8 Years!

Just a little note that today marks my 8th anniversary of starting my blog! I started Jenna’s Wonderland at a Blogspot address in 2009, and now I love my space here at Jen Manis Creates.

I can’t believe it’s been so long! I still enjoy sharing my crafty adventures, and can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey at my space on the web!

I thought I’d re-introduce myself to you all today with 5 things about me.

  1. I love all things related to scrapbooking, memory keeping, and planning. I have been scrapbooking since 2006.
  2. Scrapbooking led me to where I am today. I fell in love with design and photography, so I went back to school a few years ago and pursued a degree in those things!
  3. I have four beautiful little birds, who talk up a storm and keep me entertained daily! I’ve had parrots my entire life, in fact!
  4. I am an old soul. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern day conveniences (hello internet!), but I think I was meant for another era. I am inspired by the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s.
  5. I am a very proud introvert. People have tried to change me my whole life, but I am who I was meant to be!

Thanks for stopping by today & every time! Here’s to the next 8 years!

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Friday Planner Thoughts

I love Fridays. But I think Fridays in the summertime are even better. I can’t wait to spend a little bit of my weekend with part of my lovely planner stash! I am still obsessed with my Happy Planners! In particular, my mini. Every time I think I can put it away for a bit (so I can enjoy other planners in my stash), I keep coming back for more! Like Mary Poppins says, it’s practically perfect in every way. 😊IMG_8548

Oops… I added a new planner into my stash this past weekend. I love these Recollections planners by Michaels. I have been using hourly sheets in my minis HP for most of this year, and I have been eyeing those expensive Erin Condren hourly planners. I really dig the whole hourly planning thing. And then I saw Recollections had new hourly planners- I had to get one! Come on July 1st!!

So, here’s what I’m going to do to make this planner exactly how I want it to be. I just ordered the covers I really, really wanted from EC, and I’m going to put that bad boy on my Recollections planner! I know the EC covers are just a smidge different than the Recollections, but I don’t care. Frankenplanner all the way!IMG_8554Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend & happy planning!

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Secret Garden

Her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high. -William Goldman, The Princess Bride

When I took this photograph a few days ago, the first thought that came to mind was ‘secret garden’. I love when a photo takes you somewhere else and makes you think.

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Think Happy

Isn’t this little decorative cup (from Target) the cutest thing ever? It’s served many purposes for me since I bought it last summer. I think for now it needs to hold these pretty flowers, and just be cute.  🙂

Also pictured is my Happy Planner Deluxe Cover. I brought it back out for now, because my custom HP cover isn’t quite as think as a regular HP cover, and I want to protect it. I love the white look for summer. Plus, it gives me more decorating options. I am anxiously awaiting my very first Planner Society kit this week. Eek!! You can bet some of those goodies will be popping up in my Happy Planner very shortly….IMG_8432IMG_8435heart_jen

Happiness

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis WaitleyIMG_7844Isn’t this a beautiful quote? It’s been on my mind recently. Happiness is an inside job. I believe we can use our happiness and turn it into kindness for someone else.

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I Must Have Flowers…

I must have flowers, always, and always… -Monet

This time of year, I always start getting antsy and I need some flowers in my life. As it is snowing like crazy outside right now, I don’t think nature is going to cooperate with me today. But, I always have some silk flowers that will cheer me up, for now…

Happy Fall!

I can’t believe it! Fall is here! I feel like the years keep going by faster & faster!

I am looking forward to fall because there are so many events and things to do. The Mum Fest is this weekend, then the Scrapbook Expo is coming to town next weekend. Then we have birthdays, fall festivals, and more! I can’t wait for the leaves to start turning- I will be stalking them with my camera!

What do you love about fall?

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Welcome September

Hello!

I am so excited that September is here! I think when you’re a kid, you don’t look forward to September and fall because it means you’re stuck back in school. But, as a grown-up, fall means something different. It is a time of new beginnings. You can make yourself over (just look at that stack of magazines below that will help you do that!). Fall around here is particularly beautiful, so I’m just looking forward to the signs of the changing seasons soon. And, I think we have to have a gorgeous season such as fall to prepare us for what comes next: snow!!!  🙂

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