Project Life: The beginning.

I've been neglecting this little space. You see, something else has been keeping me busy in the past weeks... It all started in December when we bought a scanner because Per wanted to scan some of his old photos. I'd wanted to get a scanner for a while to scan the photos from my childhood and make a photobook with them, but it'd remained somewhere at the bottom of my to-do-list. Once I actually had a scanner it was much easier to get started, so when we went to my hometown two weeks ago I borrowed the first eight photo albums mum has kept since moving to Sweden in 1984, covering the years 1984-1994.

Then I set to work scanning them, and noted certain things. The photos from the first 5 years are square shaped, and the rest are rectangular. The quality is not that great, even though I scan them at a large resolution. I had intended to make a photobook through Blurb like I do with my new photos. I thought I'd make it simple, using something like this kit so I wouldn't have to spend lots of time making layouts. Once I'd scanned the first years I tried making some pages, but I was not at all happy with the results. I had to conclude that the old photos just wouldn't render themselves well in a photobook. And then I thought about how great they looked in the old albums, in those photo pockets... And well, I've been standing at the side-lines of the Project Life world for a few years deciding it's not for me, but suddenly I had a reason to start. Thus, on Thursday I went ahead and ordered my first page protectors and an album from We R Memory Keepers (the Classic leather album in vanilla) and today the package arrived and I had to celebrate by making the cover page...

The flower background, pink flower and confetti were freebies from Sweet Shoppe. The Hello handwriting is by Caylee Grey. I am going to keep this album fairly simple because I have so many years of photos to include and I want to get it done in a couple of months. I was sure I'd be going for round corners, but just before I was about to order a round corner punch I decided I actually like the look of square corners better. I am going to do white frames around all the photos/cards to make the album more cohesive. I will use a 9 square design for the years with square photos, and design C for the rest of the years. I will have the photos and cards printed through my go-to photo lab. Once I finish this album (that might actually end up being two...) I will tackle the next decade, 1995-2004. Then I'll have my whole life documented because in 2004 I moved out from home and started keeping my own photo albums.

In any case, I can't even tell you how excited I am about this project :) I am sure I will end up sharing more pages here along the way.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here.

Around here: New Years Eve.

Just like last year we spent New Years Eve with our friends Sara and Oskar. This time around we were joined by another couple they know. We met up down by the castle to watch the city's firework display and then headed back to Sara and Oskar's apartment. Sara let me be in charge of party decorations again which I think was generous considering that she and Oskar claim they found confetti around their apartment as late as June last year. Obviously I took my job seriously because no New Years Eve celebration can be complete without streamers, ample amounts of confetti and party horns if you ask me ;)

Other than that Per and I were responsible for making the dessert. After a disastrous and stressful afternoon when I almost ruined kitchen equipment and had to go down to the corner shop for replacement ingredients (ahem) I was very relieved that it turned out so delicious. (In the end) I used my go-to chocolate mousse recipe (no idea why I'd attempted another one at first?) and topped it with Oreo crumbles and mint leaves to make it look like little potted plants. So cute :) Credit goes to my local newspaper for giving me the idea.

The rest of the food was really good as well and we were all very full indeed when the time came to ring in the new year. We stayed until a couple of hours after midnight, chatting and having fun. All in all it was a great start to 2015.

Around here: Christmas 2014.

At long last, here's an entry about my Christmas 2014 which we spent at my aunt's place in Växjö. It was a good one, even though I'd been sick during the days leading up to it. My appetite was still not back to normal and I ate much less than I would have otherwise, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing when I think about it... In any case, we ate a lot of good food, watched the Donald Duck Christmas special on TV and waited for Santa to arrive. Before long there was a knock on the door and there he was with piles of presents. Where my uncle went during the time Santa was there remains a mystery...