Friday, July 22, 2016

Project Life App ~ More from San Juan

Hi Friends!  Happy Friday!!!  Sorry I've been pretty quiet this week on the blog, but it's been a super busy week with marching band.

Today I thought I would share the last few pages from San Juan from Spring Break 2015.  I made all of these pages using the Project Life App ... which I LOVE!!!  Enjoy!








Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Project Life App: San Juan {part 2}

Happy Monday Friends!  Today I am continuing on with some Project Life App pages I made from our Spring Break Trip in 2015.  These photos are from Old San Juan ~ we love this place.  Just look at this gorgeous coastline!







Thanks for stopping by today & have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

i am... on my way!

Happy Thursday!  This week I'm on a mission to tackle the many piles of scrapbooking projects I have in my basement that date back to 2011. I started my process by sorting my printed photos and I'm putting them in Project Life pocket page protectors.  This way, I can pick up any album I want to work on and it is ready to be embellished & journaled.   I'm kind of bouncing all over the place from this to that and going where the mood takes me.  That's not normally my style, but I figured this way I would actually be productive & I also want to enjoy the process.  After all, scrapbook is supposed to be fun... not a source of stress.

While I was organizing Megan's graduation photos yesterday, I couldn't resist pulling out a few of them to make a scrapbook page.  It's been ages since I made a full 12x12 layout & I enjoyed it so much!  I was actually very surprised how fast the layout went together.  To make my page, pulled out my Simple Stories I AM Collection of supplies.  I love how the layout turned out.



I had no idea when I took these photos in June 2015, how true the words on this page would be for Megan's journey this year.  She endured and learned so much about life and "adulting" in the last 12 months.  As her mom, there are some lessons I would have done anything to spare her from; however, all I can do is pray and leave it to God.  He is the ultimate healer & knows the plans he has for her future {easier said than done... but I'm trying}.  Thankfully, she believes that too, and she knows she is loved and treasured by her parents and her Heavenly Father.  



For the "I AM..." title, I used one of the 4x6 cards in the collection.  I then added gold chipboard hearts, the "On My Way" sticker, and gold enamel dots.


I also used other chipboard elements to decorate the page, enamel dots, and added the date using alphabet and number stickers in the 12x12 kit.



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Project Life App: Spring Break 2015

Hi there!  I just finished another Project Life album using the PL App on my tablet & thought I'd share the first several pages with you.  This trip was from Spring Break 2015 and I just haven't had a chance to get it done, so I decided to make my pages using the Project Life App rather than traditional scrapbooking.  I still love making layouts with traditional supplies, but digital is so handy sometimes.  I will continue to do both and maybe even mix and match!

So anyway... back to this trip.  We decided that it was probably going to be the last Spring Break trip for a while with Megan going off to college in the fall, so of course, we went on another cruise {because that's what our family does}.   For my cover page, I selected a pretty photo from several of the islands we visited. {Click on the pages if you want to read the journaling}



First up... San Juan, Puerto Rico!
We spent a few days here prior to boarding the ship.




Wondering around Old Town...
and breakfast at the Mallorca Cafe was a perfect way to start!


 We love Old Town
 Beautiful tropical breezes... nothing better after a long cold winter!
 Stunning views by the Ocean!
 It was great having G-Ma & G-Pa and Tim's brother with us on the trip!
Fun Family Time!!

 That's it for today... tons more coming!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sometimes change is a leap of faith...

Hi Peeps....  sorry I haven't been around much lately.  It's been a very busy few months and then we were away on vacation in Alaska for a few weeks.   Oh goodness... what adventures we had!  More on that, later in my post. 

First I want to chat about some changes I've made in my personal life over the last few months.  Hang with me for a few minutes... 

Yesterday, one of my crafty friends, Wanda Guess, shared her story of a leap of faith ~ thank you Wanda!  It totally inspired me to share my thoughts with you.  I'm not entirely sure who will read this, if anyone, but that's OK ~ here goes...  

First, a little bit of background... This last year has been a huge transition for me with our daughter leaving for college.  Every little thing seems to mean more now and I find myself clinging to the moments when all four of us are together.  Little things like text messages, phone calls, seeing photos posted on social media and family dinners are now huge!  Then the bigger things like surprise visits and trips together make my heart melt.  My son has two more years of high school and now that my daughter is away at college, I can actually begin to grasp what it will mean to be "empty nesters".   I adore my husband and we are excited about what the next chapter holds for us as well as for our kids. But we also plan to make the most of these next 2 years that Matt will still be home ~ which means being involved with band activities, church activities and some impromptu trips to see our daughter, Megan.  

Fast forward to mid-May...  are you still with me?  Well because of all that stuff above, I decided to make some changes and quit my part-time/work from home job.  That happened as of June 1st.  I really enjoyed the job, the company and my co-workers and they were very good to me; however, it was quickly becoming more time than I wanted to spend.  I struggled with the decision for about 6 months ~  "Why would I quit a job IN the industry I love when I'm finally getting paid?" ~ I asked myself this over and over.   One Sunday morning I was scrolling through Facebook when I read this... 

I completely felt like God was telling me it was time to make the decision ~ either way, stay or leave. At that moment, I gave myself permission to move on & wrote out my resignation letter.   Although I was pretty good at the admin stuff and leading the team, I think I still craved the creative side. Now I have moved on, I am hoping I will have time to actually create for myself.  More importantly, spend more time with my husband & family and our many activities... after all, those are the things that really count!    Was it a leap of faith for me... I think so.  I'm not one for lots of changes and the decision didn't come without a good dose of guilt; however, sometimes we need to make decisions with a leap of faith. 

I am still creating with Taylored Expressions and Gina K Designs.  I also have a TON of incomplete scrapbook project piles sitting in my basement waiting to be done.  But right now... marching band is starting up this week and I begin my 6th year as a Band Mom ~ and for me, there is no better way to be involved with your kids.  So all of that will keep me incredibly busy.  I am a very blessed girl... I know it!

Whew... I'm not sure if I lost you or not, but if you're still here, thanks for listening and now here are some photos of our trip to Alaska!  I will have many, many, many pages to share in upcoming posts!

Hiking to a waterfall

Kayaking in Resurrection Bay



Up close to a glacier 



 Hike in a rain forest and whale watching in Juneau



Zipline and ATV adventures in Icy Strait Point



Zodiac Boats in Ketchikan 


We clean up pretty well ~ :)


Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Taylored Expressions Retirement Sale!

Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 200 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at up to 80% off retail price -- but hurry, once they're gone, they're gone forever! 




Check out the graphic above to see how you can earn an even greater discount off the sale price and then visit the SALE HERE Page to start shopping! Additional discounts expire July 17, 2016.

Here are a few 6x8 Scrapbook pages using a bunch of the fabulous Pockets & Pages products that are retiring ~ I'm crying a little bit... but I guess that just means that Taylor has some amazing new things coming out!






TE Products: (Retiring products are listed first)

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