Documenting My Morning Routine

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Last week was A week in a Life, (a way of documenting your day to day routines that happen throughout the week, started by Ali Edwards) and I after reading all the blog posts this past week I really wanted to be able to join in. I just sure with all the other things I had going on if that was possible. I really did reading about what everyone else did throughout their regular week. I tried to keep in mind this thought behind a week in the life, how its about documenting what we are doing throughout our day, so we can go back and remember bits of our life that may or may not change throughout the years.

In order to document these things I tried to remember to take more pictures of normal routine things we throughout our day. With my children young and homeschooling there are lots of things going on throughout our day. I will imagine these routines will greatly change in the future. I even took some video clips, thinking maybe I would make a vlog instead.

The thought of a smaller project seemed so much more manageable to me as well. I mean I could piece some photos and a few video clips together in iMovie and it’s like a digital mini album, right.

In fact that is what I did, in the end. Here is the link to the vlog post I posted to my Youtube channel. And even though I could have probably took better videos, I really feel it gave a good feel how our school day looks like. I want these kinds of projects to look like our life, crazy and full of energy. Because that i what our days look like with three little kids.

I love scrapbooking 12×12. When I work on other sizes, I severely miss the traditional size of scrapbooking. I wanted to be able to incorporate this aspect into this thought of A Week In The Life.

I am hoping that over the next couple of weeks I can scrap more photos of what our day looks like now. I know I somewhat do Project Life style pages, but I really don’t take the extra space to explain these routines we have or why.

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That brings me to this layout I made over the weekend, sharing what my morning looks like now that school has started.

The True Stories Shimelle collection with its coffee and fun colors were perfect for the feel I was going for. I started out by painting on white cardstock. Sometimes I just can’t resist brushing on colors that match with the papers I want to use. This technique is easy and really doesIMG_2674n’t take much artistic touch. I also used some black ink and stamped hearts on the painted area.

I had a7c0c12a17137e290cf0203c08b6ccbd8lready known that I wanted to use a sketch that I found on Pinterest as my inspiration.

I also knew that I was only going to use one photo and layer a lot. When in doubt layer, that’s my motto!!

Using a 6×6 paper pad helped keep my layers on the smaller side. Plus I don’t feel nearly as bad cutting into a 6×6 pad as I do when it’s a big beautiful sheet of patterned paper. IMG_2681The little 2×2 squares from the cut apart sheet in the new Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers collection were also fun and a good size for layering.

I really love how everything came together. It is so hard to tell they are from different collections at all. I think the coffee cup die cut is my favorite thing on the layout!! It is so adorable!!

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On the other side of the photo I journaled. About our morning routine. This lined paper added to the fact that we started our roIMG_2680utine when school started but also helped keep my handwriting straight.

I added some old puffy stickers from my stash that were from the On MyDesk Collection by Gossamer Blue. The colors tied in well with both collections I used. I love the wood buttons too. Those are becoming one of my favorite embellishments to use.

I decided that I needed something at the bottom of my layout where I had painted and stamped. It looked bare done there.

I added a strip of paper and an embellishment die cut. The cup puffy sticker fit perfectly done there too. A little eye candy but not to much to distract you from the important stuff on the layout. IMG_2683

I didn’t make a process video for this layout. But here are some other photos of my layout!!

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I hope you are inspired to take a different approach when scrapping your daily routines. Whether it is in Project Life Style Scrapbooking or a more traditional layout. I am really glad I scrapped this routine. I am already done with a nighttime routine layout and planning on doing a few more layouts that are based on things that could change in the future, but how we do them now!

Have a great week my scrappy friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

You Gotta Love that Smile

Aloha Scrappers!!!  It’s been really hot here this week, so I have been busy getting ready for school (I homeschool) and doing lots of scrappy stuff. I have been doing lots of getting stuff ready when we start school and I can’t be online all the time for the new YT Channel I started. If you haven’t checked out The Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel, you should, there is tons of inspiration and lots of scrapping and crafting going on. All the ladies from YT are so talented, and it’s a pleasure working with them.

But because I have been so busy, I have been scrapping without my camera on!! I know shocking, because I love doing process videos. It has been kinda liberating though scrapping knowing I don’t have to think about the time, or camera, not that it keeps me bogged down much. For a change it is nice though.

I want to share quickly with you a layout I worked on Wednesday for a sketch challenge over at the Victoria Marie Facebook Group Hump Day challenge. I love the challenges over on the group. I love that you can look through all the challenges and pick one and not have a time line too!!

Here is the sketch I used from Scrapbook Circle. It’s fun and simple, leaving lots of room to interpret it how you want to. Those kinds of sketches are by far my favorite. IMG_0525

I used cracked pistachio distress re inker with some water and used big paintbrush and swiped my brush across a piece of white cardstock. I didn’t use any gesso, I figured the little bit of media wouldn’t matter much as far as curling on the background. The light mint green color looks so nice on the white. It was the perfect starting point for this layout.

I decided on using an almost black and white photo, the coloring I used let a little of the pink in my daughter’s shirt peek through. It was a little fun playing around in photoshop to create an unique filter for this photo of my middle daughter beaming as she sat up.

Her smile is priceless!! I love that smile, it melts this momma’s heart.

I went easy on the layers, just using some pink Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy paper, some Websters Pages paper and a piece from the Maggie Holmes Confetti collection. I used a scalloped sticker left over from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection was a cool pice to layer in too. I liked that it added texture and was a little different then the punched school notebook layer the sketch used.

For the journaling area I die cut out a Stitched frame from Amy Tangerine. It was nice to contain my journaling in that box too. Allowing for a place to journal that looked pleasing. Many times I just add the journaling at the end where it seems to fit, so this sketch made it nice becIMG_2169ause it gave me a place that looked nice and fit into the design too.

Because I can’t help myself but to add more layers and paper, I added two strips of paper at the bottom of the layout. I used a Multi colored dot from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection and an old Amy Tangerine paper with plus marks, which I have to say I love this trend. The black also tied all the black throughout the layout together too.

For the circle element I used a craft doily that I used pink stamping ink on with a blending tool. I then layered a flower sticker form the Serendipity collection.

The bottom paper had yellow dots in it so I used some wash tape strips from the Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection. I scattered some pieces throughout the layout so I could build some clusters of embellishments.

I used lots of circles from die cuts I cut out for another layout. Some of the circles had hearts, some circles were small and filled in, and some were thin. I used colors that matched the layout and added them randomly to the clusters.

IMG_2167I made a banner and paired it with a Poolside banner sticker and some circles for the top cluster in the sketch.

For the Title I wanted to use different fonts, so I used mint Elle Studio alpha’s in mint to tie the mint from the background. I used a Poolside sunshine transparency and some block alpha’s in black and white. I love how the colIMG_2170ors in the title match and tie in all the colors I used on the Layout.

I finished by adding some wood buttons from the Poolside Collection and the new Shimelle collection. I added some enamel dots and black color shine splatters.

I roughly outlined the border of the layout to bring your eye into the layout, plus it just seemed like a cute touch to this layout.

I hope you scrappers are finding inspiration in the photos you are going to scrap!! I love looking at old photos of my kids and being inspired to scrap them in a fresh and fun way.

Have a great week!!!

Until next time,

Hannah