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Here are a few things I’m planning this month…

For the blog…

  • 5 books that have inspired my creativity
  • A birthday post for my boys and Ansley
  • Another monthly art book
  • A fun pet art project for Ansley’s room
  • TWO original knit patterns – a hat and a wrap
  • Project life posts on Sundays

For our family…

  • Planning and prepping for the boys’ 7th birthday party
  • Figuring out Halloween costumes. Here are our costumes from 2012 and 2013
  • Painting three pieces of furniture for A’s room
  • Taking all three kids to their first tennis lessons
  • Going to the drive-in

For me personally…

  • Need to get a haircut desperately
  • I’ve been running quite a bit lately, and thoroughly enjoying it…I’d like to keep at it and up my mileage a bit
  • Push myself creatively with my bookmaking
  • Play around with ideas for an art piece for Ansley’s room
  • Document my eating and exercise habits for an idea I have called Mending Manda (more soon)

What’s on your plate this month? There’s just something about this time of year that really invigorates me to get things accomplished! Do you get excited when fall is around the corner?

PS – I’m using this planner in case you’re wondering.

  • andrea - love this peek into your planner! Always so inspiring.
    And I can’t wait for those patternsReplyCancel

  • maria helena - That planner looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - I have to agree. Fall makes me really want to simplify things. Declutter, re-organize. Reimagine. Make new goals for myself. It’s probably my most inspiring time of the year. I loved seeing what you’re up to this month!ReplyCancel

  • julia - yikes! looks like you have quite the month ahead of you!

    how do you get all that done? you must be superwoman!ReplyCancel

Hey guys! It feels so good to be working in my album again! Basically, I plan to sorta lump June-Sept together and backtrack with themed spreads. Then I’ll start fresh with weekly ones beginning this week. I’ll be posting about those on Sundays. I think the key to being successful in keeping up with your project life album is to not be a perfectionist (which is hard for me). But ya know, when life gets busy and you fall behind, don’t stress, just start new that week and don’t worry about it! Your kids aren’t gonna care that a week of their childhood isn’t in this album! It’s just about doing what you can, when you can. My albums have missing weeks and holes all in them, and while it bugs me a little, I’m not gonna just give up on making these books because they aren’t perfect.

In other news I upgraded my printer from the Canon Pixma MG6320 to the Canon Pixma MG7120. The 6320 stopped printing blacks completely. Canon replaced the print head, sent an entirely new printer, gave me phone technical support, and then it STILL didn’t fix it! I decided to just buy the new model, but I bought a 4 year protection plan so if anything happens again they’ll just send me a new one. Glad to have a printer printing beautiful photos again. Printers can be such a PAIN!

So, here’s how I documented our beach trip. I just love all the blues and aquas!

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The left side photos are all photos taken with my underwater camera.

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Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, silver washi tape, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, 9 squares page, Design F, coin protector page, Design C, Paper Source cover paper in paper bag, and tracing paper.

Project life is a cool and simple form of scrapbooking created by Becky Higgins. To learn more click here. I create one spread per week to document our life. Here’s all my pages from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • rachel del grosso - oh manda manda manda. you are BY FAR my biggest source of inspiration, not only for project life but how you live your life. Your photos are always full of such loving, incredible moments. I really hope that as my son gets older that my albums start showing off such amazing memories.

    I absolutely devour your project life posts over and over again.ReplyCancel

  • andrea - Oh these spreads are AMAZING! And like Rachel said, so inspiring. I especially love the idea with the big title “Grayton Beach 2014″. I might steal this idea some time in the future.ReplyCancel

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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  1.  Wild man.
  2. A and L.
  3. Dog park adventuring.

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  1. She really wanted to do a jumping pic. So we did.
  2. That time Wyatt tried to color me a banner, but Louie interrupted.
  3. Finn is my music man. He absolutely loves it.

Here are some more images from my 52 project…

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I just realized I skipped posting these two weeks of portraits. Also, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharingView full post »

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Ansley and her new kitten Louie. Crazy Wyatt as usual, but oh so clean and snuggly! Finn…always on the lookoutView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” “Mom, these are all the words I knowView full post »

I just realized I skipped posting these two weeks of portraits. Also, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing portraits 2 or 3 times a week until I get caught up. Bear with me if you don’t enjoy these posts. :)

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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  1. Wyatt laughing with a mouthful of sammich.
  2. I hope she never loses her sense of adventure
  3. I swear Finn will still be playing with blocks when he’s 20.

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  1. Ansley and Papi used to canoe this pond every time she visited. I’m almost certain that’s what she was thinking about, but I didn’t ask.
  2. Funniest Finn photo bomb.
  3. He was watching the lightning bugs when I asked him to look my way.

Here are a few more images from my 52 project…

34 + 35/52

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”  Wild man. A and L. Dog park adventuring. SheView full post »

32 + 33/52

Ansley and her new kitten Louie. Crazy Wyatt as usual, but oh so clean and snuggly! Finn…always on the lookoutView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” “Mom, these are all the words I knowView full post »