Albums, December Daily, Scrapbooking

December Daily 2017

I aaalmost finished my December Daily album from last year at the December Daily Prep Party (more about that later, I’m sure!) and then finally got ‘er done last week, just in time for another December Daily to begin. Many huzzahs!

December Daily 2017

Last year I made “let your heart be light” be my mantra of the season.

December Daily 2017

Both the half circle and the star cutout were inspired by last year’s Product Play class.

December Daily 2017

Day one was an Ali scraplift, but her’s is way better so go look at that one instead.

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The backside is much cuter! It’s all about Nora’s advent calendar – Lily was too little still, but she still got all up in it. This was a good place for me to do my token handwriting page amidst a sea of typing.

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Day two is one of my favorites from last year, from our town’s tree-lighting festival. I used one of Ali’s Slanted Layered Templates and I just love that big photo of Nora.

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Day three! This was total magic. Last year, this guy in Seattle decided to build Diagon Alley in his driveway, and when we heard they were doing Dumbledore Santa photos, there was no stopping me. We stood in line for 1.5 hours and it was so totally worth it. It also gave me a good excuse to use my Potterhead stamps from Kelly Purkey (these aren’t available anymore, sadly)!

December Daily 2017

On day four, Nora was home sick from preschool and we had a cozy day at home with lots of movies and crafting. I took a photo of the girls waving at the garbage truck, slapped one of Ali’s overlays on top, and paired it with Nora’s drawing of Santa.

December Daily 2017

The day after that, we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to (belatedly) celebrate Lily’s first birthday. I opened with a photo of me with the girls…

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…and here’s my absolute favorite spread of this album. Lily living her best life, devouring birthday cake in the snowy mountains. Love love love spreading a photo across two pages like this. (We returned to this exact spot for her second birthday too!)

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Day six is an homage to the good old cardboard box, aka the king of all toys. Look at those faces!

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Day seven was about the pros and cons of growing up – Nora got to pick and help cut our Christmas tree, but she also experienced her first major disappointment in life when firetruck Santa was a no-show. (But for reals, how lucky are you when that is your first major disappointment in life?)

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Not much happened on day eight, so I used it as an opportunity to use one of Ali’s templates and write about our tv habits at that moment. (YOU GUYS, THE SECOND SEASON OF MRS. MAISEL STARTED TODAY!!) On the right is a card from friend that was so beautiful that I just had to include it. Normally I include more cards from friends, but this album ended up way too obese for that.

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Day nine, JK’s office holiday party. I used that same overlay again – I like to use things like that a couple of times throughout the album to create a sense of cohesion in the madness.

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On day ten, I ran a 25K and Nora ran a 1K! I cannot get over that photo of her with her bear (who also got a race bib of course). Both of these photos were taken by Glenn Tachiyama.

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Race bib + Christmas card!

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Day eleven: Wellie’s confusion over our new lawn ornaments.

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Day twelve – the arrival of the grandparents! This always feel like the true beginning of Christmas…and they just so happened to arrive today (as in now, 2018)!

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For day thirteen, I made all the family members who were present fill out these little tags that I slipped into a pocket between the pages of day twelve. I really love having everyone’s thoughts and handwriting in there.

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Day fourteen, ugh. Lily was NOT sleeping and JK and I were sooo tired, but we knew so well that this was a fleeting stage.

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Oooh, the brussels sprouts. Day fifteen was all about our obsession with Cafe Flora’s brussels sprouts, which had us eating brussels every damn day in an attempt to recreate a healthified version at home. I have a feeling brussels sprouts will make an appearance in our 2018 album too, now that my parents are here so JK and I can go on dates!

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I snagged a menu from the restaurant and wrote the journaling inside it.

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Baking always makes an appearance in my December Daily albums. Day sixteen: pepperkaker.

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Day seventeen was so cool – we participated in our first Gingermas scavenger hunt! The 2×2 pockets on the right are filled with random bits and pieces from the holiday season (gift tags, chocolate wrappers), including a piece of the Gingermas score sheet.

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Day eighteen: Nora’s letter to Santa. Aaaw.

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Day nineteen is another one of my favorites – turning disappointment (another Santa no-show!!) into a great experience.

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Speaking of creating our own joy, day twenty is about how we decided to go for a run date in spite of epic tiredness (see above re: sleepless Lily) and ended up running through a glorious winter wonderland on Tiger Mountain.

December Daily 2017

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…and on day twenty-one we got even more of that (plus drinks!) at the TNAB winter solstice snowshoe.

December Daily 2017

Day twenty-two is about how grown-up Lily suddenly seemed (using this circle template), and day twenty-three is about the girls “helping” grandma clean on Little Christmas Eve.

December Daily 2017

Day twenty-four is Christmas Eve, the main even for us Norwegians! I added a tag from Lily’s favorite present at the top, and tied some gift wrap ribbon around the number 24. Journaling about Christmas Eve tends to stress me out, so bullet points was the way to go for sure.

December Daily 2017

On the back I included a card from great-grandma and some more photos.

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Normally, that would be the end for me, but on Christmas Eve it started snowing…it was a Christmas miracle for us Seattleites! So I added in a simple day twenty-five about the snow.

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…and finished the album off with a photo of Nora and Lily with their grandparents.

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On to 2018!

Albums, Scrapbooking, Week in the Life

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life was the project that made me finally return to the scrapbooking world back in 2015 – I bought Ali’s kit, documented my week (with Nora as a wee one-year old!), and made a full 6×8 album. It is such a cool book to look back on, so I had every intention of participating every year from then on…but, as always, life happens. In 2016, I had horrid morning sickness and even if I’d had the energy to make something, every day would have been about trying to find childcare for Nora so I could puke and binge-watch True Detective. In 2017, when Lily was just a tiny baby, I started making a very simplified version of WitL, but I never finished printing my pages (I bet they’re still floating around on my old computer though).

Week in the Life 2018

In 2018, however, Ali offered a 3×8 album option – this was perfect for me. It made Week in the Life seem totally doable again. And it was – I documented the week in May, and then finished the album five short months later, heh. So here are some of the pages from this year’s WitL.

(I dropped my album on the floor which is why the corner is a little scuffed up, but luckily the innards survived!)

Week in the Life 2018

Since I don’t have the best track record of actually getting these albums done, I decided to keep this very simple. Each day got one of these spreads with info about the day + general journaling about what happened (using the 3×8 layered templates pack, which is also available in 6×8), and then the rest was mostly photos with some random bits of extra journaling thrown in.

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I did add some full-size photos outside of page protectors for variety.

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The biggest challenge with this album? It got fat fast. I started out adding lots of dimensional embellishments but quickly realized that the album was having obesity issues. I ended up switching to stamps and printed digital embellishments instead.

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I love sliding another finished album onto my shelf! And Week in the Life is a particularly effective way to capture the essence of our life in a given year. I picked up an extra 3×8 album in case they won’t be offered next year, because I definitely want to do this again.

Week in the Life 2018

Hiking, Layouts, Mount Rainier, Scrapbooking

From Life to Layout: Snow & Bench Lakes

Okay, hike of the year right here. I thought Kelly Butte would stay in the lead, but Snow & Bench Lakes knocked it out of the park.

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

This was the first time we had hiked this trail since I was 35 weeks pregnant with Nora. Of course I had to take a comparison shot with her four years on the outside! I’ll never get tired of photos like these. Life with kids is a total trip.

35 weeks // 4 years

We’ve reached a really good stage of hiking with the girls, and we’re enjoying the hell out of it while it lasts – Nora packs her own backpack with her lunch, her water, a map, and her best bear, and hikes like a pro.

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Lily is surprisingly content in the carrier, as long as she gets to escape and trail run like a madwoman from time to time.

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(…and work on that microbiome!)

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

The last time we were here, we didn’t take the little spur trail down to Bench Lake because Fetus Nora had dropped and the trail didn’t look welcoming for my rickety pelvis, but we were so glad we chose to go down there this time. The girls loved splashing in the lake, us adults loved the drop-dead gorgeous reflection of Mount Rainier…

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…and then suddenly a garter snake came swimming along!

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

A snake in a lake is not something I would normally want to see, EVER, but since it was a harmless garter snake, I filed it under the Very Cool Things tab in my brain.

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

That tab also houses our lunch break – Nora climbed the steep trail up to the turquoise, glimmering Snow Lake, then sat down, unpacked her lunch and her little sit pad, and enjoyed the view like a fully fledged human! When did she get so big??

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

I haven’t even mentioned the fall colors yet! They were off the charts. Everything about this day just rocked – the kind of high that keeps me going through the low I’m in right now.

Snow & Bench Lakes 2018

I feel like I’ve been dwelling too much on the negative lately, so when I scrapbooked this trip, it felt good to highlight the really positive parts of life right now (prompted by the Seasons Story Kit).

I wanted the fall colors in the photos to really pop (I was writing about both the literal season of autumn and the season of life we are currently in), so I used the digital files in the kit to recolor the ‘so good’ circle and the Anne of Green Gables quote card a nice shade of teal that worked well with the red and orange hues, as well as the color of the lake. The rest of the products are from the physical kit, plus a little bit of this sheet of vellum that I am obsessed with and have used on at least ten layouts so far.

Seasons Story Kit

I ended up cutting the big photo of Nora into a swoop, which felt like a very 2006 move, but also left a good nesting space for the circles.

Oh, and I also used an extra acrylic word for the title, from an old Story Kit called Old + New – I tend to hoard those acrylic words, so I’m always happy when I use them. And this was a twofer!

Seasons Story Kit

I find it really hard to limit the amount of photos (and words, apparently) I include to document a day like this one, so I ended up with a 9×12 layout, a 9×12 pocket page, and a 6×12 insert. Of course I forgot to include the baby bump/4-year old Nora comparison, so I might have to sneak another insert in there too.

Seasons Story Kit

Interestingly, the three enlarged photos – Nora with the map, the yoga pic, and me hugging Nora – were all cell phone photos. I’m getting closer and closer to leaving my big SLR at home…I really only bring it in case we see bears or marmots (or snakes swimming in lakes!) and I have to zoom.

Seasons Story Kit

Speaking of cell phones, JK’s cell phone put together an auto video from the hike and it’s super cute. Scrapbooking is great for thoughts & photos, but it can’t capture wobbly toddler legs quite like video does!

Snow and Bench Lakes, September 2018 from JK & Ingunn on Vimeo.

Hiking with baby, Layouts

From Life to Layout: Chanterelles!

It’s been hard for me to get out of the house lately, but motivated by the promise of chanterelles, I took Lily into the woods.

Mushrooming with Lily

The day started off with a sighting of Langdon Cook (author of one of my favorite non-fiction books, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America) guiding a group of aspiring foragers. Surely that meant we had come at the right time for mushrooms!

Mushrooming with Lily

I carried Lily up a very steep, very long path to get to my secret chanterelle spot…only two find two other guys there. Nooo! They were finishing up their hunt, and I dejectedly started poking around a little bit, expecting to find nothing.

Mushrooming with Lily

Luckily for me, these guys must not be very good at spotting chanterelles, because Lily and I ended up finding a whole bunch. And when I say that Lily found them, she really did! At first she pointed to every kind of mushroom and said “Look! Mushroom there!”, but eventually she honed in on the gold and kind of sort of pronounced the word chanterelle. The cutest!

Mushrooming with Lily

After our hunt and a well-deserved lunch/running around in the woods session for Lily, she wanted back in the carrier and promptly fell asleep. I found some more mushrooms and somehow managed bend down and pick them without waking her up.

Mushrooming with Lily

This was such a good day…I’ve felt so low lately that I’ve been missing out on how much Lilyis growing. But the endorphins from carrying her up through that steep forest and the dopamine hits from finding mushrooms allowed me to fully enjoy her constant chattering from the carrier. I need to get out more. I know this. Why is it so hard.

Mushrooming with Lily

I was worried that Nora would be angry that I had picked mushrooms while she was in preschool, but she was just excited and happily cleaned them so she could have them on her pizza. Yaass!

Mushrooming with Lily

This was such a meaningful day to me that I wanted to get it scrapbooked while it was fresh in my mind, so I used the November Stories by the Month kit from Ali Edwards to make a very quick and simple 6×8 spread. I focused my journaling on the whole symbolic thing of how these mushrooms only show up if we’ve had rain.

Yum.

Albums, Scrapbooking

Halloween Album

Among the December Daily offerings this year is the most adorable 3×8 album…and while 3×8 is too small for me personally to use for December Daily while my kids are this small and cute and photographable, I decided the starry night cover would make this a perfect album for Halloween. Yesss!

Halloween Album

I never really cared about Halloween until Nora was born, so I haven’t scrapbooked it before (EDIT: that was a lie; I just found this old Howl-o-Ween page from 2008, heehee), but I love the idea of having this little album with all of Nora and Lily’s costumes in one place.

Halloween Album

I want to keep the album really simple and doable, so each year gets one quick spread. I used the October digital release from Ali Edwards to make most of these.

2014, when Nora was just under two months old and I made my dreams come true by dressing her up as Mukmuk. Aaaw. Side note: she drew me a picture of Big & Mini Mukmuk a couple of weeks ago and my heart burst for the millionth time since having kids.

Halloween Album | 2014

In 2015 she still had no idea what Halloween was, so when JK dressed up as Jon Snow, Nora happily tagged along as his direwolf, Ghost.

Halloween Album | 2015

Halloween ’16 was so good – we dressed up as a family of dinosaurs with my baby bump as an egg with a baby dinosaur popping out. It was also the first time Nora trick-or-treated for reals, and she was obvs a massive fan.

Halloween Album | 2016

2017 was Lily’s first, uhm, ex utero Halloween! She went as the grizzly companion to Nora’s polar bear. For this spread I used the October Stories by the Month kit.

Halloween Album | 2017

This is the first album I’ve actually dared let Nora flip through…she loved it and wanted to keep it in her room (sorry, kid).

Nora

This year the girls have reached the age of actual opinions, so they will be dressing up as (surprise!) Anna and Elsa. My spread for 2019 might be more princessy, fewer bats.