CT layout- High School using Schooled Up by Mandy King and Saxon

Schooled Up by Mandy King and Saxon

Inspired by- This fun kit by Mandy King and Saxon. I love that it’s school themed, but for older kids. I thought about making a school page for LM (and I still might). But the kit features my school colors, red + blue, so I’m using it myself :)

I’m surprised I had so much to say about my high school experience. It’s not something I scrap about often. I just started typing and this is what bubbled up. I have many gaps to fill in my personal scrapbook, which I’ll talk about sometime soon.

Journaling reads- I went to “the Cliff” for high school from 1992-1996. For some people, high school was the time of their lives. For others, it was miserable. For me, it was a somewhere in between. There were wonderful times with my friends, but there was also a lot of drama. It was high school, of course there was drama! It was the place where I saw my friends, the place where I met my first serious boyfriend, the place I went to escape home. And I suppose I learned things there too… It’s strange thinking back all those years. I graduated almost twenty years ago! I don’t talk to anyone from that time except for Melissa. I purposefully don’t add my school info to social media because I’d like to keep all of that in the past. I’m a very different person than I was back then.

Credits- Schooled up by Mandy King and Saxon

Library of Memories album- All About Jen

This is number 1 of 25 layouts I want to make by the end of September. And if you want to see more Teenage Jen (with gigantic bangs) there’s a LO for that.

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In leu of Project Life this week…

August 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I’ll share a page that started out as a PL page, but morphed into something different.

Inspired by- That Goodbye Summer card. And a little bit of self-pity. I was playing with the idea of adding product to my PL pages (because that’s what I always do when I fall behind) I’ve been buying Just Jaimee’s big monthly Storyteller kits since January and they always have fantastic products that I’d love to use in my PL. But this page took at least two hours to make, and there’s just no way I can do that every week. I have to keep reminding myself of that….

Journaling reads- August 2nd marked the official end of our summer. {Little Man} flew back to ND. It was his first time taking connecting flights all by himself. He did a great job and the three flights went ok. Jason and I were sad and worried all day. We needed distractions, so we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It was hilarious and one of our favorite Avengers movies.

(Just realized I need to change that to “Marvel movies”)

Credits- August 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album. Probably my Seasons and Celebrations book under Summer. I made another pity page in 2012, so I’ll probably stick it in with that one. Misery loves company right?

We’re actually ok though. We’ve become experts at this grieving process thing. And now  I’ve shared The Plague with Jason (you’re welcome). So we have that to distract us. And to the One Person in my life who asks about me and takes the time out of her crazy busy schedule to text and email, thanks for that.

August/ September goals

IMG_2508The first two weeks of August went by in a NyQuil induced haze. I’m ready to ease into some goals for the next six weeks.

But first, here’s what I did for July’s goals-

  1. Morning walks. This one was completed with flying colors! I walked in the mornings, mostly in the park but a couple times in my living room with Leslie. Jason and I took lots of evening walks, and we even jogged.
  2. Find a book club. I found one online, but due to library software malfunctions, I didn’t get to actually read July’s book.
  3. Summer Stories. Nope. Was too bummed to look at many summer pictures.
  4. Make 5 new things. This was pretty open-ended. I tried a couple new recipes and made a couple of pages, so I’m calling it good.
  5. Eat at home for the rest of July. We did really well on this one. We had lunch and dessert out with LM, but those were planned for in advance. We only ate out one time out of laziness (Checker’s) and it was gross. I can’t believe we used to eat there once a week.
  6. Hang our family tree photos. Finally did that last Thursday.
  7. Plan a cheap date. I sort of forgot about this one. We tried geocaching, but the mosquitos chased us out of the woods before we could find the cache.

Now for July/August-

  1. Work up to 10,000 steps a day.
  2. Find a GP, and get appointments for physicals.
  3. Read 5 NF books.
  4. Finish documenting the summer. Unless it makes me too sad. Plan B is to stay caught up with PL.
  5. Make something pretty for the house.
  6. Plant 5 things from my garden board.
  7. Declutter 100 things.
  8. Make football food.
  9. Experiment with a capsule wardrobe.
  10. Go to the beach.
  11. 30 Days of Lists.
  12. Make 25 LO’s.
  13. Flylady zones twice a week
  14. Watch 10 things from our Netflix Queue
  15. Get to the “30 pounds gone” mark.

These are pretty random. Most of them, except #2 and #15, are things that I enjoy but always talk myself out of actually doing them. I’ve always been wary of putting weight loss goals on these lists. But I’m So Close to a big goal and I’ve been stagnant for months. Maybe this will get me over the hump. I need challenging goals that will push me this month, plus a few fun things.

From the Vault- Sledding Hill

June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee   July 2014 template by Sahlin Studio

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

A page I made last month from our trip to North Dakota.

Inspired by- Photos! I thought it would be neat to compare pictures of LM on this particular hill at different times of the year. (Since I hear some places actually have seasons…) His mom sent the first picture earlier this year, and we took the second one when we came to pick him up. And yes, I made him run down the hill specifically so I could have a picture to make this page. :P

Journaling- It was so neat seeing the hill where {Little Man} goes sledding.. Looks much different than it did in the middle of winter when he sent us this picture.

Credits- June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee
July 2014 template by Sahlin Studio

Library of Memories album- Not sure yet. Maybe the All About LM book. I have a sledding page there already, so I’ll probably put it in the North Dakota/ Minnesota section of my Places We Go album.

From the Vault- Road Trip Snacks

Cerulean by Just Jaimee

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

A page I made back in May from our trip to Orlando.

Inspiration- I think I made this for a challenge at the Lilypad. I was overwhelmed by all of our photos from the trip, so I wanted to just scrap one little story while it was fresh in my mind. One of my very first scrapbook pages was about the snacks we have while we fly, so I thought this would be a fun companion page.

Journaling- Jason and I almost always get the same snacks for road trips- Fast Break for me and a blueberry pastry for him, plus flavored coffee and water.

Credits- Cerulean by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album- Places: Travel (This is where I put random travel pages that don’t have a specific place)

From the Vault- NYE 2012

January 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

A page from New Year’s Eve 2012 that I made back in May.

Inspiration- I think it went something like this- Watch a very old Glitter Girl episode where she’s making a New Year’s page. Think to myself “This would be a really strange time of year to scrap New Year’s… why not?”. Scrap a page. My totally random scrapbooking process in a nutshell.

Journaling- Last day at SDD. Silly selfie. watching the ball drom in NOLA and Nashville. MK is unimpressed. Our “hard core” NYE bubbly.

Credits- January 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album- Seasons and Celebrations

From the Vault- Hello New Orleans

June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

An 8.5×11 page I made last month. This will be the cover page for my Louisiana scrapbook. Which currently has two pages. We’ll be heading back up there this fall, so I’m hoping to make a bunch of pages from our trip from 2009 (blogged here and here).

Inspired by- An assignment in the Inspired Scrapbooking class to use lots of pictures and one word. (The opposite of this assignment). Designed using a Page Maps sketch.

Credits- June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album- Places: Louisiana

From the Vault- At Work

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A page about my sister I made a couple weeks ago.

Inspired by: The quote card and needing to do a Jamie page for July. I’m right on track to have a page for her every month this year.

Journaling reads: It was so great getting to come to Vanity and see your massage room. I’m so proud of you for going after your dream and working hard to do what you love. I love hearing the excitement in your voice when you talk about your work. That makes me so happy.

Credits: Dream Big by Megan Turnidge
July Blog Train Travel mini by Sahin Studio
January 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee
July 2014 Blog Train freebie template by Little Green Frog Designs

Library of Memories album: All About Jamie

From the Vault- Bad Selfies LO

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I’m clearing out my Projects folder once again. Here’s a page I made awhile back that I never shared on the blog.

Kind of a silly page. :)

Inspired by: Glitter Girl episode 2, about using mists. I love being able to take a paper scrapboking technique and apply it to my digital pages!

Journaling reads: That weekend with the terrible selfies. I tried some different angles for pictures of us, but never could quite get it right. Hello bra straps and double chins…

Credits: March 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album: All About Jen and Jason

Project Life 2014- Week 28

I’m skipping ahead to work on more current weeks of my Project Life. I’ll still be working on my summer pages at the same time, hopefully to be shared on Thursdays. I want to stay relatively on top of PL, while taking the time to savor my summer photos at the same time. I won’t be posting them on the blog chronologically, but you can always see what I’ve finished so far on my Project Life 2014 page.

I’ve taken a lot of time the past few weeks thinking about where I want to go with PL for the rest of the year. I have a love/ hate relationship with this planning stage. (Jason would probably tell you it’s all hate because he has to listen to me complain about it all the time) There are things I absolutely loved about the way I did the first volume of 2014- clean, simple, white space, and better photo editing.The photos stood out and I just really really love those pages. I loved that I could spend as much or as little time on a week as I wanted on each week. Some had one page, a couple had six or seven. It felt very freeing to not have to constrain myself to two pages per week.

But I felt like one important thing was missing- words. I mostly stuck to a week in review card, with a few photo captions thrown in. When I compared my older pages with 2014’s, I missed the stories. Little stories like what we were watching on TV or reading. Longer stories from blog posts. I was missing out on words. Then I read this post by Aaron Morris on the Pocket Source blog. The last paragraph really grabbed me. In his PL, he’s attempting to give equal room to photos AND words. Hey, I want to do that too!

I’m going to be adding more words in a few different ways- more captions, more quotes, and more small everyday stories. I want to start adding more current events and blog posts every once in awhile. I’m taking the Hello Story class by Ali Edwards, and I’ll be adding things from that. I love Kristin’s “Currently” cards, so I’ll be adding those sometimes too.

I’ll need extra room for all those extra words. I’m using the PSE actions by Mommyish to make my own templates. They’ll be very similar to Becky’s PL designs, but with squared corners.

I’m in love with Tracey Larsen’s photo templates and will be using those a lot. That will give me more space to write, and give more white space to rest the eyes.  I love how my pages look with her templates.

Now, on to week 28…

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This week was four pages. I took a lot of pictures and had lots to say, so I’m ok with that. I was doing a lot of experimenting and trying to get things “just right”. Also, lots of words= lots of opportunities for typos. I’ve already had to fix and re-upload a couple of these pages.

I was loving Fat Mum Slim’s new photo-a-day app this week so a few of the photos used those filters. The rest were edited in RadLab.

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More photos, goals for the month, and a quote I found on Pinterest.

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Fun stuff going on here- a quote made with the Word Swag app, a Currently card, and one of the downloads from Hello Story.

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For the last page, I just copied and pasted text from this post. It was technically written the week before, but I thought it would be more appropriate in this week.

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