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I started this little book a while ago and let it sit unfinished for months. It’s so nice to have the kiddos back in school so I can work on things like this. When I was journaling in this book I was thinking…”what if I made a book once a month?” A book just for me. A book to get my creative juices flowing and explore ideas that have been floating in my head. No documenting the kids’ milestones like I do in project life. No pictures of my feet or my cats or what’s on my table or any other photos which seem to be my norm lately. A book to get me thinking. A book that gets me writing. It’s truly therapeutic to make these.

The pages of the book were made using white paper which I stained in tea. The cover is fabric I dyed myself using low immersion and bleach techniques, which I then turned into bookcloth. Inside is just a hodgepodge of paint, bits of paper, thread, plastic transparencies, and journaling. Fun stuff!

I really encourage you to try making a homemade book or art journal! Start with something easy like stapled copy paper! I do that for my kids all the time. Make it pretty in any way that suits you, and then journal all over it. Just write what comes to mind. Free write like they taught you to do in high school. It’s very freeing.

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Here’s a lightbox of the book if you want to see it closer.

Happy bookmaking friends!

  • HEAB - Love this. I have such mixed emotions regarding my kids being in school all day, but I soooo look forward to making art just for myself…and perhaps a yoga class or two…and drinking a big mug of coffee when all is quiet ;)ReplyCancel

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  1. Ansley and her new kitten Louie.
  2. Crazy Wyatt as usual, but oh so clean and snuggly!
  3. Finn…always on the lookout for the neighbor kids.

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  1.  Her favorite necklace. She’s been a wolf lover since she was 5 years old.
  2. Finn is the coolest colorer you ever did see. Double handed.
  3. Another after bath pic for Mr. Wyatt.

Here are some more pics from my 52 Project…

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” “Mom, these are all the words I knowView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” “Look how high I am mom!” A littleView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” Another tooth bites the dust. A climbing at theView full post »

We have been re-doing Ansley’s room for her 11th birthday. It was supposed to be done last week on the 8th, but we failed miserably. She’s been sleeping on our bedroom floor on a massive pallet while we get it all done because I absolutely LOVE surprises! Remember when we remade the boys’ room? That was a surprise too!

I forgot to get a decent before pic so this is midway. As you can tell it’s a complete disaster, but I’m showing y’all anyway! The room was bright blue before this, and she had a giant 4 poster bed that’s always been way to big for her room. So I sold that on Craigslist and got a really simple platform bed. We also repainted all the trim and touched up some damages on the ceiling and repainted that. We’re in the middle of finishing some furniture, and I’m waiting on a rug I ordered. It’s gonna be great when it’s done. I’m so happy and sad my little girl is growing up. She deserves every bit of this space, and I hope it will be a place she can go for peace and happiness. I mean, she’s going into MIDDLE SCHOOL next year! I can’t wrap my head around that at all….

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  • Corey - I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaylan - I’m sure it will be beautiful, Manda! The boys room was nothing short of amazing.ReplyCancel

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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  1. “Mom, these are all the words I know.” -Finn
  2. Ansley tie-dying a backpack and a t-shirt. She’s obsessed with blues, greens, and aquas these days.
  3. Wyatt checking out what’s new in our little free library.

Here are some more images from my 52 project…

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Ansley and her new kitten Louie. Crazy Wyatt as usual, but oh so clean and snuggly! Finn…always on the lookoutView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” “Look how high I am mom!” A littleView full post »

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” Another tooth bites the dust. A climbing at theView full post »

  • Kellie Winnell - Always amazing photographs. Kira my teen wants to tie-dye a few things, as do I. Something we will no doubt get into when the weather warms. Id’ love to do a whole bedspread.ReplyCancel

Hey guys! So, I’m back! Blogging/social media goes way on the back burner during the summer while my kids are home, and there’s just so much fun to be had away from technology. I still take photos and document, but the sharing and constant computer work goes away. It’s so nice! There were days and weeks where I didn’t get on my computer or phone one single time. It’s very important for me to have this breather every once in a while. Anyway, I’m excited to be back online sharing our lives with you all.

This was the 30th (I think) year in a row our family went to Grayton Beach, Florida. We go the same week every year and meet up with out of town family. It’s a beautiful tradition started by David’s grandmother all those years ago. Here are a few iphone pics from our trip….

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Hope you guys had a great summer break too!

  • Kellie Winnell - I wont lie, I have popped by several times to make sure my blog lovin wasn’t broken and I was missing your blog posts. Glad you took time off to enjoy the summer break and spend with family and friends. All the photographs as always are nothing short of gorgeous. Meanwhile we have just gotten over winter here and slowly moving to spring. So it was a really nice change to see gorgeous sunshine.ReplyCancel

  • rachel del grosso - yup, right there with Kellie, I did that too! So glad you’re back. I’m very anxious to see some PL pages, so I hope you plan on still sharing those!ReplyCancel