Be Here Now

by jessicaturner on October 1, 2008

I have often talked about my admiration for Stacy Julian, one of scrapbooking’s biggest names and creative geniuses. I have gotten to know Stacy personally and can say that in addition to her talent, she is one of the most genuinely kind people I have ever met. So, when she sent out a blast email to be a part of the scrapbooking world’s first blog blitz, I was in. Chances are, if you go to a variety of scrapbooking blogs today, you are going to read a lot about these cute scrapbooks and the importance of being here now.

Scrapbooking has changed my life. It has caused me to look at life so different. I want to take in the little things and chronicle the stories of my life – the big stuff and the ordinary, every day. It has helped me realize the importance of paying attention to now and not letting life just rush by.

You have everything you need right now to be vibrant and fully engaged in the creative process. It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself “creative” or a “scrapbooker.” You have a story to tell, and chances are you have a camera. So, join me and hundreds of other scrapbookers in a challenge to “Give Yourself a Present”

o Snap ten photos of your life right now.
o Compile these photos in a really small mini-album
o Keep or carry this album with you (in your desk drawer or purse) for one year.
o Promise to glance through the album every time you stumble upon it or pull it from your purse.
o On October 1st, 2009, create a scrapbook page about your experience. Don’t worry, I’ll blog and help you remember!

Here is what my simple album looks like







I let the pictures speak for themselves, but adding words would be great too! I carry this sweet album in my purse and pull it out every chance I get – both to look at and to show it to people. I love it so much that I think I am going to make one for every month of Elias’s life (this was chronicles his second month). It truly is like a little present to me.

Stacy has generously provided me with 25 albums to give away, so leave a comment for a chance to win one! I will randomly select 25 people to send them to. If you don’t win, you can purchase the albums here.



{ 215 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy October 1, 2008 at 10:07 am

Hello from NC, isn’t motherhood wonderful?

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Carol F. October 1, 2008 at 10:32 am

Jessica,
I love this challenge. Definately doable! Sometimes we forget to soak in all the pleasures of the moment and not worry about the future! TOday is the day I will pull out that camera!

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Olivia Fulmer October 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

Please, I’d like an album! I get so busy that I forget to think about the here-and-now.

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Leslie October 1, 2008 at 11:02 am

Hi! The album is great. What a nice way to keep yourself grounded and remember what is important. I am now 16 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, and would love one of the albums to make as a gift to unborn child about what life was like for me here and now.

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Jennifer October 1, 2008 at 11:09 am

I am so not a scrapbooker, but I think I could do a mini-album. I’m doing a blog that I never thought I could do so ….

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Amber October 1, 2008 at 11:19 am

I love this idea! It’s been almost a year since I’ve scrapbooked. My mojo just up and left me! But lately, I have felt it coming back. This mini album will a perfect start back into the scrappy world!! :)

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HappyTxLady October 1, 2008 at 11:21 am

Great idea! I would love to participate. I love your bolg–thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

I found your blog through Angie’s. I have followed ever since the birth of your sweet son. And just watching how he is growing up makes me relize that I really really and did I mention really should be doing something with the millions (I kid you not) of pictures of my son Aiden. I think that a mini album is a great way for me to start into scrapbooking!!
And keep posting pictures of Elias he is just soooo cute!!!!!
Brandi
Birmingham, AL

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Reina Danielle October 1, 2008 at 11:25 am

That little album is too cute! I love the little faces you chose out of Elias. That would be interesting to document life right now. I’m trying to take an interesting picture daily, so this would be a big help in my creative process :)

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Baseballs and Tutu's October 1, 2008 at 11:35 am

Love the idea. I’m going to try it!

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The Johnson 5 October 1, 2008 at 11:39 am

I love this idea, it makes us nonscrapbookers think that maybe we can start with the baby steps!!

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Shelly October 1, 2008 at 11:43 am

Very cute! I love the idea and would love to do it.

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Amy October 1, 2008 at 11:48 am

I love this idea! Thanks!

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Christy October 1, 2008 at 11:48 am

Cute album! As I am sitting here with my 16 month old who has been up since 3:15am, I am reminded to enjoy her sweet baby snuggles. Not that I wouldn’t love a sleeping baby, too!

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Leah October 1, 2008 at 11:49 am

Oh I would love to make one of these! How simple and cute :-)

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Southern Gal October 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I’m one of those who thinks scrapbooking is a daunting task. I bought a beautiful album a year and a half ago to chronicle my daughter’s high school years. It still sits in the box it came in with all the supplies.

I think a small album would be more attainable for me and might jump start my scrapbooking project for my daughter. (My middle son graduates from high school in May. Don’t even mention a book for him yet!)

Renee

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Everyday Thoughts October 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I am an avid scrapbooker as well and thank you for the reminder that we ALL have creativity around us….even if we don’t think WE are creative! The little album idea sounds SOOOO great! I would love to win one :) Blessings!
-Amy Starnes

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Susan October 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I love this idea.
You are very creative.
Susan

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kate October 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Your album is so great! Elias is so photogenic.

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Cheri October 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Love the project and LOVE your book! What a simple way to document where you are right at this moment in time.

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Something I can do…I hope. :)

Melissa

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sarah from VA October 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm

love this sweet little idea. thanks for sharing! :)

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Kayla Grace October 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm

This is SO sweet. I love the little book and your pictures DO speak for themselves. I love how expressive your son is! He is such a handsome boy.

I have been at a creative scrapbooking loss and this is such a great idea.

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.Bella. October 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I’d LOVE an album. Scrap booking is my favorite thing to do!

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Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul October 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I have two in high school this year, the only year that will happen, so yeah, I need to be keeping up with what is going on in our lives!
I have a terrific memory and even though I can remember so much of when they were babies, my hubs can’t so scrapbooking would be a way to get him involved!
Thanks for the chance to start!

Pamela in TX

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Mar October 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Yes, please! I am a new Gramma of a 7 week old…

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Michelle October 1, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for your answer to my question, Jessica. I appreciate you taking the time to do that.

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roberts05 October 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I would love an album. Mini albums seem to fit my crazy schedule the best and remembering the here and now is something I tend to forget. I love your blog and it truly inspires me!

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Stacy October 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

So very cute!!! Great idea too! Maybe I can be lucky enough to win one!?

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kristi October 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm

such a great idea! I look forward to starting one myself!

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Jessie October 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I love this idea!! It’s great. And I’d love to win a mini-album! :) And btw…Elias is adorable!

Jessie in Maryland

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Love the little album. Elias is so cute.
I’d love to win an album. I love scrapbooking, I am just so far behind. I am trying to do better and getting all my stuff organized in one work area.

Christy
Virginia

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Kel October 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm

As hectic as my life is I know I could accomplish this challenge and it would be fun doing it! God Bless from Fort Worth Texas.

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Rach October 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I would love an album to get me started – I’ve got ideas about what I want to do but never see them as doable! I am in the UK, however, so realise it may not be sendable!

Rach

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Heather October 1, 2008 at 12:57 pm

This is such a wonderful project! I love how you used black and white in yours — beautiful.

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missyroeker October 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I LOVE your blog! I also scrapbook, and I love to see your stuff! I would LOVE to win the mini album.

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Wagener family fun October 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I have been scarpbooking for years but after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year the Lord used that to show me what really mattered “right now”. I have enjoyed reading your blog and everything you have to say is right on. It doesn’t matter all of the details and fancy products (although they are fun) what matters are the memories. I would love to know how this little album was made. I have 3 little ones and I would love leave them around our house for all to enjoy.
Thank you for all that you do on this blog! You are a blessing.

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khueil October 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Love your blog…and would love to win the album too!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm

What a great idea. I would love the opportunity to do this as I have so much scrapbooking to do, but I know how quick time flies by us as well. My kids are growing so fast and this would be a nice thing to reflect on.

Thanks.

Heather
melody806@yahoo.com

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Pam October 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm

I think these little albums are a great way to take a snapshot of life as it is right now. Gotta put in some shots of my 19-mo-old – she just started walking! :)

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Anne October 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Great challenge-I love it! I love the idea of living in the moment and trying to soak up the smallest, simpliest details in life. Esp. with my kiddos!

Found you from your sister, Melissa. Long story … her boyfriend, Dan, went to college with me (and my hubby, Travis). Anyways … :)

Elias is adorable!

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Brittany October 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I love this idea!

Fingers crossed!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

What a great album. I’m doing this challenge.
Heidi in Canada

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Kelly October 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm

This is a great idea, and cute pictures!

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KristinA October 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Love this challenge – count me in! Love your album. Have a wonderful day! KristinTX

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KellyB October 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wow! Great idea!

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Laura B. October 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Those albums are so neat! I love the one you made. Thanks!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm

What a fun challenge. Your 2 month album is precious. I’m going to start my one month old’s today! Thanks for sharing and reminding us of the importance of documentation and memory making!

Lynn in OK

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Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle October 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I have started a book to many times to count….and none of them are finsished! This one is super cute, and all I have to do is add some pics! I would love it!

Destiny

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VanderbiltWife October 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I am not much of a scrapbooker, but I love the tiny album idea. His expressions just crack me up!! Love it!

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Michelle from Missouri October 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm

I love this idea… Just yesterday I was thinking to myself that it was time to slow down and enjoy the here and now. I was cleaning and trying to rush, rush, rush to get it done and all of a sudden it was just like…Why? I realized right then and there that I am really bad at wishing my life away, wishing that work would hurry and be over, wishing that the week was over, and wishing for this to happen, and on and on…and this is a time in my life that I need to just slow it down. You see I am also losing my grandmother to cancer and we don’t know how long she really has left, something that should really make someone slow down and enjoy every day if not every minute of the little things in life that we take for granted… So this is such a great tool to give someone, and I am actually excited to make my pictures now… I want to thank you now for this, it is truly a blessing.

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Jen October 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm

That is such a cool thing! Thanks for sharing it with others and changing lives :)

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Jill October 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I haven’t scrapbooked since my little one was born, she’s now two :( Would love a mini album to jumpstart me.

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Amanda October 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm

I’d love an album! I love your blog, you have really helped me realize I need a creative outlet, so thanks a ton from Greensboro, NC! My husband and I are in our second year of marriage, and I forget that its important to remember our life now before the kids and during the career questions and home purchase questions. What a great idea.

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Michele October 1, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Love this idea!

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kcrltr October 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Thank you for the challenge and inspiration Jessica! I love to scrapbook, but have become so overwhelmed with my process (I do a huge annual album, that I used to update monthly), that I am now more than a year behind! This is a great, manageable way to capture my boy’s lives right now (they are 4 and 2), and I am going to do this today!

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Marianne October 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I love the idea of this book….great way to carry your kids with you always. Thanks for sharing!

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Brooke October 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I’d love one!

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Melissa October 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm

What a cute idea! I’d love to win one!

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Steph October 1, 2008 at 1:59 pm

That is such an adorable album!

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Alisa Brandstetter October 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Love the challenge. I did something similar using these little albums, but used photos of my family. It was really nice to have a mini album to pull out of my purse when away from home and a little homesick.

Alisa

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Matt and Cristin October 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm

This is an AWESOME idea! I will do it! I would love to win an album!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Great challenge & love your mini-album! Scrapbooking is in my blood too. :o) Have a great day!
Leigh Anne from GA

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Deb October 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Oh how sweet! Both the baby and the little project. I can tell you from experience, if you don’t take the time to organize and preserve as you go, it’s a big mess! Add to that your five kids asking who’s who in all the baby pictures! Yes, albums are the way to go!! I love your creativity!

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Cheeziemommie October 1, 2008 at 2:23 pm

ADORaBLE!!! I’m a huge fan of Stacy’s too :)

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Beth October 1, 2008 at 2:24 pm

What an awesome idea!! This is definately a doable thing, one that doesn’t need a bagillion embellishments and such!! Love it! (and your blog!!)

tbmroberts@gmail.com

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Annemarthe October 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I’d really like an album!!:)
BLessings from Norway

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Mary Lou October 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hi Jessica! I have done a few of these albums! How fun! Loved getting to meet Elias…he is so precious! Glad your back home!

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Christi October 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I have been wanting to make a mini album since I got back into scrapbooking about 3 months ago. But I’ve had trouble finding good mini albums to use at my local craft stores. These little ones look so perfect to slip into a purse. Count me in on the giveaway! I love the little everyday moments and am working on capturing them with my little boy.

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LoriinTexas October 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I would love to win a scrapbook. You continually inspire me to keep documenting our lives before I soon forget. My kids are growing like crazy and changes are taking place before I can even blink some days. If it weren’t for my baby books and scrapbooks, I would not have those changes documented to look at later. :)

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Jess October 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm

This is an awesome idea! I know I always tend to take pictures of special occassions or when the family is on an outing but usually not the everyday mundane. Thanks for enlightening me

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renee78257 October 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Hey Jess…just wanted to say that I love your blog..always checking it. I love scrapbooking although mine looks nothing close to yours :) Have a great week/weekend!!!

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Erin Nusbaum October 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Hi Jessica,

I have been reading your blog for a little while and love it! My husband and I have just started to try and have a baby and we laugh so hard at your video blogs! That is so going to be us someday!

I am also a huge scrapbooker and I love your work! I also love this idea of “Life Right Now”. So much fun!

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lots_of_love_four_kids October 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Hi fom MN! I have a 7 month old- and being that she is our 4th child- I tend to not whip out the camera as much as I should- let alone have the time to scrapbook. So to have the opportunity to do a small album like you did of your gorgeous Elias would be FANTASTIC! YOUR ALBUM and PHOTOS are wonderful. What a GOD given talent you have!!!
Thank you!!!

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psalm13914 October 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I love you chronicle of Elias! So cute. I was wondering if you will have another great video blog soon? I just love those!!!
Take Care.
Cindy

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annie0480 October 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Elias is adorable and I love your little mini book. I love to scrapbook when I can find the time. I stamped my kids feet and hand print every month for their first year of life and then yearly. It adds a nice touch to their scrapbook and they can look back at how big their hands and feet where.

Denise

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm

What a great idea! I don’t do too much scrapbooking because it is time consuming, and well I don’t have a lot of time, but that I could do and maybe it would help me slow down a bit! I love taking pictures of the everyday stuff, I just then have a hard time printing them off and finding something to do with them. This would be a fun project!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Okay, I just replid but forgot to say my name, Emily, from Iowa :)

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Katie October 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Jessica,
Love your blog and I love to Scrapbook. I think this challange is a great idea. I don’t have any children, so I guess it would be filled with pictures of my husband and my dogs.

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MandieGirl October 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I’d love to be entered to win! Thanks for the chance!!! Your book is beautiful by the way!

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young October 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Aw, how nice of Stacy~! Thanks for sharing your mini-album with us.

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ArlaMo October 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for the chance to win! I’d love an album. Yours is adorable.

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Great challenge and i’m loving your black and white photos very precious.
~ Leauriy P.

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Amy October 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Jessica – I love the album, you did a great job – I actually like it just being pictures with no words – Amy

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Lyndsay October 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I love your album! I’m loving this idea … can’t wait to play along.

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Shannon October 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

what a great idea! My little one is almost 4 months and I’d love to do that! :) Thanks!

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Jen October 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Love the little book! I didn’t realize how little it was until I looked at the pictures a second time! I could definitely do this!

Jen

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Jenn October 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I absolutely love your mini album! The fact that you let the pictures speak for themselves, makes it so easy for everyone to make one!!

Thanks for always sharing your pages with us!

Hyatts1@sbcglobal.net

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mandajune October 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm

what a great idea! mini albums are my favorite because they’re not so overwhelming! 😀

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piercefamilyof4 October 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Love following your precious family and your blog! Thanks for the reminder to be thankful for the “everyday blessings”-its easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget! :)
Elias is adorable! :)
Anne Marie in TN

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Holly October 1, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Oh, what cute pictures. And what a great idea to just take some current photos of the little things!! Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to take photos of the day-to-day things, the things that really matter most.

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Tracy October 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm

What a great reminder throughout the year of what matters most!!!

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MommyPhill October 1, 2008 at 3:41 pm

I love the idea of this little album…as a BRAND NEW Mommy myself…I would love to win one!!! Thanks!

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LisaW October 1, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Love the challenge! Beautiful book – yes, the pics speak for themselves.

~LisaW

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MommyPhill October 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I forgot to leave my real name! :)
Korryn from Nebraska

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About Me. October 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I have already started taking my photos, I just need a place to put them. My fingers are crossed. I am happy that I found your blog from Stacy’s. I will be a regular reader.
Shaun
http://www.roomswithaview.typepad.com

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brandiandboys October 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

25… that’s super generous!

love those albums!

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The Couch Family October 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I LOVE THE ALBUM!! YOU ARE SO TALENTED! I LOVE TO SCRAPBOOK BUT IM JUST NOT THAT DOOD AT IT!!!! :) MAYBE SOMEDAY MY TIME WILL COME!!!!!

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Kara Finley October 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I love this!! With 2 children, I can get overwhelmed with taking care of them and the house and they seem to get older in a blink of an eye. It would be nice to revisit them every once in awhile!! The album is beautiful!!

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StudioB October 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I took Stacy’s HAve More FUN class at BPS with the 30 days Hath September “present moment scrapbooking” album and this mini album will be the perfect wind-up to this class.
TracyBzz

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Marla Taviano October 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Oooh, fun!

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pictures and proscrastination October 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I love your blog and this is a great idea! I also love your mini album and pictures; Elias is adorable! I have a four year old and I am just getting into scrapbooking-I would love an album!

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Britt October 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Cute, cute. I don’t have kids yet but I think my two dogs would look awfully cute in this little album.

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Yvonne&Eric October 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

This is such a great idea! Definitely makes me want to jump in and do it. I would love to win one of these albums but I live in Canada so I’m not sure if you want to ship to me here:) Love your blog – Elias is such a cutie!

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Emily B October 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I would love a little album. Thanks!

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The Cedergreen's October 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Hi Jessica! This is a great idea-I’d love to do a mini album. I read the book by Stacy Julian that you recommended a few months back. It, too, changed my view and way of scrapbooking. I am so much more relaxed about it now. So, thank you!

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm

What a cool idea
I have done anything like this
Sher

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Crud !! Can’t do anything right today !!
I have NEVER done anything like this before.
Have a good day !
Sher

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Torey Linn October 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

just leaving a comment – pick me!

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DeAnne October 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Hi Jessica,

I love you mini book and I am going to start my today, I think that I am going to have my older daughters do this too, they are my scrap buddies!!! Wonderful idea to keep it in my purse. I am glad that you had a safe trip.

Thanks,
De Anne

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David and Kristin October 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I would love one of these!

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Melissa B. October 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I’m leaving my comment in the hopes that I win that cute little album!

BTW, what type of camera do you use?
In Unison,
Melissa

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Whitney October 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I love this idea! And I love that you’re expounding on it for beautiful little Elias too!

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Jenkins Family October 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I love your album and would love to own one of those albums. You are truly one gifted scrapbooker. I have scrapbooked for quite sometime, but not remotely close to your talent. I enjoy all your scrapbooking posts.

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kristina October 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Your album is beautiful, Jessica!! Thanks for the chance! :)

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Journey to Mia Lynn: October 1, 2008 at 4:43 pm

You are so right! The moments of our lives, they just often sneek by us. So often I am reminding myself in the moment to take it in~whatever it might be, trying to consciously make myself aware that this moment in time will never come again, so as you say I try very hard to “Be here now”. Jen P. http://www.journeytomialynn.blogspot.com

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Lynn October 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Love this project. Yours is so adorable. Those little faces are too cute.

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Keesler Krew October 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I love your blog…and Elias is TOO CUTE

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Jen Bartoszek October 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I love this idea! I think this may have to be a monthly challenge for me to do with my kids!

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Jenny Durbin October 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Hello!
I would love a chance to win a mini-album.. Maybe it would get me motivated to start scrapbooking. I have the supplies, but need to get started. I think the mini-album would be a great way to start. How do you find the time? :) I love your blog.

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Amie October 1, 2008 at 5:31 pm

This looks so elegant, yet very easy, to do! Can’t wait to try it myself!

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Sarah October 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I love that little album. It looks easy and quick, just what I need with 3 little ones.
I have to say your little Elias is seriously one of the cutest babies I have ever seen.:)

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Simone October 1, 2008 at 5:39 pm

What a great idea! I’d love an album…

I was actually thinking last week that I miss doing the “month at a glance” pages that I was doing for my youngest. Each month, I’d take a variety of every-day pics, and journal what he was doing during each of those months. I arbitrarily stopped at one year, but it’s a nice reminder that the information these days is just as important! Life with little ones goes by so fast…I love your point about being part of each day instead of just overcoming it.

-Simone

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Mariela October 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

This challenge sounds great :) Elias’ little album is precious.

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Tara October 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm

I have tons of scrapbooking supplies, but 0 motivation. I think this would be a perfect simple start. Thanks for the chance!

Tara

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The Russell's October 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

What a great idea! I can’t wait to create my album!!

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Kendra October 1, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I love this idea! I’ll be taking my pics today…. hope I win one of the albums – so cute!
Kendra

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Amelia Elaine October 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Love the mini album…but if I make one you may have to help me take some good pics. Yours are always so great!
Audra

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I’d love an album. I LOVE little things too. How encouraging your post is to make note of the little things.
Meredith

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Amanda K October 1, 2008 at 6:10 pm

What a great idea! I have been a major scrapbook slacker for to long! I enjoy your blog!

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The O'Brien's October 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I would love to have a reason to carry a larger purse, in order to share pictures of my daughter :)

I found your blog from Angie Smith’s. I’ve read for a few months and not posted anything, but know you are very inspirational.

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Carol October 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Dear Jessica,
I love your album. I make lots and lots of scrapbooks, but they are rather large to carry around, so this looks perfect for a mother and grandmother who is more than glad to share photos with everyone. Thanks. Carol

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Michelle Cearley October 1, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I’d love to try this! count me in!

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Dani October 1, 2008 at 6:27 pm

HI! I have never done a mini-album but really want to! Thanks for this opportunity. And if I don’t win I might just have to buy me one. :) You are the best! :)
~Dani

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Debra October 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm

I would love to get an album! It’s important to have these memories because with kids, you don’t get these moments back! Thanks so much for your blog!

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Denise Hunter October 1, 2008 at 6:42 pm

What a beautiful baby! You can tell what your busy with these days. Where do you get these albums? Great idea!

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Lissette October 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

What a beautiful album and great idea!

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saner4 October 1, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Your baby is SO cute! Love your album.
I’d love to make an album (and one for my kids) that highlights their life right now!

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Phyllis R. October 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm

What a cute little guy! Thanks for sharing! Fun project and give-away. Thanks:)

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Kristin October 1, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Great idea! I love enjoying every day for what it is and thanking God for every part of what I have. Thanks for the idea!!!

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krislyn. October 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Jessica– Like you, I have a passion for scrapbooking (plainly just being creative) thanks so much for letting us all get a glimpse into your families life. You inspire me to truly recognize the little happenings each day!

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Amy October 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Jess-

You know how “non creative” I am- but this looks like a neat thing!

Amy Thornton

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Tessa October 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm

What a great idea! My four kids love looking at their scrapbooks. I’ve never done a mini-album before but I’d like to.

Tessa

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ScrappyB October 1, 2008 at 7:43 pm

I enjoy scrapbooking so much! I have albums dating back to when I was 12, now I am 37. I have never completed a pocket size one, what a great idea!

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Mareesa October 1, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I believe this is the first comment I have left…I am a daily reader of your blog. I found it by the way of Bring the Rain…Angie and Todd’s video was played at our church some months ago.

I have yet to actually start my own blog, but have plans to in the future. By the way, Elias is so very cute.

I have been trying really hard not to get started…scrapbooking that is…but you make it look very easy and I have to agree it is a great way to write “our story”.

Mareesa
huntmh@wku.edu

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falwyn October 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Wonderful challenge. And about time I made a mini album for myself! :)

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Julie October 1, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I love it! Thankfully, I just printed out some pictures, so I have no excuse not to participate!

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they call me the boss October 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Love your blog and the album!

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MaierHousehold October 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm

WOW…I would totally love an album! Ever since I had my 2nd daughter almost 3 years ago the pictures and scrapbooking have practically stopped! I would love this to help encourage me to pick it back up again!

Thanks….
Kim in San Angelo, Texas

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm

After reading your blog-I have jumped back on the scrapbooking wagon…. I have taken your advice and NOT used every photo-because I tried to do that with my first child and ended up driving myself nuts over it!! Elias is getting so big and cuter by the minute!

Christine in Cali

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Brittany October 1, 2008 at 8:30 pm

So cute. I love this idea. My daughter is now almost eight months old. I just may need to go back and do one of these mini albums for each month like you are doing for Elias.

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Danielle October 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Hi Jessica –

I love, love this challenge! I am two weeks into motherhood with my little man, Eli. I would love to document this first month of our “new life”. I am new to scrapbooking…thinking this may be the perfect start! :)

Pick me, pick me!

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abbey October 1, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Love your little album!

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Stefanie, Greg, Cole, and Jack October 1, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I LOVE that book!! Elias is SO adorable!!!

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Melissa October 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Neat idea, and I can speak for the mothers who have been at this a long time – (oldest of four almost 20, youngest 11) – the time really flies. It is so important to savor the moments and record the stories.

BTW, Elias just gets more adorable every day.

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Susanne Hüttner October 1, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Love the idea of the blog-blitz and “be here now” is something I try to remind me again and again.

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surfmomma4 October 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Well that is just the cutest album with the cutest baby everrrrrr..hope I win..love your blog.

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Hey, I think this is great. I scrapbook, but only the big things like vacations and big family parties. I am five months pregnant with my sixth pregnancy and I don’t think I have taken more than 2 pictures of me the whole time. I am so doing this today. The life of me and all of my men…. Right NOW! Thank you for the inspiration. Getting a free mini albulm would just make it easier…D

Littlemsmommy@yahoo.com

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Anne Marie October 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

what a fabulous idea!

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Jessica October 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

i love that album, what a great idea! i used to scrapbook all the time but have been slacking off. i’d love to make one of those little albums!!
Jess

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RobinDiane October 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Beautiful album! Thanks for sharing.

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Rachelle October 1, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Hi Jessica – Love your precious baby and your blog. I really would like an album. I have three kids that are growing so fast and things they like change on a regular basis. Also, my last is turning a year in a week and time flew. I would like to tell her what life is like with two big brothers and a crazy house:) Thanks for the inspiration you give.

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The Jones' October 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm

what a great idea. would love one of the albums.

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Jenny~ October 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I would LOVE to win a mini-book. What a great start to me trying to learn the ins and outs of scrapping. LOVE your blog, BTW!

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Missy October 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

love your craftiness. wish i could scrap! thanks for this chance to win a great lil’ keepsake album. definitely a great way to keep a brag book close by.

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EB October 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Great challenge! I’ve been wanting to get into scrapbooking, and this is a great way to do that!

Thanks!
emmarleed[at]hotmail[dot]com

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm

2boysWhat an adorable baby! You look like you are enjoying the Here and Now! I’m hoping to win one of these cute little albums : ) Erin Glee

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dee October 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

This mini album is great! I would love one!

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jen October 1, 2008 at 11:03 pm

love your little picture album! so cute.

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Amy October 1, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Love your album and love this challenge. Seems like I’m always at a loss for time so its nice to see projects that are simple but meaninful!

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Robin October 1, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Hi there!
I too found your blog through Angie’s and have enjoyed it so much! Your scrapbooks are so beautiful and ispirational but with Elias as your subject how could they not be. He is such an adorable baby. You are so blessed!

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Aimee October 1, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Your album is so beautiful. I recently began scrapbooking again after a hiatus of several years. You inspire me!

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Geralyn October 1, 2008 at 11:35 pm

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the opportunity for an album :)

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Dana October 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Love this idea and as usual Elias is adorable. He is the cutest thing!

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Cindy October 1, 2008 at 11:46 pm

What a cute and creative idea. I just love it.

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ev102007 October 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm

What a great challenge! I do not know how you find the time- I am 6 months pregnant and I can only imagine how my time will change come December! I would love this album though to show off her little pictures once she arrives!
Thanks! Elizabeth

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Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Jessica, I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog. I think I stumbled on it from a scrapbook message board, but I’m also in the mid TN area! I would love to do one of these albums…I haven’t scrapbooked as much lately as I would like, and I think this would be a great way to get back into it!

Andrea

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The Kahler Family October 1, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I love this idea and the simplicity of just photos in yours. So many times I worry about having the perfect “stuff” on a page before I feel like I can finish it. Most of the time this results in little to no scrapbooking because of the time demand. Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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Ryan & Jessica October 1, 2008 at 11:58 pm

What great pictures that truly captivate personalities :)
I’m inspired to scrapbook by your creativity.

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Tayl0r October 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

Hi Mrs. Jessica,
I like this idea…..I would love to get one of these albums. Thanks,
Taylor from Pensacola, FL

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Katrina October 2, 2008 at 12:10 am

Totally in for the give-away! Awesome idea – I so often feel like life is too mundane to chronicle or remember. But days like these are so important to remember on the crazy days, and with the album you have a really easy way to think back on them.

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Mary October 2, 2008 at 12:18 am

hello from WI! Elias is a cutie

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Iris October 2, 2008 at 12:22 am

Hi Jessica….your family is beautiful! I would love to win and album!

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Melissa October 2, 2008 at 12:44 am

Love that idea! So many times we scrapbook past pictures and forget about the most recent ones.
Melissa in NC

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Team Martins October 2, 2008 at 12:45 am

What a special idea! Sacred moments are the everyday moments that slip by. Thanks for sharing!

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Jenn October 2, 2008 at 12:59 am

I’d love an album. Thanks for your blog.

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Anonymous October 2, 2008 at 1:03 am

This is exactly what I need.
Liz in Texas

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Sandra D. October 2, 2008 at 1:12 am

What a great idea .. BTW .. I’m going to do a “week of our life” thing .. that’s about the neatest idea. :-)

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Jennifer October 2, 2008 at 1:29 am

I would love to be entered in the drawing!!

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rebecca October 2, 2008 at 1:30 am

Jessica,

How adorable your album is! Now I know why you choose to handwrite in your books instead of using the computer….your handwriting is beautiful! I have never tried my hand at scrapbooking before, but this idea is totally doable.
Thank you and God Bless!

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The Diedrichs October 2, 2008 at 1:43 am

what a way to get some comments! thanks for the inspiration!

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Claire October 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

Oh my goodness, I am in love with this idea! I’ve been feeling guilty about being so unmotivated to journal much lately, and I feel like I’ve been letting a lot of important stuff slip by me unremembered. This is perfect.

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Jessica Lester October 2, 2008 at 2:01 am

What a GREAT idea! My little one just turned 3 and how I would LOVE to have little books like that of when she was tiny :)…I guess we will start them now! Love your blog!

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Anonymous October 2, 2008 at 2:26 am

I would love to have a sweet little album.
Rebecca from Big Island

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Stephanie October 2, 2008 at 2:44 am

What a great idea! I can’t wait to get started on my own!

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OP SuZ Q October 2, 2008 at 2:55 am

Hi Jess!! I would love to be one of your 25 winners :) Thx for doing this!!

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OP SuZ Q October 2, 2008 at 2:56 am

Hi Jess!! I would love to be one of your 25 winners :) Thx for doing this!!

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amydc October 2, 2008 at 2:59 am

Great little project.
I love the way the ribbon wraps around to close the book.
Too cute!

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Melissa October 2, 2008 at 3:03 am

What a lovely idea. I used to scrapbook, but I’ve let it fall by the wayside. It calls to me occasionally, but I haven’t made the time for it. I love this little project–it just might be the catalyst to get me started!

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Debbi October 2, 2008 at 3:04 am

i love the simplicity of this.

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christi28 October 2, 2008 at 3:09 am

what a great idea!! i really need to live in the here and know. this is a great start!

blessings ~

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.Bella. October 2, 2008 at 3:13 am

I love being creative.
I love scrap booking.
& I'd love this album.
=)

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Lynette C October 2, 2008 at 3:29 am

Love to win one of Bazzill Mini to make album similar to yours for myself. Hope I win.

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Kristi October 2, 2008 at 4:12 am

SUPER cute!!

I hope I win! I’d love an album – I’m a poor law student whose money is diverted from scrappin’ supplies to law books! :) It’s worth it, though!

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Canay October 2, 2008 at 4:14 am

I’ve got my 10 photos ready. Just need a cute little album to put them in:)

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Kara October 2, 2008 at 4:46 am

LOVE your pictures :) what a great album.

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Kristina October 2, 2008 at 5:16 am

Hey Jessica,
Loving the pics of Elias.
Thanks so far on the tips you have given on scrapbooking. I am new to the world of scrapbooking, and find your stuff great to look towards for inspiration.
Thanks!

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Tirzah October 2, 2008 at 6:47 am

Pick me, pick me!

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6hebrons October 2, 2008 at 7:31 am

I love the idea!

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Jana October 2, 2008 at 11:41 am

I’m in. Nice little album.

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Cari October 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

225 comments already… looks like i may have to purchase one of those albums… but one can still hope right? i just made my daughter her first scrapbook on shutterfly ( kinda cheating right?) but now that means that my son needs one too!

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Sarah October 3, 2008 at 9:33 am

great idea…posted it to my blog too. thanks!

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Photomom January 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I’d love one of these albums, to make for my mother-in-law, who is in a nursing home, and has parkinson’s and little short term memory . She would love more family and grandkid pics.

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felicia January 20, 2009 at 4:47 am

Great simple little book! Love it!:)

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Kim July 3, 2009 at 9:23 pm

What a great idea, easy enough to get done very quickly which is a must for me right now. Thanks for the chance to win the album. :-)

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