I’m continuing my series of copy-able letters to sponsored children. To read more about this series, click here. To view other templates, click the “Sponsor Letter Templates” link under the main blog header (or here, if reading in a feed). Want to pin this template to Pinterest? Just use the “pin-it” button at the bottom of this post. Easy Peazy!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a letter template. I’m still fighting crafter’s block when it comes to dreaming up new templates – and while I’m gearing up to share more templates for older sponsored kids, coming up with ideas is no easy feat. So, friends, if you’ve got an idea for a template that you’d love to see, please leave a comment or drop me an email and share your inspiration. I’m always looking for new themes and for ideas that will help sponsors write more often and with less anxiety.

This time, I’m sharing a pretty red swirl template that could be perfect for an older child for Valentine’s Day – or any time of the year.

You can download it from scribd here. If you do not have a free scribd account, and do not want to create one, you can view the template here on Google Docs. 

I’m still planning on taking my existing templates and creating”older” versions.  Right now I’m just going back through them in a random way, updating whatever speaks to me at the moment – but, if you’d like to see a particular one updated, let me know. Also, I’d love it if you’d share any suggestions for new templates with me (for whatever age children).

*Please note that I do not encourage you to abandon letter-writing and just send these templates. Instead, these are meant to be used as a guide in building your relationship with your sponsored kids. As you learn more about your child, it should become easier to write them without using the templates. Hopefully, these templates can be helpful in ‘kick-starting’ relationships or  sending short notes when you’re pressed for time.

 

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My passport is set to expire next year – which means I’ll have to renew it once I get back from Peru. I look at the girl in that passport photo and sometimes I don’t even recognize her. My co-workers tell me she looks like my evil twin. They have no idea.

Aside from being significantly skinnier, that girl is blonde, naive, and on the verge of falling off a dangerous cliff in her personal life. That girl believes that if she wants something bad enough, and waits long enough, that it’s bound to happen. That girl is incredibly entitled. She is beautiful, but feels very fat. That girl is afraid to step out of her comfort zone because any small step could fundamentally change her relationships with her friends and herself. That girl is me, and is not me.

A United States Passport is good for 10 years and I’m honestly amazed and shocked at where these years have taken me. When I first got that little book I never expected to use it has much as I have – I mean, I hoped I’d be a world traveler, but I didn’t really expect it to happen. I definitely did not expect to use it to come face to face with painful emotions, unjust circumstances, and world shattering poverty.

The first time I got that passport stamped? I was headed on an Education First Tour of Amsterdam and Paris. I went with friends and coworkers. I saw majesty, opulence, history, and splendor. We explored the Hall of Mirrors in the Castle at Versailles. I walked where Anne Frank once walked. I got lost in the Louvre. And I remember hating most of the trip. I was the newest friend among our group, and the youngest. It was a major culture shock for the only child in me to be with a group for that long. I remember feeling left out, and I remember being very whiney. I don’t imagine I was much fun to put up with. I remember the food being bad and Paris smelling of urine. I remember being glad that I decided to go, but not really enjoying it in the moment. Despite all that, I don’t regret the trip and wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. Your first look at a country other than your own is important – and that trip laid the ground work for the way that I travel today.

Yet, when I got home, I promptly put my passport in the safety deposit box and forgot about it. For 7 years it sat unused. I had almost forgotten where I’d even put it when I decided to visit my sponsored kids Emily and Josué in Ecuador.

I cannot begin to express the differences between the two trips. The second trip – I went by myself (in as much as I didn’t know anyone else on the trip. I did join a group with Compassion International in Miami). I saw poverty. I saw homes with no water, no heat, no electricity. I saw children who fought daily to survive. I saw mothers with no way to provide without the intervening help of Compassion. I stood with one foot in each hemisphere. And, among it all, I saw hope. I saw joy. I felt joy. This time, I traveled with a much more open mind. I had an attitude of yes. I made an effort to not complain, not whine, not be an “only child.” And I connected. I connected with the group and with myself. I loved on & hugged my sponsored children every second I could. I cried with the other sponsors and I rejoiced with the other sponsors. I ate delicious food and I felt joy.

And now, as I look back, I realize that without the bumpy years between the trips, the girl in the passport photo would have never ventured to South America. I realize that without the trials and the tears, the years with no international travel, the years with young hope and honest dreams dashed, that girl would not have the desire to help the least of these. She would have played it safe in the life she constructed in her head, and she would have missed it all. So yes, that skinny blonde in the photo, that’s me.

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And, no, it’s not me at all.

Because after all, who can say they are the same person they were 10 years ago?

In a few short weeks Dad and I will be planting our next straw-bale garden. And, in keeping with our tradition, we’re planning on doubling in size from last year. Back in the fall, we bought 15 bales and set 12 of them out to begin composting over the winter. We’ll use the remaining 3 bales to supplement last year’s garden beds.

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Now, as the spring teases us, I get to start the fun part of the Winter Gardening- the planning! But, before we dive in, let me give you a quick run down of what the garden looked like in 2014.

Planted in Straw-Bales:

  • 8 tomato plants yielding 475 tomatoes
  • 2 yellow squash plants yielding 21 squash
  • 1 zucchini plant yielding 5 zucchini
  • 4 cucumber plants yielding 82 cucumbers

Planted in Raised Beds

  • Carrots – lots planted, not as many harvested.
  • 1 watermelon plant yielding 3 watermelons
  • 1 cantaloupe plant yielding 5 cantaloupes
  • Several strawberry plants producing at least 4 quarts of strawberries
  • Several 2 and 3 year old asparagus roots producing at least 4 bundles of asparagus spears
  • 6 cauliflower plants yielding 6 heads of cauliflower
  • 6 broccoli plants yielding 10 heads of broccoli

All in all it wasn’t a bad year. We had some hiccups – but we’re in a better place because of them. For 2015, we’re looking to eliminate the cauliflower and broccoli (easy to plant, produced a lot, we didn’t eat any of it – no need to grow it if we’re not going to eat it). We’re also looking to increase the number of watermelon and cantaloupe plants and switch out our strawberry variety. The strawberries we planted were very bland and had a watery taste. We’re hoping to find a stronger fruit with a heartier berry.

We’ll be sticking with 8 tomato plants, but we plant to spread them out a bit more – they were packed pretty tight last year which was pain when it came to harvesting. We’ll be doing the same with the cucumber – spreading the plants out and allowing more room for them to vine. The asparagus are doing fantastic where they are, and we don’t plan on making any changes to their bed – which is full – so if we plant more, we’ll have to find an additional area to plant them in (but you won’t catch me complaining. I love asparagus).

Finally, we’re going to augment the soil for the carrots – doubling the depth from approximately 6 inches to 12 inches. We had a ton of tiny carrots, but they never fully matured. I think the soil was a big part of this – I don’t think they had anywhere to go. I’m also going to prune them back quite a bit this year. Last year I just spread the seeds and let them go – no culling – which led to overcrowding and malnourished plants.

That’s the plan so far, anyway. Do you have a garden plan for this year? Have you started to think about what you’ll be planting in a few weeks?

 

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I prepare to go back to South America, I have several sewing projects that need to be completed. Some of them are for me, but most of them are gifts (with over 1/2 being for Compassion Sponsored kids). Sewing is a very fluid process for me, and not since my 26quilts project have I had such a concrete list of projects needing to be finished.  Moreover, since many of the items on my list are going to South America with me, I actually need to get these completed before mid-April  - which means the list below is actually my to-sew list for the first 6 months of 2015.

  • XO Baby Quilt
  • Josué’s Quilt
  • Emily’s Quilt
  • Valeria’s Quilt
  • Josué’s Duffel
  • Emily’s Duffel
  • Valeria’s Duffel
  • Helen Angela’s Duffel
  • Schnitzel&Boo Mini Quilt
  • Rainbow Mini Quilt
  • Spring Fling Mini Quilt
  • Ghibli Mini Quilt
  • Tuanga’s Quilt
  • Trellis Quilt
  • Pillow Shams
  • Giant Winter Swoon
  • Emily’s Mother’s Gift
  • Helen Angela’s Mother’s Gift
  • Josué’s Mother’s Gift
  • Valeria’s Mother’s Gift
  • 10 Days for Girls Kits
  • Birthday Quilt

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m making a conscious effort to limit my fabric purchasing and complete my to-sew list with as much fabric from my stash as possible. I’ve got a good grasp on what this means for these projects, and am confident that, with the exception of 2, maybe 3, projects this can be done. I’m planning on sharing more about each of these projects as I complete them.

And with that, let’s get sewing!

 

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I’ve been thinking about capsule wardrobes for a year or so – in an abstract kind of “that’s interesting” way. It wasn’t until I started thinking about packing for my trips to South America – and after a frustratingly time consuming afternoon of laundry sorting (as in I have a crap-ton of clothes & yes that is the real measurement: crap-ton) that I started to seriously consider what implementing a capsule wardrobe could mean for me.

I’m planning to spend a few days and dive in to creating my own capsule wardrobe this week, and I’ll be sure to share how that goes. So far, I’ve gone through my closet and pulled out all my “less-than-perfect” clothes (clothes that don’t fit, that make me uncomfortable, that I just don’t like anymore) – as evidenced by the photo above.  Also evidenced by the photo above? I have too many clothes. Clothes that I’m not even wearing regularly. This small step of simply piling up the items I no longer want to wear has been really eye opening. It makes me sick to think of all the money wasted in that pile. My next steps include sorting that mile-high pile into two separate donate and consign piles, storing out-of-season clothes in an area away from my capsule wardrobe, and determining what my bare bones wardrobe is going to look like.

Until then, if you have any great links for hints/tips in curating a smaller wardrobe, PLEASE share them in the comments. Below are a few videos and resources I’ve been looking over recently …

It’s definitely a goal of mine to reduce the amount of “stuff” in my life – from fabric, to clothes, to trinkets – there’s just to much junk. For me, curating my wardrobe – freeing up space both physically and mentally, is the perfect way to start this de-cluttering.

Do you operate on a capsule wardrobe? Any tips on finding good clothing consignment shops to off-load my extras?

EcuadorFirstHomeVisit08I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today – it’s been semi secret for a while, if only for the fact that I haven’t shared on any of my social media outlets yet. But, as it’s fast approaching, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag.

In just under 3 months I’ll be returning to Ecuador to visit my amazing Compassion Sponsored Children, Emily & Josué.

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I cannot begin to express how anxious I am to get back to these kids – my shy little girl and my boy with a big heart.

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What’s even more special is the fact that I’m going to get to see sweet Valeria (in blue below) again – after my last trip, my Mom decided to sponsor her.

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I am so excited! Almost from the moment I got home, I’ve been wanting to go back (I say almost because, let’s face it, nothing beats sleeping in your own bed). As the days have ticked by, the urge to go back to Ecuador have gotten stronger and stronger. The letters take on a whole new meaning when you can put a candid face with them – when you can almost hear the voices of the kids who wrote the words, when your hands remember their hands, and your heart remembers their hugs. When you can see the overflowing love and gratitude in their mother’s faces. When you remember the heart-wrenching stories, and the sheer joy of the short time you shared. Current sponsors: if you ever doubt the importance of meeting your kids, let me assure you – it’s worth it. Worth it to the kids and so worth it for your spirit.

I had actually hoped to go to Peru in the fall of 2014, but there was not a sponsor tour available that fit within my available timeframe and budget – which leads to my other bit of news:

In just under 5 months I’ll be going to Peru to meet my sweet Helen Angela.

This will be my first trip to Peru, and considering I’ve sponsored Helen Angela the longest, it is really overdue. Helen Angela will be 15 in December, so it’s a big year for her – and I am very excited to be able to visit her and share a small part of her life with her. I’m even more excited to try to get a photo of her with a smile. In all the years I’ve been her sponsor, I have yet to see the child smile. I got a hint of a smile in the last photo-update from Compassion – but it left me hungry for the real thing. She writes such happy letters, I know there’s a smile buried in there somewhere.

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Thinking about returning has me both excited and anxious. That last trip, it broke a deep part of me. There are things you experience when faced with such poverty that fundamentally change your being. Ecuador has forever altered my world-view. There is no doubt in my mind that the days I spent in the mountains of Riobamba and the the parks of Quito were some of the happiest of my life – but they were also some of the saddest. Saying bye for now to my kids was almost impossible. But also, seeing families struggle with just having enough is hard. Seeing joy in such poverty is hard, too. Genuine joy convicts the spirit – you either genuinely celebrate, or find your eyes opened to the true-faith of those who have nothing but faith. It’s not something you walk away from without scars. So, while I’m excited to go back, I know those scars will be reopened, deepened, and made raw. It will be a blessing, but it will be hard.

There’s a Fray song that I love (well actually there are several – I’m a huge Fray fan – but I digress) – it fits perfectly with how I am feeling and how I am processing the days leading up to these trips:

Happiness feels a lot like sorrow; Let it be, you can’t make it come or go … Happiness damn near destroys you, breaks your faith to pieces on the floor. So you tell yourself that’s enough for now, Happiness has a violent roar.

 

Each year I choose a focus word. One Little Word on which to build 365 days. One word to guide me, and help me find my better life. In 2015, that word is “Curate.”

For me, it’s all about the selective gathering – to curate memories, moments, and happiness. To cull the unnecessary, rework what I’ve already got, and add where the collection is lacking. To take it one step further I’m aiming to go from creating chaos to curating peace. It’s about getting everything in order to make the best possible 2015. I’m excited to see where this word takes me, and excited to share my progress throughout the year. 

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There’s a movement started by @projectleasa on Instagram called #SewMyStash2015 – and when I first read about it, I hate to admit, but I brushed it off. Why would I intentionally not buy fabric to sew with? What am I suppose to use? My stash is seriously lacking (all said to myself with very little factual basis). And then Curate became my 2015 One Little Word – and when viewed through that lens, using what I already had didn’t seem so crazy.

My fabric stash wasn’t lacking – far from it. When I took a step back, I realized that my stash was overflowing. I have three giant plastic tubs full of fabric and enough to fill a fourth sitting on top the others. I realized that I didn’t even know what was in some of those tubs, yet I was still buying more and more. If I could use fabric I already have, I could declutter my space and use the money I would have spent on other things – this was perfect – curate manifested in so many ways. Realizing that, I quickly found that step one needed to be a good sorting of my whole stash, from scraps and yardage to ribbon and buttons.

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As I started to go through the bins (and create a huge mess of fabric), I realized I had some really great collections – collections that were begging to become finished projects. Which is perfect, because I’ve got several major items on my to-sew list that was just waiting for the right fabric. By the way, I’m hoping to share my 2015 to-sew list in the coming days, in case you’re interested. :)

I also realized I had some pieces that I would never use – pieces that were scraps from old projects or no longer my style. It was time to say buh-bye to those. So, after spending a few hours measuring and photographing all of the better scraps, I opened a second Instagram account specifically to destash my fabric (and likely clothes/accessories/home goods) over the next 12 months. If you’d like to join in on my de-stash, you can find my shop by searching @elephantgraceshops on instagram.

Within the first few hours I sold over $80 worth of fabric that had just been sitting in my storage. $80! Which is awesome – and was just the boost I needed to keep clearing out pieces. The shop still has several pieces, and I’m actually due to give it another boost of items soon, so if you’re looking for fabric or goods, keep an eye out – I’ll be decluttering all year long all in an effort to curate only the best pieces in the smallest, usable amounts (fabric or otherwise). Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have a better sense of my own style and crafting needs.

Already I can tell that, with the exception of solids and backing material, I don’t really need to buy any more fabric for the projects I have planned. I can also tell that I need to sort through my scrap basket and cut usable pieces – 2.5″ squares, fat quarters, and fat eighths. If I can’t get at least a 2.5″ square out of it, it needs to go – I don’t have the room to keep it or the energy to make it into anything. I’m debating listing bags of color-coordinating smaller scraps in the destash shop.

My sewing area is still a huge mess from when I sorted through the bins, and I haven’t even tackled the ribbon/buttons/notions, but at least I know what fabric I have – and I have a plan for about 1/4 of it. As I work to put the area back together, I’m being ruthless in what goes where and how it’s stored. I’m looking into storage solutions that allow me to see my fabric and better pull pieces for projects. If I’m going to do this, it’s going to be done right. No one wants to have to go through the whole process again in a few weeks, months, or even years. This curating, it’s a pain – but so worth it.

Are you pairing down anything in 2015? I’ve got some other curating projects in the works – be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks.

 

I’ve written about my Straw Bale Garden system several times over the past couple of years, and I swear by this method of gardening. I’m telling you, if you have the blackest thumb out there, the worst soil, the smallest space, you should give straw-bale gardening a try.  You can read more about my gardening successes and methods here, here, and here.

We don’t actually do much to the garden in the winter. Come September, the growing season is usually over (though this year we were harvesting tomatoes on Halloween), and we just let the plant run their course. There are a few easy steps we do before shutting completely down for the season though, and I thought it might be fun to share those with you. Below are our 5 easy steps to winterizing a straw bale garden.

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1. Trim, Cut Back, Pull Out

Remove dead foliage, prune perennials as needed, and make room for a new crop in the Spring. Clean up and clear out.

2. Fill In

Straw bales shrink drastically as the season progresses, and you’re likely to find some big gaps in your beds come Fall. Take a moment to fill those gaps with additional straw or potting soil – if you’ll fill at the end of the season, the new straw/soil can compost all winter and continue to create nutrients for your spring planting. This is also the time to add new bales if you want to expand your garden, or your old bales have completely fallen apart (which can happen – before we boxed our bales in, we were buying new bales each season.)

3. Water Down

Give your new and old bales a good soak. You’re at the end of summer, it’s likely been dry and hot and now the growing season is over – this watering will give the winter composting cycle a bit of a jump start and help the bales in their decomposition and nutrient building.

4. Let Set

Walk away. Seriously – walk away from the bales. Leave them alone the rest of the winter. Let them compost and absorb the winter – let the snow but nitrogen into your spring garden, let the rain soak in the sponge-like bales, and just let them set. When you come back in a few months, ready to plant a new crop, your bales will be primed and ready (I do recommend you give them an initial fertilizing boost prior to planting – read more here)

5. ReEvaluate

Last but not least, reevaluate your garden. What worked? What didn’t? What do you want to change for next year? Take notes and then put the notes away for a few weeks. Rest. Let yourself enjoy the winter. Then, a few weeks before you need to prep the next growing season, pull out your notes and revisit your thoughts. Make any last minute changes to the plan, and let your green thumb loose.

That’s it! Easy huh? That’s what we’ve found to best work for us and while I’m sure there are many other things we could be doing to the garden in the cold months, we’d just rather not. These 5 steps really are all we need each year in order to have a good start for the next crop – and why mess with what works?

For those of you who garden but don’t straw bale garden, do you have any special prep you do over the winter?

For the longest time I’ve avoided paper piecing when I quilt – all those tiny pieces looked way too intimidating. But, for Christmas this year, I wanted to make some very specific quilt-related gifts that called for minute detail. After doing an extensive Google search and finding some really great free paper piecing patterns and video tutorials, I dove in – and ended up with three gifts that I loved making and giving.

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First, I tackled the beloved Olaf using this pattern (which has been super popular on instagram & for good reason. The patter is well written with clear and easy to construct pieces). Considering I only had to rip-out and redo one section on my first attempt, I’m calling this one a win. I adore how it came out and couldn’t be more pleased with my first-ever paper pieced quilted envelope pillow. Plus, the designer of this pattern created an entire Frozen line – well worth checking out if you have any Frozen fans on your own gift lists. PaperPiecing_3

Next, I attempted to paper piece the King for Jamie who, as you might remember, is a super-fan. I used this pattern and only altered the color scheme. Since it was a Christmas gift, I wanted to use the red-jumpsuit elvis with the white accent – so I removed the blue “ascot” pieces in the pattern and just used the skin color to show an open front jumpsuit. Of all of my paper piecing attempts, this one was the most difficult. That area just under his chin gave me fits. But, all in all, I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it makes the perfect addition to go with the Elvis quilt I gave Jamie for her birthday.PaperPiecing_2The final bit of paper piecing I completed before Christmas was the Snoopy block. (Pattern here) My Mom is an avid Snoopy fan, and this block is destined to be part of a wall hanging for her. Unfortunately, I ran out of that background fabric and was unable to complete the other blocks in the series before Christmas. Woodstock was pretty tricky because of his size, and I did accidentally sew is head on backwards the first time through, so the pattern wasn’t the absolute easiest, but it was manageable and Mom loved it. She’s pretty excited to get the finished product – if I could only source some more of that fabric! I used several large pieces from my stash and none of them had a viable selvage with print information. I’m thinking that I’m just going to resort to using scrappy blues in the same value for the rest of the blocks.

After dealing with these three projects, I can safely say that I am no longer afraid of the paper piecing project. In fact, I’ve added several to my to-sew list for 2015. I’m so glad that I found these patterns and gave them a shot. I will say, the tools and machine settings make all the difference. I traced each of these patterns onto the non-slick side of freezer paper. I then colored each section to make sure I’d use the correct fabric for each piece. It’s a more time consuming this way – but totally worth the effort. I also shortened my stitch length when sewing the fabric together – this help tremendously when tearing off the freezer paper at the end (but was a pain when I had to rip out seams and start over on some pieces – so go slow and double check yourself before you sew anything down). Also, I will say that this method used more fabric than I thought it would. I expected to be able to do some serious stash busting, but unless you align your fabric perfectly, you’ll be short when you flip it over. For me, it just became easier to use slightly larger pieces and trim them back after they were sewn together – if that makes sense. Anyway, when in doubt, cut a larger piece than you think you’ll need.

Have you tried any new methods to a crafting favorite? Do you have any paper piecing tips/tricks you could share with me?

 

First, let me say I love Project Life and it’s premise. I love having a documented look at my life as it is right now. My single-in-my-twenties life. My living at home, making my way, curating the life I want to live life. I love know that there is a record of what I went through, how I felt, and what I learned during this period. It excites me to knowing that I have something I can share with my future family.

The downside is I like to do more than just the bare bones system – I enjoy embellishing my pictures – and often journal directly on the photos. This takes more time – and unfortunately, I’ve gotten WAY behind (as in my last completed spread is from April 2014). Over the next couple of weekends, I’ll be finishing up my 2014 album and re-evaluating my process for 2015. I still want to document, and I still love this method, but I’ve got some tweaking to do in order to prevent such a huge lag.

So, as I work through my pile of photos and get everything in order, I thought it would be fitting to reflect on my last-shared Project Life post and revisit my own tips for catching-up. Below are my top 5 tips for Catching-up on Project Life when you’re way-far behind like me. Enjoy!

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1. Get Ready to Work

If you were a chef, you’d call this step your mise en place. You’re getting your space and your supplies ready to start. This is where you print your photos (I use Printicular for iPhone and love it! Makes my life super easy). This is where you get your Project Life Kit together. This is where you make sure you have scissors, glue dots, and pens handy. This is where you load up podcasts, queue up your Netflix series, and mentally get ready to knock out some awesome work. PLCatchUpTips05

2. Just Start.

Yep, the most obvious step is also the hardest and most essential. You’ve got to block out some time and just get started. Wether you’re catching up on your project on a weekend, afternoons after work, or during your kids’ nap-time, clear your mind and your agenda and set aside a block of time to work on your project and only your project. PLCatchUpTips02

3. Let Go of Perfection

Finished trumps perfect, every time. Don’t get caught up in have the perfect photo when you have 5 perfectly fine photos that capture the memory/story just as well. Don’t let perfection be your excuse for procrastination. Stuck on that one photo but have an ok photo you could use? Go ahead and slip in the ok photo, finish the layout, and make a note to yourself to pick up the perfect photo from the printer to slip in the finished layout later. That way, even if you never get around to picking up that perfect photo you’ll still have a completed layout and only you will know the difference. 

 

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4. Use Your Stash

If you’re like me, you have a stash of products that could be used for your project. Honestly, I have way, way, way too much in my stash (as evidenced by the unruly workspace pictured above). So, referring back to #3 – instead of searching for that perfect embellishment piece, do a quick search of your stash. In fact, I often find it super inspiring to force myself to just use what’s easily accessible (i.e. on top of the pile) in my stash. The paw-print stickers on the layout below is an example of something that’s been sitting in my stash for nearly a year. I’ve also put myself on a purchasing freeze (which is a whole ‘nother subject, but a direct result of having a stash that I wasn’t using) – which forces me to use what I’ve been hoarding.

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5. Finally, Have Fun or Choose to Let it Go Completely

If you dread working on your project, if it makes you sick to think about it, if you’re so far over it that it bears absolutely no benefit to you and only brings you stress, let it go. It’s ok to put it down, unfinished, and walk away. It’s ok to have your life change and your priorities change, and say, “you know what, I’m just now into this anymore.” or “right now, I have other things going on that take a higher priority than this.”

If you aren’t enjoying it. If it’s not fun while you do it, and it’s not fun at the end, give yourself permission to be done with it as it stands. Let go of the stress of “not finishing” and enjoy your new found “free-time” to do the things that are fun – that do make you happy – and that do bring a benefit to your life. It’s totally ok. I promise.

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What do you find most helpful in catching up on Project Life, or any big project you’re working on?

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