Personal Album: 21-day fix

I’ve been on a roll in my personal album lately. It started when I realized my Iris case for personal album photos was pretty much full! I got really behind with my scrapbooking since we moved (last May) and my personal album suffered the greatest (I felt like it was more important to bible journal and work on my family album).

So I needed to spend some time in my personal album, which is a 6×8 album filled with pocket pages, full 6×8 layouts, and a few other sizes. There have been single pages and double pages, pages about something in particular and pages just created around a random photo filled in with a cool quote.

This page is a single, full-paged 6×8 about my husband and I starting Beachbody’s 21-day fix. I have always (even as a kid) hated any physical activity. I’ve never enjoyed sports, working out, being active, anything. I was just blessed with good genes that kept me thin for many years. But after I had three kids and am maybe a few years older (haha), my clothes were fitting tighter and the number on the scale was staying higher and not going  back down (like it always had in the past). My husband has always regularly worked out (he was military for several years, so that was a big factor) and encouraged me to find my thing and make working out a regular thing before my metabolism changed significantly. But no matter how much anyone tried to get me to do anything, I had to want to and commit to for myself.

So after some encouragement and help from a friend (who’s a Beachbody coach), I signed up for their amazing shakes and on demand workout system. The 21-day fix that we started with, focused on not only 21 days of working out but dialing in your nutrition as well. On September 5th, we had our first week’s worth of meals planned and prepped and I started day 1 of working out.

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About my actual layout (and not just about our workout program-haha)…the photo that I had was smaller than 3×4 and it was the only photo I had for this day, so I just felt like switching up my format a little (which is why I chose a full 6×8 page). I wish I had a better explanation for how I chose the color scheme, but all I had in my head was that I wanted to use red somewhere, because of my red shirt, and I wanted to use a card from the set I had about working out from In a Creative Bubble. When I held the two of them together in my hand, I liked how they looked and decided to put them just like that in the bottom right corner.

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Then I thought I would use a paper strip (from my huge pile of 2×6 paper strips cut off from 6×6 papers when I make them into PL cards) and while flipping through, found one with red on it, as well as lots of other colors. It’s a super cute Elle’s Studio paper from their Live Laugh Love collection, I believe, and it had the red that I wanted and the blue color that was on the border of the IACB card.

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Once I had a color scheme, I pulled in some other embellishments from ES (because their colors all match and it’s an easy way to go), some letter stickers to spell out 21 DAY FIX, a stamp from an old GB kit that said “this is so hard” because I’m pretty sure that was my constant thought during the whole program, and did a little journaling.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and reading through all my thoughts on this page. ❤ See you next time!

Alyssa

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Project Life: What and Why?

Thanks to a friend of mine, I realized that not everyone speaks scrapbooking lingo! Some people may not know what any of this means at all. Some people may have scrapbooked in the past, but it’s a whole new world when they look into stuff now. Whatever your reasoning is, I hope checking out my video on my Project Life process, what it is and why I do it, will help.

This video is on my YouTube channel. Check it out, here!

Album:

Page Protectors:

These, these, or these are some great options.

6×6 paper pads:

Elle’s Studio Supplies:

HERE

Felicity Jane Supplies:

HERE 

Other Favorite Supplies:

best journaling pens

paper trimmer

scissors (they’re GOLD and they’re the BEST!)

-glue sticks (these or these)

tiny attacher 

best black ink ever

acrylic block for acrylic stamps

thickers (or really any alphabet sticker)

Weekly Scrapbooking: A Spread

Thanks to the inspiration of Becky Higgins and her Project Life system, I document our family’s memories weekly. What this looks like is me using the big 12×12 albums from either Project Life or We R Memory Keepers and various pocket page protectors+pocket cards or paper cut down to fill the pockets. Other people document their lives monthly, but I take way too many photos to do that! 🙂

I don’t usually use a ton of actual Project Life brand stuff, but when Maggie Holmes teamed up with Becky Higgins again to make a Gather core kit, I was all over it. The core kits are REALLY big (616 cards!!!) so Andrea and I split it, giving us each 2-4 of each card. I wanted to make a layout with all (or mostly all) Gather cards, so when I came across this week (week 9) and how soft and neutral the colors of my photos were, I knew Gather would be perfect for it.

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Like I said, I tried to use only cards/embellishments from Gather.

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I did end up using a few stamps from Elle’s Studio’s Feel Better stamp set, because we were dealing with a long week of a nasty stomach virus. BLEK.

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When I was looking through my other embellishments to see what I needed to finish off the layout, I came across these awesome chipboard number tags from Dear Lizzy’s Saturday collection and knew the “9” would be perfect for my week! (The fat light, blue label behind it is a printable from an old Gossamer Blue kit.)

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I loved Gather as a collection and I loved it as a kit, too! It turned my week into a really pretty layout that I love looking back at!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Alyssa