Where to start? It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged – 1 year and 11.5 months to be exact, and now I’ve been asked to write a guest blog for the p2P website. It seems like a lifetime ago when I look back and think about the last blog I wrote on the p2P website, when I was still on the pixels2Pages team. My life has changed so much since my last day on 31st March, 2016. Then on 1st April, just like that, my new work life changed (I didn’t even need to change desks!) – and I love my “new” job! I never thought I would be able to realise my dream of being a Digital Artist. It seems surreal to type that, even now, almost exactly 2 years later. Working on the Design Team for Forever is a dream job. I get to do exactly what I love doing, making templates, pre-designed books and art kits, all from the comfort of my own home.
I get to do all of this on the other side of the globe from the Forever office, and thanks to this world we live in everything is just a click away. Although, I am still waiting for Australia to catch up on internet speeds with the rest of the world, my job is achievable due to the wonders of the internet! Being able to work full time from home is now achievable with both my children grown and young adults now, even though they both still live at home and I still get the “Mum ……………………….” questions, just not as often as when they were younger. Working full time at home and juggling the “home demands” is a bit of a balancing act. I don’t strictly work from 9 to 5. Quite often I’ll be working later at night, on weekends and on public holidays, which is part of the job – especially with the way social media crosses over into my work duties. It all balances out though, and it is part of the flexibility of working from home and being a “Mum on tap”!
It is well known that I am “camera mad”. Having the ability to be able to have a camera in my bag 24/7 is wonderful. I love my i-Phone and the fact that it’s not just a phone. It’s like a little mini computer / camera / phone / gps / game centre / research tool / weather station / ….. and so much more! I would never have thought when I got my first little camera at the age of about 13 that I had to put film in and wind to get to the next photo spot, that something like a smart phone would ever be invented! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my DSLR, but my phone is so convenient! It can take amazing photos in a flash. No need to worry about running out of film, just storage space. I am pretty diligent in backing up my photos from my phone into Historian and also onto my Forever account, and I’m also pretty good at deleting all those “bad” shots and picking just a couple that I want to keep.
I have little camera charms on my handbags which are actually camera bags, that I get from Darby Mac in California and shipped to Australia, another wonder of the internet how easy it is to order “stuff” these days. Easy – and dangerous how easy it is to “add to cart”! I have a gorgeous camera charm on my key chain that a dear friend brought back with her from America (it actually has a usb built into it too). I love camera stamps and making cards with them. Most of the Art Kits that I have designed for Forever have camera embellishments in them too. I have also just started looking in op shops for old cameras. I so wish I had kept all of the cameras I have had over the years – they all served me well and took wonderful memories and I would have loved to have a shelf displayed of them all. Especially my first little camera, and the cute little red camera I had when I was about 18.
Taking a photo a day for my Day2Day project has helped me in so many ways improve my photography and how I look through the lens. I just have to remember to put myself in front of the camera more often and hope that I can get my camera shy children to be in the photos too. It’s amazing how our world has changed with technology, which is now changing how we live almost daily! I wonder what our cameras will look like just 20 years from now?
Forever: Natural Pre-Designed Book, Brighton Bundle (camera embellishments)
Fonts: Pea Roxygirl, Century Gothic