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 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!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Webster's Pages: Beautiful Chic

I received a box of Webster's Pages and swooned!  The collections are great!  I was drawn to the bold colors of Beautiful Chic and went right to work.

That journaling card with the little girl's shoes spoke to me and I made a page about my daughter.

Aren't those shoes the cutest!  I did some hand cutting of the papers to get the Beautiful for my title.  I also cut the black doilie and the You Are Loved quote. 
I have another page on the way using Allison Kreft's new collection!  I adore all things Webster!  Check out the new collections on the Webster's Pages website!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Revisiting Bravery

This month is flying by and I have not been on the computer very much!  I wanted to jump on and post another page using the Inside Out March kit, BRAVE.  I had a great time exploring the concept of being brave and decided to take a serious approach to this page.
It is bravery in my world.  All the times I needed to stand up and be strong are documented.  The tragic, the ugly, the shameful, the empowering and the joyous.  It is amazing that brave can fit all of those things.
I kept the page simple, but the topic heavy.  It was healing to make this page.

I journaled enough to tell the story that I would recognize, but not get too personal.  My kids are young yet can understand enough.  Someday, I will more openly share these stories when they can better comprehend.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Relying on Others

Sometimes you rely on others to gain perspective.  You need them to tell the truth so your life can make sense and  you can move forward.  I believe in telling the truth and appreciate hearing it. 

I asked for the truth several years ago from my mom.  I wanted to know some things about my childhood.  I had some feelings and memories of happenings, but I couldn't clearly get the vision of what went on.

My mom told the truth and it must have been hard.  She had to relive some things and admit some truths.  I am grateful that she did because my flashes and memories made sense. 

I created this page for the Inside Out kit, BRAVE.  I loved exploring this theme.  It was empowering and healing.  I will share more about this page over at the Inside Out blog this month.

I believe scrapbooking should be about the stories and there is power in telling all sorts of those, even the hard ones.  If you are interested in this kit and the concept, check out the website for information about joining.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A New Month

A new month means a new kit from Inside Out Journaling.  Our theme this month is BRAVE!  I look that word and all it stands for.  Being afraid, yet still having courage to move forward and take action.  I did a lot of soul-searching and heavy journaling this month.

I started with this page about my kids and the power of their love.  I have tackled some demons and continue to do so because their love is so pure and unconditional.  I love how happy this page feels to me!

It is one of my favorites from the kit.  You can explore the kit club and sign up by going to the website. 

I did a lot of handcutting and doodling using the stencil from the kit.  My journaling means a lot to me as well.  I will be sharing more about this page and my other pages over at the Inside Out blog on Mondays.   Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

She's Come a Long Way

Life is about growing and evolving.  As a mom, I have to constantly help my young kiddos learn the important lessons in life.  They are literally forming themselves as I type.  My daughter has a history of being very feisty.  Very...

It has been challenging to deal with.  Along the way, I realized that I played a role in it.  Maybe it was my reaction or what I was focusing on.  So I got to work and we renovated our relationship.  It has made a huge impact on her.

I decided to document it on a page.  The theme this month at Inside Out is Restore and the kit is full of beautiful goodies.  I loved this kit!  Ella and I have restored our dynamic.  I had fun with this page, adding some whimsy and using a diagonal design.

Most importantly, I told the story.  It is a record of how far we have come!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For My Dad

The theme of the month over at Inside Out is Restore!  I love this word because is it healing and powerful.  I went right to the thought of restoring my faith.  Someone who has done that for me over and over again is my dad.  He restored my faith in men!  That restoration allowed me to feel safe enough to forgive in my life.

I will admit, this is not my favorite design ever.  But it doesn't matter.  The thoughts, ideas, and sentiments are what counts. 

This life is too short to hold onto fear or not trust in something.  I am just glad that I had my dad to help restore my faith at an early age.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday's Musings: Friendships

There is a saying, something about how you have some friends for life, some for a season and some for a reason.  I have been very lucky in life to have a great circle of friends that would qualify as the "for life" kind.  So what happens when there is a fall out.  What happens when a rift occurs?  And not just one when you are 14 or even 22.  I think you find your way back to each other, because it is too special not to.

I scrapped about this exact thing on one of my newest layouts using the Inside Out Visual Journaling kits.

These are two of my lifelong friends.  For Marcia and me, it was the 8th grade.  Tina came in 9th.  We have been together since.  I love these girls.  They are my sisters really and even though life is busy and we don't talk nearly enough, time stands still.
Except for once when two of us had an issue.  It was impactful. 

I share more of the story over at the Inside Our blog this month. Be sure to pop over to hear more and to gain inspiration from our whole team! 
Even though the rift was impactful, we found our way back.  Because that is what friends do.  Especially the most loyal ones.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Revisiting Summer

The one thing I love about scrapbooking with freedom is that you can scrap any event, regardless of the season.  I try not to worry too much about scrapping in order or including every moment on a page.  I found some pictures that I really liked and decided to remember our summer vacation.  I pulled out some Webster's Pages from my stash and went to work.

I love all my Webster's collections and the Our Travels line remains one of my all time favorites.  I love the sky and clouds paper.  I added in some wooden embellishments and stickers.  Webster's in my stash always means embellishments. 
This page reminds me of how carefree we were in the summer and how much my children adore Maine.  It warms my heart because it is a place I remember so fondly!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Page About Us

The month's theme for Inside Out Visual Journaling is Forward, which is quite fitting for our lives right now.  We are moving full steam ahead forward to times of big changes.  Steve will potentially be taking on a new job that will impact our lives.  It is all good and we are excited.  But things won't be the same.

I have great faith in our ability to handle it, though I am sure there will be bumps along the way.  I am vowing to stay positive and understanding.

More than likely, he won't be home during summers anymore.  Our lives as two teachers is done.  Hours will be adjusted and each of us will be taking on more.  Sometimes life gives you an opportunity you can't say no to so we are moving forward.
Somewhere along the way I have settled in to being focused as a mom at a level different than before.  I am enjoying taking care of my family on a whole new level so I am going to try to embrace it.  I know there will be stress and I may not be able to go grocery shopping sans children.  I will have to juggle more...But we are all together and healthy so what do I have to complain about in the grand scheme.

I love this kit from Inside Out.  It is so pretty and full of cool elements.  It was perfect to help me start to tell this story.  I am sure there will be more to come soon as we move forward.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

I have many resolutions this year!  One is to blog more frequently, but I am struggling with how to accomplish that when I have no motivation!  I am not scrapbooking much these days as life has taken over.  The kits from Inside Out Journaling keep me busy and inspired.  If I didn't have that force, I might be done altogether. 

So, a layout using the January kit called Forward.  It documents my resolutions and shows how fun this kit is with all the patterns and embellishments!

I got my handcutting on and used the scalloped edge as a pretty border.  Then I just layered some transparencies, journaling cards and stickers.
I guess it is a small victory that I blogged tonight.  I will see if I can gain some consistency!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dropping By

This month the Inside Out Visual Journaling kit focuses on the concept of being authentic.  I love that word...truly!  It is just a pure concept and I wish we could all be our authentic selves each day.

When I think about my life and this concept, I think of Steve and the kids.  It took me finding my authentic self to meet Steve.  The time was truly right when it happened.  Then our kids came and they drive me to stay as authentic as I can.

It is hard to stay patient and calm.  To be centered in the midst of crazy.  I fail a lot, but I wake up each day trying to be better and move closer to my authentic self.

This kit has this cool heart stencil and I used it to create a custom sheet of patterned paper.
And the words, of course.  The story behind why I scrapped about these three when thinking about being authentic.


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