5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH Illustrations

This month’s giveaway is brought to you by the gorgeous Katie of KAH Illustrations (also affectionately called “Hillustrations“).

5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH IllustrationsPhoto by Rachel Russian

Katie is an Alumni of East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, a recent graduate with a concentration in Illustration.

5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH Illustrations

5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH Illustrations

5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH Illustrations

Katie has graciously offered to send each of our five winners this month a print of a brand new design – Judith & Holofernes.

5by5 Giveaway: Judith & Holofernes Prints from KAH Illustrations

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Project Life 2014: Week Twelve & Thirteen + Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit

Weeks of March 16-22, 23-29
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Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

Obviously, life has been hella chaotic. Hence why I haven’t been around in basically forever.

My apologies. I’m trying to get my life back out of crazy-ville. Or at least a little closer to relatively normal.

Is that such a thing? I hope so.

Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

SPRING! SPRINGTIME. BRIGHT COLORS.

I’m so tired of cold, dreary old winter. I’m sorry, January and February. You really don’t get the love the other months do. But you just so gosh darn bleak.

So now I am embracing spring, pretty colors, and fun patterns. Yay, spring!

I did some brushscript for a friend’s website. You’ll be seeing more of that soon.

I started Uptown Drawing Club here in Uptown Greenville. Meeting one was a success, meeting two is coming up soon.

Also, cats.

Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

Garden, cats, garden, cats. Cute fiancé, coffee. Etc, etc.


Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

Spring! Flowers! Fun new layouts! Bright colors!

And more cats. Obviously.
Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

Pretty flowers, tea, finally setting a wedding date. Growing basil, visit the high school, a simple sketch, more cats.

Oh, what? Yes, wedding. Yeah. June 21st. You can expect a few posts on that this summer. I’ve been engaged for almost three years now – by the time we get married, it’ll be three years and one month to the day – so it’s awesome that we’ve finally set a date, picked a place. I’m very excited.

Project Life 2014: Week Twelve + Thirteen

Cats, garden, flowers… I sense a theme. Some people fill their scrapbook with pictures of their kids. Mine is filled with cats and plants.

Maybe I should be worried about that…

Meh, that’s pretty much how my life goes. The only thing missing is me staring at my computer monitor. But who wants to see that?


If you thought you noticed a few brand spanking new cards, you thunk right.

Becky Higgins of Project Life just (finally!) released the digital version of Amy Tan‘s collaboration with Kal Barteski, the Plus One mini kit.

Man oh man, isn’t it the cutest? I’m a bit sad that it’s lacking some of the elements that the full traditional kit came with, but I can cope. Even if I’m not celebrating “plus one” in the traditional sense, (no, I’m really not, even with the three-month wedding date, so please stop asking) I can still enjoy just how bright and cheerful this kit is. (Though, really, why can’t I have all the stuff in the traditional kit? Pleeeeeeeaaaaase?!)


Project Life is a simple system by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life without the muss and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. To simplify even more, I have decided to do Digital Project Life.

Around Here

Life has been chaotic.


Chris was sick for a few days. Lots of naps.

We finally set a date. It’s three months away. Cue panic.


I learned my new favorite way to cook fish – drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder, lemon pepper, and dill, topped with veggies. Wrap all of that in aluminum foil, bake at 375 for 25 minutes or so… absolutely heavenly.

Also, sweet potato chips are delicious.

Cats are ridiculous critters. But we already knew that, didn’t we.

 

Sugar gliders are adorable. We already knew that, too, but it’s always fun to be reminded.

 


The adventures in gardening have been very up and down… mostly down. Because I keep accidentally killing my plants. Sigh.

 

At least my patio is pretty.

 

I started the first drawing club in our area that’s open to all artists. We are currently meeting twice a month – and I’m loving it.

I started working on a branding and website project that will be mostly handscripted. I thoroughly enjoyed my first session.

Tomorrow I should be back with the last two weeks of Project Life. I’m hoping to start keeping a real blogging schedule again. Maybe.

Project Life 2014: Week Eleven

Week of March 9-15
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Project Life 2014: Week Eleven | Erika EagleProject Life 2014: Week Eleven | Erika Eagle

Lots and lots of gardening photos this week.

Project Life 2014: Week Eleven | Erika EagleThere’s honestly not much else for me to say.

One day I’ll be blogging like normal again. One day.


Project Life is a simple system by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life without the muss and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. To simplify even more, I have decided to do Digital Project Life.

Project Life 2014: Week Ten (& A Review)

Week of March 2-8
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Project Life 2014: Week Ten (& A Review) | Erika Eagle

This week started off so cold and icy, but ended in a glorious day of sunshine-y bliss.Project Life 2014: Week Ten (& A Review) | Erika Eagle

Pretty succulents from a walk in the local plant store this week. It was gorgeous.

A colored pencil drawing and a snapshot of the sale bin that got me to buy ten pencils when I only wanted two… but it was such a good deal. (This happened where I work, I helped come up with the sale, and my boss laughed the whole time she was ringing me up.)

A delicious salmon and veggie dinner.

Weight room from the gym.

Weather from the first half of the week – ew, ice - and the knitting project I was working on while it was cold.

Project Life 2014: Week Ten (& A Review) | Erika Eagle

Then, all of the sudden, it was spring. Beautiful, sunny, warm spring. (Actually, I got a bit sunburnt on Sunday, even…)

I wandered around a couple of plant stores and spent way too much money on what will be this year’s garden.  Planted all of my seeds in eggshells, and started working on my planters.
My patio is going to look fantastic and I am so excited.


This week marks week ten of Project Life 2014… and I wanted to take a moment to review the year so far!

 

 


Project Life is a simple system by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life without the muss and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. To simplify even more, I have decided to do Digital Project Life.

In The Shop: Smart Templates

SmartTemplates

New in the ShopSmart Templates!

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Smart Templates are fantastic for simplifying scrapbooking or image organizing. The Smart Templates use Photoshop’s Smart Objects feature to make adding photos so easy. No idea how to use Smart Objects? Here is a quick breakdown. Don’t have Photoshop yet? Photoshop and Lightroom are on sale through March 31! Get that deal here. (Seriously, jump on that. I’m really mad that I bought Ps a month ago and didn’t get this deal.) If you don’t have Photoshop CS2 or higher, or some of the later versions of Photoshop Elements, you can still use the templates to create clipping masks – you’ll just miss out on the awesome Smart Objects.

Smart Template Versions

These templates are what I’ve been using every single month in my Project Life spreads. Each template comes with four versions.

Project Life: Week Eight | Erika Eagle

This layout uses Template 7, version B. Each page has five 3.75×5.75″ and two 3.75×2.75 ” images.

 

Project Life 2014: Week Three | Erika Eagle

This layout uses Template 5, version B. Each page has four 3.75×5.75″ and two 3.75×2.75″ images.

 

Project Life 2014: Week Two | Erika Eagle

This layout uses Template 12 (and it’s mirrored template, coming soon!), version B. Each page has two 3.75×5.75″ and eight 3.75×2.75″ images.

 

Personally, I turn off the white border on journaling and filler cards, and leave it on for photos. For myself, I like the clean white edges and the drop shadow. With four different versions of each template, you can choose exactly what you need.

Check out the new Smart Templates – I hope you enjoy them!

5by5 Giveaway: Planner PDF Giveaway

It’s time for the March 5by5! 5 prizes to 5 winners on the 5th of the month.

This month, I had a few people request something in particular – the files for the planner that I made myself a couple weeks ago.

5by5 Giveaway: Planner PDF Giveaway | Erika Eagle

I’ll send a .zip of the .pdf files to the five winners. (I have a version for renters and a version for homeowners, so never fear!)

There will be a monthly calendar, weekly calendars, weekly budgets, monthly challenges, and monthly project list.

These are made to fit mini-binders (I used this one), and I used regular paper in page protectors. I considered using cardstock, but the printing cost (I don’t have a printer) would’ve been astronomical. So, black and white prints on plain paper it was. Those cost $0.10 each, so this was a very wallet-friendly project. I like that the planner design, while attractive (in my opinion), take a backseat to any colored inks or highlighters that I might use.

5by5 Giveaway: Planner PDF Giveaway | Erika Eagle

I made my own pretty monthly dividers, and I left a blank page on the back of the last weekly budget as a place for me to keep receipts.

The weekly schedule is divided into morning, afternoon, and evening, has a “misc” section, and a place for meal planning.

This weekly planner is one more step closer to me being an “actual adult”. Budgeting, meal planning… all of that. New Year’s Resolution? Not so much. Just a goal in general.

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Project Life 2014: Week Nine

Week of February 23-March 1
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Project Life 2014: Week Nine | Erika Eagle

This week was almost overrun with photos. Not a problem I’m used to having.

Project Life 2014: Week Nine | Erika Eagle

Kitties, a promotion for Chris, berry pancakes.

Project Life 2014: Week Nine | Erika Eagle

Organization and art.

Maybe sometime soon I’ll do a photo every hour. Hmm.


Project Life is a simple system by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life without the muss and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. To simplify even more, I have decided to do Digital Project Life.

Project Life 2014: Week Eight

The winners from last weeks giveaway have been contacted!

Week of February 16-22
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Project Life: Week Eight | Erika Eagle

This week was abso-flippin-lutely ridiculous. I almost wish my spread showed how crazy it was.

Project Life: Week Eight | Erika Eagle

I started working out last Sunday. For the first time in years. I used to swim competitively, when I was younger, but then I broke my foot and never got back to it.

So here I am, eight years later, getting my butt handed to me three days a week.

Rock on.

The downside is, that takes, you know, time. Specifically the time each afternoon that I had dedicated to blog posts. So, that’s why I was gone all week. I have to get back to posting on a regular basis, yikes.

Project Life: Week Eight | Erika Eagle

Right hand side is all gliders, all the time. Top row is about a website I just finished, Glider-Magazine.com

Second row is the Denmark Trio, some of the very first joeys I sold, who have stayed with me for the past year.

And the third row is a trio of gliders that we just, finally, got together. It took about six months, but it was well worth it.


Project Life is a simple system by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life without the muss and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. To simplify even more, I have decided to do Digital Project Life.