#100days | 25/100


Wow, story 25/100! I'm over the moon ecstatic that I have kept up with this project. Some of the stories may be more intricate or personal than others but to me...all good.

This story is different, however.

From memory I typed out the book of James, Chapter 1. After reading His Word in My Heart by Janet Pope I recommitted myself to memorizing scripture. I'm determined to memorize the book of James. All of it. All 5 chapters.

Chapter 1. Check.

stories 2017 | Focus


Recording some thoughts and feelings that I've played out recently. I have been into telling little, obscure stories, those unusual stories that probably won't mean anything down the road, but may be interesting, nonetheless.

This is one of those stories. But, it also shows the boys in their Star Wars garb they've recently acquired.


Digitally, I am Ali Edwards brushes from her LENS Story kit. It is this month's subscription kit. Crazy good digital stuff.


stories 2017 | trailblazer


More grandchildren photos, again of Ella and Noah, from Elizabeth who takes wonderful photos. I can see Noah clinging to his big sister as they check out the ducks coming on shore along the walking trail at the park. Beautiful Maryland weather this time of year, perfect for an outdoor adventure, even if it is just playing in the park and visiting the ducks. Seems they, those ducks, have acclimated themselves to people as they have no qualms about coming close and being fed.

Gorgeous ducks, beautiful weather and day, too-cute grandson, growing up into a beautiful girl Ella, and great pictures - perfect for recording the adventure.

Digitally, I used a Yin Designs template, my go-to templates for multiple photo spreads. I opted on a one page because, actually, I just wasn't in the mood for a two-page, although this many photos could have very easily spread across two pages. The digital kit is One Little Bird Designs, Trailblazer. Thought I needed to dig into my digital stash and use something other than Ali Edwards for a change up.

stories 2017 | easter stories


I used, exclusively the Ali Edwards monthly digital kit for April which was all about April and Easter stories. Soft pastels, which I'm normally not a fan of really do, in this page, make the photos pop - and it really is about the photos.

I have no qualms and admit freely that I scraplifted, was totally inspired by, this page from a lady on Ali's creative design team. As this type of creative page is outside of my design toolbox scraplifting was the only way I'd ever be able to create something like this. I love how it turned out! In fact, I may just have to search old photos from when the girls, Elizabeth and Ashley, and the boys, John and Jarrod, were little and when we had egg hunts so I can utilize this kit more (read: scraplift other pages!).

These of Noah and Ella are precious and I wish I could have been there. Hopefully, we'll get to see them soon.

stories 2017 | tough


I wanted to make sure I documented my first car accident. It may seem strange documenting something tough and hard but it is a part of our life as a whole. 

This is another 2-page, 6 x 8 layout - I'm loving this size and the pocket format. I used all Ali Edwards' Story kit products: journal cards, embellishments and stamps, mostly from the older Tough story kit but also the Surprise kit.

I'm pretty pleased with the results, but then I see now I have a ton of 'words' on the pages.