December Daily



This year I will be documenting Grayson’s first Christmas season through a December Daily album created by Ali Edwards. I have just started putting together the foundation pages (in between work, naps, and playtime with my little guy). This year I have less time than ever and yet I have a stronger desire to document this season. Taking the time to count your blessings and document them is a wonderful way to slow down and both enjoy and savor these moments.  As they say, the days are long but the years are short. Grayson is quickly approaching his first birthday (yikes!) so I will take my album up to his birthday, December 27th. Hopefully this will become a tradition that one day Grayson can take part in and help build our December Daily album. This is a very special month for so many reasons and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to show my love for it all.

This month brings with it the hectic craziness of Christmas shopping, finding a perfect tree, decorating (and cleaning) the house, waiting for Holly ‘s (the Elf on the Shelf) arrival, cooking holiday treats (Greek cookies!) and many more things that I want to soak up and enjoy.

Ali Edwards Shares Her Newest Contributions to Scrapbooking

I think Ali Edwards is one of the pioneers in changing the way we look at scrapbooking. She has said before that she refers to it as Life Art and that’s a great way to describe the work she does. Here she is being interviewed by Paper Clipping at CHA about her newest stamps for Technique Tuesday.

Creative Approaches

I’m always fascinated to see how people navigate their own creative process. I recently stumbled across Michelle Wooderson’s site and was fascinated by how organized she is when completing her Project Life and her One Little Word projects. I actually loved her mapping out of Project Life so much that I am now testing our her system for myself. Already it feels easier and more comprehensive to tackle the weeks when I have the exact details noted in advance. I’ve never realized before how organization really can help you be more creative and productive. I always knew this applied to work (when my desk is clean I get so much more work done) but I never thought about applying it to creative ventures. So, thanks Michelle! I really love when creative people give us a peak into their “Behind-the-Scenes” and I hope they continue to do so.

PS Michelle – I also love your use of a typewriter for your journaling. So crisp + clean + pleasing to the eye.

Workspaces: Jennifer Pebbles

I would like to periodically profile some inspiring workspaces. This one belongs to Jennifer Pebbles. I love her use of a cohesive color palette and lots of storage options. It looks open, airy and bright. Nice work, Jennifer!

jennifer pebbles

Lucky Charm by Dear Lizzy

I have been a longtime fan of Elizabeth Kartchner (Dear Lizzy) and I’m thrilled to share her upcoming line with American Crafts. Here are more details from the AC site.

Featuring an endearing assortment of charm bracelet icons – flowers, horses, hot air balloons, hearts, and arrows – Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm is a dreamland of color and patterns. Sweet pinks, aqua, yellow, red-orange and cream are grounded with a fun navy blue that make this collection charming. Lucky you.

This inviting collection features 24 patterned papers, plus five specialty papers such as printed vellum and gold metallic ruffle paper. Thickers and stickers abound, with new additions making an appearance including die cut cards. Brilliant!

Click on the image below and it will enlarge the products.


dear lizzy lucky charm american crafts

MY GIRL by American Crafts

Love this new line, MY GIRL, from American Crafts. Pastel, sweet, innocent and girlie! Couldn’t be more perfect! AC details the new line with this picture perfect description:

Sugar and spice and everything nice is just the beginning of My Girl. A palette of pinks, yellows, light blue, and gray create the adorable backdrop for handwritten type and doodles of flowers, butterflies, strawberries, and speech bubbles. My Girl is a precious collection for young ladies of any age.

This darling line features 12 double-sided patterned papers, plus three new specialty papers with thoughtful details. Handwriting Thickers, a host of various sticker styles, and an adorable Daybook are joined by new embellishments, such as ribbon bows, paper clip fabric yo-yos, and printed wood veneer tags.



CHA 2013

we r memory keepers 3x4 punch

I have seen so many pictures coming out of CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Conference that are beyond inspiring! It makes me SO eager to attend next year. I would like to make this my goal for 2013, to build up Daily Moxie to the point where I can justify going to this insider conference. One of the exciting things that I have seen coming out of the conference is the We R Memory Keepers 3×4 Punch that will beautifully complement Becky Higgins GENIUS creation, Project Life. I have written before about my love for Project Life. I’ve been doing the project for three years now and have turned my whole family onto this brilliant way of recording our lives. All the tiny, beautiful details can be perfectly captured in these simple, straight-forward binders. I will be periodically sharing my own work on Project Life. I’m using a combination of Heather Bailey’s Olive Edition and Elise Blaha’s Seafoam Edition.

I also love everything Amy Tangerine creates! Her colors are so vibrant they literally jump off the page. She is certainly inspiring!

I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring. I’m sure all my favorite scrapbooking ladies will be sharing their great finds from CHA. I feel that there is so much creative growth and expansion in the world of scrapbooking and design and I’m looking forward to exploring it further on Daily Moxie.

My Project Life

I could literally go on for hours about how much I love Project Life by Becky Higgins. I’ve never been a “scrapbooker.” Yes, I’m crafty. Yes, I love documenting my life, preserving my memories, reflecting on the journey I’ve been on. But layouts and color coordinating papers and stickers just never worked really well for me in my busy life. Project Life is something that I have found to be so valuable because it is so easy and intuitive. It is just structured enough to help you stay organized but still gives you the freedom to make it whatever you want. I love that it’s something that allows me to document my everyday life but also highlight the really important moments (my niece’s 10th birthday, holidays, weddings). I’ve also been able to tastefully document the not-so-bright moments in my life. It gives me a way to remember them and reflect on them in my own way. We are all on a journey and looking back over where we’ve been helps us see where we are going.


Here are a few of my favorite Project Lifers

Elise Blaha

Ali Edwards

Amy Tangerine

31 Things

I’m working my way, slowly but surely, through Ali Edwards 31 Things Class over on Big Picture Classes. So far we have explored five unrelated yet thought-provoking subjects of every day life.

  • Jewelry
  • Morning Routine
  • Read
  • Spirit
  • Conversation

Just posing these daily questions stretches your mind in ways you will find enlightening. For example, the first day’s prompt of jewelry immediately made me think of the two gold bracelets my mother wore practically every day during my childhood. These bracelets made a familiar jingle every time she moved her arms. I used to hear them when she turned her key in the door, signaling she was home from work or when she pushed open my bedroom door in the morning, waking me up for school. This was the sound I heard while she cooked dinner, turned the pages of a children’s book while reading aloud, and brushed my hair. There were so many memories that came pouring out from that one simple “thing.” Who knew that just having to tell a story about jewelry would bring back so much joy and childhood happiness. It unlocked more stories than I even knew existed and turned something so simple into something profound and memorable. This is the power of storytelling. This is the power of the written word. Only a few days in and I am already thrilled to be taking part in the 31 Things journey.

Crafting, Creating and Cards

For the past few years I have been very interested in scrapbooking as a way to journal your life and use art to depict certain moments in time. I’ve been inspired by a number of people within the industry (Ali Edwards is a genius) and I use their work as creative fuel (Becky Higgins, Elise Blaha, Elizabeth Kartchner, Ann-Marie, and Amy Tangerine). The beautiful way they capture a day, an event, a holiday, a personal success and put their own personal mark on it is so encouraging and motivating. I am currently working on Becky Higgins Project Life and will be taking part in Ali Edwards 31 Things online course starting later this week. I’m also working on Ali Edwards One Word project.

I find “Life Art”, as Ali Edwards defines it, to be therapeutic. To lose yourself for hours and be able to concentrate on nothing else but layout design, colors, graphics and mixed media is probably one of the most soothing and rewarding ways to deal with the curveballs life throws you. Right now I am finding that making cards is a great way to keep my hands moving, my brain engaged and my artistic side fully satiated. To spend an hour cutting, adhering, designing, writing and watching what started as a vision come together into a cohesive piece of art is the best mood elevator. Here are some of the cards I’ve been working on. I do it for no other reason than the wonderful feeling of accomplishment and inspiration.

For the longest time I have watched these women (Ali, Elise, Lizzy, Becky, Ann-Marie, Amy) do things that astound me and fill me with hope and excitement. I have worked alongside them, quietly, expressing myself through scrapbooking, and daily documenting and “life art.” Basically, I have made stuff. And I love what I’ve made. And I look forward to seeing what I will make. I have had this site for quite some time and haven’t really known what to do with it. I have been trying to find my footing. Suddenly, it all seems so clear. I’m not afraid to take a step forward and share the work I love with all my heart. I’m looking forward to starting the 31 Things adventure, to continuing the One Word adventure and to creating my own adventures along the way. I’m looking forward to sharing this all with you. But most importantly, I’m looking forward to having a small space to hang my work, a virtual hook.


Savoring the Details

This photo is from a blog that may become my new favorite site to visit.

Be Inspired!

This weekend is Donna Downey’s INSPIRED event.  I think her work is inspiring, so I can only imagine how wonderful this event will be.

Give it your all!

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” – Leo Buscaglia

Thanks to the inspirational Ali Edwards for this quote.

The Handmade Card

This weekend I missed a birthday party and wanted to do something special for the birthday boy. So I decided to make a card. It was a simple exercise, something that took no time at all, but receiving anything that is handmade gives the recipient an instant surge of love. They know that someone cared enough about them to take the extra time and attention to do something thoughtful, something that requires more effort than looking at a rack of mass produced cards and selecting one. Give it a try! At the next holiday, grab some glue, a photograph, maybe a ribbon and some stickers and go to town! I guarantee that the recipient will reserve a special place in their heart for you and your efforts!

This card was designed by a brilliantly crafty girl!

Dear John

Lottie Frank

I love this image! You can find other work by Lottie Frank here.

Jennifer Pebbles

…has a wonderful approach to scrapbooking. I love that she scrapbooks her daily life.

A Bit East

I love her work!

Beautiful Quote

“At the root of all art, I believe there is life. And life encourages art. Everything is a self-portrait. Embrace it.”  –Elise Blaha