19 Feb 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 1

Okay so in my previous post I promised I would share my Project Life pages for 2015.
I am glad to here I am not the only one sticking with 12 by 12 - clearly some of you take as many pictures a week as me. 
So here is week 1 and I am pleased to report that it features mostly big camera photos and you can really tell the difference. 
I also resolved to take better photos of New Years as we always spend it in Belgium and the in-laws are not as into taking pictures as my family are (in fact dad claims that it 'ruins his rep' when we document our whole stay in pics and get sneaky ones of him tucking into fish and chips or asleep on the sofa at 7pm!), but I resolved that this year I would not let it stop me and I would get the big camera out and get some group shots.
Bit of a fail that I didn't get a group shot of us and even forgot to get one of me all dressed up for our posh meal on New Year's Day. So I used the self timer when we got in and got this really goofy shot - but since its the only one I used it.
Perhaps I should have asked Santa for a selfie stick in my stocking...

The second part of the week focus' on some Belgian classics like waffles and go karts on the coast. These are things we do every visit and have photos capturing it every time - so they will form a cute little record of how he grows and perhaps next photo op the waffle won't look as big as his head! 
Don't you love the shot of the go kart about to go down the steps to the beach?
I've always been a fan of extreme photography - haha!

Heidi Swapp Dreamy edition Project Life kit
Studio Calico wood veneers
Heidi Swapp interchangeable stamp
Twenty fifteen free printable here

16 Feb 2015

Me on a Monday

It's been a yay it's half term and its daddy's turn to get up with The Baby and so I will have a lie in, family trip to the media museum, The Baby sending morse code messages and checking out his reflection in several crazy mirrors, boys bonding over games consoles, cheeky lunch at Subways, clear out and clean the fridge, big food shop, meet daddy during his run for a walk around the yarn and lots of chilly fun at the park and running down muddy hills kind of a Monday!

15 Feb 2015

Project Life Title Page 2015

So like a lot of Project Lifers I faced the great debate at the end of last year - should I switch up the size of my Project Life?

I only started a pocket scrapbooking approach to memory keeping last January, after really enjoying my first experience of putting together a December Daily album. I also realised I take sooo many pictures that I would never find enough time to scrap them all in 12 by 12 layouts.

So in my decision making process I was inspired by Allison Waken's 9 by 12 approach and that gorgeous coin protector front page, also Stephanie Makes' innovative and ambitious idea of a mini book a month and I love, love, love Tracy's 9 by 12 layouts this year too. 

However, in the end I concluded that I take far too many photos to fit into a smaller format and so I would stick with 12 by 12 - in fact my reasoning was very similar to Big City Quiet's here

Some changes that I have made to my process this year:
  • I am going for the weekly approach. I took a monthly approach last year and would often mix weeks up and ended up including most of my pictures and my months would sprawl on for ages! So I am taking a more organised and concise approach and so far am finding this is really helping me to stay focused. 
  • As a result of the weekly approach I am being more selective with photos and trying to use my big camera for at least a few of them - mainly at home shots as I am too lazy to lug it around with me. 
  • I am planning my layouts out in a little book and keeping notes on the week as last year I often scrapped in retrospect and think I lost some of the little stories and details.
  • Try to document all of our lives instead of just The Baby. I am trying to take more selfies and couple shots so our story it told too. For January I have taken some classroom shots and am trying to include the every day stuff that never makes it into my albums. (Look out for lots of arty laundry shots!)

So this is my title page for 2015. I wanted to document my layouts every week, but realistically that will never happen. I am using a mixture of Costco printing and online like Snapfish and freeprints and so I am not able to complete the layouts every week - although I am planning and note taking and post-it note sticking every week.

I have been mainly using my Heidi Swapp Dreamy edition Project Life cards and some free printables from pinterest. 

The bottom two photos were taken on New Year's Eve and the top one is from our day out in Whitby in October. I love the contrast of the pastel colours with the black and white photo and want to use more black and white in my album this year. 

What are your plans for 2015? 
I will be back soon to share some of the rest of January.

12 Feb 2015

Here's to being a yes mum...

Do you find that when you are the mum of a lively and adventurous toddler you end up saying 'no' far too often?

Well today I decided to be a yes mum.

I let him drive the car.

Then we went to the park, even though it was freezing, and I let him go on all the dangerous, big kid climbing frames and slides (even though it involved me having to chase him, hoist him, have a panic attack every five minutes!) that I normally drag him away from. 

He loved it. I was exhausted.

I let him push his pram all the way back to town and linger for ages over the swans.

I let him walk through the muddy puddles and then splash in them and get his trainers and jeans covered in mud.

I took him to our old favourite cafe (where the waitress is his girlfriend - it was a happy reunion) and he got a fruit shoot (daddy bans them shhh) and a chocolate rolo brownie. 

And wear it all over! 

Ad snuggle on the sofa with mummy and watch Gilmour Girls on Netflix (he's a big fan!)

Okay so perhaps the last one was more for me. It's tiring work being a yes mummy!

Do you ever have days like these?

9 Feb 2015

Me on a Monday

It's been a road tripping to Wales, first birthday celebrating, cake rejecting (from the birthday girl!), Hello Kitty photoboothing, dessert bar admiring, ice skating on frozen lakes, laughing nervously when the ice cracked, marveling at the scenery, photo overload, family gathering, feast partaking, Adam Sandler entertaining, sisters reunited, general tomfoolery, Sunday night soaking kind of a weekend.

And you?

1 Feb 2015

Baby does Bruges...

The gorgeous and jet setting crafty blogger, Kelly Purkey, shared this link to a toddler's view of New York City and it reminded me of some photos we took in Bruges at New Years. I started putting the camera on the floor to get the toddlers perspective of Bruges.  
And the result? I kinda love it. They may be blurry, imperfect and unedited but I love them. 
We plan to get the top one made into a canvas for our wall - I just love his cheeky little grin as he balanced over one of Bruges many famous canals. 

He was particularly impressed to find a burger restaurant named after him too!

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