Monday, January 30, 2012

some cool ideas for brads

race for the cure

my step-mother, a breast cancer survivor herself, is walking in the race for the cure in naples, fl on march 10th. my mother succombed to breast cancer nearly 13 years ago and my father was recently diagnosed with esophogeal cancer. i'm sure all of you have been touched by cancer in one way or another. anyhow, if you donate to my step-mother's team, i'd surely appreciate it and you might just get a little surprise from me as well! just let me know below.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

project life week 4

ok so this week nearly killed me. it took me nearly 4 hours to put this together. i think i'm going to abandon the page protector look and just use the template from becky next week. we'll see if it's faster!

here is the left side....

and here is the right.

traci reed - slip in #5 sweet shoppe designs
emily merritt - simple cards, these are the days date cards - the lilypad
amy jax - day by day overlays - the lily pad
jennifer barrette - flower from happy camper kit, cutouts - sweet shoppe designs
valorie wibbens - so i never forget, the every day - the lily pad
pink paislee - press cards - oscraps
becky higgins - clementine kit -
erica hernandez - punctuate it - two peas in a bucket
eva kipler - button (i forgot the kit) - sweet shoppe designs
fonts - pacifico, arsenale white, another typewriter

design house digital happenings

you must go check this out.

first, super gallery bowl is filled with prizes and fun challenges.

then every day in february will bring a new kit that is only a dollar. i've seen a couple and let me tell you, you are going to want to check over there.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

4X12 in12

a la tara whitney i'm going to try and get a photo of the four of us together once a month in 2012. it's part of my 2012 one little word CAPTURE! of course, i wait until almost the last day of january. i didn't even blow dry my hair or put on makeup, the boys are wearing ragamuffin clothes, but hey that's us! one down eleven more to go!  thanks to my friend erin for pressing the button!  ;)

LOAD winner

the load winner is....

email me at celestefsmith AT gmail DOT com so i can forward your details to lain!  thanks for playing everyone!

Friday, January 27, 2012

free project life planning printables

marcy penner has some printable templates for planning out your weekly project life spreads. go check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LOAD with Lain Ehmann GIVEAWAY

it’s the new year, and the photos are piling up on your hard drive or your scrap desk. But you’re not really feeling the love. you’re a bit burnt-out and tired…

you’re raring to go, but making scrapbooking a priority has fallen by the wayside as you tackle “life:” work, home, kids, friends… when are you going to get time to scrap?
you’re a new scrapbooker and are still trying to find your sea legs in this crazy, seemingly all-consuming hobby.
if any of those sound like you, then layout a day might be right up your street.

in her effervescent and down-to-earth style, lain invites you to spend February with her in LOAD 212, creating 29 layouts in 29 days (it’s leap year!). each day brings a new page prompt, layout example, and video to help inspire you. LOAD 212’s theme is past perfect, and participants will be mining recent (or ancient!) history for unique story-telling opportunities that share a little bit of themselves on their scrapbook pages. with a private flickr gallery and message board, scrappers share inspiration and motivation with sister LOADsters in a safe and friendly internet community. to register or see what past participants have said about LOAD, visit the class information page at
BUT WAIT there is MORE!
i have a seat to giveaway in the class! i registered yesterday so you would be joining me on this adventure. my plan is to get a little more recent history done. i have some straggler stories in my january - june 2011 photo files that need telling. so i'm going to try and work on those for the month.

leave a comment below about what you would work on and i'll pick a winner on saturday morning!

more project life journaling cards

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

journaling cards for project life

erica hernandez released this set of journaling cards today. awesome for project life. i LOVE them and the best part they are only 99 cents. you could easily recolor them in photoshop too! they come in a printable pdf and png files.

printable valentines

Sunday, January 22, 2012

creative market

creative market is a new site that will be coming soon. it promises to me the etsy of mousemade products. if you sign up now, they are giving out $5 credits to use when the doors open. you can expect vector shapes and patterns, fonts, brushes, stock photos and other creative digital content. i just need a few more referrals to get to the ambassador level. so if it sounds like something you might be interested in head on over and sign up!

project life week 3

here is week three. big shout out to marcy penner who converted her journal cards to psd so i can use them in my project life pages. these cards are stunning!

valorie wibbens - pockets vol. 3 - the lilypad
valorie wibbens - today papers - the lilypad
emily merritt - highlight of the week cards - the lilypad
marcy penner - captured journaling cards - here
audrey neal - neutral stock - design house digital
jennifer barette - doily in pieces of you kit - sweet shoppe designs
sahlin studio - tell the story word art - the lilypad
ali edwards - one little word freebie -
robyn meierotto - brown paper packages - design house digital
jennifer barrette & kristin cronin-barrow - everyday storytelling - sweet shoppe designs

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

second saturday & project life week two

i can't commit to 12 on the 12th. most months of the year i'm a mole person, getting up at the crack of dawn and heading into work. coming home at night. most of my day is spent at my desk at work - not an exciting prospect for photo taking. so i decided to take 12 photos on the second saturday. :) here is my january installment. i wa sin florida visiting my brother without my family.

from the top:
words with friends in bed
starbucks chai
my brother working
bob the chihuahua
facetime with sam
self portrait in the mirror
glass of wine
my crazy brother
florida palm trees at sunset

this spread became the right hand page of my project life for week two. i think i'm going to stick to that each month. i'd like to make a little flag that says second saturday - i will add it later.

here's week two...

supplies: valorie wibbens' pockets #3 at the lilypad, robyn meierotto's everyday kit at design house digital, fonts: pacifico, another typewriter.

five free fonts

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

vintage valentines

cheeky magpie is offering a daily vintage valentine download. very cool!

Monday, January 16, 2012

banner tags free!

print them or use them digitally! whee!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

free printable journaling cards for project life

also check out this post from gina miller for more.

scripty fonts

love this collection of scripty fonts. i should do something similar to keep by my desk. i always struggle finding the right one. i also need more title ones to cut with the silhouette etc. anyone have any title script font favs? do share!

Monday, January 09, 2012

project life week one

well here goes...

supplies: penny springmann's this life january and traci reed's document life freebie at sweet shoppe designs.

Friday, January 06, 2012

winner winner chicken dinner

the winner of the ella take twelve kit is LAURA O'DONNELL! Congrats Laura! Email me at celestefsmith AT gmail DOT com and I'll send over the info you need to claim your prize!
hope the rest of you will consider picking up this fabulous kit!

free printable thank you

i know i have a few to write!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

twelve for twelve

i sat down the other day and came up with a list of twelve goals for 2012. then i created an 8x10 canvas that i will print and frame to keep by my desk. here's the canvas.

supplies from design house digital: jen allyson and gennifer bursett's up to date collaboration kit.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Take 12 Photo Challenge GIVEAWAY

here's a little more about it from ella...

Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit
Inspiring ideas, shortcuts, and printables for the 2012 Take Twelve Project

The goal of the 2012 Take Twelve Project is to take 12 photos on the 12th day of each month for a full 12 months—and scrapbook them! You can join in the fun any month of the year, but we hope you'll join in starting January 12. Get the scoop at

Learn more about the history of the Take Twelve project and see our FAQ section.

just leave a comment below telling me what year long project if any you are undertaking and i'll draw a winner on friday afternoon. good luck!

free printable owl calendar!


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

year end questionnaire

love this! it will make a great page!

happy birthday dhd!

head on over to the birthday extravaganza at design house digital. there is a big sale, daily giveaways (yesterday's was a gift certificate to persnickety prints, tablets, PSE, and others to come!) check it out!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

my one little word


this is my word. what it means to me. taking more photos, writing down more stories, working on project life, scrapbooking more for myself, doing more with the kids so i have something to capture! 

supplies: using lauren grier's free with purchase kit the little things you say available at sweet shoppe designs

simple scrapper january templates from premium membership

 head on over to simple scrapper and check out the january templates included in the premium membership! definitely worth signing up for!

Sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership
Other supplies: cardstock: Neutral Stock by Audrey Neal at Design House Digital, kit: Remarkable by Karla Dudley at Design House Digital, robots: Itty Bitty Robots kit by Mindy Terawasa at Designer Digitals.

Sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership
Other Supplies: Paper: Robyn Meierotto'sn Cool Kid Digital Papers at Design House Digital, Shannon Hegarty's Secretary Papers at Design House Digital, Tags: Robyn Meierotto's Tag Your It at Design House Digital, Buttons: Agnes Biro Renewed Spirit Element Pack, Jenn Allyson's Notion Blue & Co. Element Pack at Design House Digitals, Stitches: Robyn Meierotto's Ins Stitches Neutrals and Agnes Biros' Decorative Stitches #1 at Design House Digital. Camera: Meghan Mullens No More Photos Add-On at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Fonts: Arsenale and Another Typewriter.