Monday, December 7, 2015

Merry Christmas Graphic Tree

I wanted to challenge myself to create a Christmas card with a non-Christmas set and created a kind of funky and graphic Christmas tree.

 Merry Christmas Tree

I pulled out What's Your Type? to  build the tree, and then the topper is from Best Day Ever, a retired set.

The triangle also served to create the background, and quick sentiment, enamel dot and washi tape finished off the card.

Merry Christmas Tree Close Up

Linking up to Just Us Girls for their Merry challenge and Tis the Season for the Christmas tree photo inspiration.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

After months of not blogging I've been trying to make more time to not only create but then to share my projects. I've also been making time to play with some of my favorite challenge sites!

  Oh Christmas Tree Gold 

I love how elegant black, gold and white are together so combined the color challenge at Color Throwdown with the sketch from MFT Card Challenges and the Christmas tree theme at Crazy 4 Challenges.

Oh Christmas Tree Close Up

I embossed the tree from Christmas Song and the background from Timeless Textures in gold and pulled in lots of bling with gold and black sequins, gold sequin trim and gold twine.

I love this time of year and love creating holiday cards!

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Celebrate the Season

Here’s a very quick and easy Christmas card with minimal details that comes together in a snap.

 Celebrate the Season

I used the challenge from Merry Monday to create a Christmas card with any kind of bird. I almost went with a penguin ;) but loved this stamp with the bird from Christmas Song.

Celebrate the Season Close Up

I used copics to color in the bird and branch, and just a touch of ribbon and sequins finished off the card. Keeping it quick so I can get this in before the challenge ends!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hello

Do you have Adele’s song Hello running through your head after reading that title? I do. You’re welcome.

Heartsong HelloI pulled out my Skipping Stones Designs stamps this past weekend and used Heartsong 2 for this card.  Congrats to Heather on reopening the SSD store!

Hearsong Hello Close Up

I loved the color challenge at MFT and kept things pretty clean and simple.  I started with a white card base and stamped the roses in gray ink across the front. I colored the flowers with copics and then layered vellum over the images, leaving a small edge exposed. The “hello” was stamped in navy and adhered to the card front with enamel dots accenting the sentiment.

It’s been ages since I’ve stamped so it was a blast playing around!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series:Christmas – Day Ten

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Today is the last day of my Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas posts! I learned a lot about myself as a scrapbooker and felt like I challenged myself in new ways to get out of my own head focus on the photos more than agonizing over the final layout.

Since today is the final day I have a slight deviation from Christmas but think these Wintery pages tie in with the series and my overall goals, and can easily be translated to holiday photos. I also decided to share a bonus layout!

In fact, the first layout was inspired by a Christmas page that I turned into a wintery page.

 SnowStar Brady Snowboarding - (YEAR)

Taking a queue from this page, I started off by cutting my 12x12 papers into strips and loosely weaved them into a star shape. Super simple to do with straight lines! I trimmed off the excess after adhering them to the white background and then added in sequins and snowflakes. Remember yesterday how I talked about a visual triangle (and how I didn’t have one on my last page)? The embellishments frame the photo and create natural resting points for your eyes. The lines of the star also create triangles and lead towards the photo and embellishments.

 

SkiBums

This bonus page resulted from having more photos but I reallllly loved the star so had to do a two page layout. Kind of broke one of my one rules about just doing one page layouts to get through them quicker, but since they were both so super fast I didn’t mind bending that rule. ;)

Using the same products already out, I cut the paper into banners, layered square cut photos on top, and then added in the title and embellishments. It’s an easy continuation to build upon the first page without reinventing the general concept.

So now that I’ve wrapped up the series and have posted all of these layouts it’s left me pretty inspired to get back into scrapbooking my family memories and keeping it simple.

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Nine

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Last week I talked about making a “meh” layout. Once I just didn’t love. Today feels somewhat the same way. Now, there’s nothing really wrong with this page and I do like it, it just feels like I could have done a little more. It doesn’t really have that visual triangle across the page or draw you in. But, one of my rules was making quick and simple pages and this fits the bill.

I may not love it with all my heart, or even a small chunk of my heart, but that doesn’t make it a bad page. I’m glad my kiddos get to see it in their books and end of the day that’s why I do this hobby. I love seeing their faces light up remembering our fun family times. Sure, I could easily put them in an album without all the “scrapbooking” but that’s the creating fun part for me, so we all win. :)

ChristmasOrnaments Christmas Ornaments 2008 - Gwynie

I think I’ve always loved playing with embellishments and you can see a theme in my pages with those little clusters. Ha. If I had spaced a few more out and created groupings in two other spaces, creating the visual triangle where you eye rests and moves to the next area of focus, it would have balanced the page out better. Sometimes you break the rules and learn why they’re good guidelines. ;)

Tomorrow is my last layout of my Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas posts. Have you been inspired to start scrapbooking Christmas or older photos you’ve been hanging onto?

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas - Day Eight

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

In yesterday’s post I told you I copied the layout for the page I am sharing today. I talked about doing “duplicate” layouts for my kiddos, but also the idea that if you like a layout design give yourself the freedom to copy it on another page.

NoelChristmas Ornaments/Noel – Gwynie

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of the two. When I broke it down it went something like this:

Patterned paper base, three vertical photos, border strips below photos and clustered embellishments below the photos. Super simple but also very easy to change up depending on the photos, papers or embellishments used.

This is also an example of using non-Christmas product on the page. Buttons, glittery heart and Thickers are the main components of the embellishments. It’s only the mini green starlight mint brad and white poinsettia flower that are somewhat Christmas products but could easily translate into entirely different themes given different photos or papers.

I have a feeling I’ll be going back to this layout often since it’s so simple but really showcases the photos.

Come back tomorrow as we’re one day closer to wrapping up this series!

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread House

SSSChristmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Seven

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

In yesterday’s post I talked about doing “duplicate” layouts for my kiddos, but also the idea that if you like a layout design give yourself the freedom to copy it on another page.

TwastheNightChristmasChristmas Eve PJ’s 2008 - Gwynie

The layout I’ll share tomorrow is an exact copy of this design. I created this page and liked how quick and simple it was to create, but it was also a fun layout to do so I knew I wanted to copy the design. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time I’ve done this style or at least a variation of it before.

It goes like this: Patterned paper base, three vertical photos, border strips below photos and clustered embellishments below the photos. Super simple but also very easy to change up depending on the photos, papers or embellishments used.

Come back tomorrow for take two on this design! It’s almost a complete opposite with non-traditional Christmas colors and minimal Christmas supplies used!

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread House

SSSChristmas

Monday, November 30, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas - Day Six

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Today is a bonus layout day! I took the same photos and same layout design to create two pages – one for Gwynie’s book and one for Brady’s book. I often do this and it started out when I wanted them to have their own scrapbook albums (they have one for every year since they were born) but I had to find a way to keep my sanity creating “double” pages.

Sometimes I do them totally different (like these Thanksgiving pages) if I don’t have duplicate supplies, but most of the time I just swap out colors or different embellishments to create a consistent look. Sometimes I do the EXACT same page/colors/etc. and only swap certain individual photos of them. Whether I’m swapping things or keeping them exact, I do the pages at the same time. This way the second page is always done in a matter of minutes since I’ve already cut the photos and papers and am kind of doing a copy/paste of the first layout.

ChristmasSweetsG Christmas Cookies - Gwynie

ChristmasSweetsB  Christmas Cookies - Brady

I mentioned in another post in the series that I love pulling out random bits and pieces that may not necessarily be part of the same collection as your papers, and working them together. This is another example of  that with more Valentine’s chipboard pieces (arrow and heart circles) and I can’t even tell you how old those white poinsettia looking flowers are. At least as old as these photos! ;) I kept saving them “for something special” and one of my rules in the series was to use those things I said I was saving for later…it’s clearly later.

Now, you could totally do this “duplicate” layout idea if you’re mass producing a big album or are trying to get quickly caught up like I was. In fact, the layouts I’ll share tomorrow and the day after are completely based off that idea. If you like a layout design, copy it! Copy yourself over and over! You’re  probably the only one that would notice or know. I often look back through the kids’ albums to get ideas or inspire myself!

Do you make extra pages for your family or are they all in one big family book?

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread House

SSSChristmas

Friday, November 27, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas - Day Five

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Today I’m sharing a layout that I was just “meh” about. I think most crafters can relate. You have this idea or vision in your head and once executed on paper it’s just not quite what you were picturing.

Joy Joy - Cousins on Christmas Morning

That was the case with this page. It stuck to my three rules:

  • Keep it simple, nothing that would take longer than 30 minutes per page.
  • Narrow photo selection to make one page layouts.
  • Don’t dwell on product selection, pair colors or themes and cut into the papers you were “saving for later”…it’s later.

    But it didn’t make my heart pitter patter once I was done. This is where I have to tell myself that not every page has to be a masterpiece and that was the point of this series for myself. It’s better to have photos on a page (even a page I don’t love), than to be pictures just sitting in a photo box.  My kids will love seeing it in their album even if I inwardly cringe at it’s plainness.

    So yeah. Sometimes you don’t like what you make. And that’s ok. Because the next thing you make may just be one of your very favorite things you do make. Sure, I could go back and change it up, but I won’t.

    Do you make layouts you don’t love? I’m taking a break over the weekend, but I’ll be back on Monday for another full week of layouts to wrap up the series!

    Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

    Merry, Merry, Merry

    Fa La La

    Traditions

    XMas Jammies

    Christmas & December Pages

    Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Four

    If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

    You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

    FestivalofTreesFestival of Trees 2008 - Gwynie

    One very easy way to “get pictures on a page” is literally to put them on the page with no cropping and no paper mat backing the photo.  I left my 4x6 photos intact and then added two pieces of patterned paper to flank the photos creating a grid. Now, I could have done something to the background, added trims or borders, or any number of things, but sticking to my #1 rule of keeping it simple I let it be.

    Another thing I like to do in any page, is find embellishments in colors I’m working with and try to incorporate them. The striped bird and heart chipboard pieces are actually from a Valentine’s pack, but the colors and style worked so I used them. I’ve occasionally used Christmas product on non-Christmas pages as well. It’s all about how you mix the colors and blend the details so it doesn’t stand out in a negative way.

    I’ll be back tomorrow with another layout in the series!

    Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

    Merry, Merry, Merry

    Fa La La

    Traditions

    XMas Jammies

    Christmas & December Pages

    Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Three

    If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

    You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

    ChristmasPresent Christmas Morning 2008 - Brady

    Inspired by this layout.

    One thing you may have noticed is not only are the pages simple, but I haven’t added a lot of journaling. I actually love to journal and I like my handwriting, but sometimes for me the pictures tell the story. Although I didn’t realize it at the time I didn’t add any journaling outside of short sentences “Christmas Morning, etc.” and the year to my pages in this series. In this case, I added the year onto the green present.

    I loved the design of the present in Erica’s page and used the products I had on hand to recreate the look but slightly different so I could use a bit larger photos.  Once upon a time when I was first scrapbooking I would go out and buy specific things for each page I was making since I was just starting out. Now, although you could say I “hoard” all my supplies, it is nice to pull out all my Christmas products and be able to make lots of pages.

    Stay tuned tomorrow for another layout in the series!

    Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

    Merry, Merry, Merry

    Fa La La

    Traditions

    XMas Jammies

    Christmas & December Pages

    Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Two

    Yesterday I shared the first page of my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas and also shared the “rules” I set for myself.

    You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

    Today, I have the next layout in my series and it’s another super simple page, but the layout gave me some room to pop in lots of little clusters and embellishments.

     ChristmasMorningCircles Christmas Morning 2009 - Gwynie

    Like yesterday’s page, I pulled out papers from the same collection and started building on the colors. I also liked how the snowflake and dot papers had shades of Gwynie’s pj’s. After my patterned paper circles and photos were cut out I started layering on the bits and pieces.

    Again, no techniques, so this page was another quick one to put together. The longest part was probably putting all the embellishments on the page, finding a balance that I liked and then adhering everything down.

    Do you have stacks of photos you’re ready to tackle?

    Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

    Merry, Merry, Merry

    Fa La La

    Traditions

    XMas Jammies

    Christmas & December Pages

    Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day One

    Today I have the first page to share of my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas!

    You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

    When I started this project and series I told myself I had three rules:

    1. Keep it simple. Don’t agonize over decisions and limit to no longer than 30 minutes per page.
    2. Narrow photo selection to make one page layouts if possible.
    3. Don’t dwell on product selection, pair colors or themes and cut into the papers you were “saving for later”…it’s later.

    ChristmasForYou Christmas Morning 2009 - Brady

    This page was inspired by this layout.

    I loved the tag concept and the general design as a way to incorporate several photos, patterned papers and a few key embellishments. I kept it super simple by using the coordinating patterned paper from one collection (older EK Success/Martha Stewart line), selected traditional Christmas colors to pair with the patterned paper, and pulled embellishments (buttons, star, white flower, ribbon) in the same colors.

    I think this page was made in under 20 minutes including product selection, trimming photos and papers, and cutting out the title on my Silhouette Cameo. The “For You” tag was created with two stamps, Wild Wasabi and Real Red ink, and then the ribbon was stapled to the top after using a punch to trim the edges.

    Overall, I was happy with how this turned out. I kept to my “rules” and of course had fun in the process! More pages coming tomorrow!

    Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

    Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

    Merry, Merry, Merry

    Fa La La

    Traditions

    XMas Jammies

    Christmas & December Pages

    Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

    Sunday, November 22, 2015

    Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas

    I used to have an unfounded fear of scrapbooking Christmas photos. It went something like this:

    “It’s my favorite holiday, I have to do these photos justice with the most amazing layouts!”

    “I have so many pictures, do I have to put all of them on my pages? How do I know which ones to even print and then add to my page?”

    “I have so much Christmas product where do I even start and how do I choose? Don’t forget dearie, whatever you choose has to be as beautiful as the holiday!”

    If you’ve ever felt like me during these moments, there isn’t a magic solution but I found a way to overcome this crippling (and now silly) fear that might help you. Maybe for you it’s scrapbooking birthdays, family pictures, or school/sports pictures. Maybe it’s everything!

    Earlier this summer I sat down with four years worth of random Christmas photos that I hadn’t scrapbooked. Yes FOUR years of Christmas photos (and I still have to print the past three years!) from 2008-2012. I had a plan to tackle these photos, get them in albums and not scrapbook anything else until all my Christmas photos were on pages and out of my photo box. I did it, and you can, too.

    I created 10 layouts that embodied my process to really keep things simple. I  took my fears above, and turned them into problems to solve.

    • “I have to do my photos justice!” No, not really, I just had to GET OVER MYSELF and let it go. My family loves looking at pictures IN THEIR ALBUMS! Not in a photo box. So what if the layouts weren’t perfect or if they were overly simple? Didn’t matter, they were done and in an album. My perfectionist side needed to chill.
    • “I have so many pictures, what do I do?!” Having awesome photos is like the corner stone of scrapbooking. But when you have a lot of photos and are getting overwhelmed? You need to either cut down your photos used, or create a layout that uses lots of photos. I limited myself to one page layouts with no more than four photos on a page. Yes, it was a challenge, but it was also simple and got the job done. I also looked at my photos pretty critically. Did I smile when I looked at the picture recalling the day and sparking those memories? If the answer was no, then it was pretty easy to put that photo aside.
    • “I have so much product, what do I choose?” Yep, I really did and still do. I have two clear plastic 12x12 containers full of Christmas/Winter product - because I love the holiday and the products. But, I didn’t need to use it all at once and I needed to tell myself to use things I’d been saving for far too long.  Since I had already narrowed down the photos I was using, I started pulling out papers and embellishments that worked with or complemented my photos. An old trick but it helped narrow my choices without agonizing over my decisions.

    Once I broke it down for myself it was really easy to get on a roll. I started with Christmas photos and found I was using the same steps for other pictures and pages.

    I hope if you’re reading this, and you can somewhat relate, that you’ll join me as I share lots of layouts over the next two weeks and walk through the steps in creating those pages!

    SSSChristmas

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Thankful & Family: Scrapbook Layouts

    I always correlate my busy life with the frequency of my blogging. Meaning the busier I am, the less I blog.

    For example, my last post was in July sharing scrapbook pages so clearly, we’ve been busy since July! HA!

    After our cruise at the end of May we had about a month of downtime. I was a scrapbooking fool and made close to 60 layouts from June-July.  I even photographed the layouts to share, but then we got busy…

    Gwynie’s 16th birthday was in June, in July we got a second dog, football started and then that month seemed to overnight morph into August with back to school and the craziness that entails - clothes to buy, forms to sign, book reports, projects and deadlines. 

    Summer Collage Jake and I also celebrated our 14 year anniversary in August and we went to San Francisco! Photos coming in a separate post. It’s November and I’m finally going through them…ugh.

    September and October felt like rinse and repeat. Same things every day, catch up over the weekend and then back to the grind. I also lost my crafty mojo during that time and have had a hard time getting back into the groove.

    So, where does that leave me now? I’m currently at Brady’s football tournament in Mesquite, NV and have some time to go through all those scrapbook pages I made earlier this year and all the photos I’ve taken the past few months. ;)

    Since Thanksgiving is next week, I thought it appropriate to share two Thanksgiving pages today. Our lives are crazy busy, but I’m THANKFUL I have this little posse to share it with.

    This is the same photo (from 2009) in each page, but I did the pages differently – one for Gwynie’s book and one for Brady’s book.

    Family GwynieFamily Gwynie 1 Since I’m not home I can’t double check this but I believe this was all from a Crate Paper line.

     Thankful BradyThankful Brady 1  This was a fun layout to put together with bits and pieces from all over my craft room.

    What I love most about making Fall/Thanksgiving pages are the colors used. Lots of rich and earthy colors like browns, rusts, deep reds and mustardy colors. As much as I love Summer, Fall has quite a place in my heart with the gorgeous spectrum of colors. Mother Nature certainly puts on a spectacular show this time of year.

    I have TONS of Christmas pages to share and hope with the next couple days I have between football games I can work on some upcoming blog posts!

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Summer Pool: Scrapbook Layouts

    It’s usually only a matter of minutes upon arriving at my parents house in Florida that Brady will change into his swim trunks and jump in their pool.

    I wonder why the kid doesn’t just wear his swimsuit on the plane and save some time changing.

    Gwynie enjoys the pool, but mainly the hot tub. You can typically find Brady in the pool at least three different times throughout the day. I think one day he’ll grow fins with as much as he loves being in the water.

    It’s no surprise then that I have loads of photos of the kiddos playing in the pool at Grandma’s house. Loads of photos to be scrapbooked.

    Brady Pool

    The background patterned paper base set the stage for these photos and made the layout come together quickly. I have been on a “less is more” on the overall pages but “the more photos the better” kick as I’ve been working on getting pages completed a little bit faster. 

    Brady Pool 1 Pretty much everything on these pages were from the same Bo Bunny line. I added the mini candy dots (Stampin’ Up!) and the orange chipboard sunshine (American Crafts) but also loved using the sticker strips from the collection to add some texture to the page.

    Gwynie Pool

    Since each kid has their own book my trick has always been to mirror their pages and accomplish two somewhat identical pages in one sitting while I have everything out on  my desk.

    Gwynie Pool 1 I’ll usually change colors out or swap embellishments, but the overall look and feel of the page remains the same for each.

    Since April to today, I have now completed  63 pages! Crushed my goal to do 52 this year (a page a week), but if I’m being totally honest and forthcoming, I will admit to still having pictures as old as 2008 that need to find a home on a page other than being in a photo box. My record is just over 80 pages in one year in 2010 so hoping to also beat this number and find some joy in being able to look at completed pages with the kids.

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Summer Party:Scrapbook Layouts

    The past few months have been so busy, but I’ve somehow found some pockets of time to retreat to my craft “studio” and create some scrapbook pages. Sure, laundry, mopping and other household chores have received the cold shoulder while I’ve been creating, but my family hasn’t seemed to mind…too much. Gwynie showed Brady how to start a load of laundry the other day so I’m not so positive this hasn’t been a good thing….ish.

    Although I’m constantly in the “behind” state of scrapbooking (much like chores), I remind myself that the joy is in creating, and watching my kids enjoy perusing their scrapbooks, and I take heart that one day all my hard work and labor of love will be appreciated, and it kind of already is. Unlike chores…so why bother? ;)  (JK – I like a clean and organized house and I appreciate it).

    Thought I’d share a couple pages made in the last few months.

    Brady August 2008 Party Brady Party2  

    This was a couple years ago celebrating Jake’s grandpa’s birthday. Although we lost his grandpa shortly after this, it was so special to have this day and be able to take these photos.

    Brady Party3 Brady Party4 

    I used several pieces from a Crate Paper line (Brooklyn I think?) and even some super old rub-ons. I know, rub-ons equal Old.School. But, I’ve challenged myself to use what I have and try to pare down my towering collection of supplies. Because when you print $40 worth of pictures at one time, even using a coupon, you realize you have to make priorities. And that includes your craft supplies. Really.

    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    Eastern Caribbean Cruise

    It took a week but I finally made it through all the photos of our cruise! It was such a fun trip and has been a blast going back through our photos and sharing those memories all over again. Links to photo albums below!

    Cruise ship photos

    Nassau, Bahamas - swimming with dolphins

    St. Thomas - snorkeling with turtles

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Grand Turk - playing with sting rays