Monday, February 11, 2019

All Geared Up to Read!

Hi fellow crafters!  I am excited to be sharing my very first scrapbook page made for the the ScrapFX design team today!

Here is my completed page:

To find out more information and some insights into how I made my page, please check out the Scrap FX blog and specifically, my blog post here!  

Here's a close up :
And a different view:

I have to tell you, it was very quick, easy, and fun to make scrapbook page that meant something to me when I had the right products at my fingertips.  Please check out Scrap FX store to find these chipboard pieces that I used:

I hope you get the chance to check out the Scrap FX blog for my post as well as all of the other talented designers' posts.  I am looking forward to posting again on February 26th!  See you then.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your visit!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Happy Memories!

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for the newest challenge at Challenge YOUrself, a blog that challenges you to scrap photos with YOU in the frame!

This month's challenge is to create a movie themed layout:

We just watched "Marley and Me" as a family on TV:

I decided to make my layout about this movie because our beloved family dog, Kita, recently passed away and this movie reminded us so much of Kita.

This photo was taken on the day we adopted her when she was 2 years old:

Here are more recent photos that were taken last year (2018) on Easter Sunday:

I decided to use the recent photos.  Here is my completed page:

I used one of my favorite quotes from the movie:  "It's amazing how much love and laughter our pets bring into our lives."  

Here's a close up: 

My journaling reads:

We adopted Kita on July 12, 2008.  We knew that she could help to heal our broken hearts after the loss of our golden doodle, Jack.  That night, Anne told me that Jack was looking at us from Heaven and smiling.  Now it's Kita's turn to watch over us.  She passed away on January 25, 2019.  She was with us for almost 11 years.  Once again, our hearts are broken, but we know that she is in a better place where this is no pain.  Watching "Marley and Me" helped us to remember that Kita brought us unconditional love.  We can still hear her tail thumping . . .

I used the fabulous"Midnight" collection kit from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to make my page.  What a wonderful kit - so full of amazing papers and embellishments.  I especially LOVE the title "Happy Memories."  And I can honestly say that making this page was very therapeutic - for me and my family.

I hope you get a chance to check out this month's Challenge YOUrself challenge!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I really appreciate your visits and comments.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Make Waves!

Hi everyone!  I am very excited to be a member of the Scrap the Boys design team this year.

It will be a new, different, and fun experience for me, as I have mostly scrapped photos of my daughters and their friends in the past.  I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and scrap more photos of the boys and men in my life!!!

I have some cool pictures of my nephews taken at Lake Wallenpaupack last July.  These photos are curtesy of my sister, Patty, their mom!

I thought that they were perfect for the February Scrap the Boys mood board challenge:

And this is one of the cut files that Created by Gwen shared with Scrap the Boys for this challenge.

Coincidentally these cut files are a perfect match for this photo, right?!

So without further ado, I am sharing my layout for the Scrap the Boys February challenge:

The mood board was so much fun to work with.  I loved picking up on the red in one of the photos!!

I hope you get a chance to check out and participate in the Scrap the Boys challenge this month.  I know you will have as much fun as I did!

Have a great week everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

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!