Monday, January 23, 2012

So Inspired…Jobs


girl on beachYour time is limited,
so don’t waste it
living someone else’s life. 
Don’t be trapped by dogma
– which is living with the results
of other people’s thinking. 
Don’t let the noise
of other’s opinions
drown out your own inner voice. 
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. 
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. 
Everything else is secondary. ----
Steve Jobs

I’ve come across this quote a couple of times today…so I think maybe it’s trying to tell me something.  It’s one of my favorite quotes so chances are I’ve probably already used it as a “so inspired” but oh well.  It is definitely worth repeating.  The word COURAGE kind of popped out at me this time when I read it, since COURAGE is my word-of-the-year this year.  Funny how I’ve read the quote hundreds of times and didn’t really focus on the word before.   A little “law of attraction” at work perhaps?!

love 001I’m working on a new book tonight that is a little different than my usual books.  Here’s a sneak peek! 

Kinda running out of steam though (it’s been a really long day) so it probably won’t show up in my Etsy shop till tomorrow night.  Maybe I spent a little too much time tonight on Pinterest (follow me here!) and watching the Bulls.  :)

Speaking of Pinterest…are you addicted yet?  OMG, I keep finding things that I want to make, or eat, or places to visit, or things to make…did I say MAKE?!   The paper “stuff” is my favorite, of course!  Beautiful art journals and really, all things paper.  Love, love, love.  There are such talented people out there.  I’m soooo jealous!  Wouldn’t it be fun to spend all day…every day, making things from paper?  I don’t think I’d ever get bored if I could have an endless supply of paper, embellishments and paint.  Total heaven!  :)

If you could spend all day doing something you loved…what would it be?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

So Inspired…Bliss


Bliss Scrapbook 1Now
a soft kiss -
by that kiss,
I vow
an endless bliss.
John Keats


Bliss – Love – Paper Bag Scrapbook

I fell in love with this line of scrapbook paper from Authentique.  It’s called Uncommon.


It reminds me of the old fabrics and wallpapers from my grandma’s era.  I thought it would be a perfect backdrop for the Valentine-ish bingo cards that have been sitting in my stash for awhile.  The muted reds, soft pinks and greys are even more beautiful in person.  My camera didn’t capture the tones quite as well as I had hoped (okay…I know…I was the one operating the camera!  Oops!). 

Bliss Scrapbook 1

The pom pom trim is one of my favorites…just had to sneak in a little bit on this scrapbook!Bliss Scrapbook 2     Bliss Scrapbook 3

I also love these little kraft tags from Maya Road!  The contrasting color adds a little punch and variety to the otherwise girlie album.


Bliss Scrapbook 4      Bliss Scrapbook 5Bliss Scrapbook 6     

The little metal heart with wings brad has been hiding in my stash for a really long time too.   It came in a monthly kit from Memory Works…years ago!  I don’t remember what company it is from but I think it found a perfect home in this book.


Bliss Scrapbook 7

Enjoy your Sunday!


Monday, January 16, 2012

A few new arrivals…

Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 1

Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook

I know, I know…when you go to Disney you have way more photos than what will fit in this book…but how fun is it to have a “little” keepsake like this sitting on your desk or coffee table just to remind you of all the fun?

Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 2      Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 3Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 4      Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 5Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 6      Disney Vacation Fun Scrapbook 7

Marching Band Scrapbook 1

Marching Band Scrapbook

Ok…I’ll fess up.  I played the saxophone when I was young.  Didn’t quite make it long enough to be in the marching band though.  It’s probably a good thing though because I had enough trouble playing while seated!  :(

Marching Band Scrapbook 2      Marching Band Scrapbook 3Marching Band Scrapbook 4      Marching Band Scrapbook 5Marching Band Scrapbook 6      Marching Band Scrapbook 7

Dream Big Scrapbook 1

Dream Big Scrapbook

I love the bright colors in this book!  I included lots of spaces to write about those dreams too!

Dream Big Scrapbook 2      Dream Big Scrapbook 3Dream Big Scrapbook 4      Dream Big Scrapbook 5Dream Big Scrapbook 6      Dream Big Scrapbook 7

Have a happy Monday!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

So Inspired


SupportKeep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.   - Mark Twain

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Settling into 2012

beginWe are already one week into the new year but it really feels to me like the new year is starting NOW.  Last week was spent juggling kids back to their real lives.  Elliot headed back to Los Angeles. Ceara boarded a plane for her 2 month stint in Australia.  And, yesterday Arielle went back to college.  I started back to work last week but the students were still enjoying their break so campus was very quiet…almost eerie.  Tomorrow though, it will be filled with life again.  Hopefully everyone will be refreshed after their time off and ready to finish out the last 5 weeks of the term.

momFern as a childYesterday we celebrated my mom’s 80th birthday with an open house and family dinner.  It was a fun day filled with friends and relatives I hadn’t seen for a long time.   I was so exhausted last night that I was in bed before 9:00!    The photo on the right is one of my favorite photos from her childhood.  It always makes me laugh because it looks like she has a few extra fingers!  It’s SO sweet though it just makes my heart melt.

With the house quiet and all the festivities behind me it’s time to get back to scrapbooking!  Here are the lastest items listed in my Etsy shop

 Snow Play Scrapbook 1

Snow Play Scrapbook

Amazingly enough, there is NO snow on the ground right now in northwestern Illinois!  We’ve only had snow twice (I think) so far this winter and both were just a dusting.  The skiers, snowmobilers and kids wanting to go sledding are probably disappointed but it’s fine with me.  I definitely prefer to do my 2 hour drive each day with no snow on the roadways. 

Dora 1

Dora the Explorer Scrapbook

My children missed this particular childhood craze (they grew up in the Barney years…urgh!) but Dora is definitely cute.  I like to explore…maybe I should join her!  :)



New York City Vacation Scrapbook

NYC is one of my favorite places to visit!  I love the energy of the city!   Fill this scrapbook up with memories of some of your favorite places…Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and many more.

Birthday 1

Happy Birthday Scrapbook

This scrapbook is fun and would create an awesome memory of that special birthday.  Girlie pinks, cupcakes and glitter make it all the more sweet!

50s 1

50s Rock & Roll Scrapbook

Celebrating a 50th birthday?  Or, just love that 50’s rock & roll theme?  This book works either way! 

Scrapbook organization

Sometimes after a long day at work it’s hard for me to feel motivated to scrap.  By the time I sort through my supplies and decide what I’m going to work on, the evening has turned into bedtime!!   So to make it a little easier I decided to get organized and prepare some “kits” in advance.  The other day I put together almost 20 kits.  The kits consist of a sticker sheet, precut pages, inserts and a handful of embellishments for each book.  All the items needed for the scrapbook are placed in a quart-sized ziplock bag.  As you can see they are too tall for the bags but the width is perfect and they all fit in one of my favorite snowman boxes!!  Now it’s much easier to get started on a book since everything is right there ready to go.  Hopefully it will work to keep me moving forward…

Happy Sunday!






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