Wednesday, 22 October 2014

PROJECT LIFE | July 2013 overview pages (part 1)

I'm sharing another spread from July 2013 today. I have one more double page spread to finish the month. 

It has been tricky finding time to sit down and do my Project Life over the past month. There is always something that needs attending to, so I have been sneaking in little bits here and there. Rarely would I have a block of time to craft unless it is very late at night, by which time I am well and truly knackered. 

Isaac and my birthdays are only 4 days apart, with mine on the 18th and his on the 22nd of July. This means July always has lots of photos! 

In my pocket page albums, I dedicate pages or spreads to events (ie. birthdays, family outings, day trips) and then a few double spreads as a monthly overview.

This spread is the first lot of my July 2013 overview pages. 




The LHS: 

Stamp from Kellie Stamps

And the RHS:


All stamps from Kellie Stamps. Jillibean Soup alphas from The Stamp Spot.

HOW I RECORD THE BOYS' QUOTABLE QUOTES

You may notice I have included a few quotes from the boys on the LHS page. 

I have no strict process for recording what they say because they say the funniest things at the most inconvenient times! ie. when I don't pen & paper or my phone handy.

But generally I will write on whatever i can get my hands on the quickest, or if I have my phone, I will type straight into Evernote.  

When it comes time to scrap my monthly overview photos, I will go back into Evernote and grab the quotes for the relevant month and format in Photoshop ready for printing.







RAD stamp set from Kellie Stamps and Jillibean Soup alphas from The Stamp Spot.

I have already printed the photos for the last spread for July 2013 so I am almost there! Hopefully it will be ready to share soon.

Thanks again for dropping in xx 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

PROJECT LIFE | King Island (part 2)

Can you believe one week of the school holidays is nearly over?

The boys have enjoyed hanging out with neighbourhood friends playing basketball and spreading ALL their lego on the lounge room floor. There has been movies watched and games played. We have completed some errands and organised house repairs and maintenance. AND I have done a few days of work from home. All in all, a very full week!

Last week I shared the first part of my King Island spread here. Today, I am sharing the second part of this spread. 




The LHS: 

Stamps from Kellie Stamps. The RAD stamp set is coming soon!

And the RHS:


Stamps from Kellie Stamps.

And a few close ups:



Stamps from Kellie Stamps. The RAD stamp set is coming soon!


My aim was to finish July 2013 by the end of this week. Giving myself until Sunday. I can do this! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

PROJECT LIFE | King Island (part 1)

School holidays starts...NOW!

I am grateful that I am able to work from home over the September break.

A few weeks ago I started on selecting and editing photos from an afternoon at King Island. It sounds rather tropical because it's an "island" but really, it wasn't that exotic. That's not to say it wasn't an awesome afternoon with my three boys.

Starting with over 100 photos, I managed to cut it down to 23. There was little hope of fitting it all into 2 pages as originally planned. We were only there for 4 hours! 

Memory keeping lesson I learnt from this spread:
I don't need to obsess about the journalling. I need only journal if there is something I want to say, or if a story needs to be told. There's no need to journal just for the sake of filling up a journalling card. 

Today I'm sharing the first two pages:


The LHS is very photo heavy but I remind myself that my focus is to get photos into albums. Here's a close up:



And the RHS:

Supplies: Goals stamp set from Kellie Stamps, Freebie "Adventure" card from Kelsey, Especially.

I like creating simple filler cards with stamps, and I'm a bit crazy for inspirational words words and quotes. I used two of the stamps from Kellie Stamps' Goals set here:


Photo from kelliestamps@bigcartel.com 

Thank you for having a look at my pages. I'll be back next week to share the rest!

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend! xx 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sweet Potato "Frisbees"



Sweet potato, coconut oil and salt. What a treat!?! 

Mr 10 calls these Sweet Potato Frisbees. He thinks it sounds way more exciting than Sweet Potato Slices, and he is probably right too!

The boys absolutely love these -- and so do I. They are a quick tasty side dish, or great for a quick snack. I make them with rice crumbs so they are also gluten free.  

INGREDIENTS:
- sweet potato (as many as you want to make)
- rice crumbs
- coconut oil
- sea salt

STEP 1: Peel sweet potato and slice to approx 5mm thickness.



STEP 2: Steam for 7-8 minutes until they are soft enough to pierce easily with a fork or end of a sharp knife. It's a good idea to check them after 7 minutes because it's a fine line between just right and overcooked. You do not want to overcook them otherwise they will crumble when go to crumb and fry them.



STEP 3: Place rice crumbs in a shallow dish and add a sprinkling of sea salt, and combine.  Gently place the sweet potato slices in the crumbs and coat both sides. You can also add onion powder to the crumb mixture for a different flavour.



STEP 4: Melt a decent amount of coconut oil in the fry pan (if the oil is solid...depends on the weather) and add the crumbed sweet potato slices. Keep turning them until they are browned and crispy enough for your liking. 



STEP 5: Add salt to taste and enjoy! Be warned: these are a little addictive.