- Hey! I'm Shannon. I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my husband, Steve. To find the long version click here.
Steve and I safely pulled into Cleveland on Wednesday night. We drove my jam packed, tiny 2 door car up from Texas. It’s the first big step in relocating back to the north. We still have no idea where we are going to live or what either of us will be doing but we are wishing and hoping that we will know a lot more of that information over the next few weeks. Fingers and toes crossed for us! I will be posting a Project Life update later this afternoon. Happy Friday!
*Quick background – we’re NOT having a baby and do not want to have one at this point in our lives an marriage. Steve wears glasses because he is nearsighted and on the day in question he was not wearing his glasses because I drove.
So, on Tuesday I decided that with all this moving business that I absolutely had to go to Paper Source in Dallas and touch everything one more time before we moved, because there are no Paper Source stores in Ohio, a ration of shit if you ask me. Regardless. I also wanted to get a few letter press cards for various holidays, birthdays, and occasions coming up. I am going to be away from Steve soon and had this idea to send him sweet cards, reminiscent of our humble beginnings when we spent almost a year 1,200 miles apart. And recently he bought of bottle of what I affectionate call Spicy Chicken for obvious reasons, so I grabbed this card as soon as I saw it along with a yorkie card.
After mulling over the amount of money I was going to spend on cards to send Steve just so I could put them in my PL album after the fact (don’t judge – I know you people do it too!) was silly. I saddled up to him and said “so I was going to send these to you while I’m away, you know, because I’m sweet like that, but just decided to show you them now instead, because really it’s the thought right?” So I showed him the yorkie card first and then the spicy chicken card. All of a sudden he is clutching his chest, pale, and breathing all strange and I’m all “are you having a heart attack?! WTF” and he’s all “Are you fucking pregnant and this how you’re telling me, IN PAPER SOURCE?!” Because, without his glasses and me being the bad wife that I am, I was holding the card too far away for him to read it. Hilarity ensued as I laughed until I cried and Steve tried to regain composure and his resting heart rate.
So, yeah, that’s the kind of week we have been having. Look for more Project Life updates this week and maybe (???) some real information on our move!
Yesterday I sat down in the little open space in that picture above and cranked out almost 3 months of project life goodness. I also want to take this time to address my totes. As you can see from the picture above, I store all of my crafty stuff in totes from The Container Store. They are clear and much sturdier than the regular sterilite totes and they have dividers and trays that you can purchase to maximize the space inside of them. I love them, absolutely love them. I have a project life tote with my seafoam kit and other miscellaneous papers and embellishing bits. Then I have 2 stamp totes (!!!) one holds ink, big wood mounted stamps, and smaller alpha stamps, and the other holds embossing powder and gun, sprays, stamps with wood handles and cleaning supplies. In a shorter version of those 3 totes I have all of my car making supplies. I also have 2 sterilite drawer towers that hold thickers, glitter, alcohol inks, tape runners, and a bunch of other mish-mashed stuff. I love that I can drag out all of my stuff and tuck it neatly away when I’m done with it. And also – super simple to move!
Speaking of the move – last week we finally made a big dent in our packing. We don’t have a lot of stuff to pack per se, but we both have plenty of clothing, books, and CDs. Everything that we move will ideally fit in our little 2 door cars and 1 car top carrier. It might be tight but it’s nice to see what things look like all space bagged and boxed up.
I also purchased plane tickets to head home and see my family for a little bit at the the end of this month. I know it sounds strange with us moving and all but both Steve and I agreed that with me only seeing my family for 4 days in the last year and a half (!!!) that I needed to go home and spend some quality time with them. We didn’t want to end up with jobs somewhere in Ohio and have to move and immediately be thrown into working full time and not get to see anyone. Also I have an entire apartments worth of stuff that has been in storage for 3 years that I can’t wait to sort through, purge, and organize.
And then – the biggest news – Steve and I both received calls from potential employers last week! Granted the jobs that we did get calls about are at opposite ends of the state – we are still over the moon excited.
And with all of this excitement over the last 2 weeks I am looking forward to getting through today and having 3 days off in a row to relax and to getting back into a routine here on the blog. Thank you for your understanding during this exciting time for us. Happy Monday!
I love our wedding album. It’s actually more of a vacation/wedding/honeymoon album, but its perfect. The pictures and spreads here are going to be some of my favorite parts from the beginning of the album. Most of the pictures are in chronological order, and if they are not its because they fit best with another group (like all of the pictures of our hotel room – most were taken at the end of the trip, but they just fit better near the start of our stay). And like I have said before about my Project Life albums that I am working on from the past, I am not so concerned with “in order” and more concerned with “in the album and done” than anything. But with this I wanted to spend a little bit more time with journaling and adding embellishments than I did with the end of 2012 because well, this album is more important to me. On to the spreads! On October 9th, 2012, we flew to Denver and stayed a night in a cheap hotel about 40 minutes from the airport. We had both had a long day (I worked from 7:00am-4:00pm that day and still had to get home to pack before our flight at 7:30pm) so we picked up a pizza on our way to the hotel and tucked in for the night. The big page protector divider thing has a sky blue acrylic on it (its my favor method for jazzing up the dividers). The die cute white Colorado and the green highway 70 sign is are both from a little scrapbooking store I found in Breckenridge. I included pictures from the airport and then pictures from our first full day in this spread with a little journaling and an October flair button from Ormolu. The next day we woke up, packed up our tiny rental care and hit the road to the Garden of the Gods. There are actually quite a few more pages dedicated to Garden of the Gods, but there are just a bunch of 4×6 pictures of the rock formations, and truly the pictures do not do them justice (and neither would my picture of pictures). For each of the “big” things that we did I included a divider, covered in silver acrylic pant with the name of the place in white maple thickers (my favorite ever – I used 4 or 5 packs just to complete this album and I buy them whenever I am at the good old HL). I cut off the top tab on all of the divider except for the wedding one, which you’ll see in a few pictures. I included any maps we were given into each of the spreads. Also any wood veneers that you see through out this album are from Freckled Fawn. After Garden of the Gods, we drove past Pikes Peak, it takes quite a bit of time to drive up and down the mountain, we didn’t want to pay to take the train, someone is afraid of heights, and we really wanted to get to Breck. The brown die cut Breckenridge is from that same scrap shop where I found the other die cuts at the beginning of the album. I then included two of the post cards we bought in Breck in a 5×7 page protector, the check in information from out hotel (The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge), and the local bus system map. The opening spread has pictures of the outside of the hotel, it was a gorgeous cabin type hotel, very rustic and exactly what we wanted. I then included some instax and a picture of our favorite morning spot, the giant table checkers near a fire place in the lobby of the hotel. The rest of the pictures are from our hotel room and the lobby. There are 2 more spread of only pictures behind this. We had originally booked a forest view king for the cheaper price and with any type of vacation we thought, how much time would we really be spending in the room? When we arrived at the hotel we went up to our room which was located inside of the main building and we were definitely underwhelmed. Our room looked out into the parking lot and was just the bed, t.v., and the bathroom, and barely any kind of light. It was nice of course but unimpressive. We went back downstairs and started to load in our stuff and as we walked by the receptionist we asked how much it would cost to upgrade, it wasn’t much and we said we would take it. I was struggling to hold my giant Davids Bridal dress bag and she asked us if we were getting married and we explained that yes, we were eloping. She upgraded us to a Mountain View King suite (with no charge – there were hugs and tears). We were ecstatic, and the view was absolutely breathtaking, one of the best decisions of the trip. Obvoiusly my favorite part of the album. The wedding. I took all of the pictures that day on my canon t3i with a tripod and a clicker. We were eloping to save money and spending $1000+ for a photographer just did not make sense. For this part I added another divider with white acrylic paint and silver glitter thickers. I messed up the bottom of the divider (its fixed now though). The white maple thickers appear here again and I included my favorite pictures from the beginning of the day here. The kraft card stock was stamped with a Paper Source heart stamp with versamark water mark ink and a Kelly Purkey October stamp (which is now sold out) in the brilliance white ink I talked about in this post. The picture in the top right was what we used for our announcements – I made the banner that we’re holding and it says “Mr. and Mrs.” on it. I also included a screen shot from my Iphone of when we changed our facebook status to married (it was adorable and fun to do it together – we truly eloped, only a hand full of people knew, it all came together so very quickly after we had spoken to both of our families that we did not have time to call everyone, so it was nice to be able to share with everyone our news quickly through social media).
Next week I will share the last spread from our wedding and the rest of my favorite spreads from the trip, which I just finished most of last night. Our trip took up an entire White Project Life album (which I snagged on clearance right before they sold out) and we were only there for a week!
*I loved using PL for this special occasion. It was easy to put almost every single picture we took into this album. I couldn’t imagine doing a wedding, vacation/honeymoon, and iphone album – trying to figure out what pictures to put where – and really, it just never would have happened. The pictures would have lived and died on my hard drive. So again, thank you Becky for this wonderful system!!
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This has been floating around Pintrest for a while now, and it really struck a chord with me. When looking back on how I chose Forward for one of my 2013 words, this quote probably had some influence. For some reason I just can’t shake it from my brain. Maybe it’s because when something big is about to happen in my life, I really feel this. That I am pulled backwards, my spirit tried and tested. Maybe it’s because I quit my “big girl job” and went back to the job I had during college so that Steve and I could go forward in our marriage and with our impending move. Or maybe it’s because, as I get to know myself more and more – I am beginning to realize that when I am stuck on a problem or can’t work something through – I need to go back, back to basics, back to the start – to go forward.
Whatever the reason, this idea, of going backward has become extremely positive for me. Backward no longer has a negative connotation in my lexicon. And I know this stuff is not revolutionary. But learning it for myself, through experience, has had a profound effect on me.
The idea behind this quote is my daily mantra. I have a version of this quote on my computer waiting for us to move so that it can be printed and framed for my new desk.
I am so happy that I stuck with forward for this year. Even 2 months in, it still rings true for me.