Teen School Photos | Mission Impossible?

  Let’s face it, there’s no getting around the fact that the photos you take when your teen goes to High School and College are much different than the ones you take when they went to Grammar School.  Not only will they be different, they will be fewer and further between. Most times, you won’t […]

Scrapping your Teen | Road Tested

It’s Halloween weekend! The perfect time for scary stories! And do I have a good one for you! I have told you tales of teen parenting nightmares in the past– first there was This is Scary– then, Teen Parent Zone. But nothing could prepare you for this new chapter of chilling anxiety!  No blog post, no self […]

Coming Soon: A New Chapter in the Story of Ultimate Anxiety

First there was This is Scary– then, Teen Parent Zone. Halloween is soon approaching, and ForeverJoy has had cooked up another True Tale of Terror. Nothing can prepare you for it. No blog post, no self help book, no legal pharmaceutical.  You are on you own to face the ultimate terror- and failure is not […]

Behind the drawing Board | Getting (emotionally) ready for college

 I’m a the type of person that is pretty easy to read.  Pretty much because I leave a trail of emotional breadcrumbs all over my art boards and will pretty much spill out my heart to all who care to indulge me 😉 These days, I have been very mindful that in just 2 turns […]

16 summers

Around here, life has been a mix of anxious mountain climbing and helpless free fall. It all started in September, when my older son began the college application process.  But, those of you who have lived through this know that really, moms go through the process as much as, if not more than any teen. […]

Simplifying December with Traveler’s Notebooks

Especially this time of year, when there are so many stories to be captured- I wanted to make it a point to scrap more often- to tell more stories- but in a simpler way. I love Project Life- and I am a big fan of mini books. It’s only natural then that my attention has […]

Crafting a Joyful Thanksgiving

I recently read a terrific article about the joy of anticipation.  It brought to mind a wisdom I try to live by- the joy of the ride is just as important as the thrill of the destination. It struck me that this month, November, is a journey and a destination all wrapped in one beautiful, […]

Stroll down CHESTNUT LANE

Halloween is behind us- and there is no doubt the the Holiday season is in the air.  But if you have been following me for awhile- you know I am one who likes to slow it down a little and enjoy the autumn goodness that November has to offer.  The cozy at home vibes inside […]

Layout Lookback | October

It is almost time to turn the page on October and welcome a new month! Each month it seems like there is a trend of what joy we put in focus.  October was a month of family moments, days on the game field,  celebrations- and of course, Halloween! Here are a few layouts I wanted […]

craft the joy of WEEKEND VIBES

These days my thoughts have been turning more to the comforts of home-and that comfy vibe worked it’s way onto the drawing board in my new design-WEEKEND VIBES!  It’s filled with all the cozy joys of being indoorsy on the weekend- books, warm cups of goodness, bagels to brunch on, a fireplace to cuddle by and […]

craft the joy of HOWL-O-WEEN

Who said Halloween is just for kids? It’s one of my favorite holidays because of the sheer fun of it all! I love the weather, the pumpkins everywhere- spooky movie marathons- and seeing all the kiddos in their costumes! And of course- all that candy!  And you know who else loves Halloween? The four legged […]