30 Days Hath September

I LOVE September.

It perfectly celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The weather is still great and I’m filled with soup-making, corner-cleaning and house-updating anticipation–and of course there’s the back-to-school thing that many of you have already embraced. We, in eastern Washington still have one more week!

Anyway …
I received a email, from Velta, that I love.
I’ve italicized and underlined the parts that I want you to pay special attention to.

Hi Stacy,
I was in your Have More Fun/30 Days class back in 2008. I undertook the present moment scrapbooking challenge and plunged into the 30 Days Hath September project with great gusto—for 22 days  :-)    Then, as can happen to all of us, I got swept away in the busyness of fall, and left the incomplete scrapbook languish under my scrap table, slowly getting covered in layers of other books/papers, etc.  I’d catch a glimpse of it from time to time and think “Oooh, I’ve probably forgotten what happened the last 8 days of September by now.”  And yet,  I looked at the dust covered album with no guilt at all, thanks to LOM, and all the times you’ve told us to let go.

I’d celebrate what I did do and leave it at that.

Well, it’s 2 years later, and I’m finally getting around to reorganizing the scrap area, and I finally get to the album at the bottom of the pile, dust it off and open it up.  Immediately I see all these precious images, notes, scraps and snippets from my daily life 2 years ago. The album invites me and I dive right in. Well, let me tell you that within those pages of “daily-ness” lay the seeds of some extraordinary events that have happened in my life since then. There is those pages I saw myself starting to re-learn crocheting and enjoying it (it has since become a passion, and now I’m an instructor).  There was a little blurb about my first time teaching Sunday School (I’m still doing it and it has been an enormous blessing to me).  Those pages contain such a treasure of my life at the time, which I never would have been able to recall right now. My purse! My cupboards! All those things that will be so amazing to see 10, 20, 30 years from now. The things my kids and their kids will love to see from their perspective when they are grown.

So what to do about those 8 missing days?

Well, this September, on the 22nd I’m going to finish out the book with what is going on in 2010.
I’m going to do a couple of pages showing the end result of some of the things started back then.
I’ll show how some prayers were answered – in unexpected ways.

Thank you Stacy, for this project.
I remember you saying what a treasure it will be over the years, and you were right.

Thank YOU Velta!

When I read your email, I hopped up and retrieved my 30 Days Hath September album and did some exploring of my own.
For those of you that have no idea what I’m referring to, this album is a scrap-in-the-present project that allows you to “freeze” time.
Students in my class received an email giving them some ideas of things to capture, collect and record — but they were also encouraged to write, save and photograph those things that felt most authentic to them.

I created this album while I was teaching the class. I also traveled to South Africa (took my dad along) for 10 of the 30 days.
I think because it was challenging to stay connected to my students I felt like I had let them down and have since associated some of those “unhealthy” feelings with this album. When I opened it again and slowly turned each page, reading and remembering — I felt so much relief and joy.

I remembered how much I enjoy creating and revisiting projects like this.

The first thing you need to know is we built this project inside a wonderful double-hinged album, by Fancy Pants Design. I don’t think they are making these anymore? Scrapbook.com has few left in a beautiful black white motif. Anyway, this gated album allowed us to insert pages from both sides of the album. When you lift the 6×6 page that features my dedication …

… you find this photo of me with my camera.

The backside of the title page is a calendar of September. Nancy Rowe Janitz designed the custom printables that we used.

Before you get to the daily pages, you’ll find 12×12 layouts, one for each day of the week. My hope was to capture some of the daily routines that were (and continue to be) a part of our family life. On the reverse side of these S-M-Tu-W-Th-F layouts is a favorite photo of each member of my family (enlarged to 12×12.) I assembled these layouts as the month progressed, but I selected photos to enlarge in early October, as I wanted time to sort through all of the photos and select my favorites! I had these pictures printed at Scrapbook Pictures.

Following these larger layouts, you come to 30 6×12 pages. These are the pages that celebrate the mundane details, many of which turn out to be remarkable in just two years time!

If you want to see my entire album, click here.

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