Catching up on Project Life 2016

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!?

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Workspace Wednesday: Craft room tour

I’m lucky enough to have my own craft room – although its the box room – that little space is mine and I can loose myself in documenting.

Before this room gets turned in to a nursery I filmed a craft room tour, I will do another one later in the year when I have figured out how all my craft supplies are going to fit into my husbands office.

 

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A Beautiful Mess Messy Box – Review

Last month I received an email for a free Messy Box, just $5 shipping – International too – bonus! I received it through my letter box 3 weeks later, great work guys.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this box, i had a quick look at the preview images on phone and ordered. I was surprised by the range of patters, I think I prefer the reverse sides of some of the cards  – mostly stops/ stripped black and white patterns. I really like the script which is used on the cards. The word stickers I really like, the phrases makes sense are are mostly relevant and totally useable which makes a change.

View my unboxing video below to see items in detail.

A few of my favourites are the Weekend stamp and  the very lovely black, white and weekend themed 3×3 cards.

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Quality 5/5
Design 4.5/5
Value for money 4/5
Will i purchase again? If the price is right – certainly!

Have you tried a Messy Box? How did you find it?

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Project Life – A Project Dead?

My craft desk, and blog lay derelict and unloved. Why? I don’t think I have a reason. I could blame a busy work schedule, family life or dedicating my Saturdays to Netflix watching episodes of The Good Wife or White Collar.

As I sat down an my craft desk yesterday I had  3 unopened Studio Calico documenter kits waiting for me. That was a daunting prospect.

I wondered where to start and if I would ever catch up. I booted up my Canon Selphy,  loaded up my photo feed and scrolled (all the way back) to February. I wanted to try and knock out at least a couple of spreads in the hour or so I had put aside, so I journaled by hand (something I said at the beginning of the year I wasn’t got to do in my 2016 Project Life Plans post) and used as little embellishments as possible. These spreads are by no means the most creative, but heck, the memories are in the album and thats all that counts.

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Next time, I don’t plan on leaving it so long – roll on the weekend!

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2016 Project Life plans

2016projcetlifeplansHappy New Year! Wow, I can not believe 2015 has been and gone. It was a year of mostly ups, doing well at work, having a happy home and moving closer to family.

I am now thinking ahead to my 3rd year of doing Project Life. I first discovered the world of Project Life via a day browsing the internet for new craft projects. I went to the Hobby Craft sale this time 3 years ago to buy my first 12×12 album, a small pack of page protectors (just incase I didn’t like it) and the Blush Core Kit to get me started. I was hooked from my first spread. It gave me a creative outlet, prompted me to do and try more things, and opened me up to a whole new community. The only downside – spending a shed load of money!

I am considering what has, and what hasn’t worked over the last couple of years as I plan for 2016

Format: I really enjoyed my Studio Calico 6×8 handbook album this year, but I wanted a change so I am now going to be using the Seven Paper 9×12 album. I  will continue with weekly spreads (one week over 2 pages) This year, some weeks I felt I cut out stories due to space, of cause some weeks I went without taking one picture, but thats ok, I’m still not against using a large image to fill space or putting two weeks in one spread if i need to, or taking 2 or 3 spreads up for a busy week.

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Printing: I will continue to print using my Canon selphy . Although this probably works out more expensive, I enjoy sitting down, planning a weeks spread, printing and completing in the space of a couple of hours, not having to plan lots of spreads, waiting for images to be back from the printers and then having to complete them. Seems like a lengthy process.

Embellishments: I will continue to use  embellishments from the monthly kits, including stamping, stamping is my favourite.

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What will change: Put more thought in to pictures, attempt to improve the neatness of my hand writing for more journalling, trying new things such as including more digital stamps.

What will stay the same: Weekly title cards and calendar card to start the month

What are you 2016 plans? I would love to hear!

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Blogmas #24 -Last Blogmas

It’s Christmas Eve!! I have come to the end of my Blogmas marathon. I’ve really enjoyed posting every day during the run up to Christmas. December has been busier than I anticipated so posts have been shorter  – and I only missed a few posts! Next year, I think I will plan more in advance to get prepared, including my December Daily as I would have liked to spend more time on this project while it is still December!

As mentioned in yesterdays post – today is all about the last minute wrapping!

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Merry Christmas all.

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Blogmas #23 – Christmas shopping!

I generally  always leave my shopping until the last minute, I don’t know why – it’s become a tradition! Along with my Starbucks gingerbread latte – my absolute favourite.  I don’t go too mad on presents, I think at this time of year the pressure can get over whelming to get the right gift which usually equals spending lots of money. Just for the sake of one day.

Hope you are all having a lovely festive period and you have all your shopping sorted – but you haven’t splurged too much!

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Blogmas #22 – December Daily

Today was the turn of December Daily on the craft table.

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I managed the first 5 days, even though I am only working on a 6×4 album, it seemed to take ages! Maybe i’m just not in the christmas spirit yet what with the warm weather here in the UK at the moment. Not sure what December Daily is  – ready my previous post about my plans here.

I will film a walk through video soon, but first, Christmas shopping!

How is your album going so far?

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Blogmas #21 – Playing Catch up

Today I sat down, for the first time in weeks at my craft desk and created a couple of my September (yep, still behind!) Project Life spreads using my Studio Calico kits.

The aim of these spreads was to get them completed and in the album. I have my December Daily album to work on, which I don’t mind doing in the new year, but i feel like I want to get my 2015 PL album as up to date as I can ready to start a fresh for 2016.

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