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The Day In The Life project is one of my favourite Time Capsule films to create… (closely followed by my Scenes From The Weekend films.)

But it’s been a while since I’ve made the mini daily versions - May 2016 & March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

Last year flew by so quickly… I’d planned to do one week in the autumn, but ended up doing 30 days of films instead.

So here we are in spring 2017 and I knew I needed to get on it!

We are in a different house now and the boys are growing up faster than I can imagine. My work life is so varied from week to week… I’d like this some of this to be documented. But it was finding the energy to get going.

You see, this project takes commitment and extra time.

But I know, I’ve just got to start… because once I’m in the zone of creating… the benefits shine and the momentum of finishing each film keeps me going.

So my week is complete… seven days, seven films full of little snippets from the day. I love them. I love seeing the differences and the similarities to last year and the year before – it’s such a gift. Even though I had to stay up late editing and annoy my family by filming every day… and find different ways of documenting, yet another cup of tea being made.

I think it was worth it.

Now this is over, I can get on with #hurrayforplay!

Perhaps these mini films have inspired you to have a go at creating your own Day In The Life film…

If you’d like any help, inspiration or guidance… consider taking one of my online courses – My MAKE FILMS course starts on May 16th and we spend a whole week dedicated to this project.

All the details are HERE.

All films shot on a mix of Canon 5d4, iPhone 6s and Canon G7x




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I’ve created more films this year than ever before.

Lots of work projects. 52 weekend films… short & sweet but packed with memories. 12 films as part of The Sixty Second Photograph. A summer film. Some Day In The Life films. A Marrakech memories film. Stop motions & slow mo tea time, a plenty.

This is my final film of 2016…

The left overs… the details… the places, the light and the smiles I want to remember. (No bike shots! as there are plenty in other films.)

The one second project is a well established one. I remember first seeing it and being blown away about how much could be conveyed in a second. I created a random happenings film in response, using two second clips. And then my love of short snippets was born. Now there’s an app that helps you collate your seconds. Jeanine’s film is amazing and Francesca Russell uses her DSLR for her films in such an inspiring way. In fact Francesca has written a wonderful post all about creating your own one second films, with some brilliant tips.

My film doesn’t have a second from every day, as some of my days really aren’t that interesting and I think it’s easier when you have younger children, as they’re around more. My days are spend at my computer, shooting content and making tea.

So here are my one second glimpses… the clips hiding on my iPhone or scenes that didn’t make it into other films, plus a few clips that I just love and give me all the feelings from this year.

As it’s all about the FEELINGS. That’s why I started making Time Capsule films years ago… this one second film is a collection of memory postcards. Literally transporting me back to that second.

This is last years film. Boom! I’m right back there. Haven’t the boys changed SO much?! Blows my mind. Thank goodness for these films.

Have a go at making your own one second film. Either with footage from 2016… it’s such a relief to put all those clips lying around into something worth watching back and not have them fade away on some hard drive. They are archived properly.

If you can’t bear to go back. How about move forward? 2017 could be your year to start. Shoot one sec a day, use the app or like me, just pick up your camera regularly and capture the details of your life. Your faces, smiles, places, light and moments. Anything! You just need a short clip here and there, it’s not too demanding. And the editing is easy, it’s like putting a scrap book together. Find the clip, drag it in. Add music. Keep adding clips till done. Hey presto!

One last thing. Put yourself in your films. Please. Arms length, “selfie” style is enough. But do it. Be part of the story. Pass the camera to a family member, or set up a tripod, find a reflection… even pull a funny face. Whatever it takes, do it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s necessary… how can it be a Time Capsule of your story or your life, if you’re not in there.


If these films have inspired you to tell your own family stories and you’d like to learn to make your own Time Capsule films - The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts Fri 13th Jan and MAKE FILMS starts on Tuesday 17th Jan.


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January 12th, 2017 at 12:58 pm


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The best films to look back on, are those sprinkled with little details, that when viewed altogether, create the bigger story of your life.

That’s why I LOVE the Day In The Life film.

In the MAKE FILMS course this week, the project is to create a Day In The Life film…

Last year, instead of one day of filming and creating a long DITL film, I started making daily mini Time Capsules to share on Instagram. A film every day for a week, full of everyday details and the little things that happened that were worth taking notice of and a few of the moments in between.

Have a look at previous weeks here - March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

I’m joining in with everyone on the current MAKE FILMS course… and loving it… especially when I can compare some of the details to this time last year.

Another round of MAKE FILMS starts next week (May 17th) and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m hosting 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 - on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what little details you would like to capture in your Time Capsule film in the comments. I’ll announce the random winners on Monday here.

*Edited to add the winners - Rhadonda Sedgwick & @eliza_charlie_tilly

All the best!


All films shot on mostly Canon 5d3, with additional footage from iPhone 6s and Canon G7x



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May 13th, 2016 at 8:46 am


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MAKE FILMS is back! The online course starts next week… I’m so excited to offer it again.

You can see all the films made as part of the current course here - #makefilmscourse… literally bursting with creativity. I will do a more detailed post next week sharing some of the films made. They have blown my mind!

Let me tell you more about the course -


With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll focus on making a different type of film each week – see some of the examples below…

Even though the focus will be on mini Instagram films, you can share these films anywhere and make them longer than 15 secs.

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

All the details are HERE. The course starts Tues 22nd March. Hope you’ll join us!

Here are some one of the films you can make -







ONE MORE STOP MOTION (Coz I love this one!)



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March 18th, 2016 at 5:00 pm


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My favourite film to look back on is the one packed with the everyday details.

As the years seems to whizz by faster and faster… these films are full of reminders of our daily life.

Creating a Day In The Life film gives you the opportunity to notice the details of your routine and the ordinary things… and then capture those mundane things, to make them beautiful.

These are the little things I notice, the things I want to remember. I’m telling a story for my future self.

And I know I’m going to love what ever details I put in the frame because they are fleeting. I know this to be true by watching back Day In The Life films I’ve made over the years.

Each film is a gift. A gift to my future self.

Last week in the MAKE FILMS course I encouraged people to create a Day In The Life film… even one mini film like these. In my current Bloom Forum course… people are documenting their lives so beautifully… and tomorrow my Creating Time Capsules course starts and the DITL film is one of the best Time Capsules films you can ever make.

These films take effort. I don’t promise it’s quick & easy, but I do promise you will love what ever you create.

Hope these mini ones have inspired you to have a go at creating your own Day In The Life film…

If you’d like any help, inspiration or guidance… consider taking one of my online courses - Creating Time Capsules starts on Friday or MAKE FILMS on 22nd March.

Check out this blog post to hear about both courses.

These films are shot on Canon 5D3, Canon G7x and iPhone 6s



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One year ago, on this very Monday, I started the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag on Instagram by sharing the film above.

The idea of creating a 15 second film intrigued me, I wondered if it was possible to tell a story in such a short space of time.

So I started the hashtag to get into the habit of sharing a film every Monday, using footage I’d collected over the weekend. “Scenes from the weekend” was born and I loved the memories I was collecting each week… little snippets that told the story of what we, as a family, had been up to.

Some of the mini films became part of longer films… Here is the longer version of that first film -

The year-long project just flowed. The challenge of it soon diminished, when I saw the joy that each film brought me at the time and realising these were mini time capsules, just shorted versions of the films I’d been making anyway. But these were more frequent films, full of the everyday details and the ordinary adventures…. All the things I’ll really enjoy watching back in years to come.

I share more about my love of these films in this post and you can see more of my Mini Monday Movies HERE.

To celebrate the one year anniversary! and the achievement of consistently creating a mini film every week, I thought I would recreate the film that started it all. Shoot it in a similar way and in the same locations but include the subtle changes that have happened over the year.

It was a fun project to work on… There’s a longer version too…

With all the hundreds of films I’ve made, I’ve never recreated something so closely… it’s an interesting process and one I’d like to explore more of, as the concept of the Time Capsule and the changes over time, could be documented so well by doing this.

As I’m in this celebratory mood! – I’d love to give away a few places on each of my online courses – you can choose between MAKE FILMS or Creating Time Capsules starting in March.

One person for each course, chosen from here on the blog and one from Instagram (this film).

Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite part of this weekend and which course you would prefer… I’ll announce the random winners next Monday 15th…

All the best!


On the blog – The winners are Amanda Saoud Griffin for MAKE FILMS & Kathy Hutton for Creating Time Capsules

On Instagram - The winners are @bozcacda.nisos for MAKE FILMS & @cs_monaghan Creating Time Capsules

THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I will do another giveaway in March…



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February 8th, 2016 at 10:06 am


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Creating Mini Time Capsule films to share on my Instagram feed, began in February this year.

Previously, I’d been sharing video clips on Instagram of slow mo walking and time lapse fun. But I wanted a way of sharing the kinda films I’d been making of my family and maybe encourage people taking my courses to join in.

It all started as I gathered some footage for a Random Happenings film, but I wasn’t that happy with all the footage. But there were a few clips I liked. So I experimented with putting together a 15 sec mini film of my favourite clips. Surprisingly I really liked it, as you could actually tell a story in that short amount of time.

Also, I realised this kinda film was quicker to shoot and edit… but still contained all of the feelings to transport me back to that time.

I was in love!

So the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag was born.

The idea was simple – Gather snippets of footage over the weekend… Clips that represent the things I/we did. Then string together between 5 to 8 clips into a 15 second film. Voila!

I usually edit it on a Sunday evening when I’d possibly be just slumped on the sofa… it doesn’t take long if I already have the music chosen.

So I now have nearly a years worth of weekend films saved to look back on. Which makes me really happy…

Rather wonderfully, through my #minimondaymovies hashtag other brilliant people have been joining in. So many interesting lives all around the world.

If you’re inspired to make your own mini weekend films, it will be one of the projects we’ll be making during my MAKE FILMS course. The course starts in January… Maybe you’d like to join in? or enter the giveaway above…

Happy Monday.


How about a giveaway? Two places to take part in MAKE FILMS… One person chosen from here on the blog and one from Instagram (this film).

Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite part of this weekend… I’ll announce the random winners to join MAKE FILMS next Monday 21st…

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December 14th, 2015 at 7:15 am


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It’s time…

Lately, there’s been lots going on at XBHQ… aka my little lovely business, which is me + my creativity bursting with things I wanna do and create.

Teaching, sharing and inspiring is up there, on my list of things I love to do and I’m so grateful this is part of my work.

Running my online courses is the best!. I’m thrilled when people from all over the world… make films because of something I shared. Or when I prompted them to tell a particular story or shoot in a certain way. I love it when I see my tips or tricks used in their creations.

So I’m super excited to announce my online course offerings starting in December & January! and I’m even more thrilled to share I have a BRAND NEW LEARNING SITE to host them in. Take a peek over HERE. Just adding all the finishing touches to the learning site as we speak… it’s going to be wonderful (My main site is also changing soon!). All the lessons laid out in an easy format, the option to check lessons off once complete and individual login for each member. It’s going to make the experience of learning & creating with me even better!

What’s on offer you ask… First up is -


During 2015 over 500 films were lovingly put together as part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules course… those memories are safely locked away into beautiful films to be viewed in years to come. This course is about taking photos & making films all year long, with a goal of one film a month – a gentle nudge to create often, so you can have some wonderful memories of 2016.

Lots more details are over here - 

My summer film is one of my favourite Time Capsule films I’ve made as part of this course…



MAKE FILMS is a brand new course! With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films to share online. It’s going to be packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll concentrate a different type of film each week, from stop motions, time lapses, slow mo stories… to simply shooting interesting footage to edit into little films.

Check out all the details here -

I hope something takes your fancy… I’d love to have you join me on one of these experiences – each one is going to be so much FUN!

Look at how much joy this little film of Luke’s spoons can bring…


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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November 19th, 2015 at 2:30 pm


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I love taking photos, but I mostly love making films. Especially little ones like these… There are so many ways to communicate an idea or tell a story through film -

A stop motion of spoons…

or a collection of clips from my weekend…

Tea time told very calmly and slowly… and filled with gorgeous light!

Or adventures to far away places.

These films are my love… I adore thinking of how to create the crazy idea of dancing spoons & scissors or how to squeeze clips of beautiful places and wonderful moments into a delightful film.

SO I’m super excited to share a new online course with you… so you can make all of these kinds of films. I’m busy planning and putting together something brand new to share this magic with everyone… stay tuned – details are coming next week!

If you’d like to be the first to know all the details – sign up HERE.


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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November 13th, 2015 at 9:14 pm


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I’ve been sharing my Time Capsule films online for many years now – mainly through Vimeo and on this blog.

These films are so precious to me – they hold so many memories.

It’s been a journey of constant learning and then passing on my knowledge and inspiring others in my online courses. 

Back in February, I started making weekly mini films of my weekend adventures, to share on Instagram.  It came out of my pledge to create films alongside participants taking my year long course. It’s been a big commitment, but a great process.

I LOVE a project!… and this one has given me a chance to experiment with telling my stories in just 15 seconds….

The added bonus is, each week people join in with #minimondaymovies and I’m always so excited for them – as I know these #minitimecapsules of goodness will be treasured in years to come.

As my Bloom Forum Day In The Life workshop is in full swing… I thought another week of daily mini Day In The Life films might be fun!

As it happens, it’s not been a very eventful week… but that’s the challenge – noticing the beauty in everyday things and capturing the details that will change over time. This is a week in my life…

These films are super easy to make, I hope watching them here or on my Instagram feed inspires you to have a try… Go on! you’ll be so pleased you did!

If you’d like a little guidance – I have a short online course sharing everything you need to get started!

MINI TIME CAPSULES is always open for registration and you can get creating right away. Come join in the fun…

Oh before I go… lots of changes have happened over on Instagram recently…

The biggest change is the ability to upload widescreen video clips direct into Instagram – here’s a little walk through if you haven’t had a chance to play yet.

I’m still undecided how I feel about it – watch this space…

Have a great weekend! Why don’t you film some of your adventures?…


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



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September 18th, 2015 at 7:55 am