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Over five years ago, I wrote a blog post about how I’d used my Grenada journal on vacation, and how I intended to finish it. At that time, I printed the photos and started adding them and the embellishments into my album. I got about halfway through the process, and then I just stopped!

And I don’t have a good reason for why I stopped!  I had everything packed together in a project box, ready to finish, for years now.  I must have come across another project that felt more “important” and this one fell off the priority list.  The only other thing I can think of is that I got frustrated that didn’t leave quite enough space on my journaling pages for my photos, and maybe I got tired of trying to fit them on pages and make tip-ins for them…?  🤷‍♀️

However, with my recent streak of finishing projects, I found myself ready and eager to get back to this one. I pulled out the project box, took stock (with help from the Simple Scrapper Finishing Project class), and got back into it.

In the end, it only took me about a week to finish this journal! It went much faster than I expected, and it was a fun trip down memory lane to revisit the photos and words about our tropical vacation– especially during the cold and gloom of winter.

The supplies I used (all of which are now out of print!) are described my first blog post about this project. I made it a point to use up all the stickers and die cuts that I put into my little journal kit. To finish the project, I did add a couple more rolls of washi tape, journal cards from the Cocoa Daisy kit, 6×6 paper pads by Simple Stories (Sn@p Color Vibe) and Jillibean Soup (Blossom Soup), and a couple packages of Pinkfresh Studio stickers (puffy stickers and words). Those “extras” were not used up, but I plan to use them in upcoming projects.

I also added more stamping. I used stamps from the the tiny set that was in my kit directly on the page in a few cases– especially the tiny hearts, which I sprinkled and layered (inspired by a current member challenge at Simple Scrapper). I also used those stamps on scrap white cardstock, which I then trimmed out by hand to effectively make my own die cuts. I was missing a floral element to add to my layers, so I pulled out my Paper Smooches “Blossoming Buds” set and stamped the floral cluster images in grey ink, again trimming them out. I wanted to add the softness of florals without adding large bright or bold elements that might detract from the photos I was showcasing.

The end result is a fun and textured travel journal that has a very casual feel! The layers of washi and all the scattered tip-ins are not my typical style, so it was fun to play with something different. I’m not sure if I’ll do other travel journals like this in the future– I think that the “success” of this one (if you can call it a success, since the trip was in 2016 and I am just finishing it in 2022, haha!) was due to the fact that I had lots of down time (the whole point of the trip was downtime!) in which to write.

Without further ado, please enjoy the video flip-through of my FINISHED! (at last!) Grenada vacation journal! This is only my second time doing a voice-over, so thank you in advance for your grace!

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It’s January and I’m dreaming of warmer weather…and my garden!

I thought this would be a good time to wrap up my garden posts for my 2021 container vegetable garden. In today’s post, I’ll cover October 2021 and how I took it all apart for the cold season. I’m planning one more post to summarize the harvest data, as well as a summary of what I learned and what worked (or didn’t!) in preparation for my 2022 garden.

I was surprised at how long my garden lasted into October. Here’s a comparison looking down the plot on October 1, October 14, and October 25.

left to right: the garden on October 1, October 14, and October 25, 2021

Throughout the month, I had harvests of tomatoes– and even one more cucumber! I took the opportunity to make a batch of fresh salsa. The purple cherry tomatoes gave it a depth of color that was lovely.

The nasturtiums started blooming more prolifically (likely because the weather was cooling off), and I absolutely loved it. I took some photos of the different colored flowers that opened because were all so beautiful.

As the flowers faded, I began collecting the seeds left on the stems. I left them on my counter to dry so that I can try growing them in my 2022 garden.

In addition to saving nasturtium seeds, I also collected a whole bagful of marigold seed! Throughout the month, and especially as I was dismantling the garden (more on that below), I pulled off the dried flower heads…

…each one contains a whole sheaf of seeds!

I collected so many by the end!

top to bottom: the garden on October 1, October 14, and October 25, 2021

Throughout the month, the sunlight became increasingly angled, and with less light, the garden faded fast. On October 28, I finally decided it was time to dismantle my container garden and get everything stored for the cold season. It had been getting progressively chillier, and rain in the forecast for the next day made me want to take advantage of the sunshine and warmth I was having!

As I took everything down, I noticed a few issues that had been hiding from me:

First, on the nasturtium leaves, I spotted all these black specks. I did a quick search online and discovered that these are likely black aphids (black bean aphids). I’m not sure when they first appeared, but it was certainly late in the season.

black aphids on the underside of my nasturtium leaves

On my basil plant, I spotted this mass around one of the stems. I don’t know what it is– I didn’t exactly know what phrases to search.

not sure what this is on my basil plant!

Before tossing the basil (it was looking pretty wan!), I did clip off a small, healthy-looking piece to propagate indoors during the winter.

The garden dismantle began with a mass-harvest of any visible tomatoes, as well as all the seeds I mentioned above.

Once they were collected, I moved on to removing the remaining plants, dumping the soil (it didn’t seem worth saving), and scrubbing out my containers. I use a weak solution of bleach and dish soap in water and use rags to scrub off any clinging soil.

I filmed a series of time lapse clips as I worked, and I put them together here to show an overview of my dismantle process.

Of course as I cut down the tomato vines, I discovered more green fruit hiding amongst them, and so here is a look at the final harvest:

I laid these in a flat cardboard tray on my kitchen counter, and the green tomatoes did ripen for another month or so!

One last little note. I dump my soil at the back of our property, and I just couldn’t bear to truly dump my nasturtium plants. They looked so happy! After all the rest of my soil was in a pile, I pulled out the nasturtiums+roots+soil from their planters and just sat them down on top. They continued to bloom there until the frost! I have a sneaky little hope that they dropped their seeds and I’ll spot nasturtiums growing in that spot this spring.

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Previously, I posted some layouts that I created for a memoir project that I began in June 2021. These were the title page and introduction to an album that documents my childhood through when I met my husband, created with the guidance of the “Before Your Story” class at Simple Scrapper.

As I mentioned in that post, I think this is possibly one of the most meaningful memory-keeping projects I have created. (The introduction page explains why; see post linked above.) And it is now finished! I filmed a flip-through video today, and I have included some peeks at my process creating this project.

Thank you so much for watching!

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I started putting together this big 200-print order from Persnickety Prints in January, and I worked on it through mid-May (album planning sometimes takes me a while).  I placed this order on May 16 and received it within a couple of days!  (Persnickety is awesome.)

When I got the order in the mail, I had the idea that I could do a super-sped up video of how I separate out my photos into my different album projects.  You see, for about every project I do, I start with an enormous amount of pre-planning.  I like to know where my photos are going to go and what sizes I plan to use.  That way, when I get to the paper cutting and gluing and making things pretty part of the process, the photo part is already finished.

It’s taken me a while to get this video completed (my very first voiceover ever!).  But now it’s ready to share!

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With this order, I have photos for 5 specific projects, in addition to some that I intend to frame or to use on a few scrapbook layouts that aren’t part of a particular album project:

Husband helped me rig up my tripod with my camera so that I could put together this video.  I increased the speed to 20x… and just because I’m a nerd, I did keep track of the actual time it took for each stage:

  • unboxing+sort = about 10 minutes
  • appendicitis mini album = about 15 minutes
  • mommy book = about 5 minutes
  • baby album = approximately 31 minutes
  • Disney album = approximately 22 minutes
  • 2019 Jan and Feb = approximately 39 minutes

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Here’s the video!

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It’s finished, it’s finished, it’s finished!!!  I am so excited and proud to say that my China album is complete.  I added all of the memorabilia, all of the journaling, all of the titles, and even a few stickers!

Just a reminder, you can see all the posts about my 2002 China album project by clicking THIS LINK.  I started this album in 2002 but never added the journaling.  It’s been on my mind (and my scrapbook shelf) ever since, and a Finish-it-February thread in the Scrap Gals Facebook community inspired me to try and finish it during February (and March!!) 2017.  My intention was to stay as true to the 2002 style as possible, even though my aesthetic has changed dramatically in the intervening 15 years!    

At the end of February, I had all but four pages finished.  Throughout March (which has been quite a month), I managed to finish those last remaining bits of the album:

Two pages that started with just photos (and a bit of memorabilia) in place:

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Dirt Market – before

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Dirt Market – after

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the Last Evening – before

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Last Evening – after

And the two (which became three) pages that started with just memorabilia+photos:

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Trip Home (in my original plan, this was to be a single, left-hand page, ending the album.  However, I had so many photos, memorabilia items, and journaling to include that I needed to make a two-page spread.  The back of the right hand page became the final page of the album…)

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the final page of the album (shows a group photo of the “parallel tour” group with whom I traveled, as well as a sticker sheet that was given to me by one of the women on the trip)

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Title Page (this page includes the badge that we all wore the entire time we were in China.  The reverse has the name and contact information for each hotel where we stayed– both in English and Chinese characters, in case we got lost– we could just find a taxi and point at the appropriate information and get back…)

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had added all of the city titles to the pages, too.  I cut the lettering using my Silhouette SD and the font “akaDora.” Here they all are, together.



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Great Wall

Even though I am a little disappointed that it took 15 years to finish this project, I do think that the delay had some benefits.  This album was the very first “archival” scrapbook I’d ever made.  When I put it together right after my trip, I did start to add some writing.  But the writing I added was mostly basic captions.  In the intervening years, I’ve learned a lot about memory-keeping and doing more storytelling in my albums.  I think that because I waited this long to complete the album, the story of our trip is more fully present in the album pages themselves than it may have been if I’d just captioned everything right away.  I am so, so thankful that I kept such a detailed journal.  My story was taken almost directly from its pages, and it brought back so many memories.

I’d like to share a flip-through video that I made of the album.  The still photos in all of these posts don’t quite capture the volume of photos and journaling that I did end up including in this album.  Almost every page is interactive, with flaps and accordians and pockets.  In almost every case, business cards, tickets, and brochures are attached in such a way that they can be removed.  Enjoy!

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In my first post about this vacation journal, I showed the blank journal and the little kit of items that I brought with me on our anniversary trip to Grenada.  In this post, I’d like to share a bit about how I actually used it while we were there.

I had hoped to use some of the 12 hours(!) of travel time on our way to Grenada to catch up on my photos (read about my workflow HERE), but when I discovered that my laptop battery had died and that there was no way to charge it on the plane (boo), I pulled out my journal to get started right away.


in-flight entertainment: my travel journal and kit. snack (including the whole can of Dr Pepper! Score!!). good book.

Obviously there wasn’t a lot to write about yet!  But I think it got me off onto the right foot for documenting the rest of the trip.  (The rest of the traveling time, I read and colored in a grown-up coloring book…)  Before we started the trip, I hadn’t thought much about how I was going to lay out the journal, but as I worked on it on the plane, I was able to do some thinking and make some decisions.  Right away, I realized that I didn’t want to do too much embellishment ahead of time, and I also decided that I would leave a lot of space for photos among the hand-written text I’d add.

Once we were actually at our destination, I ended up writing in my journal every day!

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

It turns out that you really do have a lot more time when you don’t have kids with you!  Haha!  While I definitely enjoyed just watching the water, soaking up the silence, walking, reading, and generally just being happy on the beach, there was still plenty of time for pulling out my little journal+kit and recording everything that we’d been up to.  I have no idea how long I spent on it each day, but I did add a little embellished date header for each day, and wrote as many details as I could remember.

I didn’t set out to write prosy entries– I thought it would be more bullet-point type of lists, but it turns out, prose is faster for me to write!

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

Unfortunately, the three colored pens I’d purchased and had hoped to use for this journal were dry!  I knew that one of them was dry before the trip, but I had thought that the other two were working okay. Not so.  Bummer.  I had also brought a black Project Life 0.05** pen with me, intending to use it for doodling or titles or something.  It ended up being my main writing instrument.  It wasn’t a huge deal, but I definitely would have brought a finer-tipped pen if I had known!

It was exciting to have such a complete journal right at the end of the trip!  I had the luxury of an on-plane power outlet for part of the trip home, so I did a lot of photo-processing for much of our travel time (It took away the sting of leaving such a beautiful place and such a relaxing vacation by being able to re-live the memories, haha!).  However one of our planes didn’t have an outlet, so when my laptop battery inevitably died (it’s getting old), I pulled out my journal, finished up the writing for the last day, and started trying to add a few bits of ephemera.


After my laptop battery died, I worked on finishing up my travel journal entries. GND-MIA.


I thought about adding some photos of the journal pages, but there are so many that I thought that maybe a video might show it a bit better.  So, here it is– my very first YouTube video ever.


**seriously, what are the units on pen tip measurements?  My science-background brain is twitching over not having units after that number right there…

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