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.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Two page Layout - "Life is Tweet"

Banners are still one of my favorite embellishments. They are so simple, but they add so much.
 The adorable flower was crocheted my best scrapbooking friend forever (BSBFF). I still can't believe she loves me enough to sit and crochet a whole bag of these flowers for me!!! They are so adorable! I'm pretty sure I borrowed her SU banner punch for this layout too...lol! How would I scrap without her?

I found this sketch on Inspired to Scrap. The paper is Doodle Bug Design, Making Memories and Bazzill. The bird in the photos was the inspiration for my title and paper choices. =)
 The title was cut with Cricut's "Straight from the Nest" cartridge.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Lots of Laughs"

Today, I have another grandbaby layout to share with you. These pictures are from February last year. She definitely brightens up any day...even a Monday.
She was messing with Grandpa's newspaper. I found it funny, that PaPa didn't care at all, and instead grabbed the camera to capture the moment. The patterned paper is Simple Stories Baby Steps and My Minds Eye. I used the SU scalloped circle punch to make the banner and the embellishment.

 The scalloped circles are folded over baker's twine for a simple banner across the pages. The top flap of the banner is popped up with foam dimensionals in some areas. The pink fabric measuring tape is one of my favorite baby borders.
 Here's the two pages together. Our sweetie is almost 2 years old now, and she's going to get a baby brother next week! We can hardly wait to snuggle him. This Grandma is so blessed with adorable pictures to scrap. I can't keep up with scrapping our first...With two cutie pies, my cup will overflow!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Two Page Cruise Layout - "Sail Away"

Cruises are wonderful. This layout is from our 25th anniversary trip which was 3 years ago now. I'm ready for another! We had a wonderful relaxing time aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas.
I wanted to remember the exact cabin we were in so I took a picture of the number on the door and used my scalloped punch to make an embellishment out of it. I found the cute little star stick pins in my stash. The banners are both made from washi tape.
 The picture of the luggage lined up in the hallway always makes me a little sad since it represents the last evening on board.
Grid layouts like this work so well when you have a lot of random pictures. These pics are "true digital" size. They're a tiny bit under 6" (4 x 5.3 to be exact) which allows you to fit even more of them on a page.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. =)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two Page Layout - "Heartbreaker"

Scarlet seems to enjoy the men in her life. Her Daddy, Uncle, and PaPa are pretty sweet on her too. These pictures were taken about a year ago when she had a lot less hair. Yes, I'm that far behind in posting layouts to my blog! This one is super simple. I look back at it now and I think it needs something else...lol, but I'm posting it regardless.
 The Martha Stewarts crafts and Echo Park "This & That" team up for a cute layout complete with ball fringe and baker's twine. My StampinUp scalloped circle punch makes an easy border, when you cut each circle in half.
 The title is cut with Cricut's Sweetheart cartridge and the wings with Indie Art. They layer up nicely and the line of rhinestones adds a little bling. I used a scalloped border punch on the top and bottom of the journaling tag and put the scalloped border across the tag before adding the writing.
Easy layout, and a most adorable grandbaby. I am blessed beyond words! Her baby brother will be making his appearance some time next month! We are super excited to meet him. =)

Sorry for the delay in posting. I had a few chaotic weeks at work and then a business trip in San Diego...Now it's back to the real world including chilly temps and leftover grungy snow that can't melt fast enough for me. Spring is coming, though! I heard the birds singing a song this morning.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Double layout - "All Night"

We absolutely love having Scarlet spend the night with us. We love being able to spend all of that one-on-one time with her, and enjoy giving our son and daughter-in-law an evening to themselves. The camera is flashing constantly trying to capture each moment.
 
These pictures are from a year ago when she was 9 months old. She's such a cutie pie, and we can't get enough of that face!
 Echo Park's "Everyday Eclectic" paper is the backdrop here with all of it's patterned hexagons, along with some SU "Sweet Pea" and Paper Company as photo matts. The strip of washi tape and border punched polka dots help the pictures stand out on the pattern.
 The sticker flowers were some I've had in my stash for awhile now. They worked perfectly with the patterned paper. I love it when that happens. The journaling block is from Doodlebug Design. I created the banner piece in the bottom right hand corner from cardstock layered with flowered Martha Stewart washi tape. The fabric flower with button is from Basic Grey Fact or Fiction.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a fun and productive week!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Double layout "Sweetheart"

Sundays are family day for us. Today our son and daughter-in-law invited us to their church and then we all went out for lunch together. We are empty nesters while our youngest son is at college, so we look forward to this time with our oldest and his family. We are so blessed to be near them and really enjoy being part of their lives and so close to our Granddaughter! She is such a delight!!

She is growing so fast! I can hardly believe she will be two in April, when her little brother is due to arrive. =) Until she has to share the camera with baby brother, she is my favorite thing to scrap about! I have several layouts that are done, and I just haven't made time to share them yet as well as another stack that I'm waiting for a nice sunny day so I can snap pictures.

This layout features her 9 month photo shoot. What a doll baby!
 The newsprint paper is Pink Paislee Secret Crush "Love Notes". The banner across the top is all part of the paper...so cute! I added the doily on the left from my stash for a little bit of journaling. A little bit of glitter paper is used as the matt to highlight one of the pictures. The title is cut with my Cricut. I have a very crafty friend who crocheted a whole bag of beautiful flower embellishments for me. Isn't it great??
I found the pink ribbon with the glitter scallop design on clearance. The doily at the bottom of this page is, again, part of the patterned paper and it made the perfect spot for some additional journaling. I used StampinUp's 5 petal and butterfly punches, and added rhinestones and brads to layer with the newsprint paper flower embellishments.
Didn't my daughter-in-law do a great job capturing Scarlet's personality in these pictures? I absolutely adore each one!
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Fun and Games"

When my husband's family gets together for any extended length of time, we end up seated around the table playing games. We're a bit competitive, but mostly it's just about having fun together. Our favorite game to play with a big group is Mexican Trains. Every once in awhile we have to break out the rules to make sure nobody is bending them in their direction. =)

We played together during our Christmas celebration a few weeks ago, but last year, I actually took some pictures with a scrapbook layout in mind. Do you ever do that?
The domino paper is from Pickle Press. Our family is a colorful bunch...a little light blue and red cardstock run through the crimper and some black and white ribbon was just enough to bring out the color in the photos. The file tab was cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used matching teal brads to attach it to the page.
 The title was cut with Cricut's "Nifty Fifties" cartridge. My hole punch came in handy for lots of pretty colored domino dots to scatter diagonally across the page.
I took a bunch of random shots during the game, then made everybody stop and pose while I took pictures of their hands, and the funky domino design. I even took a few of the additional items that we used for the extra trains. (There is never enough trains for each person when we all play.) If you look closely, you'll see my favorite...an eyeball from an old stuffed toy that my grandpuppy chewed up.
 The pop top and bitty stamp is from StampinUp. I ran it through the Cuttlebug to flatten and fold down the edges. I layered it onto a scalloped circle, and added a ticket stamped with the date (Close to My Heart stamp set, cut with Art Philosophy cartridge), and finished it off with a little bakers twine. I loved the journaling tag from Smash. I have no idea what my son is doing in this picture above...LOL! I sure do love my family!! We have the best time together.
I hope this inspires you to gather your family and play some games!! Oh, and don't forget to have your camera handy. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Double Layout - "All About Me"

Baby it's cold outside!!! I just checked and the local weather stations registers -14 degrees (actual) and -51degrees (wind chill)!!! These are record low temps for our area. I'm so thankful for my warm and cozy home. I hope you are all staying warm!! Turkey soup is cooking on the stove, and it's starting to smell really yummy in here.

Here's a girlie layout for you. Yes, it's another layout of our granddaughter! :) The pictures were taken last year at this time when we celebrating with our family in Michigan.
 She is such a blessing!!! Love that crooked smile. Precious! The paper is from Creative Imaginations, Echo Park "This & That", and Bazzill. The fabric adhesive strips across the page are Color Bok "Flea Market".
The title pieces came from a Jen Allison collection "The Sweetest Things". I love it when I find stuff in my stash that all goes together. That's the beauty of little girl collections.
Check out the smaller bottom left picture. My Mom knitted the sweetest little scarf for Scarlet. My Mom has Parkinson's, so this was definitely a labor of love for her one-and-only great-grandchild. I love how Scarlet is modeling it with her arms out! TaDaaaa! :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you are all staying warm and cozy.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Double Scrapbook Layout - " Life's Moments"

Happy New Year!! Here's hoping that your 2014 will be filled with more joy than sadness, and more blessings than your heart can hold. We're expecting our second grandbaby in April, and can hardly wait to meet this bouncing baby boy. It's so exciting that we will have another generation to carry on our family name. We're also thrilled for our son and daughter-in-law to be blessed with both a girl and a boy in their family. We had great fun raising two boys, and I always wondered what it would have been like to have a girl. Having a granddaughter to fuss over and spoil has been such a treat for us!

Have you started working on any of your Christmas photos yet? I'm hoping to start working on mine this weekend. Maybe this layout from Christmas 2012 will inspire you in some way. I am honestly not a huge fan of scrapbooking Christmas photos. They tend to look similar year after year. But, last year I actually completed several festive layouts, and was happy with each of them. I find that it's more appealing now that our family is growing and changing again each year with grandbabies and grandnephews. =)

 These pictures were taken with my hubby's side of the family in Michigan. Mark's nephew and niece-in-law have a toddler, and our granddaughter was about 8 months old at that time. Oh what fun!!! I adore the picture of my granddaughter (bottom right) as she spots her face in the mirror on the toy! She couldn't stop squealing and smiling at herself! The patterned papers are Basic Grey's Aspen Frost. The "moments" part of the title is cut with Cricut's Graphically Speaking cartridge. This is my "go to" cartridge when I can't think of a creative title. The word "LIFE'S" was cut with Nate's ABC's cartridge.
The Stampin Up five petal flower punch makes a cute, quick Christmas flower, especially with two layers of red cardstock. The red ribbon is from Michael's. The snowflake border sticker (Aspen Frost) was sliced in half lengthwise for twice the yardage. The decorative label punch comes in handy for journaling.
 What do you think of my tree? This was cut with Art Philosophy. The swirls are cut into the top layer, so the bottom layer shows through. The swirls were to cute to waste so I cut it into pieces and layered them under the punched flowers. I distressed the top layer with ink and used multi-colored pearls from Me & My Big Ideas, then topped it with a snowflake sticker.

I am a huge fan of using wallet prints on my pages! They help to add some variety to a collage. You can even cut them into squares. There are 11 pictures on this layout!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm super excited to be scrapping Friday and Saturday! It's been a few months since the last time. Hopefully it won't take me too long to get back in the groove!!

Have a productive and fun weekend!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Two Page Layout - "Making Spirits Bright"

Today is my last official vacation day during this year. (Insert sad face.) I had more to use, but decided to carry a few over into 2014. Thankfully, there is still Saturday and Sunday yet to enjoy, then it's back to the grind. I'm scheduling a few posts for the future so that I can get all of my Christmas layouts from last year posted. 

Our family times bring so much joy and fun to our lives! The hubs and I are pretty much empty nesters now, except when our youngest is home from college. Sometimes, the house seems a little empty and lonely. Family times brings us together for fun and chaos, and I wouldn't want to miss a minute of it.

I hope you will enjoy this layout of family selfies from Christmas 2012. We had a lot of fun taking them. It's funny how a photo-shoot can bring out the fun and silliness of a family.
 Once gain the paper is Basic Grey's Aspen Frost, in addition to some Authentique "Festive". The washi tape is from Me & My Big Ideas. The chevron tape made a great place for some journaling, and gave me an anchor for my title.
I cut the stars from glitter chipboard and scattered them around the page to add a little bit of bling.
 The title font and ornament were cut with Cricut's Winter Frolic cartridge. I love the layers on the title.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Have a great weekend.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Page Layout - "Merry Christmas"

The day after Christmas is a great day to wind down from all of the Christmas hustle and bustle. There is plenty of time to shop the sales, eat leftover Christmas goodies, and just chill out on the couch. Hope your Christmas was merry and blessed!

Grandbabies bring so much additional joy to Christmas. We took tons of pictures over the last week, and I can't wait to scrap them all!! In the mean time, I will continue to share a couple more Christmas layouts from last year.

 The great patterned paper is Basic Grey's Aspen Frost collection. I love this paper. Using a matching set of Christmas paper makes it so easy to add layers to the design.
I glittered the chipboard snowflake and the negative to add some sparkle to the page.
 
 I try to maximize the supplies and add as many photos as pleasingly possible to the page. Wallet sized photos work great for events like Christmas. Anchoring all of the photos to the horizontal banner in the center, helps to draw your eye to each of the photos without it being overwhelming.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! I hope you are able to enjoy some additional time with your families during the holidays and maybe, just maybe, some crafty time.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Page Layout - "Christmas Cutie"

I'm so excited to have some vacation time to use at this time of year. I'm off for a week and a half!! Hopefully I can use my time wisely and be productive, and get a little downtime in too.

As you can see my favorite baby girl seems to be the main event on many of my Christmas scrapbook pages from last year! How could she not be? Our family brings so much joy to us! I know many people are hurting at this time of year, and my heart breaks for them, as I am reflecting on all of my blessings.

 The paper is Basic Grey's Aspen Frost line. I used several layers of different coordinating papers from this set as a backdrop to the pictures. Each photo has a thin red matt to give it definition.
 The die cut ornament journaling tag is from Art Philosophy. I popped it up with dimensionals, threaded it with ribbon, and taped it on the back of the page, hanging it from the top of the layout. Photo credit to my daughter-in-law! She's doing a great job photographing Scarlet and saving a lot of money in the process.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today to see our Christmas Cutie!! I have 5 or 6 more Christmas layouts from last year, and I'm hoping to share them all in the next few weeks.

Enjoy this season of Christmas! Cuddle up by the Christmas tree with some hot cocoa!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two Page Layout - "Noel"

Our sweet granddaughter is so precious! This layout is from her first Christmas last year. She brings us so much joy and fun! She's just one more reminder of how blessed we are! These photos were taken at our Christmas Eve service last year. I just love her beautiful, silky, red ruffled dress!
 I was inspired by a sketch I found on Basic Grey's site by sketchsavvy.blogspot.com. I cut a little bit off the outside edges of the neutral cardstock, so the red cardstock would frame it all the way around. The four outside corners on the neutral layer are clipped with a corner rounder. I cut a very basic triangle shaped Christmas tree with my Cricut and punched holes in it to see through to the layer underneath, in order to make it look like the tree in the background of the photo.
 I cut layers of horizontal banners to go across the bottom and added some miscellaneous Christmas washi tape across the bottom edge of the journaling tag. The paper is from The Paper Company, Deja Views, and Authentique. The title font is Cricut's Plantin Schoolbook. I used burgundy ink to tint some plain kraft snowflakes that I had in my stash and added some rhinestones. The wood ornament was saved from a Christmas card I received in the mail. I strung Baker's twine through the hole of the ornament and attached it to the page with staples.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.