Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Project Life: Week 49

SO this week in Project life was a busy one! Bryan took Paulina to The Pearl S. Buck House while Natalya was at her 3rd grade Christmas party. My friends Sam & Ray brought their beautiful baby girl Fiona to Bloomies for a visit! St. Nicholas brought stuffed animals for the girls on the evening of December 5th. I volunteered at St. Judes for their Santa's Workshop. ANd Bryan & I had an awesome date night! WE went to the Washington House for dinner & saw Eddie Money at the Sellersville Theater. Great week. Oh & it was like, 64 December!! Crazy weather!
This week I used everything in my PL book, so much for cohesion! I used the Cherry Edition, Ali Edwards December Daily journal cards & the date card is from the Clementine Collection.

I also forgot to take pictures of my Thanksgiving extra's. I saw these last year on Maryann Perry's blog & fell in love with them! So I downloaded Cathy Z.'s templates at Designer Digitals & made them for this year : )
This will be a project that I will be adding to my Project Life every year, for sure!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lunchbox Keepsake

I love this project! I've been working on this for over 8 years & will continue for the next 9 years. It is a creative way to preserve all your family's school pictures...yes - I even included mine & my husbands!! The kids love looking at this project because they can see what we looked like at the exact age they are now. And it is right at their finger tips. Every year, once school pictures are out, we bring out the lunch boxes and are guaranteed to have a laugh!
A brief (or not so brief) description: I bought 2 lunch boxes at our LSS back in 2004. I believe you can find these top loading metal lunch boxes online still. I altered it by using simple black bazzill paper & some Doodlebug black & white paper. I had to use 2 lunch boxes because I divided them up. Pre-K to 4th grade in the first one. Then 5th grade to 12th grade in the next one. I made 13 tabs & labeled them Pre-K, 1st Grade, 2nd get the picture. I stamped the grade on each tab. I then decided on a color for each family member. I stuck with that color theme for each year. We have 5 people in our family so I made 5 cards (that were 7.5 x 6) for each tab/grade. Yes, that was 65 cards. I bought a lot of white bazzill! I then kept if very simple. Each card has a border, a blank stamp (to fill in the info you want to record. I put our full name, the school & city it was in & the year). Then I used my Cricut to cut a black circle 3 inches, a white circle 2 and a half inches & a black number (for the grade) 2 inches. All done on my Cricut with the George & Basic Shapes cartridge. I have all the cards made up already. So I simple take their school picture, mat it black & voila! Easy peasy! Any questions, email me or leave a comment. Enjoy!

First Grade

Second Grade

Friday, December 14, 2012

Look Up....

I am in no way, shape or form a professional photographer. But I am asked time to time how I get some of my shots. My answer is usually the same. Look up, get onto the ground, stand on your tippy toes... What I am saying is take a look at what you are photographing, and look at it from every angle, until you find one that is unusual, or different. I have been taking pictures since I was a small child, and I am obsessed with the entire process. I take well over a picture a day (you can see how Project Life wasn't such a leap for me). You can pretty much tell everything about me by my series of pictures taken through out the day. So when I am long & gone, at least my children & someday grandchildren will have a glimpse of our life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Daily

Ok, so I am really slacking on this project. The little free time I did have this week went to Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, my crafting comes last : (
But on a positive note, I am pretty much done my Christmas shopping, heck yeah!!
So I embark upon my December Daily journey,  I'm approaching this project with an open mind & no real rules. This will give me the creativity & permission to do as I please. I started by gathering all my favorite Christmas papers & embellishments. I also hit AC Moore for a few Thickers, and used the Teresa Collins kit given to me by my friend Wendy. I also downloaded a few digital goodies from Ali on Designer Digitals. I made a list of 25 of our families most treasured memories/traditions. Bryan, Paulina & Natalya helped too (which I loved). For about 2 weeks I searched December Daily on the web, Pinterest, Instagram & blogs. I mulled around ideas. And then just dug in! I created for an entire day none stop. I created my cover and put together several pages. I didn't want to do too much prep on the pages. I wanted a little spontaneity for each of my 25 prompts. So here is what I've created so far. I have only journaled for the first day, I know, sad but true. But at least I have the foundation down for the first week...right?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Project Life: Thanksgiving & more...

I am posting 2 weeks of Project Life. The week of Thanksgiving & the following week. The week of Thanksgiving was a bit hectic. Addison picked up a shift at Domino's to earn a little extra cash while he is home. I really feel like I spent ZERO time with him : (  Between me working & him visiting his girlfriend Molly, the week flew! I did manage to open my Etsy Store, I uploaded a few of my watercolors. It is something I've always wanted to do. I plan to add other items as soon as the holidays are over. We went to my sister Paula's house in New Jersey for Thanksgiving. The girls had a blast with their cousins! Bryan & I had parent/teacher conferences, which both the girls are doing quite well...they're such smarty pants : ) We finally bought a new tree...yay! We are starting the task of actually putting it up. This can be a stay tuned for the final display of the Rozinski Tree!

Now for week ending December 1st: Yikes..when and how is it December already?? Anywho, this week was pretty calm. We finished up watching Homeland Season 1. I am super obsessed with this show and am so sad that we do not have Showtime because now I can not watch season 2 : (
Addison went back to! Natalya was feeling a bit under the weather, so she had a jammie day with me. We had 2 family game nights this week, yeah, we're wild like that sometimes!
I did decide to download the Cherry (Original) Edition of journal cards. But this time in the PL world, I am tired of looking at my Clementine & Cobalt journaling cards. So I start changing it up a bit. If you want to try this edition out, I urge you to do so asap. They are going to retire this collection. It is a nice addition & really does mix well with the other lines. So there you have it, a peek into 2 weeks of the Rozinski life.