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Project Life Album :: October 2014

The month of October! What a fun month it was to choose the colors and cards for. Plus it’s fall- a new season, a new beginning. And apparently I love a patchwork of colors.

This is the left side of the double 12×12 October 2014 layout in my Project Life album.

I love using small pieces of paper and my Tiny Attacher.

The World Series- the amazing games they played! And babysitting a tortoise. (He is pretty cute.)

My first Project Life kit: Holidays and Seasons. I actually bought two and I’m still using both. I like the colors and the fonts.

This is the right side of the 12×12 double October 2014 layout.

I have a tag for every month to summarize what I did, and what the family did that month.

The tags can slide in and out. This month’s tag even has sequins and beads.

For this month, I also made a slide card for Halloween- just for fun. Text on one side and a photo on the other. I also used more sequins and beads on the skeleton eyes.

Driving a few hours out to visit our 99 year old aunt. I thought it would be fun to add a geotag to indicate a new location.

Here are both pages, side by side. The way they sit in my Project Life album. I think it looks very autumn-y. Happy Fall!

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Our Christmas Album :: Many years in one album :: Simple and finished to enjoy this year!

I have made Christmas Albums to document every Christmas we’ve had together for the past 30 years. Some years there are many pages, other years just a few. I put them all in the albums so we can take them out and enjoy them year after year. If you haven’t done this before, I suggest it! You can do this for ANY holiday, any time of the year, or for any special occasion, to take out year after year!

The pages are simple and best of all – finished!

The front page of the album is a simple one. I use a photo from the first year the album begins.

This particular piece of paper was printed like this so I just added paper behind the photo, and paper behind the square ‘Merry Christmas’, put a few foam dots underneath to raise it up, and it’s done.

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The left side of this 2 page spread starts with a few photos of my decorations around the house. I try to change it up a little but…ok, the gnome and vintage pinecone elves are new.

And this is the right side of this 12×12 double page layout. (each side is 12×12)

Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning- our presents don’t appear until after Santa comes. We’ve never had the ‘There’s no such thing as Santa’ conversation. Ever. Not even with my parents! Or my grandparents! I guess it’s now a family tradition. Because once you stop believing in Santa, well, you don’t get presents from Santa. And my kids are 30, 20 and 15. Let’s just say that every Christmas morning when I wake up Santa has come. And it’s always a thrill. Always.

And here is the double layout of the above photos! It all makes sense now!

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If you look at the pages, you can see I just take a 12×12 paper, cut it in half, one side bigger than the other, and they go on the outer edges of the pages usually. You can’t even tell that there aren’t full 12×12 papers covering the pages. There is plenty of color and my paper lasts a little longer. Sometimes I cut the 12×12 paper into 6 strips so I have enough for 3 double page layouts!

There were a few more pages of Christmas morning, and now this is Christmas Night when we went to a cousin’s house. We don’t see each other often because the kids are busy with school but when we do see each other, we always take photos of the kids. The photo in the middle is special because the 2 taller men graduated from the same high school the boy in the middle, is currently going to. Very exciting!

Notice the paper strips. And I usually do my journaling on the computer now. My hands aren’t holding up too well as far as writing with a pen goes. And most pages the embellishments were stars I cut out of silver paper. Next year I’ll choose different paper and I’ll figure out something else to embellish it with. But I like to have the pages from the same years match each other. And then next year the page with Christmas 2015, will have a grand new beginning. A little dramatic- I get excited talking about scrapbooking.

And this is the right side of the double page layout. More stars, more paper strips and more cousins.

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The big cousin Christmas Party! More paper strips and stars…notice the simple theme? The photos are pretty bright and exciting on their own, but, no, I like to push the color a little further. I can’t help it.

Ahhh, how can it be that a 19 year old female has never held a baby? I don’t know, but she was thrilled to get her hands on her new littlest cousin! More matching paper strips. They probably all came from ONE piece of 12×12 paper. A good time was had by all. Until we meet again, cousins!

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Holiday wrap-up, no pun intended. I didn’t take a photo of the left side of this 2 page spread but this page is on the right and is the last page of the 2013 Christmas pages. When you turn the page, prep will begin for the 2015 Christmas photos. Thirty years of Christmas photos. I believe those 30 years are in 5 albums and this is the 6th. Not too bad.

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I invite you to start your own holiday album- ANY kind of holiday album, any time of the year! Your kids, grandkids- whoever. You and your family will always enjoy taking it out year after year. That much I can guarantee!

And keep the pages simple- they’re easier to finish!

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Project Life :: Flashback: Snow in Virginia City! :: October 2014

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On this layout I used the last few pieces of my October 2014 kit. I also used many pieces from former months from Take Ten Kits. Because I wanted to use this color theme, I went back to some photos from many years ago documenting our trip to Virginia City, Nevada. The last time we took a trip there was the last time we were in snow! We had a great time.

The October 2014 Take Ten Kit pieces are:

Sweater Weather card

White with Blue Circles card, on the bottom center (I cut up to use in a few places)

Ampersand card

Prior piece: Birch Tree card

The photos mixed with the cards from the Take Ten Kits give a very wintery feel. Cozy, cold and you can tell a big holiday is coming soon.

Prior kit: White ABC’s

Sweater weather! It was so cold! Well, because we’re used to California weather.

Prior kit: MTWTF card, light blue, on the right, above

(I cut up card to use in more that one spot)

Prior piece: Wood and Enamel Wood Drops

Lots of blue, not too many embellishments: the Wood Drops, the ABC’s, a few clouds stickers raised with foam dots, round white pieces cut with a hole punch for the snow…and I think that’s it!

I love the way this layout came out!

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Project Life Album :: Halloween Flashback! :: October 2014

Halloween! Years gone by. Little kids now grown. I’m the mom- I can indulge in old, adorable photos of my kids.

ALL of the pieces I used are from the Take Ten Kits October Kit by Studio 29 Design. The wood pieces: pumpkin, jack o’lantern and labels, from a prior month, I used for name tags. Also from Take Ten Kits: sequins that I sewed on. Also from the kit this month: the adorable cards: black card with moon and bats and the pink princess ‘Trick or Treat’. The papers mats are just papers from my stash. And I found a matching pink paper to match the prunes card. I love the way it came out. Black, white, and pink- interesting colors for a Halloween layout!

Left side:

I love this page! I sew my sequins on cause I want them to stay on.

That jack o’lantern wood piece by Take Ten Kits is FaBuLoUS!!! And more sequin sewing.

The moon card!!! I love it!! Also by Take Ten Kits! Find them here: http://www.studio29design.com

I LOVE this card, too! It works even in a ‘non-Halloween’ color. I like that the Take Ten Kits puts untraditional pieces in the monthly kits. I also sewed sequins, layered them and a bead on top!

Sequn on the tooth! I couldn’t resist. I like it.

Right side:

Adorable Halloween kids.

I love this pumpkin wood piece. And I love it just the way it is. The letters are from a prior kit.

The wood label is from a prior Take Ten Kits.

Sequins on the eyes. Just for fun.

IMG_4872 It’s funny when you wear a costume like this, even your best friend could walk by you and not know who you are. That happened when she wore this costume to her school Halloween party.

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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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Take Ten Kits :: Project Life :: Shopping :: August 2014

 I had the perfect shopping cards both large and small from Take Ten Kits for my shopping layout!

Even though we didn’t get his school clothes from Target, we are constantly going there for various items- it’s basically across the street from where we live.

 

My cat Chloe is looking at my Project Life album thinking about the scrapbooking stuff she needs.

My mother. Oh, how she loved shopping. Her favorite place was Loehmann’s by far. She passed away last year and this was the perfect place to keep the card that she passed down to me, and then my daughter. My daughter’s $250 prom dress was only $37 after she used the card and coupon. My mother and my daughter were very pleased about that!

My friend and I went out to an antique show on their opening day and we were very excited. It was pretty fun and then we went and had lunch afterwards. And on the tag, I wrote about the whole month of August, not just about the photos.

 This layout wasn’t too fussy and didn’t have a lot of embellishments but the graphics were so great it didn’t need any!

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