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Mother’s Day Photo Album Scrapbook

As I mentioned yesterday, I was invited by Michaels to join the Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge to create a scrapbook project for displaying memories. I also talked about how this would be a perfect gift to give my mom for Mother’s Day, since she doesn’t use a computer and never gets to see all the stories or photos of her grandchildren that I post on my blog or Facebook.

Take a look at how it turned out!

The cover is one of my favorite parts. It’s like getting a bouquet of flowers that she’ll be able to enjoy over and over.

Here are some spreads and detail shots:

All of these photos come from posts I shared here on Paperseed, so I also printed out the writing that went with them. That way, my mom knows where we were or what we were doing at the time.

Originally, I was hoping to find a ready-made album in which I could just insert pages. Nothing was quite what I wanted, so I ended up making one from scratch using cover stock and two paper fasteners. You can see them in the photos below:

I love the flexibility of paper fasteners, because it lets you add or delete pages whenever you want, but doesn’t add bulk like ring binders do. It takes some scoring and folding to have everything line up properly, but when its done it has a very clean, streamlined appearance. Here’s a view of the bound edge:

Anyway, I’m off to the post office in a few minutes to get this sent priority mail to the opposite coast. My hope is that Mom will feel like she’s getting a big surprise hug worth of memories and joy in this little book. I don’t tell her often enough how much she means to me. It’s nice to have a yearly reminder to tell her so.


Need some tutorials or inspiration for your own scrapbooking project? Michaels has a list of videos and a lookbook here .


Hooray for halfway!

20 weeks pregnant today and only 20 weeks to go! Check out that belly self-portrait taken last weekend (19wks). Pretty big, right? From the look (and feel) of it, you might even think I was further along, especially compared to this photo of my 20-week belly when I was pregnant with Chloe.

One thing my midwife noticed at my exam was that I’d gained a noticeable amount of weight since my previous appointment. Yep, it seems I am becoming all belly with a side of extra butt thrown in. And a little in the face, too, I think. She kindly explained it away as “likely to do with the holidays,” but I can’t say that is for sure. When I was pregnant with Chloe I gained a whopping 40lbs. I think it took me almost 6 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. This time I was hoping to gain only a healthy 30-35lbs. Perhaps with spring and summer coming, I’ll be able to keep to that goal.

Earlier this week we also had our regular ultrasound. David got off work early, and he and Chloe were both there. Chloe is too young to really get what is going on, but I like that she participate. So far everything seems okay. We got another confirmation that it is a boy, and I’ve been feeling him move around in there for weeks now. Soon David and Chloe will be able to feel it, too.

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Animal Magnet Photo Holder

If your a photographer, you’ve probably already heard of Photojojo. Most of it their offering is just quirky, gadget-y gift items, but there are a few neat things. The Animag Photo Stands are cute, for instance. If we had a shelf for photos around here, they would make a fun display. Feeling crafty? Here’s some basic advice on how to make your own.

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The things I carry

David has always marveled at the amount of stuff I carry in my purse. At times, I was like Indiana Jones, always ready with a lighter, flashlight, pen, notebook, can-opener, pocket knife, band-aids, measuring tape, (then, as technology advanced) a digital camera, cell phone, memory stick… you get the picture.

About a month or two ago, I stopped carrying Chloe’s diaper bag around town, and now just carry an old black mini-backpack. It works fairly well, except that the large zipper-pulls clank annoyingly when I walk. However, it carries the right amount of stuff and leaves my hands free. A helpful thing when chasing a toddler.

The other day, while I was tossing my old receipts and replenishing the diaper baggie, I decided to pull everything out and document it with a picture. Yes, I really do carry all that stuff, although the contents does change. And yes, I really am a walking snack bar.

Graham crackers anyone?


Just sharing…

I really enjoyed the photography class I took at Newspace. I chose it thinking that I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a full-semester college class, but now I’m kind of sad it’s over. It was a lot of information to digest in only 4 weeks. I understand more now, but at the same time, I don’t really feel that my shooting has improved. Actually, I’m still frustrated a lot of the time. Shooting in manual mode is a challenge. Although I have an idea of what I want my image to look like, I can’t always figure out how to get my camera to do it. There is still so much to learn.

After each class we had homework assignments. I thought I’d share some of them:


Leading Lines
“Leading Lines”


“Tell a story”



“Rule of thirds”

“The future”


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The Little Brown Moth

brown moth

I found this little moth clinging to
the outside window by my desk.
I have no idea why she chose
that particular place to rest,
but I quickly grabbed my camera
and put its macro setting to the test.

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