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Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Daily: Days 1 & 2

Welcome back!

it's december again - apparently!

drawing on inspiration from the december daily Facebook group,
i tried something a little different, in that i gathered ALL my Christmas-themed scrapping supplies into once place, in the hope that i wouldn't spend waaaaaaay too much time looking for that 'perfect' embellishment.

all supplies in one spot - in our lingo we call it 'shopping your stash'

more Christmas scrappy supplies than you can poke a stick at...

i tend to start this project off with a hiss and a roar:

all guns blazing
keeping it simple
keeping up every day

life tends to get in the way half way through the month, but for now, i've completed two very basic pages that i'm more than happy with.

i bought ali edwards main december daily kit, as well as pam garrison's mini kit, THEN i won the paislee press mini kit through the december daily IG a/c (go me!) can't wait for the postie to arrive with THAT little package of goodies.

my title page is pretty simple.
i used one of the 6x8 patterned papers from ali's main kit
then trimmed down one of the 4x6 cards from the pam garrison mini kit

'tis the season' is from ali's main kit and i used black number stickers from my stash

done and done.

i always include a photo of the BOUGAINVILLEA that grows outside my front door
it's interesting to see year to year when it blooms
one year it basically didn't, but this year it was flowering in november

ali's 'intentions' page inspired mine and i'm pretty happy with the way it turned out

i talked about lessons learned through setting intention (in life, not just for this project) when things don't work out the way you intended them to.

on day 1 i immediately used one of pam's 3x4 cards 
the southern hemisphere contingent of ali's followers are loving the 'less wintry' designs of product that are on offer!

the 3x4 journalling card is from this year's DD digi files; the red chipboard '1' is from last year's DD main kit, and i simply added a gold star from year's main kit.

here's the journalling for day 1:

"I’m always surprised and delighted at the ways stories present themselves during this project. Take today for instance. I thought my story might be about how I started the day in boots 
and tights (on the first day of Summer!) It was raining when I got up, but by the time I got into town it was sunny and I found myself to be quite overdressed.
In the end though, I found my daily photo when I walked out of the 
Railway Station this morning. I 
looked up and saw window washers hanging off the side of Asteron 
House and I thought “there’s no-one inside the building to wave at them.”
In the wake of the November 14th
7.8 magnitude earthquake, the occupants have been temporarily re-located while engineers assess the building and make repairs to a stairwell."

day 2 was equally as simple:

friday afternoon drinks on my friend's deck in the sun.
we don't get together every friday, but if the sun's shining and we're both around, we try pretty damned hard to make it work!

3x4 cards from this year's main kit (i think)
small gold star from a previous story kit
'2' from this year's "week in the life" kit with a red star from this year's main DD kit, and the washi is from pam garrison's mini kit.

lime green chipboard embelly is from pam garrison's mini kit and the 'summer memories' digi file was from a series ali gifted to her readers (something about a 'passport'?) 
i can't quite remember!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Day in the Life: Saturday July 30: Album Complete!

   ali edwards chose a WEEKEND day for her 2nd Day in the Life this year, and produced a mini kit, which consisted of the 'puffy' circular stickers, a word sticker sheet and the 2-sided hour of the day cards.

ali's approach this time was to set hourly alarms on her phone, take one photo and write on the card at the same time.

aside from taking a couple of extra photos and including what my girls not living with us are doing, i stuck to the same formula - and OH HOW EASY IT WAS!!!

the KISS principle at its best.

i had previously constructed my covers and it was simply a case of printing my photos (all taken square so i wouldn't have to crop them), add embellishments and VOILA - 4 days later it's complete!!!

so what's changed since march? or may [week in the life] even?

changed: bedroom wall now spanish white not havoc red 

same: delivery of the morning paper (and the guessing game of where it will end up!) 

same: saturday morning brekkie cooked by my awesome hubby 

changed: two of the neighbours' view-blocking trees have blown/been chopped down

changed: the music on my iPhone

changed: tash is now captain of her netball team

changed: mikaela is flatting in east london with a bunch of fellow kiwis

changed: zoe and callum have moved apartments 

SOMEWHERE on ali's blog there's a tutorial for this fold out page, but i can't think where to find it off the top of my head.

for the inside back cover i made a pocket and included receipts from our date night and a coaster from the restaurant we ate at

...and there you have it!
thanks again to allison for the original inspiration for this album - much appreciated!

roll on the next Day in the Life!!!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Week in the Life 2016: Completed Album!

well i said i wanted to have this finished before the next Day in the Life

(which is TOMORROW)

and i DID!

so without further ado, here is my 2016 Week in the Life album. Complete.

i actually took this photo on the last day of the project
i was pretty happy with the way the Week in the Life sticker fit in the lens,
..and i was pretty UNhappy with the way i smudged the date stamp, but thems the breaks
it certainly doesn't make or break the album!

i can't get over how FULL my album is.
i thought surely with the larger album, the page would just swim in it, but those chipboard dividers add quite a bit of thickness, and i guess i just made a lot of pages!

i used one of ali's 6x8 templates for the photos that mikaela sent me from london that day
she was living in a hostel that week as it turns out!
these are the OTHER VOICES that i love to include in my album

i ended up taking out these chipboard dividers
as fun as they are - they made the album sooooooo thick it was unreasonable, so out they went

i took of the card on the back and backed it with a single 3x4 card (pictured further down this post)

i actually dabbled with some repetition in this album
i took a picture of the morning paper and placed in the same place on a 3x4 page protector next to the slanted days of the week template i printed

i also put the clear plastic letters in the same place each day, i.e. on the bottom left of a 3x4

singing and dancing at the same time
never pretty, but hey, it's real

decided to keep the 2x2 page pretty simple

using another of ali's 6x8 layered templates to include a snap shot of 
where everyone is right now in their lives
i include this in every memory keeping project i complete

i never miss an opportunity to include a fun fact!

the top half of the 3x4 page protectors is pretty much the only repetition that will occur in my album. i DID give some thought to ali's process of BATCH processing her album, but it just doesn't work for me, my photos and my stories - and that's ok!

oh, and "friends". always "friends"

i love this photo
i'm thinking of taking a photo on the first of the month or something to see how the view changes over time
of course we may not be in this house much longer, but it's a nice idea yes!!!

i think this is my favourite page of my album so far

heart rate 179 - i'm surprised it didn't beat right out of my chest during that class!

didn't include the other page of journalling.
one doesn't have to share EVERYTHING!

yes i put the card on the wrong side, but i'm rolling with it...

i used the bottom half of the chipboard 3x8 to adhere screenshot texts from my girl in london

a 6x8 for the last of Mikaela's photos that she's been sending me all week

 as i'd been making my way through the week and adding pages to the album, i had the slow realisation that i'd probably have to take out the chipboard dividers. they simply made the album too thick. 

 WITH dividers...

...and without.

sits much better.

not sure i'll ever use the dividers, but i'll just have to chalk it up to collateral damage...

here's what i did instead - i ripped the text card off the back and adhered them to a [thinner] 3x4 card



thank you to all the wonderful people who made up this particular week in my life

you're all an integral part of EVERY week of my life <3 p="">