31 Days: 5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make you a Better Mom

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Let me start out by saying that I am in no way trying to guilt anyone here today! My goal is to encourage you and build you up as you love on your families and maybe even help you become a better mom. I am on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend so I thought it would be a great time to touch on how this passionate hobby of mine has changed … [Read more...]

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman - Marty's Musings

Too tired and too busy to record your family memories? Think the best you can do is a bunch of cellphone pictures that never make it into an album? I hear 'ya. I really do. I've been a scrapbooker for 17 years. When I first began I cropped my pictures with patterned scissors and gave people square heads instead of round. Anybody out there … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion - Marty's Musings

  I love sending and receiving handmade cards. There's just something about knowing the person cared enough about me to put a little extra effort into making my day special. But let's face it. I may be a DIY blogger but I spend so much time working that I rarely have time to just scrap or create at home "just 'cause." Can you … [Read more...]

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

I would love to say that I am a bold, confident woman, but the truth is I'm just a work in progress. Probably a little bit like you if you're honest. I want to be complete. Whole. No blemishes or scars. Dare I even hope, acceptable and perfect? Funny how my decorating seems to mirror my life. Incomplete. Unfinished. Blemishes and … [Read more...]

Altered Mini Clipboard Craft

Altered Mini Clipboard - Marty's Musings

This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own.   I love scrapbooking and paper supplies. The end ~smile~ I know. I know. If you've followed me for very long (or are my poor husband) you know that is the understatement … [Read more...]

Craft Room Inspiration

Craft Room Inspiration from Marty's Musings

  Want to see how close I got to my inspiration? Here's the reveal of my new craft room! At  the beginning of the new year, when I decided my word for 2014 was simplify, I went on a cleaning/organization spree in my craft room.  I wasn't happy with the way the room was functioning. Since I have started blogging full time as … [Read more...]

Easy Handmade Valentine Cards

Easy Handmade Valentine Cards - Marty's Musings

So excited to be joining Crafty Hangouts in celebrating Valentine's Day with American Crafts products! I received a goodie box with all sorts of deliciousness: card stock, glitter paper, self adhesive ribbon, embellishments and more. I am a scrapbooker from way back and I knew I wanted to make some easy handmade Valentine … [Read more...]

Mini Christmas Photo Album

Christmas Ornaments Mini Album from Marty's Musings

  While your tree is still up, I have a great project that I don't want you to miss! I want to show you how to create an 8x8 mini Christmas photo album to tell the stories of your meaningful family Christmas ornaments. This project couldn't be easier to put together.  Step One: Decide what size album you want … [Read more...]

Michaels Recollection Calendar: The Perfect Gift for Christmas

Michael's Recollection Calendar Kit

I have been a scrapbooker and family memory keeper for many years. My blog started out as a way to journal many of our family struggles and triumphs as we walked the path through adoption. Even though I share mostly DIY and craft projects now, along with favorite recipes, I am still a story teller at heart. Imagine my excitement when I received … [Read more...]

5 Minute Christmas Cards

5 Minute Christmas Cards

  My life has always seemed busy. Giving birth to two children and adopting a sibling group of three more. Homeschooling for 19 years with four more to go. Church ministry and activities, sports and music lessons. Caregiving for elderly parents. After years of 24/7 commitment to my family, I am now spending my time … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Social Media in Project Life

Project Life 2012

Are you as hooked into social media as I am? (Hint. Hint. You can follow me on facebook, pinterest and instagram.) If you have teenagers or adult children like I do (two of each kind!), communicating by text or facebook is probably common. I wanted to share some ways to use social media in Project Life memory keeping. On the layout … [Read more...]

Catching up on Project Life

Catching up on Project Life from Marty's Musings

You might be asking, what happened to Project Life?  Well, you're probably not but I'll tell you anyway! I have been failing miserably at keeping current with my pages. In the past I have gotten behind a week or two because I normally print my pictures every 3-4 weeks. With all the blogging I'm doing I am not staying current. My plan is to … [Read more...]

Music is in Me: Scrapbooking Layout

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Since I went scrapbooking last weekend I thought I'd share the Music is in Me layout I created about my oldest son. As you can tell, there is nothing very complicated in my scapbooking style. I like a nice clean (usually symmetrical) combination of journaling and pictures. This layout just makes me happy. I love tracing my son's musical … [Read more...]

Bedtime Scrapbooking Layout

Joshua's Bed by Marty's Musings-1

I'm going scrapbooking this weekend so I wanted to leave you with one of my favorites: a bedtime layout. Nothing fancy, just sweet pictures and fun journaling. My son Joshua, who is now 20, used to love to make a bed in every corner of the house. When he went from crib to a big boy bed I would awake in the middle of the night to find him … [Read more...]

Girls Scrapbooking Layout

Girls Scrapbooking Layout

My oldest daughter is turning 24 today (happy birthday, Rachel!) and I thought I'd help her celebrate by sharing this girls scrapbooking layout I put together. These are some of my favorite girls: my niece, my great niece and my two daughters. These pictures were taken on Easter, 2006. My niece Jennifer now has two more children and my daughter … [Read more...]