December 30, 2016
Heres why there in my top nine for twenty sixteen.
1. Mini Album - Part way through the year I decided to take a photo a month of the three kids together and document it in a mini album. If you follow me on Instagram you will see that I love creating Mini albums. It takes not more than 15 mins a month to pop the photos in. I try to add at least 4 or 5 photos on the session. It shows a serious of crazy kids are and the not so co-operating children at times in the photos. 6 months full of memories and another 6 months to go.
2. Creative Layouts - Just the last few weeks I have been concentrating more on the story of the page and thinking about how I can reflect that better on the layout. Creating scene like pages and making pictures with paper. Stay tuned for more of this. Its so therapeutic paper piecing and hand stitching.
3. Project Life - Those photos of my daughter make me smile. A place to put all those 'silly' photos of my children so they can remember them when their 21 years old. Otherwise I'd forget the moment!
4. Mini Album - This was completed in October for the #31minsfor31days. An opportunity to create each day before the craziness of end of school, Christmas and New year. I also love the handmade fabric cover i made and have this on my list to make another one soon. Even better it has documented MY days. (not about the kids days but My days as a mother/wife)
5. Layouts on a small scale - This year I started making some 9 x 12 inch layouts. My idea is to continue this on. Making layouts this size gives me a smaller scale to play on when time is limited but your itching to create a layout. Another place to try new techniques on a small scale.
6. Tags and cards - These selection of tags are from my advent calendar I made for the kids at Christmas. There just cute and use of scraps and old products.
7. Project Life - One of many finished spreads from the #100dayproject. I also love the brightness of this page and my composition. Being fortunate enough to use Hip Kit project life kit.
8. New techniques - I have always struggled to 'get on the wagon' when it comes to techniques. Fringing technique I have always admired and so glad i tried it. This layout is my favourite. Not just for the fringing but for the memory that is documented of my three kids. There'll be 'more having a go' at something new in twenty seventeen. I want to push the creativity boundary a little more and not be a scaredy cat.
9. Project life cards - I absolutely loved the #100dayproject this year. Not only did I keep up with a 100 a day and got my project life all upto date. It meant I spent a few minutes a day for me. Simply creating and documenting memories.
I still dont know if I can put it into words how excited I am that I was invited to be part of the Jot Magazine team for 2017.
Beside make a coffee, eat chocolate and dance like a mad woman around the house, I called my husband to ask if I was sleep talking. Yes, he thought was a mad woman asking him this whilst he's in the middle of the paddock. It was a short conversation that one! *Giggle*.
Its real folks. I am a Jot girl. Its going to be one magnificent creative year.
Glue, scissors and paper are ready!
P.S. the husband is pretty excited for me. Despite me interrupting his farming for 30 seconds. I am known to make him giggle and snort at times! That was one those moments!
December 29, 2016
I spoilt myself last month with a beautiful Felicity-jane Kit for my birthday. Because the word 'Felicity' is just well, a beautiful name right. Says a Felicity to Felicity!
Receiving and playing with kits is always something I have loved. All the hard work in coordinating papers and embellishments is done for you, not to mention them being cheaper than if you were to buy all the bits and bobs separate. Yes, I've tried that.
I open the contents of the kit and sort the establishments into my little bowls on my desk. Under my elbow is always a pencil and paper to scribble down ideas and thoughts. A little bit like this pussy cat at home, always under my feet and tripping over it. Pussy cat, just move an inch back to save your mother grief at the clothesline.
Felicity-Jane Oh deer kit had so many fun cute embellishments to fussy cut out. Thats therapeutic in itself. Made a coffee, put my feet up on the couch and cut away. Just look at those scallops on the paper, how could I not fussy cut them and then hand stitch them.
Why do you love kits? For the ease and pleasure of everything being together? For them working out a cheaper price than buying the contents separately? The uniqueness of each kit and the 'especially made' bits and bobs for kits that you cant purchase anywhere else?
December 27, 2016
December 21, 2016
December 20, 2016
How do you know its almost Christmas in the Wilson HQ?
* The mangoes are ripping and the boys keep riding there bikes along the drive away and coming back with mangoes. Perhaps there are some green ones, but its better they ripen inside the house than those jolly crows eating them.
*Plenty of swimming and slushies. Not only is it so refreshingly cool, but it makes us all sleep well and sleep past 6am! Bliss.
* Mum tries to get the traditional Christmas photo. One kid looks this way at the camera, the other pulls a face, oh wait, one kid hops up, the other kid gets distracted by the animals, the other sits down facing backwards. Sigh.
December 19, 2016
I've been valuing the little down time each day I can have while the kiddos are home for the school break. There is just something so therapeutic about cutting up squares of paper and sticking pretty things together. Its just satisfying seeing a paper project come together.
The projects come together slowly, but slow and steady wins the race... well, we're not literally in a race for first finished in creativity, but sometimes its good to just think about what were sticking down and why were documenting that moment. Perhaps were not really documenting the moment, we simply want to stick things down for the sack of it. Thats ok too.
I loved sitting and cutting up each these pieces paper. I was going to say squares, but some these are fair from square. I went free hand, (as if you cant tell) and didn't think about the size or shape of my paper. I cut up my leftover scraps from the Hip Kit November kit.
I started sticking them down to build a Christmas tree. I was so inspired by Elsie with all her hand stitching on her layouts, that I gave it a go too. You know what, that stitching is so therapeutic too. I will be doing more of that. Thanks Elsie for your inspiration!
I decided to put a photo in the middle of tree and stick, well, more pretty things down.
So happy with this 'therapeutic' layout.
No purpose, no deadline, no challenge... just simply sticking pretty things down.