Catch Up with Project Life Giveaway

Considering the fact that I’ve done nothing with my Project Life since March, Catch Up with Project Life is a must have class for me. I figured a few of you might be in the same boat and would love the opportunity to win a spot! Am I right???

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Catch Up with Project Life: Progress, Process, and Productivity for Pocket-Page Scrapbookers

Taught by Annette Haring, Megan Anderson, Trisha Harrison.

About the Class

Get over the guilt of feeling perpetually behind! Catch Up with Project Life will reconnect you to feelings of accomplishment and gratitude—both for the hobby you love and your life in general. Instructors Annette, Megan, and Trish are here to help you tackle common trouble areas, so you can make real progress with your Project Life albums.

After three weeks of inspiration and interaction from your three talented hosts, you’ll walk away with:

  • Finished layouts that fill in the missing gaps in your albums
  • Photos printed and organized, ready for use in your projects
  • Photo management ideas to keep you productive long term
  • An organized workspace to help you get more from your creative time

Learn more and register here.

So, who wants to win a spot?!!

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Giveaway closes midnight October 28, 2014

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Good Luck!!

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Allowance for Kids

There are lots of opinions out there about how to handle allowance for kids. Some people feel that allowance should be tied to chores and others do not. I think there is absolute validity to both opinions. In our family we chose to focus on how to manage money, and allow chores to be an expected part of family life.

So I started focusing on setting up an allowance system for my boys.

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I realize that by the time my boys are on their own everything about banking will likely be digital. I mean, it’s practically that way now! But I want my boys to understand how to document money coming in and money going out.

So I created these registers for them to keep track of the added allowance each week, and then the things they spend their money on.

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To keep track of their money we needed some jars. A lot of people use mason jars but I was worried about my boys turning those mason jars into a pile of broken glass. ;) So I bought some plastic ball freezer jars instead.

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I used an exacto knife to cut a hole in the jar lids to make it easy to add money to the jars.

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Now our jars are almost ready for allowance…almost.

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I found clipart to represent each of the categories we are using for allowance. I printed the images onto Square1 vinyl.

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Just peel and stick!

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Because the jars have a little bit of curve to them some of the photos were too tall. I cut the corners a bit to fit.

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We are having the boys divide their allowance into 4 categories: Spend, Save, Donate, and Invest. Each week we give our boys 50 cents for every year they are old. The bulk of the money is divided between spend and save with a much smaller portion going into donate and invest.

We are teaching our boys that save is for short term goals, and invest is for something big such as a car or college.

For now it is working well. They boys can choose how they want to spend their money. And when they buy junk and it breaks in a week…it’s a lesson. Or when they spend all their money on the snack bar…it’s a lesson. But also, when they see the invest jar building up…it’s a lesson. And when they put their donations in the offering at church…it’s a lesson. I’m loving all these lessons they are learning!

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On the cover of their registers I left a large white space for the boys to add some decoration. Let their artistic sides out to play as well. :)

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Not Because I Have To…

You may have noticed that over the past few months blogging here at Scrap Inspired has been spotty at best. You may have wondered where I am, what’s going on and if everything is ok. I would wonder the same thing in your shoes

For awhile there I was good. I was awesome in fact. I loved everything it took to get 3 blog posts up every week, and post on social media 1-2 times a day, and keep up with the email list, and develop new classes, and stay on top of my other jobs as well as be a wife and mother. And…oh yeah…scrapbook. And then there came a day that I felt tired.

Do you ever feel that way? You want to create, you want to scrapbook, you want to blog, you really want to. But you don’t have the energy to make it all happen? I think I feel that way when to many things become a HAVE TO instead of a WANT TO. So over the last few months I decided to focus on the things I wanted to do.

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I wanted to enjoy the summer schedule and sleep late.

I wanted to take my kids to the pool and the amusement park.

I wanted to have picnics and playdates.

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I wanted to ride bikes.

I wanted to see movies.

I wanted to go to the theater.

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I wanted to go fishing.

I wanted to take a vacation with friends.

I wanted to read lots of books.

I wanted to go to lots of baseball games.

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I wanted to go to church camp.

I wanted to play board games.

I wanted to take care of my Mom after shoulder surgery.

I wanted to cook, clean, and do laundry (ok, I didn’t want to do those things but we don’t always get to do what we want).

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I wanted to visit my sister’s farm.

I wanted to play outside.

I wanted to sit in the driveway and chat with my neighbors.

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I wanted to have cook-outs.

I wanted to sing around the campfire.

I WANTED TO ENJOY LIFE!

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I know that one day soon I will be back to creating, and blogging, and emailing, and developing new classes. Not because I have to, but because I truly want to.

And when I do, I’ll have lots of stories to tell.

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