Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jen's Ordinary Day In The Life... Documented

Last week I participated in Ali Edwards' Day In The Life project. It was so much fun! I gave my girls plenty of warning that I was participating in this and that they should be prepared for impromptu photos throughout the day. They were actually pretty good with it and the oldest even offered to take my photo while making dinner - Whoa! I probably should have taken a group selfie of the three of us and maybe a few more of the girls, but I took photos with my iPhone 6 exactly how the day played out. Not much staged.

For the album, I used Simple Stories new 4x6 navy binder and their new Fresh Sn@p pack. What a great pair for this little project! The page protector configurations offer such a fun variety, too. 

Well, enough yapping and on to my project: 

 I used the varying sizes of page protectors 
to "ease" viewers into my day.

So there it is - an ordinary day in my life. Documented. My only regret with this project is not having an ordinary day documented when my kids were younger. Great project! Thanks, Ali. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dog Scrapbook for Bella

Yes, this is an entire scrapbook all about my dog. And yes, I have a TON of scrapbooks I need to get to that should take precedence over this one. I must admit this project was initially inspired by product. Simple Stories came out with a dog Sn@p line last year and I thought it was adorable! And since I've never photographed a dog more than I have this one, she had a lot of photos that needed a home outside of my PC. Bella brings a lot of joy to me, my daughters and other family members. So, why not???

Actually this isn't my first dog scrapbook. My first one was of my 4th dog in my life who died too early due to illness at the age of 5. There really isn't a formal way to grieve for a pet, so that scrapbook helped me do just that. I have tear stains on that album from crying my way through the whole project, but it was so good for me. Just like when a human passes on, you look through old photos and talk about memories.

Ok, so onto the album!
 Not sure if you can tell, but I stamped her paw (yes, she loved that- 
Not!) on the front of the Simple Stories kraft binder with 
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up ink.Bella's name was cut using my 
Cameo and the KG Blank Spaces font downloaded from That bold font was used through the album as well.

I used brown pawprint ribbon and a dog tag 
both purchased from Etsy to decorate the cover. 

I divided the album with chipboard dividers in 4 categories 
like Stacy Julian's Library of Memories system. 
The first one is All About Bella.

 The 6x8 prints were ordered through Persnickety.

 The left page is the original website listing 
from the rescue we got Bella from.

The 2nd divider is We Love Bella.

The 3rd divider is Things Bella Does.

 Summertime was cut from my Cameo. 

 Fall Fun was cut from my Cameo.

 Santa Bella was cut from my Cameo.

And the last divider is Places Bella Goes.

Car Rides! was cut using my Cameo.

 So there it is, a completed album with 3 years of my pup's life that was a lot of fun to make! The most time this album took was picking out and printing the photos, and then waiting for the Etsy ribbon to arrive. Otherwise, this was a weekend project. All 2x8 papers were cut from Simple Stories Daily Grind paper basics set or their Color Vibe Lights paper pack.

Thanks for looking! If your pet is family to you, then make sure he or she is documented!