I have this thing for trees. If I could just grow trees, I totally would. And if you put me by a stream and big leafy trees…or pine trees…I’m in complete heaven. It’s that whole being outside thing that I have in my soul.

One of my very favorite moments (and very worst too) was two years ago when we went camping as a family for my 50th birthday. It’s all I wanted. And boy did we ever enjoy ourselves!



So I wanted the perfect accent to document this week in my journal, highlighting the camping trip for sure because…awesome! Result? The new Leaves kit, that’s available for free today only as the One Day Monday Summer Freebie.



I used the Leaves travelers notebook size to fit perfectly onto my spread. There are other options, such as 12×12 (square), letter size, a border, and even individual leaves. Lots of creative choices!



I really wanted to include more journaling here because I just wrote highlights with the anticipation of documenting more. However, not having gotten in this in my book from two years ago, I was looking at photos to jog my memory. So I wanted to make sure I had more of the story in my journal.

To include more, I used washi to create a flap using the photo over some (now  hidden) journaling–everything printed on one piece of cardstock that I’ll adhere in my journal. I don’t know why the color of that journaling doesn’t look the same (black) because it is. There’s also a couple more photos under there from the week that you don’t see here.

And above I mentioned this was both the best and worst weekend. It was the best because even though I turned 50, I was with my family doing what I love so much. The worst happened the next day when I found out my website had been hacked. Talk about your highs and lows!

But the bright side to that awful time was that I got a new website out of it that I could totally control myself (well, most of it) and not have to rely on someone to make changes to a program that no one knew how to work. Is this where you say the Lord works in mysterious ways? Hmm. I have to say, there was a lot of hell in that divine intervention though. ;)