Monday, July 27, 2015

Missionary Journal - Pre-order Your Copy Now!

Heart, Might, Mind & Strength: A Journal for Sister Missionaries - Hardback

MSRP $19.99
Now Available for PRE-ORDER
Expected Release Date: August 11, 2015

This colorful 224-page journal, designed by Teresa Collins with sister missionaries in mind, will be a tool for inspiring hope, gratitude, and happy memories by helping a sister missionary focus on the blessings that come to her because of her service. Includes inspirational quotes, end tabs for marking "miracle" days, and journal sheets for compiling contact information for converts, companions, and more.  It’s the perfect place to record the precious mission memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Make your mission moments glow! 

 
We asked Teresa what inspired her to design a Sister Missionary Journal and we loved her explanation:
    
"I am so blessed that I am able to design something that is so deeply personal to me. I was converted to the Gospel and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by meeting the missionaries at the age of 17 in Hickory, NC. I was a senior in high school and I firmly embraced this Gospel. I was so filled with gratitude and love for the knowledge it brought into my life. I knew that Heavenly Father had a plan for me and for his children. Families can be together forever. I live every single day with thankfulness and as I had children, I taught them to live and love the gospel. "
     "I have the blessing of knowing that the gospel has made me so happy. I know that I am nothing without my faith and belief that Heavenly Father loves each of us so much. Even during our earthly trials we can be happy. We need to share our beliefs and love more. We are his children and by doing missionary work we can change and bless the lives of others. 
     "My daughter McKay served a Spanish speaking mission to Seattle, WA recently. I know her journals and gratitude were so important to her. I wanted to design a beautiful keepsake for other Sister missionaries to love and use. This will be their keepsake. I am honored to have this opportunity to design such a special book."
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN....

Today is Brian's birthday. I could not be happier to celebrate this day with him. 

I wanted to celebrate him and share some of the photos from his life. I am so thankful for this wonderful man. He captured my heart!




                                                                   such a cute baby!!!!




How great it is to know his mother kept these photo albums? 
PRICELESS treasures for sure.



I think he is the cutest!!!!!


loving the freckles!!!!! He was baptized at 8 years old.


Brian has the most amazing light blue eyes. What a cutie!


*graduating from law school. Doesn't he look so young?????

When I talk about him. It's really sweet, special and tender to me. You see, I KNOW this man saved me. I had no idea when I first met him that he would be the one that I would fall so in love with or vice versa. I know we were both so broken in many ways. How in the world we both let our guard down to accept each other, we still marvel at this...  

When our beautiful children accepted our love and us, well, it opened the doors for us to get married. It opened the doors to my new HOPE and story. I will be sharing more because I feel like we can truly help others by being willing to open up and sharing our journey. We realize we are not alone. We are all simply human.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN! He comes from the MOST amazing family that I adore. He is one of seven children. He is the oldest of five other boys and a beautiful sister. I love them all so much. They have welcomed me and my children with open arms. 

Brian and I appreciate every day together. We have felt strongly that we were brought together. We are able to celebrate our birthdays together since they are only three days apart. I loved how he planned a last minute trip to Denver to go watch a baseball game. Yes, he is on a quest to visit every MLB park. He has SIX more to go. I love that we can do fun things like this together. We realize that life is so short and it's meant to be lived. We are choosing to make memories and do things together. 



Yes, I am that wife that will forever take photos of US living in the moment and enjoying our moments. It's so important. It's remembering our story.



We had no plans but we just had fun. We went and got pedicures. I love that he is so easy going and just loves to spend time together. 



We were only in Denver for a day, but it was so fun to see the Rockies vs Red game. It was amazing and we simply love laughing and being together. 




We flew home and went straight to meet Taylor, Travis, Zach for a quick dinner at Noodle & Co. We then went to some amazing Murray fireworks. It was so fun and family time is the BEST time. I love "our" children. We are blessed to have so many kids "together." We both wanted to be together and have our family support us and for us to celebrate life together.  Isn't Taylor so cute at 33 weeks???? TWINS.... oh, my WE are all excited.



Next month... we will see her little boy and little girl. My heart is so happy. We know she will need lots of help. 



 McKay is still in Peru until August 3rd. She did this doodle in church today and posted it. Oh how I adore her and her FAITH. I was so touched by a video she made me for my birthday. Oh the times I pray as a mother I have done the right thing. Then I see that I am often way too hard on myself. My kids love me faults and all. 

So this week is the SPC trade show here in downtown SLC. WATCH for updates and photos and I'll debut my brand new collections. I feel so blessed. I feel so much gratitude. TODAY I am so thankful to be celebrating today with Brian and my crazy boys here at home. Yes, the girlfriends are here too. It's always a house full here and I would not have it any other way. 




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Thursday, July 23, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!!!!!


Yes, it's me... I am celebrating my birthday TODAY.

I am so thankful for TODAY.  Every day we have is truly a gift from God and a reason to be thankful. Yes, even in the HARD times, the trials and the days we think... Can we go on? Today just sucks. This is REAL life. I choose to be HAPPY and look for the GOOD or really the GREAT in each day. Yes, I am not letting LIFE kick my butt. Why should I? Why should you?  Life can hurt. People can hurt us. We face and lose people that we LOVE more than life. We are STRONGER than we realize. 


I look at birthdays different. It's a DAY to celebrate!!!! I live each day with being grateful. I enjoy the simple things. It's really the small things that "really" matter.



When Ty died, it was the worst thing I have EVER endured. I had lost my mother and this was almost unbearable. I watched Ty fight like a warrior to live. He fought so hard. He did not want to die. We rallied around him and encouraged him to FIGHT. Oh how he wanted to stay with us. He endured the worst treatments so he could live. He could not feel his feet, he lost his desire to eat, he lost so MUCH "trying" to live. 

So today... as I got in the shower- I prayed. I prayed with tears streaming down my face. I thought of my mother.  I thought of my dad. I thought about Tyler. I thought of all of the loss, the pain and how I am a better, stronger and more appreciative person because of EACH of them. My sweet mother was unwed and was not prepared to give birth to me at the age of nineteen. My dad wanted her to abort me, but she refused. He did not want me. He was married and I was a huge mistake. My mother was so in love with him. Yes, writing my book has been good for me. I realize that I am ME today because of EVERYTHING I have been through. I am not a mistake. I KNOW THIS... it took me a toll on me as a child. I knew my father never loved or wanted me. I share things in my book that I have never shared. It's deeply personal and I knew I needed to share my life story in hopes it will help others. You can endure HARD things and still live a happy life. I never wanted to use the abuse I have faced or use it as an excuse to be less than I want to be. DEEP HERE.... 

I choose to SMILE... Trust me, I have days that I don't feel like smiling. I simply have learned to love ME. I love my imperfections. I love that I am emotional and that I cry easier. I care too much. I am the ultimate people pleaser. I guess you could say, I have learned to ACCEPT me.... simply as I am. 


Things happen for a reason. I am a firm believer in this. I am a girl who is inspired every single day myself to be MORE and to accept the lessons given to me every day. I am often impressed to see or do something because I look for opportunities around me. On Monday, I had the opportunity to go to dinner with Bridget and Ashley Mitchell. This is the owner of BIG TOUGH GIRL. She is coming to help me KICK OFF my TC Vegas EVENT 2015 in Henderson in September. This event has SOLD OUT every single year since day one. I love that it is "more" than crafting. It is an event that is about "inspiring" those who come. It is about "friendship, good times and having a time out from obligations." It is so much more than the projects. I want those that come to feel like they are empowered and are better for coming. This year I decided the event theme would be BE FIERCE & FABULOUS.



I have felt that in life we are often too hard on ourselves. We are constantly told by others that if we are different, if we are successful, if we are not perfect (who is?) THEN we should change. I have experienced first hand how other women try to tear other women down. It's a horrible vicious cycle. I believe as women we should "pull each other up." I do my Vegas event and all my events to share my heart and I believe in the GOOD that we each can do by loving ourselves and loving others. Life can kick us down HARD. Why should we do it to each other? The one thing that I have learned is to "not listen" to the negative voices that exist within each of us. The self doubt, the guilt and the judgment we can impose on ourselves will tear us down. Then we have the "outside" world that wants to judge us too. It can be hard if we are not strong and confident in who and what we are about. I am passionate about hosting events where women and men can come together and feel inspired, uplifted and loved. The work to host these events is overwhelming on so many levels, but it is so WORTH IT. 



ASHLEY, BRIDGET AND TERESA
I am so thankful that Ashley inspired me to SHARE my voice more again. Listen and share openly as I feel it. I have found myself holding back. I have found myself not blogging as much. This will change. This is who I am. I recently got an email, it was about "lights" in a house. Is said, "HOW DO YOU SHINE?" I thought...

I guess I am like a LIGHT. Do I shine? Do I SHINE bright or am I dull? Do I share and do what is right? I want to do and be more. 



I realize that I am happy. I have found love again when I never thought this was possible. I am deeply in love with my husband and our life. I love my children so very much. I see the blessings that God has given me.


Brian loves me just as I am.
Brian doesn't even like country music and he found out that I love Luke Bryan and he bought us concert tickets for my birthday. THIS guy melts me. He had me in tears. He came into my life like a tornado. He captured my very broken heart and simply loved me. He accepted me as I am and and all the hurt that came with me. He knew the hurt and all the pain that my kids and I had faced and were still facing. I know that God was mindful of my needs. I know he was mindful of Brian's needs. He so deserved to be loved and adored. He was broken too in many ways. I never thought I would find love again. I never thought life could be this way for me. I was completely not expecting this man or the LOVE STORY that would happen. I watch him with my kids and I am so taken back by his gentle, kind and loving ways. I know that Tyler would have wanted this for me and for our children.

*daily SWIG runs are the BEST! (follow my personal page on instagram- teresacollinswebber)

Please don't put off your happiness. Don't waste ONE day in regret or living a life that is not filled with joy. Don't let others tell you, you are not good enough. You deserve it all!!!!! Go and do and truly LIVE. I know that is WHAT my family, Brian and I are doing now with our children. Just two days ago, Brian bought tickets for us to fly tomorrow for one night to Denver. We are going to a MLB baseball game and flying home Saturday night. This is living life and choosing to spend our time living life to the fullest. I hope you will too!!!!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's a Party + Free Invite Printable



We are having a party here at Teresa Collins Studio and with a few of the newest 12x12 papers designs, some ribbon and the paper chain kit we were able to put this together in no time at all.
 



Place cards written out by hand and embellished with scraps of leftover pattern paper. 

Then we printed off the bottom half of these fillable INVITES on our Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer adhered to coordinating pattern paper and the party is complete.


BONUS: We are including a free download of the "invitation" portion that you can print at home and use for your next party!  Click here to download.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TAYLOR'S BABY SHOWER



Well our family had a wonderful vacation in Anaheim. It was our first family trip. We missed all of our kids getting to join in, but it was truly so fun. What a great reminder to me of how important our photos and memories are. THIS is WHY I am passionate about "our story" and being a spokesperson with Canon. I can't imagine not having photos and more importantly we HAVE  to take the time to print out our memories. This month I am doing a contest with Canon. 




The Teresa Collins "Print Me" giveaway starts NOW. On Instagram or Facebook simply tag @teresacollinsdesigns on your FAVORITE PHOTO (that you've taken) and use the hashtag #PrintMe for your chance to win the @CanonUSA PIXMA iP8720 large format craft printer and bundle of Teresa Collins products. Contest runs through July 31, 2015. Enter as many photos as you'd like. Winner selected at random.

Enter to win my all time FAVORITE large format Canon printer and these albums and products (some of my favorite) that I personally selected for this giveaway.

 

Now I wanted to share some photos that I took Saturday at the shower that I hosted for my beautiful 24 year old daughter. Taylor is having a little boy and a little girl. She is 31 weeks along. I love her with ALL my heart. I love Travis with all my heart. 

NOTE- YOU can never take enough photos. TAKE them.... print them... REMEMBER these moments.



I love being her mother. I adore this beautiful kind girl. She has a kind and giving heart and I know she will love her babies with all her being.



While I prepared for the shower, sweet Cooper was asleep. The new house has a guest area that anyone who visits can stay and have their own area. This was a huge reason I bought the home I did. I wanted my children and friends to have a place to comfortably stay at our home. I designed the guest room in white and wanted it to feel very welcoming. (headboard: pottery barn, sheets: Target, bedspread: Home Goods)


My handsome boys. I love them all so much. I love that Brian took the boys out to the golf course. I am so thankful for the strong men that are in Zach and Ty's life. I know that this would be exactly what Ty would have wanted and prayed for. I am so proud of my sons. They are both kind and smart and are focusing on their academics. Zach is looking into colleges and where he would play baseball. He had lost all his desire to play baseball, but recently has reconsidered the blessings of his talents. Thankfully, it helps he has the grades to support going to a great university and play baseball. Ty is my baby forever. I know he struggles with WHY... I know I don't have the answers. It is a ongoing daily process. I have found that LOVE is the most important thing that I can and do give my children. I thank Heavenly Father daily for my children and for Brian coming into my life. 


I decorated the house very simply for the shower. These are white poms that I adorned with blush, gold and pink ribbons.


Gentry and Taylor are sharing having babies at the same time. THIS is something that is precious and wonderful. My girls used to fight as teens and I would tell them- "One day you are going to be best friends.  They will be your very best friends in life. Trust me... love each other." Guess what? I was right. ha!
I look at these two and McKay and my heart just explodes. Yes, it was hard having FIVE kids by the age of 29 years old, but it's funny how amazing it has been.



Oh how I love my seven week old grand baby Cooper. He is the sweetest. Heloves being held really close and his bum patted. I love seeing this sweet family. They are so in love. 


I saw Devan sitting and holding Coop and I had to take the photo. This is the BEST photo and the BEST memories.  How often do we not take a photo and regret it?


We have been in our home for 6 weeks now and it's a slow process to get all moved in. It's fun to decorate and make the home "our" home. 


It was fun to set the table up with the food at the shower.


I love having really beautiful fresh flowers at home. It's that simple touch of nature.  I am a FRUIT and SALAD lover. Oh my... my family know that I'm in heaven every day if I can eat a salad and have fresh fruit. I love the color this brought as well.




SWIG COOKIES-my addiction. Yes, come to Utah and you will know that SWIG is the happening place to go. These yummy PINK dough like sugar cookies are AMAZING. They are $1.59 of pure bliss. I often... almost daily... confession time here- share a 1/2 cookie with Brian and I get a 44 oz. DIET WILD. So go to SWIG and let me know if you love them as much as me.  




So in love with this gift wrap. It was from her aunt Cindy. She purchased it at Hobby Lobby. I am the BIGGEST fan of gift wrap.  



One of the games was to taste baby food. Then you guess what the flavors were. Yes, #6 was prunes. FYI- not a crowd favorite. 


Travis has the most amazing mother and family. Terri is a gem and I love being grandparents together. (middle) 


I adore my son Tyler and any chance I can get a photo of this 16 year old boy I do. THIS is what it is about. Devan is always pulling silly faces too.  


We wanted Travis to be there too. It was fun to have him there for the shower. I think everyone loved that the boys were at the house.  



Taylor is a LIGHT of sunshine. She is so excited to be a mother. 


Travis is a huge UTAH fan. We are a BYU family. The joke is that they both are going to get the twins to "favor" their school. This is funny because I married Brian who also went to U of Utah. I went to BYU... it's a fun little "rivalry."  


The twins now have to choose the UTAH or BYU sock monkey. It's a fun way to pick on Travis and Brian and vice versa. 


Cooper took naps during the shower. Oh how I love these MOMENTS.  


The game with the yarn. Yes, I did gold twine to try to guess how big she is at 31 weeks with twins. I think I was bigger than this with ONE baby. She feels huge, but I think she looks fabulous. 




This is Tyler's mom, Carol. I think she is beautiful. I love that she is in our life. I know the pain she feels losing her husband and then Tyler has been so hard. I will always love and appreciate her. I was sent a article that hit home to me. It was about honoring your past, treasuring your past, and loving your past, but not to live in your past. 
When it comes to LOVE- our HEARTS are truly without capacity or limits. If this was the case, we could each only have one child because how could we possibly love more than one? We each have an infinite capacity to love. I have learned that grieving is ongoing and a long process. You don't forget the past. The fact is that even in wonderful and happy times going forward... things like holidays, birthdays, there is so many reminders of the pain associated for all of those left behind. Moving forward with a beautiful life is exactly what Tyler would want. I know that he would want our family to be together, happy and support each other.  

This is Carol, Taylor and his sweet sister Leann.
I am forever family with them. They are STUCK with me.
I say this in the silly playful way that I am. I am so happy to say that in HONORING Tyler, we know that TIME is precious, LOVE is what it is all about and he would want us to be family.

Today I am looking at each of these photos with pure love and thankfulness. We can look at the miracles and blessings of life. We can face and endure hard things. My sweet friend and her family are doing this. Never take for granted one day. Tell those you love that you love them. OFTEN... many times a day if possible. I know I had a shower with no cabinet doors and  when people saw that I was remodeling they probably thought I was crazy to host a large shower with renovations happening. I realize what matters most and I don't see things the same way anymore. I am
choosing to LIVE today and ACCEPT that life is not perfect.
I love being okay with life simply as it is. I realize what
matters most and that I can choose my destiny through my own actions and attitude. I can love more and forgive more. I choose to be HAPPY. 



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