Monday, June 1, 2020

Dream Big . . . for Scrap the Boys!

Hi everyone!

Can you believe that it's June already?  The first months of 2020 have flown by.  I think the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine made the months fly by even faster for me.  I hope you are all staying safe and healthy as things slowly start to open up again.  Our county in Pennsylvania is moving to the "yellow" phase on June 5th, which means certain businesses can re-open and our limitations will lighten up a bit.  I am cautiously optimistic!

Today I would like to share a scrapbook page that I made for the new, June challenge at Scrap the Boys:

This month is all about dreaming big:

Cut to You-Created by Gwen,  supplied us with some amazing cut files this month!  
I chose to use this one:

Since John celebrated the 35th anniversary of his graduation from West Point this year, I decided to make my layout about him!  Here are the photos that I used:

And here is my completed page:

With some close ups:

I also would like to mention that the moon dreamcatcher pieces and Blue Fern Studios "Eclectic Charm" paper are from ReneaBouquets.  

I hope you get a chance to check out Scrap the Boys this month.  We'd love to see your pages.

Also, I am honored and so happy to be returning to the Scrap the Boys design team for 6 more months!
Thank you so much Rachel!  I cannot wait to work with this talented group of women!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today.  Happy June!  HUGS!!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Mom: Then & Now . . . for Cherry Crafters!

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout made for Cherry Crafters.  It is a group on Facebook where fellow crafters can share their love of various crafts.  As you all know, mine is scrapbooking!

This month, Monique Fox is hosting a sketch challenge for A Cherry on Top in honor of Mother's Day.  She is their May guest designer!

Here are the rules for her challenge in her own words:
"I am the May Guest Designer for A Cherry on Top. My challenge this month is a sketch challenge. Here are the details:
1. Use this sketch as inspiration.
2. Post your layout on the FB group's main page or in the comment section to this post.
3. You must add #mothersdaysketchchallenge to your entry
4. The challenge runs from 5-10-2020 to 6-10-2020. You have 1 month to complete your entry.
5. 1 winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to ACOT and a surprise RAK from me. The RAK is for a USA winner only.
6. Use a picture or pictures of you and your kids or you and your mother. 
Don't forget to use the hashtag #motherdaysketchchallenge if you want to be considered for the challenge.
I look forward to seeing your lovely creations."

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take:

With a different view:

And some close ups:

I really enjoyed making this page and I think you will enjoy the challenge, too.  Check it out on Facebook!!!

Hope you all are well and safe.  Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This Beautiful Moment . . . For Art Journal Journey!

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a mixed media scrapbook page that I made for Art Journal Journey Monthly!

Mia is hosting this month's theme, which is flowers!  Perfect for the month of May, don't you think?!  April showers bring May flowers . . .

Here is the photo of Anne that I found from 2015.  I knew that I wanted to use this one for the flower theme:

And here is my completed page:

I used grid and pink patterned paper from my stash, and a border punch that I had almost forgotten!  Then I stamped and inked the 12 x 12 border myself.  I found a fence piece at the bottom of my chipboard bin that I embossed in white, distressed, and added to my page.  The title and some of the flower pieces that I added are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and my stash.

Here is a close up:

And a different look:

I also had the chance to plant some flowers!  We have had a bit of colder weather on the way, and hopefully no more freeze warnings are foreseen this month.  

I hope you are all well and safe.  Our county in the state of Pennsylvania, has not eased up on it's restrictions yet, but we are hoping that they do so in the month of June. 

Thanks so much, AJJ, for having this wonderful challenge!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Hugs to all of you.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Simply Awesome . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for Challenge YOUrself.
For those of you who don't know, it's a challenge blog that asks you to create pages with YOU in the photo!

Here is this month's challenge:

And my take:

I wanted to make a scrapbook page depicting how much being a mom has meant to me.  I used photos taken at Jacobsburg Park just before spring had sprung - on March 12, 2020.  I layered paper and made my own background by stamping and inking the edges of my paper.  

Here are some close-ups:

I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month.  

Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hot Summer Days . . . For Scrap the Boys!

Hi everyone.  Today I am sharing a scrapbook page that I made for Scrap the Boys:

It's a challenge site that asks you to scrap photos with boys (big or small) in the frame!

I found the perfect photo for the challenge:
It's a fun one of my sister, Patty, and her sons swimming at Lake Wallenpaupack back in the summer of 2012.

Here is my completed page:

I used patterned paper and stickers from my stash - specifically from past Echo Park summer collections and Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  

Here are some close-ups:

I hope you get a chance to play along with Scrap the Boys this month.  And I want to thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you are safe and healthy!

Sending love and hugs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Joy . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi everyone!  It's April 7th and time to share my scrapbook page made for Challenge YOUrself!

But first, I would like to share a bit of positivity in these times . . .  
The quote is from "The Rescuers" and was said by Rufus Wainright, the cat.  This is one of my daughter, Katie's favorite quotes.  And I just have to share this beautiful art journal spread that I found on Instagram:
I love Hiba's(@thesillyscribbler) artwork and her take on this wonderful quote.  You can find her on Instagram here.  

And without further ado, here is this month's Challenge YOUrself theme:

The challenge is about using a black and white photo on your page.  I decided to scrap some photos that I took at my nieces high school graduation in 2018.  Here is my page:

I used the color purple because it is one of my niece's favorites.  The background paper and embellishments are made by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  The large chipboard circle is made by Blue Fern Studios.  I loved creating this page in honor of my sweet niece, Sarah!!

Here are some close ups:

I am also linking my scrapbook page to this month's Art Journal Journey monthly challenge:
This month's challenge is hosted by Valerie and is "geometric shapes."  As you can see, my shape is a big circle!  It's been too long since I joined in on one of their challenges, and I can honestly say I really miss it.  I love participating in these challenges because there is so much inspiration to be found there from artists all around the world!  Thanks AJJ!!!

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I also hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month.  

Sending hugs and positive thoughts to everyone . . .  keep the faith.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy Birthday . . . for Scrap the Boys!

Hi everyone.  The first day of April is here and it's time to share my scrapbook page made for Scrap the Boys.

But first, I would like to take a moment to let you know that I have been thinking about all of you and will continue to keep you in my thoughts a prayers.  Not only for safety and health, but for continuation of some semblance of normalcy in our way of lives.

A friend of mine recently sent this to me via e-mail.  The e-mail was entitled "looking for a bit of positivity."  It was filled with clips from Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" cartoon which ran for almost 50 years.  Here is my favorite:

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for this month's Scrap the Boys' challenge.

April's theme is a birthday one:

I scrapped these adorable photos of my nephew, Michael.  They were taken back in 2012:

And here is my layout:

Here are some close-ups:

I used some embellishments that I had in my stash - most of them are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Boys Rule and Miss Kate Cuttables' Happy Birthday collections.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Hugs to all of you.  Please stay safe and healthy.