plans for Project Life in 2015

box for the Project Life cards 2015 | momentstolivefor.com

2015 will be my third year with Project Life and I love it. My usual routine until now was to wait 3-4 months and then order all photos of this time at once. It’s super to save money, because you get a discount ordering bulks of photos, but not good for the creativity. There are so many unfinished pages in the two albums of 2013 and 2014. I don’t do the weekly style. It’s just not for me. I have several big occasions, that I give a whole page or even a spread, because there are just too many beautiful photos not to show. For example photo walks or sightseeing visits are perfect for a whole page spread. In between I fill in spreads with single photos from our everyday life. I do one to two spreads per month. This pattern works very well for me and I will keep going in this style. But there are some things I like to change up a little bit this year. First of all to make the process simpler and faster and second to create a little structure inside the album. Therefore these are my goals for my Project Life album 2015:

  • no rounded corners – saves simply a lot of time to put the photos in the pockets the way they are.
  • only filler & journaling cards in black, grey, white and gold. Even my album is black & white. Reducing the colors to these four will make the process a lot easier and I just love this color combination, like everyone else it seems at the moment. The internet and especially Project Life pages are full with these colors. I think their beauty is, that they look great next to every photo. Colorful cards are always a little problematic, because they should fit the colors in the photos.
  • more filler & journaling cards – few photos and more filler cards, that’s the layouts I always pin on Pinterest. But I always fill my own pages completely with photos and leave at most one or two pockets for journaling cards.
  • more journaling – up to now I almost never journal, I let the photos speak for themselves. But I missed a lot of moments, where I just hadn’t my camera at hand or the background story isn’t clear from the photo and I will probably forget about it in time. I simply don’t like to journal, because I don’t have the words. It always sounds so simple and uninteresting. But maybe this little course by Stacy Julian will help me to get better at journaling.

my own designed Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

  • my own design – I will try and make my own cards with help of painting, stamping, washi tape and Photoshop. I already started and made a whole bunch of cards and even a little box to collect the cards for this year, seperated from my usual PL cards. I still have some of the black & white cards I made some time ago, they fit the new album perfectly.
  • start every month with an intro page – with my one little word cards, a card with the name of the month, journaling cards like “doing, seeing, eating“ and „big happenings this month“ and my favorite photos from this month. This way I want to seperate the pages of every month more clearly and take a little look at what happened this month.

handmade Project Life cards 2015 | momentstolivefor.com

Beside the new 2015 album, I will try to finish the other two of 2013 and 2014, before I forget everything about the events documented there. And above that maybe do even some further pages for my old albums from before 2013. But that’s just a dream. We will see, how it goes.

Manda Townsend, Annette Haring and Vanessa Documented shared their Project Life plans for 2015 too. And if you are interested to see, where my inspiration came from, here’s my Pinterest Board with lots of beautiful Project Life layouts and cards.

Do you have any plans for Project Life 2015?

what’s on my craft table?

make it happen | garland | momentstolivefor.com

‚Make it happen‘ – this little garland should spend motivation, when I’m working on my craft table. It hangs above my head in my chosen colors for this year. This year is about getting things done, staying motivated and share it with everyone.


Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

Since I decided to do this year’s Project Life album just with the colors black, white, grey and gold (more to that in another post), I collected and made a lot of cards. I cut some from scrapbooking paper like here from the awesome collection of Amy Tangerine ‚Stichted‘, painted some myself and collected beautiful pictures from Pinterest and put them in the right format. Now I’m looking forward to a lot of Project Life this year.


Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

When I saw all these beautiful cards on Pinterest and was inspired by all the gold used lately everywhere in design, I started to design my own Project Life cards. Some are especially focused on my one little word ‚share‘, since it will accompany me the whole year.


one little word calendar & project planner | momentstolivefor.com

The year of 2015 began with my one little word ‚share‘ and a whole lot of planning for smaller and bigger projects. I created a calendar with my „one little word“ to accompany while working on my craft desk. You can download it here. And I made a little board to stay focused on all the photography and craft projects this year.


Project Life album | momentstolivefor.com

Last week I finally ordered the rest of 2014 photos for my Project Life album and almost all photos of January 2015. I spend almost the entire Friday evening and Saturday with cutting, corner rounding and filling in photos into the pockets. Some of it I even did on Saturday morning in bed. Additionally I put some filler cards into old pages from my teen years and started with my 2015 album. So much fun.


origami fox & bows | momentstolivefor.com

Since I had so much fun with origami in December I made it a point to try some new origami projects in 2015 like the bows for gifts and the baby fox (found via How About Orange).


art journal | momentstolivefor.com

In December I was so busy with Christmas preparations and crafting little origami trees and Santas, that I never got to art journaling. Not until January, when I finally grabbed my art journals and started again and that with a big bang of an art journal marathon.


knitting | momentstolivefor.com

I don’t know why, but in January I feel like knitting. Like last year I started a new attempt. This is how far I’ve got until now. The problem is I started with too fine wool and knit needles. Therefore I don’t really see a progress and that’s not really motivating. So I plan to buy thicker knit needles and wool and hopefully I will stick to knitting for a long while.

get messy art journal | january

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

There’s a giveaway today on my Instagram @sabinecrafts. I’m giving away a free spot on the awesome Get Messy Art Journal community, that Caylee and Lauren worked so hard for the last months. It starts at Feb 5th and I can’t wait to see, what they’ve created. You can follow the community at Instagram @getmessyartjournal.

Inspired by Caylee, who filled an entire art journal cahier in one night, I journaled all Sunday through and made a lot of new pages. The “struggle” page and the black out text are prompts from the Get Messy Newsletter. The other themes simply crossed my mind. I tried not to overthink every page and instead just went with the flow. It was an fabulous experience to see, what I’m capable of, when I let my feelings reign and not my head.

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

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minialbum: be grateful

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In November I had a low, thanks to the darkness and my thyroid problem. To get myself out of this low and focus on the good things in my life, I made this little minialbum or notebook. I put it on my nightstand and as soon as I would go to bed, I would write everything down, that made me feel good on this day. It helped getting me to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind and maybe even let me sleep a little better. After a month the pages were filled with positivity and good thoughts. I felt better thanks to the medicine and Christmas time, so I didn’t fill it up with new pages. But I really liked it. Maybe in time I will do it again.

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For the minialbum I used mostly Project Life cards from Stampin’Up and made some myself with stickers and washi tape. The minialbum is 4’’x4” and has around 30 pages.

Looking for more inspiration? Here you can find more minialbums.

a crafty year has started

crafty year 2015

Around Christmas I cruised through my Pinterest boards for new craft ideas I definitely want to make this year. I even started a new board to collect those project ideas and suddenly I noticed, that I could collect without much effort 53 projects I really want to come to life. And within an instant the new project was born: 53 craft projects in 2015.

It’s 53 crafty projects because there are 53 weeks this year and one project per week will be definitely manageable. That doesn’t mean, I have to do one every week. I can do two or three a week, if I have the time and motivation to. Thus there can be weeks without one project finished, that will foreseeable be the case around Christmas for example.

It’s an addition to my #365craftingtime project, that is still running. I’m at the moment a little behind with posting, but the challenge is still on. And thanks to my catching up-rule, I haven’t lost one day since the start of the project. The main idea with the new project is to document the process. The documentation was the main reason to name it a project and choose concrete tasks. I want to focus on these little craft projects, because they are important to me. Some because I just need them to decorate our home or to progress with other projects like Project Life. Others are simply on the list to lern something new like sewing. Therefore I don’t have simply „lern to sew“ on my bucket list for this year, but a concrete project that has a start and end point. “Lern to sew” is on my list for years, so I hope this new project will do the trick.

On this page you find an overview about all 53 projects I want to do. As soon as I finish one, I exchange the text picture with a photo of the finished project like I did already with number #10 („Design a calendar“). I hope at the end of the year, this page will be all colorful instead of grey and white, filled with wonderful craft projects.


01 Make soap by hand 05 Paint mugs 06 Paint plates 07 Sew a pillow case 08 Cut a geometric wall art 09 Paint the bedroom cupboard 10 Paint mugs 11 Make soap by hand 12 Fold an origami butterfly 13 Cut a geometric wall art 14 Fold an origami fox 15 Paint mugs 16 Make soap by hand 17 Make an adventure fund box 18 Cut a geometric wall art 19 Paint the bedroom cupboard 20 Paint a tote 21 Make soap by hand 22 Sew a pillow case 23 Cut a geometric wall art 24 Paint the bedroom cupboard 25 Fold origami bows 26 Make soap by hand 27 Sew a pillow case 28 Design greeting cards 29 Style shelves with washi tape 30 Make washi tape feathers 31 Make soap by hand 32 Sew a pillow case 33 Make a garland 34 Paint the bedroom cupboard 35 Paint mugs 36 Make soap by hand 37 Sew a pillow case 38 Make a notebook 39 Paint the bedroom cupboard 40 Paint mugs 41 Make soap by hand 42 Sew a pillow case 43 Cut a geometric wall art 44 Paint the bedroom cupboard 45 Paint mugs 46 Make soap by hand 47 Sew a pillow case 48 Print some Project Life cards 49 Paint the bedroom cupboard 50 Paint mugs 51 Make soap by hand 52 Sew a pillow case 53 Cut a geometric wall art



Do you plan something similiar this year? Maybe we can motivate each other.

Let the crafting begin

 

 

Get Messy – the big announcement

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“Get Messy is becoming a full-fledged art journaling extravaganza and you’re invited to the party! We listened to your emails and comments and the Get Messy that you know and love is growing and evolving into an art journaling program. It is for anyone who is a curious beginner or a seasoned artist. There will be prompts, linkups, tutorials, accountability, and resources. And our glorious GM community. Hop over to Lauren or Caylee‘s blog for more information and make sure you sign up for the Get Messy Newsletter to be the first to know when the program launches and to receive free prompts to work on through the holidays.”

Get excited. Because we’re about to Get Messy.

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Get Messy | simply happy | momentstolivefor.com

It’s Get Messy Thursday for the last time like you used to know it. The creative group of Get Messy vixens is looking forward to some amazing changes. More to that surely soon on Lauren‘s or Caylee‘s blog. The two creative, most inspiring founders of Get Messy. Thank you, you two for this fabulous journey. It was such a happy adventure!

I’m still not back from my blog break, most likely not till the new year, but I wanted to honor the end of the first part of Get Messy today with a post. Get Messy has given me so much, of ideas and inspiration for my own projects and life. The supporting and lovely group is just unbelievable and I’m thankful for knowing them and being part of it.

And here’s my page for the prompt today. You find the linkup on Lauren’s blog. The challenge was to choose one word, which describes yourself best at the moment and use it in your design for background or embellishments. The focus should be on the word.

Get Messy prompt | one word | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


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Get Messy | open your mind | momentstolivefor.com

Another two pages from my travel art journal. Since I had no craft supplies with me besides pens, most of my pages are text heavy. But it was a good challenge not to use washi tape or papers to fill in the blank, simply text. The snippets of titles from magazines I had put on the pages, felt like little prompts and therefore the themes of the pages were clear.

Get Messy | do & don't | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


Get Messy - Art Journal Challenge | momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal

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When we finally started into our vacation this summer, I wanted to be able to do a bit of art journaling. The problem was, I didn’t want to take a whole lot of crafty stash with me. Mainly because we were traveling on bike and I had no space in my bike bags for anything else than the necessary. The only option was a notebook, because it was small enough.

Therefore I started to collect title snippets from magazines, that spoke to me and put them into the lovely notebook ‘More ideas than time’ by SODAlicious. Here you can see the mess, I made on our bed. I used the washi tape to support the colors of the text scraps and get something like a design on the pages. All I took with me on our vacation, was this travel art journal, some pens (black sharpie, thin black pen and neon sharpies) and two roles of washi tape, just in case. I never missed anything. All I needed was my travel art journal and a pen to keep me going. I even journaled on the beach.

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travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

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travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

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You can see some of the filled pages here and here. If you have any questions, leave a comment or write
an email to blog (a) momentstolivefor.com.

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Get Messy | girl power | momentstolivefor.com

These pages belong to my travel art journal I took with me on our vacation this year. Because I didn’t want to take many craft supplies with me, I prepared it in advance with scraps from magazines and washi tape. All I did on vacation was to fill in the words. But I loved it that way. It made me focus on the content rather than the design aspect. Although I tried to use the words to give the pages a special look.

Get Messy | little escapes | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


Get Messy - Art Journal Challenge | momentstolivefor.com