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.