2017 | Week 26

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Here's week 26. I love the orange in this spread so much. 

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The left side; I received my necklace from Soul Mantras (I got this one) and it's even prettier in person. I used mostly the July digital kit and cut/edited pieces to make them work for me, like the bloom and grow card.

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The right side; One of the cards in the July kit said "Celebrate the fourth of july" so instead I edited it to just say "celebrate July" and punched it in a circle and added a "first" strip from the Firsts Story Kit that I've been hoarding. Lots of journaling in such small spaces, but there was a lot of goodness going on this week.

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I love writing around things. Like my cup of coffee here.

2017 | Week 25

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Here is week 25. It's been over a month since my last post and I can't figure out where all that time went. I still haven't photographed my Week in the Life album. I'm working on around 6 weeks of Project Life right now, as well as trying to squeeze 8 million pages into an album for my brother and sister-in-law without breaking the album. I have this ridiculous notion that everyone sees their memories the way I do and don't want to leave anything out. But perhaps somethings are better just left out.

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Here's the left side. I used most of the bursts from the Fun Story Kit by Ali Edwards (check out the current theme here). I also used pieces from the . I constantly run out of 3x4 cards so I often cut down 4x6s like the two here.

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The right side repeats a lot of the same elements. I added some phrase strips to the photo of the storm cloud and the Today's Story card using a stamp, and by trimming a journal card. Simple and done. Trying to keep it manageable so I don't reach the end of the year and have half a year to catch up on. So far so good.

2017 | Week 24

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Today I'm sharing week 24 which includes another piece of artwork from my Niece.

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Here's the full spread, sans insert. For my title card, I used one of the cards in this digital set that Ali released with her One Little Word products earlier this year. So much green in my photos this week. My favourite part of Spring & Summer for sure! I used cards from the May & June digital kits by Ali Edwards. I also pulled in a super old card from Studio Calico, and a scrap of paper from work on the weekend.

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I filled this side with the weekly backyard photo, a selfie, a list of ways I took care of myself this week, and a flower photo (of course). The photo of the fireplace was taken at the eye doctor, they moved offices since my last visit, and I don't often take photos during doctor visits, but I thought "why not".

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The right side contains a photo of Gracie (of course), more flowers, a round of Super Dungeon Explorer (our current favourite game). We managed to get together to go out for dinner on Father's Day so I snapped a photo of my niece colouring the picture included in this spread.

This chipboard piece is from this years Week in the Life kit. I peeled some layers off the back to make it a little thinnerand used my tiny attatcher to staple it down and then journaled around it with a white pen. Love how it came together.

I'm hoping to photograph my Week in the Life album in the next couple of days and get it ready to go up starting Friday. Wish me luck!

2017 | Week 23

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Do you ever have those weeks when you get to the end of it and realize that most of the photos you took were from Snapchat or your Instagram stories? That was me for this particular week, but I went with it. I collaged them into 4x6s and slipped them straight into the pockets. I love that they already have bits of the story right there and leaves me journaling space for other things that happened by don't have photos.

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The left side is super simple. I added little chipboard stars throughout the spread and tried to carry the green, blue and grey across. I stamped "this" onto the green chipboard "home" and wrote in the circle a bit about how I love our home. This week I started and finished stitching the page I want to use as the title for my brother/sister-in-law's wedding album (which I only documented in my IG Story).

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The right side was kept mostly simple. Just some chipboard stars and lots of words. I didn't document the flowers as much this year it seems, but I think the Bearded Iris (top right photo) is my favourite of the flowers we have in the front yard. Every year it gets bigger and grows more flowers.

2017 | Week 22

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Lately I've been trying to use some of the stamps and miscellaneous embellishments from various kits that have been accumulating around my craftroom. I've also noticed that I go through more 3x4 cards than 4x6, so I've had to dig a little deeper into my stash to find additional 3x4 cards, or some 4x6s that I could cut in half.

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The left side contains an old card from Studio Calico, and some cards from the Becky Higgins Aqua core kit. The little home rubber circle is from this years week in the life kit.

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The right side is my favourite. I've become less type A about my memory keeping, and I'm open to trying different things, like adding some random chipboard bits, or putting photos onto a digital version of a card, typing out the story and printing the whole thing out and slipping it into a pocket.

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This card is from the Fun Digital Story Kit (no longer available, but watch Ali Edwards' site for past story kit sales). I opened it in Photoshop and using some skills I learned from Ali's Hybrid workshop, I added the photos where the card said "photo" and typed my story along the side and printed it out. So much easier than fighting with the physical card to fit my photos or write my story by hand and hope I could write small enough to make it fit.