A Grateful November with me & my BIG ideas

mambithanksboardIn the past, the boys and I have done Thankful Turkeys and Grateful Trees for the month of November. This year, I wanted to do something different and something with the whole family. I LOVED the me & my BIG ideas leaves the second I saw them. I also knew I wanted to something where each of us could write down a daily gratitude. We have used popsicle sticks and mason jar before with our Boredom Buster Jar, but I wanted to incorporate them into this project as well. I decided to use mini bags as the focal point, with the intention of trimming them down and transferring to my project life or making them into a gratitude mini album. One bag per person:

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And a jar of popsicle sticks and Sharpie waiting for November 1. I love capturing the boys’ handwriting and look forward to having various pieces of their daily moments to keepsake…

mambithanksJoin me for a Grateful November!!


Halloween Fun with me & my BIG ideas

 Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, even more so since I have had the boys. Seeing the magic of Halloween through their eyes inspires me each year to come up with something fun and new. This year, I was inspired the second I saw the me & my BIG ideas Haunted Mambi Sheets paper pad. I have had this black tray sitting around the garage for months waiting for such an occasion:

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This was such a fun way to use up old embellishments and pieces I have had lying around the house. All the paper in the background came from the me & my BIG ideas paper pad. Little jewels helped snazzy up the owl. I have had the spider jewel for years, with no idea what to do with him…until now. The little files each house black glitter. Pop dots were used on nearly all sticker elements to add extra depth. This project was so much fun.

halloweentrayRibbon + stickers = a pumpkin that will likely last us until the Christmas decor goes up. I used foam pop dot stickers under each sticker to add a little extra dimension.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


me & my BIG ideas: Perfectly Imperfect

perfectlyimperfectA layout about growth and courage. A story that has been in the making all my life: chapters have been written and rewritten, some harder to express than others. Ultimately, the journey has led me to who I am today: happy, healthy, and strong. I have tae-bo’d, Zumba’d, bootcamp’d, run 13.1 miles, swam-biked-run, but nothing has been able to strengthen my soul like Crossfit. Initially, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The images rendered upon a Google search were intimidating to say the least. However, the reality, as I would come to learn, has been a priceless, life changing experience. One that has surrounded me with inspiring, strong women who focus on the numbers on the bar instead of a piece of clothing. A gym full of encouragement, support, and stories.  I have long been moved by the thought that each of us carries a burden, a challenge, a unique tell that is part of our story. Crossfit has been no different: one workout, a myriad of individuals, multiple scales if necessary, but everyone is essentially doing the same thing, together, as one. There are good days, and bad days, and absolute soul crushing days; however, just as in life, I have the power of choice. Giving up has been and will never be one of those choices.

Running taught me to think of the bigger picture. How to train for something months away, yet keep the finish line in sight. The triathlon took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to do something scary: run, in a tri-suit in public and swim in a seaweed filled lake. I learned that biking is not my jam. The tri-suit still gives me nightmares. My thighs were not meant to be contained in such a way. Crossfit, however, has taught me about limits, and how our true limits lie far beyond that which we think is possible. Sometimes it takes many failures for us to finally see a glimpse of what others see. That glimpse alone is enough to keep going. I am doing things I never thought possible. My shirts fit funny, my booty struggles to fit within the confines of most pants, but my heart is where it should be. It is full, and happy, and strong. And I am perfectly okay being perfectly imperfect. A true work in progress. Here’s to the beginning of a new chapter in my story: one in which happiness and self acceptance prevails.


ROYGBIV Card: MAMBI + Epiphany Crafts

epiphanymambicollageme & my BIG ideas has joined forces with Epiphany Crafts for two weeks of crafty heaven. Their epoxy sticker maker + mambi paper and stickers = magic. Click HERE to enter a contest to win the chevron epoxy sticker maker and SO MUCH more on the Ephiphany Crafts blog.

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me & my BIG ideas: You Are My Happy

mambisquaresBright, fun, fast page…inspired by a photo misprint on my part. I typically make 5×7 collages with my Instagram photos for pocket pages. However, I must have been in a hurry and forgot to click the right box when ordering these photos. As a result, I ended up with 3 4×6 collages. I wasn’t sure what to do with all the 2×2 photos and then I spotted the square punch out of the corner of my eye…and this layout was the result.


Project Life 2014: My Workspace

IMG_3238I have received a few questions on Instagram about my Project Life organization and workspace and thought I would share a few pictures. I don’t have an office or permanent workspace, so everything is more or less portable as I work in the dining room. It overlooks the boys’ playroom so it’s perfect. 

IMG_3229I like to have everything out and visible, or as past experience has proven, it doesn’t get used. In my immediate workspace: a bamboo silverware tray that houses my favorite core kits, roygbiv’d by kit. A black wire silverware tray that houses random cards and all my sub kit cards in roygbiv order. Next to those, a white wire tray that houses most of my washi tape, again roygbiv’d. 

* Bamboo tray and white wire silverware tray are from TJ Maxx

* Black wire silverware tray and wire cupcake stand are from Cost Plus

IMG_3236Behind the card trays is a wire cupcake stand that I use to hold date stamps, more washi, and extra embellishments. I have all my favorite, or current, embellishments in a white muffin tin. Super simple set up, everything can be moved to the garage if need be. I also have two raskog carts: one houses all my sticker embellishments and the other all my design team goodies. Hope that helps!!

* Raskogs and antonius organizers: Ikea

* White muffin tin is actually a paint tray from Lakeshore Learning


Project Life 2014: Week 23

WEEK 23: Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Mini Kit
plw23One of my favorite kits used to capture a bittersweet last week of preschool, the annual art show, and an epic amount of end-of-the-year grading.

plw23aIn the blink of an eye: a sweet baby Jake during his first week of Mommy and Me Class and then big boy Jake on his last day of preschool…

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