Jillibean Soup and March Goals

I made a page that I like!  lol.  You may have noticed that I make a lot of pages where I cut an inch off of 2 sides of patterned paper and then back it with cardstock to have a bit of a frame for the background.  As you can imagine, this leaves me with a ton of 1 inch strips of paper.  Today I decided to use some of them.  :)

park pageAs you can see, I just took a bunch of the strips from my Jillibean Soup drawer (I love their B sides!) and layered them to mat the photos.  Then I added a few strips of washi tape and a couple of stickers.

park page-2If I do a page like this again, I think I’d add even more embellishments to the strips of paper, but all in all I’m happy with how this turned out.

In other news, I just placed a huge order with scrapbook.com and I cannot wait for it to get here!  After making over 80 pages in the last 2 months without buying anything aside from cardstock, it’s time for some new product!  I will say, I’ve enjoyed falling in love with some of my old papers again, but there’s nothing like a big box of goodies to inspire me.  :)

Speaking of inspiration, how did I do on February’s goals?  Well, not as good as I did on January’s, but I did get quite a bit accomplished.

  1. Baby Girl’s Blanket- Well, I got a teeny bit done, but I really need to put in some time on this one.
  2. Finish Felt Letters- I have got to work on these.  For serious.
  3. 2014 Project Life- I got 2 out of the 5 layouts done.  That’s something, right?  lol.
  4. 2015 Project Life- I got 2 of the 4 done.  I want to catch up on this next month.
  5. Add trim to burp rags.  Done!  I’ll be blogging this soon.  They’re super cute.
  6. Fraycheck wipes.  Ugh.  I need to buy the fraycheck so I can finish these already.
  7. Scrap September 2013.  Done!  I got 9 layouts done and it feels great.
  8. Scrap October 2013.  Also done!  11 layouts for this month.  :)
  9. Scrap November 2013.  So close.  Only 2 more to go.
  10. Scrap December 2013.  I think I was a bit ambitious with the scrappy goals.  lol.  2 left to go in this month as well.  You guys!  That means I only have 4 more layouts left in 2013!  Sweet!
  11. Blog!  I was able to get a blog post up 3 times a week this month which was my goal!

I set some ridiculous lofty goals for February, so even though I didn’t meet all of them I’m feeling pretty great about the progress that I did make.

Now March…  Since the babies are going to be here early to mid April, the pressure is on!  Also, RaptorDad is taking Raptor on a wee road trip for Spring Break so I’m going to have a few days of dedicated crafty time.  Yay!  So goals for March.

  1. Shopping List for Frozen Meals
  2. Assemble/ Freeze Casseroles (0/3). I want to make several batches of lasagna, mac n cheese, and something else and freeze them so we don’t starve when the twins arrive.
  3. Scrap November 2013.  Only 2 to go!
  4. Scrap December 2013.  I’m actually hoping to knock out most of these before my big box of scrappy goodness arrives.  I know I’m only going to want to play with new things then and I didn’t order any Christmas stuff.  lol.
  5. Scrap February 2014.  Believe it or not, January 2014 is already done.  As is March.  :)  I may end up skipping February for now and working on April since I didn’t order any Valentine’s Day stuff, but I did order some summery stuff.
  6. Finish Baby Girl’s Blanket.  Down to the wire here folks.  Yikes.
  7. Finish Felt Letters.  It’s pathetic that these still aren’t done.
  8. Make Carseat Covers.  I’m excited about these!  I found a tutorial on line and I can’t wait to go pick out fabric for them.  :)
  9. 2014 Project Life (0/6)
  10. 2015 Project Life (0/6)
  11. Paint Nursery.  Soon!
  12. Assemble all of the Baby Stuff!
  13. Summer Activities for Raptor.  I want to come up with some throw down activities/ crafts for her for this summer.
  14. Blog! (0/27). This seems ridiculous, but it will give me a buffer through April.  I’d really like to be able to have some content post while we’re busy with babies.  :)  I’m think I’m going to photograph some of my older layouts and put them up on the blog.  I spotted a few blog worthy ones while I was assembling the 2013 (part 2) album.



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Taggie Blankets

Raptor and I finished a project for the babies today!  We made them little taggie blankets.  Raptor loves hers as a baby so I decided it was time to make some for the twins.  She was a big help finding lots of ribbon to use which partially explains why poor baby boy has so much pink on his.  lol.  May as well get him used to it early.  :)

I did a tutorial of sorts here so I didn’t want to try to make another.  The big change this time is that didn’t stitch the ribbon on first, I just stitched it all together at the same time.  I also top stitched it, but if I had a do over I would have skipped that as it didn’t make much of a difference.  Mainly I did it so I could tell Raptor’s blanket apart from Baby Sister’s.

taggie blanketsBasically, cut out 16 lengths of ribbon and pin them to the right side of a 9×9 square of minky.  Then pin a 9×9 square of satin on top, wrong sides together.  These fabrics kind of suck for sewing, but babies tend to like them, so don’t be alarmed when your minky gets all out of shape and you end up with more of a 7×7 blanket.  lol.  Or maybe you actually know how to sew and this doesn’t happen to you.  I imagine it involves the mysterious walking foot.

At any rate, here are the finished products.  Luckily babies aren’t all that critical.  ;)

taggie blankets-2


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2014 Project Life Week 5

Another week done!

Week 5 ASlowly but surely I’m plugging away.

Week 5 BPhoto credit for the cute Valentine’s Day pic goes to Kelly at Happy Soul Photography.  :)



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2015 Week 5 Project Life

Still behind (of course) but still plugging along.  :)  Here’s Week 5.

week 5 2015-2


Pretty simple again.  I added a few thickers and some washi tape, but that’s it.

week 5 2015

All of these pics are iPhone pics aside from the top right.  I find that I’m using my iPhone more and more and leaving my DSLR at home.  I wonder what that will look like when it’s time to scrap these months traditionally…  Still have a ways to go on catch up before that’s an issue.  lol.

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At the Park

park pageI’m working my way through October.  :)  Here’s a page I made with some older Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon papers.  I’m actually pleased with how it turned out!

park page-2I even managed to do some embellishment clusters.  :)  I used some washi tape, a banner sticker from Doodlebug, a flair badge from Lawn Fawn, some old school Prima flowers, and a bit of stickles.  2  more layouts and I’m done with October.  :)



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Witch Hazel

I’m plugging away on October 2013 so I dragged out all of my old Halloween stuff.  For this page, I used the October Afternoon Witch Hazel collection.  Side note: I freaking love October Afternoon, but I wish they would release some new stuff!

scrap pageI added a bit of Target washi tape and some sequins from Doodlebug, but everything else is from the Witch Hazel line.  I still love it.  I’m kind of wishing I had bought more of it which is saying something because I bought a ton.  lol.

In other news, we’re painting the nursery this weekend!  Exciting.  I can’t wait to get it all organized.

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2014 Project Life Week Four

Here’s week 4 for your viewing pleasure.  :)

Week 4 AThis week I went back to the Honey Edition cards.  Still love them.  :)

Week 4 BI’m just going to keep plugging along on this project.  :)  Next up, Week 5 for both 2014 and 2015.  Yes I realize that I’m behind.  That’s just how I roll.



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I suggested several super cute, crafty valentine’s from Pinterest, but Raptor wasn’t having it.  RaptorDad suggested Star Wars and she was sold.  I found this image on Pinterest, and he added the text and then printed them out.  Raptor signed the back, I popped a little storm trooper in each bag, and stapled them to the top.  Easy Peasy.

Photo Feb 12, 2 20 38 PMAlthough a far cry from some of my previous valentines, the homemade playdoh ones and the heart crayon ones come to mind, Raptor is quite happy with them so I’m happy too.  I even let her make her own Valentine’s Day box y’all.  I seriously wanted to take over and make it a scrappy masterpiece, but I restrained myself.  I want her to get used to doing her own projects while she still enjoys them.  This mama will not be doing her 6th grader’s homework.  lol.

In other news, I narrowed down the 2013 October layout to do list from 21 layouts to 11.  Still, 11!  Maybe Raptor and I will get in some quality time this weekend in the scrap room.  All of the pics are edited and printed and ready to go.  I’m also thinking of making another order with Scrapbook.com.  I have my eye on the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection.  I’m sure I’ll find loads of other stuff to throw in my cart too.  :)


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Raptor Twin Prep

It hit me the other day that I’m going to have TWO babies very soon!  I’ve been kicking the baby prep into high gear.  :)

twinsI got all of the newborn cloth diapers prepped and ready to go.  :)  I’m super excited.  This time, we’re using Kissaluvs Size 0 with covers and y’all, they are the cutest softest diapers ever.  I have 30 which is going to be cutting it a little close with 2 babies, but I’m thinking if I wash every day we will be fine.  Plus, I have a few prefolds that we can use in a pinch.

twins-2They’re so tiny!  I wanted these diapers so bad when Raptor was a baby, but we ended up just waiting 2 weeks until her cord fell off and then putting her in Bum Genius All-In-Ones in a size small.  They worked, but they practically came up to her armpits.  lol.  Since the twins are likely to be smaller, I figured we’d get enough wear out of these to justify the cost.  They go up to 15 pounds so I figure we will probably get several months out of them.



And the covers.  OMG y’all.  So stinking cute.  I had to restrain myself from buying more.  Look at those little coordinating fox ones!  I have 7 covers which I think will be plenty.  We’re going with Rumparoos covers on the recommendation of a friend and the quality seems great.

Am I crazy for planning to cloth diaper twins?  I don’t think so!  After all, it’s not like it’s any more laundry than I was dealing with with 1 baby.  I’ll keep you guys posted.

twins-4And the sweet baby clothes!  I may have bought just a few too many given the fact that we have boxes and boxes of hand me downs, but check this out!  I think we all know that I’m a sucker for Gymboree, especially when I realized that they had coordinating boy/girl lines.  ::dies::  My big delima now is how to hang them up.  Coordinating pairs together?  Or half the closet with girl clothes and half with boy clothes.  Thoughts?

I’m hoping to get back to the craftiness soon, in fact I finished up September of 2013 in Raptor’s scrapbook this morning.  I’m having a very hard time narrowing down the number of layouts for October though.  So many cute pictures.  Since they’re all already in October Daily and Project Life, I’m trying to be brutal, but it’s so hard!




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Flower Girls are Adorable

Y’all, my baby sister got married this weekend.  Not gonna lie, I cried.  :)  I am so so happy for her and her new ::gasp:: husband!  It was a beautiful ceremony and an awesome reception, and Raptor had the privilege of being one of 5 flower girls.  You read that right, 5.  Go big or go home.  ;)

Photo Feb 07, 1 39 09 PMHere’s a crappy phone photo of 4 of the 5 (the 5th was feeling a wee bit camera shy) in the bridal room getting ready.  Even if it is a crappy pic, I love it so much!  I made a conscious decision not to bring my DSLR and I don’t regret it for a second.  They had an amazing photographer who I knew was going to get awesome shots, and I wanted to be present in the moment, not stuck behind my camera.  I can’t wait to see the pro pics!

Photo Feb 07, 5 32 45 PMHere’s an iPhone pic RaptorDad snapped at the reception.  It was such a beautiful venue with a manicured lawn falling off into the Hill Country.  Raptor decided to do a bit of exploring.  The flower girls also led the charge on the dance floor which was freaking adorable.  :)



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