Friday, January 31, 2014

Time To Play: Use It Or Lose It!

I'm still moving forward with my use it or lose it challenge. I have a ton of older products that I just love and don't have the heart to toss or donate yet. The only issue with that is the fact that my supplies are at critical mass. I just can't fit any more into the space I have. For the next few months, I'll be using less recent kits whenever possible. When I scrap with newer products, I'm pulling old goodies to include. If I can't manage to use any of the older supplies... out they go! 

I used a past Scraptastic Club kit to create the projects I'm sharing today. As my challenge products, I chose a handful of matching buttons and a bottle of Stickles. I managed to incorporate the buttons on my layout and the Stickles on my card. 

These photos of Brandon make me smile, I can remember the sounds he made while spinning and bouncing around in his exersaucer. Gosh, they grow up so fast. The chipboard animals were a perfect embellishment choice because of the theme of the exersaucer. 

The card I made with the scraps of this kit is very similar to the robot cards I made a while ago. I struggle with creating boy themed cards for birthdays, and I figured this one would work well for that purpose. 

Speaking of birthdays, I'm planning to scrap some birthday pages later this month so I'll have birthday related .svg freebies coming soon!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baby, It's COLD Outside!

We have been having some insanely cold weather lately. Last week, we had a sleet storm even though the weatherman predicted snow. Over the last two days, we've had even more ice and sleet. This morning I almost fell three times because I just HAD to get a photo of the front of our house covered in sleet and ice. Of course, my husband and kids were standing on the front porch giggling at me. They're so helpful! 

Sleet Ice_Louisiana_Photography

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the icy photos that I took. I'm planning to venture out again later once I stop shivering. We are definitely not used to all of this. The local public schools are out for two days, so I gave the kids the day off of homeschool yesterday. Today they are having a light day of reading, and tomorrow it'll be back to our regularly scheduled school days.

I'll have some scrapbook pages to share soon. I have been creating, but it's been too dreary to get good pictures. The sun is out today and I'm hopeful that I'll get the projects photographed.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baby Boy Withdrawals: Scrapbooking Side Effect?

I really, really miss having a little one in the house. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have the kids be older and more independent. I just miss the sweet cuddles, and time spent rocking them in the recliner late at night. I am not planning on having any more kids, but man... these photos I dug up sure make me sentimental.

The supplies for these two pages came from another Scraptastic Club kit that was several years old. I'm stash-busting big time. (Still in my "use it or lose it" mentality.) If I come across something that I know I won't use, I give it away. If it's something I'm not sure about, I'm tossing it on my desk and trying to find a way to use it. If I can't, I'm getting rid of it! 

Brandon adored his exersaucer when he was tiny. When he started teething, there was SO much to chew on. It made him a happy little dude. He would start jumping up and down in excitement while he chewed.

Circle_Wild Animal_My Mind's Eye_Scrapbook Layout_Baby
Brandon also loved being outside. I couldn't even go outside for a second to take the trash out without him pressing his face to the glass screen door. He always wanted to go with me, it was pretty hilarious. As a scrapbooker, of course I had to take a picture!

Little Boy_Outside_Funny_Scrapbook Page_Plane

I'm drawing a blank lately on .SVG file ideas. I'm taking suggestions! Particular titles, themes? Do you want more cards for pocket scrapping? Let me know, and I'll see what I can design. I sold my Cricut last week and I'm planning to upgrade to the Silhouette in a month or two. I'm hoping to use more die cuts on my pages and the machine I had wasn't working for my needs anymore.

Monday, January 13, 2014

What Does The Fox Say?

I talked about using an older Scraptastic Club kit with a school theme in a recent post, and I'd like to share the last two layouts that I made with the leftovers. I thought it would be neat to scrap about the fun we are having with Brandon's homeschool art curriculum. We couldn't resist drawing a fox because Brandon's been obsessed with that song, "What Does The Fox Say"?

I took Instagram photos of our finished art, and used a lovely die cut from Two Peas In A Bucket for the title. The gold stars came from my homeschool stash, I thought they went perfectly with the title.

I wanted to include a few more pictures, so I grabbed a pocket page and filled it with the last few bits and pieces from the kit. The die cut made me laugh and I just had to use it. We are proud homeschool nerds over here. That word isn't offensive... it's a compliment! 

I find drawing and coloring extremely relaxing. I've been known to color with my kids in their coloring books from time to time. What's your favorite non-scrappy way to relax?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

All Instagram All The Time: The Homeschool Edition

I recently looked through my stash and realized that I had another old kit from Scraptastic Club languishing in a bin. It looked lonely, so I decided to take it out and use it. I've really been in a purging mood lately. It's not just the new year either, I've been throwing things out or using them since last summer. I've decided if it's not something I'll use... out it goes! I suppose in my own way I'm running a use it or lose it challenge from my stash.

I also printed a ton of Instagram photos at Walgreens. When I realized that they offer an app to print directly from Instagram, I almost did a happy dance. I'd been formatting them and printing at home and it took a lot of time. 

On my first page, I paired four square pictures with the school themed kit and scrapped about our homeschool field trip. Ronnie and I took the kids bowling, and Jordan was super excited to see that they had a ramp so she could bowl too. She was even happier when she won a game. I love it when we can adapt things so she can participate with the other kids.

Instagram Scrapbook Page_Homeschool Field Trip
The next project includes photos of Brandon taking this year's curriculum out of the box. He was very happy to begin homeschool, and he was so curious to see what he would be learning that he climbed up on the kitchen table to dig in the box. 

I pulled out my Cricut to cut some adorable die cut files that I bought from Two Peas In A Bucket. They were perfect for the story I wanted to tell. (The Cricut is another thing that I need to use more. It's just a pain to pull out and hook up to my computer.) I added star rub ons from my stash and splashes of mist to finish the design. 

Homeschool_Curriculum_Scrapbook Page_Instagram
I also managed to create two more layouts and a companion page with the remainder of the kit, so those projects will be posted soon. I'm planning some .svg freebies as well, so stick around!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

An Interview With A Hippopotamus Rider?

I have more scrappy content to post later this week, but I just had to share the coolest thing that happened a few months ago. Jordan and I were interviewed about New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom, LA where she does her hippotherapy! Our quotes and some pictures are in this article: "Reaching New Heights".

I do not like to be photographed, and a lot of my friends tease me that there are never pictures of me on my blog. I really didn't want to be interviewed on camera, but Jordan wanted to do it SO badly that I ended up agreeing to do the interview. I was very nervous and I had a total Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights) moment where I didn't know what to do with my hands, but the interviewer and videographer were totally professional and I forgot to be nervous.

I sound completely Southern, but I managed not to say "ummm" or "like" so I'm counting it as a win. How cute is Miss J though? The part about her thinking she was going to ride a hippo... that was so true and it was a hilarious conversation. She's always been entertaining!

So there you go. Now you have something even better than photos and y'all can't fuss at me anymore for not posting pictures of myself.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Meeting Miss Jordan: The Beginning Documented

When I talked to one of my friends about ordering the My Creative Scrapbook kit last year, she was surprised because shabby chic isn't exactly my style. I eventually decided to subscribe for six months to step outside of my style rut. This was the last kit from my subscription and it was by far the most shabby chic. I'd like to think that I did it justice in spite of all of the dreaded pink.

My first layout is about my cousin Katie visiting Jordan in the hospital for the first time. Jojo was in the NICU for three months, and I had to sleep there with her for several days before we brought her home. Katie came for a while to keep me company and it was so sweet of her. 

Cousin_Hospital Visit_Special Needs_Preemie_Scrapbook Page
After I made that project, I had a bunch of tiny scraps so I pulled out a multi-pocket page protector. They work wonderfully for using lots of bits and pieces of paper. I used two more photos from the first week that I met Miss Jordan. She was the most beautiful baby and I was thrilled to be her foster Mom, I didn't know then, but two years later we would be able to adopt her.  

Preemie Scrapbook_Project Life_Pocket Pages_Bird

This is the back of the same pocket page protector where I journaled about learning to take care of Jordan. She wore an apnea monitor until she was six months old and oxygen until she was almost a year old. She was also on six different medications that I had to learn how to administer. Let me tell you, I took serious notes! She was high maintenance, but worth every single second.

Pocket Page Protector_Special Needs Baby_Scrapbook Layout

Do you have a specific style and wish you could step outside of the box and create something different? Do what I did and try ordering product that you wouldn't normally use, and then start creating. You might be surprised by how much you love the end result. I know I was!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 3 Of 2013

It's about that time again! I can not believe that the year is over. It seems like I was drinking sparkling grape juice with friends to ring in 2013 a few days ago. 

I'm not going to go back over the New Year's resolutions for 2013 that I'm sure I didn't keep. THAT would be depressing. Instead, I've decided to post my top three favorite layouts that I created in 2013. 

The first project that I chose is about meeting Jordan for the first time to become her foster Mom. I used some Scenic Route paper that my good scrappy friend Nancy sent me. Scenic Route was my favorite manufacturer of all time and I'm still hoarding paper from them to this day. 

Baby Girl_Foster Parent_Adoption_Scrapbook Page

This page is a close second because it brings back awesome memories of a vacation my family took in 1993. My brother was furious when he found a fish on the beach. He kept telling the poor dead fish to "Get in the water!" 

Beach Layout_Silly Boy_Fish_Scrapbook Page

Last but not least, I've chosen a design that makes me smile every time I see it in my scrapbook. Our most recent trip to Disney included a fun day at MGM Studios. (Hollywood Studios?) These photos truly make me happy! 

MGM Studios_Disney World_Scrapbook_5 Photos

Did you post your top layouts of 2013? If you did, I'd love it if you commented with a link to your post. I'm wishing everyone a happy, blessed 2014. I hope you all have a year filled with peace and joy!