Working on lots of things behind the scenes these days - including four new classes I'll be teaching at in-person workshops this year (all will be made into self-paced classes later in the year) and new Story content that will go live this weekend for the subscription program.
It's always a juggling act, as so many of you know in your own lives. The push and pull between work and family, between what's most important and what's least important - so many things attempting to capture our attention. I've been working really hard around here to put my focus in the right place - which means a little less work + social media and a little more time with Simon and Anna in very intentional ways . It should be really easy but sometimes, the truth is, it's just not. So I'm working on it and it feels good.
The memory keeping routine I seem to be falling into right now is bits of life in Project Life® and longer stories on layouts for the Story subscription classroom. I love the focus I'm able to have on specific themes for the Story Kit™ and Story Stamp™ content and writing about it each month has been really a fulfilling experience for me personally. In Project Life® I'm loving the simplicity of less - most importantly, just making it work for me and not feeling like I have to come up with new ideas all the time. I want to document and have fun and get the photos and words in the pockets. It's an occupational hazzard I suppose - this desire to make it educational and inspire you to keep going with your own storytelling - because, obviously, I believe that it can make a difference in your life.
One of my takeaways this week was a re-adoption of my "good enough" attitude for Project Life®. I'm not trying to include everything. What I really want, is to keep up. Not in a "I MUST KEEP UP WITH THIS OR I WILL FEEL GUILT" but in a "I love when I have this done each week. I love seeing our stories and photos together in this manner. It makes me heart happy."
Today I'm happy to be sharing a look at my Week Four in Project Life®:
On the topic of most important and least important (HA), Katie and I took some time to check off a bunch of the Oscar best-picture nominees during this particular week. We love, love, love going to the movies. I created 3x4 cards to hold each of the movie tickets using designs from the Midnight Edition Core Kit (which continues to be my favorite) + circle number stamps from my One Little Word® kit and some repeated stamping.
If you haven't heard about that kit here's a look:
It was just re-stocked this week after selling out to class participants earlier this year. It's a great value at $15.99 and includes everything you see above: a 4x6 stamp set, six sheets of label stickers, cork shapes, and two sets of white and dark grey letter stickers. I'll be using some of these supplies throughout the year in my One Little Word® album.
That big "JAN" was from the Far Far Away Project Life® Kit (still available) - getting it in here right under the wire.
The "A" letter sticker is from my new sets available in my shop. Just the right size if you ask me.
I think my favorite thing so far this year is incorporating Anna's artwork as the title card most weeks. I've got quite a few already cut and slipped into pockets for the coming weeks. It's such a super simple way to make it so very personal. It makes me happy every time I look at them.
The "today" journal card is brand new and available here (includes all the days of the week + today). The package includes a printable PDF, 3x4 PNG cards, and PNG's of the word art titles.
On those movie journal cards I also used that really fun large rolling alphabet stamp from Pebbles to add "movies" over and over again.
"I Love Us" sticker is from this great set from Cosmo Cricket.
- Midnight Edition Project Life® Core Kit
- Design A Page Protectors
- Pebbles Rolling Alphabet Stamp
- Rolling Date Stamp (had to order a new one because my other stopped at 2014)
- One Little Word® Stamp Set
- AE Cascade Alpha Stickers
- Far Far Away Project Life® Kit
- Tiny Attacher (aka The Best Stapler In The Whole World)
- Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text Stickers
- The Story Of Today 3x4 Journal Cards
QUARTERLY SALE AT DESIGNER DIGITALS
In addition to the new products available in my digital shop here, I've got MANY, MANY digital products still available over at Designer Digitals. They just started a Quarterly Sale which means 40% off everything in the shop through Friday, February 20th at 6AM EST. It's a great time to pick up a few things from over there for your storytelling adventures.
And in case you are in need of this, acrylic blocks have been added to my shop for use with stamps. Check them out here.