Week 2 and 3 Project Life

If there is one thing I’m starting to appreciate about doing Project Life, it’s enabled me to use up the little bits and pieces I have collected from scrapbooking. The small scraps and odds and ends are perfect for embellishing my PL cards.

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I’ve also started using my stamps more, especially the smaller designs and the date stamp that I got as part of my Smash book haul from years ago. I’m trying my best to take at least 1 photo everyday of a sort of highlight of my day or some random interesting shot of my environment or whatever activity I am doing. If all else fails, I have a go to list of photo ideas such as what I’m wearing, or the view outside a window or what I’m eating.

So far, I’m still collecting my photos for the year and will be ordering my photos soon. I note dates and photos on my pages with post it notes so I can figure out journaling and embellishments. I also record what photos go on which dates in my planner and use this as a guide of whether I have taken a photo for the day or not. Once I have my photos printed and inserted into the page protectors then I can do some final embellishment and finish them.

TWINE and a Sketch

Nothing like a challenge to get the creative juices flowing. I used the sketch #137 from Sketches in Thyme and did the TWINE challenge from Scrap Our Stash.

Tissue

White background/ cardstock

Ink splatters

Note cards

Enamel dots

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I used some leftover wrapping tissue for the background, mod podged it to the white cardboard, added some ink splatters from Dylusions (Bubblegum Pink), some notecards from my stash, and a few enamel dots for a bit of glitz.

I’m still trying to work on my “monochrome” scrapbooking and for some reason I keep gravitating toward pink. It seems to just fit so well with black/white. Plus where this particular photo’s subject is concerned, pink is the ONLY color.

Highlights from 2014

If other people saw my life last year through their eyes they would probably think it was pretty boring. For me, however, there were so many interesting things that happened. I rode the Great Wheel and almost had a panic attack because it was so high. In the same vein, I went to an indoor rock climbing class for the first time and not only did I climb the Pinnacle at REI, I went all the way to the top and rang the bell. I grew my own strawberries for the first time last year. Although they were a bit puny, I was excited and proud. There were also the almost daily antics from our cat in her constant demand for attention. She would climb onto the computer table and pretend to be the keyboard, or onto my craft table and pretend to be a scrapbook page.

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My family from the Philippines would also send me photographs of my niece and nephew for me to put on my scrapbook pages. There’s photos of my niece earning yet another medal from yet another school contest, or of my nephew trying to take a ride on his Tonka truck, or of the both of them sharing a cookie.

There were also some challenging and frustrating moments that I wish never happened but someday I know that when I look back I will be thankful for what I have learned because of those moments. They may not always make it to my scrapbook pages but they will still be remembered.
I still have a lot of items to check off of my bucket list and I hope I get to do some of them this year. Also, doing Project Life this year will hopefully teach me to cherish the everyday whether anything interesting happened or not. But then, with the right frame of mind, it doesn’t take much to make a day interesting.

Of Rain, Mochi, and Taiko

It doesn’t take much to make my day. However, when three of the things I enjoy most all happen in one day, I can’t help but feel life is good no matter how bad my allergies get. Last Sunday was the Mochitsuki Festival in Bainbridge Island. It’s a tribute to Japanese culture, family, a welcome to the new year, and most importantly, a great opportunity to eat my favorite snack food in the world.

The ceremony itself is ages old but in Bainbridge, the festival was started 26 years ago by a handful of Japanese families as a way to get together and ring in the New Year. Now it is an annual celebration which brings in people from all over the Seattle area, and even beyond. I learned about the festival itself last year when we first visited the island. My ears pricked up at the mention of mochi when we went to visit the museum in the island but was bummed when I learned we had missed it by a few days. Since then, I was determined to go the very next time it happened.

Mochi is made from mochigome which is a short-grain glutinous rice. The grains are soaked overnight and steamed, then pounded and kneaded in an usu which is the traditional mortar using wooden mallets called a kine. It is then either filled with sweet bean paste or left plain and eaten dipped in shoyu. Back then, mochigome was hard to come by since it was difficult to farm and harvest so making mochi was reserved for special occasions such as New Year’s. Today, anyone can make mochi without the need for a village ceremony by cooking mochigome flour on the stove.

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Besides the whole mochi business, the festival also featured a Taiko performance. It’s an experience that, for me anyway, is hard to put down in words. The rhythm of the drumbeats, the movements of the drummers, never fail to move me. I once watched Kodo perform at the Laurie Auditorium in San Antonio, TX and was hooked since. I would never pass up a chance to watch them perform in Seattle. Although the Seattle Kokon group was not as grand as Kodo, I still enjoyed it.

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On the ferry home, we were also able to enjoy some delicious chili from the galley. It’s one of those obscure things that we discover while exploring the pacific northwest. I’m by no means a chili expert but I do know that chili from the MV Puyallup is worth the ferry ride. If you ever take the ferry over to and from Bainbridge, make sure to give it a try.

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The whole day was rainy and just the perfect shade of downcast for me. I love rainy days which is one of the big reasons we moved to Seattle. I’m one of those weirdos who feel happiest walking in the rain (cold virus be damned).

The prefect trifecta for me: rain, mochi, and taiko. Now that’s how you greet the new year in my perfect little bubble.

Project “Enjoy life” 2015

I notice these days that when something memorable or amazing happens, without fail, you see people taking photos and videos with their phones. I find it weird that some people, instead of living in the moment, they are putting so much attention in capturing the event that they forget to enjoy the now and create that special memory. That was one of the reasons that I was hesitant to get into Project Life. I have known about PL for years and have often contemplated making my own PL album. However, the fear of being among the ranks of those incessant shutterbugs who spend more time behind the lens than they do actually enjoying beautiful moments has always held me back. So this year, I will try my best and find a happy medium between documenting and enjoying moments.
I wanted to start my PL weeks on a Sunday so for the first week, I plan on including New Year’s eve and some photos of 2014’s Christmas Tree. I’m keeping a record of where to find my photos in my planner and will be printing them out through Snapfish every month. Until I have my photos to hand, I will be planning out and creating my PL cards and map out my pages.

Front page of the 2015 PL album

Front page of the 2015 PL album

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I’m hoping that in doing Project Life this year, I will be motivated to do something or find something interesting everyday… And you all get to enjoy the everyday right along with me.

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