thejensspin meets smashbookcrackbook, jepaperie and project life

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Blogging is a labor of love which can of course become lucrative, but I think most people who start one do it to share a part of themselves and to make connections with others that share the same interests, at least that was my motivation when I got started.

As the new year starts and I am assessing my list of new ideas, goals, projects and commitments for 2013 I have decided that all of my “worlds” need to meet, melt and become one as far as the cyber world is concerned.  Initially I felt as though I needed to keep my blogs separated by subject matter, even though the idea behind this blog was “a deposit box for all things jen”, because I was worried that my “first world friends” would tire of my cyber endeavors.  But alas I finally realized that there’s no reason to hide my passions in shame just because I don’t think the majority of my friend group would be interested and it’s also keeping me from discovering whether or not writing and sharing about my passions can be interesting and perhaps even inspiring to the very friends that I ASS(outof)U(and)ME-ed would not be interested.  So, this blog is now where I will share EVERYTHING.  Which simplifies my life and makes me that much more eager to share.

 

PROJECT LIFE 2013!

 

My path back to “craftyland” was paved with Smashbooks:

“Messy and beautiful”

 

 

and of course, Washi tape:

 

Along the journey I discovered another incredibly awesome and simple way to incorporate photos, journaling and memory keeping.

Que Project Life by Becky Higgins

“Project Life is a solution-based approach to scrapbooking that was created to simplify the process in order to allow you more time to enjoy life! It requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and no skills of any kind. The design of our products takes the guess work out of layout design so that you can focus on recording your everyday moments through your photos and journaling. The simple design is stylish and makes it possible for you to complete more pages in less time.”

Even though her system can be incredibly simple it turns out it can also be very complex.  But, that is the beauty of it, make it as fancy and ornate as you wish or as plain as you like or have time for.  A brilliant method of documenting the everyday things that so often get overlooked or just snapped into the iphone only to get lost in the sea of one’s camera roll.

 

This is an awesome example of a more detailed spread, which I absolutely LOVE!

This is a BEAUTIFUL example of what Project Life pages can look like from one of my favorite blogs http://www.cherisheveryday.com.

 

I will still be Smashbooking, but I will use those more as a themed method and Project Life will be my way of documenting weekly, the ins and outs of The Husband and I’s first year of married life.  Ultimately I hope that one day our kids (future kids) will look back through these little time capsuled modge podged pages and see what their parents were like, to get a glimpse into the psyche of their “creators” pre-creation.  And hopefully by the time they come around I will be in the swing of things and documenting their lives will be like second nature at that point. WARNING: PL (Project Life from this point on) WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO HAVE A CHILD LOL! If not just for the quality and content of your photos then for the necessity of acquiring Becky Higgins’ newest line of core kits, the baby editions!

 

So, thejensspin is now the only blog I will be using to share craft projects, life stories, etc…  Looking forward to 2013 🙂

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4 thoughts on “thejensspin meets smashbookcrackbook, jepaperie and project life

  1. brianndorris says:

    Hi! Okay this might sound silly, but I’m just a baby blogger and I don’t know most of the ins and outs of the blogging world! But I got a notification that you had commented on my latest post and it said it was a “pingback”.. I have no idea what a pingback is, but I am curious! What is it? What does it do for your blog/my blog? Checking out your blog now and I like what I see 🙂 And thanks for checking out my post!

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    • thejensspin says:

      Hi! I am a “babyblogger” as well LOL So, the “pingback” situation has to do with my clicking on your post via my post… Basically, I use this service called Zemanta which is super cool and I am really happy with, as I am creating my posts it works and pulls key words and provides relevant key words/tags, related blog posts, categories, even pictures (although I don’t use that option much). So as I was writing this post, your blog/post came up as relative, so I chose to include a link on my post. Make sense? You should check out the zemanta “app” it really is pretty cool and has led me to a number of blogs that I wouldn’t normally have discovered and also makes my posts seem a little more “legit” 🙂 Checking out your blog as well btw, and it is great, I shall follow.

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      • brianndorris says:

        Awesome!! Thanks — I will definitely have to check out Zemanta!! That makes sense. Sounds great!

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