Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wrapping up 2014!

My aim today was to get Project Life 2014 wrapped up. I managed weeks 47,48 & 49. I'm happy with that as my December pages are going to be collage pages anyway because I have completed my December Daily in detail, this just needs to be a summary. 
So what are my thoughts on 2014? Well I was thinking today about my one little word for 2014 which was Strong and I chose it because I knew in my heart of hearts that I would have to face losing Barney sometime in the year. We had be fortunate to keep him as long as we did but February 17th turned out to be the day I dreaded. I knew it was going to be hard, but had not imagined the grief I would go through, nor the guilt I would feel for calling the vet that day. Somehow I got through it and agreed with hubby we would leave some time before making any future pet decision. 
I did not anticipate my elder son deciding to go back to University to study for his PGCE, giving up the security of a full time baking job at Sainsbury's, not what he wanted, to follow a difficult path and pass the necessary tests to get a place. With hard work, on both my part and his, he had the strength of will to succeed and I to withstand the pressure of tutoring him in Maths & English to reach the required standard and he passed! Something I was amazed by but he apparently knew would happen because despite his special needs, he will not give up! 
I could not have foreseen my job at school disappearing this year. I was told as we broke up for Easter and offered a 'suitable alternative' but it didn't suit me! So I was strong and I walked away! Scary after 12 years but I had faith in my ability and total support from hubby to look for pastures new! Not easy with our younger son starting his final year at dance school but definitely good for my health! 
Hubby finally opened his new branch at work in June and appointed his new staff. A great challenge for him once again, but something he loves. 
We took our summer holiday in Sicily again this year and returned refreshed but anxious about my unemployment! September came and went without any work and actually that was a blessing! I felt calm and refreshed but the house felt empty. 
In October the work started coming in and we booked to visit my SIL in Germany for the first time in 2 years. Actually the first time in about 20 years not in the school holidays!!
In November even more work came in and I was working part of everyday! Planning was taking over once again and things began to mount up! I got a bit down with myself, that I had let it take over and could not say 'no' once again and decided that I missed having a four legged friend to de stress my life and get me out every day. One day I just made that call by chance that led me to Sergio and that day has changed all our lives for the better!
We went to Germany and returned with excitement that a new chapter in our lives was about to begin. 
In December we took delivery of our newest family member and it coincided perfectly with one of my work commitments ending at Christmas. 
We have had a fantastic Christmas all together and reached the end if another challenging year.
I am blessed to still have both my parents, who have had both had a good year health wise compared to 2013. 
So what about 2015? Well, I saw a quote the other day along the lines of "life is something that happens whilst we a busy making plans!' Something like that anyway and it made me think that we get so busy making plans we forget to live the life that is passing! My word for 2015 is 'live'. I don't want to miss what's happening right now whilst trying to plan the future. Let's just enjoy everyday, every dog walk and certainly every crafting moment!
Happy New Year to all my crafty friends! 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas day pages! December Album

 Started this section of the album with an acetate star page over my star embellishment page, that I made using Prima gems on a star cut out.

Back of the Christmas Eve page had the map of the North Pole with a couple of Santa tags  attached.
Christmas day was a collage of black and whiote photo's arranged in a tree shape as seen on Pinterest, with an gold embossed chipboard embellishment in the centre. X is for Xmas day!
This page was made using some die cut polaroid frames for my gift tags and a couple of cracker jokes from the Christmas lunch. I will journal on these two pages later. TFLx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Days 21, 22, 23 & 24 December Album

More pages from  y December album. Don't forget a lot of these are scraplifted or inspired by my Christmas layouts board on Pinterest here.
This page for my son's birthday has an interactive photo booklet on the front, so I cut a large hole in the page protector and stitched it all around the sides to hold it in place, that way you can look at the booklet without sliding the whole thing out.
 A Heidi swapp project life gold overlay on this one.
Usedf my Cameo to cut the Zzzz out and and then backed with patterned paper. Punched out hearts and stitched together an embellishment. Journaling in white pen.
Added a vellum page before Christmas eve to break up the album a bit. Stitched the gold letters to it.
Christmas eve page includes a quote from some Crate paper from last year. Title is "Twas the night before Christmas." TFLx

Friday, 26 December 2014

Days 12, 13, 14 15 & 16 December Album

I am actually up to date with my album, just not blogging it! here is L is for lights......
M is for movie........
R is for reindeer........
F is for festival, also on the 14th
Q is for quiet................
 O is for ornament........
and outside lights! TFLx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Days, 9,10, 11 December Album

 Day 9 was all about the tree!
 I was a bit worried my album was looking very "samey" so I introduced a vellum page that I printed a tree picture from the web in greyscale onto and then stitched a 'happy' die cut in red mirri card on the top. I added a paper edge to the side for reinforcement where I punched the holes for the binder rings.
Day 10 I did a playlist of my favourite Christmas tunes. No photo on this page but that's ok. I like mixing gold and silver too.
Day 11 was for the page K is for Kiss, it needed no journaling other than the rub on at the bottom that says 'you are my moon and stars' used the studio calico die cuts again, this time in silver and silver mist with gold rub ons. TFL

Friday, 19 December 2014

Days 6,7,8 of my December Album

 G is for gifts....
 P is for Pointsettia.....
 H is for happiness......
It has been a bit complicated to do the alphabet out of sequence but I select a word that fits with the date and what's happening and I record the date on each page but assemble the album alphabetically. Some days have two pages, like H is for happy. TFLx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Days 3,4,5, December Album

How's your December daily coming along? I am up to date but not blogged them all! Most are on Instagram now. Here is the page for C is for card....
this is the page D is for decorations.......
and I is for Ian's birthday! I had thought to print my photo's in black and white and I keep forgetting! TFLx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Free advent calendar page cut file & page 1 & 2 December ABC completed!

There's one thing I can say about getting ahead with base page preparation, each page is done in double quick time every day of December! For A is for Advent I took a picture of my advent calendar and sized it to 2x2 to go under door one of this cut file calendar I made using my silhouette. Journaling is under the A door and one other. Add a few sequins and it's complete!
As my Christmas gift to you I will make this page cut file available for the month of December 2014 download here and leave a comment below if you do, as it is nice to know who uses them! Link me up to any finished project with it too.
Page 2 was easy to finish off too! This scraplifted page from justg was mostly done apart from photo and journaling, finished this off quick sharp! Printing on my Selphy means you can get done in a flash each day too! TFLx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Go! Go! Go December Daily lift off!!

Are you ready? Here is my album prepped and ready to go for one busy December!
31+ base pages prepped and ready to receive photos and journaling: Check
ABC December list for photographs to be taken: Check
Pinterest board for Inspiration: Check
Pinterest board of layout progress: Check
Box of extras to add at the last minute to finish each layout: Check
Enthusiam: Check
Happiness: Check
Let's go, go go, December Daily/Diary! Bring on December 2014, I'm ready! TFLx