Get Messy :: Art Journal

I finally managed to sit down and do a little bit of art journalling with the Get Messy prompts for February. Love is the theme this month, which seems appropriate giving our wedding anniversary was last week! There is still time to join up if you haven't already...

(You need to ignore the spelling mistake there, that's what I'm choosing to do!)

Project Life :: Week 6

I really love the bright, happy colours in the kit this month. But I decided to stick with a more limited, neutral colour scheme with lots of black and white. You can see some more detailed shots here. Here is my Week 6 process video...

You can watch this video on YouTube or subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

One year ago...

Still, by far, the best day of my life. Its been a hell of a year but, when you have a team like we do, you can get through anything. I can't wait to see what this next year will bring.

OLW :: How I'm keeping my word visible

One of my strategies this year is to keep my word as present and visible as possible. Impossible to forget. Small visual reminders of what my goals are this week. Here are a few of the ways I've found so far...

Project Life :: Week 5

This week I used up the last of my December kits before I start on February's. I actually had enough photos this week which has been something I've really been struggling with this year. My days are pretty similar so it becomes quite difficult finding things to take photos of. Or more to the point, it's difficult for me to remember to take photos! You can see some more detailed shots here. Here is my Week 5 process video.

You can watch this video on YouTube or subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Succulent Sunday

These things just keep growing and growing. I think they have really enjoyed there new home in the sun (I mean, wouldn't we all!). I'm going to have to repot them into something bigger soon.

Project Life :: Week 4 + Video

This week I was using up the last of my Far Far Away kits before my new kit arrives tomorrow (yay!). This year I still don't seem to include much journalling, it is more of a visual diary for me and I'm okay with that. Really, no one looks at these album except for me anyway. You can see some more detailed shots here.

I also have another video of my process for this week (although I don't show all the faffing around, choosing, printing and trimming photos! Here is my Week 4 process (or you can watch it on YouTube).

I even DIYed an upgrade to my desk to make my videos a little brighter! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

What I'm reading...

I have to admit, that during the summer I don't make nearly as much time for reading as I do in the cooler months. But this year I've decided to take on this reading challenge (or my own version of it anyway) so I'd better start making time!

I'm currently reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (yes, I know, I'm late to this party) and I can't wait to start reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult next. I just finished reading Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver, which I loved.

A couple more on my wishlist are Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Yes Please by Amy Poehler and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.

I'm always looking for recommendations so let me know if you've read any great books lately. Or equally, any I should avoid!

Project Life :: Week 3

I felt like I needed a more neutral palette this week (I guess there is a limit to how much pink/teal I can use) but of course I had to add an appropriate amount of gold (ie. LOTS). I managed to record my first process video this week as well, although my camera batteries ran out before I have finished the spread so you can see some more detailed shots here. So without further ado, here is my Week 3 process (or you can watch it on YouTube).

I'm starting to really enjoy making these videos (and starting to get the hang of it!). You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Succulent Sunday

I know that Succulent Sunday is really more an Instagram thing, but I have developed such an obsession for succulents that I wanted to document them here. This summer I've rescued previously-thought-dead ones, bought beautiful new ones and propagated babies from old favourites. I've shared cuttings with friends and taken cuttings from family. I even built a window shelf to give them all a sunny home. For this serial plant-killer, I've finally found the one thing I can grow!

Sketchbook Explorations

I didn't start the year with many creative goals but as soon as I saw that Lisa Congdon was running a sketchbook class on Creativebug, I signed up. Literally.

I'm going to fill this sketchbook by the end of the year, hopefully much sooner. Here are a few of the pages I've done so far using the prompts and examples from the class...

Each page only takes a short amount of time but I am excited to choose to spend my time creating rather than wasting.

Project Life :: Week 2

I love this square 4x4 grid protector from We R Memory Keepers. But it means I have to use up all my 4x6 cards from my kits to fill it. However, starting this month Studio Calico have printable journalling cards from the kits available. So I used the printables to create my own 4x4 cards!

You can see a few more details here.

Far Far Away Kit Unboxing

One of my goals for my blog this year is to try my hand at video. I'm hoping to try my hand at some Project Life process videos but to start the ball rolling (and start the learning process) here is my first "unboxing" video for 2015. 

Stay tuned for more videos in the near future, or you can subscribe to my channel so you never miss one!

Choose :: OLW 2015

I'm participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class again this year. I've done this for the last five years. Some years, I get so much out of it, and others (like 2014) I forget about my word pretty quickly and end up in December wondering what happened.

This year my word is choose.

I'm not sure that choose is exactly my ideal word but I've struggled to find something that feels more 'perfect'. So I've decided just to roll with it. I think success is less about the exact word and more about the intentions behind it.

Choose has suited me well in the past, so much so that I've had it tattooed on myself. It was a word that reasonated with me when I was struggling and while I pulled myself out of that hole. So I'm hoping that I can use that history and make the same sort of progress this year.

I've been feeling out of control, trapped and lost, without a purpose. I remember the feeling of choosing what I wanted my life to look like and making it happen.

I want to feel like that again.

Choose means making better choices for myself and my health, to stop reacting so badly and choosingto be more positive, happy and grateful. Choose means I will be more purposeful, spending my time and money more wisely. Choose means letting things go and stop holding on to negativity. Choose means making plans and finding the actions to achieve my goals. Choose is being present, enjoying the here and now, not wishing and dreaming my life away.

This year, I choose to make 2015 the best year yet.

Project Life :: Week 1

I sort of hate starting the year using my leftover kits but my new kit hadn't arrived yet so I had to make the best of it. And to make the best of it, I have to use as much gold as humanly possible!

You can see a few more details here.

Project Life :: 2015 title page

I couldn't help it, I really couldn't. I just had to start the new year with gold and teal, glitter and sequins. If you can't sparkle and shine at the beginning, when can you?

December (not quite) Daily

December Daily. It always seems like such a grand idea to me, however, the reality is always slightly different than I hope.

This year I was wise enough to realise that I am never going to: a) have enough to document EVERY day and b) have enough time (or energy) to document everyday. So I went for a as-it-happens approach. And given the December we actually had, it turned into a hope-I-take-enough-photos-to-finish-this-in-January sort of thing.

Here are a few of my December (not quite) Daily pages from before it all went a little bit pear-shaped...

I have actually finished the album, I put the pages into the same album as the last two years, popped it on the shelf and felt done. That in itself is an achievement. And yes, I already have high hopes for next year!

Project Life :: 2014 Catch up

The last few weeks of 2014 seemed to fly by, and although I did keep up with my Project Life, I failed to get the last four spreads photographed and blogged until now.
I was happy to complete another album to add to my collection and I've already picked up a new one for this year. You can see a few more detail shots here.