Apr 29, 2017

Week In the Life™ | MY DIY KIT

Okay so I'm super jealous of all ya'll working with Ali Edwards' Week in the Life™ kit but I just couldn't justify the extra expense at this time, not when I have so many new scrapbooking supplies. I've been shopping so much in the past few months and I have so many new things that I absolutely love and wanted to use for this project.

So I set forth a new challenge for myself and for all of ya'll that hoard your stash... DIY MY OWN KIT!

Okay so at the bottom of this blog post you'll find a pretty long video of me walking through my kit. I may or may not have went a bit overboard but like I said I have so much I love. I know I won't use it all but it's there if I need it. ;)

When it comes to pulling items together for a project I do have a few tips....

Whether you like to have things tucked away or out in the open get ya a box or basket to hold everything. I recommend these clear Iris containers. I like these because I can fit small things as well as large 12x12 papers.

iris scrapbook container


I always do my WITL project in a 6x8 album. I usually use these Snap Albums from Simple Stories. The always work well for me, the only downfall is that they only have two rings so sometimes it's hard to add smaller things to the album. I always make it work but I do wish they had additional rings. Has anyone found it difficult to find 6x8 albums?

small 6x8 scrapbook album

I always start with paper! I always start with color. I pull patterns based on what colors I'm in the mood for. I honestly just go with my gut on this and this creates my base for my kit.

patterned scrapbook paper

Next, I'll go through my stash of journaling cards and just pick out the ones that appeal to me. Making sure they match my paper and have good sentiments that can be used with our week. I usually grab a few lined cards for journaling. Look through your stash for some fun date stamps. Perhaps you have some with the week days!

scrapbook stamps for week in the life

I love a chunky album! I usually go overboard with adding embellishments to my kit and I don't end up using them all but I like to have a good assortment to chose from when I'm ready to embellish. However, having too many can distract me and keep me from choosing any. A good tip (which I rarely ever follow) is to pick only 5 types of embellishments. This helps to cut the time you spend deciding on what things to use. However, if you're like me, if it's not there you'll just get up and go find it.

scrapbook embellishments

Here are some of my favorite embellishments to use for my projects!
  • stickers
  • tiny words
  • flair
  • chipboard
  • washi
  • ribbon
  • sequins
  • anything STARS!!!
I also like to include different things like tags, glassine bags and transparencies. Like I said I like a chunky and funky album!

So here is what I gathered for my kit...

Apr 25, 2017

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2017 | Friday's Photos & Words

mom hair getting it done9:25 AM // Today I did my hair up in a pony tail. It didn't last long. 

cleaning house11:40 AM // Today I cleaned three houses by lunch time. 

taking the car to get washed1:03 PM // Today I washed the car.Well I sat in the car while it was washed. 

taking the car to get inspected1:35 PM // Today I took the car to get inspected. I also renewed our license plates. 
taco bell for lunch3:00 PM // Today I regretted my lunch decision almost immediately. 

getting ready for mom's night out4:10 PM // Today I took a little extra time on my makeup and hair. #readyforGNO

girls night out at Michael's5:25 PM // Today I went to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. 

being silly at Tuesday Morning
 7:00 PM // Today I laughed so hard. 

super mom super wife super woman super tired7:15 PM // Today I found my perfect mug. 

chillis for supper8:59 PM // Today I ate way too much food. 

Don't forget to check out Monday through Thursday Photos & Words...

Apr 24, 2017

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2017 | Thursday's Photos & Words

morning coffee8:24 AM // Today I'm enjoying three cups of coffee before the kids wake up. I'm working on editing photos and blogging work during my quiet time this morning. 

letting the kids sleep in9:10 AM// Today I'm enjoying just letting them sleep until they wake up. I'm enjoying the look of sweet innocence that will quickly fade when she wakes up. 

dirty bathroom floor
 10:00 AM // Today I am enjoying not cleaning.I'm making the kids do it. I need to rest. 

kitchen homeschool
 12:43 PM // Today I'm enjoying that they actually did school without me reminding them to do it. Well math anyways. We are all really enjoying their new math curriculum 

afternoon naptime
cuddles with mama during naptime

1:23 PM // Today I'm enjoying a nap. Just a few minutes to sit and close my eyes and rest. I need it today. I need it everyday.

coffee and healthy snacks and to do lise2:20 PM // Today I'm enjoying some more coffee and new snacks while I cross things off my to do list.  On a side note I really didn't like these dried peach slices.

laundry piles
 4:15 PM // Today I'm enjoying that its' okay to not worry about the mess. Or at least take my time with it.

carpet cleaning machine
8:05 PM // Today I'm enjoying a new carpet cleaner. I'm a little obsessed with my carpets even though it's a never ending battle. (5 kids and red Carolina mud...ugh)

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