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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?

I’ve changed to 8.5 x 11 pocket pages scrapping for my 2014 album, with a few full page layouts thrown in when I feel the urge. My studies have kept me occupied for most of the year, so now I’m catching up on my 2014 layouts over the Christmas/New Years holidays.

Taste of Sydney is a restaurant and food showcase that happens every year in Centennial Park, just outside the centre of Sydney. This year I went with my best friend and we ate ourselves silly! It was so much fun. This layout showcases the dishes we ate and I copied the names of the dishes over from the menu booklet.

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I’m trying out a new style of pocket page scrapping, with the photos smaller than the pockets and making ‘mini layouts’ in each pocket. I quite like the look, but it does take a long time to complete a layout.

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I used two 8.5×11 We R Memory Keepers page protectors and two inserts: 6×8 Simple Stories page protector and a 4×12 Becky Higgins page protector (trimmed 1 inch off the top to fit in an 8.5×11 album).

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All through my childhood my parents shared a lot of English comedy with my brother and me. I have very fond memories of us all laughing ourselves silly at Fawlty Towers (Mum’s favourite anagram was Farty Towels!).

When my brother was old enough he became a devoted fan of Monty Python and the Life of Brian video (yes video) was well used.

So as a tribute to our family favourite, here’s another installment from my childhood memories SMASH book.

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The journalling reads:

‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ is a comedy sketch performed by John Cleese (as part of Monty Python).

My Dad was a huge fan of Monty Python and Mum appreciated John Cleese’s humour so somehow The Ministry of Funny Walks (as [we] call it) became one of our family jokes. Whenever someone would say ‘walk this way’, meaning ‘follow me’, we deliberately misinterpret it and take it as ‘walk in this manner’ and do our version of a silly walk.

It’s funny when I accidentally forget myself and do it with people outside my family: most people just look at me as if I’m weird, but occasionally there’s someone who appreciates what I’m doing and we have a little giggle about it.

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The image above is a screenshot of the Monty Python sketch (thanks to Wikipedia) – search ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ to see a YouTube clip.

Like so many other children, the works of Beatrix Potter were a pervasive force in my early years. All the way from a Peter Rabbit bowl and spoon to the stories and beautifully illustrated books.

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Even in my early adult years when I worked in a bookshop I would sell Beatrix Potter books and know that the children receiving them would be just as delighted with them as I was (and still am).

But for all I loved her characters and illustrations I didn’t know much about the actual woman. Up until I was a teenager I didn’t even know that Beatrix Potter was a woman. Only when I was googling the names of the characters for the journalling on this page I found out she was a naturalist and conservationist with interests in entomology (study of insects), botany (plants) and mycology (fungi). She pursued scientific research and opposed commonly held beliefs in an age where women weren’t even allowed to present papers. She’s just jumped to a new level of respect in my books and is up there with my favourite people.

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I’d love to visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in north-west England which is maintained by the UK National Trust. I’m adding it to my list of things to do on my dream UK rail holiday.


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