2016 Scrapbook: Week Fourteen

November 2, 2016

Recently, I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it was life changing. If you haven't read it yet, GO READ IT! In the book, she talks about how being done is better than being perfect. That statement resonated so much with me. I spend forever on projects, which never end up getting finished, because they aren't "perfect" or "ready." I repeat the statement as sort of a mantra when working on projects now and I've completed more this year than I ever have! I'm telling you this, because some weeks of scrapbooking are not my favorite. I could spend forever reprinting photos and changing details. But done is better than perfect! This week is one of those weeks. I'm not sure what about it I don't like, but it's done. It makes me so happy to just call it done and flip through all the finished pages in my album.

There are something I really like about this layout. It was a little different, since I used a Design E pocket pages on the previous week, so I have two different pocket page styles. These few weeks of home renovations were crazy and messy. I kind of love that the layout this week captures that busy time!
This side of the album was easy, because I could only fit two photos. I printed eight 6 x 6 photos in two 12 x 12 pictures at Costco to get this size. The one of the tree is really the only photo with color in this layout, so I wanted to continue adding color in the details. I found a lime green banner in my supplies, so I stamped the date and stapled it with the tiny attacher.
This side of the album is a Design A pocket page, cut down to fit the 6 x 12 album. I tried experiencing with a Snapchat photo, because I forgot to take a regular photo of the first night in our new home. It's not my favorite photo, but I wanted to make sure that time was documented. I found a cute bright green card from an old Messy Box kit and used the type writer to type on it. It didn't turn out well, so I typed on paper and sewed it on top of the original card.

The bottom photo with all the text is my favorite detail of the page. Sometimes, I get nervous about using that many letters for one photo, but I love how it looks!

Have you read Big Magic? What message stuck with you the most? xo. Laura

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2016 Scrapbook: Week Thirteen

October 27, 2016

 Week 13 is easily one of my favorite weeks! It was one of my favorite weeks in real life, because it was the week that we got the keys to our first house! It was such an exciting time. We were so busy with the renovations that we didn't really do anything else, so all my pictures were of our house. I just made that the focus for this spread.
I decided to keep it really simple by using big photos. On the left, I used a Design A pocket page and on the right, I used a Design E pocket page. Since I only had two photos I wanted to use, the Design E pocket page allowed me to use Instagram style photos. It was fun to try something new and combined the two styles. Instead of cutting down the Design E pocket page, I just folded it over and added pictures to the inside. It stays folded over so well that you don't even need to clip it!
When there is a week or event that is special (or I don't have a lot of photos), I like to print one photo to fill out the whole layout. I think it looks cool and gives me space for journaling. On this one, I wanted the door to stand out, so I just added a few details. I used Thicker's letters to spell out 'our house' and letters from an old A Beautiful Mess kit to add my new address (blurred for the photos). Like every week, I added the dates for the week.
On the top photo, I just used alpha letters to document the day. On the bottom photo, I stamped the date and stapled on some vellum with journaling. I used phrase stickers from an old A Beautiful Mess kit. Phrase stickers are so much fun!

What do you think about using different style pocket pages? Do you keep it the same or switch it up? xo. Laura

Ghost Hunting in Bisbee

October 24, 2016

Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
For Father's Day, we got my dad a trip to Bisbee to go ghost hunting. We wanted to wait until the weather was nicer, so we took the trip last Thursday and Friday. We used to watch the ghost hunting shows together, so it's something fun and different to do together. Two years ago, we went to Jerome, so we wanted to check out another haunted city in Arizona. We also check out Tombstone on our way back. I hadn't been to Bisbee or Tombstone since I was about 4 years old, so it was cool to go back. Here are some snapshots from our little trip!
Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
 Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
 Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)

Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
 Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
 Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
 Father Daughter Trip to Bisbee (laurelandfern.com)
We stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee. When we first got there, we walked around all the cute shop and had lunch. Bisbee is known for mining. We had some extra time, so we did the mine tour in an old copper mine. Our ghost tour was in the evening, so we went back to the hotel to set up our ghost hunting equipment and learned about some of the ghosts at the hotel. It was very spooky to be walking around the hotel late at night in the dark, but it was fun! We didn't encounter any ghosts, but we had a great time. To get back home, we drove right through Tombstone, so we stopped for lunch and to check out some of the sites. We saw a reenactment of the shoot out at OK Corral and toured the old Bird Cage Theater. There were cowboys, stagecoaches, and other people in themed outfits that were walking all over the town. It's such a fun place to visit and learn about Arizona history. -Laura

2016 Scrapbook: Week Twelve

This might seem like the most boring topic to layout, but shopping for flooring for our new home was such a big part of this week. It seems like we were at Floor and Decor every day. I wanted to much such I documented this special time for us.
 In all the craziness of buying a home, I didn't take many pictures. I love using full page photos on weeks with few photos. It looks cool and helps fill out the spread.
I was so excited to finally used this March card from an old Studio Calico kit. The red in the card match the red in the sign on the building, so it worked out. Then I found another red card from a Studio Calico  kit with little burst lines. I was able to fit small vinyl letters into the space. I love how these match together!
I continued with the red and navy theme by adding the navy Thicker's alphabet stickers, again, from an old Studio Calico kit to the top of the page. I typed on vellum and stapled it with the tiny attacher Keeping with the same style throughout the album adds consistency to the album and makes it faster to design each week. It feels great to use up old supplies! Sometimes it takes me a while to find the right layout for the supplies, but when it works out, it's the best!

What "boring" topics do you like to document in your album? xo. Laura

2016 Scrapbook: Week Eleven

October 18, 2016

2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
This is another one of those weeks that started off challenging, but that I ended up really liking. At first, I made the two sides separate and they didn't flow well together. After I added that cake journaling card, it became one of my favorite layouts. I love how the gold alpha letters tied the yellow and gold from the other side together.
2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
You can definitely see my love for vellum in this spread. I think almost every week has vellum in it. It's so versatile and added texture and details without distracting too much from the photos or patterned paper. It can also make the text easier to read, like on my bottom photo.
2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
The weather was still pretty nice, so we made an effort to take Astro for lots of walk this week. I wanted to make sure those outings were document, since they were special. I kept the journaling card simple on this side by typing with the type writer on vellum and stapling it with my tiny attacher. I used kraft alphas from an old ABM Messy Box on the dark part of the photo, which added nice contrast.
2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
I love the journaling cards on this side of the layout! I first made the birthday fun card by using alphas from ABM. I typed some journaling on vellum and, again, stapled it with the tiny attacher. I originally had a photo where the cake? card is, but the colors weren't great and I just wasn't happy with how it looked. I took the photo out and realized that this pink card was there, because it is the back of a journaling card I made for the next week. I was so much happier with how the looks looked together. The picture that was there was a photo of my mom's birthday cake, so I thought it would be fun to recreate it in a journaling card. I couldn't use my tiny attacher, because I didn't want staples going through the other side of the card. I decided to use a Kelly Purkey stamp set on vellum and use the gold alphas to hold the vellum down. I like the look and it's serving a purpose!
2016 Scrapbook: Week 11 (laurelandfern.com)
At our house, we have a tradition that you get as many candles as you are old, so it gets more and more fun each year. Every year, my mom takes a big breath and blows them all out. It's a story I wanted to include in my album. I was worried about all the text fitting, so I didn't want to start with alpha stickers. I decided to stamp it out on vellum, so I know it would fit and to add some contrast to all the black in the photo. If you're not sure if something will fit, try it on vellum and attach it to the photo! It makes it easier to redo or cut the pieces into smaller pieces to see if it will still fit.

Do you also have a love for vellum? Let me know if you have questions about it! xo. Laura