Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to be a Cool Mom to Teenagers

If you have been reading this blog, you know I'm in the season of mothering teenage sons. It is a joy and a roller-coaster ride too! You are so proud of everything they are becoming and achieving, but it is hard when your advice and opinions are now viewed as nagging. lol! They have so much to talk to each other about, but so little to to talk to me about :( This year has been the pursuit of How to be a Cool Mom (or parent) to our boys, to do things with them that they might enjoy, of accepting them and appreciating their interests, of knowing and enjoying them. I may not be very cool yet, but I'm making strides, really. 

Watch their Videos
So in this spirit recently I have been asking Jared to share with me some of the videos he is constantly watching. He was happy that I thought they are quite cool! Now he will share new ones he finds with me much more readily, yay!  Let me share some with you:

This is my favorite. We thoroughly enjoyed the haunting and beautiful art of Van Gogh together. So thrilled we share the love of art!!

Then there are the Ryan Nigahiga videos that he is able to reproduce verbatim. He loves them and they are wacky and funny. But this one actually speaks volumes about our way of life. I kept saying this Nigahiga is a grounded young man!! 

And then there is this Japanese computer game called Touhou that the boys play. Jared has this as his screensaver that is very impressive indeed.

Not bad eh? Now you know what I've been up to, hehe. Definitely stories for my November PL :)

Project Life ( October)
My PL is on a great routine. I will snap pictures everyday, add them to my Project 365 iphone app daily, then at the end of the month,choose those stories that I feel like telling more, and select them to print for my physical PL. The P365 photos get captured into digital half-monthly (fortnightly) pages that I then print out and include in my PL binder. It's so rewarding and satisfying to be on-time with my scrapbooking this year! 

For October, three pages of PL fitted my photos and stories perfectly. 
We received tickets to go to the Universal Studios Singapore's Halloween event, sure it was a bit gory but good fun and great family time. Jared kept saying 'Hello!' to the mummies, monsters, etc while they try to scare us, it was hilarious!
(Credits: Project Life Cobalt kit, love the journal cards by Kate Hadfield!)

We went downtown one day with them, did fun things together and went up to this rooftop garden for amazing views. I used Paislee Press' templates to put 3 photos on these 4X6 photo before printing.

Then there was this afternoon I went with my oldest, best friend to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum Wedding Dress collection at our local museum - a girl's dream!
At the bottom right is a photo of the boys' desk missing their laptops - where have they gone? They were 'kept' with their agreement during the exam period. A very rare and lovely sight indeed. :)
I like doing up the photos on photoshop before printing, like adding a title or journaling, but I also love adding handwritten journaling - makes it more authentic and homespun :)

Digital P365 Pages
Ordered my second batch of 12X12 pages from Persnickety during their recent sale - whoopee! They look awesome! 
Here's how they look in the PL binder:

October P365 Pages
You might notice I've done up a new set of Half-Monthly (Fortnightly) layouts for my October pages! 

There was the day we were out on date night and the kids went to use our bathroom and accidentally locked us out of our bedroom. We got home at midnight and spent a night sleeping in the living room in our work clothes, haha, felt like a sleepover of sorts!
(Credits: Paper by Angie Young, Word arts from Sabee's Creative World's Be You kit, Alpha by Karah Frendricks, elements from Brittish Designs' tweet hearts kit, yin template 317E)

More everyday goodness including Dh's birthday!
(Credits: Alpha by Karah Fredricks, elements from Sausan Designs' note it kit in The Digi Files 47, flower by Mommyish for scrapflower, word art by Suddenly Artistic, word art and strip from Michelle Godin's Blustery Day in The Digi Files 47, Paper by Digital Design Essentials, using Yin Template 317G))

And here's the All New Half-Monthly Template set - available in the Store

I have more inspiration to share, in the form of completed Shutterfly Albums. 
This is Carol Johnston's Egypt Album, totally awesome trip and pages, check it out!

And here's Lauren Boxx's Italy trip photobook. Another dream trip, fantastic photos and layouts!
                   Click here to view this photo book larger
  Of course I'm so honored and proud that my templates look so good in Carol's and Lauren's albums. (blush) Thank you so much for sharing with us, ladies!

And here's my own completed Vietnam album, I haven't received it yet, but it sure looks good on-screen, can't wait!
                   Click here to view this photo book larger

Have saved the Album Cover as a template for you to download. Also included it adjusted as a 12x12 template, so you can use it as a regular layout as well. Enjoy!


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  2. I love seeing all the fun things that your family does! I'm in the season of raising 2 teenage boys and finishing the teenage years with my daughter. It's a daunting time! Stay in prayer :)
    Thank you so much for your amazing templates. Set 317 is on my wishlist!

  3. Just finished a shutterfly book using your templates! Thank you for sharing them!

  4. Hi Yin!

    Teenagers are fun, they are hard, they are always changing..but everything about being their mom is so worth it!

    I'm glad we're walking this journey at the same time!

    Love your PL. I ordered 21 pages from Persnickety during the sale, too. I'm using your awesome templates...so very fun!

    Blessings to you!!

  5. I think you are the coolest parents ever!!! They may not realize it now but they will, trust me. It is funny how YouTube brings us together. When our 22, 22 and 24 y/o are home we spend a lot of time laughing and watching videos together. I will share the Ryan one with my kids and i would love to post it but with the full cup reference i would catch a lot of grief for that word implication. But the video is sooo true. Awesome new set. I too will add it to my wish list. Thanks for the free cover. THanks for sharing your heart.

  6. Thank you for sharing another great template!

  7. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Really for inspiration I should just spend my time reading and re-reading your blog. Your style is wonderful. Off to sign up for the newsletter....

  8. Hi Yin! Love learning about this season of your life! I will be there all too soon. My biggest boy turns 8 next week! :)

  9. Oh, I meant to ask... Do you think you'll be able to fit the entire year in one Project Life binder? I've been thinking about doing a binder next year, but I don't want to have to end up needing more than one. :)

  10. Fabulous post hun, tyvm for freebie...I also blogged today about you, stop on by :)

    also posted in all the good galleries/facebook/dst praise game :)

  11. Thank you for the cover template. I like how you've included the back cover and spine too.

  12. Thanks for sharing and a happy new year :)

  13. Hey Yin, just wanted to let you know that I used this template for my yearbook cover page (even though the year is far from over). You can see it here: http://rikkidonovan.com/digitalscrapbookinghilfe/index.php/2014/06/17/layout-leitfaden-album-front-cover-mit-template/
    Thank you for all those lovely freebies.



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