Project Life | Week 10

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


As week 10 progressed, I found my hand scripted bold statement I wrote late last year filed away. This was something I wrote after listening to Elise speak. You can read her blog post here. Anyway, it reminded me about recording the magic I see in the ordinary bits of my life and I decided to focus specifically my the regular routine for this week.

Is there anyone else out there who find satisfaction in the washing blowing dry in the breeze? Or do I need more to do? Ha! What I love about these photos is that they capture where I spend time, either working or whatever at home or talking to my family while they're doing things. When I look back on my childhood photos, I love to see the rooms, the familiar decor, as much as the people.

It also reminded me that there are so many ways of recording photos in our albums. The people, the emotions, the event, the surroundings, all the little details which help record the whole picture and provide that visual atmosphere. And then the fun bit of bringing it all together with the Project Life products.



This month's Creative Team inspiration is now up on Becky's blog.  A warm welcome if you're here from that site:)

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F and A, Midnight Edition, Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit and Dazzle mini kit cards in digital format and digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Happiness Is, Remember This and Day to Day kits
Paislee Press calender card

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

Monday - action time

Monday, March 30, 2015

Created for my OLW album
This morning I got up early-ish and instead of spending time browsing the internet, I had a mad urge to pull out my journal and gather my random ideas together. By 8.00 am I'd signed up for 2 online classes - Love Your Lettering at Studio Calico and Type by Ali Edwards. No surprises there for anyone who knows me well enough! As soon as I saw them both advertised I knew that I'd be signing up.

So, super excited. One is a month long course and the other is a 12 week course. They are different but along the same subject matter. Typography, handwriting, script, in fact anything graphic has been a long time passion for me. I have multiple ideas spinning in my head. April will be busy but hopefully a kick start in a direction. I hope to amalgamate some of my ideas in one or several projects over late Autumn and Winter. YES.

I'll be back with a Project Life post shortly:)

Project Life | Baby Album part 1

Monday, March 16, 2015

My baby is turning 16 years old in 2 months. My oldest is turning 18 shortly after. When they were babies, I'd never heard of scrapbooking and of course Project Life wasn't around then. I did discover scrapbooking in their childhood though and made a few traditional layouts but that's as far as I got with their baby albums.I knew that in my heart I wanted a simple style book for each with repetitive pages for each month. Most of the (film) photos ended up in a flip page album or a storage box.

Two years ago I made a start but didn't get far. I was still fairly new to Project Life and more into documenting the day to day.

The time has come for action! Using Project Life, I'm quite confident I can nail one album at least in the next few months. I had the birth day sorted and pages covering the first days already completed. I decided to choose 3 months old as my starting off point now because the photos 'spoke' to me. And their weren't many of them. So basically it's probably the easiest place to restart.

My intention is to keep this very simple.

I think my main procrastination has been that the photos are all film from this time, so some are not the right orientation for the way I want them. By concentrating on one set of pages at a time, I've found scanning a few so I can resize or change to black and white is not a big deal.

Here's the 3 month pages. I think I'm hooked!


Instead of using just the Baby Kits, I've used the other kits I have. The turquoise and yellow cards (plus the pink for my daughter) in the various kits are all great with most of my photos. I do have Baby Girl and Boy kits in digital format as well. With digital I can print off as many of one card as I want and it gives that repetitive element.

Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition, Project 52 Edition,  and Lovely Mini Kit cards in digital format and Love This digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Remember This Kit 

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Donna xx

Project Life | Week 9

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hi there. If you're a regular you may notice my little blog has had a much needed makeover. I'm still working on a few details but loving a more contemporary look!

I've been working away on my Project Life pages and am all up to date in my main album... just a bit behind sharing. So there'll be a bit of a catch up.

First, week 9 was an odd assortment of photos, yet ended up being my fave spread so far this year... although week 10 may compete for that spot!

I went with Design F because a lot of my photos could be 3x4 and used fairly neutral cards to balance out the vividness of the photos. This is probably my natural style. I'm finding that more and more I'm drawn to clear, clean design with emphasis on the photos... and I'm working hard at taking better photos! That's a passion. But putting my pages together is a passion too. I love nothing better than a new week, a clean slate to choose a new set of photos and products to use.



Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F, Midnight Edition, Man's World Kit and Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit cards in digital format and Currently digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Happiness Is Kit (to make filler card beside week in review card).
Handwritten quote and ampersand card are my own work.

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

Thanks for stopping by., Donna xx

Project Life 2015 | Week 8 meets OLW

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I've been working on my One Little Word class prompts and I've been giving some thought as to how I see things. Both physically and in my head. The way something looks means a lot to me... that much I've worked out. I'm a visual learner. I made myself close my eyes and imagine a couple of things and through this exercise I jotted down a couple of words. One was simplicity which was my word in 2013. That word is still very much part of me 2 years on. I have this burning desire to completely declutter my world. And yet I wouldn't call myself a minimalist.

And so, what has this to do with my Project Life? Everything really. My pages have always been called clean and simple but I want to make sure I focus on this. I want to concentrate on the imagery and the words - giving each uncluttered space and enhancing with the Project Life products. Once that thought process was written down (there's that need for the visual), I felt such clarity. That folks, is the brilliance of Ali Edwards and One Little Word. Already my word is streamlining my thought process in ways I wasn't expecting and I love that!

So here's week 8 - part A. Part B will be kept private as it was a family celebration and there are lots of guest photos.


Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition and Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit cards in digital format and Currently digital stamp from Becky Higgins/Stampin Up Everyday Adventure kit
Ali Edwards Digital stamp

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

One Little Word 2015 | My vision board

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How apt that this is called a vision board when my word is perspective. Ha! I always LOVE this prompt and can't believe that this year I left it a whole month before completing.

Once again I went digital on this. I whizzed through a pile of interiors magazines on my coffee table (they are the only magazines I have...) and put a post it on any page where words caught my eye. I deliberately went for words only as I loved doing this last year and wanted the same format for this year so they can hang together.

I scanned each marked page (which took about 30 minutes), then cropped each word and moved to my new page template.

I noticed that it turned out much like last year's and that this year's referenced my words moment and simplicity from 2014 and 2013! They are still very much part of my daily life. You can see last years framed vision board here.

On Friday I sat down and spent some time translating my scribbled notes into January's prompts. It felt like a weight had been taken off because suddenly there it all was neatly organised in a 6x8 album and I felt in control and re-connected with my word.

So now with the vision board completed, I have started on March's OLW work and hopefully good things will happen from this. Plans and ideas. In my happy place:)

Are you in the OLW class? If so, how are you going with it?


Project Life 2015 | Feb 2

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sharing these pages from February. I am up to date with Project Life... just a little slow blogging them! I concentrated on some special moments for this week at the start of February. I've noticed that we all read the funny little moments recorded when looking through the albums. These are the priceless little gems which capture personalities. Product details at the end and you can click on images to enlarge.




Products used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Lovely and Dazzle Mini Kit cards in digital format
Elise Joy Digital stamp

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.
 
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