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 […]

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 […]