Week 23: June 3-9
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I skipped ahead a few weeks because I was so very excited to use the amazing Kelly Purkey Project Life Kit from Simon Says Stamp for June. Because it’s awesome.
Left Side: Weekday stuff like reading for quotes to use in my Gatsby essay (because of this), watching baby Ava, taking a walk to a restaurant we love, recording videos, digging up worms, visiting relatives in the hospital, hanging with friends, showing off shirts from Ghostbot Records.
To I added in a bi-fold card behind the KP calendar card so I’d have room to write all of the random stuff we did this week. The “noted” phrase on the front of the Seafoam on the front card and the “date” on the inside didn’t work for me (but I loved the colors), so I covered the words up with stickers.
I also used a Freckled Fawn Gold Arrow Clip to keep the cards from sliding around in the pocket, to notify readers that there’s something more there to look at, and to bring in a pop of gold, which are here and there throughout the spread.
Insert, Front: Everything I did for Project Real Life REDO | Week 10. You can read all of the journaling there.
The “Uh-Oh” card was a freebie included in a Persnickety Prints order offering to replace an image I printed that had a low resolution (AWESOME customer service). I hung onto the card, because it’s cute. Persnickety sure does know their audience: there’s pretty much always something in the box I can use as a PL freebie.
As has been my go-to, this insert is a Project Life Design A page protector cut down and sealed with staples.
I had a lot of journaling to fit in, so I busted out my handy dandy typewriter to include it. I love that all of those words were ready and waiting for me in a blog post. (If you are in the market for a typewriter, check out 5 Tips for Finding One.)
I had some space left over, so I embellished a little. In keeping with the imperfection theme, I threw a question mark in after the “everything is wonderful” sticker. Lolz.
Insert, Back: All about Eliza’s last week of the first grade. This is the sort of thing I’d make a traditional page about, but the pockets are really just a deign choice. Either way, more attention is brought to it, which is the goal. I included a wrap up of the school year, asked her what her favorite memories of first grade were and wrote those down, and included a story about how many books she read this year (that’s what that bear with the cut off arm in the little page protector is all about). It was so funny: her final reading log count ended up being 210, which includes books I read to her, books she read to me, and bits of reading longer books when the reading is happening for at least 20 minutes. She told me she was a little disappointed because she didn’t get the most, and I told her not to worry because it’s not a contest, it’s about enjoying reading and learning and us spending time together. She said, “But one of my friends got one one six!” (Maybe we should read a little less and do a little more math.) I tried not to act too proud after I just told her that it’s not important to have the most, so I just told her, “Good job,” and “Dude, 210 is more than 116 by A LOT.” Hah!
I put flair / buttons / badges on the outside of page protectors with EK Success 3-D Dots Adhesive Foam.
Right Side: Weekend stuff: the kids hung out with their grandparents for awhile while Jake and I went on a work date at a tea shop. Then we walked around for awhile together, which was awesome. We also went to Jake’s work gym, only to find that the pool hours had changed, so we played basketball, ping pong, and racketball together. We also went to my grandpa’s for his birthday dinner.
Awesome week, and though it seems to happen every time, my new favorite spread.
What PL products are you super excited to use?
Supplies Used: Kit: Kelly Purkey Project Life Kit; Paper: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit, Becky Higgins Project Real Life card; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn gold stars washi, Freckled Fawn gold arrow stickers, Freckled Fawn Gold Arrow Clip, Basic Grey micro letter stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Stickers; Stamps: Studio Calico Summer Stamp by Elise Blaha Cripe, Kelly Purkey Gold Star Stamps, Kelly Purkey Plain Jane Alphabet; Ink: ColorBox Black Pigment Inkpad, Tsukineko Planetarium pack; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.1-Millimeter Marker, EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.8-mm Marker; Page Protectors: Project Life Design A, Becky Higgins Small Variety Pack; Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Scotch Dot Roller, EK Success 3-D Dots Adhesive Foam; Printing Service: Persnickety Prints; Tools: EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/2-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, typewriter, stapler.
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