27 July, 2015

These are a few of my favorite thiiiiings...



There's nothing like a happy list to put you in a good mood. Which is why I was pretty excited when one of my Instagram friends tagged me to share 10 things that make me happy. I liked my post so much that I decided to turn it into a spread in my June album... I like to do that... steal from my Instagram for my albums. That way, more than half the work (photo selection + journalling) is already done!

I love how this layout turned out... I keep going back to my album to admire it... haha!

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I did the title on a transparency.

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Flip flip!

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I love stamping out long passages of text. Usually there's at least a handful of mistakes along the way, but I think that adds to the charm. This is my favorite alpha stamp set. I want to get a second set for when I wear these out because I use them all the time. I also love how you can see bits of my other pages through the page protector. Layers layers layers!

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This picture is one of my favorites. Cecily's tiny ponytail curling under. Her cute little back and shoulders. Her Piggie Piggie tucked under her right arm. And those precious cheeks left over from babyhood. I love my girl so much. :)

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I always love the reverse side of overlays with text on them. I think they it looks so cool!

Thanks for checking out my page! If you haven't already, take a peek at my March album too!



22 July, 2015

March Stories



Hello, dear blog! This year, I've been working on a little project I've been calling Monthly Stories. I create a 6x8 album for each month that tells my family's stories. I don't worry about going in chronological order. I don't worry about including something from each day. I just include the stories and memories that stand out to me, the things I think Levi, Cecily, and I will enjoy looking back on 10, 20, 50 years from now!

I took some quick shots of my March album today to share with you guys. I already shared a quick flip-through video on my Instagram, but there's just way too much in this album to fit in a small square for 15 seconds! I predominantly used Dear Lizzy's Fine and Dandy collection. I've been having lots of fun sticking to one collection with each album. It makes choosing supplies quicker, and it allows me to get my fill of the collections I love! Without further ado... this was March in the Myers household:

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I include a calendar and a list of what we're currently into every month. Those little pockets are stuffed with journalling and tiny photos that go with each category.

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I also include a list of Cecily's milestones, interests, pronunciations, habits, etc. I have a REALLY hard time keeping all of these one one page because I usually want to go on and on and on. This is where the question, "Do I really need to remember this?" comes in handy.

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I play the dorkiest role-play games on my iPhone and think it's hilarious to include them in my albums. I know it'll make me laugh someday to look back on this.

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I love how you can see through the pocket with the acetate piece. Looking through all the layers in my albums is one of my favorite things about these!

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I included a tiny photo album in this little folder between a 2-page spread about Cecily walking with Mickey Mouse. I love how it turned out. I used my Fuse tool to create the pockets and stitched them to my paper with my sewing machine.

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The page on the right is probably the simplest in this entire album, but it's one of my very favorites.

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This spread is very layered. This is a piece of acetate with glittery alpha stickers. I love how it looks on the front and the back.

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The photo of the rainbow is adhered to a piece of chipboard.

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I created the little pocket of sequins with my Fuse tool, and the glassine envelope holds my journalling.

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My journalling is typed on this tag that I embossed using the bow embossing folder from Fine & Dandy.

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I love including large, full-size photos.

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The doilies aren't part of the page on the left. I just wanted to keep that bit of journalling private.

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I made the pocket on the right with a piece of vellum and my sewing machine. It holds several pages of private journalling. That little deer tag is one of my favorite things in this album! I've been saving that deer for ages. I used my sewing machine to ruffle a piece of eyelet ribbon onto a shipping tag.

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I make a large pocket to include at the end of each album. They hold all the miscellaneous photos that I want to include but don't really warrant an entire spread.

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I like to add a strip of typed journalling to each photo. If I have a lot to say, I include more on the back.


Thanks for checking out my March album! These have been so much fun to make, & I already treasure each & every page I've created this year. :)


24 January, 2015

My 2015 Memory Keeping Plan



I finally came up with a way to document 2015 that I'm super excited about, and I thought I'd share! I've been working on my December Daily album this month and am on track to finish by the end of the month, which was my plan. I've been loving going through last month's photos and stories and working a month "behind" so I wanted to do something similar throughout 2015... except I don't want to document every single day.

I've tried Project Life in the past, and it just doesn't work for me. I need lots of freedom, and I need to be able to include as many photos and as much journalling as I want without feeling constricted. I've also discovered that I don't really like using PL cards. I prefer cutting up my patterned paper and embellishing it myself. I also felt like my stories were getting sort of washed out when I did Project Life. I wasn't focusing on the tiny little moments that were actually fantastic stories. Instead I was focusing more on "this is what we did this day, this is where we went that day." And the whole thing was just super boring to me. I'm not saying Project Life, in general, is boring or that it's like this for everyone. Not at all! But for me, it didn't work.

So what AM I doing?? For now, I'm just calling it monthly stories and notes. It'll take up as many albums as it needs to, and within my albums, I'll have dividers or title pages that say "January Stories & Notes" or "January Stories." Something like that. My plan is to look through my photos towards the end of that month and start piecing together some ideas for what I want to include in my album. While going through January's photos, Instagram posts, and notes in my phone, I put together a template of some things I can consider including every month. Here is what I've come up with so far:

• various standout stories
• photo collages of anything recurring, if applicable (e.g. in January, we went to the same cafĂ© for lunch a lot, and I took pictures of Cecily eating every single time. Instead of including these in chronological order with several stories, I'm going to just put all the photos together and make it one story. I think it'll be more interesting that way.)
• what we're eating
• what we're reading
• scrapbooking notes (things I'm into, new stuff I'm trying, collections I want, products I've purchased, any industry stuff I'm excited about, classes I'm taking, etc. Screenshots and packaging would be fun to include here.)
• bedtime story favorites
• Cecily notes (new words/phrases, funny habits, current favorites, etc.)
• what we're watching
• stuff going on at church
• what's in the news (I only plan on including things I want to remember and document or that are personally relevant)
• photos from the month that I love but that don't really have a story. I may or may not include a simple caption with these.

Knowing me, I'm sure I'll come up with more! A lot of these things will just be documented in the form of lists. I'm probably going to do this in a 9x12 album, but I may switch to my beloved 6x8 if I don't like working with that size. 

I think it'll all be really fun to look back on, and I'm really looking forward to documenting this way! I feel like my album(s) will turn out to be a scrapbook, diary, journal, and photo album all in one. And I love that! Switching gears frequently keeps me engaged and invested. I've come to realize that I am GREAT at starting projects but not so great at finishing them. This feels like a project that I'll be able to finish because I won't get bored or overwhelmed as I go. 

2015 is gonna be a fun year to play with paper!!


06 June, 2014

My Birthday Wish List


My birthday is in 11 days! Ahhhh! It's coming up so quickly. I used to count down to my birthdays and get super excited for them, but since I got pregnant, I just haven't cared all that much. I even had to look up how many days away my birthday was just now. So weird, right??

Just because I haven't been as excited about the day itself doesn't mean that I haven't had a wish list of some kind every year. And this year is no different.

This year, most of the items on my birthday wish list are scrapbooking related... this is pretty much what my Christmas wish list looked like too. My brother drew my name for our gift exchange this year, and he ended up having to get me some paper punches and thickers. Haha! I was super excited though!

I can guarantee you that I will not be receiving most of these, buuuuuut this year, here are some things that I'm hoping for:


This is my dream present. I've been wanting one of these for awhile. I love all the beautiful cuts that people do with them, and I think it would be SO fun to add them to my pages!

2. ink pads

I'm quickly becoming an ink pad junkie so I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try. Right now, these Hero Arts Shadow Inks look really great to me. Especially, the soft purple and this Early Spring cube pack






So pretty. Sometimes I think I just want to buy color instead of the actual product. Does that even make sense??

3. the moon

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Cecily is really reallllllly into the moon so I've started to love all types of moon stuff as well. This necklace is so pretty, and I love that it reminds me of my girl.

And I really like this moon and stars punch too.



EK tools punches are my favorite. Since punches are typically pretty bulky, I love how compact these are.

4. the Kallax from Ikea

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This is the one item on my list that I know I'll be getting this year. The Kallax replaced the Expedit recently, and it's super great for scrapbooking storage because of the dimensions of the cubbies. An organized workspace is super essential for me or I get overwhelmed. And since I only have a little sectioned off area of the living room to work with, I've had to be really smart about storage and organization. I'll do a blog post one of these days on the things that have worked for me... once I finally finish that is!


I could keep going and going and going with this wish list because there's always a new line or product that I'd love to try, but I'll stop here! Maybe I'll make this a monthly thing to share some of the new products that have caught my eye!


P.S. This is by no means a sponsored post, but some of the links throughout are affiliate because they're things I genuinely love. :)


30 May, 2014

a layout: four months


This week I've been working on some month-at-a-glance pages for Cecily's babybook. During her first year, Levi took a picture (or two) of me and Cecily on her monthly "birthdays," and I made sure to record some notable things about Cecily each month. Things like milestones, interests, favorites, habits, etc.

My plan is to do 2-page spreads for each month. The left side will be a layout with the photos of me and Cecily and the number of months she is, and the right side will include all those notes I made throughout her first year.

Right now, I'm just working on the left sides of those layouts and leaving the harder parts for later. Reliving all those sweet memories from Cecily's first year is honestly kind of hard for me. I've loved every stage and I adore the sweet little Silly I have now, but I think I'll always miss all those moments from the beginning. Motherhood is so bittersweet!


Anyway, this is the page I finished during naptime today.

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I love these photos and this paper so much that I kept the whole thing super simple. I probably would have been happy just sticking the photos down to the paper and calling it a day!


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