In the lull….

The week between Christmas and New Year’s has always felt like a time to reflect, to organize, to assess. To gear up but to throttle back. It doesn’t make sense trying to explain, but it feels a bit like a vortex, a few days out of time where normal rules do not apply.

Amanda Yi, whose blog this is, and I am honored to write for, celebrates her birthday in this week. In fact, this very day! Happy Birthday to YOU, Amanda!!!

(And go check out the fantastic chalkboard fonts link she has up on her page – I just downloaded a few more I didn’t have!)

We (I use the collective, all inclusive ‘we’ here) are cleaning up from Christmas, when we were geared up and hoping like crazy to have found the perfect gifts, we’ve had our time together, and are enjoying what we’ve gotten, and the memories we’ve made. We are looking toward the new year, perhaps planning some resolutions, maybe thinking of what time will bring about for changes.

I am no different from anyone else in this regard. However, a few years ago I stopped thinking about resolutions per se, when I began an Art Journaling Caravan, and picked a word for the year, and then words per month. I’ve also dipped into One Little Word, and I have an All About Me book. These all germinate during this week, between the end of the year Christmas craziness and the New Year just ahead. As I write this today I have not yet decided what I might work toward in my journey of self-discovery for 2015. I did just get word that my daughter’s mother-in-law passed away last night. I’m sure that news will affect my thoughts for how I plan to proceed.



All About Me examples (images linked):


For the next day or so I’ll let these ideas float around a bit, and by 1/1/15 I’ll hopefully be ready to commit to something that I’ll at least begin! (Being honest here – I sometimes make a very good start, it is the follow through that becomes the issue, so perhaps THAT should be the REAL goal?)

No matter what you choose for your New Year, I hope it is prosperous, healthy, and fun!

Happy scrapping!



Christmas time is here!

Just a few more days until Christmas~ do you have your projects and gifts done? Cards mailed? Some Christmas photos scrapped already? If not, chop, chop – what are you waiting for?!?!?!


I am happy to say yes, yes, and yes to the above. I’ve worked with several great Christmas kits, and some wintery wonderland type ones, too.


LissyKay Designs DoodleFrames

Jumpstart Designs – Bundle Up Tight, Flurries Tonight


And tomorrow, we head to Florida, and will be spending Christmas exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


Of course, I keep seeing cool Christmas craft ideas, and all I can do is Pin them for next year. Like this:

Cards in the shape of stars

I am getting layouts ready for scrapping, and I have my Santa hat and bright red scarf all packed.

You still have a few days left to finish up the last minute things, and to plan out some layouts. Most of all, remember to relax, to breath, to enjoy the season, and to love. That is the most important gift of all.


Merry Christmas!


New Release: Time for a Change

Hi scrappers! I am so thrilled to show you this week’s release from Amanda Yi Designs. Amanda joined forces with Digital Scrapbook Ingredients and together they created the cheerful and colourful Time for a Change.

Looking at these lovely creative team layouts it’s not difficult to see why this kit has jumped to the top of my favourite kit list.






Melissa H




Run over to Amanda Yi Designs and add this beautiful kit to your stash. Hurry, it’s on sale through the weekend.

What’s Coming Thursday::Time for a Change

Good Morning Scrappers!  Are you all ready for Christmas and looking forward to scrapping those 2014 memories?  Tomorrow you will see the newest release from Amanda Yi Designs who has also been joined in a collab with Digital Scrapbook Ingredients.  But today I have a sneak peek just for you to drool over and contemplate those upcoming scrapbook layouts.  You don’t want to miss this scrumptious kit that is loaded with gorgeous papers and elements in a delightful color palette that will go with just about any pic or album you will need to create to round out your yearly album.  Stop on by the AYD shop tomorrow at The Digital Press to check out this kit in action.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Let’s talk about fonts!

Sorry for my late posting today – I’m sure just like me, you all are super busy too.


With the holidays come lots of photos. To a scrapper that means tons of layouts! And for those layouts, it is as much about the words, as it is the pictures. So, we need fonts.

If you don’t already have enough (and who does, right!?!) there are LOTS of places to see what fonts you might NEED. Yes, we all have certain needs – one of mine is fonts!

There are several here I didn’t have. I do now, I love freebies! (Images are all linked).

fonts list


We have more here, including a few cute dingbats for shapes!

Favorite Free Christmas Fonts and Graphics to download and use { }


And I really love this one, showing some word art!

Christmas Titles and Fonts Juliana Michaels 17turtles


There are also challenges going on, if you hunt around you’ll find them, as I did, and then used it on this layout!

Gogglebox – template 4 by Seatrout Scraps
kimeric & papergarden collab- City Sidewalks
Word art by Angel Jet


I’m always looking for new fonts, and I love to see them used on layouts. let me know if you find something I just HAVE to have! lol



New Release: Cloudy with a Chance of Happiness

Hello scrappers! This week’s release from Amanda Yi Designs is a bright and fun collab with Cornelia Designs, Cloudy with a Chance of Happiness.


As its name suggests, this kit is a must-have for scrapping those stormy and rainy days and moments. But it’s so much more than that…The bright colours make this jam-packed kit perfect for scrapping the good and sunny moments too.

You will also get this matching set of journaling cards for free with your purchase.


Take a look at the wonderful layouts made by the Creative Team:


Seeing all these colourful layouts totally puts a smile on my face!

Head over to Amanda Yi Designs and get Cloudy with a Chance of Rain while it’s on sale this weekend.

DIY Tuesday – Fabric Covered Canvas Wall Art

Tuesday is here again! Are you ready for this week’s DIY project? I had this pinned for a while and FINALLY got to give it a try when my son FINALLY got his own room! Living at home with my mom and having to share a room with my child, I never had the excitement of “nesting” much. However, my brother moved out a few months back, so it was time to get to work, and boy did I have fun! You can do so much with these, put various things on them, and just have loads of fun! Check em out!

The walls were kinda bare so I needed to add a little something to them. I took a trip to the craft store and purchased 2 canvas boards sized 10×10 inches. Aiden’s room is Thomas and Friends themed, and when I purchased his bed set, it came with adorable sheets (we don’t use flat sheets so they were great to add extras in his room!) – I took an old red t-shirt and wrapped, staples and trimmed the edges of the fabrics. BAM! That’s it! Check out mine 🙂

As you can see I preferred to have them over his bed, they can go almost anywhere and you can make them obviously what ever color or style you would like!! My plan is to get larger canvas next time for my room and have it fit over my full size bed, neat huh! WAY cooler than headboards 😉 LOL

Well, hope I have inspired you to get your hands dirty! CHECK OUT MY DIY BOARD FOR MORE INSPIRATION! And stay tuned for next weeks DIY Tuesday post! Come back tomorrow and check out this week’s What’s Cookin’ Wednesday post 🙂 I’m sure you will be drooling!

Amanda ❤