Thursday, June 23, 2011

My name is...

I need a little pep-talk for myself today.

When I was little (ok, this is going to sound really dorky) and I would practice typing on my mom's computer, I would always type:

My name is Christina.

I was probably about 10 years old and this was before any typing classes in school. But today I think about that and I think about how yes, that is in fact my name. I am she. I am Christina. I'm not Barbara, Kristin, Samantha, or any other name.

Every once in awhile these little things come up in my mind, where maybe I feel threatened by the lies, "You are too much." or "You are not enough." But when it comes down to it, I am Christina and that's ENOUGH! I am me, with all of my quirks. I was made on purpose to be who I am. I was wonderfully made! (Psalm 139)

So I will rest in that truth today. And I hope you can rest in that truth, whatever name you are!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Hello! Happy rainy Tuesday to ya! Well, at least that's our weather for today. The sun seems to be a little shy these days. But what do I expect for one of the wettest places on the planet? Living in a temperate rainforest brings just that...rain! Anyway...I don't think I've shared this layout on the blog yet. I created it using a kit that will be coming out in a few days.

I'm tempted to make a quilt for our bedroom. I'm really close to purchasing some fabric...really close. A few days ago I finished another baby blanket I was working on. I'm not really happy with the results though. It's ok, but I think I sorta messed up some stuff. Oh well! A few days ago I ordered some more yarn to make a baby hat and to make some slippers for myself. Remember the slippers I knit for Quent? The ones that I basically never wanted to make ever again if I could help it? Well, those are the ones I'm going to make for myself. After he has been wearing them for a few months, I'm seeing how they would probably last a long, long time. And I'm needing something to wear around the house...sooooo...I decided I would do it. Right now I'm also finishing up the pants I've been slowly working on. I have lots of little projects I'm working on right now to keep me busy as I'm waiting for the last 2 months before baby comes.

Have a fun day!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Little Jackson Smith

Hello! I created this page yesterday. It was inspired by this. Lately I've needed outside inspiration besides the little nudges of creativity inside of my head. And that's ok!

Yesterday I went through our canoe trip photos and picked out the ones I wanted to scrap and digitally 'slapped' them in collage fashion onto some pages. So now I need to go back and add journaling, paper, and elements. It's one of those projects I want DONE.

I'm hoping to finish a knitting project today. Whoohoo!

Have a great day!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I've been a scrappin' fool lately...well, sort of. Ha! The other day I was blog hopping and I was inspired by this and then started playing. I really should tackle the canoe trip pics...hmmm...

This layout has a picture of Quent and I that his sister Natasha took at their sister's wedding. I don't plan on scrapping a lot of the wedding photos since those aren't really our photos. But I do plan on picking a few pics out here and there to scrap.

Has anyone checked out the July/August 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes? I just may have a layout in there. *wink*
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Saturday, June 11, 2011


Happy Saturday! I'm curious to see what the weather ends up doing today. So far we've had scattered showers, but also sun. Anything is possible this time of year.

I created this page a few days ago of my little brother Jacob. He's an amazing person and I wanted that to reflect in the journaling.

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy 29

I was so inspired by this page that I had to scraplift it! I had a lot of fun creating this layout!

Guess what? I'm an aunt today to my first niece! Welcome baby Louella!

Have a happy Friday!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Katie Babe

I've been having so much fun scrapbooking the last couple of days! It feels so good to play with digi! Sometimes I just need a new digital toy to play with in and then I'm set for inspiration for awhile, like what happened after purchasing the Photoshop Actions I talked about in a previous post. Sometimes motivation gets as simple as that.

I have to take breaks from the computer as much as possible these days...or rather, taking breaks from sitting. It sounds odd to me, especially since relaxing is becoming a bigger part of my routine now that I'm in my third trimester. I have this really weird uncomfortable feeling under my right rib these days. I hear it's normal. My midwife says it's normal. Relief is hard to come by at times, except for laying on my left side. So because of that, I've been reading a lot and laying down. Right now I'm reading a book called Piercing the Darkness by Frank E. Peretti. I'm almost finished with it! I'm really enjoying it!

Have a great rest of your day!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011


It's funny how I've been scrapping pictures that were taken in the winter...with snow. I remember in February I was really tired of the white stuff! Scrapping them in the spring/summer is a better idea! I'm scrapping the pics that we took when we were in Michigan for Christmas and my sister-in-law's wedding. That means I'm almost finished scrapping 2010, aside from the canoe trip photos, but I'm working on that, too! My goal is to get caught up as much as possible before baby comes.

I had so much fun scrapping these photos yesterday. I decided to do a 2-page spread since I hardly ever do that. I like how it divides up the two sets of pictures.

Here's the full-page spread:

And the pages by themselves:

I used all of my own designs, except for the stitching. The kits that were used were Travel Along, Snowscape Snowflakes, and Floss Stitches. The stitching is from Designer Digitals.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

You Are Lovely

Hello! I've been in a creative mood today as far as scrapbooking goes. I created this page and a 2-page spread today. I recently bought some Photoshop actions from Maggie Holmes and I wanted to play with those today. I have a few pictures from Christmas-time to scrap, so I thought I would have fun with those photos. I haven't scrapped an 8-1/2 x 11 page in quite awhile. I think it's fun to do that sometimes. One thing I love about putting pages into 3-ring binders is because you can put different sizes in instead of the standard 12 x 12. I may do more of these size pages in the near future. There was a post on Ali Edwards' blog that inspired me about that.

This past Saturday my friend Joy had a baby shower for me in Wrangell. It was such a great time! I really enjoyed seeing everyone so much! I was so touched by everyone's thoughtfulness and generosity. I feel truly blessed! Today I had fun sorting through the gifts and organizing the baby's room a little more.

Well, we are off on a walk! Have a great rest of your day!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summertime Re-release

Hello! I'm re-releasing a kit that came out last year called Summertime. It's available today through the weekend at MScraps for 20% off. It will be available on Monday at Digital Dandelions. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

9 years ago

Today is our 9th anniversary! It sure has gone by fast! I am so thankful for Quent. He's perfect for me in every way. I really don't know what I would do without him. He is an amazing man of God and he loves life the fullest! I just love him so much! Happy 9 years to us!

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