DIY

Summer Manifesto

read lots and lots of books

get my small photography business going

do lots of crafts

do some around the house DIY projects

take Annabel on adventures

spend lots of time outdoors

see my family and friends as much as possible

work on the wedding planning

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Project Life: April

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The layouts of April are fairly random. Except for our vacation.
This first page has washi tape and rubber stamps and chipboard pieces.
Annabel shows up a ton in the album.

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The next page is super random. I wanted to add in the photo strip of my mom and I though.
I scanned it into the computer and cropped it so each one would fit into the 3×4 pockets.

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This page was over two days. We had a little cookout and went to the movies.
Of course I saved the ticket stubs.
And it was Annabel’s first birthday.
The cards I used were from the Sunshine Kit. I love that kit and it’s really going well with my spring photos.

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This is the first page of our vacation.
The “Key West” is gold stickers and I used chipboard pieces on the date card.
Again these cards are from the Sunshine Kit.
I added a divider to this section as well.

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This page is a design A cut in half. The other half was ruined so instead of throwing the whole
thing away I just cut it up and used it as an insert.

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More Sunshine Kit card and chipboard pieces.

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Same with this page. Washi tape & Sunshine Kit.

Key West: Mini Book

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Of course I had to create a mini book for Key West.
I painted the front and back of the book (made of chipboard).

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The first page is a label with the dates we were there with a chipboard sun.
I added the flowered paper to both inner sides of the cover.
I took my Polaroid camera this trip and I’m really glad I did.
I saved a ton of different things from the trip to add to my book.
The “FLL” tab is from our luggage and I grabbed a business card from our resort.

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The book is pretty simple.
I used different sized photos throughout and labels for some journaling.

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Along with business cards and whatnot I got some post cards too.
I used a few of the chipboard suns/flowers etc throughout this book.

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One the left is a photo that is 8×5 and I just cut it in half.
On the right I made a small tag and added photos to each side of it and a ribbon.

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I saved brochures from different activities we did.

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I cut up the brochure for our ghost tour so I could add it to the book.
I also kept our stickers/tickets.

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I also cut up the snorkeling brochure.
The pink paper is just a fun transparency I added in.

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More Polaroids! I love them and I enjoyed using my camera.

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The last page is a post card and some final journaling.

I may go back and add more to this book-more details-but for now I’m happy with it and it’s
sitting on our bookshelf in our living room with the rest of my books.

Memory Jar

I wanted to think of a cool name for this, I couldn’t think of one so I’m calling it a memory jar. 

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These are just rocks, coral and seashells that we collected at Key West.
The beaches were really rocky compared to others we’ve been to and there weren’t that many shells.

I got the jar from Target in their fabulous “junk section” that is up front.
It was only $1! (and I grabbed a few more for other projects)

I just added a tag to label it and ta-da!

It’s sitting on our bookshelf in the living room with our Key West photo.

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Polaroid Photo Album

So I have a Polaroid camera. I’ve mentioned it before in this post.

I usually use my Polaroid photos in my mini books or other crafts, but I didn’t know what to do with my ‘extra’ ones. So I grabbed an
album I already had sitting around and decided to store them there.

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I added some fun scrapbook paper to the pages instead of the white that it came with and I simply adhered the photos to the paper. It’s nothing great or anything to brag about but I’m glad I finally have a place for them and hopefully it’ll give me the motivation to take more photos with it! (I’m still getting over the worry of spending $1 per photo and not knowing how it’s going to turn out!)

Horrible photos I know. But I’m glad I finally got somewhere for my Polaroids!

Guest Bloggers

hello!!!

Anyone who follows me – are you interested in guest blogging for me?

I thought it would be a great way to discover new blogs through each other.
Or maybe I haven’t discovered your blog and you’re following me either on WordPress or BlogLovin or whatever else.

If you’re interested just shoot me an email carol5290@yahoo.com
Just make sure you put “guest blog” in the subject.

I’ll look at what you’re interested in sharing and we can work something out.
I would like to have photographers, crafters, book reviews, military relationships/life – basically anything.

I think it’s a great way to discover new things and blogs!

completed ‘love’ bookshelf

The bookshelf is finally done!
100% done!

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I took a Saturday a couple weeks ago when we had a heat wave (it was 40 degrees)
and painted it in the garage. Before that we tried to use
white spray paint and it just didn’t look good. I think it was the quality of the paint and so I just used left over ceiling paint instead.
I used a roller for most of it and then a brush for the spots where the roller couldn’t fit.

I’m sure I’ll be moving things around on there and adding to it.
But for now this will do.

I’m glad we can finally use it. I learned my lesson though. No outdoor crafts unless it’s summer.