Welcome to my little ole' scrapping blog! I am so glad that you stopped by! I have decided to take on the challenge of telling my story and I am so excited that you have stopped by to check things out! This blog will feature lots of scrapbook projects and lots of stories from my day to day! I look so forward to getting to know you!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hello, hello, hello...it is so nice to meet you!!

Hello there!  I cannot tell you how excited I am that you are here!!  If you have been following me for a while (On my other blog, perhaps...which can be found here:  http://annmariesstampingadventures.blogspot.com/?!) then welcome back (big ole' hug!), but if you are new to me then it is so very nice to meet you (new friend big ole' hug!)!!  Either way I am tickled that you are here!  Let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me and why I have decided to start this blog.  My name is AnnMarie (All one name...I have no middle name!).  I go by AnnMarie and it makes my left eyelid twitch when someone calls me Ann. LOL  I am married to my very best friend going on 29 years now. We met when we were 12 and 13.  We were both Navy brats, so I moved away, but we kept in touch.  

Here is a picture of he and I when we got back together at 17 and 18 (After being apart for 5 years!)

Here we are many, many moons later, happily married and out on date night! Even after all of these years he still gives me butterflies!

We have 4 of the most amazing kids you will ever lay eyes on! They were born boy, girl, boy, girl. They are pretty incredible people.  It never ceases to amaze me watching them do their grown up things now!  Such a weird thing to raise a human from the state of teeny tiny and totally dependent to fully functioning in the world on their own. (Insert tiny mama sob here!)

They are all practically grown now and such fun people.  Growing up we were a home schooling family, so we spent oodles of time together and oh the stories I could tell (and I will, but that is a topic for another post or 3!)!  It amazes me just how quickly the time has flown by.  

We also have 3 beautiful grand children! Lots and lots of pictures of them to come...I promise! Put plain and simply......my sun rises and sets around my family.

Now that the kids are off doing their own things hubby and I split our time between our two homes. Sometimes we live here:

...and sometimes we live here!

The absolute best of both worlds.   Life is good!

So, why in the world am I starting this blog?  Honestly,  all of that good stuff that I just shared with you is my why.

 I have been doing a lot of soul searching and what hopefully is some pretty exciting forward thinking!  I took a long, hard look at where I was, what I was doing and how I was spending my time.  I was feeling pretty unhappy and very stagnant where I was.  I am a crafter, a creator, a maker...I always have been.  I am happiest when I am creating something.  It speaks to my soul, it expresses my deepest thoughts and feelings and it explains without any formal explanation just who I am. I have spent a long time now playing with paper and stamps!  I am by definition a card maker and stamper. It is kind of the category I have fallen in to. There is just something magical about applying an image to ink and then to paper.  You can create a whole scene or a simple single image.  You can tell a story, or inspire someone's imagination to fill in their own thoughts. You can express a sentiment, you can share in someone's sadness or joy.  You can brighten someone's whole day!  All of these things by simply applying ink to paper and sharing that. I love stamping. I love card making, but lately it has felt like something is missing.

   Once upon a time...a loooong time ago I was a scrapbooker. It's probably where my love of paper crafting established it's roots!  I started scrapbooking because I wanted to capture, record and document all the details that I knew would be forgotten through the years.  I started off strong!  I had one child and clicked photo after photo and plopped them into albums!  Then had another child and then another and then a fourth!  With each child time became more scarce and the scrapbooking got gently pushed aside. Very familiar story, yes?   Well, here I am a few (*cough, cough!*) years later with a little more free time on my hands and what has turned into a seriously strong desire to break out all of those scrapbooks and boxes and piles of photos! I want to get those stories on paper and I want those pictures to be beautifully displayed!  I want it all to be documented, because it is so incredibly important to tell and share and remember those stories!!  I am on a mission to do exactly that!  I am about to dive wholeheartedly into scrapbooking!  I plan to share my adventures and would love it if you would follow along, but more importantly I want to encourage you to get out your supplies (or invest in some!) and take this journey with me!  Let's get our stories on paper! Let's compile our photos and pretty them up!  Let's document our time here with the people that we love so very much!  Let's create something to leave with our children to let them know how amazing we think they are!

Won't you join me?  Head on over there -----> and click follow, so that I know you are here!  Feel free to leave comments and share pictures of your scrappy pages!  I look very forward to getting to know you and learning all about your scrapping journey too!!


  1. Beautiful AnnMarie💕 I am doing the family scrapbooking also😊
    You are really doing the most wonderful thing💕 Enjoy🎶❣️

    1. Thank you kindly! Definitely a labor of love,but one I am so excited to be journeying into! :)

  2. Cant wait to see whats next. I look forward to following along

    1. Thank you Missy! So happy to have you here! :)

  3. Hi AnnMarie, trying to leave my comment again. I can’t wait to see what you do with your scrapbooking. You have inspired me to get my stuff organized and get making my albums again.

    1. Yay!! Let's take this journey together!! :)