Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creative Heart's Sweet Retreat 2015

This is absolutely ONE OF THE VERY BEST weekends of the year.

This year, it will February 27-March 1.

Same Place. . . Residence Inn by Marriott KCI.

We love this hotel!  They treat us right. . .AND it is close to so many things!  

Registration is OPEN!  

I only have a few spots left!

If you would like more information, please send me a message!  

Every year is an absolute blast!!! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Project Life App


This is a mind blower.

Or for me it is anyway.

I created this layout on my phone.

Yes, you read that correctly.  ON MY PHONE!!

If you haven't heard already. . . or if you are interested in this sort of thing. . 

Becky Higgins. . .creator of Project Life. . .created an APP FOR YOUR PHONE where you can create layouts on your phone with some of her fantastic Project Life products.

I follow her on Facebook and instagram. . .and she has been alluding to the fact that an app was coming out for awhile.

I was like that sounds cool. . . .not sure how I would use it.

Ummm. . . .it is cool. . .and I am going to use it!  A lot!

I was excitedly telling my husband all about it. . .that I had created two layouts while he was in the shower. . .his response. . .well why do we need all of that fancy scrapbook equipment then?

Now. . .hold up a minute. . . this isn't going to replace my fancy scrapbooking all together.

So don't get all delusional that we will get rid of all of the stuff I have collected over the past decade plus some. . . 

What this app WILL do for me. . . 

         Help me keep UP and record our daily lives!

         I can scrapbook anywhere or anytime!  

         In line at school. . . at practices. . .lots of waiting on kids. . .heck while my husband 
        watches TV! 

       >>>>> I take A LOT of photos with my phone<<<<<

       My phone is handy and pretty much always with me.  
       And the pictures are OK.  Sometimes pretty good. . . sometimes not so good . . . 

       how easy will it be to document daily life?

       To snap a picture a day and have your week scrapped in minutes?

      I've never scrapbooked like that before,  because it was too overwhelming.

      It will enable me to DO SOMETHING WITH ALL OF MY PHONE PHOTOS!

     Like I said, they aren't the best photos. . . but they are a record of our daily lives. . .

     The little things.

     This WILL allow me to keep up a little bit better! 


What it WON'T do for me. . . . 

    replace my traditional scrapbooking all together. . . 

   I love to work with the products and pictures

   And I love to learn photography and take pictures with my      

     fancy camera

   There is still a place in my heart to scrapbook this way.

    BUT, I won't feel the pressure and I won't feel so overwhelmed     

     with it all!

Go to the APP Store and check it out!!!  

Read more about it HERE

Check out Becky Higgin's website here

For all of you who want to scrapbook. . .

 you just don't have the time or know where to start. . .I am so excited for you! 


You may be asking, but what do I do with the layouts once they are created?

There will be in app printing options sometime in the future.

She recommends Persnickety Prints (they have an app too), which I have never used, but I have heard good things about.

Close to My Heart  does 12x12 printing as well. . .and I am hoping I can upload these photos to the Studio J website and print them!  

And YES. . .I am still a Close to My Heart Consultant and I LOVE every minute of it!
I love their products and the company.  They are a very nice company to be a part of.  They treat us very well and it is an awesome community.

But, if you know me. . .well then you know that I love all sorts of scrapbooking and I have always loved Becky Higgins and her style!  I just had to share!!!

Have fun!  

And post some layouts!  



Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Little Late, but better than never??

Miss Hadley's First birthday happened this June.

I'm not sure where that year went.

I look at her everyday and wonder how she can possibly be so big?

It seems like I was just pregnant.

Well time does march on. . .very quickly I might add.

Thirteen years since this date in 2001?
That doesn't seem possible either.

Anyway, Hadley's party was Gold, White, Mint, and a little bit of pink thrown in.  Lots of Glitter and Glitz.  And loads of fun!

It rained. . .no it poured the entire afternoon.

My forward thinking husband thought to put up some tents outside, so our fish fry wouldn't be ruined.  We moved the party into the garage and all was well. .. if not a little wet! 

Hadley seemed to have a great time! 

She got into the cake eating. . .some of it with a fork.

She loved opening presents.

And she loved everyone singing to her.

Next month, my first born will turn 10!  YIKES!  

That is double digits!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I am loving the Lollydoodle Paper!!!  
I created this 12x12 two-page layout using the following items!

It is perfect for Spring, Easter, or girly layouts!
I am loving the fact I can make some girly layouts now!!

To get your hands on this kit, just contact me or come by the Fundraiser crop this weekend (April 11 &!2)
I will have a limited supply of page kits, but can order more!
The cost is $15 for the page kit and includes:
Lollydoodle Paper

OR order your own Lollydoodle items and I can send the instruction sheet right on over!  

Or if you are on my team. . . and if you are not, this month is a GREAT month to join. .. best promotion I have ever seen. . .you can get any of my instruction sheets anytime!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Photo Panic Attack!!


>>>>>>>LONG STORY<<<<<<<<

I'm not sure if it was a full-blown panic attack, but I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.

That feeling that you just lost something that you can never get back.

I've had the feeling a few times in my life.

Recently, we had a fire and I lost some items. . .and it is the second fire where we have lost things.  Not our home, but places where we had things stored.  Sad.  They are gone. Forever. The end.

I have also lost a lot of my good jewelry.  We believe it was just a series of unfortunate mistakes. I looked and looked, but it was gone.  I had that feeling for days and weeks after I realized I wasn't going to find the jewelry. Ever. And I still have it whenever I think about that jewelry.  

And now I have had it over some photos I thought I lost.

Now, this is all just stuff. . .I realize that. . .but it isn't the monetary value that gets to me. . .its the sentimental value.

I had recently uploaded all of my pictures from my camera from February. . some from January. . .and these first weeks of March.

Not a huge loss in the scheme of pictures.

But, these would have been a lot of firsts for Hadley caught on film.

First Valentine's Day was the first thing that jumped to my mind.

So, said panic attack ensued. 

I searched my two external hard drives that I back up to over and over.

No pictures.

I searched again.

The feeling got worse and worse.

I kept telling myself it's not like you lost her Birth Day photos. . .or your wedding photos. . . it's just a few weeks of photos and there are still photos from that time frame your phone.

I couldn't help it.  I was feeling awful.

Then I checked my photo organizer again. . . which is the program that I upload the photos with. . .and I started clicking around. . .and to make an already long story short. . .I found them.  They had been uploaded to a different spot. . . for some odd reason.

Major relief.

But that made me realize once again how important photo backup/storage is.  


Even though I do back up my photos and I do know how important it is. . .I can't imagine the panic attack I would have if I lost everything.

My experience with loss of items is more than I would like it to be. . .

SO. . .I am pledging to myself to do a much better job at backing up my photos. . .

And I ask you to please do the same.

Ask yourself. . .how would you feel if something happened to your computer?  Or the one hard drive you are backing up to?

Let me just share with you what my system is for organizing/storing my photos and how I plan on making it better.  Some of it is overkill. . .I know.  But I would rather be over prepared rather than under. . .if something should happen.

1. My plan is to try and set up a schedule for downloading my photos to my computer.  

   Now. . . I do it whenever. 
   Maybe my card is full.
   Or maybe I just decided today was the day.

   I would like to say every Monday evening I will clear off my 
   camera cards and phone.

   Or the 5th of every month I will do it.

   Whatever.  Consistency is the key.  
   Picking a date and doing it.

2.  I upload my photos to my computer/external hard drive using an external card reader or I plug my phone into the computer. 

    I use PhotoShop CS5 to organize/edit my photos.  I also recently purchased Lightroom and I hear this is an excellent way to organize/edit your photos as well. I hope to start learning its ropes soon.

3.  I have it set up where as you upload, they organize    themselves by date. So each date has its own folder.  

4.  I send them directly to my external hard drive, because my computer doesn't have the capacity to hold even a fraction of the photos I take.  I am still in the process of deleting photos from my computer to free up space. Old computer but I still love it!

5.  I have one main hard drive.  It has all of my photos stored on it. It is what I back up to.

6.  I have two other hard drives.  They are smaller in their storage. . .one is already full. . .so I have them split up.
   The first one is 2003-2008  and the other is 2009-present.
7.  And here is what my hard drives look like
    I have a folder for each year

    etc. . . 

   In each year folder, I have a folder for each month.
  1. January
  2.  February
  3.  March

I number the months, because the hard drive will organize them alphabetically. . . I want them organized in the correct month order. . .so the numbers work.

In each month, there is a folder for each day I took pictures.

I LOVE that.

I do go back and add more details to these folders names sometimes.  

 Like. . . Brady7thbday  or ridingbike  or whatever we are doing in them.

Sometimes, I will add another folder with the months folder. . .

13.  Colorado vacation

This way I can easily find some big events I may be looking for. 

So. . .

My second hard drive is set up exactly the same way.

To copy the files from one to another. . .I just drag and drop that month into the correct year folder.  

So if I am copying March 2011 folder to the other hard drive. . .I will just drag March to the year 2011.  It will ask if I want to replace files. . .I say yes.  Now I know all of the pictures are on both hard drives.


So I am prepared if one hard drive crashes.

But what about a fire?  Tornado?


Now, I should take one of the hard drives and put it at my parent's house or in a safety deposit box.

It's bothering me that I don't have it somewhere else.

But that doesn't sound like a time saver to me.  

One idea would be to switch them out yearly.

I would need another hard drive for that.

Once every year, swap the hard drives out.

If you did have a major catastrophe, you would only lose a year's worth of photos.  Better than everything.

Another idea would be to use an online photo storage system.

I've heard Drop box is a great choice, but unfortunately our internet is the pits, so this isn't a great option for us.

I do use Snapfish now to print a lot of my photos.  

What I like about Snapfish is they will also store my photos and I can share them with family and friends.

The downside, is I don't always love the way their photos look.

I've been using Mpix for some special photos and I love them.

And I have also heard of websites that will allow you to upload/store/share your photos and I will be looking into that as well.

The last thing I am going to say today about this topic is this. . . I am completely in love with the new digital age of photography.  I love that I can take as many pictures as I want and store them on these devices.

But, I don't exactly trust all of that digital information either.

I believe it is important to have a hard copy of your favorite photos as well!  

SO, remember. . .you can use Studio J as a fast way to get layouts done OR for photo printing!  I am working on getting many 3x4 pictures printed. . .which is perfect for Picture My Life Scrapbooking!  Fast, easy, done! And during the month of March these prints are on sale!  $5 for all you can fit onto two 12x12 pages!  

Stay tuned. . .

Friday, March 7, 2014

Photo Express Collections from CTMH

I am SO stinking excited about Close to My Heart's new Photo Express Collections!

Just upload your photos and drag and drop them into the template!


And the even better news. . . . 

 Prints are only $5 in March!

That is two 12x12 pages filled with whatever you like!

Only $2.50 per page!!!

I printed several pages where I just dragged and dropped the pictures into the photo wells. Mainly 3x4, but some 4x6.  

Some I zoomed in, which I loved having the option to do this.

Some I needed a few different sizes, so I deleted a couple of the photo wells and increased the size of others by dragging the corners.  SO EASY!

In the No Limits (not express) Layout option, I created my own sheet of 3x4 photos and added some stickers and titles to the photos.  I love the effect!

And I even created a traditional looking Scrapbook layout!

I was very pleased with the results!

This is a great way to print odd sized photos.

The 3x4 photos are perfect for the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program.

And I know I have layouts already created that called for a size of photo I just didn't have. And I didn't know where I was going to get it printed!  Now I do!  

It costs nothing to play around with Studio J and it is a lot of fun!

It is all online and you don't pay for anything until you decide to order a layout!

I L-O-V-E all of the new features of Studio J!  

They just keep making it better and better!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Still Space left at the Retreat!

created by Teresa Scrivens 
Class offered at the Retreat!

Our annual Winter "Sweet" Retreat is coming up February 21-23! 

We still have a few spots available!

To learn more visit our website

or email me

We would love to have you!!!