Catching Up On Photos

March 30, 2014

I have lost/spent so many hours working on my photo albums this week.  About 3 years ago, I printed out all my photos from 2009.  They’ve been sitting in their shutterfly envelopes for a very long time.  I recently put them in order with plans to actually put them in an album.

I had been trying to figure out how I wanted to organize and/or scrapbook them.  I’ve been intrigued by Project Life (PL), a journaling system.  What I didn’t like about PL was the 12×12 format.  My albums are for 8 1/2 x 11 sized pages (although they can accommodate slightly larger pages).  I did a lot of research (thank you, Pinterest) on PL and found some people who had done it in my preferred size.  I already had a lot of photo pages, but I invested in a couple of new types of pages.  I bought PL Photo Pocket Pages Design F, H and J.  With Design F, I used my rotary cutter and handy ruler to cut off the right most column on 3×4 pockets and it fits in my binder perfectly.  That makes my layout choices:

mixedformatsinglepicturebaseballcardpages4perpagedesignj-2designh-2designf-2

I bought two of the Project Life Core Kits, one from Michael’s with a 40% off coupon and another from Amazon that was deeply discounted on Amazon.  Then I searched Pinterest for free printable journaling cards and ideas.  I’ve ended up making quite a few of my own cards and inserts which is deeply satisfying and time consuming.  I have learned how to do a lot of new things on Photoshop Elements.  It just takes a long time.  It also makes me wonder how we ever figured these things out before the internet. I have googled “how to” on so many different techniques.  How to outline a shape, make a dotted line, make a scallop.  I’m sure there’s more.

I’ve really enjoyed working on the album.  It’s reliving such a stressful and exciting time in our lives (our move across the country).  I like the idea of the Project Life system, though I’m adapting it.  I’m trying to decide if I want to use this system for our 2013 album or if I want to stick with the photo books I’ve done for 2012.  I’m still going to go back and add pages like this to 2012.  There’s a lot o pictures that I love and are special that I want to highlight.  I bought 2 more Core Kits and spent a lot of time yesterday organizing my PL station so I have made a commitment to my adapted PL system.

Here’s a sampling of my pages:

pl 1

pl 2

pl3

pl4

pl5

pl6

I’m 25% done with 2009.  It’s starting to go a little faster now that I know what I’m doing and where things are.  I still create a huge mess while I’m working though.

Do you have any PL/scrapbooking tips for me?

 

 


Working Outside

March 28, 2014

My little goose is in his bed, most definitely not napping.  He sounds so happy and cheerful, babbling away but come back at 6pm and ask me how he’s doing.  Chances are 98% that he will be crabby with zero patience.  In the meantime his not napping is giving me a chance to blog.

Joshua, Casey and I spent some time outside, working on our planters in the front of the house.  No pictures yet.  They look kinda sad actually, since they (the planters) are big and the flowers are small right now.  We’ll see in a week or two.  Joshua was a helper, trying to help me carry bags of rocks and dirt.  He actually did help me dump dirt in the pots.  Pure sweetness.  I’d fill up a small pot with dirt and he’d dump it in the big pot.  (The bag of dirt was too heavy for me to lift and pour.)  He helped me put the flowers in the pots, which entailed him putting the entire flower and container in the pot.  But then he took the empty containers and put them “away” in my car.

I have been spending a bit of time working outside.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really enjoy doing it but I enjoy how it looks when I am done.  Over the weekend I was pulling weeds and a lizard jumped out, surprising the crap out of me.  Then he ran off.  I told Casey to keep an eye on Mr. Lizard for me but Casey did not.  I put new flowers in my hanging pots on the side yard.  Cleared out some of the dead stuff.  Made room for our garden boxes.  Set up some compost bins.  I have a new system that I’m hoping we can manage as we have not been very good about maintaining our compost pile.  I bought 2 new, cheap, containers, about 5 gallons each.  Drilled lots of holes in the sides.  I bought 2 trays (the things the pots normally sit in) to use as lids and drilled some holes in those.  We will have one that we are actively adding to and one that is “cooking”.  Turning it was kind of a pain, and then my dad suggested I get a third pot to empty one of my other pots into.   So we will constantly be rotating pots.  I have these in a warm spot by my lemon tree, so hopefully we get some good results.

I realized that I hadn’t posted any pictures of the yard work we had done.  I tried to find some pictures of the original yard.  The Japanese maple tree was originally shaped like a half circle on the top, half the yard was ivy, and we had a half circle patio.  These were the 2 best pictures I found.

IMG_20120424_102928IMG_20120424_102935

Here’s the yard after we had the work done.  Please pardon my furniture covers.  I was too lazy to take them off.  We had the maple professionally pruned.  There were lots of crossing branches, little stumps that waste tree energy and some dead stuff.  They also helped us lift the ceiling so to speak so that Bill can almost walk under it without taking a branch to the head.  We didn’t want to go too aggressive with the trimming so it is still a little low in parts.  We also aren’t shaping the top as I prefer a more natural organic shape.  It’s a beautiful tree and I’m glad we kept it.

yard againbackyard aftet

I like the space.  There’s lots of room for furniture, and lots of room to play.  We have a clothes line because I love to hang my sheets to dry.  But we can also take it out and store it in the garage.  There are bulbs coming up which makes me very happy.  They’ve been coming up for years and I wasn’t sure if they still would after everything had been dug up.  Apparently, not everything, and I’m interested to see what survived.

This is the side yard I’ve spent a lot of time on.  I can see these hanging baskets from my kitchen which is why I work so hard on this part of the yard.  (Please ignore the mess on my table.)

side yard againview from the kitchen

I still have some projects to work on in the back, but it’s getting there.  There’s always going to be something, right?  In the meantime, I have a wonderful space to relax.

enjoying the yard


Tags:

2:25 pm / permalink / 0 Comments

Springly

March 18, 2014

irises

As I mentioned in my last post, spring has sprung.  I really love walking this time of year.  It smells so good, and I’m always so amazed that I can smell it as I’ve always had such terrible allergies.  The flowers are blooming in such vivid colors.  The front of our house looks so nice this year with green grass, as least for now.  I need to take some time to pull weeds and finish papering the beds, put out some rocks.  Always lots to do.  Joshua and I went to the nursery this morning and bought some flowers.  We need more color!

Speaking of color, I finished a shawl this weekend.  I’m very happy with it.  It’s the Bella Shawl and I really enjoyed the pattern.  It was simple enough with just the right amount of lace.  The pattern doesn’t overpower the yarn and vice versa.  The yarn is Perfect Wreckless by Miss Babs and I love it!!  I’m so happy with the whole thing.

que bella

And speaking of I’m so happy, that’s one of Joshua’s new sayings.  He’ll go up to Bill and say “Papa, I’m so happy.”  That little boy…  I think it started because I would Joshua that he should tell Bill “Papa, I’m so happy to see you” when Bill came home from work.  And two months later Joshua starts telling Papa he’s so happy.

friends


Tags:

1:29 pm / permalink / 0 Comments

Clean Sheets

March 10, 2014

There is nothing so wonderful post vacation as getting home to your own bed and slipping between clean sheets.  Your own bed, own pillows, own tv remote on the bedside table.  No matter how great the vacation and fabulous the accommodations, it is wonderful to sleep in your own bed.

papa and songreat grana skyline I will never tire ofgrabdma youngspring has sprung

We spent a week visiting family, first in Nashville then in Chicago.  It was brisk and even downright cold, but we didn’t notice.  It is so wonderful to see Joshua with his great grandmothers, and for us to spend time with them and the extended family.  It was busy enough yet we still had down time to relax.  We needed to get away from our daily routines and enjoy time together.  I didn’t realize that until now.  It’s not like I dying to get away or that I needed a vacation, but I feel like it came at a good time.  It gave us a chance to think and relax, gain some perspective on life and come back recharged and refreshed.

It helps that spring is absolutely, completely in bloom here in Northern California.  We’ve gotten a little rain, not nearly enough, but my Japanese maple in back went from pre-bud on February 28th to pretty green leaves on March 10th.  The “spring forward” had no impact on us since we were changing time zones anyway.  I woke up on my own at 7:15 which is about the perfect time for me to get up.  Joshua went to playgroup and I tackled a couple of projects on the to do list I wrote up last night.  It’s a good start to the week.  Must be those the clean sheets.


Tags:

10:14 am / permalink / 0 Comments

About Me

Welcome to my spot on the web where I talk about needlework, crafts, and [many] other random things.

A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

You can email me at mlynapier [at] pobox [dot] com. Thank you for stopping by!

My Etsy Shop

A place for me to sell my handmade goods. My style? It's fun and funky with a hint of romance.

My Photos

Tags

Techie Stuff