Saturday, July 02, 2011

life is good!

we are in the midst of summer!  the weather is really kooky this summer... hot, cold, hot, rain, cold, hot.  but we are enjoying all of it!  hot days mean more time in the pool, running through sprinklers, journaling in the shade, ice cream and eating out (too HOT to cook!) :)  the rain and cooler temps come just in time to rescue us from the heat.  and then it starts all over again!

been journaling up a storm, too.   above is a journal spread i did without any glue or adhesive!  all i had was my japanese masking tape and stickers and labels! but i did my best and a wonderful grid appeared! it just goes to show that you can do wonderful things with limited supplies!  just use what you have. ;)

i've been asked about my journaling method and i'm thinking it would be fun to do a whole tutorial blog post about it.  i've taken a lot of online courses that really helped me just get started.  i've taken several classes with hope karney and she really helped with fun prompts and ideas for layering and using fun materials like tape, labels, old paper, etc.

when it comes to what i journal about...usually i just spend a while creating a spread in my journal, not worrying about what will go where.  then i just start to free write.  usually just all about my day, what i'm doing or thinking at that exact moment.  nothing too complicated!

i journal a lot about my girls!  my journals have become a lot like scrapbooks (without photos--i'm working on that, though!)  i find it's just fun to document my everyday life.  it's the little details that we tend to forget over time.  

i must have a million different journals, too!  when i get bored or stuck in one, i move onto another.  so sometimes there are big gaps in between journal entries but that doesn't bother me.  and some journals get filled up really quick! i picked up the new smashbook by k & company.  it's spiral bound with a hidden spine and hardback cover.  it lays flat (a must for me!) and it comes in several different color schemes/themes.  they are loaded with all different kinds of paper and vintage inspired images.  it also comes with an awesome pen/glue stick so you're never without one or the other! :)

my older daughter loves to journal with me.  i picked her up a matching smashbook and signed her up for "kidding around" on big picture classes.  she wrote the note below for me to put in my journal.  so sweet!

summer is also a great time to take colorful photos.  there is so much daylight to enjoy and plenty of afternoon (de)light to take advantage of.  our outdoor picnics often include a cold, fresh fruit snack! yum!

what else can i say? :) life is good!!


  1. wonderful eye would have to be my fav journal book artist ever....thanks for being an inspiration to my journal making...your family is

  2. Beautiful girl :)
    Such sweet to have daughter and mom journal together.

  3. I love your journal.The grid and all the colors. It's nice to hear somebody else moves from journal to journal. Even if they are basically the same they just seem to feel differently at different times.

    Rita a.

  4. Loving your journal!x Probably one of the most intimate and personal record of one's life!x Kudos!x

  5. I also love that grid, Mama. And it's fun to read what you have to say about your method. I enjoyed watching how it comes together at the cabin--amazing how you can talk and create these pages of wonder at the same time. And that cherries/berries picture is one of my favorite you've ever taken :) Love you, Mama. Happy Summer to you!!!

  6. Hi Nicole,
    thanks so much for the washi tape card you sent me, I received it yesterday. I love your journaling, and the fact that you're doing it with your kid.
    Have a great summer!

  7. Hi Nicole!!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing your tips on journaling. I greatly appreciate it. I always enjoy reading your blog. I LOVE all the pretty vibrant colors you use on your pages. Thank you for sharing. Much Aloha~ Jes



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