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.


“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Zigler

I’m very inspired by Elisa Blaha‘s Mile-A-Day Challenge. The basic idea is that every day, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, you will walk or run at least a mile a day. I technically started the day before Thanksgiving and have logged three miles a day of walking. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I haven’t gone for my walk today but I’m looking forward to it. Giving yourself a timeline with requirements that must be met can be sort of liberating. It is something that I can put on my to-do list that will actually bring me healthy benefits (and emotional, as well). I’m also working on another project that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the very near future! It is one of those “ideas” that just brings forth a surge of excitement and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to talk about it more!


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

My Weekend

Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell

This weekend was spent mostly in recuperation. I had some minor surgery on Friday and was relatively immobile for the entire weekend. But luckily, the sun was shining and I had a nice place to sit and relax outside under a big shady tree. I did something that I never get around to doing on weekends…I read! Reading is my absolute favorite pastime but it’s ridiculous how infrequently I allow myself to do it during the day. So this weekend was pure relaxation and indulgence in my favorite thing. Luckily, I started a book that piqued my interest immediately and I found myself flying through the pages. Just pure escapism and exactly what the doctor ordered.

I’m looking forward to being back on my game because there have been so many interesting challenges that I have found online that I want to further explore. For example, Elise Blaha is doing a series on finding shapes in every day life and photographing them. I’m still doing Ali Edwards 31 Things, which started last week and of course, the ever present Project Life.

I wish I had more personal pictures to add to this post but as I said, I’m a bit out of commission. As soon as I am up and around again, I will be bringing lots of snapshots of my life to Daily Moxie. Stay tuned…

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.


I’m back.

I hate that I haven’t written here in almost a month. I have been overwhelmed with work and life and just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write out my thoughts, my activities, my inspiration. Nothing. And the worst part is I am the FIRST person to get frustrated when my favorite bloggers go unexpectedly silent. So I’m sorry.

Secondly, I was thinking about why I haven’t blogged in awhile and I think it’s because I started to lose focus. I got away from the reason I started this blog to begin with, as a place to record my thoughts, document what I’m doing in life and reflect. I also became bogged down with finding a cohesive theme and making sure that I had clever pictures and a post that had a clear beginning, middle and end. Well guess what? That’s not real. That’s not life. Everything that happens doesn’t lay itself out like a perfectly cohesive essay. Life is messy. Life is confusing. One minute we feel like we are on top of the world and the next we are stuck in traffic or dealing with people with bad attitudes. Life is choosing the one line in the grocery store where the person in front has lost their wallet. That’s real life. Sometimes there is no reason or lesson, it just happens.

Today was sunny, so sunny that I spent the entire day outside. When you live in New England and winter seems to last forever you take advantage of the sun the minute it comes out. It wasn’t even that warm (maybe 50 degrees in the sun) but I forced my winter logged body outside and breathed in as much fresh air as I could possibly get into my lungs. I went for a long walk with my mom and marveled at every bud we saw on the trees or tiny flower pushing up from the earth. And now, it’s not even 11 at night and I’m ready for bed. I’m exhausted. I literally think the fresh air wore me out.

After my full day spent outside I gathered a few things for dinner, some chicken salad, a french baguette and some cheese and crackers and made myself the most simple dinner (very Parisian) and yet it was DELICIOUS! Sometimes the most joy really does come from the simplest things.

Tomorrow I am going to a bridal shower for a really good friend. I had such a great time picking out a gift for her, wrapping it and making it look perfect.

Now I’m off to bed (ridiculously early but obviously much-needed). I have resolved to post here much more frequently if for no other reason than I would love to have a simple place where I can let my thoughts wander and share bits and pieces of my life.

I will leave you, sweet readers, with an inspiring quote I found from one of my favorite bloggers (Elise Blaha).

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company a church a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you, we are in charge of our ATTITUDES. – Charles Swindoll

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