Hi guys! I sort of had a speed scrap session and got two layouts done in this week’s video! So have a look!
I have promised myself that I want to finish this album before the end of November, so I am hoping to double up for the next few weeks just to get it done. Today’s layouts document the landscaping we did as part of the Sweat Equity program, and then the final walk-thru of the house. Whew!
This is the first layout, first with just photos and journaling cards (above), and then completed below.
I think I will include the close-up photos here as a Gallery. Feel free to click on any image and it will enlarge, and it will also allow you to scroll through each one!
Here is the second layout, and it includes an insert which is a darling photo of our daughters hanging out happily together on the carpet. I love this photo – it actually sums up how we felt about having the house completed and feeling a sense of calm before the storm.
This layout across the whole page was incredibly neutral because of all the empty rooms, so I selected products from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection that are also very neutral. Her black and white patters, with just tiny touch of colors here and there, are perfect.
Here again is a Gallery for layout 2:
When you flip the insert you find a little love note that Natalie drew for me, and then the rest of the completed house.
The completed layout, and our finished home.
One more Gallery for you to see. So many wonderful photos!
I truly hope you have enjoyed following along in this project! It has been so much fun documenting this big thing for our family, and I am so happy this is written down and photographed and able to be looked at any time we wish. It’s a great feeling. Stay tuned for next week, I will show you my plans for the rest of the album!
Hi guys!! It’s Throw-back Thursday today and I am so excited to share a layout that highlights some of the finishing products the installers placed in our home as it was being finished up. Have a look at my process:
So today you probably noticed I did three pages in the album. Here are those three pages with just photos and journaling cards:
So I began with the right hand side of this layout, which shows photos of the appliances and sink fixtures that had been delivered but not installed quite yet. For me, this is the most exciting part!
The weekly date card shares the dates and week number, and also repeats the Phase number in this project. Everything is so very close to being done.
I itemized some of the products that were delivered, using one of the list cards from the Charming Core Kit. A lot of things are happening, so I love being able to just list it out right here.
More photos of the boxes lined up in the garage. Carefully we counted and verified everything was there (although of course we knew the contractor had done that already!) Who knew that boxes could be so exciting? I am so glad I took some time to photograph these.
I am still using the circle dates from Paislee Press, with numbers added on top. If you saw the process video you saw me paint those numbers with nail polish! How fun!
I know it is really hard to tell in these photos, but my shoes are the shoes I wore while we painted and they are actually coated in paint. I still laugh when I think about those poor shoes! They are worth including in this story.
The embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection added just the right sentiments to these photos. I know that vinyl tile isn’t that exciting in the grand scheme of things, and we committed to finishing this home with hard-working finishes that weren’t overly lavish. But for me, this was a really big deal. I am so thankful for this simple flooring.
Turn the page and the second and third pages cover Week 27 in this album. Photos are pretty much more finishes and some overall documentation of the progress on the interiors.
On the left hand side I began with the date card, mixing stamps and alphas plus washi and stickers.
They installed the shelving for the closets and pantry, and this had to be included. We were so excited to get this pantry – with four growing kids we stock a lot of food in our house. For school alone we pack 16 lunches per week. So this pantry is a necessity for us.
I have photographed our living room at different stages through this process, and so here is another photo, now with fireplace and tile surround, all the paint and trim, flooring, and lighting.
And our kitchen here, also complete, although the flooring is under wraps. Contractors are still in and out finishing up things and we still have to complete our touch-ups, so the hardwoods are being protected still. I cannot express how much I love this kitchen. We chose this floor plan specifically for this kitchen and its open view to dining room and living room, but also because it is spacious! Even though our builder is still building lots of houses with dark cabinetry, we chose all white. White cabinets, white appliances, and a utilitarian Formica counter. Where we invested our money on this floor was the 9-foot ceilings and taller baseboards, did you notice the ceiling height? That is my designer trick to make the rooms look large and roomy.
This photo below is looking into the master bath. You can tell in this photo that the quarter round has still not been completed here! So very close to being done.
This photo kind of cracks me up – who takes a picture of their door knob? This girl here, that’s who! Just more small, but important details.
The right hand side shows the air condition unit, gas meter, and thermostat. After working in the house in 95 degree days, we were ecstatic to get that installed!
I absolutely adore how this filler card turned out. I am still in Week 27, so no need for a date card here.
Underneath is my journaling for this page. I am sure I have never been so excited to see air vents in my life!
This is our gas meter. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until I had this photo printed out and my husband saw it the other day, he pointed out to me that the meter sits on ZERO here! Neither one of us have ever had one that was on zero, brand new, never used before.
The air vents that I never imagined being so excited about! I know these things probably are so boring and mundane, and maybe you are asking yourself why document these every day things? And I say, why not document these every day things? Several years ago I lost my home (and all my life savings) in my divorce settlement. For me these things are all really big. This is worth celebrating.
In the larger scheme, I am so happy to record these every day things because they are part of the story of our family. One day, hopefully many years from now, our children will sell this house. When they do, they will pull out this album and remember.
But for today, they will know how much this house means to us. They will know the stories and the struggles and the connection. They will know why this house is more than just a house.
This has been a photo-filled post today, thanks for reading along. I plan to double up some in the next few weeks so I can get this album finished up. I was working on my production schedule and realized that it is time to plan and begin December Daily, which means production schedule changes entirely in November and December! That means I need to finish this album in October. I am ready to finish it up and am looking forward to that. Thanks so much for encouraging me along!
Hi guys! Are you ready to hear it? I have been talking about our epic paint project and today is the day you get to hear the story of it. I ended up mixing the video up with a little bit story here, a little bit embellishing here, so have a look:
Since there are quite a few pages to show you, I am only going to show the completed layouts today. Page 1 here, with the layout you saw me complete in my process video last week:
Page 2, which is two of the story layouts that are loosely based on Ali Edwards’ 31 Things format:
And then Page 3, with just one side completed for now. I will finish that next week!
Ok, so let me give you a few close-ups, particularly of the embellishing I did on these pages.
When I printed out these pages I realized there were a few spaces in the formatting that made it easy to add tiny bits of embellishments.
I pulled just a few washi tapes and chipboard from Ali Edwards to use.
The Tough story kit provided some great sentiments and chipboard pieces that absolutely fit in with this story.
The word stickers are from February’s Heart story kit, also from Ali Edwards.
My husband sent me this photo via text on one of the days he was working at the house by himself. This butterfly, as if it was blessing us, appeared out of nowhere and landed right there. At first I was going to leave the photo alone, but in the end this tiny word sticker was perfect.
While I did not get photos of us looking like snow people, you can imagine what that might have looked like from this photo of my putty-encrusted hand! The irony in me wearing nail polish is just so hilarious, I can’t even.
Even when there is a shortage of photos, don’t hesitate to look around Google images to find royalty-free images that might help you tell your story. On this page the photo of the fireworks helps to locate this project in the yearly timeline – while all this was going on the fireworks went on and still we painted and painted.
If you look closely, you can totally see my reflection in this photo from above, trying to take the photo of the layout! Ah that reflective black on photo paper!
I love this photo so much of our kitchen just as we finished the painting and removed the mucky tape and plastic. It looks so sparkly and crisp and white, but the ball of plastic tells the real story here!
This is the final page. I know it has been a photo-packed post today!
The little round chipboard piece right here says it all. My poor fingers, after sanding the walls by hand, through the entire house.
I was having such a hard time with my lighting! You can see me in the reflection again, but life goes on. While this corner might seem pretty insignificant, to me it was a really big deal. When I lifted the tape after the painting, this wall was torn up something awful. Herbert patched it somewhat, but I still had to work on it as well. I was amazed it turned out like nothing ever happened!
Well, they say all good things must come to an end, and we were so incredibly happy to see this end. I am also happy to have this story documented and included in our family albums.
This truly is an important piece of our history and of our home. I am so thankful that scrapbooking allows us to photograph and write about these kinds of events. Life isn’t always graduations and weddings, sometimes life is about the decisions we make to bring about a real change in our lives. Writing about this has been cathartic for me. Of course we went on to move in and this house means so much to me. But it is nice to tell the story one more time and then close the book.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a Traveler’s Notebook day, but I decided to change things up a bit and show you a traditional layout! See you then!
Hi guys! Today I am showing you a layout from my 2014 Project Life and I am beginning to document the painting portion of the project that we were responsible for. This will be broken up into two sections, so here is today’s part:
Here is a look at the entire layout before embellishing and journaling. I created the entire right hand side in Photoshop because it is a part of the written story that I am trying to include.
Here is the layout completed:
So for the painting project, it turned out to be done in three phases: the first phase consisted of filling and sanding the trim work and painting the first coat of paint.So this side of the layout shows how the house looked at the end of that phase.
All of the products I chose are from Ali Edwards’ Story kits, primarily the Tough and Wild ones. I began with this marketing card.
The photos I chose for this layout came directly unedited from my phone. I admit that there were very few photos taken during this portion of the project – it was simply a matter of focus and survival, and I did not want my DSLR to become damaged in the process. So these photos were downloaded from my phone and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper, shrunk to size. Then they are layered onto some patterned cards from Ali’s Story kits.
I have to admit it was fascinating to scrapbook this after the fact (two years afterwards) using the Story kits that are designed to affirm and empower. I found myself using sentiments that reflected the difficulty of the project, but also contained phrases and words that I would tell myself back then to help make it through.
I love these Story kits for that reason – both the ability to encapsulate the experience as it was, and to tell ourselves the things we needed to hear at the time. I loved the idea of using the Wild kit because I think the fact that we took this on was pretty Wild. This card makes the perfect background for the title card.
None of my dates in this portion of the album are precise, that much I will admit. Since there aren’t many photos, there isn’t any metadata to access to tell me what was going on day to day. That really is ok. Include the photos you have, tell the stories you remember.
I particularly love the Life in Progress stamp for this layout! Over the last few weeks you have seen our house built in place from the ground up. And now the progress continues due to our own blood, sweat, and tears! I want to remember this! I want to open this album the day we move out (with my nails clawing the driveway because I won’t go easily!) and remember what these days felt like (hot, exhausting, overwhelming), what it smelled like (sweat, paint, wood, caulk), and what it felt like when it was done (superheroes!)
The right hand side begins to tell the story. I have four pages total that look similar to this, and so next week I will read them all to you. Since there were so few photos, I decided my format would be to add one or two photos per page. When I wrote the stories all down, it sort of came to me in some sort of order, but there were smaller micro stories that needed to be included. The small print sections are the main story, the larger print sections are the micro stories.
Stay tuned next week for the reading of the story and the remaining layouts that help tell them. See you tomorrow for some Traveler’s Notebook goodness!
Hi guys! Today I am still working in my 2014 Project Life album to document our house being built, and today might be the last of the layouts before we begin our painting portion of the project. Have a look at my process:
So here is the layout with only photos and Project Life cards:
And here is my completed layout, with journaling and embellishments:
The left hand side of the layout includes photos from Addison’s graduation from elementary school. I am still loving having our regular life right beside the house construction in this album. We probably left his graduation and went straight over to the house to work on it that day, that is how our schedule was going at the time. I love that representation of reality there!
I mentioned this in my process video, and it is worth repeating. I absolutely used a more feminine collection for a “boy” layout here! I must admit I cringe at assigning gender assignments to colors, because colors are beautiful and enrich our lives no matter who we are. So yes, there are pinks and turquoises on this layout and I love them. And Addison actually likes pink, which I am completely in support of. Allow me to encourage you to use the products you want to use, regardless of what other people might say or think. Enjoy them all!
I also found myself pulling out one of Ali Edwards’ Story stamp sets for this layout. They are always a great choice in Project Life layouts!
I do really like the wood grain in this collection, so I used two of those filler cards. This one houses the week number and the date of the week. So many happy textures and florals in this project, which always means lots of visual interest in your layout. I did leave some white space on this card for a place to rest your eye.
For the other side I included the documentation on the house project for the week. I began with this title card. Our kitchen was delivered, and when we stopped by that day we were locked out of the house to prevent theft or damage. We looked through the windows and saw these boxes, which are our kitchen and bath cabinets and counter tops! So exciting!!
These are the boxes. I loved taking this picture – it is so imperfect but I didn’t know any other way to capture my pure joy and excitement at seeing these boxes. I spent many years designing interiors for other people (mainly work and hospital spaces), and here for the very first time was my very own product I specified and selected. Big moment.
So let me just tell you, not only am I in love with the kitchen, but I am also in love with these journaling cards in the Dear Lizzy kit! One of course houses the journaling, which is actually a timeline of the week. I wanted to document how the cabinets were delivered and installed, and then the house was turned over to us for our portion of the project.
This lovely card looks like it was misted, and I added the stamped label plus a few hearts to embellish. For the fourth card, I did nothing and just left the pretty pattern to show.
This is more journaling about what lies ahead for us in building this home. I have mentioned several times that we decided to participate in a program called Sweat Equity, where the homeowner does a portion of the contract work, and in exchange the builder waives a portion of the cost of the home. Typically the homeowners do the painting and the landscaping, and that was the case for us.
Now typically the program is designed for first time home owners and typically those home owners are purchasing and working on smaller homes. Did I mention we have four kids?! And this is a four-bedroom, two and half bath, 2,600 square feet home. Now, Alan and I are DIY-ers, and we love a project or two. We did our wedding ourselves (with help from some great friends!) and we have both certainly spent our share of time painting. Prior to our move, we painted the house we were living in, top to bottom as well.
But holy cow. Look at the way the house looked! No electricity, which meant no A/C. The doors and trim were there, but they all had to be puttied and sanded and also painted. We were responsible for the ceilings as well. And yes, the floors are only bare concrete and sub floors. And no, there were no bathrooms installed yet. So this is what is coming up for us, and this is what I will be documenting in the next few weeks. I will give you a small hint – everything works out in the end and we did awesome, and there are some GREAT stories to tell!
Alright, see you back here tomorrow for my Charleston Traveler’s Notebook project!