Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week in the Life 2014| Wednesday Photos & Album Progress

Wednesday | Photos + Words

Rushed morning getting ready for school. Giving Cheerios to the baby for breakfast. Then a little playtime before a short nap.  Pickup Nandini from school and meet some friends for lunch. Back to school to get Avinash and his friend. Run all five kids around to get gas and a butter beer little from Starbucks. And a few ring pops and donuts for the kids. They played at home for a bit with her new hello kitty Ferris wheel. Then turn around and drive to ballet class. No more complaints from the teacher about Avinash's laces this week.  One compliment maybe? Nandini wrote out our names while we waited. Lakshman toddled around a bit.  Some of the kids played statues in the park after class and he kept trying to crawl over to join in. We drove home and made cards for Ryan's birthday. We went out again for some birthday shopping and dinner. The kids ran around smelling every candle and perfume. Then, basically collapse at home. 

Tuesday Album Pages

I love these little flip up pages. Black and white stamping. A bit of washi and lots of writing. Feeling unusually happy with my handwriting. Mini albums are so much fun.

Are you doing Week in the Life? How is the progress coming? Please feel free to share your links here for me to check out too! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week in the Life 2014| Tuesday Photos + Album pages

 Here are my Monday pages so far. I have six photos printed but may add in some more.

 A little flip up page with journaling inside.

Tuesday Photos + Words

 Telling us all about her favorite colors and making bread at school.  She couldn't wait for us to try it.

A little coloring together after kindergarten. For a brief moment they even shared colors. 

Coffee (with butterscotch) in the morning.  Butterbeer in the evening. 

The story of today is definitely the Thriller Flash Mob.  I brought out my old facepainting kit to do zombie make up for the girls. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Week in the Life 2014 | Monday & Getting started

I am doing a memory keeping exercise this week that is rapidly becoming an annual tradition for me called Week in the Life. I loved my album so much last year, I figured why not do it again?

Getting Started| The Planning

One of my journaling ideas from last year that I really loved was to include lists. Each day I included a list of different life details.  Here is what I included: animals, books, meals, happy thoughts (counting my blessings), songs, good behavior moments (so easy to forget otherwise) and games we played.

I also kept a running document in my email of quotes that people said throughout the week.  At the end I compiled them all onto an additional spread.  It turned out to be my favorite page of the week.  No pictures, just words.  Looking back now is so fun because things that I took for granted have changed dramatically.  Nandini is no longer the baby.  There is a fifth person in the mix.  We are all a bit wiser. 

You can take a look at those pages I created last year over here too if you are interested.

The album

I debated back and forth about what type of album to use. I used 8.5x11 to make mine last year. I loved the size because it was so easy to print out full page photos. I also could use trimmed down PL cards for all the inserts.

I decided I wanted to try a change this year and go smaller. I didn't want the pressure of having too find too much content. I thought about doing a nice 6x8 handbook. It still comes with divided pages for PL cards.  But in the end it was a cute 4x4 mini from WRMK that won out. I used one before for a Disney mini, which was basically a week long trip.  Plus, I like the eclectic possibilities it seems to allow in terms of mixed media inserts from little envelopes or transparencies.

The Supplies

I didn't buy a kit this year (nor did I last year).  I do have plenty of my own stash though just waiting for me to dig into. I grabbed a few coordinating things to use as the week unfolds.  This allows me some built in continuity for the album without creating too rigid a structure.  I started with some fun day of the week dividers.  Just a screen printed transparency cut and holes punched in. 

I added some stamp sets, additional transparencies and a few patterned paper sheets.  Mostly a blue and gold color palette. Not sure how I will use that yet or not. I also decided to go with a lot of circular design elements to contrast the blocky album.

The photos

I am mainly using my iPhone for this project. I use VSCOcam to edit all my photos.  Easy, simple and great quality. Done.

I am also printing at home. A mix of full pages and collages. So much faster and easier for me. Since I am working on it during the week, fitting in printing photos daily is more streamlined at home. Just a quick dash to the printer whenever I have a bit of free time to work.

More Monday Highlights


I am going to blog about my progress each day this week.  I will probably blog my album pages a day later. I am also sharing snippets on instagram and just tagging them #weekinthelife.  If you are playing along, let me know I'd love to follow along with you too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Diwali | Celebrating the season of lights

Diwali is one of my favorite holidays of the year. The weather is usually wonderful.  The unbearably hot days of summer have finally started to fade, replaced by the beautifully temperate days of autumn. The leaves don't change colors here but it is finally cool enough for my rose bushes to explode into full bloom. 

The actual day of Diwali is on Thursday this year. We celebrated last weekend at the local temple.  They have a very fun carnival atmosphere with food stalls, fire crackers, kids games like balloon darts, and archery.  Our kids were begging for cotton candy but we got them little bags of popcorn.  So funny how this little treat (which they get by the bag full at home) is so fun for them.  The night was capped off with fireworks and dancing.  We danced around the parking lot instead so we could make a quick getaway. 

What do I really love? Getting everyone dressed up and taking pictures with the big camera.

Holding hands.

Those little toes.

Timer shots.

He wanted those tickets really badly.

She is definitely the calm one.  It is her first year to even hold a fire cracker.

He was pretty much fearless as always. I love just watching him have fun. 

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!!

You can find my previous Diwali decorating posts and ideas here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JBS | Vintage Halloween, littlest pumpkin

I love this collection so much. Not only is it all about one of my favorite times of year but it helps me scrap all the Halloween photos that keep piling up!

I pieced together several fun papers here along with the vintage labels and journaling cards. They are great resized for project life too.

I used my vintage printers block alphas on a regular old shipping tag. After stamping it I went for a dip dyed look with a few swipes of watercolor. I stitched some wavy lines across the different phases of the moon. I just stitched borders on the other pieces I used. I love putting layouts like this together. I can make a collage of different elements digitally, print it in one sheet. After it is printed I cut them apart and glue it back together. It just adds that dimension and texture.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Disney Bound!

A few months ago we started planning a trip to Disney World for our family.  Lakshman still hadn't been yet (outside of my tummy at least) and friends of ours were going as well.  Plus, I just love that place.  The magic is palpable. Plus, I love how it changes each year as our children get older and appreciate different things.  Each trip is a new opportunity to savor time and hit the pause button for a little while. 

One thing we have heard about a lot is the Disney trip surprise.  I have always wanted to try it so we thought we would give it a shot this year.  Luckily our kids are young enough that they are pretty oblivious to the conversations we have and don't have very good short term memory anyway. 

We left midweek but due to a last minute illness we were not able to pack until the morning of our trip.  We let the kids watch TV while we ran around and gathered up princess dresses and dragon costumes from various corners of the house.  Finally, I dressed them up in Minnie and Mickey garb and turned on the video camera.  At this point they still had no idea.  Ha!


How cute is this montage from my google+ page?  I honestly have to say I am loving the app on my phone and what it does with my pictures. 

So glad we captured it on video, even if they are pretty stunned at first.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And, Now We Are Six

He came running down the stairs and into my room yesterday, bursting to tell me the news.  "Mommy you know what day it is? My last day of being five! And, you know what you're gonna do tomorrow, bring me breakfast in bed."  The suggestion more of a demand than a question really.  I guess I am I thought. 

We already celebrated with a surprise trip to Disney World.  His party is a few weeks away.  Today we just celebrated as a family.  Dinner and mini golf. Two of his favorite things.  We listened to Harry Potter on the way home, his current favorite book series. 

Like everything these days his birthday has arrived out of nowhere.  Six just feels so big.  He missed the cut off for kindergarten last year by a few weeks so I don't have to worry about him being in the big school just yet.  First grade is a whole year away.  Still, six is undeniably big.

I told him I can't remember a time without him.  "Me either" he replied in earnest.  Ha.

He has an undeniable confidence about him.  I never remember him not having that.  There is nothing he shies away from.  Except maybe dogs, after an attack at the age of two still ingrained in his memory.  He loves his family and God fiercely.  He is a good friend and empathetic.  He has so much joy inside his heart that it spreads to all of us.  He is smart and makes us proud. 

And, now he is six




and, now, years.
But now I am six. And I'm clever as clever. And now I think I'll stay six now forever and ever.
-A.A. Milne



Related Posts with Thumbnails
Pin It button on image hover