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Monday, December 30, 2013

Sneaky Sneaky!

Just teasing you with a few sneaks of my projects made with the January kit "Empathy" from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. I went artsy on my pages this month. A little something different for me! 

Come back Wednesday for the reveal of the (awesome) kit!! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Packaging + Flowers from a Boy

 Ok, so life has been crazy and I haven't blogged in a while. Sorry about that! :\ I have been working so much (literally-- I worked 40 hours last week) at my two jobs and between that and moving, I have had basically ZERO "me" time. Ok, so I have been gift wrapping, which is pretty fun. :) 

I love wrapping with kraft paper (I buy it in the postal supply section of Dollar Tree) and decorating my packages with my scrapbook stuff! So here are just a couple of gifts I have decorated lately. I have more, it's just that I haven't exactly found a good place to take scrapbooking pictures in our new house, so until then, these (really bad) photos will have to do. 

BTdubs (Laura says that all the time… heehee), I'm linking this up to the Scrapbook Circle gift wrapping challenge, which you can find by clicking here. Always love SC challenges! 

And in other news, I got my first flowers from a boy!!! Eeeeee! :)

Ok, calm down. It was just my dad. :)

I had had a really long and late day working on Friday and when I finally got home, my dad was still awake. He wasn't feeling good. Anyway, he wold me to go to my room and get the box on my bed. It was the flowers. TOTALLY made my day. I'm such a girly girl about some things and flowers are definitely one of those things. I'm a sucker for fresh flowers. :) He gave Mom and Laura flowers too. He said they were Christmas flowers. 
He's very thoughtful, don't ya think? :) Yep-- he's the best. 

Oh, and by the way, mine are the prettiest. :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Life in the Crazy Lane...

This week we'll be moving to our new house! YAYAY! Our closing on our house is tomorrow (Monday) and then closing on our new house is hopefully Wednesday. So I will be packing up all my scrapbook stuff (along with allll our other stuff that hasn't been packed).

So I guess the reason for this post is to say, "Hang on! I'll be back!" :)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I absolutely LOVE Christmas time. This Christmas is going to be SUPER crazy with moving and everything, but I still LOVE this time of year. Even if it is December 3rd and it's 62 degrees... 

Anyway, I made these little pillow boxes to hold a little travel size body wash from Bath & Body Works for my friends. (MarLeah, if you're reading this, I sent these out with Mom and Dad and Nathan's supposed to give you yours. If you want to see it before you get it, it's up to you! :) )

I used my Crate Paper "Bundled Up" Project Life cards and chipboard for these little packages. I love doilies and gold right now, so both of those made it onto these little projects. I was going to do some machine sewing on these, but the chipboard is pretty thick and I didn't want to break my needle. :P


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Maybe Someday...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope y'all had a wonderful holiday. I actually had a blog post ready for Thursday, but as you can see, I didn't get it posted. :( Maybe I'll share it later.

You know I love sketches! So of course I played along with the Chic Tags sketch challenge

I had these photos printed, planning on making a fall-ish layout. I even die cut the title with my Silhouette and started pulling products from my stash that I wanted to use. But it just wasn't working. I'm not a huge fan of season-themed layouts. I like more of documenting life… everyday moments.

Well, I had my 8x8 mini pad from October Afternoon's "Travel Girl" collection out from another project I was working on, and it totally inspired me to document Laura's love of travel! Ok, well she doesn't like to travel per say, but she has always loved the thought of going to other countries. I actually pieced two 8x8 papers together for the bottom pattern (the one that says Paris, New York, London, etc.). Shh! Don't tell anyone. ;)

I also used my pink gelato to bring a little artsiness to the page. I used some white mist as well, but I don't think you can see it very well. 

Have a fabulous Saturday! :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I get to add this cute little blinkie to my sidebar! 

Woo hoo! 

Melissa actually CALLED me last week to tell me I made the team and so I thought that was super special. ;) I really enjoyed guest designing for them in October, and starting in January, you'll be seeing me around SFTIO a lot! Today is the official announcement on the blog, so make sure to check out the other ladies I'll be working with! 

I really enjoy the concept of what I call "diary scrapping." Sometimes those pages are the hardest for me to do, but in the end I always love them. I love that I document my life and how I feel about certain emotions right now. It's all about being honest with yourself. And I like that. :) Plus the kits from SFTIO are always super awesome and what's better than documenting your life with beautiful scrapbook products?! I'm so excited about this!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project Life: Weeks 41- 46

Goodness gracious. I was looking back over these spreads as I was photographing them and WOW- a lot has happened in the last 5 weeks! I'm going to try to hit the highlights of each week… we'll see how much I actually remember. LOL I guess that's what PL is for, right? To remember the good stuff?

Week 41 (Oct. 6- 12)- This week was my birthday week. Woo hoo! I turned 19 on Friday. My little sister got her permit after a couple weeks of waiting to get her correct birth certificate from the state. (She didn't get to get her permit on her birthday because we didn't have the 'official' birth certificate or something like that.) I also applied for more jobs. I HATE applying for jobs. Have I said this before? :P I used the Maggie Holmes "Flea Market" line for this spread. I also mixed in pieces of the "Finnley" collection from Glitz and I thought it matched so perfectly! 

Week 42- This week consisted mostly of getting a job at Bath & Body Works (YAYAYAY!) and doing a yard sale. I also rearranged my room. I used the Dear Lizzy "Polka Dot Party" for this spread.

Week 43- Pretty sure this is the fastest spread I've ever made. I used the PL cards from the "Winter" set (that just so happens to be the same colors/ designs as the "Bundled Up" line from Crate) even though this week wasn't winter-y. I love taking products out of their "context." 

I had a job interview at Goody's (bottom left photo) and ended up getting that job too! So now I work 2 jobs! So within one week, I got 2 jobs. How crazy is that? I had a fun photoshoot with Laura this week. Laura and I also painted some M&M shirts for Laura and her friends for Homecoming Week at school. We also went shopping. Pretty simple week! 

Week 44- Marty & Alyssa's wedding! I thought the "We are so Good Together" journaling card was perfect to document their wedding! Didn't think I'd be using this card for me any time soon (haha), so I used it for their wedding! This week was also Halloween. Mom made some cute cupcakes (bottom right photo) for that. 

Important question here-- have you ever eaten an Air Delight Hershey's chocolate bar? If not, you should totally go buy one and try it. It's my favorite candy bar EVER. I used to find them everywhere. Wal-Mart, Dollar General, etc. But now I only see them at convenience stores/gas stations. Still. I LOVE THEM. It's chocolate. Only better. ;)

Quick side note on that white placement card. I was inspired by Pinterest to hand draw some fun PL cards. I love typography. It makes me sad knowing that I won't be studying typography in college. That's about the only thing I regret about not going to college though. :) I was reading my Bible one day and found this verse in Job 23: 10.

"But he knoweth the way that I take…"

I don't normally read in Job, but finding this verse brought tears to my eyes. It's like God knew just what I needed. I have no idea where I'm going in life, but it's a comfort knowing that he is leading me each and every step of the way. So this verse is one of my favorites right now. :) I knew I needed to include it in PL so I made a cute hand-drawn version of it.

Getting closer to more recent life happenings! Yay!

Week 45 (Nov. 3-9)- Probably the most exciting thing that happened this week was that we got a contract on our house! SOOOO excited! The people that are buying the house are really nice and they LOVE the house. Like, even the imperfections of the house they love (it's over 30 years old, so there are some things that are… let's just say, quirks). The almost-dirt road at the end of our road they LOVE. My goodness. It's crazy how much they like our house. ;)

I got 2 scrapbook packages this week. Woo hoo! Who doesn't like more scrapbooking goodies?? We also had Triton and Saige over to our house on Thursday. They are the children of some friends of ours. I think technically we are third cousins or something like that. But anyway. Triton is 3 years old (still my FAVORITE age!) and he is just hilarious. He and I went outside to play. And we found that there were 3 ripe strawberries on Anthony's strawberry plants. So of course we picked them and while we were bringing them up to the house, Triton kept holding them up to his nose and saying, "They smell so good!" Which, they DID smell really good. Momma hardly had them washed and de-stemmed before Triton had them consumed. ;) Apparently he likes strawberries. I thought the photo I got of him smelling the strawberries was SO cute! (bottom right photo) We love having kids over at our house!

Week 46- We signed a contract to buy our NEW house (top left photo) and so now the builders are working on finishing the basement for us. Anthony is going to have a room/ bathroom downstairs and there's also going to be a living room downstairs. Laura and I got moved out of our rooms (We're having inspections and an appraisal done on our house and supposedly you can't have rooms in the basement.), so that's fun. Our house is in an upheaval right now. My word for it: craziness. 

Oh- and Laura and I found a new music love: Hunter Hayes. Love his voice. :) Laura bought the whole Encore album off of iTunes. My music obsessions usually start out by Laura getting the music and then me listening to it. ;P Favorites from the album are: "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me" (fun tune about being single :P), "Faith to Fall Back On," and "I Want Crazy." I made sure to document my "current obsession" on my PL spread. 

And did you notice that I typed the journaling? Yeah. It didn't exactly turn out like I wanted. The "Today" journaling card went crooked on me. :( I want a typewriter so I can manually type it all on my cards. Now that'd be cool!  

Ok so that's my PL up to date! Sometimes I don't really want to do PL, but then I get back in the mood and I love it. :) Still trying to decide whether I want to do it next year. The keeping up with it is what I'm not sure I like...

Monday, November 18, 2013

I Love Stickers...

I love stickers. I'm pretty sure that stickers were among my first scrapbooking items I ever had. So when I saw the sticker challenge over at Scrapbook Circle, I was so excited to dig out some of my stickers and put them to good use! :)

I recently got an AWESOME prize pack from Scrapbook Circle for winning one of their challenges. My prize included most of the "Color Wash" line from Pink Paislee. I remember oohing and aahing over this collection when it first came out for CHA. It has lots of faux watercoloring on the papers in this line. It's just gorgeous! It's like the hard part has been done for you! Yes, please! I HATE it when I watercolor and the moisture wrinkles the paper or my colors don't come out like I want them to. This way the paper is perfectly smooth but you still get that awesome watercolor effect. 

I used the canvas stickers on this card, along with one of the chipboard word stickers from the Color Wash line. I love that I used stickers and still included some texture on this card. This card was super fast to make. Just some cutting, sewing, and placing stickers! Oh yeah, and then I added some tiny staples and some white mist to top it off. 

That's it for today! I consider it an accomplishment to have typed out a whole blog post for today! :P

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What If...

I have always loved this quote. I think I originally found it on Pinterest here. I hadn't really thought about making a LAYOUT about it, but when I go back through my scrapbook albums, I realize most of the pages about Laura and I are entitled "Me & You" or "Sisters" or something very basic like that. So I thought I'd go out of my comfort zone and title my page something different. I think this quote is appropriate for this page because I am SO thankful for my sister. She's just awesome. ;) 

I used the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes "Flea Market" line for this page. I keep buying more and more bits and pieces of that line, which stretches and stretches my little 6x6 paper pad that I bought from that line. I did buy a couple of 12x12 papers, and I used one of them here for the background. (the border around the cream card stock) I was inspired by Paige Evans's page here where she diecut the title and put patterned paper behind the negative. I used one pattern per line of the quote so it wasn't so busy with patterns. 

Thanks for stopping by! Life is crazy 'round here because we will be (Lord-willing) moving before the end of the year. We have a contract on our house that we signed last week and then we signed a contract on a brand new house yesterday! CRAZINESS!! But a good craziness. :) OH- and then there's also Thanksgiving and Christmas in the middle of moving. Oh what fun!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cutest Halloween Cupcakes Ever!

I used up my leftover Halloween products on a layout about some super cute cupcakes my mom made for Halloween. I had bits and pieces from the "Tricks and Treats" line from Pebbles. I think this Halloween line is so cute! I had some leftover stickers and I thought they were an AWESOME fit for this sketch from Chic Tags. 

I used a piece of paper from the Amy Tangerine "Yes, Please" line for the background. I thought the light grey bamboo pattern was so cute! I think that was one of the last pieces of full 12x12 paper I have left from that line... 

Thanks for stopping by for this super short blog post! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Photoshoot

Ok I said I wasn't going to share these photos just yet, but I feel like it. So I think I will. ;) I have made some of these into a little mini album, but I haven't photographed the album yet, so I'm going to go ahead and show you some of my favorites from the photoshoot I did of my sister a couple of weeks ago.

I think they turned out so good! Laura is so pretty! But then again, I might be a little partial. ;)