MANDA TOWNSEND » a personal blog

Masthead header

Category Archives: project life

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!

pl2014_bonus_grayton-1
pl2014_bonus_grayton-2

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

pl2014_bonus_grayton-3
pl2014_bonus_grayton-4
pl2014_bonus_grayton-5
pl2014_bonus_grayton-6
pl2014_bonus_grayton-7
pl2014_bonus_grayton-8
pl2014_bonus_grayton-9
pl2014_bonus_grayton-10
pl2014_bonus_grayton-11

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

These two weeks I had a ton of photos to work with, and I simply wanted to include as much as possible. So, these spread are busy and not too artistic, but life was documented. Isn’t that the whole point of these albums anyway!?

Week 18

pl2014_week18-1
pl2014_week18-3
pl2014_week18-2

Week 19

pl2014_week19-4
pl2014_week19-3
pl2014_week19-2
pl2014_week19-1

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, Paper Source cover paper in slate and paper bag, Design A, Design E, Design H, Design C, and scrapbook dividers.

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.

  • Pink Ronnie - I absolutely agree – that is the whole point of doing PL!
    Love your photos, as well as these spreads – they’re filled to the brim with life and beauty.
    Ronnie xoReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso // big city quiet - manda, i’ve always wondered what percentage of your photos you take with your phone versus your DSLR? thanks!ReplyCancel

    • manda - ALL of the photos in these two weeks are iphone shots. But usually there will be at least one or two taken with my big camera. :)ReplyCancel

  • cinback - Love PL spreads that are full of photos. I tend to have way too many photos in a week and it kills me to have to select only a few. You have inspired me to just do it!ReplyCancel

Week 17! SO happy to be caught up and current with this book!

pl2014_week17-1

Left side is dedicated to our outing to Earth Wide Open. Locals, you DON’T wanna miss this amazing show next year.

pl2014_week17-2

I used a coin protector page to show lots of the different crystals, gems, and rocks that we picked up. Fun stuff.

pl2014_week17-3

Right side documents my Madewell adventure and my little earth day garden.

pl2014_week17-4

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, gold washi tape, tracing paper, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, Paper Source cover paper in cement, Design A, and a coin protector page.

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.

  • Kellie Winnell - Manda again absolutely fantastic, inspirational and love your pages.ReplyCancel

  • Sabine - Amazing layout. Love especially the stone collection in the coin protector page. Since I have a big stone collection, this would be so fun to document it. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • manda - Yay! I love the coin pages. So fun for documenting a series of photos. :)ReplyCancel

  • Gert - What do you use to edit your photos? They are always so rich and warm. You are my absolute favorite Project Lifer :)ReplyCancel

    • manda - Oh my gosh seriously?! Thanks so much! I use Vsco Film in lightroom for my dslr photos and vscocam for iphone shots. :)ReplyCancel

  • cinback - What I have always loved about your PL (besides your crazy amazing photography skills) is that you tell the important stories of your week. I am assuming that you take more photos in a week than what you feature in your PL. But you are so good at pulling together a collection of photos that tell a story. Love that.ReplyCancel

    • manda - What a nice thing to say!!! Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

I’m completely caught up! Woot!

Week 12

pl2014_week12-1
pl2014_week12-2
pl2014_week12-3

Week 13

pl2014_week13-1
pl2014_week13-2
pl2014_week13-3

Week 14

pl2014_week14-1
pl2014_week14-2
pl2014_week14-3

Week 15

pl2014_week15-1
pl2014_week15-2
pl2014_week15-3

Week 16

pl2014_week16-1
pl2014_week16-2
pl2014_week16-3

Products: We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Album, gold washi tape, tracing paper, Tiny Attacher, date stamp, Micron Pen 05, thin sharpie, Paper Source cover paper in gravel and slate, Design E, Design A, and a plain 12×12

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.

Week 11 is completely dedicated to our recent camping trip.

pl2014_week11-1

pl2014_week11-2

Added a Design G insert just to hold more pics.

pl2014_week11-3
pl2014_week11-4

Love this last page.

pl2014_week11-5

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

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.

  • HEAB - Oh my gosh, love that last page too – so cool how you journaled on the car window.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Love these pages! Your photographs and journaling look so natural and lovely. It really looks like something you will be happy to look back through in 5 or 10 or more years. That will be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - the journalling in the car window? gorgeous!!ReplyCancel