Long time no blog!
I have spend the last few weekends catching up and completing my 2016 album. I was a little(!) behind (Documenting July in January is totally fine right?) I wasn’t that I’d lost interest in documenting, I had my holiday to Berlin to create spreads for, which I had way too many images, and also the end of the year where I had taken hardly any images. I just feel like I didn’t know where to start and didn’t have the time to dedicate to editing photos, printing and creating spreads.
Like all good procrastinators – I bit the bullet and sat down to go through my images, and like always, it never takes as long as you think.
I edited my photos on Photoshop and then get them batch printed at Jessops. All layouts created with the Studio Calico kits.
Can you spot the exciting news!?
Having moved house in August and started teaching at a new school in September – All plans to Catch up on Project Life went out of the window! This week I finally found some down time to get back into it. I often sat down and had a look through my photos on my phone, or flipped through the cards, but I never felt like I could put the two together to create a layout I would be happy with. I found the longer I didn’t complete a layout, especially from so long ago with events I have practically forgotten about – the harder it was to get back into the swing of if and find my creative groove.
I sat at my desk with a main goal to complete one spread, even if it was rubbish – I could always do it again. I had to start my ‘volume two’ album as my handbook was bursting at the seams.
Turns out, once I was in the flow I couldn’t stop
Better late than never!
So, you may notice that I have not blogged for a while. Mainly due to life getting in the way, including changing jobs and moving house. Just before I had to pack up the last of my craft
room corner, I managed to put together week 26 (yes I am still playing catch up from June!) using what I had to hand on my desk that hadn’t already been boxed up.
I mainly used Junes Studio Calico kit and went for a very simple layout as per with minimal journalling. I am loving the gold stars in this kit and the Dear Lizzy gold alphas on the date card was a great match. The #sorrynotsorry card was perfect for my reduced timetable at school ready for the summer!
So, I’m still a little behind. The last few weeks have been busy, I’m a teacher and exam season has just come to an end, and I am just about recovered. I had a bit of spending spree last week which you can see here as a treat!
This week’s layout is again a simple one, using Studio Calico kits as it was all out on my desk. Perhaps tiredness has hindered creativity?
This weekend I was working on Week 22 of my Project Life. I have had a crazy couple of weeks, being a teacher it is the hight of exam seasons, so the last couple of weekends have been spent in school for revision sessions or recovering from a busy week!
I had lost my mojo a little, i couldn’t seem to get in the right creative frame of mind, yesterday i just sat down and got on with it!
I am quite happy with this spread, I a not usually fan of orange but these cards from the Carolina Moon Studio Calico PL kit were the perfect match the the picture i snapped of my new favourite mascara, and our new favourite TV show!
(Sorry for the lighting, a typical summers day here in the UK – grey and raining!)
Watch the process video below to see how this layout was put together,
Hope your enjoying the weekend.
As much i love completing my project life spreads, sometimes you just need to get them done. Tick the week off, and move on. April was a rather uneventful so i felt i could skip through a couple of weeks and record the basics. I challenged myself to complete this week’s layout in under 15 minutes (not including choosing and printing images)
View my real time Project Life process using the Studio Calico Lisse street kit to see what happened.
The ‘chase adventure’ and squirrel patterned card were perfect for the trip to the park where he practically climbed a tree to follow the illusive squirrel. I also (finally) got around to having my hair cut. I have no idea what always takes me so long, i miss my long hair no a little, but it’ll grow back. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ word poem words from Februarys studio calico kit were just the thing.
This week was a slow week! I only snapped a couple of images due to a crazy week at work. I kept it very simple and picked one accent colour. On reflection the grey letters don’t really go, i need some more white and black alphas which go with any spread design, any suggestions? Let me know!
I was really looking forward to sharing a process video with you this week, however half way through filming the layout process i realised the memory card was full and filming had cut out after around 2 minutes, I was rather annoyed as i really enjoyed creating this weeks layout.
During this week I attended a job interview for a new teaching position. The ‘yes’ card (from the March Studio Calico kit) was a perfect fit! I wanted to do some journalling on the back so it wasn’t visible immedietly, I put the card in a Studio Calico Stitched 3×4 pocket which I purchased a while ago from Ebay. I used my Stazon ink to stamp ‘details’ on the front using the Simple Stories ‘snapshot’ stamp set as a reminder of the hidden journalling.
I also visited the Harry Potter Studios in Watford with my Mom for my Birthday. It was such a fab day! Even if you are not a huge Harry fan, i would recommend going, the props and costumes you get to see are truly fab and really is a great experience. I took so many pictures throughout the day! I didn’t want to include all of them so i picked out a few of my favourites. The Harry Potter quote card used in the spread I created myself as i couldn’t find an existing one to fit my theme.
Studio Calico March kit
Simple Stories stamps
Mini Alpha stickers (yellow)
Sometimes, things just don’t quite go to plan. Today was one of those days. After a frustrating morning with my sewing machine (which is just not sewing properly despite re threading and cleaning – any ideas?!) I decided to do my week 11 layout. I am unsure if it was my state of mind or the pressure that i wanted to make my birthday spread a little extra special, but this spread isn’t my best work, for me it lacks imagination and excitement, it does what it needs to do, and thats document a couple of images from my birthday.
Do you ever feel like re-doing some of your spreads if they haven’t gone to plan?
This week we had a mini break to Weymouth, it was divine and just what i needed, a change of scenery and the sea air.
Hubby is a photographer and I rarely use his prints in my spread, so that was my challenge for this week. I printed them ful page 6×8 at Jessops, i toyed with embellishing the images (as you can see in my video) but decided to let the image speak for its self. I also tried out my new Instax camera (not that successfully) but wanted to include them. I had perviously cut up an old BH 12×12 design A page protector which was perfect for this spread to show the polaroid images (my sewing machine needs a new bobbin of thread to be able to sew up the side – this is on my to do list!)
In the video you can also see me adapting a Becky Higgins 2 hole punched page protector to fit the 4 D ring Studio Calico album. I do this by simply marking the extra holes and punching through.
- Project life cards, alphas and gold heart embellishment from Studio Calico Cirque kit (Feb 2015)
- Spring has spring masking tape (SC Feb kit ad on)
- Typewriter for journaling
How are your layouts going?