Sunday, April 25, 2010

So Inspired…Words to Live By…9

man on beach

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right."  Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
--Napoleon Hill

I must admit…sometimes this takes more faith than I can muster…but it’s worth some thought.  What do YOU think?  Do you wait for the perfect time, or just go for it?

Don’t forget to check out Tracey’s inspiring words for the week.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

100% Princess….of course!

100 princess (1)

I’ve been working on orders all weekend.  Trying to catch up on things that got pushed aside a little bit the past couple of weeks while I was dealing with back pain.  Thankfully, I’m finally feeling better. 

Anyway, like I said, I’ve been working on orders and somehow almost all those orders have a boyish theme.  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE orders and I LOVE boys….but this adorable little princess paper has been sitting here taunting me for days.  I just couldn’t resist any longer!

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And, what about that white butterfly trim?  Can you see the butterflies along the edge of the black paper?  They’re held in place by some pink brads.  Just love it!

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I couldn’t resist using some of the white pom pom trim either.  I can’t remember where I got that trim but every time I’m at the store I look for it hoping to find some more before I run out!

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Oh…by the way…the paper and stickers are from the ADORNit line by Carolees Creations. 

Okay, okay…now I’m going back to the boy paper….. :)

So Inspired….Words to Live By…8

child on beach 

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. 

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Saturday, April 17, 2010


beach chair

This beach chair is calling my name!  Oh, to have a little bit of R&R right now would be awesome.  It’s a crazy busy time at work and all the stress makes me want to grab a book, a chair and camp out on a beach for…oh, about a month!!!!  The good news is that after next Friday things will start to calm down and then there will only be a few more weeks of work before the school year ends and summer vacation begins.  Hooray!

I’m already starting to dream about all the scrapbooking I can do this summer.  I’ve had lots of ideas floating around in my head for awhile now about some new things I want to work on…there just never seems to be enough time to get them done when I’m away from home for 12+ hours a day for my job.  So I’m really looking forward to some free time this summer to just CREATE!

The last couple of weeks I have been having some severe back pain.  I’m finally starting to feel a little better and hoping I can start getting the shelves stocked again in my Etsy shop…after I catch up on some special orders, of course!  :)   This is the lowest my shop inventory has been for a long time, so I’m excited to start building it up again with all the new products that are out right now.  Gotta love springtime when you’re a scrapper!  It’s awesome to see all the new lines that are available.  If you haven’t stopped by Memory Works lately…you really should check out their new catalog.  Buy all your favorite designer lines from ONE place…without even leaving your home!  Let me know if you’d like to place an order!  :)

Oh…I almost forgot.  Some items in my Etsy shop have found their way to the SALE bin!  Hop on over and check it out!!!  (was that a clue????)….

Enjoy your Saturday!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some Prom Love…

prom white 001

I showed you this book before….but NOW it’s featured on CLUBhandmade!  Go check it out.  And please… VOTE for it as your fav!!!  Of course, it’s also for sale in my Etsy shop!  Find it HERE.  Want to see more pictures?  Check it out here.

We’ve had some beautiful spring weather here in Illinois…finally!  I’m itchin’ to get out in my yard and start planting…but somehow I’ve managed to mess up my back…so gardening is on hold…as is pretty much everything else that is non-essential.  Hopefully tomorrow I will get some relief with the cortisone shots and life will return to normal.  Whatever ‘normal’ is! 

Scrapbook orders are going out a little bit slower than usual….but I should get caught up this weekend.  So if you’re waiting for an order…it will be shipped SOON!  :)

While you’re here…jump over to the right hand column and click FOLLOW.  Just so you don’t miss out on what’s new! 

Enjoy the beautiful, sunny day!  (hope that’s the weather forecast where you are too!)


Sunday, April 11, 2010

So Inspired…Words to Live By…7

one tree

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Don’t forget to stop by Notes from a Cottage Industry to see Tracey’s latest quote!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Graduation 2010

grad 001

It’s coming up. 

You can tell you’re talking to someone who works in education when they can give you the number of weeks until school is out!

Or…you may be talking to a kid!  :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Toilet Paper Roll Scrapbook

Believe 001


Time to recycle!  This tag book is made from toilet paper rolls!  Three of them actually.  The rolls, when flattened, made great “pockets” for the tags.

 Believe 002

And who doesn’t have toilet paper rolls collecting in their wastebasket EVERY week?!

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So you might as well use them for something fun and cute, right??

Believe 004

Of course you can purchase this in my Etsy shop…but you can also learn how to make your own.  They’re SO easy.  You can find a tutorial here.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

So Inspired…Words to Live By…6


We did not change as we grew older;

we just became more clearly ourselves. 

~Lynn Hall


First, I’d like to thank Tracey at Notes from A Cottage Industry for letting all of us hitch our wagons to hers.  She is so generous to share her readers!  So welcome to all of you that have stopped by via Tracey’s blog.  I’m glad to have you here and hope you stick around and do a little exploring.   And, of course, I’d love to read your comments, have you visit my Etsy shop or become a fan of my facebook page.  :)  Just sayin’!

Some of you may remember my Word of the Year post back in January.  I love the idea of having a word of the year to guide me.  Obviously it was not my ‘invention’…this Word of the Year thing.  It was an idea I got from reading Christine Kane’s blog.  Love her blog by the way…you really should check it out (after you’re done reading mine, of course!).  Anyway, now that the first quarter of 2010 has passed I thought I’d reflect a little bit on my word.   As a reminder, my word for 2010 is CHANGE. 

And there have definitely been changes.  Big changes.  First the loss of my father-in-law and then the passing of our beloved Lucky.   I never would have guessed back in January that by spring we would be living without our faithful friend.   It’s been almost 3 weeks now and still I expect him to greet me every morning and I look for him in the window when I arrive home from work.  The jingle of his dog tags that used to drive me crazy has now been replaced by deafening silence.  He started out as Ceara’s dog (she begged and begged until we finally gave in) but as the years passed and the kids grew older and began spending more time away from home, he was never far from my side.  He could often be found laying in my studio amidst my scrapbooking supplies (yeah, I tend to stack things all over the floor when I’m working).  He never chewed one thing and would always walk carefully around piles of paper so he wouldn’t wrinkle them!  Oh, such a good dog!  So all of us have had to adjust to this change.  And, I must admit that I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. 

Although I miss Lucky terribly, I’m not in a huge hurry to get another dog.  Part of the reason I haven’t committed to bringing another dog into our home is that for the first time in 27 years of married life I am finally in a place where I do not have a step-child, a child or an animal to take care of on a daily basis.  It’s kind of liberating.  Actually, it’s VERY liberating!  Now, that’s not saying that I don’t miss my kids….but I get to see my girls usually at least once a week at the college and I see Elliot every few months.  It’s part of the deal…they grow up and get to have their own lives.   And I get to spend some time contemplating what’s next for me. 

This change to the empty nest phase of my life has been easing in for a couple of years…but the past few months it has settled into my soul and created a home.  I’ve been taking better care of myself and changing the way I eat.  Now I consciously decide if a food is something I want to put in my body or not.  No more consuming junk just because it’s what’s available or convenient.   I still have a ways to go in my own personal “food revolution” but for the first time in….well, EVER…my head is in the game when it comes to food and my eating habits.  It’s no longer just about weight loss…but more importantly, about living a healthy life.

Other changes that have occurred since the first of the year are a bit more subtle.  Probably completely undetectable to others at this point…but very real to me.  For the first time in a very long time I am beginning to see ME.  To feel MY thoughts and to dream MY dreams.  For so many years I have been a wife, a mom, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a co-worker and a student.  I’ve done the things I was supposed to do and followed the path I was expected to follow (well, sort of!).  And somewhere along the journey I had lost ME.  So now in the quiet of my house…without music lessons, track meets, dance lessons and play practice to run to, I’m starting to discover what makes ME sing.

I don’t know…I thought I’ve been changing…but maybe I am just finally becoming a clearer, truer vision/version of ME.



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Yeah…definitely ideas worth spreading

I don’t know about you…but I LOVE to be inspired.   One of my favorite places to go for inspiration…or simply to learn something…is TED.    If you’ve never been to the website, I hope you take a look and see what might inspire you.

I love this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.  She is, of course, the author of the hugely successful Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia memoir.  I instantly loved her writing voice.  It is comfortable and un-fussy.  She also has a new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.   Anyway, in this talk she is speaking about creativity. 

There are other TED talks that are pretty amazing and I’d love to share with you, but for now I’ll leave you with this one.  Leave me a comment with your favorites….and we’ll compare lists!

Oh yeah….here are a few new scrapbooks….

prom white 001

cheerleader pink 001

1st grade 001

All available in my Etsy shop….of course!


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