Thursday, July 14, 2016

My garden . . .

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I am really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?  It will be here before we know it.  YAY!

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey.

Sketchy Boards has a sketch and an inspiration photo each month.  I have never participated in this challenge site before and is part of my New Year's Resolution to take part in 1 new challenge a month for this year.  I really love their sketch and photo, check them out:

Their amazing sketch:

And their wonderful inspiration photo:

I also want to submit my layout to the Art Journal Journey challenge this month!

Their theme is "In my garden there is . . ."

And here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

I love planting flowers in my garden pots every year!  It is the highlight of my summer.  I used some of the photos that I took to make my page.  Thank you so much, Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey for inspiring me to make my layout!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Hugs to all of you!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hooray for Summer!

 Good Morning everyone!  Today's Thursday and reveal day for Challenge YOUrself this month!

 This month's challenge is all about using a summer theme and a PageMaps sketch.  Here is my take:

I used a photo of John and I from our vacation in New England last summer.  

Here are some different views of my layout:

I loved using this sketch, too!

And I also want to share the new design team of Challenge YOUrself for the next 6 months:

I am really looking forward to working with all of these talented ladies!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Won't you check out Challenge YOUrself this month?

Thanks and hugs!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Be the Light of the World!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!  We are getting some much needed rain today, so I had a perfect evening to scrap!!! YAY!  So far this year, I have stuck to my NY resolution of trying a new scrapbook challenge each month this year! But I always seem to wait until the last  minute - Yikes!

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This month I found an amazing sketch challenge blog called  Let's Get Sketchy!

 They actually have FOUR sketches each month and I absolutely loved week 4's sketch:

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And I couldn't decide on just one, so I am combining the sketch with this month's challenge at the awesome Pixels and Paper Challenge blog:

This month's CRITERIA is distressing in some form:

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So without further ado, here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

I really loved the simple sketch and was instantly inspired by a photo that I took of Anne a couple of years ago.  I also wanted to use some of my new Bo Bunny paper.  And I totally loved distressing my edges for this layout, too!

Thank you, Lets Get Sketchy and Pixels and Paper for the wonderful inspiration to help me stick to my NY's resolution!

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!  Hugs to you! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Good Morning everyone!  Welcome Tuesday!  It has been a "crazy" weather start to summer so far.  How about you?  I know some of you are starting winter right now!

Today I would like to share the new Challenge YOUrself challenge with you.  Check it out here!!

I enjoyed working on this one - I used a rectangle, a few circles, but mostly triangles:

The photo is a definite FAVORITE of mine from last summer - I am with my twin sister, Karen, and my beautiful daughter, Katie!

The rectangle is the big green frame, the circles are in the sun and balloons.  I used triangles are in the sun and banner:

 And I used triangles in my trees:

I encourage you to get those creative juices flowing and check out Challenge YOUrself this month!

I am feeling a bit nostalgic today and wanted to share some old photos with you:

Here's Katie and Anne back in 2009:

and here's what they wrote on the driveway:

Still makes my heart melt . . .

And thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  HUGS!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

All You Need is Love!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I cannot believe how warm our weather has been the past couple of days, and I hear it is going to be this way through the weekend.  I love summer, but am just not quite ready to thrown into the Dog Days of Summer quite yet!!!  But whatever will be, will be . . .

Anyway, I have a resolution this year that I am going to try to participate in a new challenge every month.  I found this sketch challenge on the Facebook page "All Our Scrapbook Challenges are Here,"  and loved it.  Scrap Much? has this awesome sketch:
I turned it on it's side and came up with this layout:

Here are some different views:

I really enjoyed completing this layout that I started at a Stampin Up crop!  Thank you, Scrap Much? for the much needed inspiration to finish this page with a photo that I absolutely LOVE of Anne!

And thank you for visiting my blog today! Hope you all have a happy and scrappy weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

I have a dream!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Sunday!  It seems like life is so busy right now - I barely get a chance to do the things I need to do let alone get a chance to scrap!

Today I would like to share my latest layout made for the Challenge YOUrself and Scrap It with a Song collaboration for the month of May!

Challenge YOUrself has a beautiful mood board:

And Scrap It With a Song has 2 wonderful songs to pick from this month:

May ROCK Song: 

May POP Song:

Here is my take:

I picked "Best Day of my Life" because I wanted to scrap about my dreams and my journey in photography!!!  And the song is such a happy and joyful one - I cannot listen to it without smiling.  (I am so lucky that I had  the opportunity to go to a 2 day crop with my dear friend Lisa!)

Here are some different views and a close up:

I hope you get a chance to check out the latest collaboration with Challenge YOUrself and Scrap it With a Song!

I would like to link up my page to Art Journal Journey's monthly challenge.  This month's theme is about a journey and my page is all about my dreams and journey in photography!  Thank you, Art Journal Journey for having such inspirational challenges each month!

And I would like to end my blog post today with a recent photo of my beautiful daughter, Katie:

Time flies by ever so fast and before you know it, your oldest child is all grown up.  I wish nothing but happiness and blessings for her in life!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today.  Hugs and happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello . . . I Love You . . .

Good Morning!   I was asked to be a guest designer for Scrap it with a Song's  April challenge . . .

These are the songs for their April challenge:  If you click on the title of the song to see the video.  Each month, they have a rock and a pop song to inspire you.

Rock Song
Pop Song

I chose their rock song, Hello, I Love You:

I know that I scrapped this photo once before, but it is one of my favorites of Katie and Anne together!  I started making this layout at a Stampin' Up crop that I was invited to by my friend, Lisa.  (Thanks again, Lisa!!)

I have always been inspired by music and love to use it when I am working on my projects.  Scrap it with a song is an amazing challenge blog to get monthly inspiration from!  You can pick either a rock song, a pop song, or both.  I love the Doors song "Hello, I Love You" and knew that I wanted to use it!  I was immediately inspired to put that title on this page with my favorite photo of Katie and Anne.

Thank you so much, "Scrap It with a Song," for asking me to be your guest designer this month!

If you love music in your art like I do, I encourage you to check out their blog.

I am also linking this page to the Art Journal Journey this month, since they, too,  have a music theme going on . . . 

And speaking of inspiration, please go to their blog  to see their beautiful and creative works of art!

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!  Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?