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Actually finishing albums

Depression came sneaking back up on me in June, and I am handling it in my usual ways. More exercise (I stopped running for a while after Sun Mountain due to a sore foot, which is what I suspect triggered this bout of depression), better food, attempting to sleep more, and prioritizing more time to myself. Another thing I find really important is to set little goals for myself, which serves double duty: it adds a sense of purpose to my days, however small it may be, and it gives a small but very important boost when/if I complete it. Having to complete an entire album for Ali’s travel class actually helped me a lot in the first half of June, and the sense of accomplishment was so good (if you have ever been depressed, you might know how huge something like that felt for me at that time).

I wanted to keep that feeling going, so inspired by Ali’s other current workshop, Stories of Travel (registration closes tonight!), I decided to tackle an old, half-finished album. This was one I started in 2009 and that I really loved, so it has annoyed me to no end that I never got my act together to finish it.

Here’s what it looked like last Tuesday:

Here are some of the spreads I made for it in 2009:

Cable Mountain

Petrified Dunes

Hiking Among Hoodoos

Ephemeral Arch

I <3 You

Luckily it’s a very simple album, which meant that I could finish it very quickly. The only supplies I needed were:

– white cardstock
– fonts (Century Gothic for journaling, CK Becky for the “handwritten” titles and Modern No. 20 for the rest of the titles)
this butterfly design for my Silhouette machine

I made a cover and an opening page:

Southwest '09 album finished at last

Southwest '09 album finished at last

I created more spreads using the same kinds of designs I used in 2009, and tried to make sure my journaling flowed reasonably well as a continuing story versus just the random pages/memories I had gotten down back then.

Southwest '09 album finished at last

Southwest '09 album finished at last

I found some extra bits of memorabilia to add between the pages.

Southwest '09 album finished at last

(Heh, that photo of us at the restaurant is actually two 3×4 photos of us sitting on opposite ends of the table, but I printed them together to fit in the 6×4 pocket and at first glance it totally looks like we’re sitting next to each other, albeit with awkward body language!)

Southwest '09 album finished at last

I cut out a bajillion of those butterflies with my Silhouette and stuck them everywhere, pretty much.

Southwest '09 album finished at last

I filmed a walkthrough of the entire thing if you’re interested too:

I really can’t believe how fast it was to finish this thing once I got going. Why oh why did I wait nine years to get it done?

This week I am tackling this baby, which I started in 2016. Feel free to play along if you’re like me and have a shelf full of unfinished albums!

Albums, Scrapbooking

Scrappenings

(Get it? Scrap happenings? Snurf.)

I just wanted to jump in here quickly and share some things that are going on in my corner of the scrapbooking world. This year Ali Edwards came out with brand new 3×8 albums, and I used one for my Week in the Life. I loved loved loved working with this size – it made what has traditionally been a daunting project for me feel really doable.

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

So I was super honored when I was asked if I could contribute another 3×8 album to a class called Travel Product Play, in conjunction with the new travel release that just came out. I chose to finally put together an album from my all-time favorite vacation: St. John 2013. Aaah!

Ali Edwards Travel Product Play Class

Ali Edwards Travel Product Play Class

Ali Edwards Travel Product Play Class

Ali Edwards Travel Product Play Class

Ali Edwards Travel Product Play Class

The class started today if you are interested! I share a video walkthrough of my album and a technique along with fellow Creative Team members Pam Baldwin, Amy Gretchen, and Lisa Varshine, and of course Ali Edwards herself has made an album too for the main portion of the class. I got a second of those gorgeous navy linen albums so I can play along with the class and try to get St. John 2014 done too!

December Daily 2017

I never finished December Daily from 2017 (I only have a handful of days left though, woot), but I plan to finish that and 2016 at the December Daily Prep Party in Eugene in November! I’m so excited to go hang out with everyone in person. This time I’ll be flying solo, which will hopefully lead to more socializing and more sleep (alone! in a hotel room!) than when I went to Story Camp with the whole family in tow, including a nursing baby. Cannot wait.

Albums, Scrapbooking

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!