We’re sitting here in the biggest snow event Seattle has seen in a long time, and while the kids chill with some Bubble Guppies in between romps outside, I figure it’s a good time to resurrect my blog. Starting with – since it’s already February, yikes! – my favorite hikes of 2018!
Edit: gaaah there’s a new WordPress update and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to format this properly and add links and stuff without doing it manually like it’s 2002. I’ll go back and add links when I figure it out. The fact that I can’t figure this out means that I’m officially old, doesn’t it…
This was our first time on this brand new trail, and it became an instant family favorite. Short, pretty, snow-free even in January, and a shortish drive from home? So good.
Orcas Island 25K
Oh Orcas Island 25K. You are always freezing cold and steep and horrid, but I love you so. (Side note: I sold my entry this year since depression + illness = not being able to cover 16 miles, and of course this year the weather was gorgeous and the photos looked heavenly.)
We’ve snowshoed on Mount Rainier at least once every winter/spring since 2008, and ever since we had kids, these outings have felt epic. This year was no exception, and the addition of a sled made it even cooler. Nora even snowshoed up the first hill all by herself!
Heybrook Ridge again
We had to go back to Heybrook Ridge again in April, and I can tell that it’s going to be our default family hike. This was the week after Lily started walking! What an excellent place to practice that new skill.
Every year, a bunch of runners run up and down the Chirico trail to Poo Poo Point over and over again, mostly as a social event but also to try to earn the coveted tiger hat bestowed on the first person to reach ten. I did three, which isn’t too shabby – that’s still 12 miles and 5000 feet of gain. (Also, whoaaa, I’m kind of thrown by how fit I look in this photo, because…well, let’s just say that’s not how I look now. Heh.)
The recipe for a great day with kids? A ferry ride + beach. Aka Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island. At this point we’re just hiking the same trails every year and I don’t mind that even a little bit, because they are gorgeous and I love them.
Sun Mountain 50K
My first ultramarathon! This was such a cool experience, and I was (am!) so proud of myself. And I totally want to run more of these, and longer distances, once the kids are a little older so training will be less stressful. We took a long weekend at Sun Mountain and it was so good, just a delicious blur of running and wildflowers and sunshine and paddleboarding and happy little kids.
This hike was so cool. Seeing Nora climb up that steep, rocky trail like a little mountain goat more than made up for the fact that Rainier stayed mostly hidden in the clouds.
On the 4th of July, we headed to Mirror Lake, which has been a favorite of ours since I first hiked it when pregnant with Nora. Love all the short, beautiful trails we’ve discovered since then. The water was colder than Lily and Nora expected, but that didn’t stop them from going in!
Aah, the Melakwa-Pratt loop! This was my first ever solo hike back in 2009, and every year now I look forward to that premium bit of alone time in July.
Speaking of alone time, in July I also spent my first night away from the girls! Eeep! I joined the Alpine Trails Book Club for their camping weekend in Mount Rainier National Park. We hiked to Van Trump Park, saw the sunset from Pinnacle Saddle, and were in marmot heaven on the Skyline Trail. So good, so good.
We went on a long (5 week!) vacation to Norway in August, and JK and I snuck away for two nights alone in a teeny tiny little cabin in Jotunheimen. We went for a run up Bitihorn, which (a) was jaw-droppingly gorgeous in every direction and (b) gained extra bonus points when we happened to run into Jens Stoltenberg, ex-Prime Minister of Norway and current Secretary General of Nato. (I’d like to see Trump try to hike up that thing!)
Back in Washington, the depression that had started to sneak in in June came into full force, but some really good family hikes kept me afloat. I need these ups to get through the downs. We went to Beaver Lake (which is south on the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass, basically just going up the ski hill) to look for fall colors, and with the swirling mist and fog, it was just perfect. And Nora found her first King Bolete!
Snow and Bench Lake
A couple days later, JK took a day off work so that we could inject me with a good hiking antidepressant before his work trip to Japan. We drove down to Mount Rainier to hike the Bench and Snow Lakes trail, which was definitely my favorite hike of the year. Warm sun, beautiful fall colors, deliriously happy kids, a swimming snake, my favorite volcano…I couldn’t ask for more.
Of course we went back to Rainier again when JK came back from Japan, too. By this time it was October, and all but two little marmots named Nora and Lily had gone into hibernation.
Mushrooming with Lily
October is prime chanterelle season up here in these parts, so I introduced Lily to the fine art of the gold hunt on Tiger Mountain (I won’t get more specific than that because these are MY mushroom patches).
More Tiger Mountain, more family foraging. A good reminder that the best hikes don’t have to involve long drives or big mountains or good weather, as long as you’re with the right people.
One of those right people, Lily, turned two in November! Somehow her late November birthday coincided with not just a Saturday but also beautiful sunshine! We went to Gold Creek Pond and had all the cake and lots of sledding. It was perfect.
Deception Pass 25K
In December, I had my first DNF (Did Not Finish) in a race. I had a horrid sinus infection and my face just hurt too much to run much, so I dropped at the aid station. But! I got to cover six miles of date time with JK while my parents, who were visiting from Norway for Christmas, watched the girls, AND quitting early meant I was first in line for pizza at the finish line.
I finished my December Daily album on January 6! This is by far the earliest I’ve gotten it done. Woohoo!
(In case you’re wondering, I scrapbooked these out of order and photographed them as I made them, so sometimes you can’t see the correct pages behind them.)
Day 17: probably my ugliest December Daily page ever, hah. I just wanted to use all that ephemera, and really, who cares what it looks like.
Day 18: all about Wellie and how much love he’s getting from the girls lately. Nora picked up his poop for the first time and was so proud, hah.
On day 19, we took Lily to JK’s work for a Nutcracker even. She was enthralled by the fake snow! I just love that big photo of her.
Day 20: yet another carousel ride with the girls, plus a trip to an indoor playground that they love. I was honestly getting a little sick of the whole project at this point, so I kept this as simple as possible. Template, filler card, stars, done.
I love that I accidentally captured this reflection in the photo!
Day 21: no sleep, feeling crappy about all the things. We went for a hike and attempted to turn things around.
I put my journaling in the pocket behind the bah humbug card. I cut out an extra pocket and attached it to the page protector with red line tape.
Day 22: I scraplifted Ali for this one and decided to let Nora’s toilet paper roll santas speak for themselves. Really ready to be done with the album at this point.
Day 23, what we call Little Christmas Eve! Lots of things happened, so I used two journaling cards.
We showed Nora the photo of her in her stocking as a baby, so she crawled into it again!
Christmas Eve! This day is always kind of overwhelming to scrapbook, so I divided it into sections: first up, the girls and their presents.
Instead of patterned paper, I used a page from the Christmas edition of my favorite Norwegian comic. I also used a unicorn gift tag from one of Nora’s presents since the girls are playing with her My Little Pony castle in the photo.
Second section: bullet points of what I want to remember from the day, plus this cute (and totally serious) quote from Nora.
I got this idea of using the half circle templates for a dinner plate from Yolanda Lockhart-Lowe – such a cute idea!
So the third section is our Christmas dinner menu.
I usually end my albums on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas Eve we went sledding and had so much fun that it needed to be included.
I used the Joy Story Kit here, for obvious reasons.
And then ended the album with a big photo of my favorite peoples.
I still had lots of extra photos that I liked but that hadn’t made it into the album, so I used some of them on the interview tags that go in the pocket on the inside cover. Love these!
And then I added an extra 2×2 in divided page protector with lots of extra photos and ephemera from throughout the month.
I love including gift tags so that I get handwriting from loved ones who weren’t together with us on Christmas.
If you made it this far, thanks for following along! Now I’m 100% ready to get started on 2019.
Happy New Year! It’s January (2019!), but I am still plugging away at my December Daily, because that’s how I roll. As of right now I am only missing four days, which is definitely a record for me – however, I can totally tell that I am losing steam and part of me wants to put it away and finish it in November…but then again, four days…maybe I should just do it.
We left off at day five last time, so here is day six, when Fire Truck Santa came to our street. I actually used my handwriting here, because I feel like I should try to include it at least once in every album even though I don’t love the look of it.
The card flips up to reveal one of the lists JK made of the nice and the naughty things Nora did over a couple of days (a short-lived attempt at using Santa as behavioral motivation – side note: on Christmas Day, Nora mentioned how much she loved her presents and how she had been worried that she would get a lump of coal. Hah! I have to remember to put that in the album!).
Day seven: all the love for the grandparents.
Nora’s wish list, which she proudly put in the mailbox…
…and which I retrieved after she had gone to bed so I could include it in my album. I also included her illustrated wish list. She wrote this in Norwegian, so I’ll translate: she wanted a watch and shoes that light up, and according to her, Lily also wanted a watch, I wanted new clothes (is she throwing shade at such a young age?), and JK wanted a new computer.
Day nine: Deception Pass 25K! I still had a raging sinus infection at this point and running hurt my face too much to finish the race, so I dropped out at the aid station. My first DNF! But it was a great day on beautiful trails with JK (and excellent pizza).
I used the December digital kit from Ali Edwards for this one, keeping the tree theme going with a December Daily transparency and the logo from the coffee shop where we stopped for my annual peppermint mocha.
Day ten is one of my favorites: ten magic moments.
Documenting some of Lily’s firsts at Santa Story Time at our local shopping center.
I accidentally numbered this one 11, it’s supposed to be 12! With grandparents in the house, we of course had to have a date night and eat those amazing brussels sprouts we got hooked on last year at Cafe Flora. (How fabulous is that wallpaper, btw?) I kept it simple by using one of Ali’s overlays and a digital stamp from the Paislee Press set – I erased the part that went over JK’s head to make it look like it was tucked behind him.
Day thirteen is about how watching this tv calendar show with Nora every night became one of my favorite parts of the holiday this year.
(…and here you can see my clumsy attempt at turning that 11 into a 12, hah.)
Day fourteen: Nora, the budding food photographer!
…and day fifteen: Lily, the baker’s apprentice! I saved this one until I got my Joy Story Kit, because the look on Lily’s face just sums up joy for me.
On day sixteen, JK and I took Nora out on a date without Lily – she got a haircut and we went to see the new Grinch movie.
I scraplifted Ali for this one. On the right I included our Christmas card (gaah, I’m realizing now that I still haven’t sent all of them out).
Alright, I’m going to try to get those last four days done and then I’ll come back and share the rest of the album. Even though I’m losing my mojo a bit at the moment, I have to say that I love this project so much. It keeps me observant and mindful throughout the holiday season, and it (and the community that surrounds it) adds so much excitement in my life.
Let me know if you have questions about the products or techniques I used!
(In case you’re wondering, I scrapbooked these out of order and photographed them as I made them, so sometimes you can’t see the correct pages behind them.)
Happy December Daily Season! I love how this has become an integral part of the holidays for so many of us. Anything that creates this sort of joy and excitement for us adults during the darkest month of the year = awesome.
My album this year opens with a tag book I made after seeing Ali’s version in the December Daily Product Play 2 class. I’ll get the whole family to fill them out soon! And I asked Ali to sign the inside cover for me at the Prep Party in Eugene like the groupie that I am. Thanks, Ali!!
Opening pages: some current family photos + an intentions page.
I’m trying to focus on family togetherness this Christmas after being sick and down in the dumps for way too long this fall. I added the lyrics to When We’re Together from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, because they’re so sweet and pretty much always stuck in my head (that + Baby Shark).
Day one: Alpine Trails Book Club meetup! I asked Laura (one of the book club leaders) to write the name of the club in her beautiful lettering for me, and made it into a tag along with the business card for the cafe we went to. (I ended up flipping the title card over to use the gold version.) The journaling card is part of Ali’s overlay pack from this year.
Day two, which actually happened on the night of day one, is about the tree-lighting festival in our town. This year’s was the most magical one yet. The journaling card and “magic” word are from Brandi Kincaid’s Mostly Magic kit from Feed Your Craft.
Day three: Lily’s two-year checkup! It occurred to me a little too late that it’s kind of confusing that there’s a giant number 3 on her two-year checkup, but oh well.
On day four, I used some patterned paper and a journaling card to create a pocket to hold Nora’s art and some journaling. I used that overlay design again – I like repeating stuff like this from time to time throughout the album to create some cohesion.
On day five, we pretty much spent the whole day counting down the hours until the grandparents arrived. I copied Ali’s idea of using the star stencil with some modeling paste on top of the giant cork number (and I also mixed pink and red, which I’m sure will disgust a fair amount of people).
I aaalmost finished my December Daily album from last year at the December Daily Prep Party (more about that later, I’m sure!) and then finally got ‘er done last week, just in time for another December Daily to begin. Many huzzahs!
Last year I made “let your heart be light” be my mantra of the season.
Both the half circle and the star cutout were inspired by last year’s Product Play class.
The backside is much cuter! It’s all about Nora’s advent calendar – Lily was too little still, but she still got all up in it. This was a good place for me to do my token handwriting page amidst a sea of typing.
Day two is one of my favorites from last year, from our town’s tree-lighting festival. I used one of Ali’s Slanted Layered Templates and I just love that big photo of Nora.
Day three! This was total magic. Last year, this guy in Seattle decided to build Diagon Alley in his driveway, and when we heard they were doing Dumbledore Santa photos, there was no stopping me. We stood in line for 1.5 hours and it was so totally worth it. It also gave me a good excuse to use my Potterhead stamps from Kelly Purkey (these aren’t available anymore, sadly)!
On day four, Nora was home sick from preschool and we had a cozy day at home with lots of movies and crafting. I took a photo of the girls waving at the garbage truck, slapped one of Ali’s overlays on top, and paired it with Nora’s drawing of Santa.
The day after that, we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to (belatedly) celebrate Lily’s first birthday. I opened with a photo of me with the girls…
…and here’s my absolute favorite spread of this album. Lily living her best life, devouring birthday cake in the snowy mountains. Love love love spreading a photo across two pages like this. (We returned to this exact spot for her second birthday too!)
Day six is an homage to the good old cardboard box, aka the king of all toys. Look at those faces!
Day seven was about the pros and cons of growing up – Nora got to pick and help cut our Christmas tree, but she also experienced her first major disappointment in life when firetruck Santa was a no-show. (But for reals, how lucky are you when that is your first major disappointment in life?)
Not much happened on day eight, so I used it as an opportunity to use one of Ali’s templates and write about our tv habits at that moment. (YOU GUYS, THE SECOND SEASON OF MRS. MAISEL STARTED TODAY!!) On the right is a card from friend that was so beautiful that I just had to include it. Normally I include more cards from friends, but this album ended up way too obese for that.
Day nine, JK’s office holiday party. I used that same overlay again – I like to use things like that a couple of times throughout the album to create a sense of cohesion in the madness.
On day ten, I ran a 25K and Nora ran a 1K! I cannot get over that photo of her with her bear (who also got a race bib of course). Both of these photos were taken by Glenn Tachiyama.
Race bib + Christmas card!
Day eleven: Wellie’s confusion over our new lawn ornaments.
Day twelve – the arrival of the grandparents! This always feel like the true beginning of Christmas…and they just so happened to arrive today (as in now, 2018)!
For day thirteen, I made all the family members who were present fill out these little tags that I slipped into a pocket between the pages of day twelve. I really love having everyone’s thoughts and handwriting in there.
Day fourteen, ugh. Lily was NOT sleeping and JK and I were sooo tired, but we knew so well that this was a fleeting stage.
Oooh, the brussels sprouts. Day fifteen was all about our obsession with Cafe Flora’s brussels sprouts, which had us eating brussels every damn day in an attempt to recreate a healthified version at home. I have a feeling brussels sprouts will make an appearance in our 2018 album too, now that my parents are here so JK and I can go on dates!
I snagged a menu from the restaurant and wrote the journaling inside it.
Baking always makes an appearance in my December Daily albums. Day sixteen: pepperkaker.
Day seventeen was so cool – we participated in our first Gingermas scavenger hunt! The 2×2 pockets on the right are filled with random bits and pieces from the holiday season (gift tags, chocolate wrappers), including a piece of the Gingermas score sheet.
Day eighteen: Nora’s letter to Santa. Aaaw.
Day nineteen is another one of my favorites – turning disappointment (another Santa no-show!!) into a great experience.
Speaking of creating our own joy, day twenty is about how we decided to go for a run date in spite of epic tiredness (see above re: sleepless Lily) and ended up running through a glorious winter wonderland on Tiger Mountain.
…and on day twenty-one we got even more of that (plus drinks!) at the TNAB winter solstice snowshoe.
Day twenty-two is about how grown-up Lily suddenly seemed (using this circle template), and day twenty-three is about the girls “helping” grandma clean on Little Christmas Eve.
Day twenty-four is Christmas Eve, the main even for us Norwegians! I added a tag from Lily’s favorite present at the top, and tied some gift wrap ribbon around the number 24. Journaling about Christmas Eve tends to stress me out, so bullet points was the way to go for sure.
On the back I included a card from great-grandma and some more photos.
Normally, that would be the end for me, but on Christmas Eve it started snowing…it was a Christmas miracle for us Seattleites! So I added in a simple day twenty-five about the snow.
…and finished the album off with a photo of Nora and Lily with their grandparents.
Week in the Life was the project that made me finally return to the scrapbooking world back in 2015 – I bought Ali’s kit, documented my week (with Nora as a wee one-year old!), and made a full 6×8 album. It is such a cool book to look back on, so I had every intention of participating every year from then on…but, as always, life happens. In 2016, I had horrid morning sickness and even if I’d had the energy to make something, every day would have been about trying to find childcare for Nora so I could puke and binge-watch True Detective. In 2017, when Lily was just a tiny baby, I started making a very simplified version of WitL, but I never finished printing my pages (I bet they’re still floating around on my old computer though).
In 2018, however, Ali offered a 3×8 album option – this was perfect for me. It made Week in the Life seem totally doable again. And it was – I documented the week in May, and then finished the album five short months later, heh. So here are some of the pages from this year’s WitL.
(I dropped my album on the floor which is why the corner is a little scuffed up, but luckily the innards survived!)
Since I don’t have the best track record of actually getting these albums done, I decided to keep this very simple. Each day got one of these spreads with info about the day + general journaling about what happened (using the 3×8 layered templates pack, which is also available in 6×8), and then the rest was mostly photos with some random bits of extra journaling thrown in.
I did add some full-size photos outside of page protectors for variety.
The biggest challenge with this album? It got fat fast. I started out adding lots of dimensional embellishments but quickly realized that the album was having obesity issues. I ended up switching to stamps and printed digital embellishments instead.
I love sliding another finished album onto my shelf! And Week in the Life is a particularly effective way to capture the essence of our life in a given year. I picked up an extra 3×8 album in case they won’t be offered next year, because I definitely want to do this again.
Okay, hike of the year right here. I thought Kelly Butte would stay in the lead, but Snow & Bench Lakes knocked it out of the park.
This was the first time we had hiked this trail since I was 35 weeks pregnant with Nora. Of course I had to take a comparison shot with her four years on the outside! I’ll never get tired of photos like these. Life with kids is a total trip.
We’ve reached a really good stage of hiking with the girls, and we’re enjoying the hell out of it while it lasts – Nora packs her own backpack with her lunch, her water, a map, and her best bear, and hikes like a pro.
Lily is surprisingly content in the carrier, as long as she gets to escape and trail run like a madwoman from time to time.
(…and work on that microbiome!)
The last time we were here, we didn’t take the little spur trail down to Bench Lake because Fetus Nora had dropped and the trail didn’t look welcoming for my rickety pelvis, but we were so glad we chose to go down there this time. The girls loved splashing in the lake, us adults loved the drop-dead gorgeous reflection of Mount Rainier…
…and then suddenly a garter snake came swimming along!
A snake in a lake is not something I would normally want to see, EVER, but since it was a harmless garter snake, I filed it under the Very Cool Things tab in my brain.
That tab also houses our lunch break – Nora climbed the steep trail up to the turquoise, glimmering Snow Lake, then sat down, unpacked her lunch and her little sit pad, and enjoyed the view like a fully fledged human! When did she get so big??
I haven’t even mentioned the fall colors yet! They were off the charts. Everything about this day just rocked – the kind of high that keeps me going through the low I’m in right now.
I feel like I’ve been dwelling too much on the negative lately, so when I scrapbooked this trip, it felt good to highlight the really positive parts of life right now (prompted by the Seasons Story Kit).
I wanted the fall colors in the photos to really pop (I was writing about both the literal season of autumn and the season of life we are currently in), so I used the digital files in the kit to recolor the ‘so good’ circle and the Anne of Green Gables quote card a nice shade of teal that worked well with the red and orange hues, as well as the color of the lake. The rest of the products are from the physical kit, plus a little bit of this sheet of vellum that I am obsessed with and have used on at least ten layouts so far.
I ended up cutting the big photo of Nora into a swoop, which felt like a very 2006 move, but also left a good nesting space for the circles.
Oh, and I also used an extra acrylic word for the title, from an old Story Kit called Old + New – I tend to hoard those acrylic words, so I’m always happy when I use them. And this was a twofer!
I find it really hard to limit the amount of photos (and words, apparently) I include to document a day like this one, so I ended up with a 9×12 layout, a 9×12 pocket page, and a 6×12 insert. Of course I forgot to include the baby bump/4-year old Nora comparison, so I might have to sneak another insert in there too.
Interestingly, the three enlarged photos – Nora with the map, the yoga pic, and me hugging Nora – were all cell phone photos. I’m getting closer and closer to leaving my big SLR at home…I really only bring it in case we see bears or marmots (or snakes swimming in lakes!) and I have to zoom.
Speaking of cell phones, JK’s cell phone put together an auto video from the hike and it’s super cute. Scrapbooking is great for thoughts & photos, but it can’t capture wobbly toddler legs quite like video does!
I carried Lily up a very steep, very long path to get to my secret chanterelle spot…only two find two other guys there. Nooo! They were finishing up their hunt, and I dejectedly started poking around a little bit, expecting to find nothing.
Luckily for me, these guys must not be very good at spotting chanterelles, because Lily and I ended up finding a whole bunch. And when I say that Lily found them, she really did! At first she pointed to every kind of mushroom and said “Look! Mushroom there!”, but eventually she honed in on the gold and kind of sort of pronounced the word chanterelle. The cutest!
After our hunt and a well-deserved lunch/running around in the woods session for Lily, she wanted back in the carrier and promptly fell asleep. I found some more mushrooms and somehow managed bend down and pick them without waking her up.
This was such a good day…I’ve felt so low lately that I’ve been missing out on how much Lilyis growing. But the endorphins from carrying her up through that steep forest and the dopamine hits from finding mushrooms allowed me to fully enjoy her constant chattering from the carrier. I need to get out more. I know this. Why is it so hard.
I was worried that Nora would be angry that I had picked mushrooms while she was in preschool, but she was just excited and happily cleaned them so she could have them on her pizza. Yaass!
This was such a meaningful day to me that I wanted to get it scrapbooked while it was fresh in my mind, so I used the November Stories by the Month kit from Ali Edwards to make a very quick and simple 6×8 spread. I focused my journaling on the whole symbolic thing of how these mushrooms only show up if we’ve had rain.
Among the December Daily offerings this year is the most adorable 3×8 album…and while 3×8 is too small for me personally to use for December Daily while my kids are this small and cute and photographable, I decided the starry night cover would make this a perfect album for Halloween. Yesss!
I never really cared about Halloween until Nora was born, so I haven’t scrapbooked it before (EDIT: that was a lie; I just found this old Howl-o-Ween page from 2008, heehee), but I love the idea of having this little album with all of Nora and Lily’s costumes in one place.
I want to keep the album really simple and doable, so each year gets one quick spread. I used the October digital release from Ali Edwards to make most of these.
2014, when Nora was just under two months old and I made my dreams come true by dressing her up as Mukmuk. Aaaw. Side note: she drew me a picture of Big & Mini Mukmuk a couple of weeks ago and my heart burst for the millionth time since having kids.
In 2015 she still had no idea what Halloween was, so when JK dressed up as Jon Snow, Nora happily tagged along as his direwolf, Ghost.
Halloween ’16 was so good – we dressed up as a family of dinosaurs with my baby bump as an egg with a baby dinosaur popping out. It was also the first time Nora trick-or-treated for reals, and she was obvs a massive fan.
2017 was Lily’s first, uhm, ex utero Halloween! She went as the grizzly companion to Nora’s polar bear. For this spread I used the October Stories by the Month kit.
This is the first album I’ve actually dared let Nora flip through…she loved it and wanted to keep it in her room (sorry, kid).
This year the girls have reached the age of actual opinions, so they will be dressing up as (surprise!) Anna and Elsa. My spread for 2019 might be more princessy, fewer bats.
This summer, we got to go on a five-week vacation back to Norway. It was a really good trip that I knew I wanted to scrapbook, but the thought of cramming five weeks of non-stop adventure memories into one album was kind of daunting.
There’s no way I would ever be able to scrapbook such a long trip chronologically, so in order to not feel overwhelmed by the project, I decided to split the album up into sections. This made the whole thing seem much more organized and doable, at least in my head.
I ended up with four separate sections, plus a mini section each for the plane travel to and from Norway.
On the back of my opening page, I created a pocket using a flight map from the in-flight magazine and the menu of the restaurant where we had lunch before our flight (Floret at SeaTac – Cafe Flora’s sister restaurant, so good!). I used it to hold our tickets and some flight ephemera.
Each of the main sections gets a full page photo with a half circle and a stamped title – I decided to stamp as messily as possible so I wouldn’t have to get all perfectionistic and sit there fiddling with the stamps for three hours.
After the opening page, each section has a divided 3×8 page protector with a short introduction. The circle embellishment combo I used is an idea that I totally stole from @klisterprinsessan – I used journaling spots from old Ali Edwards kits and circle stickers from this year’s summer release.
The first section is about my parents’ summer house, which is where we spent most of our trip and is what I view as my home in Norway. I miss it so much!
The next section is about the people we spent time with there – grandparents, aunts and uncles, old friends.
Section number three is about the three-day trip JK and I took to the mountains, which was such a wonderful, relaxing (even though we hiked or ran every day) getaway for us.
I collected tons of memorabilia on this trip, and I’m trying to use a lot of it in the album, like this map and really well-designed circle logos from brochures I found.
The last section is about my sister-in-law’s wedding, the main event of our vacation!
This section is full of all sorts of stuff: programs, hymns, JK’s handwritten speech, a bag of confetti…and it’s going to be epically cute once I get photos of Nora and Lily as flower girls in there!
The album ends with the flight home…that blue thing in the back is a barf bag from the plane, which I’m using to hold the tickets. Heh.
Since this album is going to be full of really busy photos, I’m keeping the rest of the design simple – white journaling cards, typed journaling, stamps, and a handdrawn black line. (This page is about how we ran into former Prime Minister of Norway and current Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, on a hike! It was such an ultra-Norwegian experience.)
For now, the rest of the album looks like this: random photos, journaling cards, and memorabilia here and there.
(These photos are of me, the girls, and their grandparents in front of the summer house in 2015, 2016, and 2018!)
I’ve written a list of important things to remember, so there’s no rush in finishing this album – I can just jump in and work on it when I feel inspired or want to reminisce.
Dividing a project like this into themed chunks is definitely the way to go for me!