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My overseas holiday in 2010 included lots of places and lots of stories, so when I put together the scrapbook I felt like I needed dividers to break it up. This is the divider to start the Edinburgh section (the first place I ventured).

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I created all the layouts for Edinburgh and was left with some postcards that hadn’t fitted anywhere. This was the perfect way to use them as they are ‘big picture’ postcards with views of the city. The layouts were focused on smaller stories, so it’s no wonder these didn’t fit in.

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It was an excellent opportunity to use one of my favourite sheets of paper. One of those papers I’ve been hoarding because I love it, but have absolutely no idea how to use it. I added a chipboard title that I coloured with ink. It’s coated with Dimensional Magic to get that shiny effect and make it stand out from the background. Add some rub-ons, cloud stickers and a doily from my stash and its complete.

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I love this photo, but it could never figure out quite how to put it on a layout. The photo’s from 2009, that’s how long I’ve been putting it off. A scrapbooking weekend away allowed me the time to really think about how to scrap it. The flower was one from my garden, and I’m definitely not a gardener – it was growing a little wild, to say the least, so this quote suits very well. Having just the one photo on the page allowed me to include a longer quote, which never seems to work quite as well when there are multiple photos or if I’m using pocket pages. The quote reads ‘the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all’.

20131212-194824.jpg The wooden feather, leaf embellishment, LOVE paperclip and envelope/heart brad are all from the Freckled Fawn embellishment kit. I combined these with Amy Tangerine white thickers, tiny letter stickers, a chipboard circular design, a Kaisercraft pearl swirl, washi tape and triangular jewelry pieces (repurposed as scrapbook embellishments).

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One of my favourite Boxing Day traditions is to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. I usually spend Christmas with my extended family, and it was my uncle and cousin who originally inspired this tradition.

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True to its name, the Christmas special is shown on Christmas Day in the UK (where it is made), but for Australia that equates to the wee hours of the morning on Boxing Day. The ABC shows it at that time, but I’m not that keen. I like to watch it in the evening, often during dinner while shushing all the other relatives in the room who aren’t interested.

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You’d think I’d be eagerly anticipating it, but no. Almost very year I forget it’s on and then I see it in the TV guide or my family mentions it and then I really look forward to it.

The first layout of a new year of Project Life is always special, but it comes with a little anxiety for me as well. I feel pressure (self imposed as always) to make it a good layout, to set the tone for the coming year. It’s the first page I and others will look at so it needs to ‘make the grade’, so to speak.

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In the last few years I have really wanted to do Project Life as I went through the year, but with Masters going on in a totally different head space it hasn’t worked out (still trying to scrap all the photos and ephemera from 2013 & 2014 that haven’t made it into albums yet). I’ve got renewed determination now, so I changed to the smaller size (6×8) as it seems more achievable.

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I’m not making myself do a layout a week as I have in the past, but I take lots or photos so it may happen that often. I’m not numbering my weeks, so the blog posts will have descriptive titles rather than week numbers. Numbering the weeks just makes me feel like I’m behind all the time, so out with that idea!

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I’m very happy with this effort, and to double down on the good times I used up a bunch of scraps. The embellishments are new (loving cork embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Studio Calico right now!), the green polka dot paper is one of the insert pieces from a green Snap album and the black geotags and 2015 stickers are from the KaiserCraft Hello Today sticker sheet

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So it’s another year and another Project Life cover page. Pink is not a colour I normally scrapbook with, but this time it’s working for me. This year I’m using Simple Stories 6×8 Snap albums and pocket pages in an effort to get more done during the year. I’m sick of binge catch-ups where documenting feels like a job I have to tick off my list (plus I’ve forgotten how I felt in the moment).

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The 4×6 card is from a Becky Higgins class at Big Picture Classes a few years ago and the two 3×4 cards are from the Project Life Summer themed cards. I’ve added some letter stickers to say ‘2015 adventures’ and a few other small embellishments.

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I’m looking forward to a year of balance between work, study and creating. Why don’t you join me?

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