My Word for 2019: Invest

I had a hard time deciding on a word for this year. The word I chose for last year wasn’t right so it didn’t stick with me and that made me have doubts this year when thinking about my word. I like Gina’s word and considered stealing it but today, I took out my planner and finally started writing out what I wanted to accomplish this year. Not like an official set of goals but just what I’d like to do.

Then I went to Ali Edward’s blog and read through the list of words she has on there as examples. I haven’t signed up for her One Little Word class for 2019 because I did sign up in 2018 and didn’t do any of the work. So I’m going to use last year’s prompts for this year so they aren’t wasted. I looked through the list and wrote down the words that I liked and that felt connected with the list of things I wanted to accomplish. Some of my favorites were Cultivate, Choose, Devote, Enjoy, Experiment, Grow, Invest, Intentional, More/Less and Focus.

Next I read through this list again and marked off the ones that just didn’t feel right. I narrowed it down to three, Cultivate, Invest and Grow. Then I looked up their definitions. While I liked them all, I settled on Invest.

Invest: Devotes ones time, effort or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. It was the end, the “expectation of a worthwhile result” is what I really liked and I think what finally settled me on this word. I want to spend more time doing things that will give me a worthwhile result, not on things like watching tv that won’t.

I’m excited to really embrace my word this year. Usually I tend to just pick a word and that’s it. It took me several days just to remember what my word was for last year (action).

One of the things I want to invest more in is this blog and youtube channel. So…

See you soon.


Remember Every Day does YouTube!

We are so excited to announce that we've started our own YouTube channel for Remember Every Day!  Gina was so kind as to set aside her very popular Gina Beth channel and team up with me to create a joint channel featuring the projects that we showcase here on the blog.  We are just getting started but have plans to update weekly!

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Talk soon!


Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 3/3, Easter Time


The last Easter in July project.  Again, kept it super simple.  Used some of that wallpaper as the background and some mulberry paper from Hobby Lobby for the photo mat.  The chipboard is from that Hobby Lobby The Paper Studio holiday chipboard set, the rubbery embellishment is one of those ornaments.  I used some fabric tape and some washi and this layout was complete.

There is a video that goes through the making of this layout, if you'd like to take a peek.

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Until next time, take care of yourself.

Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 2/3, Spring Flings and Easter Things


This is a second project I did during my Easter in July series.  Same thing as the other layout, I used a photo that had been in my to be scrapped pile for sometime.  The photo included the frame with the statement "enjoy every moment" - instant scrapbook embellishment.  The rabbits are again those ornaments for that "Easter Tree" thing that was going on and the chipboard is from the Hobby Lobby chipboard holiday set I bought.

Interesting thing about this layout is that the Easter eggs that I have layering in a row along the bottom of the layout are some of the first cuts I ever made on my silhouette.  They've just been sitting in my stash that long.  Glad I was able to use them, finally.

The flowers I got a scrapbooking de-stash sale.  The woman told me that they are actually cut out of a pair of pajamas she owned.  I thought that was awesome.  I added buttons to the center of those flowers - and this page is going in the scrapbook.  Another easy one and if you want to watch the short video on how it came together, you can head on over to our youtube channel to see.

Thanks for visiting and until next time, take care of yourself.

Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 1/3, My Little ChickaDee

So, I’m writing this in September. Just close your eyes and think back like it’s July and you’ll set the tone for this post which should have been posted then, but I’m kind of silly when it comes to writing and it takes me some time to sit at the keyboard and put some words down. It’s typically because when I sit down to write and I have too many thoughts swirling through my head, writing makes me deal with all that “stuff” and mostly, I like to put my head in the sand and ignore it, so that’s why blog posts often go up (if they ever go up) long after the video has been posted on the channel, but I’m in a writing mood now and I’m catching up….FINALLY

Now onto Easter in July

So I decided at the end of July that since everyone was working on their Christmas in July layouts, I'd work on my Easter in July layouts.  Now, a couple of things.  This was not at all planned.  These photos of my nieces were just next in my pile of printed pictures.  As you know, I'm trying not to print any more pictures until the ones that are in existence are put in the scrapbook – so that's what started this foray into Easter.  Another thing of import, I don't normally scrap any other holiday except Christmas and most of the times, not even that.  I'm so bad about this.  I like scrapping random photographs, one 4x6 to 12x12 layout, please.  When it comes to holidays and big trips I've taken, I don't know, I get overwhelmed.  But this time, I was determined to get these pictures printed.  They've only been sitting in my stash since GDH was willing to wear a dress and let me tell you, that was a long time ago.

So with the photos in my hand and sick of seeing these photos in my pile resolution, I set out to scrap them.  Now, I could have put all three of them on one layout and called it a day, but that's not really how I roll.  Besides, I had all of these cute Easter embellishments to use.

My Little ChickaDee


To complete this layout, I used some wallpaper remnants I was able to buy at a local yard sale. 

The yard sale was held at the church by my house and they called it a "Sophisticated Junk Sale".  Loved the name and had to stop.  Of course, I wasn't expecting to buy almost 20 wallpaper sample books, but sometimes, a jackpot is a jackpot.  20 of them for 20 dollars – and it's going to the church fund for youth groups – take my $30, Stew carry these heavy things to the car – they're all mine.  Finding a place to store them in my already overcrowded scraproom was a challenge, but I prevailed.  You didn't doubt that for a minute, did you?

Anyway, back to the layout.  For the background papers I used the wallpaper samples.  Even the photo mat is from those sample books.  I love them so much because they have all of the coordinating pieces together.  Makes this girl who has a hard time matching pattern paper scream with joy. 

The chipboard is from a large chipboard set I bought that featured all of the holidays.  I got it at Hobby Lobby and it's by The Paper Studio.  I bought it when I first started scrapbooking.  Before I realized that I don't really like the cartoonish look.  It was there.  I used it.  End of story.  As old as these pictures are, if I had scrapped them in real time, I probably would have used that chipboard, so it all worked out. 

The yellow and white striped dots I used on the flower and in other places around the layout are from Queen and Co. Those other rubbery embellishments are from either Michael's or Walmart.  At the time I bought them, they were being sold as ornaments for like Easter trees – yeah, I don't get it either, but I thought they'd make fun scrapbook embellishments and lookie here, they do.  The ribbon was from my stash.  I think it's from American Crafts.

This layout was super easy to make and in the end, it's cute – just like my niece.

If you want to see the process behind the layout, please head on over to our youtube channel.

This Little Piggy is a Cutie - Ring Bound Mini Page


Here's another quick mini page for my ring bound book (before I punched the holes).  As soon as I saw this picture of my nephew I knew I would be using it.  Another thing I like about these little pages is that I don't feel so obligated to make everything match.  Sometimes I do.   It's one of those self inflicted things that we all should escape from - the idea that there are rules in creativity.  There are no rules in scrapbooking! 

The obsession with all things farmhouse has inspired some beautiful product lines lately.  (I'm not immune to the obsession).  These papers and die cuts and cut-aparts are from one of those paper packs.  (I'll try to remember to look it up!)

I also added the coil of twine and a super three dimensional old rose which I love love love.  This is one of the things I like so much about these pages.  I've had the roses for years but I've never felt like I could use them on anything and on this page I just glued that sucker on without a second thought.  

Here are a couple of close up shots of the 3-D elements.

Scrapping Small - Ring Bound Mini Pages

So... we are just going to pretend like it hasn't been a year since I've updated.  Life happens.  Moving on! 

I'm so happy to be making things again.  It's hard to imaging going so long without it, but things just worked out that way.  I was living with my parents while we built a little house for me and McGee and there just wasn't enough room.  But we are living in that house now and my crafting space is all set up and things are back in order.

Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

I've been trying something different and just for fun.  I love looking at all the travelers notebook documenting that people are doing right now and I've tried it myself a few times but it never seems to work for me.  This last time it went a bit better but my pages were too three dimensional.  So inspired by some of the projects I've seen on instagram, I chopped my TN up and added rings.  So the size is still that of a TN but I'm not limited on the thickness of my pages.

I'm loving it!  

Here are a few of my first few pages featuring my nieces on Easter.

Glad to be back!


Around here.... Part 2

Here we are in New Orleans!

Here we are in New Orleans!

Hello again -

Because I have been failing miserably at blogging AND at social media, we didn't even mention something super fun that happened just a couple weeks ago.  Gina came down for a visit!!  It was totally unplanned - by that I mean I said , "Hey Gina, we need a visit" and she came back with..."okay, I'm coming down on April 7th."  LOL

We did lots of wandering around my area during her visit and did a quick 26 hour trip to New Orleans to stomp around the French Quarter.  I'm looking forward to making some fun projects about the quick trip. 

She flew in on a Friday and I picked her up at the airport and what did we decide to do that day?  Well, first we went to Zaxby's because that's one of Gina's requirements.  LOL But then we drove over to Foley to a... scrapbooking store!  Haha.  We just can't help ourselves.  It one of our rituals.  I have Michael's and JoAnn and Hobby Lobby down here and she has them up there but every time we get together we have to go to them all.  It's like I suddenly have permission to buy stuff because I'm "on vacation".  There's no logic behind it but really, any excuse to buy crafting supplies, am I right?  (We even went to a Joann in Maine last summer on our road trip.  It was the saddest tiniest little JoAnn.)  Anyway, we went to Gigi's Scrapbooking in Foley, Alabama and bought stuff.  Then came back to Pensacola and went to JoAnn and Hobby Lobby (bought more stuff). 

Saturday we made a visit to Pensacola Beach to the boardwalk and shopped a little and then had cupcakes and milk shakes for dinner.  For real. 


Then Sunday morning we drove over to New Orleans.  We had crepes in the Garden District at DeVille's and they were sooooooo good.  I want one now.  We went to the Lafayette Cemetery #1 before heading down toward the French Quarter.  We had dinner in the French Quarter and stayed at the Double Tree on Canal and then on Monday just wandered. 

We had our Cafe Au Lait and Beignets at Café Du Monde, which were fabulous, then just roamed and shopped and went to the Voodoo Museum and the Museum of Death which was both creepy and fascinating.  There were parts I couldn't or wouldn't look at but other things that were interesting.  We finally got our Red Beans and Rice that afternoon.  (I really need to stop talking about the food).  Then went back to the hotel to pick up the car and head home.  Quick, fun trip and lots of great photos to document our 26 hours of adventure.

Tuesday is movie day. Gee loves Gina because she pets him non stop while she's here.

Tuesday is movie day. Gee loves Gina because she pets him non stop while she's here.

Tuesday we literally just laid around and watched movies all day.  I think the only time I left the house was to pick up food for dinner.  LOL I force feed Gina movies when we are together.  It's another ritual.  :)

Anyway, neither one of us documented a single moment of the trip on Instagram, which was a shame but it is what it is.  LOL 

I'm looking forward to making fun project with the photos.

This happened on my way home from dropping Gina off at the airport.  But I'm glad it didn't happen while she was here. 

Around here... Part 1

A picture of "the move" before things got messy. Very messy.

A picture of "the move" before things got messy. Very messy.

Hello friends -

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted on here.  It hasn't been intentional, sometimes life just happens for too many days and weeks and months in a row. 

So many things have changed around for me personally and I'm very excited about the future and a little crazy in the present.  I feel like I've been in a constant desire for "reset/fresh start" for months without success.  One reason is because I've been in "wait" mode for what feels like forever with regard to my home and financial situation. 

I've been living on a rather tight budget for quite a while and to help get out of that frustrating spot, I'm actually changing my living situation.  I've been renting for a while and the place was in the right location and the perfect size for me and McGee and while it was not expensive, when added to a ridiculously high car payment (my own fault) I was living pretty tight.  But it was old and had some super duper flaws as well.

I talked it over with my parents and they helped me get a loan and after looking at a few different options, we have decided to build me a little house on the back of their property.  It's going to be small (750 sq ft) but fresh and new and cute.  Plus it will be close to them which was one of my priorities.   It will also have a flaw or two (only satellite internet - sigh), but I think overall it will be great and I'm excited.

In the meantime, however, that means I'm living in one of the bedrooms at my parents house.  I have way too much stuff for one room and even though I rented a storage unit, I brought way too much with me and it's crowded and a mess.  I'm going to have to do better and take more to storage or I'll go crazy.  I also have a very tiny crafting space so my projects are going to have to take up less space, make less mess and require less supplies.  This is something I'm going to have to work at because currently, I'm failing.  But this is only 6 months (I keep telling myself that) and I can handle it for that long. 

I'm planning to start a personal blog still on this site where I want to document what's happening with the house project.  All of the crafting will still be on this main blog, but I wanted to have a place I could talk about the house and my self improvement efforts as well as my newly diagnosed struggle with "diabeetus."  (I always call it that.  I can't help myself.  Sorry.)  You'll be able to find this blog in the sites main navigation as soon as the first post is up.

I have more to talk about with regard to what's been going on around here but I'm going to break the posts into pieces.  Thanks for sticking with us through the dry spell and I'm looking forward to getting back to the fun around here.


Gina: A Piece of Advice from Wentworth

I'm sure all of you know who Wentworth Miller is and if you don't, let me share a reminder....

(Picture from a daily dose of wentworth tumblr (

(Picture from a daily dose of wentworth tumblr (

Ahhh, Michael Scofield, I can't wait to see you again.

Or if you don't remember him from there, maybe this image is more familiar to you....

Also taken from the website:

Also taken from the website:

Either way, I'm sure you are aware that he has shared his personal struggles with mental health publicly.  One way in which he acts as a support for others is on his Facebook page.  He routinely posts about Self Care and during the month of February it has been a daily Self Care moment.

On Monday or Tuesday of last week he posted about a technique he uses called "One Lane."  This technique is used while driving and basically it means what it says.  He stays in one lane while going from point A to point B regardless of how the traffic is moving in that lane.  He said that it was maddening at first, but then it allowed him to relax, be in the moment and to just enjoy the drive.

I was on my way to the airport last Tuesday and remembered his post.  I'm a horrible driver.  Let me rephrase, I drive perfectly well, but I'm an impatient driver which means that normally while driving my jaw is clenched, a litany of curse words are filtering through my brain and sometimes pouring out of my mouth.  So, in think of Wentworth's post, I decided that I would stay in the lane I was in and just let everything go.  

It worked.  After the first few minutes, I calmed down and just enjoyed the drive....then I realized I was so busy just being in the moment and enjoying the drive that I drove right past my exit.  Thanks, a lot, Wentworth.  

Luckily, there are two pretty direct ways to get to BWI from my house.  I realized that I missed the first exit in enough time that I was able to take the second exit.  The second way is normally slower, which is why I don't take it.  By some stroke of luck, on this day, the normal way I go was blocked due to a multi-car accident.  If I had taken that way, I would have missed my plane.  

Funny, huh?