OBSERVATIONS: Last week, I played catch-up for three weeks worth of photos and stories, and I did something that made it so much easier to organize my photos and honestly, I can't believe I wasn't doing this before and yes, when this run-on sentence is finished and I take a breath, I'm going to tell you this remarkably simple thing that I did to make my Project Life SO much easier.
But first, my Week 41 pages. (And thank you for all your feedback on last week's Project Life dilemma post!) Side note: I'm just going to document as I would, whether that's one page or two, and break up my album if need be. Of course, I'm still not totally sure what I'm doing for next year, but that's for another post.
This week, I decided to work in my Day Document cards and I think I like them. Here are two stories told on the 6 x 4 canvas they provide:
I decided to use the same digital paper I use in my Weekly Card, although just having a white background would have looked nice, too. I like how they work as digital files, but I really want to work them into more of my hybrid projects. Might even use these for my December Daily™ album (I'm doing it for my 2nd year!), in addition to some of Ali Edwards' new card designs. I can see printing these very simply, and then trimming photos by hand to drop into the various spaces. (I also have Day Documents in a 6 x 8 format, as well.)
But enough about the cards, here's a video tip with Mac users in mind. PC users, depending on how you save and organize your photos, can also benefit from this tip if your app allows date sorted folders. It's all about using Smart Albums.
That said, I'm sure many of you have managed to see The Fox video from Ylvis, the darling and hilarious brothers from Norway who are taking the Internets by storm right now.
I have watched this at least a few times daily since first seeing it last week. I wake up with it in my head. I am in love with this video.
Now by Ylvis' standards, this is very clean. You can show this to your kids. Most of their clips do not fall into that category, and the following videos, well, they go into that category.
I first watched these a year or so ago, and after re-watching them, I have decided that HBO needs to give these guys a show in the States, or at the very least, let us watch their show, I Kveld Med Ylvis, on US televsion.
This video below still makes me laugh out loud. It is raunchy and not for kids. And it is awesome.
Again, not for kids. And not for people who, well, you know, are easily offended.
On their show, they do this Intelevator bit. You don't have to speak Norweigan or Dutch or German or Chinese to appreciate how funny they are.
And the fact that one of the brothers, Vergard, looks like Josh Groban… well, watch this for yourself:
The fact that these guys can both sing their butts off is part of what makes their videos work so well.
It's official. I love them both.
The Big Idea Festival is going on now at Big Picture Classes. It's free and it's all designed around celebrating your childhood memories. I worked on creating a teen album and you'll see my pages on Day 9 of the festival. There are lots of a great giveaways, too. And again, it's totally free to join in!
We have a shameful secret tradition in our family. Every year, following Christmas, our tree seems to stay around in the yard a little longer than, oh… most people would prefer.
We think of it as yard decor. In the winter, we prop it up in the thick snow. In the spring, we make comments like, "Man, that is a really dead tree," and when summer rolls around, we burn that mother to the ground.
I am a horrible film editor, but I made this so we finally have a document that answers the question: what if your Christmas tree could live forever.
p.s. I have zero skills as an iMovie editor, but that's never stopped me yet.
I had to record a very brief video message a few weeks ago for a very special scrapbooking juggernaut of a gal (Becky Higgins), and I decided to compile a series of outtakes. My contribution to Becky was only 11 seconds long. The outtakes? So much more than that.
Sigur Rós, a band that I've really come to love over the years, has a new album out, Valtari. Last week, I watched a video from the new record which was part of a mystery film project. The band gave a dozen different film makers a modest budget and asked them to come up with videos. The video below has created a buzz, initially because it features Shia LaBeouf in the, well, buff.
I've watched it a handful of times and while yes, it's trippy and weird in spots, it's also incredibly moving and beautiful.
I love what director Alma Har'el had to say about it: "For me, it's about not knowing how to get out of something without causing pain to somebody else. For other people it might be about candy and fish. I'm down with that."
I have been listening to this album every morning and soaking it in. Pure aural bliss.
I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!
(Don't tell Dan but there's another man. Shhhhh.)
On this day that celebrates love, I'll tell you who I'm crushing on right now: It's Gotye, (pronounced go-tea-yay), also known as Wally De Backer, a Belgian-born, Aussie artist whose second album, Making Mirrors, is fast becoming my favorite album of the year.
I posted his "Somebody That I Used to Know" back in December after seeing it on Facebook and was instantly smitten. Mark my words: that man's gonna snag himself a Grammy come next Winter.
He has been compared to Sting and even Peter Gabriel in terms of his style. Considering PG is numero uno in my book, that's not bad company to be sharing.
Today I wanted to share another track off the album, a song called "Bronte." It's a beautiful, haunting tune, and it turns out, it's about his family friend's dog who passed away. The family put the dog down in the backyard. Gotye wrote this song for the dog and to commend the family on what an excellent job they did for helping their children cope with the grief, according to the Internet.
Hence the opening line "Now your bowl is empty, and your feet are cold and your body cannot stop the rocking, I know it hurts to let go."
So pet owners, it might make you a bit too sentimental. I'm just saying.
Aidan, who is also crushing on Wally—I love it when the teen and me can share music love—loves this video as well because it reminds her of a movie she loves, Princess Mononoke. But then again, give that girl some Japanese anime and she'll follow you anywhere.
I hope you like this song. Enjoy.
I'm thinking the tickets I bought to his show in Minneapolis will make me very happy. Very happy indeed.
Last week, my friend Amy posted the video clip below on her Facebook page and it was one of those songs that after it was done, I knew: I have a new favorite song and possibly album for the season. Gotye (pronounced Go-tee-ay), you complete me.
Maybe it's his thin, pasty, sparsely furred frame, or his unusually large mouth, or even the fact that when he starts to belt it out he's vaguely reminiscent of Sting, but I cannot get this song out of my head. I wake up and it's there. Plus, guest singer Kimbra is one hotsie totsie who can sing. That, and it's visually cool clip. And if you need any other reason, he's technically Australian. Enjoy.