Another week of PL

2016 Week 13

2016 Life Stories May Bundle by Sugary Fancy; Half Life – set 3 by Brook Magee; Fonts: Andes and Loveton

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A few new pages

Cruise to Mexico – Elysse’s last cruise

Destinations: Vol 3 – Bundle from Studio Flergs and Studio Basic Designs; It’s My Life no 5 by Two Tiny Turtles; Font: Special Elite

For Sale – officially on the market

A New Day by Two Tiny Turtles; It’s a Plan Collab from the Sweet Shoppe Designers

Reach for the Stars – Tommy’s college graduation

Outer Limits Papers, Elements and Pocket Cards along with Story Grid Freebie 2 all by Amber LaBau; Font: Special Elite

This Day in History – kind of the highlights of Tommy’s graduation day

Per Diem Papers, Elements and Cards from Sara Gleason; Pocket Stories 6 from Etc by Danyale; bits from Archetype and Why from Sara Gleason; Font: Special Elite

What a Day – Tommy’s last day of college

It’s a Good Day Bundle by Amanda Yi and Sugary Fancy; Catch the Stars by Two Tiny Turtles; Font: Special Elite

Wonderful Ordinary Day – more gorgeous photos of Elysse and Jorge

The Magic of Everyday Bundle from Blagovesta Gosheva and Pieces of My Heart from Erica Zane; Font: Hello Lucky

You Do You – Tommy’s graduation

Character Study Elements, Papers and Journal Cards by One Little Bird; iNSD Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay; bits and pieces from Daily Bulletin, How It Began, Just the Beginning, Per Diem, Positive Spin, Silver Linings, Stargazer, Story Unfolds and This Magic Moment all by One Little Bird; Font: Special Elite




Let’s catch up, shall we?

It’s been two weeks… tax season is always busy for me. All kinds of things running through my mind and across my calendar.

Better in Miami – photos of gorgeous Miami to use? Check!

Trifecta 24 – Rambler by Brook Magee; Miami, Florida: Collection by Jady Day Studio and Amanda Yi; Font: Roble

Getting it Ready – getting our house ready to sell

Around the House Bundle by Studio Basic Designs; EZ Albums 11 and coordinating stitching by Erica Zane

I Am a Mama – this story has been rambling around in my head since we lost Jedi. I had to get it out and on paper. Turns out the story fit EXACTLY into the space provided… it was meant to be.

Set 210 Just for Journaling 13 by Cindy Schneider; I Woof You and a few bits from A Purrfect Day and A Happy House all by Sugary Fancy; Fonts: Andes and Loveton

Our Tech – this kit made me want to scrap about the phones we have right now and how we use them. I figure this will be fun to look back on in 10 years!

Techno-Babble Kit and matching Pocket Cards by Amber LaBau; Memory Pockets Monthly: Status by Amber LaBau, Allison Pennington, Paislee Press, Sahlin Studio, Sara Gleason and Valorie Wibbens; Font: Andes

Reflecting in Progress – Rachel makes the most beautiful artsy products, such a unique style.

Abstract Fillers 1 and Bubblegum Pop both by Captivated Visions; EZ Albums 12 and matching stitching by Erica Zane; Alphabitties 5 by Traci Reed

Take the Long Way Home – a kit has mountains in it… I’ve got the photos for it!!

Adventure and Adventure: Cards by Heather Roselli; Mood Board Template #2 by Studio Basic Designs; Font: True North

We Belong Together – perfect for photos of Elysse and Jorge

Together We So Rock! Kit, Alphas and Extras by Little Butterfly Wings; Photo frames from Dynamic Shading Bits #1 by Mommyish

Better-In-Miami-700s Getting-It-Ready-700s I-Am-a-Mama-700s Our-Tech-600s Reflecting-In-Progress-700s Take-the-Long-Way-Home-700s We-Belong-Together-600s


It’s January already

It’s been a fairly busy beginning to the year for me. Work starts ramping up for all the end of year tax returns. My CT stuff has a lot of admin anymore and I’m still getting used to all the scheduling and trying to find a little bit of scrap time, too.

I managed to get the tree down and all the ornaments put away which always seems like such an onerous task. But the last vestiges of the holidays are put away, to be put up in the attic in a bit.

I did get a little scrapping done this week.

Friends for Life

Old Friends by Red Ivy and Sugary Fancy; The Lucky Ones by Two Tiny Turtles; Font: Loveton

Got This 2016

Make It Happen Collab January 2016 Storyteller Add-On from Just Jaimee and Mommyish; Template: Storyteller Bryce 2015 by Just Jaimee; Font: Modernica Regular



The calm before the storm

All the digiscrappers know what I mean… next weekend is DSD, Digital Scrapbook Day. That means huge sales and lots of new products added to the digi stores. It also means a lot of layouts created by CT members.

There will be FB hops, speed scraps, scavenger hunts. They will be on Pinterest, on Instagram, in forums and on Facebook. It will be an amazing weekend (11/6 to 11/8). Some stores will have promotions the entire week so be sure to check the forums for your favorite digi stores.

Here are a few layouts I created last week:

Bond of Love

You’re Unique and M3 June 15 Add on – Photo Masks both by Little Butterfly Wings; Font: Loveton

Note to Her – for the October Journaling Challenge at TLP, one of the photos from Grandma’s photo box with writing on the back

Little Talks, Memory Collector, Story Unfolds, Philosophy all by One Little Bird; Generations by One Little Bird and Paislee Press; Nov 14 Template Freebie by Sara Gleason; Fonts: The Silver Reed and The Royal Invites from Heather Joyce

Yes to This – more from my trip with the DigiSisters

At A Glance Papers and Elements from Etc by Danyale; Sugarcoated by One Little Bird; A Stitched Mess Alphas by Just Jaimee; Font: Heart and Soul

You’re a MR – you turn around and little boys become men… trust me!

Hey Mr Mister by Sugary Fancy; Quirky Love by Two Tiny Turtles

Bond-of-Love-600s Note-to-Her-600s Yes-to-This-600s Youre-a-Mr-700s

Digital learning

I mentioned that I attended Spraguefest last weekend. We had two full days of all kinds of crafting, both digital and paper. I had the perfect kit this week to document my trip.

DigiSis Oct 15 – this will not be my last layout of the trip, trust me!

Friends for Life Bundle by Sugary Fancy; Template Set 205 by Cindy Schneider


Speaking of learning, I participated in October’s Scrapaneers. The focus this month is Fear Factor. We were all supposed to go outside of our comfort zone in our layout. I chose minimal, which is NOT my style, and used several filters to achieve this effect.

Magical Place

Autumn’s Magic by Valorie Wibbens; Other items used: Sanded Photo Masks by Misty Cato, Head in the Clouds by Valorie Wibbens and Paislee Press, Ribbon Snips, Sprinkles v3 and Sprinkles v4 by Valorie Wibbens


A different tack…

I’d like this blog to feel a little more personally meaningful… not sure exactly how to do that but I’m going to try some new things to work on it.

Animal Lover – It’s hard to not WANT to scrap all the gorgeous pictures Elysse sends me. She’s got a great eye first of all and she takes the time to edit them to perfection. Of course, THIS photo is OF her so Jorge must be getting his own awesome eye for a great photo! The bright colors of the kit worked so well with the clear, outdoor photos of their trip to Jungle Island. She can spend hours in a zoo or aquarium just watching the animals for the perfect shot.

Credits: At a Glance Papers, Elements and Alphabet Soup all from Etc by Danyale


Keepers – the kit was about the book “Where the Wild Things Are”. This made me think of packing up all the children’s story and picture books when we moved from the old house to this one. While we were all happy to give away many of the books to small children some of them were just too precious, too well loved not to save for their own kids. This is one of those books for us as are the other images I used.

Credits: Wild Thing Bundle by Traci Reed and Studio Basic Designs; EZ Albums v6 by Erica Zane


Lucky Me – a kit about being a single mom. Wow… that brought back memories of a different time in my life. A busy stressful worrisome time. Now I can’t remember when I wasn’t single. I can recall worrying that I wouldn’t be a good enough parent by myself. They are fortunate to have their father in their lives and to have a good relationship with him. But I was the one home day to day dealing with school, homework, crushes, friendships, after school activities, ballet, scouting etc. Would I be good enough? Would I scar them for life? Could I be a strict enough parent to provide them enough structure so they would be responsible adults? On the other side of the hill now, I was good enough. The experience of parenting them, being their mother is my proudest accomplishment. They are amazing people and I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for both of them.

Credits: Project Me – Being a Single Mom by Two Tiny Turtles and Cornelia Designs; Always Be Yourself by Two Tiny Turtles; Blissful Stitches – Square by Traci Reed


Season of Change – the word art in this kit made me think of my best friend and the emotions surrounding divorce. She is smiling, happy and at peace. Not to say the experience is not stressful/emotional/difficult but she is dealing with it and maintaining balance in here life.

Credits:  Season of Change Kit and matching Journal Cards by Sugary Fancy and Tickled Pink Studio; Fall Colors Templates by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients


Pure Joy – Divorced person scrapping with lovey, dovey kits = not so easy. I end up scrapping my daughter or my parents or even grandparents old photos. Of course, that is ever so helpful on the self esteem 😉  For this one, I used a cute new photo of Elysse and Jorge at a Dolphins game. I thought the + and = with football would be a fun idea.

Credits:  Sugarcoated Papers and Elements by One Little Bird; NSD Grab Bag 2014 by Sara Gleason