Thursday, 3 September 2015

Wait. What? It's September already?

I know I keep saying it but what the fuck just happened... Seriously... It was February YESTERDAY wasn't it???

I'm not even going to try to catch up on every thing that's been going on. Life is mental. As always.

So I have been using the BH PL app all year and keeping on top of my pages being "up to date".  I had thought I was just using the app to organise and plan my pages (like I have in the past with PSE7)... and I was still tossing up printing as separate 6x4s and 3x4s... but I think now that I just realised Spring sprung and I missed it that I definitely will be printing as 12x12s and calling it done this year... I just want to get them in an album and leave it at that...

Besides I already ordered Liz Tamanaha's Everyday Core Kit from Papertrenz... and  now I just cannot wait for 2016 to start!!!! :P

Here's my PL pages from the app... Mostly using Project 52...


Week 1: Two Design A pages. Some Amy Tan Plus One. I started from the 1st so this was a short week.


Week 2: Design A + Design H + Design A... Very photo heavy. Some Midnight and... not sure... will check.



Week 3: Design A + Design H + Design A. Stampin' Up Everyday Adventure... more AT Plus One...



Week 4: Design A + Design H + Design A. Some Kiwi...








And Good Times...


Will be back in the coming days with more... if you have any questions about cards let me know and I will have a proper look.
Thank you for visiting.
AMCxxxooo




Thursday, 15 January 2015

2015 + 2 weeks already?!

Seriously? That fortnight just flew past!

OK. First things first... my sincere apologies for the delay in drawing my giveaways last Saturday as I promised... Mainly it's the digital age version of the dog ate my homework... my computer has been an absolute pain in the arse the last few weeks and I cannot blog on my phone. I'm old and I'm blind ok?

Then we had lots of visitors for my birthday which was lovely but busy...

PLUS my damn airconditioner died and it's STILL NOT FIXED!!! I am hot and bothered and over it... pffffffffftttttt.

Sooooooooooo without further ado... the winners are:



DIY Shop... Tarryn

Caroline B... Odds & Ends

Leah... Peace, Love & Sunshine


Anita... Heidi Swap Glitter Kit
Let me know your addresses by email or Facebook message chickies and it will be on it's way to you.


Now, more about my approach to documenting 2015.

I have been thinking a bit more about what I want to do with my memory keeping this year... and reading a LOT of bloggers that are thinking the same.

Ali Edwards is always an inspiration... I must sound like such a desperado-stalker-fangirl but so much of what she says just resonates with me...

Then there was another chick I found through Cathy Zielski (who I also love by the way)...

 Kelsey McEvoy... and she sort of really cemented what I am thinking I will do... (the fact that she likes to say fuck a lot just sealed the deal).

Again... it is all a work in progress,,, so we will see I suppose.

So after MUCH mucking about and changing my mind I FINALLY settled on my 2015 cover page.



I really love how it turned out.

Trying to get a photo of this motley crew, using my Canon 500D on a tripod with the self timer, is no mean feat so I was ecstatic with how these turned out. I toyed with them in black and white but I just love them in colour and then I found these Paislee Press On My Desk digital journaling cards that I've had for ages and they were just perfect.

That little house on the first from left 3x4 is actually from the Amy Tan Plus One mini kit... I just erased the green from around it and placed it on top of the Paislee Press card.

I also changed the second from left 3x4... it is also from the Paislee Press On My Desk kit. It had a P and play. I changed it to C and cox by using the healing brush tool (it looks like a bandaid) in PSE7 to block out the circle then added a text box for my C and cox. 

The 3x4 quote is a freebie from Ali Edwards' blog here.

For the 6x4 "living our story" filler card... I opened a new blank file. Then  I used an Ali Edwards brush from a set called Selfie for the Win. It actually says "living my story" (as you can see in my blog header) but I wanted it to say "our" for this album so I just blocked out the "my" with the rectangle tool in white and added a text box over the top. I added the other text in curly brackets with another text box.

The top right filler card was another Ae brush from the Firsts Digital kit. I just added the line with the line tool and 2015 with a text box.

As always I will print these out and put them into an actual, physical Becky Higgins Design A pocket page. I might change the quote and the chevron 3x4 cards over actually now that I look at it again. I can't leave anything alone. ;)

I really love the wood grain / black & white / linen / leather / metallic / gold and bronze / vellum colour and texture combos that I am seeing around so I think I will be following that trend for the most part in 2015.

I would DIE to get my hands on the Studio Calico 9x12 albums they have released... they are just divine... but with international shipping and the crappy exchange rate at the moment my credit card says "no" (yeah, really it said, "are you fucking kidding me, get a grip on reality, you crazy bitch?" but I thought that was just rude).

I am being good and trying to stick with my no buying pledge but MAN it is hard.

How is your 2015 memory keeping shaping up?  I am ALREADY 2 weeks behind! :P

Monday, 5 January 2015

and then...

I was done!

I just whipped up my 2014 album's last page with the Rhonna F Design apps (for the quote on the 6x4 photo) and the Project Life app.

As always I will print these out as 6x4s and 3x4s (or use cards that I have from my Midnight physical kit) and pop them in my last Design A pocket page for 2014.

I am really liking simple designs and white space at the moment. A huge change from the reality that is my chaotic life!



For next year I am making a few decisions on how I will go about my record keeping.

I will still be doing my daily PL album but I want to get back to basics and focus on the stories more. Hence my subscription to Ali Edwards' Story Kit and Story Stamp. I have always loved her approach to memory keeping and love her style.

I've made a few notes to keep in mind while I am defining my style for 2015...

1. Be more purposeful when I take photos.

Meaning stop taking 552 photos of every single moment and get just a few REALLY a good ones. I am not too bad with the basics of the technical side of photography but I want to learn more about composition and be more artistic too. I want to record the everyday from different perspectives as well. . Like physically getting down low and up high on occasion.  Also, trying out themes for each week / month... maybe in accordance to Ae's kits but maybe just my own ideas... we will see.

2. Delete BAD photos BEFORE I upload (or is it download?) to my HDD.

I really need to go through and delete all the really crap photos off my HDDs. It's getting full and a lot of it really is just crap.

3. Get my DSLR out more often.

I do love the convenience of my iPhone but my DSLR is a beautiful camera that gives me those really extra special shots that I'd like to capture more of this year. I did a course on how to use it well and I don't get it out enough.

4. Use what I have.

No more buying... Well except my SC and Ae kits... No more add ons either! Oh and an order that I made and I am waiting on... but then THAT IS IT! I MEAN IT! This is a personal goal for me this year. I have a serious FOMO thing going on and it HAS to stop.

5. Record the facts AND  feelings.

I don't do this nearly enough.

6. Record more of those funny little conversations and cute things my kids say. 

There are so many of these little moments that I want to record. The years really do fly by in the blink of an eye and I don't want to miss a thing.

7. Get it done in real time. 

Writing journaling at the time often has a very different perspective and tone than when you record with the benefit (or perhaps burden) of hindsight. In the past I have relied on Facebook posts to upate my journaling in my album but this year I am going to keep a diary. I will be more likely to share all the nitty gritty there. I am an over sharer on fb (that's stopping too) but I don't air all our dirty laundry!!! This way will be more authentic too. Or at least I hope it will.

I am really looking forward to getting my 2015 album started and sharing it here this year.


Now for the {really} good stuff...

Last post I promised a giveaway...

Soooooooooooo I have some... let's call them samples... to give away to three (3) lucky winners.

Each set will consist of 30 journal / filler cards + six 6x4 journal cards + six 6x4 title cards.


DIY Shop





Odds & Ends



Peace, Love & Sunshine



I also have a half pack of the Heidi Swapp Glitter Kit for another winner.

This consists of twelve 3x4s and twelve 6x4s and 13 glitter shapes.



 So that's four (4) winners in total.
I thought it would be fun to share some love around.



To be in the draw become a follower of my blog (you have to scroll to the VERY bottom of my blog to find the "join this site" button) AND leave me a comment on this post.


I would love to hear how you are approaching your memory keeping this year too if you feel like sharing.  

I will draw a random winner on my birthday on Saturday, 10th January 2015. 
Oh and sorry only domestic postage. International shipping is insane. :(



Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Week 52

I don't do December Daily but I sure make up for it on Christmas morning. I just cannot bear to leave any photos out because each of them tell their own story... and I want to capture ALL of those stories while the kids are little. No doubt that will wane as they grow... but for now... I ain't leavin' nothin' out.  Like a good PL friend once said, "Don't cull. Just buy another album." ;)  I can still fit a whole year into two albums so I am happy with that.

I used those Becky Higgins Christmas themed cards from the Project Life app that I was talking about on these pages. I love that I can add brushes and stamps to them in Photoshop to make them my own. A few had winter Christmas sayings. I just blocked out the words and added my own.

I just love how much love and happy I captured in these pages. Christmas means so much to me. Most importantly of all it means FAMILY and being GRATEFUL for our blessings. Yep, a heart full of happy here.

Week 52
So as you can see... LOTS of photos.
Design A + Design U.

I especially love that little 3x4 with the mini photoshoot pics of Austin with the Santa hat. Last year I had Albert doing the same. They weren't very good photos by any stretch of the imagination. Taken hurriedly when he started saying, "Ho, Ho, Ho." So I kept them small and still captured the story. He was wearing an ugly orange shirt so I wanted them black and white BUT I wanted to keep the teensy bit of red hat that you can see. The oldest "photoshop trick" in the book. Black and white with coloured highlights. It's a bit old hat (hahaha I am so funny aren't I? :P) and maybe a bit corny but for this it worked. Little details like that are what I enjoy about putting my LOs together. It's the attention to the details, I think anyway, that make a great page. (Jeez, now I sound up myself. :P) He was wearing that same orange shirt in the bottom left 6x4 too... so I just made that black and white.

Albert and I went to the shops to finish his Christmas shopping. He didn't appreciate the carol singing as much as I did. Fingers jammed in ears. ;) I LOVE this photo. I love the look on the lady's face in the background. I know her... she is the grandmother of one of my other children's friends... so it kinda made it extra special. Looking back at these photos I think Albert has been wearing that red shirt for three days. Good grief child. Take a bath!


Design U + three 6x4s in one of those American Crafts 3up on a 6"x12" pocket page.


This is the back of that American Crafts 3up pocket page + another Design U.


Last of all the back of the Design U + Design A.

I've written here before about how much getting in front of the camera means to me... even when I'm not looking my best. Like my hairdo? The twelvie made her own hair look awesome with her new curling wand but didn't have the same patience for my "old" hair. Charming child! ;)

We were all dressed up to go to a friend's 40th birthday but our bloody car battery died and so we couldn't go. Never one to miss an opportunity (or effort... getting us all ready and out the door is no mean feat!) I insisted the minions let me have a family photo. For once they actually cooperated without the usually dramas and whingeing. Even the biggest boy.  I will be using those for my 2015 cover page. The photo in my blog banner is one of them... but I had a few cute out takes and this one of my husband and Austin was a favourite so I included it here. 



So the back of that Design A will be my last page. I have used mostly Midnight Edition (by Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press) throughout 2014. I adore her designs and will probably continue to use them throughout 2015. The 3x4 "joy" card on the first page of Week 52 is one of hers. I recoloured it to suit my LO. Being able to buy her digital designs means no shipping costs and instant gratification. Two things I am big on. ;)

I will finish off the year with a couple of New Year's Eve photos and the Last Page Cards from the kit. Simple. Quick. Done. I will share in a week or so.


Happy New Year!


May 2015 bring you and yours health, wealth and happiness.

Watch out for my next post...
I will have a Project Life giveaway for my blog followers.

I'm sure I can find something awesome in amongst all this craziness that I call my scraproom.
If you scroll to the very bottom you can see my subscriber / follow links.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Week 51


On a roll... but I have realised I missed a few photos from Carols by Candlelight in Week 49.  They were on my husband's phone because sin of all sins, I FORGOT MY CAMERA!!! Easily fixed though which is the beauty of PL. I will pop them into a Design H insert.

I also figured out how to get the files (cards) from the Project Life app kits off my phone. I've made collages of two 3x4 cards onto a 6x4 (you can also add journaling at this stage) then just "export" and "save image" to camera roll. Then they are easily uploaded to my computer along with all my photos. I can either print these myself onto cardstock or (cheaper and easier) just get them printed along with my photos at my local Harvey Norman. They still run a wetlab processing machine and it's the cheapest option for me at this stage.

Week 51
I have included a Design U insert this week... but I plan on cutting it down to three 3x4s by three 3x4s... Design U has twelve pockets which I could have just filled with filler cards but I thought this was a nice change.



Sunday, 28 December 2014

My 2014...

Merry Christmas everyone.

We had a lovely, quiet, relaxing day at home this year. Just us and our own kids (with the exception of a friend who visited very briefly to swap gifts with the biggest girl). It was a nice change. Opening presents, an easy lunch, watching movies, building LEGO, watching cricket... just chilling out and doing... well... not very much of anything really. Perfect.

I have been taking a break from social media over the holiday break and it's been good. Good for me. All the bad news was all getting a bit too overwhelming and just downright depressing. I have to stop trying to solve the world's problems and start focusing on what is good in my space.


This year has been long and hard... tough in many ways, challenging and boring and just plain shitty at times and to be totally honest I will be glad to see the back of it... SEE YA 2014... be careful the door doesn't hit you in the arse on your way out...

But as I look back through my PL album there has been much to be grateful for too. It's hard to remember to be grateful when you're trudging along in a bit of a rut... but I need to remind myself to lift my chin up occasionally and see over the crap... to appreciate all the good stuff. Of which there is much, I just need to focus on it more purposefully, more often. It's all about perception. This album is a constant source of comfort to me. It highlights the ups and downs. It is a record of all that I have to be thankful for but it also shows the hardships and the lessons learned (and often re-learned!). Balance in all things.



So, here's my super fast 2014 update in PL weekly form:





If you want to see the photos in more detail just click on the first image and you can scroll through the entire album.




Week 1



Week 2


Week 3


Week 4



A 6x8 Design 4 insert (the top right 4x6 was cut in half to fit the 3x4 pockets).


Week 5


Week 6



Week 7
Design A + Design F.


Design F + Design A.


And a 6x8 Design 4 insert.


Week 8
This one has a Design H in the middle.


Week 9


Week 10
This one has a Design I in the middle for the 4x4 Instagram prints.


Week 11


Week 12
This one has a Design H in the middle.


Week 13
A huge week for photos.
Design A + Design H


Design H + 6x8 Design 3 (insert).


Design 3 + an October Afternoon pocket page which holds sixteen 3x3 prints. I love this pocket page for including lots of little photos that I can't bear to leave out of my album.


The back of the OA 3x3 + Design A.



Week 14
This one has a Design H insert.  It was also the week that I got to meet Becky Higgins and lots of the amazing girls from our Project Life Australia Group (on Facebook). I have included a Design F and a Design U to hold all my 3x4 cards that we swapped.  I will take a photo of those pages and include it here later.


Week 15
This one has a Design H insert.


Week 16
Design A + Design F


Design F + Design A
Easter.


Week 17
This one has a Design H insert AND a Design I insert.


Week 18


I included this as an 8x8 insert in the main family album but I am also having in printed as a 12x12 for the boys' album. This was created using the Just Add Color Digital Kit and a template which I got free from a lady called Lilach Oren. This link will take you to her blog but I can't find where I found the free template download. Perhaps you could ask her.



Week 19



Week 20
Design A + Design H.


Design H + Design A.



Week 21
Whoops... missed some journaling here.  I like including black and whites right alongside my coloured photos.


Week 22 
Too many cute photos. I can't leave any of them out.


More missing journaling. :/
This was a sad week. Blake grew his Angel Wings. Bless your heart darling boy.


Week 23
Another Design H insert.


Week 24
Design A + Design F.
I really need to go back and fix this one. I struggle a bit with placement when I have square and round corners. I like to mix it up BUT I like front and back to match. That's easy in my physical album but I get a bit lost in my digital versions... not that it matters but I get a bit OCD over it. I wish I was so OCD about housework. (That's a big fat lie but I do feel obligated to mention it in occasion... my house is a sty.)


Design F + Design A.


Week 25
Design A + Design C.


Design C + Design A.


Week 26
Design A + Design G.


Design G + Design A.


Week 27
School holidays and a trip up to Walkaway.


Week 28
Design A + Design C.

Design C + Design A.


Week 29
Another Design H insert.


Week 30


Week 31
Design A + Design F.


Design F + Design A.


And another 6x8 Design 3 insert.


Week 32


Week 33


Week 34


Week 35


Week 36
Design A + Design F.


Design F + Design A.


Week 37
So this week I decided to try something different. I had a play with a WRMK pocket page. I really love how it turned out BUT the pockets are a wee bit too big so I had to add some white cardstock to fill the 6x12 pocket. It looks OK, like a white border... It's just not as neat as the digital version you see here and I was a bit disappointed about that. I know, I know... "Embrace the imperfection," she cried. ;)



Week 38



Week 39
Design A + Design K.


Design K + Design A.


Week 40
Design A + Design H.


Design H + Design A.


Week 41
Design A + Design 4.


Design 4 + Design A.


Week 42



Week 43



Week 44
Design A + Design F.


Design F + Design A


This week I also included a full 6x8 Design 1 insert.


This is the back of that Design 1 insert.


Week 45



Week 46
Another Design H insert.


Week 47
This week I have included a AC 6x12 insert. It holds three 6x4 landscape photos on each side. This is another of my favourite pocket pages for including extra full size photos.


Week 48
This week I have included a Design 3 insert.


Week 49
Design A + Design F.


Design F + Design A.


I completely forgot these photos! They were on my husband's phone because I forgot to take mine!



Week 50




So that's almost our whole year wrapped up. No wonder I am so bloody tired. That's a LOT of stuff going on.

I just have to finish off the last two weeks' LOs (plus the Week "53" LO that I will include Monday to Wedneday of next week in).  I will post those photos here... or maybe in a new post in the coming days.