Remember those ‘bad’ days?

Friday I had one of *those* days.  One that felt like it was never going to end, and one where I was fighting an uphill battle against four little humans, gravity, and well just about anything that I tried to accomplish. 

Normally I do our families memory keeping predominantly through Project Life and this blog.  I also have email addresses set up for all the kids (all just moloney._____@gmail.com) where I send them an email about something (even mundane) they have done with a picture and sometimes just a story.  In any case, I will hand over the reigns of the addresses to them when they are older.  Not sure if it is an 18th Birthday moment or not.  I have been doing it for about a year now, and love it.  I hope the kids do as well.  Anyway, I digress!  Mainly our week is documented through photos and words.  I like to add in small tiny humanism’s.  For example, yesterday, Brendan said he couldn’t go to kindy because….wait for it….he could not feel his legs.  I lost it laughing at him!  That right there is what I love recording and keeping a moment captured for all of us to appreciate and laugh, cry or cherish in times to come.

Most of this documenting, is not focused on one bad day.  So I thought I may as well get something ‘good’ and a bit of craft out of my day.  It was actually an amazing experience.  Because even though there were moments where I thought I would combust with frustration, there are so many more moments that in hindsight, were truly beautiful moments.  Here is a glimpse –

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The cover of my mini book.

I have used a bit of everything….

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My whole purpose was to be honest, real, and create something that I know in 20 years time will bring me right back to the moment!

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This smiley face was seriously taunting me!  I did NOT want the coffee to end!!

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I saved one of the (three) mini muffin boxes to keep in the mini book, more so because it was cute and the kids get these tiny little muffins!  But underneath I wrote the cost (which is crazy for four kids and an adult!!).  Then the little things that make me smile – Miss Caitlyn drinking her cup of tea from her mug, yep a real mug, not plastic.

Then trying to do the groceries….Image

And then….out to the car and….

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And my very fitting # tag seeing as I did not get time to cook tea…..#motheroftheyear…

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Then onto bed time – where they really did rip apart a book 😦  Not cool!

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There is about 10 pages of handwriting in the mini book as well, which was great.  I could really say everything.  On the whole though, looking back at the photos, even though at times it was so difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I eventually got through, and was able to smile, laugh and realise it was not that bad when I did this reflection.  I am now making more of a concerted effort in not saying I had a bad day and breaking it down to something like – well breakfast was a milk splashing nightmare and I find it makes it a bit easier to keep on going and I am not as stressed or cranky!!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

Amy Tangerine Visit ~> Lovely!

The wonderfully talented (and amazingly nice!!) Amy Tan visited Spotlight stores recently in Australia.  I was lucky enough to get to one of the stores to meet her, and a few of the Project Life Australia Group people in ‘real’ life!  It was awesome!

I had rung the store weeks prior to check and ‘book’ a seat, and yep, in true Ali style, had called and re-checked four times.  I think they were sick of me calling – mind you the first call they had no idea Amy was coming!  Anyway, Jase was unfortunately working – despite me begging for him to get the day off!!  So, after much planning, pleading and begging got enough people in to look after munchkins and pick up Haydos 🙂  All was good.  It was a mammoth effort to get out of the door in ‘nice’ clothes without being swarmed with sticky fingers and snotty grotty noses!!  Anyway, I arrived half an hour early as I was so worried about missing a seat or not getting a park!  So, I got to see the set up and sit down and catch up on my words with friends games!

I have made a day book (from Amy’s range naturally) and here are some shots from it –

Inside - personalised just for me :)

Inside – personalised just for me 🙂

 

 

 

My moment of stardom - Amy took a photo of my PL as it had the info card in it from Becky Higgin's Core kits....

My moment of stardom – Amy took a photo of my PL as it had the info card in it from Becky Higgin’s Core kits….

 

 

 

 

 

So none of my make and take’s are going to be ever used – haha!  The card is stuck down here, but the tags *could* be removed if I wanted to….but they are so special!  Amy blogged about her Brisbane visit here and it featured a few pictures from the Everton Park store and of me & my PL which I felt like a rockstar about!  You can see it here.

Sorry for the picture overload – trust me, this is not all of them!  I actually got these all printed from Persnickety Prints – their quality is amazing, so I think I will be using them a great deal more -especially seeing as they do the wonderful PL rounded corners!

So to Amy – a very very big –

Thanks Amy!

Thanks Amy!

 

Life, Paper, Scrapbook – Blog Hoppy!

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Life, Paper, Scrapbook is an Australian online publication featuring all things crafty and packed with inspiration and visual delights!  Issue one, Autumn 2013, can be found here, and just quietly you can see one of my project life pages on page 91!  Today a very exciting blog hop is happening – I am lucky enough to be a part of this blog hop and am lucky last 🙂

This week has been dedicated to Project Life – an amazing memory keeping system that is about recording and documenting your life – simply.  I am a PL newbie – starting this year, and I am LOVING it.  I find that I am recording the seemingly inane or minor things that occur – and trust me, these are going to be the big things in ten years.  Little nuances that my children say or do, alterations to the house, day to day routine – it is all recorded.  And I love that.  I love that it is something I can literally allocate an hour for and do justice to the Moloney week.  Much of our week is mayhem – but it looks even better in an album, and also makes me realise how fast time goes when those really horrible days do occur (two kilos of flour on the floor, overtired 2 and 3/4 triplets, 3 litres of milk in the drawer…).  My PL is honest, raw, and at times brutal, but it is aimed for my family and I.  I document a great deal – by hand, as I have not gotten around to digital.  I think I still love the smell, touch and array of paper!  I am using the Amber kit from Becky Higgins, as well as some Polka Dot Creative Mini Kits, Studio Calico PL Kits (have received two!) Amy Tangerine embellishments and Give a Girl a ….. stamp sets; and some bits and pieces of Seafoam & Clementine (both Becky Higgins).

Amber Core Kit

Amber Core Kit

I started out very humbly and still think my pages are very simple.  But that is the point.  My title page was straight out of the suggested card placement for the Amber Core Kit!

2013 Title Page - Moloney Mayhem!

2013 Title Page – Moloney Mayhem!

I then completed an “about” page – what I wanted to achieve this year in PL and a picture of each of us at that time.

"About Page"

“About Page”

I included the 4 x 6 information card that comes with the Core Kit – as I thought, for me, it was so basic and really needed to be there.  Meeting with the amazing Amy Tan earlier this month, I was amazed when she looked through my PL album, but also that she took a photo of my page using the Becky Higgins 4 x 6 card – yep, my album photographed by Amy Tan!!

Amy Tan :)

Amy Tan 🙂

Every week I still love flicking back through the weeks and looking at them again.  Importantly, my kids love looking through their multiple ‘stories’ and visits to the museum or somewhere fun, and Hayden, especially now that his reading is becoming so proficient, loves reading my ‘stories’.  My husband is also a bit of a fan 🙂  So, for project life week here are a few of my favourite pages so far this year 🙂

Little angels when they are asleep :)

Little angels when they are asleep 🙂

Brendan's First Hair Cut

Brendan’s First Hair Cut

An insert on my special big boy Hayden - just about where he is 'at'.

An insert on my special big boy Hayden – just about where he is ‘at’.

This is an insert – it is about Hayden – my eldest, and is about where he is ‘at’.  He has a tough gig being big brother to triplet siblings and does it so very well.  I am always incredibly proud of his patience, tolerance and absolute love for his siblings, no matter how disruptive they can be!  The back page shows a picture of Hayden at the same age the trio are now –

The back of Hayden's insert

The back of Hayden’s insert

All about family!

All about family!

Small details...

Small details…

I love this page :)

I love this page 🙂

Week Seventeen :)

Week Seventeen 🙂

Week 17

Week 17

So I know this might be an overload of photos, but I have tried to restrict them!  Some weeks some saddening or frustrating things have happened – I have journalled those in bi-fold cards so they are tucked away for ‘our’ eyes only.  That is what is so wonderful about project life, and I am keeping it ‘real’.  I am busy, and have a handful of kids, so trying to record all that we do is so important.  In a blink of an eye my kids will be double digits and not saying the cute little words or calling me Mummy anymore.  Some weeks I feel the focus is on one child more than another – but this is ok with me – as they all do different things, and all have different attributes.  Hayden has a little more packed into his days other than Dora, painting, triplet trashing (a technical term for destruction by three at once – against any object!!) or toilet training so often does score a few more stories.  Work factors in as well – good or bad, as it is a very real component of everyday life.

I run my weeks Monday – Sunday, so my first week included December 2012.  I aim to print my photos out every Monday afternoon at Big W whilst doing the groceries post school run.  I then try to complete the week Tuesday night.  Lately, it has been getting later in the week as it has been hectic, but I am keeping up.  Which is the aim.  I have minimal embellishments – I stamp and use stickers & washi tape.  I am trying to use the Huey’s mists, but it usually ends up looking like my 2 year old did it..  Here is an example!

First attempt at a mist...

First attempt at a mist…

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I hope you have enjoyed the pages and I hope even more so that you enjoy project life!  If you are a fence sitter – do it – you won’t regret it!  Keep it simple, and stick to the motto – “cultivate a good life and record it”.  Another incredibly cool person (Amy Tan) said to me the other week – “your kids won’t care what colour you used, or if it matches, they will just care that you documented it”.  So on that note – hope you enjoyed the blog hop.  And thank you for your visit 🙂

The other fabulous blogs in the ‘hop’ are –

Kellie Winnell

Kylie Bellar

Amanda Watkins

Bernadette Miller

Ali Moloney (you are here!)

There is also a giveaway on Life Paper Scrapbook’s website, thanks to Craft House – upload a PL page to the side bar to be in it 🙂  It is a mini kit – they are just gorgeous!  To enter, head on over to Life Paper Scrapbook 🙂

Happy Happy Friday!

Ali