Are you ready for the first challenge of 2018 from The Counterfeit Kit Challenge? I have to admit to being stumped for a while when I read the e-mail. I don’t set annual goals as such. Last year I had a general aim to be more creative, the previous year I decided I was going away for Christmas and there’s always a general intention to declutter! I’ve had numerous trips to charity shops with trolley loads of unwanted stuff over the last 3 years, but I’m still surrounded by piles of it. I decided that I need a reason to reduce the clutter and redecorating seems to be a good motivation. I’ve lived here for over 10 years and the carpet, curtains and fireplace in the living room, which I hated when I moved in. are still there.
Before we moved in I had a new bathroom and kitchen, a new carpet in the bedrooms, wallpaper in my room and new doors at the back. Other than that the decorating was cosmetic – just a coat of paint on the walls. I’ve done odd bits since – Strawberry’s bedroom got a makeover in 2016 and last year the back room was transformed from a Harry Potteresque Room of Requirements to a functioning craft room. I try to be realistic with the targets I set myself; to avoid getting discouraged if I can’t do it all. So setting a goal to get the house straight with some specific tasks seems like a good plan for the year.
For the page I decided to use the Jan 1 ‘Stuck!’ sketch. I wasn’t keen on any of the whole sheets left in my Counterfeit kit for the background so I went through the collections I’d used to build the kit and pulled a neutral grey from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies.
I went for stars instead of diamonds and fussy cut a heart and a house from the B side of a piece gutted from the tartan paper (more of that in another post!) For the photos I went round the house and took some shots of things I want to change; the clutter in the utility room, the kitchen shelf, the corner of the living room and my decorating scrapbook, which already includes a mood board for the living room.
My to do list also includes decorating the hall, stairs and landing and putting up more shelves in the craft room. After I’d finished the page I realised that I should have included papering the downstairs toilet and clearing the junk from the garage. Maybe I should do a car boot sale this summer – I tried a table top sale in 2016, but sales barely covered my table fee and since Strawberry broke my windscreen while I was setting up so it actually cost me money!!!
As well as looking forward and planning for the next year, January is also a time to look back on the previous year. I’ve done year in review pages in the past, but in 2015 and 2016 I did a Project Life Light album, so I wasn’t motivated to do another summary of the year. I didn’t do PLL for 2017 so I picked a photo for each month and put together this page:
There’s not a lot of white space in this design so I felt more comfortable using the bright aqua cardstock from my kit as the background. I’m running short on the letter e and had no number 2 s left, so I had to go outside the kit for alphas. And it turned out I was short of the letter e all round and had to get creative with the title.
Creative is a good way to describe 2017. We went to 7 Comic Cons, where Strawberry met her favourite You Tube artists in the Comic village. We visited museums and art galleries when we went to the Cons in London and Manchester. She had a painting and a sketching lesson and completed Inktober. I had a scrapbook class with Amy Tan, took part in a photo challenge and we went on a scrapbook retreat together. I wonder what my 2018 year in review page will look like. Will I have photos to show I’ve ticked off my goals?
Whether you are looking forward or back right now we’d love to see your pages in the monthly link up.