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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Project Life | Weeks 42 - 44

Three more weeks photographed, and I feel like I've gotten my rythym back.  There were a few rough weeks in there for me, but I pushed through, and I'm glad that I did.  I'm making plans for 2014, but I think the only major change in the works is that next year I'm planning to do two albums rather than just one.  I do very few inserts so that I can limit the year to one album, but I'm going to experiment with inserts more next year.  Any words of advice?

Week 42 Full Spread.

Week 42 Left Side.  Second half of our road trip to Utah.  I included a few journaling cards (on the opposite page) and other than that let the pictures tell most of the story. 

Week 42 Right Side.  The "life is beautiful" card is recolored from the Sunshine edition.

Week 43 Full Spread.

Week 43 Left Side.  Talk about picture heavy.  I didn't realize until I was taking pictures that this is a picture-only spread.  But I love how it turned out.  Our yearly trip to Tate Farms is a fun tradition for us, and I think the pictures tell that story best.  I used photomerge-Group Shot to create the sequence of Lincoln on the big blob in the lower left.  It's not perfect, but the effect is good.

Week 43 Right Side.  I used a lot of white space in my collages to try to keep it from looking too busy.  So many pictures, but honestly I just couldn't leave any of them out.

Week 44 Full Spread.

Week 44 Left Side.  More went on this week than Halloween, but I decided to just focus on the holiday.  I included some pictures of the crafts Lincoln did at school.  Lincoln combined "Happy Halloween" somehow and called in Happyween all the time, which I loved.

Week 44 Right Side.  Tyler "carved" the angry bird pumpkin with Lincoln and then he carved the Spider-man pumpkin by himself as a suprise for Lincoln.  The spiderweb is a free printable from Paper & Stitch.

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.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Project Life | Weeks 40 & 41 (+ a freebie!)

I'm caught up on my album!  I'm not caught up on photographing it, but I'm caught up on the pages.  The long weekend was wonderful; I got in the zone on Friday and finally resurfaced sometime yesterday.  So, 2 weeks for today, and then next week I'll have 3 or 4 for you.

Week 40 Full Spread.

Week 40 Left Side.  After putting all the pictures in, I realized that this side features the boys 100%, so I made a little printable of a quote I saw on pinterest a while back (keep scrolling to grab the file!).  I printed it 3x4, but made the file 6x8 in case I ever wanted to print it larger.  Then I just used glue-dots to mount it on some seafoam paper.

Week 40 Right Side.  I had 2 groups of pictures I wanted to put on 4x6 pictures together, so I copied the look that Tracy Larsen rocks and made some templates of my own in Photoshop Elements.  The two printables are images that DeseretBook pinned (1, 2) regarding General Conference

  (Free for personal use.  Click to enlarge, then right-click and save.)

Week 41 Full Spread.

Week 41 Left Side.  This spread was all about our road trip.  We didn't leave until Wednesday, but I pushed all our other pictures to previous or later weeks so that I had two full spreads to dedicate to our trip to Utah.  It was brutal to edit and not use every single picture I had, but that's been one of my goals this year, and I'm really happy with how it's turned out.  Again, I took a page from Tracy Larsen's album and tried to include more white space.  I included the picture of the front seat to illustrate that I wore my snuggie the whole drive.  Tyler's always burning up and I'm always freezing, so it was perfect.

Week 41 Right Side.  Again, lots of pictures.  I wanted to draw the drive, so I made the USA card in word, then printed it to pdf and opened it in photoshop elements.  Word art, then pdf, then png.    If anyone has a copy of Illustrator that's collecting dust, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.

Thanks for looking!  Stay tuned next week for the second half of our Utah vacation.  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.)