It's amazing how time just seems to be flying along faster and faster.
For example, it seems like such a short time since we moved to Wellington, but then I look at the photos of Daughter-Two over that week and she was still a little girl. Now she towers over me and is loving high school.
It's is also amazing how clear my memories are though. I can remember exactly how it felt to be playing in the waves with her when she was a toddler (with her leggings tied around her head because she had an ear infection but couldn't be kept away from the beach!)
And I can even recall the details of the first big trip I made around Europe
But how much of that is to do with all the photos I have (and the fact I revisit them often to scrap them or to look at them in the printed photobooks?). I suspect quite a lot.
I wonder if it was different for most people before photographs? Maybe memories did disappear into those "mists of time" as they used to say.
Speaking of fading, one of my much used template albums has arrived at The Lilypad and is half-price for Wednesday:
Along with another summery kit:
And my Digital Declutter journal cards are also half price for Wednesday:
The school year here in New Zealand starts in February and ends in December, just a few days before Christmas.
It makes things very straightforward: the school year is the calendar year. Although it means we have our long summer break while the weather is often still pretty patchy and they go back into class just as it gets reliably hot and sunny in February.
But I am aware that, on the other side of the world, it's a time of sharpened pencils and new backpacks.
Hence this week's two kits arriving at The Lilypad for SOSN Wednesday (and therefore half price for Wednesday only):
You can also pick up my 'Wonderful You' templates half price as well:
One of my favourite mid-century design trends was the fabulously kitsch 'Tiki Modern' tropical imagery that was especially popular in Southern California in the 1960s. Coinciding with both the Vietnam war and the release of copyright on exotic floral and fauna imagery that had become popular in Victorian times, it was seen everywhere in the booming suburbs of LA and the casinos of Vegas.
As soon as I saw the gorgeous pastel colors in this month's palette for BYOC ('Build your own collection') at The Lilypad I was inspired, and I don't think I have never had as much fun designing a collection before.
There's a co-ordinating template set as well, that comes with a 'tips and tricks' page for photoshop users:
One of my favourite things to do on a wet winter weekend is to catch up on my scrapping of summer pics.
I am rescrapping and finishing up Daughter-Two's photobook from the year she was three, which included a trip to the beach with cousins:
It was the perfect excuse to use the St Malo Kit, which is new in store at The Lilypad today (and therefore half price for SOSN Wednesday)
Along with a mega pack of ripped elements:
And just a heads up: if you have scrapping to catch up on - and if that includes Christmas photos - watch out for Christmas in July and a celebration themed freebie in the newsletter on Friday! (Pop over to my new website to sign up)
I love all the old photos of my family that I have, but the ones I really treasure are not the studio portraits or the wedding photos, but the ones that capture their everyday lives hanging out at home or laughing on a day trip to the beach.
In honor of that, this week's new template at The Lilypad is called "Everyday Story"
Love this one from Liz:
Plus you can make a splash with the new transfer set:
or dress up your page (or kit) with flowers from New Zealand gardens: