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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beachy

Our heat index reached 114 degrees yesterday, so it must officially be summer! We've been keeping cool with a kiddie pool and a sprinkler in our backyard, but it's really not enough. We may have to head back to the beach soon, but for now I'll have to be content with scrapbooking older beach pictures. These photos were taken a few years ago at our local state park. My kids adore turning themselves into sandy messes!













Almost all of the supplies on this project are from Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection. They were totally perfect for scrapping our little beach trip. I added the bling and embroidery floss from my stash. This layout was inspired by a lesson in Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com and by a page that Shimelle Lane created called "Snack Spot".

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picture This

I'm still on mandatory rest for my bronchitis and I'm about to go stir crazy. This is day two of not cleaning my house or going to work. My house looks like a bomb went off in it because there are clothes everywhere. Ronnie tries to catch up with everything as much as he can when he gets home from work, but it's a lot to do. He has helped me so much and I am very blessed to have such an amazing husband. It sounds crazy, but I'm looking forward to being able to clean again on Saturday. Our whole routine is off, and nobody likes it when Momma is sick!

I have a few projects to share today. This is the companion layout to the one I posted a few days ago. It was inspired by Ashley Horton's "One Cut File Two Ways" lesson in her Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com. Brandon doesn't ask to have his picture taken much, but when he saw the giant pelican statue at a local restaurant he was so excited! It's not a perfect photo, but it's a treasured one for sure.


I also have a card to share today. I liked the way my "The Perfect Day" card came out so much that I lifted it and created this one. It's the same basic design, but it's brighter and I like it.

































Most of my supplies for these projects came from Scenic Route's Grafton line, but I pulled several packages of older embellishments from my stash to add interesting details.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Life Is Rough Indeed

Our dog Sophie passed away on Mother's Day this year and we are still processing and dealing with our grief. She was a beautiful cocker spaniel and she was so patient with Brandon. When he would have meltdowns due to his Autism, she would let him curl up next to her and cry. We only had her for two short years, but she will be in our hearts forever. I made this page before she passed away, but I couldn't bring myself to share it until now.

Sophie always threw a fit after she went to the groomer, and I loved to take pictures of her while she had her diva moments after we brought her home. This is one of my favorite photos of her. She just couldn't take being pretty any longer! 

The supplies on this page are a mismatch of different lines from many companies. Most of them came from Scenic Route's Grafton line. The rest were pulled from my stash. I was inspired by Ashley Horton's lesson called "One Cut File Two Ways" in her Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com.

I also have a card to share today. I made it with scraps that I had leftover from creating with Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey line, and I really love the way it turned out. I used sketch #134 from Retro Sketches as a guide while creating this project. 

































I'm not sure who I will give this card to yet, but I know many sweet people who could use some encouragement so I'm sure it won't be in my stash for long!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I survived VBS 2016!

We participated in VBS last week and the kids had a blast! Our church hosted 1,000 children for VBS and we had an amazing 300+ volunteers. I coordinated the special needs VBS and it went wonderfully. I had fantastic volunteers, and the kids were amazing of course! This weekend I'm spending some time resting because I'm not feeling well. I seem to have picked up a cold at VBS. It's funny because the same thing happened last year. I guess wherever there are children there will be germs?

Anyway, my down time means that I have an opportunity to blog and that's always a good thing. I created this layout featuring a photo of Brandon making a face because he was worried about touching muddy water. We were straining the water through a sieve to see what types of animals we could find. I didn't blame him for being grossed out. It was pretty icky. Luckily, he warmed up to the idea quickly and started splashing around in search of bugs and crawly things.

I also made a card out of the scraps that were leftover after I made my page. It's a quick, generic card that would be good for a masculine recipient. 


I used Scenic Route's Grafton collection to design both of these projects. (Yes, I'm still hoarding Scenic Route goodies.) I loved all of the green papers and embellishments because green is my favorite color.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Today

I've finally finished Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com and I have another page to share. This layout feels so busy to me, and it's not my usual style but I like it. The design features a super sweet photo of my grandmother with Brandon when he was tiny. My Maw Maw is happiest when she's outside digging in the dirt and playing with her pets. I've always treasured watching her share a love of nature with my kids.

Most of the supplies on this page are from My Mind's Eye's Market Street Ashbury Heights collection. I also added a few Prima wood veneer bits. This project was based on Ashley's lesson on creating an ombre watercolored background.

I also have a card to share today. I made it with the last bits of my Fancy Pants' Love Birds collection. I think it will work well for Valentine's day next year. I'll just hide it in my stash until then! 

































This card was inspired by Sheri Gilson's design. I pinned it to my Pinterest board a long time ago. If you're on Pinterest, I'd love to friend you there! My Pinterest Profile
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

10 Reasons (You Are Perfect Just The Way You Are)

I love my kids like crazy, and it makes me so sad when they don't feel confident. My Jojo has been struggling with some self-esteem issues lately. Nothing huge, just pre-teen stuff and the fact that living with a disability is always difficult. She's always been quite sure of herself so I'm sure this is only a phase, but I have been making a special effort to help her realize that she's awesome. I'm not just saying that because I'm her Mom either. She is one amazing kid! I made this page for my sweet girl and the journaling is a list of 10 reasons she's perfect the way God made her. 

This layout was inspired by Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com. It's based on the lesson about creating your own stencils. The supplies came from My Mind's Eye's Market Street Ashbury Heights collection. I also used gelatos for the first time on this project. I think I'm already slightly addicted!


I also have a card to share today! I made it a while back with some scraps from Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey collection. I love using the last tiny scraps from a kit to make cards to keep in my stash. This one is an all purpose card. I make a lot of those because you never know what will come up!