Welcome to CRAZY Week 47, which covers November 18-24. That means this week includes Thanksgiving (all three of them) AND the first part of an 8 day long Jessica visit (which is weird to be documenting right now, because we just came back from visiting her in Denver). Which is why there are three inserts. And 29 photos. Which is honestly not a weird number for me, but it was a challenge to fit all of those in with plenty of room to spare for all of the journaling I did with the November Daily Doc Workshop. I’m not a concise memory keeper, it seems.
It feels really weird to be doing Week 47 for 2012 right after I finished Week 47 for 2011, but it was fun to work on two Thanksgivings back-to-back. They were very, very different. But you know what was the same? Most of the patterned paper, because it was still on my desk. So Sophie by My Minds Eye is great for Fall, even though it’s meant to be kind of girly, I think. I used 12 x 12, but if you like the look for Project Life, get the So Sophie 6 x 6 Paper Pad. This was also my first week using the Seafoam Project Life Core Kit. Because, let’s be honest, after going a wee bit crazy deliberating as to whether or not to get the kit, I was itching to use it. And the orangey-red and tan colors are great for my autumn / Thanksgiving spread. I also used Allie’s Thankful Cards Kit again. In the finished Week 47 2011 spread, I printed them on lightly patterned paper. This week, I printed them on kraft paper. I love how that turned out.
The first page is Jessica-centric and features a lot of Jessica + Jonas (he was glued to her during all waking hours) and friends visiting because Jessica was in town.
Nothing too fancy going on design wise. The “Celebrate” card from the Seafoam Kit felt too white, so I inked around it in brown. In leiu of a title card, I cut out one of the tag shapes from the Thankful Kit. I used another Thankful card to finish off my Thickers title. I’m running depseratly low on “e”s, I need to go through my alpha stash and get rid of vowel-sparse sets mercilessly. All of the other bits were lying around my desk; I keep a muffin tin full of teeny scraps for occasions such as these. My favorite is the bit of paper from the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Collection. I got all of the paper in the collection, and I’m almost out. Just in time for Yes, Please.
The first insert details what we did on Saturday. I usually move in roughly chronological order throughout the spread, but it made more sense this week to focus on Jessica stuff and then throw in Thanksgiving at the end of the spread, even though it was the middle of the week. This insert features Harvey visiting and a pretty picture of Jake, standing in our kitchen, chatting away.
For this insert, I cut down a Design A page protector. I’m sure there’s an actual page protector already like this, but I use what I have.
Then the back of the first insert and the front of the second full of–you guessed it–friends celebrating Jessica being in town. Steve and Michelle stayed until 4am and Paul stayed overnight. Jake and I had to play “rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock” to democratically decide who would have to get up like a zombie with Jonas the next morning. Love that detail. (I lost.)
I love that I wrote down what we were doing in November in-depth, because there’s no way I’d remember all of these details now. I pretty much journaled word for word from the Daily Doc records.
I used more Thankful cards. I punched out the words with a circle punch and then used the background too, putting a button in the hole. I think that’s kind of fun.
Also, I’m going to take that flower off. I threw it in there to make a visual triangle with the circles, but duh the “This is Life” orange circle counts too.
And then Eliza stuff. A Thanksgiving picture she colored at school.
A visit from her bestie Nani.
And a leaf rubbing she made, which is probably from a few weeks earlier.
Lastly, Thanksgiving. Well, the top two thirds is Thanksgiving-y, anyway. The bottom is everyday stuff.
I love the Anderson family photo at Jake’s grandparents (Thanksgiving #2). His family is crazy huge, that’s not even a third of them. There’s Eliza wearing her coat like Snow (we’ve been watching Once Upon a Time), the first few days of a mile a day, Eliza climbing a tree with her cousins, and the line to get food at my grandpa’s (Thanksgiving #1). We forgot the camera for Thanksgiving #3 with my Dad’s side of the family, so the words have to do. Also on there: Jake and Jonas teaching things with our whiteboard, post-turkey Jake and Jonas snuggles, and Jonas’s special brand of kisses.
My vary favorite part is the card with the vintage wooden bingo “3″ on it (for the 3 Thanksgivings we attended). I needed space to write on the busy Thankful Card, so I cut it in half and pieced it back with washi tape. I’ll be doing this to more PL cards in the future, for sure.
Can’t wait to start Week 48 + order photos for PL 2013 tomorrow!
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