Life lately: January 2016.

Watching | Some really good films - En man som heter Ove (I think it did justice to the book, which is one of my favourites), The Walk (I didn't know the story beforehand, so I had to cover my eyes through parts of it haha - don't watch it if you're afraid of heights), The Martian, The Revenant and season 2 of The Affair.

Listening to | Nothing special this month really.

Consuming | Blood oranges which I love almost as much as satsumas.

Reading | I finished two books this month, German YA novel 28 Tage Lang (which I loved and definitely recommend, but there doesn't seem to be an English translation yet from what I can tell?) and This I Know by Susannah Conway (liked it, but it didn't revolutionize my life or anything).

Visiting | P's parents + some of my co-workers.

Enjoying | Prague, the beautiful winter days we were blessed with, changing things up around my home + the fresh start feeling that a new year brings.

Making | Project Life pages for my 2015 + 2016 photo books, as well as the Project Life Creative Team.

Looking forward to | The day my 2015 photo book arrives in the mail.

Project Life: 2015 album cover.

I am getting so close to ordering my 2015 photo book! I only have three spreads left to complete (which will make the total number of pages 193). My plan is to finish those tomorrow so I can place the order before the latest Blurb discount ends. I finished the book cover last week, sticking to a number template by Chelle's Creations for the front cover like I did for my 2012 & 2013 books. For the back cover I used a template by Simply Yin + some cards from the Everyday Edition. Here's a close-up:

Needless to say, I am very excited to see this book in print. You can bet that I will be tracking that order on a daily basis once I place it! I promise to share some photos of the finished book once I get my hands on it :)

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

Around here: Sunday.

Around here, Sunday was pretty special. I found myself awake already at seven (why is it that I can get up early easily on days off but find it next to impossible to drag myself out of bed before 7.15 on workdays?) and since I saw that the sky was clear I decided to head out in time for the sunrise. I simply put on sweats (+ my warmest coat of course, it was ten degrees below freezing) on top of my PJs, grabbed my camera and headed out. I didn't know exactly where the sun would break the horizon but my estimation proved right. It was such a beautiful morning, hardly anyone was out besides me and it was just so quiet and serene. Definitely a memory I will cherish forever.

I spent the rest of the day inside, dabbling with little things around the appartment and, needless to say, working on my Project Life spreads. We finally put away everything Christmas (not as shockingly late as some might think since our tradition is to put it away on the 13th of January), which means the pink is back again. I love how clean everything looks when the Christmas decorations are gone. Of course I had to celebrate by buying this year's first bouquet of tulips, which happened to include ranunculus because all the tulip-only bouquets were sold out.

This was just one of many great days so far this month. Really, January has been so much better than I expected. I hope everyone else is having a good month too :)

Project Life: My memory keeping plans for 2016.

One of my two main memory keeping goals for 2016 is to stay up to date with this year's scrapbooking. I am so excited that I will be scrapbooking as I go for the first time this year! I am not going to change very much about my scrapbooking compared to 2015 because I feel like I found a method that works really well for me last year. This means that I will still:

  • Scrapbook monthly, and complete each month's pages at the start of the following month.
  • Make 12x12 pages in Photoshop that I will have printed in a photobook from Blurb early next year.
  • Use mostly the Big Shot 14/16 templates for the left side and Design A/D for the right side.
  • Use mostly my favourite Project Life editions i.e. the Everyday Edition, Moments Like These Edition (where the filler cards above come from) and Midnight Edition but also mix in some fun new products.
  • Use the Aleo font for my journalling.  

The changes I will make are mainly to: 

I might try to:
  • Make the occasional insert. 
  • Include more quotes.  

My second goal for 2016 is to finish my photobook for 2014 which I abandoned last year.

If I feel like I have time I will also work on my fourth physical Project Life album covering the years 2005-2008, but I feel no pressure about this since it'll be the only part of my life that I don't have documented once I finish my 2014 album. And I actually do have photos printed and put in albums for most of that period as well, but I want to redo it all Project Life style.

Also I can't write an entry about Project Life and 2016 without sharing this graphic:

I've said it before but I will say it again, I am so excited and honoured that I was chosen to be on the Creative Team this year!  I only got started with PL in January of last year and  back then I could never have imagined that I'd be on the team just a year later, following in the footsteps of so many talented ladies I looked to for inspiration.

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

Outings: Uvaklöva.

This week we went from first snow to full blown winter wonderland in a matter of days. It feels almost exotic because the past couple of winters have been so mild. Twelfth Night is a public holiday around here and I can think of few better ways to spend a sunny winter day off than by going to the woods, so that's what we did. We brought hot chocolate and our warmest clothes and in the end we weren't cold at all even though it was ten degrees below zero. It was just so lovely out there. All quiet and peaceful. Paths that had only been walked on by the occasional animal after the most recent snowfall. Glittering snowflakes. Magic.

Project Life: 2016 title page.

As promised I bring you my 2016 title page. It was shared on Becky's blog yesterday. Just like with last year's title page (which I completed not that many months ago) I kept it simple. I experimented with some more colour at first but then I went back to my favourite edition which is, of course, the Everyday Edition, because you can never go wrong with that. I did throw in the little camera from the Project 52 2016 Edition (which I love as well) to spice it up a bit though. I have yet to decide whether I'm going to keep using the digital page protectors from Valorie Wibbens which I used for my 2015 album in 2016 or not. I quite like this simpler look (and in any case this is what my contributions to the PL Creative Team will look like since there are no official PL digital page protectors). One thing that I am certain of though is that I will never do round corners, but I've felt "certain" of things when it comes to scrapbooking before only to change my mind later, so I should probably never say never ;)

Project Life: December

Tonight I finished my Project Life spreads from December. These past months I've documented each month at the start of the next because I think it's easier to organize my layouts that way. I have to say that I love being this up to date with my memory keeping. It was only a year ago that I wrote that I preferred to document the year once it was over, because I thought it made it easier to choose which photos to include once time had passed and I'd gained some perspective. Funny how these things change.

During the past months I've done something else that's entirely new to me, which came naturally once I started to document more recent events - I've started including more journalling. Nothing crazy, and never more than one or two journalling cards per spread, but I really like adding another dimension to my documenting. I wish I had started it sooner. I plan to go back and add a bit more journalling before I have the 2015 album printed. I'm so close to finishing it now, all I have left is to document our trip to Croatia. In any case, here are the spreads from December... I will be back with an entry about my 2016 title page + memory keeping plans for the year ahead later in the month.

Various glimpses from the first half of the month...

A visit to relatives + more glimpses from my home in December.

The big day a.k.a. Christmas Eve.

Another spread about Christmas Eve. It's a bit busier than I would like because there was so much to squeeze in but not enough to make a second spread. It would have been a good occasion for an "insert", but it was a bit late to start adding them to my album this late in the year.

A spread about Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The final spread of the year, from New Years Eve. I took some self portraits on NYE and included one photo here; I plan to include some in my 2016 title page as well. Gotta make the most of these photos since I take self portraits so rarely as it involves taking down pictures from walls and rearranging furniture. I wish I had just one empty wall in my home :P In case you're wondering why I don't make an end page it's because you can't add a final page to Blurb books (or perhaps you can if you pay extra?) so I always end my books with a full spread.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Products used frequently: Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens and cards from the Oh What Fun Winter Value Kit, the Hello December 2015 Edition and the Everyday Edition (some items have been recoloured). The December stamp + the stamps in the second last spread are from Liz Tamanaha/Paislee Press.

Around here: New Years Eve.

I always regret not getting up to see the sunrise more often, so I decided to remedy that a bit on the final day of the year. After all, at this time of year it's no great sacrifice to get up in time to catch the sunrise, seeing that the sun doesn't break the horizon until half eight... By then we'd already been out for almost an hour, walking around town and enjoying the peace and quiet. Perhaps it was because the day got off to such a good start that the rest of the day rest of the day felt much calmer than last year's New Years Eve. We celebrated with the same friends as last year and started out by watching the fireworks by the castle which has become one of my favourite traditions. That and sprinkling confetti and streamers all over the dining table, otherwise it just wouldn't feel like New Years.

I took the sunrise photos with my iPhone and the rest with my DSLR; sans tripod because I just can't be bothered to drag it with me to the crowded park.

Life Lately: December 2015.

Watching | Swedish Christmas film En underbar jävla jul at the cinema and Phoenix during the holidays.

Listening to | Christmas music, above all.

Consuming | Lots of Christmas food + sweets.

Reading | I started reading 28 Tage lang by David Safier (a Swedish translation though, my German is not what it once was) but didn't finish it yet, mostly because I had already completed my book goal for 2015 and wanted the book to count towards my 2016 goal.

Visiting | The parents + relatives around the holidays.

Enjoying | Everything about the holidays :) Christmas shopping, the decorations, the food and so on.

Making | More pages for my 2015 PL album.

Looking forward to | Being on the PL Creative Team in 2016 and our trip to Prague in late January.

Around here: Goodbye 2015, hello 2016.

2015 was quite a year... I know that the scars I carry from this year will shape the rest of my life. And yet, I've felt reluctant to let 2015 go because paradoxically it has also been one of the best years of my life so far. 2016 will bring with it lots of uncertainty. Big decisions will need to be made, the life-changing kind. But during the past thirty years I've learned that the light inside me might flicker sometimes, but it has never gone out yet. I have faith that it won't in 2016 either, come what may. I have never chosen a word for the upcoming year before, but this time it came to me rather effortlessly. Stronger. A reminder that I am stronger than I give myself credit for and that life's difficulties will only continue to make me stronger.

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to any new readers who might find themselves here thanks to yesterday's big announcement.

Bring on 2016 :)