Out and About | At the beach this morning

Tuesday, September 30, 2014





We switched to Daylight Saving here in the weekend, which coincided with the school holidays. That meant I was able to go for my morning walk a bit earlier, and factoring in the hour difference as well, I noticed how much more beautiful the light was. Yes I was wishing I had my camera with me, but it's a bit of a hassle carrying that while walking the dog, so I snapped these with my iphone.

The last few days I've been missing taking photos... as in, taking photos purposely, rather than just snapping away at a random moment. A new month is upon us tomorrow, so I just might have to start a new project. I totally loved my #donnaswintermagicproject. You can read about it here and here. As much as I loved that, I'm thinking of something new to work on. Thinking cap on for the rest of today.

I intend to start October off with a To Do list so it doesn't slip away on me like September has!

30 Days of Me | 3

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I've been slowly working away on this album for my Studio Calico class and have quite a few nearly finished pages.

Here's one layout I have completed.

Following a 'Today I' prompt, I decided to choose a day to record my day, rather than the whole family.  It was meant to be, because right about then I saw and purchased the Ali Edwards Design  Everyday Life Cursive digital brushes which had One Day in my Life digital. (link below)


I wanted to include a written schedule and toyed with the idea of printing on transparency or vellum but in the end decided to print on white card and cut a page protector in half because I've used the same for another page... and I like a bit of consistency.

I used a template from Paislee Press for the right side. Thanks for stopping by:)

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins 6x8 album and page protectors
Ali Edwards Design digital
Paislee Press template and digital (right page)
BH ATPlus One kit (Today)
Studio Calico digital printable butterfly (part of class)

Project Life | Sep 1 and 2

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Two PL layouts to share today. I design my layouts regularly and sometimes have enough patience to wait to order my photos in a bigger batch to make it more economical. It's always a nice mail day when they arrive.
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This covers one weekend which happened to include Father's Day and was a bit special. It was also a day of superb spring weather which hasn't happened much so far this month. It's been wet, windy and cold. The kids were busy studying so just the two of us went out for lunch down at the marina which is his happy place! I'm not much of a boat person but water, sun and fabulous views - YES! I was dressed for a cooler day in a merino sweater and we had a table in the sun, so I nearly melted but the food and views were magic.

This spread covers last week with the right side dedicated to Friday. Anna had finished her exams and as a reward for her dedicated effort, I took her shopping for some new things for a mini makeover in her room. She's so much fun. We ended up going back to the same shop 3 times... I think they were starting to wonder about us. Interiors are my happy place, so checking out new season colours and things was the perfect end to a busy week. Her grown up room is coming along nicely... my girl has good taste!

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Page Protectors
WRMK Page Protector 8.5x11
BH AT Plus One Kit
Ali Edwards Design Digital elements
Paislee Press Week in Review card
BH Sunshine Edition Kit (Week 38 page)

Project Life | A quick digital insert

Monday, September 15, 2014


I wanted to include this particular Friday on its own page as it told a story of the afternoon and following evening. Anna was nominated to do the ALS Ice Challenge. It was such a cold day. I think her dad had the most fun, preparing the ice and tipping it. I was nominated as chief videographer and Nicholas opted not to take photos so he could just enjoy the moment... Therefore we have no photos of the actual moment but what we have tell the story before and after. We went to a fab new pizza place for dinner which finished the day perfectly.

Because I wanted to use the circle digital element for the day of the week, I decided to go all out and found a CD/DVD label template in my old digital program. It was simple to drag the photos in, along with journaling cards and title. I resized it to fit within an 8x10 print, making sure to leave some breathing space. It's quite busy but a bit of a change to the regular collage. I've mounted on 8.5 x 11 cardstock, only because I wanted to slip it in the back of another page that size.

It would also be easy to do this with a 2 inch circle punch if you like the grid idea but you're not a digital fan.

Supplies used:
Paislee Press digital element
Becky Higgins  Project Life Midnight Edition digital journaling cards

What about the hard stories?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Over the last few days I've been thinking about the stories I haven't recorded... because they've sometimes just been too hard to write about! In reality I believe that my memory keeping should represent our real lives - but is there a line which shouldn't be crossed? Why do I prefer just recording the happy stuff?

What brought this to my attention is the anniversary of 9/11 this week. My son became quite fascinated with this subject in the last few days as it's a world catastrophic event he was alive for, albeit 4 years old. He asked me what I could remember about that terrible day. I can remember quite clearly my husband calling me from work and telling me to turn the television on. I did, just in time to see that terrible image of a plane hitting the tower. I felt my whole world changed that day. I wasn't scrapbooking in those days but today I watched a documentary about it and thought that if I had written something about it, Nicholas would have been fascinated to read it, all these years on. More from the perspective of where we were when it happened and how it personally affected us.

I've also never included the story of when I was ill and subsequently diagnosed with Coeliac Disease after the birth of my first baby. It was all a bit too raw to write about in the first few years, but I know it could be helpful to future generations to have some of the families medical history recorded. Because, there is quite a history in one side of the family and one day I'm sure a link will be made connecting some of it.

Likewise, the Christchurch earthquakes. We may live at the other end of NZ but of course the earthquakes had a huge impact on all of New Zealand and events inadvertently lead to me going back to work in the insurance industry for a while. I was so busy that memory keeping was not on the agenda so no record of it in our albums.

And of course, more recently, we had the diagnosis of ASD for Nicholas and the struggle to understand how to deal with the unfolding situation. I've had discussions with a group of fellow project lifers about what and how to record about the not so wonderful moments. I think there's a general consensus that sensitive personal information about individuals should be restricted for their protection, but how much of reality do you include? It's a fine line and one I'm very aware of not crossing.

What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear how and what of life's tough situations you record. Wondering how I motivate myself to record these more negative things?

Food for thought!

30 Days of Me Album | 2

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Once I got a rough plan on paper for this project, I started to enjoy the process. Pretty much in my element actually... not because of the subject matter, but the design process is definitely my happy place! It's a hybrid project using mostly digital supplies. Here's my first pages. I'll note under each photo where from, with links at the bottom (otherwise my designs).
Digital graphics left page Ali Edwards, flair and label part of Studio Calico class kit

Right page - Digital filler from Project Life Plus One kit

Digital "Make something" from Studio Calico free Digital Basics class

Digital graphics right page part of class
I'm on a mission to get a decent family photo, including Shelby. That could prove to be the hardest part of the whole album! Bribery will play a definite part in it, I'm sure.

Supplies links:
Studio Calico
Ali Edwards.com
Becky Higgins Project Life

Thanks for stopping by:)


The story matters, no matter how you tell it

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This week our own world famous kiwi scrapbooker, Nic Howard  hung up her paper cutting scissors for good as she's off to pursue her passion with a new career in the fitness world - which she'll totally smash, I'm sure.

Nic explained that she's lost her enthusiasm for scrapbooking as her children have got older and say less cute things as well as not being so enthusiastic being posted on the internet in their mum's work.

Oh yes, I totally get that! I've been in that place. I remember the day in 2009 when Anna announced she'd rather have her photos in slip in pockets, with none of the fancy stuff or cute sayings on it! While those words wounded me a bit, I understood completely because I'd been questioning the whole 'scrapbooking' thing anyway. I created very little in that format from that day to this apart from dabbling about with a very simplistic graphic approach.

BUT, I couldn't give it up altogether. What drew me back in was that deep in my heart, I knew the memories had to be kept. Photos on a hard drive or sitting in phone storage just don't work. As they say, get them off the device and into your life!. When I saw the Project Life system in 2012, I was ready to start over. I knew I had to keep it simple. My objective is to put the story with the photos. Or to capture the moment in words, because sometimes there is no photo. A journal of our everyday lives. Those precious little moments.

I've found that hybrid works well for me. I can store my digital supplies on my computer and paper and plastic pages in one spot. (And tangible albums to flip through have proved to be the right answer for us). No need for a huge room of stuff.  Don't think I haven't been tempted by all the beautiful supplies out there. I walked into Whitcoulls bookshop yesterday and they had some beautiful scalloped tape. I picked it up... and then made myself put it back. So close!

I mentioned in this post that I had a brain freeze when starting the Studio Calico 30 Days of Me class, until I remembered to stay true to my own style of things. It's okay to do that folks. The few classes I taught way back, I remember loving seeing how people put their own spin on things. I'm loving working on this album, now that I've found my way to spin it!  Here's a little peek. I'll make a post of the first pages when I get my photos printed later this week.

So my point with this is to find your own style, your voice. Don't worry if it's different to everyone else. If it fits you, wear it! If at the end of the day, you lose the inclination to record any of it, then that's also okay. My daughter reassured me that if I didn't get her life recorded, there was no drama! She could sort something out when she was older if she wanted to. That took all the pressure off. Now I look at anything I do as totally my project, my viewpoint, my voice. My happy place.


30 Days of Me album | 1

Friday, September 5, 2014

As soon as I saw this class advertised I signed up because I believed it would be the perfect time to try and collate my current story in one place. I was pleasantly surprised to receive some free goodies in the mail from Studio Calico and my original thoughts were to revert to a more scrap-book style for this project - maybe more embellishing...

Once I'd watched the video for the first lesson, I got a bit panicky! I suddenly couldn't see myself using the freebies I'd got. Gorgeous as they are (and I'd have loved using them in days gone by), I suddenly realised that's not what I'm about any more. I had to restore my thinking to what I love - clean and simple lines. It was a sense of relief that I could go about this album in my own way. After all, this is about me, by me and to be a glimpse at me and who I am/was in the future.

So, lesson learnt, it took me days to fluff around deciding how to start. I saw this gorgeous album by Caylee on the Paislee Press blog. Just a few weeks ago I was trying some vellum printing and was peeved it wasn't coming out well, so this inspired me to have another go. Our latest printer doesn't have a transparency setting and now I realise that I was using too much ink. Once I set it on Fast Economy, it came out perfect!

I love the 6x8 size for this. I'm using a Becky Higgins album I purchased from Craft House here.

I've sorted out the next few pages, so will share once I have them complete.

Digital stamp by Ali Edwards

Have an awesome weekend. I hope to get some scrapping done.
 
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