Project Life | Early Autumn

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back in March I created these pages which I forgot to post here! I'm trying hard to love each season for what it is this year. Traditionally I haven't been a fan of autumn because it brings the change to colder and more stormy weather. BUT... at this stage of my life, I'm not enjoying the heat as much as I used to (or is it just hotter now?). Right now, I'm sick of summer clothes and ready to embrace layers. I'm still not a fan of winter but I'll address that when it arrives. For now, autumn is 3 important months.

This particular week, I noticed a slight change in the weather, the morning light and sunrises, and just an overall commitment to focusing on and enjoying the present.


I searched my stash of digital Project Life products for colours to enhance my photos and found some filler cards I hadn't even noticed before. These are from Amy Tangerine's Cut and Paste kit. This and other products listed and linked below.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition and AT Cut and Paste cards in digital format and digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Point and Click and Happiness Is kits.

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.

Thanks for stopping by:)

OLW | A self-set selfie photography challenge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Well, I felt like the dots were joining this month. I took on lots of projects, as I talked about in a previous post and I love that I can merge some parts of them.

For One Little Word this month, we were given a photography task. My word is perspective and one of my monthly actions is setting myself some sort of photography challenge, so because I'd already joined in with #MySelfieScrapbook for April, I decided to look at taking photos of me with a fresh new perspective. Mostly this involved using my iphone camera on the timer, but there are all sorts of ways at taking selfies.

My goal was to explore through photography, photographing myself in my surroundings. I've had so much fun. It's only mid month and I felt I had enough to complete my OLW pages but I want to carry on and extend my ideas and experimenting. Whenever I feel like my photography is getting better, I realise I'm such a novice and there is so far to go! But that's all good. Something to work on... the fun part!


As part of both OLW and The 100 Days Project, I'm working with quotes and words, so a handwritten quote on vellum was a natural inclusion to break up the photo pages.

I'm still to work on my actual selfies album. I'm not 100% sure how I'll approach that yet, except that it's going to be 6x8. More on that soon.

Products used:
Ali Edwards 8.5 x 11 photo template (part of class) which once filled with photos, I resized on a 6 x 8 page for printing.

Ali Edwards digital stamp - part of class

Becky Higgins Project Life 6x8 black album and page protectors

Thanks for stopping by,
Donna x

Project Life | Week 12

It was another week with few photos, but a period I'd started dabbling in selfies using my phone camera timer. I loved that the photo I chose to enlarge captured me as I can frequently be found during week days. I decided to experiment to get a photo and loved that the camera got the light fitting to my feet. This photo will tell me more in 10 years time than perhaps a more close up or cropped photo would. So, with my thing for enlarged photos, I decided to go 12x12 and love the balance of the large versus the small photos opposite. 


Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F (cut down) and A, Midnight Edition, Man's World mini kit and AT Cut and paste cards in digital format and digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Remember This kit.

Ali Edwards Digital stamp (good)

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.

Thanks for stopping by:)

Project Life | Week 11

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

For this week I chose to document some of my personal happenings as the family photos were a bit light. Where I thought I'd have trouble filling a double page, it actually came together as one of my favourite spreads. Probably because it involves my favs of graphics, black and white + green and flowers!

I purchased digital cut files from Studio Calico and used them to print "This is my happy place". 



Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F (right side cut down), Midnight Edition, Sunshine Edition and Man's World mini kit cards in digital format and digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Happiness Is.

Studio Calico Odyssey Cut Files

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.

New Project | My Selfies Scrapbook

Saturday, April 4, 2015

In the last few days I've signed up for 4 new classes/projects. Over-commitment? I don't believe so. My plan is to work them all so parts relate to another... if that makes sense!

The latest challenge is #MySelfieScrapbook which is free and being run by some of my Instagram friends. You can get all the details here on Jen's blog, or join in with the above hashtag. Basically it's a chance to commit to a month of taking selfies and making an album with them. Okay, I'm the first to cringe at the word selfie but it's a legit word now! It conjures up visions of teen girls with duck face pouts or celebs who can't get enough of themselves, right?

Those of us who are memory keepers, Project Lifers, scrapbookers, family photographers, all realise that we're the ones taking the photos and rarely IN the photos. I've actually been making a conscious effort to include myself in my pages more and this has usually had to be from taking my own photos.

I've found that I frequently don't like myself in the up close pixelated reverse camera selfies, although these have their place. Since I started taking photos using the phone camera timer, I've really enjoyed being in a photo which shows a lot more than just me. I wrote in my last post about enjoying having snippets of my surroundings recorded.

So, for this selfies project, which also coincides with a project for my One Little Word perspective, I'm planning to push myself with this whole selfies challenge - different perspectives of myself, and also looking at the way I see myself. Sometimes the images and my thoughts don't match! Does anyone else find that? I think, getting more comfortable in front of the camera will help me with this.
These were a couple of photos I took on Thursday. I'm going with a 6x8 Becky Higgins Project Life album and page protectors for this. My cover page was printed on vellum and I hand painted the title straight on it with gouache.

I'll post some of my pages as I get them done but you can follow me on Instagram for more regular updates.

Thanks for stopping by... and let me know if you're joining in:)

The 100 Day Project

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Today on a whim I signed up for this. I saw Kellie mention it on Instagram and something connected immediately. Okay, for me the commencement date coincides with a class I'm taking, so is that cheating? Too bad if it is. The class is this one at Studio Calico - Love your lettering and is only a month. I'm using this project to keep me interested and extend my practice over 100 days.

My action will be hand lettering a quote or word each day. Depending on how it all goes, I'll decide what I do with them along the way.

So, not too many plans up front. Keeping it simple and hopefully keeping me inspired as this gorgeous autumn turns in to winter in my part of the world.




Project Life | Week 10

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


As week 10 progressed, I found my hand scripted bold statement I wrote late last year filed away. This was something I wrote after listening to Elise speak. You can read her blog post here. Anyway, it reminded me about recording the magic I see in the ordinary bits of my life and I decided to focus specifically my the regular routine for this week.

Is there anyone else out there who find satisfaction in the washing blowing dry in the breeze? Or do I need more to do? Ha! What I love about these photos is that they capture where I spend time, either working or whatever at home or talking to my family while they're doing things. When I look back on my childhood photos, I love to see the rooms, the familiar decor, as much as the people.

It also reminded me that there are so many ways of recording photos in our albums. The people, the emotions, the event, the surroundings, all the little details which help record the whole picture and provide that visual atmosphere. And then the fun bit of bringing it all together with the Project Life products.



This month's Creative Team inspiration is now up on Becky's blog.  A warm welcome if you're here from that site:)

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F and A, Midnight Edition, Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit and Dazzle mini kit cards in digital format and digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Happiness Is, Remember This and Day to Day kits
Paislee Press calender card

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.

 
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