Project Life CT 2013

It was an honor to be on the 2013 Project Life Creative Team. This year seemed to fly right on by. Though I skipped more than 10 weeks randomly throughout this year - my Australia & New Zealand trip is completely missing - I am grateful for this way of documenting. Kari posted this last batch of projects on Becky's blog. Here's one of my favorite spreads from this year.Amy Tan Project LifeI plan on continuing this style of memory keeping on a somewhat weekly basis for 2014. Some of these photos are from Persnickety Prints (they offer a Project Life size with optional rounded corners that fit perfectly into the pockets) and the others are printed at home from my Canon SELPHY CP900 Wireless Printer. Which actually reminds me, I need to order a few boxes of paper and ink.

Project Life update

projectlifebannerSharing another spread today. This was done after a fun chat with Elise Blaha and Becky Higgins on the Paperclipping Roundtable. I really wanted to keep it simple after the discussion. I had my photos printed with my Canon SELPHY CP900 Wireless Photo Printer. I find that wirelessly beaming photos to the printer via the Canon IEPP app has helped a huge amount. I then tried to complete the entire spread in under an hour. Happy to report that it worked.AmyTanAugustAmyTanAugustLeftCloseupAmyTanAugustRightcloseupBlog FooterSUPPLIES: I used mainly the Cut & Paste Project Life mini kit that will be available next month. Also, I used an item available for pre-order from Simon Says Stamp - this Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die. Other supplies include: Kelly Purkey alphas and other awesome products | Skipping5 stickers | Woodgrain Goodness Thickers You can check out what the other Creative Team members came up with on Becky's blog.

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As it turns out, much of my Project Life lately has had an aspect of travel. I imagine many of you may be in the same boat as the summer season is well underway. To make it easy, I had my photos printed with Persnickety Prints, and once I got them, I slid them into the pockets right away. It made it easier to fill in the blanks and visualize embellishing the photos, and in turn making this spread come together pretty quickly. Another thing that helped was keeping the journal and memorabilia all together. A full supply list can be found on Two Peas.And to hear about my thoughts and see the process of this coming together, check out this video.

Project Life Travels | copyright Two Peas In A Bucket

Incorporating memorabilia into Project Life


I have a confession. For some reason I feel the need to collect business cards from most of the places I visit. They usually get thrown into a pocket of my purse, and then get piled up onto my desk when I clean that purse out. I also love ripping things out of magazines and saving them for a future project. The only problem with all of this is when it comes time to moving, I am dealing with stacks of paper without a place to go. And I am torn when I have to throw these things out. It's a pretty ridiculous thing to get all worked up about. But we are moving into a new place and something has to be done. So I am making smaller piles, throwing stuff away, and just calling it a day. Basically trying to make as small of a "keepers" pile as possible. That business card that should have been immediately adhered to that mini book I made 3 years ago but wasn't? Chucking it. The itinerary from our Playboy Mansion tour from 4+ years ago that I was saving to put into a mini album or onto a layout on the other hand? Keeping it. All of this just makes me love Project Life that much more. A place for all the little bits I want to keep. And if it doesn't fit in, then I give myself permission to toss it right out. Please tell me I am not the only one who agonizes about this. You can watch how this Week 24 spread came together and see the full supply list here.

big Project Life update

projectlifebannerIt's another week in the books for Project Life! Though I am not caught up by any means, I am excited to be in town for a little while and to work on this bit by bit. Here is what Week 22 looked like.Amy Tan Project Life Week 22Here's a closer look at the left and right sides:Amy Tan Project LifeAmy Tan Project LifeBlog FooterBecky's got a bunch of amazing (and happier) creative team layouts on the blog today. I used the Project Life Core Kit - Blush Edition and a mix of fun scrapbooking supplies, Kelly Purkey's June/July kit, and Studio Calico's Project Life kit (you can sign up for the waiting list here). In case you missed it, I showed on Two Peas how I made the quickest spread to date, using just one collection in my last Project Life video.

My newest favorite way to get these spreads done is definitely the Canon SELPHY CP900 Wireless Photo Printer. I print out photos straight from my iPhone wirelessly beaming it to the printer via the Canon IEPP app. It's awesome. And makes things so much easier. I also use PicFrame and referenced this fantastic tutorial by My Sister's Suitcase on getting multiple photos onto a 4x6. Now the 4x6 prints from the Selphy are just a bit smaller than 4 inches by 6 inches. At the moment, this isn't a bother for me as they still fit into the pockets and my focus is on getting the photos in there and the weeks documented. If you're looking for more ideas for taking pictures with your phone, The Phone Photography Workshop is still open for signups at the early bird price of $39.728 x 90Glad you all loved the washi tape holders - I placed an order myself for a dozen more. My plan is to have all of them readily available when I move into the new house. Plus, it makes great storage for a washi tape bar. All Ready Memories also has these great Project Life card boxesDSC_0442 DSC_0446They look great as is, but I thought I would add a little something to them. I started off by adding some thin washi tape to the top edge. Just to be sure it stayed, I applied adhesive onto the wood first and then put the tape down. DSC_0449DSC_0451And used adhesive fabric paper from my first collection (you could use patterned paper in the same manner).DSC_0453I flipped it over and measured out one side of each box, making my markings with a pencil and ruler. DSC_0454 DSC_0455Next I took the new Fiskars Amplify scissors, which are premium shears designed to cut extra-thick materials. You can read more about these on Business Wire and on Fiskars website where you can also purchase them.DSC_0456DSC_0474 DSC_0475 DSC_0476 DSC_0481I chose to only do one side and like that it still looks just as good without anything on it from the back.DSC_0483Supplies: Project Life card boxes | cards from Blinks of Life | LifeLovePaper | Studio Calico's Project Life kit (you can sign up for the waiting list here) | Assorted Project Life core kits, now available at Two Peas In a Bucket!