Monday, September 22, 2014

PICTURE PERFECT- Wedding weekend

Introducing Mr & Mrs Travis Card

 On Friday, my oldest daughter married Travis. She was a beautiful bride. She was the most calm bride I had ever seen. It was a small ceremony with only family followed by a reception at her father's home. It was just a huge celebration of love. The atmosphere was calm, very laid back and relaxed and we even had WAFFLE LOVE come. 

I am going to do a VERY photo heavy post today. I am full of happiness for the best weekend with my family.
My sweet daughter got married.
My heart was happy but sad for those who could not be with us.

PHOTOS countless photos were taken to help make them feel a part of the celebration.
The reception was gorgeous and the lights adorned the backyard and pool. 
Taylor was beaming.
She had done so MUCH work and was prepared. (so Taylor)
She had created her own DIY Photo Booth backdrop for photos with my new Studio Gold wrapping paper. It is GOLD glitter and she cut all the circles by hand. Then we attached to white paper and VOILA instant photo background. It was so beautiful and so simple.

I loved that everyone that could came to the wedding.
Matt and Kayla came from Huntington Beach, CA. I adore their sweet family. I love the grand babies. I had had surgery and was feeling AMAZING after the first day. So I treated them to lunch at my FAVORITE pizza place in Utah. Pizzeria Limonde (114th South).
We went to Thanksgiving Point- The Museum of Natural Curiosity on Saturday. You have to go there. I loved that Zach
and Ty loved it too. They loved playing with the kids. They adore the "babies" and are the best uncles.

I was taking photos and making personal videos ALL weekend for my husband, McKay and Seth. I posted them on instagram, Facebook... and made special private videos for my sweet husband. 
NOTE: When I'm out and about
my small Canon camera is (ALWAYS) in my purse. It's too hard to chase and hold kids with a big camera.

Trust me your kids will THANK YOU one day for taking photos with them. Zach actually loves photos with me because
he'll tell you that I'm his best friend (well, minus the "girl" he is so "in like" with)... more on this later.

We were constantly going to the the craft store for all the DIY projects that Taylor and I did for the reception. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts I think FIVE times in two days.  It's the mega craft HEAVEN. I am telling you that they probably think I am the "stalker" girl. I really was buying stuff. ha!  I was buying chipboard letters, adhesive, ribbon, fabric. Do you love my GOLD trimmer? It's now available. It's so cool to see people at my section. I loved seeing these two cuties at my section in the Draper store. Most stores are set or are close to being set. I loved seeing their reaction to my products and we even posted on instagram on the spot. They have the NEW Hello My Name is too.

This is my friend TC (yes, same initials) who came all the way from Alabama to be here for the wedding and my event this week. She does not have a Jo-Ann close by and so she kept buying all the punches and new HELLO MY NAME IS. I know she blew the "budget" set by her husband. I loved her reaction to my big &. She had no idea it was so big.

Now, I am going to post photos from Friday... WEDDING DAY no particular order. Just know these were taken to CAPTURE memories and the professional photographer will have the beautiful edited ones. I have the ones that were simply "telling a story" that I don't want to forget. It soon got dark and my photo time was over. I hope she got some good ones.

This is Travis Card. He has an AMAZING family. He is one of 9- yes, 9 children. Yes, his mom Terri was the SWEETEST lady. I can't wait to get to know her. She lives a little far from me, so we just met for the first time.  I have a feeling she has a lot of patience.

I would have to say this is my favorite PHOTO of the day because it was candid and I had no idea it was being taken. I am not even sure what was being said. It's just my sweet daughter on her wedding day. I love her! 

Taylor and Travis had the MOST fun and relaxing day. Everyone was taking photos and having fun. FUN was on the agenda. Here is TC and I. Note: my son Ty is the photobomb. LOVE him!  

There was a big movie screen in the back yard going with a movie for the kids. So POPCORN had to be available. I love it! 

She picked out the most beautiful WHITE bouquet and dress. It was actually a top and a skirt. Taylor was stunning. I am so happy for her.  

This was WEIRD. It was the first time when I felt "the loss" to not have McKay in a photo. I am with my two daughters here and yet, it's not complete. I have three beautiful girls and McKay was deeply missed. McKay we love you so much.  (yes, she will get this blog post sent to her)

Now, this is where it get's crazy. Taylor and I printed so many photos. Yes, the courtship was documented. We were still printing on the day of the wedding. This is their courtship documented in photos.

Please note: the photos were amazing in that they were REAL LIFE. These are Travis and Taylor memories. Due to the sun, the photos here look weird but they were stunning. The best quality can be printed right at home and makes it so fast and on the spot.

They had a video going the entire time which I loved too!

The photographer who came was a CANON girl too.
(printed with CanonPIXMA iP8720)
More photos....

I loved this photo of the newlyweds. 

REAL... candid photos are the best. Sorry Taylor!

Our boys... Ty, Matt and Zach. We missed our Seth since
he is also serving a mission in Arizona right now. 
Everyone was commenting on how much Zach and Matt look alike. They must have gotten their dads strong genes. Crazy huh?
PS the boys ADORE each other.

My boys and Kenadee. Yes, Zach is dating this wonderful young lady. I love watching him. She is the cutest girl and actually is so much like our McKay. (well, not as crazy- ha!) 

Taylor made the most beautiful pool floaters. They were white with gold accents and they put lights in the pool. It was so stunning and elegant. 

I love Taylor with Jaxon. She will be a great "second mom" to him. He adores her. I have no doubts that she will only influence him and love him in such a positive way. 

Well, she is my daughter. ha ha...
So many photos were framed and EVERYWHERE-
along with my Studio Gold TC gold sequins...

Candid moment: Taylor with Jaxon. I love this photo.

Now, I am biased my heart MELTS for these two-

Zellie and Maxson 

She will tell you. I am 2 1/2 and my favorite princess is Ariel and then name EVERY princess from Disney. She loves to be held and I miss her like crazy. I know she's at the age where she would spend the night at Papa's house now... she asked me, "Why is Papa still sick?" They really wanted to see him.  

This is Maxson. BEST four year old EVER- seriously the easiest and sweetest boy. He is kind and silly... loves Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and is going to be an architect someday (well, he loves to build things).

Zach, Travis and Travis. I am so thankful they found each other. 

Not sure what Devan is doing here... but I had to show Tenneson. Best baby ever. He just is so sweet and let's anyone love him and hold him. Gentry was not wanting to let him go.

PHOTO BOOTH time.....  

Gentry and Kayla 

Matt and Kayla...
Oh, and I had WAFFLE LOVE come to the reception. 
BEST plan ever. They made the best waffles for everyone. 
Then you put nutella or strawberries with cream on top... you decide. MAJOR hit!!!

Zellie loved the strawberries.

PS... Zach dressed himself today. His sisters razzed him for being in all black. ha! Kenadee wore a dress like Gentry's- cute!

I have another grandson. I think he is adorable. He already gives me hugs and affection. This ten year old is special. I know he can count on me to love him just like the other grand babies.

It soon became dark. Many of our closest friends came. So many people asked about Ty and the kids on mission. We felt so much love. This is McKays best friends. Josilyn and Taylor Ann and more came. Gentry's best friends came. We had the most amazing small wedding and it was PERFECT!!!!! I love every single memory and photo. I will cherish this time and this weekend. 

Now, I am preparing for the BIG event. Yes, I leave on Wednesday for my event in Vegas. I am barely sleeping. It's a HUGE undertaking to have 300 people at an event. This year is BIGGEST year EVER. I have went a "little" overboard. If you are in the area, there is a store on site- Down to Details. You can find everything and my BRAND NEW products too. Yes, I am bringing STUDIO GOLD. Trust me... you will want to stop by even if you were not able to get into the event.

I also have a new show today on

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Friday, September 19, 2014


I am up very early. I finally gave up and at 3:30 am decided to get up. I love writing early in the morning. The house is quiet. All my family is asleep. Today my daughter Taylor is getting married. I love that they found each other. Last night, Taylor was given some advice from her dad Bob. She called me afterwards and shared the advice. Her told her that "any two people can get married and make it work." He explained that marriage is hard work and that they have to put each others needs above their own. Basically he was telling her that commitment to each other, the marriage and that to have a God centered family/marriage. 

I know that marriage is not to be taken lightly. Taylor is becoming a stepmother today to Travis's ten year old son. Taylor just turned  24 years old last month. I have seen her with him. I know how much she loves him. I also know that there will be times that she is not "equipped" to know how to handle a instant "son" who is older. I know that her love for him and Travis will prevail. I told her that times will come that will be hard. It's part of our "imperfect" life and how she chooses to handle the situations is going to be important. 

When Ty and I married I had three beautiful young girls. I was divorced by the time I was 27 years old with Taylor, Gentry and McKay. I was so not looking to find Tyler. I had gotten married the first time to the girls dad at 19 years old. It was "not a mistake" but a life experience that I now have three of my favorite, most beautiful best friends and daughters from.  So I was newly divorced and not looking on the day I met Ty. (yes, I met him at the gym on the first day of my brand new gym membership) When we married he had two boys and I had my three girls. Instant love and we were married within a year of meeting. We had our sons Zach and Tyler. Imagine dealing with the ex's... a new house, blending and introducing our kids to our "shared" life together, moving to a new home, and I had to get used to being married to a doctor who was working 12-14 hours a day at the time. I was 28 years old and yet, Ty and I were determined to allow our LOVE to triumph and weather the storms. Oh we had storms. Once Ty told me that my feistiness was cute. I think he loved that I was a strong woman. I was raised to be strong in that I believe man and wife are equals. I grew up in an abusive household and watched my father degrade and beat my mother. I vowed that I would be allowed to express my opinions and not be in that horrible situation ever. I knew the first hit would have been the last hit. I watched my father constantly cheat on my mother. It was so hard and yet I learned by watching and knew I would break the pattern. I would not allow someone to do that to me.  

So I'm sharing this because I believe in life... "people will treat you, the way you allow them to treat you." I heard this by Dr. Phil years ago. I believe it. I know that marriage is give and take and through the hard times and the good times, the foundation just grows stronger. A marriage built on love, trust, and integrity is vital. I encouraged Taylor and Travis to be committed to each other above all else. Treat each other like the most valued and special person in the universe. I know that they will be happy.

I wanted to share more of their photos today. It's raining right now and the reception is outside. No matter what happens it will be a WONDERFUL day. 

I love that my husband talked to Taylor last night and gave her advice on the phone. I was telling her what he was telling me to tell her. He's not a big talker right now. He does not have a lot of energy.  He has been having some major issues with the graft/host problems and is having twice daily infusions for anti-rejection. Unfortunately, the drugs are causing kidney issues and they are now trying to deal with two issues. He is still very weak and spends most of his time in bed resting (I don't know if rest is the right word). He will not be with us today to celebrate. This makes me sad, but I know he would if he could. 

Also, if you are in UTAH this weekend. Remember it is the big WAREHOUSE sale today and tomorrow. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Surgery went GREAT now let's have a WEDDING!!!!

What a fabulous crazy busy week!
We are in full blown wedding, partnership meetings, my event next week and surgery mode added to "our normal" daily life.
So it has a been nonstop craziness.

I had been so scared about the surgery today. It was minor surgery, but when you are put under anesthesia, there is always risks with surgery... it's scary. NOTE: there is a video out there that has me coming out of surgery thanks to my beautiful daughter Taylor. She taped me and I did not remember anything of what I said. My kids were laughing so hard and needless to say the video has been deleted. 
What happens on versed can be quite entertaining!
Taylor even showed up to take me to surgery and we were wearing the SAME shirt. Yes, I changed. 

I know I talked about it before and finally knew I needed to have the surgery due to fibroid tumors and polyps. Thankfully, a few weeks ago the biopsy did show that they were not cancerous. Mine were benign but larger growths that potentially can grow quite large (think size of a five month fetus- no thanks!) These tumors actually can cause very heavy bleeding as it causes a thickening of the lining of the uterus. My polyps formed a endometrial hyperplasia, with this overgrowth of the uterine lining. This is common with women who have given birth to several babies. I have had five babies. 

Here I am this morning. I am waiting to be taken back to the surgical room. I got poked a few times and they waited to start the IV due to "blown out veins" in that room. They told me to show up very comfortable and wear no metal. I love "no makeup" days.

I even got this fleece zebra blanket to keep forever. SWEET! I got some cute blue socks that Taylor wanted. She waited in this room during the procedure. THANK YOU Taylor for coming helping me. I know dad wanted to be there but right now... it's just not possible and my kids are helping me through so much.
I am happy and thankful I did it. I'm home and the discomfort has been okay. The hardest part is trying to stay down for the first 24 hours. 

I am thrilled my daughter Taylor is getting married on Friday. We have the WAFFLE company coming and rented a company to set up strung lights all in the back yard for the reception. She is having this at her dads house. Taylor felt that she wanted it small and intimate with the family and friends who have helped her in this journey. So NO INVITATIONS were sent out other than to immediate family. I had to ask for one myself! I hate to have any hard feelings if you are reading this and did not get the invitation. I have not even seen who is coming. Taylor wanted to do this herself and I will tell you, it's going to be AMAZING!!!!

Taylor is very artistic. She picked out her dress and they did the bridals together. I loved this. They wanted the wedding day to be focused on them and family... a celebration.
(I love that Taylor is using my chandelier and hung this in the woods)

Taylor has said I can share a couple of the photos. I can't wait to show you the MANY printed photos that we printed with my printer. Of course, I am totally in love with the large format printer. 
(CanonPIXMA iP8720- is the DRESS printer).
All of the photos were shot by her wedding photographer and a Canon camera. *more about this later and a contact for this amazingly talented photographer.

THRILLED that my event in Vegas- Inspiration Unlimited is NEXT WEEK. I have to say that as my company and brand has grown so has my events. I have been able to do things that are so fulfilling and special to me. I want this to be such a GREAT event that you will want to come and come back every single year. 
I want to GIVE back to you. I want to bring in teachers who INSPIRE you. This year I have been working so hard so make this happen. I love to throw parties and this is ONE huge party.

I am so thrilled to announce that Friday night at the event is the BIGGEST party. Yes, Canon is coming. I have personally designed a Photo Booth and exclusive bonus make n take class workshops. Oh, and then I have MY FAVORITE THINGS 
*I can't tell you who made my LIST but those going will get a GOLD TICKET and the opportunity to WIN my
Check out the event blog. Signups must be emailed and addressed to
*please note the event coordinator Ginger and I keep all the names and if you are on the waiting list ALREADY- you do not need
to resubmit. THANK YOU!

*WARNING... I need to share CANADA visit more with photos.
In order to post this week, the photos are unedited and borrowed from my dear friend Deanna Hutchinson who is one of owners of Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, along with her mother Lori.

I love teaching. It's just PURE joy for me to show how I design and create with my products.  I love every single second of it.
We had girls drive long distances to be here. We even had girls come from the United States. Wow... I just feel so loved and supported.

FISKARS punches are now shipping RIGHT NOW! Yes, they are at HUNDREDS of Jo-Ann stores. TERESA COLLINS PARTNERS WITH JO-ANN  
So I had to let them use the amazing new tools and actually give some of mine away. Fiskars are so generous and I love working with them. Just know that I personally loved and designed each and every one of them. Fiskars is the BEST and they stand behind their products. This is quite the honor to be doing this. 

I gave away some of my MEMORY PHOTO books with WE R MEMORY KEEPERS. 

I loved the SPRAY PAINT area. Yes, it is always out doors. This is my new WOOD die cut pieces with my Christmas collections. I also had them spray paint my NEW -ALPHAS and NUMBERS. Trust me... these are not die cut paper. They are a thin plastic and spray paint makes them POP. I am so in LOVE these essentials of my collections. 

 This is the projects that I brought to show my new collections. I allow everyone to take as many photos as they want. To be I want everyone to feel inspired and get as much out of workshop as they can. 

I made this project with my Studio Gold card set with WRMK, and my essentials stickers for memory journaling. 

Deanna and Lori have created a HUGE store with GREAT selection. The store is over 5,000 plus square feet and they are a DESTINATION. You have to go visit them. Yes, I will go back.
I am blessed to call them REAL and TRUE friends.
I get so many invitations to visit and teach workshops and I have stores that I have for years personally committed to. I will go at least once a year. I feel it so important to visit the stores that support me. They have several sections of my products.
I will be friends with them and their family forever, even if I was not a company and they were not a store. 

I love their store classroom. This is one of two classrooms.

My new products!!!!
My New York City Stationery products, office, party, gift and memory keeping products are SHIPPING effective this week.
You will have to contact Bridget Bauer at our new number at
Teresa Collins.


We've moved and you can only get STUDIO GOLD directly from us. We have a new warehouse full of the most amazingly beautiful products that is a dream come true for me!!!!

Everyone got to use my new punches and tools and my existing TC Xyron products. I brought every one of them and some of my favorite other tools from Fiskars. 

When you think of FABULOUS... this is what I think of these two women.
Deanna and Lori.... you inspired me in so many ways.
Deanna just is one smart business woman and I love listening to her stories and the way she runs her business.

LISA was a WINNER too. She is coming to the Vegas event too. Talk about a sweetheart! 

Did I mention we had so much fun???? I feel bad I did not get photos with all the classes and this was the end of the day and we were missing girls who had to leave early.

This is where you will find me teaching next: 

Teresa Collins Vegas Event- inspiration unlimited
September 25-27th. On site store that anyone can go to operated by Ginger the event coordinator. 

October 3-4- Mesa Arizona Scrapbook Expo *sign up online
October 10-11- Ontario Ca Scrapbook Expo *sign up online

October 17-18th- Ben Franklin Stores in Washingon (monroe on 17th/ bonney lake store on 18th- SIGN UPS HAVE STARTED NOW)

October 17th 2014
Ben Franklin Stores event with Teresa Collins
19505 State Route 2, Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 794-6745

October 18th 2014
Ben Franklin Stores event with Teresa Collins
21121 410th Hwy, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
(253) 862-6822
Scrap N Bean- October 24-25th EDMONTON, CANADA
Scrap & Bean event with Teresa Collins
Edmonton, AB CANADA Kathy Hanson Owner

NOVEMBER- AUSTRALIA Teresa Collins Visit with Pages 2 Scrap (limited if any space... call TODAY!) 6th,7th, and 8th.
Tuggerah NSW 2259 Australia Event

November 16-23rd- Teresa Collins Caribbean Cruise 2014 from Galvaston Texas (sold out)

December 4- 6th- Thousand Oaks, CA Treasured Memories visit.

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