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2.02.2012

Photo-a-day Linky Party - January

Whoohoo! Welcome to our first EVER linky party! Are you as excited as I am?
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Finding out about the January photo-a-day challenge from Fat Mum Slim was so exciting for me in 2012 because I have a goal this year to document EVERY DAY in a photo. At first it sounded completely overwhelming, but with the power of Instagram, Picframe and the My365 apps, the photo-a-day challenge has really been enjoyable, fun and easy!
It wasn't until about a week ago when I got my first set of January photo-a-day StickyGram Magnets I ordered, that I realized how MUCH I really loved having these simple, everyday memories to look back on!

This sparked my idea to find a way that everyone could share their January wrap up posts with each other, and so...the photo-a-day linky party was born!

I honestly have to say that my only motive with doing this linky party each month, (besides the fact that I LOVE getting to know people through creative, pretty photos) is that hopefully at least even a handful of people will feel inspired to take the photo-a-day challenges and post about them on their blogs.
I really feel like life passes us by too quickly, and we rarely take the appropriate amount of time to stop and appreciate some of the most important things. People we love, Meals we are blessed to have, Happy moments that make you smile, etc...
This photo challenge has really stopped me in my tracks during my busiest days and made me slow down, and think about how to capture that days photo subject in the most meaningful way possible. I believe that every picture should tell a story, and these photo-a-day topics challenge us to do just that.

So Here we go! MY roundup of January's photos!...
you can also follow us daily on Instagram under the name "houseofsmiths"

It was a VERY busy month, between traveling, kids, conferences, weight loss and blogging. It's so fun to look back over these images and remember all of it :)

Now it's YOUR turn! If you feel comfortable enough to share your photos from this past month with me (and others) go on ahead and link up below! I'd love to see YOUR take on January's topics!

If you want to spread the word about our little party, feel free! You can use either of these images here.
If not, I'm totally cool with that too :) And if you need help finding out HOW to link your photo-a-day post up, you can read more about that here.
  

Don't forget to start your challenge for February as well! You can find the list of photo topics from Fat Mum Slim, here. Thank you Chantelle for all your hard work in putting these challenge lists together each month! Also, while you're in link up mode, head on over to Kellie's blog, she's hosting a linky party too!
Happy photographing everyone!

31 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! Can't wait to see everyone else's pics :)

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  2. How did you make your January collage :)?

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  3. This is just so cool! I'm excited to see all the other photos. Thanks so much for hosting, Shelley!

    Kacey

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  4. Ahhh!! Thank goodness I just saw you were doing this! I've been doing this picture a day project since this past October and when I saw there was a list out there to play along, I was on the hunt!! Mission accomplished- I found it! Thanks for organizing this link-up! I can't wait to check more out and start working on the list for this month.
    Hope everything is great in your world!
    *Krystina

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  5. Thanks for the comment, excited to be a part of this!! Your close-up photo was by far the best one!!! I actually saw it on the #janphotoaday instagram page and died laughing and then found out it was you!! Well done. You creative lady you.

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  6. I loved your tutorial you did on instagram and picframe. I am so new however-I don't know how you then get the pictures from your phone to your blog? Do you use blogger+ or is there another app or can you do it using instagram.

    I have had instagram loaded on my phone for months and just not known how to use it. I would love these collages!!!

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  7. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! And THANK YOU even more for letting me know about this awesome challenge! I'm so happy to have these memories for my family :) Keep up the great work Shelley! You're an inspiration to many of us, and we so enjoy keeping up with The Smiths! XOXO, Cameron

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  8. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! And THANK YOU for letting us know about this awesome challenge! I'm so happy to have these photos for my family. Keep up the great work Shelley! You're an inspiration to me, and I so enjoy keeping up with The Smiths :)

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  10. I'm loving this! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your blog is fabulous. I love your style, your shop, your ideas, your fun sense of humor... I could go on forever. Anyway... the pic a day has been so much fun for me and it's all thanks to you.

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  11. I don't have them on my blog. Sorry! But I like looking at everyone else. I just have mine on my365 app. ReginaFoto is you want to follow me. February is in full swing with photo 3 down. I also should print mine. When I did it last year I posted them on FB and didn't print the 365 Photos. =)

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  12. You have such a great eye Shelley, your personality/life really do come through!

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  13. i saw that you were doing this in the begining of the month but didn't really think i wanted to get started in this. But now that i see your fun pictures, and i looked at a whole bunch of other linkys i think it looks like a whole bunch of fun!! So now i have to start! thanks delee

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  14. Thanks for visiting me over at www.LifeAccoridngtotheStreets.com :) That little boy in the cute hat for Day 7.. is actually 2 different little boys :) My 2 sons both at 6 months of age(they're 14 months apart!!) Anyhow, I love seeing your photos, I follow you on Instagram (and now your blog too) Your girlies are gorgeous!!

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  15. i saw that you were doing this in the begining of the month but didn't really think i wanted to get started in this. But now that i see your fun pictures, and i looked at a whole bunch of other linkys i think it looks like a whole bunch of fun!! So now i have to start! thanks delee

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  16. Ok Shelley..I love this. Please tell us how you make the cute collage to share all of your pictures...I so want to do this!

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  17. Ok..not sure if my comment went through..so I am trying again. Disregard if it did. :)

    Please can you share how you do your cute collage to share your pictures? I love that!

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  18. i saw that you were doing this in the begining of the month but didn't really think i wanted to get started in this. But now that i see your fun pictures, and i looked at a whole bunch of other linkys i think it looks like a whole bunch of fun!! So now i have to start! thanks delee

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  19. i saw that you were doing this in the begining of the month but didn't really think i wanted to get started in this. But now that i see your fun pictures, and i looked at a whole bunch of other linkys i think it looks like a whole bunch of fun!! So now i have to start! thanks delee

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  20. lOvE this- so I blogged about it (of course!) Thanks Shelley! Your pics are so fUn! I hope I can keep up with the challenge for February! Such a neat idea :)
    http://www.alwaysaparty5.blogspot.com/2012/02/photo-day-challenge.html
    lots of love,
    (Colleen) @ PaRtY of 5!

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  21. I wish I had a blog to post my photo challenge pics link from. Guess I should get busy on that soon :)

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  22. So much fun seeing everyone's pictures! I'm so glad I saw this challenge on Twitter one day! Thanks for hosting the party!

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  23. Love love love the large collage that shows the whole month of January.. can you please tell me what you use to create that collage, I'd love to do this to send to my parents every month (they live on the other side of the world and I love to send them things of the kids)...xxx thanks

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  24. This is so much fun! Love the challenge, but of course I missed it for Feb! Hopefully I remember to catch on in March. Cheers, towe.

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  25. not sure how i missed this in January, but I am definately jumping on the band wagon for Feb. Thanks Shelley for all you post! Youa re very inspiring and cool :)

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  26. Such a great and rewarding challenge! Looking at the pictures sure is fun!

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  27. Deb - I used PicNik - the premium features (how you can get this many pictures in a collage) is free because the site is closing in April!

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  28. How did you create the collage of your January photos shown in this post?

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  29. Hi! Just commented on your trip to Loreto post.

    These are the words I meant.

    I know you shared about how you make those other labels you do with PicFrame, but those are more like dymo, with a colored backrground.

    I am wondering how you write letters, just like in each of these pictures of January.

    Would be so thankful if you could share!

    Thanks. xo,

    B.

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