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Project Life – weeks 28-29


And with that, I take you back to the first week (or so) of July. Looking at this layout, I am again reminded how much I love the Honey core kit and bright colors (although, I did use a card from the Seafoam kit, too).

left side

left side

right side

right side

I wanted to keep the title card for this week simple, so that it didn’t take away from the pretty clouds, but I didn’t want it “plain”. I ended up lightly painting on some Stickles (yes, I use a paintbrush when it’s a larger area). In keeping with the soft feel, I pulled out my Amy Tangerine letter stickers (the set with multiple colors). I was so happy to find something I could use these on – Natalie keeps taking them for her school scrapbook and I’m afraid she’s going to use up all of the vowels before I get a chance to use them myself!


One of my favorite “things” to photograph are hands. Hands are one of those things that as a kid you take for granted, but as an adult, you realize how important they are. When I was little, I used to take my father’s hand and turn it palm up and then lay my face down on it when I was tired. It was something I just did, without even thinking about it. Now I would give anything to have a good photo of his hands … Anyway, I’m getting off point. I also think kid hands can be really cute, so instead of getting Sydney’s whole face/body, I focused on her little hands.


We went to a birthday/pool party this week. I am glad I got one good shot of the two girls together since the friend doesn’t go to the same school with my girls anymore. This was also a good chance to have Natalie journal.


This was also the week I got my last mail order from Two Peas. I think my journaling about sums it up. Even my girls were sad to hear they were closing.



And now, on to …


The full spread:


This was the first week in a long time that the colors on each half of the layout didn’t all “go” together. On the left side, that purple was the dominant color.


I pulled the purple from Sydney’s shirt in that bottom left photo (at her birthday dinner). I also pulled the colors for the right side from her shirt – this time from the bottom right photo.


In case it wasn’t obvious, this was the week of Sydney’s birthday.

I used Heidi Swapp Gold color shine on the 8

I used Heidi Swapp Gold color shine on the 8

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how we are working on Sydney’s self esteem. I really think that she has come a long way over this summer and (to me) it was easy to see when I was taking her yearly portraits. This was my favorite one from the day.



Well, that wraps up weeks 28-29. I’ve had these photographed for a while and just needed to sit down and finally share them. Now that school has started and we’re finally figuring out our routine, I’ve had a bit more time to work on catching up. I’m excited to get back to the point where I am working on the week previous and not the month¬†previous. There are classes and projects that I am hoping to do over the next few months, so this is the first step towards doing that.

Thank you for stopping by!


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Six Years Ago …

we welcomed our youngest daughter into the world ūüôā

Just as we did with our older daughter, Natalie we took her once a month to have her portraits done for the first year.  After that I realized I could start doing it myself and get better/more natural results.  Here is her one year old portrait:

taken at Picture People

I took her two year portrait at our house.  As anyone who has attempted to photograph a 2 year old knows, it was not easy.  I gave up on trying to do posed shots and just took her outside to play on the swingset:

2 year

By her third year she had gotten used to the camera pointed in her direction all the time and actually sat still for some cute portraits :


When we got to four, I felt like we took a step backwards.  She was excited to do pictures, but would cooperate AT ALL!  My husband liked this one:

but these were the two that I put in her thank you cards:

Those were the best out of the 3-4 times we tried to get cute shots for her yearly portrait.  Last year she turned five.  A couple of things changed: 1- I quit worrying about having 5-10 really good shots and just concentrated on getting one great one that showed her face at her current age and 2- she had matured a bit since the previous year and did a great job posing, but also being herself.  This is the one that we have framed in the house:

I think that is one of my all time favorite portraits of her.¬†¬†She got her “boy haircut” and wears athletic style clothes a lot (a tomboy, just like her mother was), but she is still so beautiful!¬† For this year, we also¬†took family pictures at the same time that I did her six-year portraits.¬† Whenever we do portraits, I try to keep it casual and do it around the house.¬† The girls (as well as most people) smile more and are more relaxed in a place that they are comfortable with.¬† She has¬†started noticing more people looking at her, trying to figure out if she is a boy or girl, debating whether or not to tell her she is in the wrong¬†(public) restroom (even though she isn’t) and it is having an¬†affect¬†on¬†her self-esteem.¬† That makes me sad.¬† My husband and I have always let her dress the way she wants – we do that with both girls.¬† As a child, I remember hating when my mother picked my¬†clothes.¬† Just because I looked good in pink didn’t mean I wanted to wear it.¬† So we let our girls express themselves with their clothes and accessories… sorry, I didn’t mean to get off on some tangent.¬† You can see in her eyes that she’s not quite as sure of her self¬†as she used to be:

No matter what, I love my little Stinker.  Happy birthday, Sydney!  And, if you made it thru this photo heavy post, congratulations and thank you for looking!