by Tami Taylor
Yikes! Half the year has flown by.

I could easily blame life or the fact that, with four boys at home, the only mode we know is “go”.  If I’m being honest, though, it’s because I don’t choose to slow down and breathe.

Our June was non-stop from the last day of school to our return from vacation (a roadtrip to Michigan to visit my family).  Most of the vacation I spent worrying the kids weren’t having “enough” fun.  When I think back now, it was a blast hanging out at my dad’s house.  Grandpa has candy dishes sitting out for the taking; he lets you eat in the living room; and you have free reign on the all the pop and chips you can handle.

I came home with two extra kids in tow: my niece and nephew so then I spent more time worrying about whether they were enjoying their vacation.

Now it’s July, and I’m trying to find some semblance of a routine.  Since I make my own routine, I have no excuses for the speed of my life. I’ve decided I’m going to spend my birthday month practicing the fine art of simply ‘being.’

I have a raft and a slushie maker, and I even purchased a few drink umbrellas from the dollar store to enhance the atmosphere.  It’s the lazy days of summer, and–gosh darn it–that’s how I plan to spend my Summer of 2011!

Thankfully, one thing I don’t have to worry about is my monthly scrapbooking.  Here’s my June layout:

Are you caught up?  With these sketches and psd templates it’s so easy!

Click here for the psd file of this sketch.

Click here for the pdf version of this sketch.

And to help you with your journaling here are a few ideas to think about during July.

Click here for the pdf of this sheet.

Just want the favorites card?  Here it is!

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