Monday, March 17, 2014

Family Photos - Finding Beauty in Life

My goal this year is to do as my blog says....find the beauty in life. And this past Christmas, I did. My mother-in-law set up a photography session with the same photographer that took my maternity photos. She captured some amazing photos of our family. Looking at the photos of my little girl, I am reminded that there is so much beauty in the small, everyday moments.



Adelaide's entire childhood will be documented in photos and videos since we're now carrying out smartphones around everywhere. Hopefully she look back on these snapshots of her childhood years and smile....and probably comment on how young Justin and I look. ;)



My biggest hope, is that she'll look at these snapshots in years to come, and see how loved she was, and how much beauty surrounded her each day of her life.





Kelly Williams Photography

You can find more of Kelly Williams' gorgeous photographs on her website

Addie has brought more beauty to my life than I ever thought possible. Everyone tells you that becoming a parent will change you forever, but you can never fully understand, or appreciate the immensity of the love you'll have for a child until they arrive. I am so grateful each and every day for our little angel. 

What are you thankful for? In what have you found beauty today?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cutest Thing Ever....

So I may be a little biased, but this video gets me every time!  ;)  Love the big head, serious look on her face, and the noises she makes.

video


This is my happy place.  :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Scrapbook Monday: Love You to the Moon and Back

I love this recent page. I've bee wanting to use this quote for months now, and finally had an opportunity. I used my Silhouette and cut the title out of a scrap of paper. I decided to use the background with the negative space rather than the actual letters. I saved the letters, however, so I may use the letters in another title later.

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon


While I could have spent 30-45 minutes creating a title with this quote and making it look just right, I decided to go the quicker route and simply purchase the Silhouette cut file. I found this one in the shop which was perfect, and exactly what I was looking for. Since I had a credit, I decided this would be a great shortcut. Anything you can do to save time when you have an infant napping is a great thing!  ;)

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon stars pink hearts


I recently purchased this wood panel paper with the stars in the corner, and knew it match the sentiment perfectly. I decided to use the bronze glitter ribbon I received in one of my Studio Calico kits as well. The paper on the right says "I love you". Perfect combination for photos of my little angel.

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon


I added some zig-zag stitching to the bottom and top of the glitter ribbon to give the page some texture, and to make sure it would stay in place. I also stitched along the top photo.

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon zig zag machine stitching

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon zig zag machine stitching

I added pink heart stickers in the center of the O's in the word "Moon", and some glittery pink stars to the bottom. Just enough to finish off the page, while keeping it simple and clean.

love you to the moon and back scrapbook page 12 x12 inspiration layout silouhette cut file title phrase baby photos brown wood panel i love you cream ivory pink glitter ribbon zig zag machine stitching stars

Hope you've enjoyed this page and that it has provided a bit of inspiration for your next project. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wood Panel Baby, Bridal Shower or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitations

I love the look of woodgrain. My house is filled with rusty metal and wood - I think I have an obsession.  :)  So of course I had to make some shower invitations with a woodgrain design. I now have some lovely wood panel invitations available in my shop, in various colors from white washed (reminiscent of a beach house), brown, grey, a rose pink, turquoise, and a mint green. Hopefully you can find a color scheme that will work for your next shower, bridesmaids luncheon, engagement party...or any other event you might be hosting.

Here are a few of the options:

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

Rustic Woodgrain - Custom Bridal, Baby Shower, or Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation - Brown Pink Rose White Grey Yellow Wood - 5 DIY Designs

As always, these designs are available in my Etsy shop.

Love the woodgrain look? Looking for some matching shower or party decorations? Browse through these great options available from various Etsy shops. 

I love finding beautiful packaging to create unique, one-of-a-kind party favors. These lovely white woodgrain glassine bags are available from SwoonPartyShop.

25 white wood Glassine or Kraft Bags, Rustic Woodgrain Embossed

Or how about these adorable kraft woodgrain pillow boxes with an owl on the corner? These are available from thepaperstash.

Owl / Woodland / Forest / Woodgrain Pillow Gift / Favour Box

Planning to make some cupcakes? Or want to use some adorable liners to hold some nuts, a fruit salad, or candy? Here are two lovely cupcake liner options, available from ButtercreamDreamShop and PaperPartyParade. You could even mix and match the two colors. 

Cupcake Wrappers - Woodgrain -(12 / Pack) - Forest Friends Party, Woodland Party, Woodgrain Wrappers

brown green Woodgrain Scalloped Cupcake Wrappers Set of 12

Looking for a unique woodgrain bridal shower gift? Or an engagement present for the happy couple? This beautiful woodgrain platter includes custom initials for the couple. This gorgeous white platter is available from inherwordsceramics.

Forever Carved in Wood white woodgrain custom platter with couples initials for bridal shower wedding engagement party

Lastly, if you're looking a present for the mommy-to-be, this adorable woodland embroidery hoop art features a fox with the cutest pointy nose. You can find this nursery art from TurquoiseAlligator.

Woodland Fox . Embroidery Hoop Art . Ready To Ship brown orange nursery wall art home decor

I hope you've enjoyed these woodgrain shower and party decorations, and that they've inspired you for your next event. You can find the wood panel invitations here. Let me know if you'd like some in custom colors for your event.