Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Project Life 2013, Weeks 5-6

It is time to post another Project Life layout. Life has been very weird, crazy, and just unusual lately, so it has been a few weeks since I have posted my Project Life pages. What has been going on you ask, or maybe your not asking, but either way, here's the story...

My hubby works as a welder and was laid off between jobs. We kept busy working on house projects, still a lot of little things and larger things to work on since moving to our new home last December. I was enjoying having him home, we figured he would be working again in March, and we were just beginning to establish a routine with both of us home all day, and then bam, surprise, my hubby was offered a job in South Carolina as a journeyman welder. For those of you that do not know, we live in North Carolina, so yup, he was offered a job in a different state.

When he told me this, I will be perfectly honest, I felt like a football player just knocked me over for a full blown tackle. The wind was knocked out of me. My husband had to ask me," did you hear what I said," numerous times before I could respond. My worst fear had just happened. Did he just say that? Yes, he did. For those of you that don't know our story, my family and I moved from all of our family and friends in Washington State about 20 months ago and we are beginning a new life here in beautiful Rolesville, North Carolina (about 15 miles from Raleigh.) We prayed about it and weighed pros and cons and decided that this opportunity was too good to turn down and began making plans for his move.This news came on Friday, February 15th and by early Thursday February 21st morning my husband was on the road for Sumter, North Carolina to his new job starting that very day.

Living apart is something we have done before, but it has been awhile, and it is something I had hoped we would never have to do again. My husband is in the Army Reserves and he spent 16 months away from us training and serving in Iraq from 2005-2006. I missed him so much while he was gone. I wish I could say that I handled it well, but honestly I could have probably enjoyed the moment more. I had two young children and I just felt like I was hanging in there and surviving, and not enjoying everyday like I should have. That is why I am so thankful to have Project Life now. It helps me focus on enjoying those everyday moments more and I just love it. Such a blessing this style of memory keeping has been for my family and for me.

This is definitely a transitional time for my family and I. The kids and I are adjusting and I am trying so very hard to be positive and to make the best of this, and to enjoy everyday here (even with all of my family and good friends in other states.) My hubby is liking his new job and is working crazy long hours, but we are super proud of him and this amazing opportunity for our family. We have not seen him since the 21st, but are driving the 3.5 hour trip to see him this weekend and exploring a little of South Carolina with him on his day off. Please pray for our family and for my husband's safety and morale. He really misses us and is having a hard time being away.

Now onto Project Life. I did not have many pictures of weeks 5 and 6, well not enough to really complete two layouts (one for each week.) I decided instead to just combine them into one week and I love how it turned out. I predict that I will probably combine a few more weeks this year, like last year, but largely it will be one layout per week for 2013.

Full Layout:

Right Side:

Left Side:

Left Side Close-Up:

Right Side:

 Right Side Close-Up:

Products used from the Studio Calico Darling Dear Line (fall 2012)
  • 6x6 Paper Pad
  • Van Dyke-kraft diamond paper
  • Handbook journaling cards
  • Printables from the Studio Calico website
  • Heart and arrow stickers
  • Vellum die cut shapes
  • Chipboard Shape Stickers
  • Letter Stickers
Other products used:
  • October Afternoon mini market orange letter stickers
  • Tiny attacher by Tim Holtz
  • American Crafts precision pen in .01 tip size
  • Whiskars graphics lined paper bag
  • Studio Calico Project Life labels (with brown outline)
  • Manilla shipping tag
  • White lined shipping tag (Bananafish Studios)

I have linked all of my Project Life pages to The Mom Creative, a fabulous blog with tons of Project Life inspiration each and every Tuesday. I hope all of you are having a great February. This month has just flown by and it is almost March. I am so excited for warm weather and have already begun some spring cleaning and decorating. Anyone else getting ready for spring? Anyone else excited to plant some spring flowers and work in their yard?

Happy Tuesday!



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Monday, February 11, 2013

My MInd's Eye Giveaway Winner

Today I am happy to announce the My Mind's Eye Giveaway Winner. Drum roll please........

The winner of the randomly selected giveaway is #27 Stephanie Makes. Congratulations Stephanie, please e-mail me your address and I will get that out to you ASAP. You can reach me via e-mail at lifescrapbookrepeat@gmail.com.

I will be back tomorrow with some scrappy goodness to share, I actually made 5 layouts in the last 4 days, can you believe it?

Until next time, happy scrappin'


Friday, February 8, 2013

Layout Share: Cartwheel

This layout was inspired by the Bright Ideas class over at Studio Calico. This class was put together by the very talented Nicole Samuels and is chalk full of inspiration and loveliness. The first challenge for this class was to use stitching for a title on a layout. I love to stitch on my layouts and am really excited about how this turned out.

Without further ado, I present to you Cartwheel, sorry for the bad pictures, but my SLR Camera's batteries were charging so I used my I-phone.

I used a light blue embroidery floss (using all five threads,) a needle, and a lot of patience. The word cartwheel was first stamped using Studio Calico's noah outline stamp, I then used my paper piercer to pre-pierce my holes and hand stitched away. I finished it over the course of a 50 minute phone call with my mom (in case you were curious. :-)

Lots of embellishing using KI Flashback papers, accessory sticker sheet, Amy Tan puffy stickers, pretty pink and pinstripe Minster Huey, and some My Mind's Eye enamel dots.


If you have never checked out Studio Calico, you really should. They have three different main kits available every month (scrapbook, card, and Project Life,) and additional add-on kits. All of these kits offer many exclusives that you cannot buy anywhere else and the combinations they put together are so well thought out and super inspiring. Additionally, the Studio Calico Design Teams are extremely talented and helpful, the blog is amazing, and the community is full of so many fabulous, super sweet, and creative women. I spend way too much time chatting with the ladies over there, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Also, today is the very last day to enter the My Mind's Eye Giveaway, I will draw a winner tomorrow morning and post the winner next week. To be eligible, make sure you are following the blog. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Until next time, Happy Scrappin'



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Project Life Week 4, 2013

I was only able to blog one day last week. Here's the scoop, I have been sick since right after Christmas. I finally got sick enough (irony?) to get an antibiotic and I am starting to feel better. It feels so great to have a little more energy and to not feel like I am doing the bare minimum to get by. I am enjoying being able to clean and organize and all of that fun stuff that has been neglected. Because I only blogged one day last week, I have extended the deadline for the My Mind's Eye prize pack giveaway to this Friday evening (February 8th at 11:59pm EST.)  I will post the winner next week on the blog. In case you forgot, this is what I am giving away to a randomly selected blog follower.
Good Luck! I hope to see lots of new faces around here. :-)

The last full week of January has come and gone already, but I am still adjusting to the year 2013. I keep wanting to write 2012 on everything. Don't you just hate that? I think I have only wasted about 3 checks so far, so I guess there's hope for me yet. A fairly normal week around here; lots of around the house shots of all different kinds of things, ranging from crafts to pedicures to a picture of the hubsters sleeping ( I think it just might be my favorite this week.)

Without further ado:

Left Side:

Left Side Close-Ups:

Right Side:

Right Side Close-Ups:

Supplies Used:

  • Studio Calico Project Life Kit Block Party
  • Studio Calico wood veneer arrows
  • Studio Calico Block Party printables
  • Studio Calico food stamp set
  • Mister Huey in Pretty Pink and Blizzard (for naked chipboard letters and number) 
  • Becky Higgins Seafoam Project Life Kit
  • Ali Edwards digital brushes: Summer Rocks and This Time
  • Ki Memories Flashback Smile Washi
  • KI Memories flashback frame paper
  • Amy Tangerine puffy stickers
  • Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Date Stamp 
  • Blue arrow paper clip (Target, dollar spot)
  • American Crafts precision pen in .03 size

Thank you so  much for stopping by today and don't forget I have extended the deadline for the awesome My Mind's Eye prize pack giveaway. I will be waiting until Friday night to draw names, so don't forget to follow the blog.

Also I have linked to The Mom Creative, a great blog chalk full of Project Life inspiration every Tuesday.



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