Monday, December 1, 2014


in the new issue of Jot magazine!
It's been a while since I submitted anything for publication, or even scrapbooked! But when I saw the call for projects for issue 8, I decided to give it a try.
Jot is an on-line scrapbook magazine, so it was as simple as sending an email and a picture of my scrapbook layout. I had actually tried for the gold foil call, but she felt my page would fit better with the Christmas story gallery. I agree!

You can find my layout on page 75 in the magazine *Here*!
It was definitely something to get excited about scrapbook wise. :)

The scrapbook purge is still going on here.
Those bags on the right are going in boxes to sell (Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Scenic Route.) I also have a KI Memories brand box. So those are organized and ready to go as soon as I get some photos.
That green and pink paper storage box is now empty. I am trying to fit all of the patterned paper I want to keep in that two door cabinet behind the boxes. Although it's not just patterned paper in there...
there is also cardstock, vellum, transparencies, and large 12x12 sheets of letter stickers. That is actually an older photo though. There is a lot less cardstock these days.  A lot less cardstock. Most of my cardstock fits in one holder and is mostly neutral colors.

This on the other hand is my staging area of product that I am organizing for a few giveaway boxes. I've temporarily taken over a corner of Erin's room but she is ok with it. She is actually hoping some of the items come her way. I will just say that I have given her a lot already! She has her own small stash of scrap supplies now, and really not a lot of room for more :)
That stack in the back right corner in front of the Frozen bag is going to be saved for functions where I teach such as an upcoming Girl Scout activity in the Spring.
I just need to sort through those three baskets on the left and then start separating things into three boxes. I hope to have the giveaway Friday, so be looking for that!

Making progress though, and feeling a lot better about scrapbooking again! :)

As for the Thanksgiving holiday, it was nice.
Unfortunately, Mike had to go back out of town for work the day after Thanksgiving. :(
Not fun! But his brother and wife were in town and it's the first time we have seen them in two years. So we were able to still have a good weekend despite not having Mike with us.
Mike and I on Thanksgiving night.

Friday night we went to the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Lots of fun!
The kids and I did a little bit of shopping on Saturday in the afternoon, but then took it easy the rest of the night.

On Sunday, we went to brunch with some of Mike's family and then his brother and wife came over to hang out with us a little longer before catching their plane back home. Really great to have them in town!
It was pretty warm yesterday. Near 70 degrees. Then this morning, we woke up to this...
Yep, ice on my windshield. A little crazy. But I was able to get the kids to school just fine.
Thanksgiving is over, December is here and so is winter as far as I'm concerned! :)
Hope you had a great weekend!


  1. Hooray for your recent pub, Mary Jo, that's such a darling layout! :)

  2. Congrats on your publication Mary Jo!! So awesome!!

  3. Congratulations on being published. Great job with the purge too! Anne xx

  4. Congrats on the pub!!! And loving the photos!! Looks like the purge is coming along!!!!!

  5. Congratulations!! Looks like progress is being made on the room too :) I should probably do that some time... So glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Wasn't it beautiful over the weekend? Loved it!! We didn't get any ice yesterday, but maybe some freezing drizzle later this week.

  6. Congrats on the publication! I'm interested in seeing how you carry out that purge, as I have boxes of paper that need to go somewhere. lol

  7. Congrats on your pub, I keep thinking I will get back into submitting but I never seem to have the time anymore. And kudos on your purging, another thing on my todo are really getting things done!

  8. Congrats on the layout publication! Strange weather for sure! Good luck with your purge :)

  9. Congratulations on the JOT pub, Mary Jo! So excited for you!

  10. Congrats on being published…you are my 3rd friend this week that has been published!!!
    I have never submitted anything in all my years of scrapbooking…maybe I should try ;)
    You are doing an awesome job on your room…when you are done, I could use some help, lol.
    Looks like a wonderful weekend :)

  11. Congrats for your published online project!
    So happy for you!
    Love all of your pictures!
    I'm reorganizing my scrap area too very slowly though. I bought a new table to add because I needed more work space & the table got lost so it now 3 weeks late! I'm hoping it comes in next week?!

  12. Congrats. Your layouts are always awesome. The ice....yuck. Can handle snow but the ice is bad.

  13. Looks like you have done a lot do sorting out and done a great job. Good luck withy the sales and I am sure Erin is going to enjoy her new stash too!

    I have stuck with me no consumables spending and had a bit of fun adding to my dies collection instead!

  14. HUGE congrats on your pub!!! And, great job with the purging :)

  15. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving even though your hubby couldn't stay long....great pic of you and Mike by the way! I think the crazy weather is happening all over the country...warm one day and freezing the next. :(