I have had my hands pretty tied up with the boys this week. Emmy started Kindergarten and she is such a big helper and the boys adore her so they have needed some extra ATTENTION! But my creative juices have started flowing again and I have needed to get some crafty things done! SO Studio J has been my go to scrapbook method the last few weeks.
Our family loves to vacation to Disney but I have gotten behind on my vacation scrapbooking so I am starting to get some of those projects caught up. I love using studio J for my Disney books so I can use Disney papers but make the colors match my kids cute outfits. Here is our most recent trip.
I love the way they turned out and have just a few more pages left to get my book caught up. I also love that I can add in my fast pass pictures directly from the disk rather than order a $20 picture from Disney. More Disney/Studio J love to come for our upcoming trip!
I think there is no question on my love of Studio J and how it has affected my scrapbooking and memory keeping. This summer has been so busy and when I find time to scrapbook it has to be quick, organized and I need to get a lot done at one time. Scrapbooking to me is relaxing when I can sit down and get a lot done. I also enjoy doing it while watching my favorite shows. These are some of my recent Studio J projects.
Some of my best girlfriends got to come to Pensacola for the weekend and I loved being able to get the photos scrapbooked really quick. I love being able to use my Instagram pictures because lets face it most of my pictures are on my phone these days. I also love that I could print off multiple copies of this layout to send to my girlfriends so they could have a happy. Even if they don’t have a scrapbook these layouts are fun for a wall. Stay tuned for lots more Studio J fun, I have been a busy Bee!
SO I know its been a couple of weeks but life got a little out of control here. The remodel is going great but…oh my house! I also hosted a crop this weekend so…Im not sure if I have been coming or going! I haven’t been able to take any pictures recently thanks to my current scrap room being a storage area until my Studio is finished but I have been staying up to date with Studio J! I just love Studio J and Disney World don’t you?
Dont Worry I have plenty of projects in the works. I just need a work space
Let me start of by saying Hello…I am back! I know I know you have missed me right? After a nasty virus and pnuemonia I’m hoping we are on the mend for a while. Come on Spring!
That being said I really took advantage of CTMH Studio J special and got a good bit of my scrapbooking caught up. (When you have two sick in your home Studio J is a god send!)
So my daughter turns 4 this year I thought it was time to finally scrapbook her 1st Birthday. I don’t know why I had put this event off. I have done all of her other birthdays but this one was overwhelming to me for some reason. I love the way the Chantilly looks with her pictures and so I think it was meant to be. I had to wait 3 years for the perfect paper! I hope you agree
I placed a recent Studio J order. For 5$ a layout I just couldnt pass up getting my books caught up digitally! I love the way these pages look and really love that they fit right into my traditional album. Here are a few of my most recent layouts. This is my take on a layout I had seen on the CTMH website. I think I did a pretty good job making it mine but using a layout that I loved.
These photos are from my sons birthday and I printed off two copies of each so I would have one for my albums and one for his baby book. How cool is that?!
Did that title catch your attention? Yeah I know its a weird one but I will explain.
So today is the 2 year anniversary of one of my worst days. When my son was 5 days old he quit nursing so I took him to the Dr. They told us he was positive for RSV and needed to be hospitalized immediately. Apparently Newborns can bottom out fairly quickly with this evil virus and so we ran home to pack a bag not sure how long the stay would be. They poked him, they prodded him and made him very uncomfortable. He was still so sweet and little and happy. He was barely sick. I had no idea what the next few days held for us. He went downhill some but it became so frustrating because everything they were doing I could have done at home.
On day 5 of our stay the Dr said if his stats held through the night that they would let us go home. What ominous words those were. He bottomed out around 4 that morning and after several attempts to help him recover one of the biggest men I had ever met (a respiratory therapist with huge hands) grabbed my tiny son up and said if we don’t go now there may be no going back and carried him across to the NICU. (the picture on the second page that is taken through the bars of the hospital bed was in the midst of this moment. I thought it may be the last picture I took of him. It was also the photo that I sent to my husband telling him to come quick. He arrived to the hospital in tears) About this time the chaplain for the hospital and my minister showed up (them both being there was pure coincidence) making the situation totally surreal. They shoved tubes down his throat, IVs in his arm and I watched from the back of the room as the Dr.s worked their magic. Ev just stared at me and I prayed I fell on my knees in the hospital room and prayed. My husband, best friend, mom and I waited for him to become stable and within minutes they knew he would be ok. He remained in the NICU for 3 days and after 10 days we finally got to go home.
2 years later he is a happy, healthy, rambunctious 2 year old. When I was able to recover and hold it together I started to scrapbook again. My husband thought it was so odd that my first layout was Evs “Hospital Adventure”. It was therapeutic. I had fought for my child, I had fallen on my knees and prayed for him and God showed up. I was proud of us and I knew that I wanted to capture that moment in time so that when he was 18 he would understand what we had gone through. I love being able to share this story, It may just be through paper and pen but he will know it was an important moment. I think we need to capture our lives to share with our children and it may not always be happy but they need to know there are hard times. They need to know how hard we fought. They need to know we were sad or afraid but we got through. My scrapbooks tell my family’s story! I challenge you to tell your story through your memory/scrapbooks. A lot of times the hard times help create a stronger you. Make sure to capture those moments also. Tell your whole story.