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 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!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

At Home: Pop Star Party

Happy Sunday!  We celebrated Ella's 8th birthday yesterday with a very fun Pop Star theme party!  There are so many good resources on Pinterest for finding amazing ideas for party d├ęcor, games and food!  I lifted them and interpreted them so the ideas worked within the supplies I could find!

Here are some shots from the party!

I went with a blue, pink and black color scheme, mixing in other brights like yellow, purple and green in very small doses!  I love to set the table when I have a party.  It creates a very festive feel! 
 I made a centerpiece using traditional star bursts.  I got both at the dollar store.  I also bought packages of the silver stores from the dollar store and Party City.  To make the dimensional one is the center, I folded two stars in half.  The I placed the fold back to back and stapled!  So easy and the stars then stood upright.  I added confetti and that fun inflatable microphone that I got from Oriental Trading!

I also love to set up a dessert table!  I added several silver stars around the backdrop, taping some to the wall and hanging others from the ceiling.  They were kinda boring so I added the crepe paper circles to the middle of each large star.  I got them from the cupcake toppers as shown in the picture below.  I already had the pink paper lantern so I added it in to make is seem like a disco ball!  No joke, the backdrop probably cost under $15.00.

We found this Rock Star badge at the dollar store!  Score!  I hung it right above the cupcake tray.  I filled jars and plates with Ring Pops, Pop Rocks and gumballs.  All items from either Oriental Trading or the Dollar Store.  I used bright pink frosting for the cupcakes and topped each one with a brightly colored topper.  I got these from Party City and they helped me solidify the color scheme.
I found a really cool idea for a different type of cupcake while browsing Pinterest!  You can make microphone cupcakes using colored sugar cones, a cupcake inserted into the top, dark frosting and string licorice for the "wire".  My niece, Jesse, made these for me and they came out so great!  She got the cones at Walmart!  She also filled the inside of the microphone cones with candy.

I also dipped pretzels into chocolate and called them Drum Sticks!
As each girl entered, she received a VIP pass!  I lucked out and found these at Party City.  They are really invitations, but I cut them.  I only needed one package...for $8.00, they were worth it.  The plastic badges and strings were found at Oriental Trading.

Each girl also had the chance to decorate a paper guitar, found at Oriental Trading.  They loved this station at the party!  Ella came up with the idea to have every girl sign her guitar!
We had a Pop Star hair and make-up station where the girls could put on tattoos. They also had their hair sprayed with pink or purple strips. Each star got a inflatable microphone and sunglasses! Then we were ready for karaoke! I can't tell you how many times they sang, Let It Go. The smiles sum it up though!
This pop princess had a blast!  It was a fun party!


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