Project Life: June 8-14

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What happened this week: After taking almost a month off of going to the gym after my car accident and getting a cold, I got back to working out (in my favorite “Will exercise for chocolate” shirt ;-).  I think more than half the battle of working out is just getting to the gym.  So I did it . . .  even when I really didn’t want to, and that felt a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Also, this week I struggled with not being able to see O.  For the last few months O has been able to drive down every weekend so we have a chance to spend about a day and a half together.  It’s not a lot of time but we’re grateful for the time we have.  It was a struggle not to have this weekend with him.  I tried to make the most of my time by working on a big project for work, spending time with my family, and getting lost in a really good book.
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Thoughts about this week’s spread:  I didn’t take a lot of photos this week, and the snapshots that I did take had relatively dark lighting.  To offset the darkness I was sure to use a lot of bright color in the other elements. The photo that I took of my desk mid-week also added a nice pop of color.  I wish all of my photos were amazing, but sometimes life just doesn’t allow time to get the right angle or lighting.  I’m learning to be okay with that :-)   I won’t shy away from using even badly lit photos, especially for Project Life, which for me is much more about telling the story.  Side question: Why can’t gyms have better lighting?! :-)
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Project Life: June 1-7

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It’s a new look for my Project Life album for the second half of 2015.  I’ve switched from a 12×12 album to a smaller and more manageable 6×8.  This format works for me so far.  Having a smaller format really allows me to get more specific with my photos, journaling, and other design elements.  Plus . . . putting together a little 6×8 scrapbook page was so fun!!
IMG_5184IMG_5186These photos are all from the weekend, when we took a trip down to the Venice Beach canals (I can’t believe I had never been).  How did I not know that California had its own little version of Italy in it’s backyard?  I’ll definitely be back!

Also this week (not featured) it was National Donut Day- holla!  I hope you treated yourself- I definitely did :-)  It was crazy to see my local donut shop with a sign on the door around 5pm that said “sorry, out of donuts.”  Say what?!  Not to be deterred I went an extra 15 minutes out of the way to another donut shop because a woman on a mission just can’t be stopped.  I may have picked up a few extra donut holes to reward myself for the extra long drive.  Cheers to donuts- may they brighten your days as they do mine.

Happy Monday, friends.

Life is Beautiful

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Sometimes the simplest date plans are the best.  Last Valentine’s Day I had a plan- I thought we’d spend the day at the Getty Museum and have a picnic in the gorgeous lawn area.  After packing a picnic for two we headed out.  Traffic was unusually bad which meant that by the time we actually got to the museum we were both starving (seriously, on any other day I probably would have eaten half my meal in the car after reaching the first traffic jam, but that seemed a little unromantic for Valentine’s Day . . . ).  It turned out that we weren’t the only couple with the idea of visiting the Getty that day.  There was a massive line of cars trying to get in! So, our plan B was to avoid tons of people and just find a local park for our picnic.

This ended up being the perfect change of plans.  We got our picnic, but then we also got to stop by one of favorite ice cream shops, and then rounded out the day with a trip to an art supply store :-)  Sometimes its just great to go with the flow- you never know where it’s going to lead.IMG_5172This layout was so fun to piece together.  I can’t get enough of these bright colors!  The materials I used were a mixture of old and new- the newest being the DearLizzy “Life is ____” card and the new Amy Tangerine accent stickers.  
IMG_5174Ahh, life really is beautiful, isn’t it?  Especially when you get to play around with pretty stickers and paper :-)

Roadtrip Mini Book

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These pretty papers and embellishments make me just as excited now as they did when I first saw them at my local scrapbook store.  Seriously, pink and gold foil are impossible for me to resist.  The struggle is real people!  Initially I didn’t think I’d be using these papers for a roadtrip mini, but the colors actually worked so well with the photos of Zion and Bryce Canyon (all the pretty pink tones in the rocks!) that I decided to give it a go.

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Such great memories in this book.  I’m really looking forward to flipping through this one every now and again.