The Fourth of July is one long party day at our house. It starts with an afternoon barbecue, and ends with us sitting around a fire making smores and watching the city fireworks at night.
I used a 4x6 SN@P! Binder to make an album of our celebrations over the years. I like having all of our pictures in one place and I plan on setting it out during our party this year.
I love the mix of friends, family, and neighbors who stop by every year.
By using pre-made journaling cards this album came together very quickly. It took the most time just printing out my photos which I do at home. I still have room in the album to add a few more years of pictures, and I would also like to go back and add what year it was to my pages, but for the most part this album is done. We are ready for another fabulous 4th again this year.
I've been on a big kick to get the house and yard organized and cleaned up before summer gets here, so I started documenting my progress. Having lists and pictures of what I want to accomplish is helping to keep me motivated. I plan to add in some Pinterest pictures for even more inspiration. Both kids are going to have a mini bedroom makeover.
I have about a month before house guests start arriving, so I'm determined to stay on track.
I even threw out a bunch of old magazines to make room for my scrapbooks and Sn@p! albums.
It's a good feeling to get the house organized and some album pages at the same time!
I was just over on the Simple Stories Blog with some tips on how I plan out my pocket pages using the I AM collection. I mostly focused on being able to change things around before they were permanently placed in my album. I like to be able to make last minute changes without having to rip everything apart.
Also, I would love for you to join me over at Big Picture Classes for my Spring Mini Album class. For me this is like making a December album only for springtime. I've been having so much fun not only putting together my own class, but also taking BPC classes myself. My favorite so far is Text Tricks by Pam Baldwin.... I can't tell you how inspired I was by her class! It made me want to go out and scrapbook. I've really been enjoying the wide array of classes they have and trying out new techniques. If you haven't tried Big Picture Classes yet, I have a promo code for you for a free month trial. I'd love to see you there!
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I got caught up on my Midori notebook today. It's a cross between a planner and a diary. I started by including some travel memorabilia from a recent trip. I took the sleeve from our hotel room key and turned it into a pocket, which I layered over a map.
April took up two spreads because I devoted one to my dad.
And while I was at it, I caught up with March. It's true if you don't get things written down and documented you begin to forget them.
I'm really liking this project and definitely plan to continue it indefinitely.
I hope you'll join me in making a spring mini album over at Big Picture Classes! This is a fun little book I put together for spring with lots of dividers, tabs, and fun materials.
The class starts Monday, but it's never too late to sign up. It's entirely at your own pace, and covers everything from holidays to gardening!
I would also like to thank everyone for their good thoughts and prayers on losing my dad. It's been a difficult time, but also has left me speechless by the way people have shown their support. I'm so very thankful!
My daughter is growing up so fast I can hardly keep up. She's changing and staying the same all at once. She's stressed out about school and deciding her future. She just went to the Junior Prom. She's planning a sleepover party at our house for 8 of her friends. She loves art and reading. She doesn't want to get her driver's license yet. She loves experimenting with hair and make-up.
Over the weekend I decided to concentrate on capturing her as she is right now. I snapped pictures of her room, her friends, her cat and so on. I always love recording my kids at different ages, but now that they are getting older it can get harder to pin them down and it takes extra effort on my part.
But I'm always happy I took the time to capture these moments because I know they will be gone all too soon.
Also I wanted to mention, this year I am making a spring mini album! Much like the albums I make in December, this year I wanted to record the traditions and memories we celebrate in springtime. I will be teaching an on-line class about it at Big Picture Classes in April, and I would love for you to join me! I'd love to make this a yearly tradition.