One of my goals for this year is to produce 40 scrapbook layouts. While I haven’t been making stunning progress on this, I have been managing to knock out a few pages per month and I thought I’d share some of my recent projects here.
(If you want to read what I’ve written on any of these layouts, you can click the photos to see larger versions of the pages on Flickr.)
10 Things I Love Mini Album
First up is this little album I made, based on a set of templates by Cathy Zielske. I bought her 10 Things Mini Album scrapbook templates and followed the project instructions almost exactly. This was a really fun project that came together very quickly. I listed out 10 things I’m into right now (things my kids are doing, stuff about our new house, books and podcasts I’m listening to, etc.) and then wrote a paragraph about each. I also chose some of my favorite, girliest paper — stuff I would never use on layouts about two little boys — to use as accents, which is always a treat. Here are a few pages from the book:
My favorite lazy dinner.
My love for our “grown-up” bed with coordinated sheets and our nice bed frame.
If you want to see all the pages in this album (and sneak a peek at the journaling) you can check out the full set on Flickr.
I used the photos I took for my week-long self-portrait project last month for this layout. Bam! Seven photos of me right there in the family albums!
Last month, Wyatt started walking to school by himself. It’s a short walk, but a big step towards independence for him that I wanted to document. Once I began writing, I started comparing my childhood to his and realized I had a lot to say about modern parenting, peer pressure and how I think my generation of parents are messing kids up with our failure to trust them and give them the independence they deserve.
Augie loves scooters — or “scoonahs” as he calls them — so I made this page about his passion. I actually wrote the text back in October, but forgot all about it until I stumbled on the file on my computer. I had a few minutes while the boys were at the park with their dad one day, so I printed the journaling out and threw this page together.
Another one of Augie’s passions is dill pickles. He loves them dearly — as do his dad and brother — which I find a little surprising because I’m not a big fan. (I’m a sweet gherkin lady, myself.) By making this page and the one above, I brought the grand total of scrapbook layouts I’ve made about my sweet little Augie up to 12. Considering that I need four albums to contain the pages I’ve made about Wyatt, I think I need to concentrate a bit more of my efforts going forward on documenting Augie’s childhood. Poor second baby….
Random Childhood Memories
Finally, here is a layout I made back in January documenting six random memories from my childhood. This was another page that was inspired by the Yesterday & Today class taught by Ali Edwards that I took at the beginning of the year.
Do you scrapbook? Journal? Keep a diary? How do you preserve your family’s memories?