Thursday, March 5, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Week 8 meets OLW

I've been working on my One Little Word class prompts and I've been giving some thought as to how I see things. Both physically and in my head. The way something looks means a lot to me... that much I've worked out. I'm a visual learner. I made myself close my eyes and imagine a couple of things and through this exercise I jotted down a couple of words. One was simplicity which was my word in 2013. That word is still very much part of me 2 years on. I have this burning desire to completely declutter my world. And yet I wouldn't call myself a minimalist.

And so, what has this to do with my Project Life? Everything really. My pages have always been called clean and simple but I want to make sure I focus on this. I want to concentrate on the imagery and the words - giving each uncluttered space and enhancing with the Project Life products. Once that thought process was written down (there's that need for the visual), I felt such clarity. That folks, is the brilliance of Ali Edwards and One Little Word. Already my word is streamlining my thought process in ways I wasn't expecting and I love that!

So here's week 8 - part A. Part B will be kept private as it was a family celebration and there are lots of guest photos.


Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition and Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit cards in digital format and Currently digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Everyday Adventure kit
Ali Edwards Digital stamp

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One Little Word 2015 | My vision board

How apt that this is called a vision board when my word is perspective. Ha! I always LOVE this prompt and can't believe that this year I left it a whole month before completing.

Once again I went digital on this. I whizzed through a pile of interiors magazines on my coffee table (they are the only magazines I have...) and put a post it on any page where words caught my eye. I deliberately went for words only as I loved doing this last year and wanted the same format for this year so they can hang together.

I scanned each marked page (which took about 30 minutes), then cropped each word and moved to my new page template.

I noticed that it turned out much like last year's and that this year's referenced my words moment and simplicity from 2014 and 2013! They are still very much part of my daily life. You can see last years framed vision board here.

On Friday I sat down and spent some time translating my scribbled notes into January's prompts. It felt like a weight had been taken off because suddenly there it all was neatly organised in a 6x8 album and I felt in control and re-connected with my word.

So now with the vision board completed, I have started on March's OLW work and hopefully good things will happen from this. Plans and ideas. In my happy place:)

Are you in the OLW class? If so, how are you going with it?


Monday, March 2, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Feb 2

Sharing these pages from February. I am up to date with Project Life... just a little slow blogging them! I concentrated on some special moments for this week at the start of February. I've noticed that we all read the funny little moments recorded when looking through the albums. These are the priceless little gems which capture personalities. Product details at the end and you can click on images to enlarge.




Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Lovely and Dazzle Mini Kit cards in digital format
Elise Joy Digital stamp

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Feb 1


Actually this is my 2nd Feb layout but the first shown. This one documents a day trip last Saturday which I'd designed by Sat evening, had the photos printed Sunday morning and finished putting it in the album by lunch time! I love that that's how easy Project Life can be.

Matakana is a small village north of Auckland and by or on the way to some of the beautiful beaches which are very popular for day trips or staying in beach houses. It has a weekly Farmer's Market and a gorgeous old pub which serves great food. We love to sit outside in the courtyard. My daughter took some of the photos... some at my request as I was juggling a bag and a coffee!


I went with my usual formula of large and small photos, white space and using filler cards to balance the colour. The digital stamps are all from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up kits. I love that they have really good basic words and sayings in their stamps. so usable time and again.

One of my goals this year was to include more handwriting. It's not that I dislike my handwriting... more like I have too much to say to fit on a card! So It will be a mix of hand and type I think.

Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Sunshine Edition, Lovely and Dazzle Mini Kit cards in digital format
Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Digital Stamps from Happiness Is, Everyday Adventure and Point & Click kits
Photo Template from Simply White Collection 

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.





Friday, February 13, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Jan 4

Rounding off January.Once again I mixed Midnight and Project 52 Editions with a card from Dazzle mini kit thrown in. I love being able to mix and match a few kits for variety. Although I love the clean simple look, I love using colour to tie everything together.



Each month I want to add some form of extra journaling which will usually be a "right now" sort of summary, but for January I went with a list of what I'm loving right now - using a digital Stampin Up stamp for the heading. I LOVE this sort of memory keeping to look back on. 

Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Project 52 Edition and Midnight Edition and Dazzle Mini Kit cards in digital format
Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Digital Stamps from Happiness Is kit
Photo Template from Simply White 

Thanks for stopping by:)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLW 2015 | The way I see things


Today I realised that this weekend we'll be halfway through February! It seems this year is galloping by and I've felt a bit anxious about that. I have so many things I want to do. One Little Word being one of them. I felt I'd neglected it in January because with it being mid summer in NZ, I was focused on holidays and spending some quality family time.

Today I went for a long walk in a different direction. My children are back at school and suddenly I feel like the light in my head switched on a bit brighter. I mean that in a good way. What I realised is, that I did exactly what I should have done. I was focused on family in January. That is precious time. When I think about it, my OLW has been working it's magic even when I thought I was neglecting it. I had scribbled down answers to the January prompt and I had made Intentions for the year in my journal. They're just not filed nicely in an album yet. It wouldn't matter if that never gets done. The main thing is I'd planted the seeds and they were growing while I got on with what I felt was important.

My word is perspective. It is all about the way I see things. What I've just written above makes me realise I am seeing things in a better way.

I'm looking at my word in 3 different ways: creative, physical and emotional. 

Today's thoughts are a start on the emotional side. There are so many other aspects to this one.

The physical side will address my surroundings - making things visually appealing and stimulating. I have a list of interior projects to start on.

The creative one is of course the most exciting. I'm continuing my finding the magic in my everyday project and that has an impact on my Project Life album. I'm also working some other ideas which I'll share as they come to fruition.

I'll leave you with this thought.

"The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you van buy yourself the freedom to do it later"

You can read my other posts on my word and last year's word which sort of links in here and here.
You can read about One Little Word (a class by Ali Edwards) here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Holiday Pages part 2

These pages were designed as inserts... or pages within pages. Following on from my Part 1 post, you can see how these fit in.

It took an embarrassingly long time to choose which photos to use and to get them as simple as they look! After these pages there's another double pager about my husband's climb up Mt Pauanui and the awesome views from up there. I think I'm done with holiday photos... back to regular life now.

I used Project 52 Edition patterned paper to make the base for the left page.


Left page is Design F trimmed down to 9x12
Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A and 8.5x11 and F, Project 52 Edition and Midnight Edition cards and paper in digital format
Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Digital Stamps from Remember This, Everyday Adventure and Point and Click kits
Elise Joy digital stamp "magic"
Ali Edwards digital stamp