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

A Valentine…

February 11th, 2015

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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!

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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.

XOXO,
Christie

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,

Marcus.

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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.

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Here’s a current photo of the little angel:

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

XOXO,
Christie

You Shine

September 18th, 2014

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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!

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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.

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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!

XOXO, 
Christie