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.





Monday, May 22, 2017

DOCUMENTED



This is my latest project for Use your Stuff.  The theme for this week's challenge was "Bohemian Rhapsody."  When I think of Bohemian, I think of hippies from the 1960's.  And when I think of Hippies, I think of my daughter a few Halloween's ago.  She absolutely LOVED this costume.  She wore the boots around even when it wasn't Halloween.  And let me just say, sometimes it was a sight to behold...And that's exactly what I think of when I think of Bohemian!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of bright and cheerful Bella Blvd papers.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

LAND THAT I LOVE

This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  It is almost Memorial Day in the USA, so I decided to do a patriotic page for this design.  This is one of my all time favorite pictures of my family.  We were in Washington DC for the first time, and my daughter was SO excited to see the Lincoln Memorial.  The photo gods shined upon us and somehow, this picture was snapped without the huge crowd of people that were flanking us on all sides.  It truly looks like we were the only ones there visiting Abraham Lincoln (and trust me, we weren't!).  To pull this project together, I used papers from Authentique's "United" line and a touch of jute for my accent bow.

Monday, May 15, 2017

VIKING COUNTRY



This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  When I saw the Doodlebug "Dragon Tails" paper, I knew I had to have it.  Why?  Because Vikings are our school mascot!  My daughter loves being a Viking.  She loves going to the Viking football games and playing for the Viking Volleyball team.  So for this sketch, I found a few pictures of my daughter with some of her favorite Vikings doing some of her favorite things.  I followed the sketch, however, rather than use triangles as the sketch indicated, I decided to use circles and a "Viking" theme print to accent my pictures.
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SPRING FUN



This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following design.  I was inspired by the stars on the sketch and decided a picture of my daughter with her favorite American Idol star would be perfect for this layout.  During the last season of American Idol, contestant Alexis Gomez was from the town right next to ours, and my daughter was her biggest fan.  My daughter was glued to every episode of the show and was in tears when Gomez had to go home.  So when we learned that Alexis Gomez was going to do a free concert in our town during the annual Spring Fling festival, my daughter was in the front row of the performance and the first in line to get her autograph afterwards.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd to highlight my daughter's favorite American Idol music star.




Monday, May 8, 2017

THE MOUND

This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  I am the hostess of this week's challenge, & decided that feathers would be a fun theme to use for a project.  I knew exactly what papers I wanted to use for the feather theme; Scrapbook Customs "Tribal" collection.  And I knew exactly what pictures as well...My hometown is the home of one of the largest conical Native American Mounds in the USA.  Not only is this park perfect for getting exercise (it is quite the workout climbing the 108 steps to the top of the Mound), but also was the home of my girls favorite playground when they were smaller.  Some of my favorite pictures that I took of my children when they were tiny were at this park.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from the collection to play up the Native American theme.

Monday, May 1, 2017

HAPPY EASTER


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  This past Easter was a beautiful day, and I was able to get a variety of pictures of my favorite egg hunters racing around my parent's back yard.  When I looked at this sketch, I thought that Doodlebug's "Spring Thing's" collection would be perfect to use to highlight my pictures.  The tags are a great size to use a variety of printed papers, but small enough that the patterns don't distract from the subject matter.  Overall, if you have printed paper but are worried about the pictures drowning in the design, this sketch is ideal to showcase your pictures and your papers!


COLORING EGGS


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.   I decided that pictures of my daughter dying Easter Eggs would be perfect to feature for this project.  She is getting to that age that certain activities seem childish to her.  But much to my pleasure, she still LOVES to color Easter Eggs.  These are some of my favorites from what could be our last hurrah at egg coloring.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Doodlebug Design papers from the "Spring Things" and the "Bunnyville" collection.




Monday, April 24, 2017

SOCCER

This is my latest project for "Use your Stuff" challenge blog using a sketch from Shawn Stiles Lahr for Sketches in Thyme.  When I saw that the challenge included layering paper with circles, I knew Shawn's sketch would be perfect.  Last month, my daughter had a soccer tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It was cold, windy, drizzling rain, and the threat of snow loomed all weekend.  Yet despite the awful weather, my daughter and her team did an incredible job.  The final game ended in penalty kicks.  Although her team did not win, the girls handled themselves with such grace and sportsmanship; it was an awesome, yet cold, event to witness.  Also during the weekend, I went to a place I've always heard about and wanted to visit for myself; Your Scrapbook Superstore in Sevierville, Tennessee.  It was everything I thought it would be.  I could have spent hours lost in the store, but being between soccer games, I had to be fast.  One of my finds while exploring the store were the soccer cut outs I used to anchor the pictures along with Echo Park's Soccer Collection papers.  I also used a touch of Doodlebug's Limeade Petite Prints paper along with Scrapbook Customs Chalkboard Sports "Soccer" paper in small doses to accent the pictures.