My goal is to complete the month's pages for Project Life by the end of the following month, and I managed to get these done before the calendar turned to December. But not edited nor posted. After all these years, you'd think I'd know that all the holiday preparation takes longer than you anticipate. I'm off to visit Sarah, Adam, and Caleb tomorrow evening for a long weekend, and can't wait to put my arms around all of them. Being away, however, means the to-do list for the holidays is a bit longer than usual right now. Today I have nothing on the calendar except a needed trip to the gym, so I'm finally able to post these pages, and perhaps get a start on November's pages. I'm planning to do my Christmas Journal in my Project Life album this year, and I'm already working on that bit by bit.
I tried a new technique to photograph these pages, lining up the photos and cards on top of the page protectors. It definitely takes care of the glare, but I see now that not everything was lined up as perfectly as I would have liked.
October was a full month with trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake with our friends, Karen and Mike as well as the extended road trip to Florida for Rachel and Juan's wedding.
It was truly a blessing this year to have a weekend with Karen and Mike. Although quite a bit thinner, Mike continues to do exceptionally well. There are a few side effects left from the multiple surgeries and attachments to life-saving machinery, but he is doing great. I used a Katie Pertiet digital quote on the photo of Karen and Mike, stained a Studio Calico wood veneer piece, and added some word stickers to some of the cards and photos.
On our way to Florida we spent one night in Savannah, GA, visited Tybee Island (not much there to recommend other than the beach and a lovely lighthouse), and had dinner at a fabulous restaurant on the saltwater flats. Our destination was the Boca Raton Resort where Rachel and Juan had arranged a wonderful package for the wedding guests. I put one of my favorite Instagram photos on a 4X6 template, added a banner with a tiny staple, and some more wood veneer. Taking a cue from Melissa who does such a great job of incorporating memorabilia into her layouts, I made a pocket card to hold business cards from some of the restaurants we ate in while traveling.
I cut apart a map we picked up to make the title card for this page, and used some A Muse pearls to mark the places we visited in Florida.
The wedding, of course, was the highlight of the trip. I only had my iPhone with me for the reception, but captured a good photo of the bride and groom, the maid of honor (Rachel's sister, Sarah), and our friend, Lindsey and her family. Lindsey is a Presbyterian minister and a church friend of both Rachel and Sarah. She delivered a wonderful homily at the wedding. I kept the elegant door key from the resort and included a few photos from it as well. Instead of doing a journaling card, I cut the cover from the wedding program, and tied a thin silver thread around it. (The photos, fortunately, are much sharper IRL than they appear here.)
On Monday after the wedding, we spent the morning taking an architectural tour of the Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach. I combined the journaling with a photo of the Versace mansion, the only stop on the tour that was not in Art Deco style. We were surprised to hear that it is the third most photographed home in the United States, probably because Versace was gunned down on the steps of his mansion by an assassin.
Next stop, Key West. It was HOT and humid, but way more fun than we expected since Fantasy Fest was beginning.
On our way to visit friends in Charlotte, we drove across the Everglades to the west coast of Florida. We stopped for a ranger's walking tour, and at the smallest post office in the United States. We didn't have time for an air boat ride in the Everglades, but hope to cross that off our list in January when we're visiting with Tracy's mom. I loved the official Everglades sticker, and knew it would make a good title card for this page.
Recently, I watched part of a three day live video conference with Becky Higgins, and learned about the smaller Project Life page protectors. They were easy to pick up at Michael's with the weekly coupon, and proved to be perfect for the last two pages where I had fewer photos. Our friends in Charlotte proposed a trip to Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate. I'd had an opportunity to do that many years ago, but passed since tickets are quite expensive. But I can tell you now, it's worth the money. We spent the whole day there, and didn't see all we'd like to have seen. Sadly, no photographs are allowed inside the house. On both of the last pages I used a Cathy Zielske "Labeled Photo Sets" to add two photos in one 6X4 slot.
Finally, I couldn't leave October without some Halloween photos of my grandchildren as well as two faves their parents sent me during October.
November will surely be quicker to scrap as we've been home all month!