me & my BIG ideas: Faux Pocket Page

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I fell in love with this mambi paper pad the moment I saw it. I turned to this particular page with 3 x 4 cards and swooned. I debated cutting them out and using them in traditional pocket pages, but decided to have some fun and use them as they were: 12 x 12. I ended up cutting out a couple of the blingy cards from another page and adding them to this layout…love the way it all came together. LOVE this Gold Rush paper pad.

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Sail Away Card: me & my BIG ideas

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Three of my favorite things: me & my BIG ideas stickers, burlap, and blues…quick, fun card. A chance to experiment with textures. Having a lot of fun with cards these days. Can’t wait to surprise people with good old-fashioned snail mail love…


Teacher Thank You Card

mambiteachercardI absolutely LOVED Tyson’s teacher last year. She was magical. Patient. Supportive. Kind. Most importantly, she provided my son with a foundation of learning that allowed him to love going to school each day. I couldn’t have asked for more. When it came time to thank her, I wanted to do something beyond the class gift. A handmade, handwritten note it was…along with a Bux card. I loved the new me & my BIG ideas teacher banner stickers. Add a mini bag, a couple scraps of paper…done. I added a little piece of washi to a paper clip so she would know to pull out the gift card.

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20 in 2014: Book Four

A Fall of MarigoldsA Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One delicately woven scarf. Two women generations apart connected by a shared thread of tragedy. A tale of love lost and redefined.

September 1911: Clara Wood has found refuge from her tragic past on Ellis Island caring for immigrants too ill to gain passage to the United States. It isn’t until the brightly colored scarf on a passing patient catches her eye that she begins to rethink the events that drove her from Manhattan. As she cares for this man, she finds herself in a moral quandary, the truth of which ends up mimicking her life once again…

September 2011: As NYC prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11, widow Taryn Michaels is forced to confront the truth of the events that forever changed her life in a matter of seconds. One phone call, one late meeting…destiny or selfishness? Had her choices on that harrowing day cost her the love of her life? A long-lost camera is found and Taryn’s quiet “in-between” life is rocked. On that camera, a picture of her standing before the tumbling towers wearing a scarf. The pattern of which has haunted her, a textile expert, she has spent the last ten years searching for fabric similar to no avail. As she relives the terror of that day, she discovers truths she never imagined.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Two seemingly different stories are so beautifully woven together, much like the threads of the scarf that is the centerpiece of this novel. A beautiful, charming, poignant read.


Playroom Art Display

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Updated our playroom art display using the me & my BIG ideas DIY Gallery Art Pad for boys. Super fast. Easy. As I flipped through the pad, I squealed when I saw two of my FAVORITE quotes. One of the happiest rooms in our house. On my summer-to-do list, update the wall with all the artwork the boys will be bringing home on their last day of school. Happy Friday!!


Project Life 2014: Week 6

plwk6A birthday week. My favorite colors. Washi tape. Fun.

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Project Life 2014: January Layouts

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