Monday, June 22, 2015

Project Life 2015 // weeks 17-19

Project Life 2015 // weeks 17-19

week 17


I was surprised when I realized I only had two photos for this week. I held art classes all week since it was Spring Break, so I think the week just got away from me. 


You may have noticed a slight change on my week cards. I decided I was crazy for hand cutting each weekly number out by hand to adhere it onto another card. So I re-printed all my numbers for the year so far and just cut the card-stock down to 4x6. Glad I thought of this. I love it.

LEFT - design A, 3x4 white cards, Seafoam Edition, High Five Edition, Kellie Stamps, 4x6 white cards


Loving all the Kellie Stamps goodness!!! It has been such a treat to be on the Design Team for her for the past three months. I will miss working with all the new stamps each month, but I'm sure I'll still be snagging a few new sets here and there.


I decided to cut each of the kids Earth paintings in half and piece them together to make one big Earth. I then asked them each why they loved our planet and recorded their answers above the paintings.

RIGHT - design A, 4x6 white cards, Kellie Stamps


week 18


Our first Make It Happenings Retreat fell during this week, so I had a TON of photos.


I print all my 2x2 Instagram photos from Postal Pix as well. They come on a 6x6 grid and I just cut the photos apart.

LEFT - design A, 3x4 white cards, 4x6 white cards, High Five Edition, Kellie Stamps



I had this 8x8 Instagram photo printed of Kim & I and I just love it. I used Postal Pix, ordered it right from my phone. I am always impressed with their quality and this month, I had a few uploading issues and their costumer service was top notch.

INSERT - I used a 12x12 page protector, stitched around the photo, and cut off the extra bits.


RIGHT - Stampin Up page protector design #3, 4x6 white cards, Open Book Edition, Kellie Stamps, Gold Letters from Target



week 19


Mother's day fell on this week, so I decided to designate the left side for documenting our day spent together. For the right side, I made a photo grid showing off our full week.


LEFT - Stampin Up page protector design #3, 4x6 white cards (2 cut down to 4x4), 4x6 index card for behind artwork, Open Book Edition, Kellie Stamps, "cool" stamp by Ali Edwards, gold Thickers



RIGHT - design F, High Five Edition, 3x4 white cards, Kellie Stamps



xo
Awbree

Living a Creative Life

As part of the Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team, we are each asked to share what cultivating a good life means to us. I'd like to share with you my post that I shared on Becky's blog.

Part of cultivating a good life is being open to creativity.

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For as long as I can remember creativity has been a part of my life.

Growing up I was surrounded by aspects of artful living. My maternal grandmother taught me how to sew and would spend hours making matching dresses for my cabbage patch dolls and I. Later, it was dresses for my American Girl dolls. My grandfather was often found repairing oriental rugs or hand painting metal-cast soldiers. There was always a project in the making, a new idea to try. They taught me how to hunt for treasures, how to make something old and forgotten into something beautiful.

My fraternal grandmother spent her days going back and forth from the garden to the kitchen. She taught me about flowers, and gardening, and how everything tastes better homemade. In the summer we would walk down to the peach orchard, fill baskets overflowing with the sweet fruit and then make homemade peach ice cream. If I close my eyes I can still taste it. It’s surely one of my favorite memories of her.

There are art supplies scattered around our home, out ready for use all the time. Supplies get cleaned up, but not put away. I believe that if children can’t see it, they won’t use it. I often leave out creative invitations for my kids, little projects waiting for them when they get home from school. My kids create ALL DAY LONG. It might be simply drawing or coloring (which they do for hours each day), or it might be building, making, inventing, or just making a big mess. As a mom of two curious little ones, I have had to teach myself to just say yes to mess. Now, I embrace it.

Luckily we have a studio that welcomes big creative messes, but our dining room table is covered in markers, stencils, and glittery playdough as I sit and write this. Art is everywhere. Having art in our lives has taught my kids cooperation, imagination, perseverance, and problem-solving skills. They eagerly try new things, diving right into whatever new project I lay out.

As a mom with a child with behavior issues, I have found that art has helped him focus his energy. It quiets him down and allows him to settle his mind, and his body. I encourage both of my kids to be artistic, to try new things, and to explore their creativity. I encourage you to inspire your children. Teach them to use their hands and their hearts to create art that is meaningful to them.

Yesterday I asked my son why he loves art so much and he replied, “I don’t know Mom. Art just makes me happy.” I smiled and told him art makes me happy too.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Make It Happenings Retreat


announcing our fall retreat:

Cape Cod
Dennisport, MA
Sept. 25-27th

Click HERE for all the fun details and find out how YOU can get a ticket to join us for a weekend of awesome food & pretty crafts!

Day in the Life // the album


Day in the Life mini album































This whole album was made with the Moments Like These Project Life kit by Stampin Up. The only additional materials I used were: Project Life pens, white cardstock, craft chipboard sheets, polka dot alphas on the cover page (Target), black ink, and I did use Kellie Stamps for the large "LOVE YOU" at the end. The album is made by October Afternoon, it's 6x8 and I used a variety of page protectors that I had and punched holes in them to fit the album.

xo


 Day in the Life is a project started by Ali Edwards, and this is the second year that I have done it. Check out Ali's blog for more information & inspiration. It's an awesome project to really see what your day is like. It's challenging to remember to take pictures all day, but it's fun because since I committed to carrying my DSLR with me all day, I was able to capture many little moments that I would otherwise look at as "not photo-worthy". But seeing them through my lens changes that. I need to challenge myself more with my big camera. I want to learn how to use it better, and I can't do that when it sits on top of the fridge. Ha! I really want to try Week in the Life, which is the idea but A WHOLE WEEK. It scares me but I think the outcome would be amazing. Maybe this summer I'll try it. For more on that project, check out Ali's post on Week in the Life.




Monday, June 1, 2015

Day in the Life 2015 // the photos

Day in the Life 2015 // the photos

On May 12th I joined Ali Edwards, along with many other Project Lifers, in documenting the nitty gritty of my day.

Here is how I captured in one day in our life right now:










































That's it! I didn't take any photos of what Jay and I do at night. I should have. Our routine is boring, so I honestly just didn't think of it. We usually watch TV, eat some chocolate, read a bit upstairs, and then go to sleep. Next time, I want to remember to capture some of those moments.

I have no idea what my plan is for these photos yet. I may make a mini album like I did last year (which by the way I JUST finished this past weekend...one year later) or if I will include these in my Project Life album. No clue. I'll let you know what I decide.



 Day in the Life is a project started by Ali Edwards, and this is the second year that I have done it. Check out Ali's blog for more information & inspiration. It's an awesome project to really see what your day is like. It's challenging to remember to take pictures all day, but it's fun because since I committed to carrying my DSLR with me all day, I was able to capture many little moments that I would otherwise look at as "not photo-worthy". But seeing them through my lens changes that. I need to challenge myself more with my big camera. I want to learn how to use it better, and I can't do that when it sits on top of the fridge. Ha! I really want to try Week in the Life, which is the idea but A WHOLE WEEK. It scares me but I think the outcome would be amazing. Maybe this summer I'll try it. For more on that project, check out Ali's post on Week in the Life.