In my album, there are some week I love and some that I like are just okay. This is one of the just okay weeks. Since I was sick during week 6, I didn't take many pictures and I didn't really do anything worth taking photos of, which made it hard to come up with a layout design. But I made the best with what I had.
Like I said, since I didn't have a lot of photos. I needed to come up with a lot of space for journaling. I loved the striped card from A Beautiful Mess Messybox, but it's the back of a card from the next week. I didn't want to add staples, because you would see it on the next week side. I found this washi tape from a previous Messybox and it was perfect! I tied all the colors from the week and held down the vellum that I typed my journaling on.
Not every week is going to be perfect, so I was okay focusing on that fact that I was sick for most of the week. I found a transparency from an old Studio Calico kit and thought it worked perfectly over my picture of tea. Then, I added some small letters to show why it wasn't my day. This is one of my favorite elements from week 6!
Another fun idea to document what you've done that week is to take screenshots of games you played, music you listened to, or podcasts you played. Since I didn't have many pictures, I decided to use a screenshot of an iPhone game I couldn't stop playing. It will be fun to look at what was popular a few years from now.
I'm glad I'm finally getting caught up on my album! I'll be posting more weeks very soon! Thanks for reading! -Laura
A couple months ago, I started seeing this book everywhere! It was on my Instagram feed, bookstore, the library. It seemed like I was seeing the cover everywhere. For my birthday, I got a gift card to the bookstore and knew what I was going to use it on. The Nest.
I really had no idea what to expect when reading this book. I didn't even read the synopsis before buying it, only the review from Amy Poehler on the cover. Many of the reviews were good, so I just went for it! If you haven't read this book yet, I'd stop here. I don't want to spoil anything for you! With that, let's go to the discussion!
1. Some books take me a while to get into, but not this one. I was hooked from the beginning. I couldn't wait to see how to the drama of the family played out and ended up finishing it within a couple day. How was it for you? Did you Plump family capture your interest right from the start?
2. How did you feel about the narration from the different family members perspectives? I loved it. Sometimes, when I'm reading, I want to hear the story from someone else. See how the other characters saw something or to hear their side of the story. I think it made the story much more interesting to hear from not only all the Plumb siblings, but other characters, like Louisa and Tommy, as well.
3. Which character did you relate to the most? It can be hard to relate to this family, because there is so much dysfunction, but I'm curious if you felt a connection with a particular character.
4. Did you enjoy the ending? Like I said before, I had no what to expect when I started this book, but it quickly had a lot of dysfunction and drama. Right from the start, there were some pretty major problems taking place. Through out the book, the family issues just kept happening. I was enjoying it, but I wanted something good to happen to this family. Man, was I happy with the ending! It was so great to hear that the family settled into life after Leo. It might not have been how they were expecting things it go, but it seemed like everything fell into place after they got out of the hold that Leo had on them. I was curious to hear more from Leo and about what his life was looking like, what he did after leaving New York, how he felt about the baby, etc. But like the Plumb family, I think we had to move on from Leo too. Not only did I get the happy ending I was hoping for, we also got to see little sneak peeks of the future for the Plumb family.
I, obviously, really enjoyed this book. I recently read some reviews on Goodreads and I know others didn't feel the same. Let me know in the comments how you felt about the book! I think it would be really fun to read a novel from Lila perspective. I want to see how she views the family without the influence of Leo, but also to see how Leo comes back into the picture and how he's involved with Lila's life. Thanks for joining the book club this month. See you at book club next time! xo- Laura
It's been so fun to see all the #the100dayproject in my Insta feed lately. I know it's a little after the start date, but I decided to start my own 100 day project!
One of my favorite igers, @elisejoy, started a 100 day project where she shares a pep talk every day. I love when one of her #100daysofelisepeptalks photos pops up as I'm scrolling. Her pep talks are inspiring, but she also inspired me to do a hashtag project instead of a regular art piece everyday.
I've been scrapbooking a lot more recently and I'm learning new techniques as I go. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite techniques, projects, and tips through a hashtag. My first post was on Instagram today, so you can start following along to see the daily tips. You can follow me at @laura_hager and my project at #100daysofscrapbookingtips. If you aren't a scrapbooker, you can still follow along to learn about my favorite products, tools, and techniques that you can use for a variety of crafts!
See you over on Instagram! Feel free to DM me and tell me you found out about the project through the blog or just to say hi! -Laura
Hey Scrapbookers! I FINALLY got my scrapbooking supplies moved in and have been working on getting caught up on my weekly scrapbook! It feels so good to be back at it and trying new techniques. I always hoard pretty scrapbooking papers and my favorite alphas. But lately, I've been reminding myself that I bought them to use them, so just open that pretty pack of thickers alphas and use them! It's been a good reminder and I've created some pages I really love.
Week 5 is a pretty simple layout. I ended up not taking many photos that week, so I had to fill in empty spots will journaling. I really loved the weekends 4x6 card for an old Messy Box and it worked well since I had four major things that I did that weekend. I started with that and found colors that coordinated with it. I knew that black and white would be easy for the left side, since the photos were either black and white or had a lot of neutral in the picture. The black and white painted card is from Life Love Paper.
Part of what I love about scrapbooking is that you get to practice the art of problem solving. When something doesn't work out the way you thought it would, you have to adjust and come up with a new idea. My problem that I solved was small, but I still solved it! I was using black, glittery letters to spell out downtown for the photo when I went to downtown Phoenix for a meeting. My plan was to use the letter across the top of the photo, but the didn't fit. (I knew they didn't fit, because I put them on a rule to make sure they would be level.) So I just turned the rule and put them sideways. It wasn't want I was going for and I ended up liking it better. The sparkle of the letter is subtle, but they still add a nice pop to the page.
A technique I'm currently loving is using big alphas to quickly journal a thought or title for a photo. There isn't much that needs to be said about the funny picture of Astro, so I just added HA! to the photo to remember how funny his after-nap smile was. Again, I used my parent's old type writer to add the journaling for the week. I'm happy to be getting caught up on my scrapbook! How's your 2016 scrapbook (or other scrapbook) going?! xo Laura
I'm really bummed I skipped April book club, but I'm excited to get back to it for May! I had another book planned, which we will read in June, but then I picked up The Nest. And I can't put it down! It seems like everyone is reading it right now, so I thought it would be fun to read for our book club. I was worried about selecting a book within the same month as the discussion, but I think we will all be able to finish the book in time for the discussion.
If you want to join me in the book club this month, let me know in the comments! Our discussion will be on May 25th. If you've already read the book, that's totally fine! You're still welcome to join in on the discussion.
Lastly, if you have any book club recommendations, let me know in the comments. It can be an old favorite or a new! See you May 25th for The Nest discussion!