10 Interesting Things to Include in Your Project Life

At the beginning of the year, I started on Project Life as a memory keeping project. The purpose of the project is another outlet for me to document my everyday life with photos and words since I like to go trigger happy on my camera. Besides, life is made up of all these little moments that can be so fleeting and I want to remember as much details as I can. If you’re interested, you can read more about what Project Life is from my earlier post here.

It’s been 50 weeks from the start of the year and I got to admit that it’s actually a lot harder than it looks to keep up with weekly journalling especially on weeks when it passes by uneventfully and I don’t have many photos to include in my spreads.

If you’re like me, then read on to get some ideas on things you can include in your Project Life spread.

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1. Business Cards

I’m a foodie at heart and it’s not surprising to find tons of photos of food, cafes, restaurants, coffee joints in my album. I enjoy cafe hopping and visiting new eaterys in town. So whenever a place leaves me impressed, I always pick up a business card before I leave to include them in my album.

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After all, I’m sure many of these businesses take pride in their business card design. The bonus is when they have beautifully designed and unique ones this one which resembles a stamp from The Clifford Pier.

2. Whatsapp messages

This was the first time that my hubby offered to cook dinner and of course I had to include it in my Project Life because how sweet is that?

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Whatsapp message documented

You can also do the same with your Facebook status, a Tweet, or even SMSes too.

3. Your Child’s Drawing 

My daughter is my number fan of my Project Life album and loves to see herself and all things associated with her, which are plentiful in my album if you haven’t already noticed. So I’ve included some of her art pieces as a keepsake. She gets super excited and loves pointing them out to me as she recounts the story behind those drawings.

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Colouring that she did in S.E.A. Aquarium

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Afternoon of picnic in Phuket

4. Ticket stubs

Project Life Elements 04I like hoarding keeping my movie ticket stubs but it’s a bummer that they usually fade with time unless you laminate them.

So instead, I keep my theater ticket stubs or attraction entrance tickets since we frequent these places quite often. I especially like this Uncle Ringo stored value card from the River Ang Bao this year. So nostalgic!

And of course boarding passes to remember our vacations overseas.

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5. Packaging

Come across a fun packaging? Why not incorporate it in your Project Life album?

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This Lego packaging of the Lego movie was a reminder of the fun movie we caught together and that was also how I got started on my humble Lego blind pack collection.

6. Traditions

Chinese New Year is all about traditions, so this one will be useful to bookmark. Think Chinese New Year and you’ll think of red packets and that’s what I included in my Chinese New Year spread.

And since it’s the year of the horse, I also cut out the Chinese character for horse, 马, in my title page.

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To add an oriental touch, I also included a Chinese knot ornament to jazz things up.

7. Stamping on photos

I used to stamp on my Project Life filler cards. But recently, I learnt a new technique to stamp directly on my photos and they really fill the spaces in the photos nicely.

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I have a soft spot for sentiment stamps and have bought quite a few from Technique Tuesdays, especially the ones from Allie Edwards. To get a clear impression, I recommend using the versafine stamp pad as it gives a very clear and crisp look.

8. Photo collages

The typical way to include photos is to print one photo for one journalling card.

But after seeing some other Project Lifers include photo collages, I thought it was a smart way to include more photos especially when you have events where you go trigger happy on your camera like holidays, birthdays, etc.

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9. Stickers

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I discovered these me & my Big Ideas clear stickers from fellow Project Lifers and have been incorporating them to my photos recently. They come in white, black and even gold text that instantly add dimension to my pictures.

A pack is about $9.90 from the local scrapbook stores and you get a very good deal at US$3.49 if you buy them under the Add-On program from Amazon here . If you hit US$125, you’ll even qualify for free shipping from Amazon but do check out the conditions for that.

Here are some samples of how I incorporated them in my spreads.

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Absolutely loving the gold version stickers

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10.  Cut outs

Some of the Project Life filler cards have quotes that I like but it may be too big to include the whole card. So what I do is to trim the quote that I want to size and stick them to my 4X6 cards.  You can do the same for sentiments, quotes, or other shapes and sizes.

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So there you go, my list of 10 interesting things to include in your project life spread. Which is your favoruite and what would you add to the list. I’ll love to exchange ideas with you :) You can view more of my Project Life spreads on my Instagram account at @Ajugglingmom.

We’re just two more weeks away to the end of 2014. Hope you’re catching up with your 2014 Project Life. I’m still at week 43 and hope to complete them in these two weeks. *Fingers crossed*.

 

Sharing Magical Moments with the Family

I don’t usually share ads on the blog but this one from Starhub tugged at the heartstrings and left me slightly teary eye. And I think Sophie contributed to those tears when she said something that that was pure gold after viewing it.

The video is about a pair of father and son who are out shopping for his son’s Christmas present. Nothing catches junior’s fancy as all that he really desired was spending time with daddy. At the end of the day, dad spots junior’s Instagram account where his posted photos of himself and dad with the caption,” Day out with Dad. Best gift ever.”

Sophie turned to me when the video ended and said, “I don’t want any Christmas present. I just want to have a fun day out with Daddy and Mummy!” Then she gave the tightest hug ever before adding how she wished we’ll spend more time playing with her more instead of looking at our mobile phones when we are with her.

I know I am very guilty of that especially in the evenings after dinner time. And if you think the kids are not aware, you may be very mistaken like me. All these body language are sending them cues that what’s on our mobiles are more important than them. Never mind if that’s the furthest from the truth because to these little ones, time = love.

And I think we all need that little nudge to remember that sometimes. So tuck your phones away and be present for your family this Christmas and make it an extra magical one while creating memories of the festive season.

 

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Motivational Mondays – Enjoy the Present

As mums, we all have days when we get all tired out from looking after the kids. Never mind if you’re a SAHM or a FTWM, the challenges are still the same especially when the kids are little.

I used to joke that when Sophie was younger, she demanded more of us physically with the night wakings, breastfeeding, etc. Now that she’s older, it’s become mentally more draining as she demands more of our time and attention to play, read and keep her occupied especially on weekends.

Throw in the other obligations around the home from the chores, cooking after a day’s work, I sometimes end up as one grumpy, unhappy, tired and oh how I want to just run away from all these kinda mama. And I feel horrid wishing I have more me time for myself.

When bedtime comes, I usually drag my feet to put Sophie to sleep, wishing that this little girl can be independent enough to sleep on her own so that I can tackle the hundred and one things unchecked on my long to-do list. But when my head hits the pillow, I feel a pang of guilt for feeling that way and sometimes wish I can just remember that she wouldn’t stay little for long.

How long more will she need me to tuck her in bed?

How long more will she still need me to read to her?

How long more will she still want to hold me hand?

How long more…

So if this is you too, here’s an encouragement for you you mamas out there to remember to relish the present as it will be over before you know it.

You will never have this day with your children again

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

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Christmas is around the corner. Have you put up all your Christmas decorations yet? We finally got he Christmas tree up this week and oh I love staring at the lights at night and watching the soft glow as they twinkle against the red and white ornaments. All I just need is a warm cuppa chocolate and some snow would be perfect.

Anyway, today I want to share a DIY Christmas craft that I did and surprise surprise, you can get most of the materials from my favourite S$2 shop, Daiso :) And can you imagine, I actually bought these materials like two months back, all in anticipation of Christmas!

 

DIY Christmas Wreath

Here’s the list of supplies I used

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Supplies for Christmas wreath

Materials

  • A wreath (From Daiso)
  • Plastic vine leaves (Also from Daiso too)
  • Gold ribbon
  • Berries (from my Christmas tree deco)
  • Christmas ornament (left over from a hamper)

Steps

1. Twist vine around the wreath. I secured parts of it with wire so that it will stay in place and also glued some leaves down to the wreath as I didn’t want them to look too messy.

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Next was to tie my gold ribbon into a bow. I secured the middle portion with an elastic band and looked gold ribbon around to conceal it.

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To jazz it up, I secured a Christmas embellishment around the ribbon which I saved from a hamper last year. You may call me a hoarder but you see, you never know when such things come in handy. Initially I wanted to add my wood letter Love to it, but it looked a bit out of place, so I left that out.

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Lastly, to give it a dash of festive colour, I added a berry branch which I got from my Christmas tree.

Doesn’t it look great and all for just $4.

 

Go and grab your supplies from Daiso today. Happy crafting :)


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For more Christmas craft ideas, do check out these mum’s blogs

 

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Motivational Mondays – Christmas Kindness Countdown

Apologies for the sporadic updates on the blog and Facebook Page as I’ve been taking things slow after my op. I had a bad case of gastric flu and suspect it could even be a case of mild food poisoning that had me running to the loo and dealing with painful bloatedness last week. No fun at all.

Thankfully, I got better over the weekend and even made it for Sophie’s year end concert. She has been practicing hard for it for months and I hated to disappoint her. Like every parent seated among the audience, I beamed with pride as I saw her give it her best for her dance and skit item. But alas, my poor immunity saw me catching a cold after a short trip out so I’m back resting again and loading up on the vitamin C.

I was planning to put up an Advent Calendar this year to count down to Christmas like what we planned last year. But I was in for a shock when I found out that I ran out of my craft supplies needed to make the advent calendar that I had in mind.

After I did a search on Pinterest, I came across this idea of doing Random Acts of Kindness or RACK for short and instead take this opportunity to bless those around me. I think it’s so much more meaningful, after all isn’t Christmas a season of giving?

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The idea is like advent calendar where you do one thing from the 1st of December as you count down to Christmas. And in this case, the mission is to do a random act of kindness to bless those around you. It can be as simple as paying someone a compliment or passing on your parking coupon if your time is not up. Letting the person behind you in the queue go first or donating food to a charity organisation.

 

I rounded up a couple of sites with plenty of ideas and hope that this inspires you to be a blessing to someone. After all, we are blessed to be a blessing.

Coffeecups and Crayons- the blogpost that inspired this post

Pillow Thought- some great ideas to bless someone

Everyday road to healthy – I’m copying some of their ideas from here

 

And here’s my list which I’m planning to involve the family including Sophie since I’m not going to be out much this month.

24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

  1. Make thank you cards for Sophie’s childcare teachers
  2. Give a call to grandparents and tell them I love you
  3. Make holiday decorations for the neighbours
  4. Do a chore that your spouse normally does
  5. Donate to a charity (this year we are support Club Rainbow)
  6. Pack up books and toys and donate them to a charity organisation
  7. Send dessert to the next table in a restaurant
  8. Slip an encouraging note to the next person when you return the library book
  9. In support of Giving Tuesday, give up something and donate that money to a cause
  10. Offer a seat to those in need
  11. Make Christmas cards and pop them into random letter box
  12. Tape a dollar coin to a vending machine
  13. Candy cane bomb the neighbourhood carpark
  14. Bake treats for Sophie’s class
  15. Write a compliment to a service staff you gave you good service
  16. Put money in the Salvation Army bucket
  17. Make get well cards for the kids in the childrens ward
  18. Pay for someone’s coffee
  19. Stop to help someone with a map in mind
  20. Offer to babysit so that a friend can do some last minute Christmas shopping
  21. Hold the door or lift for someone
  22. Bless the mailman or lady with a Christmas treat
  23. Bring coffee for all my colleagues
  24. Sing carols for the family during the Christmas gathering at Grandma’s place

And you know what, demonstrating compassion and care for the those in need is what our kids need to see more of from us to remind them just how blessed they are. After all, as parents, we need to walk the talk. Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing!

Blessed to be a blessing

 

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Do link up every Monday on what motivates you to be better be it a fitness goal, parenting, marriage, etc. Share your recent posts and encourage someone. Share your recent posts and encourage someone. Don’t forget to grab my badge and include it in your post after you have linked up and leave me a comment too.

I host Motivational Monday every week and I hope that you can join me every Monday. Have a great week ahead!

 

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