Happy 2018!

 

New Year, new start with my blog! I’ve missed writing in here and sharing my layouts, recipes, etc. I’m making the commitment to myself to blog through January and see how that goes. In February, this blog will be six years old, and I will be 40 years old! I imagine I’ll have a lot that I’ll want to document around that. It’s going to be a super busy year for our family, and I’m happy to have this space to share about our adventures.

To kick things off, here is my first layout of 2018. I’m participating in Month of Challenges at The Lilypad again this year, and I’m pretty pumped (and also nervous!)  I’m ready for some creative stretching 🙂

I made this layout for Challenge #1 Blind Scrap

Credits:
A New Year kit and cards by Just Jaimee

Scrapping the bummer stuff

There are a lot of differing opinions as to whether or not to scrapbook the parts of life that are less than awesome. I’m not one to shy away from scrapping the hard stuff, but I know that’s not everyone’s thing.

For me it’s cathartic. I know there are times of the year where I will be sad. They happen every year like clockwork- Mother’s Day, Jon’s birthday, and the time of year when Charles leaves. Those days and weeks are the hardest of my whole year. But I have learned that I can use scrapbooking as a tool to help me get through them.

Sometimes it’s just a mention in Project Life, sometimes it’s a blog post, sometimes I pour my guts out all over a layout. It takes different forms, but it almost always helps.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve documented the hard times.

In Project Life-

This was the week in August of last year when C left to go back home.

I made another pocket style page with more details and pictures his mom and grandma sent us.

And here are a couple of layouts I made around the same time.

Sometimes simplicity is best.

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And sometimes you need all the words.

I think the thing I like about these pages is that they make me try really hard to put a positive spin on a bad situation. It’s never easy, but we always get through it. I take a lot of comfort in that.

And in a month and a half, when we’re doing this all over again, I’ll be able to look back at this post and smile. And probably make more layouts.

Project Life 2016- Week 2

Week of- January 4-10

What happened this week? Recovering from six weeks of travel and visitors. Getting back to our normal routine.

Anything special in this spread? I made 6×8 pages this week. I want to experiment with page sizes this year.

Techniques- I don’t usually have a lot of ink in my life,  but this week I used the pinks in Glitter Girl’s skirt and the sunset photo as an excuse to go super girly and I really love how it turned out! Any photo that didn’t go with my pink theme got turned black and white in Rad Lab. I almost always use Boring Old B&W or Bitchin’ B&W filters.

Photos- Mostly iPhone photos and a couple of screenshots. The title card photo was taken over the Everglades with Jason’s drone.

Overall thoughts- This was out of the box for me, but I really like it. One of my favorites this year.

Credits:
Fresh Love by JB Studio

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Throwback Thursday- My First Job

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So happy to have this photo and be able to tell this story!

Journaling reads- My first job was at the coffee shop in General Hospital. That had also been my dad’s first job. The owners were two family friends, Marion and Marie. Marion was blind and Marie was low vision. Despite this, they had built a business for themselves. They were a hospital institution, running the coffee shop together for decades. I worked there the summer before my senior year of high school, and came back to work for them in 1997. When General Hospital merged with Meharry in 1998, Marion and Marie decided to retire. Old General was torn down a few years later. I’ve always been a little sad that I never took pictures of the coffee shop. But I was very happy to discover that my dad had taken a few shots when he worked there. So great to have these photos to remember our time there.

Credits:
Hard Work kit by Connie Prince
Template 288 by Simple Scrapper
Inspired by a Story Starter from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership (Hard Work #8)

This is number 5 of 40 All About Me pages I plan to make before I turn 40 in February 2018. All of my 40 Before 40 LO’s can be found here.

5 Pages | Jamie’s Visit Part 2

Here are some more pages from my sister’s visit back in April. These have been so fun to scrap!

The first two are more relationship-type pages. I love using photos from events and trips to tell all kinds of stories.

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Journaling reads- Because we can never pass up the opportunity to be ridiculous together.

Credits:
Spring Forward Monthly Mix kit by The Gingerbread Ladies
Make It One vol. 3 template by Dagi

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Journaling reads- I love this tree. I love coming here with you again and again. I love that we bring our family here when they visit. I love that this area has become one of our special places. Little Havana, Miami April 15, 2016

Credits:
I Am Loving It by JB Studio
Denim and Glitter template by JBS Templates

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Journaling reads- One of J’s requests for her vacation was a trip to Mojo’s. Of course we were happy to oblidge! April 16, 2016

Credits:
Just Smile bundle by Keley Designs
Your Story template grab bag bt Tinci Designs

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A page full of photos from our trip to the comic book store. I went WAY off theme for the kit, but I think the colors worked really well with my photos.

Credits:
Chocolate Fix grab bag by Across the Pond
Your Story template grab bag by Tinci Designs

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And lastly, a page “just for pretty”. We took SO many selfies while she was here. Because we made her. Because we’re MEAN!

Credits:
A Little Birdy Told Me Grab Bag by Mandy King

I almost have enough pages to make another 5 Pages post, so expect that in another week or two. You can check out the first batch here.

Week in the Life 2016 | Monday Part 1

A few weeks ago I participated in Week in the Life with Ali Edwards. WITL is an in-depth documentation project focusing on everyday life. You can learn more about it here. I *think* this is my 5th time playing along with WITL. And here’s where I get really transparent. I have taken loads of photos, written many many words, and… that’s it. I don’t think I’ve made a single page with any of it. Not one. It’s kinda embarrassing. But as my friend Megan says, “Document now, make later”. It will be there for me when I’m ready to deal with it.

So enough about the past, let’s talk about 2016. I was WAY more laid back this time around. I took way less photos, and wrote way less words. (Is that a real sentence?) The reason behind this change was that I looked back at 2015’s WITL, which I did back in August, and not that much has changed. Last year I went into great detail about our life, why we do the things we do, our routines, etc. And it’s pretty much exactly the same. Usually our lives are quite different from one WITL to the next. That’s why I love this project so much, seeing all the everyday details change over time. But this year I didn’t feel any pressure since last year was so heavily documented.

I think having less documentation will equal less overwhelm, and hopefully that will allow me to actually make pages! I’m planning to do a mix of page styles, mostly multi photo layouts. They’ll go into my regular 2016 album. I would like to have them all finished by the end of June.

Here are the first few pages for Monday. I think I have enough photos for two more pages.

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The first page explains Week in the Life and gives an overview of our morning routine. Which apparently involves more pictures of cats than people.

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The second page shows what things are like after Jason leaves for work. Breakfast, the weather, my planner, my morning chore list, a silly text exchange with my sister, and lunch.

Credits:
Project 2016 May kitstickers, and flair by Connie Prince
Reflections May template by Dagi

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And the third page is just a series of Miss Kitty Being Cute photos. I wish they’d turned out better so you could fully appreciate her adorableness. Also very time I look at that card I think of Snoop Dogg.

Credits:
Furry Friends Meow by Cornelia Designs
Make It Three vol. 2 template by Dagi

So there you have it, three pages down, fifteen(ish) to go! No wait, this page happened during WITL, so four pages done! Woohoo!

We got our passports!!!!!

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Look out world, here we come!

Okay well not quite yet. We’re not sure where we’re going, but we’re leaning towards Mexico.

Jason and I have been talking about getting our passports since we first got married. This was not a big deal for him. He’s had a passport before, he’s traveled, he’s even lived in another country. His whole family are travelers. I’m quite sure there are baby Z’s who already have passports.

But for me it’s a Big Huge Deal. Much bigger deal than getting my drivers license. (because I plan to do much more traveling than driving) I am ridiculously excited. And we haven’t even gone anywhere yet! These little books represent a whole new chapter of our lives. I so can’t wait to explore the world with this guy.

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On a sadder note, today is Jon’s birthday. I miss him so much, especially on this day. As I grow older and hit personal milestones, I often think of him, and the things he’ll never get to do. He’ll never travel the world, and that breaks my heart. Miss you, JonJon.

Project Life 2016- Week 1

It’s been a looonng time since I’ve shared anything Project Life related. I feel like this year I’m in a good place with this project. I have a pretty good system and I plug away at it whenever I’m in the mood. I don’t worry about being caught up, but I always know where I am and what I have left to do. I’ll talk more about my process in another post, but I wanted to get on with the sharing, since I’m six months behind and all 😛

Apple A Day by JB Studio

Week of- January 1-3 (some people call this Week 0)
What happened this week? Jason’s dad was visiting. We went to Miami and Jason did paddle boarding. Lots of eating, drinking, and guy bonding. I was sick. We went to the Everglades to fly drones (that will be a running theme this year)
Anything special in the spread? Charles’s mom sent us a pic of him being a cranky teenager. That’s his “Awww come on, mom!” face.
Techniques- I use the Pocket Template Maker actions by Mommyish for my PL layouts this year. They’re fantastic!
Photos- a good mix of big camera, iPhone, MomPhone and a screenshot.
Overall thoughts- A good start to the year! At this point I wasn’t sure where my Project Life would take me this year. I knew I wanted it to look clean, but not as clean as 2014. I think this strikes a good balance.
Credits:
Apple A Day kit by JB Studio
Bariol, Bebas, CK Ali’s Hand, and Architect’s Daughter fonts
Pocket Template Maker actions by Mommyish
*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Ready for Takeoff!

I made this double page LO to show off some photos from our first shuttle launch. Going to see launches was a big part of our lives for many years and I still miss them.

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I got to play around with this month’s Buffet goodies at Gingerscraps. I used both kits off-theme this time, which was fun.

Journaling reads- Hanging out in Space View Park before our first shuttle launch 5-31-08

Credits:
Old Friends bundle by Aprilisa
Sew Memories bundle by Keley Designs
Forget Me Not template by Dear Friends Designs

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Flashback Friday- Our first road trip!

One of my scrappy goals this year is to scrapbook some stories from 2006. Here are a few from our very first road trip together.

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For this LO I was trying to mimic the sunrise in the gradual changing colors of my flower clusters. I’m not sure it came across that way, but that’s something I’d like to try again.

Journaling reads- I believe this is the first recorded instance of me taking pictures out the window of a moving car. It was our first of many road trips together, and I wanted to make sure Jason got to see the cool looking fog lit up by the sunrise in the fields we were passing. He was driving and I wanted him to keep his eyes on the road 🙂 Since then, I have probably taken at least a thousand pictures from the car on our travels. 6-29-6

Credits:
I Am Loving It kit by JB Studio
Spring Reinvented kit by JB Studio
Denim and Glitter template by JBS templates

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Journaling reads- First Summer road trip West Palm Beach to Nashville- Mapquest, sodas, bare feet and toe rings, laughing at the racy billboards and taking pictures of each other 6-29-06

Credits:

May 2016 Storyteller kit by Just Jaimee
Template 307 by Simple Scrapper
Inspired by a Story Starter from the Simple Scrapper premium membership (July 2014 On the Road #6)

And one more page that I made back in August. It fits the theme, and I haven’t shared it on the blog, so here you go.

Lazy Daisy kit by Ooh La La Scraps Make A Wish template by Dagi's Temp-Tations

Journaling reads- Because proper road trip attire must include gigantic earrings that can double as bracelets in emergencies.

Credits:
Lazy Daisy kit by Ooh La La Scraps
Make A Wish template by Dagi’s Temp-Tations

Now I’m kind of ready for another road trip!

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.