Let’s take a look at my process for 2017 Week 34!
Here is a look at the completed layout for this week. This layout had a ton of photos, since it was the week of the solar eclipse, so I did an insert.
Our stories this week included going back to school, which is always a big deal, plus the solar eclipse, and a small tribute to my cat Bailey. Bailey was a cat I had with my first husband and he was right about 19 years old. He stayed with my ex and for some reason that particular day I grabbed a few snapshots of him with the kids. I am so glad I did, because just a few weeks later he passed on.
I decided to use my Felicity Jane Mila kit for this layout. It’s got some great fall like colors and of course, gorgeous florals. I created my own date card using the alphabet stickers and fussy cut florals layered on top of the polka dot patterned paper.
This week was the week of the eclipse, which was a fairly significant event so I dedicated one whole layout. Not pictured: the glasses and some internet pages we printed out showing the path are housed in a plastic pocket from Becky Higgins as well. We took photos throughout the day that day, and so my story follows the event across the page.
The day was so unusual and some of it was challenging to try to capture on camera, but I remember even if the photos aren’t perfect. I wanted to remember how the shadows looked that day. I wanted to remember the children with their glasses and I wanted to remember how cool the glasses were. I wanted to remember how the atmosphere felt that day.
The products I’ve used are actually quite neutral even with the pops of color, and I love that. I had lots of opportunities for journaling, just a few sentences here and there. I love telling my stories this way, a little at a time, because it gives the reader a chance to discover the photos along with the story as they read across the page.
The Mila kit gives lots of opportunities for layering. I’ve cut apart some of the journal cards to make space for journaling, as you can see with this floral card here. It was also fun just using the Hi marketing card included in the box!
For the back side of the layout I’ve included the other stories of the week – a little tribute to Bailey the cat, and going back to school. It’s interesting about having Bailey as part of this layout: if I had created this layout closer to the actual dates this happened, I might not have necessarily included him. But when it came time to create this layout, I had already found out he had passed away. So I made sure to include him. Be sure to take the photos you want to take, ok? It might be your only opportunity and you will be so glad you did.
We had gone to pick up Nick and Natalie at their Dad’s house that day, and it turns out these make great back to school photos as well. Typically I try to get photos of each kid at their Open House, but this year there were too many different directions to go to and it just didn’t work out. No stress, you guys. Take these things as they come!
I did take a photo of all the school supply lists we had! This is really not a complaint at all – I want to remember what those lists looked like and how much it takes for four children, and I also want to remember how we tackle it together and get it done! It can be just a tad bit overwhelming (and expensive!) but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Alan and I also had a date night, although I did not record exactly what we did! And that is ok. Even when you don’t remember details, friends, still include it.
I used my calendar card for this layout and added just a few Felicity Jane embellishments and I love how versatile these cards are. Notice also how I’ve used the angled card above it – stamped sentiment above the line and written journaling below. So fun!
Those are my layouts for this lesson! I also have a bonus layout for you, so let’s check that out!