Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kiss The Chef: Happy New Year!

It's been a while since I've posted, but as usual things have been crazy around here. My kids participated in my brother's wedding. We got our van modified for Jordan, and we recently had a driveway installed for her too. In fact, it was so recent that it's still not completely dry. We had a lovely Christmas, and we got to spend a lot of time with my Mom. It was awesome. We also went to Disney World! I'm still editing photos from all of the excitement, and I'll share some later. I did manage to squeeze in some time to scrapbook, so I have a project to share. 

Thanksgiving_Grandfather_Cook_Scrapbook Page

My grandfather is an incredible cook, and he's cooked our holiday meals for as long as I can remember. I snapped this picture a few years ago as he pulled the turkey from the oven on Thanksgiving. I used an older My Creative Scrapbook kit that featured Echo Park's Reflections collection to create this layout, and I love how well the colors matched the colors in my photo.

Before I go, I'd like to wish each of you a Happy New Year! I hope you are all blessed beyond measure. We are looking forward to another year of homeschooling and general craziness! See you next year.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stella And Dot Trunk Party

Hi everyone, I'm popping by really quickly to let you all know that we are back from vacation, and I'm hosting an online Stella and Dot trunk party tonightThey carry gorgeous jewelry, scarves, and purses. If you order by December 15th, they guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. I don't know about you, but I love shopping in my jammies! It beats fighting crowds in the store any day. The graphic below includes some of the awesome sale prices. 

I love how they are right on trend with all of the triangles that are popular lately. I think I need... all of these! Click on either image to go directly to my show.

I'll be back to my regularly scheduled posts soon. I just have to unpack and wash an actual mountain of dirty clothes! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Open Wide: Disney 2013

This is the last layout that I created for my 2013 Disney/Clearwater Marine Aquarium trip, and it may actually be my favorite in the entire album. There were so many fun, interactive displays and opportunities at the aquarium. A few of the volunteers were walking around with shark jaws for the kids examine. That's fine for most kids, but my kids are characters. They just had to make their best toothy shark faces so I could take photos to scrapbook. Do they know me or what?

Shark Teeth_Layout_Kids_Pose_Clearwater Marine Aquarium

I used Studio Calico's Atlantic collection on this page. The nautical embellishments couldn't have been more perfect. The waves were cut on my Silhouette, and I loved using the printed vellum pieces because they added so much depth to the project. I tossed few sequins on, glued them down, and the rest is history! This entire layout took less than twenty minutes to come together because the die cuts were already on my desk. I love it when that happens, don't you?

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Jolley Trolley Ride: Disney 2013

As you may already know, we went to the Dolphin Tale museum and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida while we were on our Disney trip in 2013. I don't know if I've mentioned how we got from the museum to the aquarium yet. Our transportation was a fun, unexpected surprise! We didn't know that we would need to take a trolley from one location to the other, and I was a bit nervous about transporting Miss J's wheelchair. I worried for nothing, because they had tie downs and she was more secure than the rest of us. 

Trolley Ride_Scrapbook Page_4x4 Photos_Instagram
Jordan was particularly thrilled with the fact that the windows were completely open while the driver drove on the freeway. I was less impressed and more concerned with keeping Brandon in one place as he tends to fidget and wander around. (They did have a blast in spite of my overprotective Mom issues.)

I used Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection on this page. It was in one of my older My Creative Scrapbook kits. Again, the collection doesn't suit the theme because we went in February. I was able to find enough generic embellishments to pull it all together. The travel card is a printable that I found a long time ago and printed out. I'm not sure who designed it. If you know, I'd love to give them credit.