This is a BIG update. I finally was able to edit the last month of photos and ordered 5 weeks’ worth all within a few days.
Love that I can easily record the stories of a full month. Love that I’m almost done with documenting 2012! More memory-keeping in the last 9 months than I’ve done in the previous 4 years!
Excited to FINISH this year and go on to 2013!
These are my Project Life spreads from November (October 29 – December 2) …. My weeks run Monday to Sunday – which I love, because they keep the weekends together in a chunk. So the images are *roughly* arranged from Monday on the left to Sunday on the right.
(if you’d like to see the images larger, you should be able to click through to view them on Flickr)
I experimented with cropping down the images more specifically to the edges of the layouts. It’s slightly more work, but it looks a lot cleaner in these posts. I think I’ll continue this for next year ….
Week 31 : October 29 – November 4
Halloween and a trip to AZ for a wedding. Obviously needs an insert.
I “borrowed” some Halloween photos from Facebook friends. We didn’t dress up, and we didn’t really get many trick or treaters … but seeing all my friends’ kids in their costumes was pretty fun.
Andrew had a recording session mid-week and I got my refurbished computer this week! SO exciting! My first new computer in over 5 years!
My office was in the process of moving – so I spent part of this week packing paperwork and another part carting home these new-to-me wingback arm chairs. Full story here. I’m quite excited about these chairs.
The rest of this side is Phoenix. We did a really quick trip out there for the weekend to attend my friends wedding. These are just a couple of the photos I took of the wedding (full gallery here). More in the insert.
While in AZ we saw my brother (who also came down for the wedding) and stopped by to see our friend Mat and his family at their new house on our way out of town. His little boy was almost 2 at the time and the cutest little red-head ever.
All the images used in the insert are from the official wedding photographer – Pinkerton Photography. I included some journaling on the front about the bride and groom’s relationship. They really have a sweet love story and their wedding ceremony was full of it. Very personal. Lots of happy tears.
Back or the insert:
Miranda’s – the bride – parents have been friends with my parents since the late 70s. Before I was born. Miranda’s older brother is my age, Miranda is my brother’s age and we’ve known each other our whole lives.
That’s why I included the middle photo here – Miranda with her 2 brothers. I seriously love this family and this photo of the 3 of them laughing is so very emblematic of how I think of them.
The last photo on the back here is of me and Miranda. During the ‘dollar dance’ … basically the only time I got to talk to her the whole night (understandably so).
Inside the 2 sides of the insert is a pocket that holds this:
2 copies of their wedding invitation. 2 copies of their wedding program. And a copy of their wedding CD that they gave as a favor to guests.
Week 32 : November 5 – 11
Our 7th wedding anniversary and a presidential election. Obviously needs an insert.
Anniversary! We both worked – but we had our morning together and drank coffee out of our wedding mugs (that we gave as favors to guests 7 years ago)
Also included – anniversary well wishes on Facebook (my friend Kim got married the year before us, same day so we always remember each other’s anniversaries.
I saved my ‘I voted’ sticker and included that on a journaling card – as well as got a shot of my polling place for the election. Apparently it’s strange that my polling place is in someone’s garage. Totally normal for this town, though.
Super low-key weekend. Andrew was off work and just hung out at home with the cats.
The photos on the bottom right are some of my recent favorites. Khaleesi somehow got herself situated so she was SITTING in the chair next to me. With her paws in her lap.
I felt like it must feel to be on Sesame Street and have a small puppet next to you.
She cracks me up
Insert front side:
I was at work when the election results started coming in – and I don’t have internet access at work except Yahoo! News. So I just sat at my desk refreshing and refreshing and refreshing until networks started to call the election around 815p PT that night.
While I was nervously waiting, I journaled a little bit about it. More personal (and definitely more political) than I usually get here, but basically how I spent my evening.
The image at the bottom of this side is just something I found somewhere online a couple days after the election. Interesting to see the electoral votes weighted like this.
My Twitter feed just LIT UP with election commentary. These images are screenshots from my *favorites* column on my Tweetdeck.
I just favorited the tweets I knew I wanted to use, took the screenshots, and then unfavorited them.
Just a fun little cultural time capsule.
Week 33 : November 12 – 18
Work work work.
Andrew has been spending a lot of time mixing at home.
I included one of the first versions of my new site design by Kara.
And Andrew got a copy of Dwight Yoakam’s new record – that includes an engineering credit for Andrew! He gets audio engineering credits pretty regularly, but he’s excited about this one.
Andrew’s grandma landed herself in the hospital this week – she crashed her new scooter and fractured her arm. SUPER sad.
Also this weekend, we had dinner guests. Which we don’t usually have because of our schedules. Andrew made the pot roast (under my instruction) and we broke out the tablecloth and matching dishes.
And while our guests were here – when we were sitting around the table talking – Khaleesi jumped into my lap, flipped herself over, and fell asleep upside down with her head hanging off my knees. True story. Weirdo.
Week 34 : November 19 – 25
Thanksgiving! And requisite trip to Arizona.
Really Monday – Wednesday of this week was pretty uneventful. Which is why Thursday starts on the left side of this week’s layout.
We left early (early early) in the morning in order to get to Phoenix in time for a mid-afternoon Thanksgiving dinner with my mom’s extended family. I don’t know exactly how warm it was but we ate dinner outside.
Friday night my parents hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my dad’s extended family – and I got to meet my cousin’s baby. He was having a bit of a hard time with so many (loud) people, though, and was a bit fussy all night.
We left Phoenix Saturday morning to come back home (Andrew had some recording sessions) and I had a slow day at home with the cats.
Week 35 : November 26 – December 2
Last week of November, first of the Christmas movies!
Big highlight was hosting a chat to help promote the Project Dig Deep ebook. I included a screenshot of the first part of the transcript.
Andrew also started decorating his studio (where he works) for Christmas! Fun part of his job
And we tried to keep the cats from jumping on the kitchen counter by covering it with sticky-side-up tape. Not sure it worked.
Finalized the design for my site on Sunday! Included a screenshot of the final OK’d version!
Also this week: Andrew took some new headshots for my new site … and spent another good chunk of time mixing.
And I watched the first Christmas movie of the season: White Christmas. One of my favorite favorites.
Aaaaaand … That closes November! Amazing to see a whole month almost at a glance like this!
And I’ve already started on December!
Supplies used this month:
ALSO: I have recently contributed to a Big Picture Classes ebook about Project Life! It’s all about using the Project Life structure to dig a little deeper into your stories. Check out more details including a preview here!
If you have questions about HOW I put these together, you can check out my recent posts on the process with supplies, the process with journaling, the process with photos and the process with design.
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*censored pockets are of things that either too personal or too day-job specific to be shared on the internet