Biggest Bluebonnet Field Evah!

My friend (you can check her out over at Happy Soul Photography) invited Raptor and I to go see the largest bluebonnet field *ever* in the history of the world.  Y’all, it took us an hour and a half to get there, but it was soooooooo worth it!

IMG_7298 copyWe loaded up the kids in my car, put on the Frozen soundtrack and we were good to go.

IMG_7320Y’all, it was amazing!  I have never seen even a fraction of the number of bluebonnets that we saw.  We had a picnic and then let the kids run around while we took pictures.

IMG_7334It wasn’t possible to take a bad picture.  :)

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IMG_7422So cute!  The kids had a blast, especially since they basically got to run free as there were no cars or roads to worry about.  Just bluebonnets as far as the eye could see.  We saw a few other people out there taking pictures, but there was so much space that it was no problem keeping out of each others shots.

IMG_7446The girls and their boots.  Love it.  Totally unplanned and totally awesome.

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Mah Planner!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been working on creating my own planner.  I want to love my iPhone’s calendar, I really do, but we had to break up after I updated the OS and it stopped working.  I figured if I was getting a planner anyway, I wanted to create a template for Project Life planner pages.  I was hand drawing them each week and it was driving me crazy.

After searching on Pinterest for a while, I came across an awesome planner where you printed the pages yourself.  Score!  Since the files were sent to me as PDFs, I was able to create some customized pages that had the same style as the already created “standard” planner pages.  I bought them on Etsy from a delightful seller who has planner pages all ready to print in a variety of sizes.  Couldn’t have been easier.  And yes, her work might look familiar since I’ve used some of her Project Life freebies in the past.  Check out her blog.

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I was tempted to get a filofax to use as the binder, but those puppies are expensive!  Not to mention, the pages are a strange size and I doubted my ability to print 2 to a page.  Since I’m cheap, I went with the 8.5×5.5 size.  This allows the pages to be printed landscape and then cut in half.  Since I really wanted them to be printed in color I was trying to limit the number of pages I was printing.  I ended up getting this binder in green at Office Max (Office Depot?  One of the two.  I’m sure it’s at both.)  Then I made a cover using some paper from The Pier, some Thickers, a few Prima Flowers and some gems.  Easy peasy.  It slid right into the clear pocket on the front.

IMG_6684Here’s the inside of the binder.  I wasn’t sure about this pocket at first, but then I realized it’s the perfect size for my markers!  Perfect.  And check out the super awesome calendar page!  I laminated it so it would be a bit sturdier.  I hate it when the first page in a planner gets all beat up.

IMG_6685Y’all, I am in love with the dividers.  I was initially going to cut them out on my cricut, but I have a Baby Bug and they needed to be wider than the cutting area.  I ended up cutting rectangles with my paper trimmer, then sticking down these tab stickers (from various October Afternoon sticker sheets.)  Once the tabs were stuck down, I cut around them by hand and then laminated them.  I originally planned to have more dividers, but some of these tabs are from the 9 to 5 collection and I’m too cheap to pay for any more since they’re so old.  On the off chance that I ever find some more, I wrote on the tabs in sharpie after I laminated them so that I could change them up.

IMG_6687Here’s an example of the monthly planner page.  I printed this one as is.  I’m even color coding it, but who knows how long that will last.  I try to put major events on here, but not to clutter it up with minor stuff.  I leave that for the weekly pages.

IMG_6688Here’s the weekly pages, again printed as is.  I love that it had the option for a Monday start instead of a Sunday start.  That’s how I structure my Project Life (I like the whole weekend on the same layout.) so I appreciate the continuity.

IMG_6690And now the pages that started this whole trip down the rabbit hole of planners.  My Project Life planner pages!  I have to admit, RaptorDad made these for me.  He’s way better at photoshop than I am.

What I’ve been doing for the past year is writing down everything we do (after the fact) so that whenever I get around to actually doing a Project Life layout the info is easily available.  Then on the right hand side, I have a grid set up so that as I’m editing the pics I can fit in exactly where each one will go, where the journaling will go, etc.  It’s working really well.  Even though I still have 4 weeks left to go in 2013, I don’t feel as behind since I know all of the info is already recorded.

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I also made a Project Ideas page so that I can keep track of my progress with all of the various projects I have going.  I have a general one, a Spring one (shown), and then I’ll probably end up making other seasonal ones when the time comes.  I like having them separated like this because as soon as Easter is over, I’ll likely lose all interest in this list until next year.  This was I can easily keep track of things year to year.

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Here’s a similar one but for scrapbooking.  Sometimes I have more layouts, sometimes less.  This way I can keep track of which pictures I’ve ordered, what’s already gone up on the blog, etc.  Historically, this list has ended up on scraps of paper in various places all over the house.  This new system is working a lot better.

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Here’s another page I designed to help me keep track of craft projects.  I am seriously loving having all of these things in one place!

I have plans to print some more of the pages that came with the kit (meal planning perhaps?  For sure the thank you note tracker.  I’m also eying the date night planner.)  I’m also considering designing some more pages in the future.

What do you guys think?  Interested in seeing more planner posts in the future?

 

 

 

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Strawberry Picking

Raptor and I went on a field trip to the strawberry farm this week.  It was awesome!  And now I have bunches of strawberries in the food dehydrator to make strawberry chips.  :)

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If you’re local, we went to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls.  I totally recommend them *if* you can go during the week.  We went last fall for the pumpkin patch and we made the mistake of going on a weekend.  Never again.  Thursday afternoon was delightful though.  And seriously, these are the best strawberries you have ever tasted so it’s worth the drive from Austin.

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Someone was tired of me taking pictures. :)

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So fun!  I can’t wait to scrap these.  :)

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Obligatory Bluebonnet Pictures

Raptor and I went out and took some bluebonnet pics this mornings.  :)

IMG_6448It’s amazing what a small pack of m&ms will get you in the way of preschooler cooperation.

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I finished my planner!

At least, it’s finished for now.  I might end up designing some more pages later.  I emailed the girl I bought the original files from to see if she minds me sharing pics of my modified ones here on the blog.  Hopefully she gets back to me soon!  I did post a pic on twitter of the dividers that I made if anyone wants to go check that out.  :)  I used paper from The Pier, the tab stickers from October Afternoon’s 9 to 5 collection, and then laminated them to make them sturdier.  I’m loving the result.

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Project Life Week 35

Got another page done today!  This time I’m using the Winter Mini Theme and I love it!  It fact, I bought the physical product to use on my woefully neglected December Daily.  :)

Week 35 A blogI’m not sure if I’ll make my goal of finishing 2013 by the end of March, but I’m getting close.

Week 35 B blog

 

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Easter and Using up the Stash

Talk about some old paper.  I’m pretty sure I bought this when Kate was a baby and she’s 4 1/2 now.  It’s Basic Gray Lilykate.

egg huntIt felt good to be using up some of my older paper!  I’m trying not to buy anything for a while and just “shop my stash.”  I’m also trying to purge as a go, so if I find something I know I won’t use, I’m pitching it.

This page came together pretty easily.  I just inked the edges, added a few tags, and some washi tape.  I colored the wood veneer butterflies with some colored pencils.  Oh, and can I just say that I love the chunky glitter thickers?  Because I totally do.  :)

 

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Project Life Week 34

Week 34 A blogAnother one down!  I pulled the heart shape from the title card and sprinkled it around to mimic sequins.  :)

Week 34 B blog

 

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Project Life Week 33

Week 33 A blogAll phone photos with the exception of the pepper one.

Week 33 B blogI pulled the heart labels from the “Think Happy Thoughts” card.  Sometimes I really love digital.  :)

 

 

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Project Life Week 32

I really want to finish 2013 before the end of March.  Can it be done?  Maybe!  I’ve done 5 layouts in the last week, so there’s certainly hope.  :)

Week 32 A blogSince I’m in major catch up mode, I’m keeping them even more simple than usual.  I’m trying to get a full time teaching job next year (fingers crossed!) and I would love to be as caught up as possible since I know that my crafting time will be much more limited.  :)  I can always go back and fancy these up if I decide I want to later before I print them, but at least this way I have the bones of the layouts done.

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Oh, and if you do Project Life digitally, I just scored the Cherry Edition for free!  If you’ve been considering making the switch to digital, or just starting the project in the first place, check it out!

 

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