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Project Life 2014 | Fall Soccer

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This week is the Freckled Fawn + Ruby Rock-It blog hop, and one of the many things I’ve made using stuff from the awesome Handi Scandi line Ruby Rock-It sent over was a Project Life spread about the kids’ Fall Soccer season.

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Before this line showed up at my door, I was totally stuck on this spread. These photos were taken over two weeks, and my original plan was to include them with weekly Project Life spreads. That wasn’t working, so I combined the everyday photos from those two weeks into one spread and combined the soccer photos into one as well. I was still having trouble picking products because, let’s face it, maroon, sky blue, and true blue aren’t exactly trending colors right now. I inserted cards from the Midnight Core kit and those blue and yellow Freckled Fawn clips from past Oh Deer Me kits and stopped there. Sometimes, if I let a spread simmer, I’ll get suddenly inspired. But it totally wasn’t happening.

But then! I started playing with the Cut-Up paper from Ruby Rock-It and everything just fell into place. Because if you don’t have any products in the colors you need, going a few shades lighter is a perfect solution. Bonus: having the products lighter colors really makes brighter colors from the photos stand out. Win.

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Jake took these photos, and I love that he focused more on the girls spending time together as a team instead of action shots with the ball, which is what we usually document. Talking on the sidelines with your friends and pep talk huddles are the best part of the whole sports thing.

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Carrying the black and the triangle pattern on both sides helped the spread feel more cohesive, even though one page is mostly pink/red and the other is more blue.

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Because I’ve been documenting little bits of soccer season in weekly spreads, I didn’t have a ton to say, so I included more decorative cards than I usually do. That’s fine by me: it’s nice to have a chance to play around with products once and awhile.

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I love that lots of lines have 12×12 papers that can be cut up into journaling cards now. It makes it easier to have variety in my album without having to commit to a whole kit.

What solutions have you found when you’re stuck?

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Supplies: Freckled Fawn December 2014 Oh Deer Me Kit, paper clips from the August and September 2014 Oh Deer Me kits, and word wood chips // Ruby Rock-it Handi Scandi Cut-Up paper, Diamonds paper, glitter 3-D stickers, tags, and twine // Scotch Dot Roller Adhesive // Project Life Design A page protectors, journaling pens, and corner rounder.

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P.S. Head over to the Freckled Fawn blog today for a Freckled Fawn / Ruby Rock-It mash-up tutorial on how to attach embellishments to your projects with twine!

Using Places to Bring Back Memories | Early Dating Layouts

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Last week, I shared how you can use places to bring back memories for the December Nerd Nest Challenge, Get Nostalgic. Today, I want to share layouts inspired by the water park where Jake and I worked as lifeguards when we first met.

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Seeing the water park made me realize that thought I’ve made a few pages about how Jake and I met and how we came to start dating, I’ve never documented what it was like working together afterwards. So I used a photo I snapped with my phone while visiting the place a few months ago and wrote about our dating work routine: how we’d try to get next to each other during rotation (we changed positions every half hour), the sorts of things we talked about during our spot switches, trying to arrange breaks together, and the sorts of things we did after we got off work.

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Because I know I write more if I’m typing than if I’m handwriting, I did digital journaling. My go-to is handwriting, but I need to remember this about myself when I’m going for stories with more details.

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I another page about these stairs, where I’d wait for my parents to pick me up. One night before we started dating, Jake stayed and talked to me for a long time because he was worried I was lonely, and it was our first long bonding conversation.

I hadn’t forgotten the story, but seeing those stairs encouraged me to get it documented.

If you’d like to join along in getting nostalgic in your memory keeping, use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media when you are sharing!

Supplies: Freckled Fawn December 2014 Oh Deer Me Kit, Resin Positives and Short Blue Arrow Clips // Studio Calico kits // Scotch Dot Roller Adhesive // Photoshop, Modern No. 20 font.

2014 Holiday Album | December 6-13

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This year I’m participating in my version of Ali Edwards’s December Daily project. Like last year, I started before December so I could document Thanksgiving too. I’m keeping it simple with a vintage book album base, one 4 inch wide photo per page, and just a few embellishments on each page.

This week, there’s a blog hop between Freckled Fawn and Ruby Rock-it. Ruby Rock-it sent me the Handi Scandi line to try out for the hop, and I used it a lot for my album this week. You can find my official Freckled Fawn + Ruby Rock-it mash-up projects on the Freckled Fawn blog this Friday.

Here’s last week, December 6-13:

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On December 6, Eliza and I went out for pizza and pinball with friends.

For December 7, I included photos of Eliza’s endangered animal project on snow leopards.

I have been sticking to a one photo per page rule for this year’s album to simplify things, but I decided to break it for this page so I could include her poster and her diorama.

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On December 8, I took a selfie in bed with my cat, which is sort of a funny photo to take, but how many cats do you know that think they are Teddy bears? Charcoal has been extra snuggly since the weather has gotten colder.

I loved the background paper on this page, so I kept it minimal with my daily wooden number + a small label for journaling.

December 9, I caught the happiest look on my niece Ava’s face. It’s one of my favorite photos of her, it captures her baby personality perfectly!

The “joy” metal tags are from the Freckled Fawn Christmas kit, but remember that “joy” phrases can be used year-round. Next time you need a happy sentiment in July, you might find it in your holiday stash.

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On the 10th, Jonas and I went to IKEA to pick up some presents.

The Handi Scandi line is perfect for documenting IKEA trips, and I’ve been using it for IKEA pages in my Project Life album too (because this was my fourth time going since it opened a few months ago).

For the 11th, my grandpa’s awesome girlfriend sent the kids crazy mismatched socks and they had so much fun playing in them. Jonas took off his pants and pulled them up to his underwear so they would be fully visible–hah!

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On the 12th, I included a photo of myself reading outside (while watching Jonas and his friend play). I’m trying to enjoy the relatively nice days before it is freezing all of the time.

The 13th was Eliza’s first Robotics tournament. I love that they use Legos.

This week was really difficult emotionally for me, but I decided to save the stressful experience documenting for Project Life and just stick to the little things that made me happy this week for this album. Even though I decided not to put the more “real” stuff here, I’ll still know what was going on looking back on this album: our friends took us out for pizza and pinball to cheer me up (Jonas was sick so Jake stayed home with him), Jonas and I went to IKEA as a treat after a lot of less fun errands, the photo of me outside was the first time I felt I could relax a little after mailing off some very difficult to get together documents. Pausing to celebrate and photograph the really good things during hard times helps me to stay strong.

Supplies: Freckled Fawn wood numbers and Very Merry Embellishment Kit // Ruby Rock-it Handi Scandi Cut-Up paper, Iconcology paper, tags, glittered die-cuts, and twine // This to That Red Tape // Mono Aqua Liquid Glue // Project Life pens.

Day in the Life // December

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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Monday, December 15:

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I didn’t get any photos taken until mid-morning, because things were kind of hectic getting Eliza and Jake out of the door and getting baby Ava in the door. After I fed Ava and put her down for a nap, I finished up the last bit of things I needed to do to open up the Pocket Your Year Facebook Group so I could post about the class.

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Jonas had a fever and wasn’t feeling well all day, so he slept in, ate breakfast, and watched cartoons while sleeping off and on.

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When Ava woke up, I changed her and fed her and watched Gilmore Girls. It’s been my bottle routine with her when I watch her. Jonas didn’t want to miss that action, so he came and snuggled in.

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When everyone was sleeping again, I did a bit of scrapbooking. You’ll see the end result of this Freckled Fawn + Ruby Rock-It page on Freckled Fawn’s blog Friday.

I also made a Project Life spread and printed photos for December Daily.

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After a nap and lunch, Jonas was feeling better. He colored and taped up his creation into a washi tape ball, which he put under the tree for his best friend.

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Ava did a lot of playing with us on the floor. She LOVES this big block. A friend bought it for Eliza when she was a baby and it’s been a big hit around here ever since.

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After some book reading, Jonas wanted to rest again but ended up playing Nintendo 64 for a little bit instead. I love that he likes the games I liked when I was younger. He was just running around and enjoying the characters in more open world games, but now he’s actually figuring out some moves and combos. He spends about five minutes with a game, switches out to a new one, and is done with the whole thing in about 15 minutes.

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When Eliza got home from school, she went straight to my bathroom where these growing gel ball things were hanging out in water. She got them from a friend’s birthday party the day before. She was so good about sharing with Jonas and wasn’t even mad that he dumped out the transparent ones earlier in the day, thinking that he was just pouring a bowl of water out.

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Then Eliza came down to play with Ava and read her some books.

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I took that as an opportunity to rest a bit. Even though all of the pictures of me ended up being on the couch because it’s an easy spot for the self-timer, I spent a lot of the day working and cleaning and organizing and chasing the kids. So resting and knitting a few rows was awesome.

I’m working on a blanket for Eliza (it’s pretty big) and will not be done forever.

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Jake got home right as Ava was about to get picked up, so he was able to get some snuggles and giggles in. He’s her favorite, because to a baby, Jake is HILARIOUS.

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We had a quick dinner of quick food. Jonas’s favorite is Velveeta shells and cheese, so I humored him because he’s sick and we had that with popcorn chicken and oranges. I feel guilty about having that kind of food, but having a few quick-prep options keeps us from going out to eat on days we don’t have time for something more elaborate.

Jake brought up the Christmas stuff from the basement and the kids placed holiday knick-knacks and we all got the lights up.

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We meant to get the ornaments on the tree too, but it got too late.

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We had on the Muppet Christmas Carol in the background while decorating, and we let the kids watch a few more minutes of that before bed. Eliza had seen a few versions at school and she was comparing and contrasting the versions the whole time.

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Eliza and I got things picked up a bit downstairs while Jake gave Jonas another round of fever reducer and tucked him into bed. I was planning on reading him a bunch of Christmas books, but he was sound asleep literally a minute after Jake put him in bed.

Also, he looks so tiny in his new bed! A teenage family member got a new bedroom set and gave this to Jonas this month. Jonas is so excited about those drawers.

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Eliza went to her room to read before bed and Jake and I got to work painting our spare room. He taped off trim and roller painted two walls while I painted corners and around trim. We have been working on this room for months and I am so glad it is almost done.

We painted until around 11 PM, then cleaned up. I took a quick bath, Jake watched some Museum Mystery kind of show and I read Harry Potter in French until we fell asleep, snuggled up under 7 blankets and the cats.

This is my last Day in the Life on the 15th! In 2015, I’m switching to the 4th.

Announcing Pocket Your Year

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I’m so excited to announce Pocket Your Year, a year long pocket scrapbooking course here at the Nerd Nest!

This class will run from January 2015 to December 2015 and will keep you motivated with your pocket scrapbooking / Project Life album all year long. I’ll be sharing multiple solutions to common trouble spots so you can decide what’s best for you! We’ll work on improving photography, journaling, process, and design throughout the year.

Pocket Your Year includes monthly video presentations and process videos AND weekly idea sparks to keep you going in between videos.

All pocket scrapbookers are welcome: whether you use your stash, stick with a simple Project Life system, use a small format, or go digi, there will be something for you!

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I have been trying to decide out how to both be mindful of the busy holiday season and the need to be prepped with a plan before January. So, instead of opening registration today, I’m opening it January 1st and I’ll be including all of the pre-class materials here for everyone to enjoy leading up to the class! If you are struggling to come up with a plan for how you’ll approach pocket scrapbooking in 2015, these presentations are for you. Stay tuned!

Make sure to sign up for the Nerd Nest newsletter for a chance to register early (at a discount rate!) and for sneak peeks. Meanwhile, join the Pocket Your Year Facebook Group to find a supportive pocket scrapbooking community! You don’t have to take the course to join, but you do have to be approved, just to prevent spammers. Head over there to share any plan ideas and / or plan struggles you have for 2015!

Paul Nyakatura, Feminist Hero | Pocket Layout

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Usually my motto is document now, make later. I want to make sure I’m capturing memories with photos and words while life is happening, but it doesn’t matter to me when I get around to adding in the printed photos and stickers and glue. But there are exceptions. Every so often, right after something awesome happens, the story fills me up and I want to drop everything and make something right then. This is one of those pages.

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I was at an open mic night to watch my friend Paul Nyakatura perform stand-up. He was awesome, but a lot of the comics before him were painful to watch. Sexist trope after sexist trope.

A few comics up before Paul razzed us for being out together and just being friends (the audacity of us!). I called a comic out for being sexist after he wouldn’t leave us alone, and he moved on (bombing), but Paul worked the whole thing into his routine and just killed it.

I was filled up with love and pride for my friend, so I made a page to celebrate him asap. I was originally thinking that I’d write basically a transcript of the back and forth, but I decided I don’t want to remember the specifics of the ridiculous macho crap. I wanted to remember the win.

Keep on winning, my friend.

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P.S. This is the first page I’ve made with We R Memory Keepers 8.5×11 pocket page protectors and I really like it! Pocket pages in the 8.5×11 size are hard to find, unless you are using trading card protectors and those pockets have funky sizes. If you have other brand recommendations for this size, I’d love to hear them!

Supplies: December Oh Deer Me kit and Short Red Arrow Clips // We R Memory Keepers 8.5×11 pocket page protector // Basic Grey Aurora Hydra and Gemini paper // Prima Blossom Bud ink // Becky Higgins Project Life journaling pens.

2014 Holiday Album | November 30 – December 5

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This year I’m participating in my version of Ali Edwards’s December Daily project. Like last year, I started before December so I could document Thanksgiving too. I’m keeping it simple with a vintage book album base, one 4 inch wide photo per page, and just a few embellishments on each page. Here’s last week, November 30-December 5:

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Because it’ll be awhile yet before the Christmas tree gets going over here, I thought it would be fun to document the kids getting to help with Jake’s parents’ tree for November 30. I had fun using the tree chipboard shape as part of the title for this one.

December 1, I documented my participation in the Harry Potter Group Re-Read Along. I’m reading the first book in French. I thought I’d have Eliza help me, but I figured out a great way to read on my own (more on that later).

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December 2 was all about the glittered pinecones Jonas and I made. I’m still cleaning up that glitter. I used a gold foil card and a gold foil label to add even more shine to the page.

December 3 was Eliza’s holiday concert at school. They sang Le père noël arrive ce soir.

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My favorite photo from December 4 was a photo of me knitting with Jonas and Charcoal all snuggled up with me, which I used for my #Thursday3 photo last week. I document the emotional struggles I’ve been having lately and how thankful I am for my family’s support. These snuggles help mountain loads.

December 5, Jake and I went to see my brother-in-law Corbin’s band, Kill the Lights. I am so freaking impressed with them and can’t wait until they finish their demo album! Also, moshing was nice, even if it was with only four other people. I need to make an effort to go to more shows.

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Supplies: Freckled Fawn wood numbers, Very Merry Embellishment Kit, and reindeer washi tape // Studio Calico kits // October Afternoon Make it Merry Tidbits // Basic Grey Grey micro alpha // Mono Aqua Liquid Glue // Project Life pens.

Pausing to Take in Beauty

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As part of my goal to savor this year, I’ve been working on slowing down and appreciating the things that are around me. One of the ways I do that is through photography.

Photo taking gets a bad rap. I hear a lot of “Put down the camera and live the moment!” buzzing around the Internet. I’m not in that camp. Yes, if you are only focused on taking photos, then you can focus in too narrowly and miss what’s going on around you. You can miss out on being an active participant. That’s a case of too much of a good thing.

But unless there’s a planned photo shoot (for which photo taking IS the event), or a deeper documentation project like Day in the Life, my camera isn’t out often. I stop to think about what I’d like to capture, take a photo, and move on. These few seconds of savoring hardly cause me to miss out on the action.

When I’m being intentional, it does the opposite. Thinking about taking photos forces me to slow down and really notice what’s around me. Such was the case a few weekends ago when Jake and I spent the majority of what was presumably the last beautiful weather day in Kansas City walking around. I stopped to take a few photos with my phone along the way.

Here’s why I took these photos:

I love the juxtaposition between neon signage and the Art Deco terra cotta tile facade on Main Street.

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I love that giant clock and the first peek of the skyscrapers downtown over the hill.

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I love the lines created by scaffolding.

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I love the tile and Spanish architecture influences around the Plaza.

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I love when you can see the moon during the day. I love when trees bend over houses. I don’t love abandoned houses that were once clearly beautiful. This one has a hole in the roof and has been condemned.

I have a few planned photo shoots of Kansas City lined up for later this month, but for now I’m happy that I stopped to capture a few things on Jake’s and my walk that I find beautiful.

P.S. If you’re wondering about a One Little Word update; I’be been saving up a bunch of the monthly prompts and I’ll be sharing them at the end of the month!

Use Places to Bring Back Memories

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Get Nostalgic. For the challenge, I’ve already shared two stories inspired by the season, but today I’d like to share another way for you to look at this challenge.

Nostalgia from a season or holiday can certainly bring back memories, but in addition to taking the time to record memories as they come back to you, you can go searching for memories instead. Many things can bring back memories: a photograph, a smell, a reminder from another person, going through old things or memorabilia, or listening to a song. Those memories aren’t always going to be accurate, but they are yours. (Memory formation is very complex.) I’ve used all of these things at some point to spark my memories, but one of my favorite things to do is to actually go to the setting of important times in my life.

Sometimes this happens unintentionally: a few weeks ago, Jake and I started telling Eliza the story of our first date after we passed the movie theater that was the setting of that story. Sometimes I’m very deliberate: I’ll go to a place that was once important to me and just start writing down everything I can remember. The latter is a sort of exercise, and I invite you to try it!

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The most recent place that sparked me to document memories was the water park where Jake and I met as lifeguards for our first jobs. I was recently in the area for anther reason, and I took the time to walk around, revel in memories (the smell really helped!), and snap a few photos. Even places that make for mundane photos (exhibit: staircase) can be important to your story, so go for it.

If you can’t get back to a place you’d like to go to spark your memories, try to go there in your mind’s eye. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and picture every detail you can remember about a place. In lieu of a photo, try describing the place with words!

Next week, I’ll share what I made using places to spark nostalgia. If you’d like to join along, use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media when you are sharing!

Have you ever gone to a specific place to bring back memories?

Project Life 2014 | August Day in the Life

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On the 15th of each month this year, I’ve been documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Last year I used Ali’s templates to include a 6×12 insert for every Day in the Life I did, but this year I wanted a bit more wiggle room. So I’m throwing a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

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Here’s August Day in the Life:

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I used the blue cards from the Lovely mini kit as the main event for this spread.

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As usual for DITL spreads, I kept it pretty simple so I’d have plenty of room for the words. I included an insert for a bit more space.

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I accidentally photographed the photo in the top of the insert on both sides. Here’s what really goes in that spot:

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I got to the end of my journaling cards and still had more to write, so I taped an extra 4×6 card to the last card for more space.

Easy and done! I’m looking forward to my last Day in the Life of the year on the 15th, and then I’ll be doing it on the 4th next year. I let a random number generator decide!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn washi from the November Oh Deer Me kit and Retro Star paper clips / Studio Calico Project Life kits / Project Life Lovely mini kit, journaling pens, Design A page protector, Design K page protector from this variety pack, Design H, and Project Life corner rounder.

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.