Let’s have a look at my process for Week 07 in my 2013 album!
Here is the completed layout for this week.
Our stories for the week included Valentine’s Day, which is just particularly meaningful for me and Alan as newlyweds. I also documented some of the new realities for us – homework, dinner prep, our whiteboard in the kitchen that kept our schedules straight, and making Valentines for four kids! What fun memories and I am so glad I took the time to make these photos happen.
I am using the February 2018 Studio Calico Documenter kit, called Candyland. I actually had not used that kit yet, and it worked out perfectly because this layout is about Valentine’s Day so it matches the story perfectly! I love that it had a combination of hearts, circles, and floral elements, plus tiny touches of black and white. All the best things I love.
Circles actually make a big appearance on this whole layout, I am here for it all day. I started with the woodgrain circle tag on the date card, which is from Michaels. I used the alphabet stickers to create the week number and layered another journal card on top to provide space for the date stamps. The circles set the tone here, and then I repeated them directly below on those 3×4 cards as well.
I remember Emberlynn trying to learn how to count change, and I remember that little tin bucket they had with all their change in it! I also remember her working on the floor, something we had to change in order to help her stay focused on her work. So glad I have this documented.
This is an awesome way to capture details about their school work without having to keep the whole homework paper. I could have just photographed the hearts she had drawn on the page, but this tells a whole story. She is smiling and counting her hearts that she drew, and yesterday Natalie pointed out that she was holding her pencil in her left hand (even though she is right-handed). Such a cute detail and such a fun way to document them!
Sharing Valentine’s Day with this special guy makes me especially happy, and is so very meaningful for both of us. I do kind of question my choice to photograph us with our heads cut off (!!) but I really liked our shirts and love how we were feeling somewhat like super-parents at this stage. We were learning the ropes of blended families and were navigating waters deserving of those shirts!
More circles here on this side of the layout, by repeating another woodgrain tag and chipboard embellishments as well. Also notice how I have the small heart layered over the large tag on the left card above, and the small circle layered on top of the large heart in the right card. This is a small study in contrast and I love it.
And here are our cut off heads! I am loving this card that ties in all the colors – the random rectangles in different sizes and colors becomes the unifying element on this layout.
And one final photo of us at the dinner table, preparing class Valentines. Another wonderful memory and another wonderful class is all done!
Thank you all so much for being here and for being an important part of this class! I truly hope you have found tons of inspiration and encouragement, along with some tools to help you in your memory keeping! The class may be over, but I am always available via email and private messages and would love to hear from you any time. Future classes are definitely being planned and I look forward to seeing you there! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!!!!!