This is the first time in my life that I have had 7 straight hours a day to myself without having a job or child attached to my hip. Granted that being a stay at home mom is a job, but not a job in which I had to go to the office at a certain time, work and then come home. You would think that I would have more time to do my hobby — scrapbook. That is proving not to be the case. I am so busy, but I am going to make a point in the month of October to at least spend a few hours a week in my scrap room. Regardless, I did manage to get the following done this month.

These Layouts were done with leftover paper and embellishments from Close to my Heart. I kind of cheated on this page in that I used the collage that Walgreens came up with the first day of pictures and just smacked it on the LO.

 This page took a lot of time and I am not sure if I like it or not. First, I noticed that I have a spelling error on it (or two). The title I stamped and took forever!

 Here is the close up of the journal tags that I made for it. The first day of school was really interesting because my oldest was mortified that I was at school and my youngest did not want to let me go. The title is suppose to read “A mother holds her child’s hand for awhile, his heart forever and embarrasses him often.”

 I have had these pictures for months. I really don’t like them, but the event was fun and I knew I had to have them in the album, so I used a sketch and came up with this. Everything on here is leftovers. I literally saved it from the trash can.

 The rest of these are from Sass Lass. I found the entire “Nerdy Bird” line on sale and had to have it. Each and everyone of these is from that line and I still have a ton of it left! This Layout is of the kids on the fourth of July. I know it is not the typical fourth of July page, but the stars caught my eye and the colors kind of match my children’s non fourth of July outfits (PJs). I got the title from watching Taylor Swift’s video — Sparks Fly on CMT as I was working on another LO.

 I pop dotted the flower and added some stickles to it.

 Do you have any idea how many pictures I have of our new puppy? Way to many to say the least! I was able to get 14 pictures on this layout! Usually it takes me 6 Layouts to showcase this many photos. Do you see the picture with the orange bow? That is actually a mini album about teaching Sierra how to use the doggie door.

 Here is a picture of the mini album opened to the first page. The kids actually were the ones to teach her how to go through the door. Now she likes to keep her head propped out of the door with her body inside. Sigh…..she is so odd.

 I layered the die cut flower and used a FP pebble as the center. I then pop dotted it on the LO.

 There are two things that I do not enjoy scrap booking and they are Birthdays and Christmas. I think it is because they all have the tendency to look them same and you tend to have a ton of photos and only want to dedicate one LO to the event so they are more challenging. Anyways, this is the LO for my daughter and my past birthday (our birthdays are 6 days apart).

 I journal about the cake on the cloud and pop dotted that on the LO.

 I really like this photo of my son and this girl who has a huge crush on him. It captures the innocent funny flirtation they have going on. The thing is, Logan is not that into her. Isn’t that typical? The girl always likes the boy more at this age?

It is funny how my style has evolved over the years. I am doing more two page LOs and trying to get more pictures on each LO. Three years ago it was more about just one photo and now the story behind them is so much more. I am also not as “messy” as I used to be. I feel like my style is changing because my life is changing. Though I still do enjoy scrap booking it is not the same to me. Now I do it to record our family history knowing that someday my grand kids are going to see these pages. Before it was an escape and what I used to recharge my batteries — not the case anymore. It seems as if every area of my life is starting a new chapter — sounds like a good Layout idea doesn’t it? “The New Chapter”
Until next time — thanks for visiting.
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