And yet more scrapbooking…

A few weeks ago, I read this blog post by Becky Higgins, in which she outlines how she documented 2015 and is planning to document 2016.  As I read it, I thought, “I could DO this. It sounds manageable.” 

You see, I’ve been feeling the urge to scrapbook again – to capture my family’s memories as I’m counting the days (and minutes) as they tick by and I know that my girls will soon be off on their own pursuits and not as interested in spending time with their mom and dad.  I want to capture the days we’ve got together – what life is like, not just the special events – and record them for posterity.

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But I have been overwhelmed at the thought of choosing pictures, printing them out, laying out paper and embellishments.  And doing the same thing digitally seemed overwhelming, too.

I think it is because it’s been SO LONG since I’ve done any scrapbooking and the thought of the backlog of pictures seems overwhelming.

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But, to overcome that I’ve decided to take Becky’s approach.  I’m starting with CURRENT pictures and focusing on those only. Literally the last week’s worth of pictures.  Each night I’ll glance at my phone and pick a picture or two from the day if I have any.  Then, on Sunday night, I’ll add those all to a page – one page, that’s do-able, right? – and add some quick journaling about the week and the weekly card from the Project Life – Project 52 card set.  I’m doing it all on the Project Life app on my phone.

What could be easier?

Honestly, I’m not sure anything could.  I did my first week’s page in less than 10 minutes.  And then, because I felt like I was on a roll, I did a few from December, just for fun.  (somebody stop me, I’m going crazy here)

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So we will see how this goes. But quite honestly, this seems so EASY. I’m not sure how I could NOT do it. And even if I missed a week it wouldn’t be that bad to catch up.

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The world must be ending

because I actually SCRAPBOOKED yesterday.  The first time in, oh, I don’t know how many years.  And I enjoyed it. Immensely.

I have fallen off of the memory keeping bandwagon for some time – I got busy with work and life and scrapbooking took time I didn’t have.  And then I got so far behind that the thought of starting and trying to catch up just was overwhelming.  My poor scrapbook table sat dusty and unused, becoming a place for the family to pile things that they didn’t want to deal with at the moment. My scrapbooking software has been unopened, and while I have been saving photos, no archiving has been done. No organization or anything.

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However, ever since we got back from our Disney trip I have been wanting to do something with those photos. I didn’t want them to sit unenjoyed on my hard drive.  We had a great trip and I wanted to preserve those memories. To be able to look back on the stories and relive the fun.

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So, I have been toying with the idea of a pocket-style scrapbook. I even purchased a 6×8 album and inserts and Disney-themed décor.  And then I looked at how many photos I had.  Over 1,000! Between the photos we took and the ones that we had taken by cast members, we have a LOT of photos.  I wasn’t sure my little 6×8 album could hold all of that.  And I wasn’t going to print that many pictures only to discard about half or more that wouldn’t make the cut into the album.  That’s wasteful and expensive.

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So then I thought about doing a simple Shutterfly album.  I uploaded the photos and then started looking at the options online. I realized that I would not be happy or content with the products they had because I was used to being able to customize my pages with my digital scrapbooking.

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So yesterday, while we watched movies as a family, I set up my laptop in the living room, downloaded some Disney themed digital kits and got to work.  I managed to make it as far as our first “official” day in the park.  I’m planning to do more this weekend, so hopefully I will make good progress.  I have a lot of pictures to go through, but I’m having FUN and enjoying it again.  And that’s a pretty big thing.

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Who knows? I may actually scrapbook again.

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Scrapbook kit: Simple Stories Digital collections (Say Cheese & Say Cheese 2)

Project Life Tuesday (no really!)

I know, I know… I bet you thought I’d quit scrapbooking, didn’t you?The Mom Creative

Well, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure myself. I haven’t felt the urge to scrapbook at all since July. I am not sure whether it was just because life was so busy or what. I had an album project I was working on besides Project Life and I got a little stymied there and it sort of killed my mojo.

I have been thinking for weeks about how sad it would be to not finish Project Life for the rest of the year – to only have January – June captured and then… nothing.  Sad indeed.

But I couldn’t seem to get started. I didn’t want to sort through pictures and piles of paper. I didn’t want to cut and stick and all that stuff.  And then one day I thought, well what about digital? So, I mulled that over for a few days and finally decided that anything was better than nothing and if doing it digitally got me started, it was worth doing.

So, on Saturday afternoon, when it was quiet and I had a few minutes to myself, I sat down and decided to tackle a few pages and see how things went.

I managed to get two weeks done – six pages in all – and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

I think I may just do the rest of the year this way. It’s nice and neat and easy for me to do. I guess I’ll see. Right now, it’s working for me.

So here are the pages:

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I hope you enjoy!

and, I hope I have some more to share next week!

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A little history

One of the things I want to do, a little at a time, is capture the stories of my life… things beyond photographs and scrapbook pages.  Stories of our lives – you know, the stories that get passed down through the generations and are the ones you tell whenever the families get together.

I want to save them while they are fresh in my mind – save them for the girls to remember and for our grandkids and great-grands to have and enjoy one day, too.

I’ve started an 8.5×11 album (digital) that I’ll just jot down those stories in as I think of them. I’m not going to pressure myself into feeling like I have to have photographs on every page. It’s really about the story for this book, not the picture.

Here is my first page:

Stuffed Pepper Story

Here is the story:

When we were first married, I decided to be “Suzy Homemaker” one night and surprise Rob with some homemade stuffed bell peppers.  I called Mom and Grandma (multiple times) and worked for hours making the recipe.

We hadn’t been married very long and I hadn’t been cooking for very long, either. It was quite the undertaking and I was so proud of myself for taking on the challenge. I couldn’t wait for Rob to get home from work and eat the yummy dinner I’d prepared.

When he got home, he sat down to eat a plate.  I stood by waiting for his feedback…

And he quickly asked me if I’d cooked the rice.
WHAT!?!
Had I cooked the rice?!?
Of course I had.

Well, it turned out the rice was NOT finished, my feelings were VERY hurt and I grabbed his plate and the entire casserole dish and dumped it all in the garbage.

I ran upstairs crying and locked myself in our bedroom.

Poor Rob.
It was all right eventually, but, to this day, I’ve never made stuffed peppers again.

Which, Rob says, is perfectly fine with him.
I hope so.

Scrapbook Tuesday

I have a confession to make.

I’m way behind on my Project Life album.

Way, way behind.

I seem to have lost my drive for working on the album.  I’m sure I’ll get it back – right now I’m only behind for the month of August – but for right now the thought of working on it seems like a chore, not a pleasure. So I will let it sit for a few more weeks until I find the desire to work on it again.

But –

I have done a wee bit of scrapbooking – I seem to have found the desire to digitally scrapbook.  Interestingly, I did the same thing last year; lost my drive to work on the Project Life stuff around the time school started and then wound up working on digital pages for a while. So, maybe there is a trend here? Maybe it has to do with the hectic first weeks of school, I don’t know.

Regardless, as long as I’m doing something creative, I’m happy.

Here are two of the pages I’ve created recently.  They’re focused on the first day of school for the girls:

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The journaling reads:

Your first day of school –  always a little scary for kids and a little more so this year for you… you started a new school, your sister was not at the same school as you anymore and you didn’t know any of the kids who would be in your class. But, in your typical fearless style, you were rarin’ and ready to go that first morning, up way before it was time to be awake and ready to leave almost a half an hour before we had to! I walked you into your classroom – our yearly tradition – although you didn’t want to hold my hand just in case people might mistake you for a “baby” that way. But we all know you are most definitely not a baby. You are a big girl. A third grader. And you are ready to tackle whatever your new school throws your way. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do this year – whatever it is you decide to do, I’m sure it will be fantastic. Everything you do is!

And the second page:

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The journaling reads:

Middle School.
Such a big step for you… a milestone you have waited so long to finally reach. And now it is here for you.  After a couple of weeks of worrying and fretting this summer – about all of the changes that were coming, especially your locker! – you are finally ready for the big step… right across the threshold of your new school experience. In spite of the summer jitters, you were ready to roll on the first day of school. You’d met your teachers, practiced opening your locker, walked the halls and found out the friends you’d have in your classes. You knew the drill and you were ready to go. I dropped you off in the front of the school – no more walking you into class on the first day – and as I drove away I couldn’t help but remember the first day you started Kindergarten and how you had a lot of the same worries that had plagued you during this summer as you thought about Middle School.  Just like then, you met the challenge head on and came through with shining colors. I can’t wait to see the things you’ll do and the places you’ll go in the next three years. Whatever they are, I’m sure you will shine – you always do.

I did my Round Up!

I started earlier this year doing a monthly round up like Katie the Scrapook Lady does. I loved the idea of a recap of what I did during the month – something that would would make it easy to look back and see a highlight of the month all on one page.

I did great the first few months of the year and then sort of fell off the wagon as the last month or two of school rolled around. Life got crazy and this was not high on the priority list.

Well, it’s August and time for the roundup from July – I’m determined to stay on track from now through the end of the year. Heck, I may even get around to scrapbooking the pages, too!

So, here is my round up!

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What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)

What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month?(movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)

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  • We took a family mini-vacation to St. Augustine
  • We visited family in Savannah
  • Many trips to the pool
  • The girls had sleepovers with friends
  • We celebrated Little Bit’s birthday

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

  • Birthday goodies for Little Bit, including a new iPod Touch

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

  • school supplies!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

  • Overall, a healthy month. Trying to get back on track with my eating and exercise.

What were my accomplishments this month?

  • Back on more healthy eating
  • Back to school shopping completed with plenty of time to spare

What were my disappointments this month?

  • not so good on the exercise front – although it was so stinkin’ hot, it was hard to get motivated here

Overall, a busy but productive month!

June Roundup

I started earlier this year doing a monthly round up like Katie the Scrapook Lady does. I loved the idea of a recap of what I did during the month – something that would would make it easy to look back and see a highlight of the month all on one page.

I did great the first few months of the year and then sort of fell off the wagon as the last month or two of school rolled around. Life got crazy and this was not high on the priority list.

Now I am sad because I lost those months, but I am determined to get back on track and start again for June.

So, here is my round up!

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  1. What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)
  • The Yard, by Alex Grecian (you can read my review here)
  • Untraceable, Unspeakable & Unforgiveable (books 1-3 of the Tracers series by Laura Griffin)
  • I also caught up on a lot of my blog reading and began a Bible study with the ladies from She Reads Truth
  1. What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month?(movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)
    • My beautiful Little Bit had her dance recitals
    • SuperMan and I went to see two plays – Illyria and Much Ado About Nothing at the Georgia Shakespeare summer repBrave poster
    • The girls went to see Brave and SuperMan saw Prometheus in the movie theater
  2. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
  • I made my annual pilgrimage to HQ and got to see my California work friends and spend an evening hanging out with my brother.
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  • Big Girl had her first-ever massage (her 5th Grade Graduation present)
  • The girls went to art camp with their art teacher
  1. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
  • For Father’s Day, we gave SuperMan lots of love, rest, and special cooking
  1. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
  • Bought the girls SFO t-shirts on my trip and one for SuperMan from Johnny Garlic’s (Guy Fieri’s restaurant)
  1. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
  • Overall, a healthy month. Trying to get back on track with my eating and exercise.
  • We all battled a little bit of allergies when the crepe myrtles bloomed but we’ve weathered that storm (metaphorically speaking) and we’re back to the bloom of health. (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
  1. What were my accomplishments this month?
  • Losing four pounds
  • Back on more healthy eating
  • Back to exercising daily
  • Caught up on my Project Life pages
  • making time every day to spend a little me-focused time – recharging the battery
  1. What were my disappointments this month?
  • a few of the new dinners I tried were not so successful – but that’s a pretty small thing in the overall scheme of things
  1. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
  • back on track with exercise & diet

Overall, a busy but productive month!