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11.4.15

#myselfiescrapbook... Week One!



Taking "selfies" is not something that came easily for me.  In fact I thought it was just something that the young kids did.  Thats what my kids thought too when they saw my first selfie.

I am the main photo taker in my family, so basically if I don't take the photo no one else will.  I get quite a bit of flack from them but I have learnt to just let it go and keep taking photos LOL!  But the reality is that I don't get in many photos.  That became very obvious several years back during a camping trip.  When we got home and I started sorting throught the photos I realised that I was not in one single photo.  Not one.  Which made me think, in many years to come my kids will look at these photos and think, oh, didn't Mum come.

So I made a promise to myself to "get in some photos".  Which meant that I had to ask someone if they would take my picture and that felt quite awkward.  But the upside was that I was in the photos.  While I was happy to be photos I wasn't quite happy with how they turned out.  I don't mean that I didn't like how I looked in the photo, it was more from the view that after many years of taking photos I have a particular way that I like photos to look (from a scrapbooking point of view) ie. I like them to be lighter not darker, I like white space in a photo if I can, I might want a particular photo taken from a certain angle... anway you know what I mean.
The only way to solve this was to take a "selfie".  At first it was a bit weird (just ask my kids) but the more I took the easier it became.  The more I took the more fun I was having.  The more I took the more adventurous I was becoming in my photo taking.  The more I took the more I discovered how photo apps can make all the difference to a not so good photo.  Basically the more I took the better I got.

But then I noticed something truly wonderful.  I started documenting stuff about me, yep me!  Not the kids, not our holidays, but me.  When I came across #myselfiescrapbook on Instagram (my favourite social media) I got so excited and jumped right in.  You can find out all about it here.  This is a free class, yes free and there  are so many very talented and lovely ladies to help and inspire you along the way. You can find the links and first set of prompts here.

I have decided to do my pages digitally mainly because right now it's easy to fit into my life and if its easy then hopefully I will keep up.  I did struggle with how I was going to put it all together but I have now settled on a photo book from Snapfish.  I am using templates from Paislee Press.  It also means that I can just keep adding photos to book as I go along.

Here are my photos from week one...






I am totally in love with this project and I think it should be mandatory for every woman to do it.  I am finding it so much fun and very liberating.

Happy selfie taking
love me :-)


15 comments:

  1. Tracey, I love your work. You have expressed how many of us 'designated photo takers' feel about being absent from our family's history. It's so, so true. I'm also joining in the #myselfiescraptbook and am also have so much fun with it. I also look forward to see where we all go with next weeks prompts. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Tracey! That photo of your favorite hairstyle! Oh. My. Gosh. I just love your interpretation of all of these prompts but I cannot look at that without smiling.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, you are so sweet. I have to be totally honest, I am loving this project so much and I am having so much fun. Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to say hi.

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  3. Great photos! Especially the one with the hair!

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    1. Thankyou Pepper for stopping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate it very much. That hair photo is my fav and probably going to be my cover photo.

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  4. Tracey, I LOVE your take on each of the prompts. Your photos are so innovative and inspired! Way to go girl. So happy you're joining in on this project.

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    1. Thankyou so much Mandy. I am loving this project so much, I know I keep say it but it's true. I am loving the challenge photography wise and I am telling stories

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  5. I think it's the hair photo for the win! I love all your amazing photos and love that you are joining us, but that hair photo, I absolutely LOVE it!!!

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    1. LOL I love the hair photo too. I am actually going to use it as the cover. I am having so much fun taking selfies and documenting stuff.

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  6. Absolutely love your blog and your style. I'm with everyone the hair photo is A-MAZING!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Yep that hair photo, what can I say. It makes me smile everytime I see it

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  7. Love your layouts and your creativity! Something about that 1st layout that really drew me in. The layout with your favorite shirt and the necklace are just awesome!

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    1. Thank you Pam, that's so sweet. I love taking photographs and try and push myself to take better ones everyday. I am also enjoying learning how to use my iphone to get the best pictures.

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  8. Great pages and I like how you told a little story with each one. Your hair photo is awesome

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