Bettter late than never, right?
To be honest, I’m missing a week of March, but the photos from that week were terrible and I don’t remember much. No real stories to tell.
To be able to catch up on PL, I decided to done the whole month of April across two pages. Of course, this makes it a bit superficial, but I noticed that now I journal more than what I did when I had two pages for one week. It makes me have to highlight the big things, yet, I don’t feel like I lose the everyday life.
I’ve set myself a goal and that is to do one month a day until I’m all caught up. That means that Thursday is May, Friday is June and Monday is July.
Not sure what to do when I have caught up, though? Go back to one/two pages per week? Continue with one month over two pages? What do you think?
Right now I’m just glad to be back on horse…! Although, I do feel that maybe PL isn’t for me.
I love the idea of it, but I also feel a bit stuck trying to make my life fit into these pockets.
Also, I’m doing this. Are you?
I’ve been bad a keeping up my blogging during work weeks. It was the same this spring, but I hope to do a bit better as the fall progresses.
First thing’s first:
The 30 day photo challenge. It’s over! Wow!
Day 22: Trees. Day 23: Sunset. Day 24: A smile. Day 25: sun flare (ok, I cheated – there is no sun here, so this is one of the spotlights in the bathroom). Day 26: Something old. Day 27: After dark. Day 28: Daily Routine. Day 29: Purchased. Day 30: In motion.
It was fun doing it, but stressful too! At least something good came out of it: I made an awesome layout (at least I think so) with these 30 photos today:
I love using multiple photos on a layout and I really like how this turned out. I’m a very graphic person, so simple layouts are what I do best. Here I’ve used a Studio Calico patterned paper (calendar page), some Ali Edwards stamps, Studio Calico letter stickers, Maya Road chipboard elements, Elle’s Studio tag and Create Paper buttons. Doesn’t have to be more complicated than that!
Thanks for reading!
Who said that day 21 of the 30 day photo challenge must be of an actual, material pattern?! How about a behavioral pattern? Like my husband falling asleep on the couch after work?
Although I have labelled it as a “pretty pattern”, I have to say, it bugs the hell outta me! At least at times…
And before you say anything: Yes, I know he’s smiling (and is awake). You see, I did the instax photo first, and the flash and buzzing woke him up. Woops!
Life has been really busy this week, so no scrapping! School started up again, with students arriving on Monday. This year I’ll be teaching two English classes, two Norwegian classes and two Social science classes + 2 hours a week of a 4-student group, social science for minority language students. I also have some hours in study hall (where we primarily accommodate students who need extra help). I hope I can get to scrap some thing weekend, though! If the weather turns out nicely, we’ll take a day trip up to Stord, where I’ll do my teaching certification part-time over the next two years.
See you later!
Two photos today… Also first day of work (with students). Good speech given by the principal about the terrorist attack on July 22nd. One new student died in Utøya. Another new student died suddenly during the summer. Table with their photos and some candles and flowers in the main hall.
Day 17: On the shelf. You should see my shelves. Really. This does not even begin to describe it!
Day 18: In my bag. Which one? The one I use for work or the one I use in my spare time???
Of course, I could have pulled everything out, but I didn’t. If I did, you wouldn’t be able to separate the things and it would just be a big mess. In the photo: the bag, my teacher’s planner, my work laptop, wallet. And my feet.
Day 16: What I ate
Focaccia with red onion, cheese and ham, with a delicious garlic mayonnaise.
Yesterday I read “Room“. I bought it earlier this summer, but have been busy with my thesis and have not read much beside theory and relevant literature. So when work started back up, the subject on suiting books wa brought up at a meeting for the English teachers, and a colleague mentioned this book as one the school should buy. It made me go home and read it. I read it in one sitting. It took a couple of hours, but the book and the story was well worth the time.
This layout was made using this week’s Sketch Thursday from Elle’s Studio.
There was a social function for our department at work on Thursday and at the end of the night some cleaning up had to be done (paella on the floor? Not so cool when the students arrive tomorrow). Marthe and I found some equipment, but the mop (NO IDEA WHY I’VE WRITTEN BROOM!!!) didn’t want to cooperate. Bjørn Olav (head of dept.) stepped in, but couldn’t get it to work, either. At the end, I got Marthe to pose for a photo. Great night! I love my colleagues!
I didn’t get to update yesterday, because I was so busy having a fun time at work. Meetings occupied my entire day and then there was a social event for my department at night. I posted several photos of it on Instagram. Maybe you saw them?
Anyway… Here is the newest photos.
Day 14: Flowers
Day 15: My shoes
But the best part? I’m hosting another giveaway. What now, you ask? a $10 gift certificate for use on either kits or store items with Studio Calico. Have you not heard about Studio Calico? Studio Calico must be the best kit club on this planet! In addition to making awesome, easy to use kits, they design and sell their own lines! This is what they write about their philosophy:
The concept of Studio Calico began long before it was a reality. In 2000, while working at a local scrapbook store, April developed an appreciation for innovative supplies along with a respect for preserving memories. Thus, the concept of combining fresh products with non-traditional scrapbook supplies emerged.
At Studio Calico, we hope to encourage the creative process by providing the best supplies on the market as well as a community that is supportive every step of the way.
So… Want to win? Comment on this post. Want extra chances at winning? Comment with links to your blog, your facebook, your twitter, etc, where you’ve advertised this giveaway!
Just remember to comment before Wednesday Aug. 24, at noon EST!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
There will be no wordless Wednesday this week, it seems. I want to share my newest layout, which I just spent the last hour creating.
I guess it’s not obvious, but the photo is of a banner I noticed behind the garage my husband’s school uses for some of their cars (he’s a driving instructor). There’s some pretty run down houses in the neighborhood (we live two minutes away by foot), so it was a surprising sight (the title) to see the banner. And against that cloudy backdrop, it was just gorgeous!
And then… To the bad day-news. Husband lefte this morning for Germany, where he’ll attend Gamescom. Also, I had my first day back at work after the vacation and was really, really tired afterward. Went to my mom’s place and got some dinner. She is looking after my niece this week, who is attending a horseback riding-camp before starting school yesterday. I went to pick her up while my mom made dinner. Ate, but excused myself early because I wanted to get to the store, get groceries, get to the post office, pick up new my winter boots and get home. I was tired. I park, next to a small, really small, wall (app. 3″ or so tall), separating the parking lot from the pedestrians lane. And as I started my drive home, I had forgotten all about the wall and made sure my car landed right on top of it. Yay. Just what we needed right now.
So I manage to get the car back off the wall but do not have the stomach to go out and inspect the damage right then and there. I get home, park the car and goes out to look. It’s a pretty decent dent, but the paint seems to be mostly ok – the wall didn’t go through both layers and I can fix the outer, blue layer myself. We will, however need to fix the bump. Or have someone not yield in a roundabout.
Of course, Terje was in the air when all of this happened, so it left me calling and calling him trying to get through. And when I do, I start bawling my eyes out. I’ve had my license for five year without any accidents, big or small. Not one, and then this happens
Sorry for complaining, I just needed to get it off my chest.
Onto happier things: Day 12 + 13 of the 30 day photo challenge.
Day 12: Close-up
Day 13: At a distance
I didn’t get to update with yesterday’s photo yesterday. Why? Because I was so busy with something I made. Really.
As school ended on June 21st and my students started their summer holiday, I knew I would have to spend my summer holiday writing the first draft of my thesis. Yup. Really.
So, yesterday’s theme for the 30 day photo challenge couldn’t have come at a better day, I think. I finished the first draft on Friday and e-mailed it to my mom and my sister who spent some of their time this weekend proof-reading it. Yesterday I went over the draft with them, discussing why I had written some parts as I had, making notes for changes, etc. You know how it goes.
And here it is… Parts of it, at least…
And you still have time to comment to win:
Winners will be announced tomorrow!
Yesterday I spent a great deal of the day pondering what I’d photograph. The theme was “technology” and I didn’t want to take a photo of my computer or my iPhone. It wasn’t until late afternoon/night that I realized the answer was right in front of me.
After scrapping the layout I posted yesterday, I went and got my DSLR to photograph it. A couple of weeks ago, one of my two memory cards failed. At least that’s what I thought. No matter how many times I formatted it, it continued to say [FOR] and wouldn’t record anything. Yesterday the same happened, and I couldn’t really find a good solution to the problem online or in the manual. The manual simply said that [FOR] means that you have to format the card. Uh’huh. That’s helpful!
Being scared of a failing camera, I checked several stores online to see what a new camera in the X00-class would cost. I got this D200 five or so years ago, and since I don’t use it much anymore, I wasn’t really planning on getting a new camera just now. The prices scared me. A few years ago I contemplated upgrading to a D300, but looking online, the camera from that series is now up at D700, at a pretty steep price. Ouch!
I drove to the mall before they closed, but the first electronics store only had 8GB cards, for $90 (NOK500), and I didn’t want to spend that much is it was indeed the camera that was dying on me. Founds a 4GB card at another store for $50. Much better. Got home and it worked! Phew! So relieved!
When I think about it now it’s not so strange that the cards failed only weeks apart. I got them when I bought the camera, and have taken several thousand photos with each. 5 years ago we used to travel around Europe, following bands such as The Crüxshadows and Ego Likeness. I could shoot over 1000 photos a day for a week. I also photographed a lot while at home. You can view many of my photos here (The Crüxshadows gallery here, Ego Likeness gallery here).
This turned into a post much longer than planned, so I’ll leave you with the photos from the last two days. First, the (failing) technology and second, a faceless self-portrait: