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Christmas Project Life

Are you enjoying all the Christmas projects? You will have arrived from Paula and her fantastic project.

I’ve been doing Project Life for many, many years now. I love to document Christmas time because for us it is a time of tradition and a very special time in our family.

I used the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life card collection and the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack to complete these pages. The only other items I added were the Festival of Trees bundle to add a bit of detail to my Christmas tree pages, the Handheld Stapler because I just love the look of the staples and they fit really well with the school pages I had to do.

These first pages I kept very simple showing you how easy Project Life can be.

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I thought I would include a close up of my journaling just to show the different ways you can journal.

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Here I used StazOn to add the day to the photo. I love StazOn. It is a fantastic ink. Just make sure you clean your stamps properly after use and don’t use your Stampin’ Scrub to clean off the StazOn .

 

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This stamp and matching punch is stuck with fast fuse to the outside of the pocket.

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I am thinking I should do a review of the Project Life Journaling Pens because over the years I have used a lot of different pens to journal with. These are fantastic and I love that you get 2 different sizes in the pack. They just write so well.

Here I have used the So Social stampset and a card from the kit which I didn’t want to use. I cut the card into banners after I stamped the words. Don’t be afraid to alter or cut up your cards.

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I added the staples from the Handheld Stapler to the banners and a dimensional under the banner end to give it some dimension and give the appearance of real banners.

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Here is the Festival of Tree bundle in use to add a little detail to a simple Project Life card. Don’t you just love a coordinating stampset and punch?

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I kept these pages fairly simple because I have a lot of photos from Christmas and December last year and I have 6 Project Life albums to complete for that period. This year I plan on being prepared and doing a December Daily album using the new 6×8’ album and getting most of it completed before December begins that way with the rush of the crazy season I will be up to date. 

Now head on over to Ria’s blog.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and

blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD

Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

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Project Life Stampin’ Up! style again

If you haven’t heard me bang on about Project Life yet you obviously haven’t been near me for the last 6 years. I have been a huge fan since Becky Higgins brought this system out.

I was ecstatic when Stampin’ Up! announced they were introducing Project Life as part of our line. As a busy mum of 5 Project Life has helped me keep up to date with memory keeping for our family.

You will have arrived here from Kelly’s blog, hopefully you will continue on the blog hop and be inspired to create something yourself.

Everyday Adventure Project Life kit

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This is a really simple version. This system is so awesome because you just print the photos and slip them in, add a bit of journaling and slip in some filler cards to make it all pretty. All I’ve added is the stamps from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set for the “April and the black arrow comes from the set Project Life Point & Click. Both of these sets are photopolymer and stamp just beautifully. 

Just a few bits of stamping from your stamp stash and you make a beautiful layout.

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This one is totally plain. Nothing but the photos and the Project Life kit.

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With this one I stepped it up a bit. I used the Everyday Adventure kit and the Everyday Adventure accessories kit. Just a little layering and some stamping add a whole other level to this layout.  I even stamped on the wood veneer. They are really cute.

I am leaving off the journaling until after I post this because it’s a bit mushy and I get a little embarrassed which is a little stupid because I like to read others’ mushy journaling.

Now you’ll be wanting to head to the next blog post. Next up is Christie. If you get lost I have a list of all the blogs at the bottom of the page for you to refer back to. Have fun being inspired by these wonderful ladies.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and

blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD

Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

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1.   Emily Campbell

www.tinykiwicards.blogspot.co.nz

2.   Kelli Gordon

www.kelliskards.blogspot.com.au

3.   Sharlene Meyer

www.magpiecreates.com

4.   Delys Cram

www.delysc.wordpress.com

5.   Keryn Campbell

www.kerynscards.com

6.   Monique Fielder

www.stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au

7.   Kathryn Ruddick

www.katlodesigns.com

8.   Narelle Hoggard

www.handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com

9.   Ann Gerlach

www.discoversu.com

10.   Libby Dyson

www.libbystampz.com

11.  Kelly Kent

www.mypapercraftjourney.com

12.  Amity Knight

www.stampinamity.com.au

13.  Christie Kunkel

www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com

14.  Louise Layton

www.inkyloulou.blogspot.com.au

15.  Andrea Buckland

www.creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com

16.  Yvonne Walker

www.yvonnescreativecorner.blogspot.com

17.  Sally Williams

www.sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz

18.  Debbie Lamb

www.debstampinstyle.blogspot.co.nz

19.  Nerida Carter

www.stampingjoy.blogspot.com

20.  Richelle Fletcher

www.stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com

21.  Norelle Targato

www.rellspaperink.wordpress.com

22. Rochelle Blok

www.rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au

23.  Clare Mcilhatton

www.crafty-cow.com

24.  Tracy Speight

www.handmadewarratahstree.blogspot.com.au

Christmas scrapbooking layout

How far behind are you with your scrapbooking? Me, well just a little maybe. I did in fact finish this one months ago but haven’t made time to upload it yet.

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I’ve added just a sprinkle of Gorgeous Grunge in the background as well as some of the Pearls in various sizes. I like the fun texture they add and the way they draw your eye around the layout.

I enjoyed doodling in the circle. I like the personal touch it gives. It’s also one of the reasons I like to hand write my journaling. Although I don’t like my handwriting I know my kids or my grandkids will one day delight in the fact they have something hand written by me.

This one is well overdue to be posted so thanks for taking the time to have a look.

If you would like to attend one of my scrapbooking classes please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time, happy crafting.

5 passions

Obviously I’m going to start with scrapbooking. What else am I passionate about? What are your passions?

  1. I have always had a love for recording stories. I have ALWAYS written a diary. Always. My Mum is a great photographer and I have her love of photography even though I am still quite a poor photographer. Even as a Uni student I would take and develop photos when money was scarce. I have many, many photo albums of those years and I am glad. Scrapbooking just seems the perfect way to marry these two loves and besides it allows me to escape from the world and do something for myself. I definitely need to do something for me every day or I’d go insane. Scrapbooking, or craft in general, gives me a way to relax.
  2. A wife. I am a firm believer in putting your marriage first. I want to have an enduring relationship which isn’t dependent upon our kids. I want us to have something more than just the kids. When we are not strong in our relationship it effects the kids. Before I can be a good Mum I need to be a good wife so I can have a healthy and happy outlook on life. I want to make my husband as happy as he makes me. Oh no, we don’t have a rosy relationship all the time. We are not the perfect couple. We are normal. We have our blues but we also acknowledge that a relationship needs to be worked on and so we dedicate time each day to spend with each other. It is very important to us.
  3. My children. I am so pleased I can be here for them. That I am able to spend their days with them, teach them, guide them, love them, hug the. I owe this wonderful experience to my husband. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be able to stay home with the children. I am forever grateful for that. I believe in being home with your kids and that is a choice we have made. Sacrifices for the long term benefit of the children. In the past I have been criticised for providing my daughters with poor feminine role models because I don’t go out to work and I am teaching them that a woman’s place is in the home. I actually don’t mind being home. Don’t get me wrong, most days I would rather go to work as a high school teacher because being home is HARD work but I believe in giving up life’s little goodies for my babies because they are babies for such a short time. I don’t know why people think there is something wrong with women being in the home. Surely the whole point of the feminist movement was having a choice about being home or being in the workforce? Isn’t it my right to choose what I think is best for my family? I love my kids. They are my world. I am so blessed that I am able to spend my days with them.
  4. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If I could I would be at the gym every day. Apart from the expense it is just not practical with the 5 kids. I need to do an exercise which fits in with our family’s schedule and I haven’t been able to get that for a while. I just love the feeling you get from exercising. Until December I was very good at exercising every day. I was on track with shedding those baby kgs. In mid-December I got a stress fracture in my foot after a 5km jog one day and an 8km walk the next day. I have since re-fractured it twice. I am pleased to say I haven’t put on any weight but imagine how well I’d be doing if I could actually exercise? I love bootcamp, jogging, swimming and going to the gym. If only my foot would heal I could get back into it. 
  5. Teaching and education. Before I was a Mum I was a teacher and it is probably one of the reason why I love teaching scrapbooking and card classes. It is something that comes naturally to me. It is not a struggle for me. I love it. Every time I do a Stampin’ Up! demo I love it. It is a joy to share what I love with others. Even when I taught high school and the kids were misbehaving it was still enjoyable. It is a highly rewarding job. It is very similar to being a parent. Often the rewards aren’t seen for a long time after the event but it is so wonderful to form relationships with people, to guide them and watch them learn and to learn from them. I value education and it is something I hope my kids will love always. Learning. Imagine a world without learning.

I wonder what my passions will be in 5 years time. What are your passions?