Project Life: Weeks 9 and 10

I’m still behind on Project Life, but working hard to catch up, both in blogging it and in actually creating the pages. I’ve created pages through the end of March, but then again… April is over in only a few more hours. Baby steps… right? I do still really love this project; sometimes I wonder if planning the pages is one of the best parts. (At least they’re all planned!)

But anyway. Week 9 was all the way back in February, and that means we’re going back in time to the era of my name change. The best part, though, of Week 9 was definitely the fact that I got Dan to participate in Day in the Life. This is exactly the kind of thing that I’m going to be SO glad he did in ten years. Hell, even two months later it’s fun to look back on. (And how cool is it that he was willing?) Looking back, I’m so happy to see so much Dan in this week’s pages; that was definitely one of my goals for this year’s album.

Project Life: Week 9
Yes. I totally saved my old credit card in one of the pockets. That thing was in my wallet for years! I also can’t seem to stop saving the cardboard sleeves from coffee cups.

Project Life: Week 9

Project Life: Week 9

Project Life: Week 9

Week 10 involved some regular (and more stressful than usual) days, but the big exciting, documentable thing was for sure our weekend getaway slash mini honeymoon to Washington, DC. The trip was made possible thanks to an awesome wedding gift from my sister, brother-in-law, brother, and brother’s girlfriend, and even though we may have wanted to travel sooner, it was exactly what we needed, exactly when we needed it most. It was great to get away, and I took a million photos of our adventures. Full page photos, two inserts on top of the regular pages… just awesome. (Also fun: collecting every single bit of paper we could through the four days; I had so much to work with!)

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Week 10

Project Life: Weeks 7 and 8

The middle of February seems so long ago, but I do love how the pages for Project Life came together rather simply, yet full of color. (I’m also trying to let go of needing to document something from every day, in favor of things that are more fun, like all of the Valentine’s Day stuff this year.)

Project Life week 7
Valentine’s week! I’m sure other things happened, but our first married Valentine’s Day, featuring flowers, pink pants, a heart painted on my nails, and Jodi’s Valentine’s postcard was much more fun to document. I wanted to include things from the other days, but couldn’t eliminate any of these and decided that was totally okay.

Project Life week 7
This page is all weekend. I totally swiped that placemat menu from the bar where we had dinner with my sister and her husband and my brother and his girlfriend on Friday night. (I kinda love that my loved ones are now 100% used to me swiping any and all available papergoods whenever we’re out. Sometimes they even spot them; I’m fairly sure my brother asked why I wasn’t going to take this menu home.) We also got to visit some of my college friends and their adorable daughters on Sunday afternoon, which was such a great treat.

Project Life week 8
Week eight didn’t include too many photos, but I made up for it with some cute paper, washi tape, and the envelope that included some mail at work. (Mail from Europe looks so much more fun than US mail.) It was also our one month anniversary, which seems crazy.

Project Life week 8
But this page is my favorite. Dan spent the weekend at Dreamation, which is a gaming convention in northern NJ. He loves it, and did a pretty fantastic job of saving me his badge and taking a few pictures for the album. The top two slots are a photo from my Saturday afternoon at work to catch up, and a napkin and business card from my Saturday night out with friends while Dan was in the midst of a 12 hour gaming session.

Project Life: Weeks Four, Five and Six

The end of January and beginning of February was full of big events and yet almost nothing compared to the first few weeks of 2013. It took me a while to put these pages together, but my method of keeping a notebook with each week’s spread planned, as well as getting the photos printed at home (or at least organized into my week by week folders on my laptop) relatively soon after the week itself, seems to be making it pretty easy to catch up quickly.

Week Four was our first week as a married couple, and it has lots of journaling, which I know I’ll be glad for one day.
Project Life week 4
I took that picture of Dan in the lobby of the hotel while we were waiting for my family to help us load the car, and it will forever be one of my favorites. His face conveys the blissed-out but completely exhausted feeling of the Day After SO perfectly. I also had to get a shot of our first married dinner of burritos.

Project Life week 4
The right side featured lots more journaling, of Dan’s sister’s 30th birthday party (an 80s party), dinner with my parents, and more. It was crazy how cold it got, and the frosty windshield picture feels that cold. The quote is a lyric from our first dance song, “Just You & Me”.

Week Five felt a little more normal, a little more routine, even as we still had to get used to living normal lives so soon after such a big day.
Project Life week 5
I included a few photos I took for my 52 weeks of no color project, and I really like how the black and white balances out the pops of color. Otherwise, a story of Dan’s wedding ring and a busy week at work.

Project Life week 5 insert
I really loved Ali Edwards’s plan for a Day in the Life once each month in 2013, and jumped on the chance to follow along on the last day of January. I used her 6×12 template to fill in the details of the day. (I think 6×12 inserts might be my favorite ones.)

Project Life week 5 insert
On the back of the insert, I collaged the photos I took that day with both my phone and my real camera. Notable ones include lunch at the dining hall, the crazy self portrait I took to document how windy it was, and the totally bundled up on the couch shot that Dan took. I set the whole insert up as a 12×12 page in Photoshop Elements, and ordered it from Persnickety Prints. I was so amazed at how quickly the print arrived.

Project Life week 5
The right side has lots of brightly colored fun bits from a really fun weekend. On Friday night, we went to two back to back laser light shows at the local planetarium, which was AWESOME. Sunday was the Super Bowl, which we watched with Dan’s brother and his girlfriend. And Bluecat and Penny. Who cooperated quite nicely for photos for my book.

Most of what I remember from Week Six was trying to take more photos during the day (hence the top to photos on the left page), and the hullabaloo about this snowstorm that hit our area.
Project Life week 6
The biggest thing was that some forecasts predicted 20 inches of snow, and others predicted 3-6, and people were going nuts. I was going equally nuts, because we had big events at work during the storm. I’m glad I got the screenshot of the dueling forecasts, for sure. The other big thing was the start of the Name Change Process. It was a big day, and one that had to be documented for posterity. I saved my old license, and love how it looks against the striped paper. (I also have loved that license photo since it was taken when I turned 25, and have been recycling it each time my license renewed since then. I wasn’t allowed to this time, and my new photo is HORRENDOUS.) (See again: why Project Life is so great: a logical and perfectly perfect place to keep my old driver’s license. Because I was keeping it whether I had this scrapbook or not, and I adore the fact that it now has a home.)

Project Life week 6
Saturday of this week was one of the first lazy, totally free Saturdays we’ve had since last summer. The combination of wedding plans, family stuff, and holidays meant that Dan and I didn’t have one single weekend day that was just for us for months straight. So thanks to the snow (which, okay, we got six inches and it was mostly blown away by the time we were up and about) we stayed in most of the day. Dan played his game (and let me take a photo of him doing so), we got Sonic for dinner, we spotted my dad on TV, I crocheted until I realized how badly I’d messed up… and it was pretty spectacular.

I just adore this project.

Project Life: Documenting the Wedding

I wasn’t sure how to approach documenting our wedding in Project Life. I tend to think of Project Life as our whole lives, and there are so many events (like vacations, or ahem, a wedding) that could be (and probably should be) documented more thoroughly with another method. So I guess I’d say that my arbitrary rule about Project Life is to try to avoid overloading it with too much of any one thing. The wedding wasn’t just a weekend away or a fun party (although it was both of those things, really), it’s a Huge Life Event and obviously needed to be treated as such. However, because we had mostly “normal” days before and after, I really like how things came together in the album as a whole – because yes, there’s a lot of wedding, but you turn the page and it’s back to work. And that’s what our actual LIVES were like, so it makes a lot of sense to me.

There were SO MANY things I could have included in Project Life related to the wedding. SO VERY MANY. And they’re all important and noteworthy and worth saving…. but I had to draw the line somewhere. Could I have included other things, like the sign that the brewery put on the door saying that they were closed for a private event (because of course my parents swiped that on his way out!), or the inserts from our gift bags at the hotel, or a picture of those, or pictures of our families…. yes, of course. So many things. But I sort of wanted this to feature the highlights. (The things that didn’t make the cut are happily stored in our wedding box, a big hat box that my mom gave me when we got engaged. So the bundle of cards and rsvp cards and my veil and the official Event Planning Sheet from the brewery and our candles are all stored safely for posterity, don’t worry.)

The other executive decision I made was to include photos taken by our friends and family, rather than the professional photos. For one, we only have about ten preview photos from the professional photographers, and I really didn’t want to wait a few months to get the wedding documented in the album. Two, several friends posted some fantastic photos on facebook and flickr, and my dad took a ton of really great photos (as well as a bunch taken by my uncle using my dad’s camera) – and since these were the first photos that we saw, we’re really sentimental about them. (I’m thinking to make a big, thick bound photo book from shutterfly or blurb or snapfish or somewhere using the professional photos down the line.)

So here we go! (Click through to flickr to see bigger versions of these photos for more detail.)

Project Life: The wedding
The first batch of photos – our first look, walking down the aisle, sheer joy just after the ceremony ended, the bridal party, entering the reception (photo stole from Jodi), and me and my amazing Grandmother (I look all weird because I’d just cried like a fool while dancing with my father to Wildflowers by Tom Petty.)

Project Life: The wedding
I then used an 8.5×11 insert. The front side included our invitation and reception card, as well as the beloved black and white striped ribbon that was on my bouquet, the boutonnieres, and the centerpieces. We had a very small bit left over and it was such an integral part of the wedding look that I had to include it. The back of this insert included our save the date, a blank rsvp card and stamped rsvp envelope, the outer envelope that the calligrapher (Rachel Carl, who was amazing) addressed to us (yes, we actually mailed an invitation to ourselves. So I could put it in the album, duh.)

Project Life: The wedding
Next, I cut down a 6×12 insert (and sealed it with washi tape, because I still don’t have a sewing machine) and slid our wedding ceremony program in. I made these in Photoshop and printed them on cardstock, and was so proud of how they turned out.

Project Life: The wedding
This insert is probably my favorite ever. Dan and I wrote our own vows, and it was one of the most meaningful parts of the entire wedding. I was a little skeptical about writing our own vows – would we be able to convey the true importance in our own words? Would I be able to talk at ALL in order to say them? – but Dan was really set on writing our own, and I felt a little bit like (a) I had to see what he would say, since he’s not the kind of guy who gushes about his feelings super often and (b) it forced me just a bit outside my comfort zone, and that’s part of why I love Dan in the first place. We saved our real life wedding day copies of our vows (mine printed on a Project Life 4×6 grid card, his written on a torn out piece of paper from my wedding notebook the night before the wedding). I very carefully taped them together with washi tape and slid them into a landscape 8.5×11 insert, so you could see both sides of each set of vows.

Project Life: The wedding
This insert is so simple but probably a tie for my favorite, more because of how glad I’m going to be that I made myself do it in five, ten, fifteen years. In the week or so after the wedding, whenever I had down time, I worked on typing out the story of our wedding day in a Word document. As many details as I could remember. I wanted to write it all out as quickly as I could, before details that were so clear faded into fuzzy glowy happiness. I wanted to do this even more because so many people told us how much of a blur the wedding day was… I know that it won’t always be this clear in my head. I started with when I woke up, and ended with the end of the reception, just after the last song. It was 7 pages, almost 5,400 words total. I shrunk it to 9 point font so it fit onto four pages, and used two 8.5×11 inserts to hold those pages. I know I’m already missing details, and I don’t know what else I’ll do with that massive story other than have it here to read again whenever I need a jolt of happy, but I’m already glad that I wrote it all out.

Project Life: The wedding
And finally, the second page of photos from the reception. Featuring a photo of our first dance (stolen from Eleanor & Liz), a photo of the flickr people (using Cynthia’s fisheye, stolen from Summer), a photo of us cheesin’ about our wedding converse, our best man and matron of honor giving their speeches, views of us and the crowd from the balcony (I really, really love that one on the bottom right), and a screenshot after we made our marriage “facebook official”, mostly because of that insanely cheesetastic photo of me in pink plaid making my idiotic face, that seems to haunt me on facebook no matter what I do.

Five inserts is probably a record for any given spread for me so far, especially considering the spread is only for one day, rather than a week but… I am pretty freaking jazzed about it. And this is exactly the kind of thing that will make Project Life that much more worth it later.

Project Life 2013: the beginning

I got to a bit of a delayed start with Project Life in 2013, although not for a lack of inspiration. I took Studio Calico’s Day by Day class to keep the ideas flowing while I waited impatiently to be able to order the Seafoam core kit and binders. There was also that whole wedding thing that sort of demanded my free time up until the 20th, too. But this past week, I was finally able to start creating the pages for this year so far, and I still love it so much.

A few differences this year: I’m trying to include more photos that weren’t taken with my phone, and for the first part of the year, I’m using Photoshop Elements to add text to create a title card for each week. I stuck with the 3×4 Week in Review cards, despite them being sort of tedious at times, because I like the completeness of being able to add a bullet point about something that may not be documented otherwise. I am also using 3×4 calendar cards each week from Splendid Fiins, which I really love so far. (Although I better keep loving them, because printing the year’s worth on card stock was one of the projects I did before I had the rest of my supplies!) I also decided to start my weeks on Mondays rather than Sundays, to keep the weekends together. I’m aiming to stay as caught up as possible now that the bustle of the wedding is behind us, but we’ll see how that goes as the year progresses.

Project Life 2013: cover page
I kept the cover page simple and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I bought the glittery paper, striped paper, and polka dot paper at Hobby Lobby before I got the seafoam kit, and the badges are all from Ormolu.

Project Life week one
The left side of week one. I took a pretty decent number of photos that week, but diving into the Seafoam kit was great, too.

Project Life week one
The right side of week one. We did a lot of wedding-related things that week, including a final visit to the brewery to set up table arrangements.

Project Life week two
Week two, left side. This side ended up being a lot of almost black and white photos, as well as simple journaling and the text from this blog post.

Project Life week two
Week two, right side. The top left slot is an awkwardly-cut down envelope containing the photos from my hair and makeup trial… which by the time I made this page, didn’t need to be kept secret. Oh well. I also included some progress photos from the wedding plans, and the front of one of the cards my sister got customized as thank you notes for my shower.

Project Life week three
Week three, left side. This was the week of the wedding, but as you can imagine, there was a LOT to document from Monday through Saturday. I made the decision to keep this spread just for those days, with a new spread and a ton of inserts for the wedding itself. I think it worked out very well. I again included the text from that last pre-wedding blog post, since it really captured how I was feeling that week.

Project Life week three
Week three, right side. Would you believe that I don’t have a single photo from our rehearsal dinner? I have no idea how that happened… so I journaled and cut the invitation down for the bottom two 4×6 slots instead.

So that’s the start! Next up: a post to show you all of the wedding inserts I made that I’m so jazzed about, and hopefully getting into a new routine now that life seems to be settling into a new (married!) normal 🙂

Project Life: the end of 2012

Guys, deciding to just start Project Life way back in June was the best decision ever. I’m so glad that I stuck with it, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to look back at the year, to show the album to friends and family, and to finally have an easy way to save all this stuff I’d be saving anyway. I’ve printed more photos this year (at home!) than ever before, and it’s just great. Here are my last two weeks of the year, using more of the pieces from Kelly Purkey‘s December kit:

Week 31 was actually only four days, but I knew I’d want to document them pretty fully.

Project Life 2012: The End

Project Life 2012: The End
(don’t mind the hearts; working on a craft project that is meant to be a gift and don’t want to spoil it yet).

Project Life 2012: The End
I used the vellum envelope in Kelly’s kit to include some gift tags, wrapping paper scraps, and ribbon. It probably contributes to this binder overflowing, but I don’t care.

Project Life 2012: The End

And finally, week 32, which had more Christmas celebrations, New Years, and our bachelor and bachelorette parties:
Project Life 2012: The End

Project Life 2012: The End

Project Life 2012: The End

Here’s a look at the end page:
Project Life 2012: The End
I had the D&E and bokeh photo printed from months ago, and just never used them, and they fit pretty perfectly here. The & is cut from a Crate & Barrel bag I’ve been saving. I printed up the other two cards using Photoshop, just as a quick and easy summary of the year (even though the album starts in June).

I never actually posted a photo of my title page:
Project Life 2012: The End
because the top “Summer 2012” was the only thing there until this week. The Love this Life card was a freebie from Becky Higgins’s blog, and the badges are from Ormolu.

I may have squeezed just a tad more into one binder than was necessary, but I love love LOVE this project and I really can’t wait for 2013!
Project Life 2012: The End

Project Life: December

With much of the Project Life/internet scrapbooking world being all about December Daily albums, I have been pondering how to document December for a while. In the end, I decided to just stick with what was working (namely, a week at a time in my Project Life album). I couldn’t resist one of Kelly Purkey‘s December kits, though, and I’m so glad I didn’t. I have had so much fun incorporating the parts of the kit into the first few weeks of December. Even though I know I won’t use everything in the kit this year, it has been kind of liberating to have a kit and just… USE it. (I tend to hoard my favorite supplies, rather than using them; see also: how I’m still using the last few pages from the summer minibook kit I bought from Elise‘s shop way back when I started this album in June!)

Week 27 was a big week because it included my bridal shower.
Project Life: December

Project Life: December
It was so strange to be the subject of such a surprise. And to say that I couldn’t wait to see the invitation is an understatement – how cool are they? I totally love them and obviously saved a spot of honor in the album for it.

Project Life: December
The view of the full page – photos of me and my bridesmaids (my sister and Dan’s two sisters), and me and my mom and future mother in law. (Hey Jodi and Kasia, your cards fit perfectly into the slots too :))

Week 28 was the first week I dove into Kelly’s kit; it was nice to stick with the papers from the kit and just add in photos and embellishments. (It also has me really looking forward to working from a core kit for 2013, too.)
Project Life: December

Project Life: December
Gold isn’t usually a color I gravitate toward, but the gold overlays and gold glitter tape I bought on a whim sure are nice.

Week 29 included the benefit for members of our family who lost everything in the hurricane, a big holiday party at work, and lots of journaling.
Project Life: December

Project Life: December
Not to mention a bokeh-tastic trip to Triumph.

Project Life: December
I printed two of the bokeh shots I liked best 5×7 and used an extra insert; I just couldn’t choose which ones to eliminate and therefore included them all. I had to stick another Triumph coaster in there, too.

Week 30 was a pretty low key week, but it featured some big wedding planning bits: the cake tasting and our meeting with the DJ.
Project Life: December

Project Life: December
I used an insert to include the Christmas card that Grandmother sent us; her handwriting is amazing and it was important to me to have this in there. (Although I wish I could put all of the cards we got this year in the album somehow; maybe if I wasn’t trying to squeeze 7 months into one album it would be easier.)

Project Life: December

I divided the last days of December into two “weeks” for my album, so two more weeks to go and then 2012 is a wrap. I can’t tell you how glad I am I just jumped in with Project Life. What an awesome thing.

Project Life: November

November was a pretty busy month, but I love how some of these pages came together (albeit a bit late).

Week 23 was a really Big one – Hurricane Sandy hit, and we traveled to Barbados for Dan’s sister’s wedding.
Project Life: November
Before we lost power, I was saving screenshots of the radar and satellite images of the storm, and I’m really glad I did. The bottom right is the image that was on the cover of New York magazine.

Project Life: November
I love Project Life for giving me an obvious place to save things like wedding invitations. Samantha and Andy’s was really simple and pretty.

Project Life: November
The back of the first insert has my boarding passes from our flight, and the save the date. I cut down a We R Memory Keepers page to be able to share some of my favorite photos. It was wayyyyy too hard to narrow it down to fewer photos from the wedding.

Project Life: November
Close ups of the bride and groom and the happy couple with Dan’s parents.

Project Life: November
All five siblings together, me and Dan, and Dave and Stefanie.

Project Life: November
Needless to say, full page photo cut down to fit wins again. There was the most amazing sunset the night of the wedding itself and I kept sneaking away to get shots.

We were still really overwhelmed by the after-effects of Sandy during Week 24, which also included Election Day… but more importantly, an AWESOME bachelorette sleepover.
Project Life: November

Project Life: November
Saturday was such a fun day, and I love that the girls put together an invite for our sleepover.

Project Life: November
We may have spent most of the night eating cheeseballs and talking (and talking and talking), but we did remember to take some photos of all of us together, too.

Week 25 was almost back to normal (although our engagement photo session that Saturday was certainly a Noteworthy Occasion).
Project Life: November
Skyfall was SO good. Also: one of our first RSVPs to arrive!

Project Life: November
I used a Design H insert for the sneak peak photos we just got from our engagement photo session with Liesl from Photo Pink. It was such a fun day, and we’re SO jazzed with how the photos turned out.

Project Life: November
The back of the insert: more engagement shots.

Project Life: November
This page includes photos I took the day of our photo session. (I can’t tell you how hard it was to be in such a photogenic neighborhood and NOT have my camera with me and out. It was REALLY hard. Even Dan said that he knew I must have been going nuts because even HE kept noticing cool photo ops.) Here I included a few of my newest stamps from Elise‘s shop.

And week 26 was Thanksgiving! (Which I don’t have a lot of photos from, so I had to fill in some blanks with photoshopped text cards)
Project Life: November
I love how the leaf photo from last week shows through the overlay here. I was glad to have one of the Thankful cards that Design Editor posted. I don’t normally write out what I’m thankful for, but it was great to do it this year.

Project Life: November
And to round it out: a photo of my glorious ten-color rainbow manicure, the first bokeh of the season, the amazing leftovers sandwich I ate on Saturday, and the Stallion (aka the limo the cousins used when we went out on Saturday night)!

Project Life: October

I’m finally mostly caught up with putting together my Project Life pages, and I can’t say I’m any less excited about it. I got a lot of these October pages done during the hurricane, and a few evenings here and there. It really is pretty nice to be mostly caught up. Shocker, right?

Anyway, October was filled with football and chipping away at our wedding plans. Week 19 in particular was full of wedding plans, which means a lot more journaling than photos.

Project Life: October

Project Life: October
We took a Friday afternoon to visit the ceremony location for the first time since we booked it, as well as to head over to the brewery for our tasting. This was absolutely insert-worthy, because I had a lot to say, even if I didn’t have too many photos. It was so strange to be sitting there in the brewery eating food and saying “yes, this is what we will serve to our guests on our wedding day” except… the food is really, really good… so it was fairly easy to get past that and just get to the excitement part of the process.

Project Life: October
I went to the Rutgers football game that Saturday, so the back of the insert includes a bunch of photos from the tailgate, a page from the Gameday newspaper, and my ticket, of course.

Project Life: October
I actually had run out of glossy photo paper by this week (printing at home before the hurricane power outage also meant I couldn’t quickly restock, and I was on too much of a roll to wait), and I’m happy that you can’t really tell much of a difference between the glossy and the matte photo paper once the pages are assembled. I prefer the glossy because it’s a little weightier, and I find it WAY faster to print directly onto 4×6 pages rather than laying out a full letter-sized sheet and having to cut it down. The workflow just … works a little better for me, and it’s nice to know that, I guess.

Project Life: October
During week 20, we had (almost all of) Dan’s siblings over for the first time, and it was such a fun day. Dan was sick for most of the rest of the week, so we had subs and just relaxed. I also included two quote cards from my boss and coworkers because they were too funny to skip. I also am really jazzed about the “so much fun” stamp, which is from Carrie‘s shop (and which I found out about thanks to my obsessive stalking of the #projectlife hashtag on Instagram.)

Project Life: October
The big things during week 20, though, were getting to the “100 days until the wedding” milestone, and Dan’s nephew’s first birthday. I took a ton of photos at the party, and it was way too hard to choose my favorites, so I just used them all, as well as the party invitation.

Project Life: October
Lots of relationship milestones very close together in October: our four year anniversary was on October 14, and somehow, Dan and I ended up with the day to ourselves, which has been unheard of this year as wedding planning kicks into gear. We went apple and pumpkin picking and it was the absolute best.

Project Life: October
The right side documents the wedding invitation assembly line, the return of Walking Dead, a mall meltdown, Dan’s sister’s bachelorette party, the only pretty shot of foliage that I have for the year, and the tags from an entire day’s worth of tea consumption.

Project Life: October
And finally, week 22 (the week before things got really crazy): we finished the wedding invitations, and more importantly, we went to an Oktoberfest-themed beer dinner at a local restaurant. I had to include the menu, because the food was insanely good. (I actually retyped this because I didn’t like the font/design of the actual menu. I’m snooty like that about fonts.)

Project Life: October
This might be one of my favorite pages of Project Life so far, all photos from the Homecoming Rutgers football game.

And that’s October, folks. Project Life, you’re pretty much the best.

Project Life: September

The first few days of quiet at home while Dan was at work (due to Hurricane Sandy) gave me lots of time to both catch up on Project Life and take photos of the pages that were already done in the daylight. Here are my pages from September, and I like to think I’m getting a little better at not over-journaling and keeping things a little simpler.

Week 15 was my first week at my new job, which was nerve-wracking but ultimately really exciting.
Project Life: September
I used a clear overlay on the back of last week’s scalloped card to take advantage of the fun shape. I’m trying to be a little more purposeful in how I chose papers and colors each week, so there’s a little more cohesion.

Project Life: September
More Walking Dead, a supermarket on the way home from work, and stripes galore thanks to some washi tape.

Week 16 included a Mets game, which naturally had to get a full page and part of an insert.
Project Life: September
(Have you guessed that full page sports photos are one of my very favorites yet?) It was such a perfect day.

Project Life: September
The front of the insert, featuring some of my favorite shots from Citi Field (including the one I was smart enough to take of the scoreboard before the end of the game to document the score and the fact that the game wen to extra innings!)

Project Life: September
The back of the insert, featuring some new job details, and a section of the campus map with Elise‘s “You are Here” stamp, which I love.

Project Life: September
Lots of pink on the right side, which documents our first shot at registering (you know I was all over that Crate&Barrel bag the moment I saw it!), a visit with my best friend from high school, and another best friend’s daughter’s 2nd birthday party.

Week 17 didn’t feature a lot of photos, but I tried to make up for it with color and pattern.
Project Life: September

Project Life: September
I bought some Project Life textured cardstock in both 4×6 and 3×4 sizes, and have already found it incredibly handy. This page also features some more Ormolu flare and one of my newest stamps from Elise‘s shop.

Week 18 was a lot busier, and I had lots of photos to include.
Project Life: September
Once I started using Instagram to document the parking deck that I now park in each day, I knew it had to be a series in Project Life, and I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

Project Life: September
The front of this week’s insert, with photos I took when my family went out to dinner to (belatedly) celebrate our July (me and Dan) and September (my sister and her new husband) birthdays.

Project Life: September
The back of the insert gave me space for photos that I took at the One Pitch Tournament that my dad’s softball team ran, which Dan, my dad, and my brother all played in. It’s one of my favorite events all year, and I’m always glad to be there (even if it was for only part of the day this year).

Project Life: September
Saturday was also my cousin’s baby shower, and I really liked the invitation and insisted on including it, even if cutting it down didn’t work as nicely as I would have liked. I also had to include a photo of the hat, booties, and mittens that I crocheted all week for the new baby. I was so proud of them, and it was so great to see that my cousin was as excited about them as I was to give them.