My house is a disaster, but I have two sleeping girls and a husband at work, so it's time to blog! It's been a while since I've shared anything scrap-related, so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to.
First, is my very last layout for my "A Year to Remember" online class. I have absolutely looooved this class this year...I will be sad when it's done. Heidi Swapp is totally amazing and it has been awesome to be inspired by her every single week. For this layout we had to use a photo that kind of captures your family as it is right here, right now...I thought this photo did the trick.
Then we had to use some stuff that we have hanging around in different ways. This metal heart was what I used on my wedding invitations almost 7 years ago (aaahhhh!), and this lace is leftover from the little headband that Gabby wore on her blessing day. I love that.
Then, I've had this white tulle sitting around forever, so I layered it under a flower for fun. Yay! So that's my December calendar page.
Now, the next thing I want to share is something I am SUPER excited about and have been wanting to do for months now. I saw this tutorial on 2Peas by Lisa McGarvey forever ago and it's been on my mind ever since. Make sure you read it, it's awesome!!
Basically, it's just another way for storing your layouts. I am one of those people that scraps in various sizes and have always struggled with *where* to put all my layouts. Having like, 5 different sized albums for one kid just seemed ridiculous, so this is the GREATEST solution! I got an American Crafts 12 x 12 binder-style album, and I've just put ALL of Payton's scrapbook pages from birth to age 2 in the SAME ALBUM, no matter what the size. I absolutely LOOOOOOVE how the pages look, layered on top of eachother, and you can see other layouts peeking thru and stuff....so awesome!! I chose to organize them chronologically....I like to see the growth and how my kids changed over time and stuff like that. Then, I added large pictures here and there...ones that I love and never got around to actually scrapbooking. I love love love the contrast of a busy page next to a large, beautiful photo. Did I mention how much I love this album???
Like I said, I've been wanting to do this for a long time now and since I put it together last week, I've been flipping thru it everyday. It's so nice to be enjoying all these pages that I've created that have just been stored *wherever* for the past year or so. My plan is to have an album like this for Gabby, one for our family, and start another one for Payton as this one is already full. I love that there are now no boundaries as to what size I scrapbook. I even think my 9x9 and 6x12 pages would look awesome in there, too. I have ALOT to do now, though....especially of Gabby! Most of my pages of her are 9x9, so I'd like to do some 12x12 ones of her again...it's been awhile since I've done anything that size. Whew!! For Gabby I think I might go thru all of her pictures on my computer and specifically pick pictures and stories that I want to tell, just to get myself organized and motivated. Lots of times I want to scrapbook but don't even know where to begin. I think if I have a plan, it'll speed up the process a bit!
Okay, I know this is a loooong post. Let me know what you think of this album storage (Thanks, Lisa McGarvey!) and if you have any other fun ideas or suggestions that could work with this.
And don't forget about The Goodie Box....we have 6 more days of fun this month!