Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Project Life: Week 2(ish)

Week 2, huzzah!

Supplies: Liz Tamanaha’s Project Life Midnight Edition and Elise Blaha Cripe’s Seafoam EditionAli Edwards’ CK font, and the small calendars are a free download from rubybows.com.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 1(ish)

I’m super excited to start this project all over again. I actually can’t believe I kept it up all last year. It was pretty questionable at some points of the year, but somehow I was able to go back and fill in the gaps on long breaks. I think part of the reason it took too long for me last year was keeping it up week to week. It had to be too perfect. What if I didn’t have enough photos that week? What if nothing really interesting happened that week? I got stressed over that stuff. This year I’m letting myself off the hook of perfection as far as timing goes. I’m going for more of a monthly look this year. It’s loosely week-based, but if I took a picture on Wednesday one week and don’t have room for it until the next week, I’m going to be okay with that.

I’m really excited to have the Midnight edition to work with this year. I think my layouts are going to have lots of blacks and grays and yellows. For the most part I’ll just be posting my digital images, though I am doing actual print layouts. I’m actually doing the digital layouts because I like to have a game plan before I start playing around. Believe it or not, it takes less time when I have a digital version to go off of. And it helps me when figuring out what images to print and in what format.
Off the top of my head, these layouts used: Liz Tamanaha’s Project Life Midnight Edition and Elise Blaha Cripe’s Seafoam Edition, Elise Blaha Cripe’s quote cards, and Ali Edwards’ CK font, and the small calendars are a free download from rubybows.com.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dorky 8th Graders

Today was a good day.

I LOVE my 8th graders this year. They are too funny.

They're also all super dorky. But I'm dorky, too, and I think that's why I love them so much. They just are so innocent and have no shame.

For instance, one of my boys today told me about how he was googling me the other day. Now, I know my kids do this (one reason I don't have my last name anywhere on this site, or I'd be hearing it on Monday about how I called them dorky), but usually they don't tell me they've done it. This kid was super excited because he found all Chris' and my wedding pictures online. What thirteen-year-old boy is super stoked to tell his teacher that he found all her weddings pictures online? One of my silly, innocent thirteen-year-olds, that's who.

Now I do know they've found my Instagram. I don't exactly hide it. All they have to do is find our photography website and they can access it from there. Last year I knew kids kept tabs on my account, but no one ever said anything, except an occasional slip of asking about something I'd done over the weekend before realizing they'd seen it on my Instagram, and not heard about it from me, which always tipped me off to who was following me. This year the following is not lurking in the shadows. I get likes from several students, and one likes everything I do within about ten seconds of posting about it. I'm not sure how he does that...