Eiffel Tower part 1

Monday, May 22, 2017


The weather wasn't the best on the day we went to the Eiffel Tower. It had been raining all morning (thank goodness for packable down jackets and rain jackets!) but the rain did stop about 30 minutes before our tour. We originally just bought tickets to the second level, but got third floor tickets there for about 6 euros. It was SO COLD on the top!! At first I refused to go out there (that's when Joe took that funny picture of himself) but he convinced me to come out of course.



I like this little embellishment cluster.


I found this orange ticket in a little package.. maybe from October Afternoon? I added a couple of orange aspects to this layout purely so I could incorporate the ticket!



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Buckingham Palace

Thursday, May 18, 2017


After checking out Westminster area, we headed over to Buckingham Palace.


This little guard sticker was the perfect embellishment!


My 2017 album is a mix of the PL app, physical PL, and full size layouts. This physical PL page will go right beside of this layout.



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Mind the Gap

Monday, May 15, 2017


I made a few layouts on National Scrapbook Day and will be showing them to you here! I mostly concentrated on pages about our March trip to London & Paris.

First up was all about our first Tube ride in London. We loved how prompt, convenient, and easy the Tube was! And of course, we remembered that voice saying "mind the gap" whenever the doors opened.


I found this sketch on Pinterest and love how the page turned out. And how about that flair? I couldn't resist those when I was them in a tourist shop.


How do you feel about mixing silver and gold? I found this globe after I had already used the gold trimmed PL card. I decided it was fine.



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Westminster Abbey

Thursday, May 11, 2017


After checking into the hotel and storing our luggage, the first thing we did in London was walk across Westminster Bridge and head to Westerminster Abbey.


I've been wanting to use the Christine Herrin travel PL kit for a while now and this layout was my first chance! I love the colors, the font, and well basically everything about it.


Is this sticker not ADORABLE? I had to get them (obviously!)


I'm always wanting to keep memorabilia and ephemera and use them on pages.. but sometimes they're hard to incorporate. I used a textured transparency to make a little pocket to hold a postcard of  our favorite section of the Abbey, a guide map, and our tickets.


I love this flair!




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Purse Shopping

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


I've been sharing a lot of layouts and cards here lately because Paper Issues had their Spring Crop in March. I made 6 layouts/cards and entered them into the challenges! This layout was for the "White space" challenge and we were aiming to leave 2/3 of the page open as white space. I went over that a little bit but still love how it turned out.


Purse are my jam. Always have been, always will. I spent some of my side gig money (I sell Rodan+Fields skincare) and bought myself the perfect souvenir from Paris - a Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote! I adore it but couldn't bring myself to spend my own money on it.


I dug into my stash and found lots of cute little banner and die cut pieces for embellishments.


Have you created layouts with lots of "white space"?

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Eurostar

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hubby and I rode the Eurostar train from London to Paris. It takes about 2.5 hours and they served a great lunch. I had spinach quiche and he had roast beef. Yum!


I found this Paris paper pad called "C'est La Vie" at Michael's and it's going to be perfect to document some of our vacation.


I included our train ticket (just cut the top of it off since it was blank) and a few embellishments to finish this page.


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Greeting Cards

Friday, April 7, 2017

I made some greeting cards to send out to friends recently. Two had surgery and another had a death in the family.

I used the Get Well Soon stamp set from Lawn Fawn to make the first two. This rainbow colored one is for a fellow pharmacist.


I used a card sketch I had saved on Pinterest to make this one. I dug into my scraps stash for the paper.


Another card sketch from Pinterest along with scraps and 2 pieces of washi tape made this card quick and easy.





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Lipsense Selfie

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


I got the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart paper pad and it is GORGEOUS!! It includes some fun 12x12 die cut pages so you can channel your inner Paige Evans without having to spend forever making the layout :) I adore her layouts but know it would take me forever to duplicate the look.


So this white paper is a die cut with triangles and the paper below it is all one sheet of small squares. The patterns peak out through the open cuts. I love how this layout turned out.


I wanted to create a little bit of dimension, so I attached some of the ephemera pieces with pop dots.


My friend sells Lipsense lipstick and I took this selfie to share in her group. I stopped wearing lipstick when I met Joe because it came off on him. Now it isn't a problem anymore and I'm back to wearing it all the time! If you're interested, you can check out her Facebook group called Erin's Everlasting Lips.


Have you used this paper collection?

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February and March Book report

Monday, April 3, 2017

I'm late getting February's books up on the blog, so I'll just combine February and March together. I'm making pretty good strides towards reading 48 books this year. I've read 9 and have started book 10. I'm tracking on Goodreads.


Commonwealth by Anne Patchett - This is my favorite kind of book... it's just about people's ordinary every day lives. This story follows 2 families and how a chance meeting at the beginning changes everything.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is filled with travel, science, reflection, and love. I read it in a few days because I couldn't put it down.

Someone recommended The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman in a Facebook group. It was available thru my Overdrive app so I downloaded it. It's about the relationship of 3 sisters and the people around them. Loved it!

I read The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood while flying back from Paris earlier this month. I LOVED IT!! I kept seeing it pop up on reading lists and finally sent for it when it was on sale. It's about a friendship between a young boy and a 104-year-old lady. He's obsessed with world records and pushes her to achieve her own. I may have even shed a tear on the last page of this one. So good!

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin is about reincarnation. A little boy named Tommy dies and is possibly reincarnated as a little boy named Noah. This story is about their journey to find peace for him. It's really interesting and there are examples from real life stories about this phenomenon.

What's the best book you've read lately?

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Cubs Win!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


As part of documenting 2016, I had to make a layout about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. I mean, it had been 108 (!) years since we had won!


I used a sketch from Tracie Claiborne's first Ready Sketch Go! class as a starting point for this layout.


Most (maybe all) all of the 3x3 papers I used are from Simple Stories Homespun collection. The colors were perfect. I used some clear black stickers on this 3x3 spot.


What is your favorite sports team? Have you documented their wins?

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Disney layout

Friday, February 17, 2017


One of my goals this year is to get more Disney pages completed and in my album.

This is the second and last page from mine and Joe's first trip together to the Magic Kingdom (here's the other page). Oh, how I don't miss the days of point and shoot cameras that took terrible photos at night.


I love these stickers!


We got engaged the day before we went to the MK, but I had to get a button!


I used a small pocket to keep our bus passes.


 We're going to Disneyland Paris in just a couple weeks - can't wait!

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January Book Report

Monday, February 6, 2017

My reading goal for 2017 is 48 books and I've finished 4 so far. I'm keeping track on Goodreads.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was absolutely amazing. It's another WWII historical fiction novel and I couldn't put it down! SO GOOD! There's no wonder it was the Goodreads Book of the Year in 2015.

The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Manuel is about a guy trying to get it right. He grows up in a family that doesn't see anything wrong with working an illegal business. He tries to escape that but things don't go as planned. This book didn't pull me in as much as Station Eleven, but it was still good.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver was very good. I may be a little biased since it's set here in the Appalachians. It has to be close to me because they mention Knoxville more than once. A woman sees something unexplainable and it changes everything for her and her town.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty had a super long wait at the library, but I finally got to borrow it! I like her books a lot, but this one seemed to drag just a little. You learn bits and pieces of the story at the end of each chapter and I must say, my jaw dropped in the chapter about the unfriendly neighbor!

Have you read anything great this year? I'm always adding books to my list!

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Great Smoky Mountains

Thursday, February 2, 2017


I used sketch #340 from Simple Scrapper and some supplies from my stash to make this layout. This background paper is from Simple Stories "Life Documented" collection. I used a sketch from Simple Scrapper and participated in the Paper Issues stash buster challenge for January.


Last July, we drove up to Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains. It was cold and windy so it was a quick trip! We drove back down towards Gatlinburg and stopped at a pretty little bridge and creek. We walked around and took some pictures. It was beautiful!


I stamped the date with a roller stamp.


I love these little hearts.





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June Project Life

Monday, January 30, 2017


Yup, that's June 2016 I'm speaking of... Recently I mentioned that I lost interest in Project Life last year. I'm going to use the PL App to do the rest of 2016, but I had already printed out some beach pictures.

My "Good Times" layout is on the left of the album, and this pocket page is on the right. I used it to document the rest of June (other than our Isle of Palms trip). We had breakfast at Tupelo Honey Cafe, I wore some LuLaRoe, hubby cleaned up my car for me, I helped a friend run her yoga booth at a local festival, and I got the cutest $2 dish towel from Walmart!


For the beach trip I used the back of the pocket page and created a 6x12 pocket page on the right side. I just cut up a Design A pocket page. Despite a bad experience at our hotel and having to find another one that night, we had an awesome trip! We ate at local places, relaxed, watched the sunrises, and hung out at the beach.


I used the back of my 6x12 pocket page to document our morning in Charleston and it faces my "Beach Vibes" 12x12 layout on the right.


I will get caught up on 2016 PL! I will get caught up on 2016 PL! I will get caught up on 2016 PL!

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Beach Vibes

Thursday, January 26, 2017


I wish I was at the beach right now... it's currently cold and rainy here at home! Part of my crafty goals for 2017 is to complete 1 or 2 challenges from the Paper Issues blog. I'm part of their Facebook group and they're always posting lots of inspiration!

I used this challenge to create a page for our beach trip to Isle of Palms last June. I used Project Life pages to document the rest of the trip and I'll show them to you on Monday.


Here's the original sketch:


I've been hoarding this little candy embellishment for a while!


This 3x4 card is from a cut apart 12x12 page. Love it!


And you know I love a pretty gold pack of Thickers ;)


Do you participate in scrapbook challenges? If so, where?

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November and December Reads

Monday, January 23, 2017


I read several good books in November and December!



The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman was really good! I love reading multigenerational novels. This one has a twist, though!

I read through When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi very quickly while we were on a weekend trip away. This memoir is about a neurosurgeon that is diagnosed with stage IV cancer. He has just a short time to live and has to figure out what really matters in those final weeks. Quick read.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly was AMAZING. I've read a few historical fiction books about World War 2 in the past year or so and I can't get enough. This book focuses on 3 girls - a volunteer/socialite in New York, a Polish teenager, and a German doctor that gets hired at a Nazi concentration camp. Of course their lives intertwine (and you know that's my favorite!).

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a book that covers seven generations of a family. There's a lot of unfamiliar names to keep up with but I was able to pretty well. This book has won a TON of awards.

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain is about a family that lives a lie until one of the kids starts digging for answers. I did figure out part of it, but some of it was a surprise. Good read.

I got News of the World by Paulette Jiles for just $2.99 (gotta love those daily Kindle deals!) and couldn't put it down!!

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