Thursday, March 19, 2015


Have I mentioned lately how much I love Crate Paper's Close Knit collection? The retro sewing theme is right up my alley. You might think that it wouldn't work well for a layout about riding a horse, but I decided to go for it because the colors worked so well with my photos. I used a horseshoe border as an embellishment to create a theme without going overboard. 

Horse Riding_Layout_Scrapbook_Crate Paper

Jordan was invited to do a demonstration for her therapeutic riding organization a few years ago, and she did an amazing job. I was able to get some photos of her mounting her horse and leading her into the arena. I was so proud of her! She is such an amazing kiddo. (Not that I'm biased or anything!)

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I found these sweet photos of Brandon in my stash the other day, and I just had to scrap them. He had a rash at the time, so he was pretty itchy and miserable. I took the pictures to show my Mom to see if she'd ever seen a rash like that. We never did figure out why he got it, but we were grateful when it went away. I love the photos because you can see his super curly baby hair. I miss that! 

Scrapbook Page_Baby Boy_Curls

I scrapped this page while hanging out at my grandma's house. I finished everything except for the title over there because I wanted to use my Silhouette. I'm afraid I've been neglecting it lately. All of the goodies on this page except for the black cardstock are from Crate Paper's Close Knit collection. The mist is from Studio Calico.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Our Dad Rocks!

My kids are very lucky to have such an attentive Dad. Ronnie really loves taking them to the park and he enjoys doing little things for our children. It always makes me smile to see him play with them, and of course they think he totally rocks! 

Park_Playtime_Scrapbook Page_Kids

I wanted to document their love for Ronnie with this page that shows how much he adores hanging out with them. I've been going through some older photos, and when I came across this set I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I thought the little wagon embellishment was perfect for my design. The colors in Crate Paper's Close Knit collection worked really well with the color combination in my pictures. I love it when that happens! The embellishments are all from the same collection. The small blue alphabet is from Jillibean Soup, and the mist is from Studio Calico.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Love

I went to spend the night at my grandma's house a few weekends ago, and we scrapped up a storm. I now have a few layouts to share over the next couple of weeks. Yay! The first design I'm going to share came together in a few minutes. I've been working on obsessing less about measuring and just sticking stuff down. It turns out... I like it.

Thanksgiving_Family_Scrapbook_Two Page

Everything on this page is from Crate Paper's lovely Close Knit collection except for the Bazzill Kraft background and the October Afternoon pink letters. This project features photos of my kids and in-laws at our Thanksgiving gathering.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kids In The Pen

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I spent some time volunteering at my local church, and I also got to visit with Ronnie's parents on Saturday.

In other news, I will be starting my new part-time job at the same church on Monday. I love working with kids, and this job is right up my alley. I'm not sure how my availability will change as far as posting on my blog. I'm not thinking that too much will change, but we'll see. 

I'd like to share one of my latest layouts today. It includes pictures of my kids and my adorable nephew playing in the goat pen at my grandma's house. No trip to Maw Maw's house was complete without snuggling a goat. The babies were particularly adorable and the kids miss being able to visit with them now that my grandparents have moved. 

Scrapbook Page_Kids_Baby Goats

I'm not quite sure because I didn't make a note of it, but I believe I used a PageMaps sketch as inspiration for this page. All of the supplies are from Echo Park's Reflections collection except the pearl bling which is from Queen & Company.

Monday, January 5, 2015

I Still Believe In Magic (And Mickey)

I promised to post photos of our Disney trip, so here I am! Instead of posting individual pictures, I decided to make a collage from each day that features my favorite Disney moments. 

Day 1: Hollywood Studios- We ate breakfast at Hollywood And Vine so Jordan could see Sofia The First, then we went straight to meet her again at the character greeting spot. We played in "snow" at one of the Frozen attractions. Ronnie's Mom bought the kids light-sabers during the Fantasmic show, and we took a photo with the famous hat before they dismantled it. Brandon did well, but by the end of the day he was quite overwhelmed.  

Hollywood Studios_Photography_Sofia The First
Day 2: Magic Kingdom- We made a priority to go on rides that we'd never done before, but we didn't forget our old favorites. Jordan ended up crying when she met Anna and it totally made me cry. You know what else made me (almost) cry? My first time on Space Mountain. You could never, ever pay me to do that again!!! We rode the Barnstormer, and the 7-D Mine Train. That was Brandon's first roller coaster ride. He was so funny! He laughed and screamed at the same time. Also, I got to meet one of my online scrappy buddies for the first time. This trip was FULL of firsts!

Magic Kingdom_Photography_Space Mountain
Day 3: Downtown Disney And Epcot- We went shopping in the morning after figuring out where to park. The amount of construction was completely insane. Brandon found a little piece of happy at the Lego store. They had Minecraft Legos and he got two sets. He didn't want any Disney souvenirs. He just wanted Legos. We ate lunch at T-Rex, and Jordan bought a Build-A-Dino as her souvenir. Alexis had to have an Elsa dress from World Of Disney. When lunch was over, we headed to The Land ride in Epcot because Ronnie's parents love it. Later, they watched Brandon while we went on Test Track. After that, Brandon was about to have an absolute meltdown so Ronnie brought him back to the hotel early. The girls and I stayed a little longer to ride Soarin' and meet some characters. 

Epcot_Test Track_Legos_Goofy Photography
Day 4: Animal Kingdom- Ronnie's parents came with us to eat breakfast at Chef Mickey's, but they didn't want to go to the park. They rode the monorail back to the Polynesian and we headed to the Animal Kingdom. We rode Kali River Rapids for the first time and Alexis got soaked! She didn't think it was as funny as the rest of us did. We played drums, and we waited about 45 minutes for the Lion King show to start. Guess what?! Alexis was chosen to go on the stage during the show. It was one of the coolest parts of our trip! She did a great job showing everyone how to roar like a lion.

Animal Kingdom_Lion King_Africa_Family_Disney_Photography
As usual, we had a great time. I was a little worried that Brandon didn't enjoy himself much due to the fact that he seemed so overwhelmed. When we got home he told me, "Mom, I miss being in Disney already." I was so happy to hear that. Personally, I'm hoping our next vacation will be a little more relaxing. When we come back from Disney I'm always exhausted. It's almost like I need a vacation to recover from our vacation. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Story Begins Here

I have a tendency to work my way through one kit/collection at a time when I scrap. Once I decide my color scheme, I pull photos that will match. After I've chosen pictures, I go though my stash and see if I can find any extra embellishments that might work well on my page. This layout was created with an older kit from My Creative Scrapbook that featured Echo Park's Reflections collection.

Fall Layout_Pumpkin Patch_School_Echo Park

When Jordan was in public school, I chaperoned all of her field trips because I had to transport her wheelchair in my van. I always had a wonderful time hanging out with her and her friends. These pictures were taken at a local pumpkin patch where we got to play on hay bales and pet farm animals.