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


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!!!  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Dogs are Love!

Good Morning everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful September so far!

It's been a busy one for us, but I did get a chance to get some scrapping in.

Today I would like to share a page that I made for the new Challenge YOUrself challenge:

Since this month is asking us to create a pet-themed layout, I picked photos that I took (with my tripod and timer!) for our Christmas card in 2015.  

Here is my completed page:

And here are some close-ups:

I loved this poem about dogs and changed it up a bit for my layout:

I used the beautiful "Vintage Christmas" collection from Blue Fern Studios.  

This page was made with Auld Lang Syne: 

I used their beautiful arrow chipboard pieces embellished with Taupe embossing powder, crakle paste and white paint:  

I was also inspired by this month's amazing sketch (#152) at Sketchabilities:

Isn't it beautiful?  To find out more about their challenges and to see their design team's gorgeous creations, check out their blog here!

I also hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself and their latest pet-themed challenge!

Happy Scrapping everyone!  HUGS!!!