Gift Idea

Looking for a fantastic, heart warming gift? Have a family member that has everything and you don’t know what to do? Have family members out of state or out of the country? I know just the gift! You heard the saying ” A picture’s worth a thousand words”, well a digital album is super easy to create and will leave them speechless. The new Creative Memories Storybook software is easy to use, affordable, and comes with preloaded page layouts and elements to help even the those that have never done a page in their life, able to create beautiful albums.

Anyone that purchases from me, can contact me any time for assistance on page layout or album ideas.

Grandparents would love a brag book. An easy way to put one together is to create one two page layout for each month of the year. Simply high light one activity for that month and include photos and journaling. Once you have the album put together in the software you simply upload it and Creative Memories prints AND binds the book! TADA – a fantastic gift for generations to come.

How about a family recipe book? Or a family history book? Put together all the information on your family tree and share it with your siblings. Include photos and birthdays.

BABY GIRL quick kit (go to my site, click on SHOP/ Photo Solutions / Quick Kits / Baby Girl 12 x 12 Quick Kit. Specifications12×12 PicFolio™ Photo Album with 32 Side-Loading Sleeves 32 predecorated pages 1 sheet of clear title stickers in brown 3 sheets of die cuts with ready-to-stick foam tabs that add dimension. All of this for just $69.00!! This quick kit allows you to simply slide your photos right into the pockets and you’re done!


JOURNAL JAR  This is so amazing. I bought one and just love it! It is a gorgeous, sturdy, beautiful jar comes with a little notebook to journal on. Specifications: A cream-colored ceramic jar with a decorative handle A pad of 40 perforated journaling boxes held together by a sheer ribbon Features: Sheer ribbon holds an enameled charm bearing the words “Life’s Moments”. This amazing jar is JUST $12.50 (was $25!). Be sure to check it out. Wondering how to use it?

  • Give it to a grandparent and ask them to write one thing about themselves every day and put it in the jar.
  • Give it to a teen and tell them to write something good about their day. Hard to be depressed when you keep a jar of happy thoughts near you! 
  • Watch your baby grown – write down their daily accomplishments! They grow so fast. 
  • Tend to think of great ideas and then forget them? Write them down and throw them in the jar. 
  • Place it on the gift table at a wedding, shower, etc and have the guests write prayers/memories etc on them and put them in the jar. Seal it up and give it to the guest of honor at a later time.


60 Day Journal Challenge

Good Morning friends! I belong to a great scrapbooking group called ScrapbookingPizzaz and Esther and I were discussing challenges. She was inspired to start a journaling challenge.

Journal Topic: Your thoughts and opinions on this topic:  Everything happens for a reason, right?

(You can journal/write/draw/paint etc in a notebook book, journal, or word processor (Google Docs would work too!) on your computer or in your blog)


I absolutely believe everything happens for a reason. I can look around me and see where choices were placed in my life and I acted on them. Some positively and others I regret. Sometimes I regret acting and sometimes I regret not acting on them and not following my gut.

For example, almost seven years ago I was single and going through a hard time. My adult daughter literally bullied me into joining match.com, totally against my will. I ‘met’ a few guys on there and they seemed nice enough, but none that I really felt a connection with. Mostly, I felt they were just players. My 30-day free trial was about over and I was going to just delete my account I had a message from a guy named Chris.

We chatted via email and then on the phone. You can imagine my anxiety when it came time to actually meet in person! We met at a local coffee shop late one afternoon and I’d scheduled with my oldest daughter to call me in 45 minutes. If I said I Oh no, I’ll be right home! Then things weren’t going well. If I said something like, oh no problem, I’ll grab someone my way home, then it was going well. She called and laughed and teased me from the other end of that call while I was calmly saying, yeah I can stop and grab that on the way home.

I hung up and Chris asked if that was a check-in call. OH!!!! I felt the heat hit my face and all I could do was laugh and admit it. He offered up that he was glad I didn’t feel the need to rush off.

I married that man two years later 🙂

There were major changes in my life that led up to that point.

  • I moved states. I packed up and left everything I knew. It was hard leaving family, friends, familiarity and a decent job in Montana to move to North Dakota where I’d never lived before.
  • I ended a long term, bad for me, relationship and took a huge step of faith by walking away from our house and renting an apartment.
  • I had to find the confidence to actually meet the man behind the text at the coffee shop that day.

I look back now and see that because I took a chance at each fork in the road, I am now where I am. I took a chance on a man I met online, a very scary proposition and one I don’t actually recommend. However, I am happily married and added a young stepson to the family.

It isn’t always easy to see why things happen, sometimes we may never know why. It is always easy to know that God is in control and even when difficult things happen, He is there.

All of the experiences in my life have forged me into the strong, independent, reliable woman I am today.