August 27, 2010

Who'd have thought?

That this is what you'd get when you mix milk, yogurt and fish crackers:

August 19, 2010

La Jolla Shores Mini-Album

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this before, but Gabe loves the beach.  Living in San Diego County we are fortunate to live close to some very beautiful beaches and we have weather that permits us to visit almost year round (in fact I'm sure the surfers do go year round, but I don't know anything about surfing).  The problem is that mommy and daddy don't love the beach so much.  We went a few months back and Gabe had so much fun he talked about it for days.  So we promised him we'd go again soon and about three weeks back we did. 

While I don't really like going to the beach I do like taking pictures there.  When I looked at the photos from our recent trip it really struck me that I did actually have a lot of fun that day too.  Of course being a scrapbooker, I wanted to record some of my memories and thoughts of our day.  But I've already made quite a few beach layouts and there were a lot of photos from our day and I thought that maybe a mini-album would be a better format for telling the story.  I was quite inspired by fellow team member Monika Wright's Summer in the Life album that I decided to take a similar approach, at least with the format.  Keeping it very simple I used only 4x6 photos, a few patterned papers and label stickers for my journaling.  The only embellishments are the metal charm and tag hanging on the front cover:

I used this patterned paper from Studio Calico to record how we "do the beach".  Although my husband and I don't really love the beach as much as Gabe, we've figured out how to manage our visit so that it is enjoyable for all of us:

Gabe is so comfortable at the beach.  He always just gets right to work (his word) and starts building sandcastles as soon as we get there:

Nathan on the other hand wasn't too keen on the sand this time.  Which is odd because we had just been the beach not long before this trip.  He decided to get cozy in the beach towels:

And snuggle with mommy:

This is what I did, since mommy doesn't really like to get sandy either:

I love these next two photos of Gabe, not because they're great photos (they're not) but because of the story they tell:

After the sun broke through the clouds, we decided that we needed to prod Nathan a little and get him to at least try playing in the sand.  He went along with it as long as he could sit in daddy's lap:

Another photo I love:

So there it is.  In case you've missed it, I've been hosting the blog this week at and sharing all of my favorite ideas for easy summer scrapbooking.  Nothing revolutionary.  But I hear often enough from other scrapbookers how they never have time to scrapbook and I think we can all use the reminder that recording our memories and telling our stories need not be time-consuming.  If you want more ideas for easy mini-albums you can read my post on the topic here, and to browse through all of the wcs archives on the topic of mini-albums visit here

Thanks for stopping by!

August 11, 2010

As usual there is lots going on at  The August gallery went live last week; the theme for this month was the Trusty 4x6 Photo.  For more on the motivation behind the theme visit this post on the wcs blog.

Here was my contribution to this month's gallery:

A bigger image of this layout along with the my ideas behind the design and a supply list can be found by visiting the gallery.  And you should visit the gallery.  I always come away with lots of ideas after spending a little time there. 

Last week fellow team member Amy Sorenson hosted her first week on the blog.  Starting with Monday's post, she shared her ideas behind one of her favorite page topics, Life Right Now.  She explains it in this way, "it's a layout that documents something about your life, or your subject's life, right at this moment. They’re my favorite because they capture things that I would otherwise forget. Even though they might have seemed trivial or even unforgettable at the time, the details in LRN layouts are priceless. And that's what I'll be writing about this week: ways you can document what's going on in your life. Right now!"

If you missed it, go back and visit her postings from last week.  I think that Amy and I have quite a different approach to our scrapbooking, but that is why I found her week of blogging so inspirational.  She gave me some new ideas and new perspectives that I hadn't thought about before.  I'm definitely filing away those ideas for later. 

I was also happy to be able to contribute to her week with this layout:

which records a bit of our life right now; Gabe would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday if I let him.

This past Monday kicked off a week of Summer Photography Challenges.  Day one's challenge:  Summer Food.  Here is a photo that I happened to take on the very first day of summer this year, June 21st (I didn't plan it, it just worked out that way):


Cucumbers being pickled.  One of my favorite things to make in summer is refrigerator pickles.  And this photo, it makes me happy.

Until next time, God bless.


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