Stories 2017 | Samuel at 7 months


Today I'm sharing a quick little diddy, 2-page 6 x 8 spread. All about Samuel at 7 months. One of my scrapbooking goals is to use the product I have. You can't really hoard digital scrapbooking supplies but one can accumulate quite a bit really quick. I have been subscribing to Ali Edwards' Story kits since its inception plus loving on other designers' products and the kits are enormous. 

I used one of those story kits, almost exclusively the kit, Little Things. A few journal cards, chip board and embellishments and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I 's#ck' at embellishment placements but I'm charging forward and calling it good.

So. Samuel. The little guy is 7 months this month. That face. Oh my! Samuel is learning, straining to sit up on his own. He's rolling over, too - all 15 pounds of him. Ashley was a little thing...ha ha, I crack myself up. Get it? Little Thing. 

Ashley was tiny, too, when she was Samuel's age. And, I can. not. wait. until. the end of June.

Project Life 2017 | Week 11


Today I'm sharing Project Life 2017, Week 11. I am excited beyond words that I have followed through with this project...taken enough pictures to either put together a 1- or 2-page spread, and kept track of our week through note taking and putting words to journal cards or on to photos.

This week was packed full of goodness. Melanie and the kids visited for a very short overnighter but man, so good. Jeff and I enjoyed an exciting Charlie Daniels Band concert. We met my brother Rich for lunch in Jacksonville, we visited the Catty Shack Rescue Sanctuary, and of course, the food!


I used the journal prompt I WANT TO REMEMBER as my starting off point for each journal spot. Everything I want to remember about the week. Our surrogate family, Melanie and the kids (Mark was missing - he had a temporary duty) drove into Charleston for spring break and then stopped into Savannah to see us. It. has. been. so. long. The Charlie Daniels Band concert was at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville. Jeff has been singing a couple of Charlie Daniels' songs as long as I've known him. He even was instrumental in getting the boys hooked. The band put on a really good show and Charlie Daniels still can play the fiddle.


The food. The Metro Diner, a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives episode highlighted this breakfast spot and the food did not disappoint. Rich took us to Burrito Gallery. Jeff just had some nachos but I had a salad with Bleu Cheese and a Tarragon dressing. The combination spoke volumes to my taste buds.

And then there was V Pizzeria. Oh my! A-mazing pizza! This place rivals our Savannah own, Vinnie Van Go Go's easily.

Each night before turning in we threw open the sliding glass door and leaned out onto the balcony overlooking the St John's River with breathtaking night time view only to wake up each morning to watch the sun come up and partake of a morning time view of pink, orange and red hues on bridge and horizon. Beautiful.



This place, the Catty Shack Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary, was another highlight of our short weekend trip. They give an informative and engaging tour of the sanctuary, why they are there, what they do, and all the real life statistics on big cats and the gorgeous catty's they've rescued and care for.

Project Life 2017 | 10


Pretty darn pleased with this weeks pages documenting - well - our week. We're definitely in a transition in our household. While John and Jarrod still live with us their job situations means we are but ships passing in the night. I miss them and the way we were but I know, having already done this one other go around when Elizabeth and Ashley left the house, life changes.

In the meantime, I'll treasure these short bursts of interaction with my growing up sons - capturing pieces of there life when I'm present.

For these pages I once again used a modified Cathy Zielske template. Here's the thing with Cathy's templates: she's brilliant by the way. She prefers lots of white space. I prefer lots of picture. I can't wrap my head around a smaller picture when I can make it bigger. So, basically, this is a Project Life Design A 2-page spread. All of the 'vellum' journal spots are from Sahlin Studio Design; the middle templates are Paislee Press, the additional embellishments such as chipboard or 'vellum' pieces are Ali Edwards Design. I also used Ali Edwards Design Story kit EAT, the latest story kit available (which I'm sure I will use over and over because we love to EAT).



The fun little titles on the 'vellum' journal spots easily fit into the stories for this week. 'Vellum' is in semi-quotations because it looks like vellum but everything is digitally created. The same with the 'chipboard' pieces throughout the page. A huge pro for going digital: I can use and re-use pieces at my leisure. The 'gratitude' brush I've used for a couple weeks now and plan on incorporating the very same brush into each weekly page, using it over and over.

I love the middle section of the page, the 3 x 4 photo cards with journal all about the food I (we) ate. I made a yummy breakfast just for us on Sunday and I took leftovers for breakfast a couple times through the week. I prepped salads for my lunches and ate a salad 4 out of 5 days of the week. We also had a yummy grilled pork steak with what looks like rice but is in fact cauliflower rice - so no carbs! - and it's fantastic!


Jeff and Jarrod hung my book shelves in the master bedroom and I'm in love. I organized the books by color which makes my brain and heart happy. Jeff is confused:) and it makes no sense to him, but, he gets me so he's going with my flow. As acts of service is my numeral uno love language, Jeff getting these shelves put up filled my love tank up big time.

Because I had a few miscellaneous photos through the week that were all about beautiful things and stuff I'm loving right now I titled the journal spots Beautiful Things. I made sense.

This was a really good week. So glad I've documented - even the little things.

what I've been reading lately | march


 Once again I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for What I've been Reading  - the March edition (see all my other editions here). This is the time where I share 1) a scrapbooking page of what I read over the course of a month (this is how I am documenting what I am reading over the course of the year, besides here on the blog) and, 2) what I actually read with a short synopsis, overview, or mini-review about the book. Some of these titles you might have already seen here because they've made the list for my 2017 Reading Challenge which I share, as well.

91k5yUp1X7LEchoes in Death by J.D. Robb. It's curious that I am not a Nora Roberts fan at all but Nora Roberts' pseudonym, J.D. Robb, the author of my all-time favorite series with Echoes, her #44 title in the series does not disappoint. Robb has superbly grown her main character, Eve Dallas, the sharp but very smart-aleck female Lieutenant of the NYCPD in the year 2062, along with her billionaire husband,her trusted female detective partner, and a host of growing favorite characters over the course of this series. Readers are not given an endgame to the series, but fans of the In Death series would be disappointed should the series end anytime soon. The ease with which I settle into reading this book is like an old pair of well-worn gloves, the book(s) and I fit perfectly, together. 16/100 


718Y9ftcIhLThe Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva. Number ten in the Gabriel Allon series, the renowned art restorer and even-more-renowned Israeli spy on the side, sets out to reclaim a stolen Rembrandt and gets caught up in another save-the-world intelligence operation pitting the evil against the...good (but slightly bad because they have to be if they want to save lives and restore what went wrong). I continue to enjoy this series, immensely, as I have already pull the next one, Portrait of a Spy, off the shelf. 17/100





51KtrZbp0iLWomen of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and our Minds by Jen Wilkin. Phenomenal! If you are new to studying scripture or even if you have some time under your belt this book is totally, completely applicable and worth your time. Jen is cut and dry, no holds barred, and gives the goods on how to study the Bible. You'll be glad you read this little 152-page book. Now, go study the Word! 18/100




51nnz1HL7+LThe Forgotten by David Baldacci. This is the second in the John Puller series. I didn't like it as much as the first one, not in the least. It felt somewhat disjointed, disheveled and I found myself saying "Huh?", "I'm totally confused!", or "Move on, already." The last 1/3 of the book was redeemed but it was a struggle to get there. That being said...I like the character John Puller and really am looking forward to reading another in the series. 19/100





41vf-iaOjlLNone Like Him by Jen Wilken. Know God, knowing who God is matters, and changes the way I see myself, and know how God is different from me is imperative to finding out who I am in Him - and how to be a God-fearing woman. One thing I love about Jen's writing is she does not conform to the patterns of the world as I see many Christian authors doing. She speaks God's truth. 20/100




For the digital scrapbooking layout: I used a 12 x 12 digital template by Cathy Zielske, modifying it by enlarging the 3x4 boxes to cover the entire page; pieces of a Little Lamm Co. digital kit and from Ali Edwards Design Story kit READ chipboard/word art.

Stories 2017 | Bond No. 2


I'm sharing another two-page, 6 x 8 each, spread made using Ali Edwards Design digital Story kit BOND, her AE February kit, and some papers from One Little Bird Designs. I haven't decided if I like the total package, the two-pages together, but I love them individually, the left and the right. Thinking about it now, I could easily tell two stories: leave the right side as is and add journaling on the left side, one story on each - I may still do that and see how it goes -

but for now I love these two, and their bond. 


Okay. I'm so excited! 

I learned a new-to-me digital technique. See that 'so much love' element centered near the top of the page. I used an Ali Edwards digital brush then I created the cork texture in Photoshop Elements using a PSE tutorial I found on line. I saved the 'cork' as a .png file to my digital files so I can re-use the cork whenever I want to add cork texture to a digital element. 

Seriously stoked!


Definitely need to re-type the journaling - it's confusing even to me - although it is the gist of what I wanted to say. I love this page on it's own, too. Again, just not sure about the pages together. They'll lay separate in the album so I think they'll be okay.

That journal card is from Ali Edwards February digital kit. I did change the colors of the stripes some. I can see using this card again and again - just changing the colors. It's a versatile card, and lots of space for journaling.

I also realized I haven't dated anything. Yuk! I'm surely gonna' have to do some fixing...

Aside from all my mistakes - I'm smiling from ear to ear just thinking about these to. And, giddy beyond words for Ashley, Brad, and the kids soon to be only 2 1/2 hours drive (instead of half way across the country) from me.

Project Life 2017 | Week 9


I'm keeping on and keeping up with Project Life 2017. I'm finding a groove.

A couple things this week I noticed: 1) I took notes through the week of conversations, or something that happened, 2) I saved photos Jeff sends me (texts me) and I used those photos, too!

In putting together the 2-page spread I 1) used a digital kit for the journal cards with additional digital brushes from my stash. The kit lends cohesion and repetition to my pages from left to right all the journal cards flow, are cohesive (because they are designed to 'go-together'), and the colors repeat.


and 2) I told stories. I filled the journal cards and the photos with the story. I kept the text cohesive - using Tahoma - a favorite, go-to font (I have several that I vary using, Tahoma font, and Type Right are favorites right now)


On Monday I had the two top photo spots to fill of this weeks pages. Then I watched Ali Edwards' lesson three of her Storytelling with Project Life and I was totally inspired! As soon as I had the chance I put the last two photos together with their accompanying 'journal' and my two-page Week 9 of Project Life 2017 was done!

Stories 2017 | Bond


This is another 6 x 8 page spread. I love, love this size. It makes documenting stories quick. This size is never overwhelming, either. I stuck with the pocket scrapbooking style of scrapping using an enlarged 6 x 8 photo on the left with the title and subtitle and a 4-pocket page using three journal cards from Ali Edwards BOND Story kit, plus photos. The wooden (digital) hearts are One Little Bird.

These two. Ella and Noah. Big sister, little brother. Bonded since his birth. Endearing and precious.

Project Life 2017 | Week 8


I rocked out on Project Life Week 8. While the 2-page spread took some time to put together...I worked on it over two, however, went together smoothly, easily with the help of some great digital products by Ali Edwards and Paislee Press, two of my go-to digital designers. February products by both designers rocked the pink shades and with the help of a couple of my photos for the week everything coordinated nicely.


I used a Messy Week for the title card with one of my amazing morning skies photos. The Love Simple Joys is Ali Edwards, the journal cards are a mix of Ali and Paislee Press as well as the templates.

I've been reading quite a bit, we had our monthly family movie and pizza night this week (unfortunately Jarrod had to work. But, John was present and accounted for). We saw Hacksaw Ridge. Fabulous movie. Tears flowed; it wasn't pretty. But, it was a really good movie and the pizza was excellent.

How about that front door wreath? Jeff and I went on our weekly date Friday night and we picked out a Spring wreath from Kirklands. They didn't have a wide selection but I love the one we picked so it's all good. The best part is, I had been looking at wreaths online and they were all at least double or triple in price from what we paid. 


The crazy warm temperatures are bringing the dandelions out. Jeff tackled the living room ceiling with a fashioned wand brush/broom/duster and the shop vac. Worked like a charm! He went back to work this week on limited/light duty. He helped out some job sites with deliveries and was rewarded to lunch on the company with a great view of the Hilton Head lighthouse.

Project Life 2017 | Week 7


Today I'm sharing my Project Life 2-page spread for Week 7. This is little stories within our lives that as a whole tell a much bigger picture over the course of a year. I'm pretty pleased with how these pages came together.

Digitally: I began with a Cathy Zielske template but re-sized it from a 1/2 inch border to 1/8 inch border. While I like white space on some things I wanted more room for more photo - journal than white space. For the journal cards I used an Ali Edwards 12 x 12 Days of the Week overlays, resized them way down to cover just the top of each card, re-colored the overlay and then finally, gave them a beveled appearance so they would stand out. I used a handwriting font and a handdrawn underline.

Across each of the photos I layered a word art/brush/stamp all by Ali Edwards. The title card is Paislee Press but the Give Love chipboard is Ali Edwards.


Overall it was a good week with a rough patch for Jeff and I but resolved after much forgiveness. And so, we move onward. I'm reading the Sacred Marriage and from it I was encouraged to make amends. Because I really didn't want to be specific I used an Ali Edwards brush/stamp 'Some Days Are Just Hard'. It is fitting! But, then the Love Wins chipboard on the next page (below) shows whose boss:)


Because I work in digital I took a photo of our movie tickets to add to this weeks pages. We hit the afternoon matinee after a late lunch at Carabba's (which was just okay). Both of those were for our weekly date 'night'; in this case, mostly afternoon.

Stories 2017 | Samuel at 6 months


A 6 x 8 2-page spread of my grandson Samuel. Ashley posted a couple photos on Facebook with a good long tell it like it is about Samuel so I was able to put together this smaller sized page set. I used almost all of Ali Edwards' NUMBERS Story kit with a piece here or there from a couple others.

The journaling for this little guy is his 6 months statistics plus his happy life goings' on! I love that he loves his bubba's - his brothers, Ian and Wyatt and that his face lights up whenever he sees them. He's his momma's littlest angel and his daddy's dude. Samuel tries to sit up by himself but can't quite make it. He eats all kinds of fruit, sweet potatoes and squash. Guess that means he doesn't much care for peas - you go Samuel! Way to take after grammy.