Video Tutorial | Creating Photo Halftone Effect with your Photos

October is typically the month that we celebrate all things scary- and with Halloween  a few days away, I decided to bring to life one of the scariest experiences I have ever been through…( you can see some found footage of one of my encounters here in an earlier post.)  Of course, I’m talking about being a […]

My Best Photos of Pride

It’s no secret I’m a BIG football fan.  On many occasion during a football film, I will tell whoever is around to listen that, to quote the great Vincent Lombardi, Football IS Life. I love the game more than any one team- though there was a time I lived and died for the Dallas Cowboys. […]

Little boy lost

If you have been following my drama you know my big guy, Ryan had spent a large part of the summer getting ready to try out for his Freshman football team.  The kid never played football before- but got this stuck in his head and really went all at it. He worked out and trained with his dad almost […]

How you play the game….

I get it.  After more than 4 decades on this earth as a type A competitive kinda- gal, I have finally embraced that it really isn’t whether you win or lose the game… Sometimes just your effort makes you a winner. My oldest boy Ryan is trying out for his high school football team later in the […]

I’m from the OLD days?

Reality check. My two boys are, without a doubt, two of the very best things in my life.  They make me smile, make me proud, make me happy… but truth be told- often make me behave in a way I know I would not want taped by hidden camera!  My older guy, Ryan  is 13- Liam is […]

NEW in the Shop | PS I LOVE YOU

It’s mid February and there is love in the air for sure- for SO MANY happy things in my life- and that feeling has worked it’s way onto the drawing board  in my new design, PS I LOVE YOU. My hope was to have this design work with stories beyond February 14th- because hey! there […]

NEW in the Shop | TRUE COLORS

Right now it’s a bitter cold February in New York and If you’re like me- you are SO READY for some bright happy colors to tell your stories with!  No worries! I have a fun new playset to help you do just that!  Check out the new Mini Kit in the shop, TRUE COLORS!  It’s packed full of delicate girlie pretties […]

Crafting the JOY and “meh” of Winter

I have a love-hate relationship with winter. Come November 1 after all the pumpkin spice palooza- I can’t wait to cozy things up with knits and layers and all things comfy-cozy, and then comes the magic of the holidays, the thrill of the first snow and the delight of slow cooked dinners and nights by […]

The Joy of Challenges

After the holidays where we give so much of ourselves to others, January gives us a welcome chance to look inward and see how we can refill our own buckets.  It’s also the time of year at the Lilypad when we host a “Month of Challenges”  where each day a different memory keeping challenge is […]

Jump start your layouts | looking backwards

It’s been said that photographs are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. I love that thought. Because, if we can return to a time- then it’s never really lost is it? Not to us, or to anyone who can see and read and feel what that image means to us. We can tell […]

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 […]