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Saturday, May 22, 2010

inspired by Stacy's 'All About Me'

Welcome to my section of the blog hop Mel has organised, inspired by Stacy Julian's free class on Big Picture Scrapbooking called 'All about Me'.  If you have just come over from Elizabeth at Hooting of an owl then you know what this is all about.  If you have come here some other way and want the background then head over to Mel's fab blog - she also has the full list of people on the hop.

I made a mini that is tall and thin (2x4).  This is the front page, using a tag, some stickers and a rub-on letter, all attached with a brad.

The project has a list of questions so the mini contains a series of photos that provide evidence of the answers.  I decided to focus my answers on my life over the last 12 months because it has been unusual - I have been a nomad - no fixed address; most of my possessions packed away; living in a range of different places.  That's why I used the balloon sticker on the cover.



I typed onto the full size photos and for the smaller ones I hand wrote on that page.  These show:
  1. coloured pens - something I packed in bulk
  2. a quote 'often the main skill I bring is a positive attitude'
  3. something that inspired me - with very basic materials people still incorporate beauty in practical ways
  4. Internet was something I used daily and would have sorely missed
  5. my travel coffee plunger was another daily necessity
  6. What next? was my 'word for 2009' indicating curiosity and flexibility
  7. markets were a 'must see' in every place I visited
  8. lizards are a symbol I use a lot and I stencilled them on all of my luggage

Stacy specified only one self-portrait because the rest are evidence.  I used the photo of me as a canvas for the three words that describe me - independent, versatile and curious.  The other pages are:
  1. a note on the project - my record keeping and narrative self couldn't complete the mini without these!
  2. strawberries as a symbol of my favourite season - summer
  3. taking local buses was something I was proud of achieving in each country
  4. I collected photos of my feet (an ongoing tradition)
  5. my nature love is beaches
  6. and the colours I loved were all the bright ones that I saw everywhere
This wee album really does say a lot 'about me' and it was quick and fun to do.  I plan to repeat it next year to reflect the next 12 months.

Thanks for stopping by.  Now head over to the fabulous Deb at PaperTurtle - her album is sure to be a delight to see.

25 comments:

Amy said...

Fabulous Helena! I love the size you have chosen and the detail of your booklet :-)

debs14 said...

Lovely mini book Helena! I agree with Amy, the size is perfect for this project.
It's been nice to meet you but I need to pop over to Deb's now!

Cherry said...

Totally funky Helena. Totally agree with you about the coffee! I love your selection of photos. Hugs Cherry XXX

humel said...

Helena, this is lovely! I love that it represents an unusual year for you, and the idea of revisiting the project in the future to compare is fab :-)

Ann said...

Great idea. And I've learned so much about you in just one post!

Denise said...

Lovely project Helena,It's been nice to learn so much about you and I love your idea of revisiting the project next year too x

Heather said...

Love the size of your book & I really love the positive vibes I got too!! Great idea to compare it in the future. xx

Nancy said...

Great book and a fab size... great blog too
x

scrappyjacky said...

A lovely little book.

Ruth said...

What a great take on the All About Ne idea. I love how funky it looks!

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely way of doing the project. So interesting. I'm itching to do it again!

Karen said...

Lovely book and I so enjoyed reading about you and your process.

Elizabeth said...

Love mini-albums, and yours is great!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

What a wonderful collection of things! Really nice album!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love how this captures a snapshot of your life over the past 12 months. It's amazing what can be packed in to such a small creative space!

Sian said...

This is such a cool size; it just seems to work so well with the photos you have shown..the one of the feet for example. And you have packed a lot in! A really lovely project Helena.

Cheri said...

Such a lot of information in such a tiny space!

Enjoy the Ride said...

Very cool very mini book. Love it!

Photographing Mom said...

Very creative!!

jo said...

Love the size you have made your book - and you have packed so much into it. Love the feet photo.

Liz said...

A brilliant way to remember what you did in 12 months. :0)

Cheryl said...

Great book and a great size x

furrypig said...

great little book! I too have been taking pics of my feet not sure why! First time I have visited yr blog so I am off to explore!

Deb said...

Hi Helena ~ I've had a house full of guests the past few days and am finally getting around the blog hop. I just love what you created here, and I love the idea of repeating this project next year. Well done!!! :o)

JO SOWERBY said...

what a cute little album helena. i love those strawberries and the feet in the sand.
Jo xxxx