Monday, 30 April 2012

Project Life Update

I am struggling through the process of learning how to build a PL album.   Someone said that they go through their digital photos at the end of each month and send an order for printing. I am not convinced this method works for me because I end up with lots of dead space in the little pockets of my pages.

I think I am going for more of a blogging style approach. That is, write up the event and line up photos to go with it in a designated folder on my computer. This way I can have much more control over building my page and I can order pictures when I have sufficient to print. Will let you know if this works!

I discovered some nice templates when reading a blog by Scrapchick.  They are 3x4 and 4x3 templates for PS Elements that you can type in and print up. You can also load digi artwork to them to personalize. I also purchased some fun picture templates that I look forward to using. Still learning the art of using PSE though.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Conspiracy Theory?

By Thursday of this week I was ill with a head cold that seemed to have morphed, each day,  in every imaginable way.  I was called by the nurse two days earlier with the news that the anti-biotic they had prescribed would not work and I needed another round. The bacterial infection I thought I had rid myself of came back with a vengeance.  Two hours into the day and three goes round the playground with “going on a bear hunt”,  and my stomach started to cramp.  “It’s no good I need to go home and find my hot water bottle.”

So I am standing by the bus stop in the drizzling rain, feeling chilled to the bone, when a bus drives by with the current campaign slogan, “drought” written on the side. It has to be a conspiracy theory. It has rained almost non stop since the before Easter and it is supposed to rain for the rest of the month. Don’t get me wrong, I know we need rain but this is miserable! I managed to do almost everything on my Easter Bucket List except bathe my feet in sunshine and go on a picnic with friends. I miss Florida!

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Experiences of a Project Life Newbie

So to stay true to my strategy of Scrapping the now and then (present and oldies) I ordered 30 prints covering about a four month period and decided, in my modesty, that I had probably bitten off enough and would leave it at that. (As I have a drawer full of unscrapped memories I didn’t want this to be another train wreck)  A few days later my 30 glosses arrived by post and they were fab (well done Photobox!). 

Trying to get over those perfectionist tendencies, I decided I had some time to kill while cooking supper and wacked the pictures into a few of the plastic sleeves. That went easy enough and so I thought I would match a few of the journaling cards in the sleeves and pull them out later to journal. Wow, I am impressed. All 30 photos were organized and Scrapped in no time at all and now I can work on the journaling.

TIP to remember – When ordering photos and grouping events keep a page template in mind so that I am not struggling with the configuration. (How many pics, landscape or portrait) 

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Love Is In The Air

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Made this card for a wedding today

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and got my nails done.

Friday, 6 April 2012

I am in Love

My breaks from school are when I am at my most creative. I have time to think and dream. I happened to pick up Kathi Lipps book, “The Me Project”, and fell in love! She encourages to get a journal and write down 50 dreams. I am dreaming! 

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Project Life Delivery

Look what Mr. Posty very considerately left me on my first day of Easter break. It was no small blessing as I had been waiting for it to arrive since February.

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As part of my series on goal setting this year I included Scrapping. My goal was to scrap my year on and offline. This is what, hopefully, is going to help me scrap my year offline.

AND, of course, being the perfectionist that I am I am hoping it will help me organize the years of unscrapped  memories I have in boxes and drawers. I will probably end up purchasing another album but for now the plan is to work from both ends of the album!   If anyone has a Project Life system or inspiration that they draw from I would love to hear about it.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

I Love That Everything is in Bloom

My hubby and I started the day with Michael Morpurgo. I purchased the box set for my son for Christmas and decided to read through them myself. Hubby and I huddled up in bed this AM while I read The Butterfly Lion to him. We both wept. What a great story!

Then we took off to the park for a couple of hours.016008

The boys played and Lilly and I enjoyed the scenery.

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I love that everything is in bloom.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Lots of Good Food and Rest

Lots of good food and rest that’s what the Doc ordered!  Palm Sunday we worshipped at Duke Street and then stopped for a pub lunch. We had a typical British roast at the Red Lion in Greenford. Not an upmarket place to eat but food was plentiful and well within the budget.

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Monday, 2 April 2012

In Need of Rest and New Momentum for the Summer Term

The end of this term has seen a lot of projects finished. I was running two afterschool clubs a week for Easter and that pretty much dominated my Sunday afternoons with preparations. It was my first year to pilot having two clubs a week to meet the demand but sadly I won’t be able to do that again as it nearly finished me!

My husband and I also participated in a seven week marriage course at our Church and it was well worth while. Even after twenty years of marriage it was good to be reminded about things. It was like falling in love all over again.

I was also involved in some training that took me away from school and added extra hours to my week. It was called ‘Professionals working with parents” and was very much based around how to conduct yourself in a client – practitioner type relationship. It was very helpful.

All of these very valuable programs made it a very heavy six weeks and now I am ready for rest and new momentum for the Summer term.

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