Last day at 10

Today is the last day Braxton will be 10.  Tomorrow he turns 11. Let me just sit here for a minute.

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Deep breath for Mommy.  He is growing so fast.  He is getting closer to me not being with him every minute of the day outside of school.  Worrying more on what influences will be bestowed on him in the world when I am not around.  Knowing that I need to just have faith that he will keep the good heart and outlook he has.

But for today, I am going to enjoy him being 10.

Project Life – Week 1

I have been doing Project Life for about 5 + years now.  Most years I get to September and when school starts, it falls by the wayside until I work to catch up in Dec.  2017 I only made it to Feb and never caught up.  I love the project so much and didn’t want to give it up.

So today I am back in the saddle with Project Life and started this year using the Becky Higgins Project Life app.  Added my photos and two cards from the Midnight Edition, then exported to my computer.  Journaling to capture a snippet of that week.  Utilized some Ali Edwards Story Kit – Time embellishments.  Favorite photo was the Family Selfie.

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Welcome to 2018!



We are applying to Magnet Academies right now for our transition into 6th grade next year.  Very stressful to Mom here because I want him to get accepted into our first choice which is a STEM academy but would also be happy the the Arts Academy that we were auditioning on the day of this pick.  For now,  we have done our part and just need to wait and pray for the results on Feb 20.  #allingodsplan #pray #faith

On another note, I have had a VERY productive weekend so far…. creating a new page with my Ali Edwards Story Kit Changes (perfect for this picture and the story behind it).

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I love the word phrases and how you can capture little pieces of your current thoughts with quick one – two word phrases.

Making some Mardi Gras pants for Braxton since he outgrew his this year.


and cooking soups and rice and gravy so I can have some quick meals during the week.

Enjoy your week! #aliedwards #mardigras

Day in the life – Scrapbook crop

My friend and I have been scrapbooking for 20 years together.  It is the hobby that has stood the test of time for us.  Sometimes we get together for the day and sometimes it is a crop weekend.  We LOVE getting to chat with each other and have some really great heart to heart talks, which by far is the best part of our visit.

Added bonus to the visit is enjoying our favorite hobby together.  It is funny to me how we both alternate between super planned and organized which results in numerous pages complete or not as organized and the pages take longer.

Today Stacy was super organized and completed 10+ pages.  I was not.  I woke up and started to plan.  My goal was to finish my December Daily album, complete a couple of creative pages out of my normal comfort zone, and try a new technique.

Here is our day :  December daily completed – YAY!!



During my planning in the morning before Stacy got here, I decided to ‘get organized ‘ in a backwards kind of way from my norm.  I pulled four scrap lift layouts that I wanted to try something similar, then printed pics and found Ali Edwards kits to compliment.

I also played with a few new products I had on hand to try and see which ones I wanted to work with that day.

The rest of the day was filled with kids playing, lots of good conversation, and trying new  ideas. Stacy brought me a few more surprise products that I used on some of my pages. Here are all the new products that I used today:  Tim Holtz distress sprayer, Glossy Accents,  StazON Stamp Cleaner, Dylusions Ink Spray – black, blue and white, Gelatos ink.


Here is my favorite page of the day – LOVE how the letters turned out on my Silhouette.  The Glossy Accents on the ’10’.  The white ink spray helped me cover a previous section of page I wasn’t too happy with.  The Dylusions Black ink spray was splattered all over my background. Ali Edwards Story Kit – READ was utilized for the black labels, the Please read tag, the white READ in cursive and the two conversation bubbles.


Here is my favorite photo of the day !!!  Group Selfie!


#Tim Holtzdistresssprayer #GlossyAccents #StazON #DylusionsInkspray #gelatos #aliedwardsstorykit


December Daily (part 2)

Wrap up to my December… taking down the tree tomorrow. I waited a week later than I normally do because I wanted to enjoy the twinkling lights longer.

Instead of highlighting all my December daily pics, I am picking some of my favorites to wrap up my album.

Our funny Chippy prank.


My fun loving boy!

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Christmas cheer!

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Boys with their Grandmommy – welcoming the newest addition to the family.


#decemberdaily2017 #aliedwards

For the Love of…..

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My once a year pic of the family….. I love it.  Watching YR over YR how we grow and evolve.  Especially love the kit that I used for the page – ” For the Love ” Ali Edwards Story Kit.  When I saw this background paper, this picture was the first one that I thought of.  So blessed!!!



#aliedwards #storykit #scrapbooking


December Daily 2017 (part 1)

Before I start on 2018, I wanted to wrap up 2017 with my last project…. December Daily.

I am 70% finished with my 6×8 December Daily album. I love this project because it relates so well to my purpose for the Christmas season and that is to enjoy it.  My goal every year is to be done with the shopping by Thanksgiving then just kick back and enjoy the season and all that entails…. giving, family, Christmas decor, season of smiles, etc.

This wonderful project allows me to do that.  BE IN THE MOMENT, at the very least once a day.  Here are some captures from my album so far.


Here is my favorite decorative page:


IT is a combination of the simplicity of it, the words, and the year big and bold.

Here is another one of my creative favs.fullsizeoutput_7ea

Now we get to the daily pics which really are the highlight of my album.

Day 1 and 2 – new life and new experience


Day 3 and 4 – decorating the tree and the cookies


Day 5 and 6 – creative idea gathering and giving to others


Day 7 and 8 – Christmas contest and first day to experience snow


Day 9 and 10 – social study fair – 3rd Place and seeing new nephew for 1st time


From a creative standpoint, I LOVE Ali Edwards December Daily overlay.  From a photo standpoint, it is so hard to pick.  From an experience standpoint, it is tied with holding that little baby in my arms and being so proud of Braxton for his fair participation.

This wraps up the first part of my December Daily post.  I enjoyed sharing one of my favorite albums to make.