Project Life Planning

May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Cool Gadgets, crafts, curiosities | No Comments »

In the past two years I began delving into Project Life and all it has to offer.  It is the very clever invention of Betsy Higgins.  BTW, her website is a wealth of crafting tips!  Like many crafters Project Life appeals to, I love documenting my experiences and treasured memories but don’t always work well under the pressure of having to find creative ways to dress my pages.  I’m a novice level crafter who started not too long ago so I don’t have an arsenal of crafting skills under my belt or the supplies to go with it, nor want to due to space limitations.  Project Life has been a great fit for me in the craft projects I have endeavored to complete in countless ways…

  • My pages look beautiful with minimal effort
  • Affords me a potentially quicker process time overall; no more big backlogs for me ;)!
  • I can choose to further embellish or not (a potentially neater process as well).  The cards come pre-printed with very cute or pretty designs.  Many are even lined for easy writing.
  • The pages can lay flatter with less layers of embellishment (I very often tended to overstuff)
  • I can concentrate on my documentation without becoming overwhelmed with decorating the pages; this was a big point of frustration for me.
  • the kits are reasonably priced (I prefer the smaller Value & Mini Kits over the Core Kits)
  • I can use 6×8 albums instead of the huge 12×12 albums
  • the supplies are stocked by many retailers
  • I can change the pages/themes much more easily than if I used the traditional scrapbooking method
  • I can easily make my own cards with a paper cutter, patterned cardstock, and the optional corner punch
  • I haven’t tried this yet but there’s an option to have digital PL albums made then sent right to your doorstep
  • The supplies are easily transportable to craft crops etc.

Recently, I was researching ways to print pictures from my phone on a whim (I’m mainly an iPhone photographer *blush*) and found an affordable, light-weight option called the HP Sprocket.  It uses Zink photo paper.  Since my birthday is coming up in June, it makes a most opportune time and excuse for me to buy it :).  I was considering other similar devices but overall I was most impressed with it.  I’m including a link so you can see for yourself if you’re at all curious.

HP Sprocket: https://www.amazon.com/HP-Sprocket-Portable-Printer-sticky-backed/dp/B01LBWELHI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1495486507&sr=8-3&keywords=HP+Sprocket

HP Sprocket Case: https://www.amazon.com/Storage-Carrying-Polaroid-Sprocket-Portable/dp/B01MTBG9SL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495486507&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=HP+Sprocket&psc=1

HP Sprocket Demonstration versus Other Similar Devices: https://youtu.be/mfs2qIaN11s

*Photo Credit: Hewlett-Packard Development Company

 

Keeping Busy

September 19th, 2014 Posted in Arts & Crafts, Filofax, HummMomma's Journal | No Comments »

Since this is my first year in caring for the hummingbirds, their departure to the South has hit me quite hard :(.  I still feel blessed to see a few migratory females now and then but sharing my garden with them brought me great joy and gave me a new sense of purpose.  In order to remedy my literal empty next syndrome, I’ve been dreaming up next season’s garden design with a dual purpose as both hummingbird haven by day and a moonlight garden by night.  I have also lined up multiple art projects e.g. cross-stitch, paper crafts, and field journal, all hummingbird themed of course, to keep me busy while I look forward to their return and the great hope that I will have even more hummers next year :)!

*Photos to follow of my completed projects.  Pictured below is one of my loftier goals.

*Photocredit: 123Stitch.com

hummingbird and fuchsias crossstitch