Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer 2013 In Review

1) Jake and Rachel's wedding in Ann Arbor. 2) Twins @ Braves. 3) Turner Field. 4) Whale Shark at the Georgia Aquarium. 5) Angel, me, and Lindsay at the Thirty-One Gifts National Conference. 6) Trevor's family at his brother's second wedding reception in Minnesota. 7) Dave, Courtney, and Erin stayed with us Labor Day weekend. 8) Trevor and me after Jon & Kaydee's wedding. 9) Me, at the National Conference. 10) Trevor, Hank Azaria, and his flight attendant Farahna --yes, Trevor had Hank Azaria on his flight! 11) Trevor's birthday, posing with his new Tardis decal and wearing the Bluth's banana stand shirt I gave him. 12) Great-Grandma Marian and me at her new apartment. She's 96! 13) Our new cat, Crookshanks, who is very shy. 14) Our other cat, Minerva, who is very, very friendly. 15) Looking out the window on our flight back to Atlanta after one of our trips this summer.

This summer was a flurry of activity. We were able to stay put in June, which was good because Trevor worked a lot of weekends and we were going to busy in July and August.

We went to see my family for a week in July. During that time, we drove to the western part of North Dakota to see my mom's family, and we attended the wedding of Jon and Kaydee. Kaydee is the sister of my sister's husband/my sister's sister-in-law/my brother-in-law's sister/whatever is easiest for you. She's basically family now, so we had to get there to see her wedding day!

A little over a week after we returned, we had a busy week with celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary and the Thirty-One Gifts National Conference in Atlanta. The next weekend was Jake and Rachel's wedding in Ann Arbor. School started the following Tuesday, and the next weekend, we flew to Minneapolis for Trevor's brother's second wedding reception. They were married in Connecticut in April, so very few members of Trevor and Tyler's family were able to attend the actual ceremony.

The week following the second reception was crazy busy again, with Trevor working a lot and me getting ready for his birthday (I may have put off birthday shopping until the last minute with all the busy-ness of the summer). Trevor texted me a photo in the middle of the week of Hank Azaria with Trevor and his flight attendant! He is a huge fan of The Simpsons, so this was almost akin to a teen girl meeting Justin Bieber or One Direction!

We celebrated Trevor's birthday by going to Steak n Shake for lunch and then seeing the movie Planes. Trevor has been waiting years for this, so he was very excited to finally see it on the big screen.

My first day of sub work was Monday, August 26. Yes, it's been slow going this school year, so I'm looking for something different, but not having a lot of success with that, either.

Over Labor Day weekend, Dave, Erin, and their 17-month-old daughter Courtney came to stay with us. We spent a lot of time at the pool because Courtney loves water. She also loves fish, so we took her to the Georgia Aquarium - my third trip of the summer! It's so great to be a member of the Aquarium!

The week after Labor Day, we received a message from our friends Alex and Massiel with some photos of cats. These three adult cats were slated to be put to sleep on Tuesday, September 10, if they did not find a home by the end of the day on Monday. I knew an adult cat would be perfect for us - trained, independent, and mellow was exactly what we were looking for. One of the three cats was immediately adopted by our friends Anthony and Jessica, and we decided we wanted one of the others. Well, we found out they were "partners," and that they probably should go together, so we found ourselves adopting both of the remaining cats. We re-named them Crookshanks and Minerva because we pretty much abhored the names they had been given, and we figured they're cats, so they are smart enough to figure out what their new names are, anyway!
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Eight weeks of organizing

Summer vacation is eight weeks, and so far, it looks like there are no grand plans, so I've decided to tackle our house this summer. I'm going to spend the next eight weeks organizing each and every room. I have a rough outline of what I want to do. I'm intending to tackle 7 things a week, but not necessarily one a day. Some are simple things that might take just a few minutes, while others are bigger projects that might require a few days of work. I'm going to try to post photos and updates here about once a week - likely on Saturday afternoons/evenings. This week, I plan to tackle my desk and the area around it so I can do some scrapbooking in the next couple weeks as Trevor starts doing more flying again (he's been in training and home a lot more lately) and as school winds down for the semester (five days to go). After that, I'm likely going to start tackling closets and the pantry. Tonight, though, I'm just working on straightening up my desk enough to actually do a layout or two. I've been hindered by a non-working printer. We replaced it this week, so I'm finally able to type my journaling again! Hopefully I will be mostly caught up by the end of the summer.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash #18

I went waaaay outside the 10 minutes on my first one. My Silhouette didn't cooperate with me - I think it might be time for a new cutting mat. I lost a piece of the flower, too. It fell off the mat in the machine, and when I got the flower together, it was too big for the base and background pieces I had cut. I really like the finished product, though!

I had a lot of fun doing this, so I might attempt some of the past challenges later in this afternoon. I'm off from work, Trevor is gone, and I'm hungry to create!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Thank You Notes

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

April Recap

We started April with the Braves Home opener with my sister, who was visiting that week. We also went to Stone Mountain the next night for one of their first light shows of the season - it hasn't changed at all from last year!

Nicole left on the 4th. Beginning on the 10th, I kicked off a long run of subbing. I've worked at least two days every week for the past month.

Trevor's brother was married in Connecticut on April 27. We flew from there to Detroit the next day to see Rachel and Jake. We went to Chateau Aeronautique and the Twins-Tigers game before flying home on the morning of the 30th.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What I made with my SC Kit: January 2013 Edition

With my January kit, I was able to cover about 7 weeks of Project Life between my 2012 and 2013 albums, as well as my 2013 title page. I've already shared a couple of these layouts in depth on my blog, and I'll be sharing the others eventually, too.

I also have another BIG week of Project Life in progress using this kit, and I have another two page spread planned using this kit as well. Once those two are complete, I'll try to create a couple single page layouts from the remainders, and use the scraps from those layouts to create some cards to finish off the kit.

After that, I'll be tackling the February kit and trying to do the same with it.

What I Made with my Studio Calico {Month} Kits will be a recurring series on roughly the third Saturday of each month. The posts will detail what I made with the Studio Calico kits from about two months prior to the post date (i.e. March's post will be about January, April's will be about February). 
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

For Sale: My Mind's Eye paper


I am in love with the 180 sheet pads of light weight paper from MME. However, I just don't need 3 sheets each of 60 different patterns! So, I culled back my collection a bit this past week and I'm offering over 100 sheets of paper for $30, shipping included. These are posted on the FSOT forum on as well.
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Project Life 2013: Week 3

{Supplies: Studio Calico January 2013 Scrapbook and Project Life kits, Silhouette Cameo and die cut files, Snap alphabets (green), Studio Calico wood veneer (Michigan)}

The first half of this week was spent on a frustrating but rewarding project. The second half was spent in Detroit with my best friend, Rachel, and her boyfriend, Jake. I flew in on Thursday. On Friday, we hit up a winery and an ice festival with our college friend, Jared, and I flew home on Saturday.

On Sunday, there was a baby shower, but I forgot to get pictures, so this open blank with the Sunday tag is for a photo when I get one from Allison, the hostess.

Noteable technique for the week: I tried to print on the journaling card, but it didn't work - you may notice the gray streaks on the right hand side of the card. So, instead, I printed on my washi tape! I just gave the ink a little blast with my embossing gun to set it before I lifted it up. The heat gun also loosens the adhesive, making it easier to transfer the tape to the card.

After doing this week almost completely with the Project Life kit, I felt hooked on using the kit. It was so simple, and I felt like the layout came together so quickly. Surprisingly, I feel like my page doesn't look exactly like any pages I've seen posted using the kit. I felt like I'd feel like a cheater or like I'd see a million other layouts just like mine if I got the kit.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Currently: 3.12.13

Drinking: Diet Coke
Eating: Smart Food Buffalo Cheddar Popcorn. It's a new addiction.
Listening: "Sweet Disposition" Radio on Pandora
Wearing: Pajamas. This morning is off to a rough start.
Reading: The Family by Jeffery Sharlet. 
Feeling: Pain. My throat was incredibly sore when I woke up this morning.
Weather: Sunny, but chilly.
Wanting: To get my office organized - finally.
Needing: To run errands this afternoon.
Wishing: I didn't have to go out today.
Thinking: About the next section of scrapbook supplies to sort and to sell/toss.
Enjoying: Some new organizational pieces I've added to my office this past month. My desk is completely clean!
Loving: That Friday is a day off from school and Trevor won't be home until late afternoon, so I've got a guaranteed scrapbook day!

Project Life 2012: Week 23

This week features a pretty big change to my usual process: the addition of my Silhouette Cameo. That means I completed this at the end of October or beginning of November.

This week was pretty busy for us, so it's actually a three page spread. Page one covers Sunday through Tuesday. We had brunch at the Skiesta where Samantha and Craig had their wedding and reception, and then we flew home on Sunday. On Monday, I took a picture of our mail stack - catalogs, a thank you note, and a Publix coupon. Tuesday was a photo of a catastrophe - our crockpot cracked! If you know Trevor and me well, you know how much we depend on our crockpot, especially in the summer months.

Since I was starting to run low on my wood veneer airplanes, I used an Amy Tangerine cut file for the Silhouette. After having the Slice, I love how easy it is to resize my cuts on the Silhouette!

The skinny journaling card is a Target purchase - they now carry We R Memory Keepers slotted page protectors and some 2x4 journaling card packs. They also have the leather albums in some fun bright colors, too!

I kept the title card really simple once again. I love these thick cut files for the months from the Silhouette store. I think I've purchased each month in this style.

Some of the SC printables for August make an appearance here. I haven't decided what to do with that blank spot beneath the bunny. 

I carefully trimmed out the phrase from the dotted card and replaced it with the word "week," cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Our neighbors were pretty crummy. Seriously. About the only nice thing I can say is that I regularly saw him walk over and put our mail in the mailbox right after the mail arrived (our local PO is horrible).   I am tempted to use this blank spot to hold a folded card discussing why we were happy they moved. I can just tell that in 20 years, we'll remember being happy they moved, but we won't remember why. Project Life can be a great spot for recording those things!

Though I took some nice pictures, the Red Bull Soapbox Race was awful. Not fun. Lots of people were rude and mean and it just wasn't fun at all. Also, I think I got a sunburn, but I don't remember.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

January & February recap

Here's a quick recap of what we were up to in January and February 2013:

  • We rang in the new year at home, just the two of us.
  • I took a Presidents Day Weekend trip to Detroit that Trevor was supposed to join me on, but he got sick. He actually had laryngitis!
  • Our friends Joanna and Amy each had baby girls - Joanna had Kate at the end of January while Amy had Isabelle in early February. We brought dinner to each family and met the babies in Frbruary.
  • We took a short trip over Super Bowl weekend to Chicago to see our friends, the Cernys. Their little girl will be one later this month, but we hadn't seen her since she was four weeks old. We celebrated her daddy's 29th birthday on Super Bowl Sunday while we were there, too.
  • We celebrated Valentines Day late - on the 23rd. Though Trevor was home, his schedule made it tough to celebrate on the actual holiday. We had dinner at Khalifa's in Fayetteville, Georgia, and stopped at Gigi's Cupcakes in Peachtree City to pick up dessert for later. 
  • We took a day trip during the last week of February to Moline to see the Wermes family. Our goddaughter, Emmaleigh, is three and her little brother will be one in April. Our friend, Justin Place, was the first officer for our flight back to Atlanta. It's always fun to have pilots we know in the cockpit!
  • On February 28th, we celebrated two years in our house.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Project Life 2013: Title Page + Weeks 1 & 2

Welcome to the 2013 edition of Project Life! Though I have been fairly good about keeping up with it this year, I haven't been very good about photographing the layouts as I do them. This year, I'm mostly using the Studio Calico Project Life kits, coupled with the coordinating scrapbook kits.

When I started looking at the kit, the greens made me think of this photo from my sister's wedding in June 2012. Since my 2012 album opened with a 2011 photo, I felt like it would be appropriate to go with a 2012 photo for the 2013 opener. I used the Pacifico font and my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the green words on this page. I used the "twenty-thirteen" stamp from the January PL kit beneath the words "Project Life" to add a little more to that piece.

Week one was a fairly quiet week for us. School wasn't in session and Trevor worked a lot. The most notable moments were my car not starting and receiving a card asking me to be a bridesmaid in Rachel's wedding in August (the card matches the bridesmaid dresses perfectly). I used a yellow chalk ink to add some color to the natural Thickets in the scrapbook kit, and I stamped on the red washi tape. This was a new experience for me, but I was really pleased with the results.

Week two had a bit more going on, both in life and technique. I had a two hour break from my sub job one day this week, so I was able to sketch out and plan the layout in-depth. Even though there are just two photos here, I'm really happy with this layout.

At first, I had layered the "Make Something" transparency over the bracelet, but I felt like the bracelet was lost beneath the white print. I tried it over just the cardstock, but that looked too plain. The black washi tape behind it adds just enough interest. 

I saw this quotation on a Sasha Farina layout, and I loved it, but I couldn't fit it into week one, so I added it here. Since school was just beginning this week and the year was still new, I felt it still worked. The crookedness of the word January on the title card does really annoy me, but I'm trying to let it go (and I will use my ruler next time).

The January printables actually worked wonderfully with my life this this time. When Trevor had part of his trip dropped and I had part of my sub day dropped, we got to come home by 11 a.m. and spend an extra five hours together. It's so nice when that happens, as we usually only get three days home together each week.

This week was also the six year anniversary of our first date. I think it's kind of fun to add in the more reflective cards, documenting how far we've come. This is something new I'll be trying this year.

These are some fairly simple cards, just documenting our typical Sunday routine and designating that it's week 2. The Sunday routine will likely be changing somewhat over the course of this year, so I am glad I included it here.

{Supplies: January  2013 Studio Calico scrapbook and Project Life kits, Studio Calico January 2013 printable file,  Queen & Co. yellow chevron washi tape, various cut files for the Silhouette Cameo, Pacifico font (week), and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet}
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Project Life: What's Different in 2013

  • I'm going to be using the Studio Calico Project Life kits and scrapbook kits...I think. I loved January's kit. It's almost gone, in fact. The few pieces I have left might be incorporated into other layouts. However, I haven't been too crazy about February's and March's kits, so I'll admit, I haven't taken February's out of the bag yet, and March's hasn't arrived yet.
  • I'm going to incorporate screen captures of social networking sites, my iPhone, and more ephemera.
  • I'm going to incorporate photos from Trevor's life at work. Now that he has an iPhone, there's no excuse. I'm also planning to make him do some writing, too (especially for things I wasn't there for).
  • I'm experimenting with different sizes and layouts of page protectors, and I'm even using 12x12 cardstock as my base for some of the layouts. This frees me up by letting me use any layout I want, instead of forcing me to use the same layout for the end of one week and the beginning of the next.
  • I'm incorporating hidden journaling to make room for some of my more personal thoughts without making them easily accessible. Some pieces have prompts to open them, whereas others might just be written on a backside so only I know they are there.
  • I'm taking detailed notes in my planner so I can refer back to it as I complete a week.
  • I'm running my weeks Monday to Sunday this time, so the weekends stay together. It has rarely been an issue before, and in some instances, it worked out better to split the weekend, but I think 2013 will be a year when keeping the weekends together will make more sense for us.
  • I'm doing some mid-week planning in a very teacherly sort of style. I look at what I've done this week and what I have planned for early next week. I start to think about what needs to come in between (photos in shapes or sizes, journaling blocks, or decorative pieces). I feel like the layouts I've completed this way are much better than the others I've done. 
I'm so excited to share the beginning of my 2013 album tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Project Life 2012: Week 22

This was a crazy week in our lives. I started it on Sunday by flying from Fargo to Atlanta after my sister's bachelorette party. I ended it by attending a high school friend's wedding in Maine on Saturday. In between, I got a sinus infection and hosted my Thirty-One Gifts kick-off party.

{Supplies: May 2012 Studio Calico Kit, 35 MM; SC Wood veneer airplanes, AC Thickers, Amy Tangerine Layered Goodness letter stickers, SC Adventure stamp set (US map), Basic Grey Bling, Day of the Week stamps from SC September 2012 kit, October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers, label stamp from August 2012 SC kit, SC Stepping Stone Alpha stamps}

I used the tiny gems to mark the airports I visited this week: Fargo, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Portland, Maine. I may do this in the future if I have another crazy travel week like this (and there's possibly one coming up in April).

Nothing too special here, but I love the look of the speckled washi tape on the white journaling card, and the clear, colored stickers on top. I think I have these stickers in every color they come in. Definitely a new favorite!

I used a cheap, cheap little paintbrush from Dollar Tree to paint blue mist onto my wood veneer on this card. I felt like it gave me more control over the saturation of the ink. I did the same with the blue letters, as inking them with an ink pad turned out to over saturate, and the ink bled under the resist letters, turning the whole thing blue.

This might be one of the most simple title cards ever, but I really like the colors together and the subtle washi tape pieces.

On Thursday, I'm going to begin sharing this year's Project Life layouts, and I'll continue to post the older layouts on Tuesdays. I'm in the process of uncluttering my office and getting rid of some of my unused supplies. I will be sharing more about that process in another post, later on this week. 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Project Life 2012: Week 19

I completed this week in June 2012, using the June 2012 Studio Calico kit, So Cal. 

This was the week I became a Thirty-One Gifts consultant and the week we got our first real "harvest" from our container garden. Otherwise, it was a really quiet week for us.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Simple Cards

Just a little preview of an upcoming project. :)
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Project Life 2012: Weeks 13 & 14

  {Supplies: August 2012 Studio Calico Kit and printable files)


This layout combined two very boring weeks in our lives. Sometimes, that just happens, I guess.

Right now, I'm working on catching up on the 2012 album. I'm into July now, which is awesome, but I have a few special events in May and June that aren't really done yet. I was really excited to learn that you can take screen captures on the iPhone 4s, so I'm planning to work in some prints of text messages in the November and December layouts - and all future layouts.
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