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Project Life, Week 44

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Only eight weeks left to go until we wrap up 2013, and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to document another year’s worth of memories for our family. I had a couple of ‘blah’ weeks in October, when I simply didn’t feel inspired to take any photos but I pushed on nonetheless and I’m happy to say that I have at least 80% of my mojo back. Honestly, I’m incredibly thankful that doing Project Life ‘forces’ me to take photos of our everyday – I think back to our years together before having children and I truly would love to have some visual record of the everyday during that time. Obviously, I’m not going to dwell on this but I guess it’s just extra motivation for me to persevere with my photography even when I feel lazy about it. (You can click on each image for a slightly larger version.)

What happened in Week 44?
Time at home with the boys. Lots of watching Bear roll around on the floor – his main method of getting about these days. Rick picked and arranged a beautiful floral arrangement using kangaroo paw from our front garden. (Crazy, right? Talk about unexpected talents!) We discovered a new cafe and had fun taking photos inside the retro cinema next door. I developed an obsession for photographing wild greenery. We all went along to a first birthday party. And I finished writing my letter to Angus for his fifth birthday. Good times all round.

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

How were the photos taken and processed?
All photos were taken on my iPhone 4S and processed with the VSCO Cam app.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 44?
That bottom photo of Bear on the first page, with his big brown eyes staring up at me as I held him during bedtime. Such a perfect capture of an daily ritual that makes me smile and ache all at once. And that photo of Jamie on the second page, sitting on the red cinema seats all by himself. You probably can’t see the detail, but he has the sweetest smile on his face. I adore it, even if it was the result of his attempt to charm the two old ladies across the room from us.

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout – no inserts!

Overall thoughts?
I really love all the beautiful grey light contrasting with the yellows, greens and reds. I also love how the pops of colour are all similarly bright and rich in their tone.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

If you’ve recently shared a Project Life post on your blog, feel free to leave a link below.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

My dear friends, I cannot believe that I am actually writing this blog post. Today, Becky Higgins will be announcing a new Project Life mini kit on her blog: the Remembrance Edition. And as surreal as it is for me to say this, it was designed by me.

Little ole me.

It all began some six months when I was chatting to another mum on the AUS/NZ Project Life Facebook group who had also lost a baby. At the time, she was looking for a kit of some sort to document her journey. Neither of us knew of any, and I candidly suggested that perhaps I could design something for the both of us. She thought that that would be a lovely idea, and so I popped it on my ever-growing projects list.

Over the next couple of months, Rick and I would talk about it here and there and we both agreed that it would be a nice thing to do. One day, out of nowhere, I found myself wondering whether Becky would actually be interested in having something like this as part of her product line. I decided to reach out to Kari, Becky’s lovely Marketing Director, whom I had gotten to know a little since becoming part of the 2013 Creative Team. In an email that would signal the beginning of this wonderful project, I very tentatively asked her whether there was any possibility of working together to develop a special Project Life digital kit for the babyloss community. There were so many of us, I told her, yet there really wasn’t anything out there…

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

It didn’t take long for Kari to reply. She already knew about Cameron from my blog, and so she understood exactly where I was coming from. I tell you, Kari is one of the loveliest people whom I have met online and I honestly wish we lived closer to each other so that I can meet her in person. But anyway, she said that she would talk to Becky about it and get back to me. I can’t tell you how much I held my breath in the days that followed…

In just over a week, I saw an email from Kari in my inbox and I almost jumped out of my skin. I opened it and saw the happiest reply: Becky liked the idea and would love to see some sample cards from me as a first step to possibly making all this become a reality. Even though there was no official commitment yet as such, I was nonetheless thrilled that Becky was interested in seeing some concepts. As timing would have it, however, Trish and I had just sold out our first Life:Captured workshop and so began two months of dedicating almost all my spare time to prepare for the event.

Finally, towards the end of August, after we finished winding down from the workshop, I sat down and began sketching out my concepts for Becky. I’d already been a working on a mood board, and so I had a pretty rough idea of what I wanted the kit to look like. Still, it was nerve-wrecking putting the concepts together because I knew I was proposing something quite different and I had no idea how Becky and Kari would respond. When Becky herself wrote back personally to say that they loved it and would love for the project to go ahead, I was simply over the moon.

Obviously, I was happy that I would get to design this very special edition of Project Life.

But more than that, I was just so encouraged that Becky and her team felt that something like this was worth creating.

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

As you may have already noticed, my concept for this edition is quite different to other Project Life kits. The main difference being that I’ve used my photography in these designs, which I know is somewhat of a unique approach. 

The reason for this is simple: When you’ve lost a child, the documentation process is quite different to when you’re documenting the life of a child that’s alive. Apart from the photos that we have of Cameron on the day he was born, we have no more photos of him. There are no baby toes to photograph, no milestones to capture on your camera, no candid shots of the parent holding or feeding the baby… We have only our grief, our tears, and ultimately, our words. So while all the other Project Life kits are graphically designed to complement people’s photos, I’ve adopted almost the opposite approach: cards with beautiful imagery to complement a grieving mother’s (or father’s) journaling.

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

In terms of the wording, I wanted to avoid trite sentiments like ‘everything will be okay’ or ‘keep smiling’ or ‘stay positive.’ Such words are meaningless when you are grieving for your child. Instead, I’ve written words that I think are true. And real. Simple truths like ‘it hurts’ and ‘taking it one day at a time’ and ‘missing you.’ Heartfelt truths.

With the journaling cards, I wrote down prompts that I felt might help a mother who’s grieving to articulate what she feels. To encourage her to document her pain, and her tears. Grief can be so all-consuming that sometimes it’s easy to just bottle it all inside. But writing it down, journaling one’s pain, is so crucial to the grieving process. If I had not written, if I had not journaled as I’d done after Cameron died, I would’ve found it so much harder to cope with my grief. An empty notebook, however, can be confronting so hopefully these smaller journaling cards can help parents express their sorrow a few sentences at a time.

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

After Cameron died, writing was one of my lifelines. There is no doubt in my mind that ‘writing my heart out’ helped sustain me through each day. Six years on, I actually cannot imagine not having my journey documented through my journaling. Those words that I wrote in the throes of my grief are utterly precious to me today. They can be hard to read, that’s true, but they are a true reflection of our journey. Of that time of grieving for Cameron. And because of that, they are beautiful words to me. To have my pain, love, tears, grief, and struggles recorded for me to revisit at any time is a bit part of my tie to Cameron now.

And so, I guess, it is my hope that this Remembrance Edition might somehow help other people to do the same: to give their sorrow words.

Even though there are a few cards that are specific to losing a baby, when I was designing the kit, I actually had in mind anybody who has ever lost someone they loved…

The Remembrance Edition (Project Life), by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Right now, as I write this blog post, I can’t help but shed tears. It overwhelms me to think of everybody in the world who has suffered the horrendous pain of losing a child. My heart goes out to all of you. You are not alone. We are not alone.

To my own little guy, Cameron Angus Mason, this entire project was for you.

I miss you like mad, and I will never, ever cease weeping and longing for you.

You are loved. Always.

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Note that you can click on any of the images above for a bigger version.

If you would like to see the entire collection of cards in the Remembrance Edition, you can visit my Facebook page and click on Albums.

And lastly, I printed my cards on matt photo paper and they turned out beautifully.

Project Life, Week 32

Goodness, I feel like all I’ve been doing in my spare time these last few weeks has been Project Life. Because August was such a busy month with the workshop, I decided I would leave the boys’ albums till this month. This means I’ve been catching up on two months’ worth of photos and quotes for each of the boys in the last few weeks. This was no small task, considering I had to squeeze it in amidst the busyness of family life. I even found myself asking Rick at least a few times along the way: “Do you really think the boys will appreciate all this when they are older?” And every single time, he would look me in the eye and say, “Yes. I really do.” Isn’t he just the most wonderful husband a memory keeping girl can ask for? Anyway, as you may have noticed, I am no longer posting Project Life updates in chronological order as I’ve been finding that too restrictive. Also, larger images are back – you simply have to click on the image you wish to see more clearly.

What happened in Week 32?
This was the week I needed to send off our workshop booklet to print in order to have it arrive on time. The deadline was Tuesday afternoon and I literally did not sleep on Monday night. I was such a zombie for those two days. Thankfully, super-helpful grandparents were here to help out with the boys while I locked myself up in my studio and forced myself to write and lay up pages at super-human speed. Seriously, the only effective antidote to my procrastination is a looming deadline, it seems. It was also the week that Patrick died on Offspring, sending an entire nation of women into shock.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All photos were taken on my iPhone 4S and processed with the VSCO Cam app.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 35?
I love the photos of Pete and Jamie. It’s such a cute sequence of shots and I feel like it really captures their innocence, their curiosity and their friendship. I also adore the photo of Jamie before his afternoon nap (the first photo on the second page), as the interplay of light and shadow is just perfect. You can see the photo more clearly in this post.

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout – no inserts!

Overall thoughts?
I love the greys and whites with pops of blue throughout the spread. You get the sense that it’s still winter but with little hints of spring. The image sequence on the second page is also a favourite. Try this easy technique if you need to fill up pockets – it’s such a fun way to capture the essence of a relationship.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

If you’ve recently shared a Project Life post on your blog, feel free to leave a link below.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

Project Life, Week 35

Here’s something that I’ve learnt about myself in the last month or so: when I’m focused on a deadline, I tend to take very uninspiring photos which in turn directly impacts on my Project Life layouts. (Is it the same for you guys?) As a result, this week, I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to step back from the busyness in order to see the beauty amongst the chaos.

Another thing I’ve learnt: Rick’s iPhone 5 camera is way clearer than my iPhone 4S camera! Either that, or I’ve scratched my lens pretty badly over this last year. In any case, all Project Life layout photos will be brought to you courtesy of Rick’s iPhone from here on. Oh, and larger images are back! Just click on a photo to see a slightly bigger version…

What happened in Week 35?
This was the last week of winter here in Australia. It was also the week after my first Life:Captured workshop with Trish. I was completely shattered but so happy to return to our regular family routine back at home. In spite of the exhaustion, I soaked up every moment with the boys as best as I could. I took things slowly and mostly stayed at home, emerging on Friday to head to Dee Why for a nice morning off together.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All photos were taken on my iPhone 4S and processed with the VSCO Cam app.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 35?
My favourite photo would be the one I used in the title card. It was taken on Wednesday, when it was just Jamie, Edward and myself at home. I was lying on the floor in exhaustion (I kid you not) and Jamie had gone behind the couch to choose a book to read from the bookcase. It was too great a frame to miss – seriously love those little, chubby legs of his. A close second would be the shot of Edward just chilling on my studio couch while Jamie flipped through our family album.

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout, with an 8×10 insert. The 8×10 insert (not shown here) contained a photo of Jamie and Edward sitting in their high chairs together (very cute) and another photo of Jamie sitting on the floor of my studio whilst cutting up my old photos. (Yes, I’m training him up early in the art of Project Lifing!)

Overall thoughts?
I adore the bright colours in this layout. Just looking at it makes me cheerful. Together with the photos of the poppies, this spread clearly signals the last week of winter and the beginning of spring…

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

If you’ve recently shared a Project Life post on your blog, feel free to leave a link below.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

So happy to finally share the first part of Edward’s baby book with you all. As you might know from this post some three months ago, I’d decided to put together my own baby book for Edward because I wanted to have the freedom to decide for myself what I wanted to go into it. Two changes that happened along the way: Firstly, I decided to use a Becky Higgins mini album instead of the kikki.K DIY album, and secondly, I ended up mixing cards from the Seafoam Edition kit with cards from the Baby core kit. This was actually my first time using the physical cards from a Project Life core kit in my memory keeping. It felt right to do it for Edward’s baby book. I wanted to write things by hand, rather than type them up on the computer, and I felt that the design of the cards would effectively give an overall feel of a ‘baby book’. (Please note that I’ve deliberately left the writing slightly blurry, for the sake of maintaining some privacy.)

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Project Life, Week 29

Gosh, I’ve just realised how long it’s been since my last Project Life post! On a whim, I’ve decided to share Week 29 seeing as it’s the most recent week that I’ve worked on, and I’m still feeling all happy about it since it documented our week in Gerroa. As you can see, I used a lot of the photos from this post. Also, for those of you who read about my boys’ albums a while ago and have been patiently waiting for the next instalment, I just wanted to reassure you that I definitely haven’t forgotten about it, and that it’s on my never-ending to do list.

What happened in Week 29?
We went away for four nights, staying at a gorgeous house right next to the ocean. It was the same place we stayed the last time. I was pretty much sick the entire time we were there, waking up with the sorest throat every single morning, but I did my best to still have a good time with the family. We stayed in most days, drank endless cups of Milo, ate Crunchy Nuts cornflakes (our holiday cereal), warmed ourselves by the fireplace, read books, admired the headland and played lots of hide-and-seek with the boys. It was a truly refreshing time away.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera and all were processed with the new VSCO Cam app. I mainly used the F2 preset, and if I felt that any of the faces were too washed out, I would decrease the exposure by one or two stops, which would always help to put some colour back into the skin. I have to say that the new VSCO Cam is amazing the way it handles exposure – it maintains the most brilliant detail. I am honestly even more in love with the app than I was before.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 29?
I adore the one of Angus kissing Edward’s head on the third page (see above). It was the most tender moment. The photo of the three big boys drinking milk at the same time at the bottom of the first page is also a favourite. It was pretty funny at the time – I love how in sync they are sometimes with each other.

Number of pages and inserts?
I decided to allow myself two spreads for Week 29, since there were so many lovely photos to choose from. What made it easy to choose only 31 photos was that I knew I would be making a holiday story book, in which I would be able to include heaps more photos.

Overall thoughts?
I really like the ‘colour blocking’ on the second page with the photo of the cereal and the photo of the grass. I also really like the look of the last page, especially how the first thing you see is Edward Bear’s big, chubby face and then from there you gradually notice all the colours and funny details in the other photos. Overall, the pages feel the same way as the holiday felt – calm and peaceful with pockets of fun and colour popping up here and there.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

If you’ve recently shared a Project Life post on your blog, feel free to leave a link below.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

(Sharing this post with The Mom Creative.)

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

Project Life, Week 23

What happened in Week 23?
Week 23 was all about the launch of the Life:Captured workshop. I remember working furiously at the cafe on Tuesday while Rick’s mum was with the boys to rush a postcard off to print. I remember endless emails going back and forth between Trish and myself as we finalised all the important details. I remember staying up late on Thursday night writing up my blog post, and making sure all the links worked properly. I remember the butterflies in my tummy when the announcement went live. I remember the nervous excitement that lasted the entire day. I remember the sense of wonder and amazement when we sold out the next day. I remember feeling full of gratitude at everybody’s support.

Yet at the same time, family life continued at our home that week as it always does: morning rituals, breakfast, parents visiting, cuddles with baby Edward, the boys inventing their own imaginative play, and brunch at our favourite cafe down by the beach on our day off.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera. Half were processed with the old VSCO Cam app. Half were processed with the new VSCO Cam app that also went live that week. (It took me a while to get used to the new filters in the new VSCO Cam app but I think I’ve worked out which ones are my favourites.)

Favourite photo(s) from Week 22?
I adore the one of Angus and Jamie on the first page (top left) looking out their bedroom window early in the morning when I went in to change them and bring them downstairs for breakfast. Normally, I’m all grouchy and task-focused in the mornings, but on that particular day, I took the time to just slow down and watch the boys do their thing. My other favourite is the one of my dad on the second page (top left), sitting on our green couch in his beanie and slippers, surfing his iPad. (I’ve always suspected my attachment to technology was partly inherited from my father).

Overall thoughts?
I really like the grey tones of the first page, along with the wintry feel of the second page. The new VSCO Cam filters add a certain richness to the photos, and the small splashes of blue and red are nice too.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

Project Life, Week 22

Thanks so much for all your encouraging comments in response to my question about whether or not you like to see every single one of my Project Life spreads. You guys are so sweet – and it really is so nice to know that some of you like to sit down with a cup of tea to read these posts of mine. That just makes me smile big time! Anyway, I think I’ll continue to post most weeks, unless it doesn’t feel right to for a particular week. I have, however, decided to stop posting the larger images of my pages. Seeing as I’m journalling more now, I think it’s right for me to keep that private for the boys’ sake. I have no doubt whatsoever that you’ll all understand.

What happened in Week 22?
It was the week I launched my memory keeping giveaway, the week that Edward had his six-week checkup, the week that we went over to my parents’ place for Edward’s ‘full month’ dinner (a Chinese tradition), the week that the last autumn leaves fell, and the week that I started to document our daily rituals (more about that in another post).

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout for Week 22 (using Design A photo pages), along with two 8×10 vertical inserts. For one of the inserts, I did a layout of some photos from our trip to the playground down by the lake, which didn’t fit in the main spread. For the other insert, I included family photos (which I’d converted to black and white) from the dinner at my parents’ place.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera. All the photos, except for one, were processed using VSCO Cam on my iPhone. The other one was processed in Aperture on my Mac using the VSCO Film 01 Kodak Portra 800+ preset.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 22?
I have two favourites from this week. The first is the one of Angus on the second page (top left). He was sitting in the doorway to the boys’ room that morning looking very sad because I’d asked him to wear a puffy jacket. The light happened to be gorgeous so I caught the moment on my iPhone. The second is of Pete on the second page (bottom left) waking up from his nap in the afternoon all happy and cheerful. Again, the light was beautiful and I couldn’t resist photographing his infectious smile.

Overall thoughts?
I adore the colour palette that resulted from this spread – the warm hues of orange and gold seem to balance out the cooler hues of purple and grey. Somehow, it all works. I also love all the shots of the boys I managed to include, and I’m stoked that I kept up the journalling.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Becky Higgins 8×10 vertical page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

(Linking up with The Mom Creative.)

Project Life, Week 21

I’ve decided to jump straight to blogging about Week 21 as I got a little tired of trying to play catch-up with my Project Life posts (plus I didn’t think there was anything spectacular or particularly noteworthy about my layouts for Weeks 17 to 20). I’m also toying with the idea of not sharing every single weekly Project Life spread that I do, but we’ll see (let me know what you guys think about this – do you actually like seeing every weekly spread of mine, or will it be okay to only share the ones that I’m particularly excited about?). Anyway, a big welcome to you if you’re reading my blog for the very first time! It’s lovely to have you here. If you have some spare time, feel free to browse some of my Project Life posts that I’ve listed over in the left sidebar and definitely check out the huge memory keeping giveaway that I’m currently hosting (the first prize is worth over $625). Otherwise, you can click on any of the images in this post for a larger version.

What happened in Week 21?
I went back to the coffee house at Illie two days in a row, which was a real treat for me. Angus spent a bit of time on my Macbook Air playing with online preschooler games, and on our day off, we ventured out to the beautiful Bella Vista cafe at North Head which has the most spectacular view of the entrance to Sydney harbour. Rick also made scrambled eggs on the Saturday. That was a lovely treat too!

Was there anything special about Week 21?
Yes! I went back to journalling a lot more this week. Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been feeling very nostalgic about our boys (and life in general) recently and in response to this, I’ve been documenting more and journalling more. I still believe that a powerful photo can speak a thousand words, but there was something really nice about being able to include more words in my spread for this week.

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout for Week 21, along with one 8×10 vertical inserts. I used one side of the insert to include an adorable photo of Pete which I snapped outside the Bella Vista cafe, and I used the other side to frame a sequence of shots that I took of Edward while I was holding him. He looks so cute in those photos, that I simply couldn’t leave them out.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera. About 80% the photos were processed using VSCO Cam on my iPhone. The rest were processed in Aperture on my Mac using the VSCO Film 01 Kodak Portra 800+ preset.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 21?
My two favourites from this week are actually both of still life: the one of the fern and the succulents at the bottom right of the first page, and the one of the morning lighting in our corridor at the bottom right of the second page. I can’t really explain why, but I’m very drawn to both those two photos.

Overall thoughts?
There’s a certain richness and depth about this week’s spread that really speaks to me. I think it’s a combination of the colours and lighting in some of the photos and the journalling that I’ve actually included. I know I’ve definitely been through a phase of having very few words in our Project Life album, so I’m excited to see where this new stage will take me. I’m also quite proud of the fact that all six of us are included in different places throughout this spread.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Becky Higgins 8×10 vertical page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

Project Life, Week 15

What happened in Week 15?
This was the week before my induction date with Edward. I was thrown a ‘surprise’ baby shower by ladies from my church (‘surprise’ being in air quotes because Rick actually had to tell me about it, in order to convince me to leave the house that night), and both his mum and my mum came over that day to spend time with the boys. I made the most of my last one-on-day day with Jamie by taking him out to Dee Why for a lunch date at our favourite cafe. I distinctly remember ordering gyozas (for me), banana bread (for him), a banana smoothie (for me) and a babycino (for him) – clearly, we went all out. We also shared some extra special family cuddles that week, including a Monday morning with all of us cocooned under the doona together. There was also our last visit to see my obstetrician, an fun family dinner at Kam Fook Chinese Restaurant and a pre-baby date night for Rick and myself the night before the induction. It was such a wonderful week and just looking at the Project Life spread now makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout for Week 15, along with three 8×10 vertical inserts. I used the inserts to include the head shots of Rick and myself from my maternity series that week, a ‘selfie’ of the five of us in bed together and photos that I took on our date night.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera. About half the photos were processed using VSCO Cam on my iPhone. The rest were processed in Aperture on my Mac using the VSCO Film 01 Kodak Portra 800+ preset.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 15?
My favourites definitely include the photos of us in bed together – both the one in the title card and and the black and white one shown in the second insert (see image below). I also love the second and fourth 3×4 photos on the second page (see image above). The second image is one that I captured as we were leaving the hospital for the final time, and the fourth photo was taken as Rick and I sat at our table during our date, looking out the window onto the beach at night. The lights in the chandelier behind us were reflected in the glass of the window, making for a rather abstract photo. Both these 3×4 photos take me back to those two separate moments.

Overall thoughts?
I love the gorgeous blue tones of the various photos against the lovely neutral palette. The two-page spread feels rather calm and serene to me, and that is exactly what that week before Edward’s arrival was like.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Becky Higgins 8×10 vertical page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.