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Autumn Album

This year I decided to make an autumn album. I ended summer in a really stressed out, sleep-deprived place, and I wanted to use the album to help me really focus on some of the beautiful moments that life has to offer that time of year. It definitely served its purpose – I love having a little project like this to work on, an album with a beginning and an end but no other constraints. It’s like December Daily but without the time crunch issues!

I opened the album with this quote because it’s one I’ve always loved, and felt even more true than usual this fall. I used this free printable.

Autumn 2017 album

I mention this later in the album, but our weather this fall was absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t expect to have many photos to work with, but I ended up with an overabundance of autumny pics…so I ended up printing a whole bunch of little 2×2 versions and just putting them in this pocket page next to an intentions page.

Autumn 2017 album

Our farmers market runs through October, so thanks to our glorious weather, I was able to continue my Saturday ritual of having a giant salad with fresh salsa from the market for lunch on the deck.

Autumn 2017 album

Brené Brown had a special Q&A at Microsoft and I got to go!

Autumn 2017 album

We went on a surprisingly beautiful hike to Twin Lakes with some friends that I came *this* close to bailing on, which is always a life lesson for this introverted homebody.

Autumn 2017 album

Hiking through fall colors, staring at a big volcano, baby snoozing away on my chest…this is bliss.

Autumn 2017 album

That baby and I had lots of fun weekday adventures while big sis was in preschool. She’s such a big girl now.

Autumn 2017 album

Autumn 2017 album

This is from one of those really good days at the market…

Autumn 2017 album

…and with the market came tomatoes, which inevitably ended up as roasted tomato soup, one of our favorite meals this fall. I wrote the recipe on that little card that’s tucked into the pocket.

Autumn 2017 album

This one is basically me just rambling and trying to make sense of my anxiety around the shootings this fall.

Autumn 2017 album

And here I’m just 100% proud of myself after running the Oregon Coast 30K.

Autumn 2017 album

All year long I’ve cycled between feeling super energetic and super exhausted, so here’s some word vomit on that. I have a feeling it’s going to last until Lily weans.

Autumn 2017 album

Another hike, another life lesson.

Autumn 2017 album

These photos are all from one absolutely gorgeous day in October. I cannot believe the weather we had, for reals.

Autumn 2017 album

I slipped a 3×8 gratitude list in the middle using an Ali Edwards digital journaling card – the card was originally 3×4, so I used Photoshop to elongate it to fit my writing. (I later noticed that I had forgotten to close that parenthesis. Gaah! Normally it wouldn’t bother me – there are sooo many typos in my scrapbooks – but something about this was so annoying that I ended up reprinting it today.)

Autumn album

Autumn 2017 album

Our pumpkin photos get cuter and cuter every year. And of course I had to write an ode to the weather.

Autumn 2017 album

Thanksgiving deserved its own spread, of course.

Autumn 2017 album

The album was missing a back page, so just quickly added a digital stamp to a family photo and glued it to some paper.

Autumn 2017 album

Tada! I still have some things I can add later: our date night when we went to the Susanne Sundfør concert in Seattle, the night I went to see Where Dreams Go to Die with a friend and JK was in charge of bedtime for the girls (he sent me the CUTEST photo of Nora giving Lily a bottle), Halloween!!!, the freak snow we got in early November…but this was never meant to be a comprehensive album for documenting everything that happened this fall, it’s really just a collection of moments. For now, I’m calling it good and done(ish) so I can turn my focus to December Daily.

(Most of the stuff I used is from Ali Edwards, plus a couple of papers from my local scrapbook store, including this beautiful cut-apart sheet. The album is 6×8. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if there’s anything else you’re wondering about!)

Albums, December Daily, Scrapbooking

December Daily Stoke

Is it just me, or is the excitement around December Daily extra crazy this year? I for one can’t wait to experience Christmas with a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and working on a project like this one honestly makes me live life more fully and take notice of all of the little magic moments. It feels like it’s going to be an integral part of the Christmas celebration for me this year.

I’ve only completed one December Daily album so far, back in 2015, and I decided to record a little album walkthrough for fellow enthusiasts who are excited to get started on December:

I wanted to make one last year too, but Lily was born on Thanksgiving and somehow I had forgotten how all-consuming having a newborn is. Hah. So I’m going back and slowly but surely putting that album together now. It’s an excellent warm-up to the main event which starts later this week (eek)! I’m using a mix of Ali Edwards products from 2016 and 2017 – I had the honor of contributing to Ali’s newest class, December Daily Product Play, and have been using a bunch of ideas from the other contributors to that class too.

The album opens with our Christmas card from 2016. It’s so weird that Lily wasn’t even born when we took that photo! It’s hard to remember life without her. (Someone on the December Daily Facebook group shared a cut file for those little attachers back in 2015 and I cannot for the life of me remember who it was! I hope someone else will remember because I use them all the time.)

December Daily 2016

…and then comes my “intentions” page, where I explain why I decided to go back and make the album one year later.

December Daily 2016

Day one is an homage to my dad, who came over from Norway to help us out during the birth and the newborn period. He wrote emails to my mom every day while he was here, and they are absolutely hilarious to read – they truly capture the chaos we were living in. I printed a handful of them and put them in that pocket, along with a photo of him holding Lily.

December Daily 2016

Even I recognize that I should include my own handwriting once in a while, so here’s my token contribution to this album. Now you can see why I choose to type my journaling 99.9% of the time.

December Daily 2016

I wanted to make a cluster of circles similar to what Ali made in the Product Play class, and the natural story choice was this one, of Nora making a cluster of circles on our tree. #toddlerdecoratingskills

December Daily 2016

For day 8, I used one of Ali’s ideas from the Product Play class. I’ll be using a similar half circle as my opening page for 2017!

December Daily 2016

The papers in the background are just random ones from various Ali Edwards kits that I put in there since I haven’t made days 7 or 9 yet.

December Daily 2016

On December 10 I took this selfie while I was watching Gilmore Girls with Lily sleeping on my chest while the rest of the gang were out picking up pizza. I look so happy (and tired). Loved those rare moments of calm in a crazy time of our life. (The photo of Wellie and Lily behind the 3×8 journaling page is for day 11, which isn’t quite done yet.)

December Daily 2016

Okay, so this is one of the coolest things I have ever made. It was all Pam Baldwin‘s idea from the Product Play class, so I can’t even take any of the credit for it. I love pages and elements outside of the page protectors, and this one has an interactive spinning circle! I’m totally going to have to make another one for my 2017 album. A spinning star, maybe?

December Daily 2016

It spins! It’s aliiive! I love it! The messy circles around my journaling are from a free cut file from Scrapbook & Cards Today – scroll all the way to the bottom to find it, but there are some other cool holiday-themed files there too.

December Daily 2016

You know that 4 lb bar of chocolate they sell at Trader Joe’s? The one that’s literally larger than a human infant? Yeah, we ate that.

December Daily 2016

On the 15th, grandma finally arrived and grandpa could exhale and relax after all his hard work! This is one of my favorite spreads in the album and it came together super fast, so it will have to be a reminder to myself to keep it simple – this really doesn’t have to be complicated.

December Daily 2016

Nora holding tiny little Lily. Oh man. Feels. I printed two copies of that Jasmine Jones card and mirrored them. The little onesie is an old wood veneer from Studio Calico.

December Daily 2016

Last but not least, here’s the obligatory annual cookie baking page. I ended up using photos from different days (hence the different outfits), which might bother some December Daily purists, but (a) it doesn’t matter too me and (b) LOOK HOW CUTE SHE IS I COULDN’T POSSIBLY PICK JUST THE ONE THAT WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN ON THAT DAY.

December Daily 2016

I still have a ways to go, but this is a solid start. I’ll hopefully finish it alongside my 2017 album. Only a couple more days to go before December begins!

Albums, Baby, Scrapbooking

Lily’s Baby Album

I wasn’t actively scrapbooking when Nora was born, so I never kept a good in-the-moment baby book for her (oh, and there was that whole overwhelmed and exhausted brand new parents thing), and when I did start scrapbooking again, I started a full-size 8.5×11 album for her. It’s an album full of mish-mashed pages and random stories, which is kind of nice, but if I want to be able to keep up with a good album for Lily, I’m going to need more structure.

So 6×8 it is. I’ve fallen in love with this size after finishing December Daily and Week in the Life projects – it’s such a neat little album if you want to actually finish a project, while 8.5×11 albums tend to go on indefinitely for me. There’s also not that much room in most of them, so I’m forced to keep things simple and structured, which is just what I need right now. So far I’m thinking: opening page (birth announcement), a spread about the pregnancy, a spread about midwife visits/how excited Nora was to become a big sister (I have some cute photos of her at my checkups), the birth story, and then I’ll jump into monthly updates.

Lily's album

(I just realized that I sent out like five of those birth announcements and then forgot all about them. Egads! Where are they even??)

I’ll stick with a really easy setup for the monthly updates – one main photo, four smaller favorite photos from the month, and a 3×8 page protector with written highlights from the month. I’m so bummed I didn’t do something like that in real time for Nora, because her first year is just a blur at this point!

For Lily’s two-month update, I used the digital version of Ali’s Numbers Story Kit, including the beautiful patterned paper from one of the journaling cards. It was finished in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, if you don’t count the 743 hours I spent looking at photos of Lily to decide on five favorites.

Side note: I really wish I had photoshopped out that gigantic, fugly WARNING label in the car seat in the main photo. Oh well.

Two Months

If there’s room in the album, I think I’ll add a couple of extra themed spreads like bath time, food explorations (when that time comes), and whatever other special things that may pop up. She’s growing up way too fast already!

Albums, December Daily, Scrapbooking

December Daily 2015

It’s not quite December yet, but I really should get this post up now in case I suddenly go into labor or something. So without further ado, here is my December Daily album from last year!

(Some of these photos are really bad, but I refuse to redo them because that would involve crouching and bending over and other things I’m not into at the moment.)
When we left off last year, I had almost finished up November with a secret page…which I can now reveal was a pregnancy announcement! Our perfect nephew was born in June and we got to meet him this summer. Aaaw. I put the actual announcement in the album along with a photo of Nora skyping with the expectant parents and a photo of us celebrating the good news with champagne.

On November 30, we had a day that was so chilly and frosty that it almost looked like we had snow in the neighborhood for once, so I documented it on a stroller walk.

December Daily 2015

Now onto December! We made Nora an advent calendar last year, and on the first day she got crayons! It’s hard to see in this photo, but the background paper is the result of her very first crayon art.

The next day, we met up with Hike it Baby Seattle and went to see the Christmas lights in the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

December Daily 2015

Nora turned 15 months on December 2, so on the third, I dedicated a page to her current habits and whatnot. It was a good excuse to include a photo of her in her Christmas jammies plus one with a Santa hat. Squee!

December Daily 2015

December 4 is about sending out Christmas cards, so naturally I journaled about it on one of our Christmas cards.

On the fifth, we wrapped presents and watched Christmas with the Kranks, my annual guilty pleasure, so I just snapped a pic of our wrapping supplies. (I was supposed to get a photo of us doing the wrapping, but I had let my hair dry naturally and looked like Weird Al Yankovic, and nobody needs to see that.)

December Daily 2015

On the facing page, I added some bits and pieces of the actual wrapping paper we used.

December Daily 2015

December 6 was a two-story day! First we bought our Christmas tree, and then Nora stood up entirely on her own for the first time while we were decorating it!

December Daily 2015

On December 7, nothing much happened at all, so I took the opportunity to write about how we had lost our dog Basil earlier in the fall. I added some extra photos of him, Wellie, and Bobby wearing their festive holiday garb.

December Daily 2015

Still not much going on on the 8th, so I wrote about our tradition of always watching a Norwegian advent calendar show.

December Daily 2015

On December 9th, both Nora and I were sick. Cue photos of Nora picking her nose (sorry, kid) and eating her first bowl of magical, healing pho.

I also added a pastry bag from Starbucks, and when Christmas was over I used it to store the cards we received.

December Daily 2015

We were still sick the next day, so I just ended up writing about my favorite Christmas albums.

December Daily 2015

On the 11th, we were back to normal just in time to go see SANTA!!1! Nora wasn’t quite as enthused as I was.

December Daily 2015

Closeup. We’ll see how she does this year…

December Daily 2015

The next day, we went to a book signing by our friend Tom – he wrote The Lego Architect which has done so well and is super cool – the perfect present for geeks young and old!

December Daily 2015

On December 13, we celebrated Sancta Lucia by baking lussekatter. Nora was a fan.

On the 14th, I took a photo of our living room from the outside and wrote about what Christmas really means to me.

December Daily 2015

The 15th was a big day since it involved both a visit to Santa Story Time (Nora still wasn’t impressed, but this time she just ignored the big guy) and the arrival of grandma and grandpa from Norway! I ended up doing a day in the life kind of thing.

December Daily 2015

Closeup of this classic photo of Nora crying and Wellie expressing his feelings about that.

December Daily 2015

Of course the 16th had to be about Nora and her grandparents.

December Daily 2015

Nora and grandpa spent much of December singing songs from her songbook, and at one point Nora ripped out one of the pages. Instead of taping it back into the book, I added it here.

On the 17th, I needed an excuse to use this adorable photo of Nora, so I just added a speech bubble with some of the new words she had learned that month.

December Daily 2015

I think this is my favorite spread of the month – we went to JK’s office where they were hosting a Frozen-themed holiday event for families, and Nora got her first taste of gingerbread.

December Daily 2015

She just looked so adorable on that ice throne!

December Daily 2015

On the 19th, we all went snowshoeing! We obviously took way too many photos to limit this to a single spread, so I just kept going until I was done. I also added a Christmas card from a friend that fit right in.

December Daily 2015

Family photo!

December Daily 2015

Nora LOVES the snow. That’s my Norwegian baby!

December Daily 2015

This was another two-story day since we had JK’s office party that night, so I added the invitation…

December Daily 2015

…and on the back I stuck some photos of the gorgeous decor at the party (plus a big photo of us all dressed up for once, not wearing convertible pants and puffy jackets).

December Daily 2015

On the 20th, I used another photo of Nora opening her advent calendar and wrote about how much she was enjoying getting another piece of a Duplo set every day.

The next day, JK and I went trail running and then it started snowing on us as we were going up the mountain. We hit Starbucks afterwards for a peppermint mocha to warm us back up, which was an excellent excuse to use this super cute red cup gift card. (Apparently this year they have ugly Christmas sweater gift cards!)

December Daily 2015

One of the best parts of the season is obviously baking (and eating) cookies, and Nora is already talking about how she is going to bake gingerbread cookies with grandma this year! Last year we made them into marmots, because I’m the boss.

December Daily 2015

We call December 23 Little Christmas Eve, and it’s almost as important to me as the big day. JK snapped this photo of Nora looking totally mesmerized by the tree lights, so I used it write about my feelings around her first “real” Christmas.

December Daily 2015

Bonus cute photo of Wellie and the tree.

December Daily 2015

We open presents on Christmas Eve, so the big day had arrived! Nora opened presents throughout the day, and I think the big highlight for all of us adults was seeing her in the bunad grandma had made her. (I can see now that I forgot to stamp a word or phrase on the little tab I attached to the journaling half page, oops!)

December Daily 2015

Random adorbs photos from the day:

December Daily 2015

…and last but not least, I had to include the story of my favorite present – JK got me a giant Mukmuk! That boy knows me so well.

December Daily 2015

To finish up the album, I filled one of the 2×2 square pocket pages with little bits and pieces and wrapping paper and cute tags people had made us.

That’s it for 2015! I’m hoping to put an album together for 2016 as well, since it’s definitely going to be a very special Christmas…but it definitely can’t be as detailed as this one was. But man do I love this album – so many happy little memories captured forever – it really does feel priceless to me. If you’re on the fence about trying a project like this, just trust me and go for it.

Albums, Layouts, Scrapbooking, Southwest

Southwest Vacation Album

In the fall of 2011, Josie and I surprised Karen with a birthday trip to the Southwest. Almost five years later, I am finally scrapbooking that trip. Many huzzahs!

Southwest 2011 Album

Unfortunately I never really blogged about this trip, which is a shame – we visited some mighty beautiful places. I also can’t find the journal I kept on the trip, so I had to rely on my aging brain for memories. Luckily Jo and Karen were able to fill in a few blanks for me as well as provide me with extra photos. Thank you, ladies!

Now, for the design – we’ve already established that I suck at finishing albums (really, what on earth am I even doing starting another one), so in order for this to become a doable project, I decided on a clean layout (which is yet another variant of one of my go-to designs) that is repeated throughout the album.

Ali Edwards released these handwritten Travel Words this month, and they inspired this whole project! I cut them out with my Silhouette and I’m going to use them as my titles for every section of the trip. As for the rest of my supplies, so far I’ve really only used white cardstock, two old sheets of feather patterned paper, and a pack of wood veneer feathers.

Southwest 2011 Album

Oh, and a sheet of vellum with feathers on it too! And these ancient state dies from Quickutz. Behind this vellum opening page, I added some emails I had printed out – some rather hilarious correspondence between us and Karen’s husband when we were planning the trip behind her back.

Then the introduction page, setting up what would become the theme of the trip:

Southwest 2011 Album

Every highlight of the trip will get its own spread, like this one from White Pocket:

Southwest 2011 Album

(Side note – the photos look so much better in real life, I’ve totally blown them out here in an attempt to make the background look white. Photographing layouts is the worst.)

I’m going to just stick to this design since it’s so easy and quick to put together and adds a nice sense of continuity throughout the album. Here’s the spread from Coyote Gulch – same design, but flipped:

Southwest 2011 Album

In addition to these spreads, I also have a bunch of memorabilia that I want to use. Here’s the adorable prairie dog adoption certificate from Bryce National Park – of course I adopted one, those things are basically marmots:

Southwest 2011 Album

The prairie dog postcard was an actual card that I sent home to JK, so I’m leaving it open on the back so you can read it. Well I can, because it’s in Norwegian…and JK and I are probably the only people in the world who can decipher my horrid writing. This is why I use computer journaling on my pages, people.

Southwest 2011 Album

Josie and I always go bananas collecting park stamps from ranger stations, so here are some of those, keeping with the design of the previous pages:

Southwest 2011 Album

The last page of the album is another printed email thread – a really wonderful thank you note from Karen followed by us gushing about how much fun we had. Aaaw.

So what do I still need to do to finish the album?

– make a bunch more section spreads (from the Narrows, Peek-a-Boo & Spooky Canyons, Bryce, Valley of Fire etc)

– make a pocket that will hold a DVD of this video that Karen made from the trip (and a QR code that will take you to the Vimeo link)

– put together a couple more pocket pages filled with memorabilia

I can totally finish this.