I have mentioned before that I am not so great at tracking things (I’m looking at you MyFitnessPal app) Last year I did however keep track of layouts that I made by month. As with the fiber portion of my life, I didn’t think that I really got that much accomplished. My plan to document in photos and words monthly pretty much did not happen (even though I had everything I needed all ready in an album … AND that is not to say that I won’t get around to that project this year). When I looked at my list at the end of the year boy was I shocked…
Yep… 328 pages… I had pretty much forgotten that I had made collage layouts for the girls school albums which were 100 layouts alone! Yeah, not sure I can keep up with that this year but maybe just doing my thing and not worrying about page counts is the key to success!
In addition to layouts, I made these super cute houses/village buildings on my silhouette die cutting machine out of plain yardstick. The girls did help me fold some of them and they were really easy to do! Now that the Christmas decorations are put away, I need to put the little houses back up!
And that is a wrap! I’m going to try and insert a “gallery” here with a selection of layouts from 2019!
Thank you for stopping by ! Let me know what your crafty plans are!! I have decided to plan by the quarter so as not to get too overwhelmed planning things out for the whole year!
Well, we’ve made it 1/12th of the way through the year…doesn’t it sound like a lot when you put it that way?! The month has been pretty busy as usual and I’ve been at work on several projects over here.
On and off for the last several years, I’ve set an intention for the year through choosing a word as kind of a touchstone of sorts. I have never been one for resolutions, recognizing many of them never make it past mid-month but a word has been something I could get behind… My words have been: Prosper, Brave, Passion (twice) and Complete, and this year
A few of the years I have participated in Ali Edwards workshop called One Little Word. Ali didn’t come up with the idea of a guiding word but she has developed a year long workshop with monthly prompts to help remind you of your word and to Make It Visible. You can learn more about her take on the project here on her site. I’ve signed on the the fun this year as it’s going to be a big year around here and I’m excited to see what the next season moving FORWARD is going to look like. I am also participating in a year long workshop called Fit which is an offering from Cathy Zielske who keeps it very very real, you can read more about that here. Seriously, sometimes I feel like Cathy and I could be best buds…we have sooooo much in common right now. I am formulating a number of goals around what Fit means, and I find the community around this workshop very helpful and inspiring.
Of course there is documenting off all this involved and this year I’m combining both efforts into one 6×8 album that I am going to just dip in and out of during the month as I work on various prompts and ideas. I’ve finished up my work for January (go me!) so I thought I’d share a very crummy video overview of my book so far… definitely can put learn better videography skills on the list ha ha…just keeping it real!
So for some reason, I can’t embed a video here but if you click on the link above, it will take you to the You Tube Channel where I posted my video… WordPress changed up some things so it’s all about learning the new editor! Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you’re working on!
I am thrilled that I am done with my December Daily project!! My goal was to have all of the digital pages finished by 12/31 and I’m one day and 4 hours early. I’m very happy and can’t wait to see everything printed up! I’ll be printing 6×8 photos from Persnickety Prints, love their quality and their service. Other years I have printed my photos at home on my photo printers but since these pages have such broad swathes of color, I thought I’d send them out.
A few things made this project very workable for me. 1- I stuck to one story a day 2- I stuck to (generally) one photo a day. 3-I took all the photos on my iPhone and edited them in Pic-Tap-Go and uploaded them to dropbox named for each day so they fell into order in the file. Then I could just access them from my desktop when it was time to pull the layout together in Photoshop. I edited 12 photos in one sitting while I was waiting for a dr appointment one day, v. good use of time. 4-I chose three kits and put them in one folder, I sorted everything and put all the papers in a folder, all the elements, templates etc…so when I needed a paper or a template, I didn’t have to hunt through each folder from the designer. about 2/3 of the way through I did purchase another kit that worked in with the colors just because I was starting to feel restrictive and a little repetitive because the kits I was using were quite small. I also had a good chunk of time this past week to work on the project, so that helps immensely!
I have made HUGE progress working on my album these past few days. I’m posting in small batches so as not to bore/overwhelm people LOL. I’m so glad I made the design decisions that I did, it has made focusing on the story much easier. Here we go…