Tuesday, April 8, 2014

blog redesign means...

I might just come back to this space and start writing again. :) I have loads of layouts waiting to be photographed and lots of posts written (in my head). Just need to schedule the time to type it all out and get it all uploaded.

So glad I walked away for awhile, it was desperately needed. I actually stayed away from all things scrapbooking (message boards, websites, stores, EVERYTHING) for about 3 months. I did stay updated on some of my scrappy friends via Instagram and Facebook but for the most part, I totally disconnected. I felt good.

I found that when I slowly started to returning to message boards and peeking at websites (still haven't returned to stores!), I could care less about the latest and greatest. Whew. And I decluttered and destashed a TON. I still feel like there is too much-thus the "no store" rule but I am getting to a much better place with simplifying. It feels good. I feel good.

I know my layouts will never earn me a spot on a design team, on a website or in a magazine (wait, do those even exist anymore?) but I love the community I formed with other women online.
Can't promise I will post 2-3 week like many of you - super women!-but I will post as often as I can. I'm okay with that-in fact, I won't feel guilty at all about that. I work full time and I'm raising four awesome young men. They get my time before anyone or anything else. But, I love writing, so when there is "me" time available, I'll spend it here. I feel good about that too.

So, there it is. Where I am right now. I feel like I am in a much better, happier place than I was last year. It feels good.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

it's not goodbye....

I can't say that I didn't try. :) But being a momma to 4 boys, holding down a full time job, maintaining two blogs and doing all the other random things I do, just isn't working for me anymore. I have to make some choices.

I love scrapbooking, cardmaking, and crafting. It's been a HUGE part of my life for the past 10 years. But I rarely get a chance to do it anymore. And when I do get the chance, I really don't want the pressure of staying "on trend" and photographing my layouts with the right lighting and all of that business. I just want to go back to scrapbooking the way I liked to scrapbook before I knew about the eleventy billion techniques and project life and insanely detailed die cuts.

I know I sound a little bitter, but I'm not. I really am not. I'm just a bit frustrated with myself for buying into the hype for so long. I'm really excited about getting back to doing what I love in 2014. I spent a couple of hours yesterday sketching out layouts and getting page kits planned. Looking forward to some scrappy time this weekend.

All that being said, I'm walking away from this blog. To be a crafting blogger, you really need to post more than once or twice a month and I can't make that commitment right now.

I'm focusing on my family blog over at Snakes, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails (who knows I might post a layout or two if the mood strikes me). I'll be posting there at least once a week-sometimes more if there's a lot going on. Just know that the focus is more on parenting/family life than crafting-and if that's not your thing, I totally understand.

I'm super grateful for the virtual friends this blog brought into my life-Monika, Katie, Becky, Julie-just to name a few. I'll still be visiting you ladies!

That's it for me-hope to see you over at my other blog- Snakes, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails.
Take care!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

why so serious {a scrapbook layout}

My son, Jarron HATES having his picture taken. He used to love it. He'd grin and pose and make silly faces. Now that he is almost a teenager? Not so much. He rarely smiles and usually hides from the camera. Which is a bit frustrating for me, because I know someday he's going to regret not being in these photos.
So I couldn't resist poking a little fun at his constant serious demeanor when the camera is around...

Loving triangles and fun patterns right now. Everything with the exception of the cardstock is from Echo Park.
On a personal note, I might have some big career news to share with you guys shortly. I'm working on something-a new direction for me, still in marketing but that will hopefully bring my life in a better balance. Sometimes you need a little push to make a change and I feel like lately, I've been getting great big shoves. I should know more Monday-if you think of it, please been in prayer for me. (It's my last step in a LONG process...)

Have a great Thursday!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

christina needs {fun stuff}

I forgot to download the pictures I took of my layouts this weekend. Oops! So rather than go dark all week, I thought I'd post something fun instead.

Go to Google and type in your first name and the word "needs". Then make a list of the top ten links. Feel free to add your own commentary.

For me I typed "Christina Needs", these are the links I got: *
*I am not posting actual links because some of them may have questionable content...

1. Does She Need Help -- in reference to Christina Aguilera (sometimes, it seems like she does)

2. Needs A Makeover--also in reference to Ms Aguilera (Yes, yes she does)

3. Grey's Anatomy, What Christina Needs--(I no longer watch this show, for me it jumped the shark about two helicopter crashes and a train collision ago, but super excited to see someone besides Aguilera make the list!)

4. Help Staying Upright--in reference to, yes, you guessed it, Christina Aguilera (girl's got issues)

5. A New Stylist--in reference to Christina Hendricks (hey, a different Christina! And I totally disagree here-CH always looks amazing.)

6. Help Walking--oh, Aguilera (Get it together, girl.)

7. A Bag--Ms Aguilera (Really? She can't even walk...)

8. A bra--Aguilera, AGAIN (This seems personal to me.)

9. Nine Things She Needs to Stop Doing--Aguilera (Well, we have about 8 of them here, apparently.)

10. A Stylist--This time it's Aguilera that needs the stylist (and a bag, a bra, help staying upright, walking, jeesh...she does need HELP).

So what did I learn from this?
A-The internet has a LOT of advice for Christina Aguilera.
B-She's a hot mess.

Happy Thursday, friends! I'll be back next week with some scrapbooking fun. :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

scrapbook generation super sketch club review {scrappy shopping}

Way back in April, I signed up to get the Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch Club Kit monthly. I got about 3 months worth of kits before I cancelled  my subscription. Not because I didn't like them but because I just didn't have time to really scrap.
I thought I'd do a little review of my kit from April. Buying the kit was super easy-I was able to pay with paypal, which I appreciated because I often fund my scrappy purchases with Ebay sales or online garage sales.
The kit arrived exactly when SG said it would and they sent me tracking info. The kit was packed perfectly with each layout in it's own bag. A sketch and instructions for each layout were included with each bag.
I'm a visual person, so I did print out the photos of the layouts from the website before I started scrapbooking from the kit. I think it might be helpful to have those in the kit but if it keeps costs down, it's not a big deal to print it out myself.
The instructions that came with the kit are very clear and easy to follow. Within 30 minutes of sitting down, I had a very cool, completely embellished 2 page layout done.

Yup, I used photos from WAY back in 2002. Wow. Look at my sweet little twin babies. Hard to believe they are Jr High heartbreakers now. (Let's not talk about my hair, mmmmkay?)
The layout sketch called for different size photos-I just made some adjustments to make mine work.
I have finished 2 of the 5 layouts included in the kit. Of the 2 layouts I finished, I had enough leftover patterned paper to make about 5 cards (using cardstock and embellies from my stash).
I joined the club just as my professional life got super overwhelming and I had little to no time to scrap. So the kits piled up-unloved and unused.
That being said, I would recommend this kit to someone who loves using sketches and wants to try newer lines. It seemed like every kit I got had a ton of newer product with GREAT sketches.
I really like this kit club and I will definitely be signing back up next year. I'm on a spending free for the remainder of 2013-trying to see if I can get through 4 months of crafting without buying anything but adhesive before I let myself buy something new!
Hope this helps someone else who has been thinking about Scrapbook Generation as a kit club option.

***I was not compensated in any way for this review-all the opinions and thoughts are my own.***

Monday, October 14, 2013

a visit with great granny lakes {a scrapbook layout}

I don't get to use pink very often. I don't really have that much of it in my stash. But I do have a few pieces of patterned paper and alphabets here and there.
It's a hard color for me to use. I don't have a lot of photos or situations that really work with it, but I challenged myself last week to try.
(Side note-I've been challenging myself to do a lot of things lately-I've been in a serious rut-time to shake things up!)

This is what I came up with:
Yeah, not a ton of pink but I gave it a shot. :)
This layout is about a visit with my husband's grandmother-who turned 81 years young this May. She's a pretty amazing lady. Raised 8 children on a farm in Eastern KY (where she still lives). She's sweet but tough and cans the best green beans you will ever eat in your entire life.
We love when she's here in Ohio for a visit-she tells stories about my husband's antics as a boy and about my father in law as a child. The kids love hearing about the two toughest guys they know falling off horses and being scared of sheep. :)
We love Granny Lakes, I just wish we could see her a little more often.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

bbc family fun night {a scrapbook layout}

Not sure that I have posted about this too much but last May we switched our church membership to a congregation closer to our home. We'd been driving 30 minutes one way to services. Yikes. Our new church home is about 7 minutes away. LOVE it.
We also love the people, the fellowship. Love that the boys attend a youth group with kids from their school. It's been a huge blessing to us.
We are pretty active there-the husband is a deacon and I teach a Master Club class on Wednesday nights. But more than that, we love to be involved with the activities.
Like the always fun, BBC Family Fun night-we have one in two weeks at a local campground with a big bonfire and hayride-I can't wait.
This layout is from a summer fun night-ice cream, games and a bouncy house.
Too much fun!

How much do I love those Thickers???

I used the bottom of a patterned paper to make my arrow strip-because I'm thrifty like that. :)

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite color combination ever. I really want a whole outfit based on these colors.
What's your favorite color combo for scrapbooking these days?