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I've been having a play with Paper by Bamboo as a potential digital home for my Project Life and I thought I'd found a cushy nest. But… while I can drop images into a page and write on it with my fancy (Christmas present!) stylus, I cannot add normal text to that page.


So, this week, I'm trying something else – Evernote for the iPad.


It's a whole heap better suited to my needs than Bamboo but it was still missing something.


Until I came across a new app (via Ali Edwards) that puts text on top of photos – from your phone!! No more struggling with layers?



(I have “Physical” by Olivia Newton John stuck in my head…!)



Scientist Guy asked me if I could turn my crafting digital this year, so that we could pack up my studio – for the new baby to have somewhere to sleep and somewhere to keep all her things AKA a nursery.


My first thought was “Waaaah!! I don't wanna…!” and my second thought was “Can I keep some stuff out because I'm not sure I can do this…”


But I had a week of thinking about it and announced on Saturday morning that I would do it. Not try, but actually commit, despite embarking on Project Life for a third year. I learnt a lot from two unfinished years of 365 scrapbooking and had big plans to do a proper job in 2013 – so making the switch is a big deal; and not just because I am new to digital crafting… For me, memory keeping is about the bits and pieces of memorabilia, as well as the pictures and stories that go into a week's record.


I've been using the Project Life system of pockets that Becky Higgins designed. Even though my first two years could be termed 'unsuccessful' because the binders are mostly empty, the photos are still on my computer and the memorabilia is in a bag waiting to go in to aforementioned pockets; but I made the effort to take the photos and write down the stories and collect the bits and pieces. And I learnt how I need to do Project Life in the future, to get those pages finished and everything in a secure place.


So deciding to go digital will be a crazy roller coaster of frustration and education, but I will have a record at the end of the year.


And… I will be telling the stories of my learning and progress as I go.


I discovered my first hurdle tonight… while mocking up a post for this week (7/52) as a first foray into it all. I had assumed that I could dump my photos and stories into my blog, so that I could share my project. I started with a story from today and made a huge realisation… I tell personal stories in my week pages, stories I don't want the world to read. Sure, I want to share a photo of my week spread but no-one can read the stories (unless I enable the zoom feature) and I can blur anything that I want to keep extra private.


So then I thought, “Well I can make the post private, creating a record for myself” but then no-one else can see it… This is still a problem not a solution!! Now I have a record, but it's not being shared with the crafting community…


So I need to do some more research and more thinking, and I'll get back to you later this week (8/52) with another tale of my big switch to digital – and hopefully, some answer to my current, first, BIIIG problem!



Hello, poor neglected blog. It’s been a long time.

Several reasons for this; the most significant being screen/frames incompatibility with my “device”. Which is really off putting to a novice blogger.

Don’t think I have been a digital hermit… oh no! For I have been wasting many hours enthralled and inspired by the projects and pictures and words that I have seen.

And thus, today’s post – in which I try a new posting application and experiment with embedding links.

And photos!!

I have been reading…

Pip Lincolne on Meet Me At Mikes

Who showed me heart shaped friendship bracelets

and cute free printable mini envelopes

Among other things… that delighted my crafter’s instinct soooo much, I felt a giant need to share them. Reminding me that I have a blog, and should not leave it sitting in the cold, possibly wet, unfurnished porch, definitely feeling abandoned.

Spring is trying to oust winter around my way, which makes me a happy gal.

I saw my first ladybug (an annual tradition – although this year was the first time I photographed the lucky mite!)

And I did make one thing during this fallow month – a giant “roar roar” for Monkey Boy to colour in.

Yes… I do wish I could have spent some hours lying on my belly, painting a massive beast of my own!


On January 1st I chose an address for the blog I’ve been thinking about launching for 4 years.

On January 7th I wrote a draft of my first post.

On January 10th I still hadn’t finished the project I intended to launch my blog with.

(it didn’t occur to me that I could do one without the other – honesty can be a disadvantage…)

On January 16th I wondered if I should choose a different project to launch my blog with before I missed the January/New Year/new things opportunity.

But today, January 19th, that’s all changed – because Apple Computing launched a book publishing tool.

For free.

So now I am (hastily but) happily launching my blog – because I’ve had, in a not-forgotten but long-untouched boxfile, half a novel waiting to be finished – and the lure of free publishing is an amazing motivator.

So I’m going to write here, in my little corner of the web; of things I make, and things I write; and hopefully one day (soon!) you’ll be reading about the science fiction story I published.