Sunday, September 2, 2018

Wake Me Up When September Ends :)

Hi everyone! :)

Ten years ago on September 12th, Aleida Franklin tragically passed away. A month before she passed away, she posted a very profound blog post, that seriously changed my life.  She wanted us Mom's to get IN FRONT of the camera with our kids.  Her philosophy was, that our kids don't care if we are wearing makeup, if we are overweight, if our hair is a hot mess, they only care that we are MOM! That's all they see -- just Mom! So she had encouraged all of us to get in front of the camera with our kids. So that they would have those memories WITH us! :)

She only had that one month that she did photos with HER and her kids in them, then she was gone.

If you follow me here or on social media, you know that I have dedicated the last ten years to taking at LEAST one photo a month with me and kids (or kid, since Adam moved to Texas! lol!) in her honor.  Some of those photos are definitely NOT my best -- one time was even in my pj's, because it was the last day of the month, and I totally let it slip my mind, and I was already dressed for bed!! But -- I got my monthly photo in -- in my PJ's! LOL! :)

And this is the 6th year, that I have made a layout with the previous 12 months photos of me and the kid(s) :) 

Here are the previous years -- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Now here we are in 2018, it is September - and it is 10 days before the 10th anniversary of Aleida's passing, and I wanted to share my layout I made for the past 12 months photos. :)

I used some older Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, and Photo Play goodies :)

And the latest challenge for Challenge YOUrself was perfect for my page this year, as the theme is MOTHER/DAUGHTER (and yes, I know Adam is in two of the photos - which actually makes me a little sad, as that means I only saw him two times these past 12 months)  -- but I knew that all 12 of the months also feature me and Brookie - so I am calling it good! :) 

When I create these yearly layouts, I use the song title "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day -- I knew Aleida from "Scrapping the Music" challenge blog - so I not only thought the title was appropriate because of the month she passed away, but a little nod to her by using a song title.  
















Ironically in these past 12 months photos - I am wearing the same shirt twice, and Brookie and I took two of our photos at "Our Creative Escape" a new painting studio run by Kim (from Paper Smooches) and her hubby Tom, that Brookie and I have become ADDICTED to! :) 


Thank you Aleida for changing my life - I am forever grateful to you ... xoxo


Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)




28 comments:

  1. Awwwww Julie! I LOVE your amazing page. We are honored that you joined Challenge YOUrself this month for the "Mother-Daughter" challenge, using the photos that were inspired by your dear friend, Aleida!!! Your page is touching, beautifully designed, and absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us this month. We are so happy that you did!!

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  2. I always enjoy this post and your photos!!! Hugs!!!

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  3. What an amazing post and lovely layout! xxx

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  4. This is what scrapbooking is really all about. Getting those daily moments recorded. But even more so, along with your kids. Big hugs to you!

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  5. What a wonderful thing, Julie, and it makes me understand your devotion to scrapping. You are a smart lady with a beautiful family.

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  6. You are fabulous! What a great gift for your children! Your layout is totally fun!

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  7. Julie you are such an inspiration. I used to take lot of photos of my daughter when she was young...now with all the studies and everything I sometimes let weeks slip by before I take a picture of hers!

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  8. AMAZING layout and I KNOW Aleida is smiling down on you from heaven! What an inspiration she was and it is so nice that you continue this tradition! Your kids will have so many fond memories and photos to reflect upon!

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  9. This is beautiful.I'm glad she inspired you to do this.

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  10. Oh it is very sad that this dear lady passed away, and well done to you for celebrating her life in taking photos with you in them... This page is really lovely, very special moments on each photo and I love the design of your page and the different sized photos..

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  11. Wow! That 10 years has flown on by. Bit like this year! LOOOOVE the collage, & adore the gingham check paper...the arrow looks seriously cool too. Great page. Glad you're still taking those pics....bit sad for you re: Adam. But they grow up and go, I guess :)

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  12. awwww, this is so beautiful, Julie, and soooooo sweet! I'm a bit weepy eyed, actually! I think it is such a wonderful thing that you take a monthly photo with your kids, and I love how you honor Aleida in your thoughts and actions. She would be so tickled to know how deeply she touched your life. LOVE this! Absolutely stunning layout and design! <3

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  13. This might be my very favorite of all your Aleida pages. It's wonderful. I'm glad to see Adam in two pictures, but I do wish you could see him more often!

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  14. I LOVE this page! I could definitely get in front of the camera more. I'd love to have a collection of layouts like this. Thanks for the push and the inspiration! :)

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  15. You’re so right about Mom/children photos! Your layout is great, love the multiphotos displaying design and colors. Thanks for joining us at Challenge YOUrself

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  16. So true! To late for me. Very few of me and my kids. Great page !!

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  17. Aww, such a beautiful story. I love what you do and I think I have to start take monthly photos with my kids. Thanks for the reminder! <3 And your page is awesome!!! Thanks for joining Challenge YOUrself! Hugs Åsa

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  18. This is such a wonderful way to honor your friend and share her story. Also, thank you for the reminder of being in the pictures! This layout is awesome and very sweet! :)

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  19. Just awesome as always Julie - great design - lovely layout!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

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  20. Wonderful layout Julie, the photos are perfect and loving the stitching. I don't scrapbook (anymore) but take lots of photos. This is a great reminder to add myself to some of the pictures! Great post!

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  21. Amazing page Julie, Brookie is growing up so fast! As mentioned here above it's a a great reminder too, to add myself to some photo's!!

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  22. Absolutely love thee designs. So fun and the sewing is a lovely touch.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  23. Love that you do this... too bad there's so much less Adam though. Why do kids have to grow up ::sigh::

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