Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

This year I’m using weekly spreads in my Project Life albums with breaks between each month for extra pages. Today I’m sharing the last two weeks of February (the second week is a little short because I stopped it with the last day of February).

Just a heads up: there’s a lot of blurring over these two weeks because I have a “No sharing photos of other people’s kids without permission” rule.

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Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

February 16-22

For this spread I used a combination of Studio Calico kits and the Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit. I’m excited that Plue One is available in the new Project Life shop–it’s been sold out everywhere else! I only have about 8 cards left and am trying to talk myself out of another one.

I also used little Evalicious die cuts from the February Coco Daisy Kit (they had a wicked awesome sale).

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Jonas, the naked chef, the kids at our neighborhood coffee shop (I’m sure you all are sick of coffee shop photos, but it’ll never get old to me), Jake getting all of the snuggles in our new-to-us $40 Craigslist score chair, the kids putting on a magic show for Poppy, dinner with friends, and Eliza’s special day with my mom (she got her first pedicure).

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Ice Skating and having dinner with more friends.

Tips you can pull from these spreads:

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Journaling cards can be used for more than one story. The main portion of the card is a story about the chair, but I used a little arrow die cut to include a note about the other photo adjacent to the card.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Be willing to move to get a great picture. Jake and I just took photos with our phones while ice skating, and we looked a little silly the couple of minutes we spend taking pictures. To get the photo of Jonas and I, Jake got to the side of us and bent down low (he also used a fisheye clip-on lens).

To get a photo of Eliza with our friends, I skated ahead of everyone several feet so I would have time to turn around and steady myself as they were coming (more slowly) towards me. We also waited on the sidelines for the kids to pass by us for a few shots! I’ve found I spend a lot less time taking pictures when out having fun if I’m more intentional about the ones I do take.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

February 23-28

For this spread I used the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste mini kit (40% off at JoAnn’s at the time of writing this!) and the March Studio Calico Project Life kit.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Jonas playing with his friend, Eliza dressed up for mismatched day at school, painting the post-impressionist thumb print backgrounds with Eliza’s class, Jonas “working” while I work, and the band pin display I made on our mantle.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A day off school for parent-teacher conferences, the view of the street E’s school is on, breakfast at a coffee shop, and two separate visits to Science City (once with Jake so I could work on the weekend, and once with me on the day off of school so we could meet up with friends there).

Some tips you can pull from this spread:

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

If you’re having trouble deciding what to write, try starting with a prompt like “this week” “this month” or “today” (depending on the time frame you are working with). Sometimes just not knowing where to start is what makes it hard, and I end up falling back on this technique a lot.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

The easiest way I’ve found to add color to wood veneer is to add ink from a pigment ink pad directly onto the veneer. I just place the wood on some scrap paper and dab the ink directly on with the pad.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

Stretch your circle embellishment supplies by cutting each circle in half and using them to create a scalloped border pattern.

Project Life 2014 | Late February @ The Nerd Nest

I really loved these two spreads and have sort of found my groove with the products I’ve been using: I’m happiest when I’m using half core kit cards and half fancier cards (like the SC kit cards). This brings a good balance of journaling cards and filler cards and puts me right smack in the middle between simple and embellished.

Also: label stickers and die cuts are my favorite product period, I think. What’s yours? What’s your product groove like?

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For more Project Life tips, check out Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more! The class starts April 17, but a plethora of bonus materials–including videos, photos, worksheets, a quiz, printables, and a manifesto–already awaits you in the pre-classroom. If you have any questions about the class, I’d be happy to answer them! For you Project Life Lessons veterans: the content is the same, except for a video from each of us updating you on our process for 2014 and refreshed message boards and chats.