Monday, January 26, 2015

I moved...

...and I hope you'll join me at nicolereaves.com

I'm sharing my 2015 Project Life plans and opening page there today - come check it out!

If you follow me through a feed reader like Feedly, don't forget to update it since I will no longer be posting here. You'll find a link to do that at the bottom of the new site.

See you there!

Monday, January 5, 2015

One Little Word 2015 : START

I casually decided that my One Little Word for 2015 will be START. I have a million and one things I could write about that word right now, but I thought I would begin by sharing my first start project.

As I was looking through my goals notebook in mid-December, I noticed I wrote "secure domain for my own dot com and move the blog." That never happened - can you tell? So, that project has claimed #1 position and will be the first goal for 2015. After six and a half years in this space, I'm anxious for a fresh start, a clean slate and a new direction.

At the end of December, I signed up for a 14-day trial with Squarespace but after just 24 hours, I committed to a year of their services to help me build and host my website because I loved it so much. I secured my domain and now it's time to work out the details, and start learning a new platform.

Starting is the hardest part. Yes, I will vouch for that. It's time to stop worrying, to be brave and just do it. To stop making excuses, be aware of the distractions and just start. I am in the process of breaking down all of the steps involved with getting the site up and running, and I should probably even give myself a deadline or launch date as a push to get it done.

In the meantime, I feel like I have so much to share and write. Figures. My completed December album. My plans for Project Life in 2015 and a fun opening page. Goals and projects I'd like to work on this year. I'm not sure when and where I will post that, but I will, eventually.

I love having an actionable One Little Word and think this one will suit me and my life well this year. Happy 2015, friends!

Friday, December 19, 2014

falling behind / looking ahead

It's been several weeks since I've posted, which seems to warrant a little bit of catching up. In list form, no less :

Falling behind / with all things social. I don't know why - it wasn't planned at all. I haven't been blogging and I haven't been reading my favorite blogs. My Feedly is overflowing but I'm hopeful I'll get through it some day soon. My computer and my brain enjoyed the unintentional break.

Looking ahead / I've decided not to continue on as a Studio Calico Creative Team Member next year. There was some confusion about my name being listed on the new team announcement in November, but that was a mistake. The last two years were awesome and Studio Calico is no doubt the best kit club around. I had so many fabulous opportunities and the ladies on that team are some of my very favorite people in the world. Personally, I feel like it's time for me to move on and pursue other things. I'm really excited about it.

Looking ahead / my Christmas shopping is complete and once Morgan gets off the bus this afternoon, we'll have two whole weeks to enjoy as a family. I'm especially happy we won't be doing much traveling either.

Falling behind / on my December album. On Tuesday morning I was 10 days behind, but because I'm keeping my album so simple, I was caught up again within a few hours. I've shared my first 6 days in the 25 Days classroom and at this point, I'll probably plan the album in full once it's complete. Maybe even with a video flip-through.

Looking ahead / to Ali Edwards Story Kits. I signed up not long after they were available for preorder and I'm so so excited about getting back into making layouts again. About using what I have and what I love and making stuff for me. While I wait for my first kit, I've been organizing a binder to keep all of my story sparks, lesson PDF's and layout sketches. Has anyone else subscribed?

Looking ahead / to 2015. New goals, a new planner, a new Project Life album. Taking classes (online + in-person) and teaching classes. Figuring out what to share and how much to share. I got these Powersheets in the mail yesterday and I think Lara's new book would be a perfect companion. Planning is my favorite and I love a fresh start.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Project Shots : a new Day By Day Project Life workshop

Hey hey, long time no write! I'll save all of that for another day. 

Today, I'm super excited to share a new Project Life® workshop that is open for enrollment now at Studio Calico. In January, I'll be teaching Project Shots, the first of five Project Life® focused classes as a part of the 2015 Day by Day workshop bundle.
In Project Shotswe are focusing on photos and journaling - and how to capture the moments that mean the most in your everyday life. We'll talk about everything from how capture your subject in interesting ways to pulling the words out of those photos so you can add more stories to your spreads. For just $10, you'll get 5 PDF lessons, 2 videos from me, Project Life inspiration from each of the contributors and some digital product from Hello Forever.  You can see the syllabus and more details on the class page here.
If you are looking for year-long Project Life® inspiration, you can sign up for the five class series which will cover a huge range of topics throughout 2015. Here's a breakdown of the other teachers and their topics.

March 2015 : Chaos Control with Allison Waken :
June 2015 : Out Of Pocket with Kelly Purkey :
September 2015 : Digi Time with Peppermint Granberg
November 2015 : ArtSpread with Catherine Davis


By purchasing the Day by Day Workshop Bundle for $40, you'll be automatically enrolled in all five workshops - and you'll save 20%! The new workshops can also be purchased separately throughout 2015 for $10 each. While supplies last, students who sign up for the bundle will also get this 4x6 stamp set for free :

I'm thrilled to have some of my favorite Project Lifers as contributors. Donya Gjerdingen, Kelly Noel, Kelly Xenos, Stephanie Bryan and Tara Elias all have fabulous photography skills and unique Project Life styles, and I can't wait to be even more inspired by their work. We will all be using the January Fly Fly Away Project Life® kit (see some sneaks here!) as well as the awesome Project Shots digital items designed by Hello Forever. The quote bubble and folded 4x6 card are my favorite :
And these super versatile printable journaling cards come in color, as well as black and white :

Project Shots, and the Day By Day bundle offer, is available through January 31st at 11:59pm EST. Whether you are a Project Life® newbie or a veteran, I hope to see you in class. Let me know in the comments if you're signed up, or if you have any questions!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fall Handbook 2014 | 04 with Park Ave

Happy Thanksgiving + Happy Reveal Day! Presale for Park Ave is going on now at Studio Calico and it's a beauty. If you are a Project Lifer that loves embellishments, I think you are going to be very pleased with the kits this month. Clicking on the photos will take you to my gallery where you can see the layouts + closeups a bit larger than here on the blog.

Please note : at the time of this posting, links to kits and coordinating items will only work for Studio Calico subscribers. Park Ave will be available to the general public at 12 midnight EST tonight, the evening of November 27th. 
Spread 01 (my favorite this month) // Park Ave Project Life main kit only
Spread 02 is all about my kiddos // Park Ave Project Life main kit only
Spread 04 // Grand Central + Lenox Hill add-ons
Spread (well, insert...) 06 // Kids Valentine stamp set + 4x6 paper pad

My shopping list this month is short, but I'm majorly crushing over the card kit.
I love the stamp set and those gold glitter bags would fit perfect in my December album. And that masking tape? How cute would that be on holiday gifts or card envelopes? That kit is totally going in my cart.

A couple of favorites this month are the Mad Libs card and stamp set and the Upcoming Year card set. I've been thinking a lot about Project Life in 2015 and hope to add some cohesive elements like those scratch off cards each month. But first, I need to wrap up 2014. This weekend is also your last chance to enroll in 25 Days as well as the Mini Book Library.

If you're staying home for Black Friday (or plan on being back home mid-morning), Studio Calico is have a mystery kit and grab bag sale tomorrow at 10am EST. If you've ever gotten an SC grab bag, you know this is a sale not to be missed. Have a great weekend!