Hey look, I get behind, too! One of the things that I had to learn about memory keeping is that it has to happen around my life – I can’t live my life around the pages I want to make – whether they’re a regular feature on my blog or not. I spent the first two years of this hobby routinely beating myself up for being “behind schedule,” but then one day I realized that it’s actually a good sign when I’m behind schedule. It means I’ve been too busy living life, and things always seem to settle down at some point and I can catch back up. Then it’s a welcome relief to sift through all the photographs and be reminded of what we’ve done.

Whenever I sit down to document life, that’s right on schedule.

The Weekend | Feb. 5-6

JOURNALING: We’re starting to turn into restaurant junkies a little bit, and I’m not complaining. Going out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants has become one of our “weekend things” now – like real adults. I imagine it’s because we were so chained to the house for three years while Tom was back in college? Or maybe because we’ve both become so busy with work that it feels good to just get out of the house and not have to be responsible for cooking a meal? Probably a generous mix of both of those things, coupled with the fact that we just really really love great food and are lucky to have amassed such a long list of options over the years. This weekend Dave & Julie were finally able to join us – all of their ducks finally lining up a row for a night out. A quick meal with friends turned into a 2-hour gab session where we were finally able to catch up on each others’ lives. It’s one of the best kinds of weekends really, one spent reconnecting with friends.

MATERIALS: Paper: Just Be Papers; Frame: File It Under: Everyday; Butterflies: Instinct; Flowers: Confessional; Beads: Unconditionally; Word Art: Delight (Oscraps Collaboration); Swirls: Boardwalk, all by One Little Bird. Fonts are Neutraface 2 Text by House Industries and Pea Devon (date) by kevinandamanda.com

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.