Sunday, January 22, 2012

Project Life: Journal Card Freebie Madness

Wow, I am just in awe at all the fabulous products that are popping up all over scrapping stores, blogs and Pinterest.  I have been trying to get more of a handle on my goals for Project Life and not letting the inspiration overwhelm me and instead looking at all of the ideas out there and turn them into energy to get me more creative.

I thought I would take the time today to share with all of you a dozen or so of these great finds which just happen to be lots and lots of FREE journaling cards!

Just look at these that Gina Miller Designs has as our Facebook Fan freebie for January.  All you have to do is like her fan page!  You can visit her Facebook page HERE.

Emily Merritt is offering up these simple journal cards on her blog, HERE.

These Present Day Journal Cards (8) are also a free download from Ormolu.  You can grab them HERE on their site.

A Week At A Glance Journaling Cards are available from Creativity Promt HERE.
The Splendidly Imperfect Miss M has these adorable journal cards that she created that you can grab for FREE when you like her Facebook page.  You can read up about her Project Life on her blog and find out more about getting the cards HERE.

Valorie Brown has these two AWESOME freebies on her blog HERE.

Wow, just look at these AMAZING freebies from Miss Tiina!  I printed these out yesterday and they are so brilliant and beautiful!  You can grab them on her blog HERE.
Plucky Momo is giving away a free Project Life printable EVERY Friday in 2012!  

Here are previews of her weeks 1 - 3 freebies!  You can click on each image to visit her blog and read more about each freebie!

Just look at these adorable cards that Becky Higgins creative team member Cathy Zielske has created.  You can even see how she has used them in her own album on her blog HERE.

I just love the look of these from Yellow Umbrella Designs!  HERE is a link to her inspirational blog and then each of these freebie images are linked to her blog post which contains information on how to get them.

If you happen to visit these sites and partake in their freebies, leave a little note of thanks.  After all, we want them to know how much we appreciate their work and generosity and maybe they might make more for their fans in the future!  ;)

I am off to go work on finishing up my weeks 1 - 3.  I hope you all have a fabulous day and I will catch ya next time!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Release Faves

Hi everyone!  It has been awhile since I did a post like this so, I thought I would do a post on some of the amazing, fascinating and gorgeous products I have come across this week at the digi sites I peruse frequently.

At Sweet Shoppe Designs, Boy Crazy by Dani Mogstad
At Sweet Shoppe Designs, Eat Cake by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Krystal Hartley

Also at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Honeybee Mine by Traci Reed

And if any of those kits at Sweet Shoppe are speaking to you - this should push you into a decision.  Julie Billingsley is the featured designer there for January and you get this kit FREE with any $10 purchase through Jan 31!
Forevermore by Julie Billingsley

WOW WOW WOW!  Today- the collection, by Mari Koegelenberg at The Digichick (all this for only $12.46 - I'm not kidding!)

At Scrap Orchard, Pizza Plus Games Bundle by Dream Big Designs

At Scrap Orchard, Art is Freedom by Litabells Designs

Also at Scrap Orchard, Lookin Good by Laura Banasiak

At Pickleberrypop, I Heart U by Fayette Designs and Charlize Creations

Bee Mine by Shabby Miss Jenn

Year of the Dragon by jennck Designs

Someone to Love by River Rose Designs

Well, that is all I have for today.  As if that wasn't plenty to tempt your creativity, right?  I am off to scrap, scrap, scrap this weekend!  I am hoping to get about 5 or 6 pages done and finish up my Project Life title and One Little Word pages.  

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  Hugs!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Project Life Update and A Few Layouts

Just a quick post to catch up on sharing some of my layout inspiration with you.  These are my first two layouts for 2012.  I went 3 weeks with no scrapping and I was in need of a fix!

Fight Everyday
New Attitude - a collaboration by Secret Stash Designs and Litabells
Solos Part 5 by Busy Bee Designs

First Snow Day
Winter Thrills Bundle by Chelle's Creations
Shenanigans (coming soon) by Jeanye Labaya Designs

I have been drooling over Chelle's Creations products for months now.  She is just an amazingly creative and talented designer and let's face it - I am a big sucker for felt ellies.  So, to say I was super stoked to get a guest spot on her team for January and February is a HUGE understatement!  Here are some of my favorite kits/products of hers that you will be seeing me use soon for layouts.  All of the images are linked in case you want to check them out AND If you haven't checked out her stuff, here is link to her store:

I despise cleaning and laundry, really.  However, I am in love with this bundle.  Although, it just deters me further from chores cuz all I want to do is scrap a page about how much I don't want to clean!  LOL

So many layouts I want to do with this.  I LOVE food.  I am trying to eat healthier the last few months so I may do a layout about the foods I am not eating (ok, well maybe just a little here and there) or I will do it about these foods that I can't live without - like nachos!

This is just tooo stinking cute and I can't wait to do a page using this to showcase Laddy's new tractor and tools that his Pops bought him for Christmas!

Okay, I will be honest here.  I have NO idea what pictures I am going to use for this kit BUT....I have loved it since the day Chelle released it and I have to use it.  Hmmm....maybe a page about the funny farm I call "home"?  LOL

This one requires digging in the old photos and doing some scanning.  Jonathan and all 3 girls took Tae Kwon Do for 2 years back in 2003 and 2004.  I have the most adorable portrait that we had done of all 4 of them that HAS to be scrapped.  Megan was only 6 years old!  

Before I say bye for now, I wanted to give a quick update about my Project Life.  I have worked on it a bit here and there trying to find my motivation.  Honestly, I wound up getting pretty discouraged before even starting due to all of the creative inspiration, products and such that I saw popping up all over the internet.  I started putting so much pressure on myself to try and come up with something so original and creative that I wound up not doing anything because I couldn't just be simple.  I had actually scribbled my hand written saying for the week on a journal card and stuck it on my fridge but found myself looking at it saying "My handwriting is so ugly, I hate this, I need to redo it or do it digitally so it is pretty."  

I mean, the whole reason I was intrigued by and decided to do Project Life is because it seemed simple enough that even I would have time to do it.  I belong to a group of ladies that shares inspiration and encourages each other and I was even feeling like I couldn't be honest in there and just say "I'm overwhelmed" because I already felt like I was failing.  This is a great group of ladies, some of them dear friends that I have had for years in the digital community and the goal of this group really is to inspire.  It was all pressure I was putting on myself  (I have this habit a lot in life and I consider it a curse from my father, he is a major workaholic and over achiever).  ;) I was feeling like I had to impress them or that I had to have all original ideas and that I shouldn't "copy" theirs.  Then, one of the girls posted a link to a blog that discussed the very issue I was having.  It really flipped the switch back for me and put things in perspective again.  I remembered that I am doing this for me and my family - for my kids, for my grandson.  Not for anyone else and definitely not to impress people.  I am doing it to record our story and my family does not care how our album looks as compared to others.  They want to see our lives recorded and reflect on our memories.  

So, that very evening while watching a movie with Megan, I started my week 1.  It is still in the works and has lots of slots to be filled but, it is a work in progress and I am glad to report that I did not take that scribbled saying down off of my fridge and it will go in my album when this week ends.  While pondering whether to redo it or not, I remembered a note that my mother gave to me after my grandmother passed away in 2003.  It is a handwritten note from about 18 years ago, a corner torn off of a paper that simply says "Jeanye and kids were here today" (she used to scribble little notes like this on random bits of paper and they would just pile up on her desk.  In years prior, she kept spirals and would record the day's activities and happenings in it in chronological order).  I remembered what a treasure that seemingly insignificant piece of paper is to me.  Why?  Because she held it and those simple words flowed from her head to her hands and it was a memory she felt was worth recording.  Now it has become a part of who I am, where I come from and my history.  This is what I want my family to feel when they look through our albums.  This is why I scrapbook.