Thursday, September 21, 2017

PLAY WITH HEART

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  My daughter's soccer team played in a soccer tournament this past Labor Day weekend and had quite a successful weekend..  It was grueling...During Saturday's games, the girls had to fight off remnants of Hurricane Harvey coming through our area.  (Which meant super wet fields and an annoying, constant drizzle).  By Monday, the girls were combatting extreme heat.  Despite the elements, her team made it to the final game losing in a heartbreaker.  Although her team were not the grand champions, they played with incredible heart the entire weekend hence the reason for the title. The series of three pictures were perfect to display some of my favorites from the weekend, especially the pics where she is showing off her "hardware."  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Moxxie's "Soccer Star" collection.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FUN IN THE SUN


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  With summer officially over in six days, I decided to do one last summer time page as a good bye to my favorite season.  In June, my husband, younger daughter, and I went to Panama City Beach, Florida for a mini vacation.  It is our happy place.  The water is a shade of turquoise that I can not adequately describe in a blog post.  Something about salt water feeds my soul.  I call it the curse of living in a landlocked state...I liked how this sketch allowed for the use of several pictures to tell a story which is what I did for this project.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Summer Fun" collection.








Monday, September 11, 2017

TRICK OR TREAT


This is my latest creation for Use Your Stuff using the theme "Fall is in the Air."  I must be honest...I have a slight addiction to buying Halloween themed scrapbook paper.  I can not help myself.  When the new Halloween lines are released from my favorite scrapbook companies in September, I become obsessed and buy entirely too many sheets.  So when "Fall is in the Air," I think Halloween.   This picture combines two of my favorite fall things; leaves and a "scary ghoul."  I'm not exactly sure what my niece was last Halloween, but her face accented by the pile of leaves on the ground was the perfect pic to use with Pebbles scrapbook paper company's "Midnight Haunting" line.




BEAUTIFUL


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  Somehow or another, my iPhone is attached to my daughter's iCloud account.  We have tried to fix this multiple times to no avail.  While it can get annoying at times, this picture is one of the reasons I do not want to fix it.  I find random pictures in my camera feed like this one that made me laugh and gasp simultaneously.  The "eyes" behind her are giant wall stickers, and she decided to reenact the wall art.  She was trying to be silly posing for this picture, but I think it turned out beautiful.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from my Bella Blvd stash.



Monday, September 4, 2017

PROUD OF OUR FIREFIGHTER

This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  In July, my husband graduated from the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland.  In the fire world, that is a huge accomplishment.  First, you have to hold a leadership position within your department.  Next, it takes four years, two weeks away each time, and a giant research paper every year to earn your degree.  So in honor of his graduation, my girls, in-laws, and I took a pilgrimage to Maryland to watch him receive his diploma.    These are a few of my favorite pictures from the day.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of firefighter themed papers I have saved over the years for occasions such as this one to commemorate his career.


Friday, September 1, 2017

DISNEY


This is my latest layout for Let's Scrap using the following sketch. When I saw the gears on the sketch, I thought of an amusement park.  And when I thought of an amusement park, I thought of the greatest one on Earth; Disney.  So I decided that pictures of my girls at Disney World would be perfect. My husband, in-laws, and I took our girls to Disney World one October for the Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  The park was gorgeous, the girls were in heaven seeing all their favorite Disney characters.  It was one of my favorite trips of all time.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection along with my Disney Cricut cartridge.

Monday, August 28, 2017

MIAMI UNIVERSITY



This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  The theme for this project was "Back to School, Back to Work."  I decided to go literal for this layout.  In June, I had to take my daughter to a volleyball match in a town almost an hour from my house.  In true teenager form, she did not want me there to watch since I was the only parent from her team there.  So rather than sit bored in my car for hours waiting on her to get done, I decided to go a half hour down to road to my alma mater; Miami University.  I spent my time wandering around the campus, eating at my favorite restaurants, shopping at the book store.  I had a lovely trip down memory lane, and was back to the volleyball game in time to watch the final match of the night.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from my stash that I thought not only looked collegiate, but also contained Miami's school colors.  When placing my papers, I was inspired by my former design team's, 2 Broke Girls, sketch.




Monday, August 21, 2017

GETTYSBURG

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  For this project, I decided to feature pictures of a recent trip my family & I took to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  I teach American History.  I love stories.  And no place in the USA conjures up more stories than the Battle of Gettysburg.  My favorite spot at the Battlefield is featured in the pictures on this layout; Little Round Top.  A teacher from Maine holding his ground at all costs on the slopes of this hill not only changed the dynamics of the battle, but also the course of the American Civil War. Standing in this spot always gives me chills. Not to mention, the scenery is breathtakingly gorgeous. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers & cardstock stickers from Doodlebug's "Yankee Doodle" and "Patriotic Parade" collections.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SOCCER IS LIFE

This is my latest design for Let's Scrap using the following sketch. When I saw the circles on the sketch anchoring the pictures, I thought of soccer balls.  Why?  Because soccer season is about to start in full force.  Like the title of this layout says, to my daughter, soccer is life.  She loves the game with every fiber of her being.  So for this layout, I decided to feature pictures of her during a tournament this past Spring in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I'm not sure we have ever been so cold at a soccer tournament.  And another first that occurred (shown in one of the pictures with a tag in the pocket), she played in snow.  Despite the elements, it was a fantastic weekend complete with a penalty kick shoot out to determine the winner of the tourney.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of paper from Doodlebug's "Goal Collection."

Monday, August 14, 2017

SAY CHEESE

This is my latest project for "Use Your Stuff" using the theme "For the Love of Children" as a guide.  I instantly thought of Disney World when I saw the challenge.  Where else in the world can an adult wear mouse ears, and no one thinks a thing of it?  So I decided to feature pics of my girls at Disney World trying to get the "Sword In the Stone" sword out of the anvil.  Once they were done trying to dislodge sharp objects from rocks, they jumped on the carousel in the background.  And even more magical, my youngest (who has a food allergy) got to eat a huge popsicle that was safe for her.  It was truly a great day to be a child (and the parent of a child) for everyone.  To pull this project together, I used papers from Simple Stories "Say Cheese III" collection along with mouse ears cut from my Disney Alphabet Cricut cartridge. 


VACATION TIME

This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I decided to feature pictures of my daughter, my husband, and I during our latest trip to Panama City Beach, Florida.  My daughter is getting to the age that she is not wanting to pose for pictures for me anymore.  (Although she takes a zillion selfies a day...)  But every once in a while, she cooperates.  These are a few of my favorites I took when she was a willing picture participant.  When I saw how good the surfboard picture turned out, I decided to dip into my paper stash and use Carta Bella's "Beach Day" collection since the colors (and surfboard paper) accented these pictures perfectly.




Monday, August 7, 2017

ADORABLE

  This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  My Mom and I had a garage sale a few weeks ago.  One of the treasures I found going through boxes and boxes of baby clothes was the little whale bathing suit my daughter wore when she was a baby.  I have been diligent about purging things, but I could not part with this  swimsuit.  As I was taking a trip down memory lane thinking of my chubby baby getting ready to take a "swim" with her Dad, I decided this tiny piece of lycra would be the perfect subject matter for a scrapbook layout.  I absolutely adore Bella Blvd's "Secrets of the Seas" collection for both boys and girls.  With the sketch calling for small squares, I thought using pieces of some of my favorite patterns from both lines would be a perfect way to accent the picture of my happy girl getting ready for a swim in her whale one piece.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE OCEAN IS CALLING

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I'm starting to think I did not get enough beach time this summer because I have been having a blast dipping into my ocean archives and finding pics of my girls playing in the sand.  These pics are from Isle of Palms, South Carolina; one of my favorite places on Earth.   This particular beach is about 20 minutes from Charleston, SC so we would get our sand fix in the AM and go into the city for dinner and our history fix in the PM when it wasn't so blazing hot.   To this day, one of my all time favorite pics of my oldest daughter is the one featured in this project of her holding the star fish.  To pull this beach theme project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Seafarer" collection.


Monday, July 24, 2017

MADE IN THE USA SOCCER

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff challenge.  The requirements for this project were to use a product that starts with the letter "A," include at least 2 buttons, and use a minimum of 3 colors on the project.  Being the seasonal scrapper that I am, I knew I wanted to do a patriotic page since it is July.  With that in mind, I chose Authentique's (letter A) "United" collection papers to highlight one of my favorite pictures of my daughter watching the Women's USA National Soccer team.  I used five buttons instead of two, with red, white, and blue being the primary colors of the project.  I was also inspired by this sketch from my former design team "2 Broke Girls Challenges" to pull this project together.

Friday, July 21, 2017

HAPPINESS

 This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  For this project, I decided to feature two of my favorite pictures of my girls playing in the sand at Panama City Beach, Florida.  The Florida Panhandle has water like I've never seen; it's every shade of turquoise you can imagine.  When I started going through my stash of papers, I saw that the Kaisercraft Coastal Escape papers in my collection looked exactly like the Emerald Coastline of Florida.  I decided it would be the perfect paper to feature these pictures that I love so much.  To accent the pictures, I used Kaisercraft's Island Escape Die Cut Cardstock pieces. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

BUDDIES

This is my project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I have fallen in love with Bella Blvd's Secrets of the Sea Collection, both the boy and girl lines.  But for this project, I decided that the girl collection was going to be the focus.  My girls are mermaids at heart.  Give them some sand and some salt water, and they are in heaven.  These pictures were taken back in 2007 when my youngest got to see the ocean for the first time.  She was enthralled.  Her older sister was more than happy to show her the ropes at the beach.  This design was perfect to highlight some of my favorite pictures I took along with the adorable designs on the papers.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I LOVE YOU MORE THAN SHARK WEEK

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  My favorite week of the summer is almost upon us...SHARK WEEK!  I love Shark Week!  But not as much as my oldest daughter.  She is a shark expert.  And one of the things I've always admired about my daughter, she is FEARLESS!  When we were on vacation a few years back, she got the chance to hold a baby black tip reef shark.  That was one of the highlights of her life!  So when I saw Photo Play's "Shark Attack" paper, I knew I had the perfect pictures to accent this paper line.




Monday, July 10, 2017

SCHOOL ZOO

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff using the theme "all creatures great and small..."  My daughter loves all animals.  She's held the more standard animals and also the stranger ones such as sharks, snakes, ducks.  And since she's been in High School, I get random texts of her holding all sorts of creatures living in the Biology classroom.  Her freshman year it was a snake.  Her sophomore year, it was Dottie the lizard.   She liked Dottie so much that she insisted that we needed one.  (I vetoed that despite the fact that Dottie is awfully cute).  So I decided that all creatures, even ones that are cold blooded, would be a great subject matter for this theme.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug's "At the Zoo" collection.

Monday, July 3, 2017

AT THE PARK

 This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  My daughter loves baseball.  She's never played a day in her life, but she loves going to games.  Fortunately for her, her Uncle is a minor league pitching coach, so he keeps us in great seats.  Last summer, she was watching her Uncle's team at our local minor league ball park, and she and her Dad made it onto the jumbo screen.  Fortunately, she had enough juice left in her phone that she was able to snap a picture of her 10 seconds of fame.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug's "Home Run" collection.  To reinforce the baseball theme, I used wood grain paper as the background to make it feel like a baseball bat.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

MIGHTY CUTE


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  When I saw the circles on the design, I thought of bubbles.  Being the seasonal scrapbooker that I am,  circles or bubbles remind me of swimming.  I have a pool in my yard, but sadly, last year a leak made it unusable most of the summer.  However, one of the days we were able to use it, I snapped all sorts of pictures of my niece, nephew, and daughter playing in it.  (Although I think my nephew preferred watering my plants and playing with the pool toys rather than swimming).  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Secrets of the Sea" collection.




Monday, June 26, 2017

SPEED LIMIT 65

This is my latest project for Use your Stuff Challenge Blog.  The theme for this week's project  was "Road Trips or Vacations."  I decided to go literal and feature a picture of my girls going on a little "road trip" in my cul-de-sac.  They had so much fun pretending they were big girls giving each other rides in their car.  My older daughter LOVED the movie "Twilight" at the time, and after I snapped this pic, she did a 180 in the street and said, "I drive like a Cullen..."  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Let's Go" and "Cute Baby Boy" collections to pull the project together.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ME & MY BEST FRIEND

 This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  For this design, I was inspired by a recent picture I took of my daughter and our dog.  It is very rare anymore that my daughter volunteers to smile for the camera, so I have to take advantage of any window of opportunity I'm given.  We had just returned home from taking my dog on a walk, and they both plopped down in the grass. The light was perfect, the daughter was cooperative; it was a win win situation!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Bark" collection.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I decided to dip into my photo archives for this project and feature pictures of my children playing at my cousin's house.  My cousin lives in a cabin on a river.  She has goats, dogs, kittens...You name it, the critter lives there.  When my oldest got out of the car, she asked, "Are we at a petting zoo?"  The girls fished for the first time, and played with kittens the remainder of the time.  It truly was a great day outdoors.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of patterned papers and cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "The Wild Life" collection along with "shiplap" paper from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" line. 


Monday, June 12, 2017

I LOVE SUMMER

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff using the following sketch from a former design team I was on called "2 Broke Girls."   The theme for this project was "use warm, summer colors; reds, yellows, and oranges."  I instantly thought of all the pictures I've taken over the years of my girls gardening.  As I was going through my picture stash, this one jumped at me.  My dog was a puppy.  My oldest wasn't afraid of getting dirty.  To me, it screamed "I love summer!"  Once I found my picture, I was surfing around Pinterest for some inspiration, and came across this sketch from 2 Broke Girls.  I loved working with their sketches, and I thought this one would be perfect to showcase the picture I selected.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of patterned papers from the Simple Stories "Summer Days" collection & a sheet of "shiplap" paper from Echo Park's "Jungle Safari" line.



NEVER LET ANYONE DULL YOUR SPARKLE

This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  For this project, I was inspired by the semi circles on each side of the title.  The half circles reminded me of rainbows.  Once I thought "rainbows," I knew exactly what pictures and papers I wanted to use.  When my daughter was four, she decided to be a unicorn for Halloween.  While some costumes kids wear once, she wore this one over and over.  She LOVED being a unicorn.  (Who wouldn't?)  And she didn't mind me taking pictures of her wagging her unicorn tail.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection to play up the unicorn/little girl theme of the layout.

Monday, June 5, 2017

GAME TIME

This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  The circle with the triangle behind it reminded me of a moving ball.  And the past month, every weekend has involved a soccer ball.  So I decided to feature pictures of my daughter at her last soccer tournament of the year for this project.  Her team played an excellent two days of soccer, and were the champions of their age group.  It was a great way to end a fun season of club soccer. While I followed the sketch, I decided to flip it.  In addition, I added to strips of printed paper to add my own touch to this sketch. 



Thursday, June 1, 2017

JUNGLE FUN

This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  We are finally on summer break and I could not be happier!  I do love my job, but trying to cram a year's worth of work into nine months does a number on me.  So in honor of my first layout of the summer, I decided to feature one of my favorite summertime trips to Dataw Island, South Carolina.  My Aunt used to live there, and my girls would have a blast visiting her and all the wildlife in the area.  Technically, the area was more swamp like, but many of the critters living in and around the island would qualify as jungle creatures.  My children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the island looking for alligators, catching blue crabs.  To pull this project together, I used papers from the Echo Park "Jungle Safari" to pull the project together.