One more Thanksgiving page

November Tell Your Story by JB Studio

I am super psyched for Thanksgiving next week. I think I’ve made more Thanksgiving LO’s this year than any other year. (Thank you Creative Teams!) There’s just something about telling a lot of little stories about a single day. I’m sure I’ll love looking back at these in a few years when the specifics have faded.

For this LO, I took more journaling from this post from last year. I think I have squeezed three pages out of a single post. 2013 will be the best documented Thanksgiving ever, I believe. (And I still have enough photos for one more page)

Credits
November Tell Your Story by JB Studio

*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.

Happy birthday, chow!

I won’t get too sappy because a). she doesn’t have internets atm, and b). she doesn’t read my blog anyway.

One of my goals this year was to scrap about my sister more. She is one of the most important people in my life, and at the end of 2013 she was not well represented in my scrapbooks. I’m happy to report that is no longer the case.

Here are some of the pages I’ve made about her that I’ve shared on the blog, linked to the original post.

Dream Power Collection by Mandy KingTemplate by Little Green Frog

Sisters Forever by Simple Girl ScrapsElliesKraft Papers

Sewing Junkie by Ohana Designs Paper Lovers template by Kimeric Spring Is Here by Ohana Designs

Made with love by Lisette

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Blessed and Lucky CollabJanuary 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee

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Autumn Adoration by Mandy King template by Angelclaud Artroom

March 2014 StorytellerSeptember 2013 Storytellerby Just Jaimee

April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

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Scrapping our New York trip

Case of the Mondays collab FWP State of Mind: East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

I think I’ll be scrapping last year’s New York trip for the next ten years or so. And I’m totally fine with that :) Queen Wild Scraps is releasing some fabulous templates today that are perfect for scrapping the Northeast. (And now I really want to visit Connecticut and Rhode Island so I can use the other two templates in the set!)

The first page is an overview of some of the things we did over the course of the trip. I picked a photo or two from each day we were there. I had initially done enough journaling to fill in the entire state layer, but after I finished the New Jersey page, I realized it needed a photo enlargement instead. But a few of the other CT’s filled theirs with words, and it looks great either way. I’ll save that journaling for a different page.

Credits:
Case of the Mondays collab FWP
State of Mind: East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

Project January 2013   State of Mind- East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

The second page shows scenes from the airport coming and going from Newark. I love the shots from the airplane looking down. Jason always takes great “out the window of planes” pictures for me. (I can’t look out the window without feeling sick)

Journaling reads- Newark airport. We arrived early, as always because Jason is the most punctual person I’ve ever met. He started going through photos while we waited in the terminal, but I needed some quiet time to just process everything. It was an amazing trip, but we were so happy to be heading home.

Credits:
Project January 2013 by Connie Prince
State of Mind- East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

You Are My Gift kit by Connie Prince My Awareness templates by LissyKay You Are My Gift kit by Connie Prince My Awareness templates by LissyKay

When I saw the My Awareness Story templates from LissyKay, I knew they would be absolutely perfect for our Making Strides photos. I had so many photos that I was able to make two pages.

I’ve never used LissyKay’s templates before, and they were fun to work with. That’s one thing I’m loving about being on the GS CT this month- discovering cool new-to-me designers.

Journaling reads- Jason and I did the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in September. We had such a good time! There were SO MANY people there! It was such a fun atmosphere, everyone was having a good time. There were speakers and bands. And of course lots of pink. We were supposed to walk with Jason’s coworkers, but it was so crowded we couldn’t find anyone until the walk was about to start.

The walk itself was actually pretty relaxing, much different than our first 5k. It was non-competitive, so nobody was in a hurry to finish. We walked through downtown Deerfield Beach, over the bridge, and back. There were plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures. It was a beautiful morning for a wonderful cause.

Credits:
You Are My Gift kit by Connie Prince
My Awareness templates by LissyKay

*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.

New goodies from GingerScraps designers!

Good Reads kit by Aprilisa Falling For You by Dagi's Temp-tations

I’m thoroughly enjoying my second week scrapping with the awesome GS designers! I snagged a new pack of Dagi’s templates (of course I did). And I got to scrap my first Christmas LO of the season! I’m ridiculously excited about that. I’m not rushing Thanksgiving… I’m just happy to invite glitter back into my scrappy world again.

So the story of this page is… kind of sappy. Sometimes I write lovey things to Jason but don’t show him. Then I find them in Evernote months later and think hmmm that would make a nice LO… Now you know my secret, I have a whole scrapbook of love letters I’m too embarrassed to send to my husband. Here’s one. And another. And a couple more. It’s kind of gross. But I just like him. A lot.

Journaling reads- I love how you… Hold my hand. Make me laugh so hard. Flirt with me at the grocery store. Hold open doors. Pretend to be a monster and chase me around the house. Get so enthusiastic about things. Chase sunsets with me. Share the joys and tears of life with me. Move me, and get me moving. Listen

Credits: Good Reads kit by Aprilisa
Falling For You by Dagi’s Temp-tations

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My second LO isn’t quite so embarrassing. Also, Yay cookies! Also also note to self- try not to make all the cookies next month. It took like three months to get rid of all that cookie weight this winter!

Moving on…. Yay Christmas kits! And glittery snowflakes! This kit is a definite contender for  my holiday book this year. Yep that’s right folks, I’m going to try a December Daily type thing this year. Stay tuned.

Journaling reads- This year I decided to shake up my usual Christmas baking and try a couple of new recipes. Trisha Yearwood’s cranberry white chocolate chip cookies were a new favorite, but Alton Brown’s were pretty tasty too.

Credits: Christmas Countdown kit and journal cards by JB Studios
Falling For You templates by Dagi’s Temp-Tations

Thanksgiving Eve 2013 using Flower Power templates from Dagi’s Temp-Tations

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I love me some Dagi templates! I will snag as many of them as possible during my month at GingerScraps, that’s for sure. I’ve known her since the SDD days (she was one of my Love Birds *sniff*) and I’ve done a bunch of pages with her earlier templates. It’s been very cool seeing her progress through the years.

I seem to be binge-making Thanksgiving LO’s this week. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon! I took the journaling from this post. I know I’ve said it a billion times before, but I love having the blog to look back on so I can capture little details for my pages.

Journaling reads- We had a really nice low-key Thanksgiving this year. It was just the two of us and I have to say, we rocked it!
I tried to get as much done on Wednesday as possible. I made cornbread for dressing the next day. Jason was having a rough day at work, so I put up the tree as a surprise for him. His face lit up like a little kid’s, which was just the reaction I was hoping for
I made our traditional Thanksgiving Eve dinner of panzanella and sausage balls. I don’t know how this tradition started, but we’ve been doing it for three or for years now. It’s nice because we have leftovers that we can munch on while we make Thanksgiving dinner.

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Credits-
November Spice, the Monthly Mix collab from GingerScraps (November 2014)
Flower Power template by Dagi’s Temp-tations
Appleberry and Architect’s Daughter fonts

Library of Memories album- Celebrations: Thanksgiving/ Fall

*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.

Catching Up with Project Life- Challenge One

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Earlier this year, I decided to take a hard look at some of my projects and to see what it would take to actually finish some of them. I made a document in Evernote, which I would revisit from time to time. I made Next Action lists, and slowly worked through them. My plan was to finish some of these projects sometime before 2025 or so.

Enter Catch Up with Project Life, a class at BPC.

The first lesson mirrored what I’d already been doing, and gave me added incentive to make more progress. Assessing my gaps took a lot of work. My first couple of years’ worth of PL files were a Hot Mess. That was before I’d settled on a naming structure for my files, plus some of them were in a program that I no longer use (Pixelmator) and my computer couldn’t figure out what to do with them. It took HOURS to straighten out 2011 and 2012, but I did it!

2013 was easier to sort out, but I got pretty discouraged looking at all that I needed to do to make it come together in a cohesive way. (That was the year I did PL three different ways, remember?)

2014 isn’t too bad. I’ve finished the first volume, and I’ve made decent progress on July-September. The summer months are going to be a challenge, but I’ll talk about that in a later post.

The hardest (but most fun) part for me is always the question of what form is my finished project going to take? I have a different plan now that I’ve really assessed the cost of my different options.

2011 will definitely be a blurb or artscow book. I had that intention from the start of 2011, and I think it will work best.

I had originally wanted to print out 2012 as individual LO’s with inserts, like I’ve shown here. The problem with that is, it will be crazy expensive, even though I’ve printed out several weeks already. So that probably will be another blurb book. I’m a little disappointed, but I can’t justify spending nearly $100 to get all those pages printed out when I can get a cheap book for $30.

2013… I just don’t know yet. It makes my stress levels skyrocket, so I’m putting it aside for now.

So that’s where I am right now. My goals for the class are to finish 2011, and continue on with 2014 as usual. I’ll get to everything else eventually. I’m feeling pretty confident. I love that the class is set up as a series of challenges, and the lessons have been fun and informative so far.

November Guest at GingerScraps!

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I’m excited to share that I’ll be guesting at GingerScraps this month! It’s been a couple of years since I’ve CT’ed for a site. I love being able to work with a variety of awesome products each month, and I’m enjoying getting more involved in a digi community. That’s something I’ve really missed since SDD closed. I’ve thought a lot about whether I want to work my way up through the ranks of another site, and now seems like a good time. There are a lot of familiar faces at GS, and everyone has been super nice. Not to mention the fabulous designers!

November Spice, the Monthly Mix collab from GingerScraps (November 2014)

Here’s my first page for November. Oh the pretty, pretty fall colors! Makes me wanna scrap about turkey! My scrapbooks are sadly lacking in Thanksgiving pages. I want to work on that, especially since that’s my favorite holiday. (All the excellent food of Christmas, without the stress of presents!)

I took the journaling directly from last year’s Thanksgiving post. It reads- We brined a turkey for the first time ever and it was So Good! We will be doing that again for sure.It was a bit cumbersome wrestling with our 18 pound turkey, but it was so worth it for the juicy deliciousness.

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I used this month’s Monthly Mix, November Spice. The template is part of collab too!

Library of Memories album- Celebrations: Thanksgiving/ Fall

*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.

Layouts using Slow Me Down, a collab from Mandy King and Saxon

Slow Me Down, a Mandy King and Saxon collab

Mandy is killing it with the awesome collars lately! This time she teamed up with Saxon to bring us Slow Me Down. It’s full of rich colors, and just perfect for scrapping those quiet moments.

My first page tells the story of our first morning in our new apartment. It was kind of like the eye of a storm between the craziness of moving, and the busyness of having my sister stay with us. Jason and I took a few quiet moments out on the balcony to try and let everything sink in.

Journaling reads- Our first morning at the new apartment. It didn’t seem real. Were we really going to live here? Was this really going to be our home? It seemed too good to be true, like we were going to wake up from a dream any minute.

Library of Memories album- Places: Coral Springs

Slow Me Down, a Mandy King and Saxon collab

My second LO is a bit on the personal side. I took this photo for Week in the Life, and scrapped it that same night. I love love love it, one of my favorites of us together, ever. I wrote the journaling months ago. I’m not sure what prompted those words, sometimes I just start writing whatever’s on my mind. I saved it to Evernote and it sat there, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. I went very minimal with the embellishments. I’ll probably cut this in half vertically to create two 4×8 pages that I’ll store back to back.

Journaling reads-
He doesn’t want her help putting together furniture or washing the car.
She doesn’t want his help packing, whether it’s a suitcase or the whole house.
He could probably use more help planning trips.
She could probably use some help with the dishes.
He doesn’t do laundry or cat boxes.
She doesn’t drive or pay bills.
Sometimes it’s best if they divide and conquer. They go with their strengths.
They are both excellent e-mail and card writers.
They both know pretty well when to give hugs and when to give space.
They always have each others’ backs.
If they don’t agree, they can usually find a compromise.
They grocery shop quite well together.
They are each other’s biggest fan.
They make a great team.
That is their strength.

Library of Memories album- All About Us: Jason and Jen

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*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.