PL 2016 – Week 19 (WITL)

I’ve tried a couple of times to participate in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. I feel like I am not usually all that successful at it.  At least not at the time it is actually happening. It’s only after I go back and review the photos from the week in question that I discover I do actually have enough material to complete the project. This year was no different. 

I’d wanted to document and post my pages each day, but quickly realized it was not meant to be. I did try to keep up, but the week just got away from me. I did the best I could taking pics and crossed my fingers it would all work out. 

I am happy to say it did. I had to get creative with what I had, which meant a healthy amount of repetition in the pics and not a lot of words, but I got it done and am thrilled with the final result. 

WITL – Sunday 

WITL – Monday

WITL – Tuesday

WITL – Wednesday

WITL – Thursday

WITL – Friday

WITL – Saturday

Page Construction Notes

I am once again using a kit Ali Edwards designed specifically for this project. I have to say that while she has absolutely been knocking it out of the ball park with her DITL kits, this kit for WITL is my all time favorite. I just love everything about it, from the rainbow colored title cards to the daily chipboard pieces. It made what could have been boring repetition into a beautiful and visually exciting project. 


Bringing Order to Chaos: One List to Rule Them All!

Life has been crazy busy and less than wonderful these past few weeks. As such, most of my creative endeavors fell by the wayside. Actually, things have been crazy busy these past few weeks, so most of my creative endeavors fell by the wayside, and life has been less than wonderful. 

Summer tends to do that to me. The crap that comes home from school in June combined with a relaxing of routines, two tweens at home for most of the day with no direction and abject boredom as companions, bursts of short family travels, then the lead up to the new school year all seem to congeal on my dining room table and somehow ooze out into the rest of our house, making simple things suddenly ridiculously chaotic. 

And I just don’t function well in chaos. It tends to make it harder me to do much of anything because I have no idea where to even start. But I want my space back. I want order and things to be in their designated homes. I want to be able to do the things I want to do without having to move a bunch of other stuff around. And I want the same for my family. 

So it was time for a list. As I never did get around to Spring Cleaning back in April or May, I decided to try a little Before School Cleaning. I swear I should just keep a master cleaning list on hand somewhere. Then I can just make a new copy when I need it again, which happens maybe once or twice a year. 

Now, while I am a fan of the scurryfunging method of cleaning – mostly because of the name, in practice it generally sucks – we are not expecting company anytime in the foreseeable future so I could take my time. I started a few weeks ago and scheduled just a few tasks each night, reserving the weekend for larger projects like my daughters’ room and the black hole that is our office. 

Slow and steady was my plan and I am happy to say that I am almost done! I have a few more things on my list to jam out this weekend and then I can get back to doing the things that make me happy – Project Life, OLW, lettering, calligraphy, painting, planning, blogging, reading, and maybe even some writing. 

With the girls back in school, and routines in place to keep things running smoothly, I’ll have more time to play and create. Which is as it should be. 

So tell me – how do you manage the chaos that is Summer Vacation? 

PL 2016 – Weeks 10 & 11

Week 10: 

  • Downton Abbey ended after 6 glorious seasons. I shall miss it terribly.  
  • Gus really is a gorgeously photogenic cat yet also insanely moody. 
  • It’s amazing when you have a PL card that is so perfect for the time your daughter tells you adults shouldn’t use the word ‘adorbs.’
  • Even short visits with family are better than none at all. 

PL 2016 – Week 10

Week 11:

  • Jason decided to try a French press with a new flavor of coffee – Verena Street’s Mississippi Grog
  • Enjoying the muted greens and oranges of Ali Edward’s newest Day in the Life kit as I prepare to join in the fun in a few weeks. 
  • And a lovely reminder from Bill Watterson, of Calvin and Hobbes fame, that life is what you make it. 

PL 2016 – Week 11

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Chipboard stars from Studio Calico

PL Weeks 8 & 9

I am loving how easy it is to pull my PL pages together when I use one Core kit and only add a few embellishments or other products when the need arises or I want to. It’s simple and clean and FAST; I can complete a page in less than an hour and that’s with journaling! Which is what Project Life was always meant to be, right?

So, Week 8. It started with the musical Once and ended with socks, lots and lots of socks. 

Once was just phenomenal. I’d seen the movie a few years ago and loved the music then, but seeing it live just took it to a whole other level. As a trained vocalist and someone who has performed in a theater setting, I truly appreciated the level of talent that each one of the musicians brought to the stage. Most honest, it made me miss live musical theater – not only as audience member, but also as performer. There is just nothing like sharing your voice with others to create something outside and beyond all of you.

PL 2016 – Week 8 

Oh, the socks! Let me tell you about the socks! Here’s a closeup of the story, which reads: “It’s cold in the girls’s room during the winter months, so Ella sleeps in a sleeping bag under her comforter and several other blankets. Evidently she gets overheated and takes off her socks. She does not, however, remove them from the sleeping bag. She surrendered 8 pairs tonight. Oh, and clearly she doesn’t bother to match them before she wears them.”

PL 2016 – Ella’s Socks

Week 9 kicked off with a fabulous dinner before watching the Academy Awards, which is always must see TV for me. The highlights of this year’s broadcast were Chris Rock selling Girl Scout cookies to the celebrity audience and Leo DeCaprio finally winning his Oscar. Lady Gaga was also fabulous.

Ella spent two days home sick on the couch and we ended up at Urgent Care to determine it was an ear infection. I tried for a picture while we waited for the doctor, but Ella deflected. I guess we’ve finally reached the point where she would prefer not to have her picture taken. We shall see how much longer I can, at least, get deflected pics before she says no altogether. 

PL 2016 – Week 9

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Chipboard stars from Studio Calico

New Year, New FOCUS


Most honest, 2015 was not my year.

Somewhere around March or April, it went wrong and I could not find a way to make it right again. Plans I’d made went awry. Goals I’d set fell by the wayside. Projects I’d started lay unfinished. I seriously lost my mojo and life became about maintaining the status quo without backsliding too much. 

To be fair, some wonderful things happened last year…

  • Mumford and Sons did one of their Stopovers up the road in Waverly, IA and it was phenomenal.  
  • I got to see Alice in Chains two more times: in Council Bluffs on July 30th and St. Louis on August 3rd. Both shows – one at an outdoor ampitheater and the other at an intimate indoor venue – were glorious! I did manage to get a kick in the face in Council Bluffs by a wayward crowd surfer, but having Jerry Cantrell inquire as to my well being (albeit non verbally) more than made up for it. 
  • Ella and I were part of the crew and cast for the BHCT’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, in which we met some amazing people and had a blast. 
  • I graduated from IMPACT, the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s lay formation program after two years of study. 
  • I discovered the awesomeness that is Bullet Journaling. 

…but overall, the year that was 2015 left much to be desired. I am glad it is over. I bid it – and the negativity, self-doubt, and disquiet it contained – a not-so-fond farewell. 

It is with a clean slate that I heartily welcome 2016. 

I have new plans to make, goals to set, and projects to finish, with a new OLW (FOCUS – more on this shall be forthcoming) to help me through it. And that’s the beauty of this thing called life. [Electric word life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time.] ACK! Sorry, where was I before Prince took over for a minute?  Oh yes. Life. Starting over. God willing, we can hit the reset button and start again. 

So bring it on, 2016! Let’s see what you and I are made of. 

Checking in…

I’m all about baby steps as I try to get caught up with my 2015 memory keeping. I am still working on figuring out which pics to print, but I went ahead and printed out the first batch so I could work on some pages. 

I was able to get my Day in the Life spread done as well as four weekly PL spreads. Just need to add a few embellishments to call them good. 

Here’s a quick pic of what I got done. I’ll post better individual pics later. 


Plan of Attack

Five and a half months of photos. Four pieces of paper to plot it all out for the Holm Family’s 2015 Project Life album. 

Three family day trips. Two Alice in Chains concerts and the requisite road trips. Playing in the mud with Mumford and Sons up the road in Waverly. A week in the Life. The first day of school. 

It took a few days but every picture finally has a place. 


Now comes the fun part – prepping all those photos for printing. I am hoping to get that done by the middle of next week so I can put everything together next weekend. Wish me luck!