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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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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2017 Crafty Goals

Monday, January 16, 2017

So I kind of lost interest in Project Life last summer... and I haven't finished anything past May. The problem is, I absolutely LOVE the finished product of Project Life. I love looking back through all the fun little things we do. I feel like those little moments are lost when I don't do Project Life.

So what's a girl to do?

Right now I think I'm going to use the Project Life app to finish monthly layouts for 2016. I'll have them printed as 12x12's (maybe from Persnickety Prints? I'm open to suggestions!) and then add them to my scrapbook album. I may embellish them when I get the prints... since I haven't tried this before, I don't know how that will look and if it's possible. I'm really liking this idea because I could also do some 12x12's and have more freedom to place them anywhere in the album.

If I like the app, I may do a page for each week in 2017 (1 page usually, but possibly a double page layout if needed). Again, the freedom to be able to add in 12x12's wherever I want is very appealing.

I want to keep the daily aspect of my scrapbooking pretty simple and have more time to work on some project albums. I want to get going on some Disney pages, camping mini album, and more 12x12s. I want to do some monthly challenges at Paper Issues and use more sketches from Simple Scrapper.

I'd like to make more cards next year and use my stamps and inks more. I recently channeled my inner Jennifer McGuire and organized my stamps (LOVE!!!)

I'd also like to knit or crochet something (maybe I'll finish that blanket that's been sitting beside the couch for 5 years - oops!)

What are your crafty goals for 2017?

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One Little Word

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've been thinking about my One Little Word (OLW) for a couple of weeks and am going with (re)focus. Without going into too many details, I feel like I need to refocus on some things I've let slide. I need to focus my energy on my days off and be productive. I need to focus on what I actually want to accomplish instead of wasting time online. I need to focus on healthy habits for myself.

I'm not taking Ali Edwards' class because I never seem to keep up with it. I don't feel the need to make an album about my OLW but want to keep it visible. I printed out this picture and put it in my Happy Planner so I'll see it every day.

What's your One Little Word this year? How do you keep it in mind throughout the year?

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How to Get More Reading Done

Thursday, January 5, 2017

So I actually surpassed my reading goal of 30 in 2016! For 2017 I've set a goal of 48 (4 per month). I think it's doable, but it will stretch me a little bit and force me to be more consistent. I read all the time when I was younger but quit reading for pleasure sometime in pharmacy school. I had enough to read during school! It's taken me years to get back into a reading routine and I'm so glad I finally got back into it.

I thought it might be helpful if I shared how I've made reading a part of my life and where I get all these books!

How to get more reading done:

1. read on your lunch break *this one is huge for me - and it stops the endless Facebook/Instagram scroll that I would normally do*
2. read before bed *I don't always do this, but I'm always glad when I do*
3. read while drinking coffee/tea in the morning
4. read when you're in the carpool line/Starbucks line/whatever line
5. keep a list of books you want to read so you aren't scrambling to find your next book *I use Goodreads for this*
6. give yourself permission to quit reading a book if you don't like it
7. keep your Kindle/current paperback in your purse so you always have it with you
8. be part of a reading community (Goodreads, a Facebook group, neighborhood Book Club)
9. audiobooks on your commute or while crafting, cleaning, exercising
10. ask friends for book recommendations

Where do I find all of these books?

I'm a big fan of Anne Bogel, aka Modern Mrs. Darcy. This year she put together 2 fun reading challenge lists, she has a podcast called What Should I Read Next? where she interviews people and performed literary matchmaking, and she has a daily Kindle deals email. I'll be honest y'all - this daily email is dangerous. Best selling books for $2 and $3?! If it's a great deal, I sometimes buy the book. Other times, I search for it as a library eBook (see below!)

My favorite way to get books is for free! I downloaded the Overdrive app and signed in with my local library card. I can borrow Kindle books for 2-3 weeks (it's set by the publisher/library). You can put a hold on a book and it will email you when it's ready for you to check out. I've found 2 downsides to this method - (1) you can't always get the book you want when you want it (2) the book won't be readable anymore after the expiration date... so if you won't be done in time, you have to put your kindle on airplane mode. I didn't realize the date was coming up (even though I got an email reminding me!!) and only got through 80% of a book. I immediately put another hold on it, but had to wait 2 months to read the other 20%!!

I pin things to my board called The Library on Pinterest too! I have book lists and more pinned there.

This year, I tried audiobooks for the first time. You can get an Audible subscription (and there are several membership plans from which to choose) or borrow them from Overdrive. I've found that I prefer non-fiction books on audio, but many people like fiction as well. I get annoyed by the reader's voice when they try to speak as different characters. I know, I'm weird.

I did a reading challenge in 2015 where I chose my own books from a list of prompts. It was fun and got me to read books I might not have chosen otherwise. It definitely helped me get back into reading on a regular basis. If reading isn't a big part of your life currently, you might want to start with a challenge. I found this "master list" of reading challenges that might be helpful!

If you want to track your books, consider Goodreads. You can connect with friends, rate/review your books, keep a running "to be read" list so you don't forget good titles, and join groups. Friend me if you're on Goodreads!

Any tips you'd like to share?

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December Daily Days 28 - 31

Monday, January 2, 2017

My first DD is completed and I love it!

Day 28 - I went to visit Tommy one more time before he headed back to Indiana.

Day 29 - One of my high school friends passed away in November, so a few of us got together after the holidays to reminisce and hang out.

Day 30 - pajamas all day, coffee, planning, reading, relaxing, AHHH.

Day 30 - New Year's Eve!

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