Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New Challenge Blog

There is a new challenge blog getting ready to start next month called Scrap & Play.   Tammi is offering up a great prize to get things started.  Head on over and become a follower so you don't miss a thing. The first challenge will be posted on May first and I can't wait.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Trying to get that perfect picture

supplies used - kraft cardstock - Close To My Heart,  patterned paper - Simple Stories Homespun 6x6 paper pad, heart punch - Martha Stewart, Alpha stickers - red - October Afternoon, blue - Jillibean Soup

Ah - the perfect family photo. They are few and far between at our house. With Shane we are on a strict time limit. When he is done taking pictures, he is done.  And then, of course, there is always operator error - meaning I'm hitting the wrong button - instead of hitting the timer button I'm actually taking the picture. That is the case with these photos. But, if we just stick with it - once in a while we do get a good one!

I decided to play along with some of the sketch challenges over at Cookin' Up Creations.  This is the sketch that I used
and the challenge was to use distressing. I distressed the edges of my paper strips and inked the edges of my hearts. Two of my favorite things to do!

I am also entering it in the Lasting Memories #180 Alpha Wars challenge - to use 2 or more different alphas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Inspired To Scrap Weekend Warriors Class

I am super excited! Inspired to Scrap is getting ready for their next Weekend Warriors class and Stacey has asked me to be a guest designer for this class! She always has super fun sketches to work with (a good mix of single and double page sketches) and this time is no different! Here is a little more about this class:

Class is coming! Get those photos ready for another Weekend Warrior class!!
We will have a total of seven *BRAND NEW* sketches, SBC templates, tips, prizes and more. Woohooo!!!

*April Weekend Warrior Class- (April 9-20)  Cost- $5

The classroom will open April 9th and run through the 20th. The format will be the same as the other Weekend Warrior classes. *Remember, these are only guidelines! Feel free to substitute photo sizes as needed…make them work for you!

Class Schedule:
Wednesday, April 9th- Class opens
Pre-class sketch (one 4×6 H, two 4×4′s)

Friday, April 11-
Sketch #1- (Double) three 4×6′s H, four 4×4′s, one 4″ circle
Sketch #2- two 4×6′s H

Saturday, April 12-
Sketch #3- (Double) four 4×6′s H, four 3×4′s V
Sketch #4- three 4×4′s, two 3×4′s V

Sunday, April 13-
 Sketch #5- (Double) six 4×6′s H
Sketch #6- one 5×7 H (or you could use one or two 4×6′s either direction pretty easily)

April 14-20- We will be finishing layouts, sharing them, and chit chatting! You have until the 20th to upload your pages for a chance to win a fun prize.

Be sure to check it out here!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ada Loves Her Pops

The boys have been on spring break this week, and since Scott has to work all week and the weather has been not-so-spring like, we have been taking it easy at the house. I have been trying to scrap as much as possible and they have been playing video games and watching movies until all hours of the night!

I have another layout of Miss Ada to share today. I just love this photo of her looking up at her Pops. I'm sure these two are going to get into all sorts of orneriness as she gets older!

I used this sketch from Stuck Sketches. I just love Laura Whitaker's sketches and use them as often as I can!
I also used some fun papers from Heidi Swapp's Serendipity collection. I found the 12x12 paper pad at Hobby Lobby a while back and since I don't have many pink papers in my stash, I thought it would be a great addition.

I am also linking this up to The Memory Nest's Crafty Creations No. 14.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

A Quick Card

I have a quick and easy card to share today. My card is a total lift of this card from Lawn Fawn's blog. When I saw their card I fell in love with it and thought - I have circle dies and plenty of paper in the colors of the rainbow, so I made my own version of it. Super quick and easy to do - and since you only use half of the circles, I still have another rainbow to use on another project. The prompt this week for Scrappin' N Chattin's card challenge was to use a quote on your card. This is one of my all time favorite quotes and it is just a good reminder to always for the good in everyday. Now that I think about it, maybe I'll use that extra rainbow to make myself a picture for my scrap room!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Monday Morning Greeting

This is how I am usually greeted on Monday morning when I pick Ada up from Abby at the school. I just might think she doesn't care for me, but that pout usually turns into a smile pretty quickly!

I feel like I am patterned paper challenged when it comes to using a pattern my background. I guess I'm just too used to using a solid color (and usually that solid color is a neutral color) background. I  feel like my layouts are so busy when I use a patterned paper! But, I am trying to add a little variety to my pages.

I loved the Vintage Bliss collection from Simple Stories when it first came out, but at the time I didn't have much use for a girly collection, so I just picked up a couple of pieces of it. Now that Ada is here, I am kicking myself for not getting more! I did pick up the 6x6 paper pad of it a couple of weeks ago at Hobby Lobby when they were 50 percent off and I just may have to go back and see if I can get another one! I used a sketch from Scrapbook Generations - Sketches For Scrapbooking, One Page sketches - Vol. 1, and was able to use a variety of the papers from the pad.

I'm sure this is not the only layout I'll have of Ada's pouty face - it's just too darn cute to not share!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for March. Thank you for visiting my blog.  You should have found your way here from Mandi's blog. If this is your first stop, you might want to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then make your way through each stop.

For my layout I used a sketch from the June 2013 downloads - Boys/Father's Day bundle.

In keeping with my vow to use up my stash, I used some older Dear Lizzy - Lucky Charm papers on this layout. And to make it even better, all of the strips but two are the cut away strips from the paper. Which means I still have a lot of this paper that I love left for other layouts and projects.

I've been seeing a lot of cork embellishments lately, and while going through  my stash I found a piece of cork paper that I have had for a good 10 years and never used. I pulled it out along with a couple of heart punches and made my own cork embellishments. I just love using up some of that older stash!

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Cassie. Be sure to check out her blog and see what she has done with a Scrapbook Generation sketch. Leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, March 10th, so you have one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog -
Ruth -
Tina Gale -
Steffanie -
Devra -
Melissa -
Lori -
Mandi -
Lori S -
Cassie -
Katy -
Stephanie -
Isbaha -
Corrina -

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bear Hugs

Last week was a busy week for me, so I am enjoying getting to spend some time scrapping this weekend! I was able to get my layout for the 52 week challenge done already and the weekend has just started! I had this sketch from ScrapMuch? printed off and was hoping I would get around to using it before the end of the month.

And here is my layout:

I used a couple of pictures of Shane with the bear that he won at school the day before Valentine's day. The journaling is hidden behind the photos and it says:

Imagine my surprise when Shane walks out of school the day before Valentine's Day with this big, red teddy bear. Mrs. Boyd let me know that FCCLA held a contest that week where they hid paper hearts around the school. Whoever found one got a prize. Shane was lucky enough to find one and this bear was his prize. I do believe he likes it!

I really wish I would have had my camera with me that day because he came running across the parking lot with his famous half smile that he only has when he is really, truly happy. Luckily he was okay with me taking his picture with it when we got home.

I have joined up with the 50 Projects facebook group to help me stay committed to using up my stash! This will be my 7th project for this first round. I used up some old Sassafrass Lass paper and some MME Collectables paper.

Time to get off of this computer and see if I can get another project done! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Week 5/52 Week Layout Challenge

We have another snow day today, so I thought I would take advantage of it and try to get caught up on a few things! This is the layout I made for this weeks 52 week challenge over at Scrappin - N - Chattin.

And here is a photo of the journaling:

I used this sketch from Inspired to Scrap. The only things I changed were the photo sizes and since I had quite a bit of journaling, I hid it on a journaling card behind the photo.

I love these pictures of Shane with Ada. We worried how he would be with her since anytime he hears a baby crying he will tell us, "I don't like to hear babies cry!" He has been that way since he was little. He can hear a kid crying from  across the store - something that most people wouldn't even pay any attention to - and he will be covering his ears like it's the worst thing ever! So, we wondered how he would handle having Ada around. Shane really did not pay her much attention when she was first born. He might have looked in her general direction if she made a noise, but really he just ignored for about the first month. Now don't get me wrong - he is not a fan of her crying, as we will hear him with his big deep voice say, "Don't cry, Ada!" whenever she is crying. And if she is crying a lot he gets really agitated and whoever is closest to him better watch out because they will usually get a punch in the arm. But, he does have his moments like this when he loves her. I love it when one of us will be holding her and he will, out of the blue, walk up and give her a kiss on the top of the head. It's taking him a bit to get used to her being around so much since I watch her while Abby works, but every day we are all getting a little better with our new normal.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Couple Of Cards

While I still had my supplies and scraps out on my desk from my last card, I decided to make a couple more cards. This time I used this sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday for both of these cards.

I loved this sketch the minute that I saw it - what can I say - I am a sucker for those banners and love them stacked on top of each other!

supplies used - Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Jack and Jill 6x6 pad, Cardstock - Kraft - Close To My Heart, stamps - B1417 Perfect Fit Birthday,C1429 Party Pennants,  D1548 Whooo's Your Valentine, ink - Stampin Up - real red, Close To My Heart -black,  Colorbox - Chestnut Roan chalk ink.

I love how quick and easy both of these cards were to make!

Until next time...