July 29, 2016

Recipe organizer - mambi

I have a few more recipes to add to the recipe organizer that I am getting for my boy.  Yes, he is only eleven but it will probably take me many more years to get it done!  ha.  

What I have done so far is on the me & my BIG ideas blog today if you want to hear the story and take a closer look.  


July 26, 2016

Laugh Love Relax - Fancy Pants

It is so much fun to be challenged by different ideas when trying to create for a design team.  Today, I am on the Fancy Pants blog.  My assignment topic for today is Pinteresting.  We are asked to find something on Pinterest that inspires us.  Thinking outside the box and NOT using sketches, color mood boards or other layouts as inspiration.  Try and find something out of the ordinary to get the creative juices flowing.  

My inspiration piece was tons of fun and inspiring.  To check it out, go to the Fancy Pants blog

July 21, 2016

Sandy Stream - Paper Issues

Yesterday, Paper Issues design team highlighted Pink Paislee's Outfitters collection.  When I had it out, creating for yesterdays post, I couldn't stop.  So, I created another.

Our favorite destination when we are camping at Baxter State Park, is Sandy Stream.  We are often delighted with the presence of a moose or two.  This year was no different.  The view is breathtaking.

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July 20, 2016

Center Mtn Pond - Paper Issues

During our recent Baxter camping trip, four boys (Joe, Tyler, Randy and Roman) decided to hike into Center Mountain Pond.  It was 4.6 miles in and 4.6 miles out.  Just to fish.  Not my thing but they had a blast.  
Here is a layout I created for Paper Issues for the Product Spotlight for

Head to the Paper Issues store to use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off.  
The cut file is from The Cut Shoppe HERE. 

July 18, 2016

I was Made for Summer Time - AFB

Join me on the A Flair for Buttons blog where you can see closeups and direct links to the flair that I used on my layout today.  I also used Echo Park Summer Party.  

You can get this collection from Paper Issues for 20% off using code: Mary-Ann.  Use that discount on anything you want from the store, yay!


July 13, 2016

Cannonball - Fancy Pants

It is Fun in the Sun week over at Fancy Pants.  I decided to use the Life is Beautiful collection instead of reverting back to the amazing Summer Sun or Making Waves.  I think it worked!  Check it out on the Fancy Pants Blog.  Thank you to Justnick for the really awesome Alpha cut file!

Paper Issues has lots of Fancy Pants collections for 20% off when you used code: Mary-Ann.

Amazing - A Flair for Buttons


Hope you are enjoying the summer!  We are! I am burnt from spending the days yesterday at Water Country with a group of friends.  We had so much fun.  Let's flash back to the cooler days, shall we?  I created this layout for A Flair for Buttons using Elle's Studio and cut files from JustNick Studios.  

1.  There are more details on the AFB blog.  
2.  You can buy the paper collection at Paper Issues with 20% off using code: Mary-Ann.
3.  Want to check out JustNick cut files, you can go HERE.  

July 11, 2016

July Planning - mambi

When July 1st came around, I was struggling.  Struggling to decide which of the me & my BIG ideas planners I was going to use.  I have decided on the Botanical Garden Planner, for now! ha!  I love the cover so much, that I tried to replicate the idea on my monthly spread for July.  

Here are a few photos below.  If you wanna see more, please go to the mambi blog for more photos and details!


July 8, 2016

Hello - Paper Issues

Paper Issues has a new Pinspiration Me Mood Board Challenge happening on the blog today.  I created the collage and am excited to see who will participate!  
You could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store just by entering. 

Here is a look at the board....

I drew inspiration from the rainbow of colors in the flip flops along with a touch of blue from the popsicles.  

I used Elle's Studio Sunny Days which is available in the Paper Issues store HERE.  

Remember to used code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire purchase in the PI store.  

July 5, 2016

Baxter week - mambi

We survived a week of camping in the deep woods of Maine.  We had several wildlife sightings, including 4 bears!!!  Instead of planning, I journaled my way through the week.  
Join me over on the me & my BIG ideas blog.  

July 4, 2016

Moments - Paper Issues

It's that time again!  There is a New Issue over on the Paper Issues Blog today.  
PI provides you with prompts to get ya going and all you have to do is submit a layout that fits within the guidelines.  Then, you get a chance to win a Gift Certificate to the Paper Issues store!  Plus, you get 20% off if you use my name: Mary-Ann.  

Submit your in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page to enter.  

For my layout, I used Simple Stories Bloom & Grow along with this months FREE cut file.  

HERO week - Simple Stories

I love the idea that Simple Stories is dedicating the week to their HERO collection.  Today, I used the collection in the nontraditional way.  I did not document my husbands military years or the 4th of July, I chose to document my boy.  Head over too the Simple Stories blog to see how it all came together.