Sunday, September 13, 2015

Choose Happy!

Good Morning everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  How are you all doing?  How's your weather been?  We finally got some much needed rain the past 2 days and our temps are down a little today.  It feels like fall is on it's way.

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Scrap our Stash design team.  My theme for this layout is still about summer as you will see.  I am up today at the blog and I would be honored if you checked it out here:

Challenge #30 involves using items from our stash as follows:

This is how I used the items in my stash:

L:  Lindy's Stamp Gang copper mist and Lindy's Stamp Gang ocean breeze mist
A:  Aqua burlap
Y:  Yellow cardstock
E:  Echo Park stickers
R:  Ric Rac (white)
S:  stitching

And this month we are teaming up with Stuck?! Sketches.

You have the option to used their September 1st sketch as seen below:

Isn't this sketch amazing?  I loved working with it!  And remember, if you use their sketch, you can link it up to their September 1st challenge.

Here's my layout:

The photos that I used were taken in our back yard during our adoption travel group picnic in July!  Our pool liner needed to be replaced, so we used our slip-n-slide instead and as you can see, the younger kids had a blast!  Here are some different views of my layout:

I would like to finish with some more photos that I took at our adoption travel group picnic.  We try to get together at least 2 times per year with these wonderful families.  The girls that were adopted from China have known each other since they were 10 months old!  And the families of these children have become very good friends of ours - we consider them to be part of our family!! 

Here are some photos from this year's picnic:

 The slip-n-slide photos:

Aren't they cute?!

Here's Anne with one of her friends:

Best friends forever:

The younger ones being silly:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at our little travel group that has grown by leaps and bounds since we adopted Anne in 2003. 

And for you scrappers, please check out the current Scrap our Stash challenge!

Sending hugs to you!  ♥ 


  1. "choose happy"... you couldn´t have found a better title for this wonderful layout! the faces of the Kids, Little or grown, speak volumes... what a great Meeting it must have been!!

  2. That slip and slide looks like so much fun :-) I love your layout, the colours are wonderful and happy :-)

  3. Works for me! Delightful stuff here, Sharon!

  4. Happy Sunday Sharon! We got a lot of rain too and today it's gone and the sky is blue and it's a crisp cool fall day. We stayed inside most of the weekend, love when that happens. Working on my PL and my WITL, trying to get both caught up and done.

    LOVE this challenge and your layout !! So fun to see what you will pick for each letter. Everything looks so pretty and homemade is the best embellishments! Pretty colors and fun rick rack too.

    These kids are so blessed to have you parents and that you hold these gatherings, so fun and sweet!! Thanks for sharing extra photos for us.

    Enjoy your week! xo

  5. Such JOY! It is lovely to see in photos...... even the bigger kids look relaxed and happy! And that LO is a blast. ADORE the big title and the way you've actually stitched [??] paper over the top. NICE one!!!

  6. Amazing take on the sketch! So fun and your embellishing! Thanks for playing along with Stuck?!

  7. Love love love your lo! LOVING the colors and the flowers! And loving all the photos much fun!!!!!!

  8. HI Sharon! That is an excellant idea to stay in touch.. we have an adoption day once a year in the city where the kids and families get together and celebrate.. The kids get dressed in their national costume and parade together.. tears of pride and joy are on every parents face!! Nisha has one special friend she have stayed in touch with from the children's home she was in and now she is of an age where they can email each other to stay in touch.. The day looks like a lot of fun! and your layout is so lovely, the colors are pretty and love the burlap embellies too.. have a wonderful day!

  9. Gorgeous LO and photos,what a great day for all

  10. What a beautiful memory to scrap. The colours look great together.Love your embellies , the flowers and butterflies (such a lovely blue) even a little jug of lemonade :) Great photo's , what a happy day for you all and such a great idea to make it a regular thing to get together. A special connection forever. Everyone look so happy and having the best time. We have had a couple of beautiful days here, we are into Spring, but where I live likes to tease you with a few nice days and then decides it will hold onto winter a bit longer ! I will enjoy the nice days when we have them though
    Mary x

  11. What a beautiful layout. I love the summer colours!
    It was good to see those happy faces and how you documented those cherished moment!

  12. Sharon - what a beautiful story! I love your layout, the colors are so bright and cheery and go perfectly with your Choose Happy title! Love that sweet lemonade pitcher too!!

  13. I love that the adoptive parents and kids have become family to each other. What a wonderful thing for everyone involved! Beautiful layout and great pictures. It looks like a fabulous get-together.

  14. Love these pictures, they all look so happy and comfortable together. I think it's great that you keep in contact with the other families, very important also to stay in touch with their roots.....

  15. Wow! This is such a beautiful layout, the colors ate so refreshing! Great take on the sketch also. Thanks for joining us at Sutck?!sketches

  16. Oh always capture those special memories so very well. I love your page...the color and the mixed media makes for a stunning setting for your photos.

  17. Beautiful colour combo and I really love the large title! Thank you for joining us at Stuck?! Sketches!

  18. looks like the kids had so much fun!
    And I love your layout...such pretty colours!
    Hope you are well my friend...thank you for always stopping by my blog to leave me such encouraging comments.You are such a sweet person Sharon!:)

  19. Very cool page, an amazing colour palette. Thanks for playing along with Stuck?!

  20. So sweet, Sharon! Love this palette to bits and pieces, and your textures are absolutely delish! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Stuck?! Sketches!

  21. How ingenious to use your art material matching the letters in the word "LAYERS" and also use the sketch so brilliantly and incorporate your personal photos. I am always fascinated by the different kind of artwork I find here.

  22. as always, your photos are beautiful. i love your take on the sketch. the colors are just stunning. thanks for sharing.

  23. Hello Sharon!! I just had to come by and talk about THE MIDDLE!!! OMG!! It was sooo good and so funny and so sad! I laughed and cried, that means it had to be good. I won't spoil it in case you haven't watched it yet. But I will say I love the "new" thing that happened with Sue.
    I've been working hard on my PL and posted 17 pages today, YAY!! Let me know about The Middle when you can.

    Also, we had to put my grandma in a Nursing Home this week, it was to much for us to take care of her now. Please keep her and the family in your prayers. Thank you!

    Love and hugs,

  24. Ooooooh Love this fresh and beauitful...


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