Let’s have a look at the final process videos for this class. These are two random layouts that are one page, they do not face each other in the album but they were opportunities to tell smaller stories that belong in this album.
The first layout is about Natalie’s experience at preschool. Both Nick and Natalie had the joy of attending preschools that are part of the United Methodist education programs. One thing UMC does so well is preschool and I am so happy she got to experience this. Addison and Emberlynn did after-school care at a UMC church so they also got to experience this, although in a different way. These particular photos are from an end of the year birthday celebration they had for the summer birthdays!
I reached for my Gossamer Blue kits again for this layout. They are the Life Pages and Traveler’s Notebook kits from May-August 2017. I love these bright happy colors and they are in the hat she is wearing in the photos. There are also some cute phrases that reflect the things going on in the photos!
I made a simple title card and added a little journaling directly to the card as well. I have emphasized this over and over again – create simple cards that don’t require over-thinking. This card really is as simple as a title from stickers and two sentences. Two stars and done. You can scraplift this all you want to!!!! Do this on every page! So simple and so easy and done.
I know I have talked a little, and am processing more from this album and this class, this idea that our pocket page albums can be almost a card catalogue for our lives. I am working on the kids’ albums and these layouts here can be a spring board to be sure to include more detailed stories that are actually here. When I was photographing this layout, Natalie came over to my desk and loved seeing the clothespins with her friends’ names on them. She could remember many of them and could remember who her best friend was. So when I go to do her layout in her personal album, that is a story I need to include, or even allow her to share those stories in her own voice at that time.
I don’t remember exactly what she might have been saying to me as she went down that slide, but I can imagine with her personality that she was saying to me, “Mom, this is how we do it.” She was so excited that day to share her school with me, and this photo really is how she lives her life. So full and happy. I can’t get over it.
The second layout is the final layout, and therefore the closing page of the album. I used Jen Hadfield’s Heart + Home collection and it is beautiful!
This is so representative of our Thanksgiving every year. Our families live far away so our day is just the six of us. Alan and I cook and we just enjoy being together in a very quiet way and I love it. I kept embellishing to a minimum here, mostly just to get it done but also these cards don’t need a lot.
I love the idea of allowing the filler cards to express some of the things that are on our hearts, so the journaling is not so hard. All of the sentiments on this page are sentiments I want to repeat. Often. Over and over and over again.
This is also a wonderful place to wrap up our class. This is really why I do this, why I shared this class with you, and probably why you do this as well. These stories, every single page that we create, is so important and so vital. These little faces will never be this little again, and I will never again stand at that doorway and see them this way. Their plates they are eating from – we finally tossed those two weeks ago. The flowers on the table were from our wedding (!!!) and are never again going to be around.
In contrast, this photo of me and Alan is still happening today. We still cook together today, every night. We are still together, although we aren’t in this kitchen again. So while there are things that will never be the same, there are things that will always be. These albums are so very precious, so very important. I am, again, so thankful for you and so happy that you are sharing this journey with me. I love you all so dearly!
It’s goodbye, but not goodbye forever! I plan to release another volume of this class in 2018, and I look forward to see you there!