October 28, 2011

Journal with a twist

One thing that I am not good at is journal keeping. I will be the first one to admit that I have never complete the entire journal.
Sad? Yes!
My husband on the other hand is so stinkin' good at it. It's fun to read what he wrote during our courtship and etc. I guess staring at blank pages with lines aren't that exciting to me.

I need prompts!!!

My husband brought to my attention that I always say

"When I die..."

I guess having children change me tremendously. No doubt about it. I often think of their needs and wants before mine. I am obsessed about them. They are my everything. I am here to protect and love them. They are so much a part of me. I get to relive a part of my childhood through them (sort of.)

It's simply amazing!

Like.. playing in the rain, get all wet. Yeah totally brought back childhood memories.

So when I brought up to my husband
"When I die..."

i.e. ... I want you to find a wife
(the kids need a mother especially when they are young - if I die at 75 and he got a wife... hmm I think I might come and haunt him.)
... make sure you feed them some Thai food
(yes I'm dead serious about this.)

... teach them about Thai culture
... make sure to keep family traditions going
(Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, and etc.)

and the list goes on.

I mean I can tell my husband all I want but in reality he probably only retained 1/4 of the info I passed on to him. I've made a commitment to myself that I am going to do better at keeping journals. Even if it's one line a day. I'm doing this for my children. It's not about me. It's all about them and their children and their children' children. This way it is written and recorded. They can find out a lot about me by reading my journals, scrapbook pages, mini albums, smash books, and etc.

I hope they can find it entertaining and educational. Hopefully they can flip through the pages and learn a thing or two about life and be able to apply to theirs.

Sorry I didn't plan on blogging my life away...

So here are 3 journals/diaries that I've found that I absolutely adore to pieces.
These aren't just ugly blank pages.

They have prompts!

And I must add they are addictive and fun!

1). Q & A - 365 questions * 5 years * 1,825 answers
2). Keel's Simple Diary - Vol. one
3). Memorandom journal

Here are some pretty pages to look at.

I hope you are inspired.
Now get to it.
If you don't want to do it for you then do it for someone you love in your life.

Words are powerful - use it wisely.


Here's a text from my husband.

Z to his pumpkin in a box.
"now you have a new home."
He puts blanket around the pumpkin.
"good night pumpkin"
Z then proceeds to lay down and make snoring sounds.

It only takes 5 lines to know a bit more about this kid.

I am trying to do better.

I'm excited to look back at what I wrote a year from now.

October 22, 2011

1 more thing to stamp on

OK I got one for ya...
How about coffee filter?!

They are so cheap even dollar store has them!

This is my gratitude journal for this year.

Have fun and stamp away!

Just curious

Maybe you can help me.
Pretty please?!

Do you know what kind of bug this is?

Is it going to hurt my rose bush?

Please only bring me good news.
I've been battling the rose ordeal since forever and a half.

Thank you for all of your help!

P.S. Isn't this fella kinda cool lookin'?
P.S.S. He looks like a half shrimp half bug.

October 13, 2011

Walmart 97¢ Scrapbooking Supplies

You know how much I love Walmart.

So when I have to go there I try to make it worthwhile.

I stopped by the scrapbooking section and I found Studio G and Colorbok stuff.

Check it out.

October 9, 2011

Storyboard in a layout

Storyboard is another fun way to add pictures to the layouts. Storyboard is simply just a fancy name for collage. I love to group pictures from the same event to tell a story.

This is the story I wanted to tell...

1). Z was making 'Arizonan snowman.'
2). He thought one particular rock was so neat and couldn't wait to show it to me. (of course I snapped the picture as he was showing it to me... with little children you have to be ready to snap that magical moment. Wear the camera around your neck -- do not set it down!)
3). He kept challenging himself to see how high he could stack the rocks. It doesn't take long for Z to learn the law of gravity. He's definitely a 'learning by doing' kind of kid.

You do not need Photoshop to do this. You can use Picasa, Microsoft Word, and other programs.

So switch it up and give storyboard a try. This is another way to freshened up the look of your layouts.

Since this layout is picture heavy. I decided to journal around the outside perimeter. Yes you can still get some journaling in even though there are so many pictures. My new goal is to add journaling in every page. So far so good!

October 7, 2011

iphone4 case

I just wanted to share with you a very awesome company called UNCOMMON for custom made iphone case. FYI I'm not being paid to promote their products. I'm just a very satisfied/happy customer. They are very professional.

By professional I mean...

1). Easy to navigate site

2). Easy user interface program

3). Proofs of your case before you check out
4). Quality - durable, sleek, glossy top coat
5). Packaging - very important. It's like the first couple of seconds when you meet your blind date. *wink*

Seriously it's one of a kind. I don't know about you but sometimes it's nice to have customized goodness in your life. I think it's fun to showcase your personality on your iphone case! Don't you?!

I designed this case in Photoshop. If you don't have Photoshop you can upload any pictures you have.

I used amazing Photoshop brushes designed by Rhonna.
Ch ch ch check her out!

And I do have ONE $5 off code to give away.
If you want it say "I WANT IT" in the comment.
First person to say "I WANT IT" in the comment below this post gets it!