Starting our 25th Anniversary Album: First Page

I’m starting my 25th wedding anniversary album and my favorite thing to do is to make the first page. It inspires me and gets me moving.

I think it’s a pretty good start. Can’t wait to lay out the rest of the album!

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Project Life Album :: November 2014

Welcome to my November 2014 Project Life 2 page layout!

I am on the Take Ten Kits Creative Team and for this layout

I used several pieces from the Take Ten Kits November 2014 kit:

We Are Family card, the grey Hearts, the black There Is No Instinct card, the Blue and Grey chevron card as well as pieces from prior month of the Take Ten Kits: wood clouds, sequins, and the Rain or Shine card.

The rest of the pieces are from my stash.

This is the left side of the 2 page layout for my month of November.

I love the We Are Family card and the grey hearts! I cut it down the card to fit in the 3×4 pocket.

Side view of the raised Studio Calico stars.

This is the right side of my 2 page layout.

Love the way this card came out! It’s supposed to be rain but looks like it could even be snow. Its about the first big rain we got- hopefully it helped the drought we’ve had in California.

Side view of the clouds I raised with foam dots, and the sequins I glued down with Stickles. I think I still prefer to sew down the sequins. A few have popped off already.

Love this deer card! Makes it feel like Winter is on it’s way!

My rain trio! I love it. Used the Rhonna Designs app on my iPhone to make the letters on this card and the one on the top left of the other side of this layout.

And here is my final layout for November 2014! I like the colors and the way they all go together!

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Project Life Album :: Midsummer Night’s Dream :: October 2014

A new play! My daughter plays Helena in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was a fast moving, funny play. I love watching her grow as a young woman and as an actor. She’s a talented girl.

This was an easy layout. Because there were so many colors in the photos, I decided to just use a plain colored paper to match the facing page even though they are different events.

I used a few pieces of the paper that matched the facing page. My mother-in-law, who loves theater, was happy to come out and see her granddaughter.

LOVE these wood drops from Pink Fresh Studio!

Also love my Tiny Attacher.

A ticket from the show, and a few pieces from the paper on the facing page. A cousin from out of state, our aunt, and our family enjoyed watching the play together!

These 2 pages will face each other in my Project Life Album. I used matching paper and little pieces to tie the pages together, color wise, so even though they are different unrelated events, they are still color coordinated.

We went to every night of my daughter’s play this time. It’s fun to see the variations from night to night. Plus one day things will change and we may not be able to see everything she does in theater so for now I’m enjoying spending the time with her. And doing things with my 2 other kids, too. They’re almost grown and gone. So, for today- I will enjoy them! Thanks for looking.

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Project Life Album :: Good Times with Friends :: October 2014

It’s October! This was a two unexpected events that just happened to come a few weeks apart, with the same old family friends that we have known forever.

My husband’s family and his best friend’s family owned orchards on land next to each other. They had a pretty unusual childhood compared to mine. To be free to play, run, and do bad things together in acres of beautiful fruit trees.

My layout is pretty simple. The lines from the stamps next to the letters drive me crazy. Maybe those stamps aren’t the best ones to use but I tried!

My husband, right, his best friend in the middle, and his cousin on the left. They were talking about the time their high school baseball team played against Barry Bonds. And one day he came into our pharmacy! Crazy coincidence. The bottom photo is with a woman that I know from my daughter’s high school. Our daughters were best friends, are still best friends.

Three important, really great women. I love them.

To remember the reason for the great get together, I printed photos from the luncheon and made them about 2″ small!

And we hadn’t seen this family of friends in a few years. It was great catching up with all of them.

I love the center cards. They really capture the feel of family (yes, I consider them family!) and autumn.

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This layout will be on the left side of these 2 separate layouts in my Project Life album.

We had a busy October!

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The many faces of her, the actor.

My daughter as a little girl. She entertained me and let me dress her up in my things and take lots of photos of her.

The actor: the hair for The Misanthrope, the hat for A Christmas Carol and fantasy make-up ‘Red Panda’. She’s my little big star.

These 2 pages will face each other in my 12×12 album.