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never stop improving

7.30.2014  at 8:00 AM

Probably 19 years ago, I happened to meet my future father-in-law, quite by chance, when Gordon and I were exiting the Contractor's side of The Home Depot. As you can imagine, the Contractor's know, it's down there by the not an exit that most people use. Naturally, this chance meeting took Gordon by surprise.

Scrapbooking Your Relationship with Monika Wright

We chatted with Gordon's Dad {aka Papa} briefly, and it's not that he didn't want me to meet his Dad, he just knew that Monika was a talker and he had not quite had "the talk" with his parents about his new Sweetie. 

You know, the one that was older, divorced AND had a child. 

Sixteen married years later, we are still walking the aisles of home improvement stores together and we still enjoy it. The plans, the search for the perfect items, the installs and the finished projects.

Scrapbooking Your Relationship with Monika Wright

I'm so glad that I asked Victoria to snap a photo of us with my iPhone this Spring. It is a perfect capture of how we have spent many of our days together. And I imagine, we'll spend many more days like this, side by side, conjuring up our next project.

I've had this layout laying out and ready to glue down since the Spring, but just haven't taken the five minutes to do so. Sunday, I finally relented and glued it all down.

Scrapbooking Your Relationship with Monika Wright
Scrapbooking Your Relationship with Monika Wright

And as the Lowe's tagline says, "Never Stop Improving." That's what a marriage, a partnership and being part of a team is all about. 

Continue to be the best you can be and never whatever you do.

Scrapbooking Your Relationship with Monika Wright

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the twinery + serendipity stamps | product showcase

7.28.2014  at 8:00 AM

Welcome to Day One of another great hop featuring goodies from The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps. You should have arrived from the blog of The Twinery's talented and crafty DT Coordinator:

If not, head on over to The Twinery blog so that you can start from the beginning and not miss a stop along the way...or a chance to win our fabulous prizes!

I was a cross-stitcher, back in my high school and college days, and love how versatile the baker's twine from The Twinery is for hand-stitching on layouts, cards and in mini albums. After die cutting several solid butterfly die cut shapes, I embellished the center by stitching the center with solid Pink Sorbet.

The Card | Butterfly Dream Card

The Details

To further embellish the card, I added the Dream die cut and cross-stitched, in solid Pink Sorbet again,  along the edge. | Butterfly Dream Card | Butterfly Dream Card

I hope you all have as much fun hopping along as we had creating with baker's twine, die cuts and stamps.

The Prizes

Check in with The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps for details on how to win these fabulous prizes.

from The Twinery | Solid Sampler Pack, retail value $48


from Serendipity Stamps | $25 Shopping Spree

Your next stop on the hop is with:

...and here's today's  Hop Lineup  so you don't get lost!

Serendipity Stamps -
Monika Wright -'s me!
Katarina Damm-Blomberg -
Rebecca Greco -

Supplies Used

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the twinery + poppystamps | product showcase

7.25.2014  at 8:00 AM

Welcome! You should have arrived from 

blog...don't miss a chance to win some fabulous prizes today by visiting each blog in the hop.

We're so happy to have you with us today as we showcase products from The Twinery and Poppystamps.  I had the opportunity to play with the Happy Birthday Background Die and I just adore the two projects that I was able to create with it.

Masculine Love

Instead of popping out all the die cut letters, I was able to keep the letters attached {partly because I used a heavier weight cardstock}. And because of where I placed the die on the cardstock, I had room to add some gorgeous Cappuccino baker's twine along the bottom and anchor it with a bright red heart.

It's so difficult to create greeting cards with a masculine twist and I think this one is just perfect!

Birthday Gift + Card All-in-One

Oh the joy of double-sided cardstock. After die cutting two backgrounds, I reversed the lettering for the word happy when adhering it to my card front. 

Then, when the cards is opened, you'll find a tag that's been embellished with the word birthday. I trimmed away the "day" from the script font and used the collection of remaining letters to spell day. 

Adding the Carribbean baker's twine, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite shades from The Twinery, draws attention to the glassine bag the tag has been attached to. The glassine bag just happens to be the perfect size to slip a gift card inside. 

Birthday card and gift all in one!

Supplies Used

Your next stop on the hop is with my talented and creative teammate Tifany DeGough.

...and here's today's  Hop Lineup  so you don't get lost!

Monika Wright - ➸ you are here!
Ira Huberts -                     
Christine Meyer -                                


Be sure to leave a comment on each blog to be eligible to win these great prizes!

Metallic Twine Sampler, retail value $32

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right now | july 2014

7.23.2014  at 8:00 AM

Right now, I cannot believe our Summer vacation is almost over.
Right now, I cannot believe my middle baby is going to be ELEVEN soon!
Right now, I am thankful for so many little pleasures and frustrated by others.

Download your free page template and document your right now moments each month. Link to how I created my mini album included in the post.

july  |  7.22.14

melancholy. how can my little girl be turning eleven years old already?

on the to do list
just the usual...will i ever get it all marked off?

my guilty pleasure
giving in to my urger to be laid back and lazy this summer

victoria has me hooked on sour cream and onion chips

dreaming about
the return to routines and schedules, school starts soon!

grateful for
the relationship girls have with their grandmothers. 

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Here's the post where I share how I created my mini album.

right now 2014 archives
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