Saturday, April 12, 2014

Project Life - Week 14

During this week I had to live by my own words I'd quoted to several people. It wasn't an easy week and I found myself looking for some happy moments to balance out the not so good happening. That's something I've been working on and I'll talk more about that soon.

The result was a week with not so many photos.

The left side photo is actually from the previous Sunday.  It's a photo I felt it needed it's own page.
The right side came together as a simple collage to summarise the week.  I used a digital paper from One Little Bird as the background.  Love that paper so much I'm sure it'll be used again soon:)
I have created a third page of photos of my son photographing his photography assignment.  Here's a glimpse but for his privacy, I'm not showing the whole page. I think I might make a page about the Royal Tour of NZ to sit beside this page.  Yes we have Royal fever here:
Supplies used:
Becky Higgins page protectors
Ali Edwards digital elements
One Little Bird digital elements
Paislee Press Week in Review card

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Project Life - Beach pages

Last weekend we put our clocks back to standard time.  I never like the first few weeks of any time change! This one always has the gloomy feeling that winter's approaching, although it's so darn muggy at night that I can't sleep properly so in a way I'm looking forward to the cooler weather.

Anyway, I mentioned in my previous posts that I wanted to add some extra pages to my PL album and gradually change the way I'm working it.

Around weeks 12 and 13 I took some photos of the beach that I just felt needed their own place rather than be mixed in with other photos.  (all iPhone photos)

This layout was a case of less is more!  I'm sure I've said before that it seems harder to make simple pages - the process here was certainly subtracting elements. I wanted the photos to be the main focus. Some new Ali Edwards digital elements seemed as if they were designed for me! (Left page)

I chose to leave the photos clean of any element.  It really helps that we live in such beautiful surroundings! When I look at these pages, I'm gobsmacked by the beauty of our coastline.
true story!
Supplies used:
Becky Higgins page protectors
We R Memory Keepers page protector
Ali digital elements
Paislee Press journaling card
My handwriting 'thankful'

Thanks for stopping by.  Someone has asked me to post more on A4 pages.  Mine are actually US letter size but the ideas can be transferred to A4 easily.  Please don't hesitate to ask more specific questions or what you'd like me to post more of:)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Project Life - Week 13

I loved using my new WRMK 9 pocket pages this week. Last weekend Anna went on an overnight tramp to Rangitoto Island and Mototapu Island. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I take a lot of photos of the beach.  The island which is often the focal point in them is Rangitoto Island.  The photo at the bottom of the left page is taken by her from the top of the island.  I was excited to get that perspective of the Harbour Bridge.
I can't stop handwriting these days. The Queen lyrics are destined for my wall but came in handy to add to my page this week.
I took the opportunity to add more journaling again.  Love using digital so I can manipulate the size of the cards and elements. I've added in just a few of Anna's photos but she'll get a few pages in her own album.

Among the challenging things this current week, I had to chase up a missing photo order and when it arrived, some of the photos were missing... so... I will have more to share soon!  Grateful to have our internet back on after nearly 2 full days!  We have a son with a deadline on an important assignment and so it couldn't have happened at a much worse time for him!  We could seriously do without the stress!! 

Happy weekend everyone:)

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins page protector
WRMK page protector
Paislee Press journaling cards and elements (including the black frames)
Ali Edwards digital elements

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life - Week 12

Still loving the smaller size...

While I was waiting for my divided pages to arrive, I used another collage for the week's highlights in photos. I love collages so much and think I'll be using them a lot more. There are heaps of great templates to use with Photoshop, or free online sites, or I just make up my own. The only downside is extra bits of journaling, but for me I love the clean look without too much on the photos.
(click to enlarge)
At this time of the year, the sunrises in particular are stunning from our house, and if we look out west in the evening, the sky is gorgeous too. Already, as I write this post in week 14, it's dark when I rise and the sunrises don't seem as great as a few weeks ago.

To compensate for less room for journaling, I've decided to go with more journaling some weeks.  Maybe once a month, I'll summarise a bit more/make a currently page?  Still working it out as I go.

I've actually made another set of pages from photos over a few weeks which made a nice spread. In a previous post I mentioned that collecting photos in a more pleasing format was one reason behind my move to a different style. I'll post that one soon. Thanks for stopping by:)

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life page Protectors 8.5 x 11
Paislee Press - Week in Review card, 'You are' filler card and digital elements right page
One Little Bird - filler cards used on collage

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thank you + Jot is out now

(This morning.  Awesome Autumn day.)
A couple of lovely things happened this week which put a big smile on my face. I want to give a big shout out and thank you to the lovely Caylee for including me in a post about her favourite bloggers.  It's rather surreal to read about yourself through the eyes of someone else!  I was literally humbled to read this and so honoured to be listed among the other people; some I have been following for their awesome blogs/work and some I have added to my favourites now.

I also had an email from Kim at Jot magazine to say one of my project life spreads will be in Issue 5, which I think is due out today.  I'll update here when it is live. (Edited: Yes it's live online now  through the above link). So honoured to have had my work in 3 issues now:)

I'm also (im)patiently waiting for a message to collect my photos so I can finish a series of project life pages. Seriously hoping for these in the next couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.  It's an absolutely gorgeous day here.  Anna has gone on an overnight tramp for her Duke of Edinburgh Award out to one of the islands in the harbour.  She is having some amazing adventures.  I'm off to the garden centre and later out to dinner with hubby so Nicholas can have a few hours of peace and quiet to watch a special movie. Love Saturdays.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throw back Thursday!

I stumbled across a folder of my old scrapbook layouts last night.  After seeing Ali Edwards blog this week with guests posting their favourite layouts, it made me have a browse.  It's hard to choose but I decided this one has to be in my top 5 I ever created.

I made this layout for For Keeps magazine, Australia (sadly now closed) in 2008 when I was lucky enough to be on their Design Team.  I love that preserved piece of journaling about Anna's dreams at the time.  Priceless.

Hope you enjoyed a peek at my past.  I wrote about why I gave up traditional scrapbooking as part of my Hello Story class last year.  You can read more here. This class is rerunning soon and you can still register for it.  I can highly recommend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thank you, I'm doing pretty good...

I just realised how many times I've been asked in the last few weeks "How are you doing?" Those people include my mum, my doctor and friends.  What they are meaning is "How are you coping as the mum of a fairly newly diagnosed Aspie teen?".
completely unrelated photo but I like a photo in the post!
It's something I had decided I would never write about here because the last thing I want to do is upset my ASD son if he should stumble across this.  What made me stop and rethink was that my daughter is volunteering at Riding for the Disabled on Saturdays and a few weeks ago she had a training session.  They learned about the different disabilities the children have and how riding horses helps them.  One of the disabilities discussed was autism. The question was asked.  Has anyone had experience with this, so she raised her hand and found herself answering questions about having a brother with Asperger's Syndrome (or ASD as it is now known... Autism Spectrum Disorder).

She was asked if she, or her mum, would like to come to a future training session to talk about ASD.  She asked if I would do it.  At first I thought, I'm no expert... how could I give advice to anyone?  But on thinking, in the last year I've researched a lot online, read most of this book by Australian Tony Attwood (which I can recommend highly), worked my way through New Zealand's health system trying to get answers and as much help as we can, I've had some great advice from a couple of other ASD mums and I've learned to take one day at a time - actually one minute, one hour sometimes - such can be the fickle nature of things.

I've shed way too many tears, harboured too much anxiety, learned that I have to be strong, and that I will make it my mission to help him find the best life he can have.

I can advise the volunteers that those with ASD frequently need information up front and in small bite size pieces. Too much at once creates overload and that equals stress. Stress is to avoided! I can advise them they may not engage in much conversation and to think of asking questions requiring a one word or short answer.  I can advise them their minds may wander to their topic of interest and they may have difficulty focusing on the topic at hand. I can advise them not to judge them by their style/clothes.  They may not be dressed as expected.  They may like certain comfortable clothes and be completely unconcerned about the weather or fashion. I can advise them not to be offended if spoken to in an offensive way as that is usually triggered by stress and usually not meant. I can advise them that they may have noise and other sensitivities. And the list goes on.

It's overwhelming at times and bewildering. I'm certainly no expert but I have a year's experience behind me now. What people need to know is that people with ASD are usually very bright, intelligent individuals.  I've learned so much from my son. I love him to bits and wish the rest of the world could get to know the real young man behind the quiet facade outside of home.

If I can help tell the world about my experience with ASD, then I'm going to embrace the opportunity.

I repeat that I'm no expert in this area, and any opinion is entirely my own.

PS - I just read this to my hubby before posting, just to make sure I was doing the right thing...and I burst into tears, such is the emotion that goes with this life of mine. I also wanted to say that I'm careful how I record this in my PL pages.  After advice from other mums, I have eluded sometimes to difficult times, and written on the back of cards, so the story is recorded but not for all eyes looking through the albums.  I'd love to hear from others how you record your story.