Monthly Archives: September 2016

Moments Like These

September 11, 2016

I’m focusing more and more lately on simplicity – and this relates to my scrapbooking as well. One strategy I’m using is to focus on Project Life cards and scrapbook papers that are neutral colors – so, a lot of black and white cards like in the Moments Like These collection.

I’m glad I documented the backyard a bit last year when it was full of grass, before I turned it into concrete!

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Some old photos from when Sofia was just barely a toddler.

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And these black and white cards go perfectly with a bit of color for some photos from last year’s Halloween! This is the fabulous thing about black and white cards- you can add a pop of color to tailor it to any color scheme.

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Our team has some great pages that you’ll be inspired by – make sure to check them out!

Julie Kettlewell

Constanze Wirtz

Tina Gillespie

Anna Pickering

Sandra Korten

Delys Cram

Linda Dalke

Allison Okamitsu

Yard Progress

September 2, 2016

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I have shared many photos on Instagram of my backyard and the work that’s been going on, but not a lot on this blog yet. But I am so excited as to how things are progressing, that I can’t help but share some photos even though we aren’t done yet!

Before and after:

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This home’s grass never was in great condition, but when the California water restrictions popped up a year or so ago, we struggled with what to do with the grass. Eventually the decision was made – get rid of the grass, and move on. This is what a yard of dead grass looks like!

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Finally, the work starts. I don’t think I could have pulled all this up myself.

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And the concrete work begins…

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And for the finished product….concrete and decomposed granite. I really didn’t do anything fancy. Just basic broom finished concrete and gray decomposed granite. But then I had lots of fun with decorating and choosing pieces of furniture and plant pots.

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The dining table set is from West Elm. The little plant pots are from CB2.

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I am so glad I chose these Acapulco chairs from CB2! They are so fun and actually very comfortable for lounging in. I can’t wait to use the firepit from Crate & Barrel to make s’mores. I’m still working on getting plants in the ground, but until then I’m enjoying the plants in the plant pots which are from CB2.

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If you like the look of the Acapulco chairs, here is another fabulous example of how this can be pulled together, from one of my favorite bloggers – Almost Makes Perfect.