Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.

Friday, March 16, 2018

"A Sweet Date" layout

It has been a while but I have found myself looking at my favorite challenge blogs to ignite some inspiration and this page was created with a sketch from Stuck?! sketch blog. 

I used some items from my latest homemade kit. If you want to see what items I have chosen for my March/April homemade scrapbook kit you can view this video...

And here are some more close-ups from the above layout...

I had wanted to add some "donut" accents on this page to emphasize the theme and thankfully I had a scrap of paper that had a bunch of donuts on it and so I fuzzy cut them to add them here as embellishments. These are the times that I'm grateful for keeping scraps of papers.

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon. I have a few layouts to share in the next few days.

Till next time,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Lawn Fawn and Glue Dots blog hop

Hello friends. Today I have a fun project to share. Since Valentine's day is right around the corner, I hope these projects would be inspiring to you and would get you into the "love" mood. 

Today Glue Dots Creative Makers are teaming up with Lawn Fawn Stamps for a special blog hop. I used this new stamp from LF as the basis of my projects....

Unfortunately it is sold out on their site. But check back with them soon to see when they can get it back in stock. 

 I made these "Happy Valentine's Day" cards using some new LF inks and the stamp set. To see the process for this card, please check out the Glue Dots blog here.

And because I love my blog followers, I have a special "extra" project for you today.
If you wanna check out how I made these treat envelopes via video, press play below...

And here are the written instructions...
Valentine’s Day Treat Envelopes
Designed by: Grace Tolman
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Level: Intermediatte
Size:  2 boxes at 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ x ½  , 1 box at 3 x 4 x ½
White Cardstock- Solar White, Neenah Cardstock
Pattern papers- Let’s Polka in the Meadow, 6x6 paper pad, Lawn Fawn
Twine- Source Unknown
Craft dots, Glue Dots®
Removable, Glue Dots®
Ink- Black, Hybrid, My Favorite Things; (Lemonade, Grape Soda, Bubblegum) Lawn Fawn
Stamp- How you Bean? Conversation Hearts Add On, Lawn Fawn
123 Punch board, We R Memory Keepers
Label die- Stitched Label set, Lawn Fawn
1. Create the envelope with the 6x6 paper pads and the 123 Punch board tool. Adhere three of the four flaps of the envelope onto each other using some Craft dots, Glue Dots® adhesive.
2. Cut out the label from white cardstock and the Lawn Fawn stitched label die.
3. Stamp a heart and the sentiment using colored ink (for the heart) and a black ink (for the sentiment).
4. Place the treat inside the envelope. Adhere a dot of Removable, Glue Dots® adhesive onto the open flap of the envelope to close it.
5. Tie some twine around the treat envelope and tie the ends into a bow.
6. Adhere the label onto the treat envelope using more Removable, Glue Dots® adhesive.
7. Repeat the process for as many treat envelopes as you need.

Make sure you check out the Glue Dots blog as well as the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspirations.

Have a great crafty week.

Till next time,

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations December Edition "Celebrate Christmas Morning"

Hello my dear blog friends. How are you today? Hope you are all well and are enjoying the Holiday season. I am officially on break from school and my list of "fun things to do" is a mile high. Don't know if I will be able to get them all checked off. But it is always nice to know that I can do something else other than school work. :)

Today I am sharing my latest Monthly Celebration page and video. This is a year long collaboration that I've done with my scrappy sister Nicole, ColieBing on YouTube as a way for us to share how we document events in our lives. I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone at times with this project. Especially with creating 12 different double page sketches. Have you seen them all? What did you think of them? 

Anyways, without further ado, here's the December sketch...

and here's my page...

And here's the process video...

Plus of course close ups...

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Make sure you check out ColieBing's YouTube channel to see her take on this month's theme.

Till next time,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations November Edition "Hunting Brothers"

Hello friends. It is that time of the month again where I seem to remember I have a blog and have something to share. Question, how often do you still read blogs? I am trying to think if it is still worth holding on to this platform. If you are ever looking for me, you can also find me on Instagram and You Tube, both links are on the side bar of this blog. 

Ok so Nicole and I are at it again this month. We are sharing another layout that showcases something we celebrate for the month of November. I went with the nontraditional November event and that is a hunting memory. My husband goes hunting with his "mountain man buddies" once a year. They go up in the mountains of Colorado and hunt for Elk. 

As always, my page comes with a sketch...

And here's my page...

Here's the process video that goes with this...

And more close ups...

 I pulled out all of my masculine products for this page, which I have realized is not that much.

Do you find that there is a specific theme that you don't own that many of?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out Nicole's YT video here.

Till next time,

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations October Edition "Happy Halloween 2016"

Hello friends. I know that this blog has been neglected in the last few months and I do apologize about that. If you are ever wanting more inspiration from me, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Instagram as those are the avenues that I am most active on. Their links are on the side bar of this blog. 

Anyways, it is that time of the month again where ColieBing and I share our takes for this month's Monthly Celebration series. I chose to do a Halloween page since that is a yearly event that me and my family celebrate in the month of October. And here is the sketch that I used for this one...

And here's my page...

Here's the process video for this layout...

And here are some more close ups...

 Thank you for stopping by.
Please visit ColieBing's channel to see her video.

Till next time,

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations *September Edition*

*If you are saw this post before Sunday, September 24th, I apologize for not putting any words in it. I have totally forgotten that I scheduled this post but never got around to putting my words. *

Welcome to this month's Monthly Celebration blog post and video. If you are new to this series that I am doing this year, it is a collaboration with ColieBing in YouTube where we make and share a page about a specific event or topic that we celebrate for that month.

I have been sharing sketches along with my pages and for this month, here is the sketch...

I decided to scrap some school photos since September is usually associated with start of the school year. Although where I live, my kids always start in the middle of August. :)

And here's the process video of this page...

And here are some close ups....

Make sure you stop by ColieBing's YouTube channel by clicking on this link. And now I'm curious, what do you celebrate in September?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Till next time,

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations *August Edition*

Hello friends and welcome to another monthly share of my year long collaboration with ColieBing on YouTube. This year we are sharing a page every month and the theme is monthly celebrations. I try to share a double page layout every month, along with a sketch. This month's sketch is this one....

And here's my take on the sketch....

I wanted to go out of my comfort zone a bit so I did some triangles and angles in this page. Here's my process video for the page...

And here are some more close ups...

As with anything in this blog, if you have any questions about this particular post or layout, please don't hesitate to leave in the comment section below.

Make sure you check out Nicole's page here.

Till next time,

Friday, August 11, 2017

Contemporary Romance Book Recommendations

Hi there friends. If you have not read my previous blog post about book recommendations, please check out this link.

Today I would like to share my favorite contemporary or modern day reads. I love the Regency era. The gowns, the propriety and adherence to traditional and modest ways of acting. But I also adore the romance of today, especially if the characters are relatable.

As I think about my criteria of what would be a good book to recommend, I always look at the language. The book needs to be clean, in that there are no foul language and no graphic sexual scenes. I don't care for those books. The second criteria would be the chemistry between the main characters. I almost always look at the banter between the couple to see this chemistry. There also needs to be some "swoony" scenes. And finally, the characters should have some flaws and weaknesses that are evident in the beginning but becomes part of what makes the individual strong. I have always been a fan of redemption stories and that can be found in romance novels as well.

So without further ado, here are my five contemporary romance favorites...

1. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
Oh boy I loved this book! One of my favorite things about books is that you can never truly judge it by it's cover. This one was one of those instances. 
This is my first read from the author and after a few chapters, I became a fan. I loved her writing skill and the way she developed the characters. I'm a sucker for good banter between hero and heroine and this one did not disappoint. I was cracking up half the time and almost teary eyed in some moments. I also love, love, love that the supporting characters all had some fantastic layers to them. Not one of the characters were boring, even the ones that only appeared once or twice within the story line. 
I think this story would be a great movie or mini series. There are tons of characters to love (and some to hate but eventually you will love) and the writing is just beautiful. 
I don't normally have a favorite quote when I read fiction but this one hit me to the core..."They had traveled in the wrong direction, two wandering souls, not knowing where they fit in the world. But God had drawn them together, despite it all."

2. Meant to be Mine (Porter Family #2) by Becky Wade
Oh my goodness! This one was a total hoot! I loved the humour from both hero and heroine. They were definitely well matched as they can "spar" with their words with ease. The writing was fantastic and I also love the supporting characters. Overall this book was way better than the first one from this series (in my opinion). 
Celia has had a crush on hunky Ty ever since high school and when she met him again in Las Vegas they had a whirlwind romance than ended in a Las Vegas chapel. However the day after their spur of the moment wedding, Ty announces that he is inlove with someone else and plans to marry that girl instead. Celia storms off and tried to put back her life in pieces even until after she found out that she was pregnant. 5 1/2 years later their paths cross again and this time they had to deal with forgiveness, building trust again and rediscovering their true feelings for each other.
I think what drew me in with this book is the way the two characters tried to hide their true feelings for each other to everyone, even themselves. They really had a love/hate relationship that was so palpable but also I, as someone looking in, knew that they were meant for each other. Even if they didn't know it quite yet. I was rooting for both of them all the way through the end. 

3. How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding #3) by Rachel Hauck
I was so invested in King Nathaniel and Susanna's love story that all I really wanted to see in this book was a glimpse of a wedding and married life from them. However, learning more about Corina and Prince Stephen's story moved me more than the king's story. I loved how raw their personalities were portrayed by the author. I also thought the supernatural theme of the Manor gave an interesting twist to the romance part of the story line. 
After reading this, I would have to say that Prince's Stephen and Corina's love story is my favorite out of all the three. It had some really good lessons about the love of our Savior but at the same time the rawness of the characters makes it so easy to relate to them. 
Rachel Hauck is definitely one of my favorite authors!

4. Prejudice Meets Pride (Meet Your Match #1) by Rachael Anderson 
I'm not sure if it's because I haven't read a contemporary novel in a while or is it because this story was so relatable but I ADORED this novel. I couldn't stop reading it. I loved the two main characters and how totally opposite they are and yet they found each other to be just the person they needed to be truly happy and content in life. I also loved the reoccurring theme of lemonade within the story line. It reminded me that everyone has a choice and although there are circumstances beyond our control, how we live our lives still greatly depended on how we tackle the challenges and how we face the "lemons" in our lives. I also love that this is a modern version of my favorite Jane Austen novel. Oh and the backdrop of this story is my own town. How cool is that?! 

5. The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor #2) by Denise Hunter
I actually liked this story better than the first one. I'm not sure if it's because I kinda have a background of the story line and the place that it took place. I might have also just really enjoyed learning about Zac and Lucy's love story more than Eden and Beau's. Not sure but I really got into this one. The one thing sort of negative that I can say about the story is what Lucy had to do at the end to "learn her lesson". I was so worried we won't have a happy ending. But again, the author always make it a happy ending.

So that is it. If you like these kinds of reviews and book posts, please leave me a comment below and I might just make it a recurring post in this blog. 

And remember you can always follow me on Goodreads and see what I am reading right now. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,