May 2013

PS June 2013 Blog Train

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 05/31/2013 - 15:59

EDIT: Find the current download link here.

See the full list here for more details.

DSF June 2013 Blog Train

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 05/31/2013 - 15:56

EDIT: Find the current download link here.

You are coming from Mel Hains Designs.
Your next stop is Rose Thorn.
See here for full details.

Sneak Peak: Week of June 2

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/30/2013 - 22:57

Next week is a special occasion and so I've created an extra special bundle! I'm pretty excited to show it off and I hope you all love it!

Sneak Peak

Gallery Spotlight & Challenge Winner: May 30

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/30/2013 - 03:12

Don't miss this week's layout challenge:
Think Vertical Challenge

And congrats to last week's winner, Harriett!

Quick Feedly Tip: Direct Pinning

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:43

If you use a reader for blogs, you're probably well aware that Google Reader is closing soon, which caused a big flurry of action for everyone who was using it. I've pretty comfortably switched to using Feedly. And I just noticed a new feature, which I'm not sure is actually new, or if I was just snoozing. But I thought I'd point it out in case your in the same boat as me.

New: Belgium Bundle

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 05/26/2013 - 00:45

Belgium Bundle

Internet Nutshell: Week of May 25

By Marisa Lerin Sat, 05/25/2013 - 06:21

Here are some fun things I found around the internets this week:

Flickr Cover Template: Flickr came out with a big change in design this week, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. But regardless, Heather Green has a great cover template for the new space.

Dress Yourself in Story: A reflection on the stuff in our lives and the story it tells.

Sneak Peak & Giveaway for May 26

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:18

EDIT: A winner has been chosen!


Would you like to win next week's bundle? Leave a guess for which country you think the sneak peak represents and I'll pick a random winner after Sunday. Be sure to mention if you'd like CU or PU download in the comment as well!

Sneak Peak Week of May 26

Happy 32nd Anniversary!

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/23/2013 - 02:17

Today is my parents 32nd anniversary! And I thought we should celebrate it here a bit since without them, I wouldn't be here! Two brave and inspiring people, they have been living and working abroad for the last 15 years. Life was certainly never boring!

Gallery Spotlight & Challenge Winner: May 23

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/23/2013 - 01:59

Some great layouts have been posted to the gallery this week. Here are just a few.

Traveling Around Jordan: Aqaba

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:21

Over the weekend we had the chance for a quick getaway to Aqaba, which is down on the Red Sea. It's significantly hotter down there at sea level in the desert, it usually stays around 100F/40C. There's great scuba diving and snorkeling, although this time we just relaxed by the pool.

Better Late Than Never: April 2013 List

By Marisa Lerin Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:25

You may know that I've been working on a monthly list layout. Somehow May is almost over and I just managed to make my April layout. But at least I managed to finish it, so I'm feeling good. I used this month's DST blog train.

New: Tunisia Bundle

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 05/19/2013 - 01:18

Tunisia Bundle

This week's bundle comes to you from Tunisia! Tunisia is an important country to us because it's where Jordan was born and lived the first 11 years of his life. Last summer we were able to take a trip there with his family, which was my first time, to visit lots of places with special memories.

Photo A Day: Update #2

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 05/17/2013 - 03:14


Day 5: I choose an ice cream.

Sneak Peak: Week of May 19

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/16/2013 - 23:25

This coming week I have a new bundle for you. Can you guess the country?

2013-05-17 Sneak Peak

Gallery Spotlight & Challenge Winner: May 16

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/16/2013 - 02:50

It's been a couple weeks since I highlighted some of my favorite layouts from the gallery. So here goes...

Answer 3 short questions for a free mini kit!

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/16/2013 - 00:20

Thanks everyone! This survey is now closed.


Thanks to everyone who helps us improve by filling out our monthly surveys. Our May survey consists of just three short questions, and as usual, you'll get a free kit for participating!

Happy Mother's Day!

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 05/13/2013 - 05:09

I wanted to make this post yesterday, but because of time zones, I didn't want to give away my Mother's Day gift before I actually gave it to my mom!

Gifts can be tricky is you're not around to do something in person, and you've already given your Mom 20 cards or so. So this year, after some brainstorming with my sister, we determined to give my mom a Pinterest board!

New: Oxford Bundle

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 05/12/2013 - 00:59

Oxford Bundle

The beginning of our Europe trip was in Oxford. Jordan's sister was there studying for a Masters and we had a couple lovely weeks staying with her and exploring the town.

Photo A Day: Update #1

By Marisa Lerin Sat, 05/11/2013 - 03:22

I've successfully completed four days of my summer photo a day challenge! See the end of this post for details about joining me.


Day 1: Val enjoys lounging in the office window.

Sneak Peak: Week of May 12

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:37

Here's a quick peak at what's coming next week. It's the return of an older bundle, can you name it?

2013-05-10 Sneak Peak

Photo A Day: New Personal Challenge

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 05/08/2013 - 01:21

Summer is coming (or already here if you live in the Arabian desert) and with it lots of change is on the way.

Pin to Win Contest Winner

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 05/08/2013 - 00:39

Thanks everyone for participating in the Pin to Win Contest over the weekend. I randomly selected two winners: Lou Anne H. and Saskia S! Congrats ladies, I've sent you both your DC to download your wish list.

New: Mom Bundle

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 05/05/2013 - 02:57

Mom Bundle

Sneak Peak: Week of May 5

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:37

Summer has arrived here in Amman. I know some of you are still getting snow, and wondering if spring is coming, but we've moved through spring and it's hot now. The evenings are still pleasant, and we enjoy sitting out in the front garden watching the neighborhood go by.

Brooke and I have an exciting collaboration coming up this next week. Hope you like it!

Sneak Peak

Happy iNSD: Pin to Win Contest

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/02/2013 - 04:58

EDIT: Contest closed. See winners here.


It's time for another Pin to Win contest! If you've been keeping your wishlist on Pinterest up to date, great! If you're just getting started, that's great too! Be sure to pin the graphic below to your board and leave a link to your board in the comments. I'll be picking a winner on Tuesday.

Pin to Win

Happy iNSD: New Facebook Freebie

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 05/02/2013 - 04:47

Hi all! Are you excited for this busy weekend? It looks like there are lots of super fun things happening around the internets. There's a thread going here where you can share all the fun things you find.

Trending: Journal Cards

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 05/01/2013 - 00:21

Trending: Journal Cards, How to use them on non-Project Life pages

Whenever I see journal cards, it doesn't matter the colors, the theme, the style, I want them. There's something completely irresistible about those little cards. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but I just can't not love them. I want to use them all the time.