Sunday, 30 December 2012

Project Life....and so the year closes.....

When I blogged on December 30th last year I was telling you about this exciting new project I was undertaking. I was getting organised and talking about it and how I was worried I might not keep it going through to the end. Of course I am talking about this post here and Project Life 2012. And here it is today!
Three American Crafts 8.5 x 11 inch albums are completed, just week 52 to complete when New Years Eve is out of the way! I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am that I completed it! A huge milestone!!
This project has been an illustrated diary for me and my family. I have taken at least one photograph a day in 2012, not all are used here but some have more than one for each day, it was about pleasing myself and doing it my way.
I mixed it up with divided page protectors and whole ones, with layouts taking a whole page and another page of collage pictures. I added ephemera, I added flaps and half pages and spinners and photo stack etc. etc. etc. It might not be everyones cup of tea that I mixed and matched but it is our record of our year.
The title page was here. I shared hints and tips here. My first layouts were here. You can see all of them in two slide shows in the side bar. My final pages I have completed tonight

I had wondered whether I would do the last few weeks of December because I was doing my December Daily, but I decided to and this last page came together with offcuts from my December Daily pages stitched together to link the two. 
So what have I learnt? It is important to have a good photo organisation system on your PC, if you don't you will have fun and games!!
Each month I have a new folder Dec 2012 etc and inside I label each folder with the date. When I upload photos I put them in dated folders and then if I am scrapping later the dates are easy and the photo's help me remember the story. My camera phone and 'Instagram' have been my favourite way of recording the everyday, particularly as the year has gone on and I have learnt more!! I use 'dropbox' app to transfer any photo's to my PC and they arrive dated so I can pop them straight in the right place. I have done this all year and it is a tried and tested method for me!
So with no more ado, I leave you to contemplate whether 2013 might be your year to start, as I move to the American Crafts 12x12 albums for next year, with some divided page protectors and some not. I will be back to share with you my ideas for this year!!! TFLx

Even more December Daily pages!!

Pages 20 through 27th December here. If I run out of space, I make a lift flap to add extra detail
 or make and extra page from the card or a glassine bag or similar.

 When I got the double handbook divider pages, I decided to trim off one set of holes so they open out to increase space. This one has all our cracker and tag ephemera included with the photo's from Christmas day, including the jokes of course! Broke out the old typewriter too to document Christmas day.

 Tags from my gifts go in too! Also the new recycling schedule for 2013 - that will be interesting in years to come! TFLx

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Weeks 45, 46, 47, 48, Project Life

Just catching up with Project Life!
 Week 45 was using my Cameo with a pen to create journaling blocks on a sheet of Kraft card stock. I love the sketch font I used for the title it worked fab with the sketch pens.
 I created all my journaling on one page and made a bulletin board style on the facing page.
 Week 46 I wanted to do a full page layout with this photo of my dad on Armistice day.
 The opposite page was a collage photo A4 sized and hidden journaling on a "Noted" tag behind.
 Week 47 I liked the exclusive Studio Calico speech bubble paper from American Crafts that was in my Roller rink kit. I used it to showcase tiny photo's and quotes from the week.

 The right hand page had larger photo's with some speech bubbles cut from the paper used above for journaling.
 I was not sure, when I started my December Daily, that I would keep Project Life going throughout December, but I decided to do it this week. I used a Studio Calico sketch to complete the left hand page and a photo collage of hubby's 50th birthday weekend trip on the facing page. I added a small collage photo on a paper bag to document the rest of the week. On with Week 49 now, hubby's actual 50th birthday week!! TFLx

Sunday, 23 December 2012

More December Daily pages

Hectic round here, with DS1's birthday today! 22!!! I can't believe it and with DS2 not due home from dance school until tomorrow night, it all feels very last minute!! TFLx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

December Daily Update

For me my December Daily is an extension of Project Life and is a diary of December. I was very behind at the start of the month, due to hubbys 50th birthday and the big party we had! I did take daily picture on  my phone and was able to catch up last Monday.
Here are the shots from the album! Picture heavy post!

How's your December going? TFLx