Monday, January 7, 2019

Take Me Home . . .

Hi everyone!  It's 2019!!  Happy New Year.

Today is the first day of the new challenge over at Challenge YOUrself!

This month's challenge theme is about Ali Edwards' One Little Word.  You pick a single word to focus on for the year .  You can learn more about this concept at Ali Edwards' blog here!

I picked the word "home."  I have been thinking a lot about home lately and thought it would be a good word for me to focus and reflect on this year.  Home is a sanctuary, a place where I live with my family.  It's not just a shelter from the cold, heat, wind, and rain.  Home is a place where I feel secure.  It's where my family comes together to love and support each other in good times and in bad.  We and share everything at home.  It does not matter how big or small.  Every day I wake up and thank God for my home.  

Here is the layout I created for this challenge using a photo with me in it and the word "home."

I enjoyed using my new Echo Park "Oh Holy Night" scrapbook kit that I received as a Christmas gift from my dear sister this year.  

I would like to share this page at Art Journal Journey this month:
Their challenge is all about geometric shapes.  I used half circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles on my page. I hope you check out their blog because I always get so much inspiration there!! 

I also hope you get a chance to check out and enter Challenge YOUrself this month.  I know you will love the  One Little Word  theme

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

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Jingle All The Way!

Hi everyone!

We are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I wanted to make one more scrapbook page before the end of the year while joining in on the fun over at Art Journal Journey for the month of December.  If you have a chance, please take a moment to check out their blog. All of the people there are so friendly and very talented!!


This month they have 2 themes, which are "My Favorite Season" or "Tis the Season."  I knew right away that I wanted to make a page about Christmas because it's my favorite time of the year.  Like Andy Williams used to sing . . . "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

I took some photos of our family using my tripod and timer for our annual Christmas card at the beginning of December:






I chose to scrap the photo of us sitting on the steps.  Here is my scrapbook page:


I used the Webster's Pages "All that Glitters" paper for my page and some Heidi Swapp Christmas embellishments.    

Here is a close-up:


And a different view:


Before I sign off for this year, I wanted to share my news:


I was very honored to find out that I will be a part of the Scrap Fx design team beginning February, 2019!  I cannot wait to start using their amazing products.  I am also looking forward to working with and learning from the talented ladies on their team.


And, I would like to leave you with the warmest wishes for a very 
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  



Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS to one and all.

Friday, December 7, 2018

True Love

Hi everyone!  I cannot believe that it is December already and the holiday season is upon us.  I hope you are all enjoying yours so far.

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for the brand new, December Challenge YOUrself challenge:

To make it easy on everyone, this month's challenge is "Anything Goes!"  Sound simple and fun!

I decided to scrap two recent photos that my daughter snapped of John and I while we were in the process of taking our Christmas Card photos this year.  I love these photos of the 2 of us!


Not bad for a couple that has been married for 28 years!!

As most of you know, Challenge YOUrself challenges us to scrap photos with YOU in the frame!  I thought these were perfect.  Here is my completed layout:

I used the Echo Park "Keeping' Cozy" collection and some old felt snow flakes and wooden hearts that I had in my stash.  I had so much fun making this page.  Making it reminded me just how much I enjoy scrapbooking!

Here are some close ups . . .





I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month.  You won't be disappointed and I bet you'll have fun scrapping photos with YOU in the frame, too!

Here's wishing each and every one of you a very happy holiday season!  Sending warm hugs to one and all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I can't begin to express my gratitude and to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you.  Thank YOU!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Hi everyone!  Today is the first day of the new Challenge YOUrself challenge!

This month's challenge asks that we use buttons, bling, and butterflies on our layouts, along with a photo of YOU.


I decided to do something a little different and make a Halloween themed page!  I had a photo of me with my fellow adoptive moms taken at my friend's Halloween party this party on October 28th.  Here are some photos from the event:

My friend's new puppy Maddie fast asleep during the party:

Here's Katie with their older dog, Jazzy:
 And a scary ghost:

And witch:

My favorite photo is of our kids looking so grown up:

And here's the photo that I decided to scrap - I just love these women:

I converted it to black and white:

But decided to scrap the color photo.  What do you think?


I LOVED using the gold buttons, the orange, silver, and black bing, and the butterflies on my page.

The orange butterflies were made using the Art-C butterfly cutting/samping/and embossing set.  I also fussy cut the black and grey butterflies from the Pink Paisley Spellcast collection paper.  I used Simple Stories Spellbound collection too!

Here is a close up:

And different views:


This month's random prize is a 12 x 12 Echo Park scrapbook kit:

I hope you get a chance to check out the challenge and see what all of the design team members came up with, too!

And thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I cannot believe that November is here already and we will be heading into the holiday season very soon.

Hugs to one and all!

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!!!