Delightful

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Have you ever gone through and purged your crafty supplies, only to come back later and rescue something from the heap? That’s what happened to me recently. These Tim Holtz Distress Stains that I’ve had for a very long time, and rarely used before, made it onto the pile of stuff to get rid of. But while pricing things for a scrapbooking yard sale I came across them again and decided I hadn’t given them a fair chance. After all, I use distress inks, stains, etc. a lot more now than I used to. I think I just didn’t really know how to use them back when I got them and so many people are creating such lovely projects with distress inks and stains now that there are so many great ideas out there. So, back onto my desk they went. And guess what? I actually sat down and played with them instead of storing them away for some distant future opportunity (or to be thrown on the to-get-rid-of pile again later). Yay me!

Distress inks/stains/paints/markers are such fun products. I love to play around with them because of the way they react to water. Adding water droplets causes the ink to move around and make these awesome splotches. I just watched a great tutorial yesterday about how you can watercolor with your distress markers and take advantage of the way the ink moves when water is added. So cool! Playing around with these makes one feel all artistic and stuff!

I only own three colors of the distress stains, so I used them all to make this fun background. The distress stains come in bottles with a little sponge dauber at the top, so you can apply them straight from the bottle. I swiped each color across my paper and then added water droplets. I wanted large droplets, so I dipped my fingers in some water and let the water drop from my fingers. If you hold your fingers together, the water runs together off your fingers and create nice, large drops.

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I just bought this Amy Tangerine sticker last week (ironically, at the very shop where I took my purged items to sell) and it just so happens to match so very well to the colors of distress stain I used. How very serendipitous! Plus, it also has this fun watercolor look about it that goes so well with the background. I didn’t even intend to use these together!

I applied the sticker to a white piece of card stock, then cut it out in the basic shape of the sticker before adhering it to my card with foam adhesive. I also used a die cut flower accent, also from Amy tangerine, which I cut in half and added to each side of the card. I finished it off with some Prima gems and some white Mister Huey.

So, have you ever rescued something from the discard pile? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

weekend project: coffee table redo

PicMonkey CollageWho doesn’t love a great bargain?  I know I do! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve begun to head on out to an auction house that holds weekly auctions. The first time I went I came home with some metal file drawers to store things in and a cool metal chair. This time I came home with this Lane coffee table.

I spotted this great little mid century modern style table almost immediately. It was just the height and length I had been looking for. It was nice and sturdy too. The only problem was that it was pretty marked up on the top. It needed some TLC.  I waited until the auctioneer came to this piece, hoping no one else saw the potential in this beauty. Apparently no one did, or they were’t willing to spend the time finding it, because I walked away with it in my hands for a mere $13!

After I brought it home my husband spotted a table just like it on a vintage site for $350!! Woah! I was even more determined to reveal the beauty that I had a hunch was lying within!

Here are a few before photos of my table.

IMG_6799The top had lots of marks and the wood was so dry and thirsty. It needed a good revitalization. The legs have a small section of black paint on the very bottom that was peeling off.

Here you can see some of the marks on the top. It looked like someone had used it for a kid’s craft table, because there was marker, glitter, paint, pen. You name it. Someone had fun here!

IMG_6801And this next photo is very blurry, so sorry about that. It makes me cringe. But it does give you a great idea of what the table looked like before I started working on it.  I just adore that inlaid wood pattern. I just think it’s so gorgeous!

IMG_6798After I cleaned it well with mild soap and water, I hand sanded it down to get as many of the marks off as I could. I used a 220 grit sand paper, but I think next time I have a project like this I will use a coarser grit. Some of these marks were deep and hard to get off. But I was able to remove most of them by sanding. There are still a few I wasn’t able to remove, but I’m Ok with that.

Then I turned to Pinterest for some handy furniture tips I had saved for such a time as this. I came across a tip from Miss Mustard Seed for revitalizing wood. I knew that was a source that could be trusted, since Miss Mustard seed is a furniture redoing guru.

So basically, you mix up 3/4 cup of oil (canola, vegetable, olive, etc.) with 1/4 cup of vinegar (white, apple cider, etc.). I used vegetable oil and apple cider vinegar for my concoction. Then you dip a rag into it and rub it all over your furniture. It restores the natural beauty of the wood. I tried it on the bottom of my table first, because even though I trust Miss Mustard Seed, I still didn’t just want to dive right in without getting a good idea of how it was going to work. When I saw what it did to the bottom of my table I could’t wait to get started on the top.

As I rubbed in the oil and vinegar mixture, the beauty that I suspected was there began to emerge. I gasped with delight and I’m sure I uttered things like “oh my word! and “holy cow!” a few times.

After I was finished with the oil and vinegar rub down, I sanded the black part of the legs. After debating whether I should spray paint the black part or use acrylic paint, I opted for acrylic, since it was just easier. After everything was dry I sprayed the entire thing with a clear polyurethane finish. I found I couldn’t get a smooth finish with the spray poly, so I lightly sanded it and applied brush on poly to the top of the table instead. I found I was able to achieve a much more uniform finish with the brush on versus the spray on.

And here are a few shots of the finished table.

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Isn’t she pretty! I’m so delighted I was able to snag her for less than $15! I love how the beauty of the wood is visible. It’s really, really gorgeous! While I was working on my table I could’t help but send a photo to my husband so he could see the difference. He said “wow! It looks like more auctions are in your future!” I’m sure he’s right.

Do you have a piece of wood that needs to be revitalized? Why not make it your weekend project? It’s so simple and requires only two products that most people have on hand all the time. You can try this on any piece of unpainted wood. Rub it in, then stand back and admire beauty you just made happen.

Inspired By: pretty little teepee

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Good morning, friends!

I have another Avery Elle card to share with you today. I know I’ve been showing lots of Avery Elle lately, but if you love their stamps like I do, then you won’t really mind.

This time I used the Home Sweet Home stamp set which features adorable little dwellings, like this teepee. Goodness, it’s just so cute!I love the Southwestern designs included in the set so you can add details to your teepee.

I also used the Ovals Classic Frames stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

This card was inspired by this photo that I pinned some time ago to my inspiration board.

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Photo via flickr.com

This photo makes me want to live in a teepee. Well, almost. I love the colors, the designs on the teepee, and the watercolor floral designs encircling it. It’s all done in such a beautiful way and I just love it. I decided to use some of these elements in my card.

I liked that the designs on the teepee were white, so I masked off my teepee and embossed the designs in white and then colored the teepee with inks. This card was a little difficult to execute since the white embossing was reeeeaaallly hard to see and get all lined up just right. Another option for getting similar results would be to color your image first and then emboss the white designs on top. Or use colored paper instead of white. I chose to use white paper and emboss before I colored so I could achieve my desired effect as closely as possible.

I popped my little teepee up on foam adhesive and adhered it on top of another stamped image. I colored the doorway on the bottom image. I didn’t have any floral images that worked well to create the designs around the teepee, so I used an oval floral frame from the Waltzingmouse set instead.

IMG_6790That bold black and white paper is from Glitz Designs. Originally I was going for a small design, but I really didn’t have anything on hand that fit the bill. I think I’d still pick a smaller design to accent this image, but sometimes you have to use what you got, right?

You can see more “Inspired By” posts by clicking on the Inspired By tag at the bottom of this post.

If you have any questions about this card, or would just like to stop in and say “hello” I’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by!

watercolor feather

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This card is a pretty quick and easy one that incorporates a few different techniques/elements. For starters, I cut out a large feather on my Silhouette. Then I used my watercolors to give it lots of pretty colors. When the watercolors were dry, I drew on some final designs with a fine marker.

IMG_6736Of course I had to add a few ink splatters. And my trusty button twine. I’m convinced I wouldn’t be able to craft without that twine!

I love my watercolors so much right now. And feathers have been a favorite of mine for quite some time. That is one trend I hope will stay around for a long time yet.

The sentiment is the same one from Avery Elle that I used on my last card.

I’m (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of my latest order from Papertrey Ink. Seems I must have accidentally used my old address somehow. Now it seems like the USPS just can’t find me. It should arrive today. Do you know how hard it is to wait on a craft order that is late??? I need my white card stock, people! Do you hear me???? Only a crafter would understand the hardship! :)

I’ve been a busy little bee, trying to get a handle on the long to-do list I have had going on for quite a while. Been trying to do lots of shopping for our house, shopping for the kids who seem to always be outgrowing their clothes, and keeping on top of household chores that threaten to overtake me. The good news is that some of the things we’ve had on our agenda are now finished for a while, like basketball season, Bible study, and Bible quizzing. So now it looks like my calendar is a little more manageable. I’m thinking that means more crafting time, wouldn’t you say?

Hope you’re having a fantastic week so far! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! Your visits and comments always mean so much to me!

 

 

Thanks a bunch

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It’s no secret that I am crazy about mint or any shade of pale green or blue.  Pale Aqua was one of the colors I chose for my wedding, my family room walls are a pretty shade of minty aqua, I have many pieces of clothes and jewelry in these shades, and it often shows up in my projects in some form or another.

I’ve been on a search for the perfect mint colored ink pad, so I was so very excited when Studio Calico released their new Color Theory ink pads, which included this very lovely minty ink, called Mint Hint. Oh, wow! I LOVE it!! It’s the perfect color, and one I have been hoping to find for quite a while. Now I just need Studio Calico to make coordinating card stock and I will be one happy girl!

I inked up a new embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts by swiping the ink pad across it until it was well inked. Then I ran it through my Big Shot, leaving this pretty letterpress effect behind.

IMG_6643Isn’t it so pretty? It looks so classy and beautiful in real life, like a fancy, high end card.

I decided to do a monochromatic card this time, and pulled out some other similar shades of card stock, ink and thread to finish it off. The leaf stamp is from Avery Elle. Speaking of Avery Elle, have you seen this fun announcement? I’m so excited to be a guest designer for Avery Elle for the month of April. So, you’ll see lots more Avery Elle goodness here at Sweet Paper treats soon!

IMG_6646Have you tried out the new Color Theory inks yet? Do you have a favorite color that you tend to use a lot?

I’m headed off on a trip to Ikea today. Love that place! I’m hoping to snag some fun new things for the house. I hope you have a lovely day, my friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

Powhatan Village- Native stamped designs

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I made this page for a recent Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking call for the native influences category. It wasn’t chosen, obviously, but I had fun creating these native designs out of stamps from my stash, so I thought I’d share the results here with you.

The photos were taken during a visit to the Powhatan village at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. We really enjoyed learning about the natives and their way of life. The kids were especially enthralled with the totem poles. Yes, they did think it was very funny to stick their fingers in those large noses. Yes, they are crazy like that!

Since I didn’t have any stamps or other supplies that really went with this theme I was forced to come up with something on my own. I dug through my stash to see what i could find to use. I settled on the Design Motifs stamp set from Paper Smooches to make the designs on this page. The triangles and chevrons works so well to make lots of fun patterns. I love that the smaller triangles fit so perfectly inside the chevron designs. The possibilities of making all kinds of patterns are pretty much endless. I have a few more ideas stewing in my brain for this stamp set.

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I stamped a few of the designs onto a scrap piece of card stock and used foam adhesive to pop them off the page a bit for some added dimension.

I chose a softer color palette to better coordinate with the colors in my photos, but wouldn’t it be fun to try this out with some brights and neons?

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I used my Silhouette to cut out some feathers to add to my page. I misted them with grey mist before adhering them.

IMG_6567A few stars and dots finish it off. The patterned paper is from Heidi Swapp. the arrows in the paper just happened to match the theme and colors in my photos so well. Don’t you just love it when that happens?

The letter stickers are from my Studio Calico kits.

If you have any questions about this page, please feel free to ask.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Deer

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Do you love the deer head trend that’s been so very popular lately? I have to say that in the beginning I wasn’t so sure I liked it. But then it grew on me. And having a husband and two sons who love the outdoors, and having a home where we frequently see deer in our backyard, I was surprised by how often the deer fit in with a lot of my projects.

I’ve really been into all things woodsy and outdoorsy for a while now. I think it has to do with the setting of our home. Many evenings we look out our windows and watch the deer nibble their way through the woods bordering our back yard. We often spot as many as eight at one time. Not to mention the squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and all other manner of wildlife we get to witness from day to day. It made a lot of sense to me to bring the nature theme into my home decor as well. Over Christmas time I was thrilled to find the white deer figurines at Target to use as Christmas decor. Nature is always a great place to find inspiration.

This card is a pretty quick and unfussy one. Just a bit of stamping, a bit of patterned paper, and some simple embellishments. I’m usually more in need of masculine birthday cards since I tend to make a lot of cards that lean more towards the feminine style, so this card is a great one to keep in my stash for that perfect time.

IMG_6561I know I was MIA last week. Most of my spare moments last week were spent with a paintbrush in hand. My plan to paint my son’s room while they were off from school for the huge snow storm kind of back fired and didn’t happen quite the way I was anticipating.  So, the project that I hoped to complete in a weekend ended up taking more than twice that long. But I’m happy to say that all the painting is done and now we can move on to the fun and exciting part of decorating! I’ve got my eye on some red lockers on Craigslist that I’m hoping we can snag before they’re gone. I think they would look very cool in his bedroom.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are excited about the week ahead. I know I am! Here’s to a great week, everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your visits means so much to me!

 

On My Desk: Avery Elle

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So, the other day as I was attempting to clean up my works space, this happened. By “this” I mean the cards you see in the photos above. Often in the course of trying to clean up I get a bit distracted by all the fun things I see laying around. Random pretty things that are just begging to find a place to belong.

So, I sat down and began to play around with the things I was finding on my desk. Which brings us to another “On My Desk” post. I think these posts are probably one of my favorites.

You can see more “On My Desk” posts here.

This time I had a bunch of patterned paper pieces left over from my bag after the scrapbook retreat that I still hand’t put in their proper place. The thing I love about random scraps laying in a pile is that I often find new patterns to put together that I probably wouldn’t have if I would have gone searching for a combination on my own. I picked out a few from the pile that I thought looked pretty together to make this first card.

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I loved the soft pinks, blue, and grey patterns. Loved how sweet and romantic they looked. I grabbed my heart punch and began punching lots of hearts in two different sizes. then I arranged them how I liked them and adhered them to the card, popping some of them up with foam adhesive for a little dimension.

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I also had some new stamp sets from Avery Elle on my desk that I hadn’t yet gotten a chance to use. I like to keep my new stamp sets on my desk until I use them at least once. Then I place them in the container with all my other stamp set. I added the sentiment (Love Notes) from Avery Elle and some sequins to this card to finish it off.

This next card also features a stamp set from Avery Elle (Petals and Stems). Another set that I hand’t gotten to play with yet. I love the various sized florals in this set. So pretty!

I had in mind a pretty watercolor floral look and played around, trying to find a way to achieve what I had in my mind. I settled on using Gelatos. By scribbling the gelatos directly onto the stamp surface, then spritzing it with water I was able to achieve the look I was going for. This next card is the result of that.

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I knew I had nailed it when my son came over to see what I was doing and asked if I had painted those flowers. No, but that’s exactly the look I wanted. I was happy to have found a way to achieve the look I was going for!

I added two shades of gelatos to the flower images to make them look a little more realistic and interesting. Also, you can easily stamp images on top of each other using the gelatos, as you can see I did with the leaves. I added some spritzes of black mist, just because I thought it needed it as a finishing touch.

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While I was playing around with my gelatos, trying to come up with just the right amount of water to use, etc. I came up with this more saturated flower image. Even though it wash’t what I was going for, it was too pretty to throw away. So I decided to use it to make another card.

I paired it with a leftover piece of card stock that I had die cut those little hearts from that you saw on this card. I taped the die cut piece over the card base and sprayed it with yellow and white mist, leaving the pretty misted hearts on the background.

041I loved the way it looked with the bright pink flower. I added some bright green leaves, also from the same Avery Elle set, to accent it.

043Some black twine, a few little gems, and a small stamped sentiment, also from the Petals and Stems set, complete this card.

When I finished making these cards I noticed that not only did I use my new Avery Elle stamps on each of these, but they all feature pretty much the same color scheme. They all have a soft grey background with pinks, white, and soft yellow. It just seemed fitting to me to feature all of these in one blog post instead of showing them to you individually.

I had a blast playing around with things on my desk. I hope you enjoyed seeing the results.

Right now we’re being blasted with another snow storm. the kids are home from school (again!), and my husband stayed home from work (yay!).  It’s gorgeous outside. I think we’re expected to get around a foot of snow with this storm. I have plenty to keep me busy while we’re stuck at home, so I’m not worried. I’d like to make some fresh cinnamon rolls, work on my scarp booking, practice my Life Scripted class assignments, help the kids with an art activity, and get started on painting my son’s room. I think I’d have enough to keep busy to be snowed in for a week!

Here’s a photo I snapped this morning of two of my kids out having fun in the snow.

050Right now they’re inside working on their school work, trying to stay caught up. I love days like this! We have a good fire going in the fireplace, the snow looks so pretty outside while it stays warm inside, and I have all my loved ones with me under the same roof. Plus, there’s always lots of coffee to consume. I think this has been such an awesome winter so far. Not a stitch of yucky brown grass to be seen anywhere. I love the snow!!

I hope you all are having a lovely day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Inspired By/Blogger Challenge: patterns

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Today’s post is a double whammy. I’m sharing another Inspired By project, but I’m also participating in something new.

A couple of other bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you Blogger Challenges. These are a monthly challenge that a group of us diverse bloggers will be participating in, and each month we will focus on something new. This month it’s patterns. Each of us will be sharing project in the theme of “patterns”. It could be  a home decor or DIY piece, or  crafting project, like mine. Be sure to  visit each of the participating blogs for lots of fun pattern inspiration! You will find each blogger’s challenge photo and blog link below. Special thanks to Chelsea from Pinterior Designer for asking me to participate in these challenges!

Now, for the Inspired By portion of the post.

The inspiration for my page comes from this image by Hello Lidy. Please go check out her blog. She’s an amazing graphic designer and DIY-er. It was a treat to browse her blog and take a look at everything. Thanks to Lidy for giving me permission to use her gorgeous mood board image!

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I love so much about this mood board! I love the natural elements: the wood, the sheepskin and the antlers. I love the text elements: the large monogram, the written words and arrows, and the quote. I love the color scheme: the blacks, whites, and other neutrals, plus the tiny pop of green.Plus, what I really love is all the triangles. LOVE! I thought the triangle pattern would be fun to try out for this challenge.

I decided to use several of the mood board elements on my page. First off, the triangles were the base of my design. Then I took inspiration from the natural elements and the neutral colors to pick out patterned papers and other elements to accent my photos.

I went with a wood grain paper, a black and white hand written text paper, and a birch wood patterned paper. Then I added in some large, monogram type, letters for my title.

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I also added some flair with a deer head image and a wood grain heart image. I loved how they seemed to fit in so well with the mood board image.

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I also loved the hand written words that were added to the image. I decided to do that with my page as well. I love the end results. It adds a fun element to the page, I think.

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I love the end results and it was a fun page to put together. Special thanks to Hello Lidy for the beautiful inspiration piece!

You can see my last Inspired By post here.

Go check out the other blogs taking part in the blogger challenge. I hope you’ll be inspired to try out a “pattern” project of your own! If so, I hope you’ll pop back in and sure it with me. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Grace Lee Cottage, Cute Kid, Ugly House, La Vita DiBella, Retro Ranch Renovation, Country Mouse Tales, Pinterior Designer, Sweet Paper Treats , Lemon Drop Life

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So many hearts

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Good morning, friends! I’ve got a lot to share this week, after a quiet blog week last week.

I have lots of fun heart themed projects to share. Not necessarily just for Valentine’s Day, but ones that could be given year round.  Let’s get started with this heart-filled card.

ETA: I am entering this card into the Moxie Fab World Happy For Hexagons Challenge. Click on over and check it out! There’s still plenty of time to enter, if you wish!

The base of this card was included in a package of cards I got from the goodie bag swap I did a few weeks ago. I like the hexagon shaped embossed design on this card. I had lots of tiny little hearts left over from making my own goodie bags and so I thought they would look really cute nestled in the hexagons of this card.

I misted a bunch of the little hearts with red and yellow mist, allowed them to dry, then placed them here and there on the card, adding a few enamel dots for good measure.

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The sentiment is a stamp from Avery Elle. The twine is from American Crafts. I also added a sliver of a doily. Just a tiny bit to add a little bit of a lacy feel.

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I’m happy to be back sharing my projects this week.

Seems like I’ve got too much on the brain these days. Hopefully there will be no snow delays and/or cancellations this week. My routine is so messed up and I feel slightly overwhelmed. So much to do, so much to focus on that I often just don’t know where to begin.

I haven’t said much about my dad’s health issues lately because I figure people have enough problems of their own, and who wants to hear all the details all the time anyway. But, having said that, if you could say a prayer for my dad, that would be so appreciated. He has had Myasthenia Gravis for several years, but was doing pretty well with it until recently when his symptoms came back full force, and manifested in a different way. He’s been in the hospital for the last few weeks. He’s been having problems with his speech, eyesight, vision, and swallowing and has had to have a feeding tube put in. The treatments they’ve been doing haven’t shown enough positive results to continue them, so an alternate treatment is our next option, but it could take months to see any positive results, which means the feeding tube will stay until they find a treatment that works for him. I know many of you know my story and know the struggle last year was for out family, and now having to face this seems daunting sometimes. There are lots of unknowns and lots of decisions that will need to be made. it feels overwhelming sometimes. But, I’m holding onto the hope that God has a plan and a purpose through all of this. Even though it’s hard to understand. I appreciate any prayers on my dad and my family’s behalf.

In other news, I’m a little on behind on my Life Scripted class from Studio Calico, but so far it’s been fun. I just need to find some time to practice. I’m sure I will share more scripted projects sometime soon.

Also, I haven’t been doing so well with my scrapbooking goals. I got a little bit done this weekend, and a page that I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow, but, yeah, other than that, not so much! Trying to figure out how to carve out time, but also, to really actually keep that time for scrapbooking and not fill it with other things. It’s a discipline I will need to learn. Why does it have to be so hard to take the time to do something I enjoy? (sigh)

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate your visits! I hope you all have a beautiful week!