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All year I’ve been meaning to make a film using just one second clips… I kinda do it with my Mini Monday Movies as most of the clips are between 1-3 seconds. But I wanted to cut a whole film together with that one second pace… although there are some fabulous apps that do it all for you.

I’ve filmed tons this year… what with making weekly weekend films, adventures here and there and a couple of Day In The Life weeks… there’s a lot of footage that goes unseen.

Then there’s the footage that’s goes unloved, because it’s out of focus, not quite enough “action”, or is pushed aside because another bit of footage tells the story better…

These pieces are still beautiful in my eyes… they’re almost like the in-between moments, the pause to look at the scenery… the smile I missed at the end of the clip.

So I thought these unseen clips would be great for the one second concept. I gathered the snippets together… yes, it’s time consuming… but worth it. And the editing is easy peasy… grab a one second section, then another, and another… and keep going till you’re up to two minutes (ish).

Putting it together was a bit like making a slideshow of photos, except these photos were moving. They reminded me of postcards – look at this beach, hilltop or field of grass and they were packed with memories, even in a one second burst. That smile in the sunshine, the wind in my hair, a cup of tea or another beautiful spoon carved.

So this film became an album of memory postcards… blurred and bit tattered on the edges, but full to the brim with goodness.

I love it. This initially unloved footage would’ve been left on the cutting room floor, but here it can shine and evoke the memories of our year.

This will be my December film for 2015 as part of my year long course A Year of Creating Time Capsules. There’s a bumper post coming up with all the films this year… stay tuned.

A Year of Creating Time Capsules has started today and registration will remain open till mid January for those wanting to start after the holidays… although I’m going to show how to make this film during December as either an archive film like mine… or something to collect festive memories.

It’s a great course to really explore all the different types of family films you can create and start making them regularly… so you’ll have some wonderful stories to look back on at the end of 2016.

All the details are over HERE. Will you join us?



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December 16th, 2015 at 3:11 pm


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This time last year I made this film… it’s one of my favourite Time Capsule films I’ve ever made.

It was totally spontaneous… woke up on that Saturday and decided to film the day. The weather was gorgeous… so that helped… and it was the start of my love affair with slow motion sequences in my films.

And of course… all my boys are in it.

I adored the film at the time… but I love it even more now. A year later. It’s such a good representation of the end of 2014. When I watch it… I FEEL everything.

I’ve been putting together a blog post, with some films I made in 2015… this will mark the end of the A Year of Creating Time Capsules – 2015 course, but I wanted to highlight this film… because it was the first film I shared when the course began.

Every month or so, as part of the course, I would share my editing process and thoughts behind the film I’d been creating.

Would you like to see behind the scenes, in iMovie, of the film above?

It gives a flavour of why and how I edited this film. People taking the course loved watching these, it’s great to see how other people approach creating a project and understanding why they use certain clips of footage and where.

If you enjoyed getting a peek into my process and would like to spend 2016 creating your own films…

A Year of Creating Time Capsules 2016 begins on 16th December – with registration open till the end of January for those wanting to start at the beginning of the year.

I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever… There will be all the materials from my original Time Capsule film course, plus monthly encouragement to create regularly, more behind the scenes tutorials and a community all sharing their films. We can make more films together… inspiring each other along the way.

I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed (this film)…

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Fri 11th Dec – All the best!


For more details about my courses running in 2016 – Check out this blog post or head over HERE.




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December 3rd, 2015 at 3:03 pm


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It wasn’t the most exciting weekend over here… How about you?

Even when I think there’s nothing worth documenting… there are still snippets worth filling the frame with and making a film.

Saturday was continuing with the clean up mission at home… feels good to be getting things organised… and dusted. Oh and it snowed! for a few minutes…

Then on Sunday all four of us headed out to Covent Garden, which was looking and feeling very festive.

Sometimes uneventful weekends are just what you need.

Feeling inspired to make your own films? I’ve got a couple of online courses coming up…

Creating the mini version of the film above will be one of the projects we’ll make during MAKE FILMS – I’ll share all you need to know… from my favourite angles and compositions to use… to editing it together into a 15 second film for Instagram… (or a one minute film). Plus, there will be lots more film projects to make in this 10 week course… stop motions, slow mo fun and time lapses.

Read more about MAKE FILMS here.

If you’d like to explore making films of your life and family throughout 2016… then A Year of Creating Time Capsules might be for you. With the goal of one film a month, there’ll be the chance to tell your stories and gather the memories of family life to be treasured for years to come. Imagine being able to look back at your year with all these memories preserved. I did it 2013 & 2014… and I’ve nearly completed 2015… I know each film is a gift… and I’ll show you how you can create your own magic films.

Read more about A Year of Creating Time Capsules here.

I hope you’ll join me on one of these creative journeys… they’re going to be so much fun!


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud :: Sara :: Dorry


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November 23rd, 2015 at 10:20 am


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Another One Minute Memory film from the weekend… The past couple of weekends are here & here.

Fireworks and bowling to celebrate Ky turning fourteen and a few snippets from the photo meet up I took part in on Saturday… using the clips from the Mini Movie I shared on Instagram. There are a few more photos and maybe it’s own film to come later this week.

If you’re interested in trying out Time Capsule film-making and creating your own little films packed with memories like the one above… the final round of Creating Time Capsules in 2015 is starting TODAY.

There’s still time to register - I’d LOVE to have you join us.


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud





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Putting together a Time Capsule film of our summer is my biggest film project of the year.

It’s a daunting task if I’m honest… because of the amount of footage to sort through initially and then compiling together takes a huge amount of time. Plus, I have to deal with my internal debate of aesthetic quality of footage vs moments worth remembering. Memory always out plays fancy beautiful footage – in an ideal world, you get clips that achieve both – high fives.

I’ve been shooting lots this year, especially with my year long course & all the weekend mini films I’ve been sharing on Instagram. I wanted to mix up all the footage from those films, into one long story of our summer adventures.

I was putting off starting because I knew the hours it would take. Yes, after all these years – the process gets quicker. As the more you do it… you know what footage works and you understand the ins & outs of editing, but experience also teaches you what kinda projects you can bash out and which need a little more tender care.

The summer film should be pulled together with love and tenderness, as this is the story of our blissful sun filled & rainy days – or this year I’ve titled it the “summer of wellies!”

So my film is finished. I love it. All the boys love it. Yes, of course, there are things that could change and ways to improve it. But it’s done. And that makes me happy.

Another Time Capsule film locked up, bursting with sunshine and adventures.



If you’ve got some summer footage lazing around on your mobile phone or computer and fancy making a summer film - Why don’t you put some clips together? - jump in and do it! Let me nudge you… You’ll be so pleased you did. Just imagine looking back in years to come.

Here’s a few tips to get you started…


You could tell your summer story in the order it happened, but I rather like mixing it up and filling my film with little snippets from all parts of our summer. Think of it as a collage… Lots of layers put next to each other to tell the whole story.


Beautiful footage or memory evoking clips?. I tend to lean towards the memories… if the footage is slightly off technically – a little shaky or out of focus, but it brings the memory of that moment flooding back – put it in.


Make time to go through your footage – I find this the longest hardest part. But it’s worth the effort as it makes the edit go smoothly. Creating folders to organise the clips helps me. A folder for chosen clips and one for maybes – bits and pieces I may use to fill the gaps.


Better to fill your film with a collection of clips sharing different memories of your summer, rather than long segments of similar sequences… keep it interesting to watch. Take the viewer on a journey.


Keep in mind how long your film will run for. My films rarely go over 2 minutes long – I like short films, packed with only the best of the best. But my summer films are longer as there’s often more footage… So this film breaks my rules, as long as I’m still using good footage and not just filling it up, so it runs the length of the song.


Just start. There are always excuses and other things you could be doing… but this film could be a gift to you forever.


They are my favourite films!  - 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 - So much has changed, yet there are so many similarities.

Or perhaps you’d like to learn how to create your own Time Capsule films – either a mini one for Instagram or perhaps longer ones like this one – check out my online courses… all the details are HERE>>>>

(Film & photos shot Canon 5DmIII)



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I’m often asked if I prefer photography or filmmaking…
One isn’t better than the other in my mind – they both capture moments in their own unique way.

I couldn’t choose between them, they both have a place in my storytelling, but sometimes one photo isn’t enough to tell the whole story… I like to see (and remember) how people & things move – focusing on a collection of details that make up the bigger picture… Then those memories are locked up in a Time Capsule film.

That’s why I’m loving making the mini films to share on Instagram – 15 secs of snippets that are instant reminders of that time. They transport me straight back, plus…. they’re quick and simple to create.

Rather wonderfully, lots of people are getting involved and creating films to enjoy forever – Take a look at the hashtags - #minitimecapsules & #minimondaymovies

At the moment I’ve got a couple of online courses where I share everything I know, so you can learn how to make films of your own.

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini guide of bite sized tutorials to show you how to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Or if you’d like a more in depth look at creating longer films…

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – Step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration & project ideas so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – For the September – November session)

Hopefully you’ll join in to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.


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August 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am


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It’s June! this year is flying… which is good, as it’s been packed with lots going on, but I’m also finding myself continually trying to catch up.

The one thing that’s constant, is the commitment I made alongside everyone taking my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course – to create at least one film a month in 2015.

So far so good. Phew! In fact this year has been full of all kinds of films – from Day In The Life films, stories of adventures and lots of mini Time Capsules being shared on Instagram…. and I’m loving the creativity flow.

I started in December with this -

Into January with a film about our Christmas -

February was the hardest month to find inspiration -

March gave us this -

First camping trip in April -

And May had me capturing our days in mini films - See the other days from that week HERE.

Watching all these 2015 films back is a joy… little memories locked away – a true Time Capsule. I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings for me and for those taking the year long course – So far nearly 350 films have been made, which blows my mind!!

If you’d like to learn how to make films like this – I share everything I know in these online courses -

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – where I share step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration, so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – Starts 2nd June)

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini course to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Hopefully you’d like to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.





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Capturing our daily life and adventures is my passion.

I’m a huge documenter through photos and films – especially films!

Enjoying the whole process – The shooting… finding ways to make the footage look as delicious as possible & deciding what memories are worth preserving. To editing it all together, creating the right flow & pace to make our stories shine through.

My favourite part of the process is knowing that these films are here forever… the best bits preserved in a Time Capsule film to be treasured always. The little reminders that bring emotions flooding right back. The everydayness and the special adventures – moments carefully threaded together to look back on years to come.

These films are a gift to me & to my family.

For over three years now, I’ve shared my Time Capsule film making process with hundreds of people – My online course Creating Time Capsules shows you, how I make films with step-by-step instructions so you can create your own films to treasure.

I can’t tell how honoured I am to witness stories from all over the world – beautiful story telling of families documenting their brilliant lives.

I smile BIG every time.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating these memory evoking films…

Another round of the Creating Time Capsules course starts in June… all the details are HERE… Registration is OPEN!

Why don’t you join the wonderful community that gathers together?.

If you don’t have time to delve into all the details of film making, then my new offering might be just for you!

Mini Time Capsules are all the goodness in a teeny tiny film. To be shared on Instagram (or other social media) I’ll show you how to create a 15 second film of your stories. It’s the best fun!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens next week.

Any questions on either of the course, just contact me…

I look forward to sharing the magic that happens when you create these films for yourself.

Hey, this film is from this time last year… WOW… so much has changed & so much is the same… but all the details & memories are here – I’m so grateful!

I MUST go and find a yellow field this year!!!




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May 14th, 2015 at 5:27 pm


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If you’ve been following my work for a while now, you’ll know my favourite Time Capsule film to create is the ‘Day In The Life’ film. Having made them for years now, I treasure each one for the story it holds.

Currently my new course is running over at The Bloom Forum and if I can, I like to take part alongside everyone, but I was feeling like approaching this ‘Day In The Life’ project a little differently.

So instead of one longer film on just one day… I thought it would be a good challenge for me to collect snippets of footage each day for a whole week! and create a daily 15 second film to post on Instagram.

Could I capture a real look at life in such a short film?

For the whole week I shot details of my day and in the evening edited it together… even though these films are pretty short – each second is a memory trigger and full of the emotion or events of the day.

I really enjoyed it!

(These films were originally posted on Instagram, but for this blog post they’ve been re-edited to add titles and some additional footage)

Along with so much wonderful support on Instagram, I was also asked lots of questions – so I’m putting together a mini online course sharing how you can create these films too!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple, easy and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens soon.

All the films were shot on Canon EOS 5DIII & iPhone 5s.



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As part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules I’ve challenged myself alongside everyone else to create a Time Capsule film each month.

You can see my February & extra one :: January :: December films – so far so good.

The community in the course are making some AMAZING films packed with the most precious memories – my heart completely bursts when I see all these moments preserved forever.

My film for March is from one weekend a couple of weeks – The sun was out and it really felt like spring was in the air. (If only the weather had stayed that way!).

If you’re interested in making your own Time Capsule films – I have a new online workshop running in April… Details are HERE.




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April 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 am