26 Books - February

Monday, March 2, 2015


So here's an update on my reading goals. I've finished 3 books for the year and I'm still feeling like 26 books is doable. Plus, we're going on a cruise soon (for our anniversary) so I'll get some reading done on vacation for sure.



1 - 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

This month I started reading The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I'm counting it as book #2 because apparently Steven Spielberg is going to make it into a movie. It's about a guy who lives an isolated life and works as a lighthouse keeper. I won't give away the plot, but he finds that decisions he and his wife make can affect other people. I liked the book, but it wasn't a fast, easy read.

Read any good books lately?

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Wedding Smashbook pages

Thursday, February 26, 2015


So when I was flipping through my Smashbooks the other day, I realized I had a few pages in my white Love/Wedding album I had never shared. These were completed over a year ago! This smashbook has a lot of great pages in it that I don't want to cover up!

Our wedding cake was so yummy. Joe's grooms cake was a tree stump with a chain saw on top - too cool! His mom made both of our cakes.


A few of the flowers Joe has given me over the years. 


Mr. and Mrs. - a couple of my favorite photos from the wedding.


Family portraits from our wedding:


Happy Smashing!

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Pocket Letters

Monday, February 23, 2015


Have you heard about Pocket Letters? I stumbled across a picture on Instagram and immediately fell in love. Basically it's a way to use pocket scrapbooking to write pen pals. I'm doing one time swaps instead of ongoing pen pals, but you can do either! It's standard to use baseball card dividers but some people are using different sizes.


I used a Simple Stories 6x6 paper pad to make this kit. Since these are one time swaps, I'm including a small "About Me" in each letter.


This is My Mind's Eye Market Street collection. I also used some gold MAMBI stickers. I included things like paper clips, washi, stickers, and tea.


I used pop dots to attach these wood veneers. Hopefully the recipient can remove them easily if she wants to use them in her scrapbooking.


I had some scraps leftover from Crate Paper's On Trend collection. 


I had fun using die cuts to make filler cards.


Interested in swapping? Let me know! I'll have some more to show you soon.

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New Home card

Thursday, February 19, 2015


My brother recently moved so I made a card to send to him. I combined several Studio Calico stamps to make this sentiment. I love how it turned out!


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Project Life - January (Part Two)

Monday, February 16, 2015


Here are the rest of my Project Life pages for January. The first layout for the month is all of the random moments and thoughts from January.


Left side: lunchbox notes from Joe, a visit from a friend, American Sniper movie, a doctor visit, and a gorgeous sunset Joe texted me.


I got a bunch of the Color Theory alphas recently from Studio Calico. LOVE THEM!



Right side: our recent weekend trip to Asheville, where we pretended to be foodies.


We took a minute to get some silly pics at Urban Outfitters' photo booth.



The Harry Potter pages go next in the album.

I also made a one page layout for a page all about my current goals - yoga, One Little Word, exercising, reading, taking a break to shop at the bookstore, and trying new recipes.


That's it for January! So far I'm really liking the monthly format. It's been a nice change for me.

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Felt Valentine heart

Thursday, February 12, 2015


I made this little felt Valentine heart a while ago. I had originally intended to make several to display in one of my apothecary jars, but never got around to it... even though it was super simple to make. I just cut out two heart shapes and used embroidery floss to write my sentiment. I think I used blanket stitch to do the edges. My embroidery needs a little practice but I think it turned out pretty cute!


Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!

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Gather Around the Table layout

Monday, February 9, 2015


So I've been getting the Story Kits and Story Stamps from Ali Edwards and I have to say - I love them! I'm trying to use them as much as possible this year. Joe and I went over to my parents house for dinner the other night and it was so great to catch up. There's been a lot going on and I felt like I hadn't seen them in forever.


I used stamps, stickers, the plastic word "gather", chipboard pieces, and a 4x6 card from the Gatherings Story Kit.


I used a paper from Amy Tangerine's "Stitched" collection. I just found a pack of it at A.C. Moore this weekend. Yay!


And if you haven't considered subscribing to the Story Kit or Story Stamp, let me just give you a little testimony - do it!! I am amazed every month at the thought that's been put into these products. You have access to a video (I think it's always been 30+ minutes), a gallery, a forum, and more. You also get lots of examples about how to use the month's theme. I wouldn't have thought of most of the ways you could interpret the themes.

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