Back to the Beach | Remembering the Moments

February 12, 2016

The weather this week has been reminiscent of our summer vacation and the day we spent at Carmel Beach. The part of the beach we were on had a big hill. We ate a lovely picnic at the top of the hill, then headed down for a dip in the ocean.

Reluctantly, I took my iPhone to get some quick pics of Zoe playing in the ocean. The last time I brought a camera to a beach, I ended up getting sand in the lens and ruined it, so I left my big camera at home. I spent 5 or 10 minutes taking her picture and then I put my phone down and we played in the ocean.

The water was cold but the delight on her face with every wave that came was worth it. Zoe couldn't remember the last time we were at the beach, so this trip was like the first time all over again.

I love Instagram for captioning these moments right as they happen. It's so helpful to be able to go back through my feed and read exactly what I wrote about that moment 6 months ago.

"This is what pure joy looks like - she didn't want to leave. We collected shells, built a sandcastle and watched it get destroyed. We shrieked as the waves hit us, both because it was fun and freezing cold. Our hair is messy and crisp from the salt water. Today was a good day."

I don't use any other memory keeping apps, but I've been hearing a lot about different ones, both video and journaling, that prompt you to share a bit each day of the year? Has anyone used these? I'm not sure if I could commit to every day, but maybe it would be nice to have on the days there is something I want to record.


Shining Star | Awards and Certificates

February 8, 2016

I don't know about your schools, but ours seem to give out a lot of certificates. I'm sure it's because the kids love them and it provides them with recognition and builds their confidence. Because I am behind in my scrapbooking, it also builds up as a stack of paper on my desk. 

It effort to clear up some space I've been working to get those memories documented and those papers tucked away and organized in albums. Last May, Zoe was awarded student of the month. I shared this picture of her on Instagram the day she received her award.

I had this picture, along with a bunch of other 4x4 Instagram photos printed at Persnickety Prints. It was my first time using them and I really like the thickness and the semi-matte finish of the prints. The resolution left something to be desired, but they were iPhone pictures and only edited on my phone so I called it good enough and got to work. Better done than perfect!

I loved so many of the new spring/summer CHA releases, especially the lines by American Crafts. (I buy as much as I can from Paper Issues, Cassie has such a selection of items and her shipping time is lightening fast. You can almost always find a 20% coupon on their blog or Facebook page. I'm not an affiliate or anything, just a very happy customer.)

I used a lot of Shimelle's new line, Starshine, for this page. I mixed in some pieces from my stash, some Studio Calico kits I got on major sale and some coveted labels from TwoGirlzStuff. Layering has been one of my favorite things to do. I've discovered since patterned papers are my favorite supply, layering is a great way to not only show them off, but use them up.

For this layout, I didn't use the certificate on the page. Instead I inserted an 8.5x11 page protector along with the certificate right next to the page. On the backside, I might use it for another certificate and make a page for it, or make an 8.5x11 layout, so the page protector doesn't go to waste.

Do you keep all your paper memorabilia? Do you incorporate it on to your pages?


Hello, Love | February

February 1, 2016

It's here! February is here. I am not Valentine's Day's biggest fan, but I sure do love valentine themed everything. Conversation hearts are my favorite candy, and did you know they make resealable bags now? Dangerous to say the least.

If you are not already following my Valentine's Day Pinterest board... you should be. I've got everything from free printable valentines for kids to sweet treats to make. 

We spent  last night decorating Zoe's mailbox for her class valentines while singing along to Guardians of the Galaxy. We used a pre-cut box from Michael's and lots of items from Crate Paper's line Hello, Love. Zoe's favorite item were these glitter stickers.

She really wants to make two sets of valentines; one for the girls and one for the boys. We haven't settled the argument yet, but I'm thinking I want to follow Emilie's tradition of candy free valentines. What would you do? Would you let her get two kinds of valentines or insist that she pick one kind that will work for both genders? #thestruggleisreal


Summer Vibes | Gold Accents

January 23, 2016

Along with the rest of the country, we have been wishing for summer around here. It took a long time for Texas weather to get the memo that winter has arrived, but now that it has, we are cranking up the heat. 

I have had this page done for a long while, but I am just now getting around to posting it. Is everyone else still loving pineapples? I am. I saw that My Mind's Eye came out with a new line, On Trend 2, and I spotted some gold foil pineapple printed products!

The pineapple on this page was made using a screen stencil from a kit from A Beautiful Mess. In stead of using paint, I used a mist, sprayed onto a cotton ball. I dabbed it on the paper. It dried a lot faster than paint would've and I love the imperfect finish.

This picture pretty much summed up Summer 2015 for us. Lots of sun and slurpees. It just gets so hot that I have little motivation to do anything but lay around the pool and drink cool drinks. While I'm not looking forward to the  heat, I am looking forward to the lazy days and the sun staying up past 5pm.

Is anyone else dreaming about summer?


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