At the beginning of the year my dad very kindly gave me his old film camera. Oh boy did it bring back lots of memories when I finally got to hold it in my hands; something we were never allowed to do as children as “Dad’s Camera” was precious. It’s a Canon T70 from the mid 1980s and it accompanied us across three countries when we moved from Canada to Germany and then finally back to the UK, where dad upgraded to a fancy newfangled DSLR.
When I first began my 2016 Project Life album I was determined not to fall behind with it but I got sick and the last thing I felt like doing was scrapbooking, so I’ve had a little bit of catching up to do. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been slowly working away on the January spreads and now I’ve finally finished.
For my January spreads I’ve been using the January like for ever kit which was chock full of goodies from Studio Calico’s Goldie collection. I’ve added bits and bobs from my stash too and I’ll give details below each spread.
The week started with tantrums and ended with a smattering of snow. Not enough to build a snowman but Bubs did get to have a mini snowball fight with Hubs. I wanted to include lots of photos, as it’s likely to be the only snow we get this year, so I decided to use a Design J page as an insert.
I used my typewriter for the journalling and it was only when I came to film the flip through (see the end of this post) that I noticed I’d used a comma instead of an apostrophe throughout. In my defence my eyesight was still really blurry when I made these pages!
Main Page – Frame, arrow, today and floral die cuts, Pink Paislee Cedar Lane // Ampersand, Crate Paper Wonder // Hello Beautiful stamp, Crate Paper Shine // Wooden hearts, Freckled Fawn // Gold Twine, American Crafts DIY Shop 2 // House clear sticker, Simple Stories We Are Family // Phrase sticker, Seven Paper Amelia // Doily,The Works // Butterfly and enamel dots, Etsy grab bag and I don’t know the manufacturers // Mist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold
Insert – Snowflake, Shimelle Christmas Magic // Silver glitter alphabet, Thickers Fitzgerald font // Washi tape, The Works // Sparkle sticker, Papermania // Button sticker and enamel dots, Etsy grab bag and I don’t know the manufacturer // Mist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Silver
This was the week where I really started to feel unwell. I spent the entire week in bed so there were very few photos to scrap. I managed to fill the back of the insert from week 3 by including a screenshot from the weather app on my phone. Including things like the weather or what you’re reading/listening to at the moment is a great way to bulk out lean weeks where you haven’t taken many photos.
Pink phrase stickers, Seven Paper Amelia // Alphabet stickers, Prima // Change of plans, cut from a Project Life card // Lovely clear sticker, MAMBI Pocket Pages Friends // Wood veneer, Pinkfresh Studio Happy Things // Mist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold
Oh boy this week was a doozy! I decided to take a humorous approach with my first card as you can see. Oh bum indeed! Revisiting such a scary time was not easy but I’m a big believer in scrapping the bad with the good as it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.
Blue phrase stickers, Pink Paislee Cedar Lane // Gold phrase sticker, MAMBI Pocket Pages Gold Foil // Black alphabet stickers, Prima // White alphabet stickers, DIYThickers // Frame, Crate Paper The Pier // Die cut phrase, Heidi Swapp Mixed Media // Wooden hearts, Freckled Fawn // Mist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold
I filmed a little flip through of these Project Life pages which you can either watch below or over on my YouTube channel. I’ve also filmed a process video for week 6 which will be up next week so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for updates.
Another week of Project Life completed in my 2016 album. I’m really enjoying the new Design K format and I’m glad I decided to keep to one page per week as it doesn’t take long to finish a spread. Week 2 took only half an hour to make as I’d sorted through my embellishments and papers beforehand and pulled out any that I thought would work.
My lovely new typewriter arrived last Thursday (7th) so it’s the focus of the spread. I spent the weekend cleaning her up and fixing a seemingly endless list of problems but thankfully she’s in fully working order now. As I mentioned in my journalling I just need to learn how to type without hitting the wrong keys!
For my first filler card I took a sheet of the Darling paper from the Maggie Holmes Shine 6×6 paper pad and cut it down to 4×4. I created a cluster in the bottom left with a snippit of doily (The Works), stickers from the Shine sticker sheet and two tiny word stickers (Tim Holtz). Lastly I popped a floral diecut (Kaisercraft Bluebelle) in the centre of the card.
For this card I cut down the 004 paper from Seven Paper Goldie to 3×4 and smooshed some navy Heidi Swapp Color Shine onto it using crumpled cling film. I used the typewriter and a phrase sticker from the Shine sticker sheet along with a glitter heart. The colours tie in nicely with the floral diecut in the first card.
For the journalling card I cut down a sheet of white cardstock to 4×4 and layered a strip of the Radiant paper (MH Shine) across the top. I then typed up my journalling and finished with the dates using the Project Life roller date stamp and some Staz-On ink.
If you’d like to see how it all came together there’s a process video up on my YouTube channel.
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment here on my blog and on my videos. I’m hoping to catch up on my replies and comments this weekend. I’ve had a really difficult week, what with health issues and a grumpy preschooler, which will undoubtedly make for an interesting spread for Week 3 of Project Life!
The New Year heralded a new approach to my Project Life memory keeping. Having looked at my unfinished 2015 album I had a serious think about what I would and wouldn’t be doing this year. Journaling in particular was a big sticking point. Project Life without journaling is just a glorified photo album but when, like me, you find journaling doesn’t come easy it can mean that you quickly run out of enthusiasm. Which is exactly what happened to me last year.
And so I decided that this year I would do two things to help me keep on top of the onerous (to me) task of journaling each week. Firstly I’ve bought myself a vintage typewriter (more on that in another post) in hopes that the novelty of typing instead of writing might get those creative juices flowing and secondly I’m going to be realistic and on the weeks where I either can’t face journaling or I don’t have the time then I’m just not going to bother.
I was intending to switch to the 9″x12″ format this year but I take a LOT of photos and I knew that I’d find the smaller format too restrictive. So I’m sticking with the 12″x12″ I used last year and using Design K page protectors which have six 4″x4″ slots (perfect for Instagram photos) and four 3″x4″ slots.
If you’d like to read more about how I created my title page then do visit the like for ever blog where this layout was featured for Project Life Wednesday.
I decided to start Week 1 on the 1st rather than on the actual Monday which was the 28th of December. I’ll catch up with the start of the week when I come to do December in my 2015 album. I wasn’t short of photos for the three days though as I always take too many photos and have a job whittling them down.
We had quite a relaxed start to the year. My dad came up for a visit which is always fun, especially now that Bubs isn’t as shy around him as she used to be. He brought up his old film camera for me to have a play as I’m developing (pardon the pun) an interest in film photography. I also started a new crochet blanket (the Attic 24 Sunny Granny Stripe Blanket) and I thought it would be fun to follow its progress in the album every month.
Aside from that we just pootled about. Bubs played with her new toys while the grown-ups breathed a huge sigh of relief that Christmas was all over for another year.
If you’d like to see how my Week 1 layout came together then I’ve filmed a process video which you can watch over on my YouTube channel.
One of my favourite linkies of 2015 was What We’re Reading hosted by the lovely Carie at Space for the Butterflies and I was sad to see it go as I loved sharing Bubs’ favourite books. So when Carie announced that she was going to be co-hosting a new linkie that wasn’t just about children’s books but about books for grown-ups too I may have squealed a little bit and then tripped over my fingers in my rush to comment with “count me in!”.
Which brings us to my first One for Them and One for Me post.
One for Bubs
Bubs’ book could also technically come under the One For Me heading as I do so love anything written by Enid Blyton. The Magic Faraway Tree has to be my favourite though and I’ve even been known to sit reading it long after Bubs has fallen asleep. Thankfully Bubs loves it too and doesn’t mind if mummy gently suggests that we read another chapter rather than read the farting reindeer book that her daddy favours.
The Magic Faraway Tree follows the adventures of four children who discover that there is an enchanted forest at the end of the garden. In the middle of the forest is a magic tree that has different lands at the top of it. Bubs’ favourite is the Land of Topsy Turvy, where everybody walks on their hands and enters their house through the window. Mine is definitely the Land of Do As You Please. Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend the whole day doing exactly as you please!
The children make friends with the folk who inhabit the tree – Silky the fairy, Moonface, Saucepan Man who is covered from top to toe in pots and pans, and Dame Wash-a-lot who I wish would come and live at our house – and together they have lots of adventures visiting the different lands at the top of the tree. They do get up to some mischief though and there are moments where it looks like they might never get home again but everything always works out in the end.
While Enid Blyton stories might be a little twee by today’s standards they’re perfect for children of Bubs’ age (3 going on 30!), who won’t think it’s strange that none of the children have a mobile phone or an iPad, and they’re a lovely introduction to chapter books.
One for me
There was a time when my bookshelves were filled with novels and reference books but when we moved into our current home I had to seriously downsize as I was sharing those shelves with four other people. Which is why I’ve found myself moving more towards e-books and audiobooks. I do miss the feel and smell of a proper book but using an e-reader is much more practical right now.
The first book I’m going to share with you was actually recommended by Em of Snowing Indoors in her post about Embracing Hygge. Hygge is the Danish term for that feeling of being cosy and content.
The Year of Living Danishly follows Helen Russell and her husband as they relocate from London to rural Jutland in Denmark. As you can imagine it’s something of a culture shock. Having read that Denmark is believed to be the happiest country Helen sets about discovering why this is and throws herself wholeheartedly into trying to understand the Danes, both literally and figuratively as there’s the not so small matter of a language barrier to overcome, with often hilarious results.
The Year of Living Danishly is the perfect book to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life. I defy anyone to read it and not start pinning lots of pictures of candles and furry throws on Pinterest.
My wonderful brother very kindly bought me a Lomography camera for my birthday last year and since then I’ve been happily snapping away and capturing little snippets of the ordinary moments of our lives. There’s something so incredibly freeing about using a film camera. You can’t immediately view or delete the photos you’re taking and because you’re limited to just 24 or 36 exposures a little more thought goes into each shot. It is slow and steady and completely entrancing.
Last week my first set of photos came back from the processors and let me tell you there’s nothing quite like seeing your film photos for the first time.
Now I wish I could say that these five photos were the best of the bunch but in all honesty they were the only ones that survived my Great Numpty moment. You see with it having been some years since I last used a film camera I got myself in a bit of a pickle when the time came to remove the finished roll. I accidentally exposed 2/3 of the roll to sunlight and lost 31 shots in a matter of seconds. But still it’s a lesson learned and I’ll be more careful in future.
I think it’s fair to say that I’m totally hooked on film now. Photographs shot on film aren’t perfect. They’re grainy and unless you’re a professional photographer they’re probably under or overexposed too. But they have a spirit and a rawness that digital shots don’t and while you can apply filters and presets to digital images that will achieve the effect of film those shots just don’t have the same quality. That’s not to say I’m going to abandon my DSLR completely but I think I might be leaving it at home a little more often.
I’ll be back with more Lomo Life soon but in the meantime if you’d like to see more examples of Lomography then pop over to Jenna’s blog tinyfoosteps.
Oh my stars, what a Christmas! We are all jolly hollied out and in that lovely state of post-Christmas, pre New Years limbo where it’s perfectly acceptable to be busy doing absolutely nothing. As much as I love the run up to Christmas I do so enjoy this little bit of downtime before the hustle and bustle begins anew.
On Christmas Eve Bubs opened her special box of goodies and devoured the marshmallows before breakfast; something I’m not keen to repeat as the resulting sugar high had her bouncing off the walls. We then settled into our usual Eve-time routine of baking treats (mum-in-law), decorating the Christmas cake (me) and ‘helping’ (Bubs) while the guys kept the dogs occupied and out from under our feet. Afterwards we watched Buddy – The Elf Musical. I am not a fan of the original movie at all, it’s far too cringeworthy for my tastes, but I think the animated version might just make it onto our top 10 Christmas movies list.
Christmas Day began at the ungodly hour of 3:15am when Bubs woke up from a nightmare and came creeping into our room. I, being the softy I am and hating to see my little girl so upset, suggested that we see if Santa had been and the rest is a blur of ribbon, bows and paper. Santa was very kind to her this year and brought her her very own Rose Petal Cottage while her Daddy, Nana and I took care of the rest of her wishlist. “A camera of my own” check, “A very bouncy ball” check, “A scooter” check. And of course she was thoroughly spoiled by her Grandad, uncles and our extended family. What a lucky girl!
We ate Christmas Dinner by candlelight and both the atmosphere and the food were wonderful. Knowing that the brussels sprouts and parsnips came from the allotment made them taste that much sweeter too. Oh I would eat by candlelight every night if I could. But while candlelight makes everybody and everything look beautiful it isn’t so great for crisp, sharp photographs. My poor camera struggled even at its highest ISO and there has been a lot of tweaking in Lightroom but I think that the graininess adds to the charm – or at least I keep telling myself it does!
New Years Eve will be spent relaxing at home and I intend on seeing in the New Year in the same way I have done for years. Fast asleep in bed. I am not a party girl and never have been. But being snuggled up, cosy and half asleep? Oh yes, that’s me to a T.
Happy New Year!