Happy New Year, lovely readers! My word you guys, what a year 2016 was. A lot of people were quite happy to see the end of it and welcomed 2017 with open arms. For us 2016 had it’s ups and downs like any year.
Downs included getting into an accident that saw our car being written off (no one got hurt) and us relocatinng to my parents house for a full month because we had a mould situation that was affecting our health.
Plans for 2017
I hate resolutions. I never stick to them but this year I have two goals:
1. Getting my drivers licence. Seeing as we have a new car that doesn’t seem so intimidating to drive, I want to get my licence so that I can stop limiting my children’s lives. They need me to be able to drive them around. It’s as simple as that.
2. Completing Becky Higgins Project 52. The idea is to do a scrapbook page or two at the end of every week so that at the end of the year you have a lovely record of your family’s life that year. It also ties in with another “resolution” I’ve made which is to take more pictures of myself with the kids. I’ve been seeing this float around on social media and it’s really resonating with me.
I’ve always wanted to try scrapbooking and have been eyeing the Project Life format for years. But the physical copies are so damn expensive but they have created an app which is so simple to use. The app itself costs around R42 (at time of publishing) and comes with a few free layouts and kits to get you started.
You can also buy more kits which go for between R14 and R30. Which is a bloody steal when you see how much those physical kits cost.
Like I said, it’s very easy to use. We went to Boulder’s Beach yesterday so I tried making a page for that last night while I was laying with The Munchkin as he fell asleep:
Soon you’ll be able to order photobooks straight from the app, which is what I’m planning to do at the end of it all.
THE FAMILY YEARBOOK. This is my main way of scrapbooking. I approach this with a weekly format and I use the #ProjectLifeApp exclusively. In a nutshell, I have been keeping up with putting together (2) pages in the app per week. I do this every Sunday. I’ve known all year that we were going to add the photo book option to the app, so instead of printing the pages along the way this year, I’ve been printing none of them and instead I’m going to print them as bound photo books — directly through the app. We have a couple of blog posts coming very soon that are completely dedicated to the photo book conversation, so keep your eyes peeled for that information where we'll be answering ALL the questions you have … plus, the actual launch of the photo book feature is just around the corner. In the meantime, I have actual “beta books” in my possession so here’s a sneak peek of my 2016 family yearbook. This is 10″ x 10″ and the spine is just 1/2″ thick. 12″ x 12″ and 8″ x 8″ are the other sizes we’re making available. The quality is going to blow your mind. Read more about my personal scrapbooking on the blog at BeckyHiggins.com. #BHPhotoBooks