I made this page with a template (Grow With Love: The Kids Edition by Crystal Livesay and Zinneas & Swallowtails) in my continuing effort to scrap my weekends *simply*. I can put together a linear, minimalist page quickly with no problem but last night I was feeling fussy and creating a page with a lot of clustery elements would take me hours. Crystal and Sara make pages like this effortless, which means I can have elaborate pages in my album without pulling my hair out creating them. Work smarter, not harder. That’s my motto.

This particular mega-pack of Templates also includes journaling prompts for creating pages featuring your kids. Grow With Love is a series that they host on their blogs, Crystal and Sara alternate back and forth twice a week exploring each of the 20 journaling prompts and giving you food for thought on creating your own pages. What I love about this concept is that it centers around storytelling and they coax you through any journaling jitters you may have. Obviously my page is not a kid page – although in a way it is about my nieces and how they’re growing up.




Macy’s has cornered the market on jumpstarting my Christmas spirit. I didn’t think I was in a holiday mood yet, then I walked through those doors this weekend and saw their floor-to-ceiling holiday displays in every department. We try to avoid the mall 365 days a year if we can help it at all, preferring to buy most (read: all) of our gifts online. Enter a last minute decision on my sister’s part to drive up here and celebrate Christmas at Thanksgiving with us, coupled with the fact that Maddie and Morgan are at the age where their Christmas lists contain what I affectionately refer to as the “Teenage Survival Kit” – brand name t-shirts, flashy accessories, and a shower full of heavily scented soaps and potions. Viva the Bath & Body Works gift sets, and the packs of crazy holiday shoppers we have to elbow our way through to get them.



Template from Grow With Love: Kids by Crystal Livesay and Zinneas & Swallowtails; Papers and present from The Morning by Ashalee Wall; pink flowers from Little Honeybee, title from 12 Days: Holiday Word Art both by One Little Bird; Vintage Stacked Flowers by Kitschy Digitals; Beaded flower branch from Pop D’art by Cre@ Bisontine; Date Sticks by Cinzia Loosemore; Worn Tags by Danielle;  Yellow paper flower from Smile for Mama by Heaven’s Gate Designs.


You can find out more about the Grow With Love series by visiting these posts on Crystal and Sara’s blogs:

Designs by Crystal Livesay

Zinnias & Swallowtails

About This Project

A Year of Weekends is an ongoing album project that embodies my desire to stay grounded in the everyday unsung moments that make up the weekends of my life, while also giving me a playground to express myself through design and storytelling – without any pressure to be poignant or a trendsetter. My goal is to always design these pages around products I already own or designed myself, which allows me to revisit some of my favorite kits and products and either use items for the first time or see previously used products in a whole new light. Sometimes the pages will be irreverent, other times they’ll be serious or emotional, but all of them are created in celebration of the extraordinarily ordinary moments that fill the 48 hours of each weekend.

Feel free to join in and post links to your own pages in the comments. Don’t worry about what products you use, all stories are welcome.