I'm teaching at Big Picture Classes!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yes I am! Today I can tell you what I've been working away on behind the scenes. I'm so honoured to have been asked to put together this online + self paced class on Self Portraits at Big Picture Classes.

If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be writing a class about self portraits, self photography, selfies, or whatever you'd prefer to call it; I'd have laughed hysterically. I mean, I am shy and awkward when in front of the camera. I'm definitely most comfortable behind the lens. But, I realised that my memory keeping is all from my perspective. Although I record my family, essentially, I am the story teller and it's my life story, so I need to be in more of the photos.

In this class I talk more about my relationship with selfies and give you all my tips and tricks for taking more natural and flattering photos of yourself, while capturing your surroundings. You'll also learn how I've been exploring getting more interesting shots using perspective, mood and atmosphere. And of course, ideas for taking your photos and using them in all sorts of projects.

I discovered I love experimenting with photography this way. It's added so much more to my Project Life pages and other projects and I have so many more ideas floating around in my head. For now though, I plan to use what I've learned (and what you can learn from this class), and intend to make sure that my Week in the Life project starting 17 August will feature a much better quality and quantity of photos of me, the story teller!

I'd love to hear if you'd like to take my class. You can sign up for a free trial at Big Picture Classes before becoming a member for a monthly fee. There are SO MANY cool classes to take to either upskill or just have some fun.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back soon to share some more ideas which have developed since writing this class. I'm not sure of what's ahead for me but I have some really interesting and exciting ideas to work through:)

Project Life | Sunday vibes

Monday, July 20, 2015

Yesterday was far from a lazy Sunday for me. I was working with my daughter packing mouse traps for a fundraiser for her school trip! However a few weeks ago, I had a lovely, lazy Sunday morning and found inspiration in the song lyrics of Lionel Ritchie's song to accompany my photos.

It was just a spur of the moment decision to take the photos on the left page because the lighting was so beautiful. I mean, I wouldn't normally want photos of myself in my dressing gown! It was also such a contrast to the very bleak cold winter days we'd been having in NZ. The slipper photos sum up that it was winter and cold.

I've said before that I'm loving recording little specific snippets of my life, so this Sunday morning became a double page memory. Sometimes the little things really are the big things.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A 
Becky Higgins x Stampin Up Moments Like This in digital format and digital stamp (Life is Good) from BHxSU Remember This kit
Rest of script and digitals 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:)

AE | Week In The Life 2015... I'm in

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Photo by Ali Edwards
Of course! This will be my third year of completing a detailed Week In The Life as run by Ali Edwards. It's running the week from 17th August.

In 2013 and 2014 I made photo books. This year I've decided to make a 6x8 album. I'm getting quite excited about having a hybrid project to work through and third year in, hopefully a lot wiser about getting the details recorded that I want recorded.

Believe me, the time flashes by during the day and some days I realise I forgot to photograph this and that. This year I'm going to compile a list for each day and set the timer on my phone so I get reminded to take photos. However, if I'm busy and miss a photo op, I intend to let it go and be happy with whatever works out.

I have the album. I have the page protectors. Next is the fun job collecting together cards and embellishments. It'll be a mix of digital and physical. If you register on Ali's site, you get a download of free digital stamps to use.

Can't wait to get started now!  So, are YOU in?

Project Life | 6x8 pages

Thursday, July 16, 2015

In June I decided to record a little snippet of my Fridays; just a bit of a random challenge. It's a day I usually get to myself. A day I work on projects, sometimes have a lunch date, and just a day that I like.

At the end of June I wondered whether to carry on with the project and make a photo book or something, but as they days went by, I realised that prospect wasn't pushing my buttons.

In the end I just chose one day and made these pages for my personal 6x8 album. I adore working in this size. It's simple to fill the space. In fact, I had trouble fitting it all in so trimmed a Design 4 page down for my journaling one side, and a couple of extra photos at the back.

In this post I described how I made the tab.

I'm so happy with the result. I'll be working in this format again soon for sure.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages 6x8 Design 1 and 4, Becky Higgins x Stampin Up Moments Like This 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:)

Project life | How to make simple tabs

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm a fan of different sized pages and inserts in my Project Life album. One of the problems with this is that often you can turn right past the inserts, not noticing them. One way to overcome this problem, as well as using as headings, page dividers, or just a cool little embellishment, is to add tabs to the edge of smaller page inserts.

This is how I made one quickly.

I used a journaling card from the Project Life x Stampin Up Kit "Moments Like These" and added the date. You can add this in Photoshop,or hand write, date stamp, or add stickers. Lots of other options too.

 Next step is to cut, leaving enough to fold, as indicated below.
 If you don't have a scoring tool, just fold using a ruler.
 Tape or glue together.
 Now add some double sided tape to the front. I suggest 2 strips to keep it firmly adhered to the page. Be careful not to place tape where you want the tag to hang out from page.

Attach to back side of page protector. Will look like this:
Here are some other examples of tabs I've made:

 For titles
 Just to show there's more on the reverse
 Numbered for multiple inserts.
A chipboard alpha tab.

I use journaling cards for my tabs. They're a good weight to work with. 

I hope this has given you some inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.

Donna xx

Hybrid, Digital or good old Paper and Glue?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I've been working mostly in the land of hybrid scrapbooking for a few years now. When I say hybrid, it's really only hybrid because I print out physical photos and cards and place them in an album. Occasionally I go totally digital and make a photo book. Then come the days I long to make something with paper and glue... or more likely, stamps, paper and a stapler!

I'm just starting on working my way through Ali Edwards TYPE class. It's almost the last week and I'm just getting started. I've been following each week but I've been working on a BIG project which has taken a huge chunk of my time and I wanted to give it my heart and soul until I pressed the final button. Hopefully I can share details soon. When I finish something with a big focus, I like to have something else lined up to work on after an initial rest (and cleaning up everything else put on hold).

So, back to the TYPE class; I've watched Ali pull her layouts together and oh my, does it make me want to make some layouts in a traditional manner again! I've always been a big fan of her clean and classic style. So why don't I just do it? Well the main reason is a constant conflict inside of me about stuff. Storing physical product. Mostly, though it's storing the end product - albums and more albums. Yes, even physical Project Life means at least one album each year. They're bulky and heavy when full. I'm trying to simplify and feel I'm losing the battle in my house!

But... I do love having a tangible album to look through and keep up to date. Storing digital layouts and then having printed in one book each year MAKES. SO. MUCH. SENSE. I just don't think I have patience to wait.

I always think at the start of each year, that I'll record less. Yeah right, that's never going to happen. I love taking photos. It's my passion. I love recording snippets of everyday life. We forget so much. I just read this quote which sums this up:

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." AARON SISKIND

I think the only way around this is to keep doing some of each. To tap into all sources I'm drawn to and let it work itself out. I mean, for me it's pointless deciding to go all digital for the sake of storage and find I just don't enjoy the process.

What I've decided is that I'm going to make a photo book of stories for my TYPE class lessons. That will satisfy my digital and typography pull. I might let myself loose on my personal 6x8 album with some physical product. And Project Life... I seem to be in a system for that.

As we've tipped over into the second half of the year (!), I'm going to let myself start thinking about how I'll approach everything in 2016! Doesn't that sound weird?

How do you decide your format? Are you concerned with storage?

Fridays | 4 | Dreaming of spring

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday 26 June

I had some things to do, so decided to go via the mall and grab a coffee. The cafe seemed full so Plan B entered... lunch date, which meant a drive to Takapuna.

With a little time to kill, I browsed at the new spring clothes in Country Road. Ironically in the coldest week of the year so far, and only one month into winter, the spring clothes are starting to appear! I love it. I always look forward to checking out the new spring colours and fashions.

With a little more time to fill in, I stopped at the garden centre to do a bit more spring dreaming.

I concluded that it's my mechanism to coping with winter. If I channel spring, hopefully it may come early?
Happy Friday! Hope you're having a good one.
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