Saturday, September 12, 2020

Wake Me Up When September Ends :)

 Hi everyone! :)

Twelve 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 twelve years to taking at LEAST one photo a month with me and kids (or kid, when 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 8th year, that I have made a layout with the previous 12 months photos of me and the kid(s) :) 

Here are the previous years -- 201320142015201620172018 and 2019

Now here we are in 2020, it is September 12th, and I wanted to share my layout I made for the past 12 months photos. :)

I used Bella Blvd., PhotoPlay, Pink Paislee (Paige Evans), Nikki Sivils and Echo Park 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 - this year I forgot to add the song title/layout title, but I know that I use this every year -- so I will forgive myself this time :)

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

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


  1. So awesome that you've been keeping this tradition up for the last 12 years. Love all the photos!

  2. Love this layout. This is a wonderful tradition!

  3. What you are doing taking photos of yourself with your family is an amazing thing and well done to you.. this layout looks wonderful.. a precious tradition and I hope you get many many many many more years of doing it!!

  4. This might be my all-time favorite of your yearly Aleida layouts. I love this tradition!

  5. This is an awesome layout! Collage photos are great-and I love that this is a whole year's worth! This is a wonderful thing that you do and encourage. :)

  6. This is a fabulous layout! Absolutely love it and what a keepsake these will be...


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