Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week in the life 2014 | I have a plan...


It's that time again. Last year I gave a lot of thought to how I wanted to document this and how it would fit in with my plan of storing things.

I decided to make a 20 page photo book (8x11) to file in my Project Life album along with the weekly double page spread. Here's what the finished product looks like. I made up my own page design.
WITL 2013
You can view the process here and Week 37 here. I love how it turned out. I think this weekly layout has had one of the highest views of anything on my blog, so it seems others liked it too!

This year, I had a wee think and here's what I've decided:

  • A 6x8 40 page photo book
  • No weekly layout
  • It will be filed in my PL album
  • I've purchased the above template from Ali Edwards Design
  • I've made a rough page plan (this always changes as I go but it helps to have a starting point)
  • I've made a list of things I'd like to cover (so I remember to pick up the camera!)
  • Note to self - keep it simple, get it done.
Monday is Labour Day here, a public holiday and weather permitting, hopefully we get out and about and I start the week in an interesting way.

Looking forward to seeing what others come up with. 

I started a page titled "Project Life 2015 brainstorm" yesterday! Have made some decisions. More on that later:)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lately...

The days seem to be disappearing so fast. Spring seems to have finally arrived and I've even broken out the shorts several times this last week!

Of course I've been a little obsessed with the beautiful light, shadows... and of course flowers!
This will be on a 12x12 page for my album



The kids will be on study leave soon and by about this time next month, they'll be on summer holidays until February!

I can't deny that I'm looking forward to having company at home. Hubby has shifted to an office off site.

Once again I find myself at a fork in the road, as I like to call it. I have so many plans that I've found I'm being counter-productive at the moment. From Monday I need to ensure I spend my days wisely! I know what I have to do. Staying on track is the hardest part.

As a side distraction, I've been caught up in the clean eating business for months now and following some very interesting reading on the Facebook page of Pete Evans, a chef in Australia and for those unfamiliar, he's a judge on a cooking show, MKR Australia, as well as an advocate for clean eating and the Paleo lifestyle. It's unbelievable how much flack he's stirred up in the so called health authorities in Australia, who are calling this lifestyle dangerous! What? Eating good real food and fats instead of carb loaded, processed, preservative and additive laden 'food'? I think they are actually running scared, a bit like when people started suing the cigarette companies.

Every day Pete has someone telling their story on his FB page. They may be a health professional or someone who has regained their health. So many things have registered with me and the stories are so inspirational. As I wrote here, I'm a Coeliac and ever since being diagnosed, I've taken a lot more interest in the labels on food. It's a subject I've rambled on about to my poor husband for years. I've always been disturbed by the rising number of unidentifiable ingredients in food. I have to say that now I'm dismayed at what I've fed my children as they've grown up, even when I thought I was choosing pretty healthy options for them. There is hidden sugar everywhere folks!

But enough on this subject. I think I feel a scrapbook layout coming on to record my story on health and food. It's probably long enough to be a mini album!

I have several Project Life pages to share. Just waiting for my photo order to show up.

Happy weekend to you all! I'm hoping to get my goals sorted into To Do lists this weekend. At last I feel ready to tackle a few things. Feeling excited!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Project Life | Sep 3

... and a funny and true story. Anna is baby sitting 2 little boys some days during the school holidays. Yesterday was the first day and the 3 year old 'L' said:
"Do you have kids at home?"
A "No, I am a kid.".
L "Nooo you're not. You're an adult".
A "I'm a big kid. Once I was a little kid".
L "I have a secret" He leans over and whispers earnestly in her ear "Once I was a BABY!"

Ah, little children. Don't they say the cutest things?

Once again I covered a week as well as continuing my monthly CURRENTLY series. I'm really happy I started doing this monthly summary. It's a way to add a bit more about us individually and I've noticed the family like those little details I record about them:)

Last week I used a 9 pocket 8.5x11 page for my right page so I used the reverse of that to record my current thoughts on N and A. It's a very simple graphic page but for me it works because you can see through the gaps to the underlying page.

My favourite part of the Project Life process is page design. I just love choosing and adapting digital elements to my page style. #happyplace




Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life page A and Plus One Kit filler card
Ali Edwards Design digital elements
Paislee Press digital elements
Studio Calico digital elements
One Little Bird digital frame

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Out and About | At the beach this morning





We switched to Daylight Saving here in the weekend, which coincided with the school holidays. That meant I was able to go for my morning walk a bit earlier, and factoring in the hour difference as well, I noticed how much more beautiful the light was. Yes I was wishing I had my camera with me, but it's a bit of a hassle carrying that while walking the dog, so I snapped these with my iphone.

The last few days I've been missing taking photos... as in, taking photos purposely, rather than just snapping away at a random moment. A new month is upon us tomorrow, so I just might have to start a new project. I totally loved my #donnaswintermagicproject. You can read about it here and here. As much as I loved that, I'm thinking of something new to work on. Thinking cap on for the rest of today.

I intend to start October off with a To Do list so it doesn't slip away on me like September has!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

30 Days of Me | 3

I've been slowly working away on this album for my Studio Calico class and have quite a few nearly finished pages.

Here's one layout I have completed.

Following a 'Today I' prompt, I decided to choose a day to record my day, rather than the whole family.  It was meant to be, because right about then I saw and purchased the Ali Edwards Design  Everyday Life Cursive digital brushes which had One Day in my Life digital. (link below)


I wanted to include a written schedule and toyed with the idea of printing on transparency or vellum but in the end decided to print on white card and cut a page protector in half because I've used the same for another page... and I like a bit of consistency.

I used a template from Paislee Press for the right side. Thanks for stopping by:)

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins 6x8 album and page protectors
Ali Edwards Design digital
Paislee Press template and digital (right page)
BH ATPlus One kit (Today)
Studio Calico digital printable butterfly (part of class)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Project Life | Sep 1 and 2


Two PL layouts to share today. I design my layouts regularly and sometimes have enough patience to wait to order my photos in a bigger batch to make it more economical. It's always a nice mail day when they arrive.
click to enlarge

This covers one weekend which happened to include Father's Day and was a bit special. It was also a day of superb spring weather which hasn't happened much so far this month. It's been wet, windy and cold. The kids were busy studying so just the two of us went out for lunch down at the marina which is his happy place! I'm not much of a boat person but water, sun and fabulous views - YES! I was dressed for a cooler day in a merino sweater and we had a table in the sun, so I nearly melted but the food and views were magic.

This spread covers last week with the right side dedicated to Friday. Anna had finished her exams and as a reward for her dedicated effort, I took her shopping for some new things for a mini makeover in her room. She's so much fun. We ended up going back to the same shop 3 times... I think they were starting to wonder about us. Interiors are my happy place, so checking out new season colours and things was the perfect end to a busy week. Her grown up room is coming along nicely... my girl has good taste!

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Page Protectors
WRMK Page Protector 8.5x11
BH AT Plus One Kit
Ali Edwards Design Digital elements
Paislee Press Week in Review card
BH Sunshine Edition Kit (Week 38 page)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Found | Temporarily forgotten memories!


I had one of those duh moments yesterday. It now seems so obvious, I can't understand why I hadn't thought of it before.

In this post I was answering a comment and I suddenly thought about my old blog. It's not that I'd forgotten about it. I'd just forgotten what I'd written there.

Before this blog, I had my first blog which I started around the time I was selected for my first scrapbook design team. I posted all my scrapbook endeavours and adventures there from 2006 to 2009 when I pretty much had burn out and gave up on it all for a while. I locked the blog and just left it until I decided what to do with it.

What I didn't remember, until I had a walk down memory lane yesterday, was how many personal stories I'd written there. Maybe it was because I knew most of my audience personally back then, I felt more comfortable talking about all sorts of real life stuff.

What I've discovered is a treasure trove of stories... some I'd completely forgotten about. I had some laugh out loud moments reading through some of them and the family were quite intrigued too. Stories like this:

THURSDAY, MARCH 09, 2006


Didn't sleep well last night. Anna walked into our room at 1.30am clutching some CD's! I asked her what she was doing and she actually answered that she didn't know, walked back to her bed; and got in {with the CD's!}. Of course this morning she has no recollection of this! She hasn't walked in her sleep for ages, but it was quite hot last night so maybe that woke her? Anyway if she turns her CD player on at 1.30am, I will probably jump into next week!

Apart from the story being funny, it's an example of things changing too... it's all iTunes and Spotify now.

The solution was so obvious. I'm going to cut and paste some of the stories and print them in a book. It was also suddenly obvious that a blog can be another version of Project Life. A place to journal and add stories and everyday life moments. It can be printed out into a hard copy.

I wonder about so many forms of social media. We spread our thoughts, stories and photos around in various forms. Imagine how much stuff is just locked away in cyber space. I recently heard someone on TV recommending people put their usernames and passwords for all their social media and storage sites in their wills. It's something I hadn't thought of before, but worth looking back and making sure I'm using anything relevant in my scrapbooks.

It seems that I've always been a bit obsessed with capturing the funny little moments which make me smile. I've printed this out for my latest PL pages. I've been reflecting recently on how different my children are in some respects as their teenage personalities have developed. One thing they both share though, is a funny sense of humour which I just love! Humour is the magic which makes life so much better, don't you think? When the going gets tough, as it does some days, it's always uplifting to look back and remember the funny, good times.