Friday, July 18, 2014

Natural Alternatives

Hello friends! Typically, I keep most of my blog posts focused on scrapbooking but occasionally I'll share Stitch Fix reviews, recipes or birthday party details and every now and then I blog about companies or products that I use and love - like I did with the Honest Company. Over the past year especially, I have become really passionate about being proactive with my own health and the health of my family. And this was primarily because of some health issues/concerns I experienced during that time. I firmly believe that there is a time and a place for traditional medicine but the more research I do and from what I have now witnessed with my own eyes, there is much to be said for keeping healthy in a more natural way. 

Over the winter, I started using essential oils from Young Living. And my experiences have literally changed my life. We have used oils to help treat symptoms of colds/flu, headaches/migraines, sore throats, energy, ear aches, stomach aches, allergies, asthma, anxiety, depressions, PMS, cleaning, cuts/scrapes and more. We have cut way back on our use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. I could not tell you the last time I have taken ibuprofen for a headache. My kids no longer need to be on their daily allergy medication. I could go on and on. As I have learned more about essential oils, I have been putting together my research and hosting free online classes twice a month.

The best way I have found to get started with essential oils is to check out Young Living's premium starter kit. It includes 11 different oils plus a home diffuser. The diffuser has been a game changer for us as well. I don't burn candles anymore because the oils smell so wonderful and we are receiving health benefits from them. What is also very exciting about Young Living is that they ship all over the world so if you are an international friend, you can also give the oils a try! 

Here is a YouTube video I created that goes over what you receive in Young Living's Premium Starter Kit.

I have a new online class coming up the night of Wednesday, July 23rd and we're going to focus on oils that can help with female health. So we'll talk about oils for things like migraines, bloating, cramps, hot flashes, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, etc. I've been trying the oils out myself for several months specifically for these issues so I'm excited to share what I have been doing.

If you would like an invite to the class or have any questions at all, please send me an email to cornellgj(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gossamer Blue: His Girls

Good morning! Today I want to share my favorite layout I made this month with the July Gossamer Blue kits. We always take photos on Mother's Day and Father's Day and I just love this one we captured of daddy and his girls. It's no secret that Glen is Nora & Lily's favorite person. They always have fun together and I guess that just makes me the mean one. Ha! ;) I love how he knows to make them laugh and joke around - such a beautiful relationship to witness!

For this layout, I wanted to add a lot of texture so I used the exclusive background cut file and then layered my cardstock over one of the exclusive patterned papers. 

I wanted there to be more of an emphasis on the title so I painted over the background with white paint so the navy title would stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Watch Us Grow

Good morning! Today I have another layout to share with the July Gossamer Blue kits. I loved the exclusive alphabet paper in the kit this month and was inspired to create a layout highlighting both the first and last days of preschool. The girls grew so much over the preschool year. They are more like little girls and less toddler like every day!

I layered several patterned paper strips and tucked in a few transparent pieces. 

Lots of great labels and stickers included in the kits this month!

Have a great day! A lot of exciting news coming from Gossamer Blue next week - can't wait to share more! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Road Trip Selfie

Good morning! I have meant to share this layout earlier but it's been a crazy two weeks. Today I have a layout to share that I created using only the July main kit from Gossamer Blue. Very sweet and simple and highlights a photo of us on our longest road trip yet with kids - 7 hours! :) More power to those of you who go further than that with your kiddos!

I really love the mix and match alphabet from Crate Paper in the kit this month. 

I pieced together some of my favorite patterned papers in the kit and then added some circular embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Webster's Pages: Happy 5th Birthday

Good morning! Today I have a layout to share that features the "Sweet Routine" collection by Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages. The girls had a Frozen themed birthday party this year (which I still need to blog) so we had a fun color scheme of pink, purple and blue. This collection fit the colors we used perfectly!


I cut out the doily using Wow! glitter paper and my Cameo. This collection has a lot of great circular elements so I cut out a few of them to use in various places on my layout.

The newest collection also include chipboard elements and I love the dimension they provide on my projects.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Farm Adventure

Good morning! I have one last layout to share with you today featuring the June Gossamer Blue kits. One of our favorite summer activities is going to the Iowa State Fair, and we especially love the “Little Hands on the Farm” exhibit. I chose 10 of my favorite photos and highlighted them on this layout. I was able to size four of the photos to nearly 4×6 and the remaining six photos are 2×3.


This layout has minimal patterned paper as I used a few of the Life Pages cards for journaling and for placement of a couple of the photos. 

I love the wood veneer pieces from Chic Tags! They add a lot of texture without the bulk.

Finally, I also cut apart one of the striped Life Pages cards to go along the bottom of the layout. Don’t be afraid to use something for a reason other than what it was intended!

And here are my sneak peeks for the Gossamer Blue July kits!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gossamer Blue: So Happy

Good morning! We just got back home after a fun family reunion in Springfield, Missouri so today I'm catching up on a lot of things - laundry, blogging and getting ready for next essential oils class this week focusing on oils for children, babies and pregnancy!

Today's layout features the June Gossamer Blue kits. I wanted to scrapbook this photo of the girls and me on Mother's Day so I pulled out the coral and teal elements from the kits and accented with gold.

This month, there are a lot of great circle embellishments - flair, enamel dots, jewels, etc. so I made a circle background with my Cameo and then embellished each circle accordingly.

I had a lot of fun putting together this layout and mixing and matching fun patterns!

Thanks for stopping by today! I 'll be back soon to share my two-page layout with you this month.
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