Wednesday, February 22, 2017


...the time to document your life.

I did just that over the weekend.  Although my nose was stuffy, my head was cloudy and my tastebuds lacked appeasing, I made it a priority to find the time for some me-in-my-craft-space time.  I was able to dig out some old summer pix and create a couple of fun layouts.

In the past I have felt a little hesitant about sharing these personal pages, not because of the content, but because I am not my own supporter when it comes to my handwriting.  I am so happy that my husband blessed me with a typewriter last year.  It's my go to item for journaling.

In these next few layouts I chose to use the Simple Stories "You Are Here" collection.  I had the 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet, clear stickers and SN@P pack kit.  It included the perfect shades of blue and orange to complete the bright summer look I was going for...

For the photo below I wanted to eliminate the orange and add yellow.  This was easy with Simple Stories, because I was able to tap into their other product lines to bring in some reds to match my son's sweater.

What I love about Simple Stories, is that I am not limited to their products in order to create the perfect blend of pages.  They work well with other companies and even products that were released in different seasons.

I hope you make time this week to pull out those great photos and document the wonderful memories tied to them.  This may seem like just a silly movie pic, but in 10 years, when Gio would rather go to the theatre with his friends, I can look back at this and relive the moment.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Sermon Notes

Originally I chose the "Ballerina" planner from Simple Stories & The Reset Girl to help me organize my blogging schedule.  Being that I have made more time for checking things off my 2017 GOALS list, this planner found a different purpose.

Some time, in the middle of January, as I listened to some Podcasts, I realized how much wisdom I wanted to save from the sermons I was listening to, and if you recall seeing the first photo on Instagram, you'd know this was from the Pastor Steven Furtick "Work Your Window" series.  I was so blessed by him that I decided to take notes.

Except, in the past, taking notes meant I would never look at them again.  Bringing them into my blog planner has helped me not only review them, but make them more exciting by using my craft supplies.

I decided, from then on, that I would schedule my note-taking time and prepare my pages with washi, stamps, inks, stickers and more.  I especially love that I can dig into my stash to mix & match items from different collections, different colors and different styles; and yet they all just perfectly blend.  So this planner not serves multiple purposes... I schedule my blogs and jot my blog ideas, I take sermon notes and I even use it to take notes from my online writing course...

I hope this has inspired you to not only use your supplies for documenting photos, but also to document your life as a whole.

Thanks for checking in and I hope you return tomorrow for more inspiration.

Supplies by:
- Simple Stories
- Carpe Diem
- The Reset Girl
- Illustrated Faith
- Amy Tangerine
- Dear Lizzy
- Studio Calico
- My Mind's Eye


Friday, January 27, 2017


As much as I'd love to share photos of what I've been up to in the last year, I don't believe you will be here 12 hours - scrolling through this post.. so I thought I'd take you through the latest project... my OLW (One Little Word) notebook.

I've been choosing OLWs for a few years, but never documented it.  I knew this was important and needed to keep track of how I progress.

I ordered a few of the items from Ali Edwards here, and started by creating an intro page.  I wanted to include the definition of "COMMIT", but I really dislike my handwriting (improving this is on my wish list), so I used the WeRMemoryKeepers Typecast Typewriter on one of the journaling cards in the new 2017 OLW collection.
This will be a great reminder of the path I am pushing myself to take this year.

There are a few other crafty projects I'd like to work through; like finalizing my planners and traveler's notebooks, and more.  But I've just been extremely wrapped up with family, work and church activities.  I really need to schedule time for my "down time".  It's so important for me to take these moments to unwind.  But the guilt of needing to spend time with family outweighs my personal desires.  Creating a craft schedule is another item I have to work through.

Another update I'd like to share is my No-Spend January success.  I really enjoyed limiting myself and creating boundaries with spending.  It did hurt on occasions seeing the new stock of Target Dollar Spot items, and not being able to dig in or the fact that Studio Calico came out with a new Mega Times Stamp that I drooled over... thankfully hubby knows about my rollerstamp obsession and purchased it for me as an early birthday gift.  (what a darling!)  If it weren't for that I probably would have to wait until they restocked the pre-order.  This No-Spend process has brought me to the realization that I really don't "NEED" everything I see.  It's become borderline 'Envy'.  We hate using that word because it sounds like it's wrapped up with 'Jealousy', but 'Envy' is just a fancy word for "wanting what someone else has".  That's my definition.  That's the biblical definition and if I want to be a better Jesus follower, I need to recognize these areas and work on them.

So now that I'm reaching the end of my No-Spend challenge I'm noticing mixed feelings.  Happy because I can go back to getting things I want.  Sad because I really enjoyed limiting myself, saving money, paying off HUGE CHUNKS of debt/bills and working on my credit.  All in one month!  I think I'll continue the "No-Spend" challenge, but lighten it a little.  Maybe give myself a weekly spending budget of $25.  If I want a purse, I'd have to wait 4 weeks.  I think this is reasonable.  Especially if I'm thinking of possibly joining a monthly membership.  Which I'll need hubby to purchase for me, because the open enrollment ends 1/31.  lol.

Along with the $25 weekly budget, I will include any and all new rollerstamps.  Which, if you have been paying close attention to Instagram, you'll know there are at least 5 new rollers to come out.

But, I COMMIT to saving more and spending-less.
Especially if I am in a continual "Decluttering" state of mind.
Especially if I'm consistently giving away crafty things.
Especially that confessing it here is keeping me accountable to that.

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Have a great weekend!