also very pleasing and allows me to get really close to subjects. The Sony has an amazing depth of field and seems to capture colors that are more close to life. I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch and a lot of issues could be related to the fact that I have a lot to learn about good composition. As we play with it more though because I’m slowly realizing that while they’re both great cameras, they both excel in different areas that are all important to me.

For crafts, RX100 renders very muted photos in the intelligent mode without any adjustments. I’ve taken photos in RAW, using SCN, and manually. So far, I like the intelligent mode on the POP filter with brightness adjusted a little bit. (I think I like artificial cartoonish colors!)



Sony RX-100 – Intelligent mode, Brightness adjusted 2 clicks, Focus adjusted 5 clicks, POP filter


Sony RX-100 – Intelligent mode, Brightness adjusted 2 clicks, Focus adjusted 5 clicks, POP filter


Canon S100 – Auto



SONY RX100 – Intelligent Mode, no adjustments


Sony RX100 – Intelligent mode using POP filter, increased exposure, and background focus to increase f-stop



Sony RX100 – Intelligent mode using POP filter


CANON S-100 – Auto

My favorite photo is at the beginning of the post but after taking so many comparison shots, I’m not really sure anymore. What do you think? Hopefully some folks who have more know about photography can help us learn how to use both cameras to better effect.

Disney Embellishments

I loved using the Simple Stories Disney 6×6 paper pad — it was such a classy interpretation of the traditional Disney colors. I used the pad and some other Disney theme supplies to make some fun Disney themed pages for a gift album. The Silhouette was awesome for creating a custom-sized vellum Mickey Mouse head and the banner letters.

December Daily – Week One

As much as I love to travel and learn new things — did you know that in Australia, kangaroos are like bunnies and you could easily find one munching on your flower bed!! — nothing beats being home. This is especially true during December, which I like to think of as Christmas all month!

This is my first December Daily and I was flummoxed the first few weeks.  I’ve never built pages in advance. I took my album and a scrapbook travel kit on a recent two week trip and managed to cobble together a few titles. But once my Thanksgiving start date rolled around, I was ready to go! Below are some shots of my December Daily so far.




Some unsuccessful selfies – it was the word of 2013!IMG_5763


Amazing brunch at Acadiana in DC. IMG_5764IMG_5768IMG_5769IMG_5770IMG_5771