productive weekend.

Hello, crafty friends! I had more fun with The Greeting Farm's Easter Hoppy Kit, as I created a digi scrapbook page and two 3D cards.

Here is a 12x12 page about my nephew's birthday celebration this weekend.  We had a Pajanimals themed birthday party, full of fun, bright colors.  The kit is perfect for the theme as it can be used for so many other projects.  It truly is so versatile. :)

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I also completed two 3D Easter cards (side step and center step).  This was so much fun! Loads of fun colorful, printable elements, perfect for Easter cards. 

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Please check out the Digi Cut File Team at The Greeting Farm for more creative ideas:




Thanks for stopping by! :)

i'm still alive.

I seem to do this. I blog for a while and then promptly forget to keep it up. I tell myself that I don't have time. Truly, I choose to play on Instagram and Facebook because they're quick. I don't really have to think about what to say. Blogging is more purposeful, more insightful, and requires more thought from me to share those thoughts. Most of my time is spent at work. Scrapbooking and card making has come in short spurts, much to my distress. I truly miss making stuff. Making pretty stuff. For no reason at all. For a long period of time. In reality, I make myself DO SOMETHING CREATIVE everyday. And I stress myself out. I have completed Project Life 2012 (halleluyer) and I have yet to finish Project Life 2013. I drive myself crazy knowing that the album is not done. Because it's not done, I have not started Project Life 2014. I'm really good at collecting and hording and making a mess of my craftroom, but I work about 50-60 hours a week. My work is really cramping my crafty lifestyle. It's also interfered with my relationships.

IMG_3046My mind is on other things instead of being present with all aspects in my life.  I have lost true connection with my family. Yes, I speak with them, but superficially. This is going to be different. My nephew is 10 months old and I am missing how he is growing up. He barely knows me. He's afraid of me. This could be because I attack his neck. It's just begging to be chomped. I am convinced that if he sees me more, he would just be used to it and offer his neck to me automatically. No questions asked.

So. I've chosen to redesign the blog so that it's more simple and less cluttered. So that I am not bogged down with crap.  I will be returning to the blog world. Don't be scared.


it's beginning to look a lot like christmas.

It's our tradition that I steal my mom for a few hours and she helps decorate our tree. It's so funny to watch her try and put ribbons and ornaments and garland on a 9' tree with her 4'11" self. What's even funnier is that she has commissioned our 6'2" giant son to help her decorate. He can't say no to her and I just like to watch and laugh. :) He is at her mercy. Ha.


I am not feeling the Christmas spirit right now. No kids this year. Junior is visiting mom and Abby won't be coming this year. Eh. But the house will be decked in all it's jolly glory and Christmas music will be played incessantly in the car and on the stereo all season long.


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preparing for project life.

Project-life-logoI have been extremely slacking in the scrapbooking area and wanted to find a way to jumpstart my creativity as well as document my life. I hope to do this with Project Life by Becky Higgins. I took advantage of the Black Friday deal and purchased the Amber Edition, page protectors, and albums at I cannot wait to start this project. Last year was a blur and barely documented what happened with me, good or bad. I want to put down more memories on paper. I want to remember my life.

One thing that I struggle with is what to document. I don't have my own children and am finding it difficult to scrapbook my mundane life. I work a lot and struggle to find balance. I want to document about my relationship with my husband, my siblings, my parents. I want to document everyday boring chores like dishes and laundry. I want to create more. I want to document my faith, the importance of my church choir, the church community that I serve. I want to doument celebrations, parties, birthdays, anniversaries. I want to take more photos and not worry about what they look like. I will be using my iPhone camera more. I need to do more fun things and not be defined by my work. Project Life is one of those fun things. I hope. :)

How will I do this while working 40-50 hours a week?

  1. Take more photos and document when those photos were taken.
  2. Designate a spot on my craft table for Project Life.
  3. Keep all Project Life supplies together.
  4. Stalk blogs and Pinterest for ideas.
  5. Print photos straight from my iPhone.
  6. Blog more.


Are you currently participating in Project LIfe? Will you be continuing it in 2012?



today, i want to remember...

that it was a wonderful night last night and it has been a good day so far. :) I have a horrible short memory and can't really remember what I did the year before, but the blog has been a wonderful diary.

Last night, hubby and I went for a romantic dinner at Lawry's Prime Rib. It was just the two of us and we really needed the time together. Real life gets in the way of us remembering why we love each other. Busy lives, stressful work, but through it all, we know have each other.

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This morning, the boys and I went for a family brunch at the Wynn Buffet. We rarely go to fancy places together because it's just too expensive but we splurged. :) I think we deserve it.

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september celebrations.

Fall always marks the beginning of celebrations in our home. From anniversaries and birthdays, we are busy every weekend.

My sisters and I take time out of our busy schedules to get together. This time we went to McCormick and Schmicks to participate in Restaurant Week. Eating good food for a good cause. Portions of the proceeds help end hunger in Las Vegas.

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For our 7th anniversary, we had tickets to Phantom of the Opera and had dinner at Bouchon Bistro at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. It's so convenient living in Las Vegas. There are so many things to do and see and eat, all conveniently located in one place. :) Both the show and the food was fabulous!

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Today is my birthday! So we are planning on going to dinner tonight! :) Here's to September celebrations!

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lunch date with the parents.

I won't be seeing my father for Father's Day so I took him and my mom out to lunch today at Gordon Biersh. We geenerally don't take my parents out to restaurants that aren't Chinese because ordering is such a nightmare. My mom wants dessert instead of a meal and my dad can't be pleased. :P But oh well. They're not getting any younger and I've just come to accept that they will torture me until death do us part. Ha.

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