Something Decorative in the Kitchen

2 08 2012

068. Get overhead cupboards installed in my kitchen [more info

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Okay, so these aren’t exactly cupboards, just to state the obvious. After looking at our finances and thinking about what we wanted to add to our kitchen on a smaller scale, we instead decided with simple shelving (thank you IKEA!). Matt put up the three shelves above the sink and the stainless steel rack (with hooks) next to the rangehood. We thought it was odd when we moved into this apartment that there was a random rangehood and no overhead cupboards (but then again, our carpet is nicer than the other apartments in the building, so go figure?). This is what it looked like originally:

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So it isn’t a huge change, but definitely a functional one for us. We’re thinking of selling up next year, so didn’t want to invest too much money into the kitchen as the new owners might decide on changing it up themselves (presumably with cupboards). What I’m liking about the new shelves is being able to have some of my baking implements (spoons, measuring cups, whisk etc) at my fingertips instead of in a drawer. Also, above the rack is a great place to put baked goods, bread, tea and the like. I hadn’t considered putting FOOD there until Matt suggested it, now it’s really handy to have things on hand instead of in the locked cupboards below – another childproofing mechanism!

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Something Decorative in the Bedroom

2 08 2012

074. Add something decorative to my bedroom wall [more info]

When I set this goal, I was thinking more along the lines of a painted feature wall or decals, but we ended up with simple shelving instead – mainly coming about as a result of trying to get things out of reach of a certain toddler! 😉

There are two shelves set above our bed, and a picture railing in the bedroom ‘nook’ (where our computer currently is), which houses some of my trinkets. Even though I am posting this today, it all happened a couple of months ago but I forgot to record it in here as a completed goal until now.

Here is the picture railing:

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Image(little hands like to get into my Vaseline and jewellery when they get the chance…!)

Here are the shelves above our bed:

These shelves are still kind of a work-in-progress. One shelf contains Rowan’s bedtime books (since we read to him in our room before he goes to bed). The stone giraffe bookends were an excellent find at an antique store in a rural town a little while back. The other shelf has a few trinkets on it and may change at some point (photo frames etc).





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:


Credits
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!





DITL #3

21 08 2011

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

Done *thumbs up*





Project 365 Week #2

18 01 2011

052. Scrapbook six months [more info]
053. Scrapbook a year [more info]

Layout for week #2 (click image for bigger)

Project 365 Week #2





Project 365

17 01 2011

052. Scrapbook six months [more info]
053. Scrapbook a year [more info]

During 2006-2009 I completed the Project 365 challenges (documenting life with one photo per day over a year and posting here), taking a break in 2010 to work on other things. But I’m back into it again this year, choosing to digitally scrapbook my pictures instead of posting them individually.

Here are the layouts for Week #1 (January 01-07)

Project 365 Week #1

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