Last week, I made a honey-do list for my Husband, and also for one myself. Both were lists of declutter and cleaning projects for the two of us. Each having designated areas around the house.
The very next day, a Wednesday, the Husband dove right into it – not really minding the lists but just tackling pile after pile of stuff around our living area.
I came home and got handed stuff to sort and a big bag to dump garbage in. And the dust clouds got stirred and lost items got found.
The biggest and happiest thing I got out of the exercise was this – my very own Project Life corner:
I bought my very first PL core kit thru Amazon in 2011 but never really completed an album. A big factor was not having a dedicated area to just access everything, but also mostly because I was being too hard on myself.
There was so much inspiration out there but I didn’t use it to my advantage. Instead, I kept obsessing about having to make stuff look prettier that I ended up not making anything. I had the front and back covers done for 2011 and then redone for 2012. And then just 1 and 3/4 of a spread in total.
Among the found stuff was a bunch of Instax prints from 3-4 years ago. I quickly made a spread using the cards I had on hand and plain Washi tape.
I felt happy having completed the spread in 15 minutes. Later on I went back to write a quote on friendship on that journaling card.
Prior to having this corner, I’ve had a PL revival already courtesy of the App. But that story’s for another day. What about you, how do you document your everyday life?
It’s been YEARS since I gave anything to my best bud Jo. I didn’t even get her anything for her wedding. Not a very good friend, am I? (You’ll remember Jo from this post, my pretty BFF) She currently lives with her husband and their son in the deserts of Dubai (so far!).
This year, I so wanted to give her something for Christmas. I also wanted to give her baby boy a gift and I felt bad NOT shipping out anything when he was born. It would be nice for him to get something from his Auntie Vera all the way from the Philippines, hehe (feeling!). But I couldn’t decide what to get them.
Then I thought about this photo collage, one among many that Jo started sharing in Facebook as soon as the little guy was born:
This collage is basic digital scrapbooking! (And isn’t Kenzie just such a charmer even as a newborn?)
What better gift can a Project Life fan/stalker like me give a friend, than a gift of Digital Project Life? I asked her if she would be interested, and she said yes!
So today, I went shopping! I got her the Digital Project Life Class from Jessica Sprague:
There are so many gorgeous digital scrapbooking products released this weekend but I’m keeping myself from making any purchases. I figured I should make more Project Life pages first before I even thinking about adding supplies.
There are more, everywhere. Specially spring and Easter themes. Browsing through blogs and galleries has been inspiring, but it’s also getting to be very tempting to buy more supplies. That would be hoarding for me because I don’t really use them! This hobby can be very addicting too. I look at these stuff like how, I imagine, cigar smokers would look like cigars at BnBtobacco. Speaking of tobacco, if you’re celebrating a graduation this season, go get your cigars from BnBtobacco.com.
As for me, it’s all window shopping. No credit card swiping happens tonight.
There are so many things that I aspire for – so many that I want to do. This is the year to begin working towards achieving them. Nay, this is the time to start living my dreams.
Many times, we are stuck at where we are (it don’t matter where we want to be) because we fail to even begin to take the first step. So this year, I shall take many first steps, and hopefully still have enough in me to keep on going.
Learn more about Ali’s One Little Word movement. I didn’t sign up for the class (it must be fun though) but I chose a word and choose to be inspired by it.
It took the entire afternoon to scan 65 photos. Time well spent. That afternoon’s equipment:
Dad’s laptop. The boyfriend was playing Black Ops on the PC.
My flat bed scanner. We’ve had this for awhile and it works perfectly. You just plug it into a USB port, install the driver, and you’re good to go. It doesn’t have its own power supply, just USB powered.
It’s pretty quick too. I remember having to scan pages upon pages of a book on the boyfriend’s old flatbed and it was an excruciating experience. This was years ago and scanners were expensive and really slow. I could almost imaging how tough the job of archivists are. Haha.
The OEM CD that came in the box had already been broken so I had download a driver for the scanner. It’s available in the Canon website so no worries. After installing the driver, the scanner worked seamlessly with MS Paint. I think it would have worked with any photo editing software too but I didn’t try. It would have been nice to have the scanning software to work with. That one let you scan multiple photos at the same time and it would recognize and save each photo individually – no cropping needed! Another nice thing about it is that even if your photos were crooked or not lined up straight, it was okay.
I had the music playing while working on this. But I was also alternately chatting with my parents about the photos. We were supposed to go out for a drive that afternoon, but ended up just staying in. Again, time well spent anyway.