Monday, October 20, 2014


I'm so happy. 

That seems like a cheesy sentence to begin a blog post, but really. 

(Self timer shots, I don't love so much. lol I need a tripod and remote, not a 2-second timed shot!)

Currently, I'm loving (or adoring, in the case of my shirt-that-you-can't-read):

- listening to Pentatonix (an awesome a capella group).
- Christmas music (^^ above).
- lovely cool weather.
- college classes. I can't believe we're on the downhill slope of this semester! 
- my iPhone. 'Nuff said.
- sending happy snail mail and spreading happiness. It makes me happy to see other people happy.
- anticipating happy mail. I *may have done some post- birthday shopping. 
- daydreaming about Europe. Right now, it's just a daydream. But someday...
- being single. I saw a quote on a shirt that said, "I'm single, and you're not good enough." Haha. Sassy. But I like it. ;) 
Someday I'll find the right guy, but until then, I'm content where I'm at.
-  trying out my new hobby-- modern calligraphy

So that's just what's on my mind today! I have a ton of projects to share, but there'll be time for that later. :)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Debut Post on mambi Blog!

Today, my debut post is up on the me & my BIG ideas blog. 

And I couldn't be happier. :) 

I love this team so much. We've only just begun the term, but it's such a supportive group that is CRAZY talented. I mean, there are so many different crafters on the team. From traditional scrapping, to planners, to designers who use mambi products to decorate the house! It's AMAZING. So inspiring, and to think... I get to be a part of it all! Totally awesome. Be sure to check out my post by clicking here and also take a few minutes to scroll the blog. You'll be glad you did.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Writing My Story

Today's my 20th birthday. Whaaat?? 

Yep. I'm getting old.

I'm SO looking forward to 20 though. We have this chalkboard in our kitchen that my mom will write inspiring quotes, verses, etc. on and one of the things that she wrote for my birthday was "the best is yet to be." Yes, I totally believe it. What's going to happen this coming year? Bring it on!! :)

I thought this layout was appropriate to share today. I made it the other week. It all started with a sheet of new Maggie Holmes Open Book chipboard. I loved the phrase "my story." What is my story?

Then I also had seen this on Facebook (don't ask. I don't really do Facebook.). 

So naturally I thought about including it on a layout!

Golden bow? Yes, please! 

I journaled straight onto my layout. Eeee... what was scary. You can't mess up at all! Of course, I fumbled with my words as I wrote, so I kinda wish I had written my journaling out beforehand. Oops. 

The gist of my journaling was that, at this moment in my life, I need to focus on things that will affect my future positively, no matter what my future holds.

So there. There's my wisdom-found-on-Facebook. :)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Treat Boxes

Hi there! I have some cute little treat boxes to share with you today.

These are actually the last treats I'll be making for my co-workers. Why? Because Saturday was my last day to work! There are different factors that played into my leaving (not going to go into those), but I know quitting was the right thing for me to do right now. Yes, I'm doing fine in college. That was not why I quit. ;)

So as a farewell, I made these little boxes for my co-workers. They really are amazing. I will miss each and every one of them. I'm really bad at putting my thoughts into words, so instead I make people stuff. So, I made these to show my appreciation for my co-workers. 

I diecut the leaves with my Silhouette Cameo and also made the cute little boxes too! Inside I put the best chocolate chip cookies ever. AKA homemade ones with a slice of milky way on top. :)

So there you have it! Some super easy and cute treats! 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SISTERS Mini Album

So, my baby sister turned 16 yesterday. It's crazy to think it seems like it was just yesterday I was 16. Makes me feel really old. Laura asked me to make her a mini album of just her and I for her birthday gift. I was like, "I can totally do that!" I finished it late on Monday evening... so much later than I was wanting to get it done. Oh well, c'est la vie. 

I made a simple base of accordion pleated cardstock for the album. I used my mom's scoring pad that she bought from Stampin' Up to help make sure all the pages were even. The size of each page is 3"x5." I used one 12"x12" for the base. This album was not hard to make! 

She loves glitter, so of course I incorporated that into the cover. And watercolors. She loves watercolors.

See on the right page how I sewed the pocket? Yeah, Shanna Noel inspired that. ;)

I didn't use bulky embellishments, like wood veneer, on this album. For one, I didn't want the embellishment to rub off the photo on the opposite page when folded up, and two, I didn't want the album to fold weird. So, I used items like puffy stickers and diecuts to add fun pops of... fun-ness.

Crazy photos of us... always the best. 

And of course I had some interactive elements, like the tags in the pockets, as well as this little flap with more photos under it. 

Here's how the whole thing looks when you fold it all out!

I didn't use one particular line for this album. I mixed LOTS of different collections. My scrap bin was my friend. ;) 

Hope you enjoyed looking at my newest creation! I know my sister loved it! 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy News!

Y'all. I have some SUPER exciting news to share with you today. Ready for it?

I made the me & my BIG ideas design team! Yayayayayay! I was honestly shocked when I received the wonderful email last Monday. It was a bit crazy because I had just taken a Math test where I TOTALLY blanked out on the test. I mean, I have never done that on a test. Ever. The test was on graphing some different equations and you had to find the vertex of the graph before doing anything else. And I had forgotten how to determine the vertex. There's one way you use certain numbers of the problem. Then there's other problems that it's the opposite number of what's in the problem, depending on where the numbers are placed. I was FREAKING OUT. It was a mix of oh-my-goodness-I'm-gonna-fail-this-math-test and think-brain-think feelings. But then I made myself a simplified problem to show myself how to do a simple problem (thanks, Mr. Arnold in my high school Pre-Cal class!) and then I was able to go back and do the problems correctly. And I ended up making a 95 on the test! Wa-hoo! 

But I said all that to say, it was right after I had taken that test and was feeling so unsure of myself (I didn't know my grade yet) when I checked my Instagram and saw that MAMBI had started following me. I was like, "Does this mean…" So I checked my email and there it was! My invitation to be on their team! Talk about a roller coaster of emotions in just a few hours. I was still unsure of my math test grade, but I was also on cloud 9 because I had just made the team! It's been a while since I've been on a manufacturer design team and I feel so honored to have been chosen out of all the numerous applicants the MAMBI team had. 

I'm still in shock.

But in a good and happy way. ;)

You can check out the official announcement HERE

I look forward to sharing some AWESOME me & my BIG ideas projects very soon!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

Ok, so I have been asked by several ladies to contribute to this blog series going on, where you give a little insight to your creative process. Well, I haven't participated because I hate finding other people to continue the hop with. I don't even like doing things like that on Instagram. LOL But I'm going to break the rules. I'm going to share my answers to these questions and then link you up to all the lovely ladies that asked me to participate in this. So then you can see the posts they have already done on this! 

What am I working on right now?
Right now I have several projects in the works. A mini album for my sister's 16th birthday, a mini album of my trip to Broken Bow, OK, from a few weeks ago, and I'm also working on some little fall- themed treat boxes for my co-workers. 

How long does it take me to create a project?
Umm… depends on what it is. I can whip a card out it probably around an hour. A layout takes me probably 1-2 hours. Projects like treat bags take days because usually I use paint or something that has to dry. One thing I CANNOT do is work on a layout and then come back to it the next day. I lose my inspiration and end up taking whatever I'm working on apart and putting it back in my stash.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Oh my goodness-- I've found myself reaching for diecuts, tags, and word stickers lately.

How does my creative process work?
I start with something I'm inspired by. Whether it's a sketch challenge I want to do, or just a photo I want to scrap. I then decide which papers to use, whether I want to use just one line or use odds and ends, and start creating. I HAVE to have my photo to scrapbook. I have tried scrapping without the specific photos and it just doesn't work. I guess that means I create around the photo. What looks good layered around the photo, what colors won't clash with the photo, etc. I usually work in layers. I will layer my papers, add tags/ doilies/ other flat objects, then add more bulky embellishments. Wood veneer and enamel dots are the last thing I add, along with little things like mist splatters or tiny paperclips.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Ooh. That's hard. Sometimes I find it so hard to stay inspired. Well, I should say scrappily inspired (yes, I just made that word up). Everything is inspiring to me. I think it's becoming more that way because of the art classes I'm taking in college. If I'm in a creative rut, I like to find ANYTHING that is inspiring around me and work that into a layout. Whether it's a fun quote I want to use, a color combo I find quite classy, or even if it's just a new scrapbook product I want to use. I have also found out that, for me, buying new scrapbook supplies keeps me inspired as well. I always want to use my new stuff first! :) 

What is my signature style?
I would describe my style as clean with a bit of artsy-ness thrown in. I love adding paint and mist splatters to my pages, along with using lots of textures. Textures are my fave. I love patterns, too. 

Here are the bloggers that "nominated" me. Be sure to visit their blogs, too!
Katie- She is amazing at artsy things and tutorials. Her little fox creations are the cutest things ever!!
Kelly- I love Kelly's pocket scrapbooking and how she documents the every day moments as well as the big moments in life. 
Cassie- If you want to see some serious Silhouette skills, visit Cassie's site. Cassie is the queen of using cool Cameo diecuts. 

I'll be back tomorrow with some HAPPY news. Be sure to check back! :)