Thursday, June 26, 2014

Your Story Matters (Farewell 2Peas)

Hey y'all!

Wednesday I got an email from my very favorite online scrapbook store Two Peas announcing their closure. This comes after a store I worked at called Archivers closed earlier this year. The funny thing about economies are that they ebb and flow, trends, hobbies and what people will pay for change all the time. Archivers closing may just be a product of an economy that is coming out of a recession and growing in a different direction. But, it may also be a sign that people do not print photos or keep photo albums the way they used to. When was the last time you printed out a photo? I know most of the people who read my blog are friends and family and I'll bet most of you would say after a wedding or other special occasion. However, I also know that most of you do still document your lives-hello Instagram and Facebook- and the slant towards digital everything means less glue and pen meet paper to record memories.

It made me sad to think of Two Peas closing, mostly because they were my most comfortable place to buy products I love and get ideas I could share. Then I saw this post on Instagram: 

That's deep, man. I said a little 'preach!' and 'yes!'...then I was moved to write to all of you lovely people and remind YOU that your story is worth telling. I super appreciate anyone who reads my blog and shares my stories, but let me ask you, who are you sharing your stories with? Do you Instagram? Share pictures on Facebook? Journal? I bet you think that your story is boring and no one really needs to see it...blah, blah, blah. I bet you are wrong. I have many, many single friends who think they have no reason to document their lives, but they're wrong. Just because you are not a parent, you ARE a best friend, and aunt, a daughter, etc.... There are people who care about you and want to see what your life looks like. 


You definitely do NOT have to make a big 12 x 12 scrapbooks full of paper, stickers, inks, etc. (even if that's what the cool kids are doing ; ) ). If you Instagaram-awesome! Why not order a photobook and write some words to go with those pictures? If you have albums of pictures on Facebook-GREAT! Have you typed captions for those pictures- telling people where, when, why? Do you have a memory card full of pictures from your last vacation? Why not print them out and put them on your coffee table so people can flip through them?

I'm not sure where I am going here, and I am not as graceful a writer as other people, but I felt inspired. I want my friends and family to know that I think their journey is important, that I want to hear their stories. It's not just about remembering people when they are gone, but appreciating them while they are here. Seeing your perspective and how your life looks. Scrapbooking taught me perspective and the value of paying attention. I am truly grateful for this hobby-turned job of mine. 

In the spirit of appreciating my life story, here's a little of what my life looks like right now, as seen in my Instagram feed

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Do you think memory keeping is dead? Maybe it's just going more and more digital? Do you print out pictures or share our story, and how?

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts Cards (You're Awesome, Hello Stars and My Type)

Hey y'all! 

First, I want to thank everyone who +1, pinned and shared my last post! I really loved that project and I'm so glad people liked it too! 

Speaking of +1- I'm on Google Plus! I have a PERSONAL PROFILE and one for my ETSY SHOP. Come find me! 


I have been playing around with creating a letterpress look with supplies I already have. I put together a little tutorial, which I will post on Monday! While I was figuring things out I ended up with a couple of not perfect backgrounds I decided to cut down and use for these cards! 

used embossing folder to letterpress
I am seriously in love with the brightness of the letterpress inks, and using an embossing folder was super easy. Hot pink + Neon yellow= awesome.
use embossing folder to letterpress
used emboss folder to letterpress
This card is more subtle, with a little shimmer. Very pretty in real life.

used embossing folder to letterpress


The folks over at Blog Named Hero challenged us to create a bokeh effect on a card.

I did a similar card here. I loved the way it turned out, so I redid the same design, with different colors and textures. I like the way you can kind of see the background thru the vellum. The stamps I used are old, like several years old. But, I found them on Amazon and I linked them below!

That's it for today, Hope you have a great week! Come back on Monday to learn more about my adventures in letterpressing!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Reclaimed Wood Project- Key Holder

Hey y'all!

Hope you had a great weekend! As I type this I am watching the USA World Cup game-on the Spanish ESPN channel ; ). Time Warner lost video so I had to switch over-I have no idea what they are saying but the announcers are mucho hilarious, lol!

But, that's not why you came today, right? right.

I recently bought some reclaimed wood (taken from an old KY barn) to make some shelves for my bathroom. I had them cut it up into several pieces and I made a few smaller project with the pieces I wasn't using for the shelves. First up is this little key holder that is now hanging inside my front door (much more attractive than the white command hook I was hanging my keys from, lol). It was inspired by this piece I found on Etsy.
Find it HERE. I really loved the matte paint on wood, the simple shape and the cord they used for hanging things like sunglasses. I decided to fashion my own and it was a pretty simple project. Besides drying time it took me a couple of hours. I thought I would show you how to make your own wood key holder (Actually, more like tell you because I didn't take pictures in process. It was really easy, so I am confident you can follow my instructions and do it your self! If you have any questions just leave them in the comments.) Let's get started:

I linked to a list of everything you need for this project on Amazon ( And, yes, I know that I spelled Minwax wrong ; ) )

1. Find your scrap piece of wood (mine is about 12" x 18"). Sand lightly and wipe clean with a damp cloth. I sanded mine enough to take off the roughness, but not enough  to take out imperfections like the saw lines.

2. Use a drill to make two holes near the bottom of your key holder (where I strung the black cord). I made mine 1 inch from the bottom and 1 1/2 " for the outside edge. Wipe away wood shavings.TIP: always measure once and cut twice, right? I am always off in my measurements, even for things like these holes so I ALWAYS measure twice.

3. I created the 'hello' on the Silhouette software and cut it out of freezer paper, which I then laid down as a stencil. You could also hand draw it right on your wood, then paint over it. I used two coats of matte yellow paint. TIP: freezer paper works as a great stencil, but I sprayed it with a bit of repositionable adhesive to help it stick to the wood.

4. Wait for paint to dry (about an hour, shouldn't take long) then go over the entire wood piece with one coat of protective finish.  Let that dry overnight or for at least a few hours. I only used one coat because I wanted to see the texture. You could always use more to cover it, or even use colored stain to change it completely!  TIP: go carefully over the yellow paint. If it's not completely dry it might smudge.

5. On the backside attached your sawtooth picture hanger with the included small nails.

6. Along the bottom edge mark three dots with a pen, where you want to put your screw hooks. TIP: You want them to be centered, or else when you hang keys it will be too heavy on one side and lean. I put one dot in the very center, than one on each side about 2 inches. Worked great! Screw in hooks.

7. Cut leather cording to a length equal to 6x the space between your drilled holes (ex. my drilled holes were approx. 9 inches apart, so I cut my cord to 54 inches). Thread it through the holes 3 times, as if you were sewing a button on a shirt. Tie in a double knot on the back and tape down the knot with duct tape so it's flattened. TIP: Make sure your cord is taut, because it will give slightly as you use it.

That's it! Hang it up and make all your guests feel lame that they are hanging their keys on a white Command hook ;).

- I used a piece of barn wood, because I had it and liked how it looked. You could use all sorts of materials- plywood, cork, an old metal sign. Look around for scraps of something that would work!
-I painted 'hello', but you could use your family's name, or a name above each hook, or even paint it a pattern!
- the key holder I found on Etsy uses magnets instead of hooks. I liked the streamlined look, but I couldn't figure out how to pull it off? Maybe you can!
- Don't forget, if you need any of the supplies I suggested I put them all in one place over on Amazon!

I hope you enjoy making your own wood key holder. This is the first tutorial of this kind I have written, I have a few more simple wood projects to share! Please Please PLEASE leave me a comment or Tweet me to ask me questions and show me if you make your own. Itwould be so great to see if I inspired you!

I'll be back in a few days to share a couple of cards I whipped up over the weekend. Have a great week!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Two Spring Layouts

Hey y'all! It's been a while since I've shared anything not card shaped on the blog, so I wanted to post these two great layouts I finished last week! I linked up as many supplies as I could find, feel free to click through! 

supplies: American Crafts paper, delightful, letter stickers, washi tape: this one and the gold one from Target not avail., Elles Studio tag, Evalicious badge)

I have seen a bunch of layouts made with this diagonal design and really liked it. It's a little tricky, but I love the energy it gives. I walked in a parade for St. Patrick's Day, not a life changing event or memory, but I had a handful of happy pictures and decided to just play around. I nice break for my brain after so much crafting with a clear purpose (making cards for my Etsy shop). I love love LOVE this rainbow paper from American Crafts!

(supplies: Kerri Bradford cut file, American Crafts paper and letter stickers, Elles Studio tags, various enamel dots, Studio Calico wood heart and sequins)
Remember that free digital cut file I shared a few weeks ago? I used it as my title here. I cut it our three times, glued the top two together, inked them, then layered them for a dimensional effect. It's been a while since I've made a stitched banner and I forgot how fun they were to put together! Another not-necessary-just-for-fun layout.....good for the creative mind. Pictures of my too cute for words nephews are good for the soul as well.

That's all for now, folks.....have a great week!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Shop Talk- On Site Event Scrapbooking

Do you have a special event this summer- a wedding, graduation, baptism, bar mitzvah, anniversary,maybe a colleague is retiring after years at your company? I could go on. Any occasion that is special to you deserves a special keepsake. What I offer is a custom made book filled with pictures and other memorabilia made right on the spot! You will leave your event with a one of a kind keepsake.

Email me at or click HERE to book your event!

Last month I had the pleasure of attending Elizabeth and Jason's wedding. We described her book as 'the ultimate guest book'. I premade pages in a book, specifically for her color, theme and family. She wanted something 'fun, but classic, with an emphasis on family.  At the reception I got out my Instax Camera
 and took pictures of the guests, who could then sign their name and leave a message for the happy couple. As the night went on I added the pictures permanently and added a few extra embellishments. I really loved the way this book turned out, this was such a fun wedding and their family and friends were so much fun to work with!

Here's a glimpse into the finished book that Elizabeth got to take home after her special day! 

The Instax Camera was a big hit. I was able to snap one picture for the book and then a second one for the guests to take home-they loved that! The older people remembered how fun Polaroid cameras used to be! The funny things about the kids at the wedding-many of them knew the phrase 'shake it like a Polaroid picture' but had no idea what it meant! hahaaa....

This is only one version of what I offer. Contact me and let's talk about what you need! I offer on site, day of event services and post event memory keeping options. I would be honored to work with you on your next special event. Click the picture below or email me at to book your event!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!