Sunday, August 31, 2014

Project Life | End of Aug pages

I was inspired to use some digital printables from Studio Calico's Sandilot and Poet Society kits for these pages, together with a couple of digi elements from Ali Edwards.com. (Links below).

It's another simple round up of where we're at currently. I'm loving journaling in this way, in addition to the regular journaled card notes.

I kept the right side ultra simple. On the reverse of the insert, I'm just preparing a collage of Friday photos to slip in. Friday just ended up a bit special:)
 I loved the chance to write "Stories matter to me because" on the prompt from Ali Edwards.The story has been on my mind and in my journal a lot since completing her Hello Story class last year. I totally relate to her photo + story and #craftthestory.
Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages F and A and 8.5x11
Ali Edwards.com Digital stamp and Story freebie
Studio Calico Digital Printables

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Photo Book | Winter Magic


This is going to be a photo heavy post, so I'll attempt to keep my blurb to the main points! Grab yourself a drink and I hope you enjoy the results (and can see the magic) of my little challenge aka #donnaswintermagicproject on my Instagram account.

W H A T : A 40 page photo book of winter magic captured and a little created by me. I left it mostly to the photos with minimal other elements.

W H Y : It came about as a result of 3 things...

  1. Winter was approaching fast and I had that familiar feeling of gloom as it's my least favourite season.
  2. My son was talking to me about his photography project for his school assignment and I was intrigued so decided to start my own project as a way of finding the positive in a sort of negative situation for me.
  3. I've spoken before about my research into living in the moment as part of my OLW moment. One thing it encourages is to look at the things around you... really look at them.  I can honestly say that I've learned to find beauty or joy in the simple things around me.
W H E R E : Most images were taken in my neighbourhood on Auckland's North Shore on my daily walks. A few pages were from my trip to see my parents In New Plymouth. I talked about that in this post.

H O W: The majority of photos were taken with my iPhone 5S and the others with my Canon DSLR. I love both cameras, but I am so impressed with the captures from my phone camera which I have with me out walking. For me it's a valuable tool and I feel it's worth the price for the convenience of the camera alone.

W H O : I used Artifact Uprising to print my book. I'm beyond thrilled with the results! I've followed them for some time and only read good things about their products. I love their philosophy and so, despite being more expensive than having printed in NZ, I decided to give them a try. Their site is so easy to use and the service and product, I can't fault. I'm very happy and will be using them again for sure.

This project ticked so many positive boxes for me. It married together a few things I'm passionate about and has helped me to clarify a few ideas for moving forward:)

And so here it is...
 
Thanks for visiting:) 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Project Life | Aug pages


When I was deciding how to pull these pages together, I opened a bunch of photos taken in August so far and then decided to select a special weekend + week 33 to sit side by side. They pretty much represent what's been happening here lately.

I'd selected the left page photos and decided roughly how to place them, but waited until week 33 was over so I could design them together because for me they have to look visually cohesive beside each other. A couple of photos looked better in black and white but the pages still felt a little flat. Enter the green cards from the Sunshine kit as a complimentary colour to the pinkish tones and bam! I'm a bit biased towards green though as it's my fav colour but I love how this turned out.




Today I've been so excited to see phase 1 of Ali Edwards.com re-launch. She is my all time favourite memory keeper and mentor. I love her new tag line craft the story. Perfect. As I watched her introductory video a few days ago for the second time, Ian was watching and listening from his desk across the room. When it finished he said 'now I see why you identify with her so much. That could have been you talking'. I know what he meant (and I took that as the greatest compliment!). He knows I am passionate about photos + the story. He gets it:)

Last year I took her class Hello Story and I'm on my second year of One Little Word which has had a huge impact on my life. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds from here on and also finding page ideas already flowing for me!

Supplies used for these pages:
Becky Higgins Project Life pages - Design A and F
Becky Higgins Project Life Sunshine Edition
Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition
One Little Bird digital elements
Paislee Press digital elements
Pink Ronnie photo/quote free printable download (right page - beautiful photo at bottom)

Thanks for stopping by.
Donna xx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My OLW journey goes full circle


Today I saw this sentence written online somewhere and it was one of those moments of serendipity.

Today I feel like the universe is aligning some of my thoughts and some dots are starting to connect.

Today I started making sense of my incessant desire to capture the moment, collect the story and create the memory.

If you've followed my blog you'll know that my One Little Word for this year is moment. It's not lost on me that my research on this word has lead me to where I want to be right now. That's obviously the universe at work. I've been on a journey which has taken me full circle, only now I have more clarity.

I've learnt 2 things along the way:
  1. It's important for me to capture the moment, whether it's a photo, a story or a memory... or all three.
  2. That part of living in the moment is to take notice of the little things around me - really notice and be thankful for them.
Of course, No 1 I was physically doing anyway but No 2 is part of a longer journey and that has helped me become more enthusiastic and more intentional about my photography and what I capture.
I'm not entirely sure where I'm heading with this, but I'm enjoying the journey. In fact, I'm planning to start a new blog with a more meaningful name. This blog was started years ago when I was planning it to head in an interior design direction. Yes, that's part of my background and still a passion but my biggest passion is photos + story. And maybe that design influence thrown in for good measure!

Interesting fact - when I look at physical magazines purchased by me, close to 100% are interior related. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something else?

Today I've made a list of things to share with you now that the vision is a little clearer. But first, I must work on some real life stuff and then develop some content to share. See you soon.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Project Life | misty morning pages

Last Friday morning we awoke to 'pea soup' fog. It's not a common thing here but being surrounded by so much water, we often have sea fog roll in until late morning. It creates havoc with the morning traffic and of course flights.
Because I've been so obsessed with my winter magic project, I suddenly looked at the fog with fresh eyes. I was out there happily snapping away, and what I captured has just fueled my photography bug! Little droplets of moisture just elevated plants and cobwebs to a whole new level.

I felt it deserved a whole set of pages for my project life album... and of course some are featuring in my winter magic photo book I'm working on.
I kept this ultra simple with just a few digital elements - letting the photos steal the show.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend.

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life pages
Digital elements:
Ali Edwards  (left page)
One Little Bird
Paislee Press

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Project Life - birthday pages and an observation

Another set of pages just completed. These are really an insert to record my son's birthday. Simple, clean, minimal. Done. That's how I prefer to roll these days.

To maintain some similarity with my daughter's birthday pages, I used the same font across my favourite enlarged photo.

Her birthday photos span across several pages as she celebrated it on different days with us, then friends. This is the 6x8 and 8.5x11 insert I created for her. There's a collage on the reverse of the 6x8.
Excuse the bad photo - I pinched this off IG as I can't locate the original photo and it's too dark today to re-photograph.
Over the last year, I've certainly learned there are major differences between my kids, and therefore what and how I write/record them also needs to be a little different. The beauty of the Project Life system and using similar digital elements helps to maintain some form of continuity in my album:)

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life 12x12 and 8.5 x 11 and 6x8 pages
One Little Bird digital elements (banner top project)
Ali Edwards digital elements (happy)
Paislee Press digital elements (bottom project)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Around here...


Around here I'm...
missing the comfort of the Commonwealth Games on tv. I loved working from the warmth of the lounge or dining table with the sports as my background companion.

working on getting my Winter Magic book project completed by the end of the month so I can start on a new project. Loving how this is all working out!

enrolled in Studio Calico's 30 Days of Me class with Maggie Holmes. Excited to have a new project to commence in September.

reading The Happiness Project. I think I'm the last person to read this and after reading a friend's online book review, I've unfortunately started off with a bit of skepticism but hopefully I will get a lot from it. Let me know if you've read it and what you think.

gearing up to spend time in the next few months as a volunteer at the kids school during internal and external exams, helping students with learning disabilities.

so excited to see little hints of spring popping up everywhere, coupled with a few very warm sunny days.