Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy New Year!

...we're still in January, so I guess we can still say that. Maybe "happy Australia Day" is closer to the mark...

I've been thinking a lot about goal and resolutions for this year, and on reflection, I think last's year's system suits me perfectly. The One Little Word, rather than an elevated, exhaustive list of aspirations, kept me focused and motivated all year. Much more satisfactory than abandoning the whole thing by March!

I know it's supposed to be a different word each year, but honestly "SEE" is still inspiring me. I really want to continue to develop an artist's eye for life and the world around me, and I feel like I'm only just beginning to do that. So, "SEE" it is!

This year's going to be be a pretty busy one, so I'm actually not going to set myself any scrapbooking goals. I think, as much as I loved working at Kaisercraft head office last year, rather than the occasional work from home, I really didn't anticipate how much it would affect my own scrapping time. Sadly, often the last thing I felt like doing when I got home was scrapping! So given everything else that's going on, I plan to free myself from all expectations - keep it as fun as possible. Maybe just enjoy visiting other people's blogs for a while.

Plus, you may remember a post I did last year about the book "To Die For" on the global fashion industry, and how very personally it resonated with me. This year, I've decided to take the plunge ("SEE actively, if you like!) and forgo buying clothes - unless they're proven to be from certified ethical companies. Instead, I'm going to sew, refashion or buy preloved. (Bar underwear and shoes, as I mentioned. There is a point...) Basically, I want to see if it's doable! So that cuts into free scrap time too...
(For anyone interested in the journey, I've started up another blog, Wasn't sure how interested scrapbookers would be, so I'm keeping the two things separate!)

All that being said, I do have a couple of layouts to post. Here's One and Two for the year:

Gotta love school Book Weeks! Seeing them on screen though, I'm not loving the drab colours so much. Might be time for another cull, methinks.


  1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I get so caught up in life's happenings that I don't tend to visit other's unless I'm spurred, sad but true.
    I love your new blog, I was a knitter once but now all I can manage is a beanie here and there in winter. Scrapping takes up all my crafty time, not a bad thing.
    I very much admire your resolution to recycle and will be interested to see how you manage it, I know I should attempt the same but my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired. Hoping for some quick and easy inspiration to come :-)

    1. Thanks Peg, that's so kind! Glad you enjoyed it :)