craft the joy of Making the Grade

Hey friends!  We are fast approaching the end of the school year here in NYC and I find myself wanting to scrap all. the. photos. Is it just me? Somehow- I feel more in the groove scrapping school memories after the year is over, then in September- when the new year begins.  And even though it’s a few years behind me- I […]

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 […]

2 COOL 4 SCHOOL

Sure, we all have “Back to School” kits in our stash, but how about something a little kicked up- like a Last Day of School kit?  Whether the ones you love are graduating, stepping up or just stepping into summer vacation- the smiles and stories are sure to be BIG and scrap worthy!  25 papers and tons of ellies including fun word art make  2 […]

School Daze

It’s back to school time at my place.  It really is like New Years happens in September- new schedules, new routines.  I’m having a hard time getting myself  to love it all.  I enjoyed the laziness of summer.  Not that we sat around doing nuthin’- but that nothing really HAD to be done.  No clean […]

Party Time!

Me and Ryan the night of his 8th grade dance. Yes, sigh, he is bigger than me! The last two weeks of the boys’ school were a whirlwind- to say the least. There was Kindergarten stepping up and Grammar school graduation (with all the dances and parties that now seem to come with it!) Now mind you- all […]

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 […]