Hybrid, Digital or good old Paper and Glue?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I've been working mostly in the land of hybrid scrapbooking for a few years now. When I say hybrid, it's really only hybrid because I print out physical photos and cards and place them in an album. Occasionally I go totally digital and make a photo book. Then come the days I long to make something with paper and glue... or more likely, stamps, paper and a stapler!

I'm just starting on working my way through Ali Edwards TYPE class. It's almost the last week and I'm just getting started. I've been following each week but I've been working on a BIG project which has taken a huge chunk of my time and I wanted to give it my heart and soul until I pressed the final button. Hopefully I can share details soon. When I finish something with a big focus, I like to have something else lined up to work on after an initial rest (and cleaning up everything else put on hold).

So, back to the TYPE class; I've watched Ali pull her layouts together and oh my, does it make me want to make some layouts in a traditional manner again! I've always been a big fan of her clean and classic style. So why don't I just do it? Well the main reason is a constant conflict inside of me about stuff. Storing physical product. Mostly, though it's storing the end product - albums and more albums. Yes, even physical Project Life means at least one album each year. They're bulky and heavy when full. I'm trying to simplify and feel I'm losing the battle in my house!

But... I do love having a tangible album to look through and keep up to date. Storing digital layouts and then having printed in one book each year MAKES. SO. MUCH. SENSE. I just don't think I have patience to wait.

I always think at the start of each year, that I'll record less. Yeah right, that's never going to happen. I love taking photos. It's my passion. I love recording snippets of everyday life. We forget so much. I just read this quote which sums this up:

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." AARON SISKIND

I think the only way around this is to keep doing some of each. To tap into all sources I'm drawn to and let it work itself out. I mean, for me it's pointless deciding to go all digital for the sake of storage and find I just don't enjoy the process.

What I've decided is that I'm going to make a photo book of stories for my TYPE class lessons. That will satisfy my digital and typography pull. I might let myself loose on my personal 6x8 album with some physical product. And Project Life... I seem to be in a system for that.

As we've tipped over into the second half of the year (!), I'm going to let myself start thinking about how I'll approach everything in 2016! Doesn't that sound weird?

How do you decide your format? Are you concerned with storage?

Fridays | 4 | Dreaming of spring

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday 26 June

I had some things to do, so decided to go via the mall and grab a coffee. The cafe seemed full so Plan B entered... lunch date, which meant a drive to Takapuna.

With a little time to kill, I browsed at the new spring clothes in Country Road. Ironically in the coldest week of the year so far, and only one month into winter, the spring clothes are starting to appear! I love it. I always look forward to checking out the new spring colours and fashions.

With a little more time to fill in, I stopped at the garden centre to do a bit more spring dreaming.

I concluded that it's my mechanism to coping with winter. If I channel spring, hopefully it may come early?
Happy Friday! Hope you're having a good one.

Project Life | Jun 1

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love how one glimpse of a page pretty much sums up the weather here. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets and chilly, clear days... or rain, rain and more rain - resulting in flooding in some parts. Where I live we're so lucky we usually get the better end of the weather. I'm not complaining, It is winter, after all.
I talked about how I finished off these pages in this Fridays post. I also used some Kiwi Kit on this spread. Loving the colours in that kit which always make it easier to balance my pages.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A and K, Midnight Edition and Kiwi Edition in digital format

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:)

Fridays | 3 | Checking my perspective

Friday, June 19, 2015

Not all Fri(days) go according to plan. I had grand plans for today but after a bit of confrontation this morning, I changed them. It seemed pointless to spoil my plans by being in an agitated mood.

I wasn't even surprised that N was grumpy. I wasn't surprised he was running late. In fact, I assumed it was a day he could go to school late and so was unprepared for the accusations that I made him late. It was also Shakespeare day for his year, which he has known about for days, but which I couldn't assist with because he is independent.

So I was also unprepared for "Mum, do you have a crown?" No. "Well, do you have a white sheet I can cut?" No. " How about white or green face paint?. No. Sorry, I seem to have misplaced my magic wand today. In the end, he changed his clothes and I dropped him off, running really late.

I was surprised I felt so agitated. I guess the life manual doesn't cover these situations and how to handle them correctly and I guess I also may have completely mishandled it.

On my morning walk, I decided I needed to get out of the house and sit in some different scenery for a while. So I decided to do a couple of errands and have lunch at the local mall.

There I ran into someone I haven't really talked to in a long while and as it turns out, his stepson also has ASD. After a bit of a discussion, it was nice to feel someone understood. So, as I drank my coffee, I felt so much more relaxed about things. These little situations shouldn't really rattle me as much. I'm not sure I'll ever feel I'm properly educated or equipped to handle them correctly. It's all a work in progress.

While this Friday didn't really work out as planned, it was a nice opportunity to stop and reflect. It was also an opportunity to address something I wrote down a few days ago. Something I think I was directed to by Ali Edwards. That June is the new January. I spent a little time reading over my OLW intentions set in January and rewrote them for June onward. Now it feels as if today has been really worthwhile and I'm on track.

Happy Friday to you:) Have a lovely weekend.

Edited: It is now after school. He is now sporting a drawn on mustache ala Shakespeare. Yep, no character, just THE Shakespeare. All is well:)

Project Life | End of May

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 I was clearly loving the late autumn light in this week! Seriously, though, we really had some magic days in among the wet days. Why not make the most of remembering the good things about each season of the year?
 I kept things really simple and used all Midnight Edition with the exception of the b + w card with xo on it. That card is made up from Mix and Match Value kit with an overlay from the same kit which I altered to gold.
Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition, Mix and Match Value kit and Overlay in digital format

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:)

Fridays | 2 | Behind the Scenes

Friday, June 12, 2015

I want to record parts of my Fridays over a period of time. Last week, in this post, I explained why Friday is like my special day.

Today I have a lot to get through and some of it's not that special - laundry, folding towels from the dryer. All those things I (and probably you too!) do on a daily basis including Friday. As well, I have office work to do this afternoon.

So, this morning my goal is to complete last week's pages for my project Life album and photograph them, light permitting. Unfortunately it's a very grey morning.

I've already edited photos, planned the layout and finished the journaling, but decided that I wanted to add some script over a photo. After searching through all my digital supplies yesterday, I concluded that I'll need to make something myself. I want the word June and for it to be bold.

That means I need to paint it myself and turn it into a digital brush before printing my photos. Hmmm, I don't always make things easy for myself, but I've never believed in taking the easy way. If I have a vision, I want to push myself to create it, if I can. It doesn't always work out, but the only way you improve your skills is to keep on practicing.

I don't want a wishy washy type of script that I might achieve using water colour, so I opt to try ink today, rather than black gouache.

Pages and pages of practice later, I decide to call it quits and just choose one. I could have painted all morning and still not quite ended up with what I wanted. I scan it and then make it into a digital brush in PSE. I set off to get my photos printed.

Later, I add it to my spread and was ready to photograph, before my morning disappeared.

I spend some time uploading and editing photos, while grabbing a nice hot drink.

Then I get a call from hubby asking if I wanted to meet him for lunch. Yes, today's turning out pretty good.

All photos taken with iPhone.

I feel a photo book coming on to record this series! Happy Friday to you.

Project Life | Birthday Pages

Thursday, June 11, 2015

To record my daughter's 16th birthday in my Project Life album, I chose a selection of photos of her actual birthday, and a day out with her friends a few days later and created a double page. She will no doubt create pages for her own album with the photos she took.

Because I'm also taking Ali Edwards Type class at the moment, I decided to use some of the inspiration I had to create a couple of special cards for these pages. I haven't had much of a chance to create much from this class but hopefully in a month or so, I can dedicate a chunk of time to really getting into the class content. Brimming with ideas though:)

I just went for a mix of product with the simple graphics and typography I love and I'm really happy with how these pages came together.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F (trimmed) and A, Midnight Edition, Man's World Theme Kit-  in digital format

Stampin Up/Project Life Remember This Digital stamp (celebration)

Digital Stamps by Love Day Seed and Ali Edwards (Love You was part of her TYPE class but similar in her Online Store)

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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