This month I challenged you to Document Your Favorite Season. I shared a bunch of extra takes on this month’s challenge with the goal of finishing October in my 2015 album. I had an overwhelming amount of photos and stories to go through! Today’ I’m wrapping it up with my bonus pages.
My 12×12 albums are organized with weekly pocket spreads and a day in the life spread together, then a break between weekly spreads each month for thematic and extra pages, both pocket and traditional. I’d already completed some of the bonus pages for October 2015, but I used last weekend to go ahead and finish up the rest of them. And there were a lot!
I had already completed a page about Barktoberfest, so I went ahead and made a quick companion page with cute photos of the kids at the petting zoo at the event.
I kept it super simple, but made sure to use the Freckled Fawn Chit Chat Freckled Fawn Kit so this page matched up with the Barktoberfest one.
I have one page left blank–the back of the Barktoberfest page will be a check-in list page about Jake’s birthday.
I tried to fit in my new pages in roughly chronological order, based on what would fit into the backs of page protectors already in the album.
After Barktoberfest, there are these sports pages. Next I wanted to include pages about Boo Bayou, the Halloween festival at Eliza’s school, and our first time taking Eliza to a haunted house.
I kept up with my theme of keeping things simple, printing photos and photo collages for all of the pockets except for the shaker pocket from the previous page. I added a title with letter stickers from Studio Calico and added in journaling with labels from Kelly Purkey.
Next I made a simple 8.5 x 11 page about taking Eliza to a haunted house. We have awesome scary haunted houses here in Kansas City and she convinced us she’s ready. Even though we had to wait for hours, I’m glad we did it. She said, “Oh, the rooms are based on different phobias!” toward the end, which I think is pretty darn smart for a then-9 year-old.
Also that candelabra paper is perfect for this.
On the back of this page is a page about giving blood. It’s for a class for next year! Then there’s a 6×8 31 Scary Days page.
I had a few cute pictures with our foster baby that didn’t fit in the weekly pocket pages I made, so I made a tiny page for the back of the Scary Days page.
Next is my October Reads page, which was in a process video for Pocket Your Year.
On the back of the October Reads page, I started the pages covering a visit from Kristin and Jeff from the end of October to the beginning of November.
I had already documented Breakout KC, but I had the rest of their visit to cover! This page has the obligatory KC barbecue, going to the farmer’s market, and hanging out with friends at hour house.
Next was Halloween and a Day of the Dead festival at our local art museum.
We all dressed up in Batman costumes so I stamped a bat background with an old Freckled Fawn stamp. To leave room for the title and journaling space, I set down scrap paper to create a mask when stamping.
For the festival, I included a insert for the program and a print the kids made.
It was very crowded, so we didn’t get many photos of the Day of the Dead art, so this page is mostly about the food, the crafts the kids did (some of them were for a temporary seasonal art exhibit), and the music. The kids always want to do the labyrinth, and the gold triangles card from Studio Calico was a perfect fit.
The next spread is about Kristin’s and Jeff’s last two days here.
Homemade buscuits for breakfast, a fancy soda shop, and the last game of the World Series (the Royals won and the city went nuts).
The last day, we took advantage of the celebrating and saw some KC landmarks lit up in blue in celebration of the Royals’s win. And of course we snuck in some late night games!
By keeping it simple, I completed all of these in a weekend! Now it’s time to document this year’s October.