Sunday, March 15, 2015

What I've done

Do you have a million random size scraps? Maybe it's just my hoarding habits but I tend to keep a good chunk of everything ( I'm getting better by not keeping every small piece); but I still have a whole iris container filled with pieces collected from various other projects/pages. 

I saw an idea on a YouTube video- I'm sure it's nicolejones911. But she said something about forming "kits" from the scraps and leftover ephemera. Kind of like the concepts that are popular now- such as  Studio Calico and Hip Kit. Put papers and etc. that you think coordinate together than make a plan to use them for layouts. 

So I took time the other day opening up my muffin topped iris container and separating them the best I could- first by collection than also by colors I thought would be cute together. I got ziploc 2 gallon bags- I don't know if you know it but they fit 12x12s perfectly! Anyways- I put the "kits" I wanted to use together in the baggies than went through my embellishments  and tossed things I again- felt matched the papers along with them in the bag. 

Here is what I made with two of my kits::

There were some papers I still didn't use all of that I put back in the iris container - another day I will mix them back in to kits again. At least this is helping me whittle down some of my overwhelming hoard. 

Plus I may or may not have bought a huge haul from Cassie Box's store Paper Issues. But that's a whole 'nother post! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Here's to 2015.

I'm sorry.

I haven't written in a little over a year.

But that year, 2014, was one of the most exciting of my life yet, the most difficult in some aspects.

I fell in love... shortly after my disappearance to the man of my dreams in which has taken me on a journey to say the least.

I continued crafting through it all but my running had subsided in 2015, I'm hoping to change that.

I haven't finished my 27th year PL book, but I'm only short a few mere weeks.

Conquered December Daily though, and ditched the "age  year" concept of Project Life; now I started my 2015 monthly book.

I wanted to show you how I have it set up so far.

This year I'm using a 6 x 8 book because I found the 12x12 hard to fill, and I love this 2x2 pocket protector that my friend Patti sent me. I wanted to use it in a special way so I thought my cover page would be perfect.  I found similiar ideas on pinterest and wanted to use gold- as I can't part with any of my gold papers. They are so pretty!                       

Anyways, on to how I set it up- I'm using two protectors for each month. Every other month being 1 6x8 sheet and 1 (4) 3x4s; than the next being 1 (2) 3x4s (1) 4x6 and 1 (4) 3x4s sheet.  I also have sold a lot of my PL kits as I've lost interest in basically all of them- so this year, I decided to use my stash up.  This was an easy way to use a lot of those cut apart sheets you need to buy but not sure how to use. 

I actually have a lot of the month's papers already cut out and placed in the pockets. I learnt with December Daily that I love having it  sort of started for me- takes a lot of the guess work out for me! This month I started with my Maggie Holmes Open Book papers / stickers.  I have yet to journal on the first page - dang marker dried up on me. I guess that means I'll have to shop soon?  

To summarize the page; the first picture is my handsome man cleaning off the car- we finally got a good snowfall so I had to capture it. Then one of our days off we had together, we spent it playing Scrabble- our 7 month year old kitten decided - he too, must play so I took pictures of him attacking and eating the scrabble pieces. 

Our kitten just adores my boyfriend/his daddy, he loves spending every minute by his side so he loves climbing up on to his shoulder and they go walking around the house to high places in the house. We also spent one Sunday with our group of new friends watching the football playoffs- I thought this captured everyone's emotions perfectly.  And I decided that as much as I love to scrapbook and run; I also love to pay the bills-  I felt I needed to contribute more to my little family and should get a second job. So I took a sort of selfie one day after work. 

 I finally had a man to kiss at midnight, although we both worked that day- we managed to stay up. Maybe some liquid was helping with that. But I had to take a selfie of us dorks on New Years Eve.  I've also been doing really awesome with trying to get work outs in, not as good as I could be but it's the most I've ran in months. So I captured a screenshot of a quick run I did on a warm day before work.  Also our little boy finally got fixed, doesn't he just look thrilled? 

That's my lovely book so far, but I'll definitely be checking in more frequently with updates of scrapbook pages and work outs. I can't believe I've abandoned it thus far! 

Let me know what you guys think, and also, what are you guys working on right now? Anyone else starting a Project Life for 2015??

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christmas and NYE PL

Here are the lastest pages in my 27th Year Project Life :) Hope you enjoy!!

This week was Christmas.... We played scrabble after I got off of work on Christmas Eve and my sister got me the Garmin Forerunner which I love! We went shopping and there was a pretty winter day. 

New Years - I have the resolutions written down on my wipe-away board. I am going to try reading the bible through out the year, also read more other books. I finished my first book already - the dogs got their first bark box which they were excited about and I have kept up my running so far so good :)

I showed more pictures of the gym. Cuddle fest with my kitten, got my Studio Calico and the dogs ate my Waddles penguin that I love <3. Also it's been very cold- such as -20 degrees :(.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014 to You! :)

I hope you all are having a wonderful New Years Day and had a safe New Years Eve :)  I was an ol' fart and didn't even make it past 12! Ah - you win some, you lose some. 

I'm hoping this year that I'll write more in this blog, I dont really have any followers or not very many comments but its a good way to hold myself accountable when I do... blog that is.. and its a good way to share my work without having to post a million pictures in different spots.  

This year, I am doing resolutions except instead of a broad.. year? range of them- I'll make a few each month that I would like to achieve during that time.  It's easier to break down the big picture in to small achievable goals - I think anyways. :) 

So for the month of January- my goals are 

- to lose 5 lbs
- run 25 miles
- read one book
- pay off debt

I am not sure if any of them really need any explaining but I would love to pick up the habit of reading more and I charged a few Christmas presents so I want to pay off those store cards soon. Other than that- its that simple. 

I'm starting over on my 10k training plan this month so if I finish that- I'll get the 25 miles in although I would love to run a little more if I can but who knows what weather January will bring and I'm not that great of friends with mister dreadmill...  so we'll see!!

Hopefully 2014 will bring you nothing but great memories and good health for you and yours- so here we go! 

xo Renee

Monday, December 23, 2013

PL Weeks 11-13

I was thinking about doing a December Daily but I decided just to make my December weeks a bit festive and just include pictures of what I've done those weeks. I tried the DD concept last year and it was a bit hard to fill.  So these are my December weeks so far! 

Wk 11- We put up the Christmas tree, in which Pumpkin is fascinated with. ( Yes we have a small tree, two dogs make it hard to have a big one- they think its a real toy. ) I crafted with my mom; went to Starbucks and got my first red cup of the season. I got my studio calico black friday box and my subscription to runner's world! 

Wk 12- Had a work Christmas party and I got a scratch off, which fit in the 4x6 spot- how funny. Cut out the Happy Holidays from my work in the paper. Went shopping, snuck a picture of santa and some cute ornaments. My sister sent presents, I decorated the windows and Mom was sick so I missed my 5k.

Wk 13-  We baked cookies, taunted the kitty with antler ears, wrapped presents and had lunch with my daddy during my work break.  I tried to make a pocket with odds and ends inside but I am sure I could do it better - I'll try again some week. 

I know this was a fast description of each week but I just wanted to share what I have done so far :) I'll probably share the next few weeks in the New Year. 

Have a wonderful Holiday! 

xo Renee

Sunday, December 22, 2013

My favorite 2013 Pages

Last year I saw alot of bloggers post their favorite scrap pages of 2012, so I followed in suit and enjoyed looking back at what I had done. So this year, I'm going to do the same and show you my favorite pages of 2013 :) 

You can click on each picture to make them bigger! :D 



Hope you enjoy and I encourage you to do the same - it's fun to look back at how your style changes or what you found important to scrap this year :)

xo Renee

2013 Goals Overall

Fitness Goals

High Goal - Run 125 Miles- ACCOMPLISHED

- This year I 've ran approximately 321 miles... I would have never in my life imagine that's how much I'd run... hence my goal so small but this summer I took running by storm although this last few months with the cold/snow - I've drastically changed my workouts so it could have been much more had I remained as focused as I had this summer.

Run a 10k- FAILED
High Goal- Run a 1/2 Marathon - FAILED

- After getting attacked my major allergies at the end of the summer, my training went way side so my 10k goal wasn't achieved this year :( 

Run a Mud Run- FAILED

- Never found one in the area after the one I missed therefore, again I failed this one.

Do 10 Organized Runs - FAILED
High Goal- Do a Run a Month- FAILED

-  I didn't do 10 runs but I did do quite a few this year  Brew N Stew (March) Color Run (May) CWC Fun Run (June) Biggest Loser (June) Expand your Horizons (July) ROC Obstacle (August) NH Color Run ( August ) and Haunted Hussle (October). I have had a few others that I've planned to do but dropped out of with other things going on in my life.

Wear a Size 8- FAILED
High Goal- Weigh 140- FAILED 

- So this is my please don't judge goal; I know I'm a runner, maybe I should be more fit but we come in all different shapes and sizes. But this wasn't achieved on either account. I didn't work on this one as much as I should have- yes, I made some healthier choices but sometimes if I just wanted to eat- I did. I do need to do more of this portion control this next year.

Try 2  New Work Out Classes- FAILED
High Goal- Try 4 New Work Out Classes-FAILED

- I did try one new work out class earlier this year but that's the most I've done in that department :(

Personal Goals

Read 5 Books - FAILED
High Goal - Read 10 Books- FAILED

-  I did read one book while I was visiting my sister :) They even took pictures haha as this never happens- but I read LA CANDY by Lauren Conrad. Yes, nothing educated but it was entertaining.

Make 25 12x12 layouts- ACCOMPLISHED
High Goal- Make 50 layouts- FAILED

- This year I made 36 layouts- not quite to 50 but did beat my 25 goal :)

Watch 10 New Movies - Eh?
High Goal- Watch 15 New Movies

- Does Holiday movies count? Than I may have watched 10 new movies - again, I'm not much of a movie person but I want to watch more! :)

I had an awesome 2013, although I didn't get much done as far as my goals but that doesn't matter :) Next year I'm going to do Goals by Month instead of a whole year-- I can adjust them as the months ago and I'll be able to make more "realistic goals" instead of guesstimating what I'll get done..