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Through the lens I see life

I’ve struggled to get back into the groove of scrapbooking after Lils was born, but this month as I was making my pages for Ali Edwards’ April releases, I think things finally clicked back into place and I felt inspired again.

Participating in a simplified version of Week in the Life was part of it – every time I start focusing more on our everyday life, I get really excited about being able to look back on these pictures and notes in the future. Another reason, and this will probably sound dumb, is that I had a really vivid nightmare in which I was told I only had a couple of days left to live. Of course I woke up all sweaty and sad and couldn’t for the life of me fall back asleep. I spent the rest of the night thinking about what I want my girls to know if that were ever to happen. First and foremost how much I love them, but also what my feelings are about certain life situations that they might end up in some day. I’ve always just scrapbooked with my future self in mind, because there’s no guarantee that anyone else will be interested in looking through these albums, but if something does happen and I’m not around to talk, my girls will have a chance to sort of peek inside my brain and see how I handled things like depression, infertility, and the ups and downs and stress and joy that come with raising little kids.

Lens

Ali’s Story Kit theme this month is Lens, and it’s one I think I’ll be using for a long time, both for literal interpretations of what I’ve seen through my camera lens (because I have a never-ending backlog of gorgeous hiking adventures I want to document) and for pages like this one, about how I choose to look at life (complete with real-life giant bags under my eyes and unkempt mom hair).

As for Week in the Life, I was just too tired last week to participate fully (because apparently I choose to spend my nights envisioning depressing scenarios instead of sleeping), but I did make a mini version that I adore. It was supposed to be one photo and one story per day, but then I ended up with too many photos I loved and had to change it to two photos and one or two stories a day. Much less time-consuming than a full-on WITL, but I ended up with a really good overview of our everyday life right now along with my thoughts and some cute quotes and stories from Nora.

Week in the Life Tuesday

Week in the Life Wednesday

It’s coming together really quickly since it’s just a matter of adding the date boxes and a transparent white box onto my photos and printing the journaling I had written each day, but since I decided to double my stories, I still have to go through my notes and finish those last bits of journaling before I can share the whole thing.

Easter

Of course scrapbooking shouldn’t be all heavy thoughts, after all, this is a hobby I do for fun, so since part of the April release was Easter-themed, I went all in with a good old-fashioned event page. Because sometimes you’ve just gotta share how cute your kid looked in her dress. Or while devouring a giant chocolate bunny.

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7 Comments

  • Reply CarrieH April 25, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Wow. Just love these pages and your thoughts. Nothing like motherhood to bring about thoughts of our own demise–why is that? I’ve started a ‘little book of advice from mom’ for my kids to read someday. I am planning on being around for a very long time, but wanted my words down for them to hopefully read and remember what our life was like. Plus, it is just so easy to forget these little nuggets of wisdom in the busy-ness of life if I don’t put them somewhere. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz April 28, 2017 at 11:05 am

      The advice book is such a good idea! I might have to start something like that. Not that I have that much wisdom to share, heh.

  • Reply Katie Jones (UK) April 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Wonderful post! My twins are now 5 and already I forget the craziness that was the baby period! It is always good to record the “mundane”, cos you will certainly look back on it with nostalgia!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz April 28, 2017 at 11:07 am

      No wonder you’ve forgotten; twin babies and toddlers must have been an absolute tornado of insanity! Parents of twins must be superheroes, I don’t know how you do it.

  • Reply Susan April 27, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Wow, oh wow! All these are amazing!

  • Reply christi May 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    love your WITL pages – such a nice glimpse at your days
    your journaling on the Easter page made me chuckle
    can you share your black bean brownie recipe?

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