Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Getting to Know Your Creative Side {Blog Hop}

Happy Wednesday!

First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your lovely comments and thoughts and prayers last week. Everything went really well and I was back at work yesterday!

Last Monday, Tracy tagged me in this fun blog hop. I was supposed to post this Monday, but I got totally confused on my days. I was kind of out of it Saturday and Sunday and didn't have to work Monday, which just totally threw me off.

But anyway...Tracy does rock, and if you haven't checked out her blog, you should. She blogs And makes the most beautiful cards that feature her awesome Copic coloring skills.

And on to the hop...

First I talk about my blog:
I started my blog in 2010. No one I knew scrapbooked, and I wanted to share my layouts with other people who liked to scrap. And I ended up meeting the best group of ladies, I love reading their blogs and I look forward to talking to them through comments and email!

What do I create? What am I working on right now?
Right now, I'm working on lesson plans for the upcoming school year. Which isn't too fun or creative!

But mostly, I work on scrapbooking, everything from big moments and holidays...
 to the every day.
 A few years ago, I found Project Life and I love creating weekly layouts that way.

I also love creating home decor pieces, and made all of the decor for my October wedding.
Photo Credit: Ruby Star Photography
How does my work or style differ from others?
To be honest, I'm not sure! I know how my style has changed from when I started. I used to be all about the page layout, and letting my pictures do all the talking. Lately, I've been into bright colors and single page layouts.

How does my creative process work?
It really depends. Sometimes I see a paper that I love, other times I fall in love with a sticker sheet or a set of embellishments. But usually it revolves around the pictures or the things that I have from an event. This layout was all about showcasing my "Bride to Be" sash. I had my heart set on having a sash for my bachelorette party, so when my bridesmaids gave me this one, I knew I had to make a scrapbook layout around it.

Why do I write or create what I do?
Mostly I love the actual act of creating. Its fun and relaxing to play with my paper and scissors and adhesive. But I also love having all of these memories on documented for us and for our future family.

Here is where I tag others to play along...
I totally forgot to email everyone to see who wanted to play along. Seriously, those pain meds did a number on my memory (apparently as I was being wheeled out of surgery, I asked when they were going to start it!) So if you want to play along, let me know and I will tag you to play!

Well, I'm off to the second day of teacher prep...aka the day before the first day of school...where I'm going to be surrounded by lots and lots of paper, but nothing scrapbook related!

What are you up to lately?

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Project Life 2014 {Week 24}

Hi guys!

Its Friday...which means its surgery day. So I might not be able to respond to comments and things until later this weekend. Unless I say stuff today that sounds all crazy. Then let's blame the anesthesia and pain medication!

Fortunately, my Project Life pages are way more fun that surgery (I hope!)

Week 24 | June 9 - June 15, 2014
Week 24 was our vacation week this year. We spent a week on Harbor Island, SC. Mostly, we ate and drank, watched the wildlife, sat on the beach and relaxed by the pool.

But we also went on a day trips that earned its own insert.
The first one was to Savannah, GA. We'd never been before, but the city was beautiful! We both said that if they had a "real" fall and winter, we would consider living there. But they don't, at least, not by our north east standards. And we both love fall too much to give it up for much longer (I'm talking about you and your not very fall-y fall weather Louisiana!)

On the back of the insert I included a few more pictures from Harbor Island, including me in my running gear - we ran on the beach a few times and AJ even got me in the gym working with some of the weights! And my favorite picture of this random wooded path on Hunting Island. We didn't go down that path, we went down a similar one...but it had snakes, and possibly an alligator, so we didn't get too far before we ran back to our car!

I wish I was on the beach this weekend. But I'll be relaxing on the couch instead. At least I will get to pick all of the movies and tv shows and dinners for the whole weekend! I'm thinking lots of When Harry Met Sally, Mad About You and any other romantic comedies I can think of!

What are you up to this weekend?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Update + Some Around the House Decorations

Hi everyone!

How are you?! I know I've disappeared without any real explanation for a few weeks now. Things here were a little crazy, and I had to put away the computer + kindle fire + iphone for a little bit. Basically, anything that could get me on google had to be limited.

Let me explain why.

I had a little medical scare this summer. Not the whole fainting in church-wearing heart monitors for a ridiculously long time-finding out everything is okay scare. Another one. Its been a fun summer. (Actually, despite all this, it has been a fun summer!)

In a nut shell, I had to have a biopsy done on a tiny little lump. Fortunately, the results came back benign. Unfortunately, the tiny little lump still needs to be removed completely just to be sure its all okay. Which is actual real surgery. On Friday.

And that's why I needed to be away from google. As soon as I found out what type of lump it was, I started googling everything I could think of. I'd try to write a blog post, or answer emails, or go to bloglovin, and the next thing I knew, I'd have 85 tabs open about this instead. And I was driving myself crazy. So I just took a break from the internet all together.

And it helped.

But I missed all my blogging friends. So I've been on the internet for 17 minutes now, and not one thing has been googled, so I think I'm good to go! Right?!

While I was taking my internet break, I did a whole bunch of other things to keep myself busy though.

hanging out in New York | finally finishing our bar area with a picture collage and large mirror | making a set of shelves for the foyer | changing up the mantle from 4th of July to summer | wine tasting | seeing the Brooklyn Cyclones for the first time | {not pictured} remembering my snap.scrap.share post for Julie (although it took me over an hour longer to write than it should have thanks to google...)

Okay, I'm off to go clean up the house while I've got this great burst of energy, since that kind of didn't happen during my internet break either ;)

I'll be back on Friday with a Project Life layout and then next week I will resume my Tuesday layout + Friday Project Life + random projects and things from around the house when I have them to share on Wednesday schedule!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer List 2014 {Update}

Every year, I write a summer list of fun things I want to do. Some years it works out great, and others it doesn't. But for the first time, I thought I'd check in about halfway through the summer and see how it is all going!

read three new books | so far I've only read two books that were entirely new to me - Outliers and Paris
go to the beach | Harbor Island, South Carolina...and I'm in New York right now. Although its raining, so we haven't gone to the beach yet, just the vineyards, the pool, and the outlets!
shop at the farmer's market | we finally checked out the one in Baton Rouge - and got about a zillion jalepenos for just $1!
make pesto | I did, with this recipe, but I forgot to take a picture :(
have a picnic | does our indoors one count?
take a picture every day | thanks to #100happydays on instagram, I've actually kept up with this one!
go to a concert | Bayou Country Superfest!
take a road trip | we drove all the way to South Carolina and back, hitting Atlanta and Savannah along the way!

And still left to do before Labor Day...
go for a bike ride | make coronoa cupcakes | finish wedding photo book | 
make s'mores | grill a pizza | do a summer puzzle

I can do this...right?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mac and Cheese {Scrapbook Layout}

Happy Tuesday!

Sorry I kind of disappeared last week - things just got very crazy around here, and many things {including blogging} had to take a back seat!

But I will have that summer update post ready for tomorrow now! I'm really excited about it too - because I've actually done a whole ton of things on my summer list!

But before that, I have a scrapbook layout that I wanted to share!

A few weeks ago, I decided to switch from D ring albums back to post bound. But when I did, I ended up with a few blank pages in my albums. Since I scrap chronologically, I decided to make a layout that could really fit in anywhere to fill up the blank spot in my 2013 album.

And that's where a layout about a recipe came in.

But not just any recipe, my all time favorite comfort food - mac and cheese. It is seriously the easy recipe ever...and it was a really easy layout too. I just added a few pictures of different stages in the cooking process, and the journal is just the recipe itself!

Macaroni and Cheese
Adapted From: Bon Appetit's Fast Easy Fresh

8 oz pasta
2 1/2 Tablespoons butter + 1/2 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1 bullion cube
8 oz fat free sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4-1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese

  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 1/2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet. After the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Whisk until the flour has cooked and is a light brown color (about 2 minutes)
  • Add the milk, water and bullion cube. Continue whisking until the flour is incorporated into the liquid. Raise the heat slightly to allow the mixture to simmer and thicken up. Stirring as needed.
  • Add the cheese, stirring until it is totally melted. Remove from heat. 
  • Pre heat the broiler.
  • Melt the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon butter (I usually do this in the microwave) and stir in the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  • When the pasta is done, add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Place the coated pasta in a casserole dish and top with the breadcrumb mixture. Broil for 2-5 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are toasted.

Oh I'm really hungry...and its way way too early in the morning to be eating macaroni and cheese. Right? That's probably not a great breakfast idea? Or maybe it is...

Well, excuse me while I go convince myself that pasta and cheese is the breakfast of champions ;)

Do you scrap chronologically? Do you ever need "filler" layouts? What do you use?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Struffoli {Scrapbook Layout}

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am seriously shocked about how quickly summer is flying by! School starts one month from yesterday...well, for the students. School for teachers starts even earlier!

I've still got a lot to do on my summer list, but I do have an update for you tomorrow about how its going so far :)

During that marathon scrapping week earlier this summer, I made this layout too.

Last Christmas, AJ and I went to my Nonni's house to make struffoli. Struffoli are honey covered fried dough pieces, covered in sprinkles. We only make them at Christmas, and I look forward to them all year long. After we left, AJ showed me that he snapped some pictures of us while we were cooking, and I knew that I'd have to turn those pictures into a scrapbook layout!

I was so glad that he was able to get these pictures when I wasn't looking!

Well, I'm off to go scrap some more. My "to scrap" list is still way too long for school being so very close to starting! What are you up to today?

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Project Life 2014 {Week 22}

Happy 4th of July!

Just a quick post today to share a Project Life layout - because it is Friday! Isn't it great when a holiday falls on a Friday and you get a three day weekend?!

Week 22 | May 26 - June 1, 2014
This was the second to last week of school. Grades were due though, so we didn't have too much to do after Tuesday! Instead, my students taught me to play a new card game, Split, at recess. That was fun - its definitely a game I'd like to play again, but you need more than two people, so it will have to wait until AJ and I are home in New York.

AJ and I also did a few other fun things at home, like shopping at Williams-Sonoma, watching "Saving Mr. Banks" with our favorite movie snacks, enjoying the Mets game outside (and the won! Yeah!) I also had to wear a heart monitor for 10 days starting this week. That wasn't too fun, but I got the leads mostly hidden so it wasn't too obvious when I was out and about.

Well, I'm off to go make our special 4th of July breakfast :) What are you up to today?

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