week in the life 2015 // thoughts + photo wrap up (updated with video)

when the consideration to do this project became a commitment, i knew i was going to be working both sides of the week. meaning – we had very extraordinary plans on the 22nd and 23rd so i didn’t want to include them in the week’s details because they were their own ‘things’ and were going to be documented separately. so i technically started taking photos on the saturday and sunday before the week started but then still took some more normal photos at the end of the week.

i am still going to do the week in order of monday – sunday (i am pretty sure) but i am grouping typical saturday things together and any given sunday stuff together – if that makes any sense.

truth is – had we not had these other events happening, the photos i took the weekend before would have been dead on accurate so i can totally justify it. plus – it’s my book and i can do anything i want to! neener-neerer 🙂 LOL!

as i wait for the week’s photos to arrive from persnicketyprints.com i will share a majority of my photos and thoughts with you today.

UPDATE: the finished flip-thru video can be seen here >>> and the detailed photos are at the end of each day.

MONDAY 

a screenshot of the weather for the week. i love weather summaries.
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5:15am // my alarm goes off at this time monday thru friday.IMG_7320

6:30am // a little detail about sharing life with my guy.
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6:35am // he gets me ice water every morning when i’m getting ready for work.
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6:50am // my makeup drawer – of which i use about 6 things for my daily routine.
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7:00am // my view when i come out to the kitchen to pack up food for the day. i want to remember that we fully use our countertops most of the time. 
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7:25am // my goal was to take a “view” shot for each day that i could use for a title card. this is my view coming down the hill from dropping the boys off at school.
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7:45am // desk shot with all my usual tools. to-do list, pen and highlighter, white out, my notepad and renewals.
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1;50pm // and of course a selfie. IMG_7404

4:05pm // i haven’t pumped my own gas in over a year. matt usually makes sure i’m filled up but today it was so low and it made sense for me to get gas on my way home.
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4:30pm // this kid loves his forts.
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4:45pm // we recently moved his bed back up to the top of his bunk so he makes his space super cozy when he watches his favorite minecraft youtube videos.
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8:50pm // this is something that was not in last year’s WITL. charlie is 7 months old now and i love having her as part of our everyday lives.
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TUESDAY 8/18/2015
5:45am // morning snuggles. always.
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7:05am // i had a little extra time before the boys were ready for school so charlie took advantage of an empty lap.
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7:10am // a very typical day of food for me. my pre-made egg/potato scramble is at the bottom. for lunch it’s chicken + avocado, olives, carrots and a hard boiled egg. my snack was either a banana or apples + almond butter. i brought a cool mint clif bar because i was out of chocolate. i also brought a mason jar of raspberry lemon water for the afternoon. i usually bring more food than i need.
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7:15am // i have a designated hook for his backpack and i ask him to keep his stuff there. but this is where he drops his stuff. right in the hub of a walkway. i pick my battles and rarely say anything because one day soon it won’t be here at all.
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7:30am // the older boys (gibson and his best friend) aren’t too thrilled when i want to take pictures of them. so when they walked off i snapped this blurry photo – which wasn’t intentional but it ended up being a top 5 photo from the week.
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8:15am // this is where i spend my days. always communicating, problem solving, using my brain and eating and drinking.  IMG_7508

9:40am // i cut my bangs this morning – on a whim – and i remembered how much a miss having bettie bangs.
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11:00am // matt was so awesome – he took pictures throughout his day too. this is a typical lunch for him.
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2:00pm // mr. minecraft.
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4:00pm // everyday – this is my load to and from work. laptop , food and purse.

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4:20pm // he can play the first few chords of come as you are by nirvana and free fallin’ by tom petty.
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5:20pm // the second week of school brought homework. i am always happy to help guide him and keep him focused.
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5:45pm // gibson thinks that homework means watching a youtube video, playing a game on his phone and eating while he knows he has something else more important to do.
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6:00pm // power napping.
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6:30pm // he asked me to buy him some balloons and he’s been blowing them up and having fun for days.
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WEDNESDAY 

7:10am // on wednesday the boys get out early so they have to ride their bikes home. it’s always funny to watch them get their bikes in and out of the truck.
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7:50am // breakfast and a lot of boxes to check off. i was suuuuper productive today.
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4:30pm // gibson scored a beta code for the not-yet-released black ops 3 so he used his after school screen time on the PS4.
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4:45pm // with a dog who loves to be loved, i wash my hands more that i ever have.ali inspired me to capture this shot.
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5:15pm // he struggles with the idea of reading. he’s extremely good at it but it’s just not entertaining enough for him. but today i asked him to handle his reading for the day so he got his sleeping bag and read with no complaints.
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6:00pm // a few weeks worth of print came today so i’m trimming and organizing with a little snack.
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7:15pm // marsh loves having the wii setup in his little fort. he doesn’t even complain that we have a password on it so he can only play it if he has permission.
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8:15pm // bedtime smiles.
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8:15pm // he still loves his fluffy dog.
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THURSDAY 

4:15am // it’s. too. early. but i have a 7:30am meeting in napa and have to leave town at 5:40.
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5:30am // this is what my office door looks like at 5:30 in the morning.
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6:15am // being a passenger rocks when it’s early and the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet.
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9:30am // we rocked that morning meeting and on our way back the sun is shining on my ring. it’s still my style and i love it so much – even after 15 years.
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1:50pm // charlie and matt wait for marshall to come out of school.
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4:30pm // best. gum. ever. it’s at target – get some!
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5:45pm // picking up posters for the weekend festivities and also grabbing a rotisserie chicken because we’re starving and it’s getting late.
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6:30pm // long day. heading to back to school night and i’m just running on the anticipation of sitting down tonight.
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6:45pm // sitting at marshall’s 2nd grade desk for back to school night.
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7:45pm // time to unwind.
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FRIDAY 

7:15am // hazy morning because basically california is on fire.
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10:43am // matt and i texting about fantasy football and the drawbacks of being an adult.
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1:30pm // texted this to matt when he wasn’t feeling confident about getting into any film festivals.
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3:30pm // matt texted back with his first acceptance notification!!
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5:00pm // just hangin’ out in the men’s department.
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7:30pm // my view as i tell marsh to hustle up in the shower.
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A TYPICAL SATURDAY

7:30am // the light shining through my coke bottles is such a wonderful sight.
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7:45am // cold brew tea and morning minecraft.
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11:35am // a couple errands and a blue sky.
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11:45am // library visit to see if we can get marsh a book he’ll enjoy.
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2:00pm // finally getting some scrap time and i’m struggling with this layout.
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5:30pm // clean dishes.
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5:35pm // it’s marshall’s day to put the dishes away.
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ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

8:45am // lazy mornings
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10:15am // he has really taken to the checklist of chores.
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6:20 // i literally wait until the end of sunday to fold the laundry. and this is my weekend t-shirt.
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7:00pm // all small hangers for now. being prepared for monday makes the next week so easy.
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what a week! so much has changed from last year’s project and I love being able to capture all the different details about our “right now”.

i’m so excited to start working on my pages this weekend! i sure hope you captured everything you wanted to!

until next time,
andrea =)

 

project life update 2014 // week 20

hello friends and happy mid-week!

today i’m sharing week 20 with you. i might say this about all my pages, but this is one of my favorites. when i laid out my photos, the colors that stood out to me were turquoise, hot pink and yellow. so that’s what i ran with.

i dug into my supplies and pulled items with variations of those 3 main colors. i did not attempt to stay within one style or kit. on purpose, my selections were based solely on color and how they fit. using vintage styles and graphic punches of color together made me feel super rebellious…and i liked it! A LOT!

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come check out the deets up close:

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the weekend of week 20 was pretty sweet. marsh and i visited my parents in our old hometown and did some shopping, frog finding, ice cream enjoying, horseshoe throwing, country road driving and mexican food eating.

for this layout, i stuck to mostly deena rutter’s coral kit with other embellishments.

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thanks for sticking around! so do you usually stick to one kit on a layout or do you like to play with multiple styles and designs?
happy scrapping!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

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sweet stamp shop // may release #2

guuuuyyyysss, this is my last release post for sweet stamp shop! 😦  my 3 month term is over at the end of may and i’m kinda sad. as much as i would have loved to stay on, this summer is going to be super crazy-insane busy in the gray household so i need to put all of my extra energy into making sure this ship runs smoothly. so with that, i give you my final release post (and my second to last post). you can bet i will still be featuring and promoting sweet stamp shop, because seriously, they keep cranking out superb designs. like for reals.

this bonus release includes two pretty simple sets, but boy will they be useful for soooo many layouts! introducing balloons and happy birthday!!

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the release of these was perfect timing because i was just at the point in my project life where we celebrated my mother in law’s birthday. so inspiration wasn’t hard to come by. here is the full spread i made for the day. IMG_0704

the title card was so much fun. for the balloons, i stamped onto scraps of patterned paper and then cut around them. i used pop dots on the back of the yellow and green ones to give them some dimension. then i just stamped the strings directly on the paper. the happy and birthday are stamped directly on a trimmed 3×4 card. easy as pie…or cake!

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my mother in law is a beach lover. she loves tropical places and decorates her house with palm trees and lush colors that remind her of the places she loves. so when it came to making a card for this layout, i wanted to represent and celebrate her.

now let’s get one thing out there, i am no painter. i have never found a deep love for this particular medium. my mom however, she’s a fabulous painter! and when she told me she was taking a watercolor class i was so excited because my interest in watercolors had been sparked recently. she and i had a crafty day last weekend and i wanted her to help me practice and show me some techniques after some failed attempts to mix stamps and watercolors during the previous week.

we are seriously the best team. whatever project we do, we always take on our respective roles. i come up with the design and she helps execute it. i knew i wanted a beach scene with a happy birthday sentiment in the sky and i had the color samples i wanted. so she helped me mix colors and showed me techniques to get the results you see here. i did one, loved how it turned out so i did another! gorgeous isn’t it? any chance i can be teleported here? IMG_0706

and as a special bonus, i filmed the process of me making the second one and i’d love to share it with you.

BUT WAIT! there’s more! how would you love a giveaway? head over to the sweet stamp shop blog to enter to win some oldie but goodie sets!

i sure hope you have some crafty weekend plans!

happy scrapping!

andrea_sig

project life update // end of week 13 featuring stephanie adams design

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have i mentioned that the lovely stephanie adams invited me to be on her design team? uh, yeah – super exciting, right!?
this means i get to work with and show off some very cute hybrid pocket scrapbooking stuff, from 4×6 and 3×4 cards, washi, and embellishments. they are all digital (if you’re into that type of scrapping) or you can print them and cut them with your silhouette (if you prefer to work with physical products).

either way you like to play, stephanie adams design has a super cute and trendy style!

her may kit, MOTHER MAY I, is on sale now and it is so much fun! wanna check out what i created for the end of my week 13?


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i may not have used this kit for mother’s day, but honestly, it has more versatility than just a theme. the sentiments and doilies and colors make it perfect for any event, day or week! and it definitely plays well with others.

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happy scrapping!

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sweet stamp shop // may release #1

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hey crafty friends! the sweet stamp shop is back with another adorable set of new releases! how cute are these? omg, that skunk!!!

 

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as a design team member, i love getting these stamps to play with so i can show you just how versitile and fun they are for your pocket layouts.

today i am showing off handcrafted. and i know what you might be thinking: ‘andrea, this set is for card makers. it’s just so they can put something fun on the backs of their cards to make people think twice about tossing it.’ 🙂 while part of that is true, it’s not JUST for cards at all!

let me show you how i made this set work for my pocket layouts:
we crafters know how important our supplies are, so why not document your space and try out this paper glue and me too stamp:

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and we’ve all made something ourselves, right? document the things in your life that are handmade or handcrafted. maybe it’s not even something you made, but something made FOR you.

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this includes people too. i used a combination of stamps from sweet stamp shop as well as a stamp from another vendor to say what i wanted to say. handcrafted by god are all stamps from sweet stamp shop and they go perfectly with the you are and triangle from studio calico.

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how can you use this set to document the handmade things in your life? today only, you can use COUPON CODE: MR110 to receive 10% off your order for any of these new releases, and then show me what you make with it!!

and don’t forget to check out the sweet stamp shop blog to see how the other design team members used their sets!

hope you have a super crafty day…and with national scrapbooking day coming up this weekend, i hope you enjoy some pocket scrapbooking!

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friday feature at the pocket source

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have you become a member at the pocket source yet? seriously guys, this is your best resource for trends, inspiration and community for EVERYTHING related to pocket scrapbooking! membership is free and you’ll love what this place does for you.

i was counting down the days until the site went live and now it’s flourishing with people who love and adore this style of memory keeping.

including me! today i’m being featured on the blog! [insert freak out mode!]

so will you come by and visit? look around and see the other amazing artists and what they are contributing!

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and i do see another process video in the future…who’s excited!?!?

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december daily update // days 16-25

hey there, ho ho ho there! yah, that was lame. okay moving on…

below is the latest from the december daily portion of my album. never have i worked on the month i was currently living in so that was really fun! memories and feelings were fresh and the spirit of the holidays inspired my pages.

technically i am finished through christmas, with the remainder of december (and november) pictures in the mail from persnickety prints. they arrive tomorrow which means another project life update will on the horizon!

but on hand today is december 16th through the 25th. let’s see how it went:


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the end of twenty thirteen is so close! is it weird if i’m nervous to be too caught up? i don’t want to have a project life-less weekend!

talk to you guys soon!

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project life update // weeks 41+42+43+44

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hey guys! welcome to another project life update!
all other crafty projects have been put aside lately because i am just having way too much fun with project life these days. i have a plethora of new supplies and have been able to continue printing a hefty supply of pictures so i’m not lacking in pages to work on. 🙂

last time, we ended on week 41 but i didn’t share the last and most important day of the week, marshall’s birthday party!

so this week, we will start here. sunday of week 41.

thanks for hanging out!

week 41
there were tons of pictures so i used minimal supplies for this page.

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week 42 // monday
because monday was marshall’s actual birthday, he gets another 2 page spread!
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week 42 // the rest of the week
the 3×4 cards are all from studio calico and the stamps that make the checklist and triangle arrows are from kelliestamps.
the 4×6 cards all happen to be from different we r memory keepers pads.

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week 43 // full spread
another mix of we r memory keepers, rhonna farrer designs, simple stories stickers, a carta bella kit and my silhouette.

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week 43 // weekend
mostly everything used on this spread is from another we r memory keepers set i found at target. the blues, browns and golds are perfect for our train ride and pumpkin patch adventure. also some deena rutter and studio calico added to the mix.

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week 44 // closing out the month of october
we r memory keepers pads make this project so easy! that TOGETHER card on the middle is just that, a card. i didn’t add those embellishments to it, so cool right!?

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and just like that, october is done.

pictures from november and the end of december are set to arrive this week so this weekend will be full of creating new pages. i absolutely adore this style of scrapbooking and could not imagine going back to a traditional style. it just works for me. 🙂

what are you creating this week?

andrea_sig

photo and letter collage with video tutorial

hey guys! i’m super excited to share a little project with you today!

i created this photo and letter collage to wrap up 2013 and after receiving so many requests for a tutorial, i decided to do my very first video tutorial. eeeeeeeek!!!

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using photoshop elements 9, i created this 12×12 photo that i plan to place at the end of my 2013 project life album.

before i get to the video, i have a few disclaimers:
one // i’m super nervous so please be kind. 🙂
two // i’m using free software and the mic that’s built-in to my laptop. it’s not the greatest quality so let me know if there’s anything you don’t understand. thinking i will need to use a better mic if you guys dig these videos and i end up making more.
three // being a teacher was never an aspiration of mine. therefore, sometimes i don’t always explain things carefully or clearly. so if you need a bit more detail for this project, let me know. you can comment here or on instagram or at my facebook page. 🙂

okay, without further adiue….here’s how to make this cool photo project.

have fun and if you create one for yourself, post it to instagram and tag me so i can enjoy yours!!

have a great day!

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2013 project life update // weeks 5+6+7+8

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hey peeps!

i got some serious scrapping done over the last few weekends and i’m excited to share them with you.

are you ready??? okay cool, let’s rock!

week 5 // full spread

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week 5 // left side

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week 6 // full spread

(i know it says week 5 on the top left card, but that’s a mistake i need to go back and fix.)

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week 6 // left side

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week 7a // full spread with extras

(i use a plain 12×12 page protector to keep cards and things from the week and place it between the spread)

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week 7a // left side

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week 7a // right side

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week 7b // full spread

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week 8 // full spread

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hope you’ve been catching up too! i have another post for weeks 9 – 12 coming soon!

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