Monday, October 8, 2018

Today!

Hi everyone!

I just love fall - it's one of my favorite times of the year.  I decided that I wanted to make a scrapbook page about autumn this month, and went looking for some inspiration.  I found it at the More Than Words Challenge Blog.

Each month they have a main challenge that is based on a word and a creative challenge.  This month's word is leisure and the creative challenge is about adding splats to your projects, and having fun in the process!


To me, leisure means walking.  I decided to scrap a photo that I took on one of my walks in our neighborhood last fall.  I LOVE to walk in my leisure time.  It is one of my favorite things - it clears my mind, relaxes me, and gets me ready for the day.  I really enjoy taking my camera with me when I am taking a leisurely walk.  Here is one of my favorites that I took last year:




And without further ado, here is my scrapbook page using leisure and splats:

My journaling reads a follows:

A leisurely walk is a blessing for the whole day.
God seems to be all around me.

And some close ups:



I totally enjoyed making this page, and hope that you get a chance to check out the More Than Words challenge this month, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Hold on to the Memories!

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful October so far.

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the newest Challenge YOUrself challenge!  In case you don't know . . . Challenge YOUrself is all about challenging you to create scrapbook pages with YOU on your page.  They want you to get out from behind the camera and scrap some photos with YOU in them!!!  Sounds like fun, right?

This month's challenge is all about creating a page with your own background:


And here is  my take:

I used texture paste, a snowflake stencil, mists and paint splatters to make my background.  I had so much fun doing it, too!

For my photos, I used some that were taken with my cell phone on a trip to NYC this past summer.  My family saw the Broadway play 'Frozen" and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I used these photos:




and converted them to black and white:

leaving some of the blue from the "Frozen" sign in the photo for more interest.


Here are some close ups of my page:






I hope you get a chance to check out this month's Challenge YOUrself challenge.  
The prize this month is a fabulous one:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have a great October!!!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Blue Fern Studios sad news and 3 new pages for September

Hi everyone . . . September is here and with it came very sad news about the closing of Blue Fern Studios.  I know that the scrapbook world will never be the same.   Please take a moment to read Leslie's post here.

Today I would like to share 3 new layouts that I made with BFS products. Two of my pages were made with their newest collection, "Happy Accident 2," but first, I would like to share a layout that I made using the "In the Mood" collection, which is one of my favorites!

Layout #1:  Sweethearts

I used a photo of my mom and dad on their wedding day.  She was 19 and he was 21 when they got married.  The "In the Mood" collection seemed so perfect for this treasured photo.  

Here is a close up:

And another view:


Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: In the Mood "Pensive," "Flirty," and "Blissful"
Chipboard: In the Mood printed chipboard, Plenty O' Gems
Embossing Powder: Taupe
Flowers: Happy Blossoms, Heartland Blossoms, Remnants Blooms
Seedlings: Pink Topaz
Lace:  Lace 3, Lace 3B, Lace 10


My last two layouts were made with the newest and awesome Happy Accident 2 collection:

Layout #2:  Smile Because it Happened

I featured a photo of my daughter, Anne and three of her friends taken at "Chinese Camp" 
in 2012.  

Here is a close up:

And a different view:


Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Happy Accident 2 "Suave" and "Tonic"
Chipboard: Arrow Words, "Smile because it Happened"
Embossing Powder: Ivory, Baby Pink
Flowers: Moody Florals
Seedlings: Sterling Silver
Stamp: Fleur Wallpaper
Lace: Ivory Braided Trip
Ephemera: Tattered Walls

Layout #3:  Be the Light

Once again, I used papers from the gorgeous Happy Accident 2 collection.  

For this layout, I scrapped a photo of my daughters, Katie and Anne taken when we were walking at Jacobsburg Park last summer.  I love how the light is shining through the woods in the photo, which inspired this entire pare.  

Here is a close up:

 I used the Scripture from Matthew 5:16 on my journaling tag from the Ephemera pack.

Here's a different view:


Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Happy Accident "Smarty" and "Faux"
Chipboard: "Be the Light," Lovely Roses, Swirls and Twirls
Stamp:Accidental Collage
Embossing Powder: Buttercup, Blue Sky
Flowers: Wanderlust Lilies
Seedlings: Lemonade, Veridian
Lace: Lace 6
Ephemera: Tattered Walls


It has been a pleasure sharing my September pages with you!  If you have a moment, I would love it it you stopped by my blog post at BFS!! And it has been more than a pleasure and an honor to be on the BFS design team. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  HUGS!!!  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Dogs are Love!

Good Morning everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful September so far!

It's been a busy one for us, but I did get a chance to get some scrapping in.

Today I would like to share a page that I made for the new Challenge YOUrself challenge:

Since this month is asking us to create a pet-themed layout, I picked photos that I took (with my tripod and timer!) for our Christmas card in 2015.  

Here is my completed page:


And here are some close-ups:

I loved this poem about dogs and changed it up a bit for my layout:

I used the beautiful "Vintage Christmas" collection from Blue Fern Studios.  

This page was made with Auld Lang Syne: 


I used their beautiful arrow chipboard pieces embellished with Taupe embossing powder, crakle paste and white paint:  

I was also inspired by this month's amazing sketch (#152) at Sketchabilities:


Isn't it beautiful?  To find out more about their challenges and to see their design team's gorgeous creations, check out their blog here!

I also hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself and their latest pet-themed challenge!

Happy Scrapping everyone!  HUGS!!!

Friday, August 10, 2018

August Blue Fern Studios' Layouts!

Hi everyone!

I have been looking forward to sharing 3 new layouts that I made using Blue Fern Studios' products with all of you!  I went with a family theme for the month of August.  I wanted to share how easy it is to make layouts that mean something to you!!!

So without further ado, here they are:

Layout #1:  Life is Full of Surprises



I used a photo that I took of my daughter, Anne, in 2012.  She loved to ride her bike(and still does) and got on it one afternoon, still in her dress after going to church.  I have hidden journaling about this tucked under the photo.

For this layout, I used the gorgeous "Tattered Walls" collection.  I really love all of the beautiful paper in this collection.  This particular paper is entitled "The Sun Room."  

Here is a close up:

As you can see, I stamped and embossed directly on the edges of my page to bring your eye directly to the photo.  I also embossed my chipboard with Buttercup embossing powder.  You have to try Blue Fern Studios' embossing powder - it is a dream to use!!!

Here is another view:


Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Tattered Walls "The Sun Room" 
Chipboard: Persian Ornament,  Blooming Curls, "Life is full of Surprises"
Stamp:  Grungy Grid
Embossing Powder: Buttercup, Celestial
Flowers: Wanderlust Vine, Fresh Florals
Seedlings: Lemonade
Glitter: Army Dust
Lace:  Lace 3B, Lace 10
Ephemera: Tattered Walls

Layout #2:  Fabulous

For this layout, I used a photo of my niece, Sarah, age 3, and my daughter Katie, age 8, taken for Mother's Day in 1997.  

This time, I used the beautiful and versatile "In the Mood" collection.  I love how the pinks and reds of the paper go perfectly with the pinks of Sarah's and Katie's dresses.  

To give you a better look, here is a close up:

And a different angel:

Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: In the Mood "Amused" and "Peaceful"
Chipboard: In the Mood printed chipboard, Opulence, Elegant Flourish, "Fabulous"
Embossing Powder: True Red, Black Sand
Flowers: Garden Blooms, Summer Blooms
Seedlings: Flaming
Glitter: Gilded Rose, Soot
Lace: Lace 1, Lace 10, Lace 12

Layout #3:  Our Family

This layout features the very gorgeous Tattered Walls collection.  The paper is entitled "The Carport."  (I have said this before, but I just love how each of these papers are named after a room!)  

I featured photos of our immediate family that you have seen before, but I wanted to scrap all of my favs.  

I especially loved using the small chipboard frames embossed in gold and the gold Lace 9C!

Here are some close ups:

I stamped and embossed the edges of my paper with the "Night Sky" embossing powder.   I also embossed the chipboard solar dangles with it.  To me, Night Sky EP is spectacular and goes perfectly with this patterned paper, too.


And a different view:

Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Tattered Walls "The Carport" 
Chipboard: Briella's Mini Frames, Classic Mini Frames, Solar Dangles, A Spring Day, "Family"
Stamp: Distressed Titles
Embossing Powder: Night Sky, Goldenrod
Flowers: Remnants Blooms, Moody Florals
Seedlings: Pink Topaz
Glitter: Boysenberry
Lace: Lace 6, Lace 9C
Ephemera: Tattered Walls


It has been a pleasure sharing my August BFS pages with you!  I absolutely love making layouts when I have Blue Fern products at my fingertips.  I hope you get a chance to make some scrapbook pages, too, this month.  Happy Scrapping everyone!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

We Love NY!

Good morning everyone!  I cannot believe how fast this summer is flying by.  And it's been so busy, so I must apologize for not posting for the past few weeks.  I hope you are all enjoying your August!

Today I would like to share a scrapbook page that I made for the new "Mother-Daughter" challenge at Challenge YOUrself:


I decided to scrap a photo that my sister took of my daughters, Katie and Anne, and me during a recent trip to NYC!




Here is my take:

I truly enjoyed making this layout!  I loved using old Basic Grey paper along with new embellishments in my stash!  And the theme really made me smile!  I was definitely one happy mom that day we visited NY, and loved preserving the memory with a photo of me and my daughters!  We hope that YOU get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month, too!

The random prize is a special one - it's an amazing 12 x 12  Close to my Heart wreath kit:




Here is a close up:

And a different view:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have a wonderful week!  HUGS!

Friday, July 13, 2018

3 New Blue Fern Studios' Layouts for July!

Hi everyone!  It's hard to believe that it is July 13 already!  As I write this post, we are in the middle of a heat wave here in Pennsylvania - we have an extremely high heat/humidity advisory for the next few days, so it's a perfect time to stay indoors scrap!! 

Today I am excited to share my July Blue Fern Studios layouts with you . . .

Layout #1: One Cute Chick

I went straight to the beautiful "Tattered Walls" collection.  This time, I used "The Carolina Room" as the basis for my page.  I utilized both sides:

It's such gorgeous paper, I knew exactly which photos I wanted to use for my layout.  These sweet pictures of Anne were taken on Mother's Day, 2009.  Every time I see that smile, my heart melts!

Back to scrapping . . . I really enjoyed using the "One Cute Chick" chipboard and embossed it with "Pixie Dust" embossing powder.  

It's a DREAM to work with!!!  I also used one of the birds from the "A Spring Day" collection and embossed it with the sparkly "Goldenrod" embossing powder!


Here are is a close up:

And a different view:

Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Tattered Walls "The Carolina Room" (Both sides!)
Chipboard: A Spring Day, "One Cute Chick"
Embossing Powder: Pixie Dust, Goldenrod
Flowers: Garden Blooms, Moody Florals
Seedlings: Gold Nugget
Glitter: Solar Flare, Gilded Rose
Lace: Ivory Braided Trim, Lace 1, Lace 6, Lace 10
Ephemera: Tattered Walls

Layout #2:  Blessed

I already had the photo of my daughters, Katie and Anne, in mind when I started making this page.  I took this photo for our Christmas card in November of 2013.  Once again, I thought the tattered walls collection was perfect for this treasured picture.  

I used "The Garage."

Isn't it cool that all of these papers are named after a room?  I love that!

I also used "The Powder Room" to back my photo and to punch out my snowflakes:


I embossed the "Blessed" and "Christmas Tree" chipboard pieces with the "Ivory" embossing powder.  I have to mention that I have never found better embossing powder than that made by Blue Fern Studios!  The Ivory EP is wonderful and no others match up to it!  (And because it's a neutral, I use it so often that I need to order more soon.)

Here are some close ups of my layout:


And I really had fun decorating my chipboard Christmas tree with pieces from Lace 9C:

Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Tattered Walls "The Garage," "The Powder Room"
Chipboard: Christmas Tree, "Blessed"
Embossing Powder: Ivory
Flowers: Courtship Roses, Harvest Lilies, Late Winter Lilies
Seedlings: Twig
Glitter: Solar Flare
Lace: Lace 9C, Lace 10

Layout #3:  Love This Moment

I totally enjoyed making this last page using a photo of the group of children that were adopted with Anne when we got together at Pearl S Buck for an adoption picnic.  This "travel group" photo was taken in the summer of 2009!

I love the Homespun collection and that it was perfect for this photo.  I used the flip side of "Hospitality:"


I altered these chipboard pieces:  

"Opulence:"

"Love This Moment:"


This time I embossed both pieces with "Taupe" embossing powder, then to change things up a bit, I distressed each piece.  

Here are some close ups:


I also enjoyed embossed directly on my page using the "Christmas Collage" stamp set and "Pearl" embossing powder.

Here's a different view:


Blue Fern Product List:
Paper: Homespun "Hospitality
Chipboard: "Love This Moment," "Opulence"
Embossing Powder: Taupe, Pearl
Flowers: Homespun Blossoms, Fresh Florals
Seedlings: Wintergreen
Glitter: Army Dust
Stamp Set: Christmas Collage
Lace: Lace 3



I would like to take a moment to thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I truly enjoyed making these pages using the amazing Blue Fern Studios products and loved sharing them with all of you!  

I cannot wait to share more with you next month!

Until then . . . Happy Scrapping