Project Life | My Title Page 2014

Here we go! My title page for Project Life®.  FINALLY. Yeah I know it's August folks but hey who's keeping track, right?

A Few Things:  I purchased a variety pack of pages from Amazon (not official Project Life® pages) a couple years back when I had the idea to start Project Life®. I thought the variety of layout pages would be best but I didn't find that the case. Not for me anyway. If you're doing weekly pages I think it's easier to stick to a single format. Just my opinion. I find it easier to get in a routine and you're not fumbling around each week with different photo sizes and or inserts, not to mention all of the great products + kits that are made for Project Life are made in the standard 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 sizes. Now, since I'm mixing things up I fell behind I do think it easier to manage the variety layouts if you are doing monthly spreads. Again just my opinion + experience.

For my title page this particular layout has a 4 x 12 insert at top. Now, because I don't have a large scale printer and my designerly skills with PhotoShop Elements are in progress and for the sake of keeping it simple and keeping my sanity and making this fun and completing this project without feeling less than and inadequate because I'm not a professional scrapper (not yet!), I'm figuring stuff out, learning A LOT as I go along and have a strong desire to learn so much more. Mostly, develop my technical skills with photography and digital editing, etc. I find all of it so interesting and fun and yes frustrating at times too. The goal: have fun, share it, jump in and enjoy the process. And give grace when needed. It's ok to fall behind. It's ok to share it even if it is, oh . . .  say 9 months later [grinning here].

From top to bottom, left to right:
• Instagram photo with text from ABMapp
• 'Selfie' Instagram adhered to have edges as to fit the 4 x 8 space, doodled chevron edges freehand with a sharpie
• Project Life® 3 x 4 pack (can't remember which one?) with a silver letter C sticker from Martha Stewart (if memory serves me)
• 'You Can Never Have Too Much Happy' 3 x 4 card from Me&My Big Ideas
• Freehand insert I made with some silver glitter paper, a packing tag, and some glitter letters. I'm all about the gold and silver this year. Who would have thought?
• My dog Lucy adorned with a glitter star and dots I did with a pencil eraser end + gold ink directly on to the photo
• My OLW for 2014: Proclaim. I haven't participated in an official class for this that Ali Edwards offers but I did choose a word. It also happens to be the word my church chose for 2014. Stickers: Can't remember. Writing on card: my own.

* All photos on my iPhone5. I have an old Canon 6.0 megapixels point and shoot, yikes. I don't own a DSLR camera but it is something I really hope to have in the near future.

Hope this is helpful in some way shape or form to someone.
I really enjoy Project Life and memory keeping. 

xo, Collette

Project Life | Organizing August

So it's August, nearly the end of August, and I'm way behind with Project Life but that's ok. Rather than not post, and in an effort to get back to this thing called blogging, I decided to share some progress for August. This is me getting things in place. Just choosing the things I want to document. Not finished, in progress. Thank goodness for digital photography and the details it records. Sure helps keep my photos organized, as does iPhoto. I've also been doing a good clean-up of my photos in iPhoto to help keep things organized and man that feels good. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to share and write about my Project Life album but I figured if I just do it things will start to flow. I'm giving myself freedom and grace to explore this however that looks for me. I decided to do monthly spreads to catch up instead of scrapping (no pun intended, honest) the entire project. I've got a lot to share and that's exciting and fun for me.

The Sunkist Exchange

Day 2 of August Break.
I took an early morning walk with iPhone in hand and canine as well. Downtown we went. I am always inspired by my local downtown. On the lookout for pattern, I shot three subjects. This was my fave. This is a fabulous little historical nugget called the Sunkist building owned by a neat man named Tom Porter who I had the pleasure of meeting quite a few years back. Ever since, I have been dreaming of having a soirée in this place. No kidding. Seriously, the interior is to.die.for. I didn't find find that Mr. Porter has a website for his location which surprises me as it plays host as a fine arts gallery. Hhmmhh . . . . ? I need to stop in and say hello to Mr. Porter soon and see about that soirée. You can read a little more of an overview about Old Town Orange here.

August Break

I'm taking part in The August Break community project. I've been saying I'm going to get this blog back up and running and thought this would be a good way to ease back into it. A do-able project like this is great for me. Welcome August and hello to anyone out there who may have actually landed here and is reading. I'll be posting to my IG account and sharing here as well. Not sure if I'll do it daily or group a week together, etc. I'm going to let it happen as it will.

xo, Collette

The Week Past: Rain, Shine and Him

This past week brought the most gorgeous, sunny day after a few days of rain. Naked branches are my fave.

I might possibly have the cutest dog ever. Love her to bits I do. She loves to catch the sunshine on cold mornings.

Last week's rain also brought with it wobbly drops on branches. Lovely aren't they? 

We also had shiny sun peeking through the branches the morning after the rain stopped.

The weekend saw my favourite bridge as we drove south. It wows me every single time.

And so does he. The best part of the week is always time spent with this guy. I still have the biggest crush on him. Yes I do.

Education Illustration

We watched this in class tonight. I'm pretty sure I had seen something else illustrated by RSA Animate before as it was familiar. I like this. I like the message and the clever illustration makes it so much more fun to take in.

Get Your Skate On!

Do you roller skate? Or did you use to roller skate? I think it would be safe to say that my second home was the local roller rink when I was a young teen. Oh how I loved to skate and still do. 
Last year whilst still living in Australia I went roller skating for the first time in years, and by years I mean a lot of years. I had not been to the roller rink since those teen years I'm sure. And like riding a bike I hadn't forgotten how and remembered why I liked it so much. It's wicked fun and great exercise. Now my guy and I get our skate on regularly. Yes that's right! We bought new skates. I know total geeks, right? We love it and we like discovering new places to get our skate on. They're usually old and quite weathered and feel a bit like stepping back into 1982 but that's all part of the charm. It's old school and it's still fun.

We went skating together for the first time at our old haunt where we both skated as teens. Lots of memories there and it hasn't changed that much.
So the story goes like this: We ended up liking it so much after two times we were hooked, again, and decided we'd invest in our own roller skates because using those yucky rentals is just that, yucky! And we knew we were going to be doing this regularly so why not.
The pair in the photo above are mine. Very similar to the ones I had as a teen. I love that! And funny enough now we're talking about getting some outdoor wheels and different indoor ones to suit our roller skating needs and I'm cracking myself up thinking about how we have become a part of the roller skating culture. And let me tell ya, it is a culture!

Cirque Du Soleil

My mum's Christmas present was two tickets for her and I to Cirque du Soleil's Ovo at The Santa Monica Pier. Here are a few highlights from the day/evening.

We had hoped to eat at an old favourite deli but it is no longer. We wanted something new to us and not the usual. Mum eyed this place and so we tried it and we liked it. Very much. I don't know the name (or I'd give it praise + a link) so I guess we'll have to go back and try it again. It was a lovely little French cafe/bistro with great service.

We spotted these buskers on the corner. They had this cool, stylish thing going on. Kind of quirky. My mum really liked their music and I loved that there was a guy playing the accordion. Neat stuff.

Here's my sweet mum. I don't have a fancy camera so night shots are always a challenge. I keep saying I'm going to learn more about the camera I do have to remedy this as I know having the fancy camera does not equal the great shot. We have a little tradition and that is to take a photo in front of the sign at each show. So we did.

And then there's me. Here's as about as close as I'm going to get at being a performer in a Cirque du Soleil show. I can still dream though.

After we walked the pier, mum got a coffee and we chatted like we always do. I love hanging with my mum because she's fun and always game to try new things and she enjoys all the detail. We took in the magic of the day/night and had ourselves a good ol' time. The End!


Today right outside my front door. I love the rain and I love that I get to see so many beautiful rainbows here in Western Australia. Truly lovely I say.

Tell Someone . . .

My goodness where does the time go? Seven weeks away to America and back home for a month now. My sweet little blog oh how I've neglected you. Here's to new beginnings and fresh starts.