Cruise Project Life pages

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I finished the rest of my cruise layouts - I ended up with a couple of pocket pages, an insert, this layout, and another that I'll show you later this week. I used Basic Grey's "Adrift" collection for most of my layouts.

Full layout:


Left side: getting there, our luggage, the room, and the ship.


I had a good time mixing in the Carolina Moon Project Life kit from Studio Calico.



Right side: our excursions to St. Thomas and the Bahamas, fun drinks, the shows on the ship, getting sea sick one day (not fun!).


I used a small insert to document sitting outside on the deck, taking a Behind the Fun tour, and things we did on our At Sea days.


I used the back of the insert for documenting the excursion to San Juan on our 4th anniversary and the fancy dinner we went to one night.


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Our trip to Myrtle Beach

Thursday, June 25, 2015


So a few weeks ago I asked Joe if he wanted to go camping at the beach for vacation. We've never taken a beach vacation before (I'm not counting Jamaica because those were all-inclusive resorts and it's just not the same). He said okay and we booked a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I hadn't been there since my senior beach trip in 1999 and he had never been before.


It's about 7 hours away so we left early last Monday, had breakfast at the Waffle House, and arrived around 5pm. We have a knack for picking places experiencing record highs and this was no exception. Check out the temperature in the picture below. Heat index was around 107. I'm really not made for that kind of weather but I did survive ;) We tried to stay indoors and off the beach during the afternoons.


We stayed at Lakewood Camping Resort and it is HUGE!! Actually it's a mega resort - there's like 1,900 sites including campsites and little houses. There was a couple of pools, lazy river, water slides, Trading Post (a snack bar, gift shop, and general store), and more. A lot of people rented golf carts to get around. The roads were busy!! 


We requested shade and stayed in Block 2. We just had to walk a little ways to the beach. 


This was our first view of the beach! 


We did some shopping in the afternoons. We walked around Broadway at the Beach (dang it was hot that day!). We didn't go to the Tanger Outlets or Barefoot Landing. I got this little retro tablecloth at Camping World (I just couldn't pass it up at $8!) Oh, and there was a scrapbook store in town!!! I haven't been to one in a long time, so it was nice to browse.


We went out to eat for breakfast at local pancake houses, then went to the beach in the mornings for 3-4 hours. We took our cooler, beach chairs, umbrella (super important for a fair skinned girl like me!), boogie boards, and a beach bag. I bought a super fun sandcastle mold at Walmart for 75 cents. Oh yeah!


From Mammy's Kitchen: YUM!!


My mom made this awesome camping sign for us!! She used her Cameo, paint, and a canvas. I love how it turned out. Silhouette America even reposted the picture on their Instagram. Pretty neat!


We had hoped to ride our bikes more often, but the sweltering heat made that difficult. On the last evening, we rode down to the end of the campground and took some pretty pics and walked in the water.


And all my freckles came out. I got a little sunburnt on my back and on the top of my head, but otherwise I'm good. I've been using a ton of aloe and trying not to scratch!


Where is your favorite beach?

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A little update

Monday, June 22, 2015


Hello! I've been MIA for a couple weeks but I hope to have some projects to show you soon. I have a LIST of things I want to do that includes:

1. playing with the FUSE tool
2. opening up those watercolors I bought a while back
3. watching a video and figuring out the PixScan tool from Silhouette
4. making something rad with my new MISTI tool
5. trying out the ombre ink pads from Hero Arts



Oh and guess what?? Mom and I are going to the first Silhouette Conference in November. It's near Atlanta, Georgia. There's going to be food, shopping, and classes - what more could you ask for? We hope to become Cameo Pros and try some new things. Are you going??

What new crafty things are on your To Do List?

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26 Books - May

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Hello! I've been on a little break from crafting here lately... I'm trying to rest and recover from bronchitis. Ugh! But I did get some reading done in May and wanted to share my latest books with you. I read on a Kindle - do you prefer actual books or an electronic reading device? I really like actual books, but you can't beat being able to browse and download books immediately. I also like that buying books on my Kindle means I don't have to find a place on a bookshelf for the book.


 - A book you own but haven't read
2 - a book that was made into a movie
3 - a book you pick solely because of the cover
4 - a book your friend loves
5 - a book published this year
6 - a book by an author you've never read before
7 - a book by an author you love
8 - a book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
9 - a book with a color in the title
10 - a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
11 - a book you started but never finished
12 - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
13 - a book with a female heroine
14 - a book set in the summer
15 - a book of poems
16 - a book you learned about because of this challenge
17 - a book that will make you smarter
18 - a book with a blue cover
19 - a book you were supposed to read in school. But didn't.
21 - a book with a great first line
22 - a book with pictures
23 - a book from the library
24 - a book you loved... read it again!
25 - a book that is more than 10 years old
26 - a book based on a true story

Wally Lamb is one of my favorite authors, so We Are Water satisfies book #7 on my list. It's my favorite kind of book - it goes deep into character development with the main characters (a family with 3 adult children). There are some back stories complicated woven within the novel and I love reading about why a person acts the way they do. I really enjoy reading books where the characters are connected in unlikely ways. Two thumbs up!

I heard about The Paper Magician from a friend. When I saw it on Amazon Unlimited and realized I could read it for free, I downloaded it immediately. It's about a girl that begins an apprenticeship with a magician that uses paper - she becomes a Folder. It was a quick read and there are others in a series - I may read more. I'm using it for book #13 (a book with a female heroine).

I'm using We Are Called To Rise for book #16. It's another one of those books that has some crazy connections between characters. Each chapter is told from a different person's voice and that's one of my favorite writing styles as well. I read this one in a couple of days

Are you reading much this year?
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More April Project Life pages

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Last week, I showed you the first two pages of my April Project Life spreads. Here are the last 2!

First up is a page about the two Yoga Teacher Training weekends I attended during April. The card with the little girl on it is from a yoga PL card swap I did last year. I finally found the perfect time to use it! I've lost a few pounds since starting yoga and bought some smaller clothes recently (woohoo!)


The next page is about mine and Joe's "Thursday Date Day" that we're doing. I am so busy with work and yoga that we haven't been able to go anywhere or do much on weekends recently. I'm off every other Thursday so he's taking those days off and we're doing stuff together. We went to Biltmore House in Asheville to see the Downton Abbey clothing exhibit and the gardens. It was a gorgeous day!


Have you been to Biltmore House?

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Come Sail Away

Monday, May 25, 2015


Have you tried any of the classes over on Big Picture Classes? I started watching videos from Paige Evans' class (Paige's Pages 2) and was inspired to make a cruise layout using the monochromatic layout lesson. Joe and I went on an Eastern Caribbean cruise in June and this layout will be included in my 2015 album (it's a combination of layouts and Project Life spreads). We took this selfie as we were sailing away from the dock.


I pulled out all the blue embellishments from Basic Grey's "Adrift" collection and started placing them around on the page. I cut out stickers with the backs still attached so I could move everything around to get it just right.


I then added some sequins and enamel dots to complete the layout. I really like how it turned out! I could have maybe put a blue paper across the 12x12 - but I loved that rope paper and wanted to use it.


Have you ever made a monochromatic layout?

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April Project Life Pages

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I ended up with 4 Project Life pages for April. I'm going to share 2 here (it's a 2 page spread), and then I'll be ready to show you the last 2 pages next week. I mostly used the Studio Calico Lisse Street Project Life kit. Here is the full spread:


Left side:
my Studio Calico April scratch off cart, African violets from a coworkers, Apple watches!, a (tame) April Fool's Day joke from Joe, reading, my parent's new dog, and honeydew! It's my current favorite fruit.


Right side:
Our first (of many) Thursday Day Dates. My schedule has been crazy around here lately with yoga and work. I usually have every other Thursday off, so Joe is taking that day off work so we can go do stuff together! It's critical for us to make time for each other. Our first #ThursdayDateDay was a trip to Dollywood. We also celebrated mine and my mom's days and Easter during April. Full month!


Check out some Project Life inspiration over on Karen's blog!

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