Well we made it through the first week of school. It's been a blur of organizing supplies, getting yearbook photos taken, meeting new teachers, signing up for classes and so on. I love this time of year!
My son was pretty nervous about starting middle school but big sis was there to give him a pre-tour and show him the ropes, including how to open his locker.
Speaking of my daughter, here she is doing her homework while I drove her into school this morning. I think she's missing her summer schedule of sleeping in and staying up late. We need to work on that.
Hopefully now that the kids are back to school I will have some more time for crafting and posting to this blog a bit more often. Did you enjoy your summer??
I've been researching our family's history for the past couple of years and have collected quite a collection of photos, stories, charts and so on. I finally decided it was time to start putting it all together in one album, and the new Legacy collection from Simple Stories came along just in time.
It's amazing the people I've met researching our genealogy. I have new friends in Sweden now... who would have guessed we would be able to connect all these years later through family connections.
I had to add in a page just about school, and even a copy of my grandfather's report card!
I used a lot of vellum throughout the album, and even printed some photos directly on to it. I love the effect!
So that's a look at our family story. Have you ever researched your genealogy?
First of all I have to say that in the past I have used just about everywhere in our house as my scrapbooking workspace, usually ending up somewhere on the floor. But my parents were recently downsizing and I quickly laid claim to a yellow farm table they had - it had originally been owned by my grandparents. It is old and beat-up, in fact my parents kept it in the laundry room and stored dog food in the lower bin drawers. But lucky for me, it makes the perfect scrapbooking table.
It even has a pull out tray for extra workspace. And the drawers are great for holding extra tools and supplies. I need to take a picture inside the drawers because they are lined with a great 1970's wallpaper.
I bought these boxes from Amazon and they make nice holders for future projects.
More boxes (from Cath Kidston) on the other side of the desk hold smaller bits and pieces.
A place for baker's twine, ink and washi tape. I also have supplies in a Raskog cart off to the side.
I have these hooks hanging up above the desk. I would like to eventually add a small shelf as well.
And because I am scrapbooking my progress - I made a 3x4" card to add to my album. I've been taking Marcy Penner's Workspace class at Studo Calico so I'm hoping to get some better ideas for storage, but that's my progress so far. It beats working on the floor!
We still have a month to go until the start of school, but I couldn't resist starting in on back to school supplies. Here's a custom 3-ring binder I made for my daughter. The full tutorial is on the Crate Blog.
I'm still making our travel album for our trip to Alaska. It's a work in progress.
I'm starting off each section with a big picture of the port we were arriving at. In this case the town of Ketchikan.
Then I'm adding in a little bit of journaling (printed on vellum) and photos in baseball card protectors.
I'm trying to include at least one see-through element on each page using transparencies and vellum.
I still have a lot of emphemera to add into the album which right now I'm holding in a big envelope in the front. Still have a ways to go but it's been fun working on it and looking back through the old pictures again.
I wanted to share one of my favorite buys recently. Right before we had people over yesterday for the 4th of July, we picked up this bottle opener from the World Market. We mounted it right out on the deck and then left a cooler full of ice cold drinks next to it so people could help themselves (we also had water and iced tea available).
My favorite part is that the bottle caps fall into the little holder at the bottom once they're opened. It was so fun this morning to go collect them and see what everyones' favorite drinks were last night. I'm going to save this picture right in my album with the rest of my 4th of July pictures. It's a new way to document some fun memeories.