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

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.

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

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

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

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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

One rainy afternoon

April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I did a LO for Megan’s Quick and Easy challenge. Because what can be more quick and easy than a photo that takes up the whole page? Add some journaling and a couple of ellies and call it done. I need more of these pages in my life.

Journaling reads- One rainy afternoon in Orlando. Jason had been working all day and I was cooped up in our room. It was our last evening and we were determined to get out, no matter how rainy it was. We walked around the lake and he held the umbrella for me. I stopped often, abruptly and without warning, to snap pictures. He never complained, never let me get wet. He anticipated when I was about to stop by the way my body would tense and my steps would slow. We made our way around the lake to The Dig Site, an area we’d been wanting to check out since our first day. It was closed due to bad weather so we started back. Someone stopped and offered us an extra umbrella. We smiled and said “No thanks, we like to share”.

Credits- April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Around here

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I love snails.

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I recently discovered the secret to perfectly peel-able boiled eggs! Put your raw eggs into water that’s already boiling. I’ve always done cold-start boiled eggs, so I guess that’s why my eggs always looked so awful and never peeled right. It’s like magic!

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Little Man got some funky sunglasses and sent us a pic. Love how you can see his hand in the reflection. I can’t get over how long his hair is! It’s going to take some getting used to. But it’s his head so….

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Double rainbow!

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My seedlings are coming right along. Amazingly all my orphaned plants are still doing well. I’ll need to do a garden update soon.

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I tried the new caramel crunch frappuccino. It’s pretty tasty, the “crunch” comes from bits of toffee.

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We got library cards!

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I’ve been without a pedometer since I lost my fitbit in December. I need to see numbers for motivation, so I picked up a cheap one at Target.

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Jason did some repair work on the RC car and we took it out for a spin at the park.

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Who’s the prettiest girl?

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I’m working on hanging things on our walls finally. Last time I meticulously measured everything out and they were still not evenly spaced. This time I just guestimated and used my fingers as measuring tools.

And lastly, today is the nine year anniversary of our first meeting IRL. I will say a lot of things privately today, but I do want to say here- Thank you for taking a leap of faith and getting on a plane and flying almost 1000 miles to come meet me. Thank you for that first hug that changed my life. You still make me feel giddy and awkward in the best way. ❤

Five Pages | NSD Part 2

Last week I shared five pages from NSD. Here are the other five LO’s I did that day.

February 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Last week I shared my first five pages for NSD on May 3rd. Here are pages 6-10.

This page was way out of my comfort zone. design wise. I love how some people can strategically place bits of paper and tags and small embellishments across the page and make it look natural. I have a hard time doing that. I need clusters or grids. Or maybe even a template, though I’m using those less and less these days.

I was inspired by Heidi Swapp to write five special things about someone, so I did this page about the Little Man. And yes, helpful is spelled wrong. But when Jason pointed it out to me I decided I liked it that way, full of help- like full of win. I am the boss of my scrapbooks and I always put a “wrong” thing in nearly every page. I might have mentioned before, but it does double duty by helping me let go of perfectionism and by being a fun game for future generations. I can see them gathering around a table playing “Spot the eff ups in Crazy Aunt Jen’s scrapbooks”.

Journaling reads-5 awesome things we love about you. You are funny, helpful, polite, smart, artistic.

Credits: February 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

April 2014 Storyteller kit January 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee

This one was inspired by the shapes in Jennifer Wilson‘s page. I’ve been pinning hexagons forever so I took the plunge and finally made a LO. I’ve wanted to make a page about our favorite tech for years. I took most of these pictures just to make a page one day and found them pretty easily using the “tech” keyword in Aperture.

Journaling reads- My iPod, the little camera, the Logitech remote, our MacBook Pro’s and iPads, and Jason’s iMac were some of our favorite and longest lasting tech gadgets. They have all provided us ith years of entertainment.

Credits: April 2014 Storyteller kit
January 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee

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This is one of my very favorite pages I’ve ever made. Inspired by Katrina Kennedy. I loved her page so much I straight up copied the whole thing. This was also one of the more difficult pages because of the journaling. Not finding words, but omitting capitalization and punctuation. OMG so hard! It makes it somewhat difficult to read, but I actually like that because some of it is pretty personal. You have to work to read it.

Journaling reads- thirty nine years old and loves being near the water wishes he had more time for video games and comic books binge watches HGTV eats the same thing at every restaurant wants a boat and a motorcycle one day is the hardest worker I know shows love freely and openly to those he cares about avoids conflict whenever possible loves Dos Equis and Abita is a champion snuggler plans every detail so he can afford to be spontaneous craves home cooking after trips opens doors for everyone hardly ever cusses except in traffic is incredibly patient drinks sprite and iced tea holds my hand all the time wants five more minutes needs words likes superhero movies is in desperate need of a space to work misses making music starts planning for the summer ten months ahead of time is a great peacemaker makes me laugh so much is owed a dog someday is master at the long-arm selfie loves walks and swimming watches sunsets slows down to let me catch up leads the way has an affinity for sock goblins has the best heart is generous to waiters rarely complains gets mad on my behalf needs a vacation has the best hands wants to introduce us to the joys of camping is good cop is an excellent analogy maker sees the bright side is a realist hates clutter loves me is awesome

Credits: February 2014 Storyteller
April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

April 2014 Storyteller kit January 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee

LO number 9, and I was getting super tired! This one was inspired by the great advice from Maggie Holmes. Keep a journal and use it for your journaling on your pages! That’s something I do for at least half my pages. I almost feels like it’s cheating a little because it makes my pages get done so quickly. I use Evernote and Momento to keep track of my thoughts and page ideas. Then just copy, paste, and poof, your page is 25% finished. I did the journaling for this page last month for My Details. The photo is from a random grocery trip. You can tell I was conflicted. Half healthy food and half garbage 😛

Journaling reads- When we got back from New York last year, I knew I had to make some big changes. I felt like garbage the entire trip and it put a damper on what could have been a fabulous week. I felt like garbage because I was eating garbage. I had been for a long time, but my body picked that week to rebel against me.  When we got home, I committed to Eating Clean for a week. It was pretty miserable and I was hungry all. the. time. But the thing is, I actually really love a lot of healthy foods. This was around the time I started my love affair with asparagus.  The first week didn’t kill me, so I tried another week. I started feeling lighter, and my heartburn was almost completely gone.  On week three I started adding back foods I used to eat like beans and fruit. My body was still pretty happy and I was a lot less hungry. I slowly added foods, paying attention to how the affected my body.  I learned a lot from this experiment with Clean Eating. Turns out that this life-long dairy lover can live happily without dairy. Now we go months without buying milk. We’ve only recently started buying cheese again. (My family thinks I’m a crazy person for not drinking milk every day) I don’t eat Clean every day, but eating habits have improved a lot in the last year.

Credits: April 2014 Storyteller kit
January 2014 Storyteller alpha by Just Jaimee

April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Ok last page! This is number ten for NSD, and a LO request from Jason. He wanted three photos of the progression of the gorgeous sunset we watched on 4/26 in Key Largo. He Never requests scrapbook pages so of course I had to make it! I have a feeling this is a preview of photos that will go on our walls at some point.

I think one thing I learned during this NSD is that the simplest pages can make the biggest impact. I love clustered up pages full of ellies, but some photos can stand on their own, like these. 

Credits: April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I think this post can be in the running for Longest Post Ever. Damn I’m wordy! That day was so much fun. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Five pages | NSD part one

I spent Saturday, May 3rd on a layout making spree. It was (inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and all over the world people celebrated memory keeping by making lots of scrapbook pages, mini books, and other projects. And shopping… oh the shopping! I was good this year and only spent $11, which is the same $11 I spend every month on product. But I was reeaallyyy tempted.

While I was waiting on Big Picture Classes to start their NSD festivities, I whipped out a couple of quick pages for the My Details class.

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The idea is to get them printed out as a single 8.5×11 page and then split it into two inserts. They’ll probably go back to back, since they’re about the same time period. I spent a lot of last month writing for the prompts so I would have the journaling done for future pages. Both of these are for the “thinking” prompt.

First page journaling reads- I am such an over thinker. My brain is busy all the time. Things I’m currently obsessing over- What to do when my FIL comes to visit.  Exploring our new town.  My knee.  Making elaborate family trees for mideaval europpean monarchs.  Clean Eating and batch cooking.  The 20,000 LO’s I want to make.  Catching up on PL.  Blog posts that I write but never publish.  Blog posts that I publish that I think will make me look bad.  Finding a good Cuban coffee place.  My bathtub.  Once Upon A Time.  Unpacking those last few boxes.  Dresden Files books.  Finding a place where we can see the stars. April 11, 2014

Second page journaling- So Indecisive. Things I cannot make a freakin decision about.  Whether or not to have a baby.  Where to eat for dinner.  What to read next.  What I want to be when I grow up.  How to arrange my bookshelves.

(I started sharing pages on Instagram with lots of description, so I’ll just copy and paste those from here on).

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Super simple page inspired by @stacyjulian for the@bigpictureclasses #nsd10k event. Love how she used a ton of photos with little embellishment. I took it a step further and used no ellies, just a little journaling. I used the AMAZING photo pocket template actions by Mommyish to knock out this page in minutes. Seriously digi scrappers, these actions will blow your mind. I think they’re on sale now too (no, I don’t work for her, they’re just that awesome) #mydetailsclass

Journaling reads- We love eating outside on the balcony with our awesome view. April 2014.

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4th page for #nsd10k @bigpictureclasses Inspired by@cathyzielske ‘s journey of finding her style and not comparing herself to others. My style is in constant flux, but I love that. For the past year I’m all about journal cards, wood veneer, and photos edited with RadLab. “Comparison is the thief of joy”. Absolutely!

Journaling reads- (Im)Perfect Day. Things that went wrong on our wedding day….The wrong song was played when I walked down the aisle. The officiate pronounced Jason’s name incorrectly. The ring was tied too tightly on the pillow and we spent an awkward minute while Jamie struggled to get the knot untied.

Credits: Extra Extra! kit by Penny Springmann
Storyteller January 2014 alpha by Just Jaimee

April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Another #nsd10k for @bigpictureclasses Inspired by@celinenavarro and her pretty artsy sister LO. Love using all those #justjaimee cards. Also used the#mommyish template builder again. 👍

Journaling reads- Loved taking her to the beach for the first time in years! We haven’t been to the beach together since 2006. She liked it so much we went twice in one day. Palm Beach. 2.18.06 Pampano Beach 3.31.14

Credits: April 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

There are my first five pages for NSD! I’ll be posting the rest soon. 🙂

Five Pages | More Romantic Scrapbooking

I mentioned on the podcast that my “Jason and Jen” scrapbook was one of my biggest- it has nearly 50 pages. So clearly I have no problem scrapping about that. But the biggest thing that I took from the Romantic Scrapbooking class was ideas on scrapping the early times in our relationship. It seemed so “big” that I wasn’t sure how to tackle it. It’s a lot easier for me to do present-day pages about our relationship.

Noell gave several ideas for specific pages, and listening to her talk inspired even more for me. I feel like I have a much better grasp of the kinds of stories I want to tell now. I think it’s the kind of class you can revisit over again and still come up with fresh ideas, especially the places, dating and gratitude sections.

I posted earlier that I’ve done several more pages for the Romantic Scrapbooking class that I haven’t shared. I had emailed them to Noell after I made them, but a couple of them seemed too personal to put here on the blog. It’s one thing to be cheesy, but it was a lot harder to pour my heart out about all the things I was feeling in the beginning of our relationship. But I don’t shy away from telling big emo stories. So here we go…

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The first two pages go together. They tell the story of the worries I had before our first meeting “in real life”, and how the exact moment when I knew he was The One. I was excited when I saw that journaling card. It was the perfect fit for what I wanted to say!

Journaling reads- Follow your heart and you’ll never get lost. In the beginning of our relationship we were in an interesting position. We knew we had deep feelings for each other. We had even said “those words”. But how can you really know if someone is right for you until you see them in person? How can you tell someone that you love them without ever having touched each other? Was it really “real”, or were we making a mistake putting such a huge investment in this new relationship?

We decided to meet on May 23, 2005. He flew from his home in West Palm to Nashville. We were going to meet at the airport. We were both so nervous! I remember seeing him walking through the airport towards me with the biggest smile on his face. Then he wrapped his arms around me.

They say that “You just know”. Before that day, I thought that saying was nonesense. But when he hugged me for the first time, when I got to touch him and smell him for the first time… I knew.

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The next page wasn’t inspired by a specific prompt, but when I was thinking about our early relationship, it made me remember the bad attitude I used to have about marriage so I wanted to add it in here too.

Journaling reads- I always thought getting married would be like living in a cage. I do not like committment. Growing up, Marriage was “the M word”. That, coupled with a few disasterous relationships, really soured me on marriage and relationships in general. But once I met you, all of that changed. Before you, I thought “freedom” was dating whoever I wanted whenever I wanted. But you showed me a different kind of freedom that I’d never had before- freedom to be myself. Freedom to laugh and cry and love. Freedom to tell you what I wanted and needed without embarassment or reservation. Freedom to accept what you had to give. Freedom to give you all of myself. Because you accepted me- all of me. And you loved me. You showed me that committment can be the most freeing thing in the world.

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This page was done for the Gratitude prompt. Definitely a favorite, I could do 100 more pages on things about him that I’m grateful for.

Journaling reads- We always say “Life is more awesome with you”. Even when bad things happen, it’s so nice to know we have each other to lean on.

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And to bring things back to normal pages, as opposed to super sappy pages, I used the Favorite Places prompt to list out some of the places we like to travel. I have pages on most of these in other albums, but I thought it was a nice addition to the All About Us album. I made sure to add the date in there. I will be curious to see what this list looks like in five years!

Journaling reads- A few of my favorite things (as of Feb. 2014) St. Augustine, New Orleans, The Keys, New York, Tampa, Nashville, L.A., Chattanooga, Titusville, Washington D.C.

I have a couple more pages to share, but this post is getting out of control! Thanks for looking 🙂

PR freakin’ T y’all!

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So this just happened…

I was super excited (and nervous!) to be a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable yesterday. Davida, Beth, and I talked all about scrapping our husbands. It was a lot of fun! It was very cool getting to know these ladies and sharing our experiences trying to scrap those special relationships.

Here are a few pages I mentioned in the podcast. I did lots more for the Romantic Scrapbooking class, which I’ll share later. But I wanted a separate post for the specific pages and things I talked about on the show. Fair warning, it’s going to be sappy over here for a bit… Love Me by Ohana Designs The page where it all started. Honey of a Day by Jusme  Lobster and Missed Your Exit fonts Taking a picture of a gift can lead to a bigger story about your relationship. I love you day Our silly “I love you day” pics. I Love You Day web Another “I Love You” day page using no photos. Journaling cards or fancy tags are a great way to make a page without photos. Plus- potty people! (Also I think I said that day was in April. I meant March :P)

And here are some extra links for your viewing pleasure.

The other Second Life couple with the story that’s way more romantic than ours.

Stephanie Howell’s post that almost made me cry.

The excellent My Details class.

And if you’re not totally grossed out by now, here’s our love story.

I also want to give a huge thank you to Noell for allowing me to be on the show. PRT has been a huge part of my life the past few years. I have learned so much from listening to you and your fabulous guests. It was an honor to be a part of it!