Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two 2 Page Layouts - "Birthday Bash" and "Family Ties"

Here's another birthday layout of my boys from August 2013. Keep in mind there are two birthday boys here, so I think I'm completely justified in scrapping three layouts of this joyous event. :) The other two are in the previous post.
 These pictures are all about the cake and the gifts (and Scarlet) from two different celebrations. The first celebration was on their birthday with my oldest son and his family at our house, and the other in one of the study rooms at BSU.
 The paper is My Minds Eye "20th Street Market" and Jen Wilson's "Breaking Free". The paper banner across the top is Basic Grey "Knee High and Bow Ties"...perfectly appropriate for two grown men, right?
 The top layer of the tag was dry embossed and then chalked. The Birthday Bash title is cut with Cricut's "Birthday Bash".
I'm more than a year behind in posting layouts. These have been scrapped for months, but it takes me awhile to get them posted. Hopefully you share my opinion that it's never too late to share an idea.

This layout is from an early 80th birthday celebration with extended family for my sweet Momma. Her equally sweet sisters came from all over the country to celebrate this momentous occasion.
My Mom has Parkinson's, so if she doesn't look real perky here, you will understand that she was pretty worn out from all the excitement. I have loved seeing pictures through the years with her and her three sisters together. They are all such beautiful women, inside and out.
There are a ton of pictures (11 to be exact) and I struggled to get them all on and still have it look decent. It's probably too many, but they are all such precious memories. The bows were added to "tie" it all together with the title.
The SU patterned paper bows were Pinterest inspired and punched with an oval punch, then folded and notched to look like a bow.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a productive day!! =)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two Double Layouts - "Country Girl" and "Good Times"

Birthday celebrations are the best!! My sons share the same birth date in August, so we almost always find a way to celebrate the day as a family.
 This year, we made the short trip to Muncie to celebrate on Jacob's turf at Ball State. Cammack Station is one of the local hamburger joints with a vintage vibe and yummy food. There were a bunch of tractors on display across the street, so we took our turn posing on them and letting Scarlet turn the steering wheel.
 We got some great shots, even though she wasn't especially smiley that night. She's so adorable with or without the smile. The patterned paper and chipboard embellishments are Echo Park's "This & That". The banner is cut with Art Philosophy and SU's bitty bracket punch.
 These pictures bring back so many memories from the boys' birthday last year. It's always a hoot with this family!
 These pictures were taken inside the restaurant. The patterned paper from SU fit the vibrant vintage theme of the restaurant perfectly. The title is cut with Cricut's "Paislee" with an orange block out shadow.
 The Studio Calico wood grain circle banner just happened to be lurking in my stash. I love it when that happens. I cut the bracket map with Art Philosophy and sliced it in half to use on each side of the collage of photos. The Chevrons were punched out and faux stitched with a fine marker.
I hope your week is blessed and filled with fun family times.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two Scrapbook Layouts - "Music Man" and "There He Goes Again"

My son is well into his Senior Year of college at Ball State University. He's an especially busy man this year...fighting to get all of his credits completed, becoming a Resident Assistant for the first time, being involved with the athletic department, and immersing himself in all things MUSIC!

These pictures were taken at a choral concert last fall. The top picture is of him starting off the song  a capella with a solo! I would have been terrified, but he was amazing!
 He has different suits for each of the choirs he participates in. The striped tie is for the all men Statesman group. They are my favorite! The tux was for concert choir.
 I just happened to have a few scraps of mustache paper which looked nice with the red chevron ribbon. The notes and title were cut with my Cricut.
We attended a concert last weekend which was also amazing! I took some pictures, but I'm sure they won't be scrapped for awhile.
 
If you have a kid in college, you understand the emotions when it's time for them to leave again, with all of their earthly belongings. I love having him around, and it's tough to see him go. <sniff> However, he loves the college experience, and I know he thrives there. It's all part of growing up, but I sure do miss him. Here's a layout of pictures we took last fall when he was heading back to BSU.
 
 
Have a great week everyone! Thanks for checking out my blog.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Team Spirit"

Here is another BSU football layout from last fall. Go Cardinals! Chirp Chirp!!

 BSU won with the help of the amazing Charlie Cardinal keeping the team spirits high!
I love the various colors of blue stars on this green paper!! The team colors are red and white, but who says you can't branch out a little and use some other complimentary colors?
 
This was a super simple layout using a grid with Washi tape leading the way across the page. The red ruler tape is so fitting for football in addition to the grid paper. Thanks for stopping by my blog again. Enjoy your week.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Love My Team"

Where has the time gone!?! September is almost over and fall (my favorite!!!) is definitely in the air. It's time to break out the back to school, homecoming, and football layouts!

Last fall was my son's Junior year in college. We had fun with him at BSU on parent weekend. The bright colors always make a fun scrapbook page.
 This Creative Memories cardstock was a nice back drop for the vibrant pictures.
 Here's a close up of the upper left detail complete with red washi ruler tape and dry embossed banners.
 The game is always entertaining and the weather was perfect!
 Do you use many stick pins on your pages? I sometimes forget I have them, but I like the extra detail this star pin adds to the title.
It's hard to believe that my baby has grown up and is already into his senior year! How and when did this happen?? I know every Momma feels this way...He's such a great kid and we are so very proud of the young man he has become.

Come back Thursday for another college football layout!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Two Double Page Scrapbook Layouts - "St. Augustine Beach" and "Rise and Shine"

Finally, here are my last two layouts from our St. Augustine trip. What a great family trip. I hope we can do this again sometime soon.

Yes, I packed I a lot of memories on this layout. We had so many beautiful pictures, I couldn't help myself.
 I used My Minds Eye Collectable, Bazill cardstock and a strip of Stampin Up designer series paper. I'm loving the beachy vibe with the greens and blues.
 The burlap flower accents are from Little Yellow Bicycle. I was so excited when I found these on the clearance rack! They stick up quite a bit, but it helped to take off the foam strip and use a flatter adhesive.
I crinkled up the strip of paper used across the center of the page. When adhering it, I purposely let it fold over itself just to add some texture and definition. The title is cut with Cricut's "Jubilee"
 The last layout is features the beautiful sunrise off Vilano Beach right out the door from the beach house we rented. We had to get up pretty early to get these shots. It was the one and only day we saw the sunrise. I'm not going to lie... we went back to bed for a few more hours. =)
 The textured cardstock is Bazill with strips of My Minds Eye, Authentique and Stampin Up. The Washi is We R Memory Keepers and Pink Paislee.
 I used a Close to My heart stamp set for the oval journaling tag and cut the outline and the blue flourishes with Art Philosophy cartridge. The title font is Cricut's Jubilee.
My favorite part is the pair of palm trees cut as a silhouette with Life is a Beach cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "The Many Faces..."

This little doll face is my grandbaby! She (and her new little brother) is the sunshine in my life! Check out these faces...

 I just love all of her expressions. The scalloped circle tags above each picture describe what I think her expression is saying. She is a year older now and has a lot more hair and even more personality.
My Minds Eye "Sweetest Thing" is so appropriate for our little darling, in addition to Basic Grey "Lemonade". The green flower is made from washi tape. It sticks up a little bit higher than I'd like, so this may have been a one-time experiment. I also used a little heart stick pin and fringed up half of a journaling tag. The title is cut with Cricut's Lyrical Letters. The SU 5 point flower punch is my go to embellishment for little girl pages. I used 2 layers and the bitty scalloped circle punch for the center of each flower.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Double Scrapbook Layout - "Family Matters"

Wow...Summer is about gone and I don't feel ready for fall yet. Don't get me wrong, fall is my absolute favorite time of year, but the summer just got here!

I'm still thinking about sunshine, sunburns, and sand between my toes. Here's another layout from our St. Augustine family vacation to share. Maybe this will help summer time live on awhile longer.
 These are a few more shots of our family pictures on the beach. Some of Mark and I and the rest of this whole crazy, beautiful family that we started together so many years ago. Look how we've grown! My favorite part of this page, aside from the pictures, of course, are the little flowers punched from an old map.
 Just punch away at an old map with a scalloped circle punch, spritz them, wad then up, then unfold them and let them dry. A Stampin Up brad popped in the middle finishes them off.
I added some more of the "outtakes" with some flip flaps over the picture in the upper right hand corner. I attached the extra photo flaps to the outside of the protector, after I photographed the layout so, unfortunately, they aren't shown here.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! More sunshiny layouts from St. Augustine are yet to come.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Two double layouts!! - Family Beach Vacation photo shoot

I hope that you and your family have taken time to enjoy a vacation together recently. Last May, we splurged on one week at a beach house in St. Augustine, Florida. What a treat! We made some great memories together. We planned in advance to take some family photos, so we set the theme and everybody packed an outfit for the photo shoot.
The paper is My Mind's Eye "Collectible". The title is cut with Cricut's Art Philosophy.

We didn't really know any photographers in the area, nor did we want to spend the money for a professional, so my husband took them! We love how they turned out and all the memories they bring back.
 This is my oldest son (above), his beautiful wife, and our precious grandbaby! We had a lot of fun together. It was so great to have all of us under one roof. They have a beautiful baby boy now, so maybe we will have to go again soon!
 Next up (below) is my youngest son and his (then) girlfriend. Here's where it gets tricky...All these beautiful photos that we'd love to display, with these two beautiful, photogenic people. But it's a little awkward since she is no longer part of the family. We enjoyed our time there together, though, so I still scrapbooked them all. Now that a little time has passed since the breakup, the memories are still sweet.
 Aren't these pictures fabulous? The weather had been so windy and a little unpredictable the whole week. But this evening, there was a perfect couple of hours just as the sun was getting lower in the sky. The clouds rolled in as we were finishing up. Thanks, God!
 The die cuts are also from MME "The Sweetest Thing" collection and the title is cut from the Jubilee cartridge. I adore this sunny woodgrain paper (MME Collectibles)!!  I wish I had more!
These layouts are some of my favorites!! My hubby did such a great job with the pictures and we had fun in the process. I have several more to share with you...another day.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can soak up a few rays this summer.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two Page Layout - "40 Years Together"


My husbands sister and brother-in-law celebrated 40 years of marriage last July. They celebrated with a wonderful garden party in their back yard. It was extra special, because they renewed their vows and had most of their wedding party with them to celebrate! Every milestone in marriage is worth celebrating!

Here is a layout of the happy couple and their celebration.
 The outdoor decorations were beautiful! Hydrangeas and roses in Mason jars with red ribbon. Some were even hanging in the trees.
 My family had such a great time celebrating with them and the rest of our extended family and friends. And, of course, there were yummy desserts which my grandbaby enjoyed very much.
I helped out with some of the decorations and with the guestbook. See the altered guest book, cup cake liner pompoms, and nametags here.
 
I'd love to hear how long you've been married. Can you beat 40 years? My husband and I will be married 29 years this December. I'm so blessed to live my life with him and I try not to take any of it for granted.
 

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.