Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wake Me Up When September Ends -- featuring Paige Evans/Truly Grateful collection :)

Hi everyone! :)

Eleven years ago today (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 eleven 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 7th year, that I have made a layout with the previous 12 months photos of me and the kid(s) :) 

Here are the previous years -- 2013201420152016, 2017 and 2018

Now here we are in 2019, it is September 12th, and I wanted to share my layout I made for the past 12 months photos. :)

I used Paige Evans/Pink Paislee "Truly Grateful" collection on my layout :)

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.  

For my June photo, I did a split view photo for that month.  I knew I was visiting Adam at the end of June in Texas, so I took one with Brookie early in June, and then one with him at the end of June. :)

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

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


  1. Beautiful, as always! I love that you do this. And I love seeing Adam in some of these. And your short hair is super cute!

  2. Beautiful layout. LOVE the photos and the colours!

  3. This is just perfect!! LOVE that you take all those photos! and what an amazing page! <3

  4. Such a beautiful page Julie. And loving all these pictures!

  5. Julie this is an all-time fave. I love that you've taken a pic every month and the reasons behind that. The layout is perfect. You nailed getting 1 - no 13! - photos onto one page. A real fantastic effort. Go you!

  6. Good on you for your dedication to this.. I am sure looking back on all these precious photos it will be priceless.. each photo is wonderful.. memories are all we have really.. beautiful layout with this years photos.. a wonderful tribute to your dear friend....

  7. Julie this is just so fun. Loving all the happy memories you made and all the pretty spring embellishing on your layout.
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  8. Your layout is adorable Julie! I love how you captured a years worth of pictures in one sweet layout! The colors are bright and cheery and reflect the cheery faces in each picture. Totally sweet!!!


  9. Amazing page! I love all the color. Thanks for being such an inspiration. :)

  10. This is such a powerful thing to do! Love your annual layout page. Such a great idea! Wish I had done this when my kids were younger.

  11. Love how you were able to add so many photos.

  12. Hugs lady... Such an awesome tradition... I wish I'd done something like this when my kids were young. I mean, I did try to get in pics at least once at any event I was taking pictures at, but there are very few pics of me and the kids. The layout is gorgeous and perfect! I miss you!! Can't wait 'til we canc rop together again!

  13. I remember.... I remember Aleida's shock passing, and how that put us together on 'Scrapping the Music'. I remember her writing that on her blog, and I remember when you took this up. I haven't always done it and everytime I hear it through you... I make an effort. I will do this again. Thank you Julie. You are amazing. (ps, I've been out out of blogland for a while.... how is Mr Dandy?)

  14. I love that you are still doing this - it's a great thing, and it's really interesting seeing the changes in the year that's been. Nice to catch up with what your kids look like - they are growing up soooo much :) And lovely LO....those big alphas....they're great :)

  15. Love, love, LOVE that you do this, Julie! SO beautiful, and such a sweet keepsake! <3


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