Monday, 15 April 2013

UKS Blog Hop.


Welcome along to the UKS blog hop, you may have arrived from Scrapdolly and her beautiful accordian album, it is just gorgeous; if not and you fancy joining in then you can go back here to the start to get the full list and start from the beginning. There will be fantastic blogs to see and there is a prize if you follow the hop round.

I am excited to be giving away a prize too, this is from me personally as a thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoy it and the details of what it is and how to join in are at the end of the post.

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I wanted to show you how I am incorporating my traditional 12x12 scrapping which I love and my project life type scrapping in divided page protectors which I also love. This post then becomes almost the start of a serial of posts I am writing about my experience of project life and how I got to where I am; which is with one album at a time with all my types of scrapping in it. 
I know you are eager to get on with the hop, but if you fancy learning more then you can see my intro post here. Which explains all the influences I have had around this change over the last couple of months.

So my scrapping is about this year's annual Easter egg hunt. 
I concentrated on getting video footage of it as I have only been able to record footage over the last 12 months so I am capturing as much of what is left of their childhood as I can, which they really enjoy ;) This did mean that I didn't get brilliant still photos though. 

So I edited and uploaded the video and then turned it into a QR code to print and add to the page.
I then decided which was going on the 12x12 layout and which was going on the 6x4 scrapping and how much journaling was needed to go with them.

I looked at which papers I used in the album in the pages before these ones will sit and decided whether I will use them or move into new stash and if so how they will fit together best. In this case it was the start of the second album of the year and I finished the last one with Amy Tangerine's 'Yes, Please' line so I went back to that, which was no real chore.
Once I did that bit I cracked on with the 12x12 layout. Love this bit, I like to find a challenge or a sketch at least to guide me. In this case it was Suzy's great challenge on UKS a couple of weeks ago.

(I must just mention my poor child's chest, he had been poorly with a nasty cold and then d&v over 3 weeks, he isn't well covered at the best of times but I can reassure you that those bones are covered again, not much but they are covered!)
Since I have adopted this approach I have not worried too much about getting all the journaling on the 12x12 and now add them to a 6x4 which is scrapped with the leftovers from the 12x12. I add the date and a comment where to find the journaling if it isn't going to sit directly opposite.

I then use some more of the papers to add to the slots opposite the 12x12.
Here you can see the QR code in the top left slot so that as a family we can scan and watch any accompanying videos as we look through the album. (Feel free to scan it yourself and watch the hunt, or you can click the link here.)
A photo and journaling of the chocolate haul he found on his hunt are below that. (of course the chocolate haul helped with the bone covering as well :) ) 
On the right I used a 6x12 off-cut of paper and split it into 3 down the right hand side. Ali wrote on one and I stapled in one of the clues for the hunt. (Thank you to Susi for the lovely post-its, they are very useful and pretty :) )
I have also included a video of me showing the album if that helps to see what I mean any better. If not you will at least have a laugh at my country bumpkin accent :) I did not write a script, I have not edited due to time constraints so let's suffice to say that I am especially proud of how I call it 'The Easter' and also of the funny noise I make when I mention seeing the sun! This is my first video where I talk so please go gently, pretty pleasey-weasey?
Ok, so thanks so much for visiting my blog on the hop, to qualify, as I am sure you know by now, for the UKS prize you need to leave me a comment.

To qualify for a prize from me which is a Simple Stories collection - Vintage Bliss- *fans herself over excitedly*
To enter: Please tell me in the comments whether you think the video illustration is helpful? That's it, then you are entered for my prize too. 
Entries close at 20:00 GMT Sunday 21st April 2013.
I will then pick the winner from a random generator and announce the winner on my blog. Full details on how to claim your prize will be given at the time.

Next stop on the hop is Soojay's fabulous post, enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks again for stopping by...


92 comments:

  1. You've been a busy bee Jen. Yes the video definitely helps to make things more alive. You are going to manage having me doing Project Life one of these days ! xxx

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  2. Itsma great help. Love the idea of 12 by 12 in the album

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    1. Good, thanks Wendy, nice to 'meet' you :)

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  3. I love your video.. It's like getting a chance to see inside your album. The used page protectors work so well along side the 12x12s and I love your vellum inserts as well works really well.

    Thanks for sharing (and your accent sounds perfectly normal and I get excited everytime thee is sun too!!!)

    Wizbit (Liz)

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    1. Thank you, that is kind of you and I am glad you loved it :)

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  4. Well Jen this is the first time I 'get' Project Life - thanks so much for demystifying it for me. The video helps a lot though your fab post explained things beautifully. How lovely to hear your voice!
    Love and hugs,
    Sue x

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    1. Mwhahaha, another convert :) Great, I am glad you understood, it is hard to tell when you have written it yourself :) xxx

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  5. Great idea. I'm trying something similar for my London album, but as a way to get in more photos. I'm still not quite with it for designing 4 X 6 inserts.

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    1. Great, please link me up when you show it :)

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  6. Why of course it's helpful - thanks for taking the time :)

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  7. Jen - fantastic post and video, well done and Im glad the sketch I chose for our crop challenge inspired you

    Fabulous prize too

    Suzy x

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  8. You inspired me last year on the 365 blog to give Project Life a go this year- and your little video has now inspired me to ad a layout to some weeks! I spotted the ragdoll was it Cinders? from last years challenge, too. I loved the video. Fantastic prize that you've put up.

    I had temporarily lost my PL mojo and admit the last few weeks have NO photos. But I will attempt to put that right and start afresh!
    Thank you!
    Kim

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    1. That has made me smile Kim, well done you on remembering Cinders! x

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  9. The video was really useful as seeing you physically turning the pages helped to give a sense of flow through the album and how everything ties and and progresses. It was great seeing the work in progress and makes me want to hold it all in my hands myself. Thanks!

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    1. Great feedback, thanks so much :) x

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  10. Wonderful post and I loved the video. Its great to see and hear your explanation of the album and has inspired me to have a go a this as its such a great way to record memories. Glad to hear your son is on on the mend

    Thanks so much for the chance to win the prize

    UKS lelly

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    1. That's great, i'm glad it has inspired you!

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  11. Love your layout. That's a clever idea with the QR code! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. thank you for sharing ..I have some divided page protectors but haven't used them yet (didn't know where to start)...I have some ideas now...the video was really useful will be watching it again..

    thanks for the chance tomwin some fab stash too

    scrappybluecat uks

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  13. Your children are going to be so grateful you took the time to record their childhood like this - it is all so interesting even to an outsider so to them it will be awesome, well done you.

    I think the video gave me a brilliant insight in to how you create your albums, thanks for sharing.

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  14. Super LO and great idea using the divided page to add more photos/journalling.
    The video is a good idea .. it show how you've used matching pages - and contrasting ones - and how it is OK to do just a bit of a LO and come back to it later.

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  15. Fab video, been looking at doing project life or similar but wanted to still have the odd full 12x12 layout. Thanks for sharing x

    from Boland :)

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  16. Hi Jenn bo time to really blog hop but had to come and see what you were up to LOL!!
    No wonder you are such a busy lady with all that scrapping, a job and family!! makes me feel so lazy :(
    Was curious to know what your voice sounded like so watch the video!! Was impressed with your clear voice and explanation on Project life. Well done you it was great!I started last year but only did Jan so now will wait for 2014 and see if I can use all the papers, page protectors and file that are all stored together, to be honest I was tempted to start now but I ambeing strong willed and know I have many unfinished projects to do in 2013 and I am determined to get them done!!

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  17. Fab video Jen, very helpful :) I see what you mean about how your PL matches the LO opposite - all co-ordinating :D
    Thanks for sharing your country bumpkin voice with us my lovely :) x
    chrisrydal x

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  18. Love the layout and accompanying PL page, very effective. Thanks for the video, yes it was very informative and its interesting to put a voice to a face! Tigerlady

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  19. I'm sure the video thingy would be helpful if I had a smart phone... mine is over 10 years old and won't even receive a photo!!! Loved the LO... had to Pin it :)

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  20. stunning all round :) pinned to try :)
    Leigh11 xx

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  21. really like this, am getting ready for holiday so haven't had time to watch the video, but you have given me some ideas for using all the divided page protectors i have just bought!
    *here be dragons*

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  22. Loved the idea of the QR code. Found the video helpful to Thanks

    Meg babyUKS

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  23. Will watch your vid later but loved the finished project xxxx

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  24. The video is great - loved hearing how you put it together - it really works well and incorporating the UKS challenges is brilliant. And I am so impressed by the QR coding - clever thing you.
    Lovely blog post.
    PaulineD UKS xxx

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  25. Beautiful Jen, a lovely page as ever and I love your enthusiasm for Project Life and nice to see a bit more of it (Maria in France on UKS)

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  26. What a great idea for combining the 12x12 and a divided page protector! I have a wedding album to do and ideas like this help greatly. Your video makes it real and shows how what you have made fits in with your current project! Thank you for hard work. UKS - Sharon1973

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  27. Very inspiring. Love how you showed your album to show how the 12x12 layouts can mix in with the multi photo protectors. Thank you . KJJC on uks

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  28. Hi, been following your blog for a while now so lovely to see you in the blog hop. Love that page and how you are mixing up your albums with multi pages; something I have started to do too! It was great seeing the video too - I'd just like more of it (as I'm really nosy lol!) UKS - Julesaroony

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  29. Love how you have mix of pages, I have been thinking of doing this too. Thanks for the inspiration. UKS sue1952

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  30. Thanks for not only sharing a lovely LO but making the video too, its great and yes very useful when you want to be nosey... errr, sorry, see it in more detail!
    UKS name, AllycatD

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  31. Thanks for the inspiration. Like everyone else I enjoyed the video, mainly because I too am very nosey! (TinkerHamilton UKS)

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  32. Lovely stuff, Jen! Is it okay if I'm completely honest? I have a tendency to skip videos because I can read and look faster and with more enjoyment than I can watch. BUT I wanted to hear your voice so I watched this one and really enjoyed it!! It emphasizes the tactile nature of a good album and I loved that

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  33. I love how you have combined the 12 x 12 with the divided pages to completely capture the Easter Egg Hunt and the little scanny bit is genius! I tend to read blog posts and then if I am particularly interested in a video (or nosey!) I will probably come back to the video at a later date, which is what I did with yours! Lovely prize thank you so much for the chance to win xxx

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  34. I really enjoyed you video, thanks for sharing it! The page is great! x

    UKS - Clairewill

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  35. Love the mix of pages in this album, the video was very helpful, thank you
    Chris55 - UKS

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  36. I'm about to embark on this idea too...I bought some project life stuff but not managed to start, and then I find I have too many photos for my page, so I have dug out my Florida photos to make a single album but use the page divided pages for all the extra stuff and journalling :)

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  37. Love the dotty page .... bless you on explaining why your lads ribs were showing, though having a skinny lad whose bones have shown upon occasion due to illness & having had some very harsh comments made because of that I totally understand.

    I found the video helpful as it helped me see what you mean far more than me visualising them from the writing.
    K (aka Sylphraven)

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  38. Yayy well done you brave girl - I have not made a video before - your is lovely :)
    I really LOVE that you have the code for his video in the book - gone are the days of searching for for old dvd's/videos to capture memories.
    Love your book too.
    Soojay

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  39. Oh well done on the video, it's helpful to have it as you're led through the album. How clever. Love the mix of PL and 12 x12 LO too.

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  40. Love it :) thanks for sharing. Yes the video is very helpful :) xx

    purplybunny (uks)

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  41. I'm also doing PL this year and love your ideas, I think your video is great because I love getting inspiration from others and having a nosey through your album!! Mary x

    scarymary555 on UKS

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  42. excellent video - got a bit stuck with my pl or this is great-alibi

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  43. Love your LO and your ideas would be fab on a Smash book too...have to cook dinner now so will check your video later!! UKS Bubbleblitt

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  44. thanks for the video !

    love the LO too - very summery.

    Cantstopstampin

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  45. Love that lo will be giving that a go i think

    Beanpie11 aka Debbie

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  46. Some great ideas to share. Thanks

    Akers elainevking on UKS

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  47. Video was useful. Thank you. Lovely LO - just right for sunnier days. UKS Tagsie

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  48. Thank you - the page is lovely! -Cassia

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  49. Love this idea. Thank you for the tutorial. Love, stillcrafting from UKS xx

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  50. Love this and I love the video!! thanks Jen, it's awesome! Love and hugs Sarah (UKS butterbee)

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  51. Love the LOs and your various pages. The video was great as it helped to bring the album to life - giving us an idea of what you had in mind - TFS

    Toni xx
    (misteejay)

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  52. I too am mixing layouts and project life loved to see the detail in your video. I loved the use of the circles on your layout, definitely going to steal that idea

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  53. Not done any project life so thank you for the intro, the video is great, thank you for sharing, JoPink

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  54. I'm so happy to see some project life in action as I've always wanted to have a go and I love what you've done! Thank you. Sian aka Violaceous :)

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  55. Beautiful pages

    Fran (Hedgie)

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  56. I really liked your video. I keep looking at project life stuff and thinking I would like to have a go. Your video is the first I've seen with 12x12 as well an I really like the look. Thanks for sharing :) (uks Jacqui200284)

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  57. I think your voice sounded fine - really friendly (which goes with your avatar)! Your album looks great and it was good to see how the series of pages work together in the video ... a series of photos wouldn't have shown that as clearly. I love the way you've combined 12x12 & divided page protectors to make a true scrapbook of your lives ... allowing extras from the kids and efemera to be used but also including superb full page layouts! These will be beautiful, rich, memory filled albums.

    Jimjams x

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  58. Lovely pages. the video is great and makes me want to have a go at project life now iv'e seen one in the flesh so to speak. Thanks for sharing and for giving us all a chance to win a fabby prize.

    NIKIG (uks)

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  59. I love this, I love the little bit of your child's writing, it's wonderful

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  60. I have a thing for circles, definitely gonna do this!

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  62. My goodness a QR code link in an album - that is fantastic! I'm so impressed with this idea. Love the way you've got the children to do their own journalling.

    Think the video link is helpful to see

    Stacey Scrapred on UKS.

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  63. I always enjoy seeing different ways of mixing different projects together. Thank you

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  64. The video is great- it's really good to see the combination of traditional layout with project life.
    Laura Godfrey

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  65. That is great and I love the code in album thing! I need to try that too! brilliant work! Don't include me in the draw and good luck to the winner! jenx uks wear crafts

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  66. I couldn't hear the video but enjoyed looking through it anyway, lovely to see how you've used the pages.

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  67. I really like how you've linked a LO and a Project Life page. I don't do PL, but I can see how I can use a LO and a divided page together when a single LO doesn't tell the whole story. The video was really good to see how you link your LOs and pages together. And the QR code is a brilliant idea!
    (Eileen C)

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  68. Your pages are gorgeous, thanks for the inspiration. The video was good, but TBH I rarely watch them even if available as I like to look at astill picture and think through what I'm doing as I go along. HTH,

    UKS name Fizzydrink

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  69. Lovely LO, I have never done PL but do enjoy looking at other people's pages :) Video is a great idea too :) Kitty Crafts UKS

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  70. Lovely los, thanks for sharing. Very clever use of the QR code. I have been dabbling with some divided pps too but not gone for whole hog with Project Life yet. I enjoyed your video, very helpful, felt more like seeing it all in the flesh.
    UKS - mumof4girls

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  71. The video is really useful. It makes the instructions pop from the page. Thanks for the inspiration! Audrey - uks poetcrafty

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  72. Love all the circles, thanks for the fab video. UKS - Scrappyyo

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  73. Love this. Very interesting to see what you've done with project life as it's something I've thought about but haven't done. I did find the video helpful but even with the sound turned right up I found it difficult to hear
    UKS Meggie

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  74. Loved the video - it felt just like a friend was in the room sharing her album. Thank you!

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  75. Love the colours you have used. I find videos helpful as they share the scrappers view point better and I like seeing how things sit in poeples albums. UKS Jolene

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  76. Fabulous pages. Love the one especially with the circles and patterns - great colours. Gill x UKS name is Seaside Crafter.

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  77. Very sophisticated, especially with the use of the QR code - a bit beyond me technically but technology is amazing, isn't it? I love the divided pp and then a traditional layout - I think you could easily accommodate the other journalling & extra pics on the divided part ... the video was helpful because it showed that you can catch up some of the pages you haven't had a chance to do yet ... love your son's writing and inclusion too. Ali (Alibri) x

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  78. Stunning layout Jen but you lost me with the QR code!!! lol
    Wow! your video is inspirational - what a fab idea to combine your PL and traditional LOs. I just loved the sneak peak :) Thanks for sharing xxx
    UKS PinkSparklyScrapper

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  79. Fab way to incorporate Lo's & Pl. I love doing Pl but haven't always been consistent & don't really incorporate the 2 things together. Maybe I should. Well done on a brilliant Lo & Pl page & fab description of how you make it work for you. Great idea for the videoing as well, the QR codes look fab on pages & will be fab to look back on. xx

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  80. I'm not doing the hop but I did find the video helpful and it was nice to hear your voice! It makes you more real :-)

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  81. This was a very informative post - pretty layout - I really like the way you are able to flow from spread to spread - when they consist of different kinds of pages. The video illustrated that so well. Alas, you also reminded me how far behind I am on PL - and you are not the only one.

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Aren't you lovely, you have made me smile =)