FEELING: Girly. I haven’t painted my fingernails in years, but I’ve painted them twice this week despite the fact that I’m horrible at it. Hoping these helpful videos from a Twitter friend will improve my skill set, because these two Essie shades (mint candy apple + beyond cozy) are irresistible to me.
WATCHING: Breaking Bad, Season 1. Friends of mine rave about it and I want to be in on the conversation.
READING: Storytelling Strategies by Stacy Julian in bite-sized portions. I love Stacy’s memory keeping spirit, she doesn’t stress about being caught up or documenting everything in the order it occurred – she’s simply passionate about telling her story. In 2012 she chose 12 categories and scrapped a page for each category every month. 144 layouts in one year – she’s totally winning at scrapbooking.
LISTENING TO: Classic Rock’s Greatest Hits playlist on Songza most mornings while I gear up for work. It’s a bit outside the box for me, but I’m rolling with it. For some reason a little Kashmir in the morning kicks my butt into gear.
EXCITED ABOUT: My new Silhouette, which has me feeling crafty again. Being able to turn my digital supplies into paper supplies so easily means things like glue and ribbon have taken up residency on my desk. These are treat filled birdhouses for a couple of little girls in CA that think I’m Cinderella.
DOCUMENTING: 2013 in a 6×8 Snap Album from Simple Stories – I got mine in brown. The 6×8 format is a little less mentally taxing for me, plus I can finish pages up quickly and have instant gratification. One of these days I’ll get photos of my album into a blog post. It’s on my list, right after tax prep!
WORKING ON: A better sleep schedule. For most of 2012 my head didn’t hit the pillow until 3am (or later) most of the time. I’ve always been a night owl, but my overall quality of sleep has been taking a nosedive over the past several months – so I think I’m getting too old to burn the midnight oil on the daily.
NOTICING: That this guy is becoming more and more independent. I’ve never been one of those moms that feels as though her kid is growing up too fast, I’ve always felt as though that’s the goal I’m shooting for. That won’t stop me from crying when I drop him off at college, but in the meantime I celebrate every lunch he makes for himself without me telling him to do it.
SHARING: This recipe for Nutella Rice Krispie Treats from The Pioneer Woman – just in case you haven’t already stumbled upon it on every social media site. They’re definitely a good thing.
Happy Friday! I’ve added a couple of new templates to the shop today.
My good friend, Christine, is in the habit of taking a look back at each month on her blog, highlighting some of their favorite moments and the corresponding photos. Recently she shared on The Lilypad Blog how she turns her Month in Review blog posts into 8.5 x 11″ pages for her Project Life album using a combination of Lightroom (to create her photo collages) and Photoshop (to add her journaling).
And then people, inspired by her pages and wanting to create some of their very own, started asking her for a template that bypassed Lightroom and allowed them to create the whole thing right in Photoshop every month.
Enter The Bird, stage left.
In Review templates! In both 12×12″ and 8.5×11″ sizes. The 8.5×11″ version is perfect for printing at home so you can drop it directly into your Project Life album, add it to the family pinboard, stick it up on the fridge or email it out to your close friends and family as a monthly newsletter. The square photo spots are also perfect for showcasing your Instagram photos for each month.
Handwritten months are included in each template, each on their own layer so you can hide last month, unhide this month and get started on your review.
They’re a clean, graphic-style way to document a month in your life. Plus you can dress them up by dropping in a background paper, adding shadows and adding some clusters of elements to make them into real showpieces for your albums. That’s what I did with my page, below. I love the idea of adding seasonally relevant little element clusters in the opposing corners or near the date stamps – like Valentine’s bits for February’s review, summery bits for June’s review, etc.
I didn’t get much scrapbooking done last year, and I think these may be just the way to get a lot of our 2012 memories documented quickly.
Early Bird Savings
|| MY LAYOUT ||
|| LAYOUT BY RENEE ||
“I love that I could journal so much! I could easily fill the page but I really like how this looks. I like the idea of having a page per week with a photo a day, but I like the way this looks too. I chose photos for this that I hadn’t used in my P365.”
|| LAYOUT BY JENNY ||
“I have some weird hangup up mixing so many photos together from a large span of time in terms of them not being similar (in lighting etc.). I know it makes no sense, but I get super twitchy about it. I thought I would hate the way this would turn out but I really don’t. I think I may even go back and do one for each month using last year’s photos.”
Hello, friends! Happy February!
We’re debuting a brand new idea this month by pulling a product “from the archives” and extending a page challenge to all of you for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the One Little Bird store.
The featured product for the month of February is Tuesday Morning - and if you don’t already own it you’ll save 30% if you buy it during the month of February. Read on for more details on the challenge and for a free coordinating download.
TUESDAY MORNING CHALLENGE
Because it includes several word arts that coordinate perfectly with the theme of looking forward, I would like to challenge you to use this product to create a page about the upcoming year and what it may hold for you. Take a moment to think about the following questions:
- What are your hopes, dreams or aspirations for 2013?
- What would you most like to achieve this year?
- What are you most looking forward to or what ‘new’ thing you are most excited about?
- How would you like to make a fresh start?
- What changes do you hope to make or in what ways would you like to evolve over the course of the year?
Then scrap a page and show me what’s ahead for you in 2013 and you could win $15 worth of One Little Bird products.
How to enter:
- Create your layout based on the theme above using this month’s featured kit – Tuesday Morning.
- Upload it to the One Little Bird Gallery at The Lilypad.
- Post a link to your layout in the comments here by 2/28/2013.
The winner will be chosen randomly from all entries submitted.
INSPIRATION FROM THE FLOCK
▲ Layout by Amy
▲ Layout by Becky
▲ Layout by Julie
▲ Layout by Susanne
▲ Layout by Sue
▲ Layout by Becky
▲ Layout by Jenny
A few “extra bits” to further inspire your pages.
I’ve added a couple of new items to my shop today for the February BYOC. Love is in the air this month. :: eyebrow wiggle ::
My new Crazy For You papers and elements are excellent for highlighting the people you love in your scrapbook pages – that goes without saying. Also? Equally perfect for proclaiming your love for a caramel macchiato, or your new camera (oh how I do so love my new camera!). This month’s awesome mix of colors is perfect for boys, girls, coffee, cameras, a new pair of shoes, Ryan Gossling – there’s no limit to how smitten you can get.
The exception being a restraining order. A restraining order would be a hard limit on how smitten you can get. (I’m looking at you, Ryan Gossling!)
For now, prepare to fall deeply in love with these new additions. The foxes are so cute, can you stand it?
Save 20% On These New Releases
All of the products in the February BYOC line are on sale, with additional Buy More, Save More discounts of up to an additional 30% off. Sale ends 02/04/2012.
|| LAYOUTS BY THE FLOCK & THE POLLYS ||
An infographic is a visually engaging way to display lots of data and Nicholas Felton is the king of turning his day to day life into gorgeous infographics and even developed a social network for tracking the day to day data of our lives.
I love his annual reports but I haven’t been meticulously recording the details of my life. So I used a combination of social media, creative displays and good old-fashioned guesswork to make my infographic inspired layout.
Here are the basic steps for making your own infographic inspired year in review layout.
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT
A good infographic tells a story. What are the highlights of your past year that you want to highlight in your layout?
For me, this would be the birth of our first baby, the trip we took to Alabama, my weird pregnancy habits and my growing obsession with digital scrapbooking.
COLLECT THE DATA
Once you know what you want to highlight, you’ll need to collect data that relates to those stories. I knew that I wanted to include the states we visited in 2012, so I started looking for some way to visually represent those states. I found this wonderful free font Stateface by ProPublica that includes the shape of every state in the US.
The data for the birth of my son was pretty easy to come by, since I could include the date, time, his length, and weight. You might want to think about more unusual data to include as well, like hours of labor or the number of hospital visitors. Think about the important events of your year and what details you could count or measure that are related to them.
My pregnancy with Isaac involved a lot of Taco Bell visits and I wanted to capture that in my layout. Thankfully, my husband is a meticulous tracker of our spending habits, so I could use our financial software to find the number of times we went to Taco Bell. If you’re not tracking your spending, you might be able to use an online app like Mint to go back and pull out similar data from your bank account.
Mostly because I wanted to use Peppermint’s awesome word art, I sought out a way to include how many tweets I tweeted last year, as well as how many emails I sent and received.
Layouts scrapped was easy enough for me, since I upload all of mine to a set on Flickr, so I just had to count how many were from last year. A trip through your favorite gallery or a quick look on your hard drive can settle this one for you.
WHEN IN DOUBT…ESTIMATE
When you have a new baby in the house, you deal with a lot of diapers and this was something I wanted to capture in my layout. Of course, I haven’t bothered to take the time to count every diaper as it’s gone in the washer, so I needed a different way to come up with this number. I wouldn’t recommend this if you want a super accurate infographic, but since this infographic is for entertainment purposes I say go for it!
To get my diaper number, I started with a number I was certain of. We have about 20 cloth diapers and we have to wash them every other day. We didn’t use our cloth diapers until July, so that’s 6 months of washing 20 cloth diapers every other day. There’s about 30 days in a month, so my math looked like this:
((6*30)/2)*20 = 1800
1800 diapers! Using a daily average you know is a great way to capture a daily routine that can’t be easily tracked otherwise.
An infographic is a great way to capture the daily routines that might otherwise not be documented in your scrapbooking. I certainly don’t want to scrap a photo of Isaac’s dirty diapers, but washing them has been a significant part of my daily routine over the past year. Documenting the number is a great way for me to include this portion of our life into the family album.
The In Review Elements include a few data-ready elements to start with for a year in review infographic. Here are some other possibilities to capture your year:
- trips taken
- new foods tried
- cups of coffee drank
- pairs of shoes bought
- miles run
- friends who visited/friends visited
- concerts attended
- stitches crocheted/knitted/sewn
- apps purchased
- thank you cards sent/not sent
- doodles drawn
- notebooks filled
- hugs/kisses given
- candles lit
- times cmd/ctrl+z pressed
Remember, you don’t have to have an exact number to document it in your infographic! Sometimes even a funny response (like “a gajillion times”) is exactly what’s needed to get your point across.
Have fun documenting your year in numbers. If you do decide to make an infographic inspired layout or if you’ve made one in the past, we would love to see it. Be sure to link us up to it in the comments!