If anyone sees my creativity, could you please send it back to me? It seems to have disappeared on me as it is known to do from time to time. Until it reappears I’ll just keep squeaking out a few scrappy items here and there. You can’t force it, no matter how hard you try. This is a lesson I seem to forget quickly…My 12 of 12 layout for April.And a couple Smash Book pages.I included one of my favorite quotes from a book I just read on this one. I need to remember to do that more often.
A Valentine’s Day layout.Smashing spring!I’m doing a good job keeping up with my Smash book, making that my priority whenever I have new pictures so that I can keep it current. I want this to be the place that I tell all the little stories that make up our life. I don’t feel like I’m doing a great job of telling the little details and stories though so I want to work on that. That is the part of Project Life that I am most interested in and I want to do a better job of incorporating that into my Smash book. Things to work on…
I thought I would share a picture of a finished calendar pocket. I’m really loving including them in my Smash book. It’s a fun way to look over what happened throughout the month as well as a great place to collect the little things that catch my eye. This one has a blog post and a Valentines Day card. March already has my sister’s save the date card for her wedding and I plan on printing out an article from the New Yorker that I read about Liz Lemon since I am currently totally obsessed with 30 Rock. It’s something super random that might be fun to look back on later on. The page on the right here came with bright orange text that I hated so I painted over it with gesso to hide the letters as much as possible and then tried to center everything over it so what you could still see wouldn’t be noticeable. Every once and awhile I don’t like the page in the book so I try to get creative and work around it.
Lot’s more My Mind’s Eye goodness on here. I am so in love with all their new stuff of theirs. And I am still loving using crocheted flowers on my pages. Of course my scrapbook is probably going to be bulging with all these bulky flowers in there. Oh well 🙂“New Additions”A new Smash book page. I ended up with a bunch of pictures that fall more into the “photography” realm than the pictures of stories realm (if that made any sense at all…) so I decided to put them all together and journal about my love of photography, how it’s evolved over the years, and how my iPhone is the latest evolution of that.
I love this picture of Justin looking at pictures in the photo center. It never ceases to warm my heart that he takes an interest in all of my hobbies and is so incredibly supportive. This picture seemed perfect to create a page around highlighting just that.“Fun Together”
A page filled with pictures from our MN History Center adventure last week. I was inspired by this layout by Lisa Day.And last but not least a new Smash book page. To be honest, I don’t love this page. It’s too busy to me. The background paper was really busy to start off with and then I really packed a lot on there. But I’m not going to love every page I make. That’s just the way it is. I still love the fact that I have all this stuff smashed into a book. And I do love that this page has tons of little bits collected from the various places that we visited, like the brochure from Justin’s hotel in Vegas, the bag from the gift shop at the History Center, and the card from Candyland.
For Etta’s birthday gift, I decided to put together “Jackie’s Favorite Smash Book Things.” It’s kind of like Oprah’s Favorite Things without the trip to Australia, but way cooler. I
coerced convinced her to buy a Smash book back when I got mine because they’re fantastical so I thought it would be fun to put together a box full of the things that I love to use in my Smash book. I think I probably had more fun putting it together than she’ll actually have using it. What can I say, I’m easily amused and I love sharing my scrappy love with others. Since I had so much fun putting it together I thought I’d share it here, just to milk the fun a little more. One box filled with smashing goodness.My favorite glue. You may be wondering why in the word there’s a rubber band around it and a pin through the package. Well, the top tends to clog up with glue after awhile. It’s maddening. So I finally figured out the trick. Wrap a rubber band around the bottle and then stick a pin through the band. That way you always have the pin handy to poke through the clog. I know, I know. I’m a genius. You don’t have to say it. Problem solving is kind of a hobby of mine.Tiny alpha stickers are perfect for the Smash book size. I love to use the little word stickers. I’ve had sheets of them sitting in my stash forever and never used them a ton until I started smashing and now they get used all the time. Some little die cuts and stickers. I especially love the My Mind’s Eye stuff.Lots and lots of journaling cards printed out from the internet. I bought the Project Life turquoise digital cards and then also found lots of great freebie cards. If you’re interested, just google “project life printables” and you will find all kinds of goodies. Pinterest is also great for this. I made the little rectangles in the bottom right hand corner in Photoshop with digital scrapbook paper I had already downloaded. Super easy to make and fun to use. Did I mention great for hoarders like me cause I can always print more???And finally, all kinds of shapes cut out using my Making Memorie’s Slice. I bought a 6×6 pad of paper (perfect for this because the patterns are smaller) and then cut away. My slice was exhausted by the time I was done. Then I cut strips from the leftover pieces and border punched a bunch of them. It’s always so nice to have all of these handy. I’m constantly rummaging through my box of shapes looking for the perfect piece for what I’m working on. I get so much more use from my Slice now that I started doing this. And now that 6×6 paper pads have become so popular there’s always fun new papers to cut up!
Although this is obviously not in the box, I have to mention that one of the things I love most about smashing is adding the little bits and pieces I collect when I’m out and about. I am always on the lookout for fun things to include in my book, and it doesn’t hurt that Justin is great at finding things for me too. Here are some of the bits and pieces I collected on our museum trip last Sunday.All kinds of fun things to cut up and include in my book! And I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to find the Candyland cards. They’re pretty much made for people like me!
So there you have it, my favorite smashing items. If you aren’t into scrapbooking, sorry for boring you to tears!
First up, a PNH update. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about PNH because there really hasn’t been anything to say. My counts have been stable for the last couple months, something that I haven’t been able to say for over a year. They are low but they are stable and no longer creeping down so we will take it! My body is so adjusted to these levels that it just feels normal to me. I don’t get sick often, I don’t bruise a ton in spite of super low platelets and an incredible knack for running into things, and I don’t feel like my anemia causes me much trouble. I get tired and achy sometimes but it’s very manageable, especially since I have a super husband who takes excellent care of me whenever I need it 🙂 So in the world of PNH, it’s all good in the hood.
In the realm of life without kids, things have been pretty good there too. I’m feeling pretty good about taking all the pressure off, letting go of the feeling that it’s all or nothing right now. Justin and I are really looking forward to trips we are hoping to take over the next year or so which is obviously something that wouldn’t be possible with a baby. Things are good now just the two of us without the stress that surrounds the decisions required to make it three. We talk about adopting every once and awhile and it is definitely something that we are considering, whether it be domestic or foster, but it is not something that we are feeling the drive to do any time soon. For now, it’s just the two of us and I honestly couldn’t be happier with that. This might be a good time to mention that Justin’s company just announced that the President’s Club (top 10% reps) for next year is Sydney Australia so I’m planning on a trip down under next March 😉 We are in it to win it!
Next up, a crochet update. I have to say I am pretty proud of myself for learning to crochet. I’m really enjoying it, it’s just so relaxing, and I’ve been able to make some really fun stuff. I’m also teaching a friend to do it so we can have some old fashioned knitting circles (obviously we’ll be crocheting not knitting, but knitting circle sounds vintage and we all know vintage is better…). I’ve made some infinity scarfs for gifts.I used this pattern and I am so happy with how they turned out. They came together really quickly, were super easy (even for a beginner like me) and they look fabulous and comfy cozy. Definitely fun to give as a gift! Last night I crocheted this little heart garland to use on a Valentine’s Day scrapbook page.I’m not gonna lie, this baby took me forever to make. But it was the perfect project to curl up on the couch with while Justin watched a scary movie (he loves them, I have nightmares). This is what I’m really loving about crocheting. It’s a relaxing creative hobby that I can do while still hanging out with people, and it doesn’t hurt that I can be comfy on the couch while working on it either.
Operation Welcome Justin Home last Friday was a success. The beef stew was delicious (or so I’m told) and he was hungry upon arrival so it was perfect! I also made some chocolate chip cookies that, if I do say so myself, are fantastical. I learned a new trick in my Food Network magazine to get the perfect cookie, browned on the outside, soft in the middle. You cook the cookies for 8 minutes at 425 degrees, then take them out and let them sit on the pan for 10 minutes. Every single one of my cookies turned out perfect, I highly recommend this technique!
A little Smash book update for those of you interested. I busted out the stamps yesterday and made some fun journaling cards. I actually used these little alpha stamps I found in Michaels dollar spot a couple years ago but never even took out of the package. Turns out I love them!I made these to go in the calendar pockets that I put in my book at the beginning of each month.I also made a few journaling cards with some other stamps I have. I don’t stamp a ton but it really is perfect for these kinds of things and I want to try to do more of it.Cute, right?
Today was the 12th, and if any of you are keeping track, that means it was Take 12/12 of 12 day (take 12 pictures on the 12th of each month). We went on a family outing with my mom and her hubby to the MN History Center so taking 12 pictures was no problem. There may have been a few more than 12… Hold on to your seats kids, I’ll be back with those tomorrow!
I mentioned in my last post that my uncle has been in and out of the hospital. He is now back in the hospital at Mayo because the ulcer is bleeding again. Things aren’t looking great so we are praying around the clock for him and for the doctors that are working on him.
Well, there you have it. You are officially updated. Hope you had a great weekend!