Week 13 is easily one of my favorite weeks! It was one of my favorite weeks in real life, because it was the week that we got the keys to our first house! It was such an exciting time. We were so busy with the renovations that we didn't really do anything else, so all my pictures were of our house. I just made that the focus for this spread.
I decided to keep it really simple by using big photos. On the left, I used a Design A pocket page and on the right, I used a Design E pocket page. Since I only had two photos I wanted to use, the Design E pocket page allowed me to use Instagram style photos. It was fun to try something new and combined the two styles. Instead of cutting down the Design E pocket page, I just folded it over and added pictures to the inside. It stays folded over so well that you don't even need to clip it!
When there is a week or event that is special (or I don't have a lot of photos), I like to print one photo to fill out the whole layout. I think it looks cool and gives me space for journaling. On this one, I wanted the door to stand out, so I just added a few details. I used Thicker's letters to spell out 'our house' and letters from an old A Beautiful Mess kit to add my new address (blurred for the photos). Like every week, I added the dates for the week.
On the top photo, I just used alpha letters to document the day. On the bottom photo, I stamped the date and stapled on some vellum with journaling. I used phrase stickers from an old A Beautiful Mess kit. Phrase stickers are so much fun!
What do you think about using different style pocket pages? Do you keep it the same or switch it up? xo. Laura
For Father's Day, we got my dad a trip to Bisbee to go ghost hunting. We wanted to wait until the weather was nicer, so we took the trip last Thursday and Friday. We used to watch the ghost hunting shows together, so it's something fun and different to do together. Two years ago, we went to Jerome, so we wanted to check out another haunted city in Arizona. We also checked out Tombstone on our way back. I hadn't been to Bisbee or Tombstone since I was about 4 years old, so it was cool to go back. Here are some snapshots from our little trip!
We stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee. When we first got there, we walked around all the cute shops and had lunch. Bisbee is known for mining. We had some extra time, so we did the mine tour in an old copper mine. Our ghost tour was in the evening, so we went back to the hotel to set up our ghost hunting equipment and learned about some of the ghosts at the hotel. It was very spooky to be walking around the hotel late at night in the dark, but it was fun! We didn't encounter any ghosts, but we had a great time. To get back home, we drove right through Tombstone, so we stopped for lunch and to check out some of the sites. We saw a reenactment of the shootout at OK Corral and toured the old Bird Cage Theater. There were cowboys, stagecoaches, and other people in themed outfits that were walking all over the town. It's such a fun place to visit and learn about Arizona history. -Laura
This might seem like the most boring topic to layout, but shopping for flooring for our new home was such a big part of this week. It seems like we were at Floor and Decor every day. I wanted to much such I documented this special time for us.
In all the craziness of buying a home, I didn't take many pictures. I love using full page photos on weeks with few photos. It looks cool and helps fill out the spread.
I was so excited to finally used this March card from an old Studio Calico kit. The red in the card match the red in the sign on the building, so it worked out. Then I found another red card from a Studio Calico kit with little burst lines. I was able to fit small vinyl letters into the space. I love how these match together!
I continued with the red and navy theme by adding the navy Thicker's alphabet stickers, again, from an old Studio Calico kit to the top of the page. I typed on vellum and stapled it with the tiny attacher Keeping with the same style throughout the album adds consistency to the album and makes it faster to design each week. It feels great to use up old supplies! Sometimes it takes me a while to find the right layout for the supplies, but when it works out, it's the best!
What "boring" topics do you like to document in your album? xo. Laura
This is another one of those weeks that started off challenging, but that I ended up really liking. At first, I made the two sides separate and they didn't flow well together. After I added that cake journaling card, it became one of my favorite layouts. I love how the gold alpha letters tied the yellow and gold from the other side together.
You can definitely see my love for vellum in this spread. I think almost every week has vellum in it. It's so versatile and added texture and details without distracting too much from the photos or patterned paper. It can also make the text easier to read, like on my bottom photo.
The weather was still pretty nice, so we made an effort to take Astro for lots of walk this week. I wanted to make sure those outings were document, since they were special. I kept the journaling card simple on this side by typing with the type writer on vellum and stapling it with my tiny attacher. I used kraft alphas from an old ABM Messy Box on the dark part of the photo, which added nice contrast.
I love the journaling cards on this side of the layout! I first made the birthday fun card by using alphas from ABM. I typed some journaling on vellum and, again, stapled it with the tiny attacher. I originally had a photo where the cake? card is, but the colors weren't great and I just wasn't happy with how it looked. I took the photo out and realized that this pink card was there, because it is the back of a journaling card I made for the next week. I was so much happier with how the looks looked together. The picture that was there was a photo of my mom's birthday cake, so I thought it would be fun to recreate it in a journaling card. I couldn't use my tiny attacher, because I didn't want staples going through the other side of the card. I decided to use a Kelly Purkey stamp set on vellum and use the gold alphas to hold the vellum down. I like the look and it's serving a purpose!
At our house, we have a tradition that you get as many candles as you are old, so it gets more and more fun each year. Every year, my mom takes a big breath and blows them all out. It's a story I wanted to include in my album. I was worried about all the text fitting, so I didn't want to start with alpha stickers. I decided to stamp it out on vellum, so I know it would fit and to add some contrast to all the black in the photo. If you're not sure if something will fit, try it on vellum and attach it to the photo! It makes it easier to redo or cut the pieces into smaller pieces to see if it will still fit.
Do you also have a love for vellum? Let me know if you have questions about it! xo. Laura
Some of my weekly layouts focus mostly on one day, like my week 10 layout. I didn't have very many photos for the week, except for Sunday. So I made that my focus. And it was a really great day, so it deserved the majority of the spread.
Grant and I went to Jerome for the day. We had lunch and walked around the town. It was so much fun!
I like photo heavy layouts, so I wanted most of the layout to be in photos. I used my favorite techniques of stamping and alpha stickers for all of the embellishments. I love that scrapbooking could be this simple. You don't need tons of stickers and embellishments to make a great layout.
At lunch, they served our drinks in mason jars, so naturally I had to take photos. Grant had a bit of an #instagramhusband moment while he, very patiently, waited for me to get the perfect shot. Luckily, he let me document this goofy moment as well. The drink stamp is from one of the past Kelly Purkey stamp sets and it's one of my favorites for documenting food adventures.
The bottom photo is of a swing set, but it didn't turn out very well. I used large alpha letters to tell our story over the photo. It might not make a lot of sense to other people, but scrapbooking is for you. Document your story in a way that helps you remember the details. As always, I added the date to the bottom. White ink is great for stamping on darker photos!
Like every week, I used my mom's old type writer to add the journaling for the week. I think it's so much easier to type with the type writer rather than figure out how to get the printer to print where I want it to print. I typed on vellum and behind the vellum, I used an "explore" stamp to stamp a repeating pattern. It's not always easy to see through the vellum, but it still added texture to the page.
I'm really happy with how this layout turned out. My album is almost up to date, but my blog posts are not. I'll be posting a bunch of scrapbooking posts upcoming up, so look out for those! xo. Laura
I'm not going to say I love vacuuming, because I'm not sure if anyone loves chores. But out of all the chores and tidying up that needs to be done, vacuuming is definitely my favorite. I've always picked vacuuming as my weekly chore, even when growing up. Other than tidying up, I think vacuuming is the best thing you can do to get your house ready for company. It's always my go-to task when getting ready for people to come over. It instantly makes the room cleaner and the space feel more refreshed.
Doing this with a vacuum that's not great can makes this process super frustrating. I just got the new Shark Rocket Ultra-Light DuoClean and it's perfect for quick and easy clean ups!
Well, my house is so small, it's really great for the whole place! For being a small vacuum, this thing really has power. Our house is about 700 square feet and we are able to vacuum the whole place using one outlet and without needing to empty the canister! I really love this vacuum for three reasons.
1. The DuoClean brushes are perfect for hardwood! When we picked out our flooring, everyone said we would regret the dark stain, because it shows dirt and dog hair so easily. Trust me, it does. This vacuum is perfect for keeping it clean. It has the traditional brush that most vacuums have and it has a second brush that makes all the difference. The second brush is a really soft and fine brush (it almost feels like a microfiber blanket) that catches are the really fine dust and dirt particles as well as dog hair. These DuoClean brushes are really great for any type of hard floors!
2. It's sustainable. This vacuum doesn't use bags, which I love. We aren't wasting any bags in the process and I think it's fun/gross/entertaining to see how much dirt I can collect in the canister. Not only does this vacuum not have a bag, but the filters are washable and reusable as well! So what the vacuum comes with is all I need and there's no extra waste.
3. It can easily reach under all of my furniture. Since the motor of the vacuum is at the handle, the base is really small. I can easily get under the media cabinet, couch, bed, and dresser without needing to use any attachments. I can just keep vacuuming as normal and reach all those tricky spaces.
This vacuum also comes with a mounting bracket to hang it on the wall! It's great for saving space in the closet. One thing to be mindful of is that it is top heavy. Before walking away from the vacuum, you need to remove the top part and rest it on the base of the wand. It will fall over otherwise. Luckily, it's really easy to do.
I think this is the perfect vacuum for anyone living in an apartment or smaller home. It has a long cord and can tackle the whole house. It's still perfect for someone living in a larger home, because it can reach places that large vacuums can't and has great attachments for cleaning things like the fan blades and around the windows. It's light-weight too, which is nice if you need to move it up and down stairs.
Do you also like vacuuming? What are the cleaning chores that you dislike most and why? What cleaning questions do you have? I'm working on making all of our cleaning products chemical-free, so I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for reading! xo. Laura
P.S. Does anyone else like seeing how much stuff they can collect in the canister?!
I received this vacuum as a sponsored post, however all words and options are my own.