Europe: Day Two – The Ship

April 21st, 2014

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Something about the ocean makes me instantly feel relaxed. The sound of the water, the smell of salty air, the warm ocean breeze.

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Just writing about it makes me long to be near the shore.

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I truly enjoyed our cruise…a little oasis on the sea. It was comfortable, calming and very romantic.

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Although it was really hard to leave the kids behind, Dan and I had no idea how much we would enjoy time away as adults. It was like a second honeymoon. Yep, it was that fun.

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One of my favorite memories on the ship: A late night trip to find food. We ended up at this little coffee shop ordering panini sandwiches and creme brulee. There was a sweet girl helping us, she was from China. Dan happened to be wearing a shirt with Chinese writing on the front, the girl loved this and we broke into a half hour conversation about how she ended up working on the cruise ship, she even taught us how to pronounce a little Chinese. Very cool.

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A little recap of the first two days (photos that I haven’t shared yet)…

Europe: Day One – Windsor Castle & Runnymede

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Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world wide web today. I hope you have a wonderful day!

XOXO, Christie

Happy Easter

April 20th, 2014

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Playing with Modeling Paste

April 10th, 2014

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I’m sharing this layout today on the Teresa Collins Design Team Blog. I can’t tell you how much I love playing with all the new Teresa Collins products. I feel so blessed to be a part of her Design Team and get to work with such talented women.

Lately, I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the Teresa Collins Modeling Paste and Stencils from her Basically Essential line.

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I love the look that I was able to achieve on the black frame around my photo and the tree at the bottom of my layout.

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What do you think? Have you ventured into the modeling paste world? Do you use it on your projects?

I love how creative a little modeling paste can make me feel.

Have a WONDERFUL day my dear friends!

XOXO, Christie

Happy 17th Birthday Parker!

April 10th, 2014

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Dear Parker,

It’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed since the day you entered this world. You have brought so much joy to my life and I am so grateful that I am your mom. You continue to make me proud of you every single day.

I love the boy that you have been and the man that you are becoming. I love your creativity, your sense of humor, and your talent for art and computers. I love how sweet and generous you are, you are always willing to lend a helping hand and are so thoughtful. I hope that you always let your light shine bright and continue to share your talents and joy with the world.

Have a happy birthday, sweet boy.

Love, Mom

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The above photo taken in front of  The Art of Shaving makes me smile.

This year Parker has set a goal to grow out his hair (head and face). Realizing it was a lost cause, I stopped suggesting hair cuts and shaving months ago. I decided to let Parker be Parker. And I now have lots of photographic documentation of this “hair” phase.

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Parker wanted to spend some time celebrating in Utah with cousins…while there we spent some time at Hang Time, a crazy warehouse filled with trampolines. It’s was a good time for all.

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Parker is all about Good Eats:

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This year’s birthday cake request was an ooooy-goooy reese’s peanut butter cake. It didn’t look too pretty but it tasted really good.

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Any day now Parker will start listening to me and stop growing.

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A flash from the past (Parker, 6 years old):

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Be still my heart.

Time flies faster than my poor heart can handle.

XOXO, Christie

Europe: Day Two – The Ship

April 9th, 2014

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This was the first time I had ever boarded a cruise ship. I have to say, it was ENORMOUS! Bigger than I would have ever imagined. I left the USA ready for an adventure…And I got one.

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Our Princess Cruise Ship was not only quite mind-bogglingly large, it was also luxurious. It was definitely a modern day Titanic (without all the sinking and much, much bigger). Our room was spacious and I loved having our own little balcony to enjoy a little salty sea air whenever we had the whim to do so. I felt spoiled. Very, very spoiled.

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There were many benefits to cruising, although, I’m not sure if I would take such a long cruise next time. 2 weeks is quite a long time to stay on a ship. Dan and I loved the fact that we could unpack in once place, eat food on demand, our bed was always made and we had an abundance of fresh towels. But…Dan and I are explorers at heart, so we found it difficult that the ship did not port for long. We had to be back on board everyday by 5pm. It doesn’t leave much time to wander too far off shore.

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Oh, but we did enjoy our City on the Sea. We did not feel claustrophobic. Not even once.

XOXO, Christie

Teresa Collins Design Team Call

April 8th, 2014

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Europe: Day Two – Salisbury

April 5th, 2014

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Salisbury was the last place we visited before we hopped on the cruise ship. Such a lovely little town – I just loved all the flowers, they were in bloom everywhere.

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Dan and I didn’t have very much time to really explore Salisbury like we would have liked, but what we did see was beautiful.

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While in Salisbury, we had the opportunity to visit Salisbury Cathedral and see one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

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One thing of note (and we were able to laugh about later)…my mom was feeling really nauseous all day. She wasn’t sure if it was because of something she ate or because she put her motion sickness patch (for the cruise ship) on too early.

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After Dan and I viewed the Magna Carta, we explored the Cathedral grounds. When we caught up with my parents, Mom was sitting on a bench looking very pale. Dan said, “Mom, you look like you’re going to puke.”

It was like he gave her permission, she started to throw-up right there near the cathedral bench. Poor thing.

Needless to say, she did not join us for dinner on the ship that night.

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When mom was feeling better the next day, we all had a good laugh about it. We will never forget our Salisbury Cathedral experience, that’s for sure.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. I hope the rest of your day is bright & shiny!

XOXO, Christie

Europe: Day Two – Stonehenge

April 3rd, 2014

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This Europe album is going to be quite the undertaking.

I’ve just spent the morning going through both the photos that my mom took and the photos my dad took. After weeding out the pictures that I did not want to print, I still ended up with over two hundred! This does not include the photos that I took.

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By the time I get through this album, y’all are going to be tired of my Europe photos.

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Since I’m adding in some Project Life pages between the 12×12 pages, I found myself needing to create a ‘filler’ page. The following is definitely not one of my favorite layouts, I almost didn’t share it.

I’m currently creating layouts of my time in England, so for my filler page I added the picture I took of The Queen.

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Not really. Did I have you going for a second? Obviously, I didn’t take the picture…it’s a postcard that I picked up in the airport (Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee).

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While I was California last month, I purchased some of this lovely rhinestone trim at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. Don’t you just love it? I’m afraid that I might over-use it because I love it so much.

I’m off to sort through more photos (my own this time).

I hope you have a lovely day!

XOXO, Christie

Something Wonderful & Urban Market

April 2nd, 2014

Introducing the two new Teresa Collins lines, Something Wonderful & Urban Market.

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Check out all the beautiful projects that Teresa Posted on her blog today: CLICK HERE

I can’t wait to get my hands on this product, so inspiring!

XOXO, Christie

Europe: Day One

March 29th, 2014

Finally! I’ve starting my Europe album from last July.

I’ve been wanting to start for awhile now but the project seemed overwhelming. With Mom passing away a week after we arrived home, sorting through hundreds of photos of her seemed hard. Along with the fact that, well, (as previously mentioned) there are hundreds of photos.

Scrapbooking the trip has proved to be therapeutic so far, and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. Which is always a good thing when it comes to scrapbooking, right?

So, the first page of the first day of our adventure is now officially scrapbooked. I started with the Cover Page…or is it called the Title Page? Whatever it’s called, here it is:

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Our first Day was spent in Berkshire England. We were pretty exhausted from our flight(s), but we enjoyed ourselves while exploring together.

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The album that I am creating is going to be a mix of full 12×12 layouts and Project Life (sleeve) pages.

I didn’t realize how hard to would be for me to go from a 12×12 page to a sleeve page.  I really, really like embellishments and even though it’s easy to slip photos in a sleeve, I simply must add embellishments.

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Here’s some closer photos of the little embellishments:

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I know this is a shameless plug, but I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE my new Teresa Collins XYRON Stapler. I’m having so much fun stapling away, I just can’t help myself.

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See. I use it. Like, a lot.

Thanks for taking a gander at my little creations. I’m so glad you stopped by.

XOXO, Christie

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If you’re into that sort of thing, I’ve started a new facebook page where I will be posting not only my blog creations/links but a few home holiday displays and party photos. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/prettypaperbook