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Week 42!

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Left side is Design E. Loved this little series of Wyatt and felt it needed to be big.

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Right side is Design F. Took lots of photos this week and decided to just fit them all in.

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No words. No journaling. No cardstock. Nothing fancy at all. It’s just what I felt like doing. :)

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, circle punch, date stamp, Design F, Design E, and paper source cardstock in gravel.

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 are all my pages from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • rachel del grosso - Mine is all photographs this week too, no journaling! great minds think alike I guess :)ReplyCancel

  • Giada - Manda, your Project Life is such an inspiration for me! Your photos are so beautiful and your layouts are really great!ReplyCancel

Project life is about documenting your everyday life from week to week, yes. BUT when a major thing happens I feel like you gotta give it more real estate in your album. Like going to the beach or romping through the forest. There are several other “bonus” spreads I’ve completed, but haven’t blogged. Maybe I will get to that one day. For now here’s a little extra spread I created to document how Finn broke his arm and spent two days in the hospital for surgery.

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Design F. It’s super busy, I know. The photos aren’t all that either, but this was about just “cramming it all in”. I want to remember each and every one of these moments. Hospital bracelet at the top. :)

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I just love this picture so much. He is such a bad ass!

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On the back of the insert I typed out the WHOLE story of how he broke his arm and what when on during our hospital say.

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And this. Oh this. Right there is Finn jacked up on pain killers. Hahahahha. I love him. I think I love him even more when he’s on drugs.

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AND here’s a video of my son being awesome. 10 minutes before this he was writhing in pain. Yay for painkillers!

Have you all done any bonus spreads? If so, I’d love to see. Send me a link in the comments section.

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, circle punch, date stamp, Design F, Design E, 12 x 12 page protector, Paper Source cover paper in slate, cement, and paper bag, and sewing machine + thread.

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 are all my pages from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • Kathleen - Just have to say that he is SO adorable. But you know that. :)ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - how freaking cute! and yes yes yes i agree that there are some moments that deserve their own spread. have i ever made one, is a good question….

    and what is it with that song and all kids LOVING it!! hahaReplyCancel

  • Marie - Oh he’s SO cute ! Love it ! And yes I definitely think that some good or bad moments do deserve a special spread in our Project Life. Hey, that’s life, isn’t it ? :-)ReplyCancel

Week 41!

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Left side is Design A.

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Right is Design E…which is prolly my very very fav page. I really could do an entire album with E and never think twice. Hmmm. Maybe I should?

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Added an insert to show a new toy we got that we are all totally obsessed with. It’s a huge giant soft frisbee called a BEAMO. Someone says…”Wanna go throw the frisbee?” and at least one person jumps up. It’s gonna be my go-to gift for kids’ bday parties this year.

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Here’s the full spread with the frisbee insert.

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, Design A, Design E, Paper Source cover paper in slate, tracing paper, and sewing machine + thread.

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 are all my pages from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • rachel del grosso - first! haha.

    so, first thing: i love this spread. i’ve noticed that some of my favorite spreads of mine are the ones with blues and greens, and I think that’s what is really appealing to me here. i love how the tree bark adds so much texture to the right side. so good.

    also, that beamo? i need to get one of those. so good. my son would have a blast just watching my husband and i throw that around.

    design e is probably my favorite too. haven’t used it in a while, so might need to get on that :)ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - also: are you going to do week in the life this month?ReplyCancel

  • andrea - I love that you included a photo of your project life in your project life ;)ReplyCancel

    • rachel del grosso - i’ve had a couple times where i have wanted to do that but then i wonder if it’s too much? but totally think i was wrong! i remember seeing that photo on IG and ADORING it, so i’m not surprised she put it in here (:ReplyCancel

Week 40! We had an eventful week, so I had lots of photos and lots of things to journal about…

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Left side is Design A. I did a little week in review card again by printing out M-SU on cardstock and sewing lines.

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Design H insert for our trip to see the Nina and Pinta.

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Back side of the insert. I friggin’ love that pic of Ansley photo bombing my boat pic. I was facinated by all the sailors knots so I had to include a photo of those.

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Right side is Design A. New yarn for a new project, Artsy Girl Beanie, beach pic, and my kids new obsession with Lego Mixels.

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Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, silver washi tape, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, Design A, Design H, Paper Source cover paper in slate, 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 - i may or may not have visited your site about 10 times today, waiting for this post to go live! ha.

    i have a question i’ve always wanted to know about your process. do you look through all your photos at the end of the week and then decide which page design to use, or do you just go with the flow?ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - also – i had that thought of punching a circle out of card stock but now i don’t want to seem like i’m copying you! haha.ReplyCancel

    • manda - haha! well I certainly didn’t invent punched out circles! go for it!ReplyCancel

    • manda - I definitely definitely go through all the photos first and THEN decide which page I’m gonna use. Basically, I look for if I have more vertical or horizontal photos or if I have a photo series to work with. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - These pages are gorgeous – and so is your photography!ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - do you shoot mostly with your iPhone or DSLR?ReplyCancel

    • manda - I use both for sure, but I’d say more iphone shots. It’s just so easy and they are already edited and ready to print. In any given week there is at least one or two that are from my big camera though.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I’m definitely a HUGE fan of your PL layouts. So inspiring !ReplyCancel

    • manda - Thanks Marie! Your blog looks great too, although I can’t read french. :(ReplyCancel

  • andrea - whenever I see your pages I want to make mine look like yours and don’t use any other products at all. So inspiring Manda!ReplyCancel

    • manda - thanks andrea! there I times when I feel like my simple pl style is really boring… :)ReplyCancel

      • andrea - That’s always happening with the thing you use a lot. At the beginning of the year I used a “week in review” card, but after a few weeks I so couldn’t see it anymore.
        But I guess you are the only one who gets bored from your pages, I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - i love your project life style, very simple and neutral but it looks great! I personally use a lot of colour but I often find my best pages are the ones with less colour.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