Monday, January 25, 2016

52 Project: The Year of 30

I am not the best journaler.

But this is a grand year. It is the year I turn 30.

My inspiration comes from the Life: Captured blog. Please go through their journaling and memory keeping archives. They are drool worthy and will make you wish you started documenting your life earlier (or maybe that was just me).

What I'm doing is called the 52 Project. I plan to take a portrait of myself each week in 2016. I will also try to do at least 1 journaling entry per week. At the end of the year, I will have it professionally printed in a Moleskine notebook. After starting this project, I have come to realize that MANY people have done it before so I have loved looking at all of the inspiration, mainly on Instagram. If you want to follow along with my story, I will be using the hashtag #kaisasyearof30

We are 3 weeks into the year and I can honestly say that the picture taking isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am not a selfie taker so I assumed it would be awkward for me. Side note: there are PLENTY of awkward photos,

Here is Week 1: I wanted the first picture in the book to have no gimmicks. I wanted to see ME. That is why I took this straight on. I edited the photo with VSCO cam on my phone. I have Radlab on my computer, but I couldn't get a good enough edit so I transferred the file to my phone. I do this often because those VSCO filters are just so good.

Kaisa Creates // 52 Project Week 1

Here is Week 2: I wanted to show the wrinkles when I smile. I want smile wrinkles. When people look at me when I'm older, I want them to be able to see the happy life I've led. This photo was edited with Radlab.

Kaisa Creates // 52 Project Week 2

So far, this project has been really incredible and it inspired me to also do weekly pictures with my daughter. I don't quite know what I will do with those pictures yet. A Moleskine notebook is pushing $100 so I'm contemplating using a different medium.

Again, if you'd like to follow along, I will be posting on Instagram @kaisacreates

Until next time.



Currently || January Edition

I am currently..

reading Everything I Never Told You

watching Making a Murderer

eating Baked Oatmeal

drinking Black Coffee. I miss lattes, but I'm trying to cut back on dairy.

listening to the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.. which has suddenly started to only play covers much to my disliking.

enjoying free time while Zo sleeps

finishing the rest of my 2015 Project Life album

loving that Zo is becoming more confident. She took 3 steps yesterday.

feeling actually really good. My mind is clear and we are going to start next month looking for places to rent in France.

wearing a structured cotton sweater from Mango. I love it so much that I bought it in 2 colors.

hearing Zo's chatter. She talks so much. Her current word is "cat".

baking Lemon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I got a bunch of bananas for 50% off at the store. (edit: this was phenomenal)

using our new Fitbits. It has motivated me to also start doing home exercise videos like a boss mom.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Life Documenting Plan for 2016 - Part 2 - Project Life 6x8

Kaisa Creates | 2016 Project Life 6x8

2016 is here and I am proud to say I have started my album already.

This is the plan:

Yup, just one measly album and I'm going to do it. I have already prepped the album with 2 page protectors per month: 1 full page and 1 separated page. I know it can all fit in 1 album because I intend to document ME in a separate way. This 6x8 album will be just the family.

Every month has only 2 page protectors. Each month will get a full page photo with this Paislee Press monthly template. Then on the back side of that full page will be this Snapshots template with the photos that didn't get enough love to go solo. I absolutely adore Paislee Press. The second page protector will have more freedom so my creative self won't be too restricted :)

Kaisa Creates | 2016 Project Life 6x8

Each month, I want a photo with all three of us in it. I have an incredible amount of photos from 2015, but not many where we are ALL in the photo.

And that's that. I hope that this will help me take BETTER photos.