October Project Life

Monday, February 8, 2016



I was able to do October's Project Life pages with 1 12x12 and a slightly smaller insert.

Left side: a pic of our neighborhood (Joe took it with his drone and you can see it better here), cleaning out my closet, FaceTime with my Mom, a day trip to Dollywood, and a special yoga class.

Insert: a long weekend in Atlanta (best hotel view ever here), a deluxe movie theatre, and Six Flags.


I can't get enough of that neighborhood pic:


How cute is this card?? I received it in a Project Life card swap a year or two ago... I've been saving it for the perfect fall page. I believe the girl made it out of washi tape, then put it through her embosser. Love!


Back of the insert: our camping trip to Roan Mountain and celebrating Halloween with my coworkers.


And here's how the insert looks with the Hello Autumn layout.


Fall sure is the best (and most beautiful!) time of year.

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Essential Oils

Friday, February 5, 2016


TGIF!! So if you follow me on Instagram, or if we're friends on Facebook, you've probably noticed that I started using essential oils a few months ago. Don't worry, this isn't going to turn into an essential oil blog! But I do want to start sharing some information with my readers because the oils are part of my everyday life!


I got a starter kit last summer. It came with 11 oils and a diffuser. I started using some oils topically to alleviate symptoms of bug bites, headaches, and allergies. Then I started adding oils to my diffuser to make my house smell good! I've been using oils more and more and believe in them so much, I've become an independent distributor of Young Living essential oils.

February is the best time for me to start sharing because Young Living is having a sale - 10% off a Starter Kit! That only happens like once a year. Add that to the bonus I'm offering and you've got a crazy deal.

I plan on adding 1 or 2 oil posts per month because this blog is about my life, my scrapbooking, my reading, and everything else that's important to me. I'll be sharing which oils I use and what purposes I've used them for. Are essential oils a part of your life? Have a great weekend!


** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Do not stop taking a medication without consulting your physician. My oil journey is not meant to replace professional medical advice.

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Hello Autumn layout

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I took one of my favorite pictures EVER last October and decided it needed a full page layout! Joe and I ran across an Octoberfest at a local ski resort. After watching some polka dancing and having lunch, we took the ski lift up to the top of the mountain. It was so foggy and beautiful.


I used a sketch from a Facebook group and used Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice for most of the layout. I wanted to include the ski lift ticket, but layered it underneath the photo so the white wouldn't be so glaring.


I scattered some cute flair, enamel dots, and leather flowers around the page.


True statement! October is my favorite month.


I enjoyed all the layering on this layout.


Thanks for stopping by!

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January Book Report

Monday, February 1, 2016


I loved making reading a priority in 2015, so I'm doing it again this year - but in a different way! I have a big list of books I want to read so I'm just going off that list instead of following a prompt. My goal is to read 30 books in 2016. You can click the affiliate links below if you want to read the summary and other reviews of the book.



I started with The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. I've always loved books about Chinese culture and history and I've read several of Amy's books. I liked the way the character's fates intertwined. This wasn't my most favorite book of hers, but it was good.

Next up was The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fck. It's a spin-off on Marie Kondo's decluttering book. It was a funny read but (obviously) uses a certain four-letter-word A LOT. Like every paragraph. It talks about how to get rid of mental clutter and self-imposed obligations.

I found The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry on Kindle Unlimited. It's about a persnickety bookseller in a small town. He gets a second chance at life and takes full advantage of that chance. The story is so cute and it's a fast read.

I started reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I've heard nothing but good things about this book for years but am just now getting around to reading it.

What's the #1 book on your To Read list?

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September Project Life

Friday, January 29, 2016


More Project Life pages to share today!

September ended up being two 2-page spreads.


Left side: Yoga Rocks the Park, Rhythm & Roots, meeting 2 friends' babies, my Kal Barteski piece, and Joe's new drone.


This page ended up being all about Joe and his job.


 Full spread:


Left side: a gorgeous sunset on the way to Charlotte, a to-die-for breakfast at Another Broken Egg Cafe, Joe's bday dinner, our new iPhones.


Right side: a trip to Biltmore House (we too a rooftop tour - I would highly recommend it!), and fresh veggies.


This globe is from Shimelle's chipboard stickers. Love it!


I added clear heart stickers in the "o" of these words - quick way to dress up a PL card!


Making progress!

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Currently - January 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I hope 2016 is treating you well! Lately I've been...


  • working on a new adventure
  • relaxing with adult coloring books
  • drooling over Illustrated Faith
  • exploring my One Little Word (nourish)
  • dusting off my FitBit and tracking miles
  • reading on my lunch break (and sometimes before bed)
  • batch cooking freezer meals with my best friend
  • catching up on scrapbooking
  • planning our Las Vegas trip!
What are you up to?

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August Project Life

Monday, January 25, 2016


I hope you're ready for seasonally inappropriate Project Life pages! I've been behind in PL all year, and have only posted through July. I recently completed August and September and will show you those this week. I took advantage of a big snowstorm this past weekend and completed October, November, December, and some 12x12 layouts. When it rains, it pours - or snows, in this case ;)

This first page of August goes beside my washi tape yoga teacher training layout. I picked coordinating colors since the pages face each other. Joe and I took a day trip to Dollywood where we rode all the rides and panned for gemstones, and I completed yoga teacher training.


Full spread: 


Left side: a day trip to Boone, cotton candy, my best friend moved back home, and random tidbits from the month.


Right side: hubby and I went out to Cootie Brown's and to the Appalachian Fair, and I was taking salads to work all the time.


Are you caught up on PL?

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