Monday, May 21, 2018

POOL BOY & GIRL

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I have three more days of work until summer vacation.  And I'm thinking pool NOT school!  So for this project, I decided to feature pictures of my niece and nephew playing in my pool.  While they had fun with the flamingo floating toy, I think my nephew had more fun playing with the water hose.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Fun in the Sun" collection.

SOCCER

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge was to use a "found object" on  our project.  For the past month, my daughter has had soccer non-stop.  She likes to keep her hair from falling into her face by using pre-wrap as a headband.  We had just arrived home from a tournament in Columbus, and I noticed that she went to throw the headband into the trash and missed.  I picked up the headband getting ready to toss it, and thought, "This would make an interesting bow..."  As fate would have it, I took some decent action shots during her game.  Long story short, this soccer page, complete with pre-wrap used during the game, was born.  To create this layout, I used a variety of papers from Moxxie's "Soccer Star" collection and soccer balls cut from soccer ball paper from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio."

Monday, May 7, 2018

SHE BLOOMS

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff Challenge using the following mood board as inspiration.  When I saw the pictures of flowers throughout the mood board, I instantly thought of peonies.  Peonies are my favorite flower.  I love them so much that my husband has planted I don't know how many peony bushes around my yard.  It's one of the greatest things about the end of May in Ohio.  School is letting out, it's my daughter's and mine's birthday, and the peonies are in full bloom.  I took these pictures six years ago when my oldest daughter was in an annual parade through our town which happened to be her birthday.  I was walking back to my car from the parade when I spotted these magnificent blooms.  I decided that pictures of her in the parade along with the peonies were the perfect subject to use for this mood board.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Illustrated Faith; You are Loved" line.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

TODAY SHINE BRIGHT

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Two weeks ago was my daughter's first High School Prom.  I may have taken a few too many pictures...It was a gorgeous night; the only evening of 80 degree weather we've had this Spring.  I know I'm her Mom and biased, but to me she looked stunning.  It's hard to believe just one project ago, I documented her from birth to age 7, and on this project I'm documenting her prom.  So for this project, I decided to feature Prom night ranging from pictures with her date and friends to her getting her hair done for the occasion.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Simple Stories "Beautiful" collection.

LOVE

This is my latest project for Sketchy Boards Challenge using the following sketch.  I have taken thousands of pictures of my daughter over the years; these three are a few of my all time favorites.  When she was at preschool, every year they would have "Grocery Day" where they would take turns "shopping" and then "cashiering."  My daughter was so excited about this day.  I've been looking for the perfect paper and sketch to use to highlight these pictures.  I thought this month's recipe for Sketchy Boards was perfect to highlight three of my favorite pics of this day.  To pull this together, I found the perfect paper from the Bella Blvd " Illustrated Faith; Fruit of the Spirit" line.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

SIMPLY PERFECT

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following template.  I am so ready for summer.  I live in Ohio.  So far, in one week, we've had 80 degree weather, tornadoes, floods, accumulating snow, back to 80 degree weather, and now they are calling for more snow.  I would give anything for some heat and humidity right now with a touch of salt in the air.  Therefore when I found this picture in a stack of pics that need sorted, I thought, "MUST SCRAP THE BEACH!"  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's  "Sandy Toes" collection and a Pion's "Legends of the Sea" collection.

Monday, April 16, 2018

BABY BOOK

This is my latest page for Use Your Stuff challenge.  This week's theme was "babies" or create a project featuring a baby theme.  While I have a gazillion pictures of my daughters as babies, I decided for this project I would feature a picture of my mother when she was a toddler.  I have always loved this picture of my Mom.  She looks so happy playing with her sister oblivious to the fact that she has a big pompon on her forehead.  Because this picture was taken in 1950's, I decided to go with a vintage vibe for this page by using a variety of papers from Authentique's "Stitches" collection.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

OUR BABY



This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  When I saw that the sketch called for nine pictures, I decided to do something I always wanted to do; a documentation featuring the growth of my daughters from infancy into their early elementary years.  I had a blast going through all my pictures finding one from each year of their life.  It feels like yesterday that they were my fuzzy haired babies; now they are my sassy, energetic, beautiful teenagers.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of vintage looking papers from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection, My Mind's Eye, and Authentique's "Stitches" collection.

Monday, April 2, 2018

HELLO SUNSHINE

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's project theme was Easter or Spring.  I decided to go Spring with this page.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

BLOOM



This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  With this week's reveal being on Easter, I decided to scrap pictures of my children and their cousins last Easter.  It was certainly a prettier day last year than it is predicted to be this year. Last year, the sun was shining, the kids were in shorts and t-shirts...This year they are calling for snow Easter night...But nevertheless, it's fun watching the kids running around searching for Easter eggs and rummaging through their Easter baskets.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Jubilee" collection and word stickers that I found in the dollar bin at the entrance of Target; one of my favorite places to find scrapbooking goodies.

MAGICAL BIRTHDAY


This is my latest creation for Sketchy Boards Challenge using the following sketch.  The inspiration was the color yellow, so I decided to dip into my picture archives when my sixteen year old was turning six and had a Disney Princess birthday party.  All the girls wore costumes (my daughter was Belle), and a real "princess" came and read them a story.  Now she's getting ready to go to the prom and look like a princess herself...Time is sprinting way too fast.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Once Upon a Time" collection and stickers from Doodlebug's "Fairy Tale" line.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

IRISH LASS

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I love St. Patrick's Day.  I have a touch of Irish ancestry, but that's not why I celebrate it.  I hate winter....I look forward to any occasion where fun can be had in the winter time.  And my girls and I have always had St. Paddy's day fun.  From Irish inspired headbands to Old Navy t-shirts, my girls and I have had years of entertainment trying to avoid being pinched by a leprechaun.  For this project, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Charmed" collection to highlight some of my favorite pictures of my girls modeling their St. Patrick's Day attire.

Monday, March 19, 2018

LIFE IS BETTER AT THE BEACH

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  Our challenge was to use a border on our project.  I love border stickers, but I felt like I hit a creative brick wall when it was time to work on this project.  A little "surfing" around on Pinterest got my juices flowing; WAVES! I borrowed my friend's Creative Memories wave cutter, grabbed some of my favorite beach theme paper from Kaisercraft's "Coastal Escape" collection, and POOF!  Brick wall was demolished.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WANTED FOR STEALING HEARTS...




This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I recently found a treasure trove of CD's filled with pictures of my girls when they were tiny.  I'm so busy with their teenage needs, it's hard to remember a time when they liked to pretend they were cowgirls.  At my brother in law's wedding, my oldest daughter and her cousin got the chance to ride a real horse.  My younger daughter was happiest dressed up like Woody from Toy Story or wearing her 10 gallon hat.  They were the cutest little cowgirls.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" along with October Afternoon's "Sasparilla" collection and stickers from the Reminisce "Cowboy" collection.

Monday, March 5, 2018

EAT SLEEP PLAY


This is my latest creation for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge is entitled "Anything Goes" which allowed us to use any theme, any product, any picture, anything we wanted.  I decided to dip into my archives and use a picture I scrapped back in the Fall but never submitted to a design team.  My daughter's soccer team was in a tie with another team in the middle of a weekend tournament.  To break the tie, a penalty kick off was scheduled for 7:00 AM the following morning.  Her coach caught this picture of her team prepping for the kick off with the fog rising from the ground and the sun starting to peek from the horizon.  It was absolutely stunning to capture so much in one picture; the birth of a new morning; the dedication of an amazing group of girls....To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Goal" collection.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

GOOD TIMES

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I decided to dip into my picture archives for this project and use some of my favorites from when my girls were tiny little ladies.  My in-laws live in Hawaii, and they would send all sorts of goodies in the mail to my oldest daughter.  She would have a blast accessorizing everyone from her Dad to her cat with her hibiscus flowers and leis.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Fun in the Sun" collection.

CELTIC CHEERS

 This is my latest project for Sketchy Boards using the following design.  I have a weakness for St. Patrick's Day paper.  So does my husband...On Black Friday, I sent him a few ideas of paper kits he could get me for Christmas.  When I opened up my Christmas gift, not only did I receive the papers I had shown him, but also this beautiful kit from Authentique called "Emerald" that I used for this project.  My daughter's soccer team is called "Celtic."  Her team wears emerald green and many of their shirts and other clothing contain shamrocks.  So I thought pictures of my daughter with her Celtic soccer team would be the perfect subject matter for a St. Patrick's Day themed project.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

STINKER


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  My daughter recently turned 13...I can't believe we hit this milestone birthday because it seems like literally yesterday she was this cheeseball making faces at me whenever I tried to take her picture.  She was (and still is) a stinker whenever I try to capture a shot of her!  So I thought that the Simple Stories "Emoji Love" line, specifically the poop emoji paper, would be the perfect element to highlight some of my favorite photos of my baby being a "stinker" to her Mom.




Monday, February 19, 2018

OH SO COLD





This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge, "Twinkle Twinkle," asked us to use something sparkly on our projects.  I decided to feature pictures of my daughter at her first figure skating competition.  She truly looked like a little ice princess out on the rink in her white skating costume.  To accent these pictures, I used a variety of silver sparkle snowflakes from Michael's "Recollection" line along with Authentique's "Wintery" Collection. The title words came from Crate Paper's "Snow and Cocoa" collection.  To pull this project together, I was inspired by the following sketch from my former design team "2 Broke Girls."

Thursday, February 15, 2018

13



This is my latest project 
for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  My baby turned 13 the other day.  I have no clue how this happened.  All those clich├ęs such as, "I blinked, and she grew up" have been flying out of my mouth.  So for this project, I decided to feature a picture of my daughter on her 13th birthday along with one of her on her first birthday.  While the pics are birthday themed, I used Photoplay's "Love Notes" paper throughout this project.  I think one of the beauty's of Valentine's Day paper is that you can use them for more than just Valentine's Day.  All the colors, designs, and accessories of this line reminded me of a little girl turning into a teenager; the perfect combo for a page about a girl turning 13!




Monday, February 5, 2018

AMAZING

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge required us to make a project using weather as our inspiration.  Right now, it is winter in Ohio.  Need I say more.  As a result, I decided to use summer time weather as my theme.  I'm a bit of  a weather nerd, and I've always wanted to safely see a tornado.  Last summer, my dream came true.  My family and I were in Panama City Beach, Florida.  A storm started to blow in off the Gulf of Mexico, so we headed up to our room.  As I was on my balcony looking out at the storm, a water spout emerged from the sky.  I was in weather heaven!  So to help solve my wintertime blues, I used one of my tornado pictures as my project's focus.  To pull this project together, I used a sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls and a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's Coastal Escape collection.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

EMOJIS


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  My daughter's 13th birthday is in a few days, and in honor of her officially entering her teenage years, I decided to scrap pictures of my daughter doing the ultimate teeny bopper activity; selfies using Snapchat filters.  Her and I were having fun being silly one day, and these were some of my favorite pics from our "photo session."  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Simple Stories "Emoji Love" line.

BRRR

This is my latest project for Sketchy Boards using the following sketch.  I made this project on a day I was off work because of the weather.  I'm a teacher, and due to temperatures too dangerous for kids to be outside and refreezing of the roads, we had a "cold" day today which meant NO SCHOOL!  The gift of time is the greatest perk of my job.  I will say that teachers probably like calamity days more than students.  So I decided scrapbooking was on my agenda for the day.  These pics were taken earlier in the month when the temperatures plummeted, and my dogs decided to burrow under a comforter.  They were too cute trying to stay warm, so I decided they would be the perfect subject matter for this project.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Crate Paper's "Snow & Cocoa" line.  




Monday, January 22, 2018

TAG! YOU'RE IT!

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff challenge.  The task for this week is entitled "Tag! You're it!" or in other words, create a tag.  I love making tags.  Not only are they a quick project to pull together, but also they are a wonderful way to use scraps of paper that are accumulating in my work space.  My children and husband love sports, therefore I have an abundance of sports themed paper piling up in my scrap room.  Everything used to construct these tags were scraps including the tags themselves.  The only thing I purchased was the football sticker that "Brutus the Buckeye" is kicking in tag one.  And trust me, there will be plenty of opportunities to use the other footballs in the sticker package.  If you are in a crafting rut, I highly encourage you to make a tag.  These are fun, quick projects that will get your juices flowing again.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

SO THIS HAPPENED



This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I was inspired by the paint splatters on the design, and decided to do a project featuring painting.  And the artist was...my dog.  My daughter watched a video of a puppy painting, and she decided our Chihuahua was the next abstract artist.  So using safe paints, my daughter and her dog did their version of puppy art!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Bella Blvd papers that reminded me of an artist's brushstrokes on a canvas.

Monday, January 15, 2018

IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD IN THE WINTER


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following design.  It is winter in Ohio where I live, and it has arrived with a vengeance.  When I created this page, I was off work because the temperatures were too low for the children to come to school.  But it's never too cold to scrapbook, let alone scrapbook pictures of my kids playing in the snow.  I picked a few of my favorites over the years of my kids stomping around in fresh powder in my yard.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Alpine" collection along with the "Wintery" collection that my sweet husband bought for me for Christmas.

Monday, January 8, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

This is my first post of the New Year for Use Your Stuff.  The theme for this week's challenge was "Something New."  I decided to feature a picture of my daughter and her best friend on New Year's Eve 2017.  (Yes...it was last year, but it was too cute of a picture not to scrapbook!)  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from the Simple Stories "Happy New Year" collection.

Monday, January 1, 2018

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

I've been keeping a secret for a little while, but I found out at the start of December that I was selected to be a member of Sketchy Boards Challenge design team! I love to work with sketches, and this team does not disappoint.  If you love to scrapbook, but feel that you lack the time to create pages, I highly encourage you to like us on Facebook to access the wealth of sketches this team produces.  Not only are the sketches beautiful, but the designs are simple to recreate.   This is my first creation using the following sketch.  Every Christmas season, my family & I go to dinner at a historical restaurant in a neighboring town that outdoes itself with decorations.  However, this year, I was recovering from a foot surgery & was unable to attend. My only request was for my husband to take a few pictures of our girls.  He did not disappoint.  These are a few of my favorites that he took that night.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Wintery" collection along with snowflake die cuts and sequins I've accumulated over the years.  

MERRY CHRISTMAS


Happy New Year!  This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  On Cyber Monday, I gave my husband a few hints about what he could get me for Christmas at some of my favorite online scrapbook stores...He MORE than came through for me.  (It's because he's a closet scrapbooker; he actually helped me layout the second page of this project).  One of his buys was this lovely Photo Play "Mad 4 Plaid" collection.  I chose some of my favorite pics from this past Christmas to use with some of my favorite prints from this collection.