Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Bigger & Better"

I work for the corporate office of  Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We insure churches and related ministries across the country. I've been with them for 27 years now and have seen so much growth and change. These pictures are an example of some of that growth and change.

Last year we started the process of adding on to our building. It was a long, messy process but we finally moved into our new building earlier this year. These pictures were taken during a tour with my department towards the end of construction.
 One of the huge metal beams was placed outside the employee entrance for all of the employees to sign. We then celebrated with a "topping off" ceremony where they placed the final beam on the building.
 After we watched them place the beam, we all ate ice cream outside on the patio together. I love that even though we are growing into a large company, we still do family type events together. We actually enjoy spending time with our co-workers. =)
It's Brotherhood's mission to protect ministries and help them get back on their feet after a loss. I feel blessed to love my job, to enjoy serving the agents that write for us across the country, and to love the people I work with each day!!! It sure makes the daily grind of life so much more worthwhile and enjoyable.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Two page Layout - "Mr & Mrs"

It's the time of year when two shall become one!! It's so fun to witness a couple taking that leap of faith and promising to love each other forever. It's such a huge step and certainly not one to be taken lightly. Every time I attend a wedding, I'm freshly reminded of the promises my husband and I made to each other almost 29 years ago. Man...how time flies!

This layout is from a beautiful outdoor wedding that my family attended last year. The yellow/gray color combination was so bright and cheery!
 What a sweet couple! It was a very memorable and beautiful wedding.
My flower punches came in handy for layering gray and white flowers and, of course, securing them in the middle with a jeweled brad added some bling.
 The banner is made with Tim Holtz tape doubled over white scrappers floss and hand cutting the point.
Yesterday, we attended a beautiful indoor wedding and I took so many great pictures that I'm looking forward to scrapping. My 2 year old granddaughter was the flower girl...So adorable!!

Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunny wedding with loved ones this summer. LOVE is definitely in the air and one of my favorite topics to scrap about. =)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Together"

Here's another layout with pictures from our trip to St. Augustine. As the journaling states, the best part of this trip for me was having all of us under one roof, just doing life together by the beach, for a whole week!! We made a lot of memories that will last a lifetime.

I just have to point out one of my favorite pictures (bottom left), where my oldest son is hamming it up on the boardwalk when he realized his Dad had the camera out. He is such a hoot! My granddaughter steals the layout, though, with her precious expressions looking out the window.

Loving this Jillibean Soup paper, American Crafts and "Amy Tangerine". The water color looks very beachy and colorful. I used a utility knife to cut around the flower in the lower left corner allowing the flower to creep up over the edge of the picture. A little glue pen and blue glitter really made the black and white sketched flower sparkle. The black title "together" is from Cricut's Graphically Speaking.
The diecut black flower is Cricut's Art Philosophy. I used my label maker with clear tape for the journaling. The brads are My Minds Eye Collectable by Jen Allison.

I really love the artsy look of this page. It's a different style for me, but it was fun. My favorite part is the black diecut accents.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a sunny and lovely weekend.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Beach Bums"

Our family vacation to a beach house in St. Augustine was amazing! We brought home some spectacular beach pictures, and they were some of my favorite photos to scrap.
 This gorgeous woodgrain heavy duty cardstock is Authentique Heidi Swapp. It was perfect for these sunshiny beach pictures of my precious family. The washi tape is Pink Paislee's "Indigo Bleu". I used a blue matt for the pictures in the center of the double layout and used Fiskar's postage stamp edge punch.
 The gulls, pelican, and title came from Circuit's Life is a Beach cartridge. We saw so many pelicans, gliding along the shoreline. The lizards were entertaining and we even saw a few spiders, which I refuse to remember in a scrapbook page.
We had so many amazing pictures, that it was extremely hard to narrow down the ones I wanted to scrap. The grid design of this layout and varying the size and shape of the photos really helps to pack them in with style.
 The Basic Grey circle banner was a cute nautical addition to the upper right corner of the layout.
The tags were from a sheet of miscellaneous tags in the DCWV travel stack. I used a hole punch and some twine to complete the layered look.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'll be posting more layouts from our time in St. Augustine over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Water Bugs"


Family times are the best! Last May, we took a family vacation together to a beach house in St. Augustine. I took bunches of pictures and it's time to start sharing some of these layouts.
 
 We stayed at a resort with a pool while I was taking some classes for work. The family really got to enjoy all of the amenities, like the beautiful sparkling pool, while I was in class all day.
The paper is Scrapbook Customs and DejaViews. The EK scalloped border punch created the edge around the pink matt. There was just enough space for journaling.
 The title font was cut with Cricut's Lyrical Letters and the layered beach balls are from Life is a Beach. I used a SU marker to create faux stitching along the edges of the beach ball layers.
I cut a sweet picture of my son and granddaughter with a scalloped circle punch and then layered on another scalloped circle in white and popped it on the corner of a picture to give it some dimension.
We had such a great time together!! I can't wait to go again. It's always worth the effort in planning and the money. The memories are priceless and scrapping the pictures will help our family enjoy these memories for years to come.

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Stick Maze"


 Everybody loves vacation! I have several layouts to share from our family vacation to Florida last May. We stopped for lunch in Kentucky. I love it when we fall upon something fun to see or do with just a random stop for lunch.
This stick maze was pretty cool. it was big enough to walk through. You can see the size of it in the top left picture.

The title font is from Cricut's Life is a Beach cartridge. I edged it with a white Jelly Roll pen to give it a stitched look like the paper matt used on the right side. The journaling block is Doodlebug Design.
 I didn't make a note of the brand name of this fun flowered chalkboard matt, but the white stitching and flowers gave me the inspiration for the rest of the page. I cut layered flowers with my Straight from the Nest cartridge and punched a small green circle for the centers. As I look at it now, I think I would have liked it better if each of my flowers were matted in black. Apparently, I never stop critiquing my projects.
The stick maze was probably a temporary exhibit at the arboretum, but it's still a great place to stop for lunch, for sure! The flowers were amazing and the artsy hand was a great prop for pictures.

I'll be posting more layouts from our St. Augustine, Florida, family vacation in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by today!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Two Page layout - "Playtime"

What a beautiful day! Loving this sunshine! I think it's a great day to play.

 These photos were taken last summer at a local park. Scarlet was definitely enjoying some fun with her family. This fun paper with the adorable tree is Little Yellow Bicycle.  I punched a bunch of flowers out of similar colors with my StampinUp flower punches, layered them up in different ways, and spread them around the layout to mimic the flowers on the tree and give the layout some dimension.
 Such cute pictures for us all to look back on and remember the fun we had together. I used  little bit of Washi tape with the same colors to balance the layout on the right and added journaling down he side in bright pink. The gemstones in the flowers are Bazzill Basics.
The "Playtime" title was cut with Cricut's "Nate's ABC's" cartridge from a scrap of pink paper.

I hope this inspires you to go out and play today. =)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Tin Caps"

It's baseball season. Fort Wayne has a new minor league stadium right downtown.  It's open for walking on non-game days. It's a great addition to the fun things you can do downtown. Our team is called the Tin Caps, and they are pretty fun to watch, even though, I'm pretty open about the fact that I'm not much of a baseball fan. Each year the company my husband and I work for sponsors a picnic for the employees at one of the Tin Caps games.

These pictures were taken at last year's company picnic at the ballpark. We bought extra tickets for our son and his family to join us. What a joy to share the evening with them!
 You can tell that baseball isn't Scarlet's favorite yet either, but overall, I think she had fun exploring the baseball park. The patterned paper here is all StampinUp! The baseball was cut from Cricut's Sports Mania cartridge. I inked around the edges with Tim Holtz Pumice distress ink.
 The brackets were cut with Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge, and the title font is Jubilee. The paper flowers and butterflies are also from StampinUp! and the edges are inked with red to give them a little dimension.

I can't believe she's 2 years old already and she now has a baby brother. This layout is such a great reminder of the fun memories we had with our family that night. As the journaling reads, she is way more entertaining than any baseball game. It's kind of fun to do a girly baseball page!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate you all.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Two birthday girl layouts - "One of a Kind" and "1st Birthday Bash"

Our first grandchild is two years old today! I can't believe how fast time flies. Last year at this time, we were doing the big first birthday bash complete with first ever cake smash! Now she has a baby brother. We are so tickled to be grandparents. It's a great time of life!!
 This layout features her one year pictures. Her parents did such a beautiful job taking these photos. Too cute!! The patterned paper is Pink Paislee's Endless Love collection. It's probably meant for Valentine's pictures, but I thought it was perfect for this precious little lady.
 I added a paper doily as a journaling tag to repeat the printed doilies on the left side of the layout. The pink ticket washi tape, and white ball fringe were sweet embellishments to highlight these photos of our sweet baby girl.
 The second layout features the pictures taken at her first birthday party and cake smash. She had so much fun opening gifts and eating cake for the first time.
 The smile on her face says it all..."Pink frosting, where have you been all my life?"
 I added a few scalloped white frames as accents, and of course the zebra paper to echo her birthday girl outfit.
I was able to work twelve photographs into this layout making using of several wallets and 4x4's. Can't wait to start scrapping our new grandson! What a joy! This Grandma will never run out of cuteness to scrap, that is for sure!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Altered Keepsake Boxes

Last fall, I bought some cardboard boxes to decorate for gifts for some young ladies at our church. What a fun project! 
 

 I used My Minds Eye scrapbook paper. This particular pad of paper is filled with pretty chevrons and woodgrains...two of my favorite patterns to work with. =)
 I measured and traced around all sides of the box. After the dry fit to be sure each piece was right, I glued it all down with Mod Podge.
 I even covered the inside of each box.
I used washi tape along the edge of the lid. It was the perfect width and the colors all matched perfectly.
 After the box was covered with paper, I brushed Mod Podge over the entire inside and outside of the box, letting it dry hard in between coats. I gave it three coats making sure to seal all of the edges and surfaces.
I purchased a drawer pull to use as a handle for the top of the box. My husband drilled a small hole in the cardboard top. He also cut off the excess length of the screw.  I used two different sized scalloped circle punches (4 layers from each size punch) to make a flower out of magazine pages. I punched a whole in the center of all the layers, then put the drawer pull through, and attached it with a small nut on the inside.
I added a large rhinestone to the top of each pull for a little extra bling. I hope the girls are enjoying their boxes and tucking away all kinds of fun keepsakes. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Delicious"

Have you ever scrapped about a special meal? If you've ever eaten at a Brazilian Steakhouse, it's definitely worth documenting for all time. The hotel we stayed at in Niagara gave us a BOGO coupon for this all you can eat steakhouse. It was a carnivorous event and worth every cent!!
 I made my own journaling tag to fit the center square. I used an embossing folder to create notebook paper with lines for neater journaling. I need all the help, I can get.The striped paper, stickers, banners, and embellishments are from a vintage pack that I had in my stash. I thought the number banners were appropriate since the servers keep bringing you meat to your table over and over, and over again, until you turn over you coaster to red as a signal you've had enough.
I am so terrible with dates. I had to fix the date above to 2011. My husband will catch it every time, but I just don't remember the years. Maybe I should stay more current with my scrapbooking...lol.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you have a delicious meal worth scrapping about in your future.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Maid of the Mist"

Hope you've had a relaxing weekend. Mine has been very unproductive, due to recovering from the stomach flu.  I must be getting old. It's taking me awhile to bounce back, and I'm so impatient. Hopefully I'll feel stronger tomorrow and be able to get back to work.

I love Niagara Falls. Have you ever been? My husband and I went September of 2011. The Maid of the Mist is an amazing boat ride that takes you up close and personal with the falls where you can experience their beauty and power with all of your senses. Even with the raincoat, we were drenched, but it's so worth it to hear the roar and see the water churning. These pictures of us were snapped prior to the boat ride (pre-drenching).
 The patterned paper is Pink Paislee's Indigo Bleu, including the journaling tag. This is a pretty simple picture grid. I had so many great pictures, and it was brutal to keep this to one two-page layout.
 
 
 I hand-cut the banner and wrapped scrapper's twine between two brads for a nautical feel. The bits of scraps, tags, and die cut key near the title came in a package of odds-and-ends purchased at JoAnn's. The title is from Cricut's Jubilee cartridge.
The design allowed for seven 4x6 pictures in addition to two wallets.

I look back at these pictures and realize how far I've come with my weight loss journey. I'm still on this journey of losing weight and getting healthy, but seeing this picture of myself back then is such a great reminder that I don't want to go back that direction.