Project Life

Project Life | Disney Vacation Album

Four score and seven years ago, make that 5.6 years ago, I took my first step inside of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Had a fabulous time if you take away all the hours we spent standing in line.

Some of our most magical moments included:

  • Riding on a float during the Animal Kingdom parade,
  • Crush (from Nemo) calling out Lita by saying the girl with the purple shell and afropuffs on her head.
  • The best steak I’ve tasted at Le Cellier.
  • And all the moments Lita’s eyes lit up from magic.

We so enjoyed our vacation. I snapped thousands of photos. And it was our first family vacation. A trip like that deserved an amazing album, you know!

But I couldn’t piece one together. I was unable to revisit the photos and the project because shortly after our trip, my ex-husband and I separated. And that trip became associated with a time of pain and loss and a world that didn’t/couldn’t exist ever again.

I kept asking my self: why? Why should I finish it? Why should I care? Why should we celebrate?

After some soul-searching and the passage of time, I was able to answer.

Why should I finish it? Why should I care? Why should we celebrate? 

Because it’s not about you.

It’s about her.

My daughter.

I didn’t take the trip just to cross Disney World off my bucket list.

I planned and scheduled and waited in long lines because I wanted to watch my daughter experience magical moments that only a 5 year old could.

So my album is her album. Her family. Her good times.

Not all mine.

And so over the summer, I finished that album. Here are some of my favorite pages:

Disney World Vacation Album

Disney World Vacation Album

Disney World Vacation Album

Disney World Vacation Album

Disney World Vacation Album

Disney World Vacation Album


The rest of the layouts are in my Disney Vacation Album. I feel so much joy having now finished and excited to send them over to Persnickety Prints. They’ll have them printed and delivered later this week, which means I can give the album FINALLY to my daughter. Five years later. But with tons of love.

And closure for me.

All of my layouts use templates from the Window System Templates, which is now offered in .PAGE and .PNG formats! And 99% of the digital papers and elements are part of Sahlin Studios Project Mouse collection.

3 Ways to Rebuild Digital Project Life Cards

I’m in love with Gene Wilder. Blazing Saddles. Willy Wonka. Young Frakenstein. That Gene Wilder.

My poor, innocent kids are often subjected to his quotes from movies recorded years ago. Of course, they have no idea who he is (even the Willy Wonka reference points them to Johnny Depp, which is not a bad thing at all).

But when I try to entertain them with “My name is Frakensteen!”, yes I’d like them to laugh. A lot. Because it’s HILARIOUS!

I need a better audience.

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Project Life 2014 | May & My Ah-Ha Moments About Project Life

Yes! After geeking-out for the past Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I can honestly say I haven’t had this much fun scrapbooking in a long time! I just blew by 5 months of stories and photos I’ve wanted to share quickly, creatively and easily in a few days!

For some of the stories, mainly the ones about the kids, I’ll go deeper and build separate pages for their individual albums. Pages that different design-wise. But for our main family album, I simply love this process of combining multiple stories and photos on a single page to get the memory captured AND THE PAGE DONE!

That was the Ah-Ha moment for me.

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Project Life 2014 | April: The One Stop Shop Planner I Use for Project Life

Hello April! If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been geeking-out all this week about Project Life. Catch up with January, February and March posts too.

April was the month where I finally sought out the help of a tool to document and track. Basically, something that kept me from giving up on Project Life because I couldn’t possibly keep track of the moments I know I wanted included in our albums.

But y’all know me! A separate planner that required some type of commitment or system was completely out of the question. Because:

  • I can barely remember where I threw my bra the day before.
  • I’m a busy mom, business owner and creative. I already have enough planners and notebooks and iPhones and apps and doo-hickeys.
  • And if I were to use anything, it’d have to meet other needs. I like stuff that’s multi-talented.

Considering all the above, especially the part where I can’t remember where I hoisted my bras the day before, I thought I’d never find the PL Planner that worked for my busy life.

Luckily the answer was already in front of my face!



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Project Life 2014 | March: So That One Event Thing Didn’t Work; Back to OCD Details

Time for another edition of Project Life 2014 catch up. So after completing the January and February pages, I returned to mixing fleeting moments with the bigger events too.

While the single event on a page worked for those photos, I realize I can’t work quickly and most through the stories if I stick to a single event on a single page. That’s the way I’ve approached pages in the past. But I realize, this process requires letting go of the old way!

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Project Life 2014 | Dipping My Pinky Toe

Sigh. I caved. For years I avoided Project Life because I felt it wouldn’t fit my scrapbooking style. Even after crafting the Window System for my vacation photos earlier this year, I was still on the fence. And then the truth dawned on me: what would I, and my kids, appreciate in the future? My style or our thoughts? This art or my messages? Obviously, we care about our thoughts and the messages!

And when I look back at my childhood photos do I balk at the stiff polaroids with faded colors? Or do I cherish each and every single one? Sugar, I love every single one — even  the ones without dates! No, they’re not digital, professional, or composed correctly. But they highlight my favorite memories and capture my family. Thus, I had my answer!

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