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Springtime in Paris Contest

Earlier this month, I saw that Michaels was having a fun contest centered on the theme: Paris in the Springtime. I’ve wanted to go to France and this gorgeous city for as long as I remember. I’ll never forget seeing the iconic Eiffel tower erupt in a dazzling display of golden light on New Year’s Eve 1999. For this project, I decided to create a DIY travel journal.

Paris DIY Journal

When I saw this Recollections Keepsake Book at Michaels, I immediately thought of the Eiffel tower’s beautiful sparkles! It was also the perfect size to throw in my purse or suitcase to document beautiful memories of the City of Light.

Paris DIY Journal Embellishments

I embellished the front with elements from the Trinkets Collection by Project Life, a die-cut image of The Eiffel Tower created by my silhouette machine, and punched flowers. In terms of design, I opted to almost everything flat and avoid additions that might “catch” as this journal was shuffled between suitcases/bags {no double-sided foam tape, no rhinestones, & no ribbon}.

Paris DIY Journal Supplies

James and I have been so fortunate to travel to a number of amazing places in the past: Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Aruba, Barbados, Hawaii, and the list continues… A common theme I’ve noticed: If I don’t write down a snapshot of our day while we are on the trip, it is 10x harder to remember an accurate timeline that captures daily adventures after the fact. In the past, I’ve taken a small little notebook with me and scratched down details I didn’t want to forget. The problem? I haven’t had time to do anything with them! What a messy collection of memories!

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This beautiful on-the-go journal solves my issue! It will allow me to capture all those candid moments and effectively start the documenting process immediately.

To prep this little book for journaling, I sprinkled decorative elements throughout its pages. Here’s a sample:

Paris DIY Journal Pages

Why the “keys”? …No, it isn’t in honor of The Pont des Arts {although I would have loved to have seen this tourist spot before glass panels were installed}. Instead, it symbolizes getting off the beaten path and discovering Paris through the lens of a local. I look forward to not only visiting the top 10 list of iconic attractions/museums, but also seeing fun landmarks that might not necessarily show up in a guidebook.

Paris DIY Journal Cover

My goal with this project was to create something worthy of capturing the ever-evolving beauty and grace of the city. I can’t wait to fill in the pages someday.

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 3

Another week has gone by and I am loving Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful project.  Here’s a peak at my pages through yesterday:

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Before our trip, my Mom and I stopped at Pottery Barn Kids and I picked up a pack of DIY butterfly paper masks to bring to Wisconsin for Halloween.  This darling set turned out to be such a fun activity for all the girls.  They even made a special butterfly cut-out for Olivia… priceless!

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A snapshot of my favorite details: fun musical notes, a camera tag, a little ribbon bow, and more!

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Project archives: Week 1, Week 2

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 2

What an incredibly busy week!  Here’s a peak at Week 2 of my hybrid album as I’m following along with Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful:

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And some of my favorite details:

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In case you missed it, here’s WEEK 1.

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 1

Last year, I started intentionally documenting this season of gratitude by participating in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful.  You can find a glimpse of my 2012 album HERE.  Life seems to be moving at 1,000 mph lately, so this tradition is especially meaningful for me right now.

Here’s a look at the first batch:

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Day 1:  So grateful for quiet moments filled with beauty.  This tired pumpkin fell asleep on our walk this afternoon.  Love the feeling of slowing down to take in nature’s breathtaking array of Fall colors.  It’s been raining leaves for the past few days- we’ve seen gusts of golds, oranges, and reds swirling through the air.  Feeling grateful for bursts of sunshine, a beautiful sleeping baby, and sweet moments of utter calm.

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Day 2: I made a new friend today!  Normally, I am terrified of larger dogs… BUT, this sweet gentle giant captured my heart.  I’m so thankful I had a chance to meet “Bear” and catch up with his mama.  Good coffee, a loveable puppy, and a great conversation with a friend… a perfect Saturday morning!

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Day 3: Dearest Olivia- I am so grateful for your beautiful smile.  Your wide open grin quite literally lights up the room.  We are in awe of how much you have grown and learned over the past 10 months.  The road has not been easy- you are already unbelievably strong and I know that you will become an amazingly confident, caring woman.  Right now, I am soaking in precious moments: your sweet little laugh, the symphony of your distinct babbling sounds, and this amazing smile.  Love you always, Mom.

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Day 4: I am so grateful for my husband, James.  I am constantly amazed by his ability to fix anything.  I have yet to find a project that intimidates my mechanical engineer!  I still don’t know how a simple conversation about painting the breakfast room turned into a full scale kitchen demo and renovation… BUT, I am so grateful that James has the knowledge and skill to craft a beautiful space.

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Day 5: I am so grateful that my parents live close enough that popping over for dinner is an option while our kitchen is a functional mess!  Tonight, we enjoyed a wonderful new slow cooker recipe.  I will definitely be making this quinoa, chicken chili again!  Earlier in the week, my mom made a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Olivia LOVED this dinner… It was probably the most we’ve seen her eat of solid foods in one sitting.  It was so cute to watch her devour this dinner favorite.

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Day 6:  Feeling extremely grateful today for perfect timing.  I had to take Olivia to music class during the window of delivery for our new kitchen appliances.  Our new oven, microwave, cooktop, and hood were delivered just before my mom had to leave for an appointment.  Five minutes on either side (my mom leaving or our return) would have meant the difference between moving ahead with the project and the reality of delays and/or extra delivery fees.

Some of my favorite details:

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Don’t you just love those tool die-cut images?  I embellished the digital base pages with patterned paper, punches, glitter, gold leafing, metallic nailheads, and ribbon.

Update: See Week 2 of this Thankful Project

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In the Workshop: Halloween Scrapbooking

As I mentioned in this post, I created 2 scrapbooks to savor the season and preserve some of our first Halloween memories with Olivia.

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I just love how these turned out!  I followed Kathy Orta’s instructions from her Interactive Mini-Scrapbooks guide to transform a mixture of photos, papers, and embellishments into a treasured keepsake.  I also tried to leave a bit of “empty” space in various places so I could add journaling text documenting funny stories.  Here’s a peak at the overall layout of the book on the left:

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And, here’s a glimpse at some of my favorite design elements:

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For this book, I used lots of punches, patterned paper, letter & number stickers, glitter, and die-cuts.  I am really looking forward to adding more pics to cascading pages in the center section over the next few years.  I think it will be so fun to look back at our baby’s different Halloween costumes.

I decided to make the second book for my sister-in-law.  Here’s a peak:

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The last page was intentionally left blank for her to add a picture from this year’s Halloween.  The little pocket with the bat contains a collection of fun Halloween jokes from Kristen Duke… I knew my little nieces would get a kick out of reading these!

Looking forward to next year’s “spooktacular” memories!

 

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