Friday, February 22, 2013

February Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to our February Hop, "Preserving the Moments, Not only the events!"

Project Life Blog Hop for our Project Life Connection Group “Project Everyday Blessings”

We are committed to sharing with you each month where we are with our Project Life System, Albums & Techniques.

Its our hope that we will inspire you to capture memories and record them.

If you missed the full line up here it is:

Katina Martinez {Loving Life's Little Blessings} 

Wendy Cranford {Luvin' Stampin' Up}

Cynthia Atkins Cindi Atkins {scrapinoma}

Melissa Amick {1 Pirate & 2 Princesses}

Melissa Miller {Living Life Creatively & With Twins}

EE Wang Kachinski

Dionne Carter

If you came from: 1 Pirate & 2 Princesses – You are on the right track

Here is my Project Life for this Month:

I actually don't have anything from my Project Life to share with you this month. It has been crazy around my house. We have been digging ourselves out of the snow about every 4 days and I had parent/teacher conferences this week. Since our theme this month is pictures, I thought that I would share a few things with you regarding how I deal with my photos.

Step 1: Download them from my cameras, phones, iPad, iPod or anything else that can take pictures. These go into a folder that is marked with the week number, and dates, in the 2013 folder on my computer.
Step 2: Decide which photos to upload for printing. I don't have a fancy printer, so I upload and print my photos to Walgreens. The quality has been great so far, and they even have a printing deal each week. On Saturdays I download my pictures and print them so that I can pick them up on Sunday.
Step 3: Place in photo pockets. I layout my pictures and stick them into the photo pocket for the corresponding day of the week. Sometimes there is a blank space, for a day that I didn't take a photo, but I leave it for now. This allows me to set my Project Life aside and still be able to know where the photos should approximately go.

Note: Sometimes I take a date roller stamp and stamp the date on the back of the photo using StazOn ink. This has been particularly helpful when I have been printing lots of picutres, like a whole month's worth, and storing them in a safe place.

That's it for me this month!

Please hop to – EE Wang Kachinski 

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Free It Up Friday!

Free It Up Friday, where I will share some great DIY cleaning/organization ideas!

On the block today, scrapbooking paper scraps. EEK! They accumulate everywhere and I just came across a smallish box of them from a retreat I attended last summer. Since my scrapbook space is a very small closet in our house, I have had to find some creative ways to organize my supplies and my scraps just seem to take over when I forget about them.

Here is the pile that I recently found...

I have 2 organizational systems that I use for my paper scraps.

Organizational system 1...
The first is an series of empty, and cleaned, formula canisters from when my twins were infants. I cleaned them, let them dry and the covered them with paper scraps of the colors that were going to be in the container. I still have a few containers floating around and might have to make another one for my neutral scraps...or just remember to use them on my layouts. These formula canisters comfortably hold scraps that are less than 4 inches wide. Anything larger than 4 inches needs to go in organizational system number 2.

Organizational system 2...
This is made from an old, broken baby gate. We live in an old home, and the door frames aren't exactly square so we have broken a few baby gates from the stress of not quite fitting. I used a couple of wall hooks from Menards to hang it on the wall. Then I bought the really big (2 gallon) Ziploc slider bags to store my scraps. These bags are great because a 12x12 sheet will fit inside. I labeled each bag with the color of the paper and hung them on the baby gate with clothespins. The bags are also great when I go on crops, because I can just zip the scraps inside and they don't get lost in my bag.

It took me an hour to trim up (straighten up the edges, especially if it was a leftover from a Cricut design), sort and put away my pile of scraps. In 2013, I hope to find a way to stay on top of my scraps so I don't have a pile like this stashed away somewhere. I'd love to see what kinds of creative ways you have for storing your paper scraps. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Project Life Monday

Last week, I did not complete my Project Life spread because life happened. We were just getting over not feeling well. I will not be sharing a Project Life spread today because I did not get my photos printed on Saturday. 

Please bear with me and I hope to have something to share with you later this week!