December 31, 2014

My 2015 Scrapping Project & Goals

You all know how much I loved my Daily Life Project, right?  I've been thinking about what I'm going to do in 2015 for the last month or so. Since I loved scrapping the double pages each week I'm going to keep up with that goal but in different sort of style. There were a few things I sort of wish I would have included on my Daily Life Templates: spots for little bits of journaling (instead of one big chunk), spots for all those pretty journal cards you see out there, more variety in photo size, and fuller filled pages. I think I've come up with the perfect style of templates for this project. They are easy to use, hold variety of sizes for photos and journaling cards, and have little bits of journaling spots around the template. The first set will be releasing tomorrow. You can get a sneak peek here or above (see that top template?).

How am I going to print this year, you ask?

While I love photo albums, and that's what I plan to do with my Daily Life 2014 Album, this year I'm planning on trying something else out. Since my kids look at my albums a lot and it's been so hard waiting to order pages for a whole year, I've decided to go back to a more traditional approach.

I purchased this Classic Leather Ring 12x12 Ring Album at Michaels. It's the We R Memory Keepers version, and I plan on printing my individual pages from Persnickety Prints and sliding them in the 12x12 page protectors.
I think it will hold up to the wear and tear of kids. Plus I can order my pages throughout the year. The only downside to this is that it will take up a lot of space on my shelf, but I'll make room.

I'm excited about this project because it's doable. I was able to keep up with my 2014 album, and I know I can keep up with this. Plus I'm excited that the style is going to be just a little different than last year.

That's not all I have planned. Want to hear about my two other goals? Well, I'm going to tell you even if you don't want to....because I need someone to be accountable to.

I'm planning on scrapping a calendar page each month so that at the end of the year I have a calendar all ready to order! I also have some special templates planned for this. Also in the sneak peek. Plus, I believe there's going to be a special Scrap Orchard challenge going on for this. This calendar thing wasn't my idea, but I loved it so I'm participating. (I'll keep you posted on the challenge)

Then my final goal is to finish Matthew's Album. My goal is to scrap 2 pages a week until his album is done. This is the one that might be challenging....but I'm going to try. He needs an album on the shelf.

Let's recap.


1. Scrap a double page each week of 2015.

2. Scrap a calendar page each month.

3. Finish Matthew's Album.


1. Set aside a specific time to scrap every week. Probably Saturday night. I think I can accomplish 4-5 pages during that time.

2. Have my kit and templates ready ahead of time.

3. Turn of the internet.


1. It keeps my sane. Scrapping is my down time.

2. My kids need the albums.

3. Do I need any other reasons?

Let's do this thing. Who's with me?

P.S. I'll be sharing my pages each week with you again.

December 27, 2014

Winter Sparkleland Templates

If you missed any of the Winter Sparkleland sets from the Scrap Orchard Advent promotion, ALL of them are 50% off through December 31, 2014. Liz's Winter Sparkleland Templates is a 2-template set with big photos, snow and snowflakes, wavy titles, and big chunky chevrons.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy New Year! I'll be back next week with lots of new products!


December 26, 2014

Daily Life Week 51 & FREE Journal Card Template

Daily Life Templates 13 by Srapping with Liz
Everyday Life Bundle by Juno Designs
Must Watch Templates by Scrapping with Liz

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! This page, of course, is from last week so there are no Christmas morning pictures. But there will be some on Week 52. I think I've said this the last couple of weeks, but I am so excited that I've made it through this project. I am REALLY looking forward to ordering my book. 

Just a note:
On one of my QR codes this week I compiled a whole bunch of videos into one clip. I figured that would be better than having 6 QR codes floating around my page. There were just too many videos where I didn't get a photo to go along with the moment: my boy eating his snack in a dramatic fashion, a surprise 'puppet show' I found on my camera, a drive through Christmas light show we went to (the world's largest to be exact), and my little girl singing while in the bathroom. These are all great memories that I didn't capture with a picture, and I'm so glad I now have a way to share them on my pages with QR codes.

Anyway, take a closer look below and make sure you grab the free journal card template!

Journaling: Lots of Christmas events going on this week. Christmas program at church, gingerbread cookie decorating at home, Christmas cookie decorating at Grandma’s house. As part of our Advent we've been reading Christmas stories and Bible Verses every night. I love when all the kids pile on the couch for story-time.
    I snapped that picture of Shawn, Matthew and Lydia one morning after
they woke up. Just some snuggles on the couch before Daddy headed to work.

    Kyla and I got to have a special lunch date since we both had dental appointments in Waynesville. It was a special treat....even though we both had to go to the Dentist.

As usual just click the image to download.


P.S. Stay tuned to see what my project will be for next year! I'm so excited about it.

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Tell Me About It Templates II by Scrapping with Liz
Merry Little Christmas by Juno Designs
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! My sister tried to get a family picture for us...but let's just say Mommy was making a funky face and Daddy was closing his eyes. No fault of my sisters. I'm all to blame. ;) But I'm happy to have this picture of all my children and just a few highlights of our year on this card.

I just wanted to really wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I know I've said it before but you guys are such a blessing to my family. I can't imagine my life without this little business and way of memory keeping.

So, have a wonderful day. Take lots of pictures. Enjoy your family. Scrap lots of pages!

December 19, 2014

Daily Life Week 50: Page and FREEBIE

Daily Life Templates 13 by Scrapping with Liz
Free Snuggles by Bella Gypsy
I am so glad week 50 is over! We had a rough week around here. Lots of sickness. But it's okay because we had some good moments as well...and it's a brand new week and everyone is on the mend.

So, read more about our week below and make sure you grab the free journal card.

Journaling: What a week of sickness it’s been. Both Matthew and Lydia were sick all week.
Mommy was also down and out with an abscessed tooth. There were lots of snuggles and couch time going on.
   The older girls spent a lot of time in the newly arranged basement making Christmas gifts for people. 
     It was a tough week of sickness but it was a blessing in disguise. Matthew learned how a family loves each other in sickness and in health. Many times throughout the week he pointed to everyone and signed ‘love’.

Journaling: It was time for Emmie and Ashlyn to change their earrings. They were so excited.

Lots of playing with blocks and playing games went on this week!

And here's your journal card freebie! Do you think it looks like a Christmas tree?


December 17, 2014

Year In Review Round Up

Can you believe it's almost the end of 2015! It's time to start thinking about making some Year in Review pages. I love looking at pages that highlight favorite photos from the year or even series of photos showing how children have changed (I really need to do that myself!). I have used some of theses templates to showcase favorite digital scrapbook pages that I've made throughout the year.

I thought I would do a little Year in Review Template Round-Up to show you what I have in my store. I love these Round Ups. See my Newsletter and Card Round Up here and my Calendar Round Up here.

*Take note: Some of these do not include .page files for those of you who use Artisan or Storybook Creator.

This first set I made 4 years ago, but they are still great! I designed these with album covers in mind, but they would be great for making a Year in Review page. You could scrap a bunch of favorite photos or pages from through the past year. And that 2010 title can be easily changed to say 2014. 

These List Templates would make great re-cap pages. You could list your top 10 favorite events, photos, memories, etc...

And this Through the Years set would be great for highlight a photo from each month of the year. You could show how your children have grown and changed over the year.

And this bundle will give you options for reviewing lots of different things throughout the year. You can get each set separately if there is one set that catches your eye:

Project Year in Review: Journal Templates
Project Year in Review: Templates
Project Top Ten: Templates
Project Year in Review: Top Ten Templates

I guess I was Year in Review happy in 2010 because I made 2 sets. I specifically remember using that bottom left template to create a page to highlight a page each month from my album. And again, don't let the 2010 titles stop you. Easily changed. Even though these were created 4 years ago they can still make some great Year in Review pages today.

And just to get you going on your Year in Review pages all of these sets will be 40% off until 12/23/14.

Happy Scrapping!

December 15, 2014

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Mfallis on winning this month’s GSO!

She competed against some awesome competition but her First Snow layout froze out the competition! We love this layout using the Recyclables 35 for its paper choices that are perfect for the photos and really help focus the layout and call attention to the story which brings about wonderful childhood memories of playing in the snow.

Visit Mfallis' gallery to leave her some 'love' on this fun layout.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 10, njacobson, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

December 12, 2014

Daily Life Week 49

Daily Life Templates 13 by Scrapping with Liz
Happy Christmas Bundle by Bella Gypsy
I hope you all had fun shopping during my 50% off sale. Thank you all so much for being wonderful customers!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and so are my scrapbook pages. I'm lovin' it. As the anticipation builds around her for Christmas Day my anticipation for finishing, ordering and receiving my 2014 Daily Life Album is also growing. Eeeek!

You can take a closer look at our week below and make sure to grab the free journal card template while you are at it.

Journaling: So many Christmassy things going on this week. We started by decorating our house. We watched The Grinch one afternoon after school work was done. I caught Kyla doing a little photog shoot with the Little People Nativity. We had a fun co-op Christmas party. Ashlyn performed at her Winter Piano Recital...she’s doing great with her new teacher. We were part of the Clayton Christmas Parade. The kids thought it as fantastic that we got to wear our jammies out and about....they were our costumes for the parade. It’s so fun experiencing all of these Christmassy things with Matthew for the first time. Everything is so new and exciting to him.

Here's your journal card!


December 10, 2014

50% OFF Today Only, 4 New Products & FREEBIES too!

It's Liz's day for the Advent Sale! Everything is 50% off ONE DAY ONLY today, December 10, 2014. She even has four new products in the sale. Check them out!

Christmas Templates are some fun themed designs with trees, presents, and ornaments.

Photos and Chevrons Templates are full-page photo blocks with chevrons tucked between.

Triangles, Triangles, Triangles Templates are some trendy multi-photo templates with lots of triangles in the background and tucked around.

Finally, 12 or 25 Days of Christmas Template can be used for scrapping a photo a day (or a big collection of photos) leading up to Christmas.

Here is your free Advent template - click the image to download. There is another coordinating template in the Scrap Orchard newsletter (it can also be found in the Scrap Orchard forum post here). Check out the forum post to make sure you don't miss any of the other sales or freebies!

A final note: the Etc. by Danyale store is also 50% off today. Look at her beautiful new kits:

You'll also want to hop over to Danyale's blog to grab this fabulous freebie!

Danyale and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!

And last but not least the winner from Monday's giveaway is...Carolina H.

Have a great day!!

December 9, 2014

GSO - Vote and Win!

Tracy here and it's time for the November GSO! Hopefully your holiday shopping and decorating is complete and you are able to cuddle up with a warm blanket, cocoa and a laptop for scrapping.  The gallery in November was full of children, your children, from babies to teens and we have selected four of our favorites (you may not have favorites when it comes to your kids but we do, at least in layouts), so get ready to pick your favorite from our favorites. Make sure to vote by Friday, November 12th, 11:59 pm EST for your favorite HERE. Just for voting you will receive a 30% off coupon to Liz's store and you will be entered into a drawing, where one lucky voter will win $5 to Liz's store! Drum roll please, the four nominees are...

Layout: First Snow by Mfallis
Template: Recyclables 35
Reason CTM Loves: The paper choices are perfect for the photos and really help focus the layout and call attention to the story which brings about wonderful childhood memories from playing in the snow.

Layout: I Want Candy by Htew
Template: Fall Group Template (Freebie)
Reason CTM Loves: Perfect blending of the big photo. Just enough embellishment that let the photo shine.

Layout: Sr. Ball by 2009Elk
Template: Calendar Title Temps
Reason CTM Loves: This page has an amazing mix of fancy elegance and young attitude. The colors and ornate decoration are very elegant, but that blocky alpha brings in a fresh and fun take to the page. The photos are amazing too.

Layout: Daddy Snuggles by Cindy
Template: Recyclables 23
Reason CTM Loves: I just love that big, sweet photo. Her photo treatment also looks so great with the colors of that kit.

December 6, 2014

More Pages...Stars, River & Almost There

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
Star Quality by Down This Road Designs
I'm almost there, to the moment we first met Matthew. I think once I get to scrapping those photos I won't want to stop. These are my most recently scrapped pages of our trip to China to bring Matthew home.

Our girls were quite popular in China. It's quite rare to see American children. People would stop us all over the place to snap pictures with the girls. I think the girls actually liked it. ;)

Lots of Blocks Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Star Quality by Down This Road Designs
We took a boat ride the night before we were to meet Matthew. I think the look on Shawn's face says it all. It's hard to enjoy such an amazing moment when all you can think about is the son you are about to meet.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Best Place to Be by Juno Designs
Must Watch Templates by Scrapping with Liz
And this last page are of photos taken just hours before we met Matthew. All of them (except one) were taken with our phones. Can you tell which one is the DSLR photo? Even though the pictures aren't that great I still wanted to capture and remember these moments.

Hopefully it won't be too long before I share my next batch of pages...and Matthew will be in them!

December 5, 2014

Daily Life Week 48: Road Trip!

Daily Life Templates 12 by Scrapping with Liz
Must Watch Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Kraft Paper Pack by Etc. by Danyale
Best Place to Be by Juno Designs
Week 48 was a whirlwind, and looking through my pictures at the end of the week proved it. We went on a road trip which included everything from doc appointments, beach time, picnic lunches, visiting family, 4 states, over 30 hours in the van and LOTS of card games. It was hard picking out the pictures that I wanted to highlight on my Week 48 page and while I wanted to include at least 5 more pictures I'm happy with the end result and I think it shows a good picture of what went on. You can read more about it below.

Make sure you grab the free journal card template this week too.

Journaling: This week we took a little road trip. Our first stop was UNC, Chapel Hill for some doc appointments. The kids were good sports for the 7 hours we spent going to and from appointments. Then our next stop was Savannah, Georgia. We visited the Georgia Railroad Museum while we were there. We had lots of picnic meals (cheapest and easiest way to eat while traveling with 5 kids). Then our next stop was to visit family in Florida. Of course we had to go for a ride on Papa’s golf cart.

Journaling: We also made sure Matthew got to see the beach even though it was freezing cold. He loved spelling his name in the sand. We spent LOTS of time playing card games at Aunt Shannon and Uncle CJ’s house. The kids also enjoyed playing on the hammock a lot. It was nice taking a break from the normal schedule. 

And here's your journal card template. Can you believe we only have 4 more weeks of this project?!?


December 4, 2014

Daily Life 13 & Big Photo Bock Templates

Liz has a couple of great new template sets for us! These new products are 20% off through December 11, 2014.

First up is Big Photo Block Templates, which were in The Digi Files #71. This is a nice big set with 6 templates. They are full-page designs with big photo spots and bold paper piecing. There is journaling on strips and tabs - so you can get the essentials in there but still let the photos take center stage.

Daily Life Templates 13 is the new set in this popular series for scrapping weekly summaries. But these are so versatile - use them as double or single page scrapbook layouts. Use them as part of an on-going album, or for stand-alone pages.

The winner from Monday's giveaway is Romyah K. Congrats! Make sure you all come back next week...I have a lot of fun stuff planned!


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