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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

52 little things i'm grateful for right now

this was the title of ali edwards' blog post that landed in my inbox this morning, and ali asked us when was the last time we made a similar list.  no time like the present eh ali?

ali's list was 39 long because she's 39.  ergo my list will be 52 long...


1. i'm thankful for 40th birthdays parties.  plural.  YUSSS

2. i'm thankful for handmade cards

3. i'm thankful for my food bag.  you have changed.my.life.  seriously.

4. i'm thankful for the opportunities that are available to my children that will inevitably take them to places far away

5. i'm thankful for the wings Clive and I are giving them

6. i'm thankful for first world medicine

7. i'm thankful for the opportunity to be involved in last weekend's ANZAC commemorations

8. i'm thankful for memory keeping

9. i'm thankful for my morning coffee

10. i'm thankful for my morning newspaper

11. i'm thankful for my friends

12. i'm thankful for honesty

13. i'm thankful for carpooling

14. i'm thankful for the radio NZ app that allows me to listen anywhere anytime.  GOD i love apps!  there REALLY is an app for everything!

15. i'm thankful for I HEART RADIO.  where have you been all my life and why have i not discovered the joys of you before? 

16. i'm thankful for WASGIJs and a large dining room table on which to do them

17. i'm thankful for lego and the fisher price dolls house.  i've kept ours and are saving them for the day when my grandchildren come to visit.  they got played with yesterday by a friend's children.  the kids didn't want to leave my house and can't wait to come back.  PS: i just googled 'fisher price dolls house' and the one that's the same as mine is now VINTAGE.  Ha!!!

18. i'm thankful for good lighting

19. i'm thankful for our clean burning pellet fire

20. i'm thankful for mr sid who likes to keep me company in my scrap room-cum-office

21. i'm thankful for lunch with my eldest

22. i'm thankful for airpoints so my 2nd eldest can fly home to graduate

23. i'm thankful for zumba

24. i'm thankful for project life secret swaps

25. i'm thankful for boxing

26. i'm thankful for bacon

27. i'm thankful for grabaseat which allows me to book cheap flights for my parents to come stay mothers' day weekend

28. i'm thankful for book recommendations.  i'm currently reading 'the girl on the train'.  thanks for that TOO ali!

29. i'm thankful for the ASB Arena roof which means we never get cold or wet watching saturday netball

30. i'm thankful for a month's free trial of netflix

31. i'm thankful for movies

32. i'm thankful for ANZAC biscuits

33. i'm thankful for good company

34. i'm thankful for knowing and owning my strengths

35. i'm thankful for ed sheeran's love of new zealand.  he's coming back in december and i'm taking my girls

36. i'm thankful for covered carparks at the supermarket on a rainy day

37. i'm thankful for ed sheeran pre-sale tickets

38. i'm thankful for pinot gris

39. i'm thankful for good television ("how to get away with murder").  no spoilers please my american friends! ;)

40. i'm thankful for the times when other people wear the "organiser's" hat

41. i'm thankful for our waterfront, especially on a still night

42. i'm thankful for gifted comedians

43. i'm thankful for sports coaches who maintain an interest in your child beyond the end of the season

44. i'm thankful for daughters who communicate their successes

45. i'm thankful for my sewing machine.  it's old and still works, and there's a lot to be said for that.  this applies to many things!

46. i'm thankful for the mojo monday sketch blog, who provide me with some great card making inspiration

47. i'm thankful for clothes swaps and friends who wear the same size and colour as me, and look FAB in those clothes

48. i'm thankful for online shopping

49. i'm thankful for bloggers

50. i'm thankful for the opportunity to attend TWO graduation ceremonies next month

51. i'm thankful for the perseverance of my 3rd born child

52. i'm thankful for my husband




do you feel like making your own list?

go on then...:)


Saturday, March 21, 2015

...and then she scrapped, and it was gooood

i'm pretty proud of myself for finishing my december daily and not getting distracted with other layouts that were begging to be done.

yes, these photos are almost 6 months old, but i'd already had them printed and the layouts came together quite quickly and it was so nice to scrap a traditional layout.


the first layout is inspired by a class that trina mcclune [coincidentally] ran 2 days before mikaela's birthday.  the kits provided are always so generous that there's plenty of product leftover to re-create favourite layouts.


the facing page is basically a pocket page with another photo taken [down at our harbour] on the same day.  the paper is double sided and i just had to use both sides!

additional photos, the menu from our family dinner that night, receipts from the day, and of course 'the interview' complete the page.




Friday, March 20, 2015

December Daily: Days 14-31

yes it's march and i've only just finished my december daily

what's your point?

sometimes life gets in the way of documenting your life
oh yes it does

i'm congratulating myself on finishing this, and am really happy with the finished product.  i know i'm going to enjoy picking up this album in a couple of months' time, and ESPECIALLY when december 2015 rolls around, to see what's changed (and what's stayed the same).

i'm LOVING ali edward's kits (i did 'day in the life' back in october and have just ordered my first story kit).

my DD kit looks like it was hardly used and have plenty of product to use this year or on other christmas-themed projects.

some days i struggled that my DD wasn't christmas-themed every day (as ali's is), but then i reminded myself that it's MY album and no-one else.


one of katelin's oldest friends started an album for katelin's best friend during december and it turned out to be a mammoth project - which she DID complete, but that's not the point.  i LOVED having her at the house and in the next room - 2 generations crafting, and i loved that she could use my 'stash'.

some of my foundation pages are lifted directly from ali's album - and that's ok too
thanks for the inspiration ali!





gift-wrapping' the pillars outside our central railway station
way cool, and right now it's wrapped in the cricket world cup colours.

one of the MANY reasons wellington is the coolest little capital in the world!


same page showing the back of the day 17 3x8 insert


 i took the idea of the 3x8 insert from Week in the Life and turned them into 4x8 back-to-back photos two or three times throughout this album


or cut down the [4x] 3x4 page protectors into a [2x] 3x4 page



mikaela's idea to recreate the Christmas 1998 photo was genius and the girls totally embraced it.  the 15 second video of the blooper reel is on my instagram feed


4x6 photos back to back



i particularly enjoyed using the 6x8 digital templates


and typewritten journalling straight onto the photo






and because i need closure (lol), i complete the entire month

taking another leaf out of ali's book, the 26th included a list of photos i DIDN'T take








*happy sigh*





Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Daily: Days 1 - 13

hot on the heels of my Week in the Life completion (well, there was an overlap if the truth be told, but i tried to be very disciplined and finish one project before starting another!) comes December Daily.

again, i ordered ali's kit online, and we were treated to TWICE the number of patterned papers AND free international shipping.

just because.  yay.

thanks ali 




so here's my title page
nice and simple


'my reason why' page not yet done

i also bought several of ali's digital templates and have had a lot of fun with them


while there's no right or wrong way to approach this project, my december daily is more of a december 'diary' - in that i like the album to reflect what happened every day of december, rather than it being totally christmas or holiday focussed.

looking back on last year's DD, i love that i included a diary entry every day because it's detail i would never remember otherwise. 

i also love the opportunity to focus on one particular story as well, as i did on dec 2nd






i love adhering 2 photos back to back and having them 'float' in the album






the DD kit is so comprehensive with tonnes of embellishments


including these giant gold letters, AND the transparency pages which i cut in half vertically to use as dividers


see that troll?

it's a CAKE!!!
(which i did NOT make i hasten to add)


journalling yet to be added to day 12


borrowed another idea from ali and used the white of the bridge in the photo to add journalling


i also bought some good quality printer paper and have printed the journalling pages myself


i'm SO enjoying this project and can't wait to share the rest with you

happy december daily!





Friday, December 5, 2014

Week in the Life 2014 - COMPLETE


yay i finished it!

The Week in the Life project this year spanned Monday October 27 through until Sunday November 2, and it was a fantastic opportunity to see our daily life in closer detail.

i discovered that even though i feel like our lives don't have much routine these days, that there IS routine to be found in everyday activities 

- and with routine comes the opportunity for gratitude


this is the first time using one of Ali's kits
i love what she's done with her new website and i'm so happy to support her 're-branding' and the incorporation of her store.  i've purchased and downloaded several of her layered templates and love working with them

i think it was her assistant katie's idea to use the 2 x 2 page for photos, so i ran with that
here i've included a picture of every member of our family with a few words (typed on in photoshop) about each person, i.e. for me i wrote "sue/51/zumba/memory keeping/looking for work


the 3x8 sleeves were awesome





a couple of times during the album i adhered 2 photos together and 'floated' them


the pale blue foam thickers weren't in the kit





i also used ali's idea of getting myself in front of the camera EVERY day, and on wednesday i put my canon 60D on top of two tissue boxes and used the remote to take a picture














here i cut a 3x4 [4 pocket] sleeve in half vertically AND then cut a 4x6 [2 pocket] sleeve in half horizontally.  it looks like a 3x4 pocket but it's just two photos printed on the one photo








at the back i used one of the 6x8 sleeves to include memorabilia from the week
(receipts, movie stubs etc)




i'm really happy with it



- and now onto december daily!!!