my one little word.

Aahhhh- I found it.  my one little word to guide me, direct me, anchor me and cheer me on this new year.  I wrote about this exercise a few days ago- it’s one of my favorite activities suggested by Ali Edwards that’s detailed so much better than I can do here on her blog.  Not only are her words […]

overwhelmed. {a little}

A long time ago, I shed the chains of chronological scrapping.  It was after reading a few amazingly inspiartional books by Stacy Jullian and Ali Edwards.  I decided I would be a “story teller” instead of a timekeeper.  Just tell the stories so that when all is said and done- and my children look at my books, […]

how to {create} like a ninja

Fridays are the one day I absolutely do NOT design.    A little has a lot to do with the fact that if I have a new kit coming out- I spent the whole week working like heck on it- and I am drained of all mojo 😉   But even those weeks I do not have a kit- I just […]

The double edged sword of a scrapper….

yeah. we’ve all been here. Today, I soooo wanted to spend some time alone with my stash that rivals a TLC show @ hoarders and make a few layouts with the mountain of photos that I have stockpiled. Just an hour. But wouldn’t you know, the children need food, clothes needed cleaning, life needed living. […]

The double edged sword of a scrapper….

yeah. we’ve all been here. Today, I soooo wanted to spend some time alone with my stash that rivals a TLC show @ hoarders and make a few layouts with the mountain of photos that I have stockpiled. Just an hour. But wouldn’t you know, the children need food, clothes needed cleaning, life needed living. […]

just do it. | The First Post

Yes, I read every scrap magazine out there. I collect endless sketches read the design books and consult my color wheel. but you know what? in this hobby of scrapbooking and photojournalism- it’s important that you don’t let yourself become paralyzed by perfectionism. You don’t have to do it perfectly. Or even beautifully. Just do […]

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 […]

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 […]