Saturday, April 12, 2014

Us . . .

Good Morning everyone and happy Saturday!  I cannot believe what a beautiful day it is!  I think spring has finally arrived here. I decided to celebrate spring today by making a new layout . . .

I saw a wonderful sketch at the Scrap Africa blog and decided to use it as the basis for my page.

I used a photo of Katie and Anne that I took last summer that I have not had a chance to scrap yet.  I can't tell you how much I like seeing them together and  really love these pictures of the two of them . . .

  . . . I picked the first one to use on my layout.

I converted it to black and white, and here is what I came up with:

Some close ups:

So there it is . . . a very simple page, but lovingly put together for Katie and Anne.

Don't forget to check out the Scrap Africa blog to see what the wonderful design team did with the sketch and to see what all of the participants did, too!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  Your visits mean the world to me!  Now it's time for me to go out for a walk.

Enjoy your weekend . . .

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All things trendy!

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather today.

 This month, Challenge YOUrself is all about using trendy items on your layout as follows:

"Put those scrapbooking trends to work on your page!  Use a minimum of THREE trendy things on your layout.  List your items.  Don't forget to include a photo of YOU in your layout.  Be brave and get the courage to try something new!  Have fun with this challenge."

Here is what I did with this challenge:

My "trendy" items were doodling (which was inspired by Michelle's "Calm" page - you can see it here!), arrows, machine stitching, and tiny hearts.

Here are some close-ups:

I also want to share some more photos from the trip my family took to NYC for Johns' and my 24th anniversary this year.  They are pictures of our two beautiful daughters who mean the absolute world to me.  

I can't even begin to tell you must how very much I love them. 

And I want to thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog today.  I hope you are having a wonderful day. Hugs to you all!

Friday, March 21, 2014

One Little Word - Celebrating the power of words!

Good Morning Everyone!  Happy Friday!!!  (and happy Spring!)

Today I would like to share with you that I found an amazing blog through my friend Michelle and her blog:

Michelle's blog is so full of inspiration, you absolutely need to check it out!

And the challenge blog that she introduced me to is called: One Little word - celebrating the power of words!

They have 2 words to inspire us for the month of March - Calm and Dream.

I made this layout using the word calm for the Challenge YOUrself design team, and would love to enter it into their challenge for the month of March.

I encourage you to check out One Little Word, not only for the amazing art that you can find there, but also for the wonderful prizes that you can win this month!

I want to leave you with some photos that I took this past weekend.  They were taken at Anne's first color guard competition of the year.  Katie was home and was able to watch along with her dad and me!  Their little 5th grade group is so adorable:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!
Hugs to you all!

Addendum:  I have gotten some comments from people not know what color guard is.  It has evolved from the military when they assigned a separate group of people to protect their colors aka their flags.  Color guard has grown from simple flag spinning to a form of dance and expression using flags as props.  If you want to learn more you can go to Wikipedia here!  Thanks!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Love can move mountains!

Good Morning everyone!  Today, Cindy deRosier has a special treat for you at Ideas For Scrapbookers!  

She came up with a brand new sketch and asked our contributing artists to give her their ideas of what the sketch should look like on a scrapbook page.  Here is her sketch:

My inspiration for the layout that I made using Cindy's sketch came from just being tired of winter and snow.  I made my page using a photo from our vacation last summer!

Here is my take:

  . . . and some close ups:

My favorite part of making this was using the lyrics from one of my favorite songs sung by Celine Dion!  And I got out my Big Shot and Tim Holtz template to make the rosettes!  If you would like to see other beautiful layouts using Cindy's sketch, check out Ideas for Scrapbookers today!

We had a wonderful weekend with beautiful weather!  How about you?  We were able to take my mom out in her wheelchair again for a short walk - with Karen, Katie, and Anne.  She loved it and seeing and getting to talk to Katie and Anne, too!

We also got the chance to go to New York with Katie and Anne on Saturday.  It was a beautiful day:

Here is a pigeon posing for us:

 We got the opportunity to walk along the Hudson River:

It was such a beautiful day:

And as we were getting ready to leave the city, we went for a ride on this beautiful old carousel in Bryant Park:

(As you can see, there are still piles of snow everywhere!)

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you have a wonderful day and week!
Hugs to you all! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Keep Calm and . . .

Good Morning everyone!

Today is reveal day at Challenge YOUrself,

and the topic is  . . .

We are challenging you to create a layout using and completing this quote:

"Keep calm and . . ."

Your topic cannot be scrapbooking related, and remember to use a photo with YOU in it!

In the past few months that  my mom has been sick and hospitalized, it has been very important for me to find a way to keep calm.  One of the ways I have found to do just that is to go for a walk.

And as much as I love to go for a walk with my family, I love to go for a walk by myself, too.  It gives me great peace and helps me to think and sort things out, too.

Here are some close-ups of my layout:

I hope you all get a chance to check out the latest challenge at:

And on a very happy note, John is driving up to Penn State to pick Katie up today!  She will be home a week for Spring Break!  John, Anne and I are looking forward to seeing her! 

Safe travels, John and Katie! 

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!
Hugs to you all! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new sketch!

Good Morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  I hope you are all having a good week so far.  We had a real tease this past weekend when our temps reached the spring-like 50's.  Karen, Anne, and I visited my mom at her rehab facility on Sunday and actually took her for a walk around the grounds with just a jacket on.  It would have looked like spring, too, had it not been for the piles of snow everywhere:

And now for all of the scrapbookers out there, I would like to share a new sketch by Pam Callaghan at

All of the contributing artists on the team made a page using Pam's amazing sketch.  You can see what they all have done by going to the blog  here!

 . . . and here is my take:

My page is all about "Indulgence" and how I love the series Dowton Abbey!  I used the Prima papers from the lyric collection that I had on hand, used a chipboard piece for my title from "ScrapFX," and some heart punches.  It is a very simple layout and only took me about 20 minutes to create!

Here are some close-ups:

As you can read by my journaling, I love everything about this show and will miss it until next season.  I really like being transported to another time and place and especially enjoy seeing the fashions.  Here are some beautiful examples:

I know some of you love watching this show just as much as I do!  (If you want to learn more about it, you can check out the official website here.)  Who are you???  What shows do you love to see? Let me know in your comments!  I would love to hear about your addictions.  I don't get a chance to watch many TV shows, but always try to make time for this one!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday . . . and don't forget to check out 

Hugs to all!