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Spotlight Sunday- Miss Kim (Community Member Edition)

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It’s that time again!  This week MissKim is being spotlighted!

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I think selfies are the best thing ever invented. Forget the internet. I love the selfie. I spent years when my children were very young hiding from the camera and now that my kids are older and leaving the house, I am all about getting me into the picture. My life motto is “have fun” and selfies also help me to remember that I’m doing that just as much as I can.

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I am a pocket scrapper and I love filling up pockets. I chose my four most recent layouts that make me smile.
1. 2014 Week 22: I chose this layout because it’s one of my weekly pocket layouts and I think it shows how I use the weekly layout to capture a glimpse into our lives. This layout happens to feature photos from our vacation but it’s very much in the style of my weekly layouts. I love to love the extra touches and layers to each week. I also love my week in review journaling card. I love taking the time to sit down and write that up at the end of every week.
2. Celebrate Life: This one is one of my all time favorites ever. My daughter graduated from high school this year and I just love all the happy photos of her. I also loved pulling this all together and adding all kinds of details. This layout more than any has shaped where I’m going with my pocket scrapping style this year.
3. My Favorite Books: I’ve kind of made it my mission this year to use pocket templates for more than just a weekly scrapbook project. I did this one for a Think Outside the Box challenge, but I love that I have this little glimpse into my passion for reading and yet I fit it all in pockets.
4. Who I Want to Be: I chose this layout because it shows off my love of the selfie. I like the pop of the black and white photos against the turquoise and hot pink. I like to see myself happy and smiling. It’s just a fun layout.
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1. 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids Bundle by Traci Reed: I use Traci’s stitched templates for almost every pocket layout I do. They’re my starting point.
2. Wild and Free by Zoe Pearn: I love bright, happy colors and I think I love this so much because when I think of Zoe, I think of soft and pretty and this was so unexpected from her. Just looking at it makes me smile.
3. Be Someone Else’s Rainbow by Lauren Grier. I love the sentiment behind this layout. I had the chance to hear Maya Angelou speak years ago, and when she passed her quote about being the rainbow in someone else’s cloud really resonated with me.
4. Growing Pains by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. Seriously? How could a mom of two raging teenage girls not love this kit? I love the blue/red combo and I positively love all that amazing word art. Kristin scores again.
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I teach prekindergarten special education for students with low incidence disabilities like autism and intellectual delays. One of my favorite parts of my job is singing… lots. We sing to start the day, sing when we transition, sing to say goodbye. And me? I sing my way home. Here are some lyrics from my favorite songs at the moment. Honestly? Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music.

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Don’t forget to check back in with us next Sunday and every Sunday after that as we put the rest of our incredible Babes and community members into the spotlight. Each of them have such quirky personalities that I’m positive each week will bring new surprises and special treats that we can’t wait to share with you!

 

 

Spotlight Sunday- Zakirah Zakaria (SugarBabe Edition)

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Hi everyone! I’m Zakirah Zakaria from Malaysia.

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I’m 26 years old, single and child-less, so the kids in my photos & scrapbooks are my nephews and nieces. I don’t really feel comfortable taking selfies and don’t take a lot of them, unless I really have to (like for profile pics & tracking my moods). I’m also a shy person, so the only time I feel comfortable taking pictures of myself is when I have my family in the frame too.
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I can’t just pick four, but since I have to, I’d go with the latest ones that I really love.
  1. Let’s Play!: I’m a paper addict and love layering papers, and this page shows it. The layout design was inspired by this sketch from CreativeScrappers and I used A Happy Family: Playing Together by Traci Reed & Shawna Clingerman.
  2. My Guy: I love the photo of my nephew, Fawwaz, smiling so sweetly. When Shawna created He’s All That & He’s Handsome add-on, I knew it’s perfect for the photo. The papers & embellishments in the kit are awesome I wanted to place ALL of them on the page! I also used Cindy’s Set 163 template.
  3. Lil’ Cupcake: I really love the Ain’t Life Sweet kit by Jenn Barrette because there’s so many beautiful patterned papers in it! And Zoliofrope’s Lancaster template template was perfect to showcase them, hence this page was born.
  4. Toy X-Change: The new Inspiration Corner is really a great place for inspiration! For this layout, I was inspired by this beautiful layout by Janelle (NellahBean). I used Zoe Pearn’s Neon Crush kit.
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  1. Paint Washed Alpha by Kristin Cronin-Barrow: I love this alpha because it’s very easy to customize it. I used it on this page for Think Outside The Box challenge.
  2. Boy Wonder by Shawna Clingerman: I think this is a must-have kit if you have boys! There’s tons of great papers & embellishments in this kit and I just love scrapping with it.
  3. Torn Frames #1 by Ju Kneipp: This torn frames pack is great for adding realism on your page. It’s very easy to use too.
  4. Background Noise: Watercolors by Jenn Barrette: I’m into Art Journaling lately and have been adding brushes into my stash. These watercolor brushes by Jenn Barrette is the one that I find myself using again and again.
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  1. Terengganu: This is my hometown! I’m from Besut, Terengganu – a small village which is located nearby a few islands, like Pulau Perhentian (one of my favorite vacation spot).
  2. Negeri Sembilan: I studied at a boarding school in Labu, Negeri Sembilan from 2000-2005. That photo is the place where we’d gather every morning on weekdays before heading to our classes. Photo credit: http://asmaddini.blogspot.com
  3. Kuala Lumpur: My brothers and sisters moved to Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in the late 1990’s (I think 1998). I still go to KL once in a while for shopping. My favorite malls are Mid Valley & KLCC.
  4. Cyberjaya: This is where we’re staying now since I was 18 or 19 (I’m very bad at remembering dates!). Our house is located next to a man-made lake.
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  1. Once Upon a Time: I started watching since the first season, and my favorite villain ever is the Evil Queen, Regina. I even scrapped a page about it!
  2. Major Crimes: I loved The Closer, and Major Crimes is even better. It’s a different kind of police procedural drama (in my opinion). My favorite character is Lt. Provenza.
  3. Perception: This is where neuroscience meets crime. I love Perception because it’s different than other crime drama that I also watch (like Major Crimes & Hannibal).
  4. Hannibal: A little bit like Perception, but Hannibal is where psychology meets crime. If you love watching how a twisted psychiatrist manipulated his patients into becoming serial killers, then this is the show to watch. Warning: contains scenes of human organs being cooked & served.
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In my teens, I used to wear patterned shawls but as I get older, I’m leaning more towards solid shawls. There’s something about its simplicity that makes me fall in love with them.
  1. Color blocking has also hit the shawl industry, as you can see here. I’ve never tried this kind of shawls before, but intrigued I am. Photo credit: NurJannah Collection
  2. Some people love fancy styling of their headscarves, and I love seeing them! However, I’m bad at all this hijab styling. I’d watch a tutorial online and get stuck at the third step and then give up. Photo credit: Imaan Boutique
  3. Oh, how I love simple hijab styling! This is how I sometimes wear my headscarf. Simple, quick & ready to go. Photo credits: MiaSweetopia
  4. This is yet another shawl styling that I’d definitely fail at trying. It’s beautiful though, so I’ll keep dreaming of succeeding trying to achieve it. Photo credit: Shawl by vsnow

Tuck It In Tuesday – April 29

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Sweet Shoppers, it’s that time of the week again – time for another weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around! We’ve once again found some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.

 

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Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Tuck It In Tuesday – April 22

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Sweet Shoppers, your weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around is here! We’ve managed to dig up some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.

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giseli layout

sara

sara layout

caylee

caylee layout

misskim

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lynette

lynette layout

julie

julie layout

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amanda

amanda layout

Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Tuck It In Tuesday – April 15

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Sweet Shoppers, it’s time for another  weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around! We’ve once again found some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.

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Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Favorite Products

Nikki highlights some of her favorite products from the Shoppe

What a nearly impossible task! Pick favorites from the Shoppe – NOT easy because I love it all! So I thought I’d pick one favorite from each of our fabulous designers. Ready?

Cindy

If you take a look in my gallery it’s obvious how much I love Cindy’s templates. I’m really liking the new “snapshots” series. It’s helping me get so many of my “event” pages scrapped.

Darcy 

I love so many of Darcy’s fonts. I Am A Fangirl is one I choose a lot for my pages.

Erica

This kit by Erica is special to me, being a mother to a child with Autism.

Heather

It’s hard to find military themed kits. It’s even harder to find military family themed kits..that’s why I love this one from Heather so much!

Yari

I have a little girl that loves LaLa Loopsy and this kit is perfect!

Janet

Janet’s newest “Scrap Your Heart Out” Collection is amazing as always.

Jenn

I love the colors and especially the word art in Blue Skies and Sunshine.

Ju

Hoodies and Cold Nights – gorgeous right? Look at that flower! And even though we RARELY have snow in Mississippi, I’d buy this kit in a heartbeat.

Julie

This kit is so fun! I’ve made a couple of favorite pages with this one.

Kristin

Kristin’s Christmas Collections are always amazing and this year’s is no different. Gorgeous!

Krystal

Nothing sells me on a kit like a big gorgeous flower. Krystal’s kits never disappoint and I especially love the colors in this one.

Lauren

I super adore the colors and wordarts in this kit. Fabulous!

Libby

I always love Libby’s boy kits – this one especially.

Allie

I have a little girl that is just beginning to really love princesses. This kit is just perfectly princessy!

Mari

I love the “Southern” feel to this kit. The colors are gorgeous.

Meghan

I love bright colors, awesome wordart and adorable elements. Made of Awesome has all of the above.

Melissa

Gorgeous colors, beautiful flowers, perfect kit!

Misty

My little girl will be starting Kindergarten next fall. Every day I’m aware of how quickly my time with her at home is slipping by. When I first saw this kit by Misty I knew it was perfect for scrapping all those photos I catch of her while she’s home with me.

Lynnette

I love Instagram. I use it all the time and usually scrap those photos more often than my DSLR photos these days. Love these templates!

Penny

I scrapped one of my favorite layouts this year with this beautiful kit. I LOVE the colors so much!

Shawna

The wordart in this kit is what draws me in. This is why we scrap!

Ru

Ru’s kits are always so fun to play with. I love all the elements and cute alpha in this one.

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Red! Love all the red and black. Gorgeous!

Nicole

More red! I’m always drawn to red in kits. I love it mixed with the turquoise color.

 

 

Holiday Gifts for Under $10

 Amazing gift ideas from Juli–all under $10!

 

At this time of year, there are so many people you don’t want to forget, but how can you afford to get everyone on your list a gift? So, if you aren’t ultra crafty and just need something you can pick up to give as a gift for under $10, here are some of our favorites. (Prices don’t include shipping in some cases, but most online retailers are offering free to reduced price shipping if you join their e-mail list.)

 

 Hostess Gifts

1.  Urban Paisley Kitchen Towels – Cost Plus World Market $9.98

2.  Snowflake Glass Mugs (2 sizes) – Crate and Barrel  under $4.00 each

3.  Chesapeake Bay- Gingerbread Candle – TJ Maxx  $6.99

4.  Cake Stand – H & M  $9.99

5. Snowman Soap and Lotion Dispenser – Pier One $7.96

6.  Red Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer – Cost Plus World Market  $9.99

Gifts under $10 Teen Boys (ages 14–18)

1.  Grinch Boxer Shorts – Target  $9.99

2. Ceramic Ramen Noodle Cup – Spencer’s Gifts  $7.99

3. A classic – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (paperback) – Barnes and Nobel $7.99

4. iHome Colortune Noise Cancelling Ear Buds – Target  $9.99

5. Darth Vader Cup and Hot Cocoa Mix – Wal-Mart  $8.98

 

 

Teen Girls (14–18)

1. Forever In Love Cosmetic Bag – Forever 21  $8.80

2.  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (hardback) – Barnes and Nobel $9.99

3. eos Three Pack of Lip Balm – Target $7.99

4.  Designer Fabric Key Fob (monograms are hot with teens right now!) – Etsy $8.00

5.  Corner Acrylic Make-up Organizer – The Container Store  $6.99

6.  e.l.f. Party Nail Polish Cube – Target $10

Younger Kids (5–10)

1. Hello Kitty Mesh Jewelry Organizer – Wal- Mart $7.00

2. Easel Chalkboard – IKEA $9.99

3.  Harmonica – Pier One  $4.00

4.  Do It Yourself Chopsticks, set of two – Cost Plus World Market $5.98

5.  Dora Gardening Set – Wal-Mart $9.97

6. Hoyle Skinny Playing Cards 2-pack  (perfect for little hands that can’t hold full sized cards) – Amazon.com  $7.99

7.  Finger puppet theater and puppets – IKEA  $4.99

 

Men’s Gifts

1. Habenero 4 Hot Sauce Gift Pack  - JC Gourmet Gifts $9.49

2.  LED Head Light (perfect for when your guy is working on something outside at night, or for camping) – Home Depot $7.98

3.  Humerous Flasks – Target  $9.99

4. Superman Caped Socks – Thinkgeek.com  $9.99 (they have other super hero’s so you can your guy’s fave!)

5. Etekcity® Magnetic 0.67X Wide Angle / Macro Lens for Apple iPhone – Newegg.com  $7.98

6. Stanley 10 Piece Screw Driver Set - Amazon.com  $8.28

Women’s Gifts

1.  Owl slippers – Kmart  $9.99

2.  Chevron Infinity Scarf – Amazon.com $7.99

3.  Love and Toast Gin Blossom Handcreme – Loveandtoast.com  $9.00

4.  Sportline 2 Funciton Pedometer – Wal-Mart  $4.97

5.  Monogram Mugs – Cost Plus World Market $4.89 each

6.  Herb Scissors – Crate and Barrel  $8.95

If you are interested in seeing even more ideas, check out our Under $10 Gifts pin board on Pinterest.  Have fun shopping!

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 13

SugarBabe Jacinda shares her gratitude for being a parent helper at school.

Last week I had the opportunity to chaperon my daughter’s school camp. The kids were all aged between nine and eleven. I spent 3 days/2 nights with 70 students and a dozen other parents/teachers, and honestly, I came away as buzzed about it as the kids.

I tend to be a little cynical when it comes to the amount of money we have to pay for school camps. Is it a reasonable amount? Do the kids really get that much out of camp? Are they charging too much? Well I can safely say now, after being THERE with the kids, that every cent is totally worth it and then some.

To see the kids participate in so many activities outside their comfort zone, to see them work through fears successfully, building self-confidence and teamwork along the way . . . it was amazing. I felt so blessed to witness it all, and to be a part of such an incredible experience. They had archery, go-karts, a flying fox, a confidence course, a balance course, a rope maze, kayaking, and a huge water slide. The whole camp was built around increasing their courage, and I saw it over and over again as individuals pushed themselves just that little bit further than they thought they could go.

Here are a few photos of Brooke enjoying her camp:

When I thought about what I was most grateful for, being a parent helper at school was top of my list. I won’t always be available (or needed) at future activities. I’m sure as my daughters get older, having a parent along on trips won’t be the fun that it is now, so I’m making the most of it while I can. Later this week I’m helping in my younger daughter’s class too. It makes my heart glad to know that right now, my girls love it when I help out at school, and I’m thankful to be available to do so.

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf

Nikki shares 24 days of Elf on the Shelf ideas.

This year will be our family’s third year to welcome our little Elf, Buddy, on December 1st. I have so much fun coming up with ideas for Buddy every day before Christmas and I thought I’d share what he got up to around here last year for you here. Some of these ideas are my own, and some I found on Pinterest.

December 1 – Buddy showed up that morning with a “North Pole Breakfast” and a note from Santa. Yes I went way overboard with the sugary treats. My kids didn’t eat but a few bites of a doughnut I think but it sure looked cute!

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December 2 – The kids woke up to find Buddy watching his own movie, snacking on popcorn and juice. He even signed the DVD case for them.

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December 3 – My kids love A Charlie Brown Christmas so I picked up these little figurines for them and had Buddy trapped inside the box.

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December 4 – We woke up to find Buddy playing with all the Angry Bird toys. My kids LOVED this one. They thought it was so funny that they were playing together.

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December 5 – Buddy brought Christmas Snacks – I found the cute stick on labels for the fruit punch at the Dollar Store.

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December 6 – Buddy tried to do a little decorating with tinsel.

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December 7 – We woke up to a toy parade with Buddy leading the way.

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December 8 – My daughter Ella’s Birthday is December 10 and so the day of her party she woke up to find Buddy in her room with a bunch of balloons.

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December 9 – Video letters from Santa on the iPad.

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December 10 – This day Buddy had a note from Santa with a warning to behave since they’d had a bad day the day before.

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December 11 – I found this adorable Charlie Brown Tree at Hallmark so the kids found Buddy with it on this morning.

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December 12 – I found this cute printout through Pinterest and filled a cheap glass Christmas tree with Hershey Kisses

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December 13 – Some days I get too busy and forget about Buddy til the last minute…so this day was a quick idea – we found him watching a movie with Cinderella.

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December 14 – Unfortunately a nasty tummy bug hit our house, so I picked up some Jello Jigglers and left a get well note from Buddy for the kids. They really enjoyed this one.

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December 15 – I always try to keep an eye out for cheap toys and props that I can use with Buddy. I’d seen a few ideas similar to this on Pinterest so I found a cheap fishing game and had him playing with it that morning.

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December 16 – My kids seem to always enjoy the mornings when they find Buddy playing with their toys. They are convinced he uses magic to bring them all to life so it’s fascinating for them.

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December 17 – Buddy brought a new “Buddy” ornament for the tree. I found this one at Hallmark

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December 18 – Another morning when Buddy got in a mess trying to decorate.

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December 19 – I had so much fun with this one and the kids LOVED it. The little sign that the birds are holding says “Tell us where you hid our eggs!” My son Avery got such a kick out of this one.

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December 20 – I had a bunch of leftover Halloween Candy, so the kids found Buddy buried in it.

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December 21 – A reminder of what Christmas is really all about. I sat with my kids on that morning and we talked about the Christmas story.

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December 22 – A little gift from Buddy…Angry Birds slippers

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December 23 – Pinterest inspired again

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December 24 – Buddy brought supplies for decorating Christmas Trees on Christmas Eve

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The kids know that Buddy leaves with Santa in his sleigh on Christmas Eve. I wrote a note from Buddy the first year he was here but the kids were so excited about opening presents that it got lost in the shuffle, so this year I didn’t bother with it. The best thing about Elf on the Shelf is that you can be as elaborate or as simple as you want with it. I know some people simply leave Buddy in different spots for the kids to find every day, and then I’ve seen some examples on the internet that are super elaborate. I just like to have fun with it. My kids won’t be small for long and I like to create as much innocent fun for them as I can at Christmas Time. I hope our little Elf Adventures have inspired some of you!

Fantastic Patriotic Kits

Nikki highlights some of the amazing patriotic kits and products in the Shoppe.

Every year the designers add some fabulous new patriotic kits to the Shoppe so be sure to check them out just in time to scrap all those fun July 4th photos!

Life 101-July: Be Free To Be You by Jady Day Studio & Meghan Mullens

All American Guy by Heather Roselli and Meghan Mullens

Tis Of Thee by Traci Reed

Red White And Blue {special pack} by Studio Basic

Miss Independent by Shawna Clingerman

Miscellany: Star Spangled by Penny Springmann

Capitol City by Misty Cato

Sweet Liberty by Melissa Bennett

We The People by Libby Pritchett

Ignite the Night by Julie Billingsley

Freedom by Jenn Barrette

DJB Fonts: Stars & Stripes Font by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}

DJB Fonts: Betsy Ross 2013 Font by Darcy Baldwin {fontography}