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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project Life July 2


As I write this post, it's the last day of July; and here in NZ, we're 2 months into winter. Today it's 19.5 degrees C. It's very warm, the sun is shining and it smells like spring outside... you know, that freshly cut lawn smell. Yes, tomorrow, the weather may revert to winter, but I'm enjoying every bit of today.

Looking at my photos in this spread, you would be forgiven for thinking winter is all blue skies and sunshine here. In Auckland we have a relatively mild winter, but some of the blue sky days are chilly, or we can easily have 3 or 4 seasons in one day!

This spread is another marriage of my favourite 8.5 x 11 plus 12 x 12. I'm loving adding more journaling in this manner.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins 8.5x11 and Design A pages
Becky Higgins It's a Man's World filler card
One Little Bird digital elements
Paislee Press Month in Review card (altered)
Ali Edwards Digital elements

Friday, July 25, 2014

Project Life - July - Capturing winter magic in NP


During the July school holidays, I flew to New Plymouth with Anna to spend 3 nights with mum and dad and catch up with all the family.  The weather in the days prior to leaving was VERY windy and stormy. Although it had calmed down significantly by the time of our flight, it was the roughest take off I've ever experienced!  I have flown into Wellington on a very windy day though, so I know it can be a lot worse!

We had a lovely, relaxing few days and the weather stayed pretty kind to us, although the first full day was a bit wet. I wasn't going to let that deter me from getting out in the garden to find a bit of their winter magic. My parents are very keen gardeners and although they say there's not much to look at in winter, I beg to differ. At first I think they thought I was a little crazy, out in the drizzle with my DSLR, but dad was keen to see what I'd photographed and before I knew it, he was my sidekick, holding pots out and pointing me in the direction of his beloved plants. That was pretty special:)

I'm not sure he grasped fully that for me the magic lay in the rain drops nestling on the petals, the moss attached to a little wall, the rain drops sitting on the clothes line, as much as the beautiful flowers and foliage.

My nerdy attention to focusing on the little things paid off when I stood under the eaves quietly with my zoom lens and waited for the gorgeous little Waxeyes to start feeding off the special treat. I'm thrilled with my results from this little exercise.

And then one morning, the mountain (Mt Taranaki) was uncovered and I snapped this photo from the back door step, before the clouds formed again. I was brought up on a farm under this mountain. It holds a special place in my heart and for me this capture was pure magic.

I wrote about my reason for adding some 12x12 layouts again to my PL album here. I'm not done with 8.5x11. Just mixing it up. These pages make up part of my July pages.

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins pages - 12 x12 full page + Design A
Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition Digital cards
Ali Edwards digital elements
Paislee Press digital elements (ampersand)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Regaining my creative mojo

I knew there would come a time when real life events sapped my creative energy. In the dark depths of winter, it happened. One of my solutions is to have something simple to focus on. This winter, enter my winter magic project.  It came about as a result of 2 things:
1. my OLW for this year ... moment. Part of living in the moment is to take time to really look at what's around you and to take notice of the little things.
2. Winter is my least favourite season and I wanted a way to appreciate it more. After all it takes up 1/4 of my life!

It's become part of my every day now to seek out the magic, or the beauty in my days. Some images I share on Instagram. I'm working on a design for a photo book as I slowly regain my creative mojo!
1 page for my 8x8 photo book

Somewhere along the way, I seemed to lose my project life mojo though. I surprise myself sometimes. For someone who claims to be pretty organised and loves continuity, this year I have wavered all over the place with this project. I love the look of my 8.5 x 11 pages but sometimes I miss the ease of landscape orientation 6x4 pockets. So, on a whim, I designed a few 12x12 pages again... I know. My album is a real mixture. And I'm perfectly fine with that. This will be the year of experimentation!

I've said before that for me, much of the joy in project life is designing the pages. I took some time to go back and look through last year's album. I love it but the last thing I want is another album with the same regular stuff. I noticed a repeat of the same things in the same weeks each year! So, while change was afoot, I decided to abandon weekly spreads. Just accepting that it was okay to do this made me feel energized again. It's enlightening to find creative ways to catch up as well as stay enthusiastic!

I'm just finishing a series of pages for July which I'll share soon. Thanks for stopping by:)

Donna xx