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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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Life albums: Our summer holiday 2015


| Written by Ronnie |

I'm so excited to start sharing my pages and layouts from our 2015 life album. Even though our 2014 life album is missing twenty or so weeks of photos and layouts, I made the decision at the end of last year to forget ahead with our 2015 album, and to simply catch up on those missing weeks when I work on the corresponding weeks in 2015. This is the same 'double up to catch up' method that I've adopted in the past, and it's always served me quite well. Out of respect for my children's privacy, my plan this year is to share layouts from our life album where it's appropriate to do so. Today, I'm sharing layouts from Week 2, which was a pretty special week for our family. Note that you can click on each image to see a larger version of it. 

What happened in Week 2?
On Monday, I met up with Trish at the Bather's Pavilion in Balmoral to discuss the year ahead for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc. Trish had brought along her lovely Migoals planner and we used it to jot down all our ideas and plans. On Tuesday, I photographed the February journaling prompts for the #lifecapturedproject, and I decided to include the photo in our life album because I know that in future years, I'll appreciate seeing what I was doing work-wise alongside our family events.

Thursday of Week 2 marked the beginning of our family's summer holiday, which ended up being the most refreshing week of our lives since our winter holiday break back in July last year. Our original plan was to go away for a couple of nights at the beginning of Week 3, but then I went online and discovered the nicest little farm cottage on a beautiful estate in the Southern Highlands. It was available in Week 2 but not in Week 3, so we promptly changed our plans, packed our bags, and off we went. Despite the mozzies and the humidity, we had the most relaxing time away. The chickens and the peacock on the farm kept the boys amused, and Rick had a bit of fun driving through some rocky terrain out in the paddocks. We re-visited the Minnamurra Rainforest and explored Carrington Falls for the first time (both stunning and totally worth visiting with kids). We ate at a lovely Thai restaurant in Bowral both nights, and on the second night, I met a lovely lady called Kellie who'd just signed up for my Photo Organisation class - I was blown away to say the least. In the evenings, after the boys were in bed and Rick was sprawled out on the couch doing what he loves best (reading), I wandered the gardens of the estate and photographed to my heart's content... 

How were the photos taken and processed?
All photos were taken on my Fujifilm x100s and processed with VSCO Film 01 in Aperture. For some photos, I used the Kodak Portra 800 preset, and for others, I used the Fuji 160C preset. For the black and white photos, I used the Fuji Neopan 1600 preset, which is from VSCO Film 02. 

Favourite photos from Week 2?
As you can guess from the number of pages I dedicated to our little getaway, there were many photos that I liked and simply had to include in the album. If I had to pick a few favourites, the first would have to be the photo of Angus and Jamie about to have an afternoon nap together on page 2. They just look so adorable in that big double bed! Another favourite is the twilight photo that I took on the first night after we'd put the boys down to sleep (see page 3), as it brings me right back to that beautiful evening when I got to enjoy a few moments of quiet solitude out there on the farm. I also love the photo of the four boys eating potato wedges in the Minnamurra Rainforest on page 4, as well as the photo of Rick napping with Pete and Bear on page 5.

Anything special about the pages and layouts?
Because we don't really get away very often as a family, I'm always happy to take up more pages in our life album whenever we do. So for Week 2, I ended up with six main pages, and it didn't bother me in the slightest. There were also a number of 8x10 inserts, not shown in the photos. Rick and I had both taken it in turns to record the details of each day we were away, so I simply included this extra text by using the 3x4 journaling template from the Signature Card Set (Rockwell Edition)

Overall thoughts?
I am in love with these pages. I definitely don't feel this way about all my pages, but there is something about the colours and the tones in all the photos that really speaks to my heart, and looking at the layouts just brings me right back to our special time away.... 

Please feel free to leave a link to your latest life album layouts if you’d like to share.

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