Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recent Travels

Hi friends,
It's been awhile since I last posted.  I've had a very busy November. The first week of November I traveled to Spokane, WA to see my daughter graduate from the Fire Academy. The following week I traveled to London and Amsterdam for work and then over to Idaho for Thanksgiving.  I have so many photos that I need to work on.  At times it feels overwhelming!  But not to worry, I will not allow myself to become stressed about keeping up.  I will work on what inspires me today.

While in Amsterdam we were lucky enough to visit the Anne Frank House.  We waited in the cold for more than two hours.  At times I doubted if we should continue our wait.  However, I knew that this was a once in a lifetime moment that I couldn't let slip by.  As with most museums there was no picture taking inside.  I will have to rely on postcards to tell my story.  I am eager to use the ones that I purchased.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hello November

November is one of my favorite months.  The chilly weather, cozy sweaters, comfort foods, and gathering with family make it special. While some scrapbookers create December albums or 25 days of December, I typically create an album that covers both November and December.  I call it my seasonal or holiday album. I love documenting the pre-Thanksgiving events and preparations as well as the fall festivities.  

I usually start with November and end with December 31, (which happens to be my birthday).  I don't create a page for each day, I only create pages on days where I feel like something special should be documented.  There is no pressure here.  I just purchased my album for this year and am excited to get started.  

Here is the first page of my 2014 holiday album.  Inspired by Ali Edwards, my first page documents my intent of the season.  Last year my intent was to focus on the details; things that can be lost in the bustle of the holidays.         

My first event typically starts with an annual wreath making/craft day at my good friend Laura's house.  Another year I captured the changing color of the leaves as I walked into work or documented my first pumpkin spice latte (which now happens in October).  Whatever it is, try to focus on the smaller details.