Why Project Life is Such a Rewarding Hobby

I do best when I have a creative outlet. Dear understands this and has always been nothing but totally supportive of each of my creative “kicks,” many of which have formed the fodder for what “Mommy’s doing” and have found their way to this blog. My creative outlet isn’t always a crafty venture; many times it takes the form of home-making, cooking, cake-making, blogging (haha!). But if I’m not producing some kind of “art,” after a while my fingers start twitching. Hence, the embroidery, the sewing, the Project Life.

digital project life photo delivery

As you may know, I’ve been doing digital Project Life for the past year and a half, which has been ideal for me for many reasons. (Although, I have an update about that, which I’ll be posting soon.) I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a week’s layout, but oh boy, when I get a thick package of printed 12x12s in the mail it is thrilling.
digital project life photo delivery

(Look at how full of care Persnickety Prints is with their packaging and shipment. Best place to order 12×12 layouts. And if you do it right — pre-ordering large amounts when they are on sale —  the cheapest too.  Highly recommend.)

digital project life layouts printed

So in addition to the sense of accomplishment of keeping up with weekly layouts (if that’s your thing), you get another happy jolt when you see an accumulation of all your hard work, done incrementally in manageable chunks of time made possible through a streamlined Project Life process, but enjoyed cumulatively as you pore over your gorgeous stack of memories preserved.

digital project life

But this joy isn’t just mine and it’s not once and for all. One of the most rewarding aspects of Project Life as a hobby is that it’s enjoyed over and over again and it’s enjoyed by multiple people: my husband, whose gentle appreciation for my documenting of our family’s story is very touching; my children, whose confidence is visibly bolstered by seeing themselves in “Mommy’s album”; and my family who lives far away, notably my mother, who catches up with the daily life she’s missed by soaking in every picture, journaling card, and video when she visits.

digital project life in an album

I kind of like to not look over my albums too often. When I look through them, I like it to be with fresh, re-discovering, remembering eyes. They are bittersweet (the time does go so fast), but they do make time stand still just for a bit, and that’s a comfort to this mother’s heart.

digital project life in album


digital project life in albumCake gets eaten, handmade clothes get outgrown, homemade laundry detergent is not particularly beautiful, but these albums — they get more meaningful, more treasured, and enjoyed by increasing numbers of people. That’s pretty hard to beat.

To read more about Project Life, check out:

About Project Life
7 Ways to Streamline Digital Scrapbooking
Digi Scrapbooking with Project Life, A Foray

Homemade Lemon Dishwasher Pods


homemade dishwasher podsI’m really on a kick. I recently posted about the homemade lavender laundry detergent I made, and now I’m back to tell you about the dishwasher pods I made, courtesy of Happy Money Saver‘s original recipe. I really love these too, and, honestly, my dishes have never come out this sparkly clean. Another neat thing is that these pods use most of the same ingredients as the laundry detergent, with a couple additional extras.

So really (provided you’ve made or intend to make the laundry detergent), the question isn’t why make dishwasher pods too, it’s why wouldn’t you? For a step-by-step, head on over to my post on Apartment Therapy. For instructions on how to make your own storage containers from re-purposed jars, like the one pictured, check out (Almost) Free Pantry Storage.

homemade dishwasher tabsvia


The Vegetarian Wrap We Can’t Stop Eating

vegetarian wrap

vegetarian wrap

These vegetarian wraps are something I threw together during the very first week of our liver cleanse diet for lunch — and we’ve been eating them a few times a week since.

We are six weeks in to the diet, and boy do we feel good. One of my favorite take-aways from the experience is all the new recipes I’ve discovered, both from others and from the mother of invention, necessity. This recipe is one of those. In other words, I made it up. =)

vegetarian wrap

The taste is fresh, the wrap is filling, and it’s made from staples you can easily keep on hand. And the hummus and whole wheat tortilla make the wrap substantial enough to keep you full, vegetarian and cheese-less though it is.

Here’s how to make your own:

The Vegetarian Wrap We Can’t Stop Eating

20 minutes

Serves 2

Serving Size: 1 wrap

The Vegetarian Wrap We Can’t Stop Eating


  • 2 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of hummus
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • half of an English cucumber, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 red onion, cut into slivers
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • dash of cumin
  • dash of coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup of hummus, or to taste.
  2. Scatter tomatoes and cucumbers in the middle of each tortilla, dividing evenly between the two servings.
  3. Scatter onion and cilantro over vegetables.
  4. Squeeze lime over the filling of both tortillas.
  5. Sprinkle with cumin and coriander (just a touch each) and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Fold bottom and top of tortilla toward center and then roll into a burrito.

vegetarian wrap

vegetarian wrap

Memory Keeping Monday: Two Weeks of Digital Project Life

Project Life 2014: Week 21

I feel like it’s been working well for these digital project life spreads to use one main color (in this case the goldenrod color), and then sometimes an accent color (here, the light green) and/or an “interest” card (in this case the flowered card). I used Elora’s swimsuit as the jumping-off point in the main color selection and took it from there. The large heart on the right side is from a Photoshop brush I made myself (as are most of the scripted portions, like the week titles, and the “love is gentle” on this layout). They are super easy to make and I plan to write up a tutorial about how to make your own brushes in Photoshop. It’s a really nice way to get some of your own writing in there even though most of the journaling is typed.

digital project lifedigital project life

digital project life

Project Life 2013, Week 39

Here again, I have two main colors, the complementary red and green, with a little dash of yellow. Still practicing to include the key pictures that tell the story rather than all of them. I figure when we look through pictures on SmugMug app on the TV we’ll have something different than the Project Life albums because we’ll get to enjoy all the outtakes. =) digital project life digital project life digital project lifeProducts used:

To read more about digital Project Life, see: