Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your life on the go!

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As many of you know, our little girl was born earlier this year. My journey into motherhood hasn’t been easy, so becoming her mama has been the most beautiful, enriching experience of my life thus far.

Our situation is unique because our little girl came to us through adoption and our family has been blessed with an open relationship with her birth family. Because of this beautiful relationship, I was able to become a mother and am constantly reminded of the power of love over loss. When my heart is so full, I get the impulsive urge to document the here and now because I’m afraid these precious moments will fly by and I’ll forget how I felt the first time I held my daughter or saw her smile. Or how tiny her little toes are and how her smile reminds me of her first mama… Perhaps you can relate?


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Designer Tara Ballantyne recently created the Happy Album for the Creative Memories line and introduced me to a product where I can simply add photos and words to create a beautiful, stylish book of memories when these precious moments in life are so fleeting.

Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!

In the Happy Album Starter Bundle, I received the following items:

  • Pre-assembled 6.75x10 Be Happy Fast2Fab™ Album made of Mint bookcloth material with a foiled "Don't Worry, Be Happy" design

  • Mint vegan leather Travel Case with a hand-drawn texture floral pattern and CM logo (18.5" Wx11.75" H)

  • 13 preprinted, double-sided pages with reinforced edging

  • 16 Page Protectors

  • Happy Album Kit #1 (includes 6 double-sided sheets of Designer Paper, 1 sheet of Ivory Cardstock and 1 complementing Sticker sheet) 

  • Happy Album Kit #2 (includes 4 double-sided sheets of Designer Paper, 1 sheet of Coral Cardstock, 6 double-sided Mats and 2 rolls of complementing Washi Tape)

  • Black Dual-Tip Pen '

  • Repositionable Tape Runner (34 feet of adhesive)

  • BONUS drawstring bag with "Be happy" design

  • Expandable Flex-Hinge™ binding lets you add up to three packs of refill pages. Note: 1 ½ to 2 sets fit best if keeping the album in the Travel Case

Visit my Instagram Stories to watch my unboxing video!

Kits 3, 4, 5 and 6 are now available!


With my Happy album, I plan to document both the feelings and the photos that melt my heart. Below is a look at my first page that I created while playing on the living room floor with my daughter. I included her sonogram photo, a “Welcome Baby” plaque from my baby shower book and a soft cotton fabric, tucked into an envelope from Kit #4. I used pops of gold foil in my layout and included a paint swatch I’d used when planning her nursery accents. I love how the page came together so beautifully!

Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!

Because this album is so versatile and easily portable, I can pack it in my diaper bag and work on it while I’m away from home, in the car or at the coffee shop. I love that I have everything I need in one convenient case!

I’ll be sharing more pages from my Happy album in the weeks to come, but if you’d like to see more, you’re welcome to follow me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing sneak peeks of my pages and process!

 
 
 

Introducing Fall Magic by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page

Hello my friends and Happy-Almost-Thanksgiving! I can't believe we are just a few days away from one of the biggest holidays of the year! I have desserts to bake for an evening at family's house and all the craziness of a short work week.  In the meantime, I'm here to share a beautiful new layout I've created using the incredible Fall Magic collection from Paislee Press.  This lovely collections features papers, elements and journal cards

Like the Autumn Vibes collection, this set has rich colors, more autumn themed elements and magnificent patterns.  

Introducing Fall Magic by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page
 

Sharing Holiday Traditions, a FREE Holiday Bucket List Printable and 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!

Just 38 Days Until Christmas!

This time of year is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The holidays bring so much joy and so many opportunities to spend valuable time focusing on the things that really matter in life, like faith, family and gratitude.  

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Since November snuck up on me, I didn't get an opportunity to create a Gratitude Project again this year.  You can see the traveler's notebook style album I put together last year here.  Instead, I decided to focus my spare time on preparing to create a holiday album that encompasses our gratitude for the year, all three major holidays and all of our favorite holiday traditions, which I'm sharing more about below!  

I'll be using a 6x8 size binder with supplies I already have on hand and using some digital designs in hybrid format, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing more about that in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, you can click here to see my 2015 album and here to see my 2016 album

Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables by Turquoise Avenue and 5 Sunday of FREE Christmas Movies from Pureflix.com
Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables and 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!

Since this decision, I've put thought into the things I want to focus on.  Since this could very well be our last Christmas together as a couple without children (did you know we're adopting?!), I really want to document our favorite holiday traditions. While I know none of our traditions are unique, they are all traditions that bring the spirit of the holidays to our lives and our family time together. Here are a few I'm looking forward to:

PACKING OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: This is my favorite tradition.  My husband and I usually pack 4 shoeboxes each year. We typically buy for the boxes all year long, but this year things were a little too busy so we instead spent one late evening after work collecting items and packing our shoeboxes to be delivered to church.  I slipped a little note for each child inside the boxes and they'll be collected this week to be shipped out all around the world.  What a wonderful way to spread holiday joy and Jesus's love around the world.  You can learn more about Operation Christmas Child via Samaritan's Purse.

DRIVING AROUND LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: One evening before Christmas, usually on a nice chilly evening, we jump in the car and take off for burgers and ice cream at Freddy's.  After our little stop for food, we drive around town and visit some different light shows while listening to Christmas music.  This was a tradition for each of us as children and we've continued it together as a married couple. We are so excited for the day when we will have a little one with us to enjoy the lights also! 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE: This is a very new tradition for my husband's side of the family, one we started last year. However, after a HUGE success, we unanimously agreed to keep it.  With life being so busy throughout the year, family time with his side of the family is few and far between.  However, setting aside the entire day for a progressive dinner was really sweet. We spent a little time at each home and spent the entire day together.  Plus, it really broke up the amount of work and cooking each home had to do so it didn't fall all on one person or couple.  We are really looking forward to this tradition again. 

BAKING COOKIES: Each year this tradition looks a little different for me.  Throughout the year, I don't do much baking so I always eagerly anticipate putting on some Christmas music and baking for an entire day. Some years it has been with my mom, other years with my mother-in-law, and even still other years are with my sister. We never keep all the goodies to ourselves... We always share with our friends, family and neighbors.  Yet another way to spread holiday cheer! 

WATCHING CHRISTMAS MOVIES: This last tradition is probably one you all look forward to as well. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is nice to stay home, cuddle up under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a quiet evening together, as a family, near the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree.  Ahhh, I can almost taste the hot chocolate already!  This year, I am SUPER EXCITED because beginning on Nov. 26th through Christmas Eve, Pure Flix is going to be sharing a FREE holiday movie every SundayEven better, because PureFlix.com is a faith and family based company, I know these movies are sure to be heartwarming and great for all ages.  

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Share them with me in a comment below!

 


DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN FREE HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE!

Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables by Turquoise Avenue and 5 Sunday of FREE Christmas Movies from Pureflix.com

To help YOU prepare for the holiday season, I've created a FREE Holiday Bucket List for all of my sweet friends who want to document the season.

There is both a 6x8 version in white and color as well as traveler's notebook 4x8 version.

When you click to download the file below, you'll receive the white and colored .jpg lists to use it digitally, plus a .pdf version for easy printing on your home printer.  

I hope you enjoy these and be sure to tag me (@TurquoiseAvenue) in your posts if you share your projects online! I can't wait to see what you create!

 

 PIN THIS IMAGE! Sharing Holiday Tradition Ideas, download a FREE Holiday Bucket List Printable and get 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!  

PIN THIS IMAGE! Sharing Holiday Tradition Ideas, download a FREE Holiday Bucket List Printable and get 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!  


 

 

 

More Easy, Digital Scrapbook Pages | Gallery of Recent Layouts featuring Paislee Press

Last week I shared a gallery of recent digital pages I created and I'm back with a few more today, this time using Paislee Press designs.  While working on these pages, I couldn't help but think how relaxing it is to sit down, design a digital page and piece it all together.  I'm able to slow down, breathe and listen to music.  I'm curious, what do you do when working on pages? Do you watch television or listen to music?  Are you someone who works on these pages during the day or in the quiet of an evening?  Share with me in the comments below! 

 Products Used:  Scenic Route  and  Travelogue

Products Used: Scenic Route and Travelogue

 Also using paper from  Bits and Pieces

Also using paper from Bits and Pieces


 Products Used:   Press Plate No. 42

Products Used:  Press Plate No. 42


 Products Used:   Press Plate No. 35. , We Were Here  papers  and  elements ,  Cozy elements .

Products Used:  Press Plate No. 35., We Were Here papers and elements, Cozy elements.


Easy, Digital Scrapbook Pages | Gallery of Recent Layouts featuring One Little Bird

This year, creating digital pages has been a really great way for me to catalogue special photos, document particular memories and stay on top of my memory keeping without taking too much time out of my busy schedule.  I'm always excited to use new designs and build a page from scratch.  It has proven to me almost as fulfilling as working with paper! Today, I'm here to share a gallery of recent pages I've created using designs from the One Little Bird store.  Each page boasts of lovely florals so I think it's safe to say I've really been drawn to those lately!  What have you been working with recently?  Is there a trendy item you hope is here to stay?

 Products Used:   Life in Pieces  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Life in Pieces collection by One Little Bird

 


 Products Used:   Elysian  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Elysian collection by One Little Bird

 


 Products Used:   Equinox  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Equinox collection by One Little Bird

 


Introducing Autumn Vibes by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page

Introducing CayleeGrey.com - Online Classes for Memory Keepers and Classes for a Cause!

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We're Adopting!

Our faith filled journey to bring home a sweet little baby through the beautiful process of domestic adoption. 

The amazing Caylee Grey, of CayleeGrey.com, is generously donating the proceeds from her classes to our adoption fund if you purchase one (or all!) of her classes this weekend.  So, if you purchase a class you not only get a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best, but you also are helping my husband and I bring home our sweet little babe soon through adoption!  How incredible is that?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASSES FOR A CAUSE!  

PROCEEDS BENEFIT OUR ADOPTION FUND!

 

Caylee has three awesome options to choose from and you can learn at your own pace:

 GETTING IT DONE!  Being a creative person isn’t all paint and roses. It comes with a unique set of struggles. but it doesn't have to be that way!

GETTING IT DONE!

Being a creative person isn’t all paint and roses. It comes with a unique set of struggles. but it doesn't have to be that way!

 EXPRESS WITH LESS  Find your calm and put your emotions on a page. Nothing more, nothing less. No overload of extras and stuff. Just you, a blank page and the basics.

EXPRESS WITH LESS

Find your calm and put your emotions on a page. Nothing more, nothing less. No overload of extras and stuff. Just you, a blank page and the basics.

 PHOTO ORGANIZING  Create an efficient organization and processing plans for your digital memories!    

PHOTO ORGANIZING

Create an efficient organization and processing plans for your digital memories! 

 

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Offer valid Aug. 18, 2017 - Aug. 20, 2017.

 

 

 

Introducing Live a Little by One Little Bird | 9x12 Digital Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout

Adorable Traveler's Notebook Insert featuring designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird

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Hi guys! Just popping to share a quick project I made for the One Little Bird creative team this month.  I'm pretty obsessed with making these folded pages that slide into a mini album binder I keep on my shelf.  I created this entire page in Photoshop Elements and printed the outside first, then the inside. After that I used my Cricut machine's Print Then Cut feature to print out my embellishments and have the machine made the cuts.  It's perfectly precise every time and saves me a ton of time from fussy cutting! 

Next, I layered on my photo and elements and simply adhered everything down. I love how cute it turned out, don't you?

 

I used the following products from the One Little Bird shop:  Rise and Shine, Postscript and Sugarcoated. The wood veneer is from Elle's Studio, the xoxo paper is from Felicity Jane and the text template is from Paislee Press.

Adorable Traveler's Notebook Insert featuring designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Adorable Traveler's Notebook Insert featuring designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Adorable Traveler's Notebook Insert featuring designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Adorable Traveler's Notebook Insert featuring designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
 

Introducing Summer Vibes by Paislee Press | Traveler's Notebook Insert for a Mini Album - Hybrid Scrapbooking Style

I had this crazy need to feel some paper between my fingertips after all these digital layouts I've been working on lately.  The new Summer Vibes collection from Paislee Press provided the perfect opportunity for me to create this fun, traveler's notebook style insert for my mini album.  I simply created the page in Photoshop Elements, printed, it, folded it in half and embellished.  My next step is just to punch holes along the fold and I can snap it into my mini album. Easy peasy, right?!