A Time For Gratitude

As per usual, it’s been a long time since I’ve tapped away on this ole’ blog. But, in my defense…I have a lot of stuff to sort through! I really shouldn’t be surprised that the steady downward path of my mood had something to do with not taking time out for creativity.

Although decorating the house has been fun, and I’ve worked on a few crochet projects, taking time to glue paper to page has been pretty spare.

Because I only have so much room to store my goodies, adding to the bulk by making more stuff has made me consider art journaling as a luxury. Art journaling is probably not considered a necessity to many, but it is essential to my personal well being. I know this because out of the commitment to downsize, I considered letting it go.

In my defense, this is another art journal re-do, that’s downsizing, right? (I don’t need excuses, I don’t need excuses…)

Here I “gratituded” about having a warm meal. It broke my heart to hear it’s been days since people in Texas have had a warm meal. I know that that is the least of some people’s worries, but that really hit me. I remember having to cook meals on a wood burning stove for a week, because of a winter storm and feeling blessed for a warm house.

This was a “list journal” from several years ago. I’ve joined many list challenges over the years, but they’ve never really worked out for me. If I’m going to leave a boat load of journals for my children to deal with when I’m gone, they might as well see what makes me happy!

This is what most of the pages look like after I’ve pulled off the listings an decor, quite the mess.

The “after”, covering things up with neutral colors.

I’m amazed at how much downsizing I have been able to do over the last few months ( my husband swears I’ve found a basement! 😂)

I found this little clown in my stash, adorable!

One of the things I’ve been working on this month is my Shoppe. This is a photo of my “100 Years of Backgrounds” ephemera packs. I use these all to give my pages a vintage, especially when working on scrapbook paper pages, I love the eclectic blend of old and new.

I still seem to be having a few technical issues in our new old house, but I hope to keep finding workarounds to keep in touch on my lil blog.

I’d love to hear what all of you have been up to lately, please leave a comment and let me know how you’re doing in these crazy times!

Thanks for stopping by,

Much Love,


A Different Kind of Gratitude Journal

It has been a long time! I’ve been spending most of my time cleaning, organizing, and stocking up like the rest of the world. Isn’t a strange thing to be doing the same thing the whole world is doing. This virus really makes the world seem a lot smaller!

That being said, we have been self-quarenteening for three weeks now. Well, my husband has, I still go out for supplies now and again. And because I’m keeping that to a minimum, I’m trying to use my crafty stash as much as possible.

It probably sounds silly, but I find myself staring into space, pondering the current circumstances and as I look around the room, my eyes land on these little vignettes of happy!

So, I decided out of a sense of gratitude for my surroundings to take some snapshots and put them in a journal. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling through this in my lined journals, you know, the heavy stuff, but I wanted a fun place for my happy journaling.

“Trust” happens to be “my word for the year”, appropriate I would say!

Not only do I find some of my little vignettes inspiring, but also soothing.

Also, this is an awesome project if there is a little de-cluttering or dusting that needs doing!

Are there any inspiring, comforting, or grateful memories in your world that you like to document right now? If yes, I highly recommend trying this out, you could even create pocket pages with journaling cards.

I’ve been taking lots of pics and have come up with some fun ideas for decor in here, I’ll be sharing some of those soon. Also, I have a few new projects I’m working on right now, hopefully I’ll be sharing those soon too.

Until then,

Please take care of yourself,

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you,



New Video Up!

Hey friends! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted another video on my YouTube channel 

This is one of the journals I made last week for my shoppe that didn’t make it in because I fell in love with it! I’ll share a little more about it when I’ve worked on more pages…

…speaking of which!

This is the page spread I worked on in my video. If you would like to see the process, I’d love to see you!

I’m on my way back over the mountains before the snow hits them.

As always,

Thank you for stopping in,

Talk to you soon,


Shoppe Newness

Between moving rooms, then cleaning and decorating, I’ve decided it was time to pay a little attention to my shoppe. It’s funny how digging deep into clutter can inspire you!

(*be sure to get to the bottom of this post for an awesome announcement!)

I had a specific request to make some journals out of non-children’s books. Any ideas on what to call those other than “Adult” books? I can’t go there, I don’t even want to think about the trouble that will cause!

Go here for more details: Art Journals

This is one of my favorite things to make, “Surprise Packs”! 70+ pieces of vintage goodness!

Go here for more details: Surprise Packs

“Springtime” ephemera packs, filled with lots of fun spring related bits and bobs!

Go here for more details: Ephemera packs

*Awesome announcement:

Any purchase $35 and over from my shoppe gets Free Shipping! Yay!

I have been making great progress on my new creative space, but there are a few more fun little touches I need to make, and I’ll be sure to share some photos here when I’m finished.

Well, that’s it for now,

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Bye until next time,


“Daniel Boone” Journal Video No.2

I have to say, I’m really having fun working in this journal! At first the size felt a little daunting, but I’m working my way up to it being a lot more comfortable.

Although, I have to say that using pockets on a page helps a bunch!

If you would like to see how this page came together, pop on over to my YouTube Channel!

Until next time,

Have a great weekend,

And thanks for stopping by,