Hybrid How-To | Straw Rockets

Are you ready for something fun and easy? I found this simple project on Pinterest, and knew it would be the perfect way for my littles to spend a summer afternoon.

Supplies Needed:

  • Digital image of your choice (I used the rocket from County Fair, seen below)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Curling ribbon (optional)
  • Straw


  1. Print out the image you want and cut it out. Before printing, make sure the image is the size you want. It shouldn’t be too small; I actually ended up making the rocket from the kit a little bit bigger.

  1. Next, cut a rectangle of out of plain paper (I just used some scratch paper). It needs to be a little longer than your image.
  1. Roll the rectangle paper around a pencil and glue the edge together to form a tube. Pinch one end of the tube and glue together so that the end is sealed. At this point, I decided to glue some curling ribbon to the bottom of my rocket. Next, glue the tube to the back of the image.


And that’s it!

Now you can slide the tube over the top of the straw… and blow to make it fly. 🙂



About the Author  Kate is on the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She lives on the Utah/Colorado border with her husband, 5 kids, 10 chickens, and a dog named Gracie. She’s a city-born girl who found she’s really a country girl at heart. She can be found outside, barefoot, and probably in her garden.

Hybrid Saturday | Easy Hybrid Hacks For Digital Layouts

Hello and happy Saturday! Arielle here, getting all “hybrid~y” today, as I show some techniques for turning digital layouts into hybrid. Sometimes I think certain layouts are far too awesome to be stuck in an album – they should be featured on my walls or given as gifts. But I like to jazz them up a little before I stick them in a frame!

Today I will show you two hybrid layouts based on this all digital layout, and show you some of my fail-proof tips for adding just the perfect amount of pop!

It’s great if you already have a layout you’d like to use, but if not, you can certainly start from scratch! Alex loved this layout so much, that I decided to “hybrid~ize” it for his room. I used the kit Game On by Inside Pixels by Lisa BellWhat a great soccer kit for boys! (She needs to do one for gals, doesn’t she? wink, wink!)

When you know what you’re using, gather your crafty supplies! I used:

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue , vellum, and other assorted papers
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine, ATG gun & dimensionals)
  • Scissors and paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as enamel dots or buttons.
  • photos
  • layout base

When I do a hybrid layout, I always start with creating the digital layout. That one’s for the albums. Then I decide what the base of my layout will be. Either printed on 8.5×11″ at home or on photo paper. I did one of each for this layout.

The pros for paper are:

  • You can write, stamp, paint without destroying it
  • You can print it at home
  • Much cheaper

The pros for photo are:

  • Colors are more vivid
  • Is nice and glossy
  • Lasts longer, perhaps?

First up is the paper based layout. I decide before I print, what layers/elements I will leave, and what I will print separately and add on. For this, all the elements, photos and the two paper layers under the photos were removed (the text remained, along with the stitching and the frame and background soccer paper) from the digital layout before printing. Then everything was printed and adhered back on.

This one is an 8×10″ photo base. I printed this exactly the same, except I also left the two papers that are layered under the photos. (That way, I know those paper will match up, and save me a little time.) They are all shadowed, too. You can’t tell too much of a difference between the two layouts in these photos, but I love the look of the one with the photo base, the shadows really pop!

Now onto the fun stuff!


Adding a little bit of height is a great way to jazz up your hybrid layout… it will also create more interesting shadows! You can use a thin dimensional – say 1/8″ or so, and it will still fit in a regular frame. But not much more than two additional layers above the base, otherwise it will get a squashed look. (Of course, if you’re putting it in a shadow box – go crazy with the layers!)


You can easily add some pop by printing on vellum! It’s so fun to get a little peek of what’s underneath the vellum, it’s a classy little hack! (After I printed the vellum stars, arrow and soccer ball, I put a few of them in my palm, one at a time with the image up, and pressed into the middle of it a little, so it wouldn’t sit so flat on my layout.)


Last month on the blog, I showed off a technique for making your own washi. (In this post) I made a couple small pieces and you can see one below. Yes, it may sound like a lot of trouble, but they do match the kit – LOL! I loved this soccer ball pattern! But you could always use any washi you have!


I love adding buttons or enamel dots to hybrid layouts. Or paint, glitter and stiching. It’s fun to shake up the whole paper thing with some actual hardware ~ to me it creates a Trompe-l’œil effect. It’s interesting to see people trying to figure out what is real and what’s printed. (Text or overlays on photos is another great detail, too.)

Now it’s your turn! Want to try your hand at a hybrid layout? It can be as easy and as simple as you want it to be! Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create an amazing item for yourself or someone you love AND earn points doing it! Points can later be cashed-in for discount coupons to the shop at the end of the month if you participate in the challenge system at The Digital Press!


Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on the BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her gardening, gearing up for summer and reading like it’s going out of style (while sipping sweet tea!)…

Hybrid Saturday | Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

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I am a sucker for bright colors, and Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Arielle here with today’s “fun, easy, inexpensive and perfect to work on with the kiddies” project, a Tissue Decoupaged Bunny. Wouldn’t it make an awesome centerpiece for your Easter table? This technique is perfect for other decor items, such as picture frames, miscellaneous objects, old wooden chairs… you name it!

First, pick your favorite papers! I used It’s a Spring Thing | Papers by Juno Designs and Wendy P Designs. All these beautifully bright papers were perfect for my little bunny!

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Then gather your crafty supplies —

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine & scotch tape)
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as ribbon and buttons.
  • Paper mache animal (or picture frame, etc…)
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Paint and brushes (optional)

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Start off by cutting some tissue paper to fit your cardstock.  (I picked up some cheap tissue at the dollar store.) I cut it approximately 7.5″x 11″, then using invisible tape, I adhered it to the cardstock at the top and bottom. Be sure to put the paper into your printer so that it will print onto the tissue.


Set up a document of “swatches” to print. My swatches measured 3.5″ x 2.5″, and I was able to fit eight, centered, onto each page.

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Remove the tissue, and trim off the excess, then run it through the Xyron. If you don’t have one, use Mod Podge, or some other glue. Be careful though and use it sparingly to prevent the ink on the tissue from bleeding.

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Tear your tissue into pieces and start applying. You’ll notice I also put a thin wash of white paint on my bunny before I started. Keep tearing and sticking the tissue to your project until it’s covered. It took a little over 2 sheets to cover everything.

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To finish, you can cover it in Mod Podge or spray a fixative on it to preserve it. I also added a pink button nose and an orange ribbon around his neck! Get creative ~ you could even add paper flowers, pearls or beads.

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Add some candy and Easter grass and you’ve got a great centerpiece!

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny


Want to try your hand at this easy decoupage? Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create fantastic decor items AND earn points doing it! Points can later be cashed-in for discount coupons to the shop at the end of the month if you participate in the challenge system at The Digital Press!


Arielle H Gordon About the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on the BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her hoarding Cadbury Mini Eggs and Peeps, dying Easter eggs and waiting for Lent to be over so she can resume one or two of her less obnoxious vices…

Renew Your Love For Unfinished Projects


Okay, let’s see a show of hands.

How many of you out there have a December Daily album that you have not yet finished? Now, I’m not necessarily talking about the December just past. Oh, no. Come on, be honest… did you finish that one from 2014 (or maybe 2013 or earlier)? How about that vacation album that you started with such gusto, and then things just fizzled out? Don’t even get me started on Project Life (I swear, one year I will finish that!). How many of us have these sorts of unfinished projects laying around?

Earlier this month, Chloe shared some great tips for staying up-to-date with long-term projects, such as those I’ve listed above. Today, however, let’s talk about some ideas to actually renew and recharge those creative juices and help you revisit a project that’s laid dormant for a while (you know, the one that you always say you’ll get around to finishing … eventually!).

For myself, with regard to the examples that I just mentioned above — I have one version or another of all of them sitting on my external hard drive. My December Daily album from (wow!) 2013 is the most complete… with all pages completed through December 26. Then nothing. Sure, I have photos, but they have never actually made it onto a finished page.

Here’s an example of one of my unfinished projects: a vacation album from a trip to Australia…


As you can see, I have a bunch of partially-completed pages (there’s more than this, too!), and I had made a really good start with putting pictures into templates (shown here using Simply Tiffany Studio’s “Window Series” templates). But there’s nothing else. No journaling (the words on the files are just the default “you can journal here” text). No embellishments. In fact, some windows are left blank where, I assume, I was planning to put journal cards. This vacation was from late summer 2014, so who knows where my head was at that time!

The thought of suddenly focusing on 10, 15 or even 20 or more pages as a spur-of-the-moment project to complete can be quite overwhelming. In fact, this may be the very reason that those larger single-event projects don’t get finished. Our intentions are great … at the start. Then… well, life happens. Burn-out. Loss of enthusiasm.

We can do this, though! Get that initial love for your project back with these quick and easy tips:

  • Don’t panic! No, seriously, relax! As an organized, project-oriented list-maker (I even have to-do lists for weekend household chores!), I can often slip into a situation of putting too much pressure on myself to finish what I’ve started. Do you? Relax. A finished project is awesome, but it doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting or over one weekend. Remember: You should enjoy the process of recording your family memories, not feel panicked or stressed out by it!
  • If an album is your end goal, keep the “formula” for your pages similar. Not only does this lessen your stress level (because there’s less to think about from page to page), but it also adds some cohesiveness to your pages. In my vacation album, for example, I opted for templates, sticking to one designer, and all pages have a kraft paper foundation. It’s the “keep it simple” methodology that Chloe mentioned in her blog post earlier in January.
  • Ask family members for their favorite memory! If you’re revisiting a project that’s several years old, ask those who were present for their input on what they remember about the event. Think of this as a mini-brainstorming session. Friends and family members might remember events a little differently from you — and their memory might trigger something for you, as well.
  • Following on from that last thought, as you look back on not-so-recent events, use this as an opportunity to really look at the photos you’d like to include in your album. You might have taken 700 or 800 (or more!) photos during a long-weekend trip to the beach, but let’s be honest here: how many pictures of sand and the beach do you really need? That previous need to scrap everything in sight from a vacation or event can now be tempered with a little restraint as you focus on those photos that really evoke the mood or memories you want to capture.

How do these tips work, in practice?

Above, I shared nine incomplete pages from my Australian vacation album, but there were more stored on my hard drive — a lot more! The original goal was to have two or three pages for each mini-event from the trip. But where to start? My foundation was set, so that was a big help. However, I deployed the “ask family members” tip and talked to my son, asking what he remembered the most from our vacation. I let him scan through the photos and when he came upon a few from a day we spent in Sydney, well, I couldn’t shut him up! He recounted a ferry ride on the harbour and the panic on his father’s face due to the really bad weather and high seas. Ah ha! I now had my starting point to getting this project nearer to completion: tackle the page that had photos from the ferry ride. Did it work? It sure did – take a look! In a few hours in one evening, I got three pages from partially-completed to ta-done!




Credits: Window series templates by Tiffany Tillman; That Magic Moment by La Belle Vie Designs;
Vacation Magic, Walt’s Park, Dreams Come True – Word Art, and 2014 Vacation by Scotty Girl.


So there you have it. Those long-time projects that have been collecting dust can have life breathed back into them. Why not give it a try? Renew your love for that unfinished project by creating a page (or two) to get you motivated to move closer towards completion. Join us over in the Drawing Board: Challenges forum and tackle this week’s challenge & share your pages!


Kat About the Author  Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A Director of Human Resources by day, she loves the opportunity to spend a few hours each day being creative. Vacation memories feature pretty heavily in Kat’s scrapbooking pages, as do her son and “daughter” (of the four-legged furry kind). Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.

12 Days of December – Day 4 – Simplify Your Holiday Baking!

Simplify your holiday baking

Have you ever participated in a Cookie Exchange? Last year was my first time, and let me tell ya folks… it is the BEST! Especially around the holidays. I am totally a baker, and I love to make things homemade. I am also a cupcake addict & I always bake some around Christmastime. But… who has the time for all of this baking? I have 2 little rottens, which means I totally over-extend myself with planning lots of fun holiday activities. By taking a few things off the to-do list, my sanity is preserved! Enter the Cookie Exchange.

The details of the Goodies Exchange that I attended this past year were as follows:

  1. Our host (a good friend of mine) had everyone give her an advance idea of what we were making (to avoid having too many repeats).
  2. Everyone brought 2 dozen of the same thing (i.e. cookies, cupcakes, bars, etc.).
  3. When it was time to exchange… we all got a basket, went down the line, and took a few of each item (the quantity received for each item was dependent on the number of guests; we got 4-5 of each goody).
  4. Take home your basket.

Easy Peasy! You get to sample everyone’s favorite Holiday goodies, with out having to go through the trouble of all the baking!

I made a layout documenting our experience last year. My daughter came with me, so we brought 2 dozen gingersnaps & 2 dozen chocolate mint tree cupcakes. Thus, the basket of assorted goodies we brought home was FULL!
Simplify your holiday baking


[To make this page, I used the collab kit Baking Spirits Bright by Mari Koegelenberg and Valorie Wibbens]

I encourage you to gather a few family members, friends, &/or neighbors this year… and exchange away!

Please Join me over in the forum for a Recipe Challenge!


AmieAbout the Author: Amie is a craft loving, dental hygienist in WA state who loves her husband, two kids (ages 7 & 4), English Bulldog, coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book and lip gloss- not necessarily in that order.

Hybrid tutorial: Fall wreath


Hello everyone! Donna here to get you inspired with a hybrid project.

Although we don’t have fall where I am, it is one of my favorite seasons because of the warm colors. Today, I’d like to show you a project on how to create a simple hybrid fall wreath.

First, gather your materials.

  • Cardboard (size depends on your preference)
  • Printer, photo paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun/stick (or craft glue)
  • Ribbon
  • Die cutting machine, metal dies (optional)
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush (optional)

I already printed and cut some of the elements here. I used a 100 gsm photo paper for my print outs. Preferably, use fine-tipped scissors to cut through the intricate print outs. I cut all of these by hand but if you have an electronic cutting machine, you can also do that (I do have one but it’s under my craft table and I’m too lazy to pull it out lol).



This is optional. I just happen to have a die cutting machine and some metal dies so I used them for this project. donnaespiritu-hybridfallwreath-tut03

I also used the same metal dies to trace solid ones. Another option is to search Google for fall leaves templates and trace those instead if you don’t have metal dies like I mine.



Cut a circle like the one in the image. This is approximately 8 inches in diameter. I just recycled a cardboard from a shoe box.


The background won’t show through but I still preferred the cardboard painted. (Ignore the messy table… lol)


Tie a ribbon and a bow. Then start adhering the cut outs. I used a glue gun because it’s faster. But you can also use any craft glue.


Continue adhering everything, making sure there is balance in your placement. It’s also like creating digital layouts, balance is key to a desirable outcome.


That’s all for now, I hope you give it a try!  Please join us in the challenge forum for a fun challenge inspired by this.

Happy Crafting!

DonnaAbout the author: Donna Espiritu is a mom to a little girl who just turned 1 year old and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with them. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read books/e-books (sci-fi/romantic/time-travel) or watching old episodes of some of her favorite TV shows.

Fast Forward: Create a Personal Letter or Time Capsule for the Future

Fast Forward: Creating a Personal Letter or Time Capsule for the Future


Kennedy started kindergarten this year. It made me recall all of my memories of that first venture into school and all of the fun things we did. I remember losing a tooth in an ice cream cone at school, dressing up as a clown with red frosting on my nose for the school circus, helping with a centennial mosaic, and other things. During my kindergarten year, since it was the centennial celebration, we also created a time capsule as a school. Each student got to bring something small to put inside. For some reason, I have an image of creating a little doll inside of a sardine can and saying it was baby Jesus, which is funny because we didn’t go to church as a family, and we never had sardines. So I could be completely confused about the whole thing.

Anyway, it also got me thinking about how fast things are changing. With the leaps in technology, things seem/feel totally different than they did even five years ago. We communicate differently. We listen to music in new ways. Entertainment is constantly moving in new directions whether it is tv, streaming videos, books, and/or other activities. What we eat and drink seems to constantly shift. And our storage of memories evolves on a regular basis. It is the perfect time to document these things and create a little project for the future.

Creating a letter to the future you, or creating a time capsule for the future, is a great way to capture the essence of NOW and also to imagine what things will be like 20 or 30 years into the future. I’ve seen examples of people creating time capsules for their children to be opened on significant future birthdays, couples creating anniversary time capsules, families gathering up items and doing this as a fun project to do together, and of course you can do it for just you as well. There are millions of ways to do it.

A letter is certainly easier to store/transport/save, but a time capsule could definitely have its advantages. The tactile experience of digging through the items stored inside is a fun thing to think about. Either way, you will want to create a way to store your message to the future. You could also create a scrap page or mini album to set aside for the future.

The first thing would be to decide on what your project will entail and who will be involved.

Fast Forward: Create a Personal Letter or Time Capsule for the Future


Next, select a container. If you want to keep a letter safe, create it on archival paper that won’t break down easily. The same for any envelope. Keep it somewhere that it won’t get damp or dirty. Add a date to be opened on the outside of any envelope. You could always send the text of the letter to your email address and save that in a folder as well. For a mini album or scrap page, decide how and where you will keep it for the future. If you are going the time capsule route, find a sturdy container that is easily stored and will keep items safe and dry. One family used an old suitcase as a container (genius!), and another used empty paint cans that you can get at home improvement stores and decorate as you wish (so clever).  Burying your time capsule might sound like a fun idea, but you would have to ensure that the container would withstand elements, and that you would be able to find it easily.

Decide what to include. If you are writing a letter, talk about what is going on in your typical daily routine. Include information about prices, current events, what your hopes/dreams are for the future, predictions you have, etc. Include pictures, lists of favorites, drawings, handprints, clothing sizes, etc. If you create a time capsule, you can include all of those things and more (based on the size of your capsule). Be creative and have some fun with it.


Fast Forward: Create a Personal Letter or Time Capsule for the Future

There are all sorts of printables you can find on line to fill out and include in your “fast forward” project. And of course you can dip into your own personal well of creativity and come up with fun things on your own.

There is an organization called the International Time Capsule Society. If you are so inclined, you can even register your time capsule with them by filling out a form online here. (It is really pretty elaborate.)

Here are a few links to give you some ideas.






Hopefully these ideas got you thinking and wanting to communicate with the future.

Your challenge is waiting in the forum.



  About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on         saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is just finished her M.Ed. in Instructional Design.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map: Explore Using Maps

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I may just have a little bit of a fixation with maps. Not only because I love to travel, but because they always give me a spark of imagination. They can make you feel like you are a part of something bigger. They can give you a feeling of confidence and allow you to realize that you won’t lose yourself. They can shed light on mystery and give you a peek into someone else’s story.

Whether they are official maps, treasure maps, maps of fictional locations, or hand-drawn, I love them. And if there is a map inside some sort of novel I’m reading… that is even better! You can use maps for decorating and DIY projects. Nail art. Fun projects with kids. And of course, memory keeping.  No matter what type of project you’re working on, another nice thing about maps is that they are a great design feature to add some visual interest.



This pocket page is a great example of using maps for visual interest as well as adding to the story without having to journal out all of the details.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

via Pinterest



This is a fun art-journal style page that is hybrid and shows the versatility of maps in design.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

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This next page is visually gorgeous. Not only did she use a map paper background, but then also added the specific area and country info on a larger scale with a fun stitched line to connect the two.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

via Pinterest


This is a different take on the map… using the country silhouette instead of a detailed/topographical map.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

via Pinterest


And isn’t this just a super fun idea for a hybrid project? A cute shadowbox with a map background and different tickets. I’d love to have one of these on my wall.

via Pinterest

via Pinterest



Maps are a great replacement for patterned paper and can add depth and meaning that only enhances your pages/projects. They can tell our stories and provide a background narrative. They can provide perspective and information without using journaling. You can sketch out your own maps and add them to pages to give some local flavor. You can even map out your home and share that information with future generations. You can use world maps, country maps, state and city maps, even neighborhood or bike trail/hiking/walking paths.  And if you break maps down into parts (location, map elements, directions, etc.), you can stretch your imagination even further.

Where can a map take you??  For more map-related inspiration, you can always Google or use Pinterest to find great ideas and images to motivate you.

Be sure to check out all of the fun map-related products in the store. And check out our forum for the coordinating challenge!









About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is just finished her M.Ed. in Instructional Design.

Celebrate You! Scrap what you like about yourself

Celebrate You! Scrap what you like about yourself

I scrapbook to tell our stories & leave our legacy. Part of that legacy is letting generations to come know who we are – even me. So while I am not the most comfortable doing so, here is a page about what I like about me. I like that I am adventurous but also love a good lazy afternoon. I like that I am friendly & kind. I like that I am real & supportive. I like that I am silly & stern.

What do you like about yourself? Have you scrapped about it yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

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And now come over to the forums to join us in the challenge!!

Materials Used:
Bloom and Grow by Mari Koegelenberg & Mommyish Kit and Journaling Cards
Champagne Gold Alphabet by by Wildheart Designs
Stitched Grid Templates Vol 1 by Scotty Girl Designs

Krista About the Author: Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her High School Sweetheart living in SF Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips n dip, taking pictures and documenting her family’s story.

Celebrate Romance: Seven Ideas for Relationship Focus


I’ve been married for ten years now. We’ve been together for almost fourteen years. And some days, it feels like much, much, MUCH longer. Hahahaha. There are days/weeks/months when we get so wrapped up in daily life and all of the little dramas that go on with family and friends, we end up not focusing on romance or even putting effort on our relationship. We coast. And we get crabby. And distant. And tired. There are times I feel like we must be the only couple in existence who don’t focus on romance. But I know that isn’t true. I think everyone goes through it at some point. My husband has never been a big romantic. That is just who he is. I would like to be romantic. But lately it is hard to try to whip up a mood of romance when life is crazy and/or the attitude isn’t reciprocated.

So celebrate romance… where does that come in?

  • I believe that if you shift your focus, you shift your energy. That energy, in turn, attracts similar energy. I’m sure there is some sort of physics lesson I could point to so I could prove my theory, but I never took physics in school, so you’ll just have to trust me.
  • A few months back, I started a Love and Romance board on Pinterest. When I feel like our relationship is in auto mode and we’re losing focus on each other, I skim through the board and find romantic images, quotes, or date ideas. That little nudge shifts my attitude, and I feel like celebrating romance. Catching glimpses of romance, puts it into my mind, and I feel like I shouldn’t take our relationship for granted. Start a Pinterest board or a mood board in your home where you can focus on all things romantic.
  • Obviously another way to celebrate romance is to take a picture of you and your sweetheart. Scrap a page about it and add some heartfelt journaling. Celebrate your love. Celebrate your romance. Celebrate your story. Print it out (or do a hybrid page) and put it in a prominent place where you can see it on a regular basis.
  • Check out Miss Tiina’s planner. She has a great section for planning/organizing and scheduling date nights. Yet another way to focus on/celebrate romance.
  • Get a blank journal (or start a hybrid project like this) and write notes to each other, passing it back and forth. Celebrate your relationship. Ask questions in your journal or document special moments.
  • Use a pocket scrapping model to create a mini album about your relationship. If you don’t have all of the photos you need, go back and do some of the activities over, taking photos. Or use stock photos or fun quotes in place of pictures.
  • Spend just a few minutes a day, holding hands with your sweetie. Even if you are pressed for time, sitting together and focusing on each other for even a couple of minutes, can make a big difference.





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Now it is your turn.

How do you celebrate romance?

Jump over to the forum and check out the challenge.




About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a M.Ed. in Instructional Design.


Listen to Your Inner Thoughts



For this challenge I want you to step outside of your comfort zone. I certainly did and I definitely feel like I’m waving a neon sign which is definitely not something I would ever do. I am asking you to pick a day where you know you will have more time to hear your inner thoughts. A day where you can hear these random, mundane, quirky, sad, honest and true thoughts. A day where you are inside your head more. For me this was Saturday. One of my toughest days because both kiddos are with me. My son is gifted and having an attitude right now plus my toddler is well a toddler. So the days are long and the thoughts in my head go round and round. Perfect day to listen to these thoughts and write them down. I am laying myself bare and I am hoping you will as well. I know for some of you the thoughts might not be something you want to share; but the point of the exercise is to embrace these thoughts and celebrate them. And for us scrapbookers the best way is to make a layout.

Listen to the inner thoughts. Listen and spend some time inside your head. Jot down all those thoughts from the day or if you can’t do a day do half a day, at least. And make a pretty layout about it. Listening to all those thoughts makes you see the good, the sad and can be a reflection of you. This may also give you the push to make change. With me, I already know and am working on being not so hard on myself. I hope you have fun listening to your inner thoughts and enjoy being inside your head some more.

Here is my layout. And don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself to include in the layout! I didn’t my hair fancy or made sure the background was fancy or got myself in some nice clothes; I just snapped a few photos and hoped for the best.



I can’t wait to see what’s inside your head!


SabrinaAbout the Author: Sabrina is a wife and mom to two kiddos- Captain and Sunshine- living in sunny California. When she has free time she loves to do some type of project whether it is scrapbooking, a string art board, a washi tape project or other DIY project that is usually inspired by Pinterest. Her favorites are creating colorful layouts or pocket pages.  Another lofty goal she has for the year is reading 100 books.