Week In The Life – Tuesday

The story of Tuesdays Week In The Life, todays prompt was ‘favourites’. I had planned to take photos of my favourite products but the pictures I ended up taking mostly worked.

9am:
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At the weekends or on school holidays my favourite breakfast to have is tea and toast. I could get up 15 minutes earlier and have some before work, or take some in some foil, but it’s never quite the same. We have two toasters in the cupboard that need new fuses which we always forget to put on the weekly shop, so the toast is done under the grill.

10am:
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My favourite type of morning for a brisk (well as brisk as I can move now adays) dog walk – sunny but chilly weather along the canal, our regular route.

10:30am:
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I sat down on my favourite side of the sofa to look through yesterdays WITL images, wearing my comfy joggers (the only item that fits me comfortably now except for my maternity jeans) Dexter likes to come and investigate what I’m doing.

11:15:
Snap Election announcement by the UK PM. Politics. Not my favourite subject.

11:30am:
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Organisation, one of my favourite past times. I wanted to try and finish sorting the study and feel better for the spring clean.

1pm:
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Tomato Soup and Sandwich (a favourite that reminds me of home) while watching a few episodes of the new series of Grace and Frankie

2:30pm:
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An afternoon nap with Dexter in his favourite sleeping position.

4pm:
Woke up to find Ali had posted her Mondays words and images which I had been eager to read for some inspiration. I can never seem to get my thoughts/ feelings down in the same way for journaling as he can.

6pm:
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A walk for Dexter and a quick trip to our local super market to pick up some more milk and as usual a few other bits fell in the trolly.

10pm:
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My favourite place. In bed discussing our day and catching up on the days news.

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Week In The Life – Monday

Welcome to another year of me participating in Ali Edwards’ project A Week In The Life.

I took part in this project in Summer 2015 and a I completed 90% of the album, the journaling taking a back seat as usual.

This year I plan to:

  • Take a more relax approach buy not feeling I have to take 50 pictures a day to tell a story
  • Try and focus on a prompt or theme for each day to keep in focused
  • Write down the story behind the pictures in a hope it will translate into the finished album.

The story of today

A classic bank holiday Monday filled with household jobs.

9:30am:
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After a well needed lie in I volunteered to get up first and make the morning cuppa using our usual favourite mugs, decaf tea for me, coffee for Lee. Followed by croissants for breakfast and an old episode of Top Gear on Dave, surprisingly an episode I haven’t see 3 times.

10:45am:
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We began sorting out the office room moving some furniture around so the the smaller desks from the current craft room can be put in there, after a bit of measuring it all managed to fit in. My craft room now has space for nursery furniture.

13:30pm:
A quick Lunch with the in-laws  and play time for Dexter

15:00pm:
On impulse, we went to see a new housing development. I’ve been dreaming of owning my own house for years, especially now I’m Pregnant. Saving never quite goes to plan, but the  current  help to buy scheme is the perfect opportunity to have a serious think and find out more information. I doubt we’ll be able to get a mortgage, but it was nice to dream.

18:30pm:
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Dinner time. Country Chicken using my trusty pot which my nan passed down to me years ago.

20:00pm:
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Lee spent some time tying some fishing rigs, while I caught up in Line of Duty.

Hope your Week in the Life 2017 is off to a great start.

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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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Documenting July with Studio Calico

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

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Better late than never!

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Week in the life – The story of Thursday

Today was awesome. So awesome that I forgot to take pictures of most of it! Todays events obviously don’t happen every day, so i feel like I am cheating using them in my Week in the life album. I could have waited until next month to complete this project, but then I would have been to busy to dedicate time and effort to it, so hopefully the other regular days, will balance out this one in the album.

We went out for the day to a beach in Wales so hubby could photography the lighthouse. I wasn’t sure what the weather/ terrain was going to be like so i ended up packing everything from flip flops to wellies. We were eager to get going so i forgot to take an image of the bags, and then my camera got packed away into the boot of the car.

Todays story: Not just an ordinary day.

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Do you document the non-normal days the same as the regular? Would love to hear your thoughts

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Week in the life – The story of Wednesday

Three days into Week in the life and I think i am finding my routine. Getting in the habit of taking images does take some getting used to. I don’t have children to document, i don’t usually have anyone else (human) in the house during the day to document either. My life may seem pretty empty from looking at my previous posts from this project, but hey, this is currently me, and thats what this project is about.

Part of me can not wait to get back to work – a regular routine where i have structure and purpose. I should be enjoying the summer, but the worries of starting a new school in September and having lots of preparation work to complete is hanging around like a grey cloud.

Todays story: Cherish the last of summer

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Hubby was off work today (yay) and he snapped this to document the bad habit i have of sitting on the stairs to put my shoes on.

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Dexter is more than happy to have a drink from our water bottle when we are out for a walk.

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I love how Dexters tail is wagging all of the time, he was very happy to have his master at home for the day.

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I hadn’t yet sorted out my WITL kit, so i spent some time this afternoon putting the page protectors in order and looking through some of the cards really to begin layouts.

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I am not the best cook in the world, and it is very rare I will cook a meal using raw ingredients from scratch, it is usually a case of mixing together some packets, or boiling potatoes, rice or veg to accompany something from a box.

How is your week going?

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Week in the life – The story of Tuesday

Hubby was at work until late and as I am on summer holidays from teaching, so most friends and family are all at work too. Yesterday, for Mondays story i had planned to use Ali Edwards daily planner sheets to write down what happened during the day, though and feelings. Well, I didn’t get very far, and today was no different as I felt I had nothing to write apart from ‘had another cup of tea’* so i decided to focus on a few general things and the current daily routine, which is really what this project is all about – capturing the things we often gloss over and take as normal which we ignore to document.

Story of today: Routine

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I really love seeded bread, Hubby hates it, so I save it for when he is at work as my little treat.

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Dex had been digging in the garden again and came up stairs to show me his dirty beard!

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I dry my hair on the stairs, the bedroom is pretty small and there is lovely light in this spot in the house.

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My hair straighteners are really old and only just about do their job. I went to see a good friend for coffee who I haven’t seen in ages, but I completely forgot to take any pictures!

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*Another cup of tea.

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I wouldn’t say I am OCD, but I do like to wash my hands regular, especially if I have been out and about, in the garden, played with Dexter or of cause before making dinner.

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Had the usual evening walk with the pup, the sky was an awesome pink colour this evening. I love this pic hubby snapped for me on the way out the door.

Goals for tomorrow: Write more on my planner sheets to aid journalling.

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Week in the life 2015

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This year I am planning to take part in the Ali Edwards project Week in the Life – a week long project where you document every bit of your week, moments from when you wake up to when you go to bed each day. When I first came across this free class when i began Project Life two years I was sceptical as my life is pretty dull! This year, when she announced it, i thought I would give it a go. From reading various blogs, including Ali’s, I came to realise that its all about documenting YOU and if thats the mundane like what I had for tea, then thats totally fine.

Big events don’t always happen (hello, have you see my PL layouts – dog walk overload) so having the opportunity to focus on, and document little things like the pile of clothes always left on the bedroom floor or the washing up is an important part of my story and my life as it is now.

I decided to pre-order the kit as this is my first year so i have a starting point, so I will set this up soon so I have a head start! I am also going to take the opportunity to use my DSLR as my PL album is 99% iPhone photos –  it is a little more work, but I think it will produce a nicer project and inspire more creativity (hopefully!)

My goal is to also blog on here the main story of the day and then the completed layouts next week.

New to the project? Find out more on Ali’s blog here.

Are you in? I would love to see your ideas and week in the life stories.

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Project Life layout – Week 26

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!

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