Month: February 2016 (page 1 of 5)

Hybrid Project Life App / Digital Scrapbook Layout 2

I decided to make another scrapbooking video to show my entire process for creating a Project Life scrapbook layout, from the absolute beginning to the end. Almost. I didn’t show how I curate my photos down and choose them, but I showed how I create the layout in the Project Life app and then how I edit the layouts in Photoshop to finish them up. Maybe some day I will make a video about how I curate my photos, but until then, I hope this video helps you!

Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for any future videos you’d like to see!

Oh, and P.S. The Project Life app goes live for Android devices TODAY! Run, don’t walk, to get your app today!



Thoughts on Motherhood

It’s amazing how wrong I was about being a mother before I had a child. I don’t mean that in the sense of, “oh, I’ll never let my kids eat candy,” or “I’ll never let my kids watch TV before age two.” I was self-aware enough to realize I would do all of those things and more. Make mistakes? Check! Make stupid choices? Check check! I knew that would happen and boy, it sure has!

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What I mean is that I was totally wrong about what I thought I would feel when it comes to mothering. As a non-mother, I was obsessed with babies; the younger, the better! There was nothing quite like snuggling a newborn. (I still agree with that statement, but now think it’s a lot more relaxing when it’s not your own newborn, when you’re not the sleep-deprived, hormonal hot mess that comes with being a new mama.)

As a mother? The newborn stage was the hardest, most frustrating, and least enjoyable stage for me, so far. Especially considering I had postpartum depression. I’m terrified to have another child because of it. Gracie had a milk protein allergy on top of difficulty breastfeeding, so it took us about four weeks to figure each other out and she ended up on formula which was one of the most devastating events of my life. That sounds ridiculous now, in retrospect, but at the time, it was crushing.

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I loved other stages, didn’t like some. We had some difficulty during random months of her first year, like month ten, for example, was not my most favorite. We had some sleeping difficulty around that point. Then we went through a terrible stage from about 13 months to 16 months. She didn’t listen and was doing a lot of hitting and biting, until we figured out that the poor kid was just tired – our current schedule was not allowing for her to get enough sleep. Doh!

And now, this stage? 18 months? It is SO AWESOME. She is starting to talk up a storm, babbling constantly, and saying the funniest words. She is turning into a person with feelings and thoughts and wants instead of just needs and it is so very cool. I am fascinated by her. I had no idea! As a non-mother, I thought, “oh crap, now they’re toddlers and running all over the place, it’s going to be exhausting.” And it is, in that sense, the physical sense, (don’t even talk to me about chasing her around the grocery store because she hates sitting in the cart!) but I am getting more sleep than I have her entire life because we finally figured out how to put her to sleep correctly and when. She sleeps, I sleep, we all sleep. It’s wonderful!

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It’s just so… interesting. Funny, maybe. My whole life, all I’ve ever wanted to be is a mother. Ask anyone who knows me. And I thought I knew, thought I was prepared, and in some ways, I think I was… but mostly, I was completely wrong.

And I have never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life. The real deal? It’s so much better than I ever could have imagined! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.



Changing Direction

I started this blog about six weeks ago, give or take a few days, for a few different reasons. The main reason is simple: I enjoy it. I haven’t had a serious blog before, but I’ve been writing since I was eight-years-old. My love for writing started with a kitty diary and has gone through many phases, including my first website at age twelve, my LiveJournal account as a teenager, multiple different types of fan-fiction, my creative writing courses in college, to letters to my little girl. It’s an outlet that I enjoy immensely and this blog gives me a place to do that.

Another one of my hobbies is photography. I first started taking photos with disposable cameras when I was in the fourth grade and stored them in a Mickey Mouse album. My love for this medium has grown since then; I’ve gone through multiple cameras, I used to work at a photo studio, and I’ve even been paid to take photos in the past, including multiple weddings.

To round out this whole discussion, I have been on the Internet since we got our first Gateway computer and dial-up when I was twelve-years-old. I pretty much spent my entire teenage years sitting online, talking to my friends on AIM or ICQ, making silly Geocities and Yahoo! websites and writing fan-fiction. What is my point? I was born to be a blogger! 😉

This is what I do, this is who I am. So… it would be nice to do this for a living. I have very low expectations of making money blogging, but it’s worth a shot. I have a full-time job that I like, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

So, what’s the problem? What’s the point of this post? Well, I’m bored already. It’s been six weeks and I’m running out of steam. So last night I did some soul-searching and tried to figure out why. And the gist of it is that I’ve been trying too hard. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on blogging and trying to listen to what 342 other bloggers are saying about how they’ve made money blogging and I’m not being true to myself. I am struggling to write blog posts, because I haven’t been writing. I’ve been… copywriting. And trying to sell… something, even though I have nothing to sell. And guess what?

It’s not working! Nobody is reading, because nobody cares. Epiphany!

So I am done with that, done with the “copywriting.” Starting today, starting with this post, I am going to be genuine and write about my life and what’s going on with me and my family and motherhood and the crazy zoo we live with and scrapbooking and planning and photography and all of those things I am interested in (which includes, but is not limited to, run-on sentences!) And maybe some day I can make some money and I can do this for a living. Or maybe not. But the point is, this was never supposed to be another thing I “had” to do, another responsibility, another full-time job on top of the one I’ve got and trying to raise a family.

I just want to write. That’s what I do, that’s who I am. And I hope that some people, a small sliver of the world, will follow along with me, join me in a community of bloggers, or mamas, or scrapbookers, or whatever you are, because you belong here with me.

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