Record Baby Milestones With a Photo

As I was creating my daughter’s first year album, each month I started creating a ‘right now’ insert with current habits, skills, developments and milestones. Unfortunately I forgot to save some of them digitally but here are a couple of them.



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They would make a fantastic mini album for grandparents or god parents. I simply added the text using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Quick and easy.

I actually regret not continuing on every month for her 2nd year. Not sure I will remember all the finer details for the past 7 months but I might go back and try if I get some spare time soon. Either way, I will try and do the same for future babies too as it’s a nice little snap shot of your baby/child at that moment in time.

Did you record the monthly milestones in any special way?



Digital Project Life Catch Up

With my uni studies set to kick off in less than 2 weeks now, I have found myself full of motivation to get organised beforehand. This time round, it will be nothing like studying as a fresh out of high school teen, with no responsibilities. Back then I was living with my folks, not working, or at least not frequently, with no bills or kids to worry about.

Whole different world this time around. I get to throw study into the mix of motherhood, part time work, running a small business, blogging and scrapbooking. Yep, I’m going to be busy.

Which means making the most of this pre-study period. I have a to do list… of course! And have spent the past few days decluttering like mad. I have several massive boxes of stuff to get rid of which is very cleansing for my hoarding ways. My home office/craft room has a floor. And some desk space. Still a way to go but it’s better than it has been in years. My dining room has almost become a dining room again instead of a sewing room.

I’m also trying to tick off some of my creative projects now while there’s time too. Playing serious catch up on project life as I’m still a month behind. And hopefully I can have a mega scrap session in the next week to create some projects for my scrapbooking design team commitments for the next month or two. Every little bit helps!

But enough about all that. I thought I would share my latest 3 weeks worth of project life covering from the end of April til mid May. The rest of the album for this year is here.

The Wedding Gift & Project Life Catch Up

My friends’ wedding photo book has arrived. And it’s fabulous. I can’t wait to see her tears when I give it to her soon, because I know her well. There will be tears.

I cannot believe how quick it came either. Blurb is a US based company and I’m in Australia. It arrived here less than a week from when I ordered it. How’s that for service. Such a nice feeling considering the drama I had using another company earlier this year, who never sent the photo books… and then were un-contactable. So that was about $80 down the drain!

Here’s a few pics of the finished product:

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I love how these digital elements actually look 3D.

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A certain toddler photo bombed this one…


In case you missed the previous posts, you can find the full album here.

On a further positive note, I have also gotten a little further caught up on my 2014 project life pages. I am still only up to April however 2 weeks knocked over last night. Will aim to catch up before this week is over.




 Here is my entire 2014 album so far.

{DIY} Digital Project Life Wedding Album Part 2

You may have seen my post last week about my friend’s wedding album I was working on in project life digital style. Well I am happy to report that I have finished this entire album now and it has been sent to Blurb for printing!

As an extra bonus, I had an affiliate discount code that saved me about $34 so it made the whole 40ish page album about $60 including postage I think. Small price to pay for quality and for a gift that has so much sentimental value.

Here are a couple more of my favourite layouts from the album:

What I especially love with this page is that I snuck a couple of my own photos in there. The bride pic in the top left and the family portrait of hubby, daughter and I. She was upset she didn’t get a professional photo of the two of us so it’s the closest I’ve got. And my husband’s head is in the sun so not a perfect pic but she will love having us in there.


I was thinking last night that project life really is the perfect solution for the lazy scrapbooker too. I will do a post on that soon. Not to say you have to do it the lazy way but you can make it as simple or as advanced as you like. That’s the appeal.

Here’s the full wedding album.

And my previous Project Life posts in case you’re new and confused 😉

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Digital Project Life

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{DIY} Digital Project Life Wedding Album

One thing that has been on my to do list for far longer than it should be is my friend’s wedding album. They were married just over a year ago now and I’ve had the discs with all the professional photos for about 8-9 months maybe now. And I’m still working on the album.

I told her all along not to worry about getting an album through her photographer. Personally, while I love our wedding album, it was not worth the thousands of dollars it added onto our professional package. Especially for something I so rarely pull out of the ‘suitcase’.

Project life is such a perfect option for creating wedding, holiday and event albums so I tossed up whether to do their album traditional project life style, or digital. I decided on digital. It preserves better and you can always get it re-printed or make multiple copies if you decide to.

My friend still has no idea what I’m working on. She has been very patient though and my goal is to finish the album in the next week and send it to Blurb for printing into a 12 x 12 photo book that I can gift them as a very belated anniversary present.

You can check out the full album here, but here are a couple of layouts so far:

I love Project Life. Ever since I discovered it, it has become my preferred scrapbooking method. Why? Check out these previous posts for more detail:

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Digital Project Life

My Albums

I only share a few of my scrapbooking and project life creations here on the blog, but if you want to see more, you should follow me on Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to my own creations, along with lots of other boards to help you simplify, create and be inspired 😉

Mother’s Day Gift


Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day. My second as I mentioned in the previous post. I got to spend the day with my daughter Lily and most of it with my husband, as well as part with my own mother… who conveniently lives 5 minutes away these days!

In a few previous posts I have mentioned the fabulous scrapbooking trend Project Life. You will find my posts here and for digital project life, here. And you can see the pages so far from my 2014 album on the drop down tab, here.

So somewhere a little over a year ago I decided I wanted to do a digital first year album of my daughter and turn it into a photo book for her grandmother’s. Seriously, what would a grandmother love more than a whole year of photos… right?


What is great about Blurb also is you don’t have to create a photo book project life style. They do actually have a whole lot of pre-designed templates for you to drop and drag your photos as you please, with different colours and background. I used their full page image templates for each of my pages so that I could drop and drag my project life pages as if they were one big photo per page if that makes sense. So even if you don’t project life, your photo books can still look fabulous!


I had them printed through Blurb…who do amazing photo books and are so quick. So very happy with their service every time I’ve ordered.


Pretty special… a Mother’s Day gift that was a year in the making! It was a lot of work, but I was also doing a physical baby album project life style for Lily when she is older, plus a traditional yearly album so quite a lot of double up. In future I think I will do mostly digital. I just love the crisp look!


I also love the compact size. The main reason I switched to project life was because my traditional scrapbooking was threatening to bury me alive under layouts! But this photo book which was about 80 pages is pretty much as thick as one or two of my traditional scrapbook pages. Big difference!


What did you spoil your mum with this Mother’s Day?

{DIY} Digital Project Life

A few days ago I posted about the innovative and dynamic new scrapbooking craze that has taken over the scrapbooking world in the past 18 months – Project Life. You can see the post here, and learn more about the Project Life/pocket scrapbooking basics, including links to purchase your own project life supplies.

While I do still love playing with real paper and embellishments, the collection of supplies, gadgets and completed creations was taking up a lot of space… with the space needed continually growing to fit everything in. So after so many years of saying I would never go ‘digital’ with my scrapbooking, I gave it a go.

More specifically, I had an attempt at digital project life, which you will see above. I had seen so many examples of digital pages by others and loved the clean, crisp look of these pages and all of the Becky Higgins Project Life line was available digitally here.

Almost instantly I was hooked and I ended up doing a complete year of my daughter’s first year in both digital and a physical project life album. The digital pages I put together in a photo book for both grandmother’s for Christmas & they loved it!!

Since then, I have decided to switch to digital for my 2014 yearly album, as well as going back and doing a few holidays/previous years digitally. It is so quick and easy, and all you need is a digital kit, a photo editing program such as Photoshop, Lightroom or one of the free ones available, and your photos. That’s it! And there are so many free tutorials out there to teach you the basics.

The best part about digital project life otherwise is the space saving. You can keep the pages all on your PC, displaying them perhaps on a website, facebook or a blog, or you could have them printed individually and slotted into a scrapbook album in between traditional pages, or have a photo book printed with each of the layouts in order.

Check out some of my completed pages here.

Keep an eye out soon and I will do a comparison between Digi & Traditional style project life scrapbooking in case you aren’t sure what will suit you.