Monday, March 16, 2015

Memory Keeping// Project Life// Travel

Good Times Value Kit and Golden Themed Cards
Animal Themed Cards
Project 52 and Golden Themed Cards
Golden Themed Cards,  Foil Value Kit embellishments, Love a Flair by Lynley 
Okay... in just over one month's time I am completely finished documenting all of our photos from our trip to Florida. And I am almost up to date documenting our day to day life since we've been back. (so get ready for more photos!) Knowing that all of my favorite photos and stories so far from this year are already recorded feels great!

I can't say enough about how much I love Project Life and having the chance to be on the 2015 design team. Project Life makes it possible for me to continue my love affair with scrapbooking without neglecting my day to day schedule as a mom... wife... adventurer.

I take a lot of pictures. It's my passion! I just can't imagine leaving them on my hard drive or iPhone where they could never be seen or enjoyed. Whether you are like me, and take way too many pictures, or only take them now and then, do yourself a favor and print those photos! Even better, get yourself a Project Life album and tuck those photos and the stories away in your album. Leave it out where your family can enjoy the memories. My little boy flips through the pages of our books all the time... sticky peanut butter hands and all. There's nothing better than sharing those sweet memories with the ones you love.

PS... You see that cute "Magic" Flair button on the final spread... I design Flair embellishments for your scrapbooking and Project Life pages. More to come on that soon. Interested in custom designs? Let me know!

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. For more creative inspiration and to learn how to get started, click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life Through the Lens// Animal Kingdom// Travel

We loved Disney's Animal Kingdom! It was such a fun day together... The animals, the ambiance, the shows... it was just a whole lot of fun!

The Highlights:

The Safari:
Max was in awe. I was camera happy. 
Danny held his cool, but I think he loved it just as much;)

The Shows:
Finding Nemo the Musical
Lion King the Musical
I loved both of the shows! The performers were fantastic! It was so magical and fun! Max fell asleep during both shows, but we were completely captivated. 

The Rides:
Everest the roller coaster
Danny and I traded off watching Max while each of us took a turn going on the roller coaster. Total thrill ride! I couldn't stop smiling!

The Petting Zoo:
Oh my goodness... Max loved riding the train to the little petting zoo. 
He couldn't wait to open the gate and get right in there. 
The goats got a little feisty with one another and all the other children were afraid-- 
Max just stood right there in the middle of it, grinning ear to ear. 
He stood at the gate waving and saying "bye bye" to the animals when it was time to leave.

The Allergy-Free Food cart:
We were walking by and I glanced at the menu to see all gluten and dairy free items listed! 
I seriously felt like crying a little. 
Made my day. 

Thanks Animal Kingdom for a completely magical day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Project Life Week 3-4// Travel// Disneyworld

 Another quick installment of Project Life spreads from our trip to Orlando! I can't tell you how good it feels to be almost all caught up on a trip that was only a month ago. Thank you Project Life for making it possible to live the little moments and document them with ease!

Products Used
1. Page Protectors Big Variety Pack number 1 design a
Boys Rule Value Kit.
Travel Themed cards

2. Page Protectors Big Variety Pack number 1 design A and D
Boys Rule Value Kit
Coral edition Core Kit
Kraft edition Core Kit
Just add Color edition Core Kit

3. Page Protectors Big Variety Pack number 1 design a
Boys Rule Value Kit.

4. Page Protectors Big Variety Pack number 1 design D and A
Boys Rule Value Kit.
Travel Themed cards

More to come!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Project Life// Week 3// Stampin' Up// Disneyworld

I've loved putting all our happy Disneyworld photos into Project Life spreads and using these adorable freebie Stampin' Up Promo cards! Such cheerful colorful designs... Perfect for Disney! 

What to learn more about the Stampin' up promotion and see more inspiration from the rest of the Project Life Creative Team? Click here

Travel, make memories, take pictures, and document it all using Project Life. It's what I do! I love knowing that all these happy photo memories and stories are already documented. 

More to come...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Travel// Disneyworld// Part 1

There's a reason why they call it the MAGIC Kingdom. The magic is real. 

The music. The dancing. The lights... magic. 
The balloons. The cotton candy. The fireworks... magic.
The rush of excitement as the bell rings and the ride begins... magic.
The sparkle I saw in his eyes as the parade passed by... magic. 

Sharing the magic with my little one...

pure magic.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Project Life 2015 Creative Team// Weeks 1-2

I am so honored to be a member of Becky Higgins Project Life 2015 Creative Team! I just feel so blessed to share our stories with others who love Project Life too. It's such a perfect solution for me.

I love a good 12x12 scrapbook page. I worked as a professional scrapbooker for several years, and I still get giddy over a great new layout... but I just couldn't keep up-to-date with our stories in that format.

A few years ago I found myself lost in piles of photos, photos that I knew where meaningful in the moment I took them, but by the time I got to scrapbooking it, the memories had faded and I didn't really have the same enthusiasm about telling the story behind the moment captured... "Now when was this?" "I can't remember exactly what was so funny about this picture..." "Where were we again?"

You get the idea.

I will always love traditional scrapbooking, and it works great for special photos and creative ideas, but not my everyday memory keeping. Enter Project Life.

I found a perfect solution in Project Life, created by the oh so lovely Becky Higgins. Project Life makes it possible for me to tell the little day to day stories in an organized fashion while still letting me show my creativity with trendy pocket cards and the occasional embellishment. I just love printing my photos, tucking them away in those little plastic pockets and jotting down my memories while they are fresh. Because of Project Life the last three years of our family's stories are completely up to date! Stories that are so important to me and my little family.

So... I hope you join me this year for lots of fun inspiration and ideas about photography and documenting your memories with Project Life. I can't wait to share more!!

Products used:

Page Protectors Big Variety Pack number 1 design a and e
Good Times Value Kit.
Midnight Edition Core Kit
Coral Edition Core Kit
(Accessories) 4x6 ledger cards

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Self Timer Series// Studio 5// TV Photography Tutorial

One of the highlights of my December was the doing a photography segment on the lifestyle television show Studio 5. I shared some of my favorite tips for using the self-timer and other creative ways for moms to get in the picture... It's a topic I am passionate about!

As moms, we often hide behind the camera, but I want my son to know that I was there too! I want to capture the interactions between us and our relationship right now. A family picture once a year just doesn't tell a complete story... it doesn't adequately show our day to day lives, and that's what I really want to remember. The little moments: Playing cars, looking out the window, going to the park... just everyday Mom and Max moments.

Five tips to make the self-timer work for you:

1. Use a tripod or level surface. You can purchase a small flexible tripod that can easily fit in your camera bag or purse when you are on the go.
2. Set your focus by pressing the shutter down halfway and then switching the focus setting on the lens from auto to manual. This will assure that your focus is locked in and your photo will be nice and sharp.
3. Using natural light will create a properly exposed photograph and capture a soft flattering skin tone. 
4. Use a smaller aperture to keep more of the scene, and subjects, most importantly, in focus.
5. Take a multiple photos to be sure to capture everyone's best expression 

Other creative ways to get in the picture too:

1. Look for shadows, mirrors, or other reflective surfaces to capture an interesting perspective. 
2. You don't have to be entirely in the photo to capture a moment. Try using a wide angle lens and shooting from above to show your perspective. For example, capture yourself holding hands or walking with your little one.
3. Make it fun. My son loves hearing that beep beep beep as the camera counts down. 
4. Try using a remote shutter release instead of the self-timer to capture a series of poses. My son also thinks it's pretty fun to push the remote button!
Click on the link above to watch the segment with more tips and photo inspiration. 

Now go take some pictures with your family, yourself included!