Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Cards: SVG Freebie

It's been a while since I posted a SVG freebie, so I made some time to create a few tonight. There's been a slight chill in the air lately, and it's made me think of scrapping my fall photos. I decided to make a few free fall SVG cards to share. They're sized to fit in Project Life page protectors.

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You can download your free fall SVG cards here. Please don't forget to respect my terms of use!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Father Christmas Final Post

I am so happy! I finally finished my Father Christmas project. It took me two months, but I am officially current as far as scrapping Christmas photos. I'm so thrilled to share my final six Christmas layouts with you. 

My first two pages use a mix of Basic Grey's Jovial, Fruitcake, and Dasher collections. I wanted to scrap this sweet picture of Alexis in front of the Christmas tree. I couldn't just throw these fabulous Basic Grey tags away, so I managed to tuck a ton of them into my design. If you look closely, you can see that I used quite a few foam dots to add dimension to this project.

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This photo totally makes me smile. I am utterly obsessed with my Keurig coffee machine, and of course I had to share the love/obsession with my Mom. I got her a Keurig for Christmas and she grinned from ear to ear. It's a very happy memory, and I just had to make a layout about her reaction to my gift.

Christmas Present_Happy Mom_Scrapbook Page
The last Christmas collection in my stash was Cosmo Cricket's Dear Mr. Claus. I won it in a contest a few years ago, and I'd yet to use it. I tried to choose designs that allowed me to use small amounts of patterned paper so I could stretch the kit to scrap all of my remaining Christmas pictures.

I actually scrapbooked some older photos from a choir concert where I sang a solo in front of 300+ people. That's the reason I look absolutely terrified in the picture taken before the solo. Luckily, it all went well! This page is a lift of sketch #101 by Inspired Blueprints.


Miss Jordan has always been a total diva, so I wasn't surprised when she was really worried about what to wear when she carried on an important family tradition. (Singing in the choir.) She settled on a beautiful plaid dress with tiny little heels and she was lovely in it. I used a bunch of die cuts on this project because my Cricut was missing me.

Christmas_Choir Concert_Daughter_Dress Up_Scrapbook

My grandparents are lucky to have a fabulous bunch of great-grandchildren, and I took a group photo of everyone a few years ago. I figured that I'd scrap this picture since there are four new great-grandkids now and it's time to update the group photo. I left a lot of room for journaling because I knew that I'd want to list each of the kids' names.

Cosmo Cricket_Scrapbook Page_Christmas_Group Photo
This is the last layout that I finished. As you can see, at the end of this Father Christmas project I was running out of title ideas and embellishments. I scrapped pictures of Brandon with his preschool class after their wonderful Christmas performance at the school. I can't believe that it's already been two years since I snapped this photo. Where has all of the time gone?

Preschool_Christmas Performance_Cosmo Cricket

Are you curious about the grand total of projects? I made 31 layouts and 9 cards in all. I didn't think that I made that many until I went back and counted everything. I'm glad that I stuck with it and managed to complete what I planned. That's one more thing scratched off of my to-do list. Next, I'll be sorting photos to scrap about Brandon's 2012 football season.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Go Fly A Kite: Two Free Digital Templates

If you've been following my blog for a while, you already know that I'm pulling older freebies from around the web so I can host all of the download links under one tab on my blog. I'm trying to make it easier for my readers to find what they need. Today I have two older sketches and corresponding free templates to share. 

1. Go Fly A Kite Sketch

Twelve Photos_Scrapbook Sketch_Free Digital Template

I made a layout about Miss Jordan flying the kite that she got for her birthday as inspiration. This page was created with an older Scraptastic Club scrapbook kit.

Fly A Kite_Scrapbook Page_Girly_Pink_Cosmo Cricket

Download the first free digital scrapbook template here and keep scrolling down for more goodies.

2. Boys Rock! Sketch

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Again, this project was created with an older Scraptastic Club kit. I loved these pictures of Brandon hanging out with one of his friends. They were too cute playing together in the park. 

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Download the second free digital template here. Please remember to respect the terms of use that I've included in each zipped file, and enjoy your freebies.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

We Love Our Tree: Father Christmas Project Update

Hi everyone! I have another Father Christmas scrapbook page to share. Today, I plan to scrap the last two Christmas photos that are on my desk. I'll have an epic final post in the next few days with more than five projects in one post, and then I will be done with every single Christmas picture from the last few years. 

These photos of my boys decorating the Christmas tree are some of my favorite pictures ever. I used a bunch of leftover Basic Grey scraps from the Jovial, Dasher, and Fruitcake collections to create this layout.  

Boys_Decorating_Christmas Tree_Scrapbook
I used Sketch #107 from Susan Stringfellow as inspiration for my design. Susan's sketches are always totally fabulous!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Christmas Greetings: Father Christmas Project Update

I had an extensive scrappy day yesterday with a good friend. We both needed the break! I hustled through three more Christmas scrapbook pages for my Father Christmas series, and it won't be long before I'm completely done. I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Ha! In the meantime, I have a few projects that I made last week to share.

This layout was inspired by one of the sketches that I posted on my blog recently. I really wanted to use the chipboard frame, but it didn't fit the photos I had. I didn't want to crop them, so I used it as a stand alone element on the page. It looked bare, and I thought adding a few ornaments would dress it up nicely. This project features pictures of my nephew getting lots of cuddles on Christmas Eve at my grandparent's house.

Christmas Baby_Ornament_Scrapbook

I'm seriously running out of ideas for layouts that use quite a few photos, so I've started lifting some of my older pages. This is a total lift of my Wild Thing project that I made a few years ago. Of course, my style has evolved a bit so this is more embellished than the previous layout. This page includes pictures of the kids decorating our Christmas tree in 2011.

Christmas Kids_Scrapbook Page_Layout Holly
Both of the projects above include a hodgepodge of leftover Basic Grey scraps from the Dasher, Joival, and Fruitcake collections. I also used random stamps and other goodies that I pulled from my stash.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle Cards: Free SVG Files

It feels like forever since I posted a new SVG freebie here on my blog. I made these files to scrapbook my newest second cousin's pictures, but you could use them on any baby or kid themed page. I especially love the idea of using them for a project with sleeping baby photos.

Baby_Project Life_2x3 Cards_Journaling

You can download your free SVG cards HERE. Enjoy your download, and please don't forget to respect my terms of use. P.S. If you're new to my blog don't forget to check out my past freebie tabs above!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Saturday Night Munchies: Photography Update

I'm back with my weekly photography update. Miss J had to get her optic nerves scanned Tuesday morning. They found some damage to her optic nerve last year that they attributed to her premature birth. There has been some concern that the damage may be getting worse, so she had to get updated scans. Unfortunately, we won't know if it's worsened for at least two weeks. The waiting is killing us, and any prayers would definitely be appreciated.

Jordan behaved really well during the scan, so we brought the kids to Subway for lunch. Ronnie let them choose the ingredients so it was a grand adventure. When I go, I order everything for them because I know what they will actually eat.

I forgot to mention that Jordan's stuffed monkey came to Subway with us. (It's as big as she is.) She put Genevieve in her own seat and we got some strange looks. It's okay, we're homeschooling now. I'm sure there will be many more weird looks before the kids graduate.

Speaking of homeschool, our art project this week was Navajo sand art. We dyed our own sand, drew patterns, and made humongous messes. The end result was very pretty, but the kids had a hard time filling the shapes with glue. (Mine: Bottom Left, Brandon: Top Right, Jordan: Bottom Right.)

We decided to cancel our homeschool day on Friday. It was for a teeny tiny, very cute reason! Jordan didn't get to meet her second cousin when she was born. (Jordan was sick and we didn't want Karli to catch any germs.) When I told her that we were going to visit Karli, she was over the moon. Brandon surprised me with his reaction. He was very interested in holding and playing with the baby. In this picture it looks like he's saying, "No Jordan, it's my turn." 

Miss J and Karli had some serious cuddle time. Jordan snuggled up with her in the recliner and sang her lots of sweet songs. I really don't think that she wanted to give her back to her Momma when we had to leave. She asked me for a new brother or sister on the way home and I immediately responded with, "Not gonna happen".

We had a late night on Saturday because it was my night to teach in the special needs kid's room at Church of the King. We ran through the drive through on the way home because it was 8:30 and I was super tired. I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye and noticed something else having a late dinner. My kids were highly entertained. Apparently raccoons party all night at Taco Bell! 

We spent part of our Sunday catching up on the school work that we missed on Friday. It was a quiet, productive day. I've definitely learned that flexibility is of the best things about homeschooling!

Guess what? I'll be back in a day or two with a new SVG freebie. I'm working on getting the sketch and template team back up and running as well.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ho! Ho! Ho!: Father Christmas Update

I apologize for not posting much over the past week or two. We've been dealing with more public school issues with Alexis, and I'm even entertaining pulling her out to homeschool her against her wishes. She's only four weeks in and there are already so many issues. I'm going to find an advocate at this time, but if the problems aren't resolved soon... I'm done!

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog, so I wanted to pop in and share a few of my recent scrapbook pages. Of course, they're Father Christmas layouts. I'm still making headway with the huge pile of photos. It's definitely looking like I'm going to run out of supplies before I use all of my pictures. I may have to go shopping. (Awww... shucks!)

These projects were made with scraps from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses, Dasher, Fruitcake, and Jovial lines. I also pulled a few random embellishments from my stash. This first page features photos of Miss J on a super happy Christmas morning. The journaling is about my wish that every child in the world could be as happy as Jordan was that morning. 

Christmas Present_Scrapbook Page_World News_Joy
My second layout includes pictures of Jordan and Brandon's visit with Santa Claus a few years ago. A neighbor invited Jordan to a VFW party for special needs kids. (Alexis couldn't come because she was sick, but we brought stuff home for her.) This project was inspired by a sketch from the Creative Sketches site

Mrs. Claus_Santa Claus_Scrapbook Project_Banner And Scallop

Monday, September 2, 2013

Better Late Than Never: iPhonography Photo Round Up

I know I'm a few days late posting my weekly photo update, but it's been crazy here. I'm not complaining. It's a good, positive busy for the most part. We're still really enjoying homeschool. I can't believe how much we accomplish in a week. I've figured out that Brandon's pretty much light-years ahead of the curriculum I purchased, so I'm supplementing his days with a lot of extra material. He works along with almost everything Jordan does and completes his own work as well. I'm not sure yet, but he might skip a grade next year so he's a little more challenged. 

We've added a new class to our homeschool schedule. Home Economics has come into play since I can't stand how messy the house becomes when I don't have help. Luckily, Brandon and Jordan seem to enjoy cleaning with me. I know that it won't last long, but I'm enjoying it while I can.

In the photo below, Jordan was reading aloud to Brandon while I loaded the dishwasher. I turned around to see him leaning back in my chair with a mischievous smile on his face. He's such a character! I love how Jordan's totally ignoring him. Brothers. Sigh. 

Brandon had an assignment to sort items last week. The book we're using suggested money but I wanted to make it a little more difficult, so I dumped a bunch of beads on the table. He had them sorted in two different ways within five minutes. Organizing and sorting is right up his alley. I guess he gets that from his Momma.

This is a photo of the aftermath of our typical homeschool day. I sit on the end to teach and they sit on either side of me. We put the books we've finished at the other end of the table so I can put them away before dinner. (We usually eat lunch outside to avoid having to pack everything out of the way.)

Jordan had therapy on Thursday and she was determined to feed the geese at her therapists' office. There's only one problem with that... She's desperately afraid of geese. She kept throwing bread at them and shrieking, "Don't eat me!" "Eat the bread!" Everything was okay until a goose honked at her. She immediately climbed me like I was a ladder and ordered me to take her inside. 

The evil, scary, honking geese. They look diabolical don't they?

Thursday was also Dozen Day. Brandon's curriculum includes a "number of the day" Math chart, and it was the 12th day on the chart. We learned about dozens of eggs and we were instructed to bake a dozen cupcakes. I got really brave and decided to let Brandon do everything on his own. (After I appointed Ronnie as a supervisor.) 

I expected a huge mess, but he kept all of the batter on the pan. He took it all very, very seriously. Brandon actually enjoys cooking. He often climbs on the cabinet while I make dinner to chat and help where he can.

One thing I'm not doing very well with is the tree identification portion of the curriculum. I'm still looking for a reliable Louisiana nature guide. Mostly because I still can't identify this tree that's growing in our backyard. 

Miss J has learned all of her multiplication tables over the past four weeks, so we rewarded her with a unicorn Dream Light. Math is her least favorite subject and we frequently hear "I can't do it.". Recently, she has gained a lot of confidence and we are very proud of what she's accomplished. 

Art isn't her favorite subject either. Jordan struggles with writing and fine motor difficulty, so the smallest projects are frustrating unless she's really interested. A few weeks ago, her music therapist recommended that she create her own Skylander figure by combining two existing Skylanders. She loved that assignment and spent a good amount of time making sure everything was perfect.

My favorite part of homeschool IS Art. Mostly because I get to paint and play while they create. It's more about hanging out and being together than right or wrong. In fact, I believe that there are no mistakes in artistic endeavors. Mistakes are opportunities for embellishment!

In other news, my kids are easily entertained. We got up early on Saturday so we could get our errands and chores out of the way. Ronnie decided to run the van through the car wash and I knew to get my iPhone out of my bag. 

My kids adore the car wash. They smile like crazy and shriek. Seriously, it's right up there with Disney World. If you want to make Brandon's day... take him through the car wash. Of course, I love to watch their reactions. Maybe I'm easily entertained too?

After our errands, we met Ronnie's parents for lunch. We all stopped at Sam's before heading back to our house. We picked up the necessities. You know... batteries, Band-aids, and stuffed animals. I'm not responsible for the last thing on that list. Ronnie's sister spoils my kids rotten!  

Just so you know, I'm not the only one who was taking photos in the store! So there.

Everyone came back to our house. Ronnie's Dad fell asleep on the couch. Brandon showed Uncle Brian how to play Skylanders, and the girls played Barbies with Ronnie's sister. It was good to spend some quality time with them.

We went to church Saturday night and when we got home I was exhausted. I fell asleep early instead of scrapbooking like I'd meant to. I made up for it on Sunday though because I took a much needed day off from housework. I decided to scrapbook most of the day because I missed it so much. I managed to finish three pages and they'll be popping up on my blog over the next few days.