Friday, January 12, 2018

Project Life - Week 1

Welcome to Project Life 2018! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 6 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins.

I missed posting most of last year and am determined to do better this year!

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week) - 

Monday - Just an easy day of Scrappin', not anything too excited happening. We intended to take down the Christmas decorations, but decided to be lazy instead. Maddie talked to Nana via skype and told her that she must be a really good girl, because she has "literally" NEVER had coal in her stocking! I love her!

Tuesday - Maddie is out of school through tomorrow, so she has been digging into her Lego Ninjago Lego set, "Temple of the Ultimate Weapon". It is for ages 9-14 and has 1403 pieces. She's already finished the guard dogs and it building it completely on her own. She also played a lot with the Osmo Pizza Kitchen that Aunt Shanny got her for Christmas. She is just learning to subtract and working with money is really helping her. Finally, Maddie asked Santa for a "real ice cream maker that makes real ice cream." She received a Yaylabs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball from Santa and has been begging to use it since Christmas morning. You put all the ingredients on one side and ice/rock salt in the other and then roll it around for 20 minutes and you have ice cream! It worked pretty well, except next time we'll do it outside as it did leak all over the house.

Wednesday - We read to Maddie every night, but since she started Kindergarten she is supposed to read 20 minutes a day. We usually try and have her read to us at night or we read every other page. She is reading Level 1 Readers, but she can read most of the Dr. Seuss books and many others. She is great at sounding out words and we've seen huge progression in the last 2 months.

Thursday - More time working on her legos today. She received a ring pop at school for reading 20 minutes 12 times over winter break, she was very excited about that. More reading tonight with Daddy. She received a ton of books for Christmas and loves all of the Mo Willems books with the pigeon. 

Friday - Today was Maddie's 6 year well baby exam with Dr. Bourland. Maddie had her cracking up as she answered the doctors questions. She is a talkative little thing. She weighs 68.8 lbs and is 50" tall, BMI 19.26.  She is still off the charts in all stats, but growing proportional, so the doctor isn't worried. Her hearing and vision is great. She of course wanted to try all the instruments and listen to Dr. Bourland's heart. Dr. Bourland said, "She looks great, perfect angel, budding doctor!" She didn't need any vaccines, but we decided to give her the flu shot. Maddie tried to run away, hid under the table, had to be held down by both Daddy, myself and the nurse, and she screamed at the top of her lungs. The funny thing was she didn't even feel it. When it was over she said, "what?" She said she didn't even feel it and that she thought it was going to hurt a lot. I told her to remember that for next year because she completely overreacted. Maddie also told the doctor that her re-flux was much better and it hadn't happened for a long, long time. We took Maddie to get Gelato after her Dr. visit.

Saturday - Maddie attended Kylie's 6th birthday party at the Little Lakewood Salon today. Each of the girls got their hair done, eyeshadow makeup applied and played in the playroom. Maddie had a great time with her friends.

Sunday - My girl has an awesome imagination. She came downstairs dressed up today. I'm not sure what she was dressed up as, but she had a blast fighting aliens. Later she came down in her gymnastics leotard, Daddy's underwear, and a headband. I asked her where she got those "shorts" and she said they were in her drawer. She didn't have any idea they were Daddy's. When I asked her if she was getting ready to exercise, she said, "No, I'm getting ready for my karate practice!"

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Halloween Layouts - Close to my Heart "Jeepers Creepers" kit

Hello my scrappy fiends!

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the weekend scrapping using mostly kits.  This is the new "Jeepers Creepers" Halloween kit from Close to my Heart.  It was perfect for Maddie's photos of her adorable bat costume.  The kit includes product to make 6 pages (3 double page layouts). I did add the bat stickers on the first two pages, bat washi tape, bling, and thickers numbers for the year from my stash; but the rest is all from the kit. It even includes washi tape and page titles.

This kit is available for purchase if you would like to create your own Halloween memory pages. Just follow my Close to my Heart consultant link to order at: 

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"Our Little Garden Gnome" Layout

Hi all! I spent a fun scrappy weekend with my besties and managed to complete 20 pages of layouts. Since I haven't scrapbooked in almost a year, I was pretty excited. I will admit upfront that most of them were kits. It is so hard to find time to scrapbook, that kits just seem to be much easier these days. I did finish off my scrapping spree with a new double page layout created from a couple of recent sketches.

For the left side I used the new November 1st sketch at Sketch-N-Scrap 

For the right side I used the new sketch #248 at Sketches in Thyme

I rotated both sketches and used the Simple Stories Bloom & Grow stickers and chipboard. These are old photos from when Maddie was just 20 months old. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Ballet" Layout

Happy Tuesday! I finished another layout last night for the virtual crop I attended this weekend with "Memories in Thyme" on Facebook.

This layout is of DD and her first season of Ballet class this past summer. This was the last class where the parents were invited into the class to see everything they had learned.

The challenge on the virtual crop was to use circles. I used circle punches, circle stickers, and a circle chipboard frame which I painted white.

I also played along with "Lasting Memories #277 - Anything Goes - as long as it follows this months New Beginnings theme. Ballet is definitely new for DD and for me. I've never taken ballet or been around it. It is quite the new experience for us all!

Finally, I played along with Really Reasonable Ribbon RRR Challenge #133 - Show me the Pink with Ribbon or Trim Theme. My layout is definitely pink and I used a lacy ribbon along the bottom of the layout and along the top of the journaling block.

Materials used: Paper - Reminisce; ink - CTMH; stamp - Journaling Jots CTMH; stickers and 3D stickers - Reminisce; ribbon - unknown; chipboard frame - Creative Embellishments; paint - craft essentials.

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Monday, January 25, 2016


Exciting news to announce today, I have become a CTMH (Close to my Heart) Consultant! I fell in love with about half of the newest catalog and decided it was time. The virtual crop party I attended this weekend sealed the deal!

So come on over and check out my new website:

It's National Paper Crafting Month, and this exclusive set of pocket scrapbook cards is available for $8.95 only this month!

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Also, check out the Stamp of the Month - January 2016 Beloved Bouquet.  It is only $5 with any $50 purchase.  

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Virtual Crop Party Pages

Have you ever attended a virtual crop party? I joined my first one this weekend. It was sponsored by "Memories in Thyme" on Facebook. I actually got quite a few pages completed and wanted to share! Unfortunately I dropped my camera over the holidays and so the picture quality isn't that great. Looks like I'll be investing in a new Nikon soon.

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I was picked!

I'm excited to share my news about my "40 #Selfie Party" layout:

It was featured and selected as one of the top 5 layouts at C.S.I 


It was featured and selected as one of the top 3 picks at Let's Scrap!

WOO HOO!  Not a bad return from my scrapbooking hiatus!

"Ballet" - Layout

Hi to all my scrappy friends! I created a new layout for a weekend virtual crop with "Memories in Thyme" on Facebook. It was the first time I participated in a virtual crop and I loved it. I got quite a few layouts complete - which I will post later.

This layout is of DD and her first Ballet class this past summer. The little 3 year olds were quite adorable.

The challenge on the virtual crop was to use pink and black, ribbon or twine, sequins or bling, and a stamp. I used ribbon on the little ballet shoes, bling on the words to the left, and a little CTMH stamp on near a few of the words.

I also played along with "Lasting Memories #274 - Time for New Beginnings". The challenge is what you do that's NEW. Activity, sport, project hobby, making a new friend.... etc. Ballet is definitely new for DD and for me. I've never taken ballet or been around it. It is quite the new experience for us all!

Materials used: Paper - paper loft; ink - CTMH; stamp - Kindred Spirits CTMH; title - Paper Wizard; ballerina and shoes - Jolee's Boutique.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Project Life - Week 52

Welcome to Project Life 2015! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 4 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins.

I am using a digital kit on Shutterfly. This digital version is SUPER easy to use! See my completed pages for 2012 using the Shutterfly - Project Life Turquoise Edition HERE and my 2013 album using the Shutterfly - Project Life Childhood - Mayfield Edition HERE I will hopefully be posting my 2014 pages soon.

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week) - 

Thursday - Christmas Eve at Nana's with Vanessa, her boyfriend Kevin and the kids. Tiffany was visiting and came along as well. Mom got us girls matching scarves for our family photo this year. The kids had a blast opening presents and playing. It was over too quick. 

Friday - Christmas morning was amazing. Maddie got up and ran downstairs before I could even get the camera on to record. She was enthralled by the My Little Pony castle that Santa brought her. She loved everything from her spin toothbrush to her remote controlled smoke breathing dragon. We got Daddy a Kreurig and lots of stuff for his grille and fire pit. Daddy got me an awesome Henry Bengel laptop bag. He said I needed a bag worthy of a Vice President! He also got me a huge blue tooth speaker for my scrap room. Most importantly, Maddie, Daddy and I spent the morning together. Daddy even made us migas! Adam came over at about 1pm and we all played Maddie's new Jenga game about 20 times. Then we headed outside so Maddie (and Daddy) could use her new microscope. She loved collecting specimens. Juan's parents came over at about 4:00 and Jaime and Paloma arrived shortly thereafter. Juan's parents didn't stay long. Jaime, Paloma and Adam all stayed and we had the rest of the tamales on the patio. I love Dallas - it was short sleeve weather today on Christmas. We had a very blessed day.   

Saturday - Daddy promised Maddie we would take her to get her own library card. She didn't really understand what it was or why we couldn't just buy and keep the books. She was far more interested in all the little children toys than picking out books. She was allowed to check out three books her first time. We finally coerced her into picking, "Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack," "Giddy-up Daddy," and "Peppa Pig and the Day at the Museum." "Giddy-up Daddy" was the favorite and we read it almost every night for 3 weeks!

Sunday - Jaime went to San Antonio this weekend to get Amani and Amore for a visit. We planned on taking everyone to the Arboretum today after church, but it rained all day. Then Jaime got a flat tire, so they didn't arrive until dinner time. Maddie loved playing with Amani. Amore wanted assistance on creating a resume to apply for an art magnet high school in San Antonio. She has some serious skills with creating digital videos. 

Wednesday - Daddy and Maddie opened Maddie's new lego set this evening. Juan had as much fun putting it together as Maddie did. 

Thursday - I took off work today for New Year's Eve and we met Vanessa and the kids at Nanas. The kids played outside and created with Crazy Sand. Then we came home and Daddy grilled for us. We invited Nana to join us. Daddy started the fire pit as it was cold and a bit windy. Adam and Tiffany both came over to join us as well. At 8pm we turned on the Netflix "kids countdown" to simulate midnight. We got out poppers and Maddie loved them. The first scared her a bit, but then she wanted to pop more and more. It was a pretty laid back New Years. I stayed up scrapping until midnight, but Juan fell asleep and then awoke to wish me a Happy New Year. Overall we had a pretty amazing year. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many friends and family. We are healthy and have a happy and special little girl. I only pray that we are as blessed in 2016.

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