Project Life – Pregnancy documentation

It’s no secret, I am pregnant. Have been for the last 31 weeks or so and for the third time in just as many years. Yep, we’re those people you walk past in the shops and think “They need to get a TV!” It wasn’t meant to be that way but a struggle to get pregnant means you take what you can get when you can get it. We always wanted our children to be close together anyways.

I didn’t have the initial desire to document this pregnancy however the memory keeper in me still took the belly photos and kept diary notes about developments. I knew I would one day want to document this (last?!?) Pregnancy but the horrid morning sickness left me no desire to do it right now. That is until I read a friends blog post about documenting her pregnancy through the Project Life App. Holly is pro digital all the way. You can have a look at her album here.

Digital didn’t cross my mind because quite frankly I had no interest in it at all. That is until I downloaded the app and actually gave it a go. It is simple and quick, looks effective and will take up much less space than a traditional album. I am currently undertaking my 2015 Project Life album as digital you can read about that process here.

So, I made the decision that now is the time to put those photos into order and start baby #3 album. I have skipped a title page at this stage. We opted not to find out the gender of the baby so I will add this once the baby is born and has a name. I have decided to use one kit for this section of the album, might change it up once the baby comes along. I have used the Maggie Holmes Styleboard Mini Kit which is available in the app. It has a nice mix of pinks and blues plus a bit of gender neutral.

I haven’t taken a week by week approach, I think that’s a bit of overkill. However, I have been taking week by week photos from 29 weeks onwards. I want to see if I can see the baby ‘drop.’ Apparently other people noticed this with my previous pregnancies but I didn’t and only took photos every couple of weeks. This page is yet to be finished, so that will be to come in future posts. I divided the monotony of ‘fat’ photos by trimesters and scans with other bits and pieces thrown in. I would have loved to document all three pregnancies with beautiful photos holding a chalkboard documenting the weeks but in real life, I have a husband who isn’t too fussed on the details and just wants the prize. So, with this in mind it must be known that I have taken the majority of these photos myself and only on my iPhone. The quality might not be there but the memory is. Better than nothing right?!?

This is my process so far.

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If you have any photo ideas for documenting the last stages of pregnancy or a baby please let me know.

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Project Life – Week 3

There were no big events this week but lots of little things so I kept it simple. This week is a single double page spread.
I used the Summer themed cards from the Project Life App. All words were added using the Letterglow App.
This week is photo heavy so I felt that each picture needed explaining as they all come from different days and times hence the journaling on the photos.

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Toddler entertainment – threading

At the end of last year I took my daughter to kindergym to let her burn off extra energy and have some one on one time. We are not going to make it this term (I’m a little bit too pregnant now to be chasing her around all the obstacles) but I got some great ideas for activities I can do at home with her. One was threading.

At the kindergym they had different coloured and shaped bead much like old cotton spools for the children to thread on to shoelaces. For some reason Miss Pops loved it. I was told it helps with their thumb and forefinger coordination which in turn helps holding a pencil when it comes time to learn to write.

After making our salt dough hand prints that went down a treat at Christmas with the grandparents, we had left over dough. Perfect for making threading beads.

After we played with it for a bit. We rolled it into balls about half to three quarters the size of a golf ball and then flatted them a bit to make discs. Once I showed Pops what to do she was able to help with this too, I just had to tidy hers up a bit after she was done. I kept them pretty rough in shape. I didn’t have the the to smooth them out in great detail. But I sit press a triangle stamp into them just for a bit of added detail. It really doesn’t matter. You could spend ages shaping them however you like. I then used a bamboo skewer to make holes in beads. The holes have to be big enough to fit what you are going to thread them on too. You could buy some shoe laces but I didn’t want to spend any money on this exercise. My plan was to thread onto some spare ribbon I have in my stash. Just tie a knot in one end of a length of ribbon and wrap some washi tape around the other to make the little stiff bit (like in shoelaces). The trick is to make this stiff bit at least double the width of your beads. It makes it a bit easier for little hands to push it through.

Once you have shaped your beads bake them in a slow oven just like the salt dough ornaments until they are dry on both sides.

Once cooked, I painted them in acrylic paint. You could modge podge them too but I find everything I modge podge goes sticky so I just left them. I did two of each colour so we can use this time to learn colours too. Once dry you are all ready to go. They do look like lollies once painted so make sure they are big so not to cause a choking hazard. Master Leo has tried a few times to eat them.

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Pops had really taken to these. Much more than I actually thought she would. They are compact and easy to travel with. Ours just live in a snap lock sandwich bag.

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Happy threading!

Week 2 – Project Life

Week two was full of celebration. It was our sons first birthday so it dominated this weeks double spread and its own insert.

For the weekly spread I used a combination of kits. Celebrate theme, summer theme and Hi, sunshine. I discover some new apps this week PartyParty which is great for making photo booth style photos and Aviary for stickers and decoration. I also used my favourites Snapseed and Letterglow.

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For the little mans birthday double page I used the Americana themed cards. The colours tied in nicely with his theme colours.

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Another week done and dusted. Keeping up so far…only fifty weeks to go. Easy!

Project Life – Week One and Belly Painting Insert

That’s week one done and dusted. I am enjoying this process more than I thought I would.

I used the Celebrate Themed cards from the Project Life app for this one along with the LetterGlow, Little Moments and Snapseed apps.

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Week one also has a special double page spread. Being pregnant I have wanted to get my belly painted but didn’t want to ‘waste’ money unnecessarily. So, I thought I’d get the kids involved and let them paint my belly. We got some great pictures and both kids had fun. It was a great activity that was a bit different.

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For this spread I used the Hi, Sunshine Value Kit from the Project Life app.

I’m looking forward to doing more pages. Next week will also have a second double page as its my sons first birthday. So keep an eye out for that one. He is having a moustache themed birthday.

Project Life 2015 – Has Begun!

Well, the new year has begun and this year I am giving the digital thing a go. I have committed so I am going to see it through. It’s only 52 weeks after all.

My title page is done. I’m really happy and pleased to say ‘I love it.’ It’s what I wanted it to look like and I know I would not have been able to do this with the cards and as little effort as it took. Don’t get me wrong there is a bit of time involved with playing and switching back and forward between apps for different effects (I had a few hours to kill while getting my glucose test done this week) but no where near as much time as printing photos, searching for the right cards in my stash and putting it all together.
Here it is….

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The apps I used were The Project Life app by Becky Higgins, Letterglow and Snapseed.

I am just about finished my first week and a special double page spread but I will share those after my week one has officially finished tomorrow. I have opted for the 1-7 approach rather than the Sunday to Sunday week approach. Just works better for my thinking. I showed my husband my works in progress today and he had a brilliant idea…I should save them all up and print them for our mothers for Mother’s Day next year. Smart thinking 99 like I didn’t think of that already. Nonetheless, I think he was pretty impressed to see how things come together and how creative you can get with all different apps.

If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to get your Project Life on and record your 2015, you won’t regret it. The only thing you really ever regret is the photos you didn’t take!

Woodlands Themed Birthday

Our daughter is lucky enough to share her birthday with Christmas Eve.  Since the day she was born my husband and I made the conscious decision that Christmas Eve was a day about her.  We make sure we do limited “Christmasy” things that day.  Some family members struggle to understand this and still try to organise family Christmas get togethers for this day but we don’t go.  Some people still get upset but its Poppy day and this takes priority.  It isn’t Christmas until the 25th so all Christmas stuff can wait.

We also have a party for her the weekend before her birthday.  We do it on the weekend because the weekend works for most people but again Christmas commitments usually limits the number of people who can actually attend.  I love planning kids birthdays.  Since she was born I have looked forward to her birthday parties and spend the whole year collecting more than enough party bits to make the day special for her.

Last year her theme was Ribbons, Frills and Bows.  The colours were pastel purple and pink. (Unfortunately a problem with my computer left me with only about 15 photos of the day out of about 100) Here is one that I managed to save thanks to Social Media. I must note that the cake is totally last minute home made.  My cake maker went into hospital the week before the party and it was a bit late to arrange another.

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This year the theme was Woodland.  The colours I chose was red with white polka dots.  I used Etsy to pick out an invitation that went with my theme. I recommend Etsy for all your invitation needs.  Especially if you want something a little bit fancier that what anyone can throw together in Word. The party itself was mainly family and a few friends so the food was basic finger food (cheese and crackers, sandwiches, chips) and then we had a little BBQ.

This is my food table set up….

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I also make this little sign to put at the front gate with Balloons.  Its made from an old fence pailing that I saved from my dads wood heap.  I plan on using this for all future parties.

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I also like to make bunting to suit.  Last years is now hanging in my daughters bedroom.  I think this one will find its way into my craft studio.

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I also make a special hat from the basic party hats that everyone else gets to wear.  This year I went a bit more simple because lets face it, it only gets worn for photos.  It is not practical for a two year old to wear a hat on a jumping castle.

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The last detail that I want to share is the the party bags. I made the tags from slices to tree branch and using a soldering iron, burnt in the names and added a little wood ladybug.  I figure these can be used as Christmas decorations too.

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I almost forgot the cake….This year I asked my dads friend to make a cake for me.  He was a cake maker in a past life and made the most amazing cake ever. It looked so real and no one wanted to cut it.  Unfortunately, he has told everyone that he won’t be making anymore cakes and he “doesn’t have the hands for it any more” and he did this one for a “Special Little Girl”.  I am still hoping he might change his mind in future. Or at least teach me how to make them. The acrylic name is from Ollie Room.

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Poppy had a wonderful day.  I haven’t decided on next years theme yet but our little Man is one this week so keep an eye out for his birthday post. If you want to see some more inspiration feel free to have a look at my Pinterest board – Poppys birthday ideas.  My Pinterest is Krisy5.

I am just waiting on Studio Calico scrapbooking kit to put together some scrapbooking pages of this day. So keep an eye out for this in coming blog posts too.

Just one final picture…She was a bit over photos by this stage but I promise she had a great day.

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