Project Life - Week 38

Monday, September 30, 2013

This was the week after a Week in the Life and because I'd taken so many photos the previous week, I found I barely took any for this week!  So, I decided to use the few I had to preserve the memory of 2 key things which happened that week - the end of a project we've been managing all year and Anna's postponed tramp. Still loved how it turned out, despite no people shots!

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I loved the free download from Ali Edwards (bottom right) which was perfect to include a couple of good things this week.

The round What/where/why are also from Ali Edwards and were part of the Hello Story class.  They were perfect for adding minimal details to a minimal layout!

Other supplies used: Becky Higgins Design A pages, BH Midnight Edition journaling cards, One Little Bird element (Busy card), Ali Edwards blog.

Hello Story - Week 12

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I've got a few weeks behind with my Hello Story pages.  Last night we got the final week's information and the light bulb went off immediately.  This week was all about rules for living.

Having a son recently diagnosed with ASD, we're learning (through professional help) ways to handle the situations we're addressing on a daily basis and when I thought about it last night, 10 'unofficial' rules just popped in to my head.  They're really rules for the other 3 of us when around Nicholas.  Things like respecting quiet as he has noise sensitivities.

This morning at school drop off I saw him do something really nice for his sister and on the short drive home from school, the idea for this page had formulated.  Love it when that happens.  I kept it simple... actually I subtracted some elements focusing on one large photo and the story. It's a double 8x11 for the photo book I'm making.

Supplies used:  Elements at top left from One Little Bird here. The 'Rules" element by Ali Edwards and part of the class.

Now to finish the previous few weeks!

Project Life - Week 37

Thursday, September 19, 2013

These are the pages for my album which refer to the photo book I'm making for Week in the Life.  This (the photo book) will be stored in the back of the album so hopefully in the future will be easy to look at the two together.

While I was busy designing my photo book last week, I was a bit bamboozled how I'd do the PL pages.  The question was how not to repeat myself and how to relate one to the other... the sort of stuff that burns up my brain until I get resolved!  And then it came to me.  To use the photos not chosen for the book, to keep it simple - a photo a day was all I needed, to use the same digital elements I used in my book.  I decided to alter the photos to B & W and use coloured day graphics, then to use colour and grey across the centre of the pages.

 Week days - Paislee Press elements - see below for link
 Top left using Ali Edward's digital elements - see below

Quote is a handwritten one by Ali Edwards and was part of another class.

Supplies used: Becky Higgins Design A pages, BH Midnight Edition Journaling card, Paislee Press elements, Ali Edwards elements (circle elements).  Note: The circle days and handwritten quotes are part of class packages and unavailable for purchase but similar items are available.  Week in the Life card is my own design.

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Week in the Life - Wed & Thurs

Friday, September 13, 2013

I'm managing to keep up.  It's been a usual week in some ways, but have had one home sick most of the week (and reluctant to be photographed!), with the other starting exams on Thursday.  
At the bottom of each text page I'm recording the results of the America's Cup racing each day.  It's all getting very exciting with Team NZ only needing to win 3 more to have won!  However as we all know, anything can happen and I don't want to jinx them!  But seriously, that would be so awesome for NZ and for Auckland... Sorry my US friends...
Have a lovely weekend. It's Friday afternoon here and I'm SO looking forward to the weekend. But first I have my daughter's paper round to do!

Details of my process and supplies used are in this post.

Week in the Life - Monday and Tuesday

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I had a plan in mind as I said in my earlier posts.  The way for me to get this project done was always going to be to get the pages done asap, ready for uploading to the photo book.

I'm going with a 8 x 11 portrait soft cover book from Snapfish which I'll store in the back of the PL album.

I decided to go with elements from Ali Edwards available here and Paislee Press - these and this paper.

My idea was to pick a photo for each day and use full size and then use 8 in a collage. The other page follows a template each day to keep it simple.

Here's the first 2 days finished: click to enlarge.

I was a bit stumped with what to do for PL pages this week.  I'm using photos which didn't get selected for the book.  Problem was how to tie it all together.  The answer came to me yesterday.  Look forward to sharing that next week.

I'll post Wed and Thur pages on Friday all going well:)

Project Life - Week 36

Monday, September 9, 2013

This week decided to use my new day of the week elements from Ali Edwards and record a story from each day.  More words = less photos this week.
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Supplies used: BH Design A pages, BH Midnight Edition, Paislee Press elements, Ali Edwards elements (days of the week).

And now I'm on to Week in the Life. Have my plan in place and so far I think it will work well.  I'm all for starting with the end in mind and keeping it simple - repeating the same format each day.

Project Life - Week 35

Friday, September 6, 2013

It's a little scary doing a weekly project like this and seeing how fast those weeks are whizzing by!  Next week N starts the first of 2 lots of exams.  I can tell you no-one is looking forward to this!

However, week 35 flashed by in a sea of work and busy weekend.

This week I've been working on Hello Story Week 9 which I showed here.  I've also made a list for Week 35:
Supplies used: BH Design A pages, BH Midnight and Seafoam Editions, Paislee Press elements, Ali Edwards elements.

As I'm writing this, it's Friday afternoon.  I'm listening to The Sound radio station who have been doing a countdown of the top 100 albums of all time (rock) as voted by the public.  We're at #7 and they're playing side 2 of Yellow Brick Road by Elton John... one of my all time favourites!  I'm placing a bet that #1 will be Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.  May hear it as I'm about to enjoy a wine:)

Have a great weekend!  I'm really looking forward to participating in a Week in the Life next week.  Hopefully the family are willing, or I may have to resort to sneaky photo tactics!

Jot Magazine - Issue 2

Monday, September 2, 2013

It's a great thrill to have one of my Project Life spreads in the latest issue of Jot Magazine.  It's the online magazine by Kim Archer who is an Australian scrapbooker I've admired since I first started scrapbooking.

Kim has seen a gap in the market for online scrapbooking/memory keeping inspiration and started Jot magazine.  I think it'll be really successful because unlike physical paper magazines, she is accepting recently created work and publishing it almost straight away, whereas actual magazines have to work so far ahead of themselves, that by the time it's published it's 'old' in terms of product and even trends.  Sad but true.  There are so many online places to get a visual fix these days. We all want to see what's current for inspiration.

This is my layout.  You can see more images previously posted here along with the supplies list.

The magazine is free to view at the moment here.  So much to see, you may need several cuppas and a long leisurely read.

Yesterday was the first day of Spring.  A lovely sunny day with just a hint of a bite in the air (it's been snowing down South). In between grocery shopping and shopping with my daughter (for summer clothes for an upcoming school trip),  I was busy scheming how I'll record a Week in the Life I'll be participating in the week after next.  At the moment it's a 20 page 8x11softcover photo book versus 8.5x11 inserts in my PL album.  I think the photo book idea will be the go and I may store it in my album.  I've signed up to participate and just deciding what digital products to purchase for my idea.  Looking forward to doing this.  It'll be my first time.

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