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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


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.