just an ordinary day | Scrapbook Layout


I've been having some fun going through old photos that I had already printed out (what seems like a long time ago!). I came across stacks of photos while cleaning up around the house the other day in an old drawer and these were some of them. Thought they were too cute to let go much longer without putting them on a page!

Zoey used to dress-up ALL the time! So glad I snapped these random pics!

I cut out the hearts and title for this layout using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. I used my sewing machine to sew a line through my hearts and folded them upwards for a bit of added dimension.

Heading into a busy week here with work, homeschooling, and library programs! Zoey started Tech Crew this week at the high school where she will be helping to build the sets for the upcoming drama production. Yesterday, while at Tech Crew, she got called in by the director to read an actor's lines since they were missing from play practice. She loved it! The first production of the season this year is a small one, there were only 8 parts for actors and they mostly were given to Seniors, all to upper class-men. So she was tickled to get to help out with the play practice.


Happy World Cardmaking Day 2018!


Last night I realized that today was World Cardmaking Day so I thought I would add a little post sharing some recent cards that I've created.

This one is super simple...truly just matted a chipboard piece to paper and added a little messy stitching to the bottom of the card. Thought it would be a cute little note though to give someone this season with some cookies or other fall treats perhaps.

Again...another simple one using patterned papers, chipboard pieces a little gem sticker and some stitching.

I have to say, I don't really create cards unless I feel the urge to use up smaller scraps or there is a specific reason or need for me to make one. This was fun though!


Love You | Scrapbook Layout + Pictures from Summer Adventures


I had a little bit of fun with this layout. I used lots of colorful papers, machine stitched on my paper, even cut out some fabric scraps for it! I also used a thick marker style pen for my handwritten journaling surrounding my photo and papers. I didn't worry about "perfection" here, just had some fun! 

When taking these photos it was pretty dark and rainy so the pictures are a bit grainy. You still can get the gist of the layout though.

Love this picture of Zoey and I from this summer. We were exploring out at Cathedral Point. A place that we hadn't ever been before and truly just stumbled on one afternoon when I made a turn down a road I had never been down before. Here are some more pictures from that day...

This is hands down my new favorite place to hike and swim now. I can't believe we've lived here for as long as we have now and never knew about this place. It's so quiet and untouched. Absolutely beautiful.

We were the only ones swimming in an area that isn't really a "beach" but was the perfect little swim spot. Zoey and I both share the same temperament of enjoying spots that are a bit off the beaten path and away from large crowds. Thankful for that. 

The trees were positively huge. Towering over us they made you feel so very small. Love it when things in life make you realize just how amazing our world is. Always great reminders for living out truths and those things that are meaningful.

Before heading out for the day and after swimming, we were packing up our things and Zoey pointed out something that caught her eye...

yep! Just your typical water snake! A Northern Water Snake to be exact! We actually saw two of them. One of them was in the process of eating something and we could see whatever the something was working it's way down the body of the snake. Creepy but cool!

This place was such a great find! Some of our favorite memories from this summer happened out here. I can't wait to get out there again soon to see the fall colors and how everything looks covered in snow here in a bit as well. We are so lucky to call this place home. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think this.


Happy Pumpkin | Scrapbook Layout


I had so much fun putting this multi-photo layout together! Sometimes pages can get pretty busy when using lots of photos and not implementing a two page spread but I think this one works. I made it a bit more cohesive by adding the patterned papers to the top and the bottom of the photo block.

I added dimension by layering several other elements on top of my block of photos. The chipboard pieces, arrows, die-cuts, words, etc. all add a little bit of interest to keep your eye centered and resting on the photos.

I love these pictures! I can't believe that they are from this post way back in 2015! All of a sudden I am super glad that I have continued to attempt at keeping up the old blog all these years. It's super handy to look back and recall exactly where and when my photos are from. Also, it helps that Zoey still loves reading and looking back at all of our memories. I do too!

I'm realizing more and more that social media (Facebook especially) will come and go in the way of fads and marketing (yourself, craft, business, beliefs, etc.) but I think taking photos and writing via blogging is something more authentic and serves more purpose for me. It's a way to share in a way that's not so "in your face" and feels like it is something more creative than something that's purpose is solely for that of others taking notice. I enjoy it. It feels like it's something that's mine. I'm so excited to be back and making more of a point to make it part of my weekly routine again.