Recently, I started a new job, which lead to another new job which means another transition for myself and my family. What I’ve discovered over the past year is when the going gets busy, or tough my photography and my creating tend to die out. Creating is good for my soul so I squeeze it in where and when I can so I thought I would share some of the things I’ve created over the last little bit.
First up lets talk photos! Between two iPhones, a small digital camera and my DSLR we have over 1200 images. Twelve Hundred. Granted its over a week but still, it’s a lot, more than I will ever scrap even with all the ways I can think of to scrap them.
First thing I do is remove the “oops” shots. The ones of the floor or nothing but blur, because lets face it we’ve all had those photos in our camera rolls. Not to mention when I four year old wants to take a picture.
Then I process my loves, those ones that I know I love and want. Then I sit on it and decide how to scrap. Here are my thoughts so far on what I want to do now that I have mementos and photographs:
- Project Life insert for our family album
- Paper layout telling the story of Jake and using the timer on my camera
- A Photobook
So now to divide and conquer these images, with my finished product in mind I know what I need how much I need and can select the images I want. The rest will stay in my archive and I’m OK with that.
I’ll leave you with a few images from our trip:
Hello and welcome to the Get It Scrapped Creative Team Blog Hop!
I am starting my second year with the amazing group of ladies that make up the Get It Scrapped Creative Team and am excited to celebrate with them as we welcome our new members and say goodbye to others who will be missed. Here’s to another fabulous year!
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Ever challenged by bold stripes?
I’m a simple scrapper, a minimalist most days. Patterns I use sparingly, something bold, almost never. In life I actually love stripes, especially on my boys! So I thought step outside the box and try something new. Here is my favourite GIS article which has challenged me to embrace bold stripes:
Here I took a simple black and white photo and pair it with some simple elements and a bold striped paper. Loved this paper when I saw So Major by One Little Bird, and yet it sat and sat and sat some more on my hard drive just waiting to be used. I like keeping it simple when using something this bold and I love the result.
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I recently had the pleasure of joining the Sahlin Studio Creative Team. On of her most recent releases was Down the Lane. I just adore this kit, adore it. So much I made two layouts. Check them out:
AROUND HERE we are suddenly into winter full force again after a tease with of spring like weather. Snow while we are home. White-outs while carpooling to the college. Snow days. Even today with a major snowfall, more than we’ve seen all winter. AROUND HERE tulips are starting to appear in the house. Love this. Love it more than word could describe. Fresh flowers just brighten the room, your day. Spring. AROUND HERE someone is registered for Kindergarten in our new Full Day Early Learning Program. Lets not talk about it ok? He’s excited, I want to cry. AROUND HERE there is a lot of homework for this Mum. I’m wrapping up my final semester in college and am about to graduate and become a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Never ever thought this is where I would end up but I love it. Can’t wait to begin my new career and carry on and upgrade to my BA and then my Masters. AROUND HERE there are new foods. Most healthier. I’m trying to make better choices. Eating well. AROUND HERE there is also a lot more movement. Walking. Running. Yoga. My stress is better and my sleep is good for a change. AROUND HERE there is a new placement, it’s this time government. Unique, very administrative. Not as much with the children this time around. Which is sad but certainly better on my health this time around. AROUND HERE someone is working on learning the letters of his name. Go Jake. AROUND HERE there has been a lot more brotherly love, and that I love. Lets hope that continues.
This month I begin to set monthly goals for myself. I am taking i Choose over at Big Picture Classes with Elise Blaha Cripe. She’s pretty awesome and I love how her goal setting with support my one little word for this year. ”Do”. So I think I kept it simple and am documenting my progress as the month goes. So much easier to take a monthly approach to goals than long term. Love it. Welcome 2013 it’s so very nice to meet you.
Project Life is a fantastic system that is so versatile in its applications. I have been working with this system now for the last three years and I love it an all that it offers. One of the things on my to do lists were finding ways to document major events for my boys albums. Outside of our family Project Life album. Just for my boys and their stories. Using Project Life products I did just that for my son’s 10th birthday! This was super fast pulling it all together, a place for all of his cards, a place for his stories, sometimes you just need that extra space. So here’s a look at the layout for his 10th birthday.
I just wanted to share with you a part of my project life album. This was featured over at 2Peas and you can check out here my first ever peak into my Project Life Album as well as my first of many to come posts over at 2Peas on the Digital Blog. So here in all it’s glory is the first look into any of my Project Life albums.
Thanks for stopping in to see me on your way through the blog hop and welcome to my pretty newish blog!
You should have come from Angie Kovacs and your next stop will be Truman Designs (Aly Truman) but if you get lost along the way you can pop along to the Two Peas Digital Blog to get the complete list. At each station there will be part of a code for you to collect. At the end of the line you will have a complete code that will allow you access to the fabulous collaboration FREEBIE (limited time only) in the Two Peas Store.
Here is my page using some of the collaboration:
As well as this fabulous freebie there are a range of challenges to get you scrapping and enjoying Digital Scrapbooking Day. Participating in the challenges also gives you the chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the Two Peas store. The challenges can be found here.
I hope you enjoy your freebie and find time to join in with our challenges.
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Thanks again for stopping by and welcome to my new-ish blog.
Doing lots of homework, major research assignments, observations, projects, business concept design. Doing it more than I would like to be because I always feel guilty about the time I have to spend away from my boys.
Packing lunches and school bags, homework and agendas. Also packing away keepsakes from the boys and packing up things for donation.
Watching lots of Stella and Sam, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Harry and the Dinosaurs, curriculum model videos and lots of the animal planet.
Paying attention to the little moments. Paying attention to the details. Paying attention to Jake’s speech improvements and Ian’s literacy improvements.
Listening to our satellite in the car again – free preview might have to sign up again. Listening to Ian talk about reading. Listening to Jake have conversations.
Cooking has been with Nana these days with my crazy school schedule. Made rice crispy squares for ECE bake sale. This weekend I’m baking a cake for her birthday. Right now she’s making homemade chicken noodle soup. Yum.
Celebrating my mom’s birthday this weekend even though it was last week. Celebrating Mrs. D’s life. She passed away yesterday at 99 years and 11 months. Beautiful soul she was.
Waiting for the germs to finally get me working with 27 children, having two children of my own in school and going to school with hundreds of college students. Hoping we get lucky and it skips our house.
Savoring the cooler fall weather. Snow will be here soon so I can’t get enough of this fall weather. So much so we planned our family photos this year for fall and I cannot wait.
Planning my december daily, my layout for my 30 days of lists, projects for school, Christmas gifts, quilts. So much planning going on.
Working towards graduation and following up with my degree and teaching.
Reading textbooks. Textbooks about working with families. About early intervention. Administration books. Books on nurturing infants and toddlers and articles on attachment and early childhood and government impacts on our field.
Loving Ian’s expanding interest in reading. Loving that graphic novels opened that door for him. Loving that the librarian at his school helped him so much. Loving that Jake’s speech is improving. Loving his firecracker personality emerge. Loving his interest in the alphabet. Loving my boys more than anything else in the world.