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January 23, 2017

Make a Page Monday | Week 4

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Make a Page Monday 2017 | Week 3

Todays layout for Make a Page Monday comes courtesy of a blog post I shared last week on The Digital Press Co.'s blog. A simple tutorial on how to extract digital elements. This is one of my favorite digital tips and I have used over the years for my layouts and for my digital project life pages.   A simple and easy way to get more bang for your buck when you purchase digital supplies!

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January 16, 2017

Make a Page Monday 2017 | Week 2

One of my goals for 2017 is to take more photos of us together as a family. I am very good at documenting everything else, but when it comes to family photos...well I'm not so great! We took a few on Christmas eve before we were about to head out for the festivities and they turned out so great. Nothing fancy, just us as we are right now. Together. This is my monthly goal, at least one photo of us all. If I get at least two I will be doing better than last year :P  

I created this page to document that resolution, because it seems once you put something out there, the universe has a way of helping out :D Wish me luck!

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January 12, 2017

Project Life 2016

As we close the book on 2016, one would hope to close the book on the scrapbook as well, but that is a pipe dream I will never see :P I have just 12 weeks left of our project life 2016 album to finish up and as hard as I tried to get it done before the beginning of the new year, it sadly didn't happen! Even with the ease of the Project Life App, it was a big undertaking. If you follow my scrappy adventures on Instagram I was posting pages once or twice daily at the end of the year to get caught up. As of 4 weeks ago I was on week 27 and had all of those pages printed through the app.


Seeing those pages come to life was the little push I needed to get the ball rolling! Since then I have nearly caught up and plan to have this album completely finished by the end of the month!!





You can take a look at the entire album as it stands on my 2016 Project Life Page :)

However you choose to document your daily life, I can't stress enough that you should JUST DO IT! Don't let the fear of perfection or the need to use the latest and greatest products weigh you down. What matters most is that you document the moments when they are fresh in your memory and in the end the results will totally be worth the work :D
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January 9, 2017

Make A Page Monday 2017 | Week 1

Hello 2017 and the return of Make A Page Monday Posts here on the blog! Every Monday I will share what I have been working on digitally, and hopefully inspire you to get documenting those memories!!

I always enjoy starting off the new year by reflecting on the good moments of the year gone by. This is the layout I created featuring some of those moments, super simple, just some of my very favorite photos from throughout the year :D


This layout was created with an amazing template by LJS Designs available at The Digital Press Co.
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January 2, 2017

Hello 2017!


2016 you were a blur! As my boys get older the days just get busier, and I find things like blogging go by the wayside. (Hello...7 posts for the year in 2016!)

I still like having this home to share my pages and creative endevors so I am giving this a go again :D Sharing pages weekly with my Make a page Monday posts, updating pages with year long & monthly projects as they come together, and sharing more of my little shop! I am determined to make 2017 a more creative one!!  Cheers to new beginnings and resolutions to be the best we can be for 2017!!

To wrap up 2016 I created my annual year in review layout:


To put the layout together, I used my year in review template (available here in my etsy shop) as well as a few different patterned papers by Little Lamm & Co.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/229477457/year-in-review-template?ref=shop_home_active_1

I have been doing this project yearly for over 10 years now! It is so awesome to look back at all of the memories from each and every year. It is truly amazing how fast time goes and children grow up before your eyes...












You can read more about each year in review layout here: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 and 2008-2004 where I share how I went about creating this layout as a paper scrapper :)
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September 15, 2016

School Days Mini Album

Today I am sharing the contents of a project I shared over on the Little Lamm Co blog a week ago. It is a project I have been working on for a few years now, story of my creative life! I started this back to school mini album a few years ago, when I picked up a black Project Life 8x8 mini album and decided it would be the perfect place to gather all of the boys back to school photos. I started printing photos and slipped them into the page protectors....and that was pretty much where it ended. Enter Little Lamm. & Co's Blackboard pocket cards and printables & templates. They were absolutely perfect to get my creative gears rolling again and made pulling the whole mini album together a breeze.


I used one of the templates to showcase one of my favorite photos from each year of each boy. Then printed a few other favorites to include in the mini album.




Believe it or not, I have even processed this years photos with the templates and have them all ready to print out & slip into the page protectors! 

Keeping this project super simple was the key to getting it caught up and doable for the school years to come!!

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February 8, 2016

Make a Page Monday | Week 6

This week I am sharing a layout I created in honor of our 5th anniversary and is very fitting for the upcoming Valentine holiday!
http://forums.thedigitalpress.co/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=19144&title=happy-together&cat=502

I used a template (Scrap Time Vol.04) for the design of the layout. I was instantly drawn to all the hearts and the large XOXO. I added in a few photos of us two and used (Preppy | Full kit & journaling cards) for all of the papaers and elements! I just love the colors of the kit, its not your traditional valentines/love themed kit but it worked perfectly for this layout!!!
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February 1, 2016

Make A Page Monday | Week 5

This weeks layout is a fun two pager I put together to document a silly moment that turned into a photo shoot of sorts with Aiden! I have a flipagram video of all of these photos together, but also wanted them in the scrapbook so I created this page using a super cute new digital kit: Spectacle!
 
Kept the design super simple using a few 3x4 Spectacle Journal cards, a pocket essentials template and lots of photos!!
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January 25, 2016

Make a Page Monday | Week 4

Week 4!? How is it week 4 of 2016 already? How has the new year been treating you? For us last week was a doozy, I'm not going to lie...I am just happy to see it go! Hoping for a better and brighter week ahead! The page I am sharing today is one I created at the very beginning of the month. One of my resolutions this year is to take more family photos. Last year I wanted to do the same thing and well I failed miserably! Ha!! So why not try again right!?


In creating this layout I also made a little list of items I would like to do together as a family in addition to more photos together. I would love to spend more quality time together, take a family vacation, weekly family movie nights or game nights and just make more memories in our new home! Life gets so busy and as my boys get older they want to do their own thing, I totally get that. It makes he time we share now that much more precious :)

One of my other goals for 2016 is to create at least 52 scrapbook layouts, at least one a week! I will continue to share them here weekly with my make a page monday posts, but you can follow along with my progress and find the collection of them here: 2016 | 52 pages.

I also want to read 50 books and finish up my last 3 years of December Daily 2013 | 2014 | 2015!

What are your goals and/or resolutions for 2016!?
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January 18, 2016

Make A page Monday | Week 3

Happy Monday! Hard to believe how fast the days and the weeks are going already into the new year! Its always good when winter goes fast, I just want it to slow down a wee bit more, to enjoy the simplicity that the winter season brings!! This weeks layout is a simple one using Anita Designs beautiful NEW Simple Joys Collection! I am completely smitten with every single thing in this collection, and will definitely be using it again very soon! A simple story and a few photos of a boy and his kitty, and thebond they have formed already!!


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January 11, 2016

Make a Page Monday 2016 | Week 2

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a layout I created with some new digital goodies available at The Digital Press. I have been thinking quite a bit lately about my One Little Word for 2016. A few words kept coming up. Choose, Magic, and Story were a few I had been toying around with. Then I saw Little Lamm & Co's Amazing new release Anthology and it all became clear. My One Little Word for 2016 is Story. I always set memory keeping goals and truly they are the only ones I tend to keep throughout the year, sadly. This year my focus is on telling more of the stories. I want to record little details, collect stories of yesterday & today, and maybe even break the tip of the iceberg on our family history album. We are made of stories and it is our duty as scrapbookers to be the story tellers for our family!


I have been pinning inspiration for my word like crazy and you can follow along on my OLW 2016 | Story  pinterest board if you are interested! 
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January 4, 2016

Make A Page Monday 2016 | Conversations with my Guys

Hello 2016 and the return of Make a Page Mondays here on the blog! Every Monday I will share what I have been working on digitally, and hopefully inspire you to get documenting those memories!!

This year I am going to focus more on the stories of our every day lives. Recording those little bits and pieces that change daily and be gone forever. I want to savor these moments and get them documented before they disappear. In doing so this year I documented a conversation with each of my boys around their birthdays. I love the results, and wish I would have started these sooner!! I will definitely be adding one of these to each of their scrapbooks every year from here on out :)


 

I used this template by Cathy Zielske to put each page together.
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January 3, 2016

Hello 2016!

Another year has come and gone in a blur and I find myself reflecting once again on what we have done over the past 365 days. It was a pretty exciting year for us, as we moved into our new house and were busy making it into a home :) To look back at a year full of memories, I went through all of our photos from the year (and realized I have A LOT to get scrapbooked) and created one of my traditional year in review layouts.


To put the layout together, I used my year in review template (available here in my etsy shop) as well as a few different patterned papers by Scotty Girl Design



https://www.etsy.com/listing/229477457/year-in-review-template?ref=shop_home_active_1

I have been doing this project yearly for over 10 years now! It is so awesome to look back at all of the memories from each and every year. It is truly amazing how fast time goes and children grow up before your eyes...







You can read more about each year in review layout here: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 and 2008-2004 where I share how I went about creating this layout as a paper scrapper :)
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December 31, 2015

Project Life 2015 | December

With these final 5 pages, 2015 is complete!!! Woohoo!



Another year of this wonderful project and I couldn't be happier with the results!
You can see my completed 2015 album HERE!
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December 2, 2015

Project Life 2015 | November

 Another month gone in a flash!! I can not believe there is only 1 month left in 2015!!!



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