A Year of Scrapbooking

25 09 2012

053. Scrapbook a year [more info]

I can’t believe that I had forgotten to cross this goal off my list (this also applies to a few other goals; considering my project officially ends in FIVE DAYS TIME, I should get onto it!).

When I originally made my Mission101 list, I added some scrapbooking-related goals because I knew that digital scrapbooking was something that I wanted to get into more seriously. I had dabbled in it before but didn’t have the time alongside work-related things (namely children’s portfolios). Even though we weren’t pregnant at the time, I hoped that while my project was underway I would be blessed by pregnancy and being able to scrap a pregnancy (or baby’s 1st year) album was a goal of mine. I purposely didn’t make any of my goals pregnancy/birth-related in case this didn’t happen for us – in fact, part of the reason I chose to make a Mission101 list in the first place was to focus on the little things in life rather than dwell on what was (or wasn’t) becoming a reality for my husband and I.

So, long story short (or the TL;DR version), for the past two years I have digiscrapped a LOT. My pace has slowed down a bit in the past few months since returning to paid work (after finishing maternity leave), but it is something that I really enjoy – plus I have a wonderful (well, so I think!) “1st Year” album I have created for our son Rowan, as well as an album documenting my pregnancy with him. I have also been working on a 2012 album (with all sorts of miscellaneous things in it – family life, work, musings etc). None of these projects are quite finished – although I have under 10 pages left to complete in Rowan’s album and 5 to go in the pregnancy album. I would have liked to have shown pictures of completed projects as evidence of completing this goal, but digital images will have to suffice.

Did you know that in the past twelve months I have completed over 100 layouts? I’m impressed too! (if I counted properly – rather than guestimating – that number would probably be closer to 150, I think).

Here are a few of my favourite layouts from the past year:















Meeting New Friends

3 06 2012

088. Meet five of my online friends in person that I’ve never met before (3/5) [more info]

Gina, an online friend of mine from a blogging community, was in Melbourne in early May and we arranged to meet up with her family while she was here. She also arranged to meet with a mutual friend of ours also by the name of Bec (from the same community; we’d never met each other either despite being in the same city).

So, with 6 children under age 5 between us (and two partners), we all met for a cafe lunch on a rainy Melbourne’s day!

Picture evidence, right? 😉

There isn’t a picture with all of us in a shot together so this will have to do!

Gina took this sneaky picture of me shooting one of Bec’s children! (see, I was there too!!)

Photobooks & Card Projects

17 12 2011

057. Order a completed project book online [more info]
058. Make homemade Christmas cards [more info]  

Done and done!

I’ve been working on a photobook (printed at blurb.com) for our families as Christmas gifts this year, featuring our eight month-old son’s pictures from 2011. They came out really well, if I can say so myself, and I’m very happy with the quality of the printing etc. Here’s what they look like:

book covers

details on the inside of the photobook

The other project I’ve been working on recently has been our family Christmas card, I used a digital scrapbooking kit called Christmas Blessings (available on Scrap Orchard) and had them printed using Snapfish. There are some imprefections to some of the printed cards, which was disappointing – if I didn’t need to send them out ASAP then I would have requested reprinting. Hubby says that he doesn’t notice the funny bits all that much, so I’m being a bit of a perfectionist. Either way, they’re pretty cute anyway!

Here’s the image I created for the front of the card:

Reflections on Life

5 10 2011

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]

For the month of September, I started writing down a little bit about every day and then realised about halfway through how boring it was to re-read, even to me! So instead I decided to use many of the everyday photos I snap on my phone and turned this into a scrapbooking layout at the end of the month. This is what I came up with:

Kit: Life in Motion + Wordarts [collab; Scrap Orchard Designers]
Template: Cut up Templates [Scrapping with Liz]
Font: Century Gothic
Some photo actions from Instagram (iphone app)

I was quite happy with how this turned out and it made me think more about how I wanted to document my year in photos. Another goal to tick off the list!


21 08 2011

006. Complete three ‘Day in the Life’ challenges (3/3) [more info]

Done *thumbs up*


11 06 2011

095. Hold a newborn baby [more info]

Success! Welcome to the world Rowan, my firstborn son who was born on April 7th. My reason for writing on this blog sporadically this year, I’m hoping to get back on track with working on my goals (which I have been doing, just not documenting).

Homemade Ice Cream

14 02 2011

014. Learn to make homemade ice cream [more info]

This was a Valentine’s Day project of sorts, as we don’t celebrate this day but wanted to acknowledge our love for each other with something homemade and yummy! Matt and I have been talking about making ice cream for a while now, and we were looking for recipes that didn’t require the use of an ice cream maker (as we don’t have one).

While I can’t recall the exact recipe we used, I remember that it involved fresh strawberries, lashings of fresh cream and milk, along with raw honey as the sweetener. It was a matter of mixing everything in together, putting it into a loaf tin and freezing (with cling wrap pressed over the top/sides of the container to stop it forming a skin). The result was like a very soft ice-cream (a semifreddo?) that could be cut into slices.

It was divine!

December Goal Round-Up

3 01 2011
Now that 2011 has officially begun (and I’m on holiday from work for the month of January!), time to sit down and reassess the goals I have been working on recently – both consciously and those that came about on their own.

033. Complete a ‘Learning Journal’ entry every week for a school year [more info]
This was a big goal of mine and I am proud to say that I pulled it off! I compiled a multiple-page journal entry for the families at the Kindergarten I work with every week for the school year. In the past I’ve journalled less frequently, or made the project last six months instead of twelve. But no, this year I went the whole hog and achieved something great.

Completed Learning Journal (click for bigger image)

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Foodie Blogs for November

2 12 2010

017. Try out 50 new recipes (18/50) [more info]

5 new recipe updates since last update –

15. Baked Savoury Crepes (20/10/10)
16. Berry Cheesecake (02/11/10)
17. Sausage & Egg Pie (07/11/10)
18. Cherry & Chocolate Muffins (16/11/10)

#15 - Baked Savoury Crepes (quite fiddly and time-consuming, but went down well with my husband and I. Due to the time involved, I probably wouldn't make them again)

#16 - Berry Cheesecake (Delicious AND easy...did I also mention delicious?? This was made for a Melbourne Cup Day BBQ and everyone loved it. Would love to make it again over Christmas if possible)

#17 - Sausage & egg pie (very basic - line a dish with puff pastry, add mixed vegetables and herbs, sliced cooked sausage and pour egg mixture on top. Cook for 25-30min)

#18 - Cherry & Chocolate Muffins (officially one of the best recipes I've tried as part of Mission 101. Sour morello cherries, dark chocolate chips and cinnamon are added to a basic muffin recipe before being baked for 20min. For added flavour I omitted a little milk and added some cherry juice from the jar instead...yum yum yum!)

Gift for a Special Person

18 09 2010

086. Send someone a care package [more info]

During the week, a dear online friend told us the sad news that her sister’s home had burnt to the ground as the result of an electrical fire, taking all of their earthly possessions with it. Adding further sadness is that she and her husband have a four year-old daughter who would be understandably confused and scared right now.

Immediately I was drawn to what had happened and put together a package for the couple’s daughter – she is very much a girly girl who loves to read. I gave her a few books from my Kindergarten resource collection, as well as some colouring books, textas (markers) and jewellery box that was mine and filled it with suitably pink and sparkly accessories, before mailing it off to my friend for her to pass on.

Since it’s important to restore normality and routine to a child’s life as quickly as possible (and with clothing, food etc being covered by others), and it is now the school holidays – so whatever Kindergarten program she was attending will be closed for two weeks – I wanted to give her some things to do. I just wish I could have done more!

For a special little girl.