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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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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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 #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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Blogmas #6 – Stressings and blessings

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Stresses:

  1. Marking and planning – As a teacher, this is never ending.
  2. Being unable to watch the last in the series of Aquarius (Sky 1) as for some reason it says I have to upgrade to watch it – even though I have watched all the others.
  3. Winter blues – getting up and coming home from work in the dark really sucks.

Blessings:

  1. Being able to see more of family and friends  – now I live back cover to home, this is definitely a lovely bonus.
  2. Finally catching up with my Project Life – I’m just starting September!
  3. Finding some awesome christmas presents this year! I have started early and feeling organised!

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Blogmas #4 – 5 Simple Steps to completing a Project Life layout

Lets face it, were busy people. We go to work, spend time driving to and from said place of work, walk the dog, make food, go shopping for the forgotten milk, check emails, pay bills online, look after family and catch up on our favourite TV shows. And that was just yesterday.

Getting time to document this can be an issue. My process has been streamlined over the last few years into 5 simple steps.

1. Take a picture! As described above, my life is pretty uneventful and mundane. Some weeks I hardly take any pictures between Monday morning and 3pm on a Friday, but i’m fine with that. The ‘boring’ things might look, well, boring, but it’s whats happening now. Who know or when those little things might change.

2. Plan my layout for the week. I choose my favourite images to use by looking back at my photos on my iPhone stream and decide what filler cards or colour scheme I am using. If an image doesn’t quite work with that ‘week’ I’ll save it for the next spread – Who will know? And I probably won’t remember.

3. Use PicFrame to export images onto size, either 6×4 or 3×4 (two images to a 6×4).

4. Print using my Canon Selphy. Don’t have a printer? No problem, Websites like SnapFish or local shops like Asda or Jessops have great printing offers and usually have 1 hour printing/ next day delivery.

5. Embellish and Journal  (Optional) I don’t add many embellishments – an odd word phrase, stamp or sticker to tie the layout together.

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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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