Monday, November 25, 2013


So, it's not May anymore.  How can that be?  I still have so many page kits from our Page a Day in May box set to complete.  Where have I been?  Why has no one heard from me?  Well, here's a recap of my life since February of this year...

Meeting after meeting to discuss Keller's struggle with school
Testing at FSU looking for answers (same day as set up for Feb SISS Event)
Results from FSU - 4 learning disabilities finally diagnosed
Fiona (dog we adopted in Nov for Keller) attacks Siesta, biting her in heart and lung
School refuses to help Keller, so I withdraw him to homeschool
Fiona has to be put down after 8 days of begging for other options
Board of Education requires us to complete full course loads in just 12 weeks
Bury Tracy with my business responsibilities
Study, study, study...and study some more
Pass all but 1 class (A's & B's, too!) and beg for summer school extention on one...get it & pass that one by July
Car wreck
Go back to school for football...but decide to change schools for better coaches
Move out of our home for personal reasons that break our hearts
Have home robbed of all personal items
Move business
Adapt to new school
Keller breaks hand for 3rd time
Stress of football season
Car wreck
Keller turns 18
We change our names
Torn Achilles Tendon

Take all that....mix in 22 traveling events for my work ( made it to all of them but one -- sorry, Mesa)...throw in a couple tantrums ending in "I'm leaving" and "you can't tell me what to do" a whole lot of sleepless nights, and that's what I've been up to. 

Maybe now you see that the Page a Day in May was an idea for just me...something to give me a reason to scrap for a few minutes every day in the midst of chaos.  Sad to say, it didn't happen for me.  Proud of the box kit, though, and all the wonderful feedback from those of you who bought it.  I'm in the midst of mine again, so I will be posting some of the layouts here....soon, very soon.

As for Keller, he asked me to NOT share with everyone what all we have been going thru.  So, I won't go into details...but I felt I had to tell our customers where I had been & what had been affecting our business so profoundly.  I doubt he will read his anyway.  But, I also wanted to publicly say how proud I am of what he has accomplished in the last few months!!  I'm also proud of me.  If you told me in January what I was about to have to do, I'd say no way, ain't happening.  Especially after the previous two years had taken so much out of me.  Let me just say, though, that seeing your kid suffer is far worse than anything I'd been thru before.  I stood with him, when nobody else would.  I fought for him.  I taught him.  I believed in him.  If nothing else, he knows what it means to be loved unconditionally.

We are not at the end of his struggle yet, as we still have graduation to make it to...and big decisions on what life will hold after that....but, we have made it this far...and for that, I am thankful.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Another Page a Day in May Layout....

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!!  Hope you have a wonderful day...hope you get some time to scrap...and hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day outside somewhere, so you can take fun photos to add to the spring layout:



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Page a Day In May Continues....

Life gets in the way sometimes.  Some days my goal of 10 minutes to myself (not to mention a few hours of sleep) is unattainable.  Life can be hard, challenging, even crushing on some days.  But, that's just what makes us appreciate the days that bring joy, right??  And, if full days of joy and peace see way too far off, at least I can come back to my goal of 10 minutes...

So, today I'm back with determination to get my 10 minutes of scrapping in.  Not just to say I did it.  But more so because I need it.  I need the creative energy inside of me to have a voice.  I need a way to show that I was here.  I need a few minutes to escape.  Scrapbooking can be fun, very fun.  But, sometimes it can be oh, so much more.

Here are the layouts in our Page a Day in May kit in order of how they should have been posted...and I've got them all spread around me, some partially done, some pictures planned....others are just at the beginning of the thought process for me.  (remember, these are kits individually for sale now online)



I will be posting my versions of these kits as I complete them...and I will try to keep up posting a new kit each day this month, despite what life throws at me!   Please feel free to share your versions of these kits on our facebook page, too...we'd love to see your pages!!

Thanks for hanging out with us here,


Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Page a Day in May --- Day 2

Today's kit is a double page devoted to family recipes, and includes a pocket to hold actual recipe cards.  Just look how cute:

I've had several ideas on how I want to complete this page for me....and I'm still not sure which way I'm going to go with it.  If I had a picture of my grandmother in her kitchen, cooking...then I know I would center it around that...and include some of the handwritten recipe cards I have of hers.  Since I don't have that, I can't decide if I'm going to use those recipes and those cards...and take pictures of the end result of those recipes -- the food -- or if I'm going to get photos of us in our kitchen...just me & Keller...and include some of his favorite recipes.  Since I have a 5 hour drive this morning to the CKC in Birmingham, I will spend some time thinking on this.  Whatever I decide, I will share the results here.

As for my goal of a page a day in May, I still feel committed...and I have this page almost complete...but need to know how I will finish it before I cut photo mats.

And, one of my favorite things about this kit is the combination of Jilly Girl products with ours...the banner pieces are from Jilly Girl, as well as the 'enjoy' piece and the 'good friends' strip.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's kit!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A PAGE A DAY IN MAY....Let's do this!!!

Are y'all ready to do a page a day in May??

If you ordered our box kit, you're all set to knock pages out in just minutes a day.  If you didn't order one of the kits, you can still do a page a day in May.  Use these pages for inspiration...or you can now order these kits online. 
 (just go to, click on SHOP NOW tab, and click on Page Kits link)

So, here's May 1st, and I'm determined to get 31 double page spreads done during this month.  Yep, me.  The one who hardly ever gets to think about my personal pages!  That's why I did the whole box kit thing...just for ME...and I knew I'm not the only one who needs a few minutes each day to feel creative, to escape the reality of work & kids (sorry, Keller), etc. 

This is the first kit in my box:

I had a good idea of pictures to use....grabbed those...realized I had only 4 photos that I wanted to use, but just adjusted the kit accordingly.  I also grabbed some ink & a dauber, and just lightly distressed the edges of the pieces in the kit.  Then, I matted my photos and laid out the page.

I added two small journaling boxes....and then knew I could write more on the tags to fill in more details of the day.  If you know me at all, you know that journaling is the hardest part for me.  I can see things.  I can feel things when I look at a page of pictures.  But, writing about it....not so easy.  But, I'm committed to the process this month...and if I can do it, so can you!

20 minutes, from start to finish --- including finding pix --- and here's what I now have:

Woo hoo!! Yay, me!!!!!  I scrapbooked for ME today.  Journaling and all.  It's a great start to this day, to this month.  Now, while I work for the next 16 hours, I will be thinking on which photos I want to use tomorrow on our next page.

I hope you join me on this journey this month!  Use the box kit you ordered....order these page kits from us....or dig into your stash...just do it:  a page a day in May!!!!

See you right back here sometime tomorrow,


Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Well, it's been too long again.  We promise it won't be as long before our next post.  In fact, we have some major changes coming to our blog.  Exciting changes.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for those.

For now,  enjoy my blog post as a guest on the Creating Keepsakes blog:

Thank you, CK, for the opportunity.