Happy 4th Birthday Austin!

My guy is four today!

He's really into learning how to spell words. His favorite things to do are either to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube or to play with his various letter things. (Bath letters, letter magnets, letter puzzles).

He knows all of his states thanks to a puzzle my sister got him for Christmas, and about half of the capitals of each state. He will even argue state geography with me (and sometimes he wins).

He's loving and happy. His hugs and kisses are the very best thing in the entire world.

I still watch him sleep at night. Wondering why time has to go by so fast. I miss that little baby boy that came from my belly four years ago today. He's growing so fast I can't stand it.

Happy Birthday, bud!

Austin's 4 Year Old Photos!

My little guy is turning FOUR this weekend, and I wanted to take a few photos to mark the new year.  The unfortunate part about having a March birthday in New England is the weather (and scenery) in March isn't at all appropriate for an outdoor photo shoot. So photos must be taken indoors! I set about making my own photo shoot backdrop.

First - super inexpensive peel & stick flooring (98 cents per 4"x3' section at Lowes), adhered to one of those large 4' x 3' poster boards).

Second - a backdrop frame made from PVC pipe.

Third - hand punched circle garlands. This took forever (and I punched way too many circles) but since I already had all the supplies, it didn't cost me anything. The white paper behind it came on a giant roll I got with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, in the art section.

I'm pleased with how the photos turned out:

 This idea was found on Pinterest. I totally can't take credit for how awesome an idea this is!

Can't believe how fast time has flown. It feels like just yesterday that we took him home from the hospital. Time needs to slow down!

My Eddy Photo Book

Sharing my Eddy photo book, which was free from Shutterfly (you pay for shipping). The promotion runs through Monday, March 23. Just use the code 1FREEBOOK to get your own 8x8 photo book. I had wanted to make a book with most of my photos of Eddy taken throughout the years, and this promotion came at the perfect time.

Life Is Beautiful

Wanted to share a layout with you that I made using the newest release from Amber LaBau Designs, Life Is Beautiful.

I adore how bright and cheerful this kit is! And the pocket cards (three of them are used on this layout) are so fun.

These are on sale for just a little bit longer today at The Lilypad, so go and check them out!

Lucky Us

Wanted to share with you a fun layout I made using the newest release from Bee Tree Studios.

Template from Down This Road Designs.

Four Leaf Clover is not only great for documenting St. Patrick's Day, but for other fun layouts, as you can see with mine above. I love the sparkly gold alpha in this collection most of all!

The bundle which includes the elements, papers, the alpha and glitter papers is 40% off, so go grab it!

Between The Pages - March Featured Kit from Amber LaBau

Today I wanted to share a page I made documenting my current obsession with reading. I made this using the March featured kit from Amber LaBau Designs, Between The Pages:

Between The Pages is full of bright, fun colors, and is perfect for scrapping about yours (or anyone's) love of reading.

As this is the March featured kit, it is 30% off all month long at The Lilypad. If you create a page with this kit and upload it to any public gallery, you can enter to win a $10 coupon to Amber's store. Happy scrapping!

Freebie: March Digital Template

I'm so excited to share that I designed the March template freebie, available at AmberLaBau.com!

I wanted a template that was perfect for pocket cards, but also had a little bit of a traditional scrapbook page feel. This is sure to be a template I use many times. In fact, I've already used it twice!

The above page was made with the template and Amber's O Captain Bundle, the perfect kit for documenting part of our Disney cruise.

And I've also used this template with Amber's new kit, My Wish For You (papers, elements, and pocket cards), over at The Digital Press, where she is guest designing for the month:

As usual, if you grab this free template from Amber's blog and use it and any of her products to create a page and post it in any public gallery by March 31, you can enter to win a $10 coupon to Amber's store. Now, get scrapping, and show me what you make with this template!

Birthday Card

My mom's birthday is coming up next week, so I went about making a card for her.

I'd been digging through my stash of dies, and found the Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doily Sizzlit die. This die is retired but you can check it out here, and I've seen a few on eBay. It is a bit tough to work with though - I had to follow some tips I found to make it work properly. I finally got it to work by covering the surface of the die with packing tape, and using a shim, along with an additional smaller shim under 1/2 of the die. All of those tricks helped to even the surface so I could die cut a doily. Even so, I don't plan to use this die too often - it's very detailed and takes awhile to punch out all of the little spots.

Anyway, once I got the die working I used some brown patterned paper I had in my scraps bin and made a doily for the front of the card.

I used one of my My Favorite Things Stitched Circle dies to cut a circle to fit the center, and then I lay both over the card (the card base is Stampin' Up! Pool Party, which you may have figured out by now is my favorite color of card stock), trimming at just about half, the rest to be saved for a future card.

I used a Zig glue marker pen to attach the doily to the card, and then over it I layered some paper flowers (these were picked up a year or two ago in the Michaels' dollar bin section) with some glue dots. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach pearls from Simon Says Stamp to the center of each flower.

For the sentiment, I used the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set and some Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and stamped right onto the card base. I then added more pearls and rounded the corners of the card with the yellow WRMK Corner Chomper.

My mom really appreciates receiving handmade cards, so I know she's going to love this one too.

Memory Pockets Monthly: Charmed

It's time for the March MPM kit release at The Lilypad!

Charmed is perfectly in time for St. Patrick's Day, but this kit and the add-ons are incredibly versatile. I used the main kit and add-ons from Amber LaBau to make a page about a day at Animal Kingdom during our last Disney trip:

I used the A Charmed Life papers, pocket squares, and Story Grids Vol. 3 from Amber along with elements from the main kit.

You can buy the kit by itself, but if you subscribe monthly you'll get some great benefits! Subscriptions start at 8.99/month for a 2 month commitment, and the longer you subscribe the higher the discount. A subscription includes:

Main kit each month, a $14.99 value 35% off all MPM add-ons
Presale access to MPM add-ons
MPM private forum group and challenges
Special tutorials and video for inspiration and product usage
Personal interaction with your favorite pocket designers: Allison Pennington, Designs by Lili, Sahlin Studio, Sara Gleason, Stolen Moments Design and Valorie Wibbens

I subscribe and have been absolutely loving the kits each month.

New releases are 20% off right now so go check out the Charmed kit and add-ons from all the designers here in the Memory Pockets Monthly section at The Lilypad.

Project Life 2015 - Jan 16 - 27

I finally felt like working on something this past weekend, so I decided to work on most of the rest of January in my Project Life album. I used some of the Hello Memory Pockets Monthly kit from The Lilypad, as well as three of the add-ons from Amber LaBau - labels from the Hello, Friend Elements pack, a few of the Hello, Friend papers, and a card from the Hello, Friend Pocket Squares pack. I subscribe to the Memory Pockets Monthly kit (you can too, at a great discount off the price of the kit without a subscription), and so far I am loving it. I haven't wanted to use any of my physical pocket cards, because these kits are so fun!

Anyway, here's my full layout:

Most of my spread focused on just two main events - the Garth Brooks concert I attended with Brad and my brother, and the Blizzard of 2015, which completely hammered us. We ended up with just under 3 feet of snow...and then the snow just wouldn't stop. For almost a full month, we were hit with storm after storm. The city closest to me, Lowell, has been named the snowiest city in the country. That was back when we had 111" of now. That's since grown by a few. A normal season for Lowell is under 40". So crazy!

I had to include a shot of my pretty best friend, Shannon, on our crafty day. I love the little "best friend" tag that came in Amber's element add-on. I included my ticket stubs for the concert and our parking ticket. I also used one of my free Best Moment Overlays to highlight what became my favorite moment of January. 

And of course, the right page was all about that snow. That shot as I opened the garage door was so neat. And I had to go out and take some photos of all the snow drifts and of a ruler stuck in the snow (while the snow was still falling).

I used the "hello" card from the main kit and added alpha stickers to spell "blizzard." Then I just added some snowflake and regular sequins to decorate it.

I'm not exactly up-to-date with Project Life this year, but I'm writing notes every day using my free planner pages, and organizing my photos so I can work as I want.

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I used the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page using the Project Life iOS app.