One Little Word 2016

Yesterday I briefly mentioned that I will be taking Ali Edward’s One Little Word course for the third year. While I haven’t always finished all the course prompts, I’ve still found the course valuable and have enjoyed taking part. My words have stayed with me, even if I haven’t sat down with them for a while.

I’ve been trying on a few words for size over the past month and finally came to a decision this week when my word seemingly chose me;

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It’s not one of the words I was thinking of (they were create, evolve, and focus, for what it’s worth), but when I saw it on a previous OLW list, it jumped out at me saying ‘pick me, pick me!’

So here’s to 2016 being the year I embrace change, family, friends, health, home, garden, opportunities, passions, hobbies, challenges, and goals.

Change will obviously be the big one with a whole new family member on the way, and change is still the biggest cause of my anxiety and thus needs working on.

What is your word this year?

Project Life 2015 and plans for 2016

Today’s big excitment for me wasn’t having a baby, but I did manage to pull out all stops and complete my 2015 Project Life Album! I didn’t think I would finish it this year as I’ve become  disinterested with the 12×12 format, and as my photos piled up and up I felt overwhelmed. However in the past week or so I’ve managed to sort, edit, and print the photos, and today I sat down with my kits and filled in all the gaps with fillers and journaling from August to yesterday. I’m a bit too excited about this, and have to keep pinching myself to believe it’s really done!

It’s not the album I envisaged; my preference would have been to not use PL kits, but it is a finished album and it captures a lot of our memories even though quite a few funny stories have fallen by the wayside. I ended up throwing December together as a month because so much of it is in my December Daily, that it seemed silly to try an do a weekly layout for two photos here and there! You can view the entire year in as a gallery here.

For 2016 I’m not making huge plans as I’ve proven I don’t stick to them. I am downsizing to a 6×8 album, and I will be working monthly. I find weekly gets really repetitive so I’m hoping to find a balance between the way I used to scrap; events only, and the way I do Project Life which is a bit ‘today we’. I’m really excited about the change.

I’m also introducing a second album which is just for me. It will be a place where I include anything me related as well as my One Little Word prompts for the year. I envisage it being a bit of everything; photos, journal, course work, goals… I’m using a Kaisercraft planner which appealed to me as it also takes the 6×8 KC photo pockets.

I hope to post my covers and a bit more detail in the next few days, but it really will depend on when this baby arrives. I will post an announcement when that happens.

How did you go with 2015? Do you have plans for 2016?

 

 

 

December Daily Wrap Up

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This is my third year of participating in December Daily®. December Daily® is a mini scrapbook project created by Ali Edward’s to capture December. You can learn more at her website.

I am on The Stamp Spot Documenting December Design Team and am using Michelle’s wonderful kit for my December Daily along with some extra items from my stash. 

As December progressed it became too hard for me to keep up with blogging due to various pregnancy woes, but I am excited that I did have my album complete by the 27th December. This is a first for me and such a weight off my mind.

Some thoughts on using a kit and creating foundation pages;

  • Foundation pages really did save me time in the long run. They also allowed me to include pages about things that I may not have thought of once I was in the daily rush of getting the page done. Little things like how many festive drinks I consumed, and our family to-do list.
  • The key to foundation pages I think, is to make sure they are flexible. Some days I’d end up using a completely different pocket configuration to what I’d set up, which is fine if you’ve left everything as a rough guide and not stuck your numbers down.
  • Using a kit was a fun challenge for me as I was creating my own cards a lot of the time rather than just reaching for a pre-made card or just sticking in some filler paper. I certainly did make use of those as well, but going back to physical scrapping with scissors and glue was really relaxing for me and I remembered how much I enjoyed it.
  • I didn’t use all of the kit, and I did supplement from stash a lot. This was no fault of the kit designer, I just have a large Christmas stash that I wanted to use as well.

Now onto the photos. I’ve just chosen a few favourites, so this post isn’t too photo heavy. If you’d like to see them all, the gallery is here.

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Delicious Festive Drinks!

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Opening presents on Christmas Day.

 

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A little forest. You can get instructions to make your own at Mama Finch.

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Elijah’s presents all wrapped by the tree on Christmas Eve. IMG_3198e

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Making treats for the family, and remembering to include the recipe.

That’s a wrap! I really enjoyed December Daily this year, and it was certainly exciting to have it all wrapped up and done before the year was out.

 

 

December Daily – Days 10-12

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This is my third year of participating in December Daily®. December Daily® is a mini scrapbook project created by Ali Edward’s to capture December. You can learn more at her website.

I am on The Stamp Spot Documenting December Design Team and am using Michelle’s wonderful kit for my December Daily along with some extra items from my stash. You can Michelle’s blog here and her store here. She’s currently having a huge sale!

Day 10

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Since I last updated I’ve made some adjustments to my computer monitor and installed the very excelled RadLab Photoshop plug in trial. It’s made a huge difference to how my photos are printing, much brighter and true to life.

Today we went berry picking as you can see, I happened to have some die cuts that looked like berries so I added some sequins to them for a bit of shine. I’m pleased that the layout looks appropriate for the day, but still a little Christmassy.

Day 11

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Today was all about battling shopping centres and supermarkets which was stressful more than fun and interesting! Elijah had fun playing with the metal toadstools at the shops. I included my supermarket list in a little pocket as it’s the shopping list for our annual dinner which is the next day.

Day 12

(I’ve blurred my family for their privacy)

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I really like using 3×8 inserts this year. I had this one made weeks in advance so I’d remember to include our menu. We kept things simple this year as we knew I wouldn’t be able to work in the kitchen for too long.

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My favourite pages are the two above. I wanted to include a lot of the dinner photos, but the lighting wasn’t great, and they look pretty cluttered. My solution was put an effect on them all (Cozy by Radlab), collage them, then make a pocket for them to slip into with a little tab to pull them out. I’m so happy with how it turned out as I then used the pocket for the annual family photo on one side, and the journaling about the evening on the other.

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Part One – Foundation Pages

Part Two – Decorations and City Visit

Part Three – Days 1-3

Part Four – Days 4-6

Part Five – Days 7-9

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December Daily – Days 7-9

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This is my third year of participating in December Daily®. December Daily® is a mini scrapbook project created by Ali Edward’s to capture December. You can learn more at her website.

I am on The Stamp Spot Documenting December Design Team and am using Michelle’s wonderful kit for my December Daily along with some extra items from my stash. You can buy the beautiful kit here, and visit Michelle’s blog here.

Day Seven

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Elijah’s Kindergarten concert! This evening didn’t go as planned as he had fallen asleep not long before the concert and was then too overwhelmed to perform. We did get to do some Christmas activities with him though, and he brought home lots of decorations he’s been busy making. He was very proud to hang them on the tree.

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Day Eight

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I really didn’t do much today as I have to be conscious of my back and pelvis. It’s pretty frustrating as I’d rather be out enjoying Christmas activities. I made this Jingle Bell Rock freebie for a lady in the December Daily group who wanted one, but could no longer find it. It’s very basic, but printed on gold shiny paper, it comes up quite nice. If you want one (there’s 8 variants) you can download the zip here. If you’re on a phone and the zip file comes up in jibberish, you can download them from my dropbox, but I can’t guarantee how long I’ll leave the files there for.

If you look at this page two things will probably jump out; first is the sequins falling through into the bottom pocket. My fused pockets seem to come undone every now and then which is a bit annoying. The mangled pocket at the top is from me repairing a pocket that came undone. It looks terrible!

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On the back I have the view of part of the house through the window of another part. It always looks so cosy with the lights on.

Day Nine

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Today is just a simple one page spread about the fudge we made for Elijah’s kinder party today. I included the recipe directly on the photo using a Signo white gel pen.

Previously

Part One – Foundation Pages

Part Two – Decorations and City Visit

Part Three – Days 1-3

Part Four – Days 4-6