Sunday, September 27, 2015

Anne and the School Bus!!

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome Sunday.  And welcome fall days, too.  Our weather has definitely become much cooler and breezier and it certainly feels like fall now.  It's been absolutely wonderful.  This is exactly why I love fall so much!

Today I would like to share a layout I made for the Scrap our Stash design team.  I am up today at Scrap our Stash sketch challenge and would love it if you checked it out here!

Here's the current sketch challenge:

Your challenge is to...
Create a layout inspired by Juliana Michaels' sketch must use at least (3) different type of school supplies on your layout. 

And here's my layout:

with some different close ups and views:

Juliana Michaels' sketch was amazing to work with and I loved using school supplies on my layout! I decided to use photos of my daughter, Anne, taken on her first day of school - these were last year's photos! I thought they would be perfect for the school/fall theme. And I really love the photo of Anne waiting for the school bus! 

I used 4 different school supplies on my page as follows: a paper clip, staples, pencils, and notebook paper.

If you have some time, please check out the sketch challenge going on right now.  You have till the end of the month to submit your entry!!

And I would like to end by sharing some photos of Anne taken this year.
Here she is with her friend on their first day of middle school:

I still cannot believe that Anne is in middle school already.  Where did the time go?

And Anne is on the cross country team at the middle school this year.  She had a strong finish yesterday! Yay Anne!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Enjoy Fall!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Choose Happy!

Good Morning everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  How are you all doing?  How's your weather been?  We finally got some much needed rain the past 2 days and our temps are down a little today.  It feels like fall is on it's way.

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Scrap our Stash design team.  My theme for this layout is still about summer as you will see.  I am up today at the blog and I would be honored if you checked it out here:

Challenge #30 involves using items from our stash as follows:

This is how I used the items in my stash:

L:  Lindy's Stamp Gang copper mist and Lindy's Stamp Gang ocean breeze mist
A:  Aqua burlap
Y:  Yellow cardstock
E:  Echo Park stickers
R:  Ric Rac (white)
S:  stitching

And this month we are teaming up with Stuck?! Sketches.

You have the option to used their September 1st sketch as seen below:

Isn't this sketch amazing?  I loved working with it!  And remember, if you use their sketch, you can link it up to their September 1st challenge.

Here's my layout:

The photos that I used were taken in our back yard during our adoption travel group picnic in July!  Our pool liner needed to be replaced, so we used our slip-n-slide instead and as you can see, the younger kids had a blast!  Here are some different views of my layout:

I would like to finish with some more photos that I took at our adoption travel group picnic.  We try to get together at least 2 times per year with these wonderful families.  The girls that were adopted from China have known each other since they were 10 months old!  And the families of these children have become very good friends of ours - we consider them to be part of our family!! 

Here are some photos from this year's picnic:

 The slip-n-slide photos:

Aren't they cute?!

Here's Anne with one of her friends:

Best friends forever:

The younger ones being silly:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at our little travel group that has grown by leaps and bounds since we adopted Anne in 2003. 

And for you scrappers, please check out the current Scrap our Stash challenge!

Sending hugs to you!  ♥ 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Note to Self!

Good Morning everyone!  For those of you who live in the United States, Happy Labor Day!

I am sure that a lot of you have the day off, so enjoy it with your family!  We are going to spend the afternoon with my mom - take her out to her favorite place for a picnic lunch.  What are your plans?
(To learn more about Labor Day, you can visit Wikipedia here.)

This morning I would like to share the newest challenge at Challenge YOUrself - the blog that challenges you to scrap with a photo with YOU in it! 

Here is this month's challenge:
And my take on it:

As you can see, the challenge asks you to use the phrase "Note to Self."  I had this photo of my twin sister, Karen, and me that was taken at Penn State on Katie's 21st birthday.  I love this photo!!!   I scrapped about our relationship and how my mom has told me that it hasn't always been easy.  Since I have been taking care of my mom for the past few months, she has told me about the ups and downs of raising twins.  So, I decided to make a scrapbook page about it - my hidden journaling is behind our photo.

Here are some different views of my layout:

 . . . and I would like to end with some photos of Karen and me through the years:
(Can you tell us apart?  It's hard, right?)

That's Karen on the left and me on the right in the last photo was taken about 5 years ago at a concert.  Twins rock!

Hope you have having a wonderful Monday everyone!  Please check out the Challenge YOUrself challenge this month!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit today.  Hugs!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nearing the end of summer!

Good Morning everyone!  I cannot believe that it is August 27th already!  Can you?  For those of you who are having summer right now, it is hard to believe that it's almost over.  I can already feel a bit of chill in the air, especially early in the morning and at night.  I can see that the sky color is changing - becoming brighter and deeper blue, and the days are definitely getting shorter. (When I get up to water my plants in the morning, it's still dark out.) But the biggest difference is that we took our daughter, Katie, back to Penn State University this past Sunday.  It is so quite around here - I'm going to miss her!  Those bittersweet feelings never go away.  And I'm going to miss the hot summer days and swimming in the pool almost every day.  But I know that there are lots of things to look forward to - the fall is my favorite season.  YAY!!  (We will be visiting Penn State at the end of September to see a football game, too.)

Here is something to look forward to right now:

Scrap our Stash's Sketch Challenge #29 is going on till the end of the month!  I am up today at their blog and I would be honored and happy if you checked it out here!

The challenge is a sketch and a tic-tac-toe challenge combined.

Isn't that sketch amazing?  My layout was created using the sketch as my inspiration, then I picked the diagonal row from the tic-tac-toe board and incorporated the color yellow, a summer theme, and stripes onto my page.

Here's my layout:

The photo of Anne taken by our pool this summer. (I just love her smile!!)  And as you can see, I used the summer theme, the color yellow (a few times) and stripes in the awning under the word "hot" on my layout.   

OK, here are some different angles:

And I would like to end my post today sharing some of the photos that I took while on summer vacation two weeks ago.  I feel very blessed that we were able to go on a vacation this summer as a family, including Katie!  We drove up to New England and spent some time driving along the coast.  We enjoyed family and fellowship, along with Lobster rolls and delicious seafood!!!

Here are some of my favorite photos:

Mystic, CT

At the Mystic Aquarium:

Cape Cod, MA:

Plymouth, MA:

And finally, Portland, ME:

I hope you enjoyed taking a walk through our vacation . . . .

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  Enjoy these last days of summer, my friends!  HUGS!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scrap our Stash Challenge #29!

Hi everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I am up today at the Scrap our Stash blog!

Here's the current challenge for this month:

And here is my take, entitled "I love our home:"

I really like the idea of using items from my stash and loved working on this challenge.  Here are the items that I used as follows:

P: punches (I used a square and paper edger punch)
A: arrow stamp
P: purple colored spritz (I used Dylusions crushed grape)
E: elastic band (I used a turquoise)
R: rick-rak (I used large white and small orange ric-rak)

Here are some different views:

And the Scrap our Stash prize for this month:

I hope you get a chance to check out my page over at Scrap our Stash and participate in the challenge, too!  I would love it you went over and checked it out!

I am also linking my layout to the Art Journal Journey Challenge for this month!

The theme for this month is "time!"  Please check out the challenge here!   
(Thank you Johanna and Susi for encouraging me to link my layout to this challenge!)

In conclusion, I would like to share 3 photos that I took of our sunflowers:

Have a great rest-of-your week everyone!  HUGS to all!!!   ♥ 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  ♥  ♥  ♥