I am very pleased to be wishing again today. It's been a long time since I've last shared it with you. Because to be honest, I do send my wish(es) when I see Jamie's prompts every week, but I just do it silently in my corner, without blogging about it.
This week, Jamie asks us: What Do You Wish to Welcome In?
This year feels different already. I guess however that this is just the reflection of how different I am from last year. I am more open. I am now ready.
So for today, here are my wishes:
- I wish to welcome innew connections.
- I wish to welcome in success (even on my own terms of what success looks like).
- I wish to welcome in a better health ( so I let go the weight that is not mine anymore, to let go bad habits that tend to unexpectedly come back).
- I wish to welcome in a stronger bond with my daughters.
What about you ?
Ok, I will get there, I promise :)
I'm sharing with you today both week 6 and week 7 of our Project Life album, because I could not blog at the beginning of last week due to health issues. I guess I should rename this serie ! aaha
I hope you understand...
In these two weeks, i took a lot of pictures on specific moments I wanted to remember. It happened in both weeks. I tried to balance both photos and journaling though. Because I remember what happened now, but it may not be the case in a few years so it's important to me to have the stories not only visually through the photos but also in words.
For the same reason I am a Mixed Media artist instead of a regular painter, I mix and match my stach in my Project Life spreads as well. On this one you can see cards from the Seafoam Edition, some from the Cherry Edition too, the «6» I made in Photoshop so I know it was week 6 (and I think I should also ask the exact dates range as well). I cut the «today» with a metal die from The Crafter's workshop.
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I love that spread. I captured Koala's bad mood pretty good (and I kinda like that the picture is blurry).
This is the Design H on the right, I like it because I can resize my photos with my Big Shot and a die, or use a journaling card to document as well. This is perfect when I don't have enough for a whole spread.
You can see how handy the handmade cards can be when I need a filler on a page. It does not even need word on it, in my opinion. It just adds some visual interest.
When our friends visited us, I tried a new hairdo on Koala, with a special thing to make the bun. It suits her SO well.
The other side is some Instagram photos printed 12x12 and then cut to fit in the 6x6 pockets.
I love that I've found the «Mark it» markers, that work really well on photo paper and come in a wide range of colors. Inspired by Ali Edwards, I added a border all around my picture, with a little title to go with it.
During the week-end, we went for a walk in a park nearby our house (reminds me I forgot one pic to be included ! when we were driving back home, we crossed the path of 4 beautiful does). I took A LOT of picture during that time, but that's okay. I accept that sometimes I need an entire page or more for just one event (this is what makes my album so diverse, too).
On the right, this is photos of us that my husband took with his iPhone while we were doing our morning walk together. We're big goofy kids... could not resist making silly faces. Yup. I cut some in half as well, and love the effect.
I also slipped a drawing Koala did, because I love what it represents (Razpunzel is finally out of her high tower, and she is so happy to be free that she is turning in circles, arms wide open, singing) ;D
You can see that I cut one picture in half to fit in 3x4 pockets, and that one half is in color while this other is in black and white. The magic of editing ;)
It's been such a long time that 1) I've been craving sushi 2) we've been dinning out that when we received good news we went out to celebrate. The restaurant was suggested by a new friend. We loved it. And for once, the cooks and staff were Japanese (hey, we all know lots of japanese restaurants are indeed owned by people from elsewhere in Asia ;)).
What worked for me for the past two weeks:
- Cutting my photos to make a more cohesive looking page.
- Knowing in advance that I needed at least 4 Instagram/Square pictures to fit the back of the pocket used the week before.
- Keeping in mind why I am doing this project. Keeping this huge feeling of Love when I think «one day, my daughters will flip through this page and remember how it was when they were younger», and I'll be thankful that I am now sticking to it.
- Creating the cards with the week number, as well as some quotes in Photoshop and then printing it with my Selphy. I did the same for my «I choose» poem but haven't found a spot for it this week.
- Writing directly on my photos with my Bic «Mark It» markers.
What I'd like to improve:
- my weeks start on Mondays but i do print my pictures on Saturdays, so my Sundays get lost easily in this organization. I need to find a way(maybe it s as simple as going to Costco on Sunday instead of Saturday)
- I want to add more journaling.
- And be careful no to forget to add dates.
- The time I spend editing my photos in Photoshop before printing them. This is something I love doing; however, it takes quite some time in weeks like these ones when I have dozens of photos to work on...
Here is what I used:
What is not included above: some of the items from Studio Calico January+February «Project Life kits», Becky Higgins' Photo Pocket Design H (bought it last year, love it, but apparently it will only be available again in May), «Today» die from The Crafter's Workshop, some washi tape from Smash, 4x6 cards bought at Staples.
Project Life is a memory keeping system initiated by Becky Higgins. This is how I decided to keep track of our family life.
If you live outside the US, you can order Project Life items on Scrapbooker's Inner Circle.
You can find all my Project Life oriented blogposts right here.
My Fibromyalgia has been kicking my ass more than usual in the past few weeks. It seems like the flare takes more place than the rest in between. And everything is tangled together. Everything is either a cause or a consequence of another.
Even if diagnosed a while ago now, I feel like my life is a constant adjustment. Finding my new "normal". Accepting that it will never be the same.
There IS a before and an after.
I love what I do. But I don't like the guilt that comes when I actually can't go paint in my studio. I have not been able to paint in more than a week now and I hate that. I hate that this illness keeps me from doing what I love.
I guess I should do a couch package as my friend Samie does, so I could still do something in my art journal from the couch...
My husband is amazing and dedicated some money to offer me an iPad mini.
So today, as I could not move properly and go downstairs to finally paint again, I played on it to do some digital art with Procreate.
I don't have stuff on my tablet yet to use for collage, but it is just the beginning.
Here is my first creation:
(Note: this blogpost is a bit rambling-ish. I started it while in a fibro flare... so I apologize if not everything does actually make sense. I want to share it anyway but wanted to disclose this first ;)).
I know that our Life is the result of our choices, one of this gut feeling you don't know where it comes from.
I'm not talking only about the huge choices like which college to go after high school, but also all the teeny tiny ones that create day after day after day. This is one of my Truths. And I also know now that making conscious choices can make a big difference. Stopping, thinking (not necessarily for hours), and then making a choice. It does not mean you'll go the best way, but it will be the result of YOUR choice.
And for me, this is important to be aware of that (and is something I teach my daughters, that they do always have a choice. They can sure do what they want, but then if the consequence is not what they expected, they need to accept it as it is the result of what they decided to do in the first place. Do I make sense ?).
And it is the same for me of course.
For example since I am a teenager, I dreamt of leaving France and discover Canada. I chose to immigrate here several years ago now.
I miss my Mom (who still lives in France) like crazy, but it was my choice to build my life thousands of miles away, so I accept that this is a negative consequence of it, but that all the positivity coming from that choice takes over most of the time (and maybe, missing her makes me love her even more, and appreciate her presence when we're together even more).
I wrote a little poem (can you call it that ? well, I do anyway):
Love over Anger
What «Successful» feels like
To inspire and be inspired
To be in a drama-free zone
To be Happy
To raise my children in respect & compassion
To accept what Life is
To be the best Me I can be
To let go
To be Happy
To always look right in front of me
To learn from my mistakes
To see Life in technicolor
To be happy
And because the Universe is funny like that, while writing you this blogpost, my playlist (note: it contains more than 300 songs, always playing randomly), I rediscovered this song:
Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.
There are weeks when I really want to skip this little ritual. However, I keep telling you that looking for the small things is what can help you to make your glass half-full instead of half-empty. Practice what you preach, right ?
I'm doing it short, but I truly hope that your Valentine's day was filled with Love. With a capital L.
This week, I am thankful for:
- Having my Husband taking care of me and being in charge of the entire household while I was almost immobilized by pain for several days in a row.
- The pain is leaving me a bit. at least, I can move. and sleep again.
- Had fun with my daughters making the cards for their classmates. and recording it on camera.
- The huge canvas we finally cut and taped to my Studio wall. Will be a collaborative painting between my girls, my husband (!!) and me. Can't wait to see how it'll go.
- The urge to paint, after a few days «off».
- Having recorded my video for Christy's «Behind The Art» class, and so I won't be rushing it.
- Daily meditation.
- my parents-in-law and the parcels they keep sending for the girls.
- Studio Calico's monthly kits (I receive the main kit and the Project Life kit).
- Support received when I least expect it.
- A day with friends we hadn't seen in a while, celebrating Candlemas was a great excuse.
- Reading books that are oh so inspiring.
- Being almost caught up with our Project Life album (but late in doing the blogpost about it...).
- Good food, accepting I don't have to cook everything single thing we eat, and it it IS okay.
What was the highlight of your week so far ?
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