Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Almost Perfect

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that we have a new family member. He's been keeping us so busy that I haven't posted about him here yet. Sophie passed away this May on Mother's Day and we were pretty sure we wouldn't get another dog. Unfortunately, Brandon had a really hard time adjusting to life without a dog because one of his coping mechanisms was cuddling Sophie. We ended up with this sweet guy in July. 

His name is Rocky Beauregard Landry and he was under four pounds when we brought him home. He's lived with us for four months now and we couldn't be more in love with him. He's grown just a little.

Brandon wanted a bigger dog who would run around and fetch a ball. I wanted a big, cuddly snuggle buddy. We all got what we wanted. He fit into our family seamlessly and basically potty trained himself. He's a smart cookie!

Before I forget, I have a layout to share as well. It features a photo from a wonderful day that we spent as a family. We took the kids outside to play baseball and the weather was just perfect. Jordan stopped playing for a while because she was tired, and Ronnie took a break to cuddle her. She's always had him wrapped around her little finger. 


I created a pie chart cut file for this page and backed it with different patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Ashbury Heights collection. I don't usually scrapbook with darker colors, but I really like the way my project turned out. The striped gold washi tape in that collection is fabulous! I'm going to need more of it soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Me + You (Jordan's Rod Removal Surgery)

It has been ages since I posted anything because Jordan had to have emergency surgery to remove the rods from her femurs. We've been focused on taking care of her, and we are amazed by her recovery so far. She's incredible! It hasn't even been two weeks yet and she's already walking with her walker. It won't be long until she's running again. She won't let anything slow her down.

I haven't scrapbooked for the longest time, but I still have quite a few pages to post. It seems I'm running behind on a lot of stuff lately. I'll get back into the swing of things eventually. 


This layout features photos of a very tiny Brandon swinging in our backyard. I can remember Jordan giggling in the same swing.

I created the title by writing the words I wanted, scanning them in, and using my Silhouette software to cut it all out. This was a big stash busting project, and I managed to use rub ons that I bought around the time Brandon was born. Nine year old rub ons that still worked. I was impressed!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Take Your Time

I participated in the August Music Inspiration challenge at Scrapbook.com and I was assigned Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll" for inspiration. I pulled the title of my layout from the lyrics. 

We asked the kids to take their time while we were feeding the parakeets at the Audubon Aquarium. They were supposed to be still so the parakeets would land on their food sticks to eat. Patience is not a strong point for young kids, so they all chased the parakeets and begged them to eat. Needless to say, they didn't have a lot of interested birds. 


This page features a mix of different manufacturers, but most of the supplies came from Echo Park's Capture line. There are some Heidi Swapp puffy stickers, and My Mind's Eye's enamel dots as well. I love when I get to use some of my stash!

Monday, August 29, 2016

You Make Me Happy

Good morning! I thought I'd pop on quickly to share a layout I've done featuring a picture of a very tiny Brandon. The best part of scrapbooking is being able to capture important memories. When I look at this photo of my little man, I remember singing to him and snuggling. 

 One of our favorite songs to sing was "You are My Sunshine", so when I saw this card from My Mind's Eye's Cut and Paste Charm collection I knew I had to find a baby picture to scrap. My page came together quickly with a few small strips of paper and a couple of embellishments. This project makes me smile every time I look at it. I was inspired by Jana Eubank's "Hike" layout, but I went off on a tangent again so I'm not sure you can tell.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Get Up: Autism Walk

We have participated in a yearly autism walk since Brandon was diagnosed three years ago. We had a big group this year, and I took a bunch of photos to document the occasion. My sister-in-law even brought my brand new nephew to walk/roll. We had a great time. The biggest surprise was when my grandparents showed up. We were so happy to see them!

Most of the supplies on this layout are from Echo Park's Capture Life line, but I pulled some washi tape, enamel dots, and mist from my stash. I entered this layout into a music themed challenge at Scrapbook.com and I won! I was able to pick an extra song for everyone in this month's challenge. (If you're curious, the song I had for July was Marky Mark's Good Vibrations and I used part of the lyrics for the title.)

I'm still working my way through a pile of scraps by making cards because I can't bear to throw big pieces away. I'm taking the Valentine's Card Class at PageMaps, but who says I have to make valentine cards with the directions? 

Both of these cards feature Simple Stories' I Heart Summer line. The colors are so fresh and the little bicycle embellishments totally had to go on a project. I was glad I found a way to use them!

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss several of the layers, and I added dimensional adhesive behind the banners to make them pop. A tiny bit of twine from my stash finished them perfectly. I can't wait to mail them out!
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Friends: The Cut Shoppe Guest Designer

I was super flattered when Ashley Horton invited me to be a guest design team member for The Cut Shoppe this month. I absolutely adore her files and I own more than I should probably admit! The Spin Cycle cut file caught my eye this time around, so I created a fun layout by backing parts of the the cut file with different patterned papers. 

































You can totally feel the love that Brandon and Sophie shared in this photo. She truly was his best friend, and he misses her so much. I used Doodlebug's Puppy Love line to create my page. I am a huge fan of the bright colors and the little embellishments are adorable!

If you love this file as much as I do, you can grab it by clicking here.

































Don't forget to stop by The Cut Shoppe's blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Kids

We've already started homeschool this year, and my kids are very excited! I've had many people ask me why we only take a break for one month a year. The simple answer is that my kids get really bored, and they beg to start again. After a month, they've played hours of video games and have finished the summer reading program at the library. Homeschool keeps them focused and they really prefer being on a regular schedule. I must confess that I prefer it as well. 

I haven't been able to blog much this summer due to our scattered schedule, and our new 7 week old puppy that needs loads of attention. (I guess I didn't have enough to do?) I'm dropping by today to share a layout that I made during NSD. I am that far behind on posting my pages! 

My grandparents have always had chickens or goats and my kids really love visiting them. In the photo below, they were feeding the animals old bread that my grandma kept aside for them. I think the goats enjoyed seeing my children as much as they enjoyed seeing the goats. 

I know what you're thinking... Another project with Scenic Route's Grafton line?! I promise, this is the last one I have to share. I'm all out of scraps at this point!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Faith Journaling: A New Adventure

I love the idea of the faith journaling movement that is expanding in the scrapbook industry lately. I haven't been able to bring myself to actually journal in my Bible. I'm really afraid to mess it up because it was a gift from my grandmother. Instead, I decided to use a kraft notebook from Basic Grey as my faith journal. I may eventually journal in my actual Bible, but for now this works. 

I created the cover of my journal by making a rainbow with gelatos. I covered each part of the rainbow with words by using coordinating alphabet stickers. Then I covered it all with a ton of Mod Podge so it would stay in place. It's working well so far!


I have only finished two pages inside of the journal at this point. This is the first one. I had a picture in my head when I read Deuteronomy 1:6, and I'm happy to say that I love the way it turned out. The mountains were drawn with watercolor color pencils and blended. I used mist and snowflake buttons to finish the design.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut during day to day life. It's especially easy to stay in one place where we know it's safe, but that isn't what God asks us to do. While I was reading this passage, God brought one particular area of my life to mind where I've been stuck. (My mountain so to speak.) He reminded me that it's time to go. 


If you have a faith journal please comment with a link to your blog. I'd love to stop by for a visit because I'm always looking for inspiration.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

One Call Away

I decided to participate in the June Music Challenge at Scrapbook.com and I was assigned the song "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth. I had this picture of Ronnie and Brandon on my desk and it really worked well with the lyrics. I decided to write the journaling to Brandon about how Ronnie and I are only one call away if he ever needs anything. 

The title work is my favorite part of this page because the word "one" was written by Ronnie and scanned in so I could cut it with my Silhouette. The word "away" is my handwriting as well, so there are little pieces of us on this layout for Brandon.


This design was created with a hodgepodge of goodies that I had in my stash. (Jillibean Soup wood veneers, Crate Paper stickers, Basic Grey papers, and Studio Calico Mist.) I'm taking Nicole Nowosad's Silhouette 101 class at PageMaps.com and I was inspired by one of the projects in her class.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beachy

Our heat index reached 114 degrees yesterday, so it must officially be summer! We've been keeping cool with a kiddie pool and a sprinkler in our backyard, but it's really not enough. We may have to head back to the beach soon, but for now I'll have to be content with scrapbooking older beach pictures. These photos were taken a few years ago at our local state park. My kids adore turning themselves into sandy messes!













Almost all of the supplies on this project are from Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection. They were totally perfect for scrapping our little beach trip. I added the bling and embroidery floss from my stash. This layout was inspired by a lesson in Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com and by a page that Shimelle Lane created called "Snack Spot".

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picture This

I'm still on mandatory rest for my bronchitis and I'm about to go stir crazy. This is day two of not cleaning my house or going to work. My house looks like a bomb went off in it because there are clothes everywhere. Ronnie tries to catch up with everything as much as he can when he gets home from work, but it's a lot to do. He has helped me so much and I am very blessed to have such an amazing husband. It sounds crazy, but I'm looking forward to being able to clean again on Saturday. Our whole routine is off, and nobody likes it when Momma is sick!

I have a few projects to share today. This is the companion layout to the one I posted a few days ago. It was inspired by Ashley Horton's "One Cut File Two Ways" lesson in her Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com. Brandon doesn't ask to have his picture taken much, but when he saw the giant pelican statue at a local restaurant he was so excited! It's not a perfect photo, but it's a treasured one for sure.


I also have a card to share today. I liked the way my "The Perfect Day" card came out so much that I lifted it and created this one. It's the same basic design, but it's brighter and I like it.

































Most of my supplies for these projects came from Scenic Route's Grafton line, but I pulled several packages of older embellishments from my stash to add interesting details.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Life Is Rough Indeed

Our dog Sophie passed away on Mother's Day this year and we are still processing and dealing with our grief. She was a beautiful cocker spaniel and she was so patient with Brandon. When he would have meltdowns due to his Autism, she would let him curl up next to her and cry. We only had her for two short years, but she will be in our hearts forever. I made this page before she passed away, but I couldn't bring myself to share it until now.

Sophie always threw a fit after she went to the groomer, and I loved to take pictures of her while she had her diva moments after we brought her home. This is one of my favorite photos of her. She just couldn't take being pretty any longer! 

The supplies on this page are a mismatch of different lines from many companies. Most of them came from Scenic Route's Grafton line. The rest were pulled from my stash. I was inspired by Ashley Horton's lesson called "One Cut File Two Ways" in her Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com.

I also have a card to share today. I made it with scraps that I had leftover from creating with Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey line, and I really love the way it turned out. I used sketch #134 from Retro Sketches as a guide while creating this project. 

































I'm not sure who I will give this card to yet, but I know many sweet people who could use some encouragement so I'm sure it won't be in my stash for long!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I survived VBS 2016!

We participated in VBS last week and the kids had a blast! Our church hosted 1,000 children for VBS and we had an amazing 300+ volunteers. I coordinated the special needs VBS and it went wonderfully. I had fantastic volunteers, and the kids were amazing of course! This weekend I'm spending some time resting because I'm not feeling well. I seem to have picked up a cold at VBS. It's funny because the same thing happened last year. I guess wherever there are children there will be germs?

Anyway, my down time means that I have an opportunity to blog and that's always a good thing. I created this layout featuring a photo of Brandon making a face because he was worried about touching muddy water. We were straining the water through a sieve to see what types of animals we could find. I didn't blame him for being grossed out. It was pretty icky. Luckily, he warmed up to the idea quickly and started splashing around in search of bugs and crawly things.

I also made a card out of the scraps that were leftover after I made my page. It's a quick, generic card that would be good for a masculine recipient. 


I used Scenic Route's Grafton collection to design both of these projects. (Yes, I'm still hoarding Scenic Route goodies.) I loved all of the green papers and embellishments because green is my favorite color.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Today

I've finally finished Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com and I have another page to share. This layout feels so busy to me, and it's not my usual style but I like it. The design features a super sweet photo of my grandmother with Brandon when he was tiny. My Maw Maw is happiest when she's outside digging in the dirt and playing with her pets. I've always treasured watching her share a love of nature with my kids.

Most of the supplies on this page are from My Mind's Eye's Market Street Ashbury Heights collection. I also added a few Prima wood veneer bits. This project was based on Ashley's lesson on creating an ombre watercolored background.

I also have a card to share today. I made it with the last bits of my Fancy Pants' Love Birds collection. I think it will work well for Valentine's day next year. I'll just hide it in my stash until then! 

































This card was inspired by Sheri Gilson's design. I pinned it to my Pinterest board a long time ago. If you're on Pinterest, I'd love to friend you there! My Pinterest Profile
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

10 Reasons (You Are Perfect Just The Way You Are)

I love my kids like crazy, and it makes me so sad when they don't feel confident. My Jojo has been struggling with some self-esteem issues lately. Nothing huge, just pre-teen stuff and the fact that living with a disability is always difficult. She's always been quite sure of herself so I'm sure this is only a phase, but I have been making a special effort to help her realize that she's awesome. I'm not just saying that because I'm her Mom either. She is one amazing kid! I made this page for my sweet girl and the journaling is a list of 10 reasons she's perfect the way God made her. 

This layout was inspired by Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com. It's based on the lesson about creating your own stencils. The supplies came from My Mind's Eye's Market Street Ashbury Heights collection. I also used gelatos for the first time on this project. I think I'm already slightly addicted!


I also have a card to share today! I made it a while back with some scraps from Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey collection. I love using the last tiny scraps from a kit to make cards to keep in my stash. This one is an all purpose card. I make a lot of those because you never know what will come up!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happiness Is A Day At The Beach

I can't believe it's already summer again! The kids are working on some math skills to keep their brains firing on all cylinders, and we are participating in the summer reading program at our local library. Other than that, we are already enjoying the break from our full homeschool schedule. Our summer is shaping up nicely because I have a lot of wonderful summer plans for the kids, and I'm anticipating lots of scrapbooking as well. Speaking of scrapbooking, I recently made another layout inspired by Ashley Horton's class on Scrapbook.com


This design was based on the technique in the shaped text lesson. Most of the supplies came from Simple Stories I Heart Summer collection. It was perfect for scrapping this picture of Brandon rolling around in the sand at the beach. It's hard to believe, but when he was tiny he hated sand with a passion. We have a hard time keeping him out of it now.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lovely Day

I usually celebrate my birthday quietly with my immediate family and I have never had a surprise party before. All of that changed on my 36th birthday when I walked into work! My boss acted funny and she kept trying to get me to go in a certain room. When I finally did, I was surprised to see it decorated for my birthday. I was really shocked and I ended up smiling for the rest of the day! 


This page is based on a sketch that Ashley Horton posted for a challenge in the Hip Kit Club Facebook group. It came together quickly with a bunch of scraps and bits from my stash. Most of the goodies came from Echo Park's Capture Life collection, but there are some Studio Calico embellies tucked in here and there as well. The cupcake flag is from Bella Blvd. and the enamel dots are by My Mind's Eye.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Carry Me Away

I have an adorable nephew and we all fight over who gets to cuddle him when we get together. I stole him for snuggles at the autism walk, but I had to take a selfie with him too. An auntfie? Either way... see? He's so stinkin' cute! 

I entered this page in a few challenges on NSD, but I didn't have any luck. It's okay though because I ended up with a fun page for my album. All of the supplies on this layout came from My Mind's Eye's Cut And Paste Charm collection. I was inspired by a PageMaps sketch, but as usual I went off and did my own thing. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Best Ever

When I first started homeschooling my children, I had no idea what I was doing. I ordered a curriculum in a box that came with a teacher's manual, and we went from there. The curriculum included "nature walks" and we made sure to add plenty of time outside to our studies. One day after it rained, I decided that it would be a good idea to explore the puddles. Brandon and Jordan had a blast playing in the muddy water. (Alexis was still in public school.) They discovered lots of creepy crawly things. Ick!

I challenged myself to use three pieces of Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey paper and one sheet of their stickers to create this page. It ended up being a bit too simple, so I had to break down and grab a few buttons from my stash. I really like how the simplicity of the layout leaves the focus on the photos. This design was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's sketch #157. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pirated Kisses

I was supposed to go to the grocery store this afternoon but we are under a severe thunderstorm watch so that's not going to happen. (Yay!) Instead, I think I'll scrapbook this afternoon. Right after I share this page! Rainy days are great for scrapbooking and naps. It's hard to choose between the two sometimes, but I think I'll scrapbook today.


This project features one of the best pictures I have of Brandon. We spent some time on my grandpa's house boat a few years ago with my Mom. We were all hanging out and visiting when Mom and I suddenly had the urge to steal some kisses. Stealing kisses works really well on boats because your victim can't escape. My grandma snapped this photo at the perfect time! I love Brandon's big grin. Poor kiddo... You can tell how much we torture him.

I used Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection to create this layout. I loved all of the nautical embellishments. The felt wave border was given to me a few years ago by a friend. I frequently look for ways to use older goodies with new collections, and it works wonderfully! I was inspired by Ashley Horton's design in her free Silhouette class on Scrapbook.com.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Me & You

I let Jordan miss school after her therapy appointment so I could take her to our local farmer's market a few years ago. We walked around and discovered lots of yummy fruits and veggies. She saw a stand with tacos and I bought her a few of them. I loved spending time with her, and it was a beautiful day. 


Everything on this page is from Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey collection except for the pink letters and the buttons. The buttons are by Crate Paper, and the alphabet stickers are from October Afternoon. I created this design out of tiny scraps that I had left over on my desk.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Love Notes

Alexis loves writing her cards for Valentine's day. She chooses each one carefully so her friends will like them. It is a very serious process and she gets really excited about it every year! She has always loved giving gifts and making things for others. 


I used Fancy Pant's Love Birds collection to create this page. I was inspired by Ashley Horton's layout from her Scrapbook.com class about using the Silhouette machine. It took me a while to back all of the hearts with paper, but I really think it was worth it. Again, this project is busier than my usual style but I ended up loving the finished design.

Monday, April 4, 2016

So Awesome

Brandon is lucky to have some friends who love playing video games as much as he does. They speak each other's language. When they sleepover, their antics are so much fun to witness. They always have the best time together! I decided to document a recent awesome sleepover and this page is the result.


I used Crate Paper's Boys Rule collection to create my layout. The video game embellishments and the bright colors were perfect for scrapping this group of gamers.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Funny Valentine

Ronnie and I have been married for fifteen years as of this January. You don't get that far into a marriage without arguing or being disappointed. One of the best things about our relationship is our ability to laugh at ourselves when we mess up. Some of my favorite memories are times when we've laughed so hard that we cried. (I'm pretty glad that we have never been great at being super serious.) 

This layout is the perfect example of our relationship and the ridiculousness that sometimes occurs. One year Ronnie forgot Valentine's day, and I got really upset. I've never been the type of person to expect big gifts. I am quite content with a heartfelt handwritten note. Unfortunately, he completely forgot to do anything that year and I was heartbroken. I cried and I don't do that often. He felt horrible, and the next day I got flowers. The card said, "I'm sorry for being stupid". I started laughing when I read it and now it's a story I'll never forget. I think it's awesome that we have the same sarcastic sense of humor. I really love him and I think I'll keep him. 



This layout was created for one of the class assignments in Ashley Horton's Silhouette class on Scrapbook.com. I lifted her design a bit, but then I went off and did my own thing. That tends to happen a lot around here. 

The supplies are all from Fancy Pant's Love Birds collection. This layout is way busier than my normal style, but I like it. I feel like this class is making me step out of my box and that's always a good thing.

Monday, March 28, 2016

XOXO

I signed up for Ashley Horton's free Silhouette class at Scrapbook.com, and I've slowly been working my way through it. I'm really enjoying watching her tips and tricks! This is the layout that I did based on the first lesson about layering titles. 

I chose to scrap three pictures of the kids filling out their valentine cards a few years ago. It's amazing how quickly they've grown up!


I used Fancy Pant's Love Birds collection to create this page. I was inspired by a Scrapbook Challenges sketch as well. (I didn't lift Ashley's design because I needed to include more photos.)

I hope you all had a blessed Easter yesterday! I worked most of the weekend, but I still managed to fit some family time in here and there.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Buried Treasure & Stuff

I went into my bedroom this afternoon to scrapbook, and I found a kid asleep on my bed in the middle of the day. We have had some awful weather for the past few days, and Jordan decided to use her down time to take a nap. I'm not going to lie... I was kinda jealous! Since I couldn't use my Silhouette, I decided to write a blog post instead. 

My kids love going to my grandparents' house because it's always an adventure. Maw Maw constantly has interesting plans and things to do around her house. There are chickens to feed, trees to climb, and so much more to explore! On a recent visit, the kids helped my grandma sift through a big pile of debris from a house that burnt down years ago. It's on the front of their property, and she's slowly been getting rid of sharp objects that could injure someone. 

The kids decided that it was a treasure hunt and they found lots of "artifacts" including a bottle, rusty hemostats, and a lot of broken glass. Of course, I got roped into bringing most of that home! 

I chose Basic Grey's Aurora line to scrap the Instagram photos that I had printed a few weeks ago. Instagram photos are a little harder for me to scrap, especially if I've used a filter on the photos. The different tints make choosing paper difficult.

I also have two cards to share today! The first one was created with supplies from My Mind's Eye's Cut And Paste Presh collection.


Next, I used scraps from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut collection to make this sunny card.  


I love having a stash of cards for events, and I also can't throw scraps away until they are tiny. Card making solves both of those issues for me!

I hope you are all staying high and dry. The flooding in Louisiana is incredibly bad and we are very worried about friends and family members. So far, my house has been safe. We're spending time in prayer for everyone who has lost property, and are especially focusing our prayers on the families who have lost loved ones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Together

As a Mom of three special needs kids, I spend a lot of time waiting. We wait at doctor's offices, but mostly we wait for hours at therapy appointments. Each appointment takes an hour, and sometimes we can't get the times to overlap. There have been days when I have been at the therapy facility for four hours. We stay busy trying to find ways to entertain ourselves until the kids are finished. When they were tiny, we would stroll around the walking path to visit the geese and ducks. Now that they're older, they play with electronics or read books.


I used My Mind's Eye's Ashbury Heights collection to create this page. I searched for all of the monochromatic colors I could grab from the leftovers in my stash. I loved the sticker that said, "Just keep swimming." It was just perfect!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Flu is Not Fun

Everyone at my house has been sick with the flu over the past two weeks. It seems to be my turn, so I'm resting and drinking lots of fluids. I thought I'd pop in to share a page that I made a few weeks ago. That counts as resting, right?

These pictures of Brandon and my brother make me smile. They have always loved hanging out together. They were reading a book at my grandparents' house, and I crept in quietly to snap a few photos. Jordan Wesley and I were really close growing up, so I think it's awesome that he and Brandon are buddies too. 


I used My Mind's Eye's Ashbury Heights collection to make this layout. My design was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's sketch #155.

I hope you all are staying healthy! I'm working hard to get well before Easter so I can visit my family without worrying about getting them sick.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Do What Makes You Happy: Disney 2014

I'm so thrilled to be posting my last two Disney layouts. I finally finished scrapping our 2014 trip. It only took me two years! 

I love this picture of my two boys so much that I'm planning to have it printed again so I can hang it on my wall. I took this photo while we were waiting for a show in the Animal Kingdom. They were sitting on the ground while we were in line because Brandon was tired. 


I used Crate Paper's Boys Rule line to create this page. The embellishments were perfect for my guys who like cars and video games. It's a perfect boy themed collection! 

We came back from the parks early one day and we found Ronnie's parents on a swing at the beach outside of our room at the Polynesian. I opened our door and quietly snapped this picture of the two of them. I thought it would be the perfect way to end my Disney album. 


I loved the color combination in the Fancy Pants Burlap And Bouquets collection. I thought I might have a hard time working with it since it's a bit too girly for my style, but it all worked out well in the end.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mr. Triceratops: Disney 2014

Jordan had some spending money when we went to Disney World, but she had a really hard time spending it. There were so many things to choose, and so many stores that she pretty much shut down and wouldn't pick anything. When she saw the Build-A-Dino store in the T-Rex restaurant, she knew what she wanted to do! She chose an adorable triceratops to call her own, and we got to watch her stuff it. She picked out clothes and decided to call him Mr. Triceratops. The best part? He roars!

I used My Mind's Eye's Now and Then Wild and Free collection to create this page. It went so well with the colors in my photos. (After I edited them to make them less intense.) The design was inspired by Susan Stringfellows sketch #154. I had a few scraps after I finished the layout, so I also made two coordinating cards to keep in my drawer. I love having a few cards on hand just in case. 


I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's day filled with love and sweetness! I got flowers and chocolate covered strawberries. Yum. What did you get?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Over It: Disney 2014

When we go to Disney, it's hard to find rides that everyone wants to do together. My in-laws and Ronnie don't like the thrill rides, but the kids don't want to go on the slower rides because they are getting older. The carousel is one of the few attractions that everyone enjoys together, and that makes it one of my favorites. I took so many pictures on this ride! I had a hard time choosing which photos to scrap.

I used My Mind's Eye's Now and Then Wild and Free collection to create a two page spread so I could include lots of pictures. See how happy everyone looks? I love remembering that moment through this project!

The next layout includes photos of Brandon taking a break before the Fantasmic show. He was a little over it that night. The noise and the crowds were starting to overwhelm him and I worried if we would make it through the show. Thankfully, he perked up when my in-laws bought him a light saber. He used it to bonk his sisters on the head and all was right in his world again.


This design uses My Mind's Eye's Cut and Paste Presh collection. The hashtags and geotags were perfect, and I loved the "You Are The Salt To My Pepper" sticker. So cute!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fantasmic: Disney 2014

The kids got light sabers at the Fantasmic show because my in-laws spoil them rotten. They waved them around before the show started, but once it began I ended up holding Brandon. He didn't like the fireworks too much, so I had to comfort him. I didn't get any photos of the fireworks, but I did get some good cuddles so I'm calling it a win.

Basic Grey's Aurora collection was absolutely perfect for the colors in my pictures. My friend Stephanie gave it to me, and I'm so glad she did because it saved me from having to buy another collection with purple in it. This layout was inspired by a PageMaps sketch.

I'm a big fan of scrapping my real life, and some of the moments aren't too upbeat. Many of you know that I'm the parent of three kids with special needs and they keep me busy. Brandon's autism makes it easy for him to be overwhelmed by loud noises and public places, but we try not to let that change the quality of his life. We bring him everywhere, and if a meltdown occurs we deal with it. I don't think he should miss out on experiences due to autism. He did very well in Disney. In fact, he only got seriously upset twice. He went from happy to upset in a few minutes when we were waiting in a very large line to get into the Lion King show. Ronnie and I comforted him, and he was able to calm down and enjoy the show. Since it's such a big part of our life and his... I decided to scrapbook the pictures I took.

I used Basic Grey's Ambrosia line to create this page. I also pulled several bits and pieces from my stash to embellish this pocket page. My favorite was the "IT IS WHAT IT IS" sticker from Jillibean Soup because that's something we say in my house all the time.