For this process video I want to share with you just one more layout from my 2017 album. I will hopefully be finishing this album up in the next few weeks so I encourage you to look for those final layouts and a final flip through video on my public YouTube channel!
Have a look at the completed layout.
This layout was lighter on photos, so I used an insert and have two stories from the week to tell. I wanted to document our meal planning and include some thoughts about my decision to adopt a gluten free diet, so that is on the left side. The right side is all about Addison’s check up visit at the hospital. He experienced a complete stop in his growth about three years ago and is receiving treatments for that. His check up was really good and showed he has grown a whole inch, which we are so excited for!
I began with my date card, as I love to do, because I already know what information will go on that card. I am working with the Sahlin Studio For Real collection here and chose the floral card as the base. I then layered my alphabet and stamps on top. The gold alphas are from Pink Paislee, wood alphas from Michael’s, Story stamp is from Ali Edwards, and rolling date stamp is Target.
At this stage in the year I had been gluten free for about two weeks. I decided to try the gluten free diet because I was actually experiencing physical pain after eating, and when Ali Edwards posted her autoimmune journey with Hashimoto’s, and how much better she was feeling after trying Paleo, I realized so many of the things she wrote I could completely relate to.
Just prior to me going gluten free, Alan and I had begun meal planning in a traveler’s notebook each week. This too, was life changing, and was incredibly helpful with my needs as well. I love being able to include this story, both in photo and in words, right here in my album. This is actually a really important part of our routine every week, and is the perfect sort of story I want to include.
I have spoken before about my commitment to document relationships in our albums as well. Our relationships to people, places and things that are dear to us. It is no doubt that when one of us is sick or struggling, we need each other, and Addison has needed our support in his health journey. On this particular week we had Fall Break, so all the kids were home, and he had a check up visit for his growth journey. I am loving the photo of them all together in the elevator. You guys, they will have each other for the rest of their lives, and most importantly I want Addison to know we are there for him!
One thing that makes for a consistent and beautiful layout is selecting an element and repeating it across the layout. The circle labels from the For Real kit are perfect for this. I also pulled some very simple white chipboard word strips from my stash and included those with the labels.
While we were at Brenner’s (the children’s hospital in Winston), they were carving this giant pumpkin right there in the waiting room and apparently televising or documenting the entire process right there. For most people this was fun, but for Alan this was disastrous as he is terribly allergic to pumpkins. Even the smell causes his throat to close up, so he had to leave quickly. We always joke that the hospital will leave you with illness if you aren’t already ill. Ugh!
That is my layout for Week 43! Let’s have a look at the next video.