Monday, March 23, 2015


This is one of my favorite photos from this day. A day spent exploring the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu. After having our Guides show us through the site and having plenty of time to explore on our own, I was able to sit down and just take it all in.  The majesty and mystery of this place is beyond words.  You just have to take a few moments to pause and let it all sink in.

Supplies by: Echo Park, Bazzill, and Tim Holtz

Journey to Machu Picchu

I can't possibly describe the anticipation I felt on the morning of April 5, 2014. It was a very early morning start to the day, but it's not like I was sleeping anyway! This day I would be walking in a place that had an ancient history. A place I never would have dreamed I would ever see with my own eyes.  Yet here I was, on a train taking me through the gorgeous Andes Mountains to the town of Aguas Calientes. From there it would be a bus trip through the trees to Machu Picchu. Our Adventures by Disney group had a Vistadome train car all to ourselves so we could see the tops of the mountains as we chatted excitedly with our fellow Adventurers. This was a day that would never be forgotten.
Bottom photo on the page: One of or Adventure Guides, Michael, and myself on the train at Ollantaytambo.
Supplies by: October Afternoon (Travel Girl),Fancy Pants, and my actual train ticket from the trip!

Wet & Wild

An Adventures by Disney vacation is certainly adventure!  This layout shows just one example of the spectacular things we did on the Peru & Machu Picchu adventure in April 2014. It's coming up on one year since I was blessed to have had the opportunity to join an incredible group of agents and cast members on this trip. What an honor.
The white spray of the Urubamba River inspired me to create the background of this page. This river is a tributary of the mighty Amazon and it can certainly be wild in some spots! I took some white paint and mixed it with water in a Mini Mister and sprayed the gray cardstock.  Then I stamped some swirls to further the image of the swirling waters of the Urubamba River.  

Supplies by: My Minds Eye, Bazzill, American Crafts, JilliBean Soup, and Dress It Up Buttons

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Peace, Love, Food, and Wine

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of my very favorite things.
But it's even better when you can enjoy it with good friends.

Supplies by: Basic Grey (Fresh Cut), Bazzill, and Dress It Up Buttons

Warm & Cozy

A cold Minnesota January requires lots of blankets. 
And lots of cuddles for a tiny little doggie who wasn't built for the harsh temperatures. 


Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit January 2015
Based on a layout from the Basic Grey blog

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Be Brave

Taking a hot air balloon ride is an incredibly exhilarating experience.  The opportunity to do so came when my boss/friend, Sara, and I went to the 2013 Travel Leaders National Meeting in Phoenix.  Sara is afraid of heights and was pretty nervous.  But decided to face her fears head on! 
Iridescent Bazzill paper photographs a little strange. But it looks great in real life!

Supplies by: My Mind's Eye, Bazzill, and American Crafts

Monday, March 9, 2015

Weinie Wine

Some friends of mine were shopping for wine recently when they came across this bottle of Dachshund Riesling. And they were sweet enough to purchase it for me! It was a delicious wine that we shared together over a scrumptious dinner.  But not before we took photos with the bottle and my sweet LilyBean.
A girlfriend was able to carefully remove the labels from the bottle so I could use them for my layout.  It was painstaking, I'm sure. But I think she did an incredible job.


Supplies by: Basic Grey (Marrakesh), Bazzill, Dress It Up Buttons, and Making Memories
Inspired by a layout by Paige Evans on the Basic Grey Blog