Scrapbook Sunday: Prep !!


So I’m ready to start the crazy adventure of scrap booking everything. I haven’t scrapbooked  since high school, so I have a ton of pictures to work through…

I was so excited to find these binders on sale at target! Perfect for college photos! Super cheap. Some were a little messed up, but I’ll take it for less than $5/each **the navy binder is the album I’m using for current photos, not this project     I will probably need to get more to cover the summers I worked at camp… They might take too much space.

Ordering photos was interesting… Prints have gotten expensive! 

I found several free print incentives for ordering through an app, even if it wasn’t available on the website. I used snapfish: 100 free prints/month on the app + 55 free prints for first purchase. I ordered 300 prints for $18 (including shipping). There’s also the FreePrints app, which gives 85 free prints/month. 

The great thing about snapfish was the ability to upload the photos to my account on the website from my computer, and they were available when I logged into the App on my phone – then ordered them from there with the discounts 😊 otherwise freeprints has cheaper shipping and is a great resource if printing photos directly off your phone. Then it was time to organize all the memorabilia and programs I have from college – being a music minor meant I was at a recital or concert practically every week … It didn’t feel like that much in college, but there are a million programs.  I also bought the Sunshine Collection from project life and I love love love it.  

Here’s a page that I made – from a road trip to NJ for thanksgiving break. Joanns was having a 50% off all scrapbook supplies last week, so I ordered a bunch of album refills for the 8.5×11 books (kind of hard to find 😕). Can’t wait to show some more of the process! Now, go print some photos!!

Friday Faves: Cell Phone Cases

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As I’ve told everyone already, I recently bought the iPhone 6 Plus… so I thought I’d share my current favorite iPhone cases! I love the gold iPhone, so I think the clear cases are the best :) I bought #2 while I was at the Verizon store because there was some kind of discount going on…

  1. Wood Chevron on Etsy
  2. Shimmer from Casemate
  3. Floral Lace from Rifle Paper Co
  4. Gold Glitter from Casetify
  5. Marble from Casetify
  6. “Bed of Roses” from Casetify
  7. Mint bumper base from Spigen
  8. Cork Case from Etsy

Next Project: reupholstering!

i’m super excited about my next big project: reupholstering the $40 chair I bought down the street from my house.

I love the shape, but the fabric just isn’t that great, and looks kind of faded and dirty (you can’t tell from the photo)… So I found this fabric in clearance at joann’s for $8/yard!! All the other ones I liked were around $30/yd so this one was perfect!

Based on this super helpful article from Apartment Therapy, I knew I needed 5.5 yards

Here’s when I tried to get an idea of what it would look like in the room…. 

Sooo I started this back in February and haven’t gotten very far… Which means I haven’t been able to sit in my nice chair 😞 

I’ve been inspired by Society Social to use a contrast piping. I think I’ll go with grey and paint the legs white like this pic:

while I’ll be doing my own tutorial through the process, these are my two favorites that I’ve found and I’ll be looking to for instruction:

Can’t wait to show you the progress and have it back in my living room….

Scrapbook Sunday: Paris Albums

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A few weeks ago, my mom and I decided to redo all her old albums! We took one whole saturday and attacked the first of the albums. We decided to go in chronological order starting with Paris 1984, right when they started dated. She said that if I hadn’t be there, she would probably start with the baby albums and not really get anywhere at all.

This was the state of the albums in the beginning…. yellowing peel-photo album pages….

 photo 3 15 scrapbook -1_zpsqlqjnzgy.jpg  photo 3 15 scrapbook -2_zpsbksb72w5.jpgWe decided to go with ProjectLife kits because it seemed a million times easier. We could just slide all the photos in the page protectors, add the journaling cards, and be done!

Unfortunately, our photos were 3×5 instead of 4×6, so they didn’t really fit…
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But we just went with it and thought we would put a backing on them later….
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Here’s a great photo I found :) gotta love the 80s fashion…
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Emptying all the pages…. took forever…
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Also – Don’t buy this brand of albums. The labels are a problem… we returned it
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Project Life didn’t have any all-4×6 sheets – but we found these! for the sheets with just too many pics and not enough journaling.
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We love the black & white albums! Mom decided it was important to be only black and white albums, but solid white albums are not available anywhere… we found a few black albums and we’re going to alternate them…
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Here are some of the pages… still without journaling, but you get the idea. Since they were 3×5 instead of 4×6 we backed them all with black cardstock. That was the worst part. We survived.
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DIY Chair Covers

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These chairs were one more of our New Year’s Day projects, and I forgot to post them!

Stef was able to buy all 4 chairs for $60 from a local antique shop, but they had painted the cushions white and we didn’t like the texture.

*side note – why is everyone obsessed with painting couches? the fabric is not comfortable…

Stef bought the fabric at the Crate and Barrel outlet and got a great deal on it. She was kind of scared to do anything with these after the difficulty with the headboard… but it’s super easy! we just pulled out the staples and then cut the fabric to the same size.

We made sure each piece was cut with the same stripe pattern. We added an extra layer of batting to make them a little softer.

Then just staple the fabric and batting to the underside of the cushion, and it’s done!

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And the finished product!!

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DIY Blanket Ladder

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Last week, Paper and Stitch made this ladder that did not require any power tools and I loved it. My husband would never let anything in our house that was completely held together by hot glue…. so we had to use some power tools. Our use of tools was not really professional or recommended, soooo I’m not going to post photos of that.


  • 4 – 16″ segments of 1″ dowel (I bought two 3ft 1″ dowels and cut them down)
  • 2 – 1×2 5ft  pieces of wood (you will probably need to have 6ft pieces cut down to 5ft)
  • hot glue
  • 1-inch drill bit

We drilled the holes for the rungs 1-foot apart, with the top rung only 6-inches from the top.

Once the rungs were in place, I just used the hot glue to made sure they didn’t move around.

Just hang the blankets, and we’re done!

Super easy, and it looks great!

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T-Shirt Quilt Part 3: Completed!

It’s finally finished! This project has been a lot of fun, and I see myself making more of these in the future (already planning to make one for my sister).

You can see posts on the rest of the process here:

Here’s the finished product!!
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This quilt is so great since I don’t really wear that many t-shirts and they take up so much space in my drawer! great way to keep all my camp, orchestra, sorority, and race memories in one place!

Ok, now on to the process…

First, I layered the quilt – This was difficult because all the layers stuck to each other (flannel, batting, cotton jersey knit), so i ended up taping each layer to the floor to keep it in place and centered.

I chose to use the flip-the-quilt-inside-out-so-you-don’t-need-a-binding method. Bindings/ mitered edges are not my favorite part of quilting – once I learned I could avoid it, I did.

So batting on the bottom, then backing and quilt top with right sides together.

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can you even see the clear packing tape?? I tried to take a better picture, but it’s practically invisible!!

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Next, I pinned around the edge of the quilt top and trimmed the excess (I really thought I took a picture of this… but I can’t find it on my phone. Sorry for skipping a step).

Then came the time to sew around the edges. Leave about a 12-inch gap between the starting and ending point so you have room to pull the quilt inside out.

Here’s a photo of my sewing setup (just chillin, watchin Friends…):
 photo 2 1 tshirt-5_zps5frwptka.jpgNote: I don’t recommend this sewing machine for the amount of quilting/sewing I do. It really struggles sometimes, but it’s all I have. I’ll just say – all of this is possible on a sewing machine you bought from Sam’s Club, but it’s probably more fun if you have a better one.

Now you can flip the quilt inside out and begin actual quilting:
 photo 2 1 tshirt-6_zpsxzrq1kzj.jpgI was actually really happy with the quilt even without the finishing quilting. I started with some stitches in the middle of the quilt to hold everything in place, but I didn’t really feel much else was necessary. And it’s a huge quilt, so I can’t fit it easily in my machine.

Just hand-stitch the side opening, and you’re done!
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Love my Bando coffee thermos… and my comfy quilt!

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the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl was past our bedtime… even if that’s when all the interesting stuff happened. Please note the demolished tray of brownies and glass of milk..

And I’m just going to post this in case you missed it somehow – Nationwide’s GOOD commercial.


We’re super excited that we finally booked our trip to Europe this weekend – bought those plane tickets and everything! We’re going in June, and still working out some of the details.

Eric has family friends who live in Madrid, so we’ll be staying with them for the first few days. Then we’re driving to Barcelona for a day – we found out that any train to Paris (!!) requires a transfer at Barcelona, so we decided to spend a day there and explore the city / beach. After that, we’ll take the train to Paris (apparently Paris hates rental cars, so the price to drop off a car there was a little crazy) and stay there for a few days.

We’re using AIRBNB for the Barcelona & Paris nights – so so so much cheaper than a hotel. I’ve found several beautiful places either on the beach or under the Eiffel Tower for less than $150/night. Once we book those nights, I will definitely let you know how we came to the decisions.

We really don’t want to check bags (stupid extra fees & we have no problem packing light), so I’m already planning the most versatile wardrobe. Many of the AIRBNB apartments have a washer/dryer, and we’ll be staying with friends, so we’ll be able to clean our clothes.

Anyway, here are some things I’m looking forward to:
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  1. Paris Flea Markets || Not sure how we’ll pack the stuff, but I really want to check one out :)
  2. Madrid || so beautiful!
  3. Barcelona || I can’t believe the architecture here
  4. Laduree in Paris || obsessed with macarons already, and I can’t wait to visit this tea shop
  5. More architecture in Barcelona :)
  6. Churros con chocolate in Spain || yummmm
  7. Ok, so a little tourist-y, but we’ll definitely be picnicking under the Eiffel Tower. I also found really great airbnb places right next to  the tower.
  8. The Crystal Palace in Madrid || this building looks beautiful!

DIY Tufted Headboard

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So Stefanie wanted a tufted headboard, but they are usually around $500. We only spent $100 (plus several hours of labor)… Costs detailed below:

First of all, this project is not as easy as all the tutorials make it sound…

We decided to follow this one, because the pegboard sounded like a good idea. Turns out, you can’t staple through pegboard because it’s too dense. We ended screwing the strips of wood to the pegboard, and stapling into those. The pegboard was still wobbly, so we need to add some extra pieces of wood to try and stabilize…

We cut the batting and fabric to size and layered under the wood…

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Then we added the nailhead trim, which was pretty difficult because of pegboard being impossible to nail/staple. The tacks would just bend and we wouldn’t be able to use them. So we ended up buying extras… It turned out nice eventually :)

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We threaded the buttons through and used a half-stapled staple to hold it in place.  This was kind of challenging. The thread would break as we were tying the knots :p

 photo 122headboard-11_zps550999be.jpgThen we decided the back was messy/ugly, and it was still kind of wobbled. So I found a piece of wood in our garage – left over from the sellers, actually – and covered it in some of the leftover fabric.

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Then screwed it into the back, and it looked great!

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organizing the scrapbook supplies…

I’ve been following the “scrapbooking sunday” category on A Beautiful Mess, and was inspired by the fact that she only has 1 cart for all her supplies! I have supplies everywhere! 2 boxes of paper, a scrapbook bag, a drawer full of stickers….

I have this cart… so I decided to consolidate all my supplies into one place.

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Part of the problem is having a couple boxes of all the things that need to be put in a scrapbook… So I sorted all of that into one big box too…

Here are all the supplies… well not all of the supplies…

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I put all the stickers in the top drawer, stencils & stamps in the middle, and all the paper in the bottom compartment.

Then I was able to stack all my albums on top of the cart…

Now I have to actually scrapbook everything…

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I’m going to start with my 2 years (!!) of marriage… and then try to work my way through all my college years. I have so much stuff from college!! ugh this is going to take a while… Maybe I need to start a Scrapbook Sunday theme…