Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Repeating the Elements

I love to create pages with repeated elements, especially when I can play with scale.  It is like home decorating when you group objects.  Repeating elements allows a page to move because the eye travels to the like.  I made this page about my handsome son.  Who know stands as tall as my chest level.  I am not sure where time is going. 
 
 
 
I used the Something Wonderful collection by Teresa Collins to create this page.  Yummy goodies for sure.  I cut the & signs from the papers and journaling cards.  I don't use a cutting machine very often so handcutting is my way of making things unique.

 
I love these little stars!  Nathan is a star in my eyes and I love to have him around.  Truly blessed, I am.
 
 
 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

100 Years Later...

I make another blog post.  I have been lost in real life, managing the summer and enjoying life.  I click on the blog and am at a loss for words.  I might just need to post more and talk less.

I have been working on pages for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.  I am truly enjoying working with the kits.

 
I made this page with the August kit called Liberation.  What a cool theme with an upbeat tempo!
 
I scrapped about my friendships and how that part of my life makes me feel free and young.  I am so grateful for laughter and teasing and dancing and bonding.  Those strong relationship add another dynamic to life.

 
I did lots of layering and fun colors on this page.  The kit is full of Glitz and Basic Grey!  Fun stuff!
 
I am off to enjoy the final days of summer.
 
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Celebrating her 5 Years

Ella was able to reach a dance milestone this year, the five year mark.  That meant she could receive a trophy at her dance recital and she was very excited!  I love recital time and all the fun costumes.  I have to say that this year's costume was my favorite!  So classic and charming...

 
I had to make a page that showed off the cuteness by using paper and elements that were just as cute!  I went with the Something Wonderful collection by Teresa Collins.  I love how there are reds, whites and blacks just like her outfit. 

 
I created a banner all along the top portion, starting with the yellow paper strip.  Then I put the Love circle, scalloped border and created a banner.  I still love banners!

 
I built my title using the chipboard numeral 5 and the tiny alphabets.  I love how Teresa's collections have such great embellishments.
 
It was a special day so a colorful, fun layout was in order!
 
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Playing with Straws

I love party straws!  I like to put them in mason jars during all sorts of events.  They are festive and pretty.  Unfortunately, when you use them, the straws tend to get soggy.  Doesn't stop me from trying!

I used straws in a different way on a recent page.  I used Webster's Pages to create a fun and funky layout!

 
I went with this silly photo of my kids, nieces and nephews.  I decided to add seven pieces of straws for each person.  I used different patterns and colors to represent the differences between each of them. 
 
 
It gives the page some cool dimension and uniqueness!
 
 
Love Nathan and Ella in this shot!  Sums them up perfectly!  I sued Allison Kreft goodies on this page!
 
 
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Inside the Art: Living With Grace

The first few days of summer, I read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  It is about celebrating life, feeling gratitude at all times, even in the face of challenges.  It is beautifully written in a way to move you closer to God and how so many of the scriptures apply to life and your actions.  It was well timed for me to read it. 
 
Since I have been trying to practice living in the moment, I have started a gratitude journal again after a 12 year break.  It is grounding me again.
 
Enter in the July kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.  The theme is Perspective.  Ah, how perfect!  Feeling grateful and being fully in the present requires the right perspective.  I was very excited.  My first layout celebrates how blessed I am. 
 
 

I used these lovely papers to create this page, building lots of words along the side of the page.  These two creatures and Steve mean the world to me.  I need to live fully in the moment so I can be the best mommy I can. 

 
A little note to myself about keeping this as my frame of reference.  It is a reminder to be grateful during good times and when there is adversity. 
 
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Just Share It

How do you get back to blogging when you have taken so many breaks?  I log into my computer every day and this is my home page.  Yet, I click to the next spot instead of stopping and posting.  But I have many stories to share and pages to show.  So, I guess you just share it.

Here are a couple of pages I made for the Scrapbooking From the Inside Out kit.  A new kit debuts in just a couple of days.  I love this first page because it features my feelings for Steve.  Love this guy...


 
I used the vehicles to symbolize how I would travel by any means to be by his side. I love our adventure together!
 
This next page is about my passion, home decorating.  I love to fix up my house and shop.  I love patterns and colors and paint.  It really makes me happy.

 
Photos are from Target, of course.  My favorite place ever!
 
Off to enjoy this beautiful summer day!  Hope you are too!
 
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Be My Guest: Top Dog Dies



I am so excited to be guest designing for Top Dog Dies.  Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions. Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

I was sent a few gorgeous dies from their wafer-thin collection.  I love the beautiful detailing that looks just like lace.  I like clean and simple pages with some pizazz and the dies allow me to create within that style. 

 
Look at how pretty the Flower Mosaic die is...so delicate!  I always like to mat my photos with something special and this does the trick.  I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the design.  It was quick and easy!
 
 
Can you believe the detail?  I decided to highlight it further by placing the Story Time wood banner along the top.  This page tells the story of the girls in our family, their ages and how they have been such a big part of my life. It is a special sentiment and the mosaic makes it look special too!
 
 
 
 
Here is the best news of all!  Top Dog Dies is sponsoring a giveaway!  The winner will receive $50 worth of exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies. Follow the link here.  You just need to register via the Rafflecopter app on the page to enter. Deadline to enter will be Monday, June 30 at midnight Central Standard Time. Get over there quickly!
 
I have a second project over at the Top Dog Dies blog.  Be sure to head over and check it out!  So much inspiration on the blog! Here is a sneak peek.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you Top Dog Dies for asking me to guest design!
 
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inside the Art: Lost?

Right now the word Lost means more than one thing to me.  I have lost my way to my computer, hence the lack of blogging.  It is just too busy right now with end of the school year activities.  I also feel at a loss for answers.  I am being bothered by a reoccurring health issue.  Nothing big at the end of the day, but it is making me nuts.  I don't do well not knowing how to fix a problem.  Then I over fix or don't do enough and I always make the situation worse.   I hate the unknown. 
 
I know there is a lesson in this all and one day I will laugh about that time....
 
I just wish that day was here now.
 
I created this page using the new kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.  Our theme is direction.  I thought this map paper was stunning and did not want to cut into it too much.  So I went with a no photo layout!
 
 


I wanted to document how I sometimes lose my way in life.  I forget all the amazing blessings I have and get so wrapped up in the thing that isn't going my way.  It is a terrible cycle. I want to break it, but it is hard.

 
My words.  Some of the reasons why I let this happen again and again. 
 
 
In the words of someone really smart and someone who obviously had a laid back personality....This too shall pass.
 
Knowing when or how or why or who will help or.....would be really great!
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What I Love Wednesday: Numbers

I love numbers on a scrapbooking page.  It amazes me how significant something as simple as a number can be.  Numbers hold multiple meanings.  I used  numbers as a major focal point of a recent layout. 
 
 
 
I wanted the numbers to be bold and big, like my friendship with this bunch. I used 1-9 to symbolize all of us. I used the Something Wonderful collection from Teresa Collins to make this page.
 

 
I created a banner along the top by layering some ephemera tags and chipboard.  I also put my journaling on paper since the base paper had a patterned background.
 
 
Here are the numbers up close.  I set the off with the You & Me tag as well as the title.  I dig those wood veneer pieces so much....see that heart!
 
 
I love how simple this layout is, yet it has boldness because of the colorful numbers!
 
 
 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Inside the Art: Glimpse of the Future

I see a glimpse of the future in my kids lately. Their faces have changed, that baby look is gone.  I see them independent, driven, more courageous.  I can see them as adults.  I decided to scrap these thoughts using the new June kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.  The theme is Direction.

 
I used the lines of the ledger paper to help guide me with this design.  I placed my photos and some gray paper along the right hand side.
 



Look at  my son how grown he is...the long hair matters!  He is in a I-am-not-going-to-smile phase.  Love the wood pieces!

 
My thoughts, documented!  I love this kit....yummy Basic Gray and Jillibean Soup!
 
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Thursday!  Today I am sharing a page that showcases my more girlie side....there are flowers and ribbons. 

I like it clean and simple though so I kept those elements to a minimum. 

 
I made this page for the May kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.   The focus was on Intuition, and these girls have strong instincts.  We often talk about signs and how there are no coincidences. 
 
 
 
I hand cut some flowers to place under the photo and also cut the hello wording!

 
I also used the journaling pocket to add color and record my thoughts.  It is a soft page that reminds me how much I enjoy Webster's Pages, which is featured in the kit!
 
 
 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Soccer, Dance, PPTS, oh my!

May is crazy, busy, fun, stressful and full of family activities.  It has hurt my scrapbooking and posting, but life is about living it!

To document the effect that soccer season has on it, I made this layout!  My kids love it and I really love to watch as well.

 
This is Nathan from a few years ago.  He has come a long way with sports.  He has always loved his teammates and the team spirit that comes with it.
 
I used the Urban Market collection from Teresa Collins.  I love the navy!
 
I put the focus on the tags in the collection!
 
 
The embellishments from Teresa's collections are my absolute favorite things! 
 
Holiday weekend is upon us!  We actually have a quiet one and I am looking forward to every second.  Scrapping anyone?
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Altered Art: Personalized CD case

I made a sweet little project using the Limited Edition kit featuring Allison Kreft goodies!  It is on sale over at Webster's Pages.  The kit is just great...full of so much for such a great price.  I put mine to use on an altered project.



I turned a plastic CD cover into a case that holds many special goodies!  I used mine to hold a CD of photos.  I also included a gift card holder and some photos.  I attached a note to the photos using a journaling card from the kit. 



I made the Wood frames a centerpiece of the project, using two in different ways.  The paperclip and Perfect Accent are all in the kit! 

 
Isn't it pretty!  Perfect for pages or projects!
 
 
 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Inside the Art: Loving the Hearts

I went heart crazy with the newest kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.  I love all the hearts in the kit, both with embellishments and paper.  I made them a major focal point on one of my pages.

 
This page is about Steve and I.  I had strong feelings early on, I knew we were going to end up together.  Intuition is the theme of the kit and I knew it was a perfect time to share that.  I love all the soft pinks with whites.  It is soft and romantic.
 
 
I hand cut some hearts from a sheet of American Crafts paper and hung them from the other hearts.  I also love that little fox!



A little pop of yellow was perfect for this page!  I love the kits from SFTIO...they really motivate me to tell stories that I wouldn't normally scrap about!  Liberating!

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