Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Random Facts Post #3

Note: My first five random facts are here, and my second five are here.

I'm sharing TEN this time because I've been silent all year. 

11.  I love to read. This year I've taken it to the extreme.  I'm not proud of it (though, admittedly, I am a little smug), but I've read over 300 books this year.  Not quality literature, either.  I've admitted I have a problem, though, and I'm scaling back.

12.  I get violently angry at the misuse of the term "brownie." If there's no chocolate, it's not a brownie, it's a blondie. End of story.

13.  When we got married, I started averaging Tyler's and my ages. So since I was 27 and he was 29, we were 28. And I still do; we turn 35 soon.  ;)

14.  I like to listen to audiobooks while I'm driving, and I think men generally make better narrators than women.  (Not always, but on average.  I actually have other opinions like this that would drive feminazis wild!  Since I call them feminazis, I think you can imagine how that worries me.)

15.  I refuse to "like" posts/pictures on facebook that tell me to like them. If I could dislike or spit on the ones that tell me that ignoring them means I'm a hateful commie puppy-hater, I would do that, too.

16.  I think spit-takes are hilarious.

17.  I don't like Seinfeld or Everybody Loves Raymond. They make me uncomfortable.  More current ones that fall into a similar category are Modern Family and The Middle.

18.  I once memorized the algorithms to solve a Rubik's cube. My best time was (I think) 1 min 3 sec.

19.  I have cataracts in both eyes. They are small and off-center, and my optometrist advised a multivitamin, a healthy diet, and sunglasses as the difference between cataract surgery at 35 vs. 65.

20.  I like a handful of foods cooked on the crispy side of well done, and I also like food seasoned on the mild side of bland.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Project Life | Weeks 51 & 52 and Final Page (of 2013! Finally!)

Friends, this draft has been sitting here untouched since March.  I had the photos edited and uploaded, and I just haven't taken the time to say Hi and hit Publish.  So here's the last of my 2013 spreads.  I (clearly) don't plan to post weekly spreads for 2014, but I'm also not intending to resume in 2015. 

I do intend to resume blogging, though.  That's right, my unplanned, unscheduled, and unannounced hiatus is coming to an end.  I plan to still post PL spreads occassionally, but just my favorites.  I've written a few book reviews for my sister's blog, and I plan to share those (and any future reviews) here as well.  I'd like to resume posting some crafts as well, but probably I won't take the time to create tutorials.  This is going to be totally unstructured, but hopefully I'll share some things y'all are interested in.

So look for some new posts in the next week or so, and in the meantime, check out some LATE holiday spreads.  ;)

Week 51.

Week 52.


Final Page.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Line-A-Day Five-Year Journal - Free Download!

I started keeping a Line-A-Day journal in 2012.  The idea is to use a book like this and write just one line (or a few sentences) each day.  With five years on each page, at the end it's fun to look back and see how things have changed.  At first, I just started an email draft and wrote a sentence about each day.  Initially my plan was to buy a book and write in what I had recorded so far.  But I put it off and put it off and eventually realized that I actually prefer to keep it digital.  It's handy for me to be able to search the document to find where I mentioned something or (I confess) correct spelling errors etc as I reread.  But since I really liked the format of the books, I created a word document for me to keep track of my journaling and then print out at the end of 5 years.

I shared a document last year that spanned 2013 - 2017, but I didn't get it posted on my blog until the end of February, so this year I wanted to share the 2014 - 2018 version with plenty of time to psych yourselves up for it and get started promptly on January 1.  Of course that didn't happen either, but 2 1/2 weeks in isn't too terrible.  :)

download here
There are a few things you need to do to use the document.  First, you need to download the fonts that I used.  They are afta serif and duality.  If you're not sure how to install fonts, there's a great tutorial right here at The Shabby Creek Cottage.  The word document is locked for editing except for adding your name and your daily entries.  But I didn't password protect it, so if you're Word savvy and want to change the fonts, you're more than welcome.  I will warn you that the way I formatted the dates might cause a headache if you try to make changes, so attempt that at your own risk.  

Thanks for reading!  I'm so excited to share this with you, and I hope some of you get a lot of use out of it.  If you download and use this, I'd love to hear from you!

NOTE:  This document is for personal use only!  
And if you'd like to mention this on your blog, 
please link directly to this post rather than to the 
download link. Thanks!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Project Life | Weeks 45 - 50 (Catch-Up Part 1)

I have a problem.  I can't seem to find a happy medium with taking pictures.  The last 3 months or so, I either have so many pictures that I'm paralyzed by indecision and can't pick which ones to use in my layout OR I only have 2 or 3 pictures for the entire week.  Either way, it's incredibly difficult to make myself sit down and make things happen.  Does anyone else do that?  Any ideas for finding that balance?

So, here's catch-up part 1:

Week 45. 

Week 46.

Week 47.

Week 48.

Week 49.

Week 50.

Thanks for looking! You can check out my other Project Life pages here.

(I'll be linking up to Project Life Tuesday at The Mom Creative. And for more information on Project Life, click here.)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Free Christmas Card Template

Have you guys seen the Holiday Card Templates that Becky Higgins is offering over on her website?  She had a design contest last month, and I got up the nerve to send in a submission.  I'm kind of bummed that my design didn't get chosen, but I still wanted to offer it in case someone else would like to use it.  I made a .png file in 3 different sizes. 

To use it, just drop your picture behind the .png file.  Here's an example using a family picture from last year:

I'm offering this free for personal use, so if you'd like to use it, just click to download whichever size works best for you.