Yes, Yes, I know I haven't yet finished the Christmas Advent mini book as promised, but this project gives me a full week to record SOMETHING and it doesn't need much scrapping to do it. Got the idea from Sydney's own Nicole Southwell's blog at RememberWhenPaper Company - you should read it, Nicole's very inspirational in a non-overwhelming way. She got the idea from Ali Edwards, but altered it to once a week, rather than once a day! (for a laid-back Aussie approach). Just involves setting up a journalling template in Word - writing up something for the week (and my motto is going to be that it is not all-encompassing, might just be a single highlight for the week or dot points about several events that were on, if I'm too busy) and then selecting a photo for the week. The photo takes up a whole page, so the hardest part was writing to a 6x4 regular-photo size on the opposite side. Have not actually printed anything out yet, so I have nothing to show you, but I'm just going to copy what the other ladies have done at the RememberWhen blog site gallery - they all look similar and great to me, why change that? I especially like the idea of adding the price of something grocery-like at the bottom of the journalling - say, loaf of bread $3.50. Turkey and Cranberry gourmet sandwich $9.75! (rip off?)
Haven't been keeping house at this website because I didn't think I'd set it up right - I still don't know much about this blogging thing. But there have also been lots of events happening; funeral, Riley's first day at preschool, visiting rellies, weekender away, additional medical checkups for Baby No.3 etc. But anyway, this blog's all about crafting, not this other stuff.
So here's a little bit of scrapping I've fitted in. Mostly I've been reverting to digital scrapping because I can do a WHOLE PAGE in 15 minutes. I think having the ability to resize or recolour photos without waiting until I go get them processed, is having a HUGE impact. But I still miss the whole colour-matching paper/bazill process of the traditional way.
This is a bit of fun going through one of Jessica Sprague's free Friday tutorials on her blog. She has an amazing ability to take you through the digital maze in the most BASIC way. She also tells you where she got all her supplies from so if you see a frame or paper you REALLY MUST HAVE, you can go get it. And digitals supplies are SO MUCH CHEAPER than the traditional supplies too, with the added bonus you can use them over and over again! I liked the whole feel of the understatement "not too rough" considering my boys usually do the opposite. Have been religious about always putting in accurate and detailed journalling on most LOs (convinced I'll suffer alzheimer's eventually) but I think this one phrase says it all for this one. Changes it up a bit for the album too - no one wants to read EVERYTHING.
The second page of a double layout. First page includes the description of the day and a photo of the one-room 1950s blue preschool building (which is about to be redveloped into an ugly modern complex). And since I did Riley's first day, I just had to tackle Harvey's first day, back in 2006, which had been sitting unfinished because I hadn't printed out the photos and the paper I'd chosen was a bit outdated. So I binned that original LO idea and started afresh. But really, traditional scrapping does take up a LOT of time. Simple's best. I still had the original journalling in my computer, which was lucky.
Sorry, still haven't worked out a good way to photograph paper layouts either - it is actually not this crooked in real life! Am keeping traditional scrapbooking alive though, because I want to use up my supplies. Also like doing hybrid layouts - using both digi and traditional techniques, like this one with special free fonts downloaded onto my computer, using up some 7gypsies stickers and traditional paper.
He think he has no more room to 'put the smarts in' so he shouldn't have to go to preschool. What a logical thinker.