Finally a "normal" two page spread! It was a bit of a crazy week, with Clara and I getting used to being at home after two weeks away and getting Alex ready for his trip to Haiti. The kids also both wanted to do regular stuff, like host sleepovers and have friends over. It was a really good week though. We ended up getting everything done and got Alex off to Haiti (even if we did end up at Target at around 10pm the night before he left so we could round up the last of the stuff he needed!).
We had a great day on the 4th! It was a little chilly for a full out beach day, so we went to a beach that we knew of that was good for petoskey stone hunting. We all (except Jeff) were able to find petoskey stones, with Clara finding the largest one again. After that we went home for a bit and then headed out to Frankfort. The kids went to the carnival while Jeff and I staked out our spot on the beach. Then we enjoyed the fireworks! It's so beautiful to see them reflected in the water.
The third part of week 27 is my spread about the 3rd of July. Crystal Mountain has their celebration on the 3rd each year as to not compete with the celebrations in the surrounding towns that happen on the 4th. The kids could not wait for the carnival to start! They had a blast! This was Alex's first year to go, as he is usually at camp during this time. This has definitely been a different summer for us with neither kid going to camp.... but it's been a really good one so far!
On the day before we left... I finally found the perfect bag for our supplies!
It's a cosmetics bag from Wal-Mart and it was $14.99.
Here's what it looks like opened up...
Everything we need for a couple weeks of journaling/smashbooking on the road!
The top compartment has our washi tape...
The middle one has scissors, hole punch, glue and extra journal card stickers.
The bottom one is stuffed full of stickers, journal cards and smash pads...
You may notice that there are no pens or markers. I didn't take a pic but all of our pens and a stack of journal card stickers are in a small pencil bag that we keep with us in the car. Our plan is that we can grab that when we stop to eat and fill out some cards if there's anything we want to get written down right away. Plus there's a smash pad with games in there too to keep everyone entertained if there's a wait.
Week 27 was another week that got a little out of control. Eight pages... EIGHT pages! Granted we were in Michigan doing cool things and there were two Independence Day celebrations... but EIGHT pages!
So, one day I got this bright idea that I should make divider pages for each day of our trip. In my original plan, I would map our route for each day and add that to the page. Well... our plans kept changing... how many days we would be gone, what we would be seeing on what day... it was all a bit in flux. I still really wanted to do the dividers and still wanted to document our route, so I used Emily Merritt's outline map of the US instead of an actual map. This way I can still map our route, but this is more forgiving. I printed an extra couple of days... just in case. All of the bases seem to be covered!
The other thing I had printed was a large selection of embellishments and journaling cards. I decided to try something new here. I had them all printed on sticker paper! I had shopped and shopped for stickers for this trip, but really didn't find anything I liked. Everything seemed too 3-D and I had a feeling this book was going to be thick enough when it's done without adding extra bulk. I wanted nice flat stickers... so I made some!
I hope it all works out as well as it does in my head! :-)
The only disappointment is that I either mis-measured my pages or they reduced the image for printing. But either way... my pages are smaller than the actual book pages.
I'm not getting upset about it though! I truly love how they turned out and I think the different sized pages will add some interest!