Sunday, March 30, 2014

I need your help!

Hey scrapbookers, I am in need of your help. In order for me to remain an active consultant with Close to my Heart, I am going to need to boost my sales and this is where you come in. How would you like to earn at least $25 in free scrapbooking supplies AND win this cool little handmade mini album/journal? Read on for more details...

Be the first person to hold an April online gathering (book party) with sales of at least $150 and earn $25 in free scrapbooking supplies (but you can earn even more rewards with higher sales) plus receive this mini album/journal for free OR place an order of $50 or more on my Close to my Heart website at beginning April 1st and be entered into a drawing to win the mini album/journal.

So ask all your friends and family if they'd like to help you earn free products and before you know it, your sales will reach $150 or even higher! It's easier than you think! Contact me for more details.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to message me. Have a great week and h
appy scrampin'!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 27-29

I totally skipped days 25 and 26 because I was struggling to come up with what to write. I guess they just didn't appeal to me! I will most likely go back and complete them later as I don't like to leave projects unfinished but for now here are days 27-29. Enjoy!

Day 27 - Go-to meals / recipes when I have guests:
  • lasagna
  • homemade mac & cheese
  • scalloped potatoes
  • baked butternut squash
  • shrimp on the barbie
  • burgers and hot dogs on the grill

Day 28 - I feel my best when:
  • my hair looks good
  • I've had a shower
  • I get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • I've finished my treadmill workout
  • I'm in my scrap room
  • my husband compliments me on ANYTHING!
Day 29 - favorite local businesses:
  • Mi Cocina
  • Capriotti's
  • Wine & Spirits
  • Hood's Country Store
  • Library
  • Several Farmer's Markets
  • Cameron's Hardware
Happy listing!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Currently 3/24/14

My 'Currently' list for this week.....
  • watching:  National Crafting Month on HSN
  • reading:  Hush
  • listening:  to Lisa Bearnson
  • making:  my lunch
  • feeling:  tired & sad
  • planning:  what's for dinner
  • loving:  my scraproom
Photo is a screenshot of the crafting show on HSN, in case you couldn't figure it out! ;)  Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


A New Way to Scrapbook

I started taking an online class through Big Picture Classes 3 weeks ago and have been meaning to share my projects with you. There are so many venues for sharing these days that I could practically spend all day every day doing nothing but posting my artwork and photos and I sometimes forget to post what I really want to.

Anyway, here are some layouts I have been creating lately in the 'Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket' class hosted by Monica Bradford. I would like to add that I am so happy to be taking this class! It has taught me a whole new way to scrapbook and is helping me to use up a lot of my stash! I am extremely happy about that since PURGE is my 'one little word' this year, remember?

Well, without further ado.......

My grandson Ben - Project Life Jade edition cards used, all other supplies Close to my Heart except for the camera clip.

Photos of my husband and our grand dog. She is so cute!
All supplies Close to my Heart - cards are from the Avonlea Picture My Life kit.

Cards are Project Life Amy Tangerine edition - all other supplies are Close to my Heart.

Photos of the gorgeous bluebirds that we hope will stick around and raise a brood or two. Wish us luck! All supplies are from Close to my Heart including cards from the Skylark Picture My Life kit.  

Two of the cutest most precious little girls - my youngest granddaughters. Project Life Dear Lizzy cards used, all other supplies are Close to my Heart.

Here is one of those two youngest girls. Project Life Maggie Holmes cards used, all other supplies are Close to my Heart.

I hope you enjoyed my layouts today and maybe I inspired you just a little to use some  PL (Project Life) or PML (Picture My Life) cards from your own stash to create some awesome layouts! Who'd a thunk you could make such wonderful scrapbook layouts with Project Life or Picture My Life title and journaling cards and get them done so quickly! Amazing and so much fun!

Thanks for looking! If you have any questions about my layouts or if I can help you get started in scrapbooking either the traditional or digital way or with the Picture My Life kits, give me a shout!


March 30 Days of Lists - Days 23 & 24

Day 23 - It's time for.....
  • Spring cleaning
  • Hanging clothes outside
  • Opening the windows
  • Warmer weather
  • Spending time outside
  • Doing yardwork
  • Flowers!

Day 24 - Best ways to show love:
  • hugs & kisses
  • sharing
  • making a special meal
  • listening
  • just being there
Happy listing!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 17 - 22

Wow, am I really that far behind in sharing my lists? I guess I've been busier than I thought. Sorry about that! Here's the next 6 days if you've been patiently waiting for them. I know I already shared day 16 with you so I'm just jumping to day 17.

Day 17 - People I want to be like when I grow up:
  • Just ME!
When I was growing up I don't recall ever wanting to be someone else as I struggled enough to just be myself. And now that I am already all grown up, I find that I really do only want to be ME!

Day 18 - Where I take out of town guests:
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Lancaster County
  • Local Restaurants
  • My own backyard
Day 19 - 'Pins' to try:
  • Old door for photo frame
  • Projects with wine corks
  • Gardening ideas
  • Lots of yummy recipes
  • Scrapbook sketches
  • Several sewing projects

Day 20 - When I was your age (as told to my 2 oldest granddaughters):
  • I played outside until dark
  • I walked everywhere I wanted to go or rode a bike
  • There was no internet
  • I babysat to earn money
  • Gas was cheap!
  • There were no video games
  • I listened to music on a record player
  • There were no cellphones (gasp!)
Day 21 - The perfect ______ involves _________ :
  • meal / seafood
  • home / love
  • day / sunshine
  • drink / wine
  • weekend / time with Ron
  • book / humor or mystery

Day 22 - This week's playlist:
  • Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  • Demons - Imagine Dragons
  • Glad You Came - The Wanted
  • Secrets - One Republic
  • Story of My Life - One Direction
  • Anything by the Rippington's
Okay that's it for now! Hope you enjoyed all my lists today. Happy listing!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Currently 3/17/14

Better late than never, right? And it's almost time for the next one! Geesh, I'd better get it together!

My 'currently' list for March 17th. I am still using the papers from Laughing Lola by Close to my Heart, which are still available here
  • watching:  my computer screen
  • reading:  The Good Daughters
  • listening:  Frozen by Madonna
  • making:  breakfast
  • feeling:  frustrated
  • planning:  another scrapbook layout
  • loving:  the bluebirds
Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Write 365* - Describe your handwriting

All my life I have had good handwriting. I remember all my teachers telling me how nice my handwriting was and I was proud that I always received high marks for penmanship. I like to write neatly and precise so when anyone reads my handwriting they can understand it. There's nothing more frustrating to me than not being able to read what someone has written unless, of course, it's misspelled words. That really bugs me! 

Most times my writing is in cursive, which seems to be a dying art now since most schools don't even teach it anymore. That's very sad. Cursive writing is so elegant and lovely that I can't believe it may one day disappear. That is just not right but I suppose it has to do with how technology has changed the way we write.

My writing sometimes can be large, loose and kind of fancy or even wild with loopy tails on certain letters such as the g's and y's. Other times it's smaller, neater and more compact. Perhaps my mood dictates the style I write at the time - that may have something to do with it - or maybe it depends on how much space I have to write. If I have lots of space, my words will be wild & free - little space and my words are much smaller & neater. I do like to print my letters when I'm just making notes or lists and when I want to get something written down quickly. Writing quickly will usually produce a bit of loopiness - is that a word? - to my letters.

I don't know about you but I enjoy writing by hand. And there's nothing more special than sending or receiving a handwritten letter. That is why I am so excited to have a pen pal again. I haven't had one since I was a teenager and I am truly enjoying it! 

How would you describe your handwriting? If you blog about it, please leave me a link to your post in a comment below so I can check it out. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


*Write 365 is an iPhone/iPad app, created by Kam over at Campfire Chic, to inspire you to write whenever you have a writer's block or just need a little help coming up with a topic to write about. You can download it from the App Store. You can read more about the creator of this awesome app by going here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 14, 15 & 16

Day 14 - favorite treats while traveling:
  1. pretzels
  2. cheese & crackers
  3. m & m's
  4. Reese's peanut butter cups
  5. Starbucks
  6. popcorn

Day 15 - things I bought only once or twice in my life:
  1. a beautiful set of china (once)
  2. set of stainless steel pots & pans (once)
  3. a mobile home (twice)
  4. a marriage license (once)
  5. a wedding dress (once)
  6. a house (twice)
  7. a bicycle (twice)

Day 16 - this week's to do list:
  1. PURGE more scrapbooking supplies
  2. clean out the end tables
  3. be crafty!
  4. laundry
  5. grocery shopping
  6. print photos
  7. make lists
  8. work on blog posts
  9. drink wine!
Stay tuned for days 17 & 18 coming tomorrow! And maybe even day 19. 

Happy listing!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Give me a shout when you're ready to join my 'Scrampers with Heart' team! I'd love for you to join us!

Happy scrampin'!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 10-13

Day 10 - If I ruled the world....
  1. there would be no wars
  2. kindness would prevail
  3. there would be no cancer
  4. greed would no longer exist
  5. there would be no hunger
  6. animal cruelty BANNED!
  7. there would be only healthy foods to eat
  8. wine would have no calories
Day 11 - when I need to focus I.....
  1. listen to jazz music
  2. walk away from the computer
  3. stop to smell the flowers
  4. enjoy a glass of wine on the deck
  5. take a deep breath
  6. make a list

Day 12 - Things I always do for myself.....
  1. Listen to music & dance
  2. Get on the treadmill
  3. Cover the gray
  4. Read good books
  5. Drink lots of water
  6. Take online creative classes
  7. Take photos every day
  8. Scrapbook everyday life
  9. Enjoy the little things

Day 13 - My childhood home
  • small cape cod style
  • pale yellow siding
  • three bedrooms (for 7 people)
  • faux brick & paneled walls
  • in a nice neighborhood
  • on the south side of town
  • full of good times
Thanks for stopping by! Happy listing!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Currently 3/10/2014

This week's 'Currently' list:

  • watching:  the blackbirds steal all the birdseed again!
  • reading:  The Happiness Project & The Good Daughters
  • listening:  to the hum of my laptop
  • making:  another PL album page
  • feeling:  just fine!
  • planning:  another scrapbook layout class
  • loving:  the weather
Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!


March 30 Days of Lists - Days 8 & 9

Day 8 - How I feel today....
  • tired - up at 6am, out the door by 7am
  • excited - to see my daughter, her boyfriend and our grand dog soon
  • grateful - for this warm(er) day
  • confused - about a title for a scrapbook page
  • happy - to be going out to dinner later

Day 9 - Keep Calm and....
  • READ
Happy listing!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 6 & 7

 First off I wanted to show you the book I am creating my lists in in case you missed it back in December when I shared it with you on my very first listing adventure. The book is one of the canvas covered journals sold by Close to my Heart a while back that sadly is no longer available. I am so happy I bought a couple of them before they were discontinued but I wish I had bought more.

Anyway, on to the lists....
 Day 6 - Projects I'm in the middle of.....

  1. Project Life (Picture My Life)
  2. 30 Days of Lists
  3. Album for new grandson
  4. One Little Word 2014
  5. Several mini albums
  6. Planning our garden
  7. Ways to attract Purple Martins this year (this is our biggest project this year!)

Day 7 - favorite childhood games/tasks....

  1. reading
  2. kick the can
  3. solitaire
  4. mouse trap
  5. sorry
  6. hands down
  7. building forts
  8. climbing the apple tree
  9. raking/jumping in leaves
  10. softball
Thanks for looking! Happy listing!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Day 5

Day 5 of 30 days of lists - favorite fictional couples....

  • Jonathan & Jennifer Hart (Hart to Hart)
  • Carol & Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch)
  • Frankie & Mike Heck (The Middle)
  • Tim & Jill Taylor (Home Improvement)
  • Will & Grace
  • Dharma & Greg
  • Rachel & Ross (Friends)
  • Lucy & Ricky (I Love Lucy)
I'm not much of a TV watcher but I do miss some of these old shows. They were the best and so much better than some of the shows on today! I apologize for the quality of the photo. Even though I took the picture in front of a window, it still came out wrong. ;-(

Happy listing!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Days 3 & 4

Day 3 - My ideal day....
  • Sunny & 75 degrees
  • Pick fresh veggies from the garden
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Have a glass of wine on the deck
  • Enjoy a cookout with family or friends
  • Give lots of hugs & kisses to my grandchildren
  • Have another glass of wine on the deck

Day 4 - favorite tools to create with.....

  • Cricut machine
  • Clear stamps and inks
  • Embossing folders
  • Scissors
  • Camera
  • Printer
  • Sponge daubers
  • Paper & pen
  • Sandpaper
  • Paper trimmer
Happy listing!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

31 Things - The End

I'm a little late I know but I'm finally sharing the last pages I made for the 31 Things class by Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes. I totally enjoyed this class and was almost sorry to see it come to an end. I hope you enjoy my pages!

Days 22 & 23 - Spot & Write

Days 24 & 25 - Relationship & Outside

Days 26 & 27 - Covet & Hobby

Days 28 & 29 - Drink & Smell

Days 30 & 31 - 3:35 PM & Joy

Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrampin'!


March 30 Days of Lists - Day 2

How I would describe myself to a pen pal......

  • my favorite color is yellow
  • I am a scrapbooker
  • I have brown eyes
  • I am a  homebody
  • I have two blogs
  • I am quiet
  • I am very crafty
  • I am a grandma to six
  • I am a lister
  • I am a bird watcher
  • I love to document life
Happy listing!


February 2014 Month in Review

  • Enjoyed many Saturday morning trips out to Lancaster County
  • Hosted an all-day scrap event. Lots of fun!
  • Many days of snow, ice & cold still
  • Excited to see different birds at the feeders
  • Scarlet and Samantha's birthdays
  • Mom had her pacemaker surgery
  • Started reading 'The Happiness Project'
  • Mia came for an overnight visit 
  • Completed '31 Things' class with Ali Edwards
If you'd like to join in this challenge, feel free to jump right in! Go here for all the details. Have a great day!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 30 Days of Lists - Day 1

Yay! It's here! The March 30 Days of Lists challenge has begun! It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Head on over to the website and register. You'll be happy you did! And now without further ado, here's my list for day one. 

Ways to add magic to my life....

  1. Take a trip to Hawaii
  2. Use more glitter on my projects
  3. Skype with my grandchildren daily instead of weekly
  4. Read more exciting books
  5. Smile more
  6. Act like a child more often
Thanks for looking! Happy listing!


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