Oct 19, 2013

A PROJECT LIFE STARTING POINT: PART ONE


Happy Weekend loves! I can't express how grateful I am that you have stopped by HOH today. I am super excited for the weekend as it holds some fun plans. My dear hubby is turning 30 today! Yep that's right the big three OH! Wow I can't believe we are getting older so fast. At least it seems that way. Of course I am still 28 years young baby! And you better believe this twenty something gal will not let her already thirty something husband forget just how old he is. I know I'm a meany.

I debated on throwing Cole a surprise party but he really hates social gatherings so we opted for a nice quite date night. Those are few and far between these days. With three little ones and work it's hardly never that we get a night out. So I booked one the finest sitters in all the land a.k.a Nana to watch the tots so the hubs and I can hit the town. Now we aren't big party people so we don't do bars or even drink for that matter but we do know how to enjoy a good steak and some window shopping. Well at least that's what we have planned. There is even talk of trying to hit up a haunted house. We met during October, actually it was 5 years ago yesterday! {I seriously just figured that out. Where is my brain? That's okay at least I remembered before him. Now to act like I have known this whole time.} And for his birthday, which was technically our second date, we went to Scarowinds***. That's Carowinds ( an amusement park) during the late hours of Oct-Nov. They turn the whole amusement park into haunted grounds. It's pretty fun if you like rides and don't mind weirdos dressed in fake blood popping out at every corner. So maybe we will try to recreate something similar this weekend. :) 

***FUNNY ANECDOTAL ABOUT YOUR'S TRULY***WOMEN ONLY*** PARENTAL SUPERVISION ADVISED: The Scarowinds trip was our second date. Literally the day after our first date. I'm not much for scary things ie, haunted trails, scary movies, and even the dark. I have a photographic memory, well I think I do ;), so those images get engraved into my mind and pop back out when i'm either asleep or home alone. But anywho...there we were two new found lovers carrying on through haunted houses and such. Note when you have a weak post baby bladder don't drink a whole bunch of anything and get the b'jesus scared out of you. Needless to say I screamed and my post pregnancy bladder went tinkle tinkle. Yep! Probably should have just kept quite about it but I just blurted out, "Dear Jesus, I think I peed myself." It was more a joke than anything. But I don't think he will ever let me live it down that I peed my panties on our second date. If hash tags had been around back then well... #ineednewdrawers  #seconddatesaturate. Don't you guys just love these random fun and oh so awkward fun facts about me? :)

Speaking of October and traditions brings me to my topic for today. My renewed love of scrap booking. I have been a scrapper for over a decade but in the past couple of  years fell out of love with traditional scrapbooking. I just never had time for it and found myself spending endless amounts of money on papers, stickers, embellishments and print cost. Before giving up I did create a digital album from Mixbook. Lilliana's baby book! I loved it! The whole world of digital scrapping was intriguing but at the time, 3 years ago, bleak. So needless to say it didn't hold my interest. If you don't know by now I like a lot of different crafts. I recently joined a Project Life group on Facebook and quickly fell in love with it. And of course the idea of being able to digitally create my layouts was even better.

As a free lance graphic artist, self-taught, I love dabbling into all forms of graphic art. So creating my own templates, journal cards, and playing around with photos really has my heart skipping beats {literally, my heart has been skipping but more on that another time}. This week I researched a lot on PL {Project Life} and the way it works. And really it's just an art form. A way to incorporate photos with journal entries and create colorful layouts filled with awesomeness. At least that's how I explain it.

Here are the questions I asked and some answers I learned.

What is PROJECT LIFE {PL}?

Just click here. 

Is PL for me and where do I start? 

If you love photography, journaling, scrapbooking, or graphic design than PL would be great for you! It just so happens that I love it all. I love taking photos of everything, my children, pretty things, and my-self (yep, I do those aerial shots of the oh so awesome kiss face more often than I should}. I enjoy scrapbooking both traditionally and digitally. And we all know I lurve me some graphic designing. The only thing I haven't really ever done is journal. But with PL it's easy. You more or less just write what happened that week, or day. Pretty easy, right?

Digital,Traditional, or Hybird?

Deciding whether you want to go digital or traditional is certainly a personal choice. In short, for me,  traditional includes purchasing inserts and PL kits like these from here. Certainly you can create your own cards and things as well but as far as embellishments and thickers {thick stickers} are concerned you would purchase those in physical packs.  Digital PL is done by using a program like Photoshop. You can use templates and create your own cards, papers, and thickers digickers {digi stickers). And just because you have never used Photoshop doesn't mean that you wouldn't be able to do digital. There are programs like Mixbook and Shutterfly that offer easy peasy solutions.And last but not least there is always the choice to do hybrid. And that my friends is where the two worlds meet. Print digital layouts and add traditional elements and mementos. A lot of people choose this. I more than likely will end up with a hybird book!

If your're looking for more inspiration on DIGITAL PL click here. Cathy has already helped me so much. And of course Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, has her official Digital Project Life site here.

Can I start now?

Yes, I did ask this question. And YES is the answer. I had doubts about starting now with 2013 almost over but I just couldn't wait. All the Project Lifers I spoke with said it's up to you. If you want to start now, then start. It's your project, it's your life. Do what makes you happy! 

So that's just what I did! I started up about 3 weeks ago. I have one week accomplished. A tip that worked for me is to start with a week that has a theme. Halloween, birthday, etc and go from there. It's easier to be inspired for a more prominent event than just starting with the everyday stuff. Now that I have my hands dirty I feel pretty comfortable with how everything works.

HELPFUL RESOURCES TO GET STARTED:




Coming up in this NEW series... {just a few things I have learned this week}

Part Two: Brief lesson on Photoshop for PL..and a FREE TEMPLATE

Part Three: Editing Photos...especially iphotos.

Part Four: Creating Journal Cards, My First 2 Page Layout, and a FREE SET OF JOURNAL CARDS!

AND TONS MORE COMING AS I SHARE MY JOURNEY INTO PROJECT LIFE! 

How about you? Are you a long-term PLifer? Just getting started? Digital or Traditional?




3 comments:

  1. Hey there! I nominated you for a Leibster Award on my blog recently!! Please check it out! Have a wonderful day!
    Leah @ graceleecottage.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh My! Thanks so much. This is such an honor! However, I have already been nominated! You can check out my information here...http://www.thehouseonhillbrook.com/2013/02/liebster-blog-award.html

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  3. I've heard so much about Project Life but have yet to dive in! I love scrapbooking but am also finding myself spending way too much money and really not having the time anymore :( Maybe it's time I started this!

    www.multipurposemama.com

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