Thursday, May 22, 2014

Welcome To The Jungle: Disney 2013 Series

I have a bad habit of letting my pictures pile up. I know we've already discussed my Christmas photo situation and my Easter picture stash. I have caught up on my Christmas scrapping, but I'm ignoring the Easter pile because I have another set to address.  I shall call it the Disney photo mountain. It's not as fun as Splash Mountain... it mostly just sits there and makes me feel like a slacker. What's a girl to do? The issue is critical now because I found out we will be going back to Disney World in the near future. Crunch time! I have to get this set of Disney pictures scrapped before we go back.

I've decided to create a new series on my blog as motivation to get caught up. Mostly because it worked really well last time! Welcome to the Disney 2013 series. (2013 was the year we went, I know it's 2014 now. LOL)

I'm kicking the series off with my favorite picture from our whole trip. The Disney photographer asked our group to growl at her, and I got a kick out of everyone's faces in this shot. It sums up the whole fun spirit of our trip! I used Bo Bunny's Zoology collection with some files from Miss Kate's Cuttables to complete this design.

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My second project features photos from the Jungle Cruise where Jordan answered all of the questions that the adults didn't know. The difference between an Asian elephant and an African elephant? The Asian elephant has smaller ears. Good times! Again, I used Bo Bunny's Zoology line and Miss Kate's Cuttables fabulous files to add some pizzazz to my page. 

Magic Kingdom_Disney_Jungle Cruise_Scrapbook

Next, I'll have some layouts that I made with pictures from Hollywood Studios. I'm going to jump around from park to park just like we did on our trip because I'm trying to keep my finished book in order.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Nautical By Nature: Vellum Rocks!

How was your weekend? We had a busy, eventful one here. Jordan played in her last Miracle League soccer game on Saturday. The most awesome part was seeing her get her medal from her coach/Dad. They both had a wonderful time in the Miracle League and Ronnie is already volunteering to coach again. We are trying to convince Brandon to play basketball with her during the next session.

I got to scrapbook for a while on Sunday, but I don't have photos of those pages yet. I do have a few layouts that I made a couple of weeks ago to share. I love Studio Calico's Atlantic line for scrapping pictures of my kiddos on my grandparents' boat. The colors in the collection coordinate perfectly!

The project below was easy peasy. The circles were printed on the paper and I just fussy cut a few of them so I could slide my photo underneath. I added some gorgeous vellum accents and finished with a few die cuts. 

I also used Studio Calico's Atlantic collection to scrap another set of boating shots. We were actually visiting my grandparents to celebrate Easter, but who could resist a quick boat ride? That's why everyone's so dressed up in the pictures. 

The die cut files on both of these pages are from the fabulous Juliana Michaels' blog. I couldn't resist the "Nautical By Nature" title. It was just too perfect!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Easter Egg Extravaganza: Freebie

Remember the pile of Christmas photos I scrapped last Summer? I am absolutely sure that I have at least as many Easter pictures to get through. I wasn't in the mood to scrap them all consecutively because I have another huge project in the works, but I did want to celebrate Easter by scrapping a few layouts.

I inherited some of Crate Paper's gorgeous "Neighborhood" collection from Nancy after I used every last bit of my own. She was cleaning out her stash, and I can't say no to anything by Crate Paper. They're my favorite manufacturer of scrappy goodness. I used the same collection on the following pages.

1. Coloring Easter Eggs: I was a bit iffy about all of the layers on this project at first, but I've grown to love it. I used Miss Kate's Cuttables' files in several places on this design. I'm still so in love with my Silhouette!

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2. Easter Morning: I learned a new technique to include handwriting on my pages. The die cut title was actually drawn on my iPad and traced in the Silhouette software. It's another neat way to incorporate handwritten accents on my layout.

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Look how little the kiddos were! Brandon's little cheeks kill me every.single.time. If you'd like to download the free handwritten title file that I created, click HERE. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Photo And Layout Update

We're all about softball and baseball at my house lately. Alexis recently started playing softball at our recreation district, and her coach gave us tickets to a local Triple A team's game. We had a wonderful time at the Zephyr's game, but you know what? It's hard to take selfies with a DSLR. That thing is heavy!

Alexis had her photo taken with the mascots, but Brandon didn't want anything to do with them. They're nutria... Boudreax D. Nutria and his wife, Clotile to be exact.

I had a lot of fun playing with my camera settings while trying to get a good picture of the game under the lights. 

I was also lucky enough to grab a shot of Alexis' softball team last weekend. It's already starting to get really hot here, so thank goodness they have uniforms with no sleeves. I've just had to buy a ton of sunscreen! Alexis is almost a full head shorter than most of the girls, but she hustles and is learning quickly. We're really proud of her. 

I just wish she'd stop growing up so fast. She'll be thirteen in December, and I still can't wrap my mind around that.

Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without sharing some baseball themed layouts! I've finally finished scrapping Brandon's first year of tee ball. As you can see by the quality of the photos, these were taken before I got my DSLR. I tried really hard to think of a way to incorporate a lot of small pictures. When I saw the big Viewmaster reel die cut in the Silhouette store, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Viewmaster_Scrapbook Page_Die Cut_Baseball
The quickest way to scrap any set of photos is with divided page protectors. A few pictures, some stickers, and a die cut from Miss Kate's Cuttables made for a fast but cute design.

Divided Page Protector_Baseball_Die Cut_Scrapbook Page
This is the back of the previous divided page protector. I used the same idea as the first page, but I ended up adding some stamping and some washi tape to finish things off.

Trophy_Baseball Team_Scrapbook_Project Life
As you can see, we're a family that loves watching and playing sports! That's all I have for today, but I hope to be back soon with some Easter pages and a freebie.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Dog Ate My Homework (And Everything Else)

Many of you know that we adopted a cocker spaniel last November. Let me tell you, as my friend Kathleen says... "That dog ain't right!" Sophie has tons of toys to choose from but she'd rather chew on anything else. This week she's eaten six different things and I'm about to lose my mind.

1. A lanyard that I kept my gym keys on. She had to dig it out of the ZIPPED front pocket of my gym bag.

2. The pull up she dug out of the trash can after figuring out how to open the lid.

3. A cotton ball off of Brandon's Easter basket craft.

4. She got busted pulling Ronnie's dirty clothes out of his zipped gym bag. She would've eaten them, she just didn't have time.

5. Half a roll of toilet paper directly off of the dispenser, because that's obviously why it's there. Duh.

6. But last night took the cake... We had all gone to bed when I heard suspicious munching sounds. I tracked the noise to the kitchen where I discovered her eating the tests I'd printed out for the girls this week. I snatched them from her and said, "Time out!!"

Sophie obviously doesn't have high standards like this fellow.
You know you have a naughty dog on your hands when she knows what time out means and guiltily slinks into her kennel. She must have a cast iron digestive system, but I'm worried at some point that she'll get into something that will make her seriously sick. We keep everything as picked up as possible, but in a family with three kids things get left out. It doesn't help that she's the dog version of Houdini. She can get in and out of everything.

Does anyone have any advice? She's too cute for me to truly be mad for any length of time. She has cuddly dog superpowers. Help!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blogging Mid-Life Crisis?

I am back after a not so brief blog break. I've been doing some brainstorming about my blog's purpose, and I even debated whether to keep it open or not. Sometimes it seems like a job, and I worry that I'm not posting enough or I'm posting too much. I get a lot of traffic from my freebies, and I have a great core group of readers who support me. The dedicated readers are the reason why I've decided not to quit, but I'd really like to return to blogging for fun. When I first started this blog, I shared a lot of my personality. As I started designing for companies, I felt like I needed to be more professional in what I posted. It was a fine line to walk, and I feel like I lost my desire to write along the way. A few of you asked what was going on and I felt like I needed to answer... Blogging mid-life crisis? I suppose so. 

I have dedicated a lot of time to scrapbooking lately. After I dropped my design teams to homeschool the kids, I didn't have deadlines anymore. I quickly discovered that deadlines are an important part of my scrappy process. Mostly because I don't tend to scrap unless something is due! I'm trying to get back to scrapping for the fun of it. 

Of course, I have layouts to share. I am also planning another scrappy series of posts, but more about that later. (It will be similar to the Father Christmas series I started last Summer.) 

My first page is called "Beep Beep". I'm absolutely in LOVE with my Silhouette and I've used it on every single layout that I've created in the past few months. The supplies for this project came from a Hydrangea Hippo kit that featured American Craft's Chap line. The title is from Miss Kate's Cuttables. These photos help me remember how very happy Brandon was the first time Ronnie let him help wash the Camaro. 

Car Themed_Scrapbook Page_Washing_Stamping Stars

My second layout is called "Hello Nap Time", and the paper is so old that I can't remember the manufacturer's name. Gotta love when you can use old supplies! The chipboard is blackboard from Cosmo Cricket, and the speech bubble die cut was cut on my Cameo. My husband wasn't a big fan of the pictures on this page, but I think they're priceless. Like father, like son!

Grid Layout_Hello_Robot_Button_Nap Time

Finally, I have a project called "Super Boy". I used Stickles on an over-sized chipboard title that my friend, Shannon sent me. Brandon has always been all about going down the slide on our play set in the backyard. I snapped these photos as he was coming down the slide. Can you say extreme close-up? The compass was cut on my Cameo. See? Told you I'm obsessed. 

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That's what I've got today! I hope you all have an amazing day.