Friday, October 21, 2011

Project Life

I've finally decided to take the plunge and do a Project Life album.  If you haven't heard of Project Life, here's a little bit that I've picked up from my research.  It was developed by Becky Higgins.  It's a kit that you can purchase that will help make your scrapbooking life a little simpler.  With two children now, I need a little simplicity around here!  The kit comes with a 12x12 album, slotted page protectors, a "core kit" that has journaling cards and embellished cards (called filler cards), month bookmarks and some 12x12 cardstock.  The idea of the album is to use the slotted page protectors (think baseball card type) and all you have to do is add in your pictures and some journaling cards.  Super easy.  Everything is there for you and everything matches already.  No thinking, just doing.  I'm going to do this to document our year for 2012.  I will also add in my own supplies to jazz it up a bit.  It's something different for me and I'm excited about it!  I will still make pages to go in my other albums, but this is something that will help me use all the pictures we take of everyday things and it takes some of the pressure off of having to do an entire page to document one small thing.  Here's some more info on Project Life if you're interested:
I have enlisted a few friends of mine who are excited to do this project with me as well.  We're going to start meeting once a month and work on our albums while our kids play!  I'm super excited to get it and start!  I'll be blogging about it and showing you my progress each month.
*I have an album that's ongoing that's documenting my "100 List."  100 things I want to do before I die.  I'm not loving my album anymore and I'm thinking one of these kits might be perfect for that project as well.  Might have to revamp it!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Sketch at The Sampler!

Hello all!  It's sketch time again over at The Sampler.  Here's the sketch challenge:
And here's my page:
Can you believe how similar my daughters looked as newborns?  Caylan definitely had a ton more hair than Layla, but they are definitely sisters!  This whole page is done with the October kit, "Mrs. Weasly."  The only things not in the kit are the teal letters, circle frame, brad and stamps.  Everything else is in the kit!  I love the colors of this kit, the oranges, teals and purples.  Perfect for Halloween and just about everything else too.  Don't forget to check out the other design team's pages and pick up your October kit here.  I'd love to see your interpretation of the sketch!  Happy scrapping!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Away We Go....

If anyone needs me for the next week, I'll be here....lounging on the beach with my family and relaxing...see you next week!
San Diego, CA

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Sampler October Kit

The October kit for The Sampler has been revealed!  And it's awesome!  I can't wait to get my hands on it.  The ideas are swirling already, just from seeing the picture.  Check out the details here and make sure you get one for yourself!  Stay tuned for my pages using the kit.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Adventures in Couponing: Go to now!

After seeing the CVS circular today and comparing them to my coupons....I RAN to CVS!  Such great deals to be had.  Here's how I did:
Dove Shampoo and Conditioner: on sale 2 for $3.00 - had a B1G1Free coupon - final price: $1.50 each
Suave Men's Shampoo: 3 for $5.00 - had a B1G1Free coupon - final price: $1.10 each
Suave Kid's Shampoo : 3 for $5.00 - had a B1G1Free coupon - final price: $1.10 each
Colgate toothpaste: B1B1Free - had $0.75 off coupon - final price: $2.12 each
Dawn dish liquid: on sale for $0.97 - had $0.50 off coupon - final price: $0.47
Pull Ups: on sale for $7.99
Skintimate shaving cream: on sale for $1.99
Tampax Pearl: on sale for $3.99 - had $2.00 off coupon - final price: $1.99
Pampers diapers: $11.99 - had  $1.00 off coupon - final price: $10.99

Total Price Paid: $40.00 even
Total Saved: $38.46!

Pretty darn good huh?  Needless to say, my family will have the cleanest hair ever!  We also threw in some M&M's and Dove chocolate at the end there.  Shhhhhh... 

Happy Birthday to me!

My husband gave me my birthday present today, a week early.  He's taking me to.....
He totally surprised me with this trip!  We're staying at a hotel on Pacific Beach.  He also arranged for tickets to the San Diego Zoo and Legoland!  I can't believe he did all this and I'm so excited!  This will be our first official family vacation.  Every time we go away, we go to one of our parents' houses and I'm sorry, that's not a vacation!  I'm so looking forward to sitting on the beach, eating at great restaurants and just hanging out with my family.  We definitely need this.  My husband is THE BEST!

*It's also important to note that as soon as I was told about the trip, I was immediately planning a mini album about our trip in my head.  Sad, I know.