MEET THE TEAM // my story by the decade

this crafty community is home to so much talent and inspiration. i have met and become friends with girls who i have never met in real life but consider them to be much more than just acquaintances. our love of storytelling and recording our lives brings us together like a beautifully patched quilt. everyone¬†just ‘gets’ the craziness we all enjoy so much!

but this means i got to hand pick the girls who i knew would take this project on how it was meant to be. these women are nuts for preserving family memories so i knew they would be up for the challenge of going back to preserve their own stories.

i am so happy to announce 4 friends who will contribute to the #mystorybythedecade project!



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i have partnered up with the super talented (and super rad friend of mine) kristy taylor of kristymakes. she has a warm and witty IG feed and is an awesome project lifer. her love for nostalgia and family documenting made her the perfect buddy for a workshop like this. plus, all the cards included in this class are designed by her after some fun collaboration of our ideas. and we are so excited to offer this class together!


we have also lined up 3 amazing pocket scrapbookers who will be contributing to the workshop. they will provide you with a real-world look at how these albums can come together. not only do they make spectacular layouts, they are amazing women! please help me welcome them and then go follow their blogs and feeds and get to know them:

jessica upton // color cast designs

jessica is a wife, mama, sister, daughter, friend, memory keeper and 4 Wheel loving owner of Color Cast Designs. and so much more than that! she is passionate about preserving her family history in a fun and creative way. she feels so blessed to be contributing to such an awesome hobby.
instagram: @colorcastdesigns

kelli rich // forever and a day

kelli is a wife & mom who is passionate about photos, memory keeping & creating with paper. she loves life & is creating memories and preserving them to last forever and a day.
instagram: @foreverandaday_create

cynthia blair sorci // black sheep betsy


cynthia is an artistic, detail oriented, color loving wife and mother of 3 humans, ages 30, 20 and 16.  she has been scrapbooking for 16 years and has been crazy about family photographs and family history from an early age. cynthia has made over 200 albums for family and friends as well as custom albums for others!
instagram: @rx4cyn
blog: black sheep betsy

as we get closer to opening up registration for the workshop, you’ll get more sneak peeks at products and projects the girls and i are working on. make sure you subscribe to the blog here and follow me on instagram¬†so you don’t miss a thing.




personal project life album // april 2015

hello and happy monday!

today i am sharing the additions i recently¬†made to¬†my personal album. if you haven’t seen anything from my personal album, take a look here and here on youtube or here on my blog.¬†this is a wild and free project that’s just about me. so when i saw that jen from sunlight & air was doing a selfie challenge, i was all over it! check out #myselfiescrapbook on instagram!

among the new pages i did for this project (which is constantly ongoing) you will see some additional pages that i randomly completed. that’s what is so fun about these albums: no rhyme, but all the reason!

check out the flip-thru i posted today as well as photos of each page below:


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how do you document yourself? if you don’t, you need to! :)

happy scrapping,


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT – my story through the decades

you like BIG news, right? well then i’ve got some HUGE and EXCITING news for you!

check out this quick video first!

you heard right! ¬†i am hosting a new class this summer with some other awesome ladies (including my favorite crafty pal¬†kristymakes)¬†and you’re invited!

we all have that big box of old photos from our childhood. you know, that box your mother handed to you which houses¬† card you ever received and every photo of you in front of your birthday cake. it’s full of memories and my goal is to help you get those memories out of the box and into a scrapbook – pocket style! there are more details coming next week but i just couldn’t keep this little nugget to myself anymore.

so tell me, how many boxes did mama give you? :)

keep an eye out for updates and announcements!


watercolor mother’s day card // a process video

Happy monday friends! How did everyone enjoy iNSD? I did accomplish some scrapbooking, but felt compelled to do a little something else.

Mother’s Day is coming up and I need to send a little something to my mama. We both love watercoloring and when we get together, it’s something we like to do together.

I found a beautiful watercolor card by Yao Cheng for The Alison Show on pinterest and really wanted to attempt to recreate something similar. I used her design as a guide to freehand a Mother’s Day card for my mom.

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It’s funny, when I see other artist’s watercolor flowers, I always think to myself how amazingly realistic each blob of color looks. The dimension and shading. And when I create my own flowers, I think how it just looks like a pretty blob of color that looks similar to a flower petal if you squint just right. :)



So here is my attempt and honestly, I really love watercolor and the freedom it gives me! Watch the process video here:

I hope she likes it! :)




2015 pocket pages // weeks 10 – 14

hey scrappy friends!

our weekends lately have been open and free for me to get my scrap on! it’s been a blessing because it’s what i am really craving these days. i’m not sure i’ve been this current in a long while, either. i don’t feel particularly comfortable being this caught up because i am afraid that i’ll eventually run out of stuff to scrap.

thankfully i always have my personal album to fall back on when the family album isn’t inspiring me or i don’t have all the photos i need. and oh, i have done some updating in that album and will post a video flip thru soon!

but back to weeks 10-14 – i have so much to share!
new techniques. lots of full page layouts. super colorful pages.

take a gander at that if you like and then scroll for detailed pics of each layout.

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well thanks for hanging out with me and my album. the weeks of 2015 are flying by, right? how are you doing on your album(s)? do you keep more than one?

hope you get a chance to get crafty this week!

:) andrea


pocket starts by tickled pink studio // EXPLORE

EXPLORE. what a perfect action word! do you like to explore and see new places?

i’m a creature of habit and tend to not stray too far from my comfort zone. but last month, i took my 13 year old son on a trip from california to arizona to visit my parents.¬†we had a super fun time riding ATVs in the desert and visiting cool towns and seeing all kinds of different scenery. along with that came a hundred and one photos that needed to be scrapped.

i pondered how to approach the week in my album and then Tickled Pink Studio announced to use on the DT the next theme¬†of the Pocket Starts series was going to be EXPLORE and i¬†was convinced she designed this kit specifically for my trip. LOL! she didn’t, obviously, but it was just so perfect.

Pocket Starts: Explore Edition Complete Collection by Tickled Pink Studio

the new kit released on friday and i’m here to show you my finished projects. and guess what? i did a quick flip-thru of the final pages. please excuse my rushed flow, i had a puppy staring at me from the door and my little dude was on his way home from a fun day with grama.

but please enjoy the following video and see detailed photos below. you know the drill.









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thanks for reading and watching!

hope you find something to explore and that you get it in your album! :)



2015 pocket pages // weeks 4 – 9

hello you! so much has happened since we last hung out! 6 weeks of project life pages are complete and ready to share!

a flip-thru is first and then detailed photos below. welcome to lots of squares and the occasional out-of-pocket experience!


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i do hope you’ve found something you can take with you.

happy scrapping! :)