When I have a few minutes I am making my way through the photos I have gathered of my grandkids' Halloween costumes over the years. I'm sure I don't have all the photos of all the costumes but this is a working album, one that I will continue to include costumes turned into pages as I get them. This is a little journaling album at this point. I would love to include more journaling and I could easily add journal card inserts with journal if my daughters pass them along, even if it is who, what, where, when, why, and how.
Digitally, I have very few 'halloween' kits but I don't have issues repeating products, especially if I re-color and re-size. These pages will be going into a 3 x 8 album that I've acquired from Ali Edwards, which is the only place I've found 3 x 8 albums.
Sunday's are busy. Except for, maybe, an hour or two in the afternoon, our Sunday's are pretty much non-stop. It isn't truly a day of rest. But it is a day of worship to God. It is a day of offering ourselves in service to others. It is a day for eating a meal together with family. It is a day for opening our home and fellowshipping with others. It is a day given to God.
This project is becoming a favorite. Ali Edwards' Just Write is a word prompt-based course. She sends out two word prompts a month, writes up her take on the word, and offers a plethora of ideas and inspiration how that word might lead you to write.
Words can be curious. Often triggers, if you will, into memories. Other people in the class share on a private Facebook account have shared their stories which have inspired my stories, even. I decided, finally, to stick with one template as a home for each story. Then I simply write.
Sometimes I set a timer and hand write on paper my story. Other times, most often, I simply sit at the computer and write my story in Photoshop Elements.
I have acquired over these past years a plethora of Halloween costume photos of my grand children. Elizabeth is faithful at celebrating Halloween, buying costumes for the kids, making gingerbread houses, carving pumpkins, and taking the kids trick or treat. Ashley does the same for her boys.
While growing up the kids did dress up in costumes we weren't in to Halloween. But, I thought this would be a darling way to gather all those photos of all my grandchildren's costumes in one place, and, thus, a place to make a home for all the photos of Halloween costumes in years to come.
For this album I am keeping it super simple, using an Ali Edwards 3x8 album and completing the album, digitally, of course. I don't have a lot of 'Halloween' -type digital product but I have picked up a kit or two, and Ali Edwards' monthly digital kits for October have enough chipboard, journal cards, and stamps that I should be able to fill the album, easily.
Above is the cover, or front page of my album. The little 'costumes' chipboard highlights what I'm going for in the album.
I'm not really creating pages in chronological order. They will, however, be added to the album that way.
As you can see some pages will be 1-page, and others 2-page. This may mean I will be able to include some spooky and fun 'filler' pages.
One thing I have enjoyed: traveling back in time as I've gathered all the photos into one place.
Once or twice a month I spend a little bit of time updating my food journal that I began in August, recording many of the meals I have enjoyed whether out to eat or eating in, food I have made myself, or enjoyed by the hands of others. I was inspired by another scrapbooker, Shannanfrom Australia, a lady who scraps minimalist, clean and simple, and MY favorite way to scrap, too, who is recording the food she is eating and making a photo book.
I loved the idea and began putting together an easy template - or two - using a digital template by Ali Edwards as the basics for the album, although I have modified it quite a bit. Adding in digital stamps, and the occasional digital chipboard - keeping it very clean, super simple. My intention with clean and simple is that I will be able to maintain the groove of putting the album together, and not giving up on it.
Below is the first two pages of the album. You might notice a slightly different arrangement on those pages. My plan is to switch back and forth between the two sets of pages for the entire album. Basically, two pages will hold a 'month's' worth of foodie photos. I don't take photos of every meal I eat, mostly, just when I think about it and of course if it's a date night meal or breakfast - or new recipe.
Let's be honest here. Sometimes, a week will slip by, life happens, and I realize I haven't given that week. Mostly, I don't stress about it because this project isn't about making giving something legalistic but it's about changing my heart toward giving. Giving rather than receiving. Acknowledging the Giver of all. Experiencing the heart change from regular, consistent, cheerful, glad giving. Listening for the Spirit to speak, give here.
Because I am still growing sometimes I can't hear. My ears are not attuned to the Spirit leading because I'm just not listening. Because I've allowed life to get in the way. Or, maybe I have 'given' where I was supposed to give but I, in my humanity, in legalism, have deemed it unworthy of being a giving gift. I have to be careful that I don't make this about what I have done but what He is doing in me.