Memory Keeping:: Layout Share – random cuteness

Another Day another layout share!  I really really need to start paper scrapping again and get caught up with Project Life, but seeing as how my work table is buried under 3 tons of the girls stuff while we paint Gwen’s room and clean out Lilys…paper will have to wait, digital it is!

Kit for both layouts:  “Land of Nod ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.   I love love love the beautiful colors in this kit, and when I saw the sheep paper…hello layout about lambie!

LFDD-Land-of-Nod-Lambie-Bear-Love-WEB  I’ve been looking around at the older photos on my hard drive and came across these cuties!!  Getting ready to do the big back to school/yesterday today post on Monday because the girls start HIGH SCHOOL !!!! I can’t believe where the time has gone, obviously it’s flown because wasn’t it just yesterday they were these cute little munchkins!?   OMG so cute.  I used another template from my Masterful Scrapbooking Design membership at Get it Scrapped.  Debbie has just re-vamped her site and re-organized what was already a super collection of classes and resources and now it’s even better if that’s possible!! Go and check it out!

To-Sleep-Perchance…WEBand as a bonus, since the girls have left on a camping trip for the weekend, I thought I’d play with some filters in PSE and the beautiful stamp and sparkles in the kit….and what better for a kit with a sleepy theme?  A layout about not sleeping!  I’m hoping its just a phase ;-)  But I wanted to do something simple for this layout and I’m really pleased with how it came out!

Yes, I’m still working on Week in the Life but have been so busy, have not had time to post about it! Now off to paint Gwen’s room before she comes home!



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Week in the Life – Monday 8/17

I wasn’t going to do a Week in the Life project this year….last year my heart wasn’t really in it for some reason and I abandoned the project after a day or two.  It’s OK to drop projects and change gears, wasn’t working, move on.  This year, I have too many unfinished projects, too many things in the air and no sense of completion….perfect!  Let’s take on another project.  My goal this year…. write every day, take a few photos, post to my blog.  It’s Wednesday and I’m posting Monday so here goes ;-)


****And I realized when I looked at the photos I’d taken, all 8 of them, that there were no people in them.  Was it because I’d decided late in the game to do witl and hadn’t “prepped”?  Or, was it because this is what a large part of my day looks like being the Domestic Goddess with two kids in school and a more than full time working hubby….that there just isn’t that many people around?   Think I need to think about this a little more.  A lot of isolation, not necessarily a great thing.

This week is the last week of summer vacation for us.  It is completely depressing, I am happy with the school they go to, but at this time of year I’m ready for them to have an extra week or two of summer as the other schools around us do.  It is especially bittersweet as they are going into HIGH SCHOOL next week (not sure why I have to capitalize that when I write it), I have been waffling between disbelief and excitement for them all month.

In the spirit of “last week before summer vacation” I made the girls get up at 9am even though we didn’t have to leave the house until almost 11.  Groan, moan and they’re up.  After being a slug for the greater part of the summer, I got up with Charlie a little after 6am and made him his tea to take with him to work.  I have to admit, I get waaaaay more done in a day when I am up at 6am vs. 9am.

The girls had soccer practice this morning so I picked up Kenzie & Peyson and dropped everyone at the field, then hightailed it to the Apple Store to pick up a new wireless router (ours was ooold as I realized) and then to Best Buy for network cable and other tech stuff all to be used as part of the upgrading the wi-fi signal project.  Just made it back to soccer in time to get everyone, drop everyone off, bring the girls home to get their bathing suits and some Elio’s pizza to take to Kenzie’s pool…pick up Lauren on the way over and drop everyone off to swim.  Lucky that Janice will bring everyone home.  I’m so so thankful to have a group of girlfriends who live nearby and who like to share in the kid-schlepping chores!

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After the pool, the girls have to do their “concussion training” for their school soccer team, I get them the links to the site and they each curl up on their beds in the a/c  go through the course.

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Also in homage to getting back to a schedule, I wanted to get back into the habit of “money monday”, doing the bills/paperwork/greasing the cogs that run this show.  I know if I do this every monday, it won’t take very long and I will have a far better grasp on money, projects, and to-do’s and won’t be wondering if I called the chimney guy or where the paper was with the deposit on it.

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In the spirit of trying something new, I tried the “deposit by phone” app with our bank and snapped a photo of the check, entered some info and away it went!  Too bad I can’t get cash out of my phone, save me a trip to the cash machine.  I spent hours on this project but managed to get a lot of things cleared out, ticked off, paid and filed.

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In an effort to clean out the fridge, I made grilled lamb tips from pache’s, a spinach pinwheel dish to use up the puff pastry and good old zucchini cakes from our frozen garden zucchini.  Round it out with sliced tomatoes from the garden and call it good!!

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After dinner, Charlie worked on our taxes and the girls read their summer reading book “1984”.  They are under strict orders that they can’t go camping this weekend with their friend unless the reading and all the “entries” they have to do are completely done, printed out and in their backpacks ready to hand in on Monday!  Charlie gave me my own “homework” of things to work on to get our taxes in order, which I’ll work on this week.  I had some more paperwork/computer stuff to take care of before joining him for sliced plums.

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We have been ending up the evenings in front of the TV usually watching sports or “Big Bang Theory” re-runs.    It is nice to come together at the end of the day and hang our for awhile.  Gwen went to bed early but Lily got some ice cream and hung out with us for awhile watching TV.  It’s still weird that they don’t go to bed at 8pm anymore, its fun to hang out but I sometimes miss grown-up evening time.  As we get closer to Monday, bedtimes will be dialed back toward 9.  This summer I’ve also been having Lily do the evening dog routine of pill/food/outside then put her to bed in her crate.  Shadow likes the routine and I like not forgetting to put her out until I’m over-ready to go to bed!  Books and crosswords for us then lights out, Charlie at around 11 and me around 11:40…need to dial back bedtime for ourselves as well!


Memory Keeping:: Layout Share & special sale !

Good evening all my digi-scrapping friends, I have a great deal to share with you this weekend.

Pickleberrypop will be celebrating its 9th Birthday this weekend. The festivities began Thursday night with the annual Lolly Bag Sale! (for those of you new to Lolly Bags….it’s an Australian term for a goodie bag). Wait until you see what Little Feet Digital Designs created for this sale! Trust me….you won’t want to miss out! I can’t show you exactly what is in the bag, but “make no bones about it”, you’ll love this collection!!   It is an amazing new collection and all for just $5 until Monday 8/10. After the 10th, the kit will go back to it’s regular price so get it as part of the Lolly bag promotion!


To give you a little taste of what’s in the kit, I’ve worked up this two page layout using items exclusively from the kit.  The kit was perfect to pair with photos of my girls and their buddy excavating the backyard as a typical after school project!  So fun, brought back memories of my trying to dig to China !  Template: Get It Scrapped Template for Scrapbook Coach 19.

Afterschool Project Dig!

Afterschool Project Dig!

I haven’t done a two page layout in awhile, I love them because I can get lots of photos and journaling onto one layout.  This layout was part of the “Double Wide” class, the latest class offering at Masterful Scrapbooking Design.   I have been a member at MSD for several months now and I am really enjoying the class offerings and the community. Stop by and check them out.  If you’d like to get a taste of MSD for free, check out  Get it Scrapped, their companion website which features free classes, ideas and inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by… have a great rest of the weekend and make something!! And come back and tell me about it.

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share – bright and fun

I’ve been doing a LOT of digi-scrapping lately and I think these are the last two layouts I have to share from the backlog.

Kit for both layouts:  “Little Inner Minds ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.    I just love the fun bright colors of this kit and all those lovely embellishments!



Template:  Vim & Vigor t3 by Jimbo Jambo designs

I loved this template as a way to showcase the beautiful patterned papers from the kit, without overwhelming the photo of Charlie and the girls sking this past winter.  The girls jackets go great with the papers!  (but really didn’t plan that at all hee hee)


Template:  Vim & Vigor t2 by Jimbo Jambo designs

I love this template for all the circular elements.   It was perfect to showcase all the awesome journaling strips and (swoon) badges that come in this kit!  I don’t really make a lot of layouts just for fun, I’m usually trying to tell the story but I took this opportunity to just have fun with making something and I really like the way it came out!


More layouts to come, am trying to stay up to date with posting ;-)    What are you working on in your corner of the world?


Memory Keeping:: Layout Share – using vintage photos

Since last fall, I’ve been on a mission to shape up our “family archives” (another topic for several more blog posts) I’ve been scanning and digitizing, and also doing a little scrapbooking along the way.  The interesting things about using vintage photos from the archives is, I don’t really know the story behind the photos, so it makes story telling challenging.  Or maybe we just let the photos tell the story.

Kit for both layouts:  “Stories of Dad ” from Little Feet Digital Designs.    Janet excels in creating beautiful vintage kits!


This layout is destined to be the cover page for albums that my sister and I made up from photo albums of my dad as a little boy.  I don’t usually work in 8.5×11 format so it was fun to change it up a little.  No journaling, just the facts about the photos in the book.


Perusing my digi-stash of photos I found this one of my Grandpa, Dad and Uncle.  This was taken before I was born so obviously I can’t write a contemporary account, so I really wrote about my impressions seeing the photo and the memories of each individual that it triggered.

The journaling reads:  “1961- Clover Hills Drive, Rochester NY Grandpa Triggs, Dad and Uncle Jimmy hamming it up for the camera. I have not really come across a photo of all three Triggs men together. Lord knows, there are enough photos floating around to pick from. I love this photo as everyone is smiling, and it typifies how I remember everyone. Grandpa in his dress shirt and slacks (I never saw him wear anything else, except maybe a short sleeve dress shirt if it got really hot, and always a solid color). Dad in a plaid shirt, and khaki pants (his uniform of choice today, except *gasp* now there just might be a pair of “dungarees” in the mix) no doubt making some pithy comment about the entire situation that has cracked the other two up (still does that to this day). Uncle Jimmy in his flight jacket, which always fascinated me (of course he flew little planes so he needed that warm jacket), I asked him once how I could get one just like it and he said he could get me one just like his, but it might have a little blood on it (typical Uncle Jimmy). Yes, Grandpa and his boys, in the driveway on a crisp autumn day”

I love this layout, I’m super happy with the way it came out.

Template:  One Little Bird Designs:  Flight Plan No 16

Thanks for stopping by… More goodies in the works, what projects are you working on?