I pulled this photo out of the archives from last year sometime. I love the composition of the photo and our expressions...happy yet not overstated. Would love to remember what was going through my head at the time.
The "100% Loved" ticket is a digital download from Katie Pertiet. I love it. I just printed it out onto cardstock and trimmed it with my scissors. There are 15 tickets in the set. I hope to use all of them soon!
The doily tucked in under the right side is also a digital download from Katie Pertiet. It came in a set of crocheted doilies in a bunch of holiday colours.
I cannot claim originality on this layout. I totally scraplifted the idea from Marcy Penner. I love everything she does. Her style is just so clean and artistic. I have had this idea noted in my Pinterest and wanted to emulate it for some time now. Not sure I did it justice. I just really like the concept.
Do you have a favourite scrapper that you try to imitate?
Essentially, instead of choosing a long list of New Years Resolutions that may or may not be kept, I choose ONE LITTLE WORD for the entire year! As the days and weeks and months play out, I learn and grow around my OLW. It is that simple.
My word this year is...
On the first of every month I will be participating in a OLW Blog Hop full of wonderfully creative ladies who are also taking part in OLW 2012. Since this Wednesday is Feb 1, I will be sharing my first assignment here on my blog on that day. I will also be posting a list of the ladies that are involved in the Blog Hop if you would like to go visit their blogs as well.
I hope to see you back here on Feb 1st for my OLW 2012 posting...
This week there were no inserts. Just the two-page spread.
The left side contains most of my stories this week.
The right side is full of 4x4 Instagram shots.
I like this little weekly review of the main events...
And to finish up, my favorite shot of the week (even though my hips look huge)...
This project is really growing on me. And the rest of my family too. I am noticing that they are beginning to participate more. Yay.
Have a super weekend!
Not much else is getting done around here. This project is time sensitive and my time is up at the end of this week! Will show you more when it is done.
I do have a Project Life Week 3 post ready to share...I just don't have time right now to upload it!!
Hope you are hanging in there this week with whatever you are doing too!
For some time now, I have been admiring the work of those who do art journaling. As always, there are a plethora of excuses as to why I cannot do art journaling myself. However, I am never one to turn down a new challenge. So I am diving in.
Above, you can see my first attempt at art journaling. It is fairly obvious that I have a long way to go. I am giving myself 52 weeks to improve.
Why 52 weeks, you ask?
Well, at the same time as the art journaling was swirling around in my head, I came across Lisa Congdon. At the beginning of January she took on 365 Days of Hand Lettering. Essentially, she is going to feature hand lettering every day for the entire year on her blog. Last year she featured A Collection a Day.
I have never done something that big. But it got me thinking...
What could I do every day for a year?
After much contemplation and abandonned ideas, I settled on something that pleased me...
I love quotes. I have yellow sticky notes all over my office and my iMac that remind me of wonderful things that people have said. Some are inspirational, some thought-provoking. Some heart-warming, some motivational. And I love every one of them.
I could do a quote every day!
But...I don't have time to do something pretty with quotes every day. Sure, I can scrawl them on a yellow sticky note, or in a notebook, but how can I bring them to the level of Lisa Congdon?
And then it came to me...
Quotes + art journaling!
Now, I know what you are thinking. How can she have time to do a quote every day in an art journal when she doesn't even know the art of art journaling? And when will she do other crafts? And when will she do scrapbook pages, and Project Life and other mini albums that she so loves doing?
Trust me, I contemplated each of those questions myself and here is what I came up with...
I will scrawl a quote every day in a little notebook (that I will probably share with you) but I will only choose one quote per week to elevate to the level of art journaling. Each week, as I feature my quote, I am also going to learn (or improve) on a new art journaling technique. That way, I am learning art journaling, and I am collecting something every day.
365 Quotes + 52 Art Journal Entries
And so, I present you my Quote 1 (pictured at the top of this post).
Who knows, perhaps it will become a book one day like Lisa's...
Note: Sorry that the photo is so pale. I am having issues with photographing my work. I leave for work in the dark and come home from work in the dark, so lighting is an issue for me right now! Apologies!
The quote reads...
A year from now, you will wish that you had started today. - Karen Lamb
I don't remember where I found this one, but it has stuck with me. It is the motivation I need most days.
Of course I first saw the idea on Pinterest and promptly added it to my list of projects to do.
After collecting the supplies that I needed, it was very quick to make.
I love maps and have been keeping my eye out for all sorts of inexpensive atlases so that I can tear out the pages and use them for crafts. There is just something intriguing about maps...the colours, the design, the pathways, the innuendo of travel and adventure...
For sure I will be creating more projects with maps.
I made this first embroidered map for myself, but now I am thinking it would make a nice gift for newlyweds...
I apologize for being scarce this week. My internet connection has been sporatic due to the cold.
Here, in Western Canada, we have been experiencing a true deep freeze. With temperatures as low as -30*C, everything moves at a slow pace (or not at all). I have attempted to do posts each night this week, but my internet just wasn't cooperating.
But I'm back...
In all this cold, we Canadians love to hunker down in our cozy homes and keep warm. This has been a perfect opportunity for me to work on some extra crafting.
I have several projects on the go right now that I hope to share with you next week, as well as my Project Life Week 3.
Hope you are staying warm...wherever you are.
I created the little blue pinwheel with the inside of a printed security envelope and punched a star to put on top.
I have another insert in this week's spread. So here is the spread with the insert to the right.
You can click on any of the images to enlarge.
I used one of Ali Edwards' Long Journalers which I resized to work on a 6 x 12 piece of cardstock. I trimmed around the outline of the journaler (as shown below), attached my printed pics and slid it into a 6x12 page protector.
This week, a package arrived for Jessica. She was at school late due to rehearsals, so it sat unopened on the island until she returned home. No one thought much of it. We assumed that it was just an information package. However, when Jess opened it and began reading, a smile spread across her face. It was an acceptance letter to the University of Calgary in the Commerce program majoring in Accounting. She had only put in her application last week, so this was a very quick reply. We were not expecting it.
Another pleasant surprise came when we read that because of her "excellent academic performance to date" she also qualifies for the President's Admission Scholarship worth $2000. We couldn't be more proud. To begin the celebration, Ash, Jess, and I had a little toast to her right then and there.
On Friday night we went out as a family to Cravings (our fave restaurant) to celebrate Jess's accomplishments. Saturday night, we had Gramma and Papa come for supper and again, we all toasted and prayed over Jess. She has worked so hard at school to make it to this point.
Even when applying, she wasn't sure that this is what she wanted, but after all of hte people celebrating with her, she is now embracing this new adventure that is before her. You go Girl!
Hard to believe we are at this point already.
Trying to hang on to all the remaining moments that I have my girls near.
Trying to capture memories to last a lifetime.
That is why I am doing Project Life this year.
What is your story?
The pic is one taken with Instagram. Underneath of the photo is thick paper that I cut and reused from a Banana Republic shopping bag. I simply folded it over itself a few times, purposely not square.
The gold and silver are two different products. The gold colour is OA Sprinklers. The colour is called Treehouse, which is a yellow/green, but I did not shake the bottle thoroughly and the colours had settled. This is how it ended up and I love it!
The silver colour is glitter glue by Elmers.
But I like the end result.