Sunday, November 3, 2013

Simple things Sunday

Yesterday we enjoyed the fall day and collected leaves to later press in wax paper.  My daughter was spreading out our finds to see all the pretty colors.

We also enjoyed a paint chip scavenger hunt using fall colors.  You can find the idea here.  It was very fun and kept us busy for a while!

For more information on Simple things Sunday, please check out the Simple as that blog!  Collage template is by Rebecca Cooper and you can download it for free here.
simple as that

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Catching up on a month in photos post

I have been working on my a month in photos project every month, but sort of took a time out from blogging.  It's been on my mind to pick this back up!  So here is a quick post to catch things up.  Stay tuned there is more to come!  I have more projects that I want to share.  If you've used my free template this year, I'd love to see so link in the comments.  Enjoy.

simple as that

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A month in photos: 2012 photo book

I wanted to share a little bit of my photo book on the blog to show you a quick and easy idea for printing these collages.  Shutterfly has a coupon every once in a while for a free 8x8 photo book, but I usually don't have anything ready.  This time I quickly added my 2012 collages from the month in photos project and added some quotes to fill in the blank pages.  I kept it simple with an all white layout and the cover has just a simple title and the year.

I got this back in January and we keep it on a table in the living room.  It is picked up and looked at often.  This makes me feel so good to see my photos being looked at and not just stored away on the computer.  I've made a photo book for 2011 using Rebecca's 2013 template and plan to order it soon.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


We all have goals.  Some big and some little.  But, this post is about scrapbooking goals.  My style of scrapbooking has evolved so much.  From digital kits now to simple collages.  It's more about memory keeping and sharing these days with me.  I went from being being very detailed and behind to simplified and getting somewhere.  I'd like to find a happy medium one day of photos, journaling, and embellishments.

There are so many options with scrapbooking today.  You can paper scrap, digital scrap, and hybrid scrap if you can't make up your mind LOL.  One thing that I have really been interested in starting is Project Life.  It's been around for a while, but I have always been a little intimidated by it.  Now they have mini PL albums and mini kits too.  I'm thinking I might order two this summer and work on the kids' baby books.

Smaller goals that I want to work towards with our memory keeping is journaling (read my post here about lists), get back to doing photo challenges (monthly themes and try something new like Simple things Sunday), more seasonal projects (like December Daily), and stay on top of my monthly photos.  What are your memory keeping goals for this year?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


I am a list maker.  It helps me stay on track for the most part.  I keep a composition book that I write in.  It's mainly grocery lists and to do lists.  Around holidays it is special lists and before traveling it is packing lists.  You get the picture.

One thing that I have really enjoyed in the past is photo challenges.  As a scrapbooker, in the past photos have been my thing but journaling is always tough.  The Currently weekly journaling challenge by Kristen is so smart.  It's almost like a tiny time capsule for your scrapbook listing all the stuff that you are into.  This could easily be incorporated in to monthly collages or project life.  If you are feeling really "listy" check out 30 days of lists free month challenge here.

You could certainly use these as a jumping off point for many things.  Like use the currently challenge on a monthly basis instead of weekly, on your birthday month try making a list everyday with details about you similar to the 30 days idea, or occasionally include a grocery, to do, or packing list in your scrapbook.

Added 03/13/2013:  Found another list of lists for journaling by Kelli.  Check it out here!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 11, 2013

A month in photos: February 2013

February's collage is done!  Finally!  I some how kept forgetting to put together February's collage.  My intentions for this blog were to start posting more often.  I'll blame it on winter.  BLAH!  I used a template I created for 2013's a month in photos project.  This month I rotated and flipped the template and used a different title block shape since it worked better with my photos this time  You can download the free template here.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A month in photos: January 2013

I really enjoyed using my template to start off this year's month in photo collages.  If you want it, the link to download it is available on this post.  Hoping to have something new to share soon so please follow my blog to stay up to date.  Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A month in photos: 2013 template

Finally finished my template for my 2013 A month in photos project and sharing as a free download here on my blog!  I used Rebecca Cooper's new template to scrap 2011 so I wanted to make up something different for 2013.  This template is nothing fancy, but I did give a few options on the title block shape.  Most of the photo blocks are tall, but you can rotate the template 90 degrees for wider photo openings.  Enjoy!

I meant to get this out the last week of the month, but time got away from me!  It has been a long time since I designed something and shared online.  If you have difficulty with this file please leave me a comment.  I hope to have a new layout to share for January 2013 soon.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2012 Holiday Photo Scavenger Hunt done!

Back in December, I wrote about my holiday photo scavenger hunt.  This is the third year that my son and I have done this together.  They are super fun and force you to get a little creative.  You can see my original post here.

I have to admit this year I was starting to wonder if I was going to be able to finish it.  But, I put it on my to do list and got 'er done!  My son asked me what is "holiday" about a window.  I told him when I set out to take my photos I try to put something Christmas in the photo.  For example, I could have just taken a photo of the window but I was sure to stand so that I could see the tree.

Another photo project that I really like (but not sure if I can handle!) is the December Daily project by Ali Edwards.  I may try it this year, but that time of year is always so busy and I just don't know if I can commit to it.  We'll shall see!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A month in photos: 2012 year in review

There is something about a project that requires your participation through the whole year that is so rewarding when you finish.  I haven't printed these yet.  Trying to decide between printing them at home and adding them to an album or having them printed in a book by shutterfly or blurb.  I still need to do a few things either way like add a details page for each month to note some of the juicy details and maybe a "best of" page for the end.  Here is the cover page!  So thankful for Rebecca from simple as that for sharing her collages and providing the inspiration for this project!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A month in photos: December 2012

December was busy, but I can honestly say I enjoyed this past holiday season more this year than I have in a long time.  Before the insanity set in, I stumbled on this blog post called dear mom during the holidays.  I wasn't searching for it, but it found me on pinterest.  ;-)  If you find yourself enjoying the holidays less, read it.

Anywho, sorry I got off topic!  December was great and went by super fast.  I am still working on my 2012 year in review and holiday photo scavenger hunt, but hope to have it done soon to share.  I am still debating on what my photography goals for this year will be.  I've been thinking about a few different ideas and just have to narrow it down and decide how to document 2013.  Enjoy and happy new year!

01/02/2013  Pssst... I finished up my year in review collage and posted about it here!