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?

Content used:- Forever: Natural Pre-Designed Book, Brighton Bundle (camera embellishments). Fonts: Pea Roxygirl, Century Gothic

Content used:-
Forever: Natural Pre-Designed Book, Brighton Bundle (camera embellishments)
Fonts: Pea Roxygirl, Century Gothic

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19 Responses to Blog: Everyday Life with Janice Gilhooley

  1. Linda Money says:

    I so enjoyed your blog letting us know how you’re doing. I love cameras … and photos … and the memories they capture … and the stories to go with them. I love Forever … Artisan … Historian … Pixies … Scrapbooking … learning new things and making friends who like these things also. Thank you for being a part of my life.

    I recently bought a Kodak vest pocket for my camera-loving son for Christmas. Then I bought another one for myself. Found a place that makes film for it and I can’t wait to go out with my granddaughter to take pictures with it. (Imagine only 8 photos on a roll of film. )

    • Janice says:

      I think we share the love of a lot of things Linda!!! Most “scrapbookers” do. The best thing is, that we are doing something so worthwhile and will be enjoyed by family for a long long time! Have fun with your new Kodak – sounds like a challenge though to only have 8 photos on a roll of film, but it will make sorting those photos soooo much easier than these days with digital!

  2. June Gauntley says:

    Janice, just loved reading your oh-so-interesting blog today! Cameras!!! Indeed, I share your love of them. I have my Mum’s camera which her brother gave her as a wedding gift to her. If it wasn’t for that camera, there would have been no photos of my older sister and myself and even my brother who was born 5 years later. I treasure that little box camera and have picked up another old one in the past year from someone who was going to throw it away! Whew – that was close, but I rescued it. Your page is remarkable in its simplicity, and the way you have arranged those photos. It totally drew me in, as do all your pages! Your photos are all magnificent! Thanks for doing this Janice – always so great to “talk” to you!!!

    • Janice says:

      Thank you so much June! It is always great to “chat” with you – and thanks for taking the time to post a comment on this blog post. I was a bit nervous writing one as a guest blogger after such a long time! That little box camera is worth so much more than $$$ with all the memories it has recorded – thank goodness for your uncle for such a thoughtful and meaningful gift for your parent’s wedding.

  3. Jan says:

    Good to hear from you again, Janice! I have a few of my dad’s old cameras, but would love to have more! But I have more than enough of my own ‘rejects’!

  4. Terry Vachowski says:

    Great blog, Janice! Thanks for jump starting all my old camera memories!

  5. Donna Pullan says:

    Lovely post…thanks for sharing. It truly is wonderful that you can do what you love professionally and work from home. Wishing you continued success!

  6. Sandy Norman says:

    So glad to hear from you Janice. I am one of the lucky ones who inherited the family cameras from days gone by. They are on a shelf in my living room. The nice part about all of them is that they still work. The hard part is finding the film and some place to get it developed when I want to play with them. (I think I have a page idea rolling around in my head.)

    Like you I also have a lot of camera goodies: charms, toys, bags, patches, cookie cutter, ….. I even made a quilt using fabric I found that includes what looks like some of my cameras. It’s hard to pass up some of the goodies when I see them. 😉 But it’s also easy to add these things to birthday and holiday lists because you can never have too many.

    Looking forward to “seeing you” again.

    • Janice says:

      Thanks so much Sandy! How cool that you have a collection of family cameras – and ones that actually work. Such a treasure, although I think it’s harder and harder to get film and processing done now and sometimes it’s at a lot of expense. I’ve even had phone covers for my i-phone, but now I use a Life-proof cover as I don’t want to ever damage it. Your quilt sounds very cool and you have a camera cookie cutter!!!! Hope I get to see the page idea that you have brewing soon! 🙂

  7. Kathleen Eichler says:

    Great Blog Janice, I hope we’ll get to have more guest blogs and be able to keep up with all our pixies past, present and future. *U* Kathleen

  8. Dawn says:

    Great blog, Janice! I am camera-happy too!

  9. Cindy Berger says:

    I’m with you in wishing I had saved all my old cameras. There’s nothing like the convenience of having the iPhone camera handy no matter what you’re doing.

  10. Kim says:

    It is great to “see” you on the p2P blog again! I LOVE my iPhone too!

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