A Valentine…

February 11th, 2015


Valentines Day is upon us and I am headed out of town (as usual).

This time I’m headed to NEW YORK!

I’m really excited!


So little time and so much paper!

I had to share something before I left.

So, here’s a little card that I made using Echo Park “Lucky in Love” paper.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Do you have anything special planned?

Here’s hoping your day is filled with love.


Did You Miss Me?

February 1st, 2015

DSC_0165It’s been months and months.

And months.

I wish I had a really good excuse for staying away for so long.

For awhile there, I’d forgotten how to make time to craft.

It’s still not an easy thing to do…make time.

DSC_0164I can tell you that I have been enjoying LOTS

of minutes spent

almost every day with my little nephew,


DSC_0162Speaking of Marcus:

I really have some catching up to do.

I’ve purchased the baby paper and scrapbooking supplies, now it’s time to get crafting.

DSC_0157I have officially claimed Marcus as my own.

Emilee, my sister (and the mother of Marcus), has been made aware of this fact.

She was told that she may have carried this little guy for 9 months

but he’s my baby.

DSC_0160It’s really been a joy to have a baby around again.

Teenagers aren’t as cuddly as cute little babies.

DSC_0161Although, my teenagers are in love with Marcus too.

Here’s a current photo of the little angel:


Thanks for hanging in there while I figured out how to blog again!


You Shine

September 18th, 2014


So much has happened over the past few weeks…my head is still spinning. Rather than bore you with all the details, I’ll just say I’m hoping (finger’s crossed) that life will become a little less crazy and I’ll have more time to create.

I love that the orange in Izabelle’s dress worked in perfect with the Teresa Collins, Nine & Co. paper line. So fun!


Speaking of orange, the leaves are already changing here and Autumn has begun. I love this time of year, it’s my favorite! I always feel more like crafting, baking, decorating and generally…just…feel more in touch with my creative juices.


Thank you for stopping by today, I know my posts have been sporadic, I appreciate you hanging in there with me.

Have a lovely day!



September 1st, 2014
WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS LISA!! Please email your mailing address to: christie@prettypaperbook.com and I’ll ship off your goodies!

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Hello Friends! Because most of us have a day off…how about a little celebratory giveaway? Don’t you just love this new Life Emporium line from Teresa Collins?

I’m giving away: 

1 – 6×6 Life Emporium Designer Pad (24 sheets of designer cardstock paper)

1 – 12×12 Life Emporium Paper Pack (9 sheets of 12×12 paper and 2 sticker accessory sheets). 

To Enter:

Just leave a comment (one per day) before Friday, September 5th, 2014.

Good Luck!


A Nine & Co. Card

August 29th, 2014


Wow! I can’t believe how fast the Summer flew by. Too fast. The kids are back in school and I finally find myself with a moment or two to create.

I’m loving the new Teresa Collins “Nine & Co.” line. I’m actually working on a little 4×4 mini using it. Hopefully it will be done soon and I can share…

I hope you all have a gorgeous weekend!



Head back here on Monday…I’m giving away some new Teresa Collins!!

Tinsel & Company Gift Tags

August 14th, 2014

Today on the Teresa Collins Design Team Blog




Head on over a check out these simple little gift tags. You can literally put them together in minutes.



August 8th, 2014

Thank you to all who commented to win the Teresa Collins Album & Goodies.


And the winner is:


Congratulations Emily! Please email your address to: christie@prettypaperbook.com

If you’re sad that you did not win this time, come back soon for another chance next week. I have a some Crate Paper & Studio Calico goodies in the mix!


A Year Without Mom

August 7th, 2014


About once a month Mom and I would travel to Utah to visit my grandmother. During one of these trips, I snapped a picture of her driving.

I’m so glad I did.

I cherish the memories made during our 5 hour treks to Utah. We belly laughed, or cried, or sang along with our favorite tunes. Mostly we just talked. I love how we always filled up the entire 5 hours there and 5 hours back, our voices mingling.

We never sat in silence.


It’s been the hardest year of my life. I’m not sure why some people live long lives and others leave us before we think they should. All I know is that I miss her. I didn’t realize that it was possible to miss a person so much.

I’ve always appreciated my mother. Never once did I take for granted just how much she meant to me. I honestly thought that I would not survive in this world without her.

The day she died is a bit of a blur but parts of it still stand out so clearly. I remember lying in bed that night, I couldn’t sleep. The events of the day played over and over in my head…I tried to save her in my mind…if I just would’ve showed up an hour earlier. I could not comprehend how I was alive and she was not. I honestly did not know how to live without her. I wasn’t even sure if I could smile or laugh again. 

I just kept on living.  One day at a time, one foot in front of the other.

And I did smile again.

And I did laugh again.

Many times I would picture her saying things like:

“See Christie, you’re stronger than you ever thought you could be.”

 ”See Christie, you can do more than you ever imagined you could.”


I miss her. I miss her advice, her praise, her hugs, her laugh, her cooking, the smell of her hair. I miss the way she loved me and the way she loved my children and husband. I miss watching her write in her notebooks and tease my dad. I miss our inside jokes and the strength she could give me just by hearing her voice. I miss our phone calls. I miss movies and lunches with her and my sister. I miss craft days with the girls. I miss hearing her sing to her grandchildren.

I miss our trips to Utah.

I know I will see my mother again, sometimes this knowledge is the only thing that gets me through the day. I will hear her laughter again and feel her arms around me.

For now I will go on living my life and feel all the joy this world has to offer, I know it’s what she wants. I love her so much.


Teresa Collins Album Giveaway

August 1st, 2014


Do you want to win a new Teresa Collins 12×12 Studio Gold Woodgrain Album? How about the album plus some We R Memory Keepers 12x 12 Photo Sleeves,  the Teresa Collins Studio Gold 75 Die-cut & Journaling Cards Pack and a roll of Gold Chevron Washi Tape?

If your answer was yes, simply leave a comment on THIS POST by Friday, August 8th, 2014. You may leave one comment per day.

Tell your friends!


Tinsel and Company Christmas Cards

July 31st, 2014


I’m loving this new Tinsel and Company line by Teresa Collins. The mix of Gold and Silver along with the red is really beautiful.

I decided to dig in and start a few Christmas Cards. I actually found myself humming Christmas carols. Pretty silly.

On this first card I used my Cut’n'Boss on the red cardstock. I love how easy the machine is to use and how beautifully it embosses. I’m addicted to using my Cut’n'Boss machine.


It’s hard to tell in photographs but I love the shiny gold leafing in this paper line, very elegant.


On this next card I used one of the transparencies in the Tinsel and Company line, along with a few of the enamel stickers.


I know it seems strange to have so much Christmas showing up on my blog already but I’ve got to say, it’s really nice to get some projects completed WAY ahead of schedule. I always feel so rushed when I start handmade projects during the holidays.


July came and went in a flash. I hope that you had a wonderful month! Check back tomorrow, I’ll be posting another GIVEAWAY!