One Month at a Time: July 2010

Monthly prompts, sketches, ideas & encouragement for getting your photos scrapbooked “one month at a time.” See all of Tami’s One Month at a Time posts.

by Tami Taylor


There is one four letter word you should say more often. That word is ‘play.’ Yes, that’s the theme of my life right now. It’s summer vacation, our first year in a house with a pool, and the ages my boys are at is perfect for group activities.


We do not stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing. – Benjamin Franklin


I have a goal to keep this month fun for them. About a week ago, I was working on my laptop and Zach kept interrupting. Each time I told him he needed to go play. Eventually my patience wore thin and I found myself lecturing Zach about how he should be glad I’m telling him to go play. I even added a trite “I wish someone would tell me to go play.” This, of course, was followed by Zach replying “Just go play mom.” Who can argue with that?

It was an eye opening moment for me. I realized that life is really that simple and play should be a priority in your life. Whatever “play” means to you, do it. Experts recommend spending at least 15 minutes every day playing with your child, but play what they want to play. I’ve been doing this every day for about two weeks. I am making time to do what my kids want to do for about 15 minutes. If that means putting a train track together, watching Dora or listening to the latest video game rehashing then that’s what I do. Try it with a child you know and see what a happy glow they get from it.

image As you can see my kids don’t need convincing to play.

imageThis new commitment to my kids and myself to play more has taught me a few things about myself. I have always loved puzzles and miss doing them. I love putting train tracks together and creating interesting configurations. I love the squeal of delight Keagan gives when I tell him it’s finished and he can turn on his train. As far as legos are concerned, I’m an awesome constructor of moving vehicles. That’s what is in demand at the Taylor House: helicopters, planes and cars. I like designing things with legos. The boys even let me build my girly things like houses as long as there is a garage attached where they can park their helicopter car. I’ve enjoyed legos so much that we splurged and now have 1000 legos.

Playing with children’s toys is highly underrated. Using your imagination and letting go of all the adult responsibilities (even if only for 15 minutes) gets your creative juices flowing. (Not to mention bringing back all kinds of memories from your childhood that you could use for the Scrap Your Story: The Early Years lesson.

Some great links to get you playing: (great lego site that you can mix and match the pieces you want) (because play doesn’t mean you have to have kids)

And heck, if nothing else, go play with all those cool scrappy gadgets you have! We have some Midsummer challenges going on in the forums. You can play with those, or snatch up Building Pages before the early bird special ends tomorrow.

Do you have any great links to fun sites? Please share them in the forums or comments here. I have to point out yet another benefit of doing the One Month at a Time series: I’m all caught up so I can go play!


Here’s the sketch Debbie made for scrapbooking your June photos. Click to download a layered Photoshop template. Click HERE if you’d like a printable sketch in a pdf.

Download/open pdf with July Prompts!


Tami Taylor writes for Get It Scrapped!, teaches at Masterful Scrapbook Design and previously owned Creative Passion To learn more about Tami check out her blog, The Taylor Life.

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6 Responses to One Month at a Time: July 2010

  1. Tami July 1, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    a direct link to share/chat about this month’s article.

    and post your pages in our public gallery:

  2. Patti A July 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    I have to say I love that quote and it is so true – I have been trying to play more with my son – he just got out of school last week and we have been having a blast.

    My son is the master Lego builder – me not so much LOL. He loves doing crafts with me or playing games though so that is what we do.

  3. Bev July 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    That is all so true. Seem like just yesterdfay mine were little and we were going to the zoo, playing in the backyard wading pool, now they are all grown up (at least they seem to think so) and doing their own thing. I sure miss those days!

  4. Donna July 2, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Great subject for this month.. love that quote.. I found this game site one day when a bunch of us ‘old’ people were talking about the games we played when we were young.. it has lots a the rules, etc for old fashioned non-electronic games and, believe it or not my DS and his friends had a ball learning some of them last summer.

  5. Patti A July 4, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Is there a specific gallery we should upload these to – I would love to see others as well as upload mine? I can only find a few in the gallery and they seem to be scattered.

  6. Tami July 4, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Donna thanks for the share what a fun site!

    Patti, you can put them in any public gallery. I believe a majority are in the Challenges album here:

    Can’t wait to see :)

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