Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Scrapbook Planner Video Tutorial

I was lucky enough to be a guest blogger for the lovely Lydia.  You can check out my entire post here.  I wanted to make sure you got to see the video explaining how I use a notebook to plan scrapbooking pages.


I hope this video makes sense, and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!

Happy Sunday!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Clique Kits April Challenge

It's that time again!  It's the start of a new month and a new challenge at Clique Kits.  This month's prize pack is awesome!  Fancy Pants Designs is our sponsor this month and you have a chance to win the beautiful Me-Ology Prize Pack.

Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by April 30, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Life is Good 12x12 Layout Using Clique Kits "Happy Everything"

It's been a long time since my last post.  We've been busy around here.  We are finishing up Spring Break unfortunately.  Good news, though, we are actually going to be in the final push until school is over and Summer Vacation Starts!

I wanted to share a layout with you today that I made using Clique Kits April Kit, "Happy Everything."  It's such a beautiful kit!  Lots of pastels and golds.  I actually stitched on this layout.  I'm getting better at it.  If by better you mean I was able to stitch a straight line down the paper and not destroy anything. Ha.

This kit is sold out now, but make sure to join the Subscriber Waiting List at Clique Kits.  In the meantime there are some limited edition kits that are AMAZING.  You can find them here.  If you make any store purchases remember to enter MARIAH10 for ten percent off of your purchases.

I used the cloud die-cuts that are digital downloads in the kit.  There are some cute cut files in this kit.

Stay tuned for April.  It is Clique Kits One Year anniversary and there will lots of fun things going on this month.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Project Life Week 6

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to Week 6 of my Project Life Album.  This week, I made another one page layout for the week.  I also shared this layout last week on The Pocket Source along with some photo tips.  The Pocket Source is an amazing community filled with a lot of Pocket Page inspiration and ideas.  I invite you all to check it out and create a profile on their page.

For this Week's spread, I used Clique Kits April Kit, "Happy Everything."  April is Clique Kits' Anniversary month and this kit rocks!  It is loaded with a ton of cute papers and embellishments from Pink Fresh Studio.  The kit is sold out but please go here to put your name on the subscriber wait list. There are some cute goodies in the Clique Store as well.  If you buy any of those items, please enter the discount code MARIAH10 for ten percent off of your purchase.  

I love this kit!  I also used some of the cutfiles that come with the kit...Those are the clouds.  I'll be posting more projects featuring those cute clouds so you can get a better look at them.  I'm also going to share a video of What's inside the April Kit so you can get a closeup look at all the goodies!  I hope you all have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Clique Kits Pep Rally: J'Adore

Welcome!  You should have arrived here from Kim's Blog.  Who loved this kit?  I did!  It is such an amazing kit!  I love the blacks and other colors.  I especially loved the black doilies!  I have a layout and process video for you today.  Please make sure to check out my Youtube Channel.  I'm posting videos of layouts and Project Life spreads on there as often as possible.  Hopefully, it will be much easier when I get new Internet Service!  I'm going from 12 mbs to 105 mbs.  hopefully today.  Sorry, I'm just really excited.  If all works out today, I will post the process video for this layout later this evening.  Okay so here's my layout.

I actually tried to stitch on this layout.  Where the sticker says, "I think you're pretty neat"  There are a few stitches and then the bobbin came out and there was no stitching...EEks.  I used that sticker to cover up the holes. Ha.  I just wanted to share that because not every layout you do is perfect, and that doesn't matter.  It's the story that matters.  So cover up the mistakes, don't strive to be perfect, but always tell the story.  The story for this layout is that Maddie, my older son, raked all of the leaves into a pile so JoJo could jump in them.  Even though he "hates" JoJo.  In 20 years no one will care that my stitching didn't work, or that my writing isn't perfect.  They will appreciate the story.

Now you're off to Carolina's Blog.  She has some treats in store for you!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Look Who Used Her Big Girl Camera

I finally broke out my "Real Camera" for the first time since Christmas.  I actually used it to document some lifestyle photos for my family, not just snap shots.  It was nice to do, and I've challenged myself to only use Manual Mode from now on.  Since deciding not to do professional photography, I've been thinking about taking pictures in general a lot.  I realize that part of the reason I don't use my regular camera often is because it is so much easier to use my phone.  I love the convenience of it.  When I use my regular camera, I have to upload the photos.  Then, convert them to JPEG, and make any final edits in PhotoShop.

I also have been thinking about my return to professional photography and if it's something I ever want to do.  And the honest truth is I just don't know.  I know that if I do, it will be on my terms.  It will be sessions and portraits of what I want to create, not the regular run of the mill portrait session.  I also know that I need to define who I am and work on myself as a photographer.  There is so much knowledge to be learned.  I've been trying to immerse myself in that knowledge.

Okay, okay, enough of the self reflection.  Ha.  Here are the photos I promised.  This first one is my absolute favorite.

JoJo made his first confession on Saturday but Erik wasn't able to make it because of work.  He dropped in the church for about a minute and then had to run out to his car to go to a call.  When he got home he gave JoJo a big hug for passing his Sacrament of confession.

Erik and Wolfie working on a demonstration Wolfie had to make for school.  
Maddie working on his art.

 JoJo is really enjoying word searches lately.  

So there you have it a few photos from around here lately using my "big girl camera." Ha.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, March 13, 2015

#ThisWeek: In the Evening, and Dinnertime

Hello all.  I'm a week behind for #ThisWeek hosted by Mandy Elliot.  I was really busy with some issues with my son last week and didn't have a chance to post, though, I did take the photos.  I will share those with you first.
This week, I documented a few things we do around here in the evening.  Evenings are very busy around here.  I get home from school, then leave the house shortly after to pick up Wolfie from school.  We get home and wait for Erik to come home, or three days out of the week he is here.  We recently started running as a family so we usually spend about an hour doing that.  The kids love doing it.  Erik and I run and the boys ride their bikes or scooters.  After that, it's time for dinner and dishes and homework.  The boys go to bed around 8:00...when they aren't coming out to go to the bathroom or get water.  Once the kids are settled, we usually watch our own shows.  We've been alternating between Dexter and Breaking Bad.  Wednesdays and Thursdays are really busy because we have catechism and piano lessons.

Watching Breaking Bad

Packing lunch for the next day.

Watching Dexter

JoJo doing homework.  The other two boys do it on their own now.

Wrestling with dad.

Now, this week's prompt was Dinnertime.  I took a few pictures to document that.

We usually cook at home most nights.  There might be an occasional week were we go out, but it's not very often.  We did go out this week because my friend invited us out.  I usually make a list and plan dinners weekly.  We are on the Real Food Diet, so we use a lot of Lisa Leake's recipe when we cook. 

My Weekly List

We usually have homemade pizza once a week.

Wolfie helping to cook dinner. 

At BDubs on Tuesday

Taco Salad
Homemade Ice Cream.  The light isn't great.

Erik makes me homemade popcorn a few nights a week while we watch our shows.  It's not dinner but still food.


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