Wednesday, August 15, 2018

HOME OF THE BRAVE

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this project, I featured pictures of my family and I on a recent trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Being a history teacher, every bit of soil in this town, to me, is hallowed ground.  I tell my students had the Battle of Gettysburg turned out differently, our nation may not look or be like it is today.  So I decided to go with a patriotic vibe for this project not only because of the significance of the battle, but also because we visited right before the 4th of July.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Pebbles's "Land that I Love" collection.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

CLOSE TO NATURE

This is my final design team project for Creative Inspirations using the following sketch.  A month ago, my family and I took a trip to Washington DC.  My girls and I flew to DC to meet my husband who was taking a class in the area and then drove home.  On our way back to Ohio, my husband wanted to take us to Shanksville, PA were Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001.  I've been to a few 9/11 Memorials, but none hit me with such emotion like this one did.  In the field pictured on the left, a plane intended for DC crashed upside down at approximately 500 mph.  The passengers heroically stormed the cabin of the airplane and fought for control of the aircraft until the plane crashed into the field.  On September 11, 2001, this field was the site of a strip mine.  The earth had been carved and depleted of all trees and natural beauty.  Without warning, the land became the site of unimaginable sorrow.  Today, it's been restored to it's natural state as a memorial to those who perished.  As my girls, husband, and I were looking at this field of wild flowers remembering the tragic events of that horrible day, we spotted a mama dear and her twin fawns.  It was so peaceful.  So beautiful.  New life where there was once a tremendous amount of death.  It really was a moving experience to see.  I was looking for the perfect sketch and paper to highlight these pictures, and I felt that the Creative Inspirations August 12 sketch captured exactly what I wanted to convey.  I kept thinking about the circle of life with the circles on the sketch.  During an impromptu trip to my local scrapbook store, I found Authentique's "Meadow" collection that I thought did a perfect job spotlighting not only the nature aspect of the photos, but also the innocence of the deer family grazing in such a hallowed site.

Monday, August 6, 2018

FOOTBALL

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  For this week's challenge, we were to use triangles on our projects.  I must admit that this challenge pushed my creativity a bit.  When I use shapes on my layouts, I don't typically lean towards triangles.  So as I walked my dog thinking on what I wanted to create (I tend to get my best ideas walking my dog), I decided to use pennants.  My original thought was using pics of my daughter at an Ohio State Football game.  When I came home and started rummaging through my stash, I came across this paper kit from Photo Play called "End Zone" that reminded me of a vintage football team.  Suddenly this page came together in my mind.  I decided to use pictures of my Grandpa when he was in high school and a star football player.  He held the kick off return yardage and touchdown records for my high school for almost seventy years.  Cool thing was it was my brother who broke the kick off return record.  I typically don't do heritage pages, but the older I get, the more I realize it's important to document these stories as well.  I wish I knew more about my great grandparents and their lives.  Hopefully my daughters and their children will appreciate this little nugget about their Great Grandpa.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

TODAY WILL BE A MOST AMAZING DAY

This month, I'm a guest designer for the Creative Inspirations design team.  For this project, we were to use the following sketch.  The vintage looking mannequin reminded me something you would find in a high end boutique.  So I decided to feature a picture of my daughter in her most elegant of attire; her prom dress.  I pulled this project together using a variety of papers from Photo Play's "Vintage Girl" line along with Carta Bella's "French Flea Market" collection.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

PLANES TRAINS AUTOMOBILES

This week, I am a featured guest designer for Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog.   Thursday's at this blog are called, "Thursday Stash" day where a designer picks an item from their stash, typically an item they haven't used in a while, to inspire others.  For this challenge, I picked photo corners.  A while back, I came into possession of more photo corners than a scrapbooker can imagine.  And for a long time, they remained dormant in a glass jar on shelf in my scrapbook room.  Recently, I've been breaking them out and using them on projects.  I really like how they make pictures visually pop off a page.  So for this project, I decided to feature recent pictures of a trip my girls and I took to Washington DC.  We flew into the city, and my oldest daughter was able to capture a picture of the National Mall from the air.  It reminded me of a post card, and I definitely wanted to highlight this incredible shot on this page.  To pull this project together, I used a sketch created by Bev Code, Creative Inspirations's founder.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

REPUTATION

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this layout, I was inspired by the film clip art and decided to feature pictures of my daughter at her first Taylor Swift concert.  She had a blast!  If you are an Ohioan, it is etiquette that if someone says to you, "O-H" that you respond, "I-O."  This unspoken rule was not forgotten by Taylor Swift who did this at the concert and was my daughter's favorite part of the night.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's "Paper Studio" line that I thought looked like the colors and feel of the Taylor Swift concert. The font used on Taylor Swift's concert poster is called, "Engravers Old," but I used a similar one called "Canterbury" to make the title for this page.

HAPPY LITTLE MOMENTS

This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenge using the following sketch.  For this layout, we were asked to use pink.  I decided to use a picture of my oldest daughter sitting next to our gorgeous, pink hydrangea when she was a tiny girl.  I forgot about how much of a contradiction she was at age five.  With curls in her hair and while wearing a dress, she's playing with a toy snake.  She was the perfect mix of tom boy meets girly girl.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Carta Bella's "Spring Market" line.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

ROAD TRIP

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  Last month, my husband and I finally bought my daughter her dream car.  She had been eyeballing this convertible for months, and after much convincing, we decided to put an offer on it.  To say she has been in heaven would be an understatement.  And I believe the greatest day of her being a car owner was when she finally got to take her dog on a ride with the top down.  He approved of the car as well.  To pull this project together, I splattered gray and black paint on white paper to simulate a car's oil and a variety of papers and cardstock stickers from Bella Blvd's "Let's Go" collection.

Monday, July 16, 2018

4TH BIRTHDAY

This is my latest project for "Use Your Stuff" that required us to create a project with a birthday theme.  I decided to feature pictures of my nephew on his 4th birthday.  He was super into the cartoon "Paw Patrol" at the time, so he had everything from a costume to a cake that was "Paw Patrol" themed.  To pull this project together, I dipped into my stash of dog themed papers using a variety of papers from Imaginisce and Kaisercraft collections.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

I BELIEVE IN MANICURES...

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this project, I was inspired by the vintage mannequins on the sketch and decided to feature pictures of my daughters when they were tiny girls at a fun beauty shop called "Sweet and Sassy."  The girls would go there to get manicures, pedicures, their make up done, etc.  After they were done with their beauty appointment, they would get a chance to strut down the catwalk like real supermodels.  My girls LOVED going there!  I decided pictures of my girls having fun at Sweet and Sassy would be perfect subject matter for a sketch with a fashion theme.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Fashionista" collection.

Monday, July 2, 2018

FROG DAYS OF SUMMER

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge was to create a project that was monochromatic.  Over the weekend, two frogs decided to take a swim in my pool.  Nothing brings more joy to my dog than when frogs take up residence in my pool.  He will stare at the pool for hours watching these little guys swim.  So I decided that pictures of my boy playing with his favorite summer time "swimming toys" would be perfect subject matter for a monochromatic challenge.   I used a variety of green papers from my stash along with Doodlebug design letter stickers and cardstock stickers to pull this project together.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

OCA 2017-2018

This is my latest double page spread for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  One of the great things about this design team is that many of the sketches create ways for you to use several pictures.  Since I have taken so many pictures of my daughter during her soccer season this past year, I decided to highlight some of my favorites on this page.  I used a variety of soccer themed papers I've collected over the years along with shamrocks from my St. Patrick's Day collection since my daughter's team is called "Ohio Celtic Alliance."
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WHAT'D YOU FIND?

This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenges using the following sketch.  I decided that since the theme for this month was "boys," I would utilize my favorite boy subject matter; my nephew.  Boys are not part of my motherhood equation (I have two girls), so I get my testosterone fix though him.  He cracks me up!  He loves cars, super heroes, and currently bugs.  This is my favorite picture of him analyzing some critter he found on his driveway.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "bug Explorer" line along with a variety of Doodlebug Design accessory stickers.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SUSHI

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  A few months back, my daughter and I decided to test out a restaurant in our town called Fusion.  For lack of a better description, it's a Japanese Chipotle.  Customers go in and make their own sushi rolls.  We are hooked!  So I decided to commemorate our favorite place to eat on this page using a variety of papers from Photoplay's "Paper Crane" collection.

Monday, June 18, 2018

JUMP

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge is entitled, "Inspired by a Song" therefore create a project that incorporates a song.  As I was going through my stacks of unscrapped pictures, I came across this one of my girls and the neighbor girl jumping into the pool at the start of their summer break.  The Van Halen song, "Jump" started running through my head, and this page was born.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Summertime" collection along with cardstock stickers from Carta Bella's "Beach Day" collection.  In addition, I was inspired by this sketch from my former design team "2 Broke Girls."

Friday, June 15, 2018

FLY GIRL

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I was inspired by the globe on the sketch and decided to do a travel theme for this page.  During her lifetime, my husband and I have taken our daughter on trains, boats, golf carts, but for this project, I thought it would be fun to document her time spent at the airport as a one, eight, and sixteen year old.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from American Crafts "Star Shine" line along with sticker embellishments from Bella Blvd's Illustrated Faith and "Let's Go" collections.

Monday, June 4, 2018

HAPPY DAY

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  The challenge this week was to use butterflies on our projects.  I decided to feature pictures of my daughters posing with a butterfly statue at a local park.  This page is quite the metaphor; they were tiny little caterpillars when this picture was taken and have since hatched into beautiful, strong butterflies.  (Sorry for the sappy Mom moment...it came to me as I was typing up my blog post).  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Illustrated Faith" collection along with a paper butterfly that I bought from my favorite place to find unique embellishments; the Michael's $1 bin.

Friday, June 1, 2018

FREEDOM

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Since I began this hobby, I have always been a seasonal scrapbooker.  Therefore, with this past weekend being Memorial Day weekend in the USA, I decided to go patriotic for this project.   These are various pictures of my daughters when we took a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia when they were very small.  They were such good sports checking out battlefields, monuments, and old houses with their history nerd parents.  To pull this project together, I used dot paper from Simple Stories as the background and a variety of patterned papers from Photo Play's "Live Free" collection.

BEAUTY

This is my latest project for Sketchy Boards Challenge using the following sketch.  This has always been one of my favorite pictures of my oldest daughter.  She was posing in a patch of daisies in her Grandma's back yard.  With the clock on the sketch and time marching on quicker than I'd like, I decided to feature this picture for this layout.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's The Paper Studio "Ninth Street" collection since the colors in this line mirrored the colors on the sketch.

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.