Friday, January 4, 2013

LYM: Headlines

My last layout for last year's copy of Log Your Memory...

Title: The Year You Were Born

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States.

NASA discovered water on the Moon.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died at age 50.

US Airways jetliner made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, and everyone aboard survived.

Swine flu sickened millions of people.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl and the New York Yankees won the World Series (horrible sports year for Daddy!).

National Averages:
House price: $258,000
Price of a gallon of gas: $2.57
Price of a gallon of milk: $3.80

Supplies: Scrapdango May 2011 Sugar kit (patterned paper: Crate Paper; embellishments: Bo Bunny, Bella Blvd., My Mind’s Eye)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

LYM: Transportation 2

Each LYM designer had one layout featured in the book and accompanying ideas for three other topics. This was my featured layout...

My family loves to travel... near or far; happy or whiny; by plane, train, or car.

Years ago, I read an article where Tim Russert talked about traveling the world with his son, showing him different areas of the country, how people could be different but were really still the same. It resonated with me, and my husband and I set a goal for our kids to see all 50 states before they start college.

We live on the East Coast, so we've covered a lot already.... my oldest two kids have about 30 states each on their tally. We analyze maps and routes and activities to make the most of each of our trips. No lazy beach bums in this house (although, I really do think that sounds like heaven)!

We're a family on a mission!

(here's a pic of my two big kids in Times Square on our most recent trip.)

Happy travels!


Title: Around the World

Journaling: We've made it a priority to expose you kids to as many different areas pf the country (and the world) as possible. We'll never get to go around the world, but the goal is for you to see that the world is full of love and excitement and learning. All people are basically the same- worth getting to know. That's what I hope you learn from our travels!

Supplies: Basic Grey, Tim Holtz, (lots of scrap paper!); stickers: K & Company

Heather is a SAHM of three beautiful, though not always well-behaved, children. She has been scrapping since before adhesive was invented and is a DT member at Sketches: Creatively Yours. Please visit her blog at

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LYM: Transporation 4

Another from the 2012 edition of Log Your Memory...

We changed it up this time by taking trains for the entire vacation… no cars, no planes. Knowing that traffic is terrible between here and New York City, we dreaded driving. The mandatory bathroom and meal breaks plus slow-moving highways, tolls, parking, and gas expenses forced us to think outside the box. Amtrak gave the kids more leg room, the ability to walk around, and a cafĂ© car. Our total round-trip Amtrak expenses for the trip were just over $400… for all of us (and my mom) together… only slightly more than if we drove.
With the exception of the boat to the Statue of Liberty, it was all trains- light-rail, subway, or commuter train. Though it might have been easier at certain points to take a cab, we stayed on the train-plan, and it worked beautifully. The kids were pros at standing on the subways before we left and even knew which trains to look for when we needed to transfer. If only we could ditch our car at home and take a train everywhere!

Scrapdango August 2011 Sugar kit (manufacturers: Authentique, Teresa Collins), Little Yellow Bicycle, Heidi Grace, Jenni Bowlin, Bazzill:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

LYM: Pursuits

I was a designer at Log Your Memory for 2012. Now that the year is over, I'm sharing the layouts that I created for it. Here's the first...

I’ve always been a busy person. Even when I was little, my parents saw to it that I was involved in things outside of school to learn, meet friends, or help others. In grade school, they signed me up for soccer (for which I was not cut out but was lucky enough to experience having my dad as my coach), Brownies, dance, choir, and church missions. When I was 12, enough people must have thought I was pretty responsible because I babysat often.
A little later on, when I really started making my own choices, I continued with the church groups but became very active in band: playing clarinet and serving as the drum major for the marching band. I signed up for Beta club to round out my college applications. I was really excited to get a job when I was 16, shelving books at the public library.
In college, I probably juggled too much: I continued in band, was the business manager for a musical theatre group, worked at least 10 hours a week, interned at a brokerage… I could go on and on.
After getting married, I taught as a catechist in our church and thought about playing in a community band, but I decided to serve as a board member for Prevent Child Abuse instead. More recently, I’ve served as the chairperson of the Pastoral Council, co-chair of the PTO, and a member of the Moms Group and baptism committee.
As a child, I didn’t have to continue in something if I didn’t want to, but once I signed up for something, my parents made sure that I saw it through. I hope that through my commitments as well as the ones that they make, my own kids also value being an involved, dependable person.

Scrapdango July 2011 Sugar kit (manufacturers: Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, Bazzill, Prima):