Monday, August 11, 2014

My YouTube Obsession: Since 2006 + My YouTube Channels

Hello all.

If you are reading this blog post I want to give you a huge thank you. It still amazes me that anyone will read my blog. Like its so surreal and plus I know that I'm the worst blogger in the history of ever. But such is life and my life right now has been a bit crazy lately.

I am a teacher so we got out of school on June 6th. I taught summer school from June 9th - 27th. Then has an open myomectomy (c-section type incision) to remove a large fibroid on July 1st and have been recovering for the past month. I go back to work teaching on August 18th and start grad school to get my LPC on August 26th. So I've been a busy girl. Quick update for everyone!

Back to YT: I've been a member of YouTube since 2006. I always loved watching Panacea81's makeup tutorials. YT wasn't nearly as popular as it is now but it was so much fun to get a glimpse into people's lives.

When I got married my husband always wondered what I did on my computer all the time. I told him blogging but it was really watching youtube videos. I watch more YouTube than I watch actual TV. Pretty soon after figuring out what I was really doing my husband started asking me why I didn't make YouTube videos. Ummm?? Are you crazy? People like me don't make YouTube videos. That's year for my birthday he bought me a video camera. OMG!

Well with that little camera I started to make crafting videos on my AlwaysAngella channel and they were fun. No one could see me, just my hands, and I didn't have to get dressed, do my hair, or change out of my jammies!

One day my dear husband asked to use my iPad so he could watch YouTube videos. He ended up going through my subscriptions and realized that I didn't only watch crafting videos but that I also watched a ton of beauty videos. Then he put two and two together and realized that I have a ton of makeup in the bathroom that I love to play with on the rare occasion that we actually leave the house to go do stuff. And he started requesting me to do a beauty video. What-the-what? Put my face on Youtube? Not happening. That was crazy and bizarre, and I was scared. Terrified actually as my people pleasing demon reared it's ugly head and quickly took a firm grip of my will power and cast it as far as the east is from the west. Seriously!

Well that was a few years ago now and as I've gotten older I've come to realize that I am not a coward and I just need to take a few more risks in my life and stop playing so safe with things that I want, and I've secretly always wanted to make YouTube videos. I'm just so intrigued by YouTube and have always wanted to be apart of the YouTube community. So I did it, well, we did it. My husband and I have been making so seriously fun-to-make videos on my beauty channel SoCarterChic. Check them out below.

And I have a new planner video up on my crafty channel AlwaysAngella. Check that out below.

Making these videos have been so much fun. Hubby has even gotten in on the editing and he loves that too so definitely subscribe if you have not already by using the links above, comment and let me know what you think of the video and ideas for future videos, and thank you so much for hanging around with me here on the blog. I really appreciate at you all.

See you soon.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Marion Smith Designs + Glue Dots Blog Hop

Hello Blog hoppers!!!

Welcome to my first layout of the summer. And it's long over due. I married by hottie husband 3 years ago and I've only scrapbooked it twice since then. It's a total shame I know but I'm working on it.

I started with the cut-a-part sheet from the Garment District Collection. They provided my perfect backdrop to frame the two pictures that I wanted to capture. 

Next I tried lots of things. I tried frames, ornate and Polaroid. That didn't work. I tried lots of layered card stock. That didn't work. This is one of those layouts I had to walk away from and come back to it. 

I just kept pulling things out. Trying it. And moving it to the side. #messycrafter 
Eventually it started to come together when I pulled the gold scallop faux-leather ribbon from my Filofax stash. These came from Target. I used the cute bow-tie packaging from this ribbon on the project as well. 

Here you can see that I used the 1" glue dots to adhere all the inner pieces of the bow to the layout. I love that they come on the backing paper because it's really easy to cut them in half and move things around no the layout without committing right away. 

Since Glue Dots are an adhesive you don't get to see what they can really do. I used them to adhere all of my embellishments on this layout, including all of the Marion Smith Junque & Gems. The intricate details of these embellishment make it a little challenging to adhere. My favorite way to to it is to sew them down. But the 1" glue dots worked perfectly for both the metal embellies and the gorgeous cabochons. 

The glue dot dispenser has to be my favorite. It's great for putting glue dots in the tightest of places. This camera wood veneer was almost broken in two but I was able to get a glue dot just underneath the camera to adhere it to the layout. 

I also used the 2" glue dots to make the large ribbon flower at the bottom of the layout. So easy to do. 

Of course I had to add my favorite stamping sprinkled around the layout. I'm definitely a stamp lover. 

It was so much fun to create this layout. I had a lots of fun and challenged myself to work outside my comfort zone. I love how every time I do that I get a boost in creativity. Off to create more projects. 

Make sure you stop by the Glue Dots website to enter the giveaway. You can win a prize pack of Glue Dots and Marion Smith Designs products. 

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out the other designers from Marion Smith Designs.

and the Glue Dots Design Team: 

Glue Dots® are double-sided adhesives that bond instantly to virtually any surface. They are mess-free, acid-free, non-toxic, and require no dry time; making them great for paper crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, home d├ęcor projects and more! 

Products from Marion Smith Designs are available at and for online ordering.  You can also find Glue Dots® products, including the new Desktop Dispenser, online at or at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.”

Thanks for stopping by. 

Angela Carter

Friday, May 16, 2014


Lately, I have had the strangest feeling....I totally couldn't help myself on that one. That song is a classic. Lately | Jodeci or Stevie Wonder

Made this card for a co-worker who bought a gift for Bella & Boomer

getting ready for graduation. Eeek. So excited.
celebrating Mama's yesterday.
listening to my students go bezerk over applesauce. They love applesauce. If I'd only know this 30 weeks ago.
looking forward to seeing my Bella and Boomer tonight. They are too adorable.
addicted to goat cheese bruschetta with bacon. Yummo
downloaded this song. I'm obsessed with it.
seeing the end of the tunnel and longing for more.
drinking lots and lots of water.
feeding my soul. Did you see Lifeclass with T.D. Jakes? It was good.
pushing through this week so that the graduation hoopla will be over.
feeling like I will never finish with school. PHD here I come.
leaving my old clothes behind and moving into a new (smaller) size. Feels good.
walking and trying to leash train the puppies. It was a no-go on the first round.
loving the days when I get to do directly home after work and chill.
planning new blog posts and new blog redesign.
wishing you a happy Monday.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Five of Friday | More Books, Puppy Prep, and more.


Why didn't I think of that?

A good insta-friend of mine posted this today. She is a book reviewer and every time she posts a picture of her library I am filled with awe. Oh how I love a book and even better is a small or large army of  books. Can anyone really ever have too many books? Well, there was that one episode of Hoarders......


After not falling in love with my A5 Malden like I thought I would, and like scores of other planner people have, I decided to try the personal size. As soon as it came out of the box it was love of first sight. It is so compact and flexible and the leather is simply gorgeous. I am a very satisfied planner nerd and offically a malden lover. 


And yes you are reading this correctly. And yes I know that I have a bit of a Filofax problem. I couldn't help myself when this King Fisher Blue Metropol popped up in the Filofax For Sale site on Facebook. I had to have it and it's gorgeous. The color is very similar to my Daytimer Malibu in Teal but it's buttery smooth.



These cuties are coming home for the weekend. We are in full on puppy prep mode at home so that our little doxie's will be safe and comfortable. I totally forgot how expensive dog crates are. Especially now that there will be two of them. Eek!!! I think I spent $150 on just dog crates, dog beds, food, and toys. My puppy babies are totally worth it. 


My first pup was Teddy-Boo. He was the most perfect dog. He potty trained in a week. He was such an easy dog to train. He now lives with my mom and apparently my brother taught him to play video games. Uh, yeah!!! Whatever, Taylor!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Updates: Puppy love, Surgery, and Scrapbooking

Hi all. 

It's been a while since my last blog post. Life has gotten a bit hectic in the past few weeks. 

Teaching:: I am a teacher by day and we have finally conquered the STAAR test. While I am not a huge proponent of standardized testing I am certainly glad we've successfully gotten over the hump. 

STAAR Test Score Matrix

School:: Graduate school has been super busy. I'm finishing masters in counseling and working on my final research paper. I will certainly feel accomplished when that is turned in for good. Graduation is May 17th. I'm so excited even though I will be continuing on to get my LPC certification and I sit for my school counselor license on the 21st. Eek!!! 

My Graduation Tickets

Crafting:: I have designated Sundays as my scrapbook days. I love a good early morning homemade latte and the delicious sunlight that cascades into my office gives me so much solace and crafty mojo. 

The cutest hubby and doxie on the block. 

Puppies:: you can see one of my new babies from the layout sneak peek above. This little doxie is Bella. She is a 6 week old miniature dachshund. Her brother Boomer is coming home in 2 weeks. They're coming for an over night visit this weekend. We are so excited for these little ones to join our family. 

My babies!!! So excited for them to come home.

Surgery:: I haven't talked about this at all on the blog but I will be having surgery the first week in July to remove a melon sized tumor from my uterus so that hubby and I can expand out family with human babies. We've been trying for over a year and have had 2 miscarriages. We finally found out at the beginning of the year that I had one very large fibroid that was making my uterus the size of a 4 month pregnancy so that sucker has to come out. Unfortunately since it's so big I have to have a cesarean incision to have it removed. I'm praying for a healthy recovery and some much needed rest. Plus the new puppies will keep me busy, walking, and entertained after the surgery. 

That's all for now. I will be back later in the week to share some projects. 



Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday...

1: My bracelets from @hmwillow. They arrived super quick and are absolutely gorgeous!!! Definitely adding more of these to my jewelry collection. 2: I may or may not have added a bit more color to my filofax collection. 3: Texas girl. Born and bred! 4: Bible study. 5: A new member of the family. 

Bonus: Too beautiful not to share. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shop With Me | Tory Burch

Tory Burch Tumbled Leather Sally 2 Wedge Tory Burch Amy Pump Aquarius Tory Burch Savannah Suede Wedge Sandal  Tory Burch Leticia Flat Thong Sandal  Tory Burch Lonnie Flat Espadrille  Tory Burch Viv Flat Tory Burch Sadie Metallic Slingback  Tory Burch Geraldine Sandal  Tory Burch Bernadette Metallic Flat

It seems I have an affinity for shoes as shown in last weeks and this weeks Shop With Me posts. A woman has her loves. If you like these posts leave me a comment below with your favorite online window shopping sites. A girl can dream while continuing to shop at Target, right?!!