Coffee && Friends.

Being crafty is my outlet. In the past year it has gotten me through some incredible rough times, and it is always there for me. It lets me enjoy life at it’s craziest, heart-breaking, gut-wrenching moments and often, there’s just a point where we all say just forget it and find something to lift our mood– scrapbooking is that thing for me.

I am SO excited for the Studio Calico life : scripted class, because it’s just stunning, and I LOVE cursive fonts. Maybe because I cannot write in cursive any better than my fourth grader? lol There are so many inspirational projects everywhere as a result of this trend, and most recently Celine’s page on her instagram has made me want to get messy & play!

In the midst of chaos, I got out a favorite picture, my Copper Mountain scrapbook kit & whipped up a page. Not only did it let me clear my mind and have fun, but I LOVE the final project—

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The little details of this layout were the most fun, from playing with paint to the layers, stoked to add this to my wall for the new year of display!

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Will you be joining me in the classroom? I am just SO excited to learn more in this class!

upcoming.

A new year always brings plenty of excitement, and add in the resolution to change & make this year better– I’m ready to use this energy to kick start catching up on projects and start a few new ones. Today I want to share 14 projects I’m putting on my list, to strive for a fun, creative new year :)

__ a 2013 year in review layout– I’m thinking an infographic feel, & if I love it I think I’m going to use a similar concept on my monthly Project Life dividers.

__ states traveled layout– an incredible map with trip details & moments of where I went last year, I got to travel quite a bit!

__ Week in the Life– in past years, I’ve done this in a smaller scale, typically adding it into my Project Life. This year, with Caleb being a bit older, I’m hoping to do a project of a week in HIS point of view. He loves to take his own pictures [and at his age is NOT so thrilled when I take them] so I think this will be a really fun way to get him involved and see our lives from a different angle!

__ birthday bucket list– this one may become a mini album, but we’ll see where it leads closer to!

__ sending more cards! I am ALL about getting happy mail, but seldom ever do I send or receive any, which ends now. This year, I WILL send out more cards & notes, so if I have your addy be warned LOL

__ France– I went with high school TEN years ago, and with my reunion this year & realizing I’ve still barely ever scrapped any of the photos, I’ve decided to get them in an album! I may end up using just some sort of pocketed page system & adding all the memorabilia, but it WILL happen!

__ resolutions page– this one has already been started, and I’m already in love!

__ Project Life 2014– While I know I already have goals set in mind for PL, it makes the list because I really do want to focus on finishing the entire year in a timely fashion AND share it!

__ Mini Book Mondays– this will be a blog feature here, and also hopefully an inspiration to myself to get all those minis finished that I wanted to do over the years, or while I’m on a trip and actually FINISH them. Sometimes I’m terrible at not completing them and I’m really hoping to focus on this!

__ One Little Word: SELF– the more I see what others do, the more inspired I am. Do I make a mini? I know I’m incorporating bits & pieces into my PL as well, & I want to do some pages as well…. so this one’ll be another that I have to think about more!

__ Share Stampin Up! — In the past, I was mostly just a demo who did it for the discount, who wanted to share a little bit when something was really awesome, but this year, I want to do MORE. The new catalogs are stunning and so trendy, and I am thrilled to be teaching classes from home and really hoping to show that here as well. These products are just too cute not to pass on! If you’re interested in checking out what’s new, head on over to my site, http://shay_tibbs.stampinup.net¬†and watch for a weekly SU post on Wednesdays!

__ pages for Caleb– I feel like there are soooo many incredible products for boys now, that I KNOW I need to catch up Caleb’s albums. I don’t want to be that mom that hits senior year and has to knock out 18 years of pages lol

__ December Daily– I am SO sad about choosing to forgo this project in 2013, & so this year I’m making it a priority. I WILL participate, it has always been one of my favorites and I really missed it this past holiday season!

__ Family History– My grandpa died early last year, and I SO wish we had recorded more of his memories before he passed. So I want to try and record those moments with other family members before it’s too late.

What projects do you plan on doing in 2014? Any crafty goals?

resolutions.

I’m BIG on resolutions– which I more use as goals for my year, things I hope to do & accomplish. Last year for 2013, I had thirteen and it went well, so this year I decided to continue it and came up with fourteen.

For my first project of the year, I want to share a peek at my resolutions. I LOVE how this page turned out, with leftover confetti from New Year’s Eve and the colors of my 2014 Project Life title page–

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Do you scrap your resolution and use it to make yourself accountable? I feel like the more times I look at them, the more likely I am at staying on track with them! What are your goals for 2014?

This project is part of my crafty plans for the year, which I wanted to use to get a head start on one of my goals– CREATE everyday To read more about my upcoming projects I want to share, start on or complete this year check back on Friday!

throwback thursday.

Today is not only Throwback Thursday #tbt but I am participating in a fun challenge/blog hop with a few girls from the Amy Tangerine group, using any of her products! I chose to mix them together, so here’s a throwback photo with a little bit of Ready, Set, Go & her first line– I had a blast getting the bits and pieces together for this layout.

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I thought the layout would be easiest if I grabbed some supplies first, and this is what it turned into:

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& checkout these youngins! Not even high school graduates! We all look like babies!

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Now go check out the other lovely ladies, Ruth http://scrapmachine.com & Katie http://www.katiesnestingspot.com/ Thanks for stopping by, I hope we inspire to get your own Amy Tangerine stash out to play!

Birthday Girl

Today I want to share a layout I made for the current Chic Tags Sketch Challenge! To check out what the DT did & join in, check out this post.

For this page, I decided to use the sketch as a starting point, but flip it– I do this with most sketch challenges, just to change it up a little. I wanted to use these Birthday Cake goodies, which matched the colors in the Kraft Edition of Project Life almost perfectly. Instead of doing multiple photos, I used the design of the sketch to incorporate the 3×4 cards from my Core Kit onto my page.

Here’s the finished project:

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I absolutely love it, I feel like it’s a perfect birthday selfie page ;) Here’s to another FAB year of getting older!

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Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

i have talented friends.

My wonderful, talented friend Suz Mannecke is the guest designer this month at Citrus Twist Kits, and I could NOT be more excited for her!

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I fell in love with the sketch, and decided to immediately get to work on a layout! If you want to link up, go here, and if you enter before September 7th you can win a gc to the shop!

To see more of Suz’s work, head on over to her blog– http://livealifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/

Here’s my own take on the sketch with the Carta Bella line, Hello Again by Kaitlin Scheaffer, I hope there are many more lines by her in the future, because this one’s incredible!

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