Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Layout

Yesterday I had a project on the Carta Bella blog. I don't have a lot of Thanksgiving photos but I did have one photo I took on Thanksgiving Day last year that had a story that needed told. I combined that photo with the Perfect Autumn collection to tell the story.
I decided to create my layout using three 3x3 squares and three 3x4 squares and placed them on a grid design.
The smaller squares contain more embellishment and are placed down the left side of the layout. The larger rectangles are placed down the right side of the layout.


Here's our little Thanksgiving 2013 story:
Because both of our families live within a few miles of our home. We are blessed to spend the day with both families. Last Thanksgiving as we were driving home (late at night). We got a flat tire on our car. I was nervous about my husband fixing the tire in the dark on the side of the road. Luckily my father-in-law was close by and brought the tools that my husband needed and safely helped my husband fix the flat tire. Meanwhile, my little man had fallen asleep snuggled up to his big brother. Sitting in the car that night I took an extra moment to be grateful that our little family was safe and that we had family close by to help us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Summer Mini Album Idea

Why didn't you remind me that I needed to show you my completed Summer album? Oh, you forgot about it? Me too ;) I forgot about it until my kiddos were looking at it the other day. Today, I'll share it with you, finally. You can see the album at the beginning of our Summer HERE. We didn't accomplish everything on their bucket lists but overall they had a really great Summer.
 I didn't change anything on the cover. I really like how it was when I started the album.
The highlight of our Summer was the road trip we took to Nebraska to see my brother and his family. The kids LOVED our trip! It was a little rough on me. I am not a fan of long road trips and I came home with a case of strep throat. All in all, we had a great time and I loved spending the time with my family.
I should have counted how many watermelons were consumed at our house this Summer, or maybe it's a good thing that I didn't. There were a few days when we went through 2-3 watermelons a day *yikes*.
The first half of our Summer was all baseball and softball. The kids were in heaven! Mom and Dad were excited when there was a little less running around to do. We're so proud of the kids they did so well.
The lemonade stand has the best story of the Summer! A few of the little girls in our neighborhood set up a lemonade stand late one afternoon. They were so excited but only had a few customers. I called my mom and asked her to stop by on her way home from work. When she pulled in the driveway and saw their sign that said, "five star lemonade" she commented on how the lemonade must be really good if they named it "five star lemonade." My daughters friend piped up and said, "well, we made the sign before we actually made the lemonade so...." (then she just grinned and shrugged her shoulders). We laughed about "five star lemonade" for days!
We did make it to the pool a few times. (The kids didn't think it was enough, shocking.) I was so excited to get a few decent photos at the indoor pool.
The page on the left is documenting the vast amount of groceries we went through each week when we had 6 kids in the house eating 3 meals a day. The grocery store accountant loves it when I walk through the door! They know I'll be leaving a good chunk of cash when I leave.
The page on the right documents celebrating my little man's 5th birthday...I still don't want to talk about it. I can't believe my baby is 5.
This last 2 page spread is a little bit random that just documents some of the random fun things we did. We did a lot of playing with cousins and eating popsicles on the porch.
I hid a bit of journaling under the photo...sneaky, I know.
I tucked a few photos and some more journaling in the pocket on the last page. These photos and journaling document a quick day trip we made to see my grandparents and a morning we spent at the zoo.

Do you have your Summer photos scrapbooked? Don't worry, I don't either. I still have a long way to go. I really want to get an album done with all the photos I took on our Nebraska vacation. Maybe that will be my project when the quietness of January comes.


* Supplies Used:

American Crafts This To That Foam Adhesive, Dots
Summer Pockets with card inserts Summer Whittles Clothes Pins
American Crafts Summer Paper Pad 12x12
Summer Clear Acrylic Stamp Set
Summer 6x6 Paper Pad
Summer Photo Overlays
Summer Pinwheels
Summer Flair Adhesive Badges
Summer Accent and Phrase Sticker Book
Summer Adhesive Backed Cork Shapes
Summer Acrylic Die-Cut Shapes

American Crafts 6 by 6-Inch 8 Pages Square Grid DIY Shop Chipboard Book, Mini
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