I honestly love working every week on our Project Life family album. It’s so nice to see the week in review, and to be able to jot things down while they’re still fresh in my memory. Also, I know it’s cliche to say this, but how quickly has this year flown by? I feel like it was only yesterday that I decided to take the plunge into Project Life. I still remember the satisfaction and excitement that came with completing my very first weekly layout for Week 14. And now, suddenly, there are only three more weeks to go before I start a new album for 2013! Meanwhile, I still have a rather large back log of layouts to post here on the blog before the new year so don’t be surprised if I start lumping four to five weeks in the one post. (Remember you can click on each image for a larger version.)
Week 37 was the week of Cameron’s fifth anniversary. I filled most of this left hand page with photos that I snapped at the Memorial Gardens. The head shot of Rick and myself is particularly special to me, as we always take one together when we go to the Gardens. This year, we included Jamie in the photo which was very lovely (I like that he’s not looking at the camera). There is also a photo of the lovely package that we received from my beautiful friend Jane who never fails to remember Cameron with us every year. Also, some beautiful stationery arrived from Wit & Whistle that week, I decided to include that in the layout to add an extra ‘pretty’ element to the page.
The right hand page continues the theme of remembering Cameron: there were the flowers I bought in his memory; the clothes I wore the day of his actual anniversary; the breakfast we had at our favourite cafe that morning; some comfort food that I indulged in; a ‘Pa and Jamie’ moment when we went to visit Pa and Nan that afternoon; and of course the birthday cake we ate to celebrate Cameron’s fifth birthday. Just looking at these pages now fills me with such bittersweet emotions. I also included an 8×12 insert in which I pasted the words that I wrote in this post.
Week 38 was smack bang in the middle of my first trimester nausea. In an attempt to entice myself to eat, I went back and forth between whipping up my favourite Chinese dishes and buying meat pies at my local cafe. Soup from my mum’s kitchen was also most welcome. And those shots of Jamie and Pete in the laundry baskets just make me smile big time! I will surely miss having both of them at home with me five days a week next year when Pete goes off to preschool…
Some lovely family shots on this right hand page, along with a token photo of some yummy moon cake since it was the Chinese mid-autumn festival that week. The photo in the bottom right was the view from Park Hyatt in Sydney, where my friend Kitty had her baby shower. Good times.
Some of my favourite photos of the boys are the ones of them simply lounging around at home, doing nothing in particular, as these are the photos that reflect so much of what our every day life looks like. Aunty Jess also makes an appearance here in Week 39 – I love how focused she and Pete both are on reading that picture book together.
This page was getting slightly busy, so I converted a couple of the photos to black and white to tone it down slightly. As you can see, we ate out quite a bit that week, primarily because of my cravings for Vietnamese beef pho and Japanese udon noodles. What can I say – it wasn’t me, it was the baby!
Anyway, I genuinely hope there are some of you out there who are considering Project Life for 2013. It honestly is not hard to do – it can be as simple as you want it to be – and I can guarantee that you will not regret it for a moment. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me an email or just leave a comment below.
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Materials used: Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 170gsm glossy photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MP630 Pixma.
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