Project Life 2014 // week 4

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Week of: 20 January to 26 January 2014

What happened this week: Spent time with family and friends this week, received happy mail from my pen pals, and tried several new recipes.

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Techniques used: I included a couple of Instax photos. And still had the regular weekly title cards, and week in review cards.

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Thoughts: I had quite a few photos this week, which filled up all the pockets on right side. I also kept my embellishments super simple with enamel dots, wood veneers, and washi tape. I still naturally gravitate towards them for my embellishments and love how easily it all comes together.

Supplies used: Basic Grey candy buttons, Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Remarks stickers, washi tape, Studio Calico Sundrifter wood veneers, Midnight edition core kit, Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste mini kit, Amy Tangerine Today roller date stamp, Jillibean Soup alpha stickers, Maya Road kraft tags

Tools used: Becky Higgins Project Life Design A page protectorsAmerican Crafts white cardstock

Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I’m embarking on this year-long project to document all my memories in 2014. You can see my other Project Life posts here.

Creative Conversations no. 002 // chatting with Sarah Alberto

I loved seeing all the responses to the very first Creative Conversation. Thank you for sharing my excitement about this series! Today, I am excited to welcome Sarah for our conversation. I stumbled upon Sarah’s Instagram account a couple of months back and I love how her personality just shines through all that she does – she is so down-to-earth and sweet. I always love seeing the innovative and creative ideas she comes up with for all her projects. Welcome to the blog, Sarah!


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Tell me about yourself. I’m a stay-at-home mum of 2 who loves geeky stuff and all things crafty. I also have a cat named Streaky. Things that make me happy are shopping, sleeping in, sweets and stationery. I am a big fan of The Walking Dead, Batman and Doctor Who.

What is one weird or interesting fact about you? Something interesting would be that before my kids were born, I used to work in day care. I teach and take care of Pre-schoolers. There’s a story behind that! I have studied 4 different degrees because I had trouble finding what I really wanted in life. And the last course that I took was to be able to work in a child care centre. I have always wanted to work with children because I wanted to share my ideas and express my creative side. I guess all those years of studying paid off. One day, I want to illustrate and write my own children’s book.

What do you do to express your creativity? I like to make pretty things such as card making, collages and I also love to draw.

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How did you get started doing this? I like doing DIY projects but after having baby number 2 I got a little lazy. I got back into doing arts and crafts when I stumbled upon Washi tapes. I saw it on Pinterest one day and then started collecting. Then I joined the Filofax and Project Life community on Instagram and from there I got even more inspired.

What do you love most about what you do to be creative? I love sharing my ideas and my work with people who appreciate it.

Who or what inspires you? My biggest inspiration are my kids I get some of my ideas based on my experiences with them. I also adore my Instagram friends in the Filofax, Project Life and Snail mail community – who I consider the most talented people in the world.

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How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? I stay inspired by trying out different things. I usually get ideas in the strangest places like when I’m in the shower or when I am folding clothes. When I’m stuck the first thing I do is check Pinterest for ideas. You can never go wrong with Pinterest! I don’t force myself to work on something if I don’t feel like it. Sometimes, it will take me months to start again but once I get started I don’t stop for a week or two.

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Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I do this because I love it. I am attracted to paper and making things. I have always enjoyed arts and crafts. I was never an ‘academic’ or a sporty kind of person. When people say I inspire them, it motivates me and encourages me to do better.

Describe your creative style. I am spontaneous (but I always like to keep it simple). When I have the spur-of-the-moment ideas, I am itching to do it right away. I usually just throw in different designs and mediums and mix them all together. Sometimes it also depends on my mood. Making crafty things is my way of escaping the real world. It’s my little happy place.

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Name your top five favourite tools or products.

  1. Washi Tape – I include washi tape in everything I do! It’s such a versatile item.
  2. Journaling cards – Project Life and Me and my BIG ideas are my favourite.
  3. Paper trimmer – Because I can’t cut straight! Lol
  4. Stamps
  5. A black pen – For me it is the equivalent of a Little Black Dress! :D

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I am both. I usually try to do my work when I have free time (like when my kids are asleep). But I do find myself most productive in the morning because my mind is awake.

What project(s) are you currently working on? I am currently into making Pen pal Booklets and I am trying to finish my Project Life album about my son.

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If you had to be a colour in a crayon box, which colour would you be? I would say Yellow because yellow is a happy colour and I am a cheerful and easy going person. :)  I also asked my husband what colour he thinks I am and he said, Sky Blue. It’s because I am a very patient person.

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If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? Before I would always say the ability to fly so I can see places. But now that I am a mum, I would want to be able to multiply myself so I can do several things at the same time.

What is your favourite quote? “Look for something positive in each day. Even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenged make you stronger.”

Follow Sarah on her blog, Instagram and Pinterest to continue seeing her creative ideas – you will love them!

Thank you for joining us today and for being a part of this series, Sarah! So glad to have you!

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

22 recipes // eggplant pizzas

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Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Starting this week with the deliciousness that are eggplant pizzas. These were so fun and easy to make. Extra props because they’re also vegetarian and (relatively) healthy.

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I’ve made these several times since that first time and they’re still a hit! Yummy, simple recipes are definitely right up my alley (:

10 down, 12 to go.

The 22 recipes are part of my 22 list, a list of 22 things I’m working to accomplish while I’m twenty-two. Check out my other 22 recipes here.

Friday Favorites no. 022 // links from the week

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Grateful for a short work week and a long weekend this week. And remembering why Good Friday is so good.

Here are my favorites this week:

Here’s to Friday! xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Life through Death

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He never sinned,
    nor ever deceived anyone.
He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
    nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
    who always judges fairly.
He personally carried our sins
    in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
    and live for what is right.
By his wounds
    you are healed.
Once you were like sheep
    who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
    the Guardian of your souls.

- 1 Peter 2:22-25 (NLT)

Some people ask, What is good about Good Friday? What is good about remembering the death of a man on a cross?

It may all seem like grief and gloom, but I love that Good Friday doesn’t just end at the cross. Jesus rose from the grave three days after His crucifixion, conquering sin and death once and for all.

Such is the paradox of Good Friday – everlasting life through temporal death.

Because through one man’s death, the world now has life. Through one man’s sacrifice, the world experiences the love of God.

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Wednesday Word // no. 023

This is pretty much my life this week.

I feel like I’m overflowing with ideas of blog posts to write and things to do, but I just haven’t got time to do it all.

So hang in there with me, I’m working on it.
I hope your Wednesday is full of laughter and sunshine.

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Every Wednesday, I share a quote + some thoughts that have been especially relevant in my life during the week. Read more Wednesday Words here.