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Project Life Week 15 – A Week of Books, Crafts and Me time


Hello! Happy Monday! I am back. I have been struggling to get back to some semblance of a schedule but this time of year, I just try to stay afloat.  This past weekend I was working with Nicholas on his science project for science fair. I love when I can use my Silhouette on one of his projects. But I did manage to squeeze in a Project Life session with my friend Ashley on Saturday.

Ok, enough babbling and on to week 15, shall we? This week I had a lot focused around my other love – reading.  I ended up with an insert to hold a little extra. Keeping the number of photos down is challenging for me since this is pretty much the only scrapbook I work on for the year. I don’t want to leave things out.


The first page has a picture of our Words of Wisdom chalkboard in our kitchen. I usually put a quote or poem and Nicholas also contributes. When it is a quote we all memorize it and recite it to each other without looking. I make it fun while sneaking in some education. I also made two cards with my new elephant stamps from WPlus9.  Treat yourself Tuesday was something I made up for myself to have a time during the day for reflection and relaxation. So that Tuesday, I got my Chai and the NYT and headed for my reading nook.  So nice to take that time to myself. No work,laundry nothing but me, my paper connecting me to the world happenings and the serenity of sipping hot tea.  Pure bliss!!

I also included a photo of my letter writing challenge. I have still continued with it but not on that scale. I have a little bin with all of my pretty card sets, stamps and addresses, so I can start whenever. Makes it easier for me to do it.

And  I took a picture of my new book bag that I ordered on Etsy. Lovin it!!!!


The insert this time was directly from a blog post. I printed it and included it in an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector. It saved me a lot of time and I loved the information about Apollo with his circuits and watercolor set.


On the back side of the insert, I included pattern paper and some embellies along with a 3×4 card acting as part of the title of the insert. Since all those photos happened at home, I wanted to show our love for our home.


The last page shared a great book haul as well as my first graphic novels I got from the library that focus on the civil rights movement. I also included a photo of a cute happy mail I received from Birchbox that addressed me as Delightful Belinda. Great marketing I tell you. I also included a photo of me using MayDay for the first time with my Kindle. I think this such a cool feature. Instead of talking on the phone, I talk through my device and the technical consultant can actually take control of my screen if necessary to help me. And I liked that it was lovely brown lady that was my first helper.

week15eOverall, a great week and I am glad I documented it for us to look back on. I will be back next week with week 16. Hope you all are well.


30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 5

challenge_graphic-June-650Hello Everyone! Day 5 here and I am going strong.  This is no easy thing this time of year but I am giving it my all.  Today, I was once again inspired by Kathy and pulled out my newest coloring book I had bought a few weeks back from Barnes and Noble on the bargain table.  It has all sorts of Mandalas to color and I have been fascinated with them for years and thought I would give it a go. The paper quality isn’t the best for my copics so I used my Ranger distress and StampinUp markers.

day5aThey do seem a bit daunting at first but once you start coloring it’s not so bad. It’s just picking the initial colors that took a few minutes. Of course it helped that I have a limited number of distress and stampinUp markers. Nothing like my Copic collection that I love so much.

day5bI chose this one to color first because it had butterflies in it.

day5cI don’t think you have to finish these in one sitting and although I would like to, I have other work and I had to post this so I stopped here. I will be sure to share the final piece.

Happy coloring and have a blessed weekend!!


30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 4

challenge_graphic-June-650Hello Everyone! Day 4 is here and it was really tough to squeeze in time today. I was inspired by Kathy at The Daily Marker’s post today and wanted to whip out my embossing powder and water color paints.

day4aI used the WPlus9 Flora & Fauna stamps and heat embossed a hummingbird and butterfly (two of my favorites) on some watercolor paper.

day4bI used my Koi Water colors from Sakura and created a sky background. The funny thing is that I get nervous with water-coloring. Since I don’t have much experience with it. But it is actually very forgiving if you have a paper towel handy.

day4cThen I mixed some colors to paint the flowers and attempted to create some depth with shading. I have not glued those sequins down yet. I’m on the fence whether to use them or not. I like using my watercolor brush so I don’t have to have a cup of water but I think I will try it with my brushes to see what different affect it will create.

Well I am in between making dinner and going to an open-house at a local school so I must go now.

See you tomorrow!



30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 3


Hello Everyone! Day 3 is here. I had to run errands this morning and my afternoon is pretty packed so I squeezed in a little time to pick colors and color up a Mo’s Digital image.  This will be a spoiler for some of my readers because they participate in my monthly ATC swap. But I am working on my May (yes, I’m behind) ATCs right now and this little cutie is going to be on them.

day3aUnfortunately I don’t have a finished project to share because it goes on my ATC and I can’t spoil everything. I once again used my Hex chart. I think it will definitely be my go to for coloring moving forward. It just makes sense.

day3bSo here is one colored up and my ATC group will see the finished ATC when I mail out their packages early next week.

Hope you all are coloring or crafting. It’s just good for the soul!

Have a blessed day and I will see you tomorrow.



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