What are those little things that you are enjoying right now? Those things that you think you will always remember but quickly fade from memory as life marches on? I know that I always think I will remember the things that are important to me at some point in time, but my memory often fails me. So I have begun documenting more of my everyday life in hopes of leaving a record of the things that have been important to me.
To document my current favorites, I used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper membership. This sketch allows for five photographs—plenty of room to showcase pictures of the little things in life. Right now I am enjoying riding my horse, times when my children are all together again (my oldest is off at college), doing barn chores on sunny mornings, watching my cat sleep in my IKEA cart, and soaking up the beauty of nature.
There are also specific days of which I want to remember every single detail. This month’s story starters are all about writing letters, so I wrote a letter to myself about a recent wonderful day I shared with my family. I turned this page into a two-page spread in order to give enough room to the journaling and include several photographs.
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July marked two major milestones in my life: my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and our kitchen was completely remodeled. It was a very busy month! Luckily I had time to scrapbook each of these events–by using Story Starters and Collection sketches from the membership at Simple Scrapper made creating these pages very easy!
For our anniversary, my husband and I bought each other matching Apple watches. Even though something silver is a more traditional gift, we decided that our gift would be technology. Now we can text each other from our wrists! I used this month’s Story Starters, Tech Today, to spark this story.
After living in our house for almost nine years, we finally decided to remodel our kitchen. We put in new cabinets, a new sink, and a new microwave. We were without a working kitchen for about six weeks, which was tough. But in the end, our kitchen turned out wonderfully. I used a Collection sketch to inspire this layout about the remodel.
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Many of my scrapbook pages document what it is like for me to be a mom. However, I find that I do not scrap much about my husband being a dad. Very few of my pages are dedicated to this topic. So I was overjoyed to see this month’s Story Starters at Simple Scrapper: Man of the House—a perfect opportunity to specifically document my husband’s role as Dad.
This layout features a cute photograph of my husband and son at our local fire department where we volunteer. My husband is teaching my son how to check the engine of the fire truck. I used two hearts, two birds, and the ampersand symbol as embellishments to symbolize the two people in the picture.
For my second layout this month, I decided to be inspired by the journaling cards in our June collection. Using just cardstock, patterned paper, and die cuts, I created several accent cards for my weekly Project Life spread.
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Since the beginning of this year, many big things have occurred in my family. One big event was my son turning 18. For his birthday, we purchased a car for him. It was a complete surprise! Luckily, I was able to get some photographs of him as he first laid eyes on his new Jeep. I just love the look of disbelief on his face!
Of course I could not wait to scrap this momentous occasion, so my first layout at Simple Scrapper this months tells this story. I used one of April’s Sketch/Templates to help me create this page. The photos are not very bright, so I used a bold yellow background and gold accents to reflect the celebratory theme of my page.
After scrapbooking about such a major event, I turned to a simpler theme for my next page—my LOVE for warm weather. Using one of this month’s Story Starters, I documented how much I enjoy summer and sunny weather.
All the patterned papers I used complement the pictures—the green paper for the vibrant grass and leaves, the yellow paper for the bright sun, and the cloud paper for the beautiful sky.
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About eight years ago, my family and I moved from Greensboro, a fairly large city in North Carolina, to a farm out in the country, about an hour away. We still go to Greensboro quite often though—my husband’s office is there and I love to go shopping in town.
This layout, inspired by the March Story Starters at Simple Scrapper, documents our frequent visits to the city.
The photographs I used were taken at several different places, so I pulled colors from each of the pictures and spread them around the page to give the layout a cohesive look.
This next layout tells the story of a trip my husband and son took to a NASCAR race. It was my son’s first race and quite an adventure for both of them!
The photograph I used on this page was taken at the track on a very sunny day with an iPhone, so the picture is somewhat washed out. I used a bold yellow patterned paper to show the excitement of the day that is not quite reflected in the photo.
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