Harry Potter World Mini Album Scrapbook

Going to Harry Potter World last year was one of the highlights of my life. Seriously. It's right up there with my baby sisters being born, the day I adopted my dog, and the day I launched my Hello, Gorgeous class. It was absolutely incredible. It was so inspiring and gorgeous and amazing, I can't put into words how much I loved it. So I'll let these pictures of my Harry Potter World mini album, scrapbooking the day, do the talking. I'm sure you'll be able to see all my positive vibes, memories, and gratitude shine through the pages I made. Here it is! 

Harry Potter World Mini Album 6x8 Scrapbook

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You can see the full flip through of these pages and get more information on how I made them by watching the YouTube video I made. Catch that here. I love these mini album pages so much. I think they reflect the gorgeous energy I felt all day at the park, and the pages turned out stunning and interesting. 

Let me know what you think of this mini album down below! Leave a comment if you loved it, if you've been to HP world, or if you want to go. I had been wanting to go since it opened years and years ago. Finally going was a dream come true and this album captures all those feelings. I hope you make some beautiful memories today and record them. 

xoxo, Laura

100 Days of Scrapbooking Days 31-40

Hey there, I'm sharing another batch of scrapbook layouts I made for the 100 day project last year. You can learn more about the project and see all the other things I've made for it so far by checking out the previous posts on my blog or YouTube channel about it. Today I'm sharing layouts/days 31-40 of the 100 Days of Scrapbooking I did last year!

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I adore so many of these layouts and I'm so glad to finally have completed some awesome scrapbooks! Doing this project last year helped me learn and grow so much in my creative life and I look forward to doing it again this year. I just shared my intro video to the 2018 100 Days Project and what I'll be doing for it on my YouTube channel yesterday. Check it out here.

And if you want to get started scrapbooking but you don't know where to start or it all seems overwhelming, check out my class Minimalist Scrapbooking to learn how to make gorgeous, easy pages! Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

Florida Vacation 6x8 Project Life Mini Album

Last year I went to Florida over spring break, to visit my sisters, and to finally go to Harry Potter world for the first time ever. Today I'm sharing the Project Life pages I made to document my trip. I love how colorful and bold all these pages ended up being. I love them! Here's a bunch a gorgeous photos, or if you prefer, you can watch the YouTube flip through video of the album, here- https://youtu.be/uDalTPAM5Q4.

To start this section of my album, I made a really cool vellum divider that says "Florida" across it, with bold palm leaves and banana leaves around the boarder. I LOVE how it looks, in all of it's hand drawn imperfection. I just used Sharpie on my vellum to create that page.

The next thing I did was divide up my trip for each day I was there. I used a 3x8 pocket insert and alphabet stickers to write "Day 1," "Day 2," or "Day 3" on the front of the pocket, and then on the back of each pocket, I wrote some journaling about each of the things that happened that day. We were only in Florida for a couple of days so each day was packed with activities and catching up with old friends, and my family. 

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I used a lot of Project Life cards that I designed in this mini album. You can check those out in my etsy shop. I love how bold and graphic they are, they complimented my pages perfectly. I also did some stamping here, using Kelly Purkey stamps, and I love how that turned out in this part of my 2017 Project Life album.

Here are some of my favorite supplies I used in these pages-
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Black alphabet stickers
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I hope these pages leave you feeling inspired to document your own travels and vacations. Does anybody else love the 6x8 mini album size? I've loved using it! I'll share the rest of this trip (Visiting Harry Potter world,) next week!

xoxo,
Laura

Why I Cut My Hair Off

Let's talk about something dramatic; like the dramatic hair change I went through a couple months ago. I cut 14 inches off my hair. One day I came home from work, tied my hair in a pony tail, and took scissors to it using my bathroom mirror to guide my cut. 14 inches in total. 

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What I looked like before....

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I felt gorgeous with my long hair. Long and blonde. Totally meeting those American beauty standards. (rolls eyes, because you know how much I talk about body positivity and how much those standards suck. Yet, even I get caught falling for them and wanting to adhere to them.)

It was also like a shield. I felt like people noticed my hair before they noticed me. They commented on my hair before they asked anything about me. And most of all, I used it as a way to feel safe, protected, because I could hide behind it. Like Violet in The Incredibles, I experience social anxiety like crazy, and often hide behind my hair in the back of a room because talking to new people is scary. It's like this shield of safety, this shield of fitting it because I'm "pretty," and yet not standing out  because people noticed the hair but often didn't care to notice or learn other things about me. (I'm talking about strangers here, like the hundreds I might walk past on campus or sit in a classroom with each day. I got comments about my hair all the time but few times did anyone introduce themselves or ask anything about me.) My hair felt pretty and it felt safe.

I had thought about cutting it for such a long time and always talked myself out of it. I would edit one of my YouTube videos and see myself on screen and think "But it's SO pretty, I can't get rid of it." Or I would dance and love the way it felt flowing around my body and over my face. Or I would like to hide behind it. It was safety, comfort, and beautiful, and I loved my hair. I really loved it.

And that thought alone was what did it. I LOVED my hair. I was attached to it. It meant so much to me and did so much for me to make me feel pretty, this long, blonde mane. I realized that my attachment to a meaningless object, my adherence to societal beauty standards, wasn't doing me any favors. Feeling safe and pretty doesn't make for progress, it makes for comfort. I didn't want to rely on this object to make me safe or pretty. I wanted to make waves in the world. I wanted to do cool stuff and make noise, take up space, and not apologize for it. I wanted to stand out and say important stuff. I wanted to leave my comfort zone and I wanted to stop feeling like my contribution to the world was "being pretty." 

So I put on some Taylor Swift music ("I Did Something Bad," in case you're curious,) and took scissors to it in my bathroom one afternoon. After more than 6 months of thinking about it and being sick of all the money and maintenance my hair required. After more than 6 months of being tired of all the migraines I was getting from all the weight of my hair (seriously, this is something I notice whenever my hair gets crazy long, I get migraines way more often.) After more than 6 months of talking myself out of it because I liked being pretty, I finally grabbed the scissors.

And after I chopped off those 14 inches of long, beautiful, blonde hair? I felt liberated. 

My short hair felt great. I felt free, lightweight, and oh so happy for change. I felt bolder, and sassier, more myself. I loved my long hair, but I love my short hair too. The difference is, now I don't love it too much. It's not holding me back or making me feel physically bad (migraines.) It's not my safety net of pretty. Cutting off 14 inches of hair was a good way for me to practice non-attachment to meaningless beauty symbols and societal beauty standards.

And I have no doubt that I will at some point have long hair again. After all, I did love it and it was pretty. But it's always good to notice when we are placing too much value on meaningless objects or falling into society's expectations of us, especially as women, to look pretty.

My short hair feels amazing and I feel amazing with it. This has already started to change as my hair grows back out and has recently entered that awkward growing out length, no longer the cute, short hair but also not the long, pretty hair. But overall I am feeling great and wondering WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS SOONER?! I know why, but seriously. I am saving so much money and time not having all that hair to take care of. I was going through conditioner like crazy before haha.

Bonus points- I also felt great because I donated my hair, which I recommend to anyone wanting to cut off their hair. Different non-profits benefit different groups of people (women with cancer, vs children with cancer,) and they all have different rules (can it be colored, does it have to be virgin hair, how much is the minimum required to donate, etc.) Knowing that someone else somewhere will get to feel beautiful because they get to have any hair at all thanks in tiny part to my donation (it takes several donations and donors to make even one wig,) is incredible. I'm so happy to play a minuscule part in that.

My short hair feels great and I feel free with a fresh new start. Funny how a hair cut can do that!

Now here's my question to you: Are you holding on to anything that might be holding you back? 

I would love to hear your experiences with your hair or holding on to things that shouldn't be important but somehow are. Leave me a comment down below and share one of your stories with me!

xoxo,
Laura