Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mini Album Blog Hop!

Well, hey there lovely people! Has it been a long time...there's been a lot going on since my last post in September. A lot I'd love to share, but today we're here to celebrate the amazing, sincere, and talented Kelly Jean with a birthday mini album blog hop!

Now, for those of you that know or follow Kelly's blog, you know she absolutely LOVES mini albums! This couldn't be a better way to celebrate her birthday than the below lovely ladies participating in a birthday blog hop.

1.   Kelly Jean- kelsterjean designs   (THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!)
2.  Amanda - Random Sweetness
3.  Nubia - The Papercutting Nerd
4.  Beth - Scrapping Wonders
5.  Heather M - Heather's Crafty Heart
6.  Lynn - Lynn's Everyday Ideas
7.  Charity - Scrappin' Chaos
8.  Mandi - Kraze of MJ
9.  Heather S - Coffee and Pretty Paper
10. Kristin - rukristin papercrafts

You should have arrived here from Mandi's blog. Today, I am sharing a mini album I completed earlier last year all about a girl's night out.

Girls Night Out 13 
I remember having so much fun making this album. As I was taking photos of this mini album, I remembered how much I really loved putting this together with all the pretty paper and layers and embellies!

Girls Night Out 2

Once upon a time, when I used to subscribe to the Studio Calico scrapbooking kits, they used to stack up in my craft room. However, I distinctly remember using a kit (gasp, I know!) to make this mini album. It was hard to use this particular kit because the colors weren't really my style.

Girls Night Out 7

But the more I started cutting paper and layering all that goodness up, I was actually using items from the kit! It was wonderful! And I know you know what I'm talking about-we subscribe to these kits because we absolutely need them, but then they start to pile up. But, boy, does it feel good to use a kit.

Girls Night Out 4

I used mostly this Studio Calico kit, but I sprinkled in some Project Life cards, tags (because I'm obsessed), and a few embellishments from my stash.

Girls Night Out 6

I hope you enjoyed a peek inside my mini album and were inspired to use some of those kits you have stacked in the corner! Next up is the crazy talented Kristin! Make sure you go through the whole hop because some of these girls may be doing giveaways! Also, don't forget to wish Kelly Jean the happiest of birthdays yet!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love for the Weekend

Source: The Every Girl
In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

I am completely and inappropriately excited about this kit subscription! And you know, I'll be a subscriber!

If you don't follow me on Instagram (which you should-it's in my sidebar!), you know that I recently acquired this.  I'm using these printable inserts and am LOVING them!

Of course, I downloaded this app. I'm curious to how it will change my very lax approach to memory documenting. I'm hoping I can make it work for me.

That's all I have for you this week. Let me know some links you're loving right now in the comments section!


Friday, September 19, 2014

30 Lists: Lists 8-12

I have been a little bit behind in my #30lists. Not only have I been behind in just writing them, but I've been behind in posting completed lists on Instagram! So, instead of just not posting my lists since I'm "behind," I'll just post what I have. That's something I'm trying to get better about:  sharing what I have, even if it's not complete or what I intended to share.

So, you guys will see my lists when I have them done! I've been really busy because of some life changes (which I will share soon). So, bare with me as I'm adjusting to a new pace of life.

Enough about stuff I'm not sharing yet! Here are the lists I have at least photographed...

List Eight:  Books Everyone Should Read

-The Coming Plague:  Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
-Brave New World by Aldous Hexley
-The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
-Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
-Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
-The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
-The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

List Nine:  Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

-unkind people
-people who don't invest in your relationship
-inconsiderate parking
-poor grammar (yes, I recognize the irony)

List Ten:  Subjects I Can Talk About For Hours

--women's reproductive rights
--sexual health
--infectious diseases
--childhood with my siblings
--freshman and senior years at UIUC

List Eleven:  Things I've Finished (So Far) This Year 

I'm going to take this from a "what I've done so far this year..."
-put the house on the market!!
-made more mini albums than usual
-cleaned out, RAKed, donated a lot of my scrap supplies
-finished listening to the Harry Potter series on audio book
-read at least 13 books

List Twelve:  Must Haves For A Night In

-a GREAT book, binge-worthy TV show, or a few must-see movies
-wine! I prefer white, but am slowly falling in love with red
- snacks:  cheese, chocolate, popcorn, etc.
-Illinois sweatpants that I've had since freshman year of college
-nice, warm, cozy blanket

 Are you participating in #30lists? If you are, I'd love to see your lists! Leave your blog (if you post them) or your Instagram/Twitter below!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Love For the Weekend

Source: The Jew in J. Crew
In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

Oh. My. Gosh. This woman is my fashion role model! I have loved almost every. single. thing. she's posted on her blog. Check it out, NOW!

And because of said blog, I absolutely NEED this!

This blog has some lovely printable planners, as well as other printables. I may be purchasing one...

I've never made these kinds of cards, but this one really makes me want to start!

And, in case you were wondering about my project for the September Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge, you can find that here.

Such a great tutorial on using your Silhouette for hybrid scrapbooking! There's so many possibilities with the Silhouette; it's time for me to explore!


Monday, September 8, 2014

30 Days of Lists: Week One

I know you all know by now that I AM A LISTER! Any kind of list, I'll write it. Naturally, I just had to participate in yet, another round of #30lists.

I completed my first challenge in March 2013. I made a mini album for the challenge. I completed every list except for two or three. In March 2014, I again made a pretty kick ass mini album. Although, I only wrote a handful of lists in it. I know, somewhere, I have the rest of the lists on sticky notes or Project Life cards. Someday I plan to transfer those "drafts" to the album.

This time around, I am determined to write my lists DIRECTLY in my album EACH day. I made my album really simple. I'm not even going to embellish beyond what's already done. If I had planed to do that, I wouldn't post photos of the lists until it was done, and then I wouldn't write the lists in the album because I wouldn't have time to embellish, so on and so forth. This time, it will be different!

30 Days of Lists Has Begun: Coffee & Pretty Paper

After each week, I will be posting my completed #30lists. 

List One:  Today is brought to you by...

#30lists -List One: Coffee & Pretty Paper

-a work holiday
-Earl Grey
-Criminal Minds binge watching
-couch sitting
-a little bit of cleaning...

List Two: I can't pass up...

#30lists -List Two: Coffee & Pretty Paper

-anything pumpkin in the fall
-coffee in the morning (or any time of day)
-dessert or candy
-pretty paper
-a date with a friend
-a hug from my husband
-a new book
-a trip to the craft store

List Three:  If I had an extra hour in the day

#30lists -List Three: Coffee & Pretty Paper

I would use that time just for me, doing whatever my little heart desired! It would be an hour of not doing chores or worrying about adult stuff.
I'd wish for more hours in the day!

List Four:  Projects to finish this month

#30lists -List Four: Coffee & Pretty Paper

-setting up my blog planner
-August Project Life
-Mal's Scotland mini album
-United Way donation basket
*I think that's ambitious enough
-organize papers (apparently not done being ambitious!)

List Five:  Things to nurture this month

#30lists -List Five: Coffee & Pretty Paper

-my marriage
-me: body, mind, and soul
-my Etsy shop

List Six:  Every night before I go to bed

#30lists -List Six: Coffee & Pretty Paper

*how appropriate that I'm writing this in bed...
-tell my husband goodnight, "I love you" --ALWAYS
-wash face
-think of something I am grateful for 
-set my alarm
-sometimes read a book
-fall asleep with the TV on, usually Netflix
-cuddle with Willie

List Seven:  Chores I actually enjoy

#30lists -List Seven: Coffee & Pretty Paper

-laundry (not the putting away part though)
-dishes because it's a mindless task and allows me to daydream
-I also enjoy chores/cleaning in general when I'm in the mood to do those things

Week One is complete! Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@hsweet12) to see daily #30lists. I post my list every night. If you're playing along with #30lists, please comment below with your blog (if you're posting on your blog) or your Instagram name. I love seeing fellow listers!

Also, check out my Flickr album for pages from my album as well as my completed lists.

Enjoy your Monday,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Love For the Weekend

Via Live Life Happy
In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

I definitely don't need this, but I really, really, REALLY want it!

I'm pretty sure I'll be using this collection for my Journal Your Christmas 2014 album. Now, if I can keep it to just this collection...

Experimenting with this layout design in my DIY Planner.

Something new is up at the Just Two Midwest Girls blog

Printed out these to start setting up a blog planner!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Sneak Peek: Just Two Midwest Girls' September Challenge!

JTMG Sneak Peek-September 2014 Challenge

Just Two Midwest Girls released our September challenge! Check it out and make sure to play along! If you linked your August project, the winner is announced in the above post too. See my full project at Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenges.