Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blessings in Disguise

I truly believe in blessings in disguise, that every situation has something positive to offer.  Truth be told...I don't always react to every situation with that as my immediate thought.  But, given some processing time, I usually work hard to search for that lesson.  All lessons really are blessings, right?

This summer, I found myself in a new situation.  For over ten years, Steve and I were together each summer...on those awesome teacher vacations.  This year and a new job for Steve, it was me and the kids.  I wasn't so sure.  The kids weren't so sure.  We were going to miss our family unit.

Then the unexpected.  We created a new normal.  My inner child came out!


I decided to have fun creating this page, using a bold title and scattering lots of embellishments.  This is my favorite image from the summer.  This kids and I had a fun adventure that day and we ended up  going to Old Wethersfield for ice cream.  We walked over to the Webb Barn, where Steve and I actually got married.  I explained to them the significance of the place.  We took some photos that showed how happy we were.  



As much as we missed our family unit, we bonded and moved forward.  We created fun memories with Steve too, all of us learning to appreciate each other in a new way.  I learned to be more flexible.  To go with it and see where an adventure brought us.  I tried new things and took risks.  In some ways, I felt like a kid again too.  It was a blessing in disguise.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Head in the Clouds

I have spent many moments this summer just being present.  When outdoors on a nice day or experiencing something new with the kids, I have worked hard to just breath and enjoy it.  Living in that moment has done wonders for me.  I am calmer, more relaxed and, certainly, more grateful.  The kids and I have laughed so much and I believe it can go back to my level of being present.

The new August kit from Inside Out Visual Scrapbooking involves the theme of Live Your Dream.  I really thought about how grateful I am.  I appreciate where I am now, especially compared to where I came from.



I loved the cloud motifs in this kit and hand cut them to use around my page. Living today in the moment is key. Being happy and content where I am keeps my grounded. Even when my head is in the clouds.



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Let's Get Real

Whether I am watching the Bachelorette or General Hospital, even when I am reading books, love is always portrayed as ultra romantic.  Does he bring flowers or treat you to elaborate dates?  The way love is depicted doesn't typically match real life.  It can set a girl up for disappointment.

I realized that love isn't all that elaborate stuff (although it is nice...).  Love is the everyday stuff.  It is about changing alongside the person or at least hanging in when one changes and the other isn't there yet.

I explored this idea of dream love when creating with the August Inside Out kit.  The theme is Living the Dream.  I believe I am living the dream, but not because of the uber romance.  I made a page to communicate what my dream love is all about.


The paper from Pink Fresh is so cute and I just went with the large Love as a design element.  I added the you and us stickers.


I shared my feeling about the concept of a dream love.  It is based on real life.
and it is real love.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Time to Shine

I love the idea of the word SHINE!  What makes you shine?  Sometimes we don't quite know, someone's strengths are not quite evident yet.  But I believe that everyone has strengths.  They just need to be put in the right situation to make them become apparent.

I had the opportunity to watch my son discover one of his strengths this school year.  It completely changed his personality and confidence level.  This once shy boy became a leader.  I guess that is why we encourage our children to try different things.  I used the July Inside Out kit to scrap about this year.

 
I am not quite scrapbooking like I once used to.  I can't find the time or motivation most days.  But I do love the craft and participating with Inside Out fills many needs for me.  I get to work with great kits with new products.  I also get to tell my stories.  That is why I always scrapped anyway. 
 
 
This is one story that I loved to tell.
 
 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Being the Opposite

Ella saw one of my latest pages and asked me a question about it.  "How can you be both fragile and strong?"  They are such opposites and she couldn't figure out how someone can be both.  I tried to explain that sometimes you have to be strong when you are really fragile on the inside.  From that place of fragility comes a brick wall, fortifying your spirit.

She didn't totally get it and I understand.  She will have a better picture as she grows older.

 
I used last month's kit from Inside Out Visual Journaling to create this page.  I love the feathers on this page because they are the fragile.  The woodgrain represents the strong.
 

 
I journaled along the bottom of the top border.  It is a personal page where I am looking for healing.  That is both strong and fragile.
 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Adjusting to Our New Normal

Geez....a month since my last post.  I know I haven't been great about blogging, but it stretched this time.  I am adjusting to our new normal.  Steve got a promotion, which has presented us with a big, wonderful opportunity.  But it means working longer hours, being at meeting after school and working summers.  So each of us is figuring out the new routine and dynamic.

I decided to scrap about it using the June Inside Out Visual Journaling kit.  The theme is I Am and I really loved the goodies in this kit. 


 
I used this picture of the three kids and me because we are spending a lot more time together.  I went with the idea of travel because it is a new journey.  I am realistic about life and know that we are dealing with a positive situation!  We could be going through far worse situations as a family.  Even having that perspective, there have been moments were it has been difficult. 


 
The kids and I start summer vacation today and I am excited to see what it brings.  Change is good and I am going to embrace it.  I will find ways to balance out our routines and make it a great summer.  Adjusting to a new normal can be quite powerful and I am faced with that in more ways than one right now.  Let's see what the future holds!


 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

So Rad

Soccer season is in full swing!  It gets stressful and busy, but I love being a soccer mom.  Watching my daughter learn about teamwork while also improving her personal skills is very cool.  It helps that I really like the other parents so hanging out on the sidelines is a good time.

I made this page to document the soccer moments.  I decided to go with bold colors that pop together.  I used the Webster's Pages Happy collection by Alison Kreft.  I am a big fan of her collections.

 
I incorporated the papers in the collection, doing some hand cutting.  I also added in some oldie, but goody products like the center bling in the star.
 
 
I am rushing off now to get ready for a game!  I am glad Ella and Nathan will have memories and positive experiences they can hold on to!

 
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inside the Art: Joy Always

This month's kit over at Inside Out Visual Journaling is about This Moment.  I love the word moment.  A  moment frozen in time, I moment you will never forget or a moment you wish never happened....there are so many possibilities.

I went with the idea of the moment when my kiddos were born.  I have the worst long term memory.  Yet, I remember how I met my husband and the birth of both of my children so vividly.  I wanted to write some details down about the moments.

 
I love the papers in this kit and use this gem as is!  I simply added some extra details and a cluster with my photo.  I wrote a ton of journaling to share the memories.  Without Steve, I wouldn't have these two blessings.  One amazing moment led to two more.
 
Truth be told, there have been many other moments since then that are unforgettable!
 
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day Love

In celebration of Mother's Day, I am thinking about how much my two kiddos have impacted me.  They make me crazy, cause extreme irritability and fatigue.  But I can't imagine life without them because the giggles and hugs and love makes it all good.

 
I love this card from the Beautiful Chic line from Webster's Pages that speaks to how my kids are the best thing to ever happen to me.  I am so thankful for them and all their antics. 
 
 
I tell them often how I feel.  I say sorry when I yell too much or get grumpy.  I never apologize for holding them responsible for contributing to our house. 

 
This Mother's Day, I want to be spoiled.  But at the same time I am want to be grateful for all I have.
 
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Heartfelt

I love it when you capture those awesome shots of the ones you love.  For this one, it happened to be Nathan's First Communion and my family was all dressed up.

Everyone happened to be all smiles too because it was an exciting day.  I created a heartfelt page about how blessed I feel.

 

 
I used the Strawberry Fields collection from Webster's Pages to make this page.  I love the grid design on one of the sheets of paper and simply cut along the edge to make a large border.  I grounded the page with the You Make My Heart Smile card.
 

 
I journaled my thoughts and added in some details.
 
 
 
It was a quick and fun page to make!  Still loving Webster's after all these years!
 
 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday!

A couple of weeks ago I got a box in the mail full of new Webster's Pages goodies!  I jumped in and started creating.  I love looking at the journaling cards from each collection because they serve as my muse.  Often times a sentiment or phrase will spark an idea.  T

The idea of Dream in Color made me think of my kids and the message I want to send them.  I want them to believe that they can do anything.  They talk a lot now about what they want to be when they grow up.  I knew my profession by age 8.  I want them to dream big and see where that dream takes them.

 
I grabbed that journaling card and made it a focal point on this page.  I also used the bold black oval to draw attention to that side of the page.  I hand cut the scalloped border on the top and added  bunch of goodies from Webster's all around the page. 



I wrote directly to my kiddos, letting them know that they should dream big.  I included what they often talk about because it will be fun to see 10, 20, 30  years from now.  Will they become any of those things or will life take them in another direction?

 
I can't wait to see.
 
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Inside the Art: Everything Here

I caught these really cool shots the night of the Father/Daughter dance at Ella's school.  She takes this event very seriously.  We have to shop for a new outfit, do her hair and put on some lip gloss.  Daddy is not allowed to see her dress until the big moment when she walks down the stairs.
 
Makes me imagine what her wedding day will be like...I can burst when I think about that.
 
I decided to scrap these photos to fit the Soft and Strong theme this month at Inside Out.  I mixed lots of patterns on this page.
 
 
 
Those letters actually spell out, Soft and Strong, but the glare on the gold killed it!  I have everything I need.  These two plus Nathan fill me up with love and contentment.  They are my soft, strong and my sense. 
 
 
I wrote this word in cursive and then hand cut it!  It is a solution for me when I am too lazy to pull out a cutting machine!
 
I love this pretty kit!  Be sure to check it out!  The club is also looking for guest designers!  It is really a great experience to explore through art.
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Documenting the Happy

I have held onto this photo for a long time.  It is one of my favorites because it really captures a moment between three cousins.  I decided to use it on a page once I opened my box of Webster's Pages.  I loved the Happy collection by Allison Kreft.  I am a big fan of her Webster's work and gravitate right to her stuff.

 
I mixed some patterns on the page, but kept the rest simple with that gorgeous string lights paper.  I decided to place my photo right next to those mason jars.  I added some hand cut elements and stickers.

 
The hash tag statement got me!  I wanted to use a couple of pops of bright, but keep the rest pretty neutral.  I love all of the cute elements on the journaling cards and cut many of them out to use on the page.

I love the new Webster's collections!  I am loving my new Color Crush Planner and use it every day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Month, New Kit

April 1st and we have a new kit from Inside Out Visual Journaling.  This month we are focusing on Soft & Strong.  It is a cool new way of looking at the theme of the month.  I scrapped about what, or more importantly, who has made me both soft and strong.

 
My kids have soften me so much over the years.  Parenthood is this cool thing...you meet this cool little people and they just teach you about unconditional love.  Any hurt or habits you had before sort of melt away.  It is amazing.

 
They are my reasons why.  I had to make changes because I want them to know the best me.  That is the strength part.  Conquering your demons is hard, but when you have this type of motivation, it is worth it.
 
 

The kit has loads of fun goodies and I enjoyed working with it!  Be sure to check it out!

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