CATCHING UP ON PROJECT LIFE


Project life is well-known for making scrapbooking simple and less intimidating.

It never fails that I fall behind on my scrapbooking at least two or three times a year and every time I consider catching up, I get overwhelmed at the thought of trying to track everything down.

Printing photos at home has been a game changer for me.  That was the biggest obstacle because I would order photos online and then have them delivered.  By the time they arrived though, I would either lack the time or motivation to scrapbook them.  That would lead to me putting the pictures on the office bookshelf to be forgotten.  

Last year I bought myself the Canon SELPHY-CP910.  Best investment of my life.  I can print photos from my phone and scrapbook whenever the urge hits.


Another game changer has been Google Photos.   A majority of my favorite photos come up from my phone, or end up there from my DSLR.  We have set up our phones so that all of our phone photos back up onto the Google Photos App.   My favorite part about this app is its ability to keep the photos organized chronologically right down the month and date.  It makes it so much easier to go back and find old photos and scrapbook them in chronological order.


The last game changer for me when catching up on my project life album involves something personal:  perfection.  I have the tendency to want to journal every single detail and memory about the pictures I'm scrapbooking.  When catching up though, it's a lot less intimidating if I just journal the big things (Silas' new word of the month, a highlight for my business, etc)

In the end when I go back and look at my albums, I never find myself wishing I journaled more or included extra details.  Pictures are the main reason for the scrapbook.


I recently caught up on my album and will be doing an update on my spreads soon!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE


It's so easy to be distracted by our own little worlds.  
Let's make a difference in someone else's world. 

Buy them a coke.  
Send them a text.  
Let them go first in line at the grocery store.  
Make them dinner.

It doesn't have to be big.

Make a difference.

IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY!












Here's to a great weekend with great plans for a riverboat tour with the hubby on Saturday and a get-together with friends on Sunday!

MORNINGS AT THE PRIB CRIB

I have a love-hate relationship with mornings.  I don't like getting up early, but I love the morning light, specifically golden hour.


Silas seems to like golden hour too because he's a regular early riser, ready to jump around and play as soon as I pull his nursery curtains back.

It's amazing how happy a toddler can be at 6 in the morning.






KENNYWOOD WITH A 19 MONTH OLD

We decided to visit Kennywood this past weekend as a way to celebrate Father's Day.  This was my first time going, as well as Silas'.  


We arrived as soon as the park opened - and even scored free tickets for Rob and myself right before heading to the purchasing booth.  Like many places, Silas was free since he is under 2 years old.  So entry to the park and its rides was free.  This took pressure off of Silas to have fun  ;)


As soon as we entered the park, we headed to Kiddieland where all of the toddler rides were.  I think we scared Silas away from most of the rides because the first one we put him on was the "Bounce Ride".  You know - the one that lifts you up several feet and then drops you.  This one dropped you gently, but Silas was crying before they hit the ground on that first drop.


In the end, Silas rode 5 kiddie rides and did great, with the exception of the first one.  He isn't a thrill seeker right now, but we'll get there.


In between the kiddie rides, Rob and I took turns riding the scarier rides by ourselves.  My favorite was the Black Widow - one of those rides where when you're at the highest of heights, you're wondering why you ever chose to get on it in the first place.


Silas did great with all of the walking - we did have his stroller, but he wanted to walk/run a lot of the time we were there.  We took one snack break (we packed food for Silas) and were at the park for about 6 hours.  Silas skipped his nap because we were there for so long.  Originally we only planned to be there for 3 hours at the most, but Silas was doing so well, we stayed until we were tired!



Can't wait until we can go again!

NEW BUSINESS/THANK YOU CARDS

These cards have been a long time coming.  They've been one of those *fun* business things I've always had in the back of my mind to do, but have never been priority enough to ever cross off my list.  My desire to personalize my packaging finally made this idea become a reality.


Thank you cards are great to include with outgoing orders, but honestly, I don't have time to hand write them.  I know of other Etsy sellers who do - more power to them.  This doesn't mean I'm any less thankful for my customers.  That's just not my thing. 

My solution was to "mass produce" smaller thank you cards that have my contact information and a coupon code on them.  The hope is that the customer will either use me again, or pass the card along to a friend of theirs if they are happy enough with their order.


Also on the card I mention a specific "thank you" for supporting small business.  It's so easy now-days to hop on to Amazon and just buy what you need there - I get it - it's convenient.  I want my customers to know that I recognize their effort to be different in their consumer habits.


I set up the file in photoshop and had several copies printed at a local print shop.  Then I brought them home and cut them out myself.


The result is simple, but when combined with my packaging materials, it's the perfect touch.



The little details are what make the difference.

SILAS' FATHER'S DAY CARD: 2016


 On the Thursday before Father's Day weekend, Silas and I went to Target.  You could tell that all the moms and their kids were doing some last minute Father's Day shopping because I kid you not, everyone and their mom were parked along the Father's Day card aisle.  The moms were picking out cards and chasing down their kids saying things like "How about this one?"  "You liked the frog one, remember?"  "Is this the one you want to give to Daddy?"


I can't remember what we gave Rob for Father's Day last year, but I can guarantee you that Silas wasn't that involved since he was only 6 months old at the time.  I wanted this year to be different, so we walked past the card aisle at Target and hit up the kids crafting area and bought some paint (washable, always washable!) and stickers.


Silas had never painted before this., but he did exactly as I hoped he would.....stuck the paint brush in all of the colors (before painting the paper) and did random strokes all over the place.  And here's what we came up with.






 We also made a digital version for those far away.  Silas let me paint his hands and stamp them on paper.  I then did some photoshop magic and we came up with this:




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