Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I could not be more thankful and excited to share that you can NOW get my special BUNDLE with Silhouette & Amazon. I am in LOVE with this new CAMEO 3 machine.  If you have waited for the BEST machine and my exclusive bundle it's HERE!!!! There is three to choose from.

click here to see the exclusive AMAZON bundle offering-

Silhouette and I wanted to offer something amazing!



No matter which bundle you get THIS you will get my 25 FREE exclusive images, IDEA BOOK for inspiration and the most amazing die cut machine to be debuted. I am in LOVE with this die cut machine. WHY? 

It's so much easier than ANY machine I have ever used. I am admittedly afraid of machines. There I said it! I like simple, easy and I want to have a machine that can cut intricate (handwriting). 

Each of the BUNDLE comes with these EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS for you-

YOU get ALL of my EXCLUSIVE designs with the new TC SILHOUETTE AMAZON bundle. I love the full sheet of planner stickers you get too. This exclusive bundle is the BEST price, and you get all the designs. I hope you are as excited as I am. 
Happy Tuesday!!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016


JOIN ME AT PINNERS CONFERENCE IN UTAH.... (Salt Palace Convention Center)

November 4-5, 2016

What is the Pinners Conference? It's two great events in one. It's a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best teachers in the nation. And it's also an expo with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What's Pinners? It's where Pinterest comes to life. And it's now your favorite weekend!


Do you want to come and walk the show for FREE?

Here is my special code for attending and shopping-
The code is: freeshopping

This gives you a free General Admission ticket to come 
and shop the trade show floor.

*learn to make paper tassels, DIY journal and using the TC Fiskar line of tools!!!!


JOURNAL QUOTE BOOK... learn my tips and tricks for writing in your journal.

"DIY Planner Journal Print and Cut with Teresa Collins & Silhouette" - sponsors Teresa Collins, Silhouette and Fiskars

Join Teresa as she shows you how to use her best selling Silhouette designs to PRINT & CUT with the free Silhouette Studio software to create your own planner journal stickers. You will leave with a beautiful  DIY "OVER THE TOP CHIC" quote or planner journal with Teresa's exclusive Silhouette design store designs, journal and tools by Fiskars.  She is showing you her secrets for making mini books from office supplies, glitter tassels and gold embellishments. Don't miss out! The class is free. KITS OPTIONAL: $25.00

 one workshop only

Join me and Silhouette at the show and come see LIVE demos, shop and see the latest and greatest. We have a BEAUTIFUL booth with lots of inspiration. If you want to shop and buy my products and learn how to use the BRAND NEW Cameo 3- join us!!!! Yes, you can get the NEW EXCLUSIVE TC Silhouette bundle at the show. MAKE N TAKES, DEMOS and so much more!!!!!

UPDATED- the TC Silhouette EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE is now available TODAY!!!!

click here to purchase

YOU will see two other bundles available as well on AMAZON. 
Don't miss out!!!!!

It is UEA here in Utah so all the kids are out of school. I am loving the kids home and we are having a Halloween party- (well, my kids are and they like to have it at my house) on Saturday night. LIFE IS SO GREAT!!!!!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

YOU are your own INVESTMENT!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY... I did not expect the reaction from my blog post yesterday. THOUSANDS of you read and many of you felt prompted to share with me. I have been "overwhelmed" with love, support and stories being shared. THANK YOU!  

This has been going on since I met my sweet husband. It's just been an ongoing "trial" to face.  I only shared because I am not hiding anything. I did nothing wrong. I love that my sister in law called me yesterday. Yes, Ty's sister is STILL my sister and family. She talked about the blog post. She knew that her brother, my husband would be PROUD that I stood up publicly for US... for HIM...for our children... for his memory... for ME... for our TRUTH. I just set the record very straight.

Now with so many people reading and reacting to my blog. I want to share something. I am a GIP. I learned this from Whippy Cake when she was my keynote speaker at my event.

                    "GIRL IN PROGRESS" 

I want to talk about YOU. I want to talk about me. I realize that so often we don't see how SPECIAL we are. We compare,  may lack confidence, and often don't do for ourselves. We are so HARD on ourselves at times. If you are a people pleaser like I am... it can be especially hard. So I want to tell you this. I learned and decided to make ME my own INVESTMENT! 

                 Does that even make sense? 
Yes.... YOU are your own investment. Take the time to focus on being the best you, to FEEL your best, to feel confident about YOU!!! I had a conversation with my dear friend today about doing things to feel FABULOUS in your life. 

We TAKE the time to watch tv, follow social media, to go out to eat, to ______________ FILL IN THE BLANK. Do you take the time to be the BEST you! 

We follow those famous celebrities... we compare, but guess what INVEST this time in YOU... your own life. Whippy Cake said something so cool. She said, "BE THE CELEBRITY OF YOUR OWN LIFE." 

As a mother, I knew I needed my children to LOVE themselves first. I taught them how to take care of themselves, their bodies, do their hair, how to dress, and to CARE about themselves and to FEEL their personal best.   Even with this, people can be cruel.  I don't think it has to do with WHAT you look like. I think investing in you is about doing things you LOVE, loving WHO you are, but also doing things to make you the BEST you!!!!!  I invest in loving myself everyday. Are you worth it? YES, you are. Please don't sell yourself short. Take the time to do things for YOU. MAKE the time... invest in you so that you FEEL the most amazing YOU. 

I had a conversation with Brian last night on this. The happier I am with me... the happier I am in every aspect of my life. I see my many weaknesses and I know what I need to do to improve. I often will do things to "invest" in myself. I will buy a book, take a nap, try new makeup, buy wonderful smelling perfume, etc. We are all unique and different. 

Okay- sorry but this is WHAT I have been thinking about. I had the best meeting this morning at Silhouette headquarters. So much is going on in my business. I am so happy!!!!! I love my world of design. Please join me at Pinner's Conference November 4th-5th. 2016. We are doing a booth together. I am also sponsored by Fiskars. I am doing ONE class only on Saturday at 3:30 pm if you want to sign up. It's a DIY journal planner workshop. So many things are HAPPENING right now and I am planning an event with Silhouette in Utah this February 2017 too.  MORE details very soon. 

LAST... I am going to the doctor to get this crazy itchy rash looked at. Wish me luck. Have a FABULOUS day!

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Monday, October 17, 2016



This is going to be a longer post with lots of thoughts. I have thought over and over how to post some of the things that woke me up at  3 am to share. First, I have a RASH that will not go away. This past week has been super "unproductive" for me with this itch rash and some other reasons. I decided to FOCUS on watching 
my amazing BONUS son get married.

Seth and Ellie got married on Friday October 14th 2016 in the Payson LDS Temple. It is the most amazing temple. The ceremony was beautiful and I could not stop crying. My heart was FULL. My mind was so mindful of knowing Seth was missing his dad there.

Seth cried many tears as the ceremony took place. I wept with him. The love he has for Elizabeth (Ellie) and for Heavenly Father is so evident. I FELT he was missing his dad. I KNEW Tyler was there. I had NO doubts. I felt it. I am so thankful that I know that the Plan of Salvation if REAL. I know it so personally. I know that death is not the end. I have had deep personal witnesses of this. I know without a doubt that Tyler was there for this special day and that Seth knew it too. 

Here are just a FEW photos... I can't wait to see the wedding photographer's photos. 

Zellie and Tenneson (can you believe she is 4.5 years old?)

The bridesmaids (Gentry was stuck in traffic) I loved the color Ellie choose.

Outside the temple.

I seriously loved holding Thatcher. My heart is tender because in truthfulness, I rarely see Kayla and Matt's kids since they live in CA.

Zach, Tenneson and Tyler. 
Tyler is the tallest of the boys. (Zach and Ty are pretty even though so not sure how tall he will be when he comes home from his mission)

Zellie and I. ADORABLE little girl....

Okay it was CRAZY WINDY that day... CRAZY and the twins were not feeling too great...

This guy. OH how I love him. I have many TENDER thoughts on this to share later. I love that he is the biggest advocator of FAMILY and our kids. I have dealt with a death and he has dealt with a divorce. Our journey is quite different in that regard. 

At the reception.... I adore this couple.

I am seriously so thankful to be Seth's "other" mom. I call myself the BONUS MOM.

Silly times... yes, that is us. Devan is photobombing McKay and Mauro

Little Ty and Seth. I guess Ty is not so little anymore. How can he graduate this year? I'm not ready.

One of the gifts I made for Seth and Ellie. I used my papers and transparencies (gold dots, collectors edition and gold tape (gold glam) to create these. In the book, you write love letters back and forth. I was given this book (& idea) at my wedding  from my SIL Laurie and Kevin. I loved it.
The pencil I gave them with the WRITE book says "WRITE FROM THE HEART."
I hope they will write love letters to each other forever!!!!

handsome MAXSON

Cooper and Grandpa.
Yes, this is what Brian is wanting and THANKFUL to be called.
The kids call Tyler (PAPA and always will!!!!!!)

This was the temple that they were sealed for All Time & Eternity. In our church, we believe that marriages are not "until" death but can be FOREVER. I  did not grow up as a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) and I joined the church my senior year of high school. My personal believe is that death is only temporary and that we will be resurrected and with our families again. I get emotional as I type this. I have complete faith in knowing that God is real. 

Yes, I want to be with my family and I want to be worthy of this blessing. I love my grand babies. 

Cooper and Beckett did not plan to match outfits at the wedding. SUPER CUTE!!!!!

BE PREPARED.... sharing from my emotional heart now....

I just uploaded this photo and I have tears streaming down my face. 
This is Amy and little Ty. I had NO IDEA that one day this would be "the story." My husband would die of a horrible nasty cancer... I would be widowed in my forties... I would be HERE right now...

Amy is Seth's mom, Ty's ex wife and my friend. I greatly admire her heart, her kindness and for her "sharing" Seth with me for the past 20 years. I met him at age 2 when Tyler and I got married. My heart is so thankful that I was able to watch him grow up, and along with Tyler we raised together SEVEN amazing children. I loved every single one of them. 

STEP MOM... BONUS MOM... here is my journey....

I think the key is that BOTH of us did not fight or try to make Seth choose WHO he would love.  I never once felt Amy tried to make her son feel like he was not loved, wanted or put in the middle of their divorce. It was let's ALL just LOVE him!!!! I sat in the temple and watched Seth and Ellie get married and I was so thankful that I will ALWAYS be in Seth's and Amy's family life. 

I was married to my three girls dad at the young age of 19 years old. After seven years of marriage, we divorced and we both remarried. I will say that I wanted the girls step mother to LOVE my girls. I never wanted them to have "feelings" toward her. I wanted them to have so much LOVE in their life from their dad and I, Tyler (bonus dad) and their new BONUS mom.  

I was blessed to have years of our crazy blended families that just WORKED. I never ever would or did talk bad to any of my kids about their parent. I look back now and see what a healthy and blessing this was to our kids. Don't get me wrong, it was not perfect- divorce never is... but all decisions were done with the kids best interest and love. 

I have DEBATED for over a year about what I am about to share. I guess you could say I have ALOT of fear to share something so deep and personal to me. However, I feel I meet so many thousands of people and I get asked over and over the same question. Once you post something it's out there and many of you may have read that "someone" posted. Of course, I know exactly who this person. I try to be honest because I think by sharing our "journey" we can help others.


I had MANY people read my blog and see some NASTY untruths about Brian and I  that "someone" had decided to post. It was also posted on some "other" blog about me. I was heartbroken for my children and outraged. I have kept silent publicly  but I know for a fact that the TRUTH deserves to be TOLD and by me. I am sad that anyone feels the need to LIE to people about WHEN and HOW I met Brian.  The situation was portrayed to be an affair and I will not tolerate this untruth. 

I loved Tyler with all my heart. I will ALWAYS love him. He did not deserve his memory to be one in which  "someone" wanted others to believe that I had met or dated Brian prior to him dying. 

In fact, the "lie" was HORRIBLE, VICIOUS and UNTRUE. While my sweet handsome husband was enduring his final days on this earth, I was by his side. I slept on the couch in the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I did not want to leave his side for a moment. I would crawl in the bed with him at times and hold him. I cried with him. I grieved with him and his passing.  I witnessed as he was talking to angels and I knew the veil was thin. I ache as I remember this time. My world was so very sad. I was heart broken and I was devastated.  You can never prepare for something like this. I loved Tyler and he loved me. 

"Someone" has decided to keep telling lies that I had met, dated and went to "lunch" with Brian while my husband was in the hospital dying of cancer. As you can imagine, my kids and I are completely SICK that "someone" wants to say these things to hurt someone. Tyler died November 15th. It was the saddest day I have ever experienced and my kids and I were completely heartbroken.You simply do not ever get over this.

I met Brian for the first time in January and told him that I was looking for "friendship." I had no idea he was meant to be on my "new journey" with me and my family. I had never met or known him nor did Tyler. He was not working with Tyler on anything and this is the truth. This man came into my life at the time and in a place that I believe he needed me as much as I needed him.  It was crazy unreal. I knew it took a very special man to want to deal with the "REAL" life of being with a widow and children who had lost their dad. I give Brian so much credit. 

I have learned that EACH of us have our own journey, our own timing and we have to just LISTEN to our heart and the spirit to guide us.  The reality is, my children and I are still healing and we talk and celebrate LIFE in a different way now. We were in the temple together as a family on Friday and we laughed and talked about good memories of Tyler. Brian was with us and holding my hand as we do this.  It would have been my hope that Brian would have come from a similar background of peace in his past and previous marriage. Unfortunately, this is not the case and it's been one of the hardest experiences for him and our marriage. I am trying to be very delicate here.  Again, a great reminder to BUILD and not BREAK. 

 We are GROWING our family. This was just a SILLY photo from yesterday. 

missy, parker, brian, mckay and mauro

RANDOM, UNPLANNED, REAL and I wish everyone was in the photo that was at the house. We just have FUN!

Zach is doing AMAZING and loves Brazil so much!!!!! I sure miss this boy.

Life is too SHORT to be anything but HAPPY. 
Don't let anyone try to tell you that your journey is wrong if you know in your heart that it's YOUR path.
Stand up for what is right and do the RIGHT thing.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We BULID we don't BREAK!!!! Let's get REAL....

I have some pretty REAL emotions today as I write this post. BE WARNED. This is me being upfront about a HUGE problem that we ALL face.

I am very thankful that last night I got the chance to talk to some women and young women who came to a class I did at the Stake center (church). I see BEAUTIFUL wonderful women and men get "destroyed" by the huge negativity that is EVERYWHERE we turn.

SELF LOVE and acceptance is SO important.
This world is full of DRAMA...
turn on the TV, go on Facebook, Instagram, Social Media

it's happening in our own homes. 
It's happening in bad marriages, at school (at all ages),
where we work... 

People can and do TEAR each other down. I guess it makes someone feel better by talking about someone else's physical appearance, traits, etc. It's "not right" to say hurtful mean things about other people but THIS is what is happening.

We all feel times of SELF LOW and sinking,,, yet we must FOCUS on loving our "imperfect" selves. THIS is the KEY...
You are NOT perfect. I am not perfect.
Wow... we are so HARD on ourselves.
It certainly doesn't help when others want to HURT us by unkind words or actions.

In my book, I talked about SELF LOVE. I was made fun of in school because my mother smoked and NO ONE wanted to play with a little girl who smelt like a ash tray. I played alone
on the playground. I got made fun in 5th grade because I wore "jeepers" - aka "not name brand shoes." I could write another book on feeling abandoned, unworthy, and alone in my life. I still struggle at times with the "negative" nasty voice that will say 
Can you relate?
Guess what?
SMASH that VOICE and don't listen to ANYONE who tells you that you are not enough.

I am PASSIONATE about standing tall and saying,  
"I LOVE MY BODY- imperfections and cellulite and stretch marks"

I think this is WHY I am who I am. I will NOT break people.
I will NOT be that person. You can attack me, you can attack those I love but I will NOT allow anyone to destroy WHO I know
who I am. We learn and grow tremendous lessons from our trials. 

Don't let go of your LIGHT and spread it 
2. to everyone you meet

I told the girls last night and I tell my children...

others and yourself."

Stop listening to the NEGATIVE in your life. I don't care if it's your best friend, husband, co-worker or a complete stranger.

Surround yourself with people who LOVE and BUILD YOU.
You deserve this. 
Don't allow anyone to have that POWER.
If someone wants to PULL you down and say horrible things about
YOU... that shows much MORE about them and not YOU.

So please STOP listening.

Okay... now go spread some LIGHT!!!!
Go SHINE my friends.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016


This was the theme for my TC VEGAS event this year. Next year, 2017 is all about something POWERFUL. Yes, I will announce the theme January 1st. I wanted to share one of the workshops that I taught this year. We have people come from around the world to the event. If you want to be added to the wait list contact:

This is my 7"x 9" 3 ring binder that are at part of my WANDERLUST collection. I designed this new TC artwork in GOLD FOIL and placed  them on my album. The workshop was all about MAKING YOUR DREAMS HAPPEN IN LIFE!!!!

I have been very busy with trying to juggle so many deadlines and projects. Today was fun in that we were designing new TC Silhouette designs and using the BRAND NEW TC Amazon Silhouette Bundle Cameo 3. YOU will LOVE this new machine.
I often hear people are so intimidated by the die cut machine world. No worries... we have PLANS to make it easier for all of you and educate and inspire along the way. 

This is the my next Teresa Collins cruise!!!!!
Don't hesitate before our CRAZY great prices as a group disappears.

            TERESA COLLINS 2017 Scrapbook Cruise
                               Group# 6520490
The ship: Allure of the Seas (Oasis Class)
The sail date: 4/02/17
The itinerary: 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

Join me in Fort Lauderdale, Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico!!!!

The Room Deposit is $500 per stateroom, $250.00 per person. Gratuities $94.50 per person
Contact Royal Caribbean Group Sales (use group code 9520490 when calling in to book room)
Tel: 800-465-3595 Final Payment and Cancelation is Jan 2nd 2017
4/02/2017 Sunday - Port Ft Lauderdale set sail 4pm (board between 11-3pm)
4/03/2017 Monday - Cruise (class)
4/04/2017 Tuesday – Labadee, Haiti 8:00am – 5:00pm
4/05/2017 Wednesday – Cruise (class)
4/06/2017 Thursday – Falmouth, Jamaica 8am-4pm
4/07/2017 Friday – Cozumel, Mexico 8am-5pm
4/08/2017 Saturday – Cruise (class)
4/09/2017 Sunday – Arrive Port Ft Lauderdale 6:15am

Stateroom Type 1st and 2nd Rate Per Person 3rd and 4th Rate Per Marie Barbee
Balcony: $917.00 + $118.59tx =
Available Upon Request
Inside: $678.00+ $118.59tx =
Available Upon Request
Teresa Collins Western Caribbean Cruise
Workshop Fees $275.00
Also you need to know that we have a great rate of $300.00 less then the going rate for our cruise ship. Without our group rate the Balcony is going for $1,335.59 Inside $1,085.59.
***The pricing/amenities below will be subject to change based on availability and time of
Bring your husband, friends, family etc. You do not have to scrapbook to be in our group. We have lots of people who bring their spouse as well as many who are "single" and "mingle." I have BIG plans for this cruise. Contact Elsha and sign up directly with the cruise.

NOW on a personal note.... my kitchen is a mess and a learning experience. Coming home to the kitchen done was a shock. However, more shocking was the quality of the work, the holes in the walls, the dirt and derby in the cabinets and the crooked tiles. Did I mention the contractor used the WRONG tiles and decided to do a different pattern than the one I had asked for. I could go on and on.  

I  thought I would share some of the photos of the detailed work that happened in my kitchen remodel.

I had granite countertops and they took them off to put on the new white marble quartz design. They used a tool and damaged my cabinets.

The grout was already cracking, it was uneven and was not sealed. 
Did I mention that this is not the size or design I had asked for?

The island was finished but it was the wrong size. They took it out to use in other areas of the house so that it was not a total loss.

The tile was completely taken off on Tuesday. The new contractor could not get it better without taking it all off. The countertops were perfect here.

This was ripped paint off the panel by my refrigerator. Such a messy job!

All my cabinets inside are covered in dirt and debris. They covered "nothing" and now there is a mess.

I HATE confrontation so I decided to think, ponder and sleep on it when I first saw it. I took lots of photos like the ones I just posted. I emailed my contractor the next day and asked to meet with him asap. I knew from meeting with him that he did not "get" the issues with quality and I was overwhelmed knowing he could not do the job as desired.  He said he was "out of funds" and needed me to give him $2,000 for dollars and that he wanted to just replace a few of the tiles to be more even. I told him I would not give him "one more penny" to correct his mistakes. 

Thankfully, I contacted someone from the ordeal that I did not realize did this type of work (his son played baseball with Zach). He is known for quality and honesty and his company came in to save the day. 

Right now, all the tiles were taken off the walls and the large island is gone. Yes, the first contractor did not do the size I had asked for. I wanted to make sure I had been fair and honest to my first contractor. I was lucky in that I knew not to give my first contractor more than was required when he started my project. 

Thankfully, I had paid a bigger amount that covered the work that was done correctly and is fair for what was done. I will be posting photos of the after. I have absolutely loved "remodeling" our home in the last year. I believe in making our home the PLACE we most want to be and a SAFE HAVEN from the crazy world.

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