Project Life July 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

Project Life - July - Capturing winter magic in NP

Friday, July 25, 2014

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)

Regaining my creative mojo

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

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