Thursday, May 1, 2014


So yesterday I had two blog posts elsewhere.
One over at Craft Your Nest where I talk a little bit more regarding my thought process and techniques on this layout...
a just for fun layout. :)

Then it was my day to post over at Paper Issues where I featured a layout Mary Pat linked up for the current issue "Mum's The Word." You can see that post *Here."

I feel as if I am really ready to start scrapbooking regularly again!

My workspace is 90% clean and organized! I just have one pile to put away. So my office feels nice and welcoming. Not messy and overwhelming. :) As I was cleaning it out, I found the photos and paper I wanted to use for the above layout in a giant zip loc which inspired me to just get a page done. Which I had a lot of fun doing! But more about that on the Craft Your Nest post. ;)

And now I can cross another item off my closet project, and move on to the final steps!

I have also come to the conclusion that life is just busy. That is just how it is. (I mean wow, it's May already!) And if I sit around and wait for things to slow down before tackling projects, finding time to scrapbook or meeting up with friends and family, it's just not going to happen. So I am embracing it!
Just in the past week, we went to a Cardinals ballgame with several extended family members to see my niece sing the National Anthem.
Definitely had fun! In the past, I might have said that we had too much to do on a Saturday, but then I realized that time with family is just as important.
On Monday, I went to lunch with a good friend that we had been trying to schedule for ages. We finally just picked a date and said let's do it! So glad I did because we were able to talk, relax and catch up. Even if it was just for an hour.
And despite having so much to do after the kids get home from school, I have been making the time to take Erin out once sometimes twice in the afternoon to practice riding her bike without training wheels. (photos and possible video to come soon) She is doing great and is so excited!
I am discovering that it is ok to say no to things that seem important (dishes) and say YES to the people who are more important!

And I know it's been a while since I have posted a "List With Friends" list. I think the last one was my list about The National that I posted almost a month ago. Thankfully, there are no rules to the list project, but I do have one planned for next Thursday. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Love love love your lo! LOVING the colors and the block design!!! And every time I see your work desk, it makes me happy! you have such an awesome crafty space!!! And CONGRATS to your niece for singing at the game!!!

  2. Neat to read about your thought process, Mary Jo and so glad you've been making time to enjoy yourself! :)

  3. I love both of these layouts. The first one is just awesome, and it is so sweet that you have a neighbor like that!

    Life is so busy, and it can be so hard to make time for everything. I'm so glad you able to make time to enjoy the things you like lately! And I'm jealous of your very very neat desk...I need to start working on straightening up mine!

    I'm heading over to read your other two posts now :)

  4. Um...not sure why I thought there were two layouts there...I am seriously losing my mind... I'm going to blame the headache I've had since yesterday that just won't go away! Everything is going to be the headache's fault today!

  5. I love the way your layout tells a story, how lovely to have such a great neighbour too! Your studio looks wonderfully tidy! Anne xx

  6. what a great layout and the photos
    thanks for "spotting" my layout!

  7. LOVE!!! How sweet that you have such a kind lady in your lives. That just makes my heart happy! :) I know how you feel about embracing life being busy. Sometimes I get irritated when I don't get scrapbook time, but then I remember to look at it as making more memories to get to scrapbook later. :)

  8. Love your LO!!
    Love the design and the colors and all the fun embellishments you used!
    IKWYM my scrap desk is messy right now Im having a hard time scrapping but I have a project I have to get done so after that sometime next week I plan on finishing cleaning it off. I still have not finished organizing my scrap space all the way since we moved here. For now Im wanting to finish unpacking the master closet and get it a 100% organized before school out in 3 weeks so that my main priority right now while dd at school. Plus I have a dtr appt I need to get done before she out of school. Love the picture from the cardinals game!!

  9. Such a great post.
    Your layout is very lovely. I remember you talking about your wonderful neighbour in a past post. So nice to be around loving caring people.
    Your room looks great. I just had to clean mine up. As I am letting my friends at my crop use my supplies..I could hardly walk in there, lol.

  10. Great post! We all get caught up in things sometimes and forget what is really important!

  11. Awesome post, Mary Jo! It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. I'm glad you have a clean space to start creating in! :) That always brings me peace of mind and ups my mojo.

  12. Great layout :) waiting until things slow down is sort of like waiting to have kids, right? You just have to do it! Inspiring post here Mary Jo :)

  13. Such a great layout, and so nice to have such a great neighbor. I know what you mean about how busy life is, never seems to be enough time in the day. Enjoy your clean and organized space.

  14. Great layout! You are blessed to have a lovely neighbour like that. I have been blessed that way in my life too. We have had some fabulous neighbours over the years. I treasure them all!

  15. Awesome layout Mary Jo!! I love the grid design you created! It draws your around to each of your photos!!

  16. Wonderful post!! You ARE lucky to have great neighbors!!

  17. What a special neighbor you have and so sweet to make a special layout all about her. I know what you mean about being just seems that there aren't enough hours in the day. But it is so very important to remember that those dishes CAN wait! :)