Yoga Room

I Have you ever hit a slump? I have hit about a million in my life, and over come them as well! But lately I am feeling very different about life. I am really appreciating this season that I am in because I feel wiser, but I also see a lot of work that needs to be done if I want to relax and enjoy life. I am extremely high strung, but with depressive tendencies to withdraw from life. If something is not going well I sit on it. What really ifs bringing on this internal reflection is my morning routine. Every morning I hate life. i roll around in bed unaware of the ticking clock until BAM! I’ve got ten minutes to get dressed AND get to work. What is it about me that I can’t get out of bed when the first alarm goes off? Why to I resent getting up? When I do get up early I love the time I get to myself. There is just this moment between sleep and waking that is Jekyll and Hyde and I have GOT to change it. This, as well as the way I handle other things in my life: with resent and procrastination.

To help me I am trying to stay away from high impact activities and turn toward eastern philosophy. (I do want to start running again… as long as it’s not a stress trigger!)

I have been practicing yoga a lot lately with the help of the Down Dog App! It is fantastic for beginners or anyone really. I love this app because it puts together a yoga flow based on experience as well as time. You can also choose between a regular flow or restorative. ***Bonus points if you follow creator, Adrienne Kimberley, on Instagram!

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Because I moved not too long ago, and my things have slowly trickled into the house, I have found myself overwhelmed by personal belongings. This move and new outlook have given me the opportunity to clear some clutter out of my immediate space and some things permanently. We will be adding on this year, then I will be able to give many of my things a permanent home and get rid of many others! I’m very excited for that time, but for now I decided I needed to clear things out of the spaces I spend time in.

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In doing so I realized I had enough room for a yoga and meditation space! I have decided to decorate it in an eastern style with symbols starting with a mandala and Buddha statue. I am trying to be careful not to bring too many tiny decorations into the space. Things that are symbolic or useful only.

Here is my inspiration board!

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The tapestry was a hard decision to make. There are so, so many choices online, but I found the prices at urban outfitters to be a little too out there. I found this one at Jaipur Art Factory for 15-20 dollars. I just love the royal peacock colors. There is a hint of mustard, which is one of my old favorites. I was initially drawn to a light colored tapestry with yellow tones, but found it not to be traditional looking enough. I am forever also drawn to blue-greens! I found this mat, which at $100 is wayyyy more than I want to spend, at Houzz. It matches so perfectly and is bright enough to lighten up the room. I fear the dark tapestry will make the room too dark, but other decor elements can help and I would prefer a serene dark blue over red or orange any day.

The shelving unit I already own. The tapestry is a DIY from A Beautiful Mess! I have the cording, I just need to get the copper pipe. These pillows came form all over. They are here for visualization rather than being exact. I will purchase pillows that I come across. I have an aloe plant in the room, and I am considering getting another plant. The salt lamp is functional, as it purifies the air! The Buddha is symbolic and important in some peoples practices. The lantern is for ambiance and the basket is for storing blankets!

So, while it is starting to look a little cluttered, I think that all of these items are really functional. Pillows for meditating as well as color and texture. Salt lamp and plants for purification as well as bringing the grounding element of nature inside. The lantern to invite a soft glow into nighttime practices. A basket to keep the room tidy. A mirror to expand the room. A wall hanging for a personal touch and to bring more white into the room. A mandala tapestry and Buddha for symbolic and aesthetic purposes.

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Here is the progress I have made and where I want to place some things. The craft corner of the room is still pretty out of control, but the sewing table top is clear now! We took the bookcase to the basement because all it was doing was allowing me to clutter things up. It was worse off than in the first room picture above!

Top left: Inside the O is where I plan to place a table for the salt lamp and the Buddha. I will also be looking for a new pot for my aloe plant. I have the wall hanging planned of course, but I’m undecided on art for the time being.

Top right: The tapestry! To the lower right of the mirror I will place the lantern and basket.

Bottom left: I am dreaming up some mandala or lotus DIY art for the empty wall. This space is so much more clear. I had a lot of little things on my desk that I moved away.

Bottom right: I want to find some cute wall storage to keep my crafts organized. I also need to find something to keep my school binders in. The black amp is there for good. It is my boyfriends and it really has no other home. The box is full of crafts that i may try to find a better looking container for.

So there you have it! From stressed out to yoga-fied! My feelings and decor plans all in one bundle, haha.

Thank you for letting me share a little bit more about myself and my struggles with anxiety. I change decor like most women cut their hair when needing a change! I can’t wait to share the final product! This room is moving fast in comparison to the rest of the home! And you can see I’m leaning towards a more “World Market” look rather than “farm house”. I still love that I can incorporate elements of both and more into my style!

Are you into any big life changes or healing practices?

“I’m ready to slow down. I’m ready to simplify. I’m ready to receive… While yoga has awakened me to my potential and seen me through some dramatic changes, yoga also reminds me that doing less enables me to receive more. I’m open, I’m listening, I’m ready” – Adrienne Kimberley

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Lucky, Blessed

It’s way over due, but I had to share this years St. Paddy’s decor. This is the first time I have ever decorated for St. Pat’s and, unless I have a good handful of people over, i will probably keep it at a minimum! I’m definitely beginning to get “holiday-ed” out!

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But as I am a wee bit Irish myself, I must partake in the observance of it.

I’m not downing kegs of green beer, but I like to play with all of the traditions, and every year I learn a little bit more.

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I love that this holiday is really more of an Irish-American phenomenon. The foods we eat are not generally prominent in Ireland. There’s a ton of comparisons and facts online. BUT… whether we are talking true Irish or Irish-American aren’t all of us irish and part Irish people a little bit of both? We have ancestors from the mother land and those that came here, I mean that’s how we ended up here after all!

So YES! EAT the eats, DRINK the drinks, and WEAR the GREEN!

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The food I made was a fiasco that I don’t really wish to reflect on, but we DID eat Corned Beef and Cabbage, Soda Bread, and Bread Pudding. I also have a ton of recipes for the future to sprinkle into every day life. I can’t believe I haven’t tried making Shepard’s Pie yet!

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When decorating I am a HUGE fan of free printables on Pinterest! I do NOT claim this print as my own, but it is easy to find there and adds some instant charm and fills up a good amount of decorative space. Makes them however big or little you need and jazz them up. I may start keeping a folder of them all together for easy access.

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So whether the meal was a fiasco or not, I still feel so blessed. I get excited when I am able to claim my own heritage. We spend so much time learning about the importance of diversity and immersing ourselves into other cultures, but we should definitely reflect on our own as well! The banner I made up above was done using some antique postcard images found online and washi taped to some spare paper and then taped to twine. I love a quick and dirty DIY!

Irish blessings to you through the year!

Catching Up

Hey everyone! It’s been a minute, but I’m still here! I’m having a series of days that are just eye-rollable. For example I spent most of the day yesterday catching up on laundry while I cleaned the bathroom and washed dishes. I did SO. MUCH. LAUNDRY.

BUT I’ve gotten some awesome things done around here, not that it’s ready to be photographed for Better Homes and Gardens #crylaughemoji

I thought I’d share a few pictures from my regular life because I have been too busy to pause to write and photograph thoughtfully.

I really have just been busy doing chores, unpacking and cleaning, and most importantly beginning my new internships for teaching! (I’m not a student teacher yet, these are what you do before then.) Staying on top of my homework while working 40 hrs is important especially with internships.

I got myself a few new tops. The main reason for this was because I wanted shirts with higher necklines so I wouldn’t have to worry about bending over. I have also purged my wardrobe of the things I found were not fitting my lifestyle/job/comfort anymore because it’s good for me and because of sharing a closet with Michael and decided to be a free spirited hippie type this spring. (Again, none of these will be very good pictures…)

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The students were allowed to celebrate the Super Bowl with team colored cupcakes… So I had the choice of dark blue or black… I got black and looked like Tia Dalma for the rest of the day.

The house has been quite the mess, but yesterday my honey checked off the list! His family helped us hang up three major pieces of wall art! Now I get to obsess over things as I can start putting them into place better.

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Gotta love Snoopy, passed out on the couch. I know, it’s overwhelming!

Here it is currently.

Chalkboard and GATHER is UP! I want to get some metal chairs, console table, white curtains (the tie-up kind) and MAYBE a rug… It’s so easy to clean the way it is so I’m not sure.

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A cute decorative spot on the kitchen counter. I’d like to find a picture for behind it, then to the right will be a metal basket for coffee, the Keurig, and mug tree.

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“My Office” ha… It’s a mess in here, but it’s happy! And I’m thankful I have a space to study. At least that area is being managed.

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I spruce it up best I can.

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Got one window covered! The bedroom window, weeee! It was yellow before! Made the room a strange green color hehe.

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The living room in not quite this clean right now, but lets revel in this moment! I can’t wait to find a substitution for that footstool. I’ll be putting up curtains and I haven’t decided on shelves or wall art. We need a place for the play station and shelves could make that possible, PLUS they would be fun to decorate for the holidays.

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My MAGNIFICENT mirror!

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The last picture shows the old headboard under the mirror. I want to put a console table so oddly enough this gives me an idea! I cant let it be too deep, this is 8 inches. I was planning on ten, but I think 8 will be better. There is enough space to put candles and pictures and a skinny tray and figures.

The blue rooms will be painted someday, if I haven’t mentioned so before… It will be the hardest thing to get Michael to change.. Well the lighting in the kitchen and bathroom too…SOMEday!

I still have such a long ways to go to get the things I have settled and finish cleaning out my apartment before I can get too excited about big furniture purchases. So I dream out loud A LOT!

Here are some pieces I want to get from the antique store.

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Bucket for blankets in the living room!

And some living room inspiration. I have NO idea what to put above the couch!

 

And some inspiration. Color splash! I’m seeing aqua pop up in the bathroom and kitchen.

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Things I’m loving:

  1. This darling bench… I’m needing something for the mud room to sit on and put shoes/boots under.

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2. This sweet little girlie 🙂 This is my dog Pippi and she looked so cute sitting in the middle of the back seat of Michael’s truck.

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3. And Moscow Mules! How did I NOT know about these!!! Ginger beer has always been may favorite. I’m going to have to find some copper mugs now! Decorative AND functional!

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I’m REALLY hoping to get a Valentine’s Day craft done in the next couple of days, so I will definitely share that with you all!

 

Planning: Dining Room

I thought it was time to check in again with the farmhouse. Today I am sharing my plans/ideas for the dining room.

I don’t think all couples are alike, but I definitely think that we have some quirks going for us! We currently have an ongoing game of Monopoly set up in here!…and boxes EVERYWHERE! This room has a few of little things that I wish were different. Some I can’t change, others I will attempt to eventually once I know what I want. So far we have used it quite a bit and its just the two of us. I am terrified of the idea that we will sit in the living room to eat dinner like we did in my apartment, but so far we tend to gravitate for our meals in here.

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Michael had a very subtle way of letting me know that he really wanted to keep his grandma’s table. This was irritating for me at first because I love my antique Formica table! But, when I saw what people were doing with metal chairs I was sold. The Formica table will make a great craft/game room addition.

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Of course I am adding my chalkboard and gather picture. I think I will place a small console table under the chalkboard so that I can decorate it for the seasons.

I am not yet sure what I will put under the window (above) window. I would like a small cabinet or bar cart, but we will see. I’m not obsessing over yet. The chairs will be the biggest initial expense. I think I want a natural fiber rug, but I’m not sure yet. It’s so easy to sweep up with out a rug.

The cabinets on the one side come into what I consider to be the dining room area, and as a person of symmetry this bugs me, but I am thankful for the extra storage they offer. One thing I want to change is the light fixture. I would love a light that is centered over the table and rustic or industrial looking and put the fan on the kitchen side. Also a funky pendant light over the sink.

These are just things I think about right now… who knows!

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Here is a mock up of the dining room.

Michael MIGHT be digging the chairs!

On the kitchen side of things there isn’t much that can be changed, just small accents. I have already started with the natural runners under the work areas. I want a special command center for my coffee and tea so i am looking for something decorative or functional for that. I want a coffee mug tree and possibly some sort of decorative storage.

Other than these the only other things that can be added to the space are something above the window, window treatments, and something decorative on the long end of the counter! I try to decorate with things that are frequently used like my kitchen aid, pyrex bowls, cutting board, and utensil crock. I like to keep dry goods (flour, sugar, etc.) stored away.

Now… back to unpacking, dinner, and homework!

 

 

Holy Haul: Part 2!

Get ready for a really wordy post… OR just look at the pictures and you’ll get the gist. 😉

It’s finally time! I can finally share some news with you that is VERY exciting for me!

While I decided to accomplish some crafts this year, I decided to take my crafting and photography to the next level!

I got myself a Canon Pixma iP8720 printer for all of my scrapbooking needs! This is going to be SO much fun! I will be able to create anything I would like at home!

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This did not come with out a learning curve however!

Im SO embarrassed of the story I have about my first evening with it. Apparently I downloaded or added the wrong driver or printer… and my prints were coming out a dark magenta hue… I WAS SO MAD! This thing was supposed to work right out of the box… RIGHT?! Well… I guess there was a little more to downloading than I had realized… But Canon was a lovely company to deal with, they were happy to assist me and in about 30  mins I was creating amazing prints. Can’t wait to show you my Project Life book!

Now you should know that with every printer you prints will come out slightly different than the computer image…1. RGB =/= CMYK and 2. The computer is literally glowing from behind and printer are ink… basically what 1 is trying to say! But, I knew there was something very wrong with what I had going on and after we re-added the correct printer I was able to access function that I wasn’t able to before. I have turned down the magenta a tad because I think it helps.

 

With this purchase I also decided to subscribe to Photoshop! Big deal for me! and I have no idea what I’m doing but thankfully my project is only simple cropping, adjusting resolution to best, and sizing! WAM! PRINTS AT HOME!

But wait! THERE’S MORE!!!

Here it is, my new baby! Canon Rebel T5i!

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This girl is HAPPY!

This is a great entry level camera, I refuse to let you talk it down, because for me this is a dream come true, and while it is a cropped body I think that I will find that it can accomplish the things that I need it to. That, and I don’t have 2-3,000 dollars for a full body! yikes 😦 I can already see the distortion in pictures of my living room so I may consider a couple different lenses, but for now I am going to focus on learning the camera and doing what I can with what I have!

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After reading this article from A Beautiful Mess I had to do some tinkering.

Here are a few tests I did today at work, aka “The Shop”.

 

I did these while concentrating on focal length. The first photograph is at 55mm and the can looks washed out, but it is the least distorted. Perhaps you would adjust the f-stops to help with the color/lighting. I think the background blur achieved is whats generally most desirable when taking pictures for a blog of something like a meal or a collection of items. The second photo is midway between 24 and 35. The can is a more accurate color and the background is still nice. This would be a fun advertisement because you can still get a good glimpse of whats behind. The last picture, at 18mm, is very dark and there is a less depth of field. I think the can looks distorted, but this may be the angle I was at. The fourth picture was taken with my iPhone for comparison.

Here’s another I tried out.

The first is at 55mm the second at 24-35mm. I can see the bottom of the clipboard in the second picture looks slightly more flared or distorted.

I’m learning that you actually shoot things that are close up from further away than you would think. I mean not like from across the room, but maybe 3 feet?

 

Apologies for the roughness of these. We are currently moving in and things are straight up crazy. When I got home I took a few quick pictures to test out how wide I could go… Not as far as I’d like. You can see the walls look as if the are bending backwards and almost twisting to me. these would need cropped. I think the picture of the small chair could be saved with cropping, if for example I was trying to feature the chair and whatever wall art might be on the wall there. For these reasons I’m considering a wide angle lens for shooting a living room. It will have distortion at the edges, but I’m hoping there would be enough room to crop that out and still have the best part of the subject matter. Again the portrait and close-up level pictures look fantastic as far as focus goes.

I also thought that 18mm worked fine for shooting a general picture in the showroom, if say I were trying to get some quick pictures during an event.

I also played with the F-Stops.

Obviously you can see that there is less light coming in for each one subsequently. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seem nice to me. You can still see enough details of the bikes engine, the 5th one loses that. This was an interesting test because the last picture is what auto mode took and I’m actually not in love with it! I think it looks washed out. The floor is not dark and rich and the bike is more yellow than gold. You can also see the dirt on the tires better. oops! Just goes to show you that you really have to learn some solid basics about your camera to achieve the richest pictures possible!

Gosh guys, I know this isn’t exciting for you, but it is for me! If you have ANY advice on what lenses I should get for shooting a living room and up close with this camera let me know! I can’t wait til I’m able to use it regularly! My vacation picture have changed forever!

Feeling Scrappy: Simple Flower Arrangement

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick project I did Monday amidst the whirlwind of things I was trying to get done! I created a simple flower arrangement for two ladies that are special to me that recently lost their husband/dad.

It’s definitely a sad reason for this project to be created, but the whole reason for it is to hopefully bring a bit of handmade happiness.

This arrangement is obviously customize-able, making it suitable for any occasion. I think the way mine turned out would be great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any sort of tender occasions.

The whole objective of this “Scrappy” project is that most of the materials were resourced from My hoard! aka “Free” haha.

I wanted to be able to afford a pretty flower arrangement, something that wouldn’t break the bank and was handmade to let the certain someones know how much they mean to me.

I’m obsessed with twine and mason jars so that’s where my Pinterest search began. I found many examples of flower arrangements in mason jars! Most of them had a sweet ribbon tied around them. So I picked out some $10 dollar roses, got a jar from my dad, used some twine, and found some crocheted lace in my grandma’s hoard! I used some hot glue to secure the ribbon and twine where I wanted them to stay.

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I apologize for the poor quality of these photos, they were taken last minute as I was rushing around all day to get everything in! I went shopping out of town with my mom, went grocery shopping, made this, ran to Fed Ex… It was a crazy day! And this is a hint to the BIG post I have been referring too. *wink *wink

So here it is!

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I loved the soft antiqued pink of the roses and I think the decoration turned out perfect. it is simple, but gives the jar some texture and interest.

Materials:

And hey folks! I edited these photos with the new A Color Story App from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess!

Have you tried the app yet?

Are there any projects you have scrapped together in a pinch?

Definitely thinking about continuing adding to this to make a “Scrappy Series”!

Have a wonderful Wednesday folks!

Holy Haul

Holy Moley was said mentally and under my breath about a thousand times in the last week. This is the haul to set them all apart.

Guys what I am about to share with you is something that I have wanted to do/have for a very, very long time now.

I decided it was time to get my photographs made physical. I have so many burning in my files and it is high time to print the most important ones. Being the crafty person I am, printed pictures would ideally go hand in hand with scrap booking.

I went all out.

I started with some scrap-booking tools. A cutter, and corner round cutter, tape glue dots, and some nice journaling pens.

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Next were the bones of the whole project; the book and photo sleeves. I went with the Project Life variety pack because of the variety and ease of access. There weren’t many other options and I want all of my pages to be different!

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This will be the first of three books for Colorado. I have a mental plan for them to all go together using color and pattern. I just wanted to start with the one for now. There are 230 pictures from the third trip, 175 from the second, and maybe 100 from the first… so I have a lot of sorting and deciding to do!

Next came the papers. I struggled with this because I do not like the card kits from Project Life and mamBi… They are adorbs! Don’t get me wrong. But they weren’t right for this. I needed the right colors and textures so I went for the scrap-booking paper and decided on turquoise because I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it and green and brown for the nature effect. Gold and textures from nature as well. These will help tie the other books together that I saw.

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Next are the project life products I picked up. Now I know I just got done saying that I didn’t like any of the kits. This one I do, but it doesn’t offer enough color on its own. I like the chalkboard set. There are some nice decorative ones, phrases, and journaling ones in it. I also grabbed the Polaroid and white doodle overlays and a set with gold accents.

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The reason I made this purchase and the next is that the versatility and amount will allow me to use them for a while for many projects to come. I realized that they come out to be about 7 cents each!

Next are the me & my BIG ideas picks. I chose a pack that had some great quotes and textures for this project. The stickers are life and vacation related.

I will be able to use these for my upcoming trips! (More on that later on!)

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Then I found some stickers from  stick-abilities that have a great look and perfect phrases! Gold letters and dots for accents and phrases/words. Some fun plaques and some card stock for journaling. Also check out my washi collection! Yay!!!!

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While I’m not proud of how much I spent on this haul… I AM proud that I took the leap to get something done I have wanted to for a long time! I feel like I’ve made some great core purchases to get me started.

Resolution checklist:

  1. Fitness 5 days a week – NO check, but next on the list!
  2. Vacation and motorcycle lessons – NO check
  3. Get organized and be awesome at work – getting there, planner helps
  4. Watching finances – getting there, planner and paychecks to recover from holidays helps
  5. Create, do something with my photos, and decorate my home – GETTING THERE!!! currently under construction 😀 See folks, it’s all about forcing yourself to try something new!

Somethings I have been thinking about before getting started on this project:

  1. Many people get over whelmed with Project Life. I’m glad I am aware of this, and I have already experienced some of these feelings choosing these products. The thing is I will not stress over the details. This book is so far gone that trying to remember all of the details will be fruitless. Writing down what I can will suffice, and as memories pop up they can always be added.
  2. I have started pulling the cards that are possibilities and setting aside the ones that are out of the question. I think I will also start cutting the paper. I can see myself getting pretty consumed with the photograph part when the time comes.
  3. I will begin the scrap-booking by looking at the photographs to see if there are any moments that can be grouped together, then I will choose maybe 4 pages to work with at a time and begin arranging pictures and cards on them!

Just thoughts folks 😉

Stay tuned for Part 2!

YES… there is MORE!!! 😀