14 January 2015

(This has nothing to do with being creative. I just needed to blog my heart and get some stuff out of my system. Not interested? Thats ok)




I am sitting here this morning thinking about how life changes.

I am one week away from the anniversary of my Momma passing.

Grief is such a funny thing. It is so up and down..and just when you feel like you have it under control, BAM. It smacks you in the face.

My family has 'made it' through all the first holidays, birthdays, and births. Actually, I think we handled all of those milestones with the grace and peace that would have made my Momma proud.

Remember me telling you about my dad having a girlfriend? Well after thoughtful prayer and time, they have decided to get married. And that's a good thing.

On Monday, though, it hit me. My dad will be moving in with Shirley once they are married. And the days of just walking into my parents home are gone.

I stopped by to see my dad (he was at Shirley's house) and I had to ring the doorbell.

A small thing but it was something I have never had to do before to see my dad. Before, all I did was just walk in. It was home, after all. Once Dad moves, the last piece of the life we had with Momma will be gone.

Not going to lie. It hurt to breath on Monday.

I cried myself to sleep Monday evening. It felt good to cry, to get it all out.

Tuesday I woke up and the pain was less. I know things change, and good can come from change.

It's just hard sometimes. 


01 January 2015



2014.

What a year.

A year of loss...grieving...and uncertainty.   It was a year of figuring out a new normal.

But it was also a year of learning. A year of celebrations with friends who also family. A year of traveling to new places and going back home.

It was a year of focusing on our family and the everyday.

2014 is a year I will never forget.

Happy New Year, friends! I cannot wait to see what 2015 brings!


31 December 2014


One Little Word. 

Most of you have heard of Ali Edwards 'One Little Word' before, right? You pick a word and truly focus on it for the next 365 days. You live it. You meditate on it. You see where your word takes you.

For the past few years, I have picked one word to submerge myself in...to focus on and explore. In the past, I have chosen the words: still, downsize, anchor, and last year I chose shine

This years word has been difficult in choosing. I have listened and thought about other words - but nothing really hit home. Nothing hit that sweet spot of knowing that.was.the.word.

Until today and it hit me. 


Yes. I will focus on being in a state of peaceful happiness. I can do that.

I need to do that.  

To be more aware of the blessings around me...and to not stress about my future. Being content doesn't mean I won't dream of nice things. It means I will be thankful for what I do have and be patient for what God wants for me next.

I also want to be content with who I am - and with who I am not. I so struggle with my self esteem. This year I will focus on loving me.

How about you? Have you chosen 'One Little Word' for 2015? What does it mean to you?


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25 December 2014


02 December 2014

An Epic Long Dec. Daily

I wanted to pop in and share the foundation pages I have pre-made for my December Daily. Normally I do not prep any pages for a mini album, but for December Daily I know that for me to succeed with it, I must prepare in advance.

Today I am sharing my cover and the first 15 days of December. You will notice that not every pocket is filled...and not every page is done. That is intentional. I wanted to get just enough of a beginning started for each day that all I have to do is print the photo, journal, and add any final touches. The bulk of the page is started - I just need to finish it.

This is going to be an epic post in length, so grab a coke and settle in.

Here we go.

Front Cover


This is my cover. The album I am using is a winter white and while the color is beautiful, I wanted a pop of color for my album. After hitting my local fabric store, I went home and sewed a band that will slide off and on. Add a ruffle and a piece of green velvet, and it now has just enough color. 

Close up of fabric on cover

Spine of album

For the spine of the album, I kept it simple by just adding a wooden P (for my last name) along with red 2014 stickers. 

Intro Page


For my intro page, I decided to use a WRMK 4x4 page protector with a piece of polka dot vellum. A tag that was diecut, a little bit of stitching and holly embellishment, and done. I love how it is a different size than the next page - allowing a bit to peep through. Right now, the back of my intro page is blank - I suspect I will add another photo of our family, or maybe one of our dogs. Not sure just yet.

Full Page Intro

This page is the actual intro page. The journal card at the top is from Ali Edwards December Daily Kit and the photo at the bottom is my family.

 Dec 1 

December 1 page is for our Christmas Tree. I am planning on including a 4x6 of us selecting our tree (bottom left), and a full 6x8 of our tree all decorated. Where the green 1 is, I will secure it down on a journal card and journal around the number.

 Dec 2

December 2 is going to be a special day - its the day that my newest niece is going to be born! To celebrate that, I added in some pink and lots of hearts. I have a place for a 6x8 photo, a 4x6 photo as well as a empty pocket for memorabilia from the hospital. On the journal card with the plaid, I added a felt heart stapled. My plan is to add the babies name + vital statistics to the bottom of the card. I have a stack of extra clear page protectors so if I need or want to add more photos here, I can.

Dec 3 & 4

For pages 3 and 4, I have left the pages pretty blank. Dec 3 is marked with a extra large gold 3, from Ali Edwards. I have the number just dropped in the page protector for now. The other pockets are blank. Not sure what story I want to include here.

On page 4, I have made a shaker pocket, with a wooden 4 that is painted red and sequins. I have also slipped in some blank journal cards. Again, not sure what will go here, so I have left it fairly generic for now.

Dec 5 & 6

December 5 is for our Elf on the Shelf. I heat embossed a wooden 5 and added enamel dots. You can see the backside of Day 4's sequin pocket, I have also added a card and wooden veneer piece. The veneer isn't glued down just yet - that will come later. The other pocket is empty (you can see the backside of Day 4's card). I will add a 3x4 photo in that pocket.

Day 6 is a homemade page, not in a protector. I took a 6x8 vellum sheet, and added shipping tags that are only attached at the end. They can be lifted up to add photos while I include journaling on the front. I attached this page to my album with a die from Studio Calico that is made to attach papers to an album. The holes are spaced perfectly so its a no brainer.

Dec 7 & 8

A simple gold doily and a wooden 7 that has been covered in white flakes (not sure what its called....its like glitter but bigger flakes). Day 8 was made using my Silhouette machine and a cut file from their store. Add in some gold letters, and done. 

Dec 9 & 10

My dad is going to be Santa at the Museum this year, and I have dedicated day 9 for the photos and story. I have slipped in a wooden 9 and also a felt Santa. Lots of space to add words and photos.

Back of Dec 9 & Dec 10

I have left extra space for lots of photos on day 9. If I don't need all the space I can always add filler cards. We will see - not sure how many I will have.

December 10 features a wooden veneer number 10. I have embossed it with gold embossing powder. Can we just all agree that gold embossing rocks? #agreed

Dec 11 & 12

A Merry and Bright card and a coordinating journal card are all I have for day 11. I will need to slip in a number (maybe include it on the blank journal card?). You can also see the backside of the felt Santa. Not sure how I feel about that, but we will see how it all plays out when the time comes.

My Birthday is on the 12th, so I know this day will have lots of things to include. To highlight the day, I have attached a polka dot bag to the front of a transparency from Ali Edwards. For the day, I have spelled out the number twelve, using gold glitter Thickers. My thoughts are that I will use the bag to include extra things - photos, recipes, etc- from my birthday.

You can't really see it, but I have included an empty 2-4x6 photo protector to add more photos from my birthday.

Backside of Dec 12 & 13

The backside of (for now) empty page protectors - but will either have photos or words...or maybe a cut out? I have filled the bottom of the 2-4x6 with a tag sewn to a piece of pattern paper.

For the 13, I embossed a wooden 13 with white embossing powder then backed it with a red circle. Easy. Lots of room for journaling or photo or maybe a combo of both.

Dec 14 - two page 

For December 14, I am leaving the backside of the 13th empty. Thinking I will add a large photo. On the other side, I have slipped in a wooden 'Ho Ho Ho'. Its hard to see, but there is a )for now) empty 4x6 photo protector on top of the of the metal 14. I have sewn a striped border to a clear overlay to add to whatever photos I include.  Behind the clear protector are 2-3x4 pockets. I have slipped in a card with a tag sewn to it for journaling.

Backside of Dec 14 & 15

And finally...we have December 15. For the 15th, I am going to use the backside of the 14th for photos and journaling. Then on the other side I have sewn a paper pocket - maybe to stick more photos in, or maybe a letter. I don't know yet. The number 15 is gold chipboard from Ali Edwards.

And there you have it. Did you make it all the way through?? Ha. Lots of photos and its only the first half of the month. I will have another post later in the month with the other pages.

I will be back later this week to share the first few days. Today my twin brother and his beautiful wife are having their first baby, so I am going to be wrapped up in all things sweet today. I cannot wait to meet my newest niece. Say a prayer for them if you get a chance!

So have you shared your pages yet? Leave a link to them in the comments and I will leave you some love!

01 December 2014



Can you believe its the first of December? How did this happen? Wasn't it just July or something?

Crazy.

With the first of December comes the month long project of December Daily. Every day for the month of December many of those in the Scrapbook world participate in documenting our lives, daily, as we approach Christmas. It's not about documenting the big things in December - though you certainly can do that - its about reflecting on the small moments that make up the holiday season.

I have completed my album cover + have been preparing some of my pages ahead of time.  Tomorrow morning I will photograph my cover and foundation pages and share them here on my blog. I can't wait to share with you what my plan is for this album! Hopefully I will have these ready for my blog later today or Tuesday.

Are you participating in December Daily? Link your pages in my comment section so I can check out what you're doing!

Have a great day!

27 November 2014