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A Thank You and A Project Life idea

Friday, 17 January 2014
Firstly, I'd just like to say a huge, huge, huge thank you for all the kind and lovely comments left about Eddie. It truly means a lot to have such amazing friends.  Eddie was such an important part of our lives, he really was our baby boy. And we miss him so much, but like I've said before. We were truly blessed to have had him in our lives.

Now onto something that doesn't make me cry!

I adore organisation! ... it's a fact. No getting away with it. I'm happiest when I'm sorting out my craft room or clearing through a draw or something like that. So what I'd like to share with you, is something I'm trying with my Project Life cards.

Now this isn't my idea ... I found it on YouTube ... and you can see the original persons video on her blog here. I love it, and she's incredible talented.  But sometimes finding the right products in the UK isn't always easy.  But I'm happy to say, I've found this beauty, which seems to work quite well.  It was before Christmas and I got it in Hobbycraft and is from a range called Artbin.

At first I used to keep my project life cards in the gorgeous little boxes that they arrive in from Studio Calico - but it just wasn't working for me. I'm really the type that needs to see things in order to use them. When tucked away in pretty boxes, I just forget what I've got.

So when I saw this colour idea, it really appealed to me, and I wondered why I hadn't thought of it before - filing cards as the ROYGBIV, seemed a perfect idea. It is a little time consuming at first, and I worked on the basis of which colour jumped out at me the most on the card. It helped that I had a couple of Becky Higgins mini kits, which have two cards the same, so I used one colour in one section, and the "b" side in another section. Mind you, I didn't have that many cards to fill all those colours, so I came up with what would work for me.

I made and cut the index file cards on my silhouette from Bazzill, so that they were a little stiffer than the PL cards and then labelled them using my trusty label maker. 

My labels are; Red, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Blue/Green, Neutrals, PL Blanks, Ledger, Calendar/Date, Prompts/Fillers, Specialist, Multi, Seasons and Christmas.

And then I've done a separate card called " This months Kit" ... in which surprise, surprise, I'll keep all the bits from Studio Calico's most recent kit and add-on kit. That way, if ever I get around to doing one of their challenges, I'll be able to say I've used it. Plus I'll be able to find everything really quickly.

I actually did a little video showing you this box of goodies on my iphone but can't seem to upload it to blogger. I'll have to have a play with that - mind you, I'm sure I don't really sound like that lol.

I also bought something similar for embellishments, and I'll show you that at a later date. 

Sweet Dreams little boy

Saturday, 11 January 2014
Its through tears I write this post. Yesterday my lovely little world crashed, and we lost our Eddie.

It was all so sudden. One minute I was getting my breakfast in the morning and he was running down the garden chasing a leaf or something, as usual, he then came in and was mooching around looking for a biscuit, and then the next minute he went very still and quiet. Which is so not like him.  He made his way over to his bed and laid down - and then we think had a massive stroke. 

Simon was on his way to work and luckily for me on the train so could turn around and get the next train home. My neighbour helped me carry Eddie to the car and was with me at the Vet while they tried to save him. Back at home I waited for them to ring with news, and then just like that phone call came to say there was nothing they could do and we should go and say good bye.

My darling sweet boy, I miss him so very very much.  He lived life with such passion and at 100 miles an hour. And just like that he was gone.  My heart is broken, but I'm a lucky person for having had him in my life and that he choose to love us.

I remember choosing him at the rescue centre just over 11 years ago - and though he lived with Mum and Dad for 8 or those years, I walked him every day and that's when our mutual love affair started.
After Mum and Dad passed he came to live with us; and although our life was turned upside down by this crazy, happy, muddy dog, we found our rhythm and he fitted so well into our lives.

There is such a big hole now, and for me - I've lost a little of Mum and Dad again, but I know he's running around up there with them now. So for now, sleep tight little boy .... sweet dreams Mummy and Daddy miss and love you.

Jumping in again

Thursday, 9 January 2014
Last year was the first time I did Project Life properly.  The year before that, I did my own version in a collage style photo in an A4 album, and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to try the real thing. Well, I have to say .... I LOVED IT! loved it, loved it, loved it.

And I think the furthest I got behind was about 9 weeks; but soon caught up. And its truly an album I love to bits and I got such a buzz when my Mother In Law spent hours just smiling while flicking though and reading everything.

So for 2014, I'm jumping in again.

Now, through my blog reading of late, I've seen lots of great tips being offered. So I thought I'd offer a few of my own, and how certain things helped me last year ..... So in no particular order (goodness, I sound like Bruce on Strictly) ... here we go.

I have a notebook! Of course I do, which crafter doesn't have a million of them. But this one, I keep on my bedside table, and each night I jot a few things down as a memory jog. I put a line down for a margin to keep my date in and each page is a week. I don't use it as a full on diary - but just a note or two of the day, even if nothing really has happened - I've made a note of the tv we've watched, or what we've eaten. Just a little something.

Next my phone! .... Without it, I'd be well and truly lost.  I use it as my camera every day - but I also take a photo every day, on the Project 365 app. I've found that even the most mundane of my days has given me a photo opportunity and something to add into my album when I don't have much to show.

Instagram. I'm obsessed. I don't do Facebook much but I love Instagram, and I've not only made loads of friends via it, but I've got a stack of photos that I take and share, to use from it. Its also offers great inspiration as others I follow share their Project Life layouts.

I love certain sites too for inspiration; Pinterest of course, You Tube, and also Two Peas for their free weekly PL videos (although, I'm not sure they're continuing it for 2014).

Another thing that's helped me is subscribing to Studio Calico's Project Life kit. I love it.  I don't really have any of the official Becky Higgins core kits; as I do tend to cut my own papers up - but in the last 6 months of last year, I started subbing and I did find it helped me so very much, it made it all so much quicker. So maybe this year, an official core kit or two may just fall into my shopping basket while I'm browsing some online stores.

My last thing is something I'm copying from my lovely Instagram Friend Ginger .  Its putting a weekly marker on my phone for all my pictures ... (oh, don't forget to download often, I lost a week of photos last year, when the software upgraded) Anyway, I'm going to be using the Rhonna Designs App. It is amazing. I'm loving it. Still a long way to go in learning all its features, but I can see that I'll also be using some of the images from it in the album.

So there you have it, just a few things from me, that's helped me keep on track. I'll be back at a later date to show you how I'm sorting my Project Life cards and embellishments. Its something I'm working on at the moment and keeping my fingers crossed that the idea of what I have in my head, actually works in real life lol.

Last years book ... Gotta love Martha Stewart products
Another Martha Stewart book
Instagram and Rhonna designs app ... a match made in heaven.

Empty Pages

Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Something so inviting about a new start. I love a fresh calendar, and the first page of a diary or notebook. They give us so much to think about.

So here we go .... I'm jumping into 2014 with new vigour.  I'm making plans and writing new year resolutions. Oh its an exciting time.

This morning I've been catching up with my blog reading and seeing all your resolutions, so I thought I'd share my goals for 2014 too.

Create .... create and then create some more.

Ok, that was short and simple

Yes, I could say, eat healthy, lose weight, blog more, but hey, you know that I'm always saying that. So for now, I'll settle with create lovely things this year.