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Three Years of Marriage

3 Anniversary

3 Years

36 Months

156 Weeks

1,095 Days

26,280 Hours

1,576,800 Minutes

94,608,000 Seconds

“That is how long/how much you have been my husband. We are us. We have made it. I have made a promise to never underestimate how difficult this commitment we have made is. I have promised myself to each year, quantify in this way, just how long/how much you and I have been us, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst. Seeing the years, months, days, moments, seconds add up makes my heart swell with pride. I chose to allow your love to fill my life and my heart and whilst that makes me happy and content so much of the time, I knew going in to this that this was never going to be easy. Not by any fault of our own necessarily but because of the world, society, people that we will meet or have met that will influence us in one way or another, raw deals and lost dreams that we will have to let go of, money, air, wrenches and who knows what else… Easy or not, we are in this together, for better or worse, such easy words to say, so much more difficult to live them, I’m proud of us for doing so.”

This post is ridiculously LATE and overdue, but we’re just going to go with “better late than never”!

Our third year of marriage has been… a BLUR:

  • We went out for our last anniversary to spite me being SO pregnant that all I wanted to do pretty much ever was sleep and hope that when I woke my ankles had returned!
  • We celebrated our last Thanksgiving as “just Jen & Don”
  • We took a trip to Jacksonville Beach and had awesome times with Anita & Chris, ate some amazing food at The Maple Street Biscuit Company, and burnt ends from some BBQ joint whose name I don’t remember, checked in at the local hospital for an NST that would later prove to have been a waste of time… Sigh and got to have brunch with the one and only Mr. Paul Ferlita.
  • We had our maternity photo shoot cancelled at the last minute and you were so kind and sensitive to my super prego hormones and my insistence that it was “THE WORST THING EVER”. Good friends once again came to the rescue and we did end up getting beautiful maternity photos during the busiest time of year for professional photograhers! (Thank you Bobby, Erin and Kai!) I have yet to edit any of these and do something with them… its on “the list”…
  • I did an engagement shoot at 9 months pregnant while you worked your butt off at the shop to try and get ahead for us.
  • I FINALLY got our wedding photos printed and hung up in our home, seeing those photos on display makes me smile on a daily basis. Our wedding day will forever be one of THE BEST days of my life.
  • A week prior to my scheduled c-section I went in for my NST and for the first time didn’t pass the second round of tests, on December 16th around 5:30pm I called you to tell you that they were admitting me and inducing me, you said “Ok, well I still have 3 alignments to do” LOL and I said “All good, we should have plenty of time”.
  • Everyone made it in time and after every one was sent home they were all called back as it was decided that we were going to do a scheduled c-section around 2:30am.
  • You stood by my side in a cold operating room with your least favorite Dr. performing major surgery on your wife and your son and you kept your calm, said all of the right things.  In that moment I had never been more thankful for you.
  • At 4:01am on December 17th, you and I heard our baby cry for the very first time and it was the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard.
  • You managed to not lose your mind going stir crazy being in the hospital for 3 days and you helped me and Baby Don in any and every way you could. Fatherhood looks so good on you my love.
  • We argued about Elf on The Shelf pictures while in the hospital and you not having any jeans to wear for our coming home with baby pictures (I’m pretty sure you had on two opposing styles of plaid at the time LOL!) but, we worked it out and got an Elf picture and you changed into some jeans for our pictures once we got home. (Looking back now I’m not sure why either of these things really mattered but I love you for humoring me!)
  • We somehow survived a mandatory 48 hours of consecutive hourly nursing sessions for our first two days home with the baby AND managed to drive to the hospital two times to get his blood tests. We were speaking in tongues by the end of it, but we were also working together as THE BEST TEAM and we kept our son from having to spend any time in the NICU by bringing his billirubin levels back to normal.  I am still so proud of us for this!
  • Speaking of those blood tests, in my first of what will hopefully not be too many “too much for my momma heart to handle moments”, you took over mid blood test as I could not bare to see them cut his tiny brand new foot anymore! You handled it like a champ and took care of my heart and my baby. Thank you.
  • We had visits from DON ONE when Don Cubed was brand new and also in the summer where we got to splash around in the pool at The Tahitian for a whole day.
  • Uncle Doug has become one of Don Harvey’s biggest fans and has come to visit with him a couple of times now even reading him a bedtime story each visit.
  • We have watched Harvey infect everyone he meets with a smile and love.  He is so much like his daddy!
  • We have been the luckiest to have my parents take on such an active roll in being Harvey’s grandparents, he is SO loved by them and we are so fortunate to have them.
  • Baby Don is incredibly lucky to have three aunts and an uncle that also love him very much!
  • You went on your annual race weekend in Daytona and once again NO ONE got arrested! LOL It was the first time I was alone with the baby, he was just about 6 weeks old at the time.  I missed you while you were gone but I have very precious memories of that special time Harvey and I got to spend together alone.  I also remember having a really sweet phone conversation with you during a 3:30am feeding, it was one of those talks where we just seemed to get one another and it made my heart really happy.
  • We have dealt with all things baby: gas, constipation, sleep training, scheduling, teething, crawling, talking, almost walking and even when our days may not have been the brightest we both put a smile on our face and showed our son the best parts of ourselves.
  • We managed to keep baby Don home and with a nanny for his whole first year which was so important to me and is yet another thing I am so proud of us for because it certainly has not been easy!
  • As I write this post (late…) your “Family Car” #projectslowsaab is said to be almost completed! So sometime soon you and Don Cubed will be able to cruise around town in your own ride, which I know is going to make all of us SO happy!
  • We went to “The Price is Right”and did not get to spin the wheel… But had an awesome time!
  • Went to see Dave Chapelle and we laughed hysterically to spite my weird worry that I was going to somehow not think he was funny and be the only one not laughing!
  • You supported me through 6 months of breastfeeding and willingly took over the morning feedings once you could.
  • I got to meet Colbie Caillat while you got your own alone time with the baby for a weekend.
  • We had date night at Duffy’s, I love our mutual appreciation for SWEET dive bars!
  • We went to bachelor and bachelorette parties.
  • Coordinated a friends engagement party at the very last minute (refreshments and all!) LOL!
  • Went to a Vertical Horizon and Tonic concert at The Water Works Park and walked the length of the River Walk afterwards.
  • Went to John’s Pass for a visit with Laura.
  • Went to lots of birthday parties and dinners for friends that are family, for family and for babies of friends that are family.
  • I set up mini-sessions in our backyard and finally made some good use of our crazy “jungle wall” and you helped as much as you possibly could to spite being worn out and super busy with your own responsibilities.
  • We also DIDN’T do A LOT of things that we wanted to, we missed out on two weddings that were so important to us to be at.
  • We didn’t get the chance to go back to the OH to visit with friends and family like we had hoped we would.
  • We got robbed, more than once in our own front yard.
  • We stayed strong and confident to spite health concerns for our family that turned out to be minor but could have been major.
  • We lost friendships and forged new ones.
  • We lost our way, grew apart and back together again over and over.

In spite of plenty of opposition, disappointments and challenges thrown our way we are still forging our way forward. Marriage and parenthood are harder than I ever could have imagined they would be.  The weight of it all can feel like way too much at times but I am now and will continue to be committed to doing my best each day to be the best wife and mother that I can be. Because at the end of the day knowing that I can always count on our family being together makes each day worth it. Thank you husband for continuing to show up and do the same even on the days when not “adulting” is the much more appealing option! I promise to do my best to acknowledge my own shortcomings and try to improve on them and to continue talking AND listening it all out with you while doing so.

I am still smiling and still falling my love.

I’m quoting this part from our original anniversary post along with the intro because I STILL mean it:

“We are of a generation that is fickle, that runs away from the scary shit. I promised myself and you that I would not run away from the scary shit in our marriage. That in and of itself IS SCARY! But, I meant it, I will mean it. I may write this “review” some years and mostly hate you! But, I will love you, I will forget and forgive, I will smile and laugh, I will let go and move on, I will go crazy and find sanity, I will want to quit and join the majority and I will overcome and subscribe, once again, to the minority. I am yours, you are mine. It will not be easy. It will down right suck at times. I knew that going in. I knew that when I sat in the corner eating two bites of a fish-filet pushing you away to no avail that I had completely jumped into the abyss that is us.

I will get jealous, I will worry, I will cry, we will experience loss in many ways, but we will see our way through it. I will grow old with you, which means that there is so much that will occur, that the seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, years will just keep stacking up to remind me just how sure I was/am that this is love, this is us.”

“I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart”
With all my heart husband,
Your Loving Wife

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In the Spirit of Lists

Another Pinterest find which fit my day and my creative mojo perfectly:

http://www.baubauhaus.com/

 

Also, while I am on the list tangent, 30 days of lists  is something that I have wanted to try and was quite popular when I first started smashbooking, butI always seemed to miss out on the start date and then it just seemed like more of a hassle to try and sign-up and catch up.  It was an awesome way to use smashbooks and a lot of the smashers I followed in the beginning were using theirs for their #30daysoflists.  But, this time around I have notice and I am kind of a believer that you can never have too many lists thus I am toying with the idea of signing up for this as well… We shall see.

-thejensspin

 

 

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Because I too like Projects!

Doing my morning scroll through my google reader and I have found two new blogs to follow, www.hernewleaf.com, from my own wandering on Pinterest and the other via Ali Edwards’ perusing of Pinterest, where I found www.moorea-seal.com. I absolutely LOVE Pinterest, but it is one of those places that I have to tell myself to NOT GO TO quite often because if I do then before I know it 3 hours of my life are gone and so are the three hours that I could have had to work on all of the incredible Pinterest projects I had posted on my last binge… It’s a vicious cycle but also an incredibly inspiring place to visit.

  • I am working on not saying “So” SO MUCH in my writing, so I am going to put it in parentheses for a little while, every time that I would have used it… Starting… now:

(SO) On my EXTREMELY long monthly Project Life post last week I mentioned that I really want to find a way to get myself back into Smashbooking and this morning I was inspired by a project that Ali Edwards is doing, it’s called 52 Lists and she found it on Pinterest via the lovely Moorea Seal’s blog.

I’m a sucker for lists…

Simple enough, A new prompt each week for a new list.

Isn’t it amazing how much easier it is to get a project going when you have the reassurance of someone else giving you the prompts?  LIke #fmsphotoaday,

there is nothing too incredibly unique or unusual about the prompts that are on here monthly lists, but the fact that someone else came up with the subject matter just gives me the freedom to focus on the fulfilling the request and responding openly and that is what I find most enjoyable about projects like this.  I would feel completely overwhelmed and unsure of where to start without the prompts as a starting point, but this is something that I think I can get into.  It would/could be an insert into my Project Life, but I think it will be more fun and interesting to use a Smashbook to document it.  (SO) Along with my Project Life I will now be doing 52 Lists.  I plan on trying to incorporate some of the Studio Calico kits that I have been hoarding since I joined the monthly program as well as magazine clippings that I have been habitually collecting, categorizing and hoarding since birth it seems like!

  • I once took an art class (and by that I mean that I took EVERY one available to me whilst at community college, to the point that my parents got a real kick out of asking me how “basket weaving classes” were going) and we had a couple of mixed media projects that we were assigned.  Most of the other students brought in a couple of current magazines or pulled from the stash of magazines at the studio… but not me.  I came in with my six categorized gallon size zip-lock bags completely full of clippings.  The Professor came by and took notice of my collection and asked where I had gotten “all of that”, I replied that I had been saving “this stuff” for as long as I could remember… “Just in case”… Spoken like a true hoarder LOL  But, there have been many times when my collection has come in handy so I’m happy that I have kept up with it.  I can never send a printed material of any sort off to be recycled until I have determined that there is nothing else in it that can be useful to me in some way, UPCYCLE/RECYCLE for the win!

This will also give me a chance to start using up some of the washi tape that I have been collecting and hoarding since I purchased my first roll from the K&Company Smashbook line.  Moorea is encouraging those that decide to take part in her project to link their blog posts and/or pictures back to her site corresponding with the prompts so that we can all see and share our lists with one another.  (SO) I will be doing that as well, look for that post on Mondays most likely as I am a procrastinator to the core and she posts her new prompts on Tuesdays so I will most likely be completing the previous weeks lists just before the new one comes out (of course that’s just after I catch up on the last 5 weeks worth of lists!)

-thejensspin

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The “Deep Thoughts” of a Rookie Project Lifer

This is how this post got started, I typically just start typing, but today I jotted down “just one note” and before I knew it I was cursively scribbling away all of the things that I have been keeping in my head that I thought I should share whenever I FINALLY did this post.  So, the result was a yellow stack of the backs of sheets from a message pad book filled with inspiration, so here it goes:

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Project Life, Month 1:

I am hoping to make this a monthly series in which I recap each month of my maiden Project Life voyage and just touch base on things such as: what IS working, what ISN’T working, pleas for help and guidance from all of the incredible Project Life veterans that have already tested these waters and made their way to the other side, products I loved, new methods of planning or just reinforcing the tried and true.  Essentially just the random stream of thoughts that will be coming out of me at the end of each month that is a milestone to me sticking with and completing the longest running project I have ever signed up for.

I have no doubts at the one month marker that I can keep up with this, of course I must admit that as I typed that I immediately thought to myself that that may make others chuckle and that I may be foolishly confident and have no clue just how far behind I might become… But, for now, I’m feelin’ good 🙂  I hope that this post has something/anything that is useful to someone out there, I can’t even count the amount of blog posts, youtube videos, pinterest boards, forums etc etc etc I have scrolled just looking for advice and tips and stories about Project Life and I have been soaking it all in like a sponge and thoroughly enjoying it!  So here is a list, in no particular order at the moment, I am going to try and run with that but once I get everything into the draft I may have to categorize things so it doesn’t make me crazy, but I am hopeful I can just transfer everything from my cursive notes onto here without stressing over the order… We shall see….

  • I take A LOT of photos!  I read that some people struggle with not having many photos to work with, but that is NOT a problem for me. But, all this photo taking comes with a “price” and while it’s not without hope at the moment, if I don’t develop and start sticking with some sort of SERIOUS organizing/storage system for my digital photographs I am most definitely going to have a HUGE problem in the not so distant future.

     I am taking all sorts of suggestions on this front, I would like to know all about your photo storage solutions, how you keep them from eating your computer, what makes you feel safest and most secure that your precious memories are taken care of?  

  • I purchased a Canon Selphy for myself for Christmas and I have NO REGRETS!  It is a great compact photo printer that is perfect for printing out 4×6 photos and also will print my instagram images as well.  However, I know I am using it as a crutch at the moment to put off learning Photoshop (I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED of Photoshop for some reason, like to the point that I think I need a tutor and a support group simultaneously!)  But, the point is that I know I would feel so much better if I didn’t feel like I was constricted in how I can size my photos, I just know that my creative mo-jo is going to overflow once I get a hang of Photoshop!
  • Photographing Project Life LOs is NOT EASY!  It is HARD WORK! And I just have to give serious props to some of my favorite Project Lifers, these are only a few as the list of blogs I follow on my google reader has grown considerably since taking on this project, but these lovely ladies all have something unique to share!

Amy Tangerine:

Amy Tan‘s AWESOME LO Photography!

Ali Edwards:

Beautiful shot of a stunning LO by Ali Edwards!

This picture is actually from a post that Ali did just the other day which was all about HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH PROJECT LIFE LOs and she does a great job going into detail about her process and what works for her.  There is a link to that post at the end of this one as well! Of course at the end of the day a lot of it comes back to basic photography knowledge and a good understanding of using light (NOT my strong suit!) but, I am committed to keep working on it and find a way to make my LO pictures more beautiful.  Having a massive wall length window would be a great start, I’ll be sure to let the hubby know we will need to be moving 🙂  I did read a great post by Heather Johnson yesterday that had a lot of good suggestions for using light, shooting indoors and getting back to using manual mode on your “real camera“, it is linked on my blog or you can find it here.  She also reminded me about one of the greatest photography books ever written with regards to light and photography which is called “Understanding Exposure”.  Many years ago my father gifted a copy to me and I will most definitely be revisiting it this month on my journey back into “Real Photography”.

Ashley Bennett:

Ashley Bennett who is OBVIOUSLY a photographer, not only has breathtaking photos within her Project Life but she also has outstanding shots of her LOs. She is definitely an inspiration!

Elise Blaha Cripe:

Beautiful spread!

 

Elise had to be on here not only because she takes wonderful photos both of her LOs but also of her life, she has become all the rage since designing the Seafoam Core Kit for Becky Higgins’ Project Life.  And the kit is absolutely gorgeous!  She has become an inspiration to me and I am loving her quirky takes on blogging and the engaging manner in which she writes.  Not to mention it’s incredibly cute watching her little baby bump grow from week to week! (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this project WILL make you want to have a baby!)

This is just a small sampling of what I aspire to someday be able to do with my LOs, it will be so rewarding to be able to take incredible photos of them and share them with friends and family near and far as well as with my readers.  Ultimately I have decided that photographing Project Life LOs is WAY MORE COMPLICATED than actually making them!

Here are some photos of My Project Life (iphone only!)  I hope next months photos of my LOs will be much better quality!

Cover Page:

Cover Page 2013

Week 1:

Week One

Week ONE

Week 2:

Week TWO

Week TWO

Week 3:

Week THREE

Week THREE Left side & Tampa Jay’s Birthday Insert

Week THREE Right side & Tampa Jay's Birthday insert.

Week THREE Right side & Tampa Jay’s Birthday insert.

Week 4:

Week FOUR

Week FOUR

  • Google Reader is one of my favorite things (I use Feedler on my iphone) and the amount of daily motivation, encouragement and enlightenment I get from all of the blogs I have started to follow is immeasurable.
  • This definitely isn’t new information, BUT, it has become painfully apparent this first month that I NEED to learn how to use my Silhouette Cameo!  There are SO MANY adorable things that I find myself drawn to in others LOs that I know I COULD be making if I would just sit down and figure out how to use the darn thing!  Add that to the list of things to do.
  • I have ZERO regrets about subscribing to the Studio Calico Project Life Kit and feel incredibly lucky that all of my blog following paid off in that I was one of the first ones to get on the waiting list thus one of the fortunate ones to get one in time to use it for the first month of the year!

Studio Calico’s First Project Life Kit “Block Party”

 

As you can see, the elements that SC includes are not only cute but they are also thoughtful.  I have found that the kit is neutral enough to compliment other core kits from Becky Higgins, but also, innovative enough to stand on it’s own and be the ONLY kit one uses if they so choose.  I have a blend of Clementine, Amber and Seafoam core kits and there are pieces from all of those that blend nicely with the SC kit, its a beautiful thing when products from different companies and collections can be combined.

  • I would like to start including a “weekly roundup” aka highlights as a part of my weekly title card, it sometimes feels like putting the weekly title card with nothing else on it is kind of a waste of space and I think it will bring some uniformity to the pages having a designated spot where there will be some journaling each week.
  • I need to remember to take better notes throughout the week either in my Erin Condren Planner or in my DayOne app (both of which I love btw) so that when it comes time to write I am not trying to remember what happened but instead drawing inspiration from the things I have already documented.
  • I like that I included a “Now Playing Card” in Week 2 and I would like to make sure to incorporate one for each month throughout the year.
On repeat this month

On repeat this month

 

  • Seeing my husband’s smile when he flips through my modest 10 pages of Project Life makes every moment of thought put into it worth it and to hear him explaining it to others in a way that focuses on it’s “coolness” as opposed to the nerdy craftiness of it puts a stupid little smirk on my face that makes me bashful and giddy. (love that he still has that affect on me…)

    He's pretty adorable...and manly...and super tough :)

    He’s pretty adorable…and manly…and super tough 🙂

  • I am thankful to have atleast one “human friend” (as opposed to cyber/ig friends) that is doing Project Life for the first time as well.  She didn’t take much convincing and now she is LOVING it!  We just had our show and tell this morning and it is so awesome to see what we are each doing with our projects and to get inspiration from one another, it’s a beautiful thing!  Not to mention that neither of us are what you would call “completers”, we are both filled with good intentions and not much follow through, once again, one month in, we are both feeling pretty good about it.
My Project Life Teammate Alysa

My Project Life Teammate Alysa

 

  • I REALLY like Elise Blaha’s ratio breakdowns at the end of the week i.e. pictures taken by her : pictures taken by her husband or pictures taken with “real camera” : pictures taken with phone, I am thinking I am going to try and work that either into my PL LOs or into my blog posts, I find it entertaining and also think it will serve as a good reminder to bust out the “real camera” more often when I see that 100% of my photos are taken with my iphone!
  • I am enjoying my system for organizing photos on my iphone although I am sure there is probably a more streamlined way of doing it, this is working for me for the moment.  This is my process:
  1. Since right now all of my photos are being taken with my phone, the first step is having them accessible in my library.
  2. I have a “filtering problem” which I should definitely work on, but, for now, applying filters from an array of apps on my phone is the next step.  My favorites at the moment are Pixlromatic, Vintique, Camera+ and afterglow.
  3. Once the images look the way I want them to, I save them to my library so they are all in one place.
  4. Throughout the week I add photos to their corresponding day via a new event created on my DayOne app.  This allows me to keep track of when the photos were taken, to add a sentiment or explanation and also gives me a simplified reference at the end of the week so that all of my photos are assigned to a date.  It is also nice that I can add an event to a specific day regardless of when it happened so if I fall a couple days behind I can still go back and add them.
    Very handy.

    Very handy.

    This Photo Stream makes finding which photos I want to use much easier!

    This Photo Stream makes finding which photos I want to use much easier!

     

  5. I saw a great tutorial on how someone else organized their photos and I just can’t remember where it was, but if I find it I will link it here, but she basically shared how she uses DropBox as her storage/organization program for her Project Life.  So that is what I have been doing.  Before the year started I created a main folder simply titled “Project Life”,Dropboxwithin that folder I created sub-folders for each week with the label “PROJECT LIFE WK 1” etc. Dropbox Once that was created it made it easy to just upload within each week the photos that I might use for that weeks LO.  This past month I had two “events” that were photo intensive and that I knew would require and insert and/or their own LO, so within the “Week File” I created an “Event File” so that those pictures could stay within the respective week but be grouped together and ready for printing for that event.Dropbox
  6. When I get ready to print my photos I look through my DayOne Photos feed and decide which ones to print, sometimes I print them all and other times I leave some out or decide to make a collage to incorporate more images in one printed photo.
  7. Then I print from my phone to the Selphy printer.  This has been working so far, but, I know that I want to learn how to size images to fit pockets so printing on the Selphy won’t always be practical, but it is a great option for printing 4x6s.
  • I have decided that if I am going to blog about Project Life that I need to not stress about it too much.  Just like making my lay outs, creating my blog posts should be something I look forward to and not something I over analyze, so I am giving myself permission to just write and share however it comes out of me because otherwise the obsessing over getting it just right is going to keep me from doing it at all.
  • I think that I feel comfortable committing to an end of the month recap, I mean that’s only 12 posts a year right?  But, I would also like to be sure to share more often than just that, hopefully with stories of triumph pertaining to the Silhouette Cameo and Adobe Photoshop (aiming high!)  The monthly recap will be a good way for me to assess my progress and also to keep an ongoing and evolving reference of what has worked, what hasn’t and also what I have learned along the way.  In my biggest dreams it will have helped others that I don’t even know yet conquer their own challenges regarding Project Life, only time and your comments will tell.
  • So being just one month in, I already find myself wishing that everyone I know was “PL-ing” so I could flip through their books lol!  Perhaps one day I will inspire most people I know to “cultivate a good life and record it”.
  • Not just this month but in the last few months (I am not being too hard on myself since the last few months did include our wedding, our 11 day honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Gasparilla) but in that time I have abandoned my first love having been so pre-occupied with Project LIfe and I sadly have not done ANY SMASHING (aka SMASHbook-ing) in a VERY long time.  I really need to set time aside to delve into my smashbooks because I truly do love and enjoy them and I think that if I have them as an outlet for my “messy crafting/scrapping” that I will feel more comfortable keeping my PL pages clean, simple and streamlined.  As of right now it’s almost as if I am smashing on each card for each pocket which can be quite a bit of work!
  • My “friend” Carrie (I say “friend” only because she is amongst the many wonderful people I have gotten to interact with and come to know a bit via my rekindling my relationship with the craft world via the internet, blogging, twittering and instagramming but yet I have not now, nor will I probably ever meet her or any of the many in person.)  But even those these “friends” aka “cyber-friends” are not “real”, the “relationships” I have with them feel very similar to “real world friendship” and I certainly can’t deny that they bring me joy on a daily basis.  So to call them anything other than “friend” just feels strange so, “friends” it is.  But.  I digress, back to Carrie, she was the reason I made the jump on to the “Project Life Train”.  I asked her back in October (the month before my wedding lol!) if she PL AND Smashbooks and she said “Yes!”.  She went on to say that while she loved both projects, that they served very different purposes for her, Project Life is for the every day and Smashbooks became more of a themed/event oriented project which made perfect sense to me.  The point is that the craft world is a very kind and open space and I am happy that I have been able to engage with and get to know so many due to my love of this project.
  • I need to work on capturing the everyday ordinary which I have been doing a better job of this week, but the month of January as a whole was filled with mostly “head shots” and I would really like to branch out and add some variety and capture the small elements of Don and I’s days that make this life what it is right now so we can recognize the differences when we look back from our future.
  • I need to learn to let myself just love a photo.  #NOFILTER
  • In February I would like to start using the timer and remote for the “real camera” and even on the iphone so that I can start incorporating my hands into my images and also to allow more possibility for captured movement.  This will also allow for more unique and interesting angles.  LIke this shot by Elise:

 

Whats not to love about this photo? I want to incorporate more images JUST LIKE THIS!

  • As far as my “process” I have learned about myself this month that I use what I see, what is readily accessible and also what is fairly new mostly because it is fresh in my mind.  I have complete admiration for someone like “Glitter Girl” aka Shimelle who is able to recall the brand name and collection for EVERYTHING!  She is amazing to me, I really enjoy watching her videos on YouTube which are a part of a series for Two Peas in a Bucket called “Glitter Girl Adventures”,

she pulls questions right from the discussion boards and provides solutions, very clever girl 🙂  But, for now, I do not have the ability to remember everything I have in my stash, let alone who made it and which collection it is a part of!  So I am thinking that knowing this about myself mean that I need to either weekly or monthly select random supplies, papers, ephemera etc and put them in a container directly on my table so that they are readily available and fresh in my mind.  I think this will help insure that my pages don’t become predictable and also will help me delve into the abyss that is my craft collection and actually take advantage of all of the different products that I have been hoarding over the past year or so.

  • I would like to start incorporating a “Favorites right now” insert or card atleast once a month listing out favorite movies, tv shows, books, music, food, hangouts etc…
  • And last but not least I think I am going to start including a monthly Instagram insert in the hopes that that will encourage me to embrace my photos as they are or to explore apps that allow me to use filters but not neccessarily change the dimensions of my photos in order to do so.  The security of knowing that the IG insert will be there for me to fill should help A LOT!  And besides, I am really not a big fan of putting square photos into rectangular pockets, it urks me.

 If you have made it this far then you deserve a reward of some sort as well as a BIG THANK YOU from this girl.  Those of you out there that do blog know that it can be incredibly time consuming but when others actually take the time to read it and even better leave comments and feedback, it makes it all worth it!  Have a wonderful weekend and I will be back hopefully sooner than a month from now but MOST DEFINITELY in a month from now!

-thejensspin

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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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What’s New in Evernote 5 for Mac?

I am catching up on my Google Reader Account today which I was WAY behind the times in creating by the way, but now that I have I honestly don’t know how I lived without it!… Kinda like Evernote honestly.  As a result of today’s catching up I have once again been immersed in all things Evernote,and their never ending ability to surprise me and wow me with their innovations.  Best thing about this post and video is that they are showcasing all things new for Evernote 5 for MAC which makes me OH SO HAPPY!

 

 

http://evernote.com/evernote/whats_new/mac/

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Livescribe smartpen!

Livescribe smartpen!

BRILLIANT!

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With the Sky wifi smartpen, you take handwritten notes in your Livescribe notebook as you regularly would in meetings, lectures, or conferences. To record audio, just tap the pen on the Record button, and the pen will record as you take notes, linking the written and spoken words together. Notes and audio are stored on the pen, and when you’re in wifi range, it will sync all the content with Evernote. No special software or cables needed.

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#FMSphotoaday Day 3 & Day 4

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Day 3 was the day of Happy Mail, both giving a receiving!  My sweet friend Sarah received her surprise SmashPackage and I received all sorts of wedding and craft supplies, including my new Polaroid z230 camera!

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Day 4 was a lazy rainy day after work spent catching up on some shows, drafting a new blog post, researching/reading about creative blogging and doing some research on San Francisco where Don and I will spent part of our honeymoon!

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