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January 18, 2015

New in the shop!

I am super excited about the most recent NEW RELEASE in the These Little Wonders Shop!
 

A set of printables and journaling cards to document life currently.  Print these out and keep them handy to journal a few notes to add to your project life pages. Give them to your kids to record what they are currently into and add it to your album! However you use them it will make recording life as it currently is, much easier! These cards coordinate perfectly with the Currently: Bundle 1 and Currently: Bundle 2 journaling cards (already available in the shop!)

Here is a page I put together documenting my life right now. It was super simple to do, using one of the Currently: get it recorded journaling cards and the Currently: Bundle 1 journaling cards:


I printed out a bunch of the printables and have them in my planner to fill out through the week, as I document and record our life. I created these to use as a reminder to snap photos of the little things that make up the everyday! I will also be using these quite often with my boys to document what their lives are like at different points through the year. It will be a fun way to see how their interests change and get to know a little bit more about them in a fun way, rather than always just asking ;)

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Hello 2015: Focus!

Every year as the new year is upon us I set pretty much the same goals. Read more books, spend more time with family, exercise more, take more photos...the usual ;) For the past three years I have also been selecting one little word to follow me along throughout the year to inspire, push me to change and encourage growth. This year my word is Focus.

http://tattly.com/collections/all/products/just-focus 

I want to FOCUS more on the important things in life by cutting out distractions. I want to FOCUS and set small attainable goals to complete, one day at a time! I will FOCUS on a healthier lifestyle, to be more active and go on more adventures outside. I want to FOCUS on completing what I have started, to finish a project before I take on a new one (hello...all you scrapbook/project life albums). I will FOCUS on recording the everyday as my boys grow older. I will FOCUS on real quality time with those I love. In the end I want to FOCUS on welcoming change in 2015 and all the new adventures it may bring.

I created this page tonight as an opening page for my OLW album for 2015. For the past few years I have picked out a word I haven't really done much with them, they were just there throughout the year pushing me along. This year I want to at least create one page a month to put together an album and track my progress:


I also started an inspiration board on Pinterest, with quotes and word art to keep me motivated to FOCUS!


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January 11, 2015

Tutorial: Creating my 2014 Project Life Title Cards

finally finished up my 2014 Project Life album & am super inspired to get started on 2015!! Thanks to the ease and look of the Collect Photo App, the Project Life App and the Rhonna Designs App!! I have been sharing my pages along the way on my Instagram account and have gotten quite a few requests to share how I create my title cards each week! I would love to be able to record a video showing how I create them, but I can't figure out how to do that...so, here is a step by step tutorial with some screenshots :)

I use the Rhonna Designs App to create my title cards for each weekly spread. 


To start I select a patterned paper or journaling card pattern I want to use on the top 1/2 of my title card. I use the project life app to create the 4x6. 

To create a 4x6 card select the orange pie piece (on the apps main screen) and select the 4x6 card. 


Select the patterned paper or card you want to use (I used a paper from the seafoam edition for my card here, imported to the project life app via Dropbox!) and save your card to your camera roll. 

The next step is the open the 4x6 in the Rhonna Designs App


Select the first box (the roll of film) and open the 4x6 card


Select the 4x6 3:2 box to make the card the correct dimensions to work in the Project Life App. 

To give yourself 1/2 of the card to type your month, months & week of,      

    
 move the 4x6 card to the top 1/2 and leave the bottom half open white space.



To add the words select the text tool (the T in the top left corner and the font packs menu will be displayed. For the date you want to choose the first font pack: Rhonnas Favorites, and use the first font that is displayed on the font reel along the bottom of the app:


Double tap the text box to change the text to the month that corresponds with your project life page.


To resize the word place your finger on the circle in the bottom right corner of the word and stretch it to the size you want. (Eyeball this and you can always go back and change it if it is too small/large) you can select the color you want to word to be at this time in the color pallet that pops up on the bottom, once your word is typed. 

 
    

The next step is similar to the first. You will want to create another text box for the "week of: may 26- June 1" portion. To add additional text boxes in the app, you have to select the plus sign (+) in the top left corner. The font menu selection will pop up and let you pick a font to use for the second text box. (the font I have been using is in the Rhonna Faves 2, the second font on the bottom menu). Type in the words, size, recolor & place it on the bottom of the card. 

For the last part of the title card, create another text box (select the + in the top left corner) and type in the abbreviations for the months of the year. (I use the same font for this text box, as I did for the month/first text box). Size, move, recolor and place in between the two text boxes already on the card. 


The card is now complete! You can move items and change colors to your liking. (I always try to coordinate my font colors to those in the paper I use or the photos in my weekly spread!)
  
Once the card is to your liking you will want to save it to your camera roll. To do that select the turquoise box with three lines and hit the share button. 


  Save the card (I select high resolution) 
      
    
And select save image:


The finished 4x6 card will now be in your camera roll. You can now add it to a 4x6 spot in the Project Life App:


Continue to add photos, journaling cards or anything else you want to make your page complete!!


Feel free to leave me a comment here or on my Instagram page if you have any questions and I would be more than happy to answer them!
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January 4, 2015

Project Life 2014: The catch up...

Project Life 2014 started off with a bang!


I was super pumped for documenting our life one week at a time, digitaly with lots of new digital kits I created and sold in my shop! I was super motivated & inspired to create new items and use them on my pages each week.


I kept at it for the first three months and then spring hit, and life got real. Three boys playing each playing 2 sports kicked my butt and my project life fell onto the back burner. I documented our lives through May 19 and pretty much gave up on the project. I was unmotivated now that I was so far behind.

Fast forward 6 months and I finally find that fire rekindled thanks to my iphone and three little apps! The Project Life App has been a game changer for me. As much as I am smitten with the world of digital scrapbooking my busy life style has led me to look for ways to create my Project Life pages on the go. With this handy little app I have been able to catch up with all but 4 weeks of my 2014 project life album! (I am finishing up the last 4 weeks as I type this...) In the project life app I put together my pages. I create the polaroid looking journaling cards with the help of the Collect Photo App! I am so in love with the clean look and the simple snippets of journaling below the photos. The cards from the collect photo app are what inspired me to create my polaroid templates early on in 2014! I tried to keep the same look of my title cards, and use the Rhonna Designs App to create a different one each week (title card how-to coming soon, on another blog post!)

Here is the rest of my 2014 Project Life pages (all created on my iphone):


























I will most definitely be documenting my 2015 project life pages with this same simple style! I can keep up on the go and get our lives documented, one day at a time!!
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December 30, 2014

Goodbye 2014!

Wow 2014, you were pretty much a blur! How in the world has another year come and gone already!? As my boys get older the days just seem to go by faster, and of course as a mom I want them to slow down ;) This year was packed full of sports, school activities, goodbyes and new beginnings, road trips and along the way we created lots of great memories!! 

To wrap up the year I created my traditional year in review layout:

 
This layout is something I started in 2006, when I was a paper scrapper, and have been creating one each year. Every January they hang in our hallway and then find their home as the title page of each yearly scrapbook! I love them so much that when I went digital in 2009 I created a template for myself to make the process that more simple. I am happy to share that now you can get this template, and start your own yearly tradition, in my shop!

http://jenniferhignitedesigns.bigcartel.com/product/year-in-review-template

 Here are a look at the layouts I have created over the past few years:





You can see years 2004-2008 HERE and read all about how I went about creating this layout as a paper scrapper :)
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