live webinar – visual storytelling for Get It Scrapped



I’m excited to be a guest on the live webinar for Get It Scrapped (I love the new website design!) this evening at 7pm EST! We’ll be chatting about “visual storytelling” – ie., enhancing the telling of your stories by connecting the visual elements/techniques you use on a page to scrapbook them. I have a passion for this topic – Debbie helped me understand just how “visual” of a person I am, and how much I truly connect with the stories that I share on my pages! I hope you’ll join us!

Or. Maybe you just want to hear what my voice actually sounds like in real life? I have to admit I secretly wonder some of those things sometimes about people I’ve only “met” online!


summer in a jar


What screams “summer!” to you? This totally came to mind the other day after I took that photo of the homemade jam in the jar. Ever since I started making the jam a few years ago, we’ve been completely spoiled for buying  jam or jelly at the store ever again. (Honestly, it started as a money saver, plus, I always knew it tasted better, since we grew up eating homemade.

I thought it would be fun to start thinking about what things I really associate with summer. How about you? Is there one thing that you just always associate with summertime?

*some of the materials for this layout were provided by Maya Road. You can see the original blog post with more details shots here. *


weekend accomplishment – peach cherry jam

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Hearing the pop, pop, click! That meant all eighteen of my ruby red jars of peach cherry jam sealed. I also spent a bit of time playing around in/learning the VSCOcam app for my iphone to up my iphoneography game.


the sunday post – july 27

Each week I post a collection of links to things that have caught my eye around the interwebs – I hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me!

Who I am today – by Jasmine Star. Sigh. So much good here. I can totally relate. Some things that we go through completely break us. And if we’re strong, we pick up the pieces, and remake ourselves. But we’re never the same. I can absolutely say that for this past year. (And no, it has nothing to do with our marriage. Thankfully, we’ve come ahead stronger than ever…)

Book by it’s Cover – a collection of amazing book covers. Such inspiration for pattern and color.

This vintage color palette by green gables blog featuring an image by Rachel Denbow. I always love Rachel’s work. She has recently made me seriously consider taking up weaving. I didn’t think that was possible, since I tend to not like the woolly look of so many pieces. Wait. Squirrel! (I just wrote about that this week! Dang it!)

This. Because it is. Always. (Plus, I love the Hitchcock type movie poster styling.)


free sewing pattern from purl soho – city gym shorts


Is it plain crazy to admit that I’ve been on the hunt for a pattern for these for me (there’s one out there for kids) for a really long time? And, um, yes, I’m a child of the 70′s, and wore this style when I was a kid in the 80′s. So when I saw this in my email newsletter from Purl Soho, you best believe I took off after that link. You can find the instructions and free pattern for these city gym shorts on their blog, The Purl Bee.

I will be making these.

Also, be sure to stop by the bluebird chic facebook page and weigh in – color? Or black and white? I’m choosing fabrics to add to my scarf collection of camera straps.