Monday, December 9, 2013

My Happy Place!

In Scrapbooking:
The new issue "My Happy Place" is up at Paper Issues!
And I am really excited about this one because the sponsor is Chic Tags.
I was given the new Schoolhouse Collection to work with and here is my layout...
I can't think of a better "happy place" for me than the library. :) And as you can see, I had a lot to say about it! This may have been a "school" themed line, but it could work for so many other things. As you can see there are definitely a few book items, which I love! And with the addition of patterned papers to their lines, it was so much easier to coordinate everything.

We would love for you to join in by linking up projects about your "Happy Place" or using Chic Tags product. The giveaway this time around is a prize pack from Chic Tags. You can see all the details on this blog post *Here*.

Also, this past Saturday Paper Issues participated in Day 7 of the Winter Frolic blog hop with PaperHaus Magazine. My "Christmas Pajamas" layout that I shared on this post *Here* was featured as part of that hop on the Paper Issues blog that day in a collage of projects by the Design Team. You still have time for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the Paper Issue store. You can find that post *Here.*

Around the House:
It was a super busy weekend here as usual.
St. Nicholas left a small gift and some candy for the kids on Friday morning.
Evan received a little stuffed Minecraft Creeper which he loved. It made having to go to school on a snowy day a little bit easier.
But who knew though that Erin's flashing Christmas light bracelet would not make the cut. She is usually all over junk jewelry. But when she saw Evan's little Creeper, it was love at first sight. Oh how she wanted it. She kept following him around saying, "Evan. I really like your Creeper." And then later that day she actually told me, "Mom, there is going to be trouble at home because I really want Evan's Creeper." Oh yes she did. (lol)
And lo and behold, her bracelet broke on Saturday morning, and she cried because now she didn't have any present at all. So guess who ended up with a little stuffed Creeper from Target bought by Daddy. Yep! And she is has slept with it every night since and carries it everywhere.

On Saturday, Erin had dance and Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts.
And yesterday, we celebrated my husband's birthday.
I actually baked a chocolate layer cake for him. Although I will say, it looks a little red in my Instagram picture there. But I promise, it was chocolate. And the kids loved it! Evan was asking for seconds, and he is not usually a big "sweet" eater. :)
The recipe actually came from this book...
and was picked out by Erin! There is also a really good lemonade recipe in there that we have tried.
So at least the book is getting some use.

Hope you have a great Monday!
Thanks for dropping by :)


  1. this is my new fave layout from you!!! love it

  2. LOVE this LO Mary Jo!!! You totally rocked Chic tags!

  3. I absolutely love the layout and all the different products you used on it. Its usually unlike me to like everything single thing on a page but this one is absolute PERFECT :-) including the fact fact that library is a happy place for me as well.
    Happy birthday to Mike! Hopefully we'll see a birthday page for me soon ;-)

  4. Sorry, I meant Birthday page for him... not me

  5. This is one of my favorite layouts of yours! Love the cozy feel that it has, the colors, and how you were able to journal so much about an obviously special place! Too funny about the Creeper! :)

  6. Love how this turned out, Mary Jo! The book embellies are perfect and so is the framed element.

  7. Love love love love this lo!!! LOVING the wood grain and that book paper!! And that cake looks YUMMY!!!!!!

  8. Awesome page Mary Jo! You did an amazing job with the Schoolhouse collection and I love the long typed journaling on your layout!

  9. I like the new look to your blog :)
    Great layout !! I love how you incorporated so much journaling on it.
    Happy Belated birthday to your hubby.
    Your daughter is pretty funny.

  10. Oh, I agree with you wholeheartedly: the library is a very happy place! In fact, I recently saw that exact Sesame cookbook on the shelf at my library, but I passed it by, since I was looking for a gingerbread house cookbook. But maybe I should pick it up next time, since your family loves the recipes so much. They sound like they would be fun to try.

  11. I love chic tags, I love your layout and I love the library!! Your house sounds like mine :) Landry would be the same way if abie had something like that and my Mike would totally go buy her a Creeper if her bracelet broke! Happy birthday to Mike!

  12. Your layout is stunning, so well thought out and I quite like the look of your library too, it looks lovely and peaceful. Belated birthday wishes to your husband, love that cake! Hugs, Anne x

  13. I love this layout! The library is one of my favorite places too. I was just thinking this morning that it is really sad that I haven't gone to the library here yet. I used to go all the time in New York, and it just hasn't become part of my routine here in Baton Rouge. I need to change that soon!

    Erin is too adorable about the Creeper. It is so cute that she told you that there would be a problem. Good thing Mike bought her one of her own! It reminds me so much of my brother and I growing up!

    Hope Mike had a great birthday!

  14. Seriously love your layout! The school products are versatile because they look great with your library photo. Awesome wood grain background and the cool typed journaling strip. :)

  15. This is fabulous! I love the relaxed grid design and beautiful colors!

  16. Love your LO!! One of my favs of yours! Sorry Erin bracelet broke glad dad came t the rescue what a sweet story. Sounds like a fun weekend Mike Bday and girls scouts!

  17. I have been wanting to get over here to tell you I LOVE your layout! Gorgeous every bit!

  18. I totally agree with you ... no better place than the library!! (well, except for our home of course :) ). LOVE your page!! and now I need this collection too, sigh.