From the Vault- At Work

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A page I made 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.

LO- Small Things

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I get inspiration for pages from, well pretty much everything. Photos, stories, product, classes. This page was inspired by the phrase in a journaling card. It made me think of a conversation Jason and I had a few weeks ago. So I found a random photo of us holding hands from earlier this summer and made a page. :)

Journaling reads- We were watching TV one night and someone on the show said something about her wedding day being the most romantic day of her life. I started laughing and said “Yeah whatever”. I could tell you were taken aback by my reaction. “Wasn’t our wedding day the most romantic day?” you asked. “No way, not even in the top ten!” That was when I realized you were getting annoyed and I started to explain. Our wedding day was great. It was very special to get up in front of family and friends and God and declare our love. To say that this is the person I want to be with more than anyone. Of course that was an amazing day. But to me, the romantic days are the regular days we’re together. The road trips together where we just talk for hours. Kissing before we get out of the car. Hotel Z. Holding my hand. When you used to pop my soda can top for me, or the way you put your hand on the small of my back. Those are the romantic things that I love. Those little moments where it’s just the two of us.

Only You by Tickled Pink
Feb. 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee
July 2014 template freebie by Tickled Pink

Places + My Details- Downtown Nashville

January 2014 Storyteller (alpha) June 2014 Storyteller (cloud) by Just Jaimee

This page is a great example of “curating a story”. I’ve had it percolating in my head for months.

The photo was taken in February when we went up to Nashville for Jon’s memorial service. It has already been featured in that week’s Project Life pages.

The journaling was written for a prompt for the My Details class in April. I was still unpacking the house and not scrapping, but I did a lot of writing for possible future pages during that time.

The design is a direct scrap lift of a page I made in May. I knew I’d be making more simple pages like that again.

The page came together in July, following the “one photo, many words” prompt from my Inspired Scrapbooking class.

I love how inspiration can come from several different directions and combine into something really special.

Journaling reads- Crossing the bridge and seeing the skyline was always one of my very favorite things. It was the transition place between my parents’ houses, and a few years later, between work and home. I would feel a sense of excitement, but of calm as well. Of belonging to a city that was thriving and busy, but familiar and homey at the same time. It did my angst-y teenage heart good to see that skyline, to cross that river. It was where I belonged, where I thought I would always be.

Another Nashville Love page from a year ago.

Places- His Commute

Now that the busy half of our year is finished (we think), I want to catch up on some of the classes I’ve been hoarding so far this year. Because I love them, and it helps me justify buying more classes right?

One of the year-long classes I’m taking is Stacey Julian’s Inspired Scrapbooking class. It’s like a slimmed down version of the Twelve class I took back in 2012. Twelve totally revolutionized the way I scrapbook and I’ve been using Stacey’s way of gathering inspiration for stories ever since, but I haven’t actually done any of the assignments for Inspired Scrapbooking yet.

As I was listening to July’s video message from Stacey earlier this month, I opened up a file in Evernote and started writing. I came up with ideas for six pages and one blog post that I wanted to do for the Places topic. I hope to share those throughout the rest of July.

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Here’s my first page inspired by a Place. It doesn’t fit in exactly with the class prompts, but I’m totally ok with that. It describes Jason’s commute, and how glad I am that it’s finally over.

Journaling reads-  When Jason changed jobs, his commute went from 10-15 minutes to well over an hour. The trip from West Palm to Coral Springs was rough, and he made it two years. Sometimes that would mean he’d be out of the house for over 12 hours a day, between working overtime + the commute. I hated that he had to drive so much on the highway. I would worry So Much every morning until he would text me from work, and every evening until he would arrive safely home. I’m so glad that commute is a thing of the past!

Credits: Are We There Yet collab by Just Jaimee and Mommyish

Thanksgiving in July, part one

Last week (July 2), we decided to do Thanksgiving in July. Little Man had mentioned a few weeks ago that he couldn’t remember ever having a turkey for Thanksgiving. We will use any excuse to brine a turkey, so challenge accepted! (Because of course you want to use the oven when it’s 95 degrees outside, right?)

But first, we had to do Thanksgiving Eve.

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LM and I made our tradition summer drink, basil lemonade. He is an excellent lemon squeezer. We reminisced about that one year when he had to squeeze all the lemons by hand before we got the lemon squeezer contraption thingy. Which I guess is still squeezing the lemons by hand actually. But whatever…


While the lemonade cooled, I made sausage balls.


We took a quick swim break, and I started prepping the panzanella. When Jason got home, he helped me finish that up and cooked the brine mixture.

IMG_1899 We were all pretty wiped at that point, so we put ice in the brine to cool it down enough to put the turkey in. It was a late night, but so worth it the next day!

July goals


Here are a few things I want to accomplish by the end of the month. I need things to keep us active and doing things (other than sitting at home and watching Buffy marathons and eating cookies all month) This month will be about getting the budget back in check, working on summer photos, and adding a few finishing touches to our home.

  1. Morning walks.
  2. Find a book club.
  3. Summer Stories.
  4. Make 5 new things.
  5. Eat at home for the rest of July.
  6. Hang our family tree photos.
  7. Plan a cheap date.


Project Life 2014- Weeks 21 and 22 (the end of Book One!)

I decided at some point earlier this year to divide my Project Life 2014 into three books. One for January through May, one for our five weeks with the Little Man, and one for the rest of the year. These pages will mark the end of my first book!

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The first two pages are a mix of everyday photos.

Journaling reads- This week I hung up pictures and decorated our bedroom. We ate out a lot- Joe’s for pizza, Crocante for dessert, D’Apple for breakfast, and Larry’s for ice cream. We also checked out Barnes and Noble and bought new tires for the car. On Friday night we stayed up late and snuck into the park to try and catch the Camelopardalids meteor shower. We saw “something”, but not sure what it was. It was fun to sit outside and look at stars though! On Sunday we went to the RC track for the first time.

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I took a ton of pictures of Miss Kitty the night we stayed up late to watch the meteor shower, so I added them all in a page.

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But those pictures don’t compare to the sheer number I took at the RC track. Maybe 200? So yeah, those needed their own page too.

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The last page for my book was a partial week, the last couple of days before we went to North Dakota. I relied heavily on my Momento app to remember things I didn’t have pictures for. The blurred out square is a picture of my sister’s new apartment complex we took from their website.

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Journaling reads- This was our last few days before going to pick up [Little Man] for the summer. The most exciting thing that happened this week was that Jamie and Ryan got approved for an apartment! So happy for them! C sent us some silly pictures, we went for walks, and my seedlings grew. I finished Gone Girl. Maya Angelou passed away. The #yesallwomen hashtag blew up in response to the shootings in Santa Barbara last weekend. These few days were filled with cleaning, packing and planning for Summer of Awesome 2014!

And that wraps up my first book! I feel very accomplished! I probably won’t get it printed for a long time, but it’s a great feeling to see them all together on my PL2014 page. Tonight I’m going to sit down with Jason and force him to scroll through them all. He’s super psyched of course :P

I’ve already started working on our summer book. I had initially thought of doing a “summer daily” book, similar to everyone’s December Daily. But I take way too many pictures and have written way too many words for that to be feasible. (Some days will probably have five pages). I can’t wait to start sharing them next week!

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

A letter to myself, to be reread in May of 2015


Dear Jen,

You are about to embark on Summer of Awesome 2015. Are you ready? Of course you’re not. But that’s okay. Here are a few things that Jen in 2014 would like you to remember.

You did a lot of awesome things last year. You guys had a great summer! It was nice to actually have a summer at home for a change. You and Jason got to show LM all your favorite places in town, and discovered a few new ones. There were lots of hugs, and lots of pictures taken. You went outside every day at least once (usually more). You rediscovered your love of swings. You were brave and went to the pool, just the two of you, and nobody drowned. You were firm when you had to be, limiting sodas and screen time. Making a list of LM’s food preferences was one of your more brilliant ideas. You taught him a few cooking things, and he taught you the benefits of the Monkey Apprentice. You and Jason were very supportive of his MTG obsession, and you went way out of your comfort zone and into the Great Outdoors. You ate all. the. burgers. You knocked lots of things off the bucket list, and still had room for lots of spontaneity.

Some things you might want to remember for this summer. Help Jason make plans if you guys are traveling. You rely on him too much for that and he has enough stress. (Though you’re better at making plans for everyday activities). Speaking of planning activities, put things on the family calendar, and for goodness sakes, go shopping before summer rolls around! Make sure you have plenty of popsicle sticks and LIGHT corn syrup. Go to the beach early in the summer. You always procrastinate on that for some reason. Hug more. You need to scrapbook. It’s not good for your mental health to put that aside for a month. It’s more than a hobby, it keeps you happy and positive. And we both know you’ll need that. Give yourself a break. You’re going to rage and cry for the first week or two. It will be terrible, but you’ll get through it. You always do. Get through it as quickly and quietly as you can, then get on with the fun stuff. Talk to Jason. Don’t hold things in. Well maybe hold things in for that first week. Write out your feelings. It will make you feel better. Did I mention talk to Jason? This doesn’t have to be a lonely time. You have a partner, let him be there for you. Even when you’re a B.O.B. He already knows you’re nuts, he’ll still love you.

You’ll do great. The important thing is to make the most of your time together. Because we’re the Awesome Family. And we do things awesomely.

Love, Jen
July 5, 2014