Waterfalls Hexagon Mini-Album


As soon as I saw this hexagon shaped mini-book from Paige Taylor Evans I knew that I had to create one myself using the same die-cut (available in Paige's Etsy shop and in the Silhouette Design Store).

I printed some of my favorite photos in a 3.5 x 5 size from one of our adventures this summer and was able to use one of the hexagon shapes (made smaller) as a template to cut around some of my photos for the pages.

All of my papers and embellishments are from my stash of scrapbooking supplies. Mostly they are from past Cocoa Daisy kits, We R Memory Keepers and Crate Paper.

It's always fun to try out new shapes for background pages when it comes to mini-books. I love the hexagon shape and some of the cut-outs as photo frames posed for some interesting challenges as well.

I always get some much inspiration for projects when looking at Paige's blog! So happy I stumbled upon her mini-book so that I was inspired to create this. It's now one of my new favorites.


#awesome | Scrapbook Layout


These pictures are from last year's visit to the pumpkin patch. Traditionally Zoey has always chosen one "bumpy" pumpkin to bring home, this year we couldn't find one that was bumpy enough at the pumpkin patch so she chose these two to bring home.

I know that we are truly blessed to have a teenager who still wants to hang around us sometimes. Actually, a lot of the time compared to some of her peers. Thankful and yes, #awesome pretty much sums it up.

I'm hopeful that we can get to a pumpkin patch yet this season here to pick out some pumpkins. Hopefully we find a bumpy one!


Big Love | Scrapbook Layout


I snapped this photo of Zoey the other day when she was playing guitar outside just for fun. She had just finished her 30 minutes of required daily practice and was playing freely. I love it when she does this.

A little over a year ago she declared that she wanted to learn how to play guitar. This, after having pretty much no knowledge of how to read music or play any other instrument. I was skeptical and made her wait several months before committing to paying for lessons.

She has come so very far and her interest and desire to keep learning how to play and manipulate this instrument hasn't wavered in the least. In fact, her love of playing has only intensified. I'm so proud of her and I have to say too that I love hearing her play. It's not like the sounds of my learning how to play alto-saxophone when I was in band back in the day, of that I am sure! I think I know the reason my parents always suggested that I practice outdoors, (and it wasn't to entertain the tourists that walked by the house like they told me!).

This was a fun layout to create...I find that when I am in love with the photo(s) that I'm using I usually fall in love with the layout that I create surrounding it.

Wishing you a beautiful and creative-filled day!


Library Volunteer | Scrapbook Layout


For this single photo layout I knew that I wanted to keep things pretty simple, yet since I was just using the one photo I knew I could jazz up the patterned papers a bit. I created some interest and a focal point for the photo by cutting it out into the shape of a circle and then added my title work on either side of the photo.

This layout is in a 8.5 x 11 format. I tend to gravitate to this size when using just one photo on a layout. 

I love that since working at the library it means that Zoey gets to help out once in awhile when she's there and has the time. She recently started helping to shelve this summer when things were super busy with the summer reading program. Her help was greatly appreciated by all! 

Hoping to share some more creative projects on the blog soon. Here's to a great and productive week ahead!


Picking Apples | Scrapbook Layout


It's been awhile but I'm tentatively going to share that I think I'm back! I'm back to blogging, scrapbooking, attempting to take some time for myself again when it comes to creative things. This summer was pretty trying at times. It was rough if I'm being honest. I'm feeling hopeful that coming back to this space in an authentic way will be just what I need to come back to feeling more like myself. What better way than to jump right back in with sharing a scrapbook layout!

I created this layout this weekend using photos from last fall on one of our trips to Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill, Wisconsin. I enjoy visiting this orchard because it's not too far of a haul for us travel-wise and of course, it's always a treat to get some tasty apples that we get to pick ourselves. Picking the apples is my favorite part.

All of these papers and embellishments are super old and are from my stash of supplies. I can't recall the last time I purchased scrapbook supplies! It's fun challenging myself to use up what I have on hand. I created a fun little "apple" inspired element using a button, an epoxy circle sticker which I placed in the center and then adding a chipboard leaf. Simple but I like how it turned out.

Hope your weekend was splendid!


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