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Project Life – weeks 14-16

For those of you following along, you may have noticed that I skipped weeks 12 and 13 and that’s because … well, because I just realized that I never photographed them and it’s too dark to do it now. Guess those will have to wait. Onto week fourteen –


left side

left side

right side

right side

I used mostly the Blush core kit for this week. I knew I wanted to use the colors from my girls’ clothes and Amy Tangerine’s neon colors just didn’t quite match, so Blush it was. I even used colored ink instead of my usual black for the title card.


I have to share this picture:

IMG_3669Anyone that lives in Texas (or a few surrounding states) will recognize that this is the inside of James Avery (jewelry store).  I started “collecting” jewelry from them around 12 or 13 years old and did it until my early 20’s. I kept the jewelry, but didn’t wear it much as I got older and just pulled my charm bracelet out about 2 years ago. This past Christmas, I had the jewelry store take off some of the charms and put them on another (sterling silver) charm bracelet my sister in law gave me. I then got a letter “N” charm put on it and gave it to Natalie, telling her that when she has a daughter, that she could give her a charm or two off the bracelet to start her own. Okay, short story long, this day Natalie decided to take the money she had saved up and go buy herself a charm or two. She ended up getting a drill team boot (she’s on her elementary school’s dance team) and a sea turtle because we are all beach lovers. Here is the journaling:


As a side note, James Avery had a sale that started the day after where you could get a charm bracelet for free with the purchase of two charms and they were nice enough to let me “return” the charms and repurchase them to get the bracelet. Now our younger daughter has her charm bracelet started – she just doesn’t know it 🙂 Speaking of my younger daughter:


Her best friend has become home-schooled due to some medical issues, so Sydney was even more lost than before.  I am proud of her though, since then she has been trying hard to be brave enough to ask other kids if she can sit with them. I know I’ve said it before, but I wish there was some way I could magically give her more confidence – so many of her classmates think she is awesome (teachers’ words, not mine), but she is too shy to ask friends to sit with her or play at recess. <sigh> One step at a time.

And speaking of steps … my husband took a big one recently. He decided to leave the job he’s been at for 4+ years and move to a large company. I knew I wouldn’t be there his last day, but I wanted a “final walk out” photo, so I made him do it a few days before. Being a small office, most of the people he works with know I scrapbook/photograph everything, so one of them was laughing at him as she drove by (knowing exactly what I was doing).




Okay, now onto week fifteen.

IMG_3678Here is the full spread for this week.




This was such a busy week! Sunday was the Austin Capital 10K race. This year we did it as a family. Monkey ran it last year while we cheered him on, but the girls wanted to participate this year. Since they can’t keep up with daddy while he’s running, that meant I was going along. My best friend and her daughters joined us, along with another friend. There were four adults and four kids and between us all, there was running, walking and a mixture of both. I’m so proud of my girls for making it. Hell, I’m proud of myself! With my medical issues, movement of any kind can be rough, so the fact I walked over 6 miles (in raining 50-something weather) AND still got out of bed next day was pretty amazing!


The very next day, Monkey started his new job.


That day, Sydney requested ponytails for school. This was a HUGE deal for her. She got a pixie cut when she was about four and some kids at school told her she looked like a boy (she also prefers to shop in the boys’ dept), so she has felt like she has to look like a boy so that no one will make fun of her (understanding her lack of confidence a little more now?) She decided a few months ago to let her hair grow out long again and just recently got it to the length she could wear ponytails. I had her journal about it and we made a fun little collage with the pictures.


The dance team Natalie is on (at school) got to dance in the high school’s Spring Show. That Monday, she had practice at the high school to get used to the stage. She was so excited!

The girls are going thru this stage where they are constantly fighting and always assume the other is doing everything just to make them mad … well, in an effort to help them move out of this stage (even just a little) I suggested they practice talking to each other. Both are dealing with girls at school that are just being mean and since they are too young for “Mean Girls” and every other high school clique movie, I thought they should talk to each other about it.

( please excuse the mattresses and mess - leftover from crashing after the 10K)

( please excuse the mattresses and mess – leftover from crashing after the 10K)

They seemed to calm down a little, but I think this process is going to take A LOT of practice 🙂 Friday and Saturday night, Natalie had her performances. Friday night Monkey had to work a hockey game and we had to take one of her friends to the show. Sydney and I got to go backstage with Natalie and watch the show from there (which was fun) and I took them out for frozen yogurt afterwards to celebrate.

IMG_3687With so much going on this week, I ended up making a 6×12 insert. Here is the front:


… and the back



Okay, one more week:



Here is the full spread – I used mostly the Midnight Core kit (I bought a small portion of the kit from someone) and photo templates from Tracy Larsen.




I see a lot of designers whose layouts are all white or full of open space. That is so not me at all (bring on bright colors and a lot of it!), but I thought it would be fun to do a spread like that, or as close as I can get to that. I purchased these templates from Tracy Larsen and have used one or two on previous layouts, but never used them for the whole layout. They really are so pretty.

IMG_3991Okay, you know how sometimes you make your kids wear certain clothes or do certain things just so you can use certain products? Yeah, this was one of those times. I purchased a dandelion stamp a while back for a particular layout because it would complete it perfectly AND because I could use the dandelion flower section as fireworks. Well, I wanted an excuse to use the stamp again and when I spotted two random dandelions in the yard, I called the girls over.

IMG_3990I know some people like to stick to using the same style of page protector every week (and when I’m tired, I consider doing the same) but I like using different styles to challenge myself to think outside my “normal”.  I’ve used this particular style once or twice before, but for this week I just couldn’t find a way to make it fit into my white space/graphic style. I finally just chose light gray cardstock and put some black and white washi tape on it. Not really all that original, I know, but it’s better than putting something else that that just didn’t fit. (I promise, the other side of this page protector looks much cooler).


Fast forward to Friday – the girls had off school and we had family plans to go pick strawberries at the farm. Unfortunately I was not able to make it (sometimes it really sucks doing the “right thing” and taking it easy), but Monkey took the girls (and met my best friend/her girls like we do every year). He was sweet enough to take a few pictures for me and then I snapped a couple of the berries when they got home.



In the last two weeks I had four different people request my photography skills. The first one was a Senior portrait session with Emary. I’ve done family portraits of her before and have photographed her mom quite a bit – she was both Natalie AND Sydney’s first grade teacher. I still work with her (mom) this year doing the school scrapbook with her current class. We went to an art museum where they also do art classes to do the portrait session. They have a beautiful spot by the lake where you can walk around and see different sculptures – it made for beautiful portraits!



Okay, that wraps up those three weeks. If you read all of this, thanks for sticking with me! I’ve been working on so many other things lately that I keep putting off posting my Project Life spreads. Big Picture Classes #NSD10k challenge this past weekend motivated me to get these layouts done and photographed. How about you – did you participate in any scrap related challenges this past weekend?

As always, I will be linking up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday/monthly.







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Blues on the Green (2013 family album layout)

So one of my goals for this year was to include more than just my Project Life spreads on this blog, so I guess it’s time I actually do that!

IMG_2321I got the idea for this layout after looking at that Amy Tan cityscape patterned paper. I’d used it before on another layout, but had a 2nd one because I loved it so much.  I only had two decent-enough-to-use photos for this layout, so I wanted to make the layout itself spectacular. I started with the black paper at the top and heat embossed several different star stamps in gold, silver and opaque white.


I also added some gold star sequins from Studio Calico for some variety and interest. Beneath that I added two layers of torn dark blue paper (night sky fading into the black) and then sat and cut along one of the cityscape lines (while watching a show) for the next layer and then finished the bottom with green (along with a few torn edges of green).

IMG_2324I wanted to add more detail and stumbled upon these cute lawn chairs on the Silhouette website. And a cute picnic basket for the bottom next to the journaling … (with some Lawn Fawn apple stamps)

IMG_2326I had so much fun doing this layout – I was actually giddy about it. Best of all? When I showed my husband, his response was “Wow!” Again, here is the full layout:

IMG_2321Short and simple 🙂





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Project Life – Weeks 10 and 11

I have to say that I am having a lot more fun putting my layouts together this year since I am no longer confining myself to one core kit for the majority of the page. I have most of a Honey and Blush core kit, but I’ve also cut up some 6×6 Amy Tan paper pads to use. And if I can ever find the Plus One mini kit, I will be adding that to the mix! Here we go with week ten …




For this week’s layout I wanted to mostly stick to black and white journaling cards/paper because the colors in my photos were all over the place. I had two different Amy Tan patterns that I used for the weekly card. When I put the March calendar card in, it was green (which thankfully went with a couple photos) and then added the teal (Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers ink), so those are the color enamel dots I pulled out … and then an orange one to pull a color from the right half of the page.

(wow, that was a long description for one pocket!)

(wow, that was a long description for one pocket!)

On Sunday, Natalie went to do some baby-sitting of sorts. She goes to her 3rd grade teacher’s house (she’s in 4th now) and plays with the kids (3 year old and 2 year old twins) so that Magen can get something accomplished 🙂 Magen is also great about taking pictures of Natalie with her kids and sharing them. I had Natalie do her own journaling.



I’ve mentioned in previous weeks that my husband is redoing part of our bathroom. I’ve been trying to document the process in our PL pages instead of doing a mini album or something along those lines, because really, who wants to look at a bunch of photos of demo? He has some work jeans that had a rip in the back and this particular day, the rip, uhhh … became more than a rip …


The Friday before Spring Break always seems like one of the busiest days of the school year. This year Sydney (and the entire 2nd grade) presented their endangered species projects in the hallway. Then I photographed first graders releasing the butterflies they’d had since the caterpillar stage (LOVE doing this every year) and then I spent quite a bit of time with Natalie’s class trying to get caught up on 4 months of scrapbook layouts that they were behind!


this little guy was on MY arm ... he didn't fully form and wasn't able to fly well, so he stayed with me

this little guy was on MY arm … he didn’t fully form and wasn’t able to fly well, so he stayed with me


And now on to Spring Break!!!!


Here’s a look at the full spread:




You know you’ve trained your children well when they bring you stickers from their stash to match photos you’ve taken of them.

Syd was kind enough to share her Lego Chima stickers

Syd was kind enough to share her Lego Chima stickers

Monday Jason took the day off so that we could do something together. One of the nearby theaters has gone thru several changes over the years, closed completely and then reopened as a dollar theater. It also happens to be the theater I was working at when a new guy started working there and we started dating …and then five years later we ended up getting married. Needless to say, it’s a special movie theater to us.


I love this filler card from Studio Calico and it seemed to be the perfect card for spring break.

IMG_2419Thursday we met close family friends (our kids actually tell people they are cousins and call us adults “aunt” and “uncle”) at the newly redone children’s museum. All four girls had a blast!

(I forgot to photograph it from the layout, so here's the original photo)

(I forgot to photograph it from the layout, so here’s the original photo)

They came back and spent the night and then the next morning Jason took off work and went with us to the recently opened Austin Aquarium (other friends/family met us there, too). The hands-on things were what the girls loved best. The lighting was not the greatest for taking pictures, so the ones of them petting rays and little sharks were not quite as good as the ones of them petting lizards and feeding birds.


IMG_2423The above photo earned the “epic” flare because Sydney won’t go near our parakeets at home when they are out of the cage, so the fact that she actually agreed to feeding a much larger bird AND didn’t freak out was just awesome!

After the aquarium and lunch at Rudy’s (outside), we went to the park by our friend’s house and let the kids play for another few hours. Monkey taught Syd how to play hacky sack.

IMG_2424By Saturday morning, I couldn’t get out of bed (thank you, Lupus) so Monkey, Brenna and the four girls played a board game all morning until it was time for the girls to leave. I didn’t have any photos, so I got a picture of the game they played (see above right card).

That is where I am with my PL spreads. I have two more weeks worth of photos in pockets just waiting for journaling. Thanks for reading along. I will also be linking this post up to The Mom Creative and would love to read your comments!




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Project Life – Finishing Up February

Okay, so much catching up to do, so here we go, starting back at…



left side, week 7

left side, week 7

right side

right side


I don’t usually include weather snapshots, but because of all the craziness I decided to add it in for this week. I snapped a photo of the tv screen because I have no clue how to do a screen print on my phone 🙂


I got some “currents” cards a while back and never seem to have space to use them. I wanted to include this selfie of my “work in progress” where it comes to getting better at makeup, but didn’t necessarily want a full size photo of my face, so now I have a spot for the currents card.

IMG_1907My youngest got her new glasses this week as well. She hadn’t been wearing her older glasses at school as much as she was supposed to (and it’s really hard to keep on her when I’m half a mile away), so her vision got worse and now she needs to wear them ALL the time. For her first pair, I tried to steer her towards neutral colored glasses so they’d look okay no matter what she wore. This time I realized that she needs to really like them in order to actually wear them, so we let her get the ones she really wanted. And they look awesome on her – they fit her personality so well!

IMG_1908This was the week of Valentine’s Day. I got photos of the girls at school during their parties:


… and then had Natalie take a picture of Monkey and I at dinner that night. We went out as a family mostly to celebrate that he got the job he’s been waiting on for several months.


Going out to dinner was also our way of having a little bit of something positive before we sat down to tell the girls the next day that the Monday coming up would be the day we were having Little put to sleep (I hate that phrase, but don’t know any less tacky way of saying it). We wanted to give Little some pampering/treats for her last couple of days to remind her how much we love her. She loves popcorn and when Monkey makes some as our late night snack, he always gives her a few pieces. Well, on Saturday, he made her a bowl of her own and then put her up on our bed to be more comfortable as she ate it. It was a very sweet gesture from him.



That was the way we wrapped up week seven; now onto

(my first time using the Cameo pens)

(my first time using the Cameo pens)

This week started out very emotionally draining and the rest of the week we had so much going on. I kind of felt like I was just going thru the motions and I wanted to convey that with color (or lack thereof).



IMG_1920Monday while the girls were at school, we had the vet come to the house and end Little’s suffering. Monkey and I took her out to his parents’ land and buried her right next to Chewie (our Rottie that passed away a few years ago). Then we picked the girls up from school and took them out to see where Little was buried. What made it even more difficult is that my youngest thought that Little would still be there when she got home and that it would happen later that day, so she was even more upset that she couldn’t see her to say good-bye. She kept trying to pick up the rocks (on the burial site) and wipe the dirt away because she thought then she could see Little. Like I said – emotionally draining day.

the 4x6 pocket is actually a flap with another photo/more journaling underneath

the 4×6 pocket is actually a flap with another photo/more journaling underneath




Moving on to



I felt the need to use lots of bright colors this week after the monotone feel of week eight.




IMG_2381Monkey and the girls took advantage of another random beautiful day that Sunday and went for a long bike ride. I’m so glad that my girls are learning now to have healthy habits and that they look forward to/constantly ask to go for long bike rides and want to do obstacle course races like their daddy.

(I put stickers on a little too low, but they were NOT coming off to redo the placement ... oh well)

(I put stickers on a little too low, but they were NOT coming off to redo the placement … oh well)

I have a love for all things colorful, including sequins. The problem is that sometimes I have a hard time finding a good place for them in my layouts without it looking overdone or tacky. I felt like the journaling card/stamp needed a little something more, so sequins it is!


I recently got Shimelle’s  Nailed It stamp set (LOVE that someone finally made a phrase stamp set that wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns and “best day ever!”) and got to use it a couple times on this week’s layout. Case in point:

(I scrapbook with a few classes at school on a monthly basis)

(I scrapbook with a few classes at school on a monthly basis)

and also here:

("brownies" came out more like heavily buttered pancakes - gross)

(“brownies” came out more like heavily buttered pancakes – gross)

Now that Monkey knows he got the new job (which he actually starts next week) , he made himself a list of tasks to get done/finish up at his current job before leaving. He’s very excited about his new job, but I’m glad that he is being responsible and not just leaving his current one hanging because he’s got “short timer’s syndrome”.

IMG_2387Sydney has taken to writing down notes when she is not comfortable saying the words out loud or when she needs to work out her feelings. I left her a little note on her desk and so she wrote me a note back and left it on my desk. Love it! (Sometimes when I give my girls a compliment, I’ll say that “I’m not just saying that because I’m your mother”)


I documented what might seem like a random thing to someone else because I wanted to show Syd how proud we were of her. She is at that stage where she feels we should leave every store with her having *something* new, even if there’s nothing she *needs*. The fact that she was willing to wait for the pair she really wanted impressed both my husband and me quite a bit!

IMG_2391Okay, that wraps up February’s layouts and this blog post. I have a few more weeks to share, but I will make that a separate post. I’ve had a lot of these weeks just waiting to share. I have this mental block that I have to have my Project Life posts ready to share on Tuesday and if I don’t, then I might as well just wait until the following week (due to sharing on The Mom Creative for so long). Now that she’s gone to a monthly blog link up instead of a weekly one, I’m still adjusting 🙂 I also have been working on some “regular” layouts for our family album and will share those soon as well.

I will be linking up with The Mom Creative for her Project Life post. If you made it this far – thanks for staying with me!


Project Life – Week Five


Week five was the last week of January. Here are the close ups of each side:





The title card this week was one of those that I had NO IDEA where I was going with it. I knew that I wanted to do the “week 05” part in gray since there are a lot of gray tones in the photos for this week. After that I wanted to get some bit of green on there and spotted the Doodlebug mini icon stickers (green arrow)I had recently picked up at Archivers.  Lastly, after combing thru my washi tape I found this arrow one and there ya go, done!



My husband and I started watching “Breaking Bad” after the series ended. We were watching several episodes a night (after the girls were asleep). I spotted this photo in a magazine and held onto it. I took a photo of the tv screen as the credits rolled on the very last episode. I thought the caption  on the magazine photo was very appropriate!


This week the girls had their second “ice day” – now technically, there wasn’t really any snow involved, but living in central TX, I almost NEVER get to use snowflakes on anything and I absolutely love snowflakes, so I went with it.



In the interest of putting information about *me* in the albums, I made a note about my love of nail polish. I’ve quite literally been painting my nails a different color several times a week since I was about 9 or 10. I think it just falls under my general love of all things colorful 🙂



Lastly, I got a reminder of why I rarely use rub ons with this last photo. I *barely* set it down to get the spacing right and it stuck to the photo. <sigh> I had to order another copy (so glad we just got a new Costco less than 10 mins up the road).


I will be linking up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday.  Thanks for taking the time to check this out!




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Project Life 2014 – Title and Week One

I actually completed week one before I even thought about the title page. Originally I was thinking bright colors since I’m using a combination of Honey/Blush and a couple of Amy Tangerine lines (cutting up 6×6 pads), but ended up sticking with mostly neutral colors with pops of red. I knew I wanted to use the “this is a story about” card and the “and then” card. The bottom left 4×6 section is what took the longest – I knew I wanted to use that gold card from one of the SC kits, but went thru several different ideas about what to put next to it. The “2014” was the second thing I cut out with my new Cameo! The photos are the same ones I used for the end of my 2013 album. If you haven’t read it, check out this post where I fast forwarded thru the end of my 2013 album.



A day or so after taking the photo, I went back and stamped on the “2014” card – it was actually a stamp from the January 2013 SC kit, but the sentiment still works:




And now for week one:




left side

left side


right side

right side

By the way, I want to apologize for the slightly wonky cards/photos. I read somewhere (forgot where exactly) about the best way to photograph your PL layouts is to actually take everything out of the pockets and lay it on top. I thought I’d try that, but  I kept bumping it – hence the wonkiness.

The last few years I’ve use Thickers to spell out the week number on my weekly card, but now that I have the Cameo, I’m going to use that. I ordered the Honey paper pack with a coupon from HSN a few weeks ago, so I used that to cut out “week 1”.



I had recently finished our 2012 family album (I’m consistantly about a calendar year behind on my “regular” layouts). I was waiting on my husband to finish journaling on a layout and he finally handed it to me, so on January 1st my family got to sit down and look thru the complete albums (2 for the year).  I like watching their reactions and seeing the range of emotions depending on the layout subject. We recently watched a movie where one of the characters was looking thru an old photo album/scrapbook at pictures of a dead relative when my husband turned to me and said, “I’m glad your scrapbooks are more detailed than that.” That made me so happy that he appreciates what I do and why.

Monkey’s birthday is January 4th, so we did some celebrating over the weekend. The girls made him cards and artwork – if you read my journaling, you’ll see that the girls made stuff for me, too since they didn’t on my birthday (which was in December). I love the sign they made us – they worked together (which is a feat in and of itself) and used photos I had recently given my youngest for her photo wall.



We went out to dinner to his favorite place on that Saturday. I actually put out the effort to straighten my hair (which I rarely do) and really took the time to do my makeup, so I wanted to make sure we got a good photo to document that (ha!). We asked Natalie to take the picture and it took like 10 minutes of trying to get a good angle/no blurriness. We laughed at how much work it took to get one photo, which is something I should know since I photograph kids on a regular basis.



That about wraps up the first week of our year. One of my goals this year is to keep more up to date throughout the whole year … okay, I guess pretty much anyone that does PL has the same goal. My way of going about it is what I am changing for this year. I believe The Mom Creative will be starting back up with her Project Life Tuesday this week, so I will be linking up. I would love to hear any comments you have! Thanks for reading.

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2013 Project Life – Finishing on Fast Forward

Just yesterday I finished up our 2013 PL album. Well, if you want to get technical, I’m waiting for a journaling card from my husband and THEN I’ll be done. I wanted to be able to get these layouts posted, but didn’t want to drag it out with long posts, so I thought I would just do a quick overview… kind of like pushing the fast forward button. I came up with this idea and didn’t have much time to photograph all the layouts, so this is not my best, Nichol Magourik-type layout photography (seriously, have you seen her blog photos? Amazing!!!) Okay, are you ready?

Week 28:

the week my youngest had her 7th b'day party

the week my youngest had her 7th b’day party


Week 29:


front of insert

front of insert

back of insert

back of insert


Week 30:



That pink journaling card flips out for more journaling:



Week 31:

For the weeks that had inserts, I just photographed one side at a time. I don’t know about you, but my album was hitting that point where if I open the D-rings, I had to put like 10 page protectors back on right because it was so full!





The insert was photos of my girls playing Iron Chef: Playdough in the front yard. We figured out that the front yard is cooler in the morning than the backyard during the summer, so we were under the trees.

my oldest and her "offering"

my oldest and her “offering”


the journaling and my youngest with her creation

the journaling and my youngest with her creation

Week 32:

Two back to school shopping trips and Natalie’s first curling iron

IMG_0497Week 33:



Even though her birthday was in July, we didn’t get around to doing Sydney’s birthday portraits until this week. She actually asked me out of the blue. We did one round that first night and then the next day I curled her hair and we did some more.

orange is her favorite color

orange is her favorite color


a new school shirt that she was desperate to wear

a new school shirt that she was desperate to wear

Week 34:

The week before school starts, we head up to school to help the teachers get ready. Poor Sydney hates sharpening pencils now 🙂


front of insert - girls with their new teachers

front of insert – girls with their new teachers

back of insert - we took the girls to the circus for the first time

back of insert – we took the girls to the circus for the first time

Week 35:



Week 36:



Week 37:

Grandparents’ Lunch @ school (my mother came) and pet sitting for one of our teacher friends



Week 38:

Played around with printing my instagram shots for the week and Natalie turned 10/had her party





Week 39:

I was light on photos this week, so I did some playing around with those pretty filler cards that I never have the space to use



Week 40:

Natalie’s birthday portraits, Sydney got her class shirt and we partied all Saturday



10 going on 16

10 going on 16

Week 41


I’ve seen message board questions and people on FB discussing whether or not they should include the “bad” with the good in their PL or scrapbook albums. When I first started out doing our family albums (we got married in Dec. and January I started our family album of us and our dog) I used to only talk about the good stuff or just be vague in my journaling about the not-so-good stuff. In the last few years I’ve come to the realization that life is not all rainbows and sunshine, so why am I trying to show it that way? Not only that, when my girls are adults and they are (hopefully) looking thru these albums, I want them to see that we had crappy days and hard things to deal with and we were able to keep going. Does that make sense? Anyway, here is an example of such:



Week 42: (one of my least favorite spreads)



Week 43: (was struggling with the creative juices with this layout)

left side

left side

right side

right side

Insert for this week:

front - Sydney's 2nd grade field trip

front – Sydney’s 2nd grade field trip

back of insert

back of insert

Week 44:



weekly card designed by Sydney:

stickers from one of her Pinkalicious books

stickers from one of her Pinkalicious books

Week 46:


cut up a magazine and then had the girls grab all the Junie B books with stickers

cut up a magazine and then had the girls grab all the Junie B books with stickers


week 47:

I had fun with the colors on this one

I had fun with the colors on this one


love that little Lawn Fawn stamp - inspired by the below photo

love that little Lawn Fawn stamp – inspired by the below photo

a project the girls and I did for our front door

a project the girls and I did for our front door

week 49:



I had a 5×7 insert this week. The front was a picture of the flowers my husband brought me home for our 13th anniversary on the 3rd:


the girls know Santa isn't real - we got the elves this year more as just a fun thing

the girls know Santa isn’t real – we got the elves this year more as just a fun thing

week 50:


(update: he actually just gave me the journaling about 10 mins ago)

(update: he actually just gave me the journaling about 10 mins ago)

week 51:


week 52:

only non-Seafoam kit weekly card in the album ... just had to use that card from SC

only non-Seafoam kit weekly card in the album … just had to use that card from SC


I’ve also seen some people discuss whether or not to start their 2014 album with the whole week (including the last few days of 2013) or asking how other people handle that. I personally prefer to have all the days of the calendar year together. I’ve gotten pretty good at creatively working the layouts when there isn’t a full week (i.e I only need one half of the spread, but it doesn’t work out that way). Here are the last three days of the year:


Each year for the last few, I’ve taken portraits of the four of us towards the end of December. I started taking them for the title page of the next year, but then ended up also using them as a comparison for the end of the album. That is what I did for the second half of this 2 page spread. In other words, each photo shows the person from December 2012 on the left and one year later, December 2013 on the right. It’s a great way to see how much the girls have grown and how my husband and I have changed:


And finally, the back and final page:

the end

the end

If you made it thru all of that – wow! Oh, and thank you 🙂 I have had so much fun looking at everyone’s title pages for the new year and can’t wait to sit down and get started on mine. I’ve had full on tunnel vision as far as only thinking about finishing 2013’s album that I haven’t given much thought to 2014’s and the changes I’m going to make vs. what will stay the same. I guess only time will tell!

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you.