Sunday, February 28, 2016

Courage layout

The story of this layout would have to center around the alpha stamp set that ibises for the title. I have had my Studio Calico alphabet stamp set for years. In fact, I emailed them about this prtucular set due to it being unavailable outside of kits that were sold out. I wanted them SO BAD. And let me just say, their customer service is so awesome and I'm fact mailed me the set shortly after. So why has it taken me years to use the set??? Have you ever bought something you love so much you don't want to use it??? I hope your saying yes to that right now. LOL! But that was the case for me. I just like to look at the set and admire it's beauty in all the possibilities the stamps had. 

Turned out the alpha set was just too perfect for this layout. So I dusted them off and bit the bullet so to speak and had a lot of fun using them!  

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Coping through tragedy

I have come to learn that papercrafting is not just a hobby for me to make pretty things. It has also served as a coping mechanism for me.

Making a keepsake book to document this experience. Including thoughts and feelings we've all had has really helped me work through the grief of losing our unborn baby. Unfortunately I cannot share all the journaling pages. They are just too personal, but I can share a few of the other pages that I put together to preserve the memory of the pregnancy. 

It was a very happy time on our lives. We had been trying to extend our family for months and finally we were expecting our second child. Excitement and happiness are understatements for what we were all feeling. 

We also had our first Disneyland vacation planned. It was the day before we were suppose to leave for the first part of the vacation when we got the news. We had lost our unborn baby at 12 weeks. It was the single most devastating experience I have ever been through. The overwhelming sadness was ready to consume me.  On top of it all, we had a huge trip planned. 

We were faced with multiple hard decisions and one of them being whether to go forward with the trip. We managed to find the strength to go. Mostly for our little girl. It was a decision we did not regret. The vacation was good for us and gave us more strength to face what was ahead when we returned home. 

Although this post is extremely personal. It is also a step for me to work through the pain of this loss. 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Back at it...I think

Every few years I go through a creative block. Recently I have been inspired by our recent family vacation to Disneyland. I am excited to document all the fun we had as a family. Just the three of us making memories together. 

These are two new layouts of our daughter Maci enjoying her day at the pool. 

I was definitely in the mood to use my gelatins that I've been hoarding for the last three years. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall spelling project

Maci is in kindergarten now and learning so much!! She especially loves learning about letters. We picked out a project at target and got around to getting it started today. 

The purpose was for her to spell out SPOOKY on the Halloween banner. We'll add spiders to each end later. 

I did the spray painting of course. I LOOOVVEE spray painting. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Simple pink

After making a TON of Seahawk necklaces. I had to take a break. But once I got these beads I couldn't resist playing with the variations!! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Oh for the love of January

I can't get enough pictures of her! And the lighting in this spot...need I say more 😉