Monday, June 15, 2015

Those Golden Rules

Everyone has advice...or words to live by...or opinions that they are more than happy to share (sometimes even if you don't ask for it). 

Over the years these are my personal golden rules that I try to live by:

  • Take every opportunity to exercise and keep moving
  • Be gentle, with yourself and with others
  • Remember your P's: Pray & Praise continuously to God
  • Eat wholefully: Your meals should be colorful and bright (imagine a rainbow)
  • Let things move, inspire and stir you to tears
  • Black coffee: if its good coffee you shouldn't have to doctor it up
  • Dream Big...and then do something about it!
  • Don't be ruled by fear: purposefully put yourself in uncomfortable situations that make you push yourself to overcome those fears.
  • Make time for sleep
  • Laugh often and at every (appropriate...ish) opportunity
  • The only failure is to never try
  • Be disciplined
  • Become an expert at/of/about something
  • Take risks
  • Remember that anything of value or truly worth while requires effort
  • Use every opportunity to love

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project life - 25 days of Christmas

I love scrapbooking. I have been scrapbooking for years now...I grew up watching my mother scrapbook back in the 90's however what scrapbooking was back then to what scrapbooking options, ideas and materials have become today is like night and day.

I am always on a new scrapbook project...whether it is making recipe/scrapbook hybrids or more traditional album scrapbooks...

My most recent project? A cross between Ali Edwards' Project Life and type/style of scrapbooking which tries to simplify the process of documenting every day moments. Thank you Thuy for introducing me to this idea. She and I decided that although we live in two different states, we are determined to stay connected.

We constantly text each other pictures of little passions that we both share...whether it be a win (however short-lived) on the penny slots while drinking hot cocoa or pictures and craft/sewing projects and scrapbook layouts that we recently completed.

We initially attempted to stick to three pictures a day to try to simplify things...HAHA, you can see how long that lasted with my Project Life 25 Days of Christmas.

Thank you again Thuy for inspiring and motivating me to get this project done! Check out Thuy's blog here.

I am so happy with how this project turned out!!!

I have so many scrapbooking supplies that I challenged myself not to buy any new scrapbook Christmas paper but rather to utilize the abundance of supplies that I already own. This push resulted in some resourceful surprises, like using my sewing machine, saving Christmas and holiday cards, finding thicker card stock from packaging material etc. 

I love how this confetti sleeve turned out!!! Oh glitter, how festive you are!

I did buy the chevron album, one package of photo sleeves and some of the white decal stickers...but much to the pain of having self control I stuck to those necessities only and refrained from the eye candy and tempting holiday themed everything at the craft store!!!!

I am in love with this little paper Christmas tree! It's so Darling!!!!

I had so much fun with Ben and his parents at the Natchitoches light festival! It was wonderful showing them where Ben proposed!

I'm so glad that I thought to include some of the Christmas cards into this book! 

Christmas Eve service program.

So glad that my penmanship turned out on this truly "Blessed Life"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Capturing a family moment

I love capturing family moments!
I love photographing children in particular because they are less self-conscious and more carefree, wearing their emotions on their sleeve for all to see and this rawness translates beautifully through the lens. A huge thank you to the Collins' for entrusting me to capture your beautiful family.