Sharing this today over at HeidiSwapp.com. It's a little peak into the back story of our family photo shoot. These things can stress me out...or I can embrace the moment in time snapping these guys up.
And if I was really really honest, it's that little cutie-patootie that won't cooperate. He just could not look at the camera with his eyes or his face.
I mean look at him there...he is spot on for me...but for the fam pick...he says no thank you.
But when it was all said and done, I had to make it pretty with Heidi Swapp's Believe. I have stash left over from last year and put it to work a little bit here along with the new Gold Glitter Mixed Company stickers found at Hobby Lobby. Now those are fun and gorgeous.
So take a minute and read my post and would love to hear how it goes for you and your family capturing that quintessential yearly family photo.
Creating with the beautiful elements from the Merry & Bright Collection is turning my heart towards Christmas. Planning my pages for this December album is getting me all organized and indeed very excited to share some of our family traditions by way of this event.
That album...it is pure gorgeous! I have not used this size before and am having such a time of it as I get my pages in place and look forward to all that my December pages mean to me. It is a very sturdy album that is ring bound. Can't wait to show you inside.
But in the mean time...a sneak of what I have started already...
I am not cheating and getting ahead...nope...not really
The first page is always an ode to our family's official year photo. So that will start things off. It also sets the tone for the rest of the album.
This year I plan on plenty of room for journaling. Since having started December Daily several several years ago, I think my first book is from 2008, or is it '07? oh...see I can't remember...that is why these books mean so very much to me. But I feel the need this year to put more emphasis on our traditions, on my writing, and not so much about capturing each single day. I will have 25 page layouts in there, but each 'day' is going to be a bit more thematic.
Does that make sense?
Well, then I guess you will have to come back and see my work in progress.
the best part...
...do you see all those contributors? It is a beautiful round up of some beautiful talent to share with us their take on their December pages. I. Cannot. Wait!
So it all starts on December 1st...yep...that's right...just a week from today!!!
Be sure to go to the Pink Paislee blog and watch the very fun video that shows you the inside of that there gorgeous album.
This was such a fun kit to play with. There is a wide assortment of color offering in the Project Life Card Collection. I went with the kraft and black and white. I love how the neutrals played together so well with my family photos for the year.
And check those cork striped numbers...um...can we say adorable?
All of a sudden I am a brand new fan of the 6x8 Envelope Pages. I love these for all the ephemera one collects this time of year.
Plus a cutie little pocket on the very front that you can actually utilize or just dress it up and make it pretty. It just covers all the bases.
This second double page spread has all my favorite parts...recent photo shoot of my fam!
So this just might be my favorite of all the pages...I mean...seriously! How could it not!
O.k...let's get back to the product show here...so that polka dot washi tape...yep...I could eat it...it is part of the very generous Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack. And all the fun fun wood pieces are part of that pack too. I mean it's just so darn cute.
And my favorite 3x4 card HAS to be the 'fa la la la...' card. It just makes me happy.
So seriously, this is a really fun and versatile Project Life themed for December and all things festive and Christmasy. Lots of product is included. And I am sure it will make you happy just like it did me.
This little photo was posted on instagram a few weeks back in anticipation of a little urban road trip Mr. Pate and I were about to embark on.
Now, a little urban road trip may sound like no big deal to you...but to me it was and is. You see, it had been literally years since Mr. Pate and I had left our children for a couple of nights to just go be husband and wife for a few days. Imagine that!
And I was more than a little excited by this. Then I was more than a little excited to take along the Day Book from Heidi Swapp'sSeptember Skies as my journaling companion.
This is a fun little mini album for a road trip or day trip or even an anniversary in the city.
I decided to stick with the rest of the September Skies embellishments and stamps to give it a real cohesive look. Would you like to peek inside? Cause you know I am dying to share it with you.
Inside the front flap is a one of the Wood Veneer's that I misted with both Citron and Navy Color Shine.
You can see here too that I am a fan of cutting up the Word Strips and customizing them to how I need them to fit.
Love the photo stack pages that are added in here. Always happy to have different sized pages that allow sneaks into what is to come.
The book also includes photo pockets sewn right in. I like the see through-ness of those too, and so chose to use a 3x3 photo into the 4x4 pocket. It just works for me.
Please forgive the bit of fuzzy here...learning to embrace the imperfection...ha! I just love this page with the washi and stamps and ephemera from the collection. It was just fun to play with those elements and hash tag our weekend as well as add additional journaling.
The left side here has a flap constructed into the page.
I had a similar photo to the first one that was just sort of clashing, so I decided to hide it a bit but still make it accessible. Yeah...don't ask how my brain works, I am never really sure myself. So I just go with it instead.
Here you can see where I folded back several of the lined pages. I have quite a bit of journaling inside those pages but I did not want them left out open and flat. Folding the page over gave me some creative room for embellishments as well as made for a sort of hidden journaling space.
If you have followed my mini album creating before, you know that I simply repeat layout formats on my pages. This is an example. But you could never really tell because the photos are different and the embellishments are different. Love that.
And right smack in the middle of the day book are pocket pages with extra large tags. Great place for tickets or receipts and other ephemera. Plus I used one of the tags for additional photos and journaling. Such a fun space.
This may be my favorite page.
I love that 4x4 cut away from the Afternoon Breeze paper. Totally captured the theme of our weekend as we explored new restaurants and walking tours and places we had not had a chance to discover before.
There are more pages than these to be found in this mini album. Lots of personal eye candy for me as I loved documenting this trip and remembering our weekend away.
I know all of our hearts and minds are turning toward Thanksgiving and then Christmas soon after that, but these memories give substance to my thankful heart. To many this would have been a simple trip. But to Mr. Pate and I, it represents a time of celebrating 25 years of marriage and all the nuances that represents. It represents long walks and leisurely dinners talking and dreaming and planning and simply sharing our hearts with one another. It represents fueling a few of our loves like beautiful spaces, historic buildings, and old book stores that we linger in for a spell. These memories are what fuel thanksgiving, and I for one have a full heart.
Loved sharing this on the Pink Paislee Blog yesterday for the 3 Ways To... assignment. The new Bella Rouge has been a fun collection of on trend colors and icons. Have you had a chance to play with it? I think you should.
It is oh so perfect for a girlie spread. (But be sure to check out Gail's layout today on the blog as it is of her and her boy and she totally nails it.)
Sometimes it really grips me that I am not capturing my girls enough. These photos are from a recent photo shoot we did with the family. I always take my camera on these outings and and capture a few of my own photos. That one of my daughter and her selfie...with my phone, no less!!! Priceless. These photos made me smile as I created the layout and they make me smile again now. Isn't this why we create these special pages? Sheesh they are growing up! Man are we in trouble.
This time of year, do you feel like you get a bit behind in documenting the fun and simple moments of life. I mean let's think about it, isn't that what most of our life is made up of? the simple little moments only found if one is looking for them? I cringe that I do not take those shots enough. A little challenge for myself as well as for you, my reader.
Here are my completed pages for October. This was just the best and most celebratory month in it feels like evah!
So much happened to our family this month and all in all it was just a fabulous time.
The weather here in the Rockies for October was indeed the very most beautiful in the 11 years we have lived here. Everyone agreed. I think it truly added to the festiveness that was the month of October.
If you would be interested in the other months you can click HERE to view the rest.
This month my numbered list was composed of quippy sayings that inspired me during the day. I read some place. Or someone sent to me. It was a great space to keep those little thoughts.
In the pocket page I shared photos from our family photo shoot. A family hike. And my daughters birthday. I used the Heidi Swapp Project Life Interactive Card to point to her photo and add sentiments about her.
I also had extra photos from our pumpkin patching day and added them by way of a mini accordion album slipped into the last 3x4 pocket. I love adding these extra interactive elements of photos that I simply want to keep for easy view. Ya like the ink on my fingers there?
The back of the pockets includes one of my daughter's and her academic progress. We are on a journey to discover some unique things about how God created her brain in particular. The Memory Planner has served to be a great spot to add those little monthly updates. Also notice the Heidi Swapp October Freebie, and a landscape photo of the area in all it's autumnal glory.