//First Comes Love, Then Comes...


This past Friday, August 22, 2014, Josh and I got engaged!!

We are not the most conventional couple. Way back on Easter weekend of this year, he had essentially "proposed" to me and ever since then we knew we were getting engaged/married. While in Florida on a vacation with his family, I was anticipating him proposing then but he later told me he didn't have a ring at that time otherwise he would have. So when we returned from our trip, we went ring-shopping the next day, he asked for my father's blessing (a touching traditional gesture which I appreciated) the following week, and the rest has essentially been a waiting game.

Then, the Monday before it became official, I had already been given the ring to see and try on before he even proposed--see what I mean about unconventional? ;)  I was glad for this, though, because the ring ended up being the wrong size somehow (it was a whole size smaller than what was ordered!) and so on Friday we picked up the resized ring and headed to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, The Turf Room.

After we had finished eating and were enjoying some wonderful adult beverages, he proposed with some incredibly sweet words (which I had him write down when we got home because honestly, it was so simple and beautiful and I hope I never forget them), I got very teary and said yes, and then it was official!

So there you go--simple, intimate, and so very us!

And now it begins...

//Florida 2014 Album

I returned from Florida over two months ago and I finally got around to making a scrapbook album for the trip. It has been long overdue.

I went to Florida at the end of May with Josh and his family. It was his parents, his sister and that family, and then his brother-in-law's family. It was a total of 12 people and we were gone for a week, visiting Disney, Universal Studios, and Cocoa Beach. It was stressful but oh so amazing, and it was wonderful to see Disney and other things through the eyes of children!

//I loved utilizing the technique of putting sequins in pockets and sewing them closed

//the yellow tape from Studio Calico is fantastic as a marker for the date while adding a pop to the layout

//the wooden banner was a great way to use white space in the photo

//washi tape on an already see-through page gives a great visual element

//this one is my favorite page due to my love of Star Wars...and the star sequin pockets!

//some detail on the pockets where I also used a recurring technique--some stickers on top, some stickers on the bottom

//I used the two star pattern stamps found in the Studio Calico "Sandlot" kit to add MORE star detail to the page because why not?!

//the beach page is a close runner-up due to the (pretty darn perfect) seashell I found on the beach sitting atop a small pile of--guess what???--EMBOSSING POWDER! It allowed me to add more color while giving a better setting for the shell without the benefit of having sand on hand

//the color of the embossing powder is so pretty against the coral sequins and has a real "Little Mermaid" vibe

//some of the pocket pages didn't provide a totally convenient layout so I improvised by cutting photos in half at times and putting the halves in adjacent pockets

//with the wooden banner and the card at the top of the page, I used multiple elements to basically create a title for the page

//the sticker and the map card worked really well together in this case, while the two wood patterned chipboard stickers in the bottom right were cut in half and staggered to get more use out of a single element

//the stitching on the date card was placed to add more detail and take up more space on the card but it also added more red which I liked for this page

//the button and sequin combo was one of my favorite bits on this page

//I used the star pattern stamp from before and added some lines with a pen to make fireworks above the castle!

//this title card is my favorite due to the amount of texture and detail

//Maybe One Day I'll Even Do a Pull Up...

I'm going to lay it right on the line for you folks: I'm not an active person. I mean, I walk around a lot, especially at work, but given the choice I prefer to not engage in physical activity that causes me to greatly exert myself in any way. As a result, I have little strength (except in my legs) and little to no endurance and stamina. I'm kind of pathetic, really.

Today, however, I aim to begin to change all that. I went to the local Crossfit gym this morning and took their intro class. It involved a five-minute, non-stop workout that left me feeling sore, weak, and really sorry for myself. Right when we were done I thought to myself, "There is no way I can do this. I can barely do a push-up!" I was going to leave and figured I at least gave it a shot.

But I didn't. Look, everyone has to start somewhere right? And I'm tired of feeling like I can't do anything about it. Sure, a lot of these Crossfit folks are total beasts at the gym and can do amazing things--but even they, at some point, began right where I did. That gives me hope.

So I've signed up for a month of their "foundations" classes and I'll go from there. This is the start of trying to get in shape and get healthy and it's also going to be a good relief from class this last year, I think.

I don't think my journey to get fit will ever end because fitness becomes a big part of people's lives and it's not just a temporary solution. However, I think that my journey to look and feel the way I want is something that I will eventually accomplish and THAT is going to be amazing.

Plus, this might mean that I'll finally have enough upper-body strength to do one whole pull-up. Just maybe...

//Project Life Layout / July 2014

July has been a good month to me in so many ways. Just in terms of big plans, great news, and time spent with friends and family, this past month was quite fantastic.

The layout below came about because I plan on making a weekly spread with stuff that went on during those seven days...but for most of July, I kind of put it off. Oops! Instead of tossing the idea of a layout altogether (I KNEW I wanted to get down some of these notable memories!), I opted for a quick, easy one-page spread that highlighted things from July in photos and journaling.

I love, love, love including bits of ephemera because I always imagined how awesome it would be to find a great-grandparent's journal or scrapbook and see mementos from the past. Ticket stubs, newspaper clippings, etc. They're all things that help put time and place into better context and I think it's so neat!