Scrapbooking is for EVERYONE!

I often think there is a stereotypical image of who a “scrapbooker” is.

I know I’ve often heard that it’s a “Mom Hobby”. When speaking to people about scrapbooking and memory keeping some common excuses I hear as to why they can’t scrapbook are things like “Oh, I don’t have any kids.” “I’m single, who would care about my albums?”. “I’m not a crafty person”.

I believe memory keeping is important and that there so many different ways to do it that I can help you find a method that works for YOU. For your lifestyle, for the types of photographs you have and that you take, for the types of stories important to you.

I came across this story about a scrapbooking dreadlock dad and just had to share it with you.

photo via persnickity prints

photo via persnickity prints

I hope Matt’s story inspired you! I am not affiliated in any way with Matt or Persnickety Prints.

Love Song Photography


When we think about photography and pictures, I think most of us first think about capturing the big, happy, wonderful moments of life.  Weddings, new babies, birthdays, first days of school and exciting milestones.

But as we all know, life isn’t always wonderful.  I stumbled across a photographer named Lindsey Villatoro , from California, when some photographs of hers were featured in an article about a couple who had lost a child.

She captures beautiful images that you’d expect to see on any photographer’s website, like weddings and babies.  But she also has an amazing gift and a gracious heart that lead her to take photographs of difficult situations.  She photographs children and adults fighting cancer and other illnesses.  She photographs funerals and memorial services.  She has a unique service called “Forever Loved” to capture priceless images of situations that require more empathy and delicateness than many of us may be able to provide.

Not only does she provide this experience and these priceless images to these families going through unthinkable difficult times at no charge, her Facebook page and website also offer the families a platform to share their stories.  Awareness is raised, fundraisers are shared, people are registering to donate organs and be blood and marrow donors,  prayers are lifted up, friendships are formed.  Lindsay has created a truly amazing thing.

Her website is

She also has a Facebook page where she shares amazing images and stories.

You can see some of her videos on Vimeo as well as YouTube

There was a fundraising campaign in December to help Lindsay cover her costs as she provides these services to families free of charge, but it has unfortunately ended.  I encourage you to bookmark her website, follow her Facebook page, and get the word out to your friends and family about this amazing woman.  I will surely be donating and sharing on my blog when she has another fundraising event.  Please do consider sharing this post or her links on your social media platforms.

Note- some of the images on the Love Song Photography website and Facebook page may be upsetting or considered graphic to some people (such as babies who have passed away). I have no affiliation with Lindsay or Love Song Photography, and do not benefit financially by sharing this information.  I share these links for the sole purpose of sharing Love Song Photography with others, and the hope that it will reach someone who can be helped by her services, as well as fundraising and awareness for both Love Song and the families that Lindsey serves. 

Using Project Life cards at a Special Event

My youngest son recently turned one year old.  We had a fun party for him…well, I guess you could say party for us. The first birthday party for us was more a great opportunity to gather family and friends to socialize, and of course to celebrate our little guy.

Since he won’t remember the party, I wanted him to have something tangible to commemorate it. I made up a quick sign with instructions in My Digital Studio, put it in a picture frame, and set it out on a table next to blank Project Life cards and some journaling pens.

Created with My Digital Studio

Created with My Digital Studio


1st Birthday Party, Stampin' Up! style 1)Project Life sign-in cards 2)Celebrate banner customized with zoo babies to fit theme 3)high chair banner made with MDS

1st Birthday Party, Stampin’ Up! style 1)Project Life sign-in cards 2)Celebrate banner customized with zoo babies to fit theme 3)high chair banner made with MDS

Here’s how it looked set up at the party! 1) is the sign I made with MDS shown in detail above, in a blue frame (fun fact…the two blue frames shown in the picture here were originally used to hold table numbers at our wedding. I get sentimental pretty often). And as a side note I wanted to also show you the Celebrate banner (red arrow 2) that I jazzed up to match his zoo babies party theme by adding a sweet giraffe and elephants as accents. There are several blank frames in the kit to allow you to change up this banner and use it over and over for many different occasions. And the third green arrow is pointing to a little banner on Jackson’s high chair that I made with My Digital Studio in about 5 minutes, printed it, cut it out and glued ribbon on. Personalized, professional looking little addition that really added something. But back to the Project Life cards…..

When the party was over, I had a priceless collection of cards to put into his Project Life album. I of course love the things that his family and friends wrote, but I also love that the cards are each written in those special people’s handwriting. Now in one single album, my son will have greetings from his parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandfathers, aunts, cousins, etc. I hope he will treasure this when he is older, and this is an easy way to collect memories from other people’s perspective. With three of my grandparents no longer with us, I treasure the handwriting and messages of family still with us.


Birthday wishes written by big sisters, ages 11 & 12. What a keepsake this will be!

Birthday wishes written by big sisters, ages 11 & 12. What a keepsake this will be!


Notes from Great-Grandpa & Grandma, in their handwriting.

Notes from Great-Grandpa & Grandma, in their handwriting.


These are going into Jackson’s 1st Birthday Album-I’m using the 6×8 Espresso album and it’s the perfect size to hold lots of photos, memories and memorabilia about this very special occasion. I also will put a couple pages about his birthday part at the end of his baby book, and a smaller insert page into the Family 2014 Project Life album that I have set up on a weekly system.

What I hope you take away from this is how versatile and useful the Project Life journaling cards can be! Imagine a set up similar to mine at a bridal shower or baby shower. Have guests write messages or advice to the bride-to-be, mom-to-be, or baby. Take a photo of each guest with the bride or mom to be, and put those photos in a small album along with the cards. That would be an amazing gift!

This idea would work great as a wedding guest book idea too. The new Love Story cards are very romantic and sophisticated yet neutral enough to match any wedding style.

I plan on doing this again next June when my oldest graduates High School! How fun will it be to send her off to college with a book of photos of her and her friends and family, along with personalized messages to her?

I’d love to hear of other “out of the box” kinds of ways you use your Project Life journaling cards. Any tips to share?

Thanks for reading, and happy scrapin’!


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Ronald McDonald House Reflections…

It was July 26th, 2013. I had given birth to my fifth child, a beautiful boy named Jackson, the previous day.
He was born at 39 weeks gestation after an uneventful pregnancy, at a whopping 9 lbs, 5oz, and seemed the picture of health.

So imagine the confusion and dismay when a neonatologist came into our hospital room the day after Jackson was born, where my husband and I were beaming, watching our newborn sleep on my chest, to tell us that our baby boy had to be taken to the NICU immediately.

About four hours old

About four hours old

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My first page in weeks!

Sometimes the smallest things mean so much. I’m just so excited that I have completed my first page in my Project Life album in weeks. There are some stuffed pockets in some other weeks, but this is the first finished page. So it’s only a small insert page Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages – Design J
BUT I was able to find the time to work on Project Life & was thrilled to make this insert to week 24 about my youngest daughter’s birthday. It’s nothing super exciting but it just felt so good to complete a page. Since we started the process of moving about 6 weeks ago or so, my scrapbooking time has been drastically reduced. I was “caught up” with Project Life this year before the move so maybe you can understand my excitement to get back in. And hopefully this one page will turn into two, and so on.

Project Life Playground

Project Life Playground

Supplies used:

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Playground collection cards & accessory pack, Everyday Adventures card, Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages – Design J, and the “Happy Birthday” was from a card in the “Celebrate” theme pack that I cut out with one of the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits using my Big Shot. I am love, love, loving these dies. I find myself frequently cutting out a banner to place a quick title or small amount of journaling on a photo or Project Life card. I have an electronic cutting machine and adore it, but sometimes I really appreciate the fast, no fuss die cutting that the Big Shot offers, not to mention no worries about electric outlets, an internet connection, and so on.

How cute is the washi tape that comes in the accessory pack?!  Also, the cool clear plastic insert card that says “I’m Awesome” was a perfect fit for the photo of my daughter in her “Pretty Awesome” shirt she received as a birthday gift. It’s hard to see in the photo, but that is a 3×4 clear plastic card from the Playground accessory pack that I just slipped into the pocket. The card with the circles and journaling lines is actually going in a separate page behind this page. It looks really neat when you’re turning pages looking through the album.

Remember, these Project Life editions are only available through Stampin’ Up, and you can also earn these products for free or half price by having an in-home, virtual, or catalog show-email me at for details. Happy Scrapping to you!

Why it’s been so slow around here.

Hello readers, I have missed you. But I have some good excuses for the lack of posts lately. One month ago today, I started my new venture into both blogging and direct sales. I mostly started down this path because of my passion for paper crafting and my long standing desire to start a blog just for fun to have a place to put my thoughts and maybe make some friends. I think I got off to a decent start.  I’m a “starter” type person for sure. Just not always a finisher. I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, started this blog, and social media connections for it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest in two days time. I was hoping to get an hour or two to work on this daily.  And then a bunch of life happened all at once. Isn’t that how it goes? Over the last couple weeks, here’s what I’ve been up to: Continue reading

My 1st Five-Minute-Friday: Grateful

I’ve been a reader of Lisa-Jo Baker‘s blog for awhile now. She has had this amazing thing called five minute Friday going on for over four years. She gives a writing prompt, and bloggers take five minutes and simply write. I thought this could be a really cool thing for me to try as a new blogger.

Just writing here, raw, unedited (well I’ll use spell check). This Friday’s prompt is “Grateful”. So here we go:

Photo credit

Photo credit

Without gratitude in my life, I don’t think I’d get by.  But with it, I have hope. I have contentment. I have a chance to look for the good in the bad.  It’s not always easy. I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself to be grateful, some times multiple times per day. When I moan about the huge pile of dirty dishes, I want to be grateful that my family had the food to eat that made the dishes dirty. When I’m in zombie mode in the morning because the baby had a rough night sleeping the previous night, I try to remind myself to be grateful that my amazing baby boy is home, healthy, and around to wake me up. When my feet ache, I need to be grateful that I can walk.

I’m by no means perfect in remembering gratitude. I appreciate this reminder to do so. And I truly do have SO much to be grateful for. An amazing Lord who loves me. A husband who I love so much I didn’t even know it was possible to love someone so much. Five amazing children here on earth with me, and a sixth in the arms of Jesus. A place to live. Family and friends. And way more earthly blessings than many other people.

Grateful. Remember that.
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