Tuesday, January 16, 2018


It's Pickle Barrel time again at PBP and I LOVE this new kit that Fayette made called Mad About You...I was struggling a little coming up with what I was going to scrap with pink and lovey, dovey stuff, but I LOVE how my pages turned out!! 

Get it now while it's on sale!!

HERE is the links to the sale:

Here are my pages:

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 OLW || RISE

I've been participating in choosing ONE LITTLE WORD for about 5 years. I don't make new years resolutions. I don't need to wait until the new year to set goals. I don't want to set goals I won't achieve. {you know I'm right!!} So, this is my solution, I pick a word and it's my mantra. My theme. My goal. It's what I focus on for the year and it's been working GREAT for me. My 2018 OLW is RISE!!

Made with Fayette Designs Snow Business Kit

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


I feel like I say that I love every on of Fayette's new kits, but I really do. I love the cute wooden look of these snowmen and I love the colors and elements. I don't love the cold, but these make me want to go out and take some snow pictures just so I can scrapbook them. {yes, I'm fully aware that I am crazy!} Go get it right now while it's on sale!!!

Here are the links:

Snow Business The Basics – Elements  https://pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=62810 
Snow Business Hot Mess & Artsy Papers  https://pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=62809 

AND here are my pages: 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Don't miss out on these awesome Mini kits....there is a new one every day....here is Fayettes, and a page I made with it!!

Get the kit HERE after the promotion ends!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I can't believe that this year is almost over and it's time for the holidays again. I have been so busy with fall photo sessions that I've hardly had time to breathe lately, and I've had next to zero time to scrapbook. This is my last busy weekend {I think!} and I'm excited and sad, because I LOVE photos. I did some Christmas mini sessions this year and I was able to capture this adorable little one in her Christmas best! I love these photos and they matched PERFECTLY with this kit, it was like Fayette made it just for me!! {Thanks Faye!!}.

Get it now while it's on sale!!!


I Believe Patterned & Scribbly Solid Papers https://pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=61730
I Believe Background Fancies & Doodles https://pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=61728


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I LOVE THIS KIT!!!! Everything about it is SO perfect for fall!!! I love the colors, the elements, the papers. EVERYTHING!!!! You should definitely GO GET IT!!!

Pumpkin Spice Solid Papers http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53811


Please tell me I'm not the only one who has the best of intentions and just can't seem to keep it all together! I totally, completely forgot to post these awesome doodles and stitches last week when they were on sale, please forgive me!! They are a great addition to ANY page and I love using doodles and stitches to add dimension and interest. 

Here are the links to the store:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I LOVE this kit, but I don't have a child in school anymore {Hallelujah!!} I'm doing cartwheels everyday!! Thank you to Meagan for her back to school pictures, which I LOVE!! Thanks Faye for making such dang cute kits and using such cute colors.

Get it now while it's on sale!

Here are the links to the kit:

Cartwheels 6-Pack http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53172
Cartwheels Elements http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53171
Cartwheels Patterned Papers http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53170
Cartwheels – The Basics http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53169
Cartwheels Hot Mess & Artsy Papers http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53168
Cartwheels WordArt http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53167
Cartwheels Solid Papers http://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop/product.php?productid=53166

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Scrapbooking and documenting these hard times is such good therapy for me. Somehow, processing all of the pictures and writing down the memories gives me permission to let them go a little bit, to not have to think about it every minute, to move forward. I feel secure knowing that I've recorded my feelings and my experiences and I can go back and read them anytime I want to. Here are the pages from Jennifer's funeral and Utah.

I used parts and pieces of a couple kids, I kept it simple since there are so many photos.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


I just got 2 more albums back from the printer and let me tell you, it was like Christmas morning!!! I love getting my pages printed and in my hands. I love flipping through the pages and looking at the photos, reading the journaling, reliving the memories, and remembering once again why I do this!! I LOVE memory keeping, in all forms, journals, notebooks, pictures, scrapbooks, whatever that means to you. I love recording and preserving me and my life. My son always teases me that I take a picture of EVERYTHING and I tell him that I want to me able to look back and remember everything that happened when I'm old and I've forgotten. {that might be truer than I want to admit!!}.

When my BFF MaryRuth introduced me to digital I was SO AGAINST IT, I loved printing my pictures, working with paper and glue and making beautiful layouts. I wanted to hold them in my hands and see the pages come together in front of me.....fast forward a few years and LOTS of pages later....I HATE real paper pages now. It hate getting out the mess, I hate being limited by the size or shape of something, I hate being limited to my one piece of patterned paper and my one sticker that is perfect for 3 different pages. Digital Scrapbooking has changed the way I keep my memories and I wouldn't have it any other way now. Thank you MR for convincing me that it was ok to do my pages on the computer. My printed books are AMAZING!!!!!!! {I still do traditional projects every once in a while and I still love printed pictures on my walls all the time!}

I took some pictures of my books and will add a little of MY opinion about them and the printing and quality. I have printed the last 4 albums I've done through BLURB, prior to that I was using SHUTTERFLY. The MAIN reason that I switched is that you can only print up to 104 pages on Shutterfly {unless they have changed this recently} and you can print up to 240 pages on Blurb. {You can actually print more than that, but 240 is the max for the premium paper, which is what I get}.

Here is what I like about Blurb:
Matte Cover
Can fit up to 240 pages
Paper feels thicker
I like the gray end pages (personal preference)
Color seems a little more true to life
Binding is nice and square and good quality
I like how it opens, the spreads fit nicely across two pages.
Their software is installed on your computer and you put your book together offline and then upload it all at one time. You don't have to be connected to the internet once you've downloaded the software.
Their software is easy to use and understand

Here is what I like about Shutterfly:
More sales during the year
Free books occasionally (mostly 8x8 albums)
They have an 8x8 album {blurb doesn't offer this size, but they do have 7x7}

Here are some photos of my four newest books (printed at Blurb):

Here are a couple close up pictures of some of the details (again, these are all Blurb)

These albums have the following number of pages L-R: 2016 Album 152 pages, Tanner's Album 114 Pages, 2015 Album 128 Pages, Mom's Cancer Album 164 Pages.

For Tanner's HS album, I saved all of the digital pages I've made about him since his Freshman year and printed them all in one album for him to keep {not like he's not going to inherit ALL of my books, but it's fun to have them all together in one album}. This is ANOTHER reason I love digital, I just saved them all in a folder and reprinted them in his book, I didn't have to remake anything or do two copies of anything because they are digital!!

Here are some pages inside the albums:

Here are a few pictures of my Shutterfly books to compare. I don't really have anything against Shutterfly. I've always liked their services and their product is not poor quality. I just feel like Blurb is a little better quality and it's sometimes even cheaper to go through Blurb when they are having a sale. {BTW, the BEST time to order from Blurb is Black Friday, they have a 50% off sale that weekend and it's the cheapest I've ever seen their books!}

OVERALL: I am just excited that I have printed, finished books!! I don't worry too much about making them perfect. I don't stress about mistakes, mis-spelled words, missing pictures or changing trends. The most important thing for me is getting pages finished and printing them out to look at and enjoy. Has my style changed? MANY TIMES. Would I do things differently on some pages? FOR SURE. Does it matter? NOT AT ALL!!!

Look at this amazing stack of finished, printed albums I have on my shelves: {this doesn't even include dozens of 8x8 books I've printed!!} And this only starts in 2012.


This is 5 years worth of pictures, including several books of 365 Projects and it takes up WAY LESS space than my albums used to take up on my shelves.

AWE, what a pretty sight to see!!

If you made it this far, you're a real friend!!! Thank you for love me and supporting me and cheering me on....here is a page I just finished for my 2017 Album.


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