Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Take Your Time

I participated in the August Music Inspiration challenge at Scrapbook.com and I was assigned Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll" for inspiration. I pulled the title of my layout from the lyrics. 

We asked the kids to take their time while we were feeding the parakeets at the Audubon Aquarium. They were supposed to be still so the parakeets would land on their food sticks to eat. Patience is not a strong point for young kids, so they all chased the parakeets and begged them to eat. Needless to say, they didn't have a lot of interested birds. 


This page features a mix of different manufacturers, but most of the supplies came from Echo Park's Capture line. There are some Heidi Swapp puffy stickers, and My Mind's Eye's enamel dots as well. I love when I get to use some of my stash!

Monday, August 29, 2016

You Make Me Happy

Good morning! I thought I'd pop on quickly to share a layout I've done featuring a picture of a very tiny Brandon. The best part of scrapbooking is being able to capture important memories. When I look at this photo of my little man, I remember singing to him and snuggling. 

 One of our favorite songs to sing was "You are My Sunshine", so when I saw this card from My Mind's Eye's Cut and Paste Charm collection I knew I had to find a baby picture to scrap. My page came together quickly with a few small strips of paper and a couple of embellishments. This project makes me smile every time I look at it. I was inspired by Jana Eubank's "Hike" layout, but I went off on a tangent again so I'm not sure you can tell.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Get Up: Autism Walk

We have participated in a yearly autism walk since Brandon was diagnosed three years ago. We had a big group this year, and I took a bunch of photos to document the occasion. My sister-in-law even brought my brand new nephew to walk/roll. We had a great time. The biggest surprise was when my grandparents showed up. We were so happy to see them!

Most of the supplies on this layout are from Echo Park's Capture Life line, but I pulled some washi tape, enamel dots, and mist from my stash. I entered this layout into a music themed challenge at Scrapbook.com and I won! I was able to pick an extra song for everyone in this month's challenge. (If you're curious, the song I had for July was Marky Mark's Good Vibrations and I used part of the lyrics for the title.)

I'm still working my way through a pile of scraps by making cards because I can't bear to throw big pieces away. I'm taking the Valentine's Card Class at PageMaps, but who says I have to make valentine cards with the directions? 

Both of these cards feature Simple Stories' I Heart Summer line. The colors are so fresh and the little bicycle embellishments totally had to go on a project. I was glad I found a way to use them!

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss several of the layers, and I added dimensional adhesive behind the banners to make them pop. A tiny bit of twine from my stash finished them perfectly. I can't wait to mail them out!
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Friends: The Cut Shoppe Guest Designer

I was super flattered when Ashley Horton invited me to be a guest design team member for The Cut Shoppe this month. I absolutely adore her files and I own more than I should probably admit! The Spin Cycle cut file caught my eye this time around, so I created a fun layout by backing parts of the the cut file with different patterned papers. 

































You can totally feel the love that Brandon and Sophie shared in this photo. She truly was his best friend, and he misses her so much. I used Doodlebug's Puppy Love line to create my page. I am a huge fan of the bright colors and the little embellishments are adorable!

If you love this file as much as I do, you can grab it by clicking here.

































Don't forget to stop by The Cut Shoppe's blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Kids

We've already started homeschool this year, and my kids are very excited! I've had many people ask me why we only take a break for one month a year. The simple answer is that my kids get really bored, and they beg to start again. After a month, they've played hours of video games and have finished the summer reading program at the library. Homeschool keeps them focused and they really prefer being on a regular schedule. I must confess that I prefer it as well. 

I haven't been able to blog much this summer due to our scattered schedule, and our new 7 week old puppy that needs loads of attention. (I guess I didn't have enough to do?) I'm dropping by today to share a layout that I made during NSD. I am that far behind on posting my pages! 

My grandparents have always had chickens or goats and my kids really love visiting them. In the photo below, they were feeding the animals old bread that my grandma kept aside for them. I think the goats enjoyed seeing my children as much as they enjoyed seeing the goats. 

I know what you're thinking... Another project with Scenic Route's Grafton line?! I promise, this is the last one I have to share. I'm all out of scraps at this point!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Faith Journaling: A New Adventure

I love the idea of the faith journaling movement that is expanding in the scrapbook industry lately. I haven't been able to bring myself to actually journal in my Bible. I'm really afraid to mess it up because it was a gift from my grandmother. Instead, I decided to use a kraft notebook from Basic Grey as my faith journal. I may eventually journal in my actual Bible, but for now this works. 

I created the cover of my journal by making a rainbow with gelatos. I covered each part of the rainbow with words by using coordinating alphabet stickers. Then I covered it all with a ton of Mod Podge so it would stay in place. It's working well so far!


I have only finished two pages inside of the journal at this point. This is the first one. I had a picture in my head when I read Deuteronomy 1:6, and I'm happy to say that I love the way it turned out. The mountains were drawn with watercolor color pencils and blended. I used mist and snowflake buttons to finish the design.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut during day to day life. It's especially easy to stay in one place where we know it's safe, but that isn't what God asks us to do. While I was reading this passage, God brought one particular area of my life to mind where I've been stuck. (My mountain so to speak.) He reminded me that it's time to go. 


If you have a faith journal please comment with a link to your blog. I'd love to stop by for a visit because I'm always looking for inspiration.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

One Call Away

I decided to participate in the June Music Challenge at Scrapbook.com and I was assigned the song "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth. I had this picture of Ronnie and Brandon on my desk and it really worked well with the lyrics. I decided to write the journaling to Brandon about how Ronnie and I are only one call away if he ever needs anything. 

The title work is my favorite part of this page because the word "one" was written by Ronnie and scanned in so I could cut it with my Silhouette. The word "away" is my handwriting as well, so there are little pieces of us on this layout for Brandon.


This design was created with a hodgepodge of goodies that I had in my stash. (Jillibean Soup wood veneers, Crate Paper stickers, Basic Grey papers, and Studio Calico Mist.) I'm taking Nicole Nowosad's Silhouette 101 class at PageMaps.com and I was inspired by one of the projects in her class.