I finally feel like I’m emerging from sleep deprivation-induced crisis mode. A little sleep, a little mountain time, some really good quality family time…I’m getting there. (Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee deserves some credit too.) I even made it back down to my scrap space to make some pages.
Full disclosure: I really wasn’t sure about joining Ali’s creative team again this year since I knew my time would be limited with a new baby. But man, I am so glad I did it. Otherwise I’m not sure I would be scrapbooking now – those assignments that I need to complete each month keep me hooked. I don’t think I’ve ever been as prolific a scrapbooker as I am right now, and it’s all thanks to Ali (especially after Story Camp, where I apparently drank all sorts of Kool-Aid). Beyond getting memories recorded, her products and prompts inspire me to work through the sorts of stories and thoughts that help me get to know myself better, which is incredibly helpful in these upsy-downsy years of babies and toddlers.
I’m always excited to scrapbook autumn stuff because, well, it’s such a beautiful season. But the ‘breathe in the change of seasons’ badge in the September digital kit got me thinking beyond the actual seasons and into where I was last fall before Lily was born. It was such a bittersweet time of looking forward to our new baby but also trying to make the most of our last weeks together as a family of three. We did All the Autumn Things – pumpkins and hiking and baking and puddles and leaves – and got ready for a new season of life. (I made my own patterned paper by using a watercolor brush in Photoshop and then adding the leaf digital stamp from the kit.)
When the Time Story Kit arrived, I knew how I would use the ‘much needed time out’ circle – it was perfect for our mountain sunset date night when my parents were here. We needed a time out from everyday life, we needed time out in the mountains, it was hella good timing that my parents were here for that particular TNAB destination, and JK and I had a fantastic good time together. This story was made for Time!
Now that I’m slowly but surely coming back to life, I have so much I want to share – birthday! hikes! scrapbook albums! DECEMBER DAILY! So I’ll keep chugging that pumpkin spice coffee and getting outside every day so that I can get these fingers to type a little bit in the evenings.