GIVE Story Kit Project Life Layouts

Wow friends, it feels like forever since I’ve shared a project life spread here on the blog.  As I’ve mentioned previously, this year I decided to take a much more relaxed approach to this project.  Instead of completing weekly spreads like I did in 2016, I really didn’t have a plan for this year.  I decided to simply work on pages when I felt inspired to do so.  While I sometimes feel a bit sad that I have a bunch of photos and memories from this year still on my phone and not printed or documented in any way, I still feel like I made the right choice for myself this year. Next year is a different story though, and I’ll talk more about how I plan to document 2018 next month.  IMG_0752

November was a fantastic month.  I can see why people call the second trimester of pregnancy the “honeymoon period.”  I was finally able to get back into the rhythm of doing things again (including crafting) and it felt amazing.

IMG_0753IMG_0758IMG_0759For the layouts above I used the November Digital Story Kit “GIVE” by Ali Edwards.  This kit is perfect for documenting Thanksgiving traditions, and also for documenting gratitude in general, and so much more.

Although I may add more to my 2017 Project Life album eventually, these will likely be the last layouts I put together for this year.  I have a feeling that December Daily is going to be the only crafty project that gets my attention in December, but that’s okay with me!

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DIY: Simple Friendsgiving Menu Cards

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This past weekend I had the fun opportunity of hosting what has become an annual Friendsgiving tradition with a small group of friends that I’ve known since Middle School.  It was a very low key evening with delicious food, games, and lots of laughter- basically the best kind of gathering :)

Friendsgiving3.jpgEven though we had a very simple menu I knew I wanted to make something special for each place setting, so when Ali Edwards released her November digitals last week I was happy to see a very cute Friendsgiving card!  The card originally said “Super Thankful for this Crew,” which actually would have been perfect, but I decided to keep things really simple by erasing that bit of text and adding in the date.  For the back I used pieces from a couple of other cards in the same collection to build a menu.  After printing out both sides on white cardstock I adhered them to a half sheet of kraft cardstock, tied some twine at the top, and voila! place setting menu cards made! Friendsgiving 2.jpgOf course these menu cards were totally unnecessary, but it’s these small details that I  always hope make each guest feel appreciated and loved.  Plus, they looked super cute and kind of distracted from the wrinkles on the tablecloth (#NoTimeForIroning).  Friendsgiving 5.jpgI failed at getting a whole group shot (or many photos at all for that matter) that night, but I did sneak this one at the very end.  I love these girls so much!Friendsgiving4.jpgWishing you the happiest of times in all of your family and friend gatherings this month!

December Daily® 2017 | Video Overview of Foundation Pages

DDFoundationPages.jpgThe time is here!  We’ve finally reached November, when it’s considered totally acceptable and not weird to be discussing December Daily®! Although, to be transparent, I’ve been dropping December Daily photos on my Instagram since September. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with being a little weird ;)

Today I’m here to share my plan and foundation pages for my 2017 album. Let’s get started!

DD List and Calendar.jpgPlanning Ideas:

While foundation pages are totally new to me this year, my planning process still remains the same.  I hold strong to two things that have helped me most the last two years in completing my album by the end of December (or early January).

  1. List of Ideas: I cannot stress how helpful brainstorming a list like this has been in keeping me on track with my album the last two years.  When I start to create my list I already know that I may/may not document every single thing there, but it gives me a fallback for days that I’m struggling with ideas on what to document.
  2. December Calendar:  One of my favorite tools to use for setting up and working on my album is my December Calendar.  This calendar is strictly for December events that I know I want to record in my album (appointments and all other general activities are kept on a separate calendar).  I write down things such as Christmas parties, cookie baking gatherings, holiday plays, etc.  Knowing what’s going to be happening throughout the month not only helps as I’m building my foundation pages, but also reminds me to record those events in my album. Sometimes I record events in my album on the same day they occur in real life (for example, if a Christmas party happens on the 22nd, sometimes it will go on the 22nd day in my album), but this is not always the case.   I’m definitely not tied to doing things in chronological order because I know that in looking back on my albums, the date will be irrelevant while the activity itself will be what I want to remember. (P.s. the calendar in the photo above comes from Jasmine Jones’ 2016 digital mini kit)

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As I mentioned before, building foundation pages is something that is new to me this year.  I’m always admiring other people’s foundation pages, but I’ve always worried that creating them would hinder my flexibility when I started to work on my album in December.  However, I wanted to try it this year.  Can’t knock it ’til you try it! Plus, the idea of getting a little more ahead this year and at least having all of my numbers in place sounded so appealing, so we’ll see how it goes!

In order to keep maximum flexibility I didn’t do anything too detailed to my pages, I didn’t adhere anything down, and I kept a very neutral color scheme.

Traveler’s Notebook Journal

This year I’ve decided to work on a traveler’s notebook in addition to my 6″x8″ album.  This notebook is mainly going to be for journaling to capture everyday stories, thoughts, feelings, basically all of the extra “stuff” that never makes it into my album.  I may do some stamping or embellishing inside, but my main focus for this notebook is on the words and I’m not going to worry about it looking (too) pretty.

Supplies I’ll be Using:

2017 Ali Edwards Main Kit  (note: physical kit is sold out, but the digital kit can be purchased here)

2016 Paislee Press Mini Kit (note: physical kit is sold out, but the digital kit can be purchased here)

This 6×8 album

Ali Edwards Black and White card set

(*Please note that the supplies listed above were graciously provided to me as being part of the Ali Edwards Creative Team, however, all opinions are my own. None of the links in this post are affiliate links)

Large Cork Numbers

Be Merry Kit by Kelly Purkey: I plan to use this mainly for my Traveler’s Notebook

*I’ll also be pulling in some other items from my general stash and leftovers from previous years’ kits.

In case you’re interested, I’ve also put together a video overview of all of my pages where you can hear me talk a little more about my process of setting up my album.

Leave me a comment if you have any questions at all! :)