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Week 17: April 15-21

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This week was for the everyday–saving our plants from frost, enjoying warm days outside (because in Missouri, shorts and frost coexist in the same week frequently), visiting with friends a family, going to see movies, getting stuff organized, a date, and a wedding.

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Left Side: I created a page with a fun story about Eliza this week using a template from and techniques learned in Clean and Simple by Cathy Zielske (now closed, taking c/o Big Picture Classes).

Here’s the text on the layout:

I love that you are turning into a budding environmentalist. You love gardening, you love hunting for worms for the compost, and you love studying bugs and animals in their habitats. You pay attention: we recycle or compost at home, but you couldn’t figure out why I threw away a cardboard coffee cup when we were out and about. “Why can’t we just take it home to recycle it?” We can and we will next time. Good job, E. You’re starting to think about the big picture, too. When you went to Take Your Child to Work Day with Dad this week, he was telling you about a new parking lot they were building on the Cerner campus. You were upset that they were cutting down trees to make the parking lot, and you decided to design a way that they could put up the parking lot without ruining the environment. You decided they should only put the concrete on certain parts in waves and bumps for the cars, but then to leave grass and trees on the other parts. You are also cautious when using things: “Are markers good for the environment” If things aren’t good for the environment, you ask how we can make them last longer, reuse, or recycle them. I’m amazed at how seriously you take being green, and I’m so proud that you care so much at 7.

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Eliza is awesome.

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Insert 1, Front: I included a little insert with 4×4 pockets from the Project Life Small Variety Pack 1. I included the week’s date ranges here, since the left side of the spread was taken up by a layout.

The pictures are of Eliza’s and my shoes before we did a half mile run together (so much more fun to run with her), and a visit from Harvey. Jonas is telling him what for.

Those cool hexagon letter stickers are from the Echo Park All About A Boy Kit I received as a randomly drawn winner at Big Picture, along with the Sweet Girl Kit by Echo Park, because I entered their NSD Challenges. I also won an awesome giveaway on Amy Tangerine’s blog earlier this year. So my advice is to enter to win stuff. (And then keep track of what you’ve entered so you don’t miss out if they call your name!)

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Insert 1, Back: Hanging out with my mom and my sister, going on a coffee date with Jonas. For the paper I journaled on, I made sure to pick colors that would work with the layout behind it.

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Insert 2, Front: Documenting Week 4 of Project Real Life REDO.

I stuck with Jade in this insert, but I added a few embellishments to keep it interesting. I created a little visual triangle with the arrow on a Jade card, a little gold Freckled Fawn Dew Drop Arrow, and a House Stamp by Elise Joy , which doubles as an arrow.

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Insert 2, Back: More Project Real Life stuff, all about organizing.

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Right Side: I crammed 20 pictures on this spread. Yep.

Here’s what’s going on: hanging out on the hammock with Jonas, the kids cooking together and reading together, Jonas dominating a huge puddle, Eliza at soccer practice (this week’s game was rained out), going on a hot date with the kids away for the night and having cheesecake in bed the next morning, going to see Evil Dead with my sister (Jake and E went to see a movie this week too), a collection of silly Jonas pictures, and my cousin’s wedding.

The “i” card has a lot of neat documented “i statements.” It’s a prompt from Stacey Julian that I did as a challenge for NSD. Read the card opened here.

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The description for a week just went into a bi-fold card. No fussing this week. Just quick and done and awesome.

P.S. There’s another insert for this week, but I’m saving it for something else. So anticipate seeing pages on Take Your Daughter to Work Day and putting the pipe bookshelves, which I keep saying we’ll blog about soon, together.


Supplies Used: Paper: Jade Project Life Core Kit, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Sweet Girl Kit by Echo Park, American Crafts, Studio Calico Project Life Card Grab Bag, Becky Higgins Project Real Life cards; Digital Template: Clean and Simple Templates by Cathy Zielske; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn Dew Drop Arrows, Echo Park All About A Boy Stickers, Yellow & Gray Decorative Tape Set by My Mind’s Eye, Dear Lizzy Charm Bits Sticker Book, Doodlebug Glitter, American Crafts Thickers; Stamps: Elise Joy House Stamp; Ink: ColorBox Pigment Inkpad, Black; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.8-mm Marker; Page Protectors: Project Life Design A, Project Life Small Variety Pack 1, Project Life 12 x 12; Adhesive: Scotch Dot Roller, EK Success 3-D Dots; Printing Service: Persnickety Prints; Tools: EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/2-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper,Neon Omnigrip No Slip Ruler 6 x 12 Inches, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer.

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