Hello SC friends! My name is Colleen Warren, and unless you are on Instagram or a San Diego Nordtsrom's employee, you most likely have no idea who I am. I am wife to Joe, and Mom to Lola (two AND A HALF) and Wyley (three months). Not too long after I had Lola, I discovered Project Life and I fell in love with that method of scrapbooking. Especially for this certain time in my life where I want to document as much as I can, with the little free time I have. The problem I found initially, for me, was that a lot of the joy I get from scrapbooking is as my main creative outlet, so strictly using the same kit for an entire year or album wasn’t the right fit. I began using my Studio Calico kits and my stash in combination with my Becky Higgins kits and that has been great – but now with SC Project Life kits, it really has been a perfect solution for me. The kits are gorgeous and unique, different every month, and can be intermixed with the other kits and shop items. So I still get to shop! Sure I want to document my kid’s first and formative years, but also I really enjoy the shopping aspect. Just ask my husband. And Wells Fargo.
- An iPhone! Aside from the convenience of always having a really good camera with you at all times, it’s primarily what I use to edit photos and order prints (and shop!). And now with the flip view lens, I take more self-portrait pictures than ever. Most of my favorite pictures of myself with my kids are with the flip view lens.
- Instagram! I follow many fellow project lifers & studio calicoers (word? probably not), as well as photographers, artists, interior decorators, people with cute kids, some random celebrities…I draw so much inspiration and motivation from just a glance at my feed, at anytime of the day. It has also been so fun seeing what other SC PL kit users are doing with exact same bag (or box) of goodies. (user name: colsterspl)
- Letting go of perfectionism! I try really hard to not re-do things. And if I miss a week (or 5) (or 40) - no biggee. I just start with the most recent week, and if I get to those missed weeks some day, great, but I’m not losing any sleep over them either. Last year while I was pregnant, I was so crazy tired almost my entire pregnancy (like someone-was-slipping-Ambiens-in-my-teas tired) that I think I only finished about 25 weeks – and that’s probably a pretty generous estimate. But, I love looking at the weeks I did complete, and I seriously doubt Lola and Wyley will some day say, “Hey Mom, what happened to week 37?” They’ll just be happy with whatever was done as well.
- Time savers! The tiny attacher I swear saves me hours. And the SC kit, having someone do all the leg work putting together a cohesive and beautiful color scheme. And items I love like Pow Glitter paper and veneer add so much without any work and time to achieve how great they look.
Well, I could go on and on – but I know you are all just as busy as me and probably more so, so I’ll wrap it up! I had so much fun with the February Project Life kit! I couldn’t bring myself to mess with several of the cards, they were just too pretty and it seemed like if it ain’t broke…. I’m not super active on the SC message boards, but very much so on Instagram. Thank you to all my Instafriends! I really do gain so much inspiration from all that everyone shares on there (and friendship to boot!)! And thanks to Studio Calico for this opportunity to share my Project Life! This has been very exciting!
Xo Colleen Warren