Sunday, August 28, 2011

Project Life | Week Fourteen

Still loving this project, still working on it although I'm a bit behind on getting my journaling and photos into this album.  But that's okay.  I've kind of been going with the flow on this, sometimes I have bits and pieces of time to work on this project, finish a weeks layout, and maybe post it on my blog here.  Other times it seems I'm lucky if I can just stick to taking photos and setting aside pieces of stuff I might want to save. I'm thinking that as I head in to fall I'm going to cut back and posting my project here on my blog, maybe a highlight here and there but definitely not every week like I have been.  Even though I'm behind on this project right now, I am still aware of how of how it motivates me to take photos and capture moments in our life, the special occasions as well as the everyday. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Project Life | Weeks Twelve & Thirteen


Another busy wee that just seemed to fly by.  Since Monday was Independence Day I had the day off, and in the evening we went over to some friends of ours for a BBQ and fireworks with a bunch of other people.  It was fun. : )

Throughout this project I've been kind of making it as I go along.  Above I used some more of the great digital product available through Ali Edwards at Designer Digitals, the Embracing the Everyday Brushes and Stamps.  This whole pack is great.  Above is a picture of the journaling for this week. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Project Life | Week Eleven


Love this week and the fact that we finally got a chance to head to the coast.  This weekend was a long holiday one with Independence Day falling on a Monday.  On Saturday we decided to take a day trip to the Oregon coast and visit some of our favorite spots, including Florence and Honeyman State Park.  This was Maggie's first trip to the beach and she loved it. : )  Our work weeks are so busy, I love getting the chance to spend time like this with family! 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Project Life | Weeks Nine and Ten


Still playing a little catch up with this project.  With the business of these past several weeks I've noticed that some weeks I have more photos and ephemera, and some I have less.  For weeks Nine and Ten I had a single page for each week.  Here's a look at Week Nine:

Project Life | Weeks Six and Seven & Week Eight


Now that we are for the most part settled in I am finally getting the chance to catch up on my Project Life and posting that here. Weeks six and seven fell during the time of our move, so I decided to highlight both weeks with just one layout.  Here's a look at the left side:

Independence Day 2011

Florence 2011
Just wanted express my thanks and gratitude to the men and women who have and continue to serve, sacrifice and make the way for our independence, and to God for His blessing and grace on this nation.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Unedited Beauty

There is something to be said for something beautiful in it's natural form.  Here are a few unedited photos I shot a few weeks back:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Project Life | Weeks Four & Five


Things have been so busy around here lately, I debated whether or not I want to try and keep posting this project here on my blog.  I love capturing these memories and moments, but am not so sure I will keep up on posting it here.  But, since I started I want to try, just probably not as often and more brief.  So here's a look at the left side of week four:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Project Life | Week Three

I'm not sure if it was like this for everyone but for me this week seemed to fly by.  It was my first week back after a long stretch of being a SAHM, so maybe that's why.  Definitely makes me appreciate even more the moments I have with my family at home.  I'm finding more that my time to put this project together is getting scrunched into the weekend.  Here's a look at the left side of this week:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Project Life | Week Two

Project Life Week Two...this week was actually a bit of a challenge to decide what I wanted to include in this album.  There were several historic current events I wanted to capture, as well as just moments around the house.  Here's a look at the left side:

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brand New Baby Girl

The other Wednesday was a half day at the kids' school, so Katie and I took the chance to scrapbook together.  I love getting the chance to do that with her.  She worked on a couple layouts while I worked on this layout for Maggie's album.  I love this photo of Matt and her the day she was born.  It's one of my favorites.  Here's a closer look:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Earlier this week I made this mac & cheese for dinner...and it was exquisite!  Hands down the best macaroni and cheese I've ever had.  If you are a pasta lover and enjoy mac and cheese you might want to try this recipe!  In our house this had made the list of famous meals.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Project Life | Beginning

And so it begins!  After months of hoping I had started Project Life at the beginning of the year, I am giving in and getting going.  For those of you who are wondering what Project Life is, you can learn more about it at Becky Higgin's blog here.  I also love getting inspirations from Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske

One of the things I am loving so far about this project is how it really does revolutionize scrapbooking.  Not as basic as a plain photo album but not as complicated as a scrapbook page...just a happy marriage of the two. : )  Will I continue to traditionally scrapbook?  Of course!  However, these days I'm finding it challenging to find the time to pull those together like I'd like to.  So with the Project Life approach I'll be able to capture the moments I want to throughout the week without the pressure of creating a 'finished' scrapbook page.  Not a photo a day, just different moments/memories throughout the week.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This weekend I decided to try my hand at making my own buttercream frosting and found this recipe from Savory Sweet Life.  To say that I am loving this site would be an understatement, and I am really looking forward to trying out some of the recipes I found here!  I'm not a huge baker and really don't have any advanced skills in the kitchen, but the end results were delicious (so if I can do this so can you)!  I really didn't need a big bowl of butter and sugar calling my name, but there's just something fun about trying something new, and giving my kiddos a chance to have fun in the kitchen too. 

So we turned this...

...into this:

Monday, April 18, 2011

'Stenciling' with Adobe Photoshop CS5

I decided last minute that I'd send one of the photos I recently got of Maggie along with a holiday card this year for  Easter.  After playing around in Photoshop I found a really neat technique so I figured I'd share it!  It's super easy and leaves the look of stenciled letters onto the photograph in any text you want.

6 Month Photo Shoot | Part Three

So here are the last bunch of edited shots from our photo shoot last week.  These are definitely some of my favorites!!  : ) 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

6 Month Photo Shoot | Part Two

Here are some more photos of my Maggie that I got during our photo shoot earlier in the week.  Had fun editing and trying a few different actions on my photos. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Little One

This week I put together another layout for Maggie's baby album.  I love how these photos capture where she was during the first two weeks at home.  The base for this layout was some plain white cardstock that I'd misted a few months ago using Tim Holtz Adirondak Alcohol Inks.  It's a very subtle technique but so fun!  The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye's Alphabet Soup line.  I used the "Lovely" and "200 cuties" patterns.  The tag is made from Pink Paislee's Sweetness Collection "Pretty Lace" patterned paper.  I bought a few different things from that collection a while ago and am loving using it!

6 Month Photo Shoot | Part One

This week my youngest daughter Maggie reached her 6 month milestone, so yesterday I set up a little photo shoot at home to capture where she's as right now.  Love some of the shots I got so I have to share:

6 Months Old

Today  my baby girl is six months old.  She is such a blessing and there are so many things I want to remember about her right now.

Right now she is such a mama's girl, and I fall for it every time.  After spending the day with her there are times when I would love for her to be content to play with her daddy or bubby or sissy so I can have some 'hands free' time, and more often than not lately (especially in the evening) she is crying for me and craning her neck to see if she can spot me.  She's happiest hanging around on my hip. : )

Right now she is sitting up on her own!  Today was the first, even if she did topple over a few times.  When she can keep her balance she gets so excited.

Right now she has her bottom two teeth.  These came in just within the last month.  We are all happy they finally poked through.

Right now she is venturing into solid foods and loves it.  New tastes and textures at mealtime make her a very happy girl.  Love when she gets a little shiver and the expression on her chubby little face when she eats something tart.

Right now she is curious.  She wants to touch everything.  And taste it if she can.

Right now she is falling into a regular routine with her eat and sleep schedules.  Finally.

Right now she is so happy when she wakes up in the morning.  She lets us know it by talking.  Loudly. 

Right now she is talking.  Lots of "aaaaaah" and "da da da da" and other strings of syllables put together.  "Da da" was her first word, which he loves of course. : )

Right now she's scooting, sitting, bouncing, rolling, grabbing and drooling.

Right now our family would not be the same without her.  Every day I find new reasons to be so incredibly thankful for the wonderful little blessing that God has entrusted me with.  ♥

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Amazing Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Warning: This recipe is semi-homemade!  If you are a strictly "scratch" baker stop reading now! : )

I have a secret to share...I rarely bake from scratch!  Actually, I rarely bake at all unless it is around the holidays, but recently something has gotten into me and I want to bake.  The other day I was craving lemon, so I grabbed this in passing while I was at the market.  This recipe starts with a box of Krusteaz Lemon Bars Supreme Mix, with the variation of the recipe right on the back of the box.  Since they are getting rave reviews from my family tonight I figured I would share the recipe here with you. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

More March Family Snapshots

Love getting the chance to grab some photos of my kids.  No fancy setup, just pictures around the house of us in our daily routines.  Then just a few minutes of editing and I end up with family photos I love.

Matt took this one of Maggie and I the other afternoon.  I love how it captures her happy smile.  I can't get enough of that chubby face!  So cute, drool and all.

School Day in the Life of a 2nd Grader

I took these photos of Josiah a few months ago, highlighting a bit of our after school routine during the week.  This year his homework is pretty easy so he tends to whip right through it, but I managed to get a few shots of home practicing his writing and comprehension. 

I loved getting the chance to play with some of the goodies I ordered a while back.  Finally!  Love getting the chance to create, even if it's just here and there.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Love My Lego Guy

This weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend a little time getting creative and playing with some photos that I'd had waiting for me for a while. I ordered some new goodies a while back as well and was happy I finally got the chance to play with them.

This layout highlights a little bit about Josiah's love of Lego's and Star Wars, sporting his fav shirt of the moment that features both. I love how I managed to capture his smile even though he was trying his best not too grin!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Around Here Lately

Around here lately we have been enjoying our spring break at home together.  Settling into the routine of life with a new little one in the house.  Baby toys everywhere!  Small square footage, lots of love to fill up our little home.  Love this photo above of 'Siah peeking behind Maggie while she plays. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baby Love

Been working on this addition to Maggie's baby album and finally finished it up.  I tried out more of the misting and really loved how it turned out!  I had fun embellishing here and there with some of Making Memories new line Je t'Adore.  I love these photos of my Maggie and really could kiss on that squishy face all day!  Here's a few close ups:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

I made these cookies yesterday evening for dessert.  Initially I'd planned to make sugar cookies, but found myself out of eggs and in a pinch, so these came to mind.  This recipe is kind of nostalgic for me.  I can remember my mom making these growing up, and making them with my sisters as a teenager, and now I'm making them for my kids and they just love them.  So I thought I'd share the recipe with you. : )

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Last Summer

Finding a little time after the babe goes to sleep to edit some photos and try to organize a few creative projects. Thought I'd share these photos I took of Josiah last summer on a Sunday evening in August.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hello Baby

All is takes is a little creative therapy to bring some lightness to the week, and today I was lucky enough to find a little time to just that.  Lately when I've gotten the chance to scrapbook (read: not very often!) I've enjoyed playing with different scrapbook styles and trying out new techniques.

Monday, January 3, 2011

One Little Word 2011

It's hard to believe it, but 2010 is behind us and we are already stepping into a new year.  Where did that last year go??  So much happened in my life, and yet the year seemed to just slip by.  It really reminds me to make the most of each day, because they are gone so quickly.  Definitely some motivating thoughts I need to keep in mind!