i know we still have a month left of summer, technically. but school starts back in just two weeks, so it's hard to fool my brain into thinking there's still any summer left. :(
i've been journaling here and there. i'm noticing that i'm choosing bold, bright, rainbow colors. i'm not ready to give in to the earth and jewel tones of fall.
i went to a mini-journal-making class on friday with my stepmom. we took a class with lisa sonora beam called "the daily observer: max your creativity with mini journal magic."
three hours of uninterrupted, kid-free journal making. it was wonderful! :) we made several journals of different sizes and shapes and using all kinds of wonderful vintage and new paper. lisa had a stash of paper for us to use and our fellow classmates each brought a pile of papers as well (as they say, one person's trash is another's treasure, right?) :)
here are the 4 journals i made in class. still need to add some ribbon ties, stickers, etc. we used greeting cards to make some of the journals (love that method!). lisa has a tutorial on her blog here.
summer has been busy with road trips, picnics, swimming, days at the beach, walks to the park and birthdays! my daughter turned 8 and we celebrated with family and a few of her friends at the park a few saturdays ago.
she chose a jungle theme and helped decorate the cake with jungle animals and rainbow sprinkles. i love to put together birthday parties with themes. each year since she was two, she's helped pick out the theme and decorations. her favorite part (mine, too!) is putting together the goodie bags. it was easy with the help of the michael's dollar bins--there was a ton of jungle themed crafty kid items!
i hope you are enjoying these long, warm summer days! fortunately, i live in sunny california, so we will most likely be wearing flip flops and enjoying trips to the beach long into september (and maybe even october!). july has been pretty chilly so far (i think we've barely broken 90 degrees once!) but that's ok by me.