There is one thing that was instilled me from as early as I can remember–and that is a love for this land all that it has to offer. That there is beauty in everything you see, from dead trees to the bloom of a thistle, the drifts of snow or the colors of sunset. There is beauty everywhere. It’s something I never take for granted.

I have my grandpa–and my mother–to thank for that. And I hope that I have instilled that in my children as well. I think I have. ;)

That’s what’s been on my mind of late. One of my favorite things I remember doing as a child was going up in the mountains with my grandpa to explore. He could tell me the name of any plant and what it could be good for. Those were amazing moments.

And that’s how today’s addition to my Life Well Traveled came about.

mtn life beauty web

I printed photos using a combination of two templates from Snapshots 3 so that I could get the 4-square collage and an ‘Instax’ photo all on one 4×6 sheet.

I cut out the word beauty in cardstock, adhered it and added the stamped word everywhere from the Travelogue stamp set. It actually says let’s go everywhere, but I just inked the everywhere part and stamped that.

mtn life beauty 2 web

I made a pocket out of my photo collage and printed text on two Office Tag shapes filled with a beige color. I then stamped THEN and NOW from the Yesterday stamp set. I thought it was the perfect way to tie in the two memories. I did extend the bottom lines of the tags to make them longer so I could fit all the text I wanted.

I also typed out all the verses and chorus to For The Beauty Of The Earth and made that a background page to the right side. I know, right? How perfect is that? :)

Here is my journaling:

This could be a picture straight from my childhood. Many trips over hill and dale with my grandpa at the helm. I miss those days.

I remember summers going up to the Pomerelle area when visiting my grandparents. A picnic. Exploration. And the occasional sliding down of a snowbank on your behind. I remember spending many moments–in mountains, valleys, desserts and farms–exploring with my grandfather. He instilled in me a love for this land. Having worked in the Forest Service and for the BLM, he could tell you the name of every plant. I can’t tell you how many times he’d pull from an Indian Paint Brush bloom and let us suck on it. While I did enjoy those times as a child, I never fully appreciated the wealth of knowledge and his love for the land. Your perspective of what you have in front of you differs from child to adult. I miss his sweet words and his quiet little laugh.

He–and my mother–instilled a great love of this land. To appreciate the beauty in everything. Even a weed can be beautiful. Have you ever looked at the blossom of a thistle? Milk weeds are wonderful for bees. Dead trees have beauty. Then there are the sunsets, the fruit and vegetables harvested. Even a dirt path lined with trees is beautiful.

Feeling the need to revisit a love from my own childhood, I made it my quest to go to the Sawtooth National Forest (Pomerelle area) with my own family for the Fourth of July one year. Sheree and Alisa and their families came too. We made a picnic and took it up to the mountains. We hiked around in various places and truly enjoyed where we were. The smell alone just took me back to being a child. It smells like no other place in the mountains I’ve ever been. It’s a sweet smell. I’m sure my grandpa could have told me what made the smell for sure, but we always called them cabbage leaves. Don’t know if that is really what it was or not.

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Now it’s your turn. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • What does beauty mean to you?
  • What do you love most about being outside?
  • What do you see that makes you appreciate where you are and what you have in front of you?
  • Did you have someone help you learn to love the beauty in all?
  • What do you want to tell your children about beauty?

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And now here are a couple of beauty-ful things just for you!


The beauty cut file/image is free for you!


And here’s a little tutorial on how you can combine two different templates to make a template to print the photos you need.


A Life Well Traveled is a journey of thoughts, perspectives, and memories in visual form based on events in your life. A play on words, it can be anything from actual travels and afterthought perspective to personal journeys and lessons learned in your life.