Weekly Scrapbooking: A Spread

Thanks to the inspiration of Becky Higgins and her Project Life system, I document our family’s memories weekly. What this looks like is me using the big 12×12 albums from either Project Life or We R Memory Keepers and various pocket page protectors+pocket cards or paper cut down to fill the pockets. Other people document their lives monthly, but I take way too many photos to do that! 🙂

I don’t usually use a ton of actual Project Life brand stuff, but when Maggie Holmes teamed up with Becky Higgins again to make a Gather core kit, I was all over it. The core kits are REALLY big (616 cards!!!) so Andrea and I split it, giving us each 2-4 of each card. I wanted to make a layout with all (or mostly all) Gather cards, so when I came across this week (week 9) and how soft and neutral the colors of my photos were, I knew Gather would be perfect for it.




Like I said, I tried to use only cards/embellishments from Gather.



I did end up using a few stamps from Elle’s Studio’s Feel Better stamp set, because we were dealing with a long week of a nasty stomach virus. BLEK.



When I was looking through my other embellishments to see what I needed to finish off the layout, I came across these awesome chipboard number tags from Dear Lizzy’s Saturday collection and knew the “9” would be perfect for my week! (The fat light, blue label behind it is a printable from an old Gossamer Blue kit.)


I loved Gather as a collection and I loved it as a kit, too! It turned my week into a really pretty layout that I love looking back at!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!






Hey there friends! Welcome to my blog! I’m Alyssa and I am so excited to start this space where I can share about my crafting endeavors (mostly scrapbooking and bible journaling related).

Before I start posting about said crafty endeavors, I wanted to tell a little bit about me, my family, and how/why I love to create. ❤

I’ve been married for seven years now to a pretty awesome guy.


And we’re parents to three mega-adorable kids, one who lives in heaven, and two who live with us.


I stay home with my kids and we spend our days homeschooling, cleaning, crafting, reading, singing, photographing, laughing, training, and living our lives one 24-hour segment at a time. ❤

I have always been crafty to a degree…scrapbooking as a teen, trying to learn how to sew, decorating/rearranging, hand-lettering, etc. I did art in high-school and thought for a brief period of time that that’s what I was going to do afterwards. But life took a different turn and I got married and had babies and now, I wouldn’t change a thing. I didn’t feel like I did very much crafty stuff for a while, being a young mom, but what I did do, was photography. As soon as my son was born, I had to document each and every thing! Fast forward four-ish years and I was using yearly photo-books to document our lives. This was a convenient method of memory-keeping, but I was missing out on the hands-on part of the hobby and, what I didn’t realize until I started doing Project Life, was that I was also missing out on the journaling!

My modern-day scrapbooking journey actually began with Bible Journaling! A friend introduced me to it and after looking on Pinterest for more info and inspiration, I stumbled upon Illustrated Faith. Through bible-journaling, I fell head over heels in love with God again and through one of IF’s design team members, now my dear friend, I discovered pocket-page scrapbooking. I jumped in head-first and haven’t looked back since.

Now, I spend my creative time pretty equally on pocket scrapbooking (or Project Life) and bible journaling, with occasional time spent scrapbooking full-page projects, traveler’s notebooks, and hand-lettering. I don’t really love to try new things: once I find something I love, I usually stick with it. But, if there’s something I’ve learned from being a part of various crafty communities online and connecting with crafty friends, it’s that trying new things can be extremely fun and even lead to your new favorite thing!



So thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope you’ll stick around!