A Day in the Life

October 9, 2016


Our days around here tend to be either very routine, OR very eventful. I take a lot of photos on those eventful days where we take trips to amusements parks, but I have to remember to take pictures of just our day to day routine. Our blog share this month is all about “A Day in the Life”, so I scrapbooked some photos of a typical routine on the weekend!

I love the color combination in this new Stampin’ Up! Project Life card collection – Good Vibes. Modern, but bright and fun.


We spent the morning just running errands – Target, the nursery for new plants for the yards, a bit of lunch.


My favorite thing about this day was the weather – it was the first day that actually felt like autumn had arrived. It was a bit cool – cool enough to pull my boots out of the closet for the first time this season. There were some gorgeous clouds in the sky and there was a brief shower in the afternoon; just enough to leave us with that fresh rain scent for the rest of the day.




Check out the rest of the team’s pages for this month, to see their Day in the Life!

Julie Kettlewell – UK
Sandra Korten – The Netherlands
Delys Cram – New Zealand
Linda Dalke – Australia

Moments Like These

September 11, 2016

I’m focusing more and more lately on simplicity – and this relates to my scrapbooking as well. One strategy I’m using is to focus on Project Life cards and scrapbook papers that are neutral colors – so, a lot of black and white cards like in the Moments Like These collection.

I’m glad I documented the backyard a bit last year when it was full of grass, before I turned it into concrete!


Some old photos from when Sofia was just barely a toddler.


And these black and white cards go perfectly with a bit of color for some photos from last year’s Halloween! This is the fabulous thing about black and white cards- you can add a pop of color to tailor it to any color scheme.


Our team has some great pages that you’ll be inspired by – make sure to check them out!

Julie Kettlewell

Constanze Wirtz

Tina Gillespie

Anna Pickering

Sandra Korten

Delys Cram

Linda Dalke

Allison Okamitsu

Yard Progress

September 2, 2016


I have shared many photos on Instagram of my backyard and the work that’s been going on, but not a lot on this blog yet. But I am so excited as to how things are progressing, that I can’t help but share some photos even though we aren’t done yet!

Before and after:


This home’s grass never was in great condition, but when the California water restrictions popped up a year or so ago, we struggled with what to do with the grass. Eventually the decision was made – get rid of the grass, and move on. This is what a yard of dead grass looks like!


Finally, the work starts. I don’t think I could have pulled all this up myself.


And the concrete work begins…


And for the finished product….concrete and decomposed granite. I really didn’t do anything fancy. Just basic broom finished concrete and gray decomposed granite. But then I had lots of fun with decorating and choosing pieces of furniture and plant pots.


The dining table set is from West Elm. The little plant pots are from CB2.


I am so glad I chose these Acapulco chairs from CB2! They are so fun and actually very comfortable for lounging in. I can’t wait to use the firepit from Crate & Barrel to make s’mores. I’m still working on getting plants in the ground, but until then I’m enjoying the plants in the plant pots which are from CB2.


If you like the look of the Acapulco chairs, here is another fabulous example of how this can be pulled together, from one of my favorite bloggers – Almost Makes Perfect.

Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin Up

May 8, 2016

Project Life by Stampin Up

Bathtime copy

Welcome! This month’s blog hop is all about card collections that are retiring soon, so if you like what you see, grab these now while you can! I just recently ordered the Love Story card collection, and am so glad I ordered a few sets of them, since they are retiring this collection. The cards are absolutely gorgeous and I really think they can be used for many purposes besides romantic themes. I found a lot of uses for these cards when scrapbooking photos of my kids.

For the “bathtub” page above, I just stamped a small “so much fun” stamp from the “Happy Times” Stampin’ Up!- Project Life collection (also retiring) and stamped the month “January” on the calendar card. Super simple!

It’s tough finding Project Life cards with the color purple/perwinkle in them, like in my little one’s shirt in these photos…and black and white cards are a great option when you can’t find cards to match the colors in your photos. I really like the contrast of the black and white with the bright colors in her paint set.

Project Life

These pages really came together very quickly. I love how easy it is to put something together with neutral colors like black and white and gray!

Project Life

Project Life

Project Life

Make sure you check out the other blog posts from the team this month! And if you are interested in ordering the Love Story or any other card collection, check out my website Delys Cram
Tina Gillespie
Sandra Korten
Constanze Wirtz
Julie Kettlewell
Patty Bennett
Linda Dalke
Caroline van der Straaten
Janet Morrow Wakeland

Memory Keeping With Project Life

April 9, 2016

Project Life Stampin Up

Hi everyone! This month’s challenge was to use only black and white photos. I actually use black and white photos quite a bit, but I usually mix them up with color photos. I don’t often use solely black and white photos on a page, so this was a fun challenge for me!

I’d been wanting to play around with combining one of my favorite ink colors – Calypso Coral – with black and white for quite a while, so this was a great time to do it. The great thing about using black and white photos as well as black and white cards is that you can use your favorite color to add an extra “pop” to the layout.

I used a few Stampin’ Up’ Project Life stamp sets, too. All of the cards are from the Moments Like These collection (my favorite!) except for one of the cards which was just a plain white card.

Both of these pages were very simple. All I had to do was to stamp on two cards on this first page.

On the second page, I used the calendar stamp for the month and days and then circled the day that the photos were taken. I love this stamp!

Project Life Stampin Up

Project Life Stampin Up

Thanks for checking out my pages! Make sure to hop around to see what the rest of the team created this month.

Julie Kettlewell UK
Linda Dalke Australia
Constance Wirtz Germany
Anna Pickering UK
Sandra Korten Netherlands

Memory Keeping With Project Life

March 13, 2016

Project Life Welcome Baby
I like being pushed out of my comfort zone a bit. I’ve never really incorporated metallics into my scrapbooking – but I’m so glad that this month’s blog hop theme was gold and silver, because it gave me the perfect chance to start exploring the gold colors that have been sitting in my craft stash!

I had actually recently purchased some of the gold Stampin’ Up! embossing powder, after seeing gorgeous handmade cards using this powder. I love using embossing powder on Project Life cards, and this gold powder is now one of my favorites.

I used both the gold embossing powder and blushing bride pink embossing powder on this title page for my newborn daughter’s Project Life album. Gold paper was easy to use with my punches to punch out the chevron and circle shapes.

This card is my absolute favorite card from my favorite Stampin’ Up! – Project Life collection – “Moments Like These”, designed by Liz Tamanaha. The “hello” stamp is a recent new favorite from Stampin’ Up! that I LOVE using on a first page for an album.

Project Life Moments Like These

This kit is so versatile, I’ve used it for everything from newborn photos to Disneyland photos. And speaking of Disneyland…

Here’s how I used the Moments Like These cards again, for a Disneyland page.

Project Life Disneyland

I used the coordinating stamp set to stamp some black and gold stars on a plain white 3×4 card. (I replicated a card that came in the collection, which had all black stars on it.)

Project Life Disneyland

This page is part of a 2 page spread, where the other page is a traditional 12×12 page, using other Stampin’ Up! gold washi tape, stamps and gold stickers that I used for the word “disney” from the Moments Like These accessory kit.

Disneyland Scrapbook

Finally, I used some stamps and gold embossing powder, gold vellum paper, and cards from a few different collections to create this 2 page spread of my older daughter. This vellum paper is now one of my go-to items for scrapbooking!

Project Life Baby

Now make sure to hop around to see what the rest of the team created with metallics!

Delys Cram
Linda Higgins
Tina Gillespie
Julie Kettlewell
Caroline van der Staaten
Janet Morrow Wakeland
Constanze Wirtz

Memories in the Making – Stampin’ Up! Project Life Blog Hop

January 9, 2016

Watercolor is everywhere right now, for good reason – it’s so gorgeous! I had such fun using the newest Project Life cards from Stampin’ Up! because these cards really use the watercolor theme to create some beautiful images.

Memories in the Making

I used the “Love You” stamp in the Watercolor Wonder color to stamp on top of the 4×6 card.

Memories in the Making

Similarly, I used the “Life is Good” stamp on top of the card that had the watercolor effect, and handcut a heart out of Watermelon Wonder card stock.

Memories in the Making

The only thing I did with these layouts – beside slipping the cards and photos in the photo pages – was to print out “Great America 2015” on a piece of coordinating card stock and cut out the words to adhere to the card. Simple!

Memories in the Making

Memories in the Making

Memories in the Making

These cards have definitely inspired to start playing around with watercolors myself….stay tuned for more. And make sure you check out the rest of the teams posts this month!

Julie Kettlewell, UK
Delys Cram, New Zealand
Constanze Wirtz, Germany
Linda Higgins, Australia
Tina Gillespie