I believe–a layout.

8 Jan

Boy I’m a terrible blogger. But I swear I’ll try to be better. My daughter goes back to school tomorrow, my husband goes back to work tomorrow… so hopefully on my days off (Tuesday and Thursday) I’ll be able to get some crafting and writing done.

But for tonight I’ll leave with you my latest digi-scrapped layout. Done this week, my first one since May with photos. I love it, though I had trouble getting it done. I have a whole year’s worth of photos to scrap, but it’s so hard because it’s been so long. And I love scrapping non-holiday photos. Just fun, messing around photos… those are my favourites to scrapbook – and I took very few of those last year.

It was a very hard year for me. My husband was gone a lot in the beginning of the year with his pre-deployment training out of town. Then in June he left for Afghanistan. And it was just my daughter and I. Luckily I had one of my brothers visiting, staying with us actually for 5 months – he was here before my husband left the country and stayed through the first half of the deployment. He helped out around the house, he cut the lawn, gave me a break – allowing me to have some “me time” occasionally. This helped.

But I was without my husband. The love of my life. My bestest friend. And I couldn’t be creative. While he was gone I only created a few birthday cards and a few recipe cards. The bare minimum for me. I took the bare minimum of photos. So needless to say, it’s been hard getting back into the creative spirit. But I’m trying. And here’s my first real layout since my husband’s deployment… I hope you like it. But it doesn’t really matter… since we do this for our family and for ourselves right?


HappyGirls web


Kit used is by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Jenn Barrette – Note to Self
Template by Kim Broedelet
Fonts used are the King & Queen font & DJB HEIDIHscript.

Layout was created for SSD’s Pinterest Challenge #4



What I did today–I scrapped!

1 Jan

Wow! I haven’t scrapped a layout since May 2011. Seriously. So today I decided to start the year off right and scrap something – besides a recipe card (haha, because since May that’s all I’ve done). Or at least try.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:


On the left you see my calendar page for January. This is something new I’m going to try to do this year. I’ll work on it throughout the month, add schedules, events and activities. Add some photos from the month. Then I’ll print it and add it to my “journal”.

On the right is my cover for my new journal! It’s going to kind of be a “me” journal, but I’m not putting any restrictions or boundaries on it. It will be what it will be. The calendar pages will go in there, digital art journal style pages will go in there, and anything else I decide to put in there will go in there .

Smile with tongue out

Now one thing I’m wanting to try to do this year is to not wait. If I want to do something, I want to jump in and do it. And today, that’s what I did. I printed out that journal cover page, got out the scissor and glue and got busy.

What inspired me was one of the new Sweet Shoppe Designs’ challenges for January – nothing like starting the year by jumping in head first! This challenge is the big one – the one worth 10 points! Want to see the challenge? Here it is:

SSD Pinterest Challenges

Ok, back to the journal! Here’s what it looks now!



General credits for today’s post:

calendar template by Jen Maddocks Designs

calendar’s main kit used is by Lauren Grier and Shawna Clingerman – 365 January

journal cover created using kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow – Blank Canvas

frames in preview created by Nancy Comelab (retired)

New cookbooks to peruse!

29 Dec

Woohoo! I’m in heaven right now. Why? Because I just got back from the library with 3 new cookbooks to peruse! I’ve got my stack of sticky notes to mark the recipes I want to try at hand, and now I’m just chillin’ on the couch and letting myself drool over the yummy food photos and recipe descriptions.

Of course the drooling could also be from the smell emanating from my kitchen… hubby is making ribs – cooking them low and slow in the oven – and my gosh the smell is unreal! Once they’re done in the oven we’ll warm up the bbq and give them some extra flavour as well as a good dose of bbq sauce to finish them off.

And what are we having on the side? I’m thinking I’ll mix the veggy lover’s salad mix with some spinach leaves, add some diced tomatoes and bake up some super fluffy and yummy biscuits – and voila! Dinner. Want my biscuit recipe? Ok. You twisted my arm. Here it is


Enjoy! Hope you’re having a wonderful dinner too!

Books I’m checking out:

Work In Progress

26 Dec

Hi! My name is Monique – but some “inside” people call me “Fred” 😉

My hope for this blog is to create a space to share my “digi” art journal pages, my hits and misses with new recipes, my scrapbooking (done “digi-style) pages and whatever else I think of.

So while I keep fiddling with the design and layout of this here blog, why don’t you bookmark me and come on back in the new year and “hang” with me. See y’all later!