Friday, August 15, 2014

friday i'm in love...{good stuff}

Sharing some things I love on this beautiful Friday.


  • The flavoring factory down the street is clearly making maple syrup flavoring-so the whole neighborhood smells like pancakes. Love.
  • Someone brought in donuts from Holtman's and I managed to get the one with apple filling. Love.
  • I found a website that sells amazing dresses that you can customize to fit your height, sleeve length, etc. And it is affordable. I just ordered my first dress from eShakti this morning, I am super excited to get it-I am on the short side and really hard to fit, so this is a HUGE find for me. LOVE.
  • Walgreen's prints Instagram photos and the quality is really, really good. I needed about 75 Instagrams printed (I know, I've been slacking on printing photos) and my usual printer for Instagram photos-PostalPix wanted $45 to print and ship. Ouch. Walgreen's did them in hour for $15! Same quality, more convenient, much more affordable. Walgreen's for the win. Love.
  • Have you seen the new Heidi Swapp Project Life kits? I may or may not have purchased the Foil and Overlay kits for a project I am working on this weekend. Love.
  • I am crafting this weekend. I haven't done that in a very long time. I am really excited about the project I am working on and can't wait to share it. Love.

Hope your Friday is full of things you love.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ten on Tuesday {ramblings}

1. My oldest sons returned from a week at a church youth camp in Michigan on Saturday. Our whole family dynamic shifts when someone is gone. So glad to have the boys home. But could have done with our the three loads of stinky laundry they brought with them.
Tired and not happy with a photo but HOME!

2. I haven't created a scrapbook layout in 3 months. Yes, you read that right. 3 months. This makes me sad.

3. I have, however, decorated my planner. For years, I have used a paper planner to keep my life organized. I started using Franklin Covey planners just out of college. I switched to an Erin Condren Life Planner about 4 years ago. This past year I tried a Plum Paper planner (significantly less expensive and I was able to customize with my family's information). In the past few months, I've discovered planner groups on Facebook and the joys of decorating my planner. I'm not sure what this says about me.
Weekly Layout-each person has a "box"

Monthly Layout

4. It has been so unseasonably cool in Ohio that we have been in our pool exactly one time since coming back from Florida. I need some 90 degree weather.

5. I found out last week that I will be teaching first graders this fall in our church's Master Club program on Wednesday nights. I'm starting to work on my lesson plans and struggling to find resources. If anyone knows of some great websites-send them my way.

6. We have a garden in our back yard again this year. And the weird Ohio weather means our tomatoes are still green but we have TONS of hot peppers. No one in our family eats hot peppers. :/
From the Lakes Family Garden


7. After visiting Universal Studios & seeing the whole Harry Potter area, I finally broke down and watched the first two movies. I know. I must be the last person alive who hadn't seen them. And....I was underwhelmed. The scenery was pretty cool but I don't see what all the fuss was about. Sorry! {And I definitely don't see why people were willing to stand in line for EIGHT hours for the new Diagon Alley park while we were there-it opened the day before we went!}

8. I am currently obsessed with Orla Kiely make-up bags at Target. Because you can pretty much use them to organize ANYTHING. I have two of them in my bag-one for make-upy type stuff and another large one for other random stuff that I used constantly have to dig through my purse to find. Trying to resist the urge to buy a third for my work bag.

9. Did you know that Michael's stopped selling LePen pens? Ugh. After Archivers went out of business, Michael's was my only source for my favorite writing instrument. They have the Recollections brand that look like LePens, but they just aren't the same. Do you use LePen? Where do you get yours?

10. I still love my new job so very much. I have never felt so at peace with a decision. It completely changed my life in a good way. Happy Tuesday friends!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

on my shelf... "i love you" {a scrapbook layout}

well, hi there. apparently things have changed a bit in the world of scrapbooking. no more two peas. no more magazines. wow.
and yet for me, nothing has really changed. i'm still old school -- layers of paper and photos. i'm "classic" like that. let's call it vintage. ha ha.
i keep a layout on my shelf above my supplies that is my "current favorite" in a cute holder.
this is my current favorite.

why yes, i am still using kraft as my background paper all. the. time. and yes, i am framing my photos with layers of patterned paper (this time it's peebles family line-love these papers, GREAT for boys!)

looking at this makes me happy.

what have you been up to? :)


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!
Christina

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. :)