Do you ever have those moments where you are just floored by how quickly your kids are growing up? I know you do. It’s crazy, isn’t it? Lately, I’ve been thinking about my son a lot. He is such a joy to have in our family. He is taller than me now, and is joining in on the adult conversations at family gatherings. He loves “older” music (like John Denver, James Taylor, Queen, BeeGees, etc.), collects cassette tapes and vinyl records, loves anything vintage, being outside every chance he gets, and just loves life. He is a happy guy, kind and thoughtful, and watches out for his sisters. :) I’m so proud to be his mom. It’s been awhile since I’ve snapped some photos of just him, so I made him stop his homework the other day, so I could take a few.
I came across these cute pics of him wearing a coonskin hat the other day and had to scrap them. We were at a pioneer tea party for his sister and because I was focused on scrapping my daughter and her friends, I had missed printing these ones out. But they are just so HIM. I’m grateful I stumbled on them again, so I could get his cute personality in our family album.
I pulled out a Kaisercraft collection I had in my stash and put it to use. Can you tell that I’m loving using my stash lately? Hehe!
The title is a phrase by Karla Dudley that I found in the Silhouette Online Store here. I love using my Silhouette for titles! I never have to worry about running out of the popular letters and love that I can size them to fit my page perfectly. I cut the title out twice in two different colors (I do this a lot), and then used my scissors to trim out the word “you” so I could create a layered title. I embossed the red layer with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then decorated the center of the letter “O” for some added detail and color.
The tree was trimmed from a die cut page that was part of the collection. I cut the hearts from another patterned paper and sprinkled them throughout the tree accompanied by phrase stickers (by Fancy Pants Designs).
I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving this week. I LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect time to catch up with family. If you are looking for a meaningful project for Thanksgiving Day, may I suggest downloading the FREE Printable album by Bella Blvd found HERE? (Stephanie, you ROCK for putting these together to share! Thank you! Thank you!) I put one together in 2011 for my family and it makes my heart smile every time I read it.
Here’s a peek at our 2011 book. The ironic thing is that we weren’t even at this Thanksgiving dinner with my family. We had a small Thanksgiving dinner here at home with our own family the night before we were supposed to travel to my sister’s three hours away to stay with her for the weekend. We ended up all getting sick and couldn’t go (this is why Maryn and Camryn were both thankful that we had a dinner just ourselves … or else we wouldn’t have had one that year). :) I gave the book to my parents to have everyone fill out, and even though we weren’t there, their words remind me of all that was going on that year in each of our lives, and how much I love them.
I love reading my parents thoughts and love for each other. I cherish this because when do you get your parents’ to write in your albums, right? :)
My nieces and nephew even took the time to fill out the pages. :)
If you are interested in the older versions of Stephanie Hunt’s printable albums you can find them on the links listed below. Even though they have the years on them, I think you could still use them for other years (I’m thinking you could print out the new year on little blocks and adhere them over the other year).
- Bella Blvd. 2014 Thanksgiving Album
- Bella Blvd. 2013 Thanksgiving Album (The download links aren’t working on this one, but maybe it can inspire you to create your own? Or try saving and printing the image from the blog post?)
- Bella Blvd. 2011 Thanksgiving Album
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!