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.

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!

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.

Project Life 2017 | Week 6


I'm not sure I can describe the happy feeling I experienced when I completed this past week of Project Life. The clean and simplistic style made me smile. I used six photos from our week and six templates from either Sahlin Studio or Cathy Zielske , included a bit of documentation directly onto the photo [as part of the templates] and I'm calling this week so good!

I have such good intentions of journaling our day plus taking photos and then, bam, the next week rounds around and I've capture just a little of our week. But, I'm finding I am forgiving myself and moving on. I'm calling those bits and pieces of life documented as good enough. Because it is better than not recording anything.

It offers at a minimum a peek at our life.

And, this is good.

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Project Life 2017 | Week 5


I'm keeping up.

Can you believe it?

Surprised me, too.

Now, that I've said it I'll probably get behind (insert snarky chuckle). But, let's hope not. I kinda' like having a record of our year so far.

Biggest thing for me right now: don't stress over a 2-page versus 1-page.

If I only have enough for a 1-page than that's what I'm doing.

So, this week is 1-page only. That is so okay! I love the 'blues' I used for cohesiveness. Utilized a Paislee Press 12 x 12 template plus smaller templates and brushes, and pieces from various Ali Edwards' Story kits and a Sahlin Studio Design journal card.

Feelings shared, books read, food we devoured, and surgery. Tough week but we came through it.

Project Life 2017 | Week 4


Project Life 2017 Week 4. Yes! I was able to put together a two-page spread because I was purposeful about getting a few more photos - although not great, just a teensy bit better. I also fell back on some around here, watching, reading, eating and what's in my bag prompts. All of those are still apart of our everyday life and I do not mind telling those stories too.

Jeff and I finished the last season of The West Wing. We'd never seen the show before. Amazing!

We watched Hidden Figures on a date night - wonderful story, awesome movie!

I made some new dishes: a Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad (yummy) and an Angel Hair pasta with Roasted Red Pepper sauce (plus andouille sausage).

Included some books I read this week. 

Family Pizza night. We watched Jason Bourne, an okay movie.

Jeff and John worked on the drainage trench at the side of the house to reduce water pooling in front of our house under the not-yet-built porch. Jeff also finished my shelves but they haven't been hung yet. They're beautifully stained and will sure look pretty when they eventually get put up.

Digitally: Used Paislee Press templates, One Little Bird Design journal cards and embellishments, Ali Edwards brushes and journal card

Project Life 2017 | Week 3


Continuing with Project Life 2017, a weekly scrapbooking endeavor using the pocket scrapbooking technique made famous by Becky Higgins Project Life. I am finding I am cozying up to this project more each day. A project that I used to do but took a lengthy break from and now have returned.

This year will be a mix of 1-page and 2-page spreads I think. It'll depend if I can get my but in gear and take pictures. The more pictures generally means more stories to tell. 

This week is kind of an overview week of what's going on versus specific things that happened, events that happened this week. I imagine this will be a regular occurrence, telling our right now's, and loving these days, or currently, or I want to remember; those journal prompts I so love to do. 

Digitally speaking: One thing I love about Project Life is design. It's basically done for you. Pockets already in place for photos plus journaling. You can't go wrong. I used Paislee Press templates, Ali Edwards brushes, and Becky Higgins Project Life journal cards, and Sahlin Studio overlays.

And that die for!