2017 Project Life Creative Team Member

When I was 16/17, my Young Woman’s president and good friend, taught me all about scrapbooking. I needed a project to complete Personal Progress and she felt this would be a great hobby for my creative side. I went on to complete my own scrapbook, did some work for her and other friends, and have since then scrapbooked my college years, married life, vacation, and of course my children.

Throughout all those years I accumulated papers, stamps, stamp pads, scissors, stickers, letters, die cuts, you name it- I owned it. And every time I moved (8x) my crafts came with me. Oh boy! You should see the look on movers face when they see my food storage and craft room. Priceless!

In 2011, I came across Becky Higgins. I had owned a couple of her books she had written about scrapbooking or lettering. When I saw her new product (I wish I remembered where) I said: Self, you need all of that! At that point, I was very behind on my memory keeping. I tried to catch up using Heritage Makers (digital scrapbooking) and that worked pretty well as many of my pictures were now on my computer. But there sat ALL my supplies untouched.  I missed the physical aspect of the hobby. I missed touching and feeling the papers. I missed the glossy picture of my sweet kids faces. Call me weird, but my homies who scrapbook know what I’m talking about. Am I right?

After I found Project Life, I realized I could still use physical products, print pictures, and keep my scrapbooking as a maneagable hobby. I LITERALLY could buy 1, that’s right, UNO core kit that would allow me to complete an entire album. My pocket-book was happy, my memory keeping was caught up, and my creative side was appeased. It was a no brainer. My friends were also happy because I literally gave all my stuff away. Well, I kept some scissors and stuff my daughter could use. But the rest I gave away. They were so grateful and now my life was simplified.

As the company has grown, I have loved watching it and implementing it as part of my memory keeping journey. Becky is absolutely amazing at sharing her ideas. I LOVE when others share their talents. I truly believe that’s what God intended and she’s the epitome of that.

I learned she had a Creative Team and for a few years it literally became a dream of mine. There’s my nerd side coming out again. I tried out for it last year and didn’t make it. I was sad, but not discouraged at all. I had a lot to learn and it was worth the wait for me. At that point, I was doing a hybrid of both physical product and using the app. I use the physical products to catch up on past years and all those glossy pictures I loved to print, but for present time, I use the app. All my pictures are on my iPhone. It’s SO easy to pull up the app and my pictures and create layouts while I sit in my car and kids have lessons or laying in my bed at night. Again: No brainer!

This year, when the opportunity came to try out for the team again, I felt much more confident in using the PL products. I have a groove (that I’ll share soon). My submissions were from layouts I created from the App. I crossed my fingers and hit the send button. Nerd alert. I literally prayed for this. I have a motto that if it’s important to us, it’s important to the Lord. So I try to include Him. Even if it’s silly.

The night I got the email of acceptance, my friend was driving the car, and I squealed so loud she almost crashed. Oops! We made it to the mall safely and I was in such a good mood, Gap was happy to see me make it rain. Not really, but you know what I mean.

And so here we are. That was a long story. Sorry!! But I’m still pinching myself and had to write all my thoughts down because I really am so grateful.

As it states on the site, “In exchange for the latest and greatest products, our Creative Team members create albums and projects to inspire you.”

I LOVE Project Life . It gives me an opportunity to create, to record, and keep it simple. What more can you ask for? I hope as you follow along, it will inspire you to do the same.



P.S. I needed headshots for my bio. My friend, Denise, and Creative Team Member alumni did an amazing job. Thank you!Headshot.jpg

(Layout: Big Shot 8, Kit: Watercolor Journal)


2017 Word: Find

It’s interesting how the start of the New Year causes us to reflect on our life and calls us to action to either make changes or start something new or maybe even continue something that is already working.  Why can’t we just make those changes in May or September? Or whenever the still small voice prompts us to?  I don’t know what it is, but I am grateful for new beginnings and will totally take advantage of an opportunity to start fresh.

While running today (one of the things I want to change) I was really pondering on what my 2017 word would be.  I kept thinking of all the words others who inspire me are using: Create, Learn, Believe, Refresh, Enough, etc.  As I looked at the road ahead (which I regret not taking a picture of) and struggled with my breath, since I was sprinting, that still small voice kept telling me: find your stride, find your breath, find your way to the starting point. And there it was. That still small voice to the rescue again.  So without further ado, this is what I will FIND this year.

  1. Find ways to worship our Savior. My faith is very important to me. These last 6 months have been spent in a lot of prayer, scripture study, and fasting. I don’t want to stop that. I don’t want to take what I have learned and the transformation that occurred for granted. I want to continue to get to know Jesus Christ. I want to find more ways to follow Him. Find more ways to be like Him. And eventually find my way back to Him.
  2. Find ways to be a better wife. Kevin will be deploying this year, so physically this will be a little bit hard. BUT, I can write and call him as often as possible. I can pray for his safety and those around him. I can send him packages. I can take care of the home he has provided for us. I can support him in his work, callings, hobbies. I can love him unconditionally. He doesn’t ask for much at all. He is quite amazing and easy to please. I want to find ways to be better for him.
  3. Find ways to be a better mother. I have 3 of the funnest, easiest, cutest, happiest kids.  They too are easy to please.  This last year, I found out that they just want me to love them. That’s it. They just want songs when tucked into bed. They want me to stop and listen to their stories. They want me to wave when the bus goes by. I am sure I can find the time to do those things and so much more.
  4. Find healthy relationships. I love my family and friends. A lot of you can attest to that. Unfortunately I struggled this last year with that. And you know what, that’s o.k. We live and we learn. I learned we all have our agency and we can’t force relationships and sometimes, unfortunately they cannot be repaired. But that doesn’t mean we are not all worth fighting for. So those that are lost can be prayed for and wished well.  In the meantime, I will find ways to be a better friend, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin. I might fail, but not without trying.
  5. Find hobbies that make me happy. Off the top of my head I literally can think of scrapbooking and sewing. I LOVE those two crafts. So I will make time for that. Being on the Project Life Creative Team will help a lot with scrapbooking (blog on that coming soon). I love small sewing projects. I think it will be great to do those again and help Emma along the way in her sewing interest. I have added piano as a new skill to learn this year. I won’t be playing at Carnegie Hall anytime soon, but if I can help my child through a song, then that’s my reward. I would also like to read more. That will help me stop and be still. So I have to find time for my hobbies.
  6. Find ways to serve and help others. I LOVE to serve. It’s one of my favorite things to do. When I can leave someone in a happier state than when we first met, it literally makes my heart leap. Sometimes I serve too much at the expense of my family. So I will find ways to serve more effectively for all those involved. Find ways to uplift either physically or emotionally.
  7. Find my stride. I put running on the back burner this past year. I missed it a lot. I am out of shape, overweight (by my standards), and not as fast as I could be. And that’s ok too. I will now be 35 this year so the Boston qualifying time goes up. Yay! Still have to get faster than my PR. But this will be my year. This year, I will find time to run. Find my best physical shape again. Find my stride and stay there for 26.2 miles.

There are so many other things that I want to do and accomplish because hello there’s 365 days in the year and I can do it all, right? NO!!! Note to self: your husband is deploying, you have 3 kids who need you, and you are moving in the middle of the year. YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL! And you will NOT FIND a way to do it all.

But seriously, friends. I don’t want to do it all. And as you can see from my list, I don’t have super specifics. I have ideas of what I want to accomplish and I will go from there. That’s what works for me. I hope you find all that you are looking for this year. I hope you find what makes your heart leap for joy.