Friday, 27 February 2015

MY PROJECT LIFE JOURNAL | More of January 2015

I had finished the January pages for my personal 2015 album, but I found a few extra bits and pieces I wanted to include.

Here's the first few pages if you want to have a look. 

Because this 6x8 album is for me only, it is becoming more of a personal journal. 

I'm a thinker and often over analyse how I can better handle situations with my boys (primarily my eldest child!), or how I can be organised enough to craft and still get a decent night sleep. Aside from that, I want to also include some of what's been on my mind during the month in my Project Life journal.

So here's the pages I finished last night. There's only one photo, with the rest being screenshots and journalling. 




At first I wasn't sure how well that would work having only one photo, but it all goes back to the realisation I had in January. Stop comparing and I will be a lot happier! So that's how these words about happiness came about for me. It needs to go on my wall because I need to be constantly reminded.




Here's another close up.




Anyone interested in either of the handwritten quotes as a digital freebie? If so, leave me a note in the comments below and I'll see what I can organise!

Enjoy your weekend everyone! xx

Supplies: Digital journal cards from my online store {themakingtable.bigcartel.com). All Stamps from Kellie Stamps, Becky Higgins 6x8 album and protectors, "hello" embellishment from ScrAp This, Glitz Design Carpe Diem 6x6 paper pad from The Stamp Spot

Friday, 20 February 2015

ON MY MIND | Keeping journals for my family.



I found this cute little card sitting on my keyboard Monday morning after I dropped the kids to school and ready to start my workday. I was blown away that my husband handmade and illustrated a card for me. 

Of course the tear jerker was the sweet message inside. It's nice to be told you are loved, appreciated and to know that someone notices you for all that you are and do. 

Which brings me to the journals I started as of 1 January this year, for the boys, my husband, and a gratitude journal for myself. 


Journals from kikki k stamped with personalised stamps from Kellie Stamps.

I was inspired by this blog post by Becky Higgins. 

I wanted to do more than my pocket page albums this year, and have more daily awareness and appreciation of the amazingness of my boys AND my husband. I want to have more awareness and appreciation of the amazingness of MY every day.

I document so much about the boys that I sometimes put my husband and myself last. This year I'm making changes with the journals and having an album just for me, here

I have no rules about how often or how much I write in our journals. I write when I feel like it, which has generally been at least a few times a week. No pressure. 

It has been less that two months into the year and reading back on previous entries is really awesome. When the boys read their journals, their smiles tell me they feel proud of themselves and happy I notice what they do.

Also, when it comes to my monthly Project Life albums, I already have stories recorded in the journals to jog my memory! 

The other thing is when the boys read the things I appreciate about them, I hope it will pave the way for them to learn how to practice gratitude for the positives in their day as well. 

My youngest may be starting to learn gratitude already. Here's a recent entry I wrote in his journal:

"You told me today was 'the best day ever'. I love your joy for all the wonderful things in your day. Without even being consciously aware of it, you practice gratitude like a pro. Your reasons for it being such an awesome day include: having casserole for lunch. Having swimming AND moving up a level. You were always a turtle and now you are a fish! I watched as you swam so beautifully like never before. I was bursting with pride. And then I made chicken rice paper rolls for your afternoon snack before Taekwondo which you said you LOVE more than casserole! And then at TKD you earned all the stripes that were being given today. You really did have an amazing day and I am so proud of you."


I have always loved this quote from the movie Shall We Dance (2004), and have shared it before:


"Your life will not go unnoticed,
 because I will notice it.
Your life will not go un-witnessed,
because I will be your witness"

The above quote sums up why I use Project Life. It is why I am passionate about memory keeping. It's why I am keeping these journals for my family. I want them to know that I notice them

It's so easy to simply exist. I believe memory keeping, in all it's wondrous forms, helps us live more intentionally. And I love that. 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

PROJECT LIFE | Movie World!

It's a miracle! I have completed a spread for 2015! For the first time, I am working on our family album for the year we are currently in. All my previous spreads have been for 2013 so I'm feeling good about it, and motivated!

My plan is to do 2015 monthly and then slowly work through previous years during the weeks I am not working on 2015. We'll see how that works.

The big family event in January was our family outing to Movie World. It was perfect for our super hero obsessed boys. 

Here's a look at the first two pages.




My goal this year is also to be in more photos. I love TAKING photos, but not so keen on being in them. I'm working on it.

Here is a close up of the RHS:




There is also a third page. I tried to keep it to two, but a girls gotta scrap what a girls gotta scrap!



I used one of the journalling cards from my Favourites Collection (avail here). It's was great for quickly recording the highlights of our day!

Here's also a close up of one of my favourite photos from the day. I've added a digital card from One Little Bird's Lovelist. Pure joy on their faces.




Have you seen my Dragonfly Collection? There are "Favourites This Week" cards included in this set, available here.




I hope your weekend has been wonderful and thank you for stopping by! xx

Supplies: Digital journal cards from my online store {themakingtable.bigcartel.com), One Little Bird, and Paislee Press. Stamps from Kellie Stamps, WRNK 12 x 12 album in Mint, Becky Higgins page protectors in Design C.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

PROJECT LIFE | New Release Dragonfly and Favourites Collection

It's been an interesting few weeks where I have been in my own head a little bit too much. 

Lots of thinking...thinking...thinking.

About the future, the past, and making an extra effort to enjoy the every day moments.

It was one of the reasons why I started a mini album for myself. I needed a place to record my thoughts and things about me. 

So here are my January 2015 pages in my personal album. 

Only two pages for this month. Next month might only be one page or one pocket. I'm just going with the flow for this album.




Mr 7 showed me what he wrote on his first day in Grade 2. I love it for so many reasons.

I love reading what my children write -- especially free writing where they write about themselves. It's an amazing insight into their little personalities, what's important to them, and how they are feeling.




The 6x8 Project Life album that I am doing as a personal project is a place to share with the my boys who I am, what's important to me, what I am thinking about or struggling with. And most importantly, what makes me happy.

In my January 2015 pages, I am using cards from my new Dragonfly Collection of digital cards, available here.




I also designed one to use in the boys' individual 12 x 12 albums. I create one 12 x 12 pocket page each month for them, and I wanted journalling cards I could quickly complete and pop into their albums.

Here is the Favourites Collection, also available here.




Here's look at a few of the cards from the above Favourites Collection in use. I combined it with a personalised stamp from Kellie Stamps, and also one from her latest release.





Thanks for stopping by and having a read! Hope you all have an awesome week! xx

Supplies: Digital journal cards from my online store {themakingtable.bigcartel.com) and One Little Bird, Stamps from Kellie Stamps, Becky Higgins 6x8 album in light blue, and 6x8 Becky Higgins page protectors.


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