Sunday, February 19, 2012

The End of One Era...

So you may all be sick of me "blah-blah-blah-ing" about the whether to continue with the art journals/scrapbooks for my kids.  But bear with me for one more post about it!  

Since Noah turned five a couple weeks ago, I'd made the decision to finish his art journal at that point, and continue with Project Life as I will be doing with Riley.  So in the past few weeks, I've sort of made a mad scramble to do some pages for him before THE END of the art journal!  So here are those results:

The first is about his determination to learn how to whistle.  He has really practiced and practiced, and learned how to do it!  He's so proud of himself!

The next is about his tongue.  Have you ever known a kid who needs his tongue to do everything?  I swear, Noah cannot concentrate without his tongue out!  I'm not sure how well you can see those smaller photos, but in every one, he has his tongue out!  It's pretty cute!

And then the final spread.  Obviously about him turning five.  I used pieces from the pinata at his party, and a mouth and teeth from the silly monsters the kids made.

And finally, the cover to the book.  I just love doing covers!  It's the thing I'll miss most about doing these books!

I know I'm probably being all melodramatic about this, but it's really bittersweet knowing that this is the end of these art journals for the boys!  While I'm excited about continuing with Project Life, these books were just so much more personal!  But alas, the reason I'm making the change was because I was having such a hard time keeping up, and it will be nice not to be so stressed about it in the future.  And of course, I will still be continuing with Avery's art journals!

So, here's to the end of one era, but the beginning of another for me!  May it be just as creative and fulfilling!

(P.S.  I know there are still a couple more questions I haven't answered yet.  I will get to those, hopefully this week!)


Marcia said...

I really hope you don't stop making art and posting it! You really inspire me :) I love your work. I'd love to see more collages and paintings from you.

I started doing Project Life too, but just scrapbooking pictures I like, not necessarily one spread per week or anything like that. Keep it low pressure and just do a sampling of pictures throughout the year. I think it would be really hard to keep up with separate books for 3 kids!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Very fun pages! I have always loved your causal, vintage and colorful style! Your work is always inspiring to me! At least we still get to see Avery's journal pages for a while yet. :) And of course whatever other art you make!

Daniele Valois said...

I do love seeing these journal pages. I love how personal they are, but I understand not being able to keep up! I have altered so much of what I'm doing lately, but I feel it is still so important to do personal work like this. I bet when the kids are older, you'll get back into it in another way. It seems like these journal and "personal imagery" haha, are who you are.

I adore that monster page. So fitting! The cover of his book is so sweet. He seems like such a sweet sweet boy!

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

My kids are 27, 23, and almost-21. The scrapbooks/journals I've been keeping turn out to be more important to them than I ever could have imagined. No matter how you have to do it, I don't think you will be sorry, when all is said and done, that you HAVE done it!

My Vintage Mending said...

Corey these are darling. I did something similar for my kiddos. They were birthday books during their toddler years. Your style is so darling...smiles..Renee

Kim K. said...

What special treasures. Your style is so darling. I love the fun collages.

Marcia said...

Thanks for sharing with Just Journals! :)

Carolyn Dube said...

These are gorgeous!!So much love in them! I totally understand about the amount of time and stress. What you have done here is a treasure- so now you are off to the next treasure.

Queenie said...

Hi Corey what a beautiful keepsake journal for your entries!!!
I popped on over from Just Journals and glad i did,wish i had thought of this when my boys where younger.
Thank you for the inspiration and i look forward to poping back and seeing what else you create.