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#projectlife January - April. Decided to close up the album earlier than I thought. I don't think I could've fit two more months in here.

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User Image nicolereaves Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:21 PM (UTC)
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Spending a little time reacquainting myself with this space this morning. I’m going to film a flip-through of my 2016 December album, work on an opening page for my 2017 album, then I’m off to a field trip to see Wonder. If the previews are any indication, I’m gonna need a lot of tissue. 😭
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Nov 20, 2017 5:26 PM (UTC)
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It’s my 1700th post and it’s been an eternity since I’ve posted a photo of me. How about a (re-)introduction?!

I’m Nicole. I’m a memory-keeper living in Michigan with my husband and kiddos, and in this space I typically share my local adventures + what I’m working on. Here’s a little bit about me right now :

Myers-Briggs // I am an INFJ but also consider myself a social introvert. (Did you know there are 4 types of introverts?) I love exploring new places, especially on my own, and really thrive when I’m around a handful of like-minded people. It’s my favorite.

What I’m making // I’m getting ready to make my 8th December Daily album to document our holiday season and this year I’ve got a theme in mind. I’ve also started a small personal project - a grief art journal - to help me cope with the recent passing of my mom.

What I’m listening to // My current Spotify playlist is a bizarre mix of Elton John, Foo Fighters, Drake, Highly Suspect, the Bee Gees, Marilyn Manson and Audioslave. Weird, I know. And I like my music loud. My hearing will be my first sense to go.

I believe in // following my curiousity, spending more money for higher quality, distraction-free connection, 8 hours of sleep a night, supporting small + local businesses, working hard but not scheduling every single minute.

I’m struggling with // asking for help, not consuming a Starbucks holiday drink every day, sticking to the boundaries I’ve created, not scheduling every single minute.

Thank you so much for being here! Feel free to use one of the prompts above to share a little about yourself.

Photo by the super talented David Sherry (@brandswell) at #QuonsetHaus in Detroit. Hooray for saying yes to awesome opportunities with rad people.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Nov 14, 2017 2:39 PM (UTC)
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currently // 9:36am, sitting at the window seat in a new-to-me coffee shop, enjoying a latte in a real mug, writing my morning pages, wondering how I can make all of this happen more often.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Nov 6, 2017 5:21 PM (UTC)
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Fall is my favorite season, but this year it brings a change that is particularly painful. Just days after her 60th birthday, my mom passed away after a 19-month battle with cancer. While I am grateful she was home, and under the care of hospice, I know an anticipated loss does not make the grieving easier. While I’m left thinking “now what?”, I am trying to regain some sort of routine. A new normal. One that, right now, involves moving slowly, completely spacing out, and replaying the last month over and over.

I am still in denial, even though I laid right next to her as she took her last breaths. How I might feel tomorrow, next week, next month, scares the shit out of me and it’s hard not to think about it. When will it hit me?

For now, I’m *trying* to show up for today, without worry of what tomorrow may bring. I’m welcoming all the feelings - the good along with the not so good. And I know that while she may be gone, her love, support and strength will never leave me.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Oct 13, 2017 7:47 PM (UTC)
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After Morgan saw my completed Fave mini book, she asked if she could make one of her own. Uh, yessss! This week she filled out her favorites prompt sheet - a free printable included with my Mini Book Workshop - and now she is running around taking pictures with her iPod. So cute! I love when she wants to document her life too.

If you want to join in and make a mini of your favorite things with me, Sunday is your last day to enroll! Links to the class + kit in my profile. #scfavemini
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Oct 11, 2017 8:07 PM (UTC)
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As purge-happy as I can be, my shelves are home to so many things I hold dear. Including my grandma’s thread collection and an incredibly Raggedy Ann. This was my third + the only one that is still intact because I loved on her hard. When I look at her now, I remember our many adventures. I can still see the marker on her face from when I pretended it was makeup. And though it’s faded now, I can see my name on her back, written in my mom’s neat handwriting, because I used to take her to kindergarten with me. We went everywhere together. Obviously not the bathtub though. 😂 I think it gives her character.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Oct 10, 2017 2:52 PM (UTC)
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currently // printing photos + trimming Austin memorabilia + adding pieces from the @kellypurkeyshop Admit One kit for my latest mini book. Clearly I was so into this trip that I didn’t share any of it here. My bad. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy what is around you without posting it on social media. Is it just me? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Anywho, having done some of the prep work before my trip, this mini is going to come together quick! On my YouTube channel (link in profile), I’m sharing a real time process video of how I put together my Austin mini book covers. (You can see them in my IG feed right below this photo. 👇🏻) And real time, meaning, 20 minutes. 😬

Not my typical process video but so true to what real project evolution looks like. Let this be proof that scrapbooking, and life, and almost everything, is a lot of just figuring things out as you go. 🤔
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Oct 8, 2017 2:30 PM (UTC)
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my weekly gratitude // feeling on top of the world after a week away, quiet breezy Sunday mornings, kids who already know what they want to be for Halloween (mine tend to wait until the last minute!) 😜🎃🤷🏻‍♀️
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 28, 2017 11:18 PM (UTC)
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Finding a lot of joy in being outdoors these days, so the new @kellypurkeyshop Wild stamp set + Home Sweet Home kit really spoke to me in this new spread for my summer album. 🌿🏡☀️

The September release is now live in her shop, plus you can check out a process video on how this layout came together - both links in profile.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 18, 2017 4:08 PM (UTC)
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I'm soooo excited I'm heading to Austin next week!! Naturally, that means another mini in the making. New @kellypurkeyshop stamps (coming 09.28) + acrylic album covers by @jamaica16 and I can't wait to fill it up!
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 15, 2017 4:51 PM (UTC)
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my weekly gratitude // a nice visit with my mom, DIY matcha lattes, finding hearts in nature.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 14, 2017 4:01 PM (UTC)
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Following a whim I got this week to start a personal album to document some life changes right now. Photos. Lots of journaling. Intentional products. No deadline. Simple.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 13, 2017 3:41 PM (UTC)
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My mini book basket is overflowing again. Time to weed some of these out to another home, or get another basket. 🤔
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 11, 2017 4:47 PM (UTC)
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1 kit + 20 minutes = another layout in my summer album. Slow but sure, I’m making progress. The @kellypurkeyshop Summer Vacation Traveler’s Notebook kit works great for PL spreads too - that stamp set is a definite fave. You can see a quick (under 6 minutes!) process video, or shop for @kellypurkeyshop products, via links in my profile.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 8, 2017 5:36 PM (UTC)
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my weekly gratitude // a great first week back to school, time to hike + breathe + tend to the house, being around people who want to solve problems instead of just complain about them.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 2, 2017 1:20 AM (UTC)
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Today is the day! My newest class is now enrolling over at @studio_calico. Make a mini book with me and document all of your favorite things!

In the workshop, we'll talk about choosing photos, pairing them with memorabilia, plus I've got a printable of 40+ prompts to help you choose what favorites you want to include in your mini.

Check out the links in my profile to sign up for the class (just $10!) and to see an unboxing of the kit I used, Lyra, now available on the Studio Calico shop. #scfavemini
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Sep 1, 2017 2:43 PM (UTC)
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my weekly gratitude // trying a new campground and loving it, quiet time to finish the book I started in January, friends who make moving to a new school a whole lot easier.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Aug 30, 2017 3:52 PM (UTC)
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User Image nicolereaves Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:10 PM (UTC)
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Adding my favorite apps to my #scfavemini since they pretty much change on a weekly basis.
User Image nicolereaves Posted: Aug 28, 2017 4:20 PM (UTC)
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The August release is now available in the @kellypurkeyshop and it's full of pretty things to document your summer. Here's a clip from the process video for my first spread using the Life Lessons kit + Captured stamp set. Link to the full video - on YouTube- in my profile.