Saturday, June 29, 2013


This week's RCS challenge asked us to create a 3 dimensional layout to honor 3D movies.  I'm a scrapbooking girl; I love making layouts.  And two weeks ago, I went with a couple of my teacher friends to Michigan to celebrate the end of the school year.  And while I was relaxing on Lake Huron, I get pictures of my girls having a grand time without me.  Sigh....My husband took them putt putt golfing, laser tag playing, etc.  Evidently, they enjoy Mommy being gone.  When I got home, I found their putt putt score card (where my youngest daughter totally kicked my husband's butt) and decided it would be a great centerpiece for this 3D layout by making it removable.  I also used MAMBI 3D golf embellishments to make the layout even more dimensional.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


With the release of the movie "Oz, the Great and Powerful" this week, RCS's challenge was "Yellow Brick Road."  Or make a layout using yellow as the primary color.  I have a soft spot in my heart for the color yellow.  It was the color of my girls' nurseries when they were babies.  I especially love pale yellows.  So when I found this Jillibean Soup paper that was softly printed yellow flowers, I had to buy it for this challenge.  I took this picture of my daughter on the first warm Spring day at our favorite park going down the slide.  I turned the picture into Sepia, and I thought the yellowish tint of the picture went well with this paper.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


This RCS challenge was based on the movie "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."  Definitely not a feel good movie but quite poignant.  In other words, we needed to use stripes in some way on our layout.  When I think of this movie, I think of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.  We go there every year on our annual 8th grade DC trip.  It's a place that reminds me of how valuable life is and how fortunate I am to be an American.  This year's trip to DC was extremely bittersweet.  My student Tyler died in January after a brief, devastating illness.  He was a history buff who was looking so forward to our trip to DC.  What he was excited to see most was the Lincoln Memorial.  While he was in the hospital, the staff gave him a patriotic teddy bear to try to rally him to recover.  His parents told us this after he passed away.  Tyler's Mother asked if we could take the bear with us to Washington DC in memory of him.  So my colleagues, students, and I took different pictures of Tyler's bear all over Washington DC.  This particular picture is my favorite.  It was so crowded the day we went to Lincoln Memorial, but somehow I got this shot of Tyler's bear "posing" with Abe. So, in honor of the "Stars and Stripes," I created this layout to honor my student.  I used Doodlebug's "Stars and Stripes" collection (fitting for the theme of this challenge) and a sketch design featured by "Sketches in Thyme" to pull this layout together.  And although this layout was designed for RCS, it's also for Tyler.  God speed to my precious student.  Mrs. Johnson misses you dearly.