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Operation Jordan’s Graduation Party- a Great Success!

Many of you know that my niece Jordan is like a daughter to me. From the time she was born we had a special bond. My first niece, and with my brother and sister-in-law in the restaurant business, I was blessed to be able to have her on the weekends when they worked, along with her other Aunts too, and my parents during the work week, this kid never went to daycare. Well, she just graduated from high school last month and we just had her big Graduation party yesterday. They say it takes a village to raise a child, it was so true for this kid- and for her party!

Here she is:


Here are just a few highlights (with the crafty element) that I thought you’d appreciate: My sister Sue created these yummy chocolate brownies and chocolate cupcakes with a graduation cap topper! How cute are these???





Here are some of the decorations I made for the party and we had a Project Life station where guests could jot Jordan a “Note or a Quote” and then we had a Photo Booth – I saved room in the back of her album for a graduation section and we’ll insert all the notes from people with their photos.

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Well I took over 100 photos, I don’t think you want to see all of them, plus I have to get ready for work! I was so tired last night that I took a shower and went right to bed!

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog today! More tomorrow about my July Club projects!

Happy Monday!


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How Did it Get to be May already??

Wowza…. do you ever wonder how time seems to fly by so fast?? The month of April just whizzed by in a whirl for me. My schedule has been so busy and I have to admit- I forgot to take pictures at the Paper Pumpkin Party last night… so sorry! I’m sure you would love to see the cards, boxes, works of art and fun items everyone came up with. I did actually take 1 photo, but forgot to re-take it when Tatiana finished her card. Silly me. I promise to take photos next time for sure. I let each gal pick out some fabric, ribbon and embellishments (I had purchased most from the clearance rack). I think they enjoyed looking at my new catalog as much as making things. They all seem excited to come in 2 weeks for my new catalog launch party, I’m super excited and hope to finish my Project Life album by then to show them.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! launched a new collaboration with Becky Higgins and her Project Life scrapbooking company today?  Yes siree Bob, today is May 1st and you can now purchase some of these amazing products! Mine arrived the other day and I am hoping to work on my photos this weekend.

If you are new to Project Life, here are a few tips to help get you started recording your life from the amazing concept artist named Arika B. at Stampin’ Up!

Take photos with intention. What are the things that you want to remember? If you made something awesome for dinner . . . take a picture of it. Did you have a fun girls’ night out? Take a picture! Did you go for a walk with a beautiful sunset? Take a picture. We all know to take photos of the big, important events in our lives, but I think the simple moments in our lives are just as meaningful and important to document.


Decide which approach works best for you. Do you want to record your life on a weekly basis, on a monthly basis, or just whenever? There is no right or wrong way to do this. I like working on a monthly basis and adding inserts when I need to, but that might not work for you. Play around and have fun finding out what makes this process of recording your life the easiest and most enjoyable for you.


Jot down the things you want to remember. Carry a notebook in your purse, write ideas in your phone, or write in a journal at the end of the day. When you come across a quote that moves you . . . write it down. When your kid says or does something that you don’t want to forget . . . write it down. If you had a great day . . . write it down. This makes it so much easier when you want to add journaling to your pages.


Save things from your life to include in your album. A tag from your shopping spree, a bag from your favorite boutique that you can cut down to fit into a pocket, happy mail, a birthday card, a ticket stub from a good movie—there are so many fun ways to include bits and pieces from your life. 


Set aside time to work on your pages. Make it a priority in your busy life to sit down and get your memories written down and your photos printed off. Doing tasks in chunks is easier than trying to do everything in a big marathon session. Take an hour to go through photos and print them off. Later, sit down for another hour to write down memories onto cards and slip things into page protectors. Take another hour or 30 minutes to play around with embellishing and getting creative if that’s what makes you happy. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just have fun, and in the end you will have something that you and your family will cherish forever!


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When our new catalog launches on June 2nd, we will have many more Project Life products available for purchase. Did you know if you wanted to sign up with our $99 kit special- you would actually get $126 worth of product for only $99? And then you enjoy a 30% on your next purchase (if made within 30 days and is at least $150 order). what a perk?!

I hope you have a great Friday! thanks for stopping by my blog!