Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Project Life 2016: April


I'm baaaack with another Project Life monthly spread.  I can't believe it's already the end of May.  I told Quent that I feel like there was December and then March.  I feel like I was in a fog in January and February (which I blame on being pregnant and having a baby).  And I'm SO glad I'm keeping this a monthly project (at least for the time being) because wow, I don't have a lot of extra time on my hands.

So here it is. 


There were a lot of photos taken in April, which makes me happy!  Yay!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 3


I'm slowly working on the pages for Joel's baby journal.  I'm surprisingly farther along that I would have ever thought, but that's because I am basically using the pages (templates) that I used in Joshua's journal.

Week 3:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 2


I had a little bit of time today to work on Week 2 of Joel's Baby Journal.  I didn't have to change much.  In fact, I pretty much left all of the paper and embellishments.  I didn't have as many photos to fill (I was short of 2), so I squeezed the photos together.  I hope the boys don't mind me doing this...which is super fun to think that one day they will look at their books and maybe notice such things.  Ha!

Week 2:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 1


It seems like I just finished Joshua's baby journal and here I am starting another.  *smile*  And like I did for Joshua's baby journal, I basically just switched out the photos, papers, and (some) embellishments to create this layout.  I already have the templates because of Jeralyn and Joshua's journals.

Week 1:

I find myself looking at Joshua's baby journal a lot right now to compare where Joel is with where Joshua was.  It's also helping me to know what may be coming next with Joel and remembering how things happen with a baby (I forget things, I guess!).  For instance, at Week 10, Joshua was starting to wear 6 month clothes, and Joel is just starting to wear 3/6 month clothes. 

And really, it's just fun to look through the journal.  I am SO glad I decided to do it this way.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Project Life 2016: March


Yay!  I'm caught up with my monthly Project Life!

Here's March:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Project Life 2016: February


I'm back with another Project Life monthly page to share.  I'm currently working on March, and then I'll be all caught up...well, sort of.  There's always something to scrapbook, right?  It's a beautiful, continuous project.  And I love it!

Here's February:

And this is where baby Joel Elias Smith is introduced on my blog!  Yay!  He was born on February 12th!  You can see the information on the first page.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Project Life 2016: January


Well, well, I am with (finally) Project Life 2016!  A few weeks ago I had some of my Project Life 2015 pages printed, and as I was putting them into their page protectors, I was just so happy that I stuck with Project Life.  There's no way I can keep up with a weekly Project Life right now with having a little baby, but I can certainly aim to create monthly spreads.  So I will be doing that.  And it just feels so good to be continuing to do this, even if it looks different than what I used to do.  It's all about doing what works best, right?  I really enjoy the whole process of scrapbooking, now it's just making time for it to happen.  Whew!

 I found some Ali Edwards digital stamps for the months.  I thought about creating my own, but my time is limited and it was worth the $4+ to just buy them and have them ready to use.
 I also decided to change up the fonts I'm using (compared to last year).  Unfortunately, I haven't been jotting down funny things the kids have been saying, but I should just try to remember some of them.

Anyway, it feels good to be back to Project Life!  Now I have a few months of catching up to do!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Joshua's 2nd Birthday

Hello!  Whoa!  Two posts in a week! Don't get used to this.  Ha!  I'm hoping to work on some monthly Project Life pages soon.  We shall see.  Life is busy with three kiddos, but I still love this creative outlet and I want to capture as much as I can with my camera and with scrapbooking.

I love birthday parties!  They are a lot of work, but they are fun!  I tried really hard to keep Joshua's party simple, but I did step outside of simple a bit.  It was a month after having baby, so I had a lot of ideas planned about a month before baby was born.  Thank you, Pinterest!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Jeralyn's 4th Birthday


Well, it's been a very long time since I have blogged...or scrapbooked for that matter!  I had a baby...more on that later.  Ha!  But I did manage to find some time this week to work on a couple of pages.  This is Jeralyn's 4th birthday.  I had found a really fun mermaid kit on Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I love all of the colors and how it goes so well together with the decorations for her party in the photos.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Project Life 2015: December


Well, I'm officially done with scrapping Project Life for 2015.  So I've definitely decided that I will do a monthly Project Life; I should totally be able to handle that.  Yay!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Project Life 2015: November


I haven't been so sure about what I should do for Project Life 2016 or if I should even do it at all, but then something happened today that made me realize I should keep doing it, even if it's monthly.  I realized it's worth it, even if it's just monthly, when I saw the kids looking through the albums.  Josh kept on pointing to pictures of me and saying, "Mama!"  Okay, I'm convinced!  Maybe one day I'll go back to weekly pages, but monthly feels right for now.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Project Life 2015: October

Wow, yes, it's been a loooooong time since I've posted anything.  Wow!  I haven't been on the computer much these days.  I thought I had better finish off my commitment to Project Life 2015 before baby comes.  I have no idea what/how I will be scrapping in this new year, but so far I haven't done a thing and I have no plans.  I will do a weekly baby journal for baby #3 and probably some regular pages...but I'm not sure as far as Project Life goes.  If I do, it will probably be a monthly project.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Project Life 2015: September

Oops!  It's been awhile since I've blogged.  I haven't been in much of a scrapping mood.  I've been in nesting mode.  Selling stuff on eBay.  Selling things in our local sale cycle.  Getting rid of things.  Organizing.  And hopefully soon I will make a baby quilt and a quilt for Joshua's soon-to-be big boy bed.  Just saving some $$ and waiting.
And wow, it sure is nice to know I only have a month to catch-up with Project Life instead of weeks upon weeks. 
Here is my super simple September Project Life spread:

Thursday, October 1, 2015


How is it that it's October?  Wow!  I'm still getting used to it being 2015.  In when I was writing in my journal, I almost put a '0-something date.  Like, were have I been?
This page took me 10 minutes.  Love that!  I just really wanted to be creative and I only had a short amount of time, and it all just came together.  Yay!  I guess that's what can happen when you work from one kit.
Anyway, here's a layout of Jeralyn. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mermaid Ballerina

I feel like I'm on a roll with scrapping.  But I may roll don't get too excited.  Ha!  (Not that you were/are).
I wanted to use a princess kit I purchased months ago and I wanted to scrap these photos.  I like them together.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Hello!  Well, I am on scrapbooking kick.  Yay!  I was inspired (again) by a page I had pinned on Pinterest.  The link it goes to doesn't really seem to show the page though?  Not sure why.  Anyway, trust me that this page was brought about by inspiration.
It's so fun to scrapbook Joshua.  Hello boy pages!

Monday, September 28, 2015


Hello!  It's Monday!  Did you have a fabulously creative weekend?  Knit?  Crochet?  Scrap?  Photograph?  I hope you did something fun!
I had fun "scraplifting" yet another page that I had pinned in Pinterest.  It's fun to see that I still liked the pages I pinned even though they were pinned a loooooooong time ago.  This idea came from here.
When I was creating this page, I remembered how I should *someday* organize my digital files.  I used to have them all organized in Adobe Bridge, but um...cough...not anymore.  And wow, I think I need to do some cleaning out because there are some digital kits I am SO over and done with.  It's funny though because at one point I thought they were cool and then I used them.  And those pages are awesome, but I really think I'm done with some of it.  But it's like digital stuff--that you can use over and over again--so should I get rid of it?  Would I regret it?  Now, normally, I do NOT hold onto things I no longer use.  I am not afraid of throwing things away or donating, but since it's a digital file on my computer, it's not like I see the space it takes up.  I'll have to think about this.  Hmmm...
Oh!  And I just love my adorable kids!

Friday, September 25, 2015


Seriously, doing Project Life by the month is already making me feel more free to create regular pages.  Although, I've only done this one (below) so far since I've switched to months instead of weeks...but it definitely felt so good to sit down with intentions to scrapbook and know that I was caught up on Project Life (monthly) and could just create a regular page.  Whoop!
And I knew exactly what photos I wanted to start with.  Quent took these photos when they were hiking and I haven't been able to get these photos out of my head since I first laid eyes up on them.  I wanted to capture this on a page and capture her, in this moment because this is Jeralyn through and through.  She loves life--very much!  It reminds me of that scripture in John 10:10, which says that Christ came to give us life abundantly.  Well, she has been an example to me of what that means.  I have much to learn from this girl!
I don't have a plan to scrapbook regular pages in any type of order.  It will be what my heart desires.  If a photo speaks to me, it may be documented in a scrapbook page.  No pressure.  Just pure photo and life capturing.
Oh, and I also wanted to mention that when I sat down to scrap these photos, I looked up some ideas I've pinned in my Scrapbook Pages board on Pinterest.  And I found one that spoke to my heart by Sasha Farina.  It's interesting because I used to find a lot of scrapbook inspiration in the late Creating Keepsakes magazines, but now it's Pinterest.  Gotta love Pinterest!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Project Life 2015: July

I've decided to keep up with the changes I made for Project Life.  I feel like I'm not completely where I want to be, but I like it much better than where it was.  It's a work in progress.  And really, our creativity and what we like changes over time.  I can say an "AMEN" to that when I look back at some of my first scrapbook pages.  Oh man!  But that's where I was then and this is where I am now.
So here is JULY:

Stay tuned for baby gender reveal----> tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Knitted Blanket

So I decided to switch things up a bit and post about a blanket I knitted.  I found this pattern in one of Knit Picks newsletters they send out each month.  The pattern is called Abrigado, which can be found here.  The yarn I used for this beautiful blanket is also by Knit Picks called Billow.  The color I used is called Sagebrush.  I don't like knitting with scratchy yarn.  This yarn is so soft and wonderful!  I LOVED working with it!
It was tricky catching the true color of this blanket in photos, but I think this first photo does a pretty good job:


And here's Jeralyn modeling the blanket for me.  Silly girl!

This blanket was a gift for a friend.  I think I'm going to have to make one for me one of these days...using the same yarn (and maybe even the same color), because seriously, the yarn is that amazing!  Plus, I have some skeins left over!

I haven't posted too many of my yarn projects.  Like you may not even know that I've finally learned how to crochet.  I'll have to post about that some time