Saturday, February 21, 2015

:: PM Pleasures ::

Had so much fun actually creating a traditional layout.  This was completely inspired by Teresa Victor's layout entitled "Guilty Pleasure Television" and also by Ali Edwards' "Mentor Mom" layout.

I love the idea of capturing the really mundane details of daily life...they're usually the ones I'm most fascinated with when I look back.  This highlights the guilty TV I indulge in on a regular basis.

Fun to document and really loved getting into the AM/PM Story Kit by Ali Edwards, although I only used digital files in this round.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

:: Project Life 2015 Week 3 ::

So, after much contemplation about my memory keeping plan for 2015, and thinking I would go with a monthly Project Life layout, I am back to the weekly.  I've changed some things up...not including a calendar every week, not really tracking the week per se, and trying to keep things pretty simple.  My goal for memory keeping this year is to spend some time on traditional layouts, specifically around the themes in Ali Edwards' Story Kits.  I've received the first two kits of the year and have done nothing so far, unfortunately!

So here's a look at Week 3, January 19-25:

Still experimenting with photographing the layouts.  Natural light is really the best and the truth is, we have SO many gray days, it becomes a challenge.  Also working on the glare issue.

Products used this week include the Becky Higgins Project Life Dreamy Edition by Heidi Swapp, various cards from Studio Calico and brushes from Ali Edwards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

::Summer 2014::

Thanks to my commitment to eat outside as much as possible, and thanks to generally gorgeous weather on Nantucket this summer, we have been enjoying our weekday evenings as much as the weekend.  This summer has been much better overall, as my new work situation is much more humane and sane...I actually know where I am this summer!!  Also on the Summer Manifesto list is getting out to Great Point and enjoying some picnics on the beach (I will be posting about my Summer Manifesto project separately).  

Here's to heading into August and enjoying every moment! 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

::Project Life - Week 25::

It's been quite a while since I posted a Project Life  spread, so I thought I'd just jump in again with my most recent.  This week featured the Studio Calico Project Life kit called "Hello, Hello".  I loved the pink and gold theme, so I just went with it and incorporated as much as possible.

This week I also included an insert that I found inspiring.  The quote by Emerson was found on Pinterest. Here's a look at the spread with the insert flipped:

I've been using Messy Weekly Lines by Ali Edwards for my title and continue to include a calendar found at Paislee Press.  

This week featured my niece's eighth grade graduation, the last day of school for both my niece and nephew, and a fun instagram post.

Friday turned out to be an important day for us with an important win at work and a couple of personal victories for Gary and me on the home front.  Worth celebrating!

I love this process!

Monday, June 30, 2014

::Around Here::

Around here we are preparing to have guests stay in our home while we're at our other home preparing it for sale.  We're so happy that our home in Nantucket can be a respite for some very special friends going through a very difficult time. The process of straightening, cleaning and prepping has been done with love.  I hope their week is amazing.

Around here we are thinking about all that needs to be done to sell our house in New Jersey.  Ed has been there working for us as a summer job, and yet we have a whole lot more to do when we get there this week.  For me, it's an emotional thing because I love that house, but I know it's the right thing for us to do at this time.  

Around here summer has begun on Nantucket.  Lots of people here on vacation or for the season.  It's an adjustment when you live here year round, for sure, but I like the arrival of summer and all the people and activities it brings.  Not so crazy about how the grocery store is perpetually packed, but I guess that's part of it!

Around here our hydrangeas are blooming.  So cool to see these transplants taking hold and thriving.  Having a home on Nantucket with hydrangeas is really a dream come true.

Around here we said goodbye to one of the sweetest dogs I've known, Cindy's  Molly.  She lived to be the essence of the "old dog" at 17 years and her faithfulness and love for her family never wavered. For her family, it was love that gave them the strength to make the impossible but humane decision to let her go.  So, so hard.  Many tears all around her family and many admirers for a companion who brought many years of joy. 

Around here I have written my Summer Manifesto, which includes things like "ride bikes", "eat outside as much as possible" and "go to the beach for a whole day".  Although by no means will this be a lazy summer, I feel that I can enjoy it for the first time since I've lived on Nantucket.  Happiness with work has made all the difference in my life.  So glad to be working toward a mission of importance in an environment of respect.

Around here I, along with the rest of the memory keeping community, found out that Two Peas in a Bucket is closing.  It really does feel like the end of something special, and it is.  Good memories associated with Two Peas and my discovery of "today's memory keeping".  I will miss them.

Around here we are thankful for the ordinary days.  They are the best. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The eve of a brand new year.  Can't help but reflect on the past twelve months and what they have the world, for the people I love, and for my little family unit.  Overall, the word that comes to mind is grateful.

I am always grateful for the ordinary days...always, and we had many of those.  In 2014 I will strive to be more mindful of just how grateful I am and demonstrate that in my actions.

My word for 2014 is thrive.  I was thinking about it for a while now, inspired by the name of my salon, believe it or not.  Questioning, just as Ali Edwards has on her blog, what it means to really be engaged in life and not just get by.  I plan to be more intentional this year about meditating on my word...I feel strongly that it could benefit all around me.

Here's to an amazing 2014 and a grateful heart for the gifts of 2013.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

::A Little Motivation::

I thought I'd post an older layout I created to give myself a little kick in the booty.  Why do I find it so difficult to do the one thing that would be so good for me?  Really, any form of movement would be an improvement right now...I don't have to find the perfect exercise.  I have to say that yoga seems to me calling my name of late.  I just ordered The Biggest Loser Yoga for Weight to put it in the DVD player and DO IT!  I know I'll feel better when I do.

Monday, February 18, 2013

::Project Life: 2013 Weeks 6 and 7::

Welcome to Project Life weeks six and seven.  A bit behind in my posting, but have SO MUCH fun with this form of memory keeping.  It is just a fabulous way to document the little things and it can be much less time consuming that traditional page layouts.  That is if you keep it simple!  But for me, this is my creative outlet, so I've been having fun using my Silhouette and Studio Calico monthly kits.

Here's a look at the first page:

This was the week of the storm, Nemo, and also Maddie's surgery so there was a lot to talk about. Plus, I got my hair colored and, even thought I'm still not happy with it, it was an improvement!

And here's the second page:

I'm using lots of Ali Edwards' digital brushes and stamps - LOVE her handwriting, so you'll see it throughout my pages.  

And on to week seven:

Valentine's Day week, so I had fun with lots of hearts...maybe went overboard but, hey, it only comes one time a year.  And I feel the need to celebrate the fact that I have a husband I love. :)

Here's a closer look at page one:

Absolutely LOVING Glitz Design "Uncharted Waters" - beautiful line and perfect for me here in Nantucket! The paper and one of their "jewels" was used on the "Hello Stress" card.  The gate fold card in the lower left corner was a idea from Katie over at Ali Edwards' blog.  I wanted to jot down a few things about work this week, but keep my complaining private, so there you have it.  Real life!

And page two:

Have a great week! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

::Project Life 2013: Week 5::

Welcome to Project Life 2013:  Week 5.  This week I finally pulled out the new Silhouette Portrait I received for Christmas.  It was super easy to use and I love the way it looks in my layout.  I used Ali Edwards' Hello Life Boxes Vol 4 for the "Everyday Life" cut out...and you can see the Heart Snow coming through from the beginnings of next week!  That one is from Ali's Hello Winter 3x4 Boxes.  All these are available at Designer Digitals.

Here's a look at the left page:

Above I used Nisa Finn's Spledid Finns calendar from Jessica Sprague.  I cut out Week 5 on the Silhouette.

And a look at the right side.  Amy Tangerine letters for "Mojo", Studio Calico letters for "Embrace" as well as tag on the upper left photo are from their Block Party Project Life kit.  I love the whale stamp toward the bottom of the page.  I found it at a local Nantucket store called Parchment.  The brown polka-dot sleeve at the bottom is also Studio Calico.

Have a great week!

Friday, February 01, 2013

::Project Life 2013: Week 2::

Hello!  Here is Week Two of Project Life 2013.  This was a pretty ordinary week on the island.  I found, as usual, that I had a good number of photos featuring Gary and Maddie!  The special moment of the week was celebrating our one-year anniversary of living on Nantucket...very special and hard to believe a year has gone by.  I've blurred some of the journaling as requested, but you get the idea of how the week went!

And here's a closer look at the pages...

Supplies used:

Seafoam Core Kit
Cathy Zielske Week in Review digital
Ali Edwards "thankful for this ordinary day"
Jenni Bowlin "he said" journal card
Webster's Pages digital polaroid frames