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.