September 27, 2013

recent craftiness: a decorated notebook cover...

decorated notebook
As I mentioned recently, I finally joined a local mommy meet-up that gathers once a week. This week, we were supposed to bring a family photo to our meeting, so we could use it to decorate what will be our journaling notebook for the next few months. I, of course, freaked the heck out, realizing that we have had exactly zero professional family photos (or even "good" regular photos) of our little family since Eisley was born.

(The only exception would be our requisite Olan Mills church directory photos, which were taken when Eisley was just a nugget, and are a little too pose-y for my personal taste.)

Anyway, I ended up scrambling to find something the night before our meeting, and finally came across the photo we used for last year's Christmas cards. Every time I see this photo, I can't help but notice:

1. I was having an exceptionally good hair day. Hurrah for me!
2. We were able to capture a non-Chandler genuine smile from Jay. Hurrah for him!
3. Eisley was having a bit of an emo-kid moment, clearly. Boo for her!

Alas, this photo was the only one worthy of a notebook cover, so I quickly printed out a copy on a piece of scrapbooking paper, because I don't own even one lone piece of photo paper. Surprisingly enough, I'm actually happier with how the photo came out when printed on regular paper. I've always been more of a fan of matte photos, anyway, so it worked out just fine.

As it turns out, we we ran out of time this week to decorate our notebooks during our meeting, which was just as fine for me, because I have approximately five million things tucked into my crafting nook that don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve. Hence my slightly over-eager decorating:

decorated notebook
See? Not too bad. I mean, aside from my sad, sad child. Someone get that kid some fruit snacks!

decorated notebook
I'm secretly glad I was able to decorate my notebook at home, because I was able to come up with something that I'm excited to open up every day. All I needed was a bit of scrapbooking paper, a variety of tape (washi and otherwise), a stamped mason jar image, and my trusty ol' glue stick. Once I had the layout set up in my brain, the whole thing was completed in about ten minutes.

decorated notebook
Please note the hearts doodled above my head, and the washi tape crown on little miss sunshine. I was tempted to draw some sort of old-timey mustache on Jay, but figured he may not appreciate that. You're welcome, husband.


  1. Love it! That little crown is so cute.

  2. Your family is so. dang. cute.

  3. I love your craftiness!! This is adorable!

  4. No family portraits? SHAME! :) If I'm ever in your area the shoot is on me!

  5. Your notebook is just lovely- I am sure it makes you smile every time you see it. And in my experience, a pretty notebook seems to help with the journalling process.

    I am curious as to how you found your Mommy Group. I am desperate to find one (as all my friends seem to be working outside the home mommas and I really need someone that can relate to my specific struggles)! I have no idea where to even look for a group!?

    1. Thank you so much, Anna! And as for finding this mommy group, it's actually at a large church that my aunt and uncle attend. My aunt has been pushing me to sign up, and I finally did (so grateful I didn't put it off yet again). Our church is so small, so they can't offer something like this, so I'm loving being around a larger group of awesome Christian mamas. So encouraging!

      I know that there are larger mommy-and-me groups that are well known (like MOPS). I would recommend looking into large-ish churches in your area (if you want something Christian-based) to see what they offer, because it seems like most are offering things like this now! Good luck, my dear—and let me know if you ever need anything from me. :)

  6. Such a lovely cover! I haven't done anything with my scrapbook supplies in about two years, so kudos to you for making the time to sit down and come up with something special. It's nice when you enjoy writing in your own journal.


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