A Different Kind of Blog Hop

Last week, I was nominated by the beautiful Petra Cocoran to participate in “a different kind of blog hop’.  Petra is an amazing project lifer, and was on Becky Higgins’s creative team such is her talent!  So I feel very special to be nominated by her 🙂

I love blog hop’s – they always lead you to amazing places that you may never have seen before – and I can spend hours reading through all the carefully crafted words, pictures and stories.  So, here I am – and here are the questions –

1.  What am I working on right now?

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Project Life – I just caught up about 14 weeks worth with the new Project Life App, got them printed at Persnickety Prints and am in love with them.  I am not a convert, as I love the tactile approach and process of Project Life.

PL App Page :)

PL App Page 🙂

In terms of papercraft, I always have a few things on the go, but that is what I love about some stories, you can leave them, and come back to them.  I am also working on #30Lists September 2014.  I have done all my lists, I am just finishing up my mini album for it.

This beautiful daybook was made by Jodie York from Polka Dot Creative.  I love them and have used them a few times now for mini books!

This beautiful daybook was made by Jodie York from Polka Dot Creative. I love them and have used them a few times now for mini books!

Polka Dot Creative is Australian and her amazing Brush Script, Polka Dot Pieces and unique handcrafted goods from other artists can be found here.

I have also recently learned to crochet and am working a few things for gifts and charity 🙂

2.  How long does it take me to create a project?

I am a bit of a procrastinator – and can focus on one thing for too long and get overwhelmed – more so with traditional 12×12 pages.  Project Life I keep it simple because I want to record the memories and the routines!  I still do weekly spreads as so much happens, and also because my husband works away it is always nice for him to see what we have been up too that has not always been here to see firsthand.  For PL about an hour for a week.  Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter.  Depends how distracted I get!

3.  What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?

I am fairly simple and stick with core kits and also stamps from – Kellie’s Stamps and I also subscribe to a some PL monthly kits that I add in.   I try to keep it simple – I don’t embellish in layers as such, usually stamps, handwriting (because I am too gumby to do digital) and basic bits and pieces.

Stamps from Kellie's Stamps, in a PL Mini Album (made four copies for myself and three girlfriends!)

Stamps from Kellie’s Stamps, in a PL Mini Album (made four copies for myself and three girlfriends!)

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

I use the Collect App and track the week through photos in that respect.  I also have an Erin Condren Life Planner that I am totally in love with and it holds all that we do.  It also looks very pretty and helps with my stationary nerd inner self!

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5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I am dedicated to keeping our families memories.  In whatever way I can.  So that is my driving force.  I want my kids to know what it was like when they were young, and not just from their perspective.  I also am in love with candid photos and photos of moments that we don’t celebrate – little events that make up a day, but are in hindsight, some of the big moments.  Things like the washing and how it is never ending, how many bananas they can eat in one day, the funny little sayings, all of it we forget so quickly!
In terms of inspiration for my work – I use instagram and the amazing PLA facebook group, as well as blogs from all over.

6.  What is my signature style?

Uhm – to be honest – at least one mistake in every layout and un-straight sticking/placement of items.  But I love it because i know it is me.  Stamps are never straight no matter how many thingamajigs I try, but they are stamped or placed with love, so that has to count right?!

So, this is the end of my questions.  And now it is my turn to nominate three people (to keep the ‘hop’ going) who inspire me.  Now that was tough!  The three beautiful women who I have nominated I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life, and are amazed at all that they do.  They each have unique styles and incredible talent in their storytelling and recording.  I am very proud to call each of them my friend and I know you will LOVE their work –

1.  Beth Patfull.  Beth is the co-founder of the amazing PL Australia Facebook group, that now has over 3000  members  Her and Jodie York kicked it off and have created something amazing – they are both royalty in my eyes.  Beth is a fellow nurse (well she is a midwife…) and we share so much more in common.  I love catching up with copious amounts of coffee with her – go home with an aching tummy from laughing SO much.

Her blog is full of wonderful storytelling and amazing projects.  She can be found here.

2.  Carol Fry.  Carol is amazing – she has just opened her own online scrapbooking store called Craft Paper Scissors and is an absolute example of working towards her dreams.  Carol’s project life and scrapbook pages are awesome!  They are always so mulit-faceted and full of life.  Carol runs a craft camp called Camp Paper Scissors – and I met her the first time through this camp.  Her and another lady (Michelle Stokes) organise this amazing getaway that is incredible!  I will never every forget archery!

Trust me – you will love what you see.  Her blog is here.

3.  Lauren Matthews-Nicholls.  Lauren is liquid sunshine!  Always smiling, always full of life and laughter.  I also met her at Camp Paper Scissors, and have maintained contact since.  She is an advocate for the non-profit sector, and it totally suits her!  Lauren is incredibly kind hearted, and talented!  Her pages are full of popping colour, amazing arrays of products and wonderful stories.

Lauren’s blog is aptly named Love Life Lauren and you can find it here.

That’s it for me.  Thanks Petra for the nomination; and thank you to the three lovelies that are following on after me.

Christmas in July – Blog Hop :)

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Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, inspiring you to get out your Christmas stash and use it before all the new collections are introduced this month. Join the fun and create something too, use the hastag #scrapbookchristmas in twitter, facebook or instagram. I am so excited to be a part of this big blog hop! I have actually finished off Christmas projects from the last few years and have had so much fun doing it! I made notes on the day – but putting it all together was awesome.

This mini book I created using cardstock and a cover. I am fairly certain the inspiration from this was from a class from Kim Archer at Home (before Etz & Jot!) and I have just not finished it at all until now! So, it is from Christmas 2009! Pre triplets!

I painted the cover with crackle paint (spruce green and love the effect. The pearls are Kaisercraft and come in the attached lines like that 🙂

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Hayden is almost three here, and we were living in Broken Hill, NSW. Were literally days away from finding out that we were pregnant with triplets! This photo was one of the photos’s we used for Christmas cards that year. Our tree was fairly reasonable as Hayden was not pulling everything down!

It was the first Christmas where Hayden grasped the concept of Santa – his conversation with Santa was a riot –

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Needless to say Santa had a very difficult time explaining that that was not an option for him! It was an unseasonably cool day also – 27 degrees instead of at least 37! It was a lovely day. We left fudge out for Santa, and initially Hayden was so worried there was none left for him! It is good fudge though!

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One of the things we often miss about living rurally is the real sense of community and care. There is a gentleman in Broken Hill, who for more than 30 years has driven around on Christmas Eve delivering presents and knowing the kids names. Hayden was absolutely beside himself! I think the guy is a legend – doing that year in and year out, and not just for one kid, but for hundreds!

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The remaining part of the minibook is journalling about the day – a monologue!

Fast forward a few years, and here is Hayden last Christmas –

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I love Christmas – everything about it. I hope you have enjoyed having a look at this mini book 🙂

We basically have Christmas in July with the Triplets birthday being the 8th! But Christmas is magical – and each year there is that much more sparkle as the kids get more aware of Santa!

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One of my favourite pages – yep, going back to Scrapbooking, is a page that was from a Tarisota kit, and Nic Howard was the guest designer. I still love this page – it is just so pretty! I made this page a few years ago, so technically, it is not from my stash, but really wanted to share it as I still love it! There is something amazing about the night before Christmas!

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Enjoy the hop!

Next on the hop is

Jenny – http://scrappinjen-partyoffive.blogspot.com/

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs

Ruth – http://scrapmachine.com/

Bernice – http://btsoi.blogspot.com/

Theresa – http://himynameistheresa.com/

Holly – http://harmonydiy.blogspot.com/

Sandar – http://www.thecraftybunch.com.au/

Melissa – http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/christmashop

Kimberly – http://kimberlymariekett.blogspot.com/

Stella – http://myscrapbliss.blogspot.com/

Alanna – http://scrapping-and-life.blogspot.com

Megan – http://meganlianesblog.blogspot.com/

Jen – myreillyboysandme.blogspot.com

Lisa – http://mykreativepursuits.blogspot.com

Margareta – http://www.paperpilekitten.com/

Taniesa – http://thecraftypickle.com/

Smitha – www.smilingcolors.com

Catherine – http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com

Kate – www.funkytales.blogspot.co.uk

Tasha – http://tashascreativejuice.blogspot.com/

Melissa – yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz

Alison – http://magicalmesses.blogspot.com/

Cat – http://decisioninspired.com

Manda – http://www.mandalikadesigns.com/

Madeleine – http://senoritaml.wordpress.com/

Melissa – http://www.scrappyjedi.com/

Amanda – http://amandathemadscrapper.blogspot.com/

Ali – www.moloneystylestamping.wordpress.com (you are here :))

Jenny – http://scrappinjen-partyoffive.blogspot.com/

Ros – http://noteverypicturezperfect.blogspot.com.au/

Sue – http://themakingtable.blogspot.com.au

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