Personal Album: 21-day fix

I’ve been on a roll in my personal album lately. It started when I realized my Iris case for personal album photos was pretty much full! I got really behind with my scrapbooking since we moved (last May) and my personal album suffered the greatest (I felt like it was more important to bible journal and work on my family album).

So I needed to spend some time in my personal album, which is a 6×8 album filled with pocket pages, full 6×8 layouts, and a few other sizes. There have been single pages and double pages, pages about something in particular and pages just created around a random photo filled in with a cool quote.

This page is a single, full-paged 6×8 about my husband and I starting Beachbody’s 21-day fix. I have always (even as a kid) hated any physical activity. I’ve never enjoyed sports, working out, being active, anything. I was just blessed with good genes that kept me thin for many years. But after I had three kids and am maybe a few years older (haha), my clothes were fitting tighter and the number on the scale was staying higher and not going  back down (like it always had in the past). My husband has always regularly worked out (he was military for several years, so that was a big factor) and encouraged me to find my thing and make working out a regular thing before my metabolism changed significantly. But no matter how much anyone tried to get me to do anything, I had to want to and commit to for myself.

So after some encouragement and help from a friend (who’s a Beachbody coach), I signed up for their amazing shakes and on demand workout system. The 21-day fix that we started with, focused on not only 21 days of working out but dialing in your nutrition as well. On September 5th, we had our first week’s worth of meals planned and prepped and I started day 1 of working out.


About my actual layout (and not just about our workout program-haha)…the photo that I had was smaller than 3×4 and it was the only photo I had for this day, so I just felt like switching up my format a little (which is why I chose a full 6×8 page). I wish I had a better explanation for how I chose the color scheme, but all I had in my head was that I wanted to use red somewhere, because of my red shirt, and I wanted to use a card from the set I had about working out from In a Creative Bubble. When I held the two of them together in my hand, I liked how they looked and decided to put them just like that in the bottom right corner.


Then I thought I would use a paper strip (from my huge pile of 2×6 paper strips cut off from 6×6 papers when I make them into PL cards) and while flipping through, found one with red on it, as well as lots of other colors. It’s a super cute Elle’s Studio paper from their Live Laugh Love collection, I believe, and it had the red that I wanted and the blue color that was on the border of the IACB card.


Once I had a color scheme, I pulled in some other embellishments from ES (because their colors all match and it’s an easy way to go), some letter stickers to spell out 21 DAY FIX, a stamp from an old GB kit that said “this is so hard” because I’m pretty sure that was my constant thought during the whole program, and did a little journaling.


Thanks so much for stopping by and reading through all my thoughts on this page. ❤ See you next time!



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!



Personal Scrapbooking

I regularly scrapbook my family on a weekly basis with Project Life, but I also have a smaller 6×8 album (or recently a Traveler’s Notebook!) that I use to scrapbook about myself. Sometimes I scrapbook selfies and journal some things that have been on my mind. Other times, I’ll take a photo of my outfit and what inspired me to put it together or what I was up to that day or what my current interest are. I think of it like a journal; one that maybe my kids will enjoy looking at one day. ❤

In this particular spread, I was documenting an outfit I wore to church one Sunday. I sing in the worship band and I usually like to dress up. It’s fun to do and makes me feel a little pretty!

When Felicity Jane’s London kit came out a few months ago and I saw the stamp set, I knew I had to have it, if only for the “outfit of the day” stamp. I love taking pictures of my cute outfits and what the kids are wearing, so I knew it would get a lot of use.

Since my outfit was neutral, I ran with the opportunity to create an overall neutral layout. I’ve been doing a lot of my personal scrapbooking with the Felicity Jane kits, so I just flipped through my FJ drawer and chose a few other neutral pieces (the black and white heart card which I stamped over) and the wood-look paper that I cut down.

The other embellishments just seemed to fit well and even though there was a touch of light pink in two of them, I was okay with how that looked. Now to just stamp the date (as soon as I figure out what date this was taken on, haha) and that’s a wrap!

Supplies: Felicity Jane “Jane” kit (wood-look paper and heart card), Felicity Jane “London” stamp, Chasing Dreams ephemera pack, and Dear Lizzy Saturday ephemera pack.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope, if you don’t have a personal scrapbook already, you’ll consider giving it a try! It’s such a fun way to “journal!”




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!