A Wonderful Thing

August 18th, 2015

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To sit and craft

is truly a wonderful thing.

I’m always

surprised at  how good

it makes me feel

to thumb through supplies

and create something.

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I love looking at photos,

deciding which I’d like to

scrapbook the most.

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This is always the

hardest decision.

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Memories are so priceless.

I love this hobby.

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Thank you for sharing

in the joy with me.

XOXO, 

Christie

Catching Up…

June 12th, 2015

Funny how life just gets busy.

My blog has been VERY neglected.

I have several layouts to share,

I created them about a month ago

but have been traveling, working, and well,

living life!

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My husband hates this photo.

I love it!

He’s belting out Mindy Gledhill lyrics

while driving to her concert.

What a fantastic, fun memory!

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I used my Studio Calico monthly May 2015 kit to create this layout.

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I’m blessed with a niece, Luna and a nephew, Marcus that are both the same age.

Recently they both celebrated their 1st birthdays.

Luna in March and Marcus in May.

Here is sweet Luna’s layout:

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And here is the layout I created for Marcus:

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I’m all caught up for now.

Until I create something new!

XOXO,
Christie

 

Meeting Teresa Collins

May 27th, 2015

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In March I attended a Teresa Collins class in Sandy, Utah.

Even though I had previously been on Teresa’s Design Team,

it was so fun to meet her in person.

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During the class I just listened and took it all in.

I didn’t even start my album until early in May.

It’s finished now.

While I was there, I had her sign the inside of my album.

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Teresa is such a genuine, sweet, inspiring woman.

So, so good to meet her.

Here’s a peek at some of the inside pages:

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The album came together so fast,

it inspired me to finish another album

I had started months and months ago.

One of Teresa’s 4×4 albums:

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Obviously I didn’t take photos of all the pages.

This album took me about 3 hours to complete

cover to cover.

No lie.

So fun to put together these pocket pages!

Thanks for stopping by today!

XOXO, 
Christie

9/11 Memorial NYC

April 18th, 2015

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During my trip to New York City,

My pals and I visited the 9/11 Memorial.

First of all, it was FREEZING that day,

so we didn’t get to spend as much time there

as I would have liked.

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It was heart-breaking to see all those

names inscribed in bronze on

the vast twin memorial pools.

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Later that same day,

Kristin and I wanted to understand

the idea behind the design of the memorial.

 

We discussed the pits:

192 feet by 192 feet,

with their 30 feet deep cascading waterfalls,

both set in the footprints of the towers.

 

For us, they seemed to represent

the loss we felt that day as a country.

 

Because of the deep feeling of loss,

I wanted to keep my layout clean and simple,

adding only hand-written 9/11 quotes.

XOXO,
Christie

 

 

Maui, Izabelle and a Ukulele

April 16th, 2015

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Izabelle turned 14 last September.

Right afterwards, we took off for Maui, Hawaii.

Izabelle brought along her Ukulele and kept

us entertained the entire time.

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I love to hear Izabelle’s sweet voice while she plays.

This girl is so talented in so many ways.

I just love her so much!

XOXO,
Christie

Mindy Gledhill Concert

April 5th, 2015

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Recently Dan and I drove to Utah to see

Mindy Gledhill in concert.

We had an amazing time!

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Mindy is so talented and such a lovely person.

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Awhile ago I donated some money toward

the creation of her (at the time) new album,

Pocket Full of Poetry.

In return, she sent me

handwritten lyrics.

I copied them on to cardstock

and put them on my layout.

So, the lyrics & Signature are

actually Mindy’s!

Fun, right?

XOXO,
Christie

Mickey Magic

March 26th, 2015

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Recently my little brother took his family to

DisneyLand!

It was the first time for his three children.

And they soaked up all the fun and magic

that they possibly could.

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I chose this photo to scrapbook

because my niece, Addie looks

so happy.

Adam told me that Addie made

the whole trip magical for him.

He felt like he experienced it

through her eyes.

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Happy, happy, happy!

And that’s DisneyLand, right?

The happiest place on earth.

XOXO,
Christie

 

Welcome to New York

March 24th, 2015

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For someone who’s been dreaming of visiting

New York City

since the wee age of 12,

It was everything I thought it would be.

And more.

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I already want to go back.

There is so much more to see!

And there is so much pizza left un-eaten.

Not really.

OK, really.

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My friend, Whitney (pictured above) and I spent the first couple of days exploring,

then my sister-in-law, Kristin, joined us.

Talk about a girls trip!

I made loads of memories

and I can’t wait to share them all here.

XOXO,
Christie

Invergorden Scotland

March 6th, 2015

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Yes, yes…still working on my Europe album from 2013.

It will be completed…

someday.

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My dad gave me this fun picture of my mom for Christmas last year (2014).

She looked so cute with these boys in their Scottish get-up,

I simply could wait no longer to scrapbook the photo.

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I sent this layout (along with a few others) to Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.

Here’s some of cute details from the other layouts:

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Paradise Scrapbook Boutique recently moved to a new location.

Check out their blog here: Paradise Scrapbook Boutique Blog

Have a wonderful day!

XOXO,
Christie

Bath Time with Marcus

March 4th, 2015

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As a child, I loved to write on the chalkboard.

It’s no wonder that I LOVE all the chalkboard paper and embellishments that have come out over the past several months.

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Since I created this “Bath Time” layout of my little nephew, Marcus,

the page needed to include the color blue.

Blue lace and embellishments did the trick!

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American Crafts came out with these wonderful markers called, “Permanent Chalk”.

I’m loving the white marker.

I simply punched some circles and traced around them.

Some mini rhinestones added sparkle.

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I’ve been traveling a bunch lately…the most recent trip being New York City.

My photos are getting printed.

Expect NYC layouts soon.

XOXO,
Christie