Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Layout-A-Week Design Team!

Hello everyone!  I am so thrilled to announce that I am continuing on with the Layout-A-Week Design Team and I have been asked to be the Design Team Coordinator!  I am honored that Jennifer Priest asked me to take this on and I'm having a blast so far.  We have a great new team and I can't wait for everyone to see them in action!  The announcement of the new team is up today, so please stop by to meet them!  We will have new layouts following themes each Tuesday where we will focus on a new theme each month.  It will be awesome to have different takes on the same idea.  I hope you'll come join in on the fun each Tuesday at Layout-A-Week!  April's first layout will be up next Tuesday from yours truly!  I hope you'll stop by!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sketches in Thyme Design Team!

Hi Friends!



I'm so excited to be able to announce today that I have been invited to be on the Sketches in Thyme Design Team!  I love this challenge blog and I'm so excited to work with them.  I love working with sketches and do so quite often, especially if I need a swift kick in the pants creatively.  The sketches that they provide are creative and will push me to use my supplies!  There will now be FOUR sketches to work with each month!  I am on Team 1 and my layouts will be posted during the first week of each month.

And YOU can play along as well!  There will be prizes for each sketch, so be sure to play along to be eligible for a prize!  Simply create your own page based on a sketch, be sure to officially follow the blog, and submit your layout on the blog.  There will be a winner for each sketch and the prizes are great!  I hope you'll come join me and create some beautiful pages using these awesome sketches!!!

If you haven't heard of Sketches in Thyme, please go check them out.  And this week they will be announcing the full design team.  Let's get scrapping!

Blog: www.sketchesinthyme.blogspot.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/SketchesInThyme

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Influenster Reese's Box

Hey everyone!  I have another Influenster box to share.  I got this recently to test and give my opinion.  Let me tell you, it didn't last long.  I didn't even get a chance to video or take pictures before the jar was empty...lol!  I explain in my video below.  For more on the Influenster program and to get a free box of your own, please go check out their website and sign up: www.influenster.com

Have a great week!


Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2015 Reading List

Every year, I make a reading goal.  Usually it's a number of books I want to read.  The past couple of years, I haven't met my goal.  I went from 50, to 45, to 40.  For 2014, my goal was 40.  I've read 14.... So, as the pattern shows, I'm not reading as much as I used to.  And that bothers me.  I've always been a reader.  A quick reader.  Lately, I've been concentrating on other things, such as scrapbooking.  And I'm a stay-at-home mom, so honestly, by the time I crawl into bed, I'm dead tired.  I read for maybe ten minutes and I'm falling asleep with my Kindle or book dropping onto my chest.  I want to make reading more of a priority in 2015.  That will mean heading to bed earlier.  That will mean reading more during the day when my girls are behaving enough for me to sneak in a chapter or two.  That will mean taking my book to school pick-up instead of playing Candy Crush for 20 minutes.  I want to read more non-fiction.  I want to read more faith-based books.  And, I found this list posted on a Kindle group that I follow.  As soon as I saw it, I immediately printed it out and stuck it into my planner.  This is my new goal for 2015.  There are 50 books here, so that's a lofty goal, but I'm going to try.  Even if it comes down to knocking out two checkmarks with one book.  I'm going to TRY not to do that, but we'll see how it goes.  I just want to enjoy reading again.  I think this list will help.  What's on your to-read list for 2015?


Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Erin Condren Life Planner

I LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner.  I first heard about them through the Studio Calico message boards.  As soon as I saw them and watched a few YouTube videos, I ordered one.  I have just received my THIRD planner and I'm excited to share with you how I plan to use it for 2015.  Here is my video of my planner and plans on how to utilize it to fit my needs.  Enjoy!


Please feel free to leave me any questions you might have!

Here is the Jennifer McGuire video I reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtS6qnSYUSA&list=UUIahNe1rImARk2cdLOpMfZg

Here is my Erin Condren referral link to receive $10.00 off your first order with them!
https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/sarahswann1007



Monday, December 1, 2014

Influenster ModaVox Box

Hey everyone!  I stumbled upon the Influenster site while watching one of my favorite YouTubers, JAMBeauty89.  She mentioned the site and I headed over to check it out.  Basically, you create a profile, take some quizzes, and there's a good chance you will receive a box of free items to test out, review and share.  How cool is that?  I was lucky enough to receive this awesome ModaVox Box!  Here's a little video explaining it and showing what's in the box.  I'll be using all of these products for the month of November and then doing a review video and post on what I think of the products.  For more on the Influenster program, go check out their site!











And here is my review video:


I hope this was helpful!  Have a great week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say hello to my new favorite holiday album!

Each year I get so excited to listen to holiday music and see who releases holiday albums.  This year, two really stuck out at me.

First, Pentatonix...holy crap!  I saw this video floating around Facebook and when I watched it, I just cried like a baby...like a baby.  I immediately went and downloaded the whole album and it's just so so good!  I have a feeling this will be a go-to holiday album for me for a long time!  Here's the video:


Second, I love love love Idina Menzel.  Her voice is just magic.  When I saw she had a holiday album this year, I jumped right in.  And then I saw this video and just smiled through the whole thing.  Love!


I will also be pulling out this album from last year that is one of my favorites as well!  Time to heat up some hot chocolate and get into the holiday spirit!  What are your favorite holiday albums?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

December Daily 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like December Daily!  Around this time of year, people start thinking and planning out their December Daily albums.  I'm one of those people.  I'm pulling out my Christmas scrappy supplies and putting together a kit for myself to use.  I'm starting to do some prep like getting my cover page done, working on my numbers and getting some big elements ready.  I love Christmas and I'm so happy that there's a special project that helps me to document it every year in a creative way.  If you want to see more about the concept of December Daily, head over to Ali Edwards' blog and check it out.  It's really awesome!  I put together a video showing some of my past December albums if you want a good peek into my interpretation of it.  And Layla makes a special appearance.  If you want some more videos to check out, head over to AuntREcREates and OhSnapGonzo youtube channels.  They have awesome December Daily videos up.  I'm still drooling over OhSnapGonzo's coffee cup numbers!  Have a great day!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Layout-A-Week

How in the WORLD is it November already???  Holy cow!  Let's start off this month with a fun page for Layout-A-Week!  I have a video tutorial over there on how I made these cute handmade presents for Layla's 3rd birthday layout.  Head on over to Layout-A-Week and check it out, along with the other layouts posted there!  Hope to see you over there!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Obsessed - October 2014

1. This song.  Singing it all the time.

2. My number one...of all time...loved him since 9th grade...seen twice in concert...Sixteen Stone is still one of my favorite albums...number one of ALL TIME celebrity crush was on the Voice this month.  And I lost my flipping mind!

3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING.

4. Seriously.  This.

5. I've been doing the Scrap Stash kits for the past two months.  The concept is that you get an inspiration kit with pictures, a color scheme and even a pinterest board.  Then, you use those prompts and create your own kit with the supplies in your stash.  It's been awesome!  I'm using more of my stash than ever before.  I'm excited to really start making a dent in my stash with these kits.  If you haven't checked them out, you should, it's awesome!  They also have a Facebook page for inspiration and you can post your kits and pages there.  Check them out!