The Project Girl 2014 Planner is now available!

December 15th, 2013


With all the house stuff happening, it’s been hard to get to any work that is kind of on the sidelines (including blogging!). But I knew that I needed to get this 2014 planner finished. Probably because I keep getting emails and comments asking if I’m going to have time to do it. And I totally love that, because I know that some people out there care about this little planner I make, and it completely motivates me to get it done! And since you’ve all been so patient, I’m giving 25% off to anyone who purchases my 2014 planner before the beginning of the year.


So after much ado and many requests, here is the re-designed The Project Girl 2014 weekly planner. No new editing features in this one, just a sleek new design. Something that is new however, it’s available at my new Etsy shop!


And with the new house in 2014 I’m going to need my planner more than ever. I filled out this first page to show you how you can customize your daily & weekly chores, daily notes, and (grocery) list. And for me, once it’s customized digitally, then I print it out and write down all the other stuff that’s going to be happening each week. I love having this week-at-a-glance to keep me organized.

These blue areas are the ones that you can change the text on. Daily chores are populated throughout the file, so if you don’t exercise, then you can change that to feed dog, and it will change on all the pages. There are also 3 blank daily chores that you can have say anything like flirt with hubs,  Cook dinner, Read book, scrapbook etc etc.


 You will be able to add any additional weekly chores (space permited) in the highlighted weekly chore boxes. New/changed weekly chores do not populate through the whole document. If you don’t ever want to clean your purse (and who does, really?), you’ll have to change each of those individually, or ignore them, or even better, print it as is and get to immediately cross off something on your list!

I use the LIST for my weekly groceries making each field a different grocery category (dairy, meat, bakery, etc.). Sometimes I use the days at the top for my weekly menu. But really you can use these fields for anything. Even the word LIST can be changed to anything you want it to be – like “Husband’s Chores” or “TO DO”

This document also contains a bonus set of 2014 calendar pages. These pages are not editable. They are intended to be printed.


So there you have it! I’m happy to have it done, and I love the new look.

Don’t forget that it’s 25% off through the end of the year. See coupon code below:


The Project House – Construction Week 15

December 13th, 2013

It’s been a boring 3 weeks since my last update. The house feels like it’s been going at a snails pace – during this time, most of the work has been done on the outside.

Siding continued…


Board and batten over the garage door and in the breezeway that you can kind of see here:


The shingle roof and standing-seam metal roof made some serious progress.theprojectgirl_exterior2I’d say that’s getting pretty close to done on the front!



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A very Minted Christmas

December 12th, 2013


As a graphic designer, I have this complex of wanting to design everything myself… because, well, I have the skills. But last year I finally came to terms with the fact that I just don’t have time to design everything. So the next best thing of course is . I’ve been a fan of Minted for a long time, they have gorgeous award-winning designs and even design competitions for graphic designers like me (maybe one day I’ll take the time to enter too).


Last Christmas, we had a new baby, and I really wanted to send our birth announcement/Christmas card, but again that no-time thing (x10 because of the new baby). I’m not sure where I heard about it, but I heard that minted does address printing on your envelopes FOR FREE. My ears perked up and that was the end of any need to have to design my own card. I love sending out cards, but man it’s a lot of work to print, stuff, (find your addresses), address, stamp, and mail them.


But with pre-printed addresses, matching return address labels, and everything shipped to my door, I really didn’t have much of an excuse. I mean really, how much work is it to upload a photo, change some text, and order the cards? And a few days later, I got all these lovely cards at my door (have I mentioned I hate leaving the house?). theprojectgirl_minted_christmas

All I had to do was stuff them (while catching up on a new BONES episode), and stick on the return address stickers and stamps. I didn’t even make it through the whole episode.

Anyway, I just have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with the process. Even their online design customization works so incredibly well. I was able to drop in this photo, input my text, and update all my SAVED addresses from last year in less than 45 minutes. All from my cozy work chair. Thanks for being so awesome!theprojectgirl_minted_christmas_card

A special thanks to Michelle of Clover + Mustard for the beautiful family photos that she took this summer. And also Annalisa Photography for our fall photos that I was able to show-off on the back of the card:

It’s so wonderful to have one part of my holiday season simplified, and checked off my list. You still have time to do this. Right now! It won’t take very long, and you can have it checked off your list! You can even send Happy New Year cards AFTER Christmas (I totally did this one year). Lets keep the tradition of beautiful stationary alive even if it’s just one time a year.

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