Sunday, 29 January 2012

A Project to Stick To

Last year I made lots of resolutions – hardly any of which I managed to keep. This year I know better, and have only a few things I’d be pleased to stick to: walking, photographing, and scrapping – specifically, doing more of each.

A project I’ve seen bouncing around the forums was about walking at least once a week, and taking your camera with you. Nearly perfect, I thought – that’s got two of the three. But I thought more about it, and realised I could easily make it about all three. So I’ve set up a section on the Scrapbook Challenges forum specifically for this 52 Walks project. Each week I add a prompt word or phrase, and then anyone who wants to participate must take their camera out with them on their walk and snap something that is inspired by the prompt word or phrase. Then when they come home, they gotta scrap about it. The format’s nothing new, I know: it’s like Project Life, Project 365, December Dailies, that sort of thing… but for me the leading of such a project certainly is new.

I’ve decided to make a mini book out of mine – I’ve altered the outside of an old notepad and ring-bound hole-punched postcards inside to act as pages… and since I've used lots and lots of Gauche Alchemy products, I've turned it into a video.

the sneakiest of peeks
 (The full video – another stop-motion triumph – will be available some time next month!)

But I can’t just tease you with a sneak of the cover, can I? Here’s my progress so far – for this month, I’ve made it through 3 weeks of prompts, and am working on the fourth as we speak.

The photos:

Week 1: Out of Context

Week 2: Blue

Week 3: Reflections

And the decorated postcards (sorry, photos taken at night):

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3
It’s a great project – small and spaced out enough to not monopolise my time, but still motivating and inspiring.

Want to join in? Find out what Week 5's prompt is? Back-daters are welcome! Come on over to the Scrapbook Challenges Forum and sign up!


  1. I think this is a great idea and have signed up! I love your photos and pages. Hope you manage to stick to it!

  2. Those photo's are amazing! Great idea!

  3. DARN IT! I wish I had seen this earlier! I would have joined from week 1- I love anything that motivates me to shoot more- walking is more a challenge since I have to take the lil one along and it's rather cold right now but I still want to try this. I guess it's time to check out SC again. ;)

  4. So cool, Cheryl! I love your projects and your use of mixed media funness (yes. I said funness) is always fun to look at. Love your mix of elements and technique.

    And I must say, I'm a fan of your stop-motion vids! This is a great idea and how cool that your are heading up this huge project. I can't wait to see the whole thing at the end of the year.

  5. Your photos are fabulous - if that's what a bit of fresh air and exercise does for the eye, we should all be doing a lot more of a lot more often!

  6. I am inspired! I am thinking about this!

  7. Gorgeous pictures! I definitely need to start carrying around my camera more!

  8. I am loving these pictures - your talent knows no bounds!