Monday, 20 October 2014

Project Life - Loving Autumn Colours

I'm really enjoying my 6x8 album now and getting into the swing of things.  I can't believe how much dsp you use up by doing this (which gives me the perfect excuse to go and buy some more!)
I've been able to make use of the old, but beautiful Spice Cake papers by Stampin Up, and this way I get to keep them!
Have a look:
The colour scheme is Pool Party, More Mustard, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla, so I've interspersed the patterened papers with plain matching cardstock.
My camera is never far from my side these days, and a visit to the grandchildren reaped some great photos that I had to add to my album.  The stickers are all from October Afternoon, which are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of in the UK and I absolutely adore them.
The little wooden frame was a find in T K Maxx.  I go in there every week now and always come out with some treasure!

This folder isn't all about photos, though, as I love to journal as well, and I love fun and innovative ways of doing it.  These papers are made by Stephanie Ackermann, and they're wonderful.  I wanted to promote 'thankfulness' throughout October and November and Stephanie has designed some wonderful journaling sheets on this theme, but this is one of her 'to-do' lists that I love using.  The background cardstock is More Mustard and I've coloured the wording to match.
Back soon with more, thanks for looking in today.
Jane xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Downsizing... and loving it!

Okay, let me explain!
There I was, using my Project Life album, taking lots of pictures, documenting everything and thoroughly enjoying myself.
Then things started to get difficult.

  • The size of the album became too big for me.  It takes up a lot of room on my desk and it's quite heavy to lug around.
  • A light came on in my head.  I actually lost sleep over this!  I realised, by looking back at my previous journal, that I am primarily a journaler and use pictures to help tell my story, not the other way around.  The thing with 12 x 12 is that it's great if you've got kids and they're doing different things every day for you to take photographs of.  My problem is that I spend a lot of time at work (including weekends) my children are all grown up and gone and I only get to see the grandchildren once every six weeks, so there aren't lots of things to photograph.  BUT that doesn't mean I don't like my life and I still want to document what goes on.
  • So I started looking around at alternatives and at first I thought a Smash book might be the way forward, but after a few weeks of trawling Pinterest, I realised that wasn't quite what I wanted to do either.
  • So a plan gradually began to form, by taking the best bits from each style of life documentation.
  1. I wanted something smaller than 12 x 12, something I could keep open on my desk all the time.
  2. I love the pocket journaling idea, just not so many on one page.
  3. I wanted it to be in a clip file so I could re-arrange things as often as I needed to.  And I do this a lot as it turns out.
  4. So my first 6x8 file was born.  I know you're going to think this is mad, but once my mind was made up I actually slept properly for the first time in a week!
So in September we went on holiday for a week, and when we got back I started on my new baby clip file (about £3, from W H Smiths!)

Here are the first couple of pages:



I decided to make use of my Project Life Blush papers, so I cut them to 6x8 and slotted them into the page protectors (very cheap in Staples, no expense spared here!)  I thoroughly enjoyed doing mini spreads.



Is it a bit sad that I felt like crying with happiness once I'd worked out how I wanted to do it?!  Finally finding the size I wanted and being able to write in it to my heart's content have made me unbelievably happy!
More to come soon, I'm sure
Jane x