project life update 2014 // weeks 28-33

let’s not count the weeks since i’ve shared my pages with you on this almost forgotten space. let’s just enjoy the 6 weeks i’m sharing with you today!, shall we? according to my project life album, the kids are back in school!

as i’ve mentioned before, i will share the supplies i use below. some are affiliate links to and if you buy using my link, i get a little kick back. so, if you choose to, thank you.

now, on to the goods!


we are in the thick of summer. my nails are bright, the sun is hot and there’s still a lot of trampoline time.
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WEEK 28 (weekend)
celebrating my nephew’s 6th birthday at a local pool!IMG_1573 IMG_1574 IMG_1575


family night at the movies, sunsets and everyday happenings.

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my last week at work before vacation. planning for busy summer schedules. weekend chill time at home with marshall is always on the menu.

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matt’s 20 year high school reunion was one of the funnest nights out in a long time. lots of friends and lots of alcohol.


WEEK 31 -32
lazy sunday after the reunion. movies at church for the middle schoolers and birthday preparations for gibson.


gibson’s birthday happened. he turned thirteen and it was epic.


WEEK 32 (continued)
letters to the boys, tucked into mini envelopes. 8th grade schedule pickup and fun new shoes.
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getting ready for school to start. i go back to work. friends come back from vacation. we lost a comedic legend.




first day of school!



first day of school ice cream. cupcake wars at church. gibson gets his bike serviced.


school supplies. matt’s team faces my team for pre-season thursday night football.



the summer ended and only the calendar says it’s fall.
i’ve been trying new styles and techniques and still love everything this process brings.

my hope is that you’ve been inspired to create and document your own memories.

as always, happy scrapping!
andrea =)


August Rush Digital Kit


fall into you // a kit by stephanie adams designs

good day to you and happy autumn! how’s the weather where you are?

here it’s still warm. northern california is confused and doesn’t realize fall started yesterday. we’re still in the high 80’s but at least it’s not the high 90’s anymore….sheeeesh. i am soooo over summer at this point!

so to get us all into the fall mood, stephanie adams designs released the september kit called fall into you. the colors and cards are so perfect for this time of year.


the p.kit is a physical kit that is filled to the brim with cards, alphas, embellishments and character! you can get it here.


the d.kit is a digital plethora of yummy goodness. cards, digital stamps and alphas. download yours here!



using a select few pieces from the d.kit, i made a little process video of a 6×8 layout i did to document a long and lovely friendship.


hope you liked everything you saw today! get a jumpstart on fall photos with these lovely autumn kits!

and may the fall weather be upon you and may your scrapbooks be full of memories!

xo: andrea

bible art journaling // an introduction

can i be honest with you?
i am terrified of the bible.
i have never really understood it and that has prevented me from getting deep into the word of God. recently began a new bible study on Hosea and i was super interested in learning and studying. but the words always go in one eye and out the other. i have a difficult time retaining information unless i write it down and as an adult, i am so glad i know this about myself. so, you know how God’s timing is pretty much perfect? well, yeah, here is a perfect example of that.

i began noticing photos of scrapbook type art in the margins of bibles showing up in my facebook news feed. intriguing.
women were gathering in a facebook group and sharing their art. bible art. sharing verses and topics that spoke deeply to them and how they were engaged in the word of god while drawing, doodling and painting. uuummm, i clicked JOIN GROUP in a heartbeat!

since i love hand lettering and i have a ton of scrapbook supplies, i gathered up some stuff i thought would be perfect for bible journaling. after researching a few different bibles, i settled on this one: ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)

outside of buying the bible, i only bought a $10 set of watercolor paints (which i needed anyway), a bottle of gesso (which is only necessary for painting) and a $4 stamp set. i will link to these items at the end of this post.



my bible arrived on a friday. naturally i wanted to rush home from work and was so excited to get started. i had seen a few people doodling on the edges of their bibles and knew that i wanted to do something like that. and a simple hello jesus was perfect for me. i sketched it in pencil first, then carefully penned it with an ultra fine sharpie.



choosing a special verse for the opening page wasn’t too difficult. even though i don’t have many verses memorized, i knew i wanted this one. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 says for we live by faith, not by sight. this has been on my heart for as long as i can remember. i never doubted God’s presence or questioned His love for me. so i sketched and penned into the night.



there is no one way to journal in your bible. whatever kind of medium you enjoy is perfectly fine! personally, i do like several different kinds of art and wanted to try a few out to see what worked best on this thin paper. i’m going to share 3 with you today:


watercolor // messy art is sooooo not comfortable for me but i really wanted to just go with the flow of my watercolors and color outside of the lines (on purpose)! and have faith that it would be okay. plus, it’s about the words and not the perfection. for this style, i placed a small piece of freezer paper behind the page so the water didn’t soak through.



sketching // my next adventure lead me to this verse from isaiah. since strong is my one little word for this year, i had this quote saved on my pinterest board and thought this was the perfect place to finally put it down on paper. i decided to keep this one in pencil because i liked the look of the sketches.



scrapbook style // earlier i mentioned that i am trying to keep up with she reads truth’s Hosea bible study. as i read through the study in the she reads truth app, i highlighted certain verses and words i wanted to remember for a future worship art session. using random scrapbook supplies, i laid out my reflection of what i got from Hosea 2:19-20. sometimes i need a reminder…and a little humor to help.




my hope is that you’re not afraid to get your bible a little messy. this style of worship may be scary or weird, but for me, it’s drawing me to the words i’ve longed for but have been fearful of for years.

for more info on getting started in your own journaling bible project, the following ladies have amazing tips for you:
shanna noel: founder of the journaling bible community on facebook
heather greenwood: this chick has some of the best tutorials for bible journaling


happy worship-scrapping!



Artist's Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set


project life update 2014 // week 25 – 27 (includes a video)

hello there scrappy friends! today i have a few weeks worth of project life pages to share. i also have a fun process video for the last page so be sure to check it out at the end!

we are in the thick of summer in these pages and i’m enjoying using a bunch of random products that aren’t really meant to go together. i d hope you enjoy!

week 25 (lots of fun at home, just loving being together)
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week 26 (lots of summer activities and sunshine)
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week 27 (although the weekly title card says 26. gotta make sure i fix that)






weekend of week 27 (check out the process video below)

i hope you were able to spend some crafty time yourself or maybe you’ve got a project you’re working on. let me know what you’ve got going on this week!

happy scrapping!

whole 30 journey // a personal reflection continues

happy wednesday everyone!!

last week i posted about this new journey over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and how i am documenting it – pocket-layout style.



today i continue showing you the pages i’ve completed and how the reflections kit keeps on shining.

to get a quick refresher on this kit, check out this video:

to watch the process video for the above opening layout, check out this video:

so then let’s get on with more of the layouts i created with the supplies in the reflections kit.


i very much enjoy real food. about 6 months ago i began to eliminate simple carbs from my lunches and dinners so i began to get a true taste of the paleo life. but i constantly rewarded myself with undeserved treats. even with working out, i just wasn’t seeing the results. i want to be tone. i don’t want certain parts of me to jiggle. but as this Happiness card says; this struggle for balance, this something i need to get through; is all part of the big picture of a healthy and fit life going forward. IMG_5559


part of this program (and any change you’re making away from your normal bad habits) requires LOTS of prepping. foods need to be ready to eat or you’ll likely grab that quick bag of chips. so i dried some apples to make a sweet-ish treat. but what i didn’t realize was just how long it takes apples to dry in the oven. and oh my goodness, let me tell you, it’s worth the time it takes when the smell of that sweet apple scent floats around the kitchen for hours.IMG_5560


i hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this personal journey come to life in my album. may you find your path and may you feel comfortable documenting each and every step toward a change in your life.

to see a quick flip-thru of the entire project in my album, you can see it here:

and for links to the products i used in this album, see below.

happy scrapping!

Reflections Kit


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the whole30 project // featuring REFLECTIONS kit by sweet stamp shop

hi and happy friday! i hope you have some serious crafty plans for the weekend! :-)

so today i am over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, sharing more projects i completed using the REFLECTIONS kit.

on august 5th, i started to embark on the Whole30 food journey as a way to retrain my body to crave real food instead of the junk that has held me captive for years. and wouldn’t you know it, but the Reflections kit was the perfect way to document this adventure in my ongoing album about ME.

this 6×8 page is my opening and it was so much fun using so many of the cards and embellishments from the kit. the question and answer card is my favorite piece and was perfect for a short interview with myself. the questions are so much deeper than the typical currently or favorite lists we all know and love, so i appreciated that my answers truly reflected my fears and goals.


as a fun treat, i filmed a video during the process of completing this opening page. check it out right here!

there’s more details on my post over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, so click on over and check out a few more pages!

OH!!! and next week i will continue to share more of my album, which includes many more pieces from this sweet kit. please join me here on wednesday the 3rd!

as always, it’s been a pleasure to share this sweet kit with all of you!

until next time, happy scrapping!