Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Product Monday | All Aboard!

Today I would like to feature a collection that is perfect for all of your train adventures!  Maybe you are planning a train ride or you have a train fanatic!  There are also lots of textured papers that would be great for even a non-train photo!

Take a Look at my All Aboard Collection! There are 5 products in this collection! There is the main kit - All Aboard!, plus Textured Papers, ClusterZ StackZ & ScatterZ, QuickpageZ, a Bracket Album, and get a special deal by buying the BUNDLE (all 5 of the products)!

It was fun to go back to 2008 and do a layout with this kit. November 15, 2008 - We were so excited to experience the Heber Valley Railroad! We were able to take the train down Provo Canyon for a great afternoon ride. Both of the kids LOVED it, especially JJ. We loved being together as a family!

Here is a layout I did with my All Aboard! Collection:

I used "All Aboard! Collection" by DeDe Smith 
and "Fill'er Up Templates" by Britt-ish Designs

ENJOY! Thanks for reading my blog and have a great week!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Life 2014 | First Temple Trip

In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), we have sacred ordinances that we do in temples. When a young man or woman reaches the age of 12, they have the opportunity (if they live worthily), to attend the temple and do an ordinance that we call, Baptisms for the Dead. This ordinance gives people who have died the opportunity to be baptized and receive the gospel on the other side. This is the only ordinance in the temple that the youth can participate in. Once they are older (usually after the age of 18), they are able to go through the temple for other ordinances.

My son turned 12 in January and received the Aaronic Priesthood in February.  This gave him the opportunity to go on his first temple trip with the Young Men in March. With JJ being on the Autism Spectrum, we are always concerned with his ability to understand and to mentally be prepared for things. I am probably too protective of him, but I was really nervous about him receiving the priesthood. So far though, it has been a good experience for him. He is passing the sacrament at church and the other boys are helping him (especially a young man named Aaron Mellor - who we are so grateful for). JJ is high function, but communication is an issue a lot and sometimes, I just wish I could see inside his head so I could understand where he is coming from.  We didn't talk much about the temple trip, but from what he said, I felt like it was a good experience for him and that he felt the spirit. It can be overwhelming, I remember it was for me, my first time. But I hope he will remember it and treasure these experiences.

Here's the layout I did for JJ's first temple trip on Wednesday, March 5, 2014:

I used "Scripture Heroes" by DeDe Smith and a template from Simple Scrapper

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Challenge Saturdays | SKETCH & SCATTERZ Challenge

Welcome to Challenge Saturdays! I got a new challenge for your weekend scrapping pleasure!  Please join in!

Who's ready for a challenge? I have a fun one so I hope you have some time this weekend to play!!!!

Today's Challenge is SKETCH & SCATTERZ!
You do a layout using a sketch and you will receive 
a ScatterZ element as your posting bonus!

Here's what you need to do:

1. You create a layout using the following sketch. Your layout can be any theme, but has to include MY PRODUCTS ONLY. Feel free to turn the sketch 90 degrees or move the pieces around, flip it, turn it into an 8.5" x 11" layout, etc. and you may also add additional elements.


2. Upload your layout to my FACEBOOK PAGE for all of us to see! If you don't have Facebook - you can email it to me ( and still participate! Please include what product(s) you used!

4. You must complete and upload your layout by Sunday, July 27th at 11:59pm EST.

5. If you participate in this challenge you will receive this 

I can't wait to see your lovely layouts! I hope you all will participate! Please spread the news and have a great weekend!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Sketch & ScatterZ Challenge is Coming!

Please join me for a SKETCH AND SCATTERZ CHALLENGE this Saturday! Come back to my blog here and you will have 48 hours to complete a fun Sketch Challenge to get a great ScatterZ!

Please come and join in!

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High/Low + Freebie | July 25, 2014

My LOW this Week is that my family is still struggling through some family drama. Sorry to be so cryptic, but its a very personal issue and something that just shouldn't be shared here.  But your virtual hugs and lots of prayers would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

My HIGH for this Week is that I got to spend yesterday with my brother and his family. We really love spending time with them and since it was a Utah Holiday (Pioneer Day - Utah Statehood) - we had a BBQ and did Fireworks. It was a good time and I really needed that.

I do have a freebie for you today! The next in line of my COLOR SKETCH SILHOUETTEZ!  Meet Rapunzel!  :)  

Have a great weekend!

High/Low + Freebie Posts. Each Friday, I get a little personal and share my high and low points of the week and then I offer a digital scrapbook freebie for everyone to download for FREE.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Top 10 | Boy Names


1.  Nathan
2.  Jack
3.  Jess
4.  Josh
5.  Ty
6.  Tony
7.  Ethan
8.  Jamie
9.  Trey
10. Ian

Your Turn! Comment and share your top 10 Boy Names!

TOP 10 LIST is a series of posts that share a quick list of my top tens in specific topics. Join in and share your top tens too! 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Sayings | Keep Calm and Scrap On

This week's quote:


Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying with you! I am a collector of quotes/sayings/scrapbook titles, etc. and I love to hear new ones! So, each week, I will share a quote/saying with you that I hope will inspire you and make your day a little better! I also create pieces of wordart with these quotes each week and offering them to you as a freebie!!!  Feel free to use them in your scrapbook layouts or just print them out for great wall decor!

If you have any great quotes/sayings - feel free to send them in to me at - I would love to use them!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family History | Song Lyrics

Here is this week's journal prompt :

My Personal Journaling:

These are on my favorites playlist right now - no judging!  :)

Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don't write in your journal regularly - I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.

Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn't matter how you do this - it's just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.

If I come up with other family history ideas - I will be sure to share it here too - and if you want to share with me your ideas - that would be wonderful and I'd be glad to share them here too. Just comment here or email me at

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Featured Product Monday | Americana BearZ

Today I would like to feature a collection that is perfect for July! I realize the 4th is over, but now is the time to scrap those pictures! This is one of my favorite kits, because of all the BearZ in it and I love my country!

Take a Look at my Americana BearZ Collection! There are 4 products in this collection! There is the main kits  - Americana BearZ 1 & Americana BearZ 2, plus ClusterZ StackZ & ScatterZQuickpageZ, and get a special deal by buying the BUNDLE (all 4 of the products)!

I've shared this layout in 2012 - and you can see the information HERE, but I wanted to share it again as I am featuring this kit today!

Here is a layout I did with my Americana BearZ Collection:

I used "Americana BearZ Collection" by DeDe Smith and a template from The Shabby Shoppe

ENJOY! Thanks for reading my blog and have a great week!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life 2014 | Summer Camp with the Princesses

Summer Camp with the Princesses
June 23, 25-26, 2014

Beth had the opportunity to participate in a Princess Summer Camp. She’s getting older and this Princess stage is not going to last forever, so it was really nice to see her still enjoying dress-up and play with the Disney Princesses! She got to spend three days with various princesses and got to do SO many fun activities! She had a blast and it will definitely be something she will always remember!      

Beth’s first session was a Frozen party and she got to be with her favorite princess, Anna and her sister, Elsa. She was so excited to wear her Anna dress. She got to make a wand, had ice cream, had a snowball fight with cotton balls, and was crowned a princess!

Next session was the Adventure camp with Merida and Rapunzel. She got to paint a lizard, shoot a target with arrows, stuff a bear, make a wish with balloons and danced with ribbons!

Then came a Luau with Jasmine and Ariel. She got to paint a treasure box, taught Jasmine to hula,made sand necklaces,  and made headbands to go with the hula skirt and lei!

The last session was a Spa Day with Belle (her 2nd favorite) and Aurora. Belle did Beth’s hair and nails and Aurora did her makeup. They got a butterfly treasure box with beauty supplies.

Here's the layout I did:

I used "Fill'er Up Templates 3" by Britt-ish Designs, "Happily Ever AfterZ Collection" by DeDe Smith, and "Color Sketch SilhouetteZ Collection" by DeDe Smith

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