Last week, Justin and I were supposed to be road tripping to a resort in Tennessee as our final little 'single' vacation before baby arrives (We realize we still have lots of time left, but we have a busy couple of months coming up and I'm not sure how comfortable a 8 hour road trip will be in a month or so...) but he had some things at work come up at last minute and we weren't able to go.
Although I was really bummed, I decided to keep my week off from work and get some things done around here! It was actually really great to have some 'me-time', because I know before too long those moments will be few and far between!
I got in plenty of walks with Bella, did lots of reading, made a quick mini blanket out of some scrap 'minky' fabric I had leftover from the baby quilt I'm working on **(which will hopefully be finished in the next couple of weeks!)**
|If you haven't heard of Minky ... or FELT it, I highly suggest you do! It is THE. SOFTEST. MATERIAL. EVER.|
AND.... I spent LOTS of time kicking off my NEW LONG-TERM PROJECT!! This project is very much like my Project: 365 that I finished up in December, as I hope to post my progress weekly.
I've never been much of a scrapbook-er, mainly because of the time that goes into each page - I have a problem committing so much time to any one layout and I have WAY too many photos to only put just a few on each page ... so THIS is the answer!
(Ironic how I keep choosing these projects named... Projects!)
Project Life is a form of scrapbooking, but focuses more on recording daily life memories and moments rather than big events. It also requires much less of a time commitment, and records the small things everyday that are often forgotten. Instead of working on ONE page for ONE event, Project Life has specially-designed pages for quickly slipping in photos and journaling cards to write down quick memories, events, etc. Check out Becky Higgins' website for the complete low-down. (she's the genius behind the idea!)
I bumped into the idea on accident while checking out my friend, Lindsey's website and she opened my eyes! (Thanks, Lindsey!) and the more browsing I did online, the more people I found doing amazing things with this idea!
I started off the project by picking up a basic 3-ring scrapbook binder at Hobby Lobby and ordering a variety pack of different page protectors and some blank journaling cards from Amazon. These things should get me through the whole year! (with some journaling cards that I make myself - or find free printables online!)
I'm going to use my first book as a form of a 'baby book' to record all the memories/events/moments from Baby Boy's first year - starting with my pregnancy and our preparations. I've gotten a pretty good start on the first 5 pages, which I've shared below! (They aren't completely finished, but I couldn't wait to share!)
|I was so excited for these little boxes to show up in the mail!!|
|Using some scaled-down 8 1/2 x 11 page protectors, I was able to display the 'baby pages' I've been making every month while creating layers in the book!)|
|What's nice about these pages is that the ultrasound photo that is currently in a frame in the nursery can easily be slipped into the top left slot when I switch it out of the frame!|
|This project is a perfect way to organize the 'little things' that I |
Let's just say the nesting has begun... or is continuing... I'm pretty sure I've been 'nesting' since I found out I was pregnant :)