I have no words for this...

Izzy dancing in the light of the golden hour (give it a minute to fully load so you get a smoother transition.)


ETA: Congratulations, Jennifer!
Please email me your address so I can mail you the case and send you instructions for redeeming the Phone Photography class.

A few weeks ago, I did some bartering with a friend (why don't people barter more? this is genius!) and sent her a knitted phone case in exchange for a SWEET stamp. I used a pattern for her case but loved the process and the result so much, I played around until I came up with a pattern of my own that I loved. This was the result.

There are very few true necessities in life but I'm pretty sure that a nifty phone case is one of them. Everyone has their own preference for important decisions like phone cases though and I'm not gonna lie, I LOVE my Rifle Paper case that I picked up a few weeks ago. I won't use this one but someone should so I figured combining it with a spot in the new BPC Phone Photography Project 2 class would be the perfect giveaway.

Interested in winning a spot? Just leave a comment and I'll randomly select a winner next Monday, June 9. Class starts July 17 so mark your calendar and make sure your phone is charged.

One more thing...if you didn't get a chance to take the first Phone Photography Project class last summer, it's now available as a self-paced workshop. You don't need this class as a pre-requisite to this summer's new class but it would be a great warm-up! If you're interested in seeing how the classes compare, check out the BPC FAQ on them.

Hope to see you all in July when the class begins!


The Phone Photography Project 2

When Elizabeth asks me if I would like to participate in a project she's heading up, my answer is "YES" before I even finish reading. I know it will be incredibly well organized, chock-full of useful information, and inspiring to the nth degree. So, The Phone Photography Project 2? Oh yeah. Sign me up!

As the years go on, I turn to my phone more and more for capturing, well, just about everything. I take picture of school notes and filed trip permission slips so I have easy access to the dates and times and other important details. I take pictures of "things" that I need to buy so that I pick up the right "thing" (lightbulbs...always the lightbulbs.) But most often, and most importantly, I take pictures of moments. And this class is so good at sharing the ideas for the moments as well as the techniques for turning the photos into something magical.

This class is slightly different from last years. It's organized a bit differently and includes all new content. I'm really excited about the addition of videos - process videos from ALL of the contributors. So, if you took the class last year and enjoyed it, I think you'll love this year even more!

You should really watch this video because Elizabeth tells the story so well.

You can see all of the class details at BPC - I hope you'll check it out! I'm so honored to be included in this list of contributors and special guests and I know that if you try it, you'll love it as much as I do.


On Saturday, I completed two months of project life and two layouts. This is surely my most productive day of scrapping in years, or perhaps, ever. It feels good to make some headway and I'm always so happy when I'm in the process. It's such an undertaking to actually start though.

These are simple layouts...which is fine...but I need to find a way back to the journaling I used to love so much. That's my hurdle now. I used to be really good at that part and somewhere along the way, I lost it.

(It really is all that crooked/wonky...and it was intentional - promise!)

January and February 2014. I'm not doing a spread a week though it worked out to about the same number of spreads. I'm just starting at the beginning and slotting in photos/drawings/stories in sequence. Basically no structure at all. Every year, I think I've figured out how I want to do this and every year, I prove myself wrong. These are so simple I almost didn't bother sharing but figured I'd compromise by just grouping them into a single collage. In a couple of days, I'll try to knock out March (and hope for the best that I actually make it through the entire year.)


new in the shop

I just added the Wonky Monogram Journaling Cards to the shop. These are individual 3x4" color jpg files. The kit also includes black transparent png files that can be recolored and ten wonky spots that can be added to the cards to provide a good spot for journaling.

I used the black png files to create this layout, as well as the 3x4 Monthlies, a digital kraft I shared on my blog a few years ago (download here,) and a quote freebie I shared in my most recent newsletter.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Izzy's list

Her list to tackle upon waking up (read bottom to top...because that's how she rolls:)

first stretch then
brush my teeth
then get dressed
then get ready for school
then go to school



  • Daylight Savings can bite me
  • I'm so sad that True Detective is over. Fastest 8 weeks ever.
  • I have swung so wildly from OMG SO HAPPY, to HOW CAN THINGS GET ANY WORSE the past few weeks that I'm sea sick
  • I've been working two days a week (or less depending on the whims of Mather Nature this winter) at my dad's print shop and it's been so good, because, paper. I remember how I fell in love with it all those years ago when I would spend time there playing with custom notepads made just for me and those letraset rub-ons. Sigh. I started in October and it's worked so perfectly for me.
  • In December, I started working for My Favorite Things as well. And also, wonderful. The products are top notch (I'm kind of loving my die cutting machine and learning to stamp!) and the people are AMAZING. I'm a lucky girl.
  • The box of Lucky Charms that I bought for myself and hid (to eat when the kids were at school or, um, during late-night work sessions) was totally worth it.
  • My new Mac is so pretty. I didn't realize how much harder I was working on my old computer. 
  • I've been scrapbooking a bit here and there and even though it takes me ages to pull a layout together (it used to take me 15 minutes! what the hell happened?) I'm enjoying it. Maybe it's taking me a long time because I'm tackling really time consuming techniques. Like hand-stitching in ombre with 6 different floss colors.
  • Some of them are fast though. (There's a paper Jake wrote for school about having Zack for a brother tucked inside that flip up. It's pretty much the sweetest thing ever but not for me to share.)

  • I did that layout based on this:
  • I loved the colors of that design too though so I took some filler card inspiration that I had saved ages ago (and I don't have the source, which is SO unlike me so if you recognize the patterns, please let me know!) and made these. You can download them here.
  • I have a little printable freebie (in 5x7" and 3"4") that I'll share in my newsletter tomorrow. If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, you might like it :) (sidebar: Carson + Hughes trumps any other couple on the show. Please, please, please make that happen next season.) You can sign up for the newsletter over in the sidebar if you're interested!
  • And how are all of you?


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