tip of the day

Don’t forget to browse your child’s collection of school notebooks for instant journaling. I’ll I have to do is pair a few pics of Trey eating, with this list he created in his “writing book” and I’ll have an instant and authentic personality page.

Plus … cute kids.
I am ready for them to go back to school, but I will miss them too and Addie will be lost without her brothers.

Next time you discover siblings playing …

Snap an image of their play things too!

I’m off to pick up Trey from middle school orientation — crazy!


  1. Will you rewrite the list or take a pic and include that? My daughter did a creative writing class over the summer and I’m trying to figure out how to include her writings (and doodles) without disassembling her journal…. :) thank you!

  2. Annette Kuusinen says:

    My littlest has a week without big sis until her school starts. It’s been a very lonely week for her. We’re both counting the days until pre-school starts.

  3. Great tip! I linked your post from today’s scrapbook news at http://exm.nr/b59Nqy :) Have a terrific Thursday!

  4. I like the idea of lists of their favorite things. Since my DD can old write her name and a few small words, I’ll have to ask her and see what I can get. :)

  5. I love doing this so much! At the end of this school year I pulled 2 or 3 entries out of each of my kids journals and have got them all ready to go with photos. I love how personal this makes pages, and it is like freezing another piece of time, as usually their handwriting, ideas& thoughts and/or drawings are right there. The latest page I am excited to scrap are photos of my youngest learning to ride his bike without training wheels. I found a journal entry where he had written, “I can ride my bike” and he had drawn a picture of him doing it. The combo of both together makes the page that much more special. I also love a completed page I have of my teenage daughter’s packing list for a long awaited trip to Hawaii paired with her photo on the beach there-

    Thanks so much for always being an inspiration Stacy, I am so much more creative with my scrapping since I started my LOM four years ago and while some of my scrapping friends who scrap more event and chronologically based are getting bored, I am still so inspired! Your words, ideas and pages definately help fuel the creative fire! :)

    • Thanks Kelli — your pages sound so fun, and you’re right. as long as you know where to look, there is plenty of new, authentic inspiration to be had! Thank you for reading my blog.

      • It’s my pleasure! I don’t usually comment, but I have been reading your blog from pretty close to when you started it-

        I consider you a creative mentor in my life and it is a joy to get to get snippets of your creative process and your daily life through your blog!

  6. Great idea. I’m going to have my girlys make some lists like this tomorrow for their creative writing time. Thanks!

  7. Why didn’t I think of looking through my kids’ notebooks? My daughter is always writing and/or drawing….it’s just the thing to add to a layout.
    Thanks for sharing more of your genius BIG ideas.

  8. Great ideas! Love the shot of the toy cars – I’ll have to try that! :)

  9. Great idea (as always)! On a side note, I absolutely love your floor! I’ve see a glimpse of two of it in some of your previous blog photos, is that your new office floor? I’d love to know more about it. Did it come in that washed blue finish? Is that your previous deck wood? I need details (and some more pics of your room would be great too! ;) )

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