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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”


Wyatt – Every once in a while you like to get messy making art. It’s not that often, but when you do, it’s always awesome and you’re so proud.


Finn – You were such a trooper getting your first cavity filled. I just had to snap a pic outside the office with your crooked novocaine smile.


Ansley – Seems like just yesterday you were cutting with blunt tip scissors. You sat there meticulously cutting out tree branches for an art project, and it just struck me how grown you are.

  • Marie - Just love the photo of the messy artist !ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I meant “really love” the picture of the messy artist, cause I love the two other photos of course ! :-)ReplyCancel

Hey guys! I realize I’m a few weeks late posting these, but we’ve been so busy as a family lately. I swear there have been more parties, appointments, annoying phone calls, and car/printer/insurance/school/house issues than I’d even care to talk about. When it rains in pours, no? Anyway, yes, I have been keeping up with PL like I promised myself I would. I’m actually current up until week 6 where I should be.

Here are weeks 1 – 4.


I’ll be writing less in these pl posts as well as posting less frequently. If you have ANY questions about how I’m making these spreads, just ask. Are you guys going strong with PL this year? I sure hope I don’t fizzle out.

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, circle punch, date stamp, 9 squares page, Design A, Design C, and Design E,  Paper Source cardstock in gravel/cement/paper bag/slate, and Paper Source vellum labels.

Project life is a simple form of scrapbooking created by Becky Higgins. To learn more click here. I create one spread per week to document our life. Here are all my pages from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


  • andrea - What I really really love about your pages is that you make “almost-only-photos” looking so good. Whenever I add more photos I have a feeling that it looks too busy. But your pages? not at all.

    I do PL again this year. But I focus on the whole month and combine stories instead of looking at one week at the time. So far (ha, I’m only one month into this new concept) it works very well.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Del Grosso - As usual, you are rocking the nine squares page. And those 4×6 card stock pages with only a little writing? awesome.

    inspiring as always.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout - What did you use for those Polaroid-looking photos? I’m on year 3 of PL and going strong!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I so so so love your PL layouts ! You totally rocked them Manda !ReplyCancel

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”


Wyatt – I’m not gonna lie. Most nights you sleep with us in our bed. We don’t care at all and love to snuggle you. Here you are right before the sound of my shutter woke you up. The next frame was uh..not pretty. You were NOT a happy guy.


Finn – You’ve been dealing with some major sinus issues. You’re currently on a month long round of antibiotics to try and reset your little system. These dark circles under your eyes are fading a bit, but I can still tell you’ve got something going on. Dark circles or not I still love your precious face.


Ansley – Your delicate lips and nose make the prettiest profile ever. You really are such a beauty, my dear. We were on our way to school in this photo.

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”


Wyatt – You’re rarely in a bad mood. It happens though. Especially when your twin brother whacks you in the face with a stick (on accident).


Finn – Going outside always gets you motivated to get your homework done. The weather has been so nice the past few days so that’s just what we did.


Ansley – You romped around in this field with Garrison like you did when you were little. I just love this in-between stage you’re in right now.

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”


Ansley - You came walking home from school one day this week with a tiny metal chair. You busted in the door. “MOM!! Look what someone just left on the side of the road!! I mean, this thing is adorable! I’m gonna clean it, maybe even paint it, and put it in my room. Why would someone throw this away!!???” You were so excited. You spent the next hour scrubbing the rust off, drying it, and tightening the screws. I mentioned it would make a great little plant stand, and that’s exactly what you did with it. It sits in your room holding a grassy plant in a bright pink pot. I love that you can see potential in things, and that you aren’t scared to walk all the way home in front of your friends carrying a piece of “junk”.


Wyatt – Your number one goal after school is to play with the neighborhood kids. My rule is you have to eat and get your homework done, then you’re free to go. Here you just polished off a giant smoothie and are writing your sentences. It’s funny how focused and committed you are when there’s something you REALLY want at the end.


Finn – You aren’t that fond of me taking pictures of you all the time. I’ve been having to sneak shots in whenever I can. Here you are brushing your teeth before school.