So… indulge me a moment while I get long-winded with a little introduction here. 😀

I love blogging. I really do! I’m one of “those” people.

But I hate blogging here. Ugh—I’ve made it such a chore!

This blog has been a virtual newsletter from the beginning because I felt like if anyone wanted to read me ramble on about life, scrapping, quilting, knitting, painting and homeschooling, they could wander over to my personal blog. This was the Sugarplum Blog!

Well, that idea might have been fine in the beginning, when I only had a three year old and a baby. These days it’s hard to make the time, especially when it seems my audience… is a bunch of spam-bots. Boo! So in an effort to enjoy blogging more, have something interesting for you all to read on my blog here, I’ll me mixing it up more!

Which brings us to today and to Project Life! But first, there’s some more back story:

Project Life 2012:

In 2012 I embarked on my Project Life journey. Thanks to Pinterest and the amazing girls on Becky Higgins’ creative team, I simply fell head over heals with this system of scrapbooking. So I tried it—and I discovered that it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for YEARS. It captures the “everyday,” which I just love. And those little, tiny 3×4 cards? They take away all the intimidation that a 12×12 piece of paper used to give me.

Now, some of you may know… I am a paper girl at heart. My story is that one day in 2006, I was holding a piece of scrapbook paper in my hands when it dawned on me… this was made by Jen Wilson and I had seen Jen Wilson’s on-line store. This wasn’t some graphic designer working full-time a cubicle in Utah (somewhere I didn’t live, doing something I couldn’t do). It dawned on me for the first time that maybe, just maybe, I could do that too! So that’s how Sugarplum Paperie came to be.

But STILL—12×12 pages intimidated me. And so did some digital scrapbooking. Over the years I’ve been blessed to be on the creative teams of some of my designer friends (Studio Flergs, Sahlin Studio and Krystal Hartley) as well as working with The Digi Dares! But I never. once. printed. a. digital. layout. I hang my head in shame over that! No scrapbooking was going on in my house from 2007 to the end of 2011, even though officially, I was making pages for my friends. I have flirted for a LONG time with digi. I never could fall head over heals in love with it… (I’m too picky and no matter what I try, I hate my drop shadows.) Gaah!

So, enter Project Life! It was an excuse to paper scrap on a small scale and actually MY RECORD LIFE! So exciting! I started last January and, while I did fall miserably behind due to work, I’ve finished all of September and it’s the MOST I’ve ever scrapped!

If you’d like to see my pages, I’ve been slowly adding them to my other blog. I’m now using my phone to help me simplify the whole blogging process because even that can be overwhelming, you know?

Sugarplum Paperie : Project Life 2012

Here’s what I have so far:

Project Life 2013:

Now, this year, I knew all the gluing, sewing and printing had to be streamlined. I need to be realistic about this. First, I am a wife and a mom to four kids. I have a house to manage! It ain’t going to clean itself! On top of that, we homeschool (and we love that—that’s not going away anytime soon!). Then in my spare time, I try to design kits for you all to enjoy AND work in my dream job of producing paper scrapbooking products. As you can imagine… every hour of my day is packed. That’s how I fell almost 6 months behind with my album last year.

Ain’t gonna happen this year. No way.

Well, last night I sat down with some free time and said “Let’s try this simplified thing.” Here’s my plan for 2013:

  • >> I want to keep some of the look from last year. Also, not changing things and going with what worked last year is going to remove guess-work and insecurity, as well as SAVE TIME!
  • >> I will assemble everything in Photoshop on template that resembles the page protectors I selected for this year (Design F)
  • >> I’ll send them off somewhere to be printed in matte.
  • >> When the 12×12 pages arrive, I’ll simply trim them, round the corners (because I loooooove that look) and stick them in my album.

Piece. of. cake. I believe we call this “hybrid,” right? You’d think this idea would not be so new to the person who started The Hybrid Chick blog. D’oh.

Last night I completed Weeks 1 & 2 and I’m so giddy about it, I wanted to share them here with you! Here is Week 1:

Sugarplum Paperie : Project Life 2013 : Week 1

And here is Week 2:

Sugarplum Paperie : Project Life 2013 : Week 2

(You can click the links above to visit the Sweet Shoppe gallery for full credits.)

I was so excited about getting started with this that I couldn’t fall asleep until 2:00 a.m. and I woke up multiple times to find I was still thinking about layouts in my sleep. HA! I thought I would help get some of that out of my system this morning on the blog. 😀

So, there you have it. You’ll be hearing more from me in the future. And it won’t just be about sales and new releases. I hope you enjoy the change!

And, as always, Happy Scrapping!

4 thoughts on “Project Life 2013 : Week 1 & 2

  • February 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I am an all digi kind of Project Life girl. I started out doing paper (almost 10 years), but found digi in 2006 and have not looked back. But I am glad to see I am not the only on on week 2 for 2013. (This is my first year doing Project Life).

  • February 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    ha ha I’m not a spambot! I mostly read in google reader, but came over to leave you some love and encouragement. I love the way you’re doing PL, making it work for you. Look forward to seeing more pages as the year progresses.

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