your picture perfect smile.

last Sunday we spent lots of time with family and outdoors.
it was such a beautiful weekend that we wanted to take advantage of the weather.
before it gets too hot & humid.

we took so many photos that i would have to use 5 of these pocket pages to document.
so i decided to take my limited favorite and use the rest of traditional scrapbook pages.

i used the January Gossamer Blue 2015 Life Pages Kit for this layout, and feel bad that i had to cancel my subscription.  i hope to resub one day after we're done moving into a new place.

i also used touches of October Afternoon, wood veneers by Freckled Fawn, stamps by Studio Calico and Elle's Studio, and even copic markers.

this card was soft and pretty.
i used copics to fill in the letters and get a "heavy" feel at the bottom of the layout.
it felt too light and airy.
what i mean by "heavy" is the color saturation.
i find that using darker and deeper colors on the bottom gives the page a base.

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project life 2015.

last year i failed miserably with project life.
i started it because my 2013 December Daily was pocket-style and i really enjoyed it.
however, i didn't plan on having to put our things in storage and wait months before taking them out and crafting again in 2014.
i'm currently limited on my supplies, but i can still craft.
i missed documenting a lot of memories last year and i want to continue the easiest form of scrapbooking i have come across.
so i decided that i would continue with project life under 2 conditions.

#1 i will only document things i want to remember and not keep a strict weekly schedule.
this will give me freedom to create what i want the rest of the time and not feel locked-into a weekly layout.

#2 i will only use 6x8 pages or smaller in a smaller album.
i find that i don't take that many photos every day or even every week, so i don't really need to keep a big album.
the smaller version will help me journal our memories, still document our photos and not feel overwhelmed.  i know this style and format will help me stay on track.

when i come across special photos, i'll be scrapbooking those in traditional 12x12 layouts.
but for now this works great for me.

i'll be sharing more photos of other layouts, but today i'm sharing how we spent last Saturday.

i hope you enjoy and are inspired.

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* Simple Stories PL cards
* Dear Lizzy stickers
* Elle's Studio alphas
* Amy Tangerine printable card
* Recollections bow
* Simple stories clear sticker phrases

behind the lens.

we're still in January and already i've created 5 layouts.
i'd say that's a successful start to the new year.

i've been inspired by all the pretty collections and instagram photos;
which has me wanting to scrapbook more than anything.

yesterday i took out some time and scrapped this photo of me using my new camera.  it's been on my wish list for at least 2 years and it was such an unexpected Christmas gift from my husband.  i think he loves it more than i do.  he's always taking photos of Gio and bringing it where ever we go.

i use it mostly for my documenting.
from time to time i pull it out and photograph nature.
just to get a feel for the settings and features.
it's very complicated.
so complicated that i'm happy when 1 photo comes out fairly decent.

this was one of them.
a mirror pic.
taken right before going to a birthday party.

i like how it captured me.
behind the lens.
as i always am.

the Amy Tangerine "Stitched" collection was the perfect line to help me document this photo.
it's bright.
and the soft colors allowed me to play with inks and stamps.

i used rub-ons by Crate Paper "Kiss Kiss", diecut pieces from the "Stitched" collection and October Afternoon, and sewing string you can get at Michael's.

i hope you come back soon for another project share.
have a great weekend.

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nutty over you.

i've been on a valentine kick.  i love everything pink & red & hearts.
which is why i was easily influenced by this image to make a valentine card.
i fell in love with him as soon as i saw him.
he's so cute and furry and FREE for a limited time in the Chi Chi Memories shop.
there are only 30 free downloads, so get yours today!!

if you use him in a challenge sketch card and share you work with the CCM challenge blog, you can win 1 of 2 cool prizes!

i used copic markers in the E30 family for his fur.
E11, 15, 17 for the acorn top, and the E50 family for the acorn bottom.
the rest of the supplies are listed below.

it was so fun watching this little chipmunk come to life and i hope you take advantage of the freebie and see your challenge entries, which started today.

thanks for stopping by.

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* Crate Paper "kiss kiss" 6x6 pad.
* copic markers.
* American Crafts valentine stickers - butterfly and sentiment (Target).
* K&Company puffy hearts (Target).
* Tombow Mono multi glue.
* Uniball Signo white gel pen.
* Studio G pop dots (Michael's).
* Wink of Stella dark pink glitter brush pen.

happy new year.

along with continuing my pocket page documenting this year (which i'll get to later in more detail),  i decided that i wanted to create a lot more traditional scrapbook layouts.

those 12x12 papers are just too pretty to be cutting them into small 3x4 or 4x6 pieces, and showcasing them with photos is what i've been inspired to do more of.

today i want to share 1 of 3 layouts that i recently made.  for the first layout i used leftovers from the Elle's Studio "Good Cheer" collection that i used mostly for my 2014 December Daily.  I also added touches of Chic Tags with a "THIS"  circle, and those pretty gold star rub-ons.  the "2015" label-style sticker by Elle's Studio, and the enamel dots are by My Mind's Eye.

when i took this photo (NYE, right after midnight), i had not filled in what i was grateful for yet, because i wasn't sure if i wanted to list what was grateful for all year, or all month.   i still haven't decided.  lol.

i hope you join me in gathering all your pretty scrapbook paper, the ones you've hoarded for at least 2 years now (because they're so pretty), and use them.  slap some photos on and you'll see how awesome it feels to finally starting using your products.

p.s.  i think this "lowercase letters challenge", that i put myself on this year, will only last through January, because after writing more than half of this blog i had to go back and turn the uppercase into lower.  lol.  what a joy that was!

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December Daily 2014 - [24-31]

getting sick right before Christmas took a toll on my holiday spirit.
i wasn't in the mood to make our gingerbread house,
or bake more cookies,
i just wanted to be in bed watching movies, and overdosing on tylenol cold.

and i surely wasn't in the mood to finish my december daily,
but if i didn't it would never get done.
i did a little something, it isn't as detailed and elaborate as the previous pages,
but it's done.

maybe i'm over all the Christmas hoopla.
i'm ready to use different colors and document other things.
i'm ready for pastels and black & white layouts.
i'm ready for anything other than red and green.

Christmas day required 4 pages.  there were lots of photos and i really wanted to remember every detail of "santa" coming to our house to deliver more gifts.
oddly enough, Giovanni convinced my parents that it was a good idea for him to have a kitchen.
a blue one, because he's a boy.
it was his favorite gift.

i made "santa" pancakes with strawberries, whipped cream, oranges and raisins.  they were actually yummy.
we played all day and took our meds.
and had some yummy Christmas eve leftovers.
watched movies, napped and had a calm day.

i decided to skip 12/26 - 12/30 because not much happened, besides doing some after holiday shopping, getting better and organizing toys.
but on New Year's Eve hubby i was able to get a few photos, and quickly sent those to print at costco.
i really like the quality of their prints, and they're super cheap.
just wish it was closer.
i documented the fact that i won the 1st prize in the "Celebrate December" Elle's Studio giveaway.
what a fabulous way to end the year!
the prize contains a silhouette cameo machine, 6 months of Elle's Studio kits and the complete "Good Cheer" collection, which is what I used to actually win the prize!
go figure.

i realize i used black and white photos for the entire album, except on this page
AFTER i sent them to print.
it doesn't bother me.
i like the vivid color on this last page.

if you're still working through your DD pages and have lost your holiday mojo, i recommend turning on some holiday music and get to scrapping.  if you have to leave out a few days, it's fine.
if you have to condense 2 layouts into 1 it's fine.
just get it done and finished and over with,
that way when you get to buying more supplies in October for your 2015 december daily you won't feel as guilty.

See below for my other DD pages.

click here to see the cover (with a mini tutorial) of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 1 - 5 of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 6 - 14 of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 15 - 23 of my 2014 December Daily.

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new year. new dt.

hi bloggers!

i hope you all had a lovely end to 2014.

i'm excited to finally share that I was approached by the lovely people at Chi Chi Memories to join their design team, and was absolutely happy to take on the fun task.  Their digital images are so sweet and make the perfect addition to any card you have in mind to make.

now that the new year is here, the only thing left to do is think about the next holiday, right?  lol

i love Valentine's day and when I look at "Happy Girl", (which is a part of their new January 2015 release), i think about how lovestruck she is for a boy.  so this card is dedicated to all those sweethearts who just found love at the end of 2014 and can't wait to celebrate their new crush!

i hope you take the time to visit their online store here,
like their facebook page here,
and follow their blog here.

and you can find a list of supplies below.

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crate paper "Love Notes" 6x6 pad.
american crafts enamels (from target).
american crafts cardstock sticker (from target)
wink of Stella dark pink pen.

one little word - 2015

as i thought about one single word that i would like to embrace and develop in 2015, the first and only one that came to mind was "TIME".

i really wanted to make a either a layout, or canvas or something fun that I can look at and get inspired by when i feel i'm failing this challenge, but [alas] i didn't have TIME to make anything.

i spend a lot of it wastefully.
whether it's browsing eBay or Facebook groups for crafty deals.
or instagram, looking at pretty pix.
i use up a lot of it doing nothing productive.

as much as i participate in church activities, blog and create and do, i STILL feel unproductive.

so this year i plan to keep a close look at TIME and manage it better.
i hope to remain focused and determined.
i plan to become less busy and more available for spontaneity.
i want to run a very tight schedule of my days/weeks and set more goals.
even if the goals are silly ones like "go to the park 3x this week".

if there's something i've learned about 2014 is to be more grateful for everything.
i have both living parents and siblings.
i have a hardworking husband
my son is smart and healthy.

but what i'm mostly grateful for is TIME.
it's freely given equally to everyone and can never be taken back once it's gone.
so part of 2015 will be spent documenting how thankful I am, which you can read about here.

i'm looking forward to a year of self-improvement...
and lots of extra time.

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the plan.

it's looking like a Heidi Swapp, Mint & Gold kinda year...

working on my december daily gave me the bug.

i thought i was cured.
from shopping for every single piece of everything that i knew i didn't need,
but still wanted, because the instagram pix made them look extra pretty.

but i'm not.
i'm hooked again.

and as i browsed the online shops, just because...
and the aisles of target and michael's,
i kept coming across yummy goodies that i couldn't live without.

*click pix to enlarge*

so i started to collect.
it's a collection that began a month ago.

i finally came to the conclusion that i would continue my photo documenting, but on a lesser scale.
i would not become overly obsessed with getting every single washi or ephemera that's out there.
i would not shop for supplies, and then have to shop for storage to keep up with the supplies i'm shopping for.  i did a great deal of cutting back this year and i don't  plan on going back to being a shopaholic/hoarder.  i don't judge anyone who is that way, i'm just over myself buying so much stuff that i never have enough time to use anyway.
i came to the conclusion that i don't have to completely seclude myself from what i enjoy doing, (like i did for a good chunk of this year), but to do what i love in moderation.

my december daily has helped me realize 3 things.

1.  i really enjoy pocket pages.
2.  i really missed taking photos and documenting them.
3.  i really like the 6x8 album size.

so i decided that i would start out documenting 2015 on a monthly level and if i miss it all too much, then i would do bimonthly.

i don't want to be online at all hours searching for exclusive stamps, or exclusive veneers.
i don't want to browse the stores every week.
i just want to receive a kit in the mail once a month and use that for my monthly scrapbooking.

once in a while if i see something i really need to have, i will treat myself to that extra, but i think for now i have all i need (minus the Heidi Swapp "DREAMY" PL kit).

i also decided that i won't be using my filofax, and have downgraded to a different planner.

i'm going to be documenting 365 days of thanksgiving or "365 DOT".  i like the idea of using the gold HS album for that because it comes equipped with calendar pages, pockets, and extra journaling sheets.  i will be able to add my fav photo of the month or the photo that best captures the feeling of that month.

as you can see, i've already begun to decorate my monthly pages.  each square will hold what I'm thankful for that day, and in the consecutive page (where there's a little more space), i'll journal what's the most impacting thing that happened that month, with a photo or meaningful bible verse.

i used to do something similar to this when i was in high school / college, in a hello kitty planner... it wasn't as "pretty", but it held a lot of my events and thoughts.  i'm excited to get back to this type of documenting; right in a planner.

to save myself the embarrassment, i didn't snap a pic, but after i was done labeling the dates i realized they were wrong.  i started the 1st of January on Friday instead of Thursday.
happy accident, because that made me get out my thinking hat...
(yes, at 1am),
and redo the entire layout.
i was lucky enough to find a stampin' up tiny label punch and use that as a base to create tiny date banners.
worked out great.

i used hero arts gold ink to stamp out the flutes, but the ink looked more grayish/dull than a bright glittery gold... so i pulled out my gold wink of stella brush and carefully went over the flute.
you can see the difference in the side by side above.

with the help of Miss HS herself, dear lizzy, simple stories and other popular craft companies, i was able to completely transform the monthly layout and make it pretty.  i plan to do this for every month.  it takes time, but the outcome is so worth it.

for my photo documenting, i wasn't sure what binder i wanted to use so i picked up a simple stories one at michael's with a coupon, but wasn't too happy with it.  not sure if i'll keep it or return for goodies, but all i know is that as soon as I saw black and white script with a touch of aqua, i knew i had to change my album.  especially if it's a compact version of project life scrapbooking... something i can actually keep up with.  i went a little crazy sharing the photo on social media, but it was well worth spending an hour of my morning searching for it.

i'm going to be using the studio calico brighton pier handbook to document my monthly/bimonthly events; that, (thanks to the EVER FAB CASSIE **owner of Paper Issues**), i was able to purchase the last one in this country *apparently* and will have it in my hands as soon as the NYE countdown is over and i open my eyes - because that's how quickly she ships.
and incase you are interested in what she has to sell, just click here.
my planner for now is just one, by "sugar sugar" (i call it, hehe), from target.  it's pink and stripey and cute and everything i need to keep me organized when it comes to design teams, church, personal appointments, etc.

i'd like to purchase the gold polka dot one also, but only if this one gets cluttered; but if i want to also get the HS black and white striped planner that comes out next month, then i'll have to really think about what i'll be using that one for.

my goal in 2015 is to simplify my life,
get even more creative,
inspire people,
and be a better version of me...

one with shorter to-do lists,
one with a deeper connection to God,
one whose surrounded with lots of mint and gold,
one who only uses capital letters, when it's ABSOLUTELY necessary.

i challenge myself to use only lowercase in 2015.
because they're the underdog.
and i can relate.

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