Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY Pocket Scrapbooking Journal Cards

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We have been sick since Christmas and it's really starting to get old.  Is it spring yet??  This is why I haven't been blogging.  :(  Hopefully, things will turn around soon!

Today, I'm sharing a fun and simple way to make your own coordinating journalling cards to go in your pocket scrapbook.  For my cards, I used the Becky Higgins grid cards for the base.  I really like writing on the grid since I tend to slant my words as I write.  I used Pebbles Home For Christmas collection for these cards.  (Yes, I'm still scrapping Christmas.)  Confession time: all my weeks in my pocket scrapbook have their own paper collection.  I'm HORRIBLE at mixing and matching.  Also, I don't like to buy full kits of cards (like the Becky Higgins) for holidays since I feel like I don't use that many cards since I only make one layout for the holiday for each year.  I started making my own journalling cards and I thought I'd share the idea in case anyone wants to make their own too.

I really like making these because I use the printed bottom strips of 12x12 paper that I used to throw away.  I always said I was going to use them then I would leave them in the bag and they would get crinkled and I would toss them.  After adhering the strip, I either use chipboard, stickers, or cut out images from a paper in the collection.
 These are super fast and easy to make!  They match with all the papers I used and I can do tons of journalling on them.  No need to go out and buy matching journalling cards!

Have a great day, friends!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thankful for You and a Winner

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope that you are all doing well and had a fabulous holiday!  We are not so hot.  Well, actually we are hot but with fever.  :(  Two of the three kids are sick.  Hubby and I aren't feeling great either.  Hopefully, we can get rid of all this crud soon and start having a fun 2015!  

I put together this card a while back and thought I would post it.  All the elements I used are from Pebble's Homemade collection.  I really love this collection, it speaks to me.  I can't wait to pocket scrapbook a week with this!

I want to announce the winner of my Amazon gift card.  It's Tifany DeGough!  YAY!  Contact me, Tifany, so I can get you that gift card!

Have a great day, friends!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 Blog Hop


Hi friends!  It's that time of year again for the Top 10 Blog Hop!  This year, Christine (the amazing organizer) has put together not only a blog hop but also an amazing giveaway of $75 gift certificate to Paper Issues!  WOWZA!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each stop of the blog hop and a random winner will be selected.  You have until Jan 4 to leave your comments and a winner will be announced on Jan 5!  You can start the blog from Juliana Michaels blog.  You should be coming here from Marcia Dehn-Nix's blog.

Here are my top 10 favorite creations from this year, in reverse chronological order:

1. Always = Us card from Paper Craft Swan Song Blog Hop.

2. Neon Coffee Love Card.

3. Cute Little Polka Dot Elephant Card.


4. Fluttering Cookie Bags.


5. Have a Lovely Day card from CTMH Card and Party post.


6. Teacher Thank You Card.


7. Remember, You are First Place.




9. Hoppy Easter with Solid Divine Twine.


10. So So So So Loved.

That's it!  Up next on the blog hop is Kathy Skou!

Here's the full list if you get lost:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  I hope you have a day full of joy and love!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dancember - Giving Back

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!  We are starting winter break!  Hooray!  I'm excited to have my kids at home and relaxing for a while.  The last few months have been a little rough.

Today, I wanted to share a video that we made as a family for Dancember.  I'm a HUGE fan of ItsJudysLife on YouTube.  This is the third year that I've watched them do Dancember which is when they dance everyday in December in their vlogs to raise awareness for a charity.  Judy and Benji are a wonderful inspiration and they are raising their children to give back to others.  Of course, we love to give back and we LOVE to dance.  I hope you enjoy this video and if you are so moved, please donate HERE.



This year, the Travis family is donating their Dancember proceeds to Rescue Freedom which is an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a horrendous problem.  There's an estimated 35 million people in slavery TODAY which is more than any other time in history.  Human trafficking is the #2 biggest criminal enterprise in the world.  This happens in the United States too.  You can find these and more stats and information in THIS VIDEO from ItsJudysLife and Rescue Freedom.

We are making a donation and if you'd like to donate go to the Dancember Fundly page.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Merry and More Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are having a rough time right now.  I'm sure at one point it will get better but it's a little overwhelming.  Sorry if I'm slow responding to emails or comments and posting new blog posts.  

Today, I'm sharing a card I made at my friend Rachel's crop last month.  She gave us all the pieces to make this super sweet mini card and she made us a sample.  I decided to change it up a little bit and put my own spin on it.  All the products are from Close to My Heart.  I think it turned out really cute and I like that I used pieces I never would have put together since she had all the layers picked out in advance.  

Ok, more winners:
SRM- Giorgia
Bossy Joscie- Marie
My Little Clothesline - Miriam
Whisker Graphics - Christine
Paper Smooches - Tessa
Craft Fail - Tessa
Close to My Heart - Andrea

Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 5 Mommy Must Haves and GIVEAWAY - Collab with This Bliss Life

Hi friends!  Today, I'm doing a blog collab with my friend Tiffany from This Bliss Life.  She and I have known each other for a VERY long time.  We decided to do a Top 5 Mommy Must Haves list for our posts.  We have really different blogs but we are both moms of kids about the same age so I suggested we do this list.  Please go check out her blog, see her list, and enter her giveaway!


1. Amber Teething Necklace.  If you've seen pictures of my daughter, you'll notice that she always has her necklace on.  I wasn't sure it worked but we lost a necklace and she was grumpy for weeks until we got a new one.  It's made me a believer.

2. Hyland's Teething Tablets.  Teething is a huge issue for my kids.  These tablets seems to help so much.  I've tried Tylenol as well and I feel like these work better for us.  My kids always seemed to be happy (well, happier) when they saw the bottle come out.

3. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention Jar.  I've talked about this before and this is the ONLY diaper cream that I have ever reordered.  It smells good, it doesn't leave a visible residue, and it works well and quickly.

4. Munchkin Snack Catchers.  I've tried higher end snack containers and I've tried the really cheap ones.  This is a happy medium.  I like using a snack catcher so that the snacks don't spill all over.  These work great while being a really good price!  The cheap ones are really sharp and I didn't feel comfortable giving them to my kids.

5. Thermos Funtainer.  I adore this!  I actually have a larger size for myself.  It keeps drinks cold up to 12 hours.  These are great to take on vacation or even a day trip.  I would put milk in them for my kids and it would stay cold.  I've also put water with ice and it's great if you are going to the beach or the park on a hot day.

In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away a $15 Amazon Gift certificate sent via email.  (I've used my Amazon referral links in this post, if you use them to shop, I get a small commission.)  This post is not sponsored and I am paying for the gift certificate out of pocket because I appreciate you all so much! I wish I could afford to give away more.  Be sure to check out Tiffany's post for her giveaway too!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

You're Brrr-fect and a Bunch of Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We are ok.  We still have some stress and we are working things out for our son at school.  Parenting is HARD!  We are also trying to get ready for Christmas and Avery's birthday.  It's a busy time of year!

Today, I'm posting a card I made for a holiday card swap at my friend Regina's house.  (Let me just say, Regina's house and scrap room are AMAZING and if you ever get the chance to go there, you should!  I wish I could just move in!)  We were to make a clean and simple card and make kits for everyone else so they can make your card too.  We had a great time, awesome food, fun conversation, and I made some new friends.

Here's my card using Chilly Chums by Paper Smooches.  I love this set with a passion!  I brought the whole set with me to the swap and some gals picked some of the other cute animals for their card.  I used some older Echo Park paper since I needed enough for 9 cards.  Then some good old fashion Stickles and goggly eyes.  I'm entering this in the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge for this week.


I also wanted to announce some of the winners from my giveaways that recently ended.  There are a few more giveaways still open so please go enter those!

Jenny Bunny Scarf - Savannah O'Gwynn
Not Your Mother's Apron Strings - Miriam Prantner
Creative Embellishment - Jan Farnworth
Beautiful Creations MP- Andrea Murdock
Just Jewelry - Margie M.C.

Please email me via the email address in my sidebar or contact me on Facebook for your prize!  

Have a great day, friends!!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happiest of Holidays and Winners

Hi friends!  I hope that you are doing well!  We are ok.  It's just very busy this time of year and we are working out some things at school for my son.  Hopefully, we will resolve everything soon and we can relax for Christmas.

I've been holding onto this card for a long time, waiting to blog it.  It was one of the last cards that I made to submit to Paper Crafts.  This was a LONG time ago but I didn't want to blog it until Christmas since it's awkward to post Christmas cards in the spring.  Maybe?  I don't know.  Either way, I waited.  This card was made with American Crafts papers and some Metallic Silver Divine Twine.  I really like the movement on this card.

I also wanted to announce the winner of two giveaways:
Jamberry - Kim Howard
Unravel - Elly H

Congrats!  Email me via the sidebar for your prize!  Have a great day, friends!