Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Favorite Spreads from Noah's Journals

Today, I'm going to show you some of my favorite spreads out of Noah's art journals.  Both Riley and Avery ended up with six journals over five years, but somehow Noah only has five.  Poor middle child, I guess, but to make up for it, I feel like I did some of my best work in Noah's books.
 
 While Riley has a separate journal that followed his pregnancy (I just looked, and I don't have that album up on Flickr- I'll have to shoot some photos and add that, for those of you who haven't seen it before), Noah's and Avery's pregnancies are part of these art journals.
 
The above page was from Noah's journal, about finding out we'd be having another boy.
 
 Then here's the spread about his birth...
 
 I've always loved the above spread- he was a little colicky in the beginning, except when I had him in his Moby wrap.
 
 This one's about starting to see little bits of his personality coming out.
 
 Comparing photos of Noah and Riley.
 
 Six months old!
 
 This is about his lovey, a giraffe named Jelly.
 
 One year old!
 
 He loved playing with shapes and designs (he still does!).
 
 Our cat Ashley took a liking to sleeping on Noah's pillow.
 
 First day of preschool...
 
 Three years old!
 
 Noah and his multiple collections...
 
 Learning to swim...
 
 He was such a shy little boy- he didn't talk to any grown-ups for almost a year (except for family).
 
 Learning to whistle...
 
And finally, his fifth birthday!
 
If you'd like to see more spreads from these journals, you can see them here.  Stay tuned, and I'll show you my favorite spreads from Avery's journals next time!
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Favorite Spreads From Riley's Journals

 I gathered all the kids' art journals together, and came up with seventeen of them!  I put them up on our mantel to photograph them, and it actually makes quite a pleasing arrangement- maybe I'll keep it that way for a while- ha !
 
 As you can see, I used different sizes of books over the years.
 
 
 Doing the covers was always my favorite part, and I love the look of them all lined up, so that you can see the variations.
 
 I actually think I kind of like the looks of them turned around a little better!  All those pretty fabric ribbons showing...
 
 
 
 
In looking back over all of them, it was hard to choose just a few favorite spreads!  So I thought I'd break the posts down to show a different child's each day. 
 
First we have Riley's journals.
 
 This was the very first spread I did in his journal.  I did one like this in each child's- showing a timeline for their birth. 
 
 The one above talked about needing to stop breast-feeding him.
 
 And this one has a photo of me as a baby, and one of him, wondering who's side of the family he'll resemble.
 
 How soft the top of his head was- oh, to be able to rub my cheek against a baby's head again!
 
 I've always loved the one above- I did it on his six-month "birthday".
 
 Learning to walk....
 
 First haircut!  I also did a page like this for each child, with a bit of their hair from the first haircut.
 
 Just a fun page about those early years of excitement, seen through a child's eyes.
 
 Second birthday...
 
 Letting go of the pacifier!
 
 He was obsessed with the color yellow for a while.
 
 Learning to count to twenty...
 
 The above was from one of his books that was a vertical format- it was hard for me to work that way, so I didn't do another one like that once I finished that book!  The above spread was about his discovery of monster trucks, specifically GraveDigger!
 
 As the kids grew older, there weren't as many "firsts" to document, so this was just a page about simply being four.
 
 Learning how to swim...
 
And the final page in his book- turning five!
 
 
As I look back over these, it's obvious to me how much more time I had in the beginning of the books!  The pages are so much more detailed and thought-out.  By the end, I was simply trying to keep up, so I wasn't spending as much time on each one.  But they're still all very special to me!
 
If you'd like to see more pages from his journals, they are here, in this Flickr album.  I actually think there may be some from early-on that didn't make it into that album (I should update it!), but the vast majority are all there.
 
Next post, I'll show some favorite pages from Noah's journals!
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Avery's Art Journal

Well, I have finished Avery's final art journal.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I've done these art journals for all three of my kids, from pregnancy through their fifth birthday.  Since the journals are difficult to keep up with, after their fifth birthday, I make the switch over to a Project Life album, which is a little more manageable.
 
I probably don't have to tell you, but finishing this last journal has really hit me emotionally!  She's my last child, and of course every mother has those, "Oh, my baby's growing up!" moments.  But this has affected me more than her preschool graduation, or her fifth birthday, or her first day of kindergarten! 
 
These art journals have been a huge part of my artistic journey, and really shaped the artist I am today.  They were a large part of the book I wrote, as well as several magazine articles. 
 
When I quit working to stay home with Riley, nine years ago, I loved working in his journals, and they really became a large part of my identity as a mother.  I continued with Noah and Avery, but it became so difficult to keep up three of them!  I wasn't enjoying working in them like I had before, so with some regret, I made the decision to move forward with the Project Life albums once each of them turned five.  While I love doing those albums as well, there really just isn't anything like the personal element of an art journal!
 
Anyway, all this to say that I'm a little sad about the end to these journals.  The experience of doing them is something I'll cherish forever, not to mention the actual journals themselves (I already plan that these will be the first items to grab if our house were to ever catch on fire!!).  But I am also excited to start a Project Life album for Avery and to move forward with other artistic endeavors in the future!
 
In the next couple days, I plan to go back through all the journals (there are seventeen of them!) and post some of my favorite spreads from over the years- a fun trip down memory lane!
 
But, before all that, I'll show you the last few spreads from Avery's book:
 
 She split her lip open a few months ago, and got to go to the E.R.!
 
 This is the same little house (revamped at some point over the last few years) at a mini-golf course we go to when we visit Grandma.
 
 And our new little addition, Milo, of course!
 
Finally, her page about turning five years old...

 
 
I'll see you in a couple days with my art journal retrospective!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Perfect Doll Cupboard

 I recently found this wonderful piece on Ebay, and thought I'd share some photos of this little bit of vintage yumminess.
 
I'm not really sure what to call it- a dresser? a hutch? a cabinet? a cupboard?  There are drawers, shelves, cabinet doors, and even a mirror!
 
 Regardless of what it's called, I think it's the perfect mix of vintage pinkness, shabbiness, and sweetness!
 
 Here it is with everything opened up.
 
There's even drawer liners inside!  As you can see, the decal on the top is a little worn, but that's okay because the vintage books can cover it up.
 
At this point, I haven't stored anything inside, but how perfect would it be for remote controls or something like that?
 
 
Don't you agree that it is just sheer perfection?
 
 
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