Monday, February 23, 2015

Gossamer Blue: January Life Pages

Happy Monday! So I've decided to get all crazy and do a little Project Life. Because doing something weekly stresses me out, I've decided to take a monthly approach with it. I want to get those photos and moments off my phone and recorded. Gossamer Blue has so many gorgeous Life Pages cards and embellishments that I am excited about taking a new approach to memory keeping. For this spread, I used the February kits from Gossamer Blue.

Here is a close up of page 1 - page protectors are from Simple Stories. Just everyday moments captured here - my dad had surgery, I cleaned up my scrap room, a gorgeous sunset, the books I read in January, big business news and hot chocolate for 4!

On page 2, we started back into homeschooling after Christmas break, snuggling with cousin Hayden, sledding with dad, grandpa Allan spent the night, science experiments at Clover Kids and I celebrated my birthday! 

My approach is simple - focus on the photos, add labels for journaling to help tell the story and keep embellishments minimal. 

I'm excited to get to work on February using the March kits from Gossamer Blue!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What I'm Reading: January

There's nothing quite like snuggling up with a book. I've always been a reader and usually devour each book I read. I've decided to start a new blog series and share the books I have read each month. I like hearing recommendations from other bloggers and maybe you will find one you would to read. I'm also devoting myself to picking up these books at the library. I'm trying to cut the clutter and books seem to not have a good resale value. And if I keep reading at the rate I am, I can't afford it! :)

1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Here's my first book for the month and I could not put this one down. I read it in about two days. It was such a sweet story and yet heartbreaking at the same time. It dawned on me after reading this one that I used to read Rainbow Rowell's columns in the Omaha World Herald when I was in Chuck Offenburger's writing classes at BVU.  

2) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - I loved the format of storytelling in this one - very quirky and fun. But this one ended up being about a very serious subject - the climax and resolution had twists I didn't see coming.

3) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - This was another YA novel and the story was heartbreaking as well as it focused on bullying and the courage of one young man. Definitely worth a read!

4) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand -  The whole time I was reading this book I could not stop thinking, "I can't believe this is real." The story was so crazy that it was hard to believe it was true. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the movie.

5) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - This was another quick, funny read and I absolutely adored this unexpected love story! I can't wait to read the sequel! 

I'll be back next month with what I read in February. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gossamer Blue: Happy 2014

Hello there! Just trying to get caught up on sharing some Gossamer Blue projects. This one is using the January kits and highlights our little New Year's Eve celebration last year. (We ended up not really doing anything this year so I'm happy I got it documented!)

I love that little exclusive piece of wood veneer that say "Happy New Year!" And those vinyl bows are such a fun embellishment!

Love the gold Thickers as well - the "happy" came just like that! 

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

seasons givings blog hop winners!

Congratulations to the following:

1) Product giveaway (Webster's Pages/Gossamer Blue) -
2) Peppermint oil -
3) Vanillamint Lip Balm/Thieves/Lavender/Peppermint samples- 
Please email me and I'll get your prizes sent out! :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

Happy New Year! Today I'm excited to take part in a huge blog hop with over 100 designers and dozens of scrapbooking companies. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this past year. I haven't always been the best at updating but I hope to change that in 2015 and expand on the topics I blog about - I usually stick to scrapbooking, party ideas, Stitch Fix and essential oils. ;) Every single blog on this hop will have a giveaway!

If you are new to my blog, here's a little bit about me: I have been married for 11 years and am momma to my 5-year-old twins. I stay home with them and we have embarked on a homeschooling adventure this year. I am currently designing for Webster's Pages and Gossamer Blue. 

Feel free to find me on Instagram: @jillcornell or Pinterest

To be entered into my giveaway, please leave a comment and I'll choose my random winners on January 7th and announce them here.

Here's what I'm giving away!

1) An awesome assortment of products from Webster's Pages including a 6x6 paper pad, bookmarks, resin embellishments, flowers and bags and a ton of Life Pages cards from this year's Gossamer Blue kits. I've also included some exclusive stamp sets from Gossamer Blue and a cute Valentine's Day stamp set from Elle's Studio.

2) One lucky winner will also win a 5 ml bottle of Young Living's Peppermint oil. Over the past year, my family has fallen in LOVE with essential oils and I knew I wanted to include that love with my giveaway. We use peppermint oil for EVERYTHING - headaches, congestion, fevers, stomach aches and nausea - just to name a few.

3) And, finally winner #3 will receive these sample packets of Peppermint, Thieves and Lavender - three of my most used essential oils plus a Vanillamint lip balm. I've been carrying these lip balms with my everywhere this winter. It's a must have! If you are curious about oils too, please feel free to leave your email in the comments and I'll send you some info. My group has a "Winter Wellness" online class coming up in January.

Finally, I want to share a layout with you all too. This one features the January main kit from Gossamer Blue and my daughter, Nora. She lost her first tooth in November and it was important to me to document it.

One of the things I love most about the Gossamer Blue kits are the exclusives - printables, Life Pages cards, wood veneer, cork and more!

Here's the rest of the blog hop:


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Young Living Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much for your comments and interest from my Thieves oil giveaway post! (I'll have some more giveaways in the future!) I just love helping other families get started with oils too. Our team is planning something really fun in January!

Congratulations to...

Oooh, I was excited to see those post pop up in my Feedly today! I use lavendar oil to help me sleep, but I've never used Theive's oil and I keep hearing so much about it!
Please email me with your address and I'll get your Thieves oil sent out to you!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils Giveaway!

Good morning, all! Today I am excited to announce an awesome giveaway both on my blog and my friend, Stephanie Howell's blog!

Let me take you back about a year ago when I was experiencing some health issues and traditional medications were not doing much for me. I had heard of essential oils and was very intrigued to learn more. I got to a point where I was willing to try just about anything so I purchased a premium starter kit from Young Living and gave it a whirl. I quickly discovered that most of the essential oils I tried were making a huge difference for the health issues I was experiencing. I was using them DAILY and the rest of my family was using them too. We were using them for issues like stress, sleep, headaches, anxiety, coughs, PMS, indigestion, eczema, wheezing and even cleaning. I also started slowly replacing store bought products with DIY essential oil concoctions - things like foaming hand soap, sugar scrubs, moisturizer, hand sanitizer and more - I was making it for mere pennies and saving money in the process. The initial investment I made was more than paying for itself.

Young Living has a premium starter kit that includes 11 different essential oils, some sample packets plus a diffuser. There are several ways to use essential oils: aromatically (diffuser or inhaling), topically (rubbing into the feet or parts of the body) and some use oils that are generally regarded as food safe internally (examples: citrus oils like Lemon, Lime, Orange and Peppermint). When you purchase a starter kit, you become a wholesale member and can purchase oils/products at 24%.

Be sure to visit Stephanie's blog where we are giving away 5 ml bottles of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oils! And please leave a comment here to be entered to win a 5 ml bottle of Thieves essential oil! The giveaway will be open until next Friday, December 12th (international entries are welcome!)

Additionally, if you would some more information about essential oils, I'm hosting an online Essential Oils 101 class with my team on Thursday, December 11th at 8:00 p.m. CST. If you would like to learn more information in a fun, no-pressure way please email me at and I'll get you invited to the class on Facebook!

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