December Daily 2014 | 1

Friday, November 28, 2014

This week I suddenly got the Christmas spirit. Probably something to do with so much inspiration on the internet, plus a daughter with so much spirit!

I'd decided to make a 6x8 photo book which will be my attempt to capture the magic of Christmas. As my children are in the mid and late teens, I definitely sense that Christmas as we know it will change as they decide they no longer want to travel away to our family for the Christmas period. So it feels important that I also capture the 'now' to make sure it becomes a memory.

In this post last year I pointed out why I need to get Christmas done with before New Year. At the same time, I want to enjoy the season as much as possible.

Although I had pre-conceived ideas, as soon as I saw Paislee Press December digital releases, I purchased the 6x8 templates and papers because I knew I could make pages fast and keep them minimal but elegant and interesting. I also couldn't resist Ali Edwards digital 'Noel" word art. I just decided to work one set of pages at a time.

My book starts pre-December as the magic has already started:)

Pages 2 and 3

Pages 4 and 5
I used templates from Paislee Press for pages 2, 4 and 5 and the digital script words from Ali Edwards Design.

I can't wait for December to begin so I record it all!

Project Life | Nov 2

Monday, November 24, 2014

This is the story of a Saturday walk on a wild spring afternoon which turned into a bit of an adventure for us because we chose to go across the local golf course and through the adjoining bush/forest. It was wet and really windy but we loved it. Thank goodness for my iphone to capture a bit of it.

Supplies used"
Becky Higgins Project Life pages
Ali Edwards digital
Paislee Press digital
Studio Calico Sandilot kit digital

Project Life | Nov 1

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Keeping it clean and simple... as I always do. After completing my Week in the Life and only managing 3 sneaky photos of my son, I can't tell you how happy it made me to get these photos of him with Shelby the following week!

And on another beautiful day I got photos of my hubby on our Sunday morning walk. I look at these photos and count my blessings for living in such a beautiful place. Water lapping up to the walkway, SU paddle boarders, sun shining. Perfect.

And then my crazy adorable daughter frolicking with the dog. After a scary time with her health, it's awesome to see her looking and feeling well again.

This kindness quote was due to a conversation I had with Anna. She follows a bunch of bloggers/vloggers/YouTubers just as I do for my interests. What I love is that the people she follows seem like an awesome bunch of motivating role models. Believe me, when your children become young adults and you don't have so much influence on them, knowing they are following the right sort of people is important and a big relief. Anyway, one was talking about spreading kindness, and I remembered this quote I'd seen somewhere.

Will have another layout to share shortly:) Love progress.

Supplies used:
Becky Higgins Project Life pages and cards
Paislee Press digital elements
Ali Edwards digital elements
One Little Bird digital elements
my hand script

Around here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Waiting for exams to start and finish, transporting my two to and from their exams and generally trying to keep things calm and as stress free as possible.

Waiting for results. It's been the month I took my daughter to have an echocardiogram and saw her wearing a heart monitor for 24 hours... something I never imagined doing for my seemingly healthy 15 year old! Thankfully it all seems fine, although we've yet to get the final briefing. Hopefully the weird symptoms were just part of some awful virus she had.

Stepping up the clean eating and have 3 of us pretty much completely eating real food only. The other has tried hard to come on board and I'm proud of him for ditching some of the sweet sugary treats he was addicted to. Small steps... I love this lifestyle. I'll admit it's very time consuming as almost everything is made from scratch. But ultimately so rewarding. Who'd have thought I'd be making coconut yoghurt a few months ago? The other day I had lunch out with Anna and I weakened and bought a gluten free cake. I regretted it soon after and felt yuk after eating it.

Trying to finish off my Week in the Life photo book and catch up Project Life pages. I'm pleased to report that late yesterday I finished the book AND uploaded my order for photos for 2 sets of PL pages. Progress!

Deciding to continue my 30 Days of Me album as my personal album over the next year. Clearly it wasn't completed in the 30 day class and I don't want to rush it.

Thinking a lot about December Daily and Christmas in general... and wondering how it's almost that time again already! 

Planning ahead for 2015. I hate wishing time away, but I'm excited for a new year, new projects to be started and a summer holiday! Bring it on!

Gratitude and how it helped me through some tough times

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This morning (as I sit here still wet from my walk which ended in a downpour), I was browsing some favourite blogs and read a wonderful post on gratitude on Ali Edward's blog.

I guess what she says is not rocket science, but sometimes once we realise we have the power to view things differently, we can appreciate the difficult things that happen. We realise that sometimes we become stronger because we have to fight our way through situations.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a strong person. I cry at the simplest things (ask my teens to comment on that), but I do know I have an inner strength which I've developed to help me find peace. It's learning to be thankful for the positive things. Sometimes if you look for one little good thing amongst the chaos, it fills you with good emotions.

I've discussed our family situation on a few posts here before, so long time readers will know that last year we learned our teen son has ASD and he went into a very dark place emotionally. We had to learn as a family how to deal with it - indeed how to actually all cohabit the same space.

At the start our psychologist said we were possibly going through some sort of grief phase - because suddenly everything we knew was changed. It was extremely challenging at times. The only way I could keep myself in a good emotional place was to find a way to be happy.

Somehow I decided to keep a document on my computer and to write in anything that I felt good about each day. From that other things developed and I guess that planted the seed for my One Little Word for this year - moment. Of course this lead to other projects like capturing winter magic and really if I look back through scribbled notes in my journals from this year, it's lead to a whole string of ideas and definitely helped me deal with my world in a better way.

 I've thought many times about how grateful I am to my son for teaching me so much. He may be hard work at times but he thinks on a different level. When we connect on a common interest, he fills me with inspiration.

So, while I'm pretty miffed at getting wet again and our crazy spring weather, I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to walk in the mornings when many others are at a desk job. And I'm grateful for the cardio workout running up the hill.

Project Life | Reflection and planning ahead

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A little while ago my fellow PL'r and blogger Caylee asked me to contribute to her blog with my thoughts on what I've learned so far.  Here's a link to the post. There's some interesting reading there. Lot's of blogs to check out too.

Something I feel strongly about anything I do nowadays, is that it must hold my interest and fit into my purpose in life. I became passionate about scrapbooking about 10 years ago but the way I've approached it has changed as I've changed and developed my interests. I've been doing Project Life for 3 years now.

There have been the 12x12 pages. Here's one from 2013.

There have been the 8.5x11 pages.

There have been the 6x8 pages.

The other day I wrote somewhere that next year I'm working 12x12 size with inserts. I think it was the next day when I had one of those BAM moments! It suddenly dawned on me that I should be following my passions.

So, what does that mean? Well I'm not going to reveal all just yet. Sorry. I'm going to sleep on it for a little while just to be sure. But I'd love to keep sharing here because it gives me a reason to complete/a self imposed deadline. That helps me keep on track.

Feeling a wee bit excited at new beginnings in 2015. I always love starting the new year's album. The trick is to have a system and plan to keep going through the year. It has to become part of your weekly routine.

I'd love to hear what you have planned for next year.

December Daily 2014 is on my mind

Friday, November 7, 2014

Yes, I'm almost ready to push the order button on my Week in the Life 2014 photo book and my mind is already wandering along to December Daily.

At this time last year I was unsure whether I'd participate or not and wrote this post with my reasons.

I'm back in the same place with thinking but when I look at my December 2013 PL pages which I incorporated DD into, they are some of my fav pages ever. I didn't upload all of them but you can see what I did upload here and here and here. Plus I've added a few more images below.

When I look at the pages, I remember I adopted a layout plan from the start and carried that through. I'm a big fan of consistent and repetitive in case you hadn't worked that out already:}

I designed some of my own gold and white cards which I still love and am tempted to go with this year too...

I coupled these with AE Design digitals designed for Dec Daily and Paislee Press 2013 Christmas digital elements.

To cover Christmas Day I used Design J pages and grids of 4 inch photos.

I'd like to make some changes to the layout this year, just because I hate doing exactly the same each year, but honestly, I think I'll end up with much the same look. The challenge will be getting different photos.

Who else is doing DD and what are your plans?

Week in the life | Saturday photos and self reflection

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I'm working away on this project with mixed results, but so glad I persevered through a few tricky days. Yesterday I finally got my act together and used my timer more. What a difference a  different perspective made to a few shots. It also helped that the family were around.

I have to admit the week seemed pretty ordinary... yes, I know, the whole point is to capture the ordinary. I have learned a few things about myself during this week.

I've learned that I'm currently at a crossroads. It's a little daunting and pretty exciting all at once. My husband's business has changed a little, meaning I'm not required as much, so I'm free to decide what my next step will be. In fact, I don't have to do anything different but I feel I'm just frittering my days away sometimes, so I've given lots (and lots) of thought to this.

For months I've been thinking about my purpose in life. In fact, ever since my son was asked this same thing. I remember sitting there being thankful I wasn't being asked that. I've read a lot of stuff about purpose since and from that I sorted out what my passions are. They are my purpose.

My focus is the welllness of myself and my family. Part of that is self expression. For me that translates to my passions of photography and memory keeping.

THEN, I watched Elise's video of her speaking at the WDS.  How inspiring is she? I read her blog every day and am in awe of her ability to get things done and be so relate-able. Anyway, at the end of the speech she asked "What is your bold statement?" That got me thinking. When it came to me, it seemed so obvious.

My bold statement is: I want to capture the ordinary AND the magic in my everyday.

Totally got me back in focus with my WITL. Wish I could start this project over, but instead, I'll just adjust my sails and carry on my Project Life pages and other memory keeping with a new enthusiasm. And from that I'd like to develop some other ideas. I need to channel Elise for guidance!
Fav photo of the day.

Thanks for visiting:) Last night I found out I'm a finalist for the Jot Girls CT 2015 call! So excited to have made it that far! Fingers crossed, but proud of myself regardless:)
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