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

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.

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