Summer Voices | Liz Tamanaha

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We’re on summer holiday and we’ve invited some of our friends to share their voices and projects here over the next 2 weeks. Say hello to Liz Tamanaha:

Summer, you are my fave

Hi There!  I'm Liz Tamanaha, a Southern California girl married to the most amazing husband and mom to 2 little girls that are the light of my life. I'm also a memory keeper with a penchant for minimalist aesthetics and the designer behind paislee press. I'm a long time fan of Ali Edwards and couldn't be more thrilled to be a guest blogger for her today while she's away having the time of her life in Paris (and hopefully making time to indulge in croissants and crepes and other delicious eats that the French are so good at making).

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Summertime is my absolute fave. The leisurely pace. The extra hours of daylight. The balmy "don't need a cardigan" temperatures in the evening. Something about this time of year beckons me to slow down. This summer though, I found myself still going at full speed, working late into the night, feeling wound up, cranky and tired exhausted. Then I read Ali's Summer Manifesto post, and as these things tend to happen, it was the exact thing I needed to read at that exact moment.  A gentle reminder to slow down and carve out time for fun.

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My initial Summer Manifesto was a list of 19 things. Things that I wanted to do with the girls (like take them to their first movie at the theaters, go swimming, go bike riding) and things I wanted to do for me (date night with my husband, a weekend with girlfriends and sleep in) and then there were things that have been on my to-do list all year (decorating our walls with photos, organizing around the house).

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In the end I decided to take the "organizing/decorating" type things off the list and ended up paring down to 12. It's a nice even number to work with and it can easily be worked into my project life album as an 8.5x11 insert.

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This is the beginning of the summer manifesto insert. I printed our list of 12 things on an 8.5x11 transparency sheet (left), which I plan on laying over the photo collage (in progress, right). Each square represents one item on the list.

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I'm a huge fan of  the classic photo grid/collage design. So clean and straightforward and it always looks good!  The collage is only part way done and already I love it. Can't wait to fill up the remaining squares with photos of our summer adventures!

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