New Year, Old Favorites: Books 2013

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:36

So one of my goals for 2014 was going to be to read more. I felt like I hadn't read very many book in 2013. Then it turned out I actually read 62 books, which is fewer than the 87 I read in 2012, but still an acceptable number, as I was going to set my goal at 52, or a book per week. It was nice to accomplish my new year's resolution without even knowing it.

Books Read

Due to my resounding success at accomplishing my "read more" goal, my revised reading goal for 2014 is to read the books I've put on my "to read" list. I've even gone so far as to sort the list by genre so I can more easily find what I'm in the mood for.

(Also I just noticed that the longest book I read this year was 600 pages. Since I read exclusively on my kindle, I no longer have any sense of how long a book is. I'm always "73%" through the book. I probably wouldn't have read that one 600 page book if I had known it was that long, I wasn't that interested in it...)

I use Goodreads to keep track of books read and books to read. I'm always annoyed with that site, since I feel like they could be doing things about 1000 times better, but what can you do. At least it tells me how many books I've read. If you'd like to be reading friends, find my profile here.

The point of this post was to mention my favorite books of 2013. So here goes:

My Favorite Books of 2013

1. Garment of Shadows by Laurie King
2. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
3. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
4. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
7. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
8. When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

What were your favorite books this year? I'm always looking for recommendations!


New Bundle: The Lake District

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 01/06/2014 - 10:36

I'm super excited about this kit, mostly because I'm really looking forward to using it with my photos from my trip to the beautiful Lake District last summer. It was a wonderful little stop on our way back to the States, you can read more about it here if you'd like. As for designing this actual bundle, it really was something of a struggle to get the colors right. I knew it had to be just right since I wanted it to work with our photos, and I went through three tries before I finally landed on these softer colors. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Lake District Bundle

I also have another set of plastic pockets for you, definitely looking forward to using these myself.

Plastic Pockets

Here's some inspiration from the creative team:

CT Layout

On the Way to Christmas by Elif


New Year, Old Favorites: Music 2013

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:15

For the last three years, I've compiled a list of everyone's favorite songs and created a playlist for everyone to enjoy (see 2012 here). This year I created a special bundle to help me make a little accompanying booklet. You can find the template I used for all these layouts here.









Here's my music list from 2013 if you're interested:

1. Holy Ground by Taylor Swift
2. Home by Philip Philips
3. Awake My Soul by Chris Tomlin
4. Against All Odds from Glee
5. Timeless by The Airborne Toxic Event
6. From This Valley by The Civil Wars
7. Until We Get There by Lucius
8. Fell On You by Francis and the Lights
9. All About Us by He is We Feat. Owl City
10. I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
11. I Was a Fool by Tegan and Sara
12. Keeps Coming Back by Manual

What were your favorite songs of 2013?


New Year, Old Favorites: Instagram 2013

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:32

2014 seems to have come like both a thief in the night and a punch in the face. I was most certainly not ready for it, and now it's here and there's no going back. I'm trying to convince myself that just because I didn't have everything figured out before the clock struck midnight, doesn't mean I can't spend the whole month of January trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of 2014. So, I'm still working on my goals and big to do list for 2014. In the meantime, I'm going to share a bit about what was great in 2013. First up, Instagram.

I only got my first smartphone over the summer, and I definitely felt like a super newbie for several months. Now I'm getting the hang of things, and super loving Instagram. Here are my favorite photos from my first 6 months:






A spot of sun #acatslife


The road home.

Bald Hill walking



#mexico #nofilter #flowers

Pixel Scrapper January 2014 Blog Train

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:38

See the full list of participants here.

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Pixel Scrapper January 2014 Blog Train by Marisa Lerin