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.

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

February 2014 StorytellerApril 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

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.


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).

Eating outside web

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.

Imperfect day web

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. 🙂

Action Plan for #MyDetailsClass, plus some pages and random stories


Here is my plan for this class

Stories first. LO’s can come later. I’m still unpacking and trying to get my routines established at the new apartment, so I’m not even going to attempt LO’s right now. Unless I get super inspired and have to make something Right Now. My plan is to keep a running list of journaling for story ideas in Evernote.

Simple page design. Once I get stories out of my brain and into Evernote, I’ll open up an 8.5×11 page in PSE. I’ll paste the text into that and format depending on how long the story is. So far I’m liking splitting the 8.5×11’s in half vertically. I’ll leave a little room for a photo if I have one. Keeping this super simple. If I don’t have a photo, leave some white space and I might find one later.

Tell past stories of the Teenage/ Young Adult years, plus current stories. I have over fifty LO’s in my “All About Jen” book. Only three of them are from my teenage years. And of those, two of them are about my hair! Clearly I need to work on filling some holes in my story. That hasn’t interested me before at all, but I think I’m ready to tackle that now.

I’m in a transitional stage right now with the move and all, so I want to be sure to document current things too. I’m going to try and do a past story and a current story for each prompt.

Community participation. There is a great FB group for the class. I’m getting lots of fun ideas for pages. I’m hoping to stay current with the class and soak up the inspiration.

Looking forward. I’ve done a ton of “Currently” type blog posts. I’ve made pages with some of those already, but I’d really like getting those in my books. That might mean making pages, or just printing them off on regular paper and slipping them in. Looking back at my “Jen” book, those are some of my favorite things to read so I want to make sure they’re in there. I think they fit in well with the theme of the class.

Here are my first couple of stories using the pre-class prompt of “Thinking”.


Thinking- 1996 Edition (modeled after “Currently” prompts.

Journaling reads-
Busting my ass trying to graduate high school after slacking off for three years.
Contemplating quitting and getting my GED instead.
Listening to the advice of a wonderful counselor who was the only person who “had my back”.
Ignoring the problematic behavior of my boyfriend.
Picking up my sister from school every day.
Walking my dog Tank.
Looking forward to a summer trip and working at the Coffee Shop again.
Getting accepted to Trevecca with a scholarship.
Taking my 4th year of French.
Eating nothing all day until the evening because I couldn’t afford lunch.
Hanging out with my girlfriends at school.
Screaming matches with my mom every day.
Loving on my Bella.
Feeling very strong in my faith, but losing faith in my church.
Talking on the phone to Melissa as much as I could.
Being grounded constantly.
Listening to 107.5 and 103.9.
Watching Days of our Lives and Oprah.
Mastering Algebra II the second time around.
Living within walking distance of Jamie’s school, Angie’s house, and church.
Staying with my dad every weekend.
Riding the school bus.
Carrying around seven big textbooks everywhere because I couldn’t be bothered to find a locker.
Reading Elizabeth Peters, Cleveland Amory, and Anne Rice.
Writing notes to my friends every class period.
Wearing a horseshoe ring from Jon, a cross necklace, and my grandmother’s engagement and wedding rings every day.
Loving Buttered Rum lipstick from Avon and Exclamation perfume.

I cold probably make pages about several of these. Having them in a list form like that was so much easier than trying to write out everything that was going on that year. I like that I was able to mix in fun stuff with the heavy, emo stuff.

Next to that is a page inspired by Megan’s LO that listed her college schedule. I would like to eventually do something like that, but I wanted to do a quick page about my feelings from my first attempt at college. At some point I’d like to find some pictures on the internet of the campus and add those.

Journaling reads- I knew Trevecca was not the right college for me from the start. But they offered me a scholarship, so that’s the one I went with. (My family was adamant that I attend college, but provided nothing in the way of help finding resources or money to pay for it). So when I got that magical letter in the mail offering me a little money to attend, that’s where I went.

It was a great school, just not for me. I was not raised Nazarene, so the idea of singing modern Christian pop instead of hymns and wearing pants to Chapel was foreign to me. I had recently broke off ties with my childhood church, so I was in flux.
But the biggest thing that caused me to leave college (the first time) was not related to school at all. My mom went into the hospital. At the time my sister still lived with her. So I moved back into my mom’s house temporarily to be with her. I had a hard time balancing taking care of her, visiting my mom, and going to school (all on the bus). I was having relationship problems during those months as well. My 18 year old self couldn’t manage it all, so I stopped showing up. The last straw was the decision to have eye surgery that December. It conflicted with Finals, so I ended up only taking one Exam and only getting credit for one class.
Despite everything, I really enjoyed my short time there. It was not my most shining moment academically, but that’s ok. And it’s a funny story to tell for people who didn’t know me in my younger days. Yes the girl who cusses a blue streak went to Christian college for a minute. (I also taught Sunday School and wanted to be a missionary, but that’s a story for another day)
My third page for the class hits a much lighter note. I think that will be a trend moving forward so I can balance out all the angsty teenage stuff.
Journaling reads-
I speak before I think.
So I have developed this problem lately, in the past couple years of being at home, of speaking the first thought that comes into my head. Being alone for most of the day with just me, the cat, and my inner monologue has somehow made me completely lose my “mouth filter”.

It is quite embarrassing and sometimes hurtful to other people, like when I say unkind things to my husband, or tell people what I really think of their boyfriends. I don’t mean to be a hateful bitch, I just blurt out the first thing that comes into my head. Which is almost always the wrong thing.
On the other hand, my spontaneity in speaking is probably mostly a good thing for my marriage. I tell him countless times a day how much I love him and how awesome he is. If I stopped to think before I said those things, they might go unsaid.
Words are important to us. I need to say all the words. I think I just need to pause a few seconds before I let the words spill out of my mouth. So I won’t accidentally tell him “I missed you today. And your booty” in front of my sister. TMI y’all.
And for my last page, I copied and pasted the text from this post.
And that’s just the pre-class! I actually have ideas for a couple more pages, but this is what I have so far. It feels good to get all this out of my brain 🙂

#MyDetailsClass Pre-Class Prompt (try saying that three times)


My friend Megan is teaching a class about getting more of YOU in your scrapbooks. She, along with Kristin of rukristin, will provide prompts to get you inspired to scrap about yourself. They’ll share two different takes on each prompt, one from the past and one from right now. I think that’s one of the coolest part of the class. Exploring the past and making connections with the present is absolutely one of my favorite things about this hobby.

The pre-class prompt is “Thinking” so I jotted down a few things on my mind right now.

Loving this response to the Honey Maid ads.
It’s the day before Jason’s birthday!
Planning which boxes to tackle next.
Prepping food for the week.
Still not quite believing that we’re actually here.
Adjusting to a new morning routine.
Missing scrapbooking.
Studying the Anglo Saxon Chronicle.
Loving having him home an extra two hours a day.
Wondering what the big deal is about GOT.
Hoping to get to take advantage of my big bath tub this week.
Relieved that my knee is getting closer to normal.
Thinking I’ll try working out on Wednesday.
Taking walks around the track in the meantime.
Laughing at texts from my sister.
Needing to talk to Melissa.
Craving green things in my home and in my tummy.

I think things like this are really interesting to look back on. When I was writing Friday’s post about our move, I had a lot of fun taking a little trip down Memory Lane and remembering things that were on my mind a couple of years ago. I think that has given me a renewed love for this blog and memory keeping in general. I won’t have a lot of spare time to make pages for a bit, but I can certainly take a couple of minutes to jot things down.

Several of the ladies in the class are doing a blog hop with their takes on the pre-class materials. Check them out here.