001 | Perfect weather for reading on the front porch.
I am beginning a simple project that I've had on my mind for a long time after seeing Shannan Manton's #100dayproject in 2019. The simplicity of the project blew me away - the clean and simple. Although I am still plugging away at this year's #100dayproject for 2021 with my writing project I thought creating a small 4 x 4 album, without an end date in mind, but regularly, I could still accomplish both projects, easily, this year.
I have slowed down dramatically on my #100dayproject and haven't written regularly, but hope to pick up a more regular schedule of writing each day, soon. I don't have a particular goal in mind for this new project, but, simply to document 100 Lovely Things. Similar to a gratitude album, truly, because as I name the lovely things I am in essence saying thank you for these lovely things in my life.
And, to keep this album truly simple I am keeping it to photos + words, only. Clean + simple.
I haven't made a page this big with this small of a photo with this much white space in a very long time. Reminiscent of older days of traditional scrapbooking, and yet I like it. It is sweet. Of course, it was a simple template that provided the design and I added the photo and pattern papers. I still L - O - V - E, love using templates. While I mostly purchase clean and simple templates in grids, because - grids - and grids are clean and simple, I occasionally step outside of my scrapbooking style and pick up cutesy pages like this one.
Digitally, I used papers by Sahin Designs. She has become a favorite digital scrapbooking designer I have come to love for her beautiful papers, clean lines, and minimalist and modern style. Even her script pieces are slim and clean, not bulky and harsh. So, I kept it sweet and simple. I used one of the larger hearts for my journaling home, about Ian.
Today I am sharing six pages I have made over the past couple of months. Created when something caught my eye or a story needed to be told. For this first page, I saw an advertisement on Pinterest (by the way I always say advertisement like ad · ver · tis · mint; it always sounds pristine and professional). I loved the triangles within the page and the shaded triangles with in the photos.
This is the ad I used as my jumping off point:
Digitally, I used Ali Edwards' WILD Story kit only to tell my story:
I’m not sure when my fascination with waterfalls arose in me to the point that now, when we’re planning long weekend or week away trips, waterfalls seem to be a part of our adventure. Lately, I have an unwritten goal to see as many waterfalls as I can possibly squeeze in with our lifestyle. I love the rushing of the water as it crashes over the rocky ledge and plunges, hitting the rocks below. The chill in the air from the wind and water is breathtaking and I can stand and gaze in awe and enjoy the beauty, lingering as long as possible. I love how the water flows along the eroding rock patterns and worn formations, where water pools in all the nooks and crannies, or gently streams, and then cascades downward once more.
On our most recent trip to see waterfalls, it is those falls that we have to hike in to see that were the most exciting - the anticipation was exhilarating. Even better if we caught glimpses of what is to come... heightened sensations and the thrill of the adventure mounted. If it’s been an arduous journey in, and almost all of them were, I was, all the more so, appreciative of the view.
But, it’s not simply the mammoth waterfalls that please my senses, it is the rivers and streams of rushing and swirling waters that ramble below and I’m always intrigued by how the waters make their way in and out and around rock formations and masses, to trickle here only to flow rapidly further below. As we’ve seen quite a few waterfalls in Georgia over these past few years, I’m thinking northeast South Carolina will be our next adventure to the waterfalls.
For this page I went with a clean and simple template from Shannan Manton at shannanpages. She scraps digitally, mostly, and is a minimalist scrapbooker - my go to style. Her template did all the work for me. I simply inserted my favorite television shows in 2020 and added a bit of word art from Ali Edwards' WATCH Story kit plus my journaling.
Probably my favorite page of the six, I was reminiscing our trip to North Georgia visiting 4 different waterfalls in 4 days in November 2020. I used Ali Edwards' newest quarterly digital mini kit, the Hearts Collection. I think the tags are from Sahin Designs.
Journaling: Jeff and I spent our birthday week in November 2020 hiking the trails in to see the waterfalls of north Georgia. Our goal was to come home having soaked in the beauty of a different waterfall everyday and we did it! We visited 4 water- falls and loved every minute of our trip. I won’t say it was easy for me, but I wouldn’t have changed a minute of our time together. The hike in to Dukes Creek was the longest, Amicalola the shortest (because we used the handicap trail), Anna Ruby was the steepest trail in (but, so worth the lung squeeze), and Desoto Falls was the flatest trail for the most part. Waterfalls have always been on my favorites list of places to visit and I am thrilled we’ve been able to check a few more off our list!
One of my favorite ways to create a page. Use an enlarged photo the size of the page. This is 12 x 12 and one of my favorite subjects: Athena. This was a scraplift from Ali Edwards. I used pieces from various kits and various designers: Cathy Zielske, Ali Edwards, and Sahin Designs.
Journaling: 1) Athena, I love how you show love to me by snuggling and sleep on my thighs all night; 2) Athena, it is funny how you 'knead the throw blankets before you lay down on them; 3) Every morning ' you jump up on Jeff's lap so you can scrounge from the yogurt lids; 4) It amazes me how you will sleep on a pillow or blanket after I have been using it. making it your spot only; and 5) The game of hide the toilet paper while we are on the toilet is laugh out. loud hilarious!
Using Ali Edwards' BLOOM Story kit I used -ing words to tell my story along with a photo of a bunch of photos we brought home from the grocery story.
BRINGING a bunch of fresh flowers every week onto our home.
LISTENING to records as much as possible on our new player.
LOOKING forward to a long weekend trip (this week) with Jeff to Charleston.
FINISHING up watching Downton Abbey and wondering what to watch next.
SETTLING in to my current swim routine improvements
STAYING away from all the St. Patrick’s Day madness downton, Savannah
NEEDING to work on organizing my scraproom
READING is slow gloing, again, this month. I am reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson and while I love his books, it has been a slow read.
DREAMING of raised beds in the back yard, new siding on the house, a backyard sunroom, and a freshly paved driveway
EXCITED that Ashley, Brad and the kids will be able to come for a long week visit in April.
HOPING we’ll get some rain to wash away this pollen; it has hit Jeff hard and he has never had allergies
For this outside of my comfort zone page, I used the CONNECTIONS Story kit by Ali Edwards.
What I've been reading lately...today I am sharing short synopsis' of thoughts on the books I have been reading in March 2021. It was a decent reading month, but I am hoping to experience many more delights in April. Thanks for stopping by.