Project Life | Jun 1

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love how one glimpse of a page pretty much sums up the weather here. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets and chilly, clear days... or rain, rain and more rain - resulting in flooding in some parts. Where I live we're so lucky we usually get the better end of the weather. I'm not complaining, It is winter, after all.
 
I talked about how I finished off these pages in this Fridays post. I also used some Kiwi Kit on this spread. Loving the colours in that kit which always make it easier to balance my pages.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A and K, Midnight Edition and Kiwi Edition in digital format

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:)

Fridays | 3 | Checking my perspective

Friday, June 19, 2015


Not all Fri(days) go according to plan. I had grand plans for today but after a bit of confrontation this morning, I changed them. It seemed pointless to spoil my plans by being in an agitated mood.

I wasn't even surprised that N was grumpy. I wasn't surprised he was running late. In fact, I assumed it was a day he could go to school late and so was unprepared for the accusations that I made him late. It was also Shakespeare day for his year, which he has known about for days, but which I couldn't assist with because he is independent.

So I was also unprepared for "Mum, do you have a crown?" No. "Well, do you have a white sheet I can cut?" No. " How about white or green face paint?. No. Sorry, I seem to have misplaced my magic wand today. In the end, he changed his clothes and I dropped him off, running really late.

I was surprised I felt so agitated. I guess the life manual doesn't cover these situations and how to handle them correctly and I guess I also may have completely mishandled it.

On my morning walk, I decided I needed to get out of the house and sit in some different scenery for a while. So I decided to do a couple of errands and have lunch at the local mall.

There I ran into someone I haven't really talked to in a long while and as it turns out, his stepson also has ASD. After a bit of a discussion, it was nice to feel someone understood. So, as I drank my coffee, I felt so much more relaxed about things. These little situations shouldn't really rattle me as much. I'm not sure I'll ever feel I'm properly educated or equipped to handle them correctly. It's all a work in progress.

While this Friday didn't really work out as planned, it was a nice opportunity to stop and reflect. It was also an opportunity to address something I wrote down a few days ago. Something I think I was directed to by Ali Edwards. That June is the new January. I spent a little time reading over my OLW intentions set in January and rewrote them for June onward. Now it feels as if today has been really worthwhile and I'm on track.

Happy Friday to you:) Have a lovely weekend.

Edited: It is now after school. He is now sporting a drawn on mustache ala Shakespeare. Yep, no character, just THE Shakespeare. All is well:)

Project Life | End of May

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 I was clearly loving the late autumn light in this week! Seriously, though, we really had some magic days in among the wet days. Why not make the most of remembering the good things about each season of the year?
 I kept things really simple and used all Midnight Edition with the exception of the b + w card with xo on it. That card is made up from Mix and Match Value kit with an overlay from the same kit which I altered to gold.
Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A, Midnight Edition, Mix and Match Value kit and Overlay in digital format

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:)

Fridays | 2 | Behind the Scenes

Friday, June 12, 2015

I want to record parts of my Fridays over a period of time. Last week, in this post, I explained why Friday is like my special day.

Today I have a lot to get through and some of it's not that special - laundry, folding towels from the dryer. All those things I (and probably you too!) do on a daily basis including Friday. As well, I have office work to do this afternoon.

So, this morning my goal is to complete last week's pages for my project Life album and photograph them, light permitting. Unfortunately it's a very grey morning.

I've already edited photos, planned the layout and finished the journaling, but decided that I wanted to add some script over a photo. After searching through all my digital supplies yesterday, I concluded that I'll need to make something myself. I want the word June and for it to be bold.

That means I need to paint it myself and turn it into a digital brush before printing my photos. Hmmm, I don't always make things easy for myself, but I've never believed in taking the easy way. If I have a vision, I want to push myself to create it, if I can. It doesn't always work out, but the only way you improve your skills is to keep on practicing.

I don't want a wishy washy type of script that I might achieve using water colour, so I opt to try ink today, rather than black gouache.

Pages and pages of practice later, I decide to call it quits and just choose one. I could have painted all morning and still not quite ended up with what I wanted. I scan it and then make it into a digital brush in PSE. I set off to get my photos printed.

Later, I add it to my spread and was ready to photograph, before my morning disappeared.

I spend some time uploading and editing photos, while grabbing a nice hot drink.

Then I get a call from hubby asking if I wanted to meet him for lunch. Yes, today's turning out pretty good.

All photos taken with iPhone.

I feel a photo book coming on to record this series! Happy Friday to you.

Project Life | Birthday Pages

Thursday, June 11, 2015


To record my daughter's 16th birthday in my Project Life album, I chose a selection of photos of her actual birthday, and a day out with her friends a few days later and created a double page. She will no doubt create pages for her own album with the photos she took.

Because I'm also taking Ali Edwards Type class at the moment, I decided to use some of the inspiration I had to create a couple of special cards for these pages. I haven't had much of a chance to create much from this class but hopefully in a month or so, I can dedicate a chunk of time to really getting into the class content. Brimming with ideas though:)

I just went for a mix of product with the simple graphics and typography I love and I'm really happy with how these pages came together.


Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F (trimmed) and A, Midnight Edition, Man's World Theme Kit-  in digital format

Stampin Up/Project Life Remember This Digital stamp (celebration)

Digital Stamps by Love Day Seed and Ali Edwards (Love You was part of her TYPE class but similar in her Online Store)

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:)

Project Life | May 2

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sometimes the best memories come from the most random photos. While we were walking along I clicked several photos of my husband and daughter. I was shooting right into the sun but sometimes you have to go with what you can and hope for the best. If I'd waited to position myself in a better spot, I'd have missed an opportunity. It turns out that the photo is very over exposed but I love it even more because of that. For me it captures the movement, the mood and the relationship of two people I love, So, naturally, I went for a full page photo:) Well, a 9x12 because I wanted the following pages to peep out at the edge as they are birthday pages and related in time frame to these pages. I'm a bit weird like that!
So, the full page photo was in the album and at that stage I hadn't even considered what the other page would look like, which is the complete opposite to how I normally roll. I usually design a full spread at the once. It was actually really easy to pull the left page together, once I discovered the Kiwi Kit. Why hadn't I used this one before (especially as I am a 'kiwi')?! The colours and quotes and little bits of handwriting are gorgeous.
Another consideration was that my Day in the Life pages needed to sit within this layout, so I needed to use colours to help marry the bold turquoise and pinky red of the large umbrella photo. The 9x12 photo above also helped balance out the small grid photos which would sit opposite.
In the end, I love how this turned out. My biggest tip is to use coloured filler cards which help tie photos or pages together. Find a common colour to repeat or use complimentary colours for balance.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F (trimmed) and A, Midnight Edition, Kiwi Edition Kit, Sunshine Kit with a Mix and Match Overlay (oh my)-  in digital format

Stampin Up/Project Life Remember This Digital stamp on enlarged photo

(Details of Day in the Life pages here)

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:)

Fridays | 1 | Morning Walk

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday is one of my favourite days of the week. It's always been the end of the working week for me, it was smart casual day when I worked in an office, sometimes the day for morning tea shouts or after work drinks, plus of course the anticipation of the weekend.

Just lately, because I work my own hours from home, I've tried to still think of Friday as my special day. Sometimes I meet my husband for lunch or I plan a time out somewhere. Last week I documented Friday morning for a project I'll share sometime soon. I think I might make this a regular thing for the next little while.

Today I thought I'd record my Friday morning walk through my phone lens. It's the first Friday of winter. Everything is wet from weeks of rain off and on. The last leaves are clinging to the deciduous trees and lots of the leaves have stuck to the footpath or piled up. For me there's special beauty in this time of the year. Last year I completed this photo book of images I captured over winter. While I have no intention of repeating this, I do value capturing snapshots of time and so here's today - 5 June 2015 in my piece of the world... Auckland, New Zealand.
All photos taken with iPhone 5s

Do you like Fridays too?

Project Life | Week 18

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


This was the week of Mother's day and so most of the photos I chose were from that day.
The Cathy Zeilske Value Kit was perfect for these pages - both for the colours and the simplicity of design. I love mixing and matching kits and this one mixes easily with lots of others.

This was the layout Becky Higgins chose as my contribution to the May Creative Team Inspiration. You can see this here. So many great pages from the team.

Okay, I'll keep this short. I'm working on some exciting things at the moment. That always inspires me to think, write and create, so hopefully I'm back here soon.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F and A, Midnight Edition, Dazzle Mini Kit-  in digital format

Stampin Up/Project Life Everyday Adventure and Day to Day Digital stamps

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:)
 
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