i am heartbroken for a family i have never met. the first time i heard about Jacqiu, Dan and Ryan was yesterday on instagram. there were posts about Jacqui with the hashtag #RedBalloonsForRyan. when i saw Jacqui’s Instagram feed there were lots of everyday photos of her family but what stood out the most was her adorable red-haired 3.5 year old little boy, Ryan. then i learned that he died tragically on friday. Jacqui's friend Alissa wrote about it here.
my mom's heart can hardly bear this pain for another mom that i don't even know. and i cannot stop thinking about this family. and crying. and praying for them.
i am just like Jacqui. i blog. i photograph my boys. i post about our life on instagram. i love my kids to pieces. i am a mom and every mom out there can relate to Jacqui. we all cannot help but think, that could have been me...
in these moments when tragedy hits so close to home, every moment becomes so much more precious. last night i got to tuck my boys in bed and kiss them good-night. and i was so grateful. this morning i got up and took my boys to school. and i was so grateful.
it is all a balance of love and life and happy and crazy when it comes to raising children. the balance will not be equal. some days i think i'm going to lose my mind. some days it feels like everything is going wrong. some days are filled with fun + laughter. and it breaks my heart that in moments like yesterday, i am reminded about how precious each day with my boys really is.
i want so bad to go back and rewind life and change it for Jacqui, Dan and Ryan. but i can't.
what i can do for them is to share about Ryan, the little boy that was so clearly loved and adored by his parents.
please join me in supporting Jacqui + Dan by remembering Ryan. because he mattered. and his parent's don't want him to be forgotten.
will you grab a picture from Jacqui’s Instagram feed, and post it to yours? will you share words of encouragement and tag #RedBalloonsforRyan? be sure to tag Jacqui @babyboybakery and Dan @danno12
She got the call today One out of the gray And when the smoke cleared It took her breath away She said she didn't believe It could happen to me I guess we're all one phone call from our knees...
Mat Kearney ~ Closer to Love
From time to time, I teach an in-person photography workshop right here in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area with my friend + super talented fellow photographer, Alison Frank. Well, it is that time again. We have just announced our next life.snaps workshop! This time, it's all about a girls night out...
life.snaps the workshop is a photography workshop for anyone wanting to learn how really use your camera + to take better pictures.
Spend a few hours with Alison + Tracy, two photographers (and moms too!) who will teach you how to capture your life with a camera. You will learn and laugh in this hands-on workshop. Get comfortable on the couch at Ali’s home studio while you learn all about your camera, find out the answers to your photography questions and walk away more confident that you can take better photographs.
You will learn the basics of photography, what to do with the buttons on your camera, how to capture life with a little creativity and some simple tips + tricks for taking better photos. Alison + Tracy will give hands-on help with getting to know your camera as they guide you through a mini-photo session.
Join us for a fun few hours that will enable you to see life through your camera in a whole new way…
Click here for more details + registration information. And feel free to contact me with any questions!
Just wanted to let you know about an upcoming online scrapbooking event for pocket page/Project Life scrapbookers... About the event:
True Scrap Pocket Pages is the event for Project Life/pocket scrapbookers! Whether you're new to the concept, or you've been doing Project Life for awhile now, we've got six incredible classes to inspire and educate you. And the best part? It's online – LIVE! Yup, on January 25, you'll log in to a state-of-the-art web room where teachers like Marcy Penner, Layle Koncar, and Lilith Eeckels will treat attendees to hour-long classes on these topics:
• Hybrid Hints for Paper People from Traci Reed
• Pocket Scrapping 101: Back to Basics from Layle Koncar
• Do You Hear What I Hear? Including Your Family’s Perspectives in Your Pocket Spreads from Marcy Penner
• KISS: Keep It Simple, Scrappy! Simplifying the Pocket Page Process from Monica McNeil
• Playing Big: Adding 12×12 photos and layouts to your Pocket Pages Albums from Lilith Eeckels
• Outside the Lines: Creative Approaches to Adding Journaling to Your Pocket Pages from Stephanie Bryan
You'll have plenty of time to interact with the instructors live, asking them all your burning pocket scrapbooking questions. And with sponsors including Simon Says Stamp, Gossamer Blue, Project Life, Studio Calico, and Simple Stories, it's going to be an incredibly colorful, creative, and community-filled day. Oh, and everything is recorded so you can go back to watch the replays again and again.
True Scrap Pocket Pages is produced by scrapbook superhero Lain Ehmann, founder of the True Scrap events. To date, she's produced dozens of online virtual events, helping thousands of women find simplicity, inspiration, and fun in their scrapbooking.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save $99 on your True Scrap Pocket Pages registration by using coupon code 99OFF at checkout here. You'll get all six classes, plus replays, plus discounts for only $50! AND if you register before January 10, you'll receive a special bonus – an exclusive video class from former Project Life creative team member Jennifer Woodbury on “Project Life, Step-by-Step,” a $17.95 value, FREE!
hello 2014... i'm so excited for this new year! i have lots of dreams + plans. i can't wait to get started on it all...
saying good-bye to 2013... i have so many memories of this year. and as always, i have put some of our best moments into a little family slideshow. (inspired again this year by elise.)
with a new year often comes those dreaded new year's resolutions. but what if there was more to it? like a fresh start + healthy habits that become part of your everyday life instead of resolutions that are broken by day 3?
i think there comes a time when you are ready to make positive changes for yourself and not worry about willpower and crazy diets. if you are ready for 31 days of inspiration for health + happiness, then join cathy zielske's move more eat well jumpstart.
i just love the idea of documenting this journey in a project life mini album. there is something so powerful about writing down your thoughts, intentions and actions. as wifes and moms, we often focus so much on documenting our families that our own journey is left untold. take some time to give yourself 31 days to a happier, healthier you. go here and watch the little video to find out more about move more eat well jumpstart.
oh, and if you sign up before december 31, 2013 you can save $5 with the coupon code: MMEW31.
cathy's humor and honesty are certainly going to make this a fun 31 days... who is in?
wishing you a very merry little christmas...
i love that my boys still believe in the magic of christmas....
i am so excited to share with you that i'm joining an incredibly creative + talented group of women over at the creative mama. as a part of the creative mama team, i will be a regular contributor on the blog.
i have read + loved the creative mama for a long time and i have had connections with many of the amazing women who have been a part of this blog. it is such an honor for me to be a part of this now.
and today just happens to be my first post! so click on over here to read about what i'm loving today...
i love project life. (no big surprise, huh?) and there are some pretty creative + talented people out there sharing their project life albums with the blogging world. three of them are going to be sharing lots of great project life ideas in project life lessons - a workshop from big picture classes.
giveaway: one (1) person will win a spot in the workshop, project life lessons.
about: Set yourself up for memory-keeping success in Project Life Lessons! Three experts have teamed up to share tons of insider secrets for making the most of any Project Life project. Packed with videos, downloads, handouts, and beautiful layout examples, Project Life Lessons includes three times the content you'd find in a typical 3-week workshop.
Three experienced Project Lifers to the rescue! Elise Blaha Cripe, Annette Haring, and Megan Anderson and will share their tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more. Whether your approach involves weekly spreads, monthly highlights, or something more custom, you can establish an effective working process that will help you make your albums a better reflection of who you really are and what matters most to you.
enter: to enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about project life or why you want to give it a try. comments will be closed at 10pm eastern on monday, september 2nd. this giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!
congratulations jen! we'll be in touch soon...
bonus: for the next two days, you can save $5 off the purchase of angie warren's e-book snap filter share: infusing light and love into your mobile photography by entering the code: tracylarsen.
my sweet, talented friend + photographer, angie warren, has written a wonderful e-book about mobile photography. she share so much of herself and her learnings about mobile photography in this e-book filled with practical tips, photo examples, ideas, how-tos - and so much more. reading angie's e-book is like curling up with a cup of hot tea and having a chat with your best friend. be inspired + be encouraged to shoot to your heart's content with this simply beautiful e-book.
giveaway: one (1) person will win a copy of angie warren's e-book, snap filter share: infusing light and love into your mobile photography.
about: Snap Filter Share is an e-book with over 50 pages of inspiration and technical tips. Angie encourages smart phone users to make the most of their in-phone cameras and to document the big and little moments in their lives. The e-book is full to the brim with 125 images – all taken and processed using a mobile phone. She shares her favorite filters, apps, and secret recipes for achieving a final look she is proud of, as well as her own personal organization process and just what to do with those photos after all is said and done.
Snap Filter Share is a six-part digital book that is downloadable immediately after purchase. You may choose to print, or simply view on your computer or smart phone device. Included in the book are the following chapters: Intro Snapping 101 My Mobile Camera Bag Organize & Display Telling Your Story Community
With interviews and artistry by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, Becky Earl, Michael Morgan, Rachel Vanoven, Tara Whitney, Tiffany Ruda, and Tracey Clark – Snap Filter Share is your go-to guide for all things mobile photography!
download a sample of the e-book here!
you can see more of angie's beautiful mobile photography by following her on instagram @angiewarren.
special offer: there will be a special discount code for two days following the announcement of the winner on saturday, july 20th!
enter: to enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about mobile photography. comments will be closed at 10pm eastern on friday, july 19th. this giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!
i made personalized name tags for quinn's school backpack and lunchbox. they have his photo on one side and his name on the other side. they are so simple to make.
i used this free 4x6 template from paislee press. i put a photo of quinn on one side and his name on the other side. then i printed it as a 4x6 photo. (you'll get two complete name tags out of one printed photo.)
i cut the photo and had it laminated as a luggage tag at office depot for $1.50 per tag.
there were two teachers in line behind me at office depot. they saw the name tags and said that it was a great idea for both the kids and the teachers. so, this little project is teacher approved. because you never know just how many star wars backpacks and lunchboxes will make their way into quinn's class this year.
i was inspired to make these tags because of a blog post i read quite some time ago by kelly willette. i'm so happy that she shared her idea and that i was able to make these name tags for quinn.