Sunday, December 29, 2013

Wedded Bliss: Wedding Themed Scrapbook Page

Before I say anything else, I have to tell y'all that this layout is totally not my usual style. I felt like a wedding themed page called for a feminine, dainty look. So I went completely out of my comfort zone into what will forever be known (to me) as "Prima Land". I distressed paper and inked it half to death. I also used flowers, bling, lace, and the color pink all on one project. It almost killed me, but here's the final design.

Wedding Scrapbook Page_Aunt_Bling_Flower_Prima

The photos are from my Aunt's wedding in 2012, and the Bo Bunny paper from the last My Creative Scrapbook kit I purchased worked really well. I actually had these pictures in mind when I bought it and I'm glad I was able to pull it off. Do you have a color that you find challenging to use on your layouts? I'd love it if you would share your tips for using your least favorite color with me.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Month (And A Half) In Photos

I have definitely been missing in action here on my blog. (I explained in previous posts how choir and basketball made everything else impossible.) The girls are finished with choir and it was worth every minute of practice. Scroll down for video proof! Now that Christmas is over, I'm just starting to get back into my schedule. I hope to be back to regular updates soon. 

Today, I'd like to share a few shots of what we did while I was away. I just realized that I never even shared Thanksgiving pictures. It's official. I'm a slacker, but not as much of a bum as the guys were on Thanksgiving. This photo completely cracks me up. All of the girls were in the kitchen, and all of the boys were watching football. If you look closely, my brother-in-law is actually asleep. Boys!

Elvis came back Thanksgiving night in a big way by setting up a rousing game of Skylanders in the middle of the night. He created all kinds of mischief in December before he had to leave again on Christmas Eve.

I cooked for some of my family members the Friday after Thanksgiving at my house. It was completely wild, but we all had a blast. We made the great-grandkids eat outside on the carport. It made clean up a lot easier. Especially since one of the kids spilled their entire plate on their lap. 

Brandon has been having a wonderful time in basketball and he has definitely mastered the free throw. He's one of the most consistent kids with his free throws. I guess it helps that he's super tall.  

Brandon is still obsessed with Sophie. In his letter to Santa, he only asked for toys for his dog. It was pretty priceless! He did get a gift card to go shopping for her for Christmas. He bought her a sweater, treats, and a toy.

We decorated our Christmas tree one week into December. Usually we do it right after Thanksgiving, but like I said... it's been pretty crazy here. Brandon thought it would be funny to make eyeballs with the ornaments.

Jordan was interviewed for a documentary about New Heights where she rides horses for therapy. She did an amazing job with the interview. I was also interviewed, and I had a total Ricky Bobby moment where I didn't know what to do with my hands. I'm praying that part doesn't make the final cut. Sheesh.

We went to Koop Drive to see Santa and the kids rode the rides. It was FREEZING and we only stayed about an hour because the girls had their first choir show the next day.

I volunteered backstage when the choir performed for the first time. I wheeled Jordan on the stage and then got some amazing shots behind the scenes. See the girls up on the big screen?

I sat front and center during the Sunday services and got another perspective. Jordan looked really nervous the whole time until she saw me, then she started grinning like crazy and waving. Alexis was too grown up for that but she did give me a little smile. 

If this video doesn't give you goosebumps... I don't know what will. Here's their performance of Little Drummer Boy on Sunday morning.

I took a photo of my divas in front of the big Christmas tree in the lobby before we left. Ronnie's parents, my cousin, and my grandparents made the trip to watch them sing.

We left the church and headed directly home to celebrate Alexis' 12th birthday with friends and family. I never get upset when I have a birthday, but knowing I have a 12 year old... THAT makes me feel old. She got a Barbie Volkswagon and an iPod. She's at the age where she's still a little girl about some things, but I can definitely see that she's growing up!

Brandon shaved for the first time the other day. He got a fake shaving kit when we went to the Families Helping Families Christmas breakfast, and he couldn't wait for his Daddy to teach him. 

My Mom had knee replacement surgery in December, and my grandparents are in the process of moving so my cousin Travis hosted our Christmas Eve celebration. I was asked to cook our traditional Christmas Eve gumbo that my grandpa usually cooks. I was nervous as all get out, but everyone loved it! 

Christmas morning here was very laid back. The kids were super thankful for everything they got, and everyone got along. It was a Christmas miracle! Sophie even got presents, but she wasn't awake enough to want to eat them yet. 

Alexis got her first American Girl doll named Ivy. It looks just like her! She got a kimono, pajamas, accessories, and earrings for Ivy as well. She was really thrilled as she's wanted an American Girl doll for a while now.

Brandon was thrilled with his 2DS. He was really bummed that he couldn't play 3DS games on his DSi, but the 2DS solves that. He climbed on Ronnie's lap and told him, "Thank you for working so hard for us Daddy!" It was pretty much the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

Jordan is completely obsessed with Sofia The First, so we got her a Royal Prep desk that she's played with constantly. She uses the locker to organize ALL of her Sofia The First stuff. I guess she takes after her Momma that way. I'm all about organization! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that each of you have a blessed New Year!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Robot Cards: Everyday Boy Cards

I've been sharing bunches of boy themed layouts lately, and I finally used most of the Echo Park products that I combined. I had a few scraps left, and you all know that I can't throw stuff out! I just had to make a few birthday cards. I really wanted to use some robot stickers that had been in my stash for a while, so I designed the cards around them.

Robot Card_Boy Themed_All Occasion_Red

The first card is all Echo Park scraps except for the robot. I used the firetruck paper because it matched the colors of the robot perfectly. The gears are a silver foil that doesn't show up well in the photo. 

All Occasion Card_Blue_Orange_Robot

This project features a girly robot, but I still think it could work as a boy themed card. It's pretty generic, so it could go either way. The speech bubble is an American Crafts chipboard sticker. I love having a few cards on hand, especially if they will work for multiple occasions. Do you make cards and keep them just in case you need one? 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Here We Go! (Boy Themed Scrapbook Pages)

Well, it's been a while... the holiday season, choir practices, and basketball have taken a major chunk of my time. I have been scrapbooking when I get a few minutes, but I haven't been able to post anything. I felt bad for neglecting my blog so I popped on today to share two of the pages I've created lately.

10 Months: I took photos of Brandon on the same part of the couch every month for his first year. This layout includes several pictures from his ten month old shoot. It was really hard to keep him still long enough to get the shots. He grew into a wiggle worm!

Little Boy_10 Months_Scrapbook Page_Grid
All Aboard: Brandon loved to play trains when he was little. We called him Baby Godzilla because he would climb up on the train table and wreck the tracks. It was pretty hilarious until his sisters got mad at him for undoing the tracks they put together. The journaling says: "Brandon, I'm pretty sure this isn't what the conductors mean when they say 'all aboard'."

Train Table_Little Boy_Scrapbook Page

All of the supplies for these layouts came from the massive kit that I made by combining my boy themed Echo Park scraps. I love using my stash to make a ton of projects. It really makes me feel like I've accomplished something when I'm completely finished with an older collection or kit.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Boy Oh Boy: Boy Themed Scrapbook Pages

I thought I'd stop by today to share two more boy-themed scrapbook pages. Remember how I mentioned Brandon's car obsession yesterday? Here he is again with a car in one hand while watching TV, and he even held one while going to sleep. It was an all day, every day thing. 

I have been hoarding that car patterned paper forever, and I finally decided to use it. This layout is a bit busier than my normal projects, but I still like the way it turned out. I also used an embellishment that is several years old. (That big orange arrow is a Scenic Route die cut.) I'm doing some serious stash busting over here!

Footie Pajama_Scrapbook Page_Echo Park_Cars
My kids are lucky to have such an awesome Uncle. Brian always plays with them, and the kids climb all over him. On this particular day, Brandon decided that Uncle Brian would make a great horse. Of course, I had to take photos to scrapbook.

Piggyback Ride_Uncle_Scrapbook Page_Train_Little Boy

 I have a few more pages to share from this epic kit, but I haven't photographed them yet. I'm going to have to get on that. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The (Really) Great Outdoors: Boy Themed Pages

Alexis' surgery went really well yesterday even though we had to wait for hours before they actually took her back. She was convinced that she was going to starve to death because she had to fast. Poor kiddo. She is doing much better today and I'm sure she'll be back to 100% soon. Thank you all so much for the well wishes and prayers.

Today on my blog, I'd like to share two more pages that I made with my huge Echo Park kit. The first layout was made a few weeks ago when I had a friend over to scrapbook. These photos of Brandon totally crack me up because he always made the most exaggerated faces when he first learned how to blow bubbles. We frequently went out on the carport to blow bubbles when it was raining and he couldn't go out into the yard. 

Echo Park_Little Boy_Scrapbook Page_Bubbles
The next project also features pictures of Brandon outside. He's definitely all boy and loves to be outdoors as much as possible. I treasure these photos because they remind me how Brandon always carried a train, car, or truck around with him when he was tiny. It didn't matter what he did, he'd do it with one hand so he could hold a vehicle.

Sandbox_Scrapbook Page_Boy_Vehicle_Obsession

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog today. I will be back soon with more boy themed pages to share!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

iPhoneography: Everyday Life

Alexis is having her eye surgery this morning, so prayers and good thoughts would be very appreciated. I'm sure everything will be fine, but she's nervous and so am I. 

Brandon has been obsessed with having Sophie sleep in his bed, but Sophie isn't interested at all. She was supposed to be Brandon's dog, but she's under the impression that she belongs wherever I am. She sleeps on my feet in the bed. The other night, Ronnie decided to make him a very happy little boy by letting him sleep with Sophie in our bed.

Brandon's been super tired after basketball practice several times a week. He's very excited to play his first game, and he's keeping a running count of how many baskets he makes. The girls and I ask him what the total is every time he comes home from practice! 

Last Friday, we went to my grandparents' house to see how the renovations were coming. We brought my grandpa a cake because the kids were highly upset that "Nobody baked their poor Paw Paw a birthday cake". They asked him what kind of cake he had when they called on his birthday, and they found the lack of cake totally unacceptable. 

They are all fascinated with the old boat in the pond in the backyard, and they decided that they needed to pull it out so they could see it. They were having a hard time pulling it out and Jordan said she needed some water to reduce friction on the hull. They did eventually move it a bit, but only with some help from my cousin.

Sophie has definitely made herself at home, and this is her new spot. She sleeps on the arm of the couch with her head on the end table. Brandon is always wherever she is. She follows me, and he follows her. It's an all day thing.

We went to small group at Church Of The King on Monday and the kids put their heads in the cut outs of the knight and the princess. 

All of the kids got to play in the empty tube zone while the adults had a nice chat. It's nice to have some grown up time with our kids being so content to hang out together.

I have two more little boy themed layouts that I created with the massive Echo Park kit I made, and I'll be back soon to share them.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Missing My Baby Boy

I mentioned on a previous post that I pulled a bunch of Echo Park scraps together to form one huge boy themed kit. It was a great way to create quite a few pages while using a ton of older product. I'm all about trying to use goodies from my stash lately! 

Many of the papers matched pictures from when Brandon was really little. I took a walk down memory lane by scrapping lots of sweet baby photos. I miss him being this tiny! My first project features Brandon's professional pictures from his six month old shoot. I kept the embellishments to a minimum to keep the focus on my darling boy!

Six Month Old_Baby Boy_Scrapbook Page
My husband smiled when he saw the next layout because it made him remember how I used to dress Brandon in a very preppy manner. Now all he wants to wear is jeans and tee shirts. I'm lucky if I can sneak a button down shirt in there on Sunday for church.

Preppy Baby_Clothes_Little Boy_Echo Park

Grid pages are my favorite way to use lots of tiny paper scraps from collections that I love! 

I'll be back soon with a photo update. This week we are off of homeschool for Alexis' eye surgery because she'll need some time to recover. We're going to take one week off for Christmas, instead of two like the public schools to make up for the missed days. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You Can't Make This Stuff Up: SVG Word Art Freebie

My kids are always getting into the craziest situations, and I end up with photos that no regular title can adequately describe. I decided to make a SVG freebie with a phrase that I often use to describe my kids' mischief. "You just can't make this stuff up." If your kids are as creative and adventurous as mine are, you might be able to use this word art file!

Free SVG Word Art_Boys Chaos
You can download your free word art SVG here so you can cut a huge title for your silly and unexpected photos. Please remember to respect my terms of use, and thank you for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pumpkins, Volunteering, and a Little Dog Too!

I never did post our pumpkin patch and Halloween photos! I'm totally slacking. Fall is a really busy season for us, and I take a ton of pictures. I decided to make a few collages so I could shorten the length of my blog post. 

We visited the pumpkin patch the last weekend before Halloween. It was absolutely insane, but the kids had a great time. The corn maze was new, but the covered wagon wasn't. The kids get their picture taken on it every year. I decided to edit the photos with a creamy action because we went right at lunch time and the sun was glaring. I think it softens them a bit.

We went to a library Halloween party a few days before the big day. I was able to get some lovely portraits of the kiddos in their Halloween costumes. The one of Brandon fussing at me cracks me up. Apparently, I was under arrest. Who knew!?

Of course, we had to carve the pumpkins that we got at the pumpkin patch! Everyone around here knows that I am completely, utterly grossed out by pumpkin guts. I bribe my family and friends to get them out for me every Halloween. Miss J was trying to torture me in the picture on the bottom right. Ewww.... guts! 

I've also been volunteering like a crazy at our church. They opened a new building last weekend and all of the volunteers have pitched in to assemble furniture. I'm on the childcare team as well, and I pulled extra shifts with the five year old class after my regular service time. The new children's area reminds me of Disney World, it's just beautiful!

Something else has been keeping me busy as well. The cutie pie in the photos below is named Sophie, and she's the newest addition to our home. I got an email through my homeschool group from someone looking to re-home an older cocker spaniel. She's obedience trained, house trained, crate trained, and super patient with the kids. Jordan has brushed her so much that her coat sparkles in the sun. It's a good thing that she doesn't mind!

She came from a home where her owner went off to college, and she was left behind with his Mom. She was super lonely without anyone to play with, so they decided to find her a home with younger kids to love on her. Yay for us! We already love her to bits, and the best part? Every time I'm asleep, if the kids come to ask me a question she barks at them like... "Can't you see she's sleeping?" I've started calling her "Nap Defender". 

That's all for now, but I'm sure I'll be back soon with some layouts to share. I made a HUGE kit with a bunch of boy-themed Echo Park scraps and I've been scrapping up a storm.