06 June, 2014

My Birthday Wish List


My birthday is in 11 days! Ahhhh! It's coming up so quickly. I used to count down to my birthdays and get super excited for them, but since I got pregnant, I just haven't cared all that much. I even had to look up how many days away my birthday was just now. So weird, right??

Just because I haven't been as excited about the day itself doesn't mean that I haven't had a wish list of some kind every year. And this year is no different.

This year, most of the items on my birthday wish list are scrapbooking related... this is pretty much what my Christmas wish list looked like too. My brother drew my name for our gift exchange this year, and he ended up having to get me some paper punches and thickers. Haha! I was super excited though!

I can guarantee you that I will not be receiving most of these, buuuuuut this year, here are some things that I'm hoping for:


This is my dream present. I've been wanting one of these for awhile. I love all the beautiful cuts that people do with them, and I think it would be SO fun to add them to my pages!

2. ink pads

I'm quickly becoming an ink pad junkie so I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try. Right now, these Hero Arts Shadow Inks look really great to me. Especially, the soft purple and this Early Spring cube pack






So pretty. Sometimes I think I just want to buy color instead of the actual product. Does that even make sense??

3. the moon

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Cecily is really reallllllly into the moon so I've started to love all types of moon stuff as well. This necklace is so pretty, and I love that it reminds me of my girl.

And I really like this moon and stars punch too.



EK tools punches are my favorite. Since punches are typically pretty bulky, I love how compact these are.

4. the Kallax from Ikea

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This is the one item on my list that I know I'll be getting this year. The Kallax replaced the Expedit recently, and it's super great for scrapbooking storage because of the dimensions of the cubbies. An organized workspace is super essential for me or I get overwhelmed. And since I only have a little sectioned off area of the living room to work with, I've had to be really smart about storage and organization. I'll do a blog post one of these days on the things that have worked for me... once I finally finish that is!


I could keep going and going and going with this wish list because there's always a new line or product that I'd love to try, but I'll stop here! Maybe I'll make this a monthly thing to share some of the new products that have caught my eye!


P.S. This is by no means a sponsored post, but some of the links throughout are affiliate because they're things I genuinely love. :)


30 May, 2014

a layout: four months


This week I've been working on some month-at-a-glance pages for Cecily's babybook. During her first year, Levi took a picture (or two) of me and Cecily on her monthly "birthdays," and I made sure to record some notable things about Cecily each month. Things like milestones, interests, favorites, habits, etc.

My plan is to do 2-page spreads for each month. The left side will be a layout with the photos of me and Cecily and the number of months she is, and the right side will include all those notes I made throughout her first year.

Right now, I'm just working on the left sides of those layouts and leaving the harder parts for later. Reliving all those sweet memories from Cecily's first year is honestly kind of hard for me. I've loved every stage and I adore the sweet little Silly I have now, but I think I'll always miss all those moments from the beginning. Motherhood is so bittersweet!


Anyway, this is the page I finished during naptime today.

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I love these photos and this paper so much that I kept the whole thing super simple. I probably would have been happy just sticking the photos down to the paper and calling it a day!


29 May, 2014

a layout: cecily's dedication



This is one of the pages I made on Cecily's dedication for her babybook. Her babybook is going to be a MONSTER if I ever finish it. It will certainly have to be in volumes, and it probably won't be finished until she's 30. Anyway, this is just the first page with her life verse on it. The other pages I make will include the blessing I wrote for her that Levi prayed over her and the little gathering we had with our family afterwards.

Scrapbooking her dedication is something that I've been putting off because there's so much I want to include, but I think just starting it helped a lot. I know I could just trim it down and not add all the pages and journaling that I mentioned, but I'm not really a big fan of trimming down. I'd rather end up with a huge babybook.

I'm not usually a fan of woodgrain, but I really love this paper I received in my May Studio Calico kit. It's those pretty blue flowers. I wanted to make sure I didn't cover them up so I went with the boards on the paper.

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I made that blue floral strip with a stencil and the ink dauber I got in my kit. I was actually just playing around with it for practice and was going to throw it out, but when I saw it next to the paper on my table, I loved how they looked together!

I stamped out that whole Bible verse like a crazy person because I love stamping so much. I find it so therapeutic. And I love those stamps. I want to stamp entire books with them. Maybe I'll start stamping out my blog posts. That's a really good idea. ;)


hello!



well, long time no see! i'm not sure if anyone noticed or not, but after a blogging hiatus, i made my blog private last fall. i guess i felt the need to withdraw a bit. since becoming a mother, i've actually felt that way in many aspects of my life. that's probably something a lot of new mothers go through. it probably has something to do with all the medical junk i've been going through this year as well.

but tonight i got the crazy idea to try my hand at writing a post again. i'm a sharer by nature. i'm choosing to say "sharer" and not "oversharer" because i don't really like the term oversharing. i think sharing is a generous thing, and i don't like to put a limit on generosity. anyway, i feel most comfortable when the people in my life actually know me, like the real, past-the-surface me. and that goes both ways. i want to know the real them too. i'm drawn to other people who look for this in their relationships too. i approached blogging in the same way. except with blogging, i didn't actually know who i was talking to. i imagined a group of like-minded women (for the most part; i know some like-minded men read my blog too) who read my blog as if they were just checking in with a friend, and that's how i wrote my posts - as if i were talking to those friends, those kindred spirits (don't we all just LOVE that phrase?? i sure do!). and i think a lot of the people who read my blog were really how i imagined them to be! but then i started noticing that there were other people here too. people who weren't checking in on a friend. people who enjoyed criticizing me, my life, my choices, my stories, all that stuff. and when your blog is personal and real and open and honest, that kind of criticism can really get to you. it turned me off to this whole thing and made me reconsider what i wanted to share and where i wanted to share it.

and then i just got busy being a momma! and blogging was just the last thing on my mind! the posts i wrote were just for the purpose of recording things i didn't want to forget. but i didn't really enjoy that kind of blogging. it felt more like work. and i really just wanted to be using my hands, making something tangible. i've missed tangibility over the last few years. there's just something so wonderful and therapeutic and beautiful about making something with your hands. even if that something isn't all that great. even if it's just a piece of ikea furniture! so i decided to start recording all those things i didn't want to forget in a new way. i started scrapbooking. like with paper and tape and photos and stickers and all that good stuff! and i love it! i really really love it! i love that i'm recording precious memories and that i'm expressing my creativity and exploring new things. and i love that i'm creating something really valuable for my family. i'm recording our history! and even if we all look back on the pages i've created one day and think, "yikes! that's an awful lot of pink!"i know we'll all see the love i put into them, and we'll be grateful that i took the time to write those things down and print those photos and make it all look pretty.

so i think i'd like to start sharing this part of my life here on my blog. the things i create. the ways i'm preserving these memories and stories and maybe the other things i create too. i'd love to connect with other scrapbookers here! or just other people who enjoy making stuff with their hands. or even people who just like to read about other people making stuff! that's pretty fun too!


05 September, 2013

Ten Months


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Cecily turned ten months on Tuesday, 20 August. Stacey was in town so we got to spend the day with her and Frankie! We met up with them at the Abbot Kinney Intellegentsia and did a little browsing at Firefly Kids. The babies were all over the place at the coffee shop so we ended up meeting up again for dinner in the early evening after naps. We had a really great meal but a super bad dining experience at a restaurant in Manhattan Beach. It was actually laughable!

We got Silly a new, full-size crib this month! It was actually quite an adventure getting it because, apparently, Ikea is re-doing the only crib we wanted/could afford so there was only one left in all of Southern California! We tracked it down though and actually had fun driving to Covina in my brother's car to get it. Silly is adjusting pretty well to sleeping in her new crib but still joins us in bed at some point most nights.

Levi gets up with Cecily every morning (usually around 8:00) while I get some extra sleep all by myself. They usually make coffee and go on a walk and just enjoy some good, old-fashioned daddy-daughter time. I love that they have that time together! I also love the extra sleep. ;)


At ten months, Cecily:

• thinks my eyelashes are hilarious and fun to play with.

• is a sponge and is great at repeating things I do.

• tries to snap her fingers when she sees me snapping mine (she's actually been doing this for ages, but she's getting a little better at mimicking the movement now).

• gives lots of kisses... but not to Daddy. He's scratchy.

• is such an examiner! She loves exploring objects more than most things.

• claps for real now! She loves clapping, and we clap for everything!

• still doesn't crawl, but she's trying!

• is still a music lover. I don't see this ever changing. She'd prefer it if we ALWAYS had music playing.

• can put two hands on the side of the pool while we count to five at swimming lessons.

• is super talkative and cheerful in the mornings.

• notices all the little things. I think this is why she hasn't started crawling or pulling herself up to stand. She doesnt' need to get far to have things to explore.

• sits up on her own!

• sometimes sits up while sleeping in her crib and wakes herself up.

• tugs at her ear and hair while nursing.

• squealshriekscreams a "meow" in response to Gretel.

• HATES having her diaper changed. This is annoying since she used to love it. :\

• loves Yo Gabba Gabba.



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