On taking time off

For many of my almost 11 years of blogging, I feared missing a day. For the first few years, I blogged every single day, even on weekends. When I was a regular writer at The Daily Digi (from 2009 -2013) I couldn't keep that schedule up and I went down to just posting on weekdays which is still five times a week. I was faithful about that for a long time. I hated to miss a day and I worried my readers would lose interest.

I've definitely loosened up over the past year. I miss some days now and I don't worry too much about it. I have great readers that still come back. The world keeps revolving. Life goes on. Sometimes I just need a day off here and there. Every once in a while I need a little more than that. It's not because I get tired of it - it's because sometimes I can't get ahead of the game enough to work ahead. Usually when I take a trip or have big events come up in my life, I write several posts and schedule them to automatically update each day on my blog. Sometimes I'm not organized enough to do that. This is one of those times.

I have a busy few days ahead so I'm going to take a break. The cool thing is that my "busy" schedule is really more of a fun time with people I love. With Memorial Day coming up at the beginning of next week, it seems like a great time to take an early weekend. Yes, Wednesday is a little early to start a weekend, but isn't it glorious when it works out that way?

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Sometimes you just need to put away the keyboard and soak in life. It's good for the soul! I'll be posting my roundup prompts on May 31st and then I'll be back to my regular schedule on June 1st. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy some time off soon as well. 

And thanks for coming back even when I leave for a few days. I really appreciate all of you who take the time to stop here each day!

More layouts and designs created in May 2016

I only have a few layouts this month that were created outside of the Project Life App. Even though I do a lot of app scrapping these days, I do still love opening up Photoshop Elements and getting creative!

Captivated Visions wake up and be awesome from The Digi Files 89 May 2016

Captivated Visions wake up and be awesome from The Digi Files 89 May 2016

I posted this one the other day, but I wanted to include it in my roundup of this month's layouts. I love digital mixed media and art journaling!

A two page spread of our trip to Medford, Oregon in September of 2015.

The Daily Digi Insta Trip template + supplies from The Digi Files 89 May 2016. Map from Google.

The Daily Digi Insta Trip template + supplies from The Digi Files 89 May 2016. Map from Google.

Scrapbooking is something that fills my bucket creatively and I get the added benefit of having something to share with my friends and families for years to come!

Project Life Layouts created in May 2016

I just love to scrapbook is using the Project Life App by Becky Higgins. It's the quickest way to put together scrapbook pages and I just love being able to document our lives on the go using my iPhone or iPad. 

If you want to read more about how I use Project Life, be sure to check out my bio feature page on Becky's blog. I'm having so much fun as a  Project Life creative team member for 2016. Yay!

I've been sharing several of these layouts on Instagram & Facebook throughout the month and some have also been featured on Becky's blog. I thought it would be fun to share them all in one post here on my blog each month so you can find all of them in one place with the credits.

Project Life App. The Great Outdoors cards. Big Shot 16.

Project Life App. The Great Outdoors cards. Big Shot 16.

Project Life App. ABC theme cards Black & White. Design U.

Project Life App. ABC theme cards Black & White. Design U.

Project Life App. Maps from California Fishing & Wildlife brochure pdf. Design A.

Project Life App. Maps from California Fishing & Wildlife brochure pdf. Design A.

Project Life App. Big Shot 2.

Project Life App. Big Shot 2.

Project Life App. Big Shot 1.

Project Life App. Big Shot 1.

Basketball edition. Design Template A.

Basketball edition. Design Template A.

Photo editor - Aviary

I'm always looking for quick and easy ways to edit my photos and I love finding new apps that make it fun. I especially like it when I can find one that works on both my computer and my mobile devices. Oh, and it's even better if it's free as well!

I'm impressed with the Aviary photo editor website and mobile app. Very easy to use and the results are great. An all around win! The web version is free and the mobile has packs to download that were free when you sign in with your Adobe account.

The web version lets you play with many different effects, frames, sliders, stickers, overlays, etc. It's also nice because you can just open up a browser and crop or edit a photo quickly without having to open up photoshop.

You can keep it pretty basic, or get quite creative.

The app has oodles of extras that you won't find in the web version. It will take me weeks to try all of them out. Here are just a few of the offerings. Again, they are free!

There are so many ways to play with your photos in this app!

So open up aviary.com in your browser or download the free app on your device and start trying out all the different options. I bet you will love it!

Using food holidays to make memories

Did you know that just about every day on the calendar is some sort of food related holiday? Food is such a big part of our lives so I guess it really shouldn't be a surprise that we have found fun ways to celebrate the things we eat.

I like to look up food holidays for days when there isn't much going on in my life. It might spark an idea for a photograph or maybe even something to make for dinner. You can also look up what food holiday occurs on your birthday or anniversary and get creative with that idea as well. Here are my favorite sources for food holiday lists:

Today (May 19th) is Devil's Food Cake Day. Now I'm craving Devil's Food Cake. I guess that's the downside to knowing which food to celebrate!

A realization

I sat down to write a post and nothing came out. It seems like my words were running on empty so I decided to just open up my digital supply files and see what inspired me. I love to just browse through them sometimes. There are so many amazing digital artists that I buy from and I love it when I can take their creations and turn them into something that is meaningful to me.

I used this kit by Studio Rosey Posey and she made it so easy for me to feel creative. This was the boost I needed. I may not be able to draw the amazing pieces that were in the kit, but I can feel inspired on how to put them together. That's an art form as well. I just need to remember to open up my files and play now and then! Maybe even a little more often than that.

I wish this kid could really be the President

I generally try to stay out of politics here on my blog (and in my general conversations and interactions as well). It's a good policy for me because I have found that it's such an emotional topic for people and it seems to have gone beyond all logic this year.

It's easy for me to get depressed when I read up on the latest news. That's why I love Kid President. He reminds me that there are good people in the world. I sure wish he could really be our next President. Seriously, he's very inspiring! Did you know he suffers from a bone disorder that has led to him having more than 70 fractures? Yet, he finds the strength and energy to bring joy to millions of people and to be a great role model for kids and adults.

Here are a few of my favorite images from his official Facebook page. 

So when life gets too sad, have a cupcake and watch a Kid President video.  It will restore your faith in humanity!