Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Almost Perfect

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that we have a new family member. He's been keeping us so busy that I haven't posted about him here yet. Sophie passed away this May on Mother's Day and we were pretty sure we wouldn't get another dog. Unfortunately, Brandon had a really hard time adjusting to life without a dog because one of his coping mechanisms was cuddling Sophie. We ended up with this sweet guy in July. 

His name is Rocky Beauregard Landry and he was under four pounds when we brought him home. He's lived with us for four months now and we couldn't be more in love with him. He's grown just a little.

Brandon wanted a bigger dog who would run around and fetch a ball. I wanted a big, cuddly snuggle buddy. We all got what we wanted. He fit into our family seamlessly and basically potty trained himself. He's a smart cookie!

Before I forget, I have a layout to share as well. It features a photo from a wonderful day that we spent as a family. We took the kids outside to play baseball and the weather was just perfect. Jordan stopped playing for a while because she was tired, and Ronnie took a break to cuddle her. She's always had him wrapped around her little finger. 


I created a pie chart cut file for this page and backed it with different patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Ashbury Heights collection. I don't usually scrapbook with darker colors, but I really like the way my project turned out. The striped gold washi tape in that collection is fabulous! I'm going to need more of it soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Me + You (Jordan's Rod Removal Surgery)

It has been ages since I posted anything because Jordan had to have emergency surgery to remove the rods from her femurs. We've been focused on taking care of her, and we are amazed by her recovery so far. She's incredible! It hasn't even been two weeks yet and she's already walking with her walker. It won't be long until she's running again. She won't let anything slow her down.

I haven't scrapbooked for the longest time, but I still have quite a few pages to post. It seems I'm running behind on a lot of stuff lately. I'll get back into the swing of things eventually. 


This layout features photos of a very tiny Brandon swinging in our backyard. I can remember Jordan giggling in the same swing.

I created the title by writing the words I wanted, scanning them in, and using my Silhouette software to cut it all out. This was a big stash busting project, and I managed to use rub ons that I bought around the time Brandon was born. Nine year old rub ons that still worked. I was impressed!

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!