Saturday, July 23, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "The Anabella"

From Beverly Hills, we drove to Anahiem, CA and stayed at a beautiful hotel just outside of Disney Land called the Anabella. We had such great hotel experiences every place we stayed! I'm sure this was the result of the many hours we spent online researching hotels in each location. My husband gets all of the credit for this find, though!
 The patterned paper is Simple Stories "Life Documented". Love the cute cameras! The camera die cut is from the Artistry cartridge. I popped up the center circle in the lens.
 The heart and arrow pins were also cut with Artistry and I again pulled out my favorite mini circle alpha stickers to create my subtitle. The "shine" tag and journaling tag are from Studio G.
Thanks for joining us on our journey through southern California! I should finish scrapping our California trip next week, and hopefully finish posting them over the next few weeks.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Location, Location, Location"

I'm still working my way through the layouts from our California trip last year. This one features pictures from our brief visit to Beverly Hills! Yes, it's beautiful there, but no, we didn't see anybody famous. :)
 I really like the way this layout turned out. The colors are vibrant and it has a vintage look! The title was cut twice from Cricut's "Graphically Speaking" cartridge. I attached them with foam dimensional squares between the two layers to give it extra definition and to create a shadow effect. Placing it on the white circle and setting the title on an angle really made it pop.
 I adore the Route 66 die cut from Cricut's "Nifty Fifties" cartridge! How cute is that!?! My husband and I would like to drive the entire route of Route 66 some day...bucket list trip. October Afternoon's circle alpha stickers add to the vintage look of the page and echo the polka dot patterned paper from Simple Stories "Snap". The arrow and yellow stars are also from "Nifty Fifties". I attached the stars with mini red brads.
Pretty easy page, really, with just enough embellishments to let the photos be the focal point. Using wallet size photos helps me to pack in the pics and still have room for design elements.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm going away with friends for scrapping Monday through Thursday of next week!!! I can't wait!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Happy Birthday Little Guy"

Who doesn't love to scrap birthday pictures of their grandbabies? Our little guy turned 2 years old this year in April, but of course, I haven't scrapped those yet. Here's a layout from his first birthday outing last year.
 The whole family met up at the mall to ride the carousel and enjoy some time celebrating. What a hoot!  Big sister, obviously, joined in the fun too.
I don't use a lot of baby paper. I forced myself to use it here, but honestly, it's not my favorite. It was very appropriate, though, and I know he'll enjoy looking back at this layout some day. He'll grow up way too fast, so I need to use the baby paper while it's still appropriate.
We're blessed to have them close by so we can enjoy each other and just do life together. Being grandparents makes all those years of hard parenting so worthwhile!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have several more birthday layouts to share, and more of our California trip too. Stop back soon!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "HOLLYWOOD"

A visit to Hollywood was never on my bucket list, nor am I a big fan of the entertainment industry in general. That said...we were so close to Hollywood we wanted to stop and check it out. It was definitely something to see.
 We enjoyed checking out the stars on the Walk of Fame and trying to find a good place to snap a pic of the Hollywood sign.
The sidewalks and streets were wall-to-wall people at one point and I was literally starting to panic. Apparently there were some celebrities from Magic Mike who had just pulled up in limos. People were going crazy....ugh, not my thing at all, but it was all part of the experience.
Basic black cardstock was my best bet for the craziness of this page, because I definitely wanted the Hollywood title to be in white like the actual sign on the hill. The patterned paper and Washi are from Glitz Designs. I added a few more stars with some bling as embellishments. There are 12 pictures on this page!! Thank goodness for wallets! I could have used flip flaps on this page because we had so many pictures, but I just couldn't make it work with the design. So, I picked my favorite photos, took a deep breath, and told myself I didn't need to scrap every last one of them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Giant Trees..."

Here's my second and last layout of the Sequoia National Forest. I really make myself pick the very, very best photos so that I'm not doing an entire album for a really special one day event. It's hard, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who struggles to not scrap every single great picture.
 Which photos tell your story the best? For this layout, I picked the photos of the biggest tallest trees with the best lighting, and if possible with people in the picture to show just how huge the trees really are. I quite often print several pictures in wallet size so that I can put more on a page. I didn't do that for this photo, but I did use True Digital size which is a little smaller than 4x6.  This really helps when you're trying to maximize the number of photos on a layout.
 Why do I limit myself? Have you ever had a close friend or family member who went through ALL of their trip photos with you one by one by one? It can be painful as you pretend to remain interested. I try to keep that in mind when I'm scrapbooking my own photos. My albums are for me and my loved ones to cherish, but nobody will want to look at them if there are too many layouts of the same event...they won't even know where to start, and they'll just get bored. It's sad, but true! These are the things I think about when I scrapbook, but I know others like to scrap every picture, so please do whatever you have time to finish, and what makes you happy. I try to be realistic with myself...scrap the event, not every photo, so that the album can actually get done and be shared. It's one of the many beautiful things about digital photos, you only print the best.
Now I'll step down off my soapbox. ;) The paper is Heidi Swapp's "Forever" and Paper Pizzaz (barnwood). I used Simple Stories "Snap" little alpha stickers and the title font is Cricut's "Jubilee - Runt". I used marker on the little StampinUp! wood elements to give them a little more definition. The banner at the top was made from a piece of scrap that I had on hand and my SU bitty banner punch.

I'd love to hear how you decide which photos to scrap. Do you limit yourself? Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Hope you are able to enjoy some scrappy time really soon.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Fourth of July"

Happy Independence Day!! Hope your day is filled with fun, family, and friends, as well as a deep sense of pride living in the USA.

This layout is from two years ago. Our grandbabies have grown so much since then. :)
 Our little neighborhood hosts a 4th of July bike parade and picnic each year! I love that we've been doing this for 25 years. We used to pull our little boys in the wagon, or help them decorate their bikes, and now my oldest has two little darlings <sniff>.
 Tons of fun for all of us and great pics to help us savor the memories through the years.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy 4th!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Redwood Forest"

Have you ever seen the giant Sequoias! Trust me when I say, the pictures just don't do them justice. You must see them for yourself. These shots were taken on the way up and around the mountain.
 I used the black out letters from Close to My Heart's Artistry cartridge then added the woodgrain to the letters with a while jelly roll pen. I thought they turned out pretty cute. I realized later the same cartridge has a similar circular woodgrain image to look like a slice of wood.
The paper is MME "28th Market St" and Heidi Swapp "No Limits". The journaling tag is from Basic Grey's "Capture" collection. I used both circular and scalloped round punches from StampinUp! for the slices of wood.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Next, I'll be sharing my layout of the Sequoia trees.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Journey"

The next day, we headed off across the state to the Sequoia National Park. The scenery changed very quickly as we headed away from the coast. We took some great pictures of the dry dessert like landscape on our way.
Even though this was a completely different color pallet than we'd seen the last few days, it was beautiful in it's own way....with beautiful browns, golds, and oranges set against the pretty blue sky.
 The locals were enjoying the cool Kaweah River below and we stopped for a few photos before finishing our drive up to the Sequoia National Park.
The paper is Little Yellow Bicycle's "Travel" along with the feathers I cut from Fancy Pants "Summers End". I layered them in the corner, popping up the smaller ones. The Chevrons were cut with my SU photo corner punch, and the title is from Cricut's Graphically Speaking

Thanks for stopping by today. More California layouts to come...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Beautiful Cambria"

After following the beautiful Big Sur (Pacific Coast Hwy 1) we landed in Cambria for the night. I found the FogCatcher Inn on line and fell in love with it. I couldn't wait to see it in person. It didn't disappoint!! Nothing fancy, but a very relaxing and beautiful room with a view and a fireplace.
 The view out the window was amazing. We walked on the boardwalk along the beach for awhile and just listened to the waves roll in. It was truly a destination in and of itself.
 I wish I could say I added all of the beautiful shells and coral on this page, but it was all printed on the paper when I bought it. After adding my pictures, journaling and title, I didn't feel like I needed to add anything else. I could have stamped and embossed some shells, cut them out and popped them up, but I liked the simplicity and decided that "done" is good. :)
The paper is from Sandy Lion "Coral Reef" and the title is from Art Philosophy and Lyrical Letters. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! More California Dreamin' pictures coming soon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Two Page Layout - "Location..."

The views along the Big Sur are amazing and totally worth the curvy drive. I almost felt bad that my husband had to keep his eyes on the road, because I definitely got to see way more of the sites than he did.
 We took full advantage of the many opportunities to pull off the road and take photos. Each stop seemed even more gorgeous than the last.
 We stopped to see the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas, just before we got off the Big Sur and headed for Cambria. The seals were very noisy (and a little stinky), but fun to watch.
The paper is Sandlion's "Board Walk" and the title is from Graphically Speaking, along with the star next to the title. The larger stars were printed on the paper, so I added a brad to the center for additional definition.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Stay tuned for more California Dreamin' layouts.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Bixby Creek Bridge"

The Big Sur (Pacific Coast Hwy) is home to some of the most beautiful sites I've ever laid eyes on. The rocks, cliffs, beaches, and absolutely gorgeous blue water stretch up and down the coast for as far as your eye can see.
 The Bixby Creek bridge is a beautiful site to see from all directions. I took so many pictures, but none of them really do it justice. We ventured out to the edge of the nearby cliffs to try to get the best angles. Of course, my husband ventured much farther out than I did.
One of the most beautiful sites we saw while in California, but there are so many more...
The paper and chevron washi from Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu made a nice backdrop to show off the beautiful pictures. The navy herringbone washi is from Studio G. The StampinUp! five petal and triple flower punches made quick work of the flower accents topped with miscellaneous brads. The title font is Cricut's Jubilee.

Thanks for stopping by and taking this California photo journey with me.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Carmel by the Sea"

Our California trip was pretty amazing. After spending a day and a half in San Francisco (not nearly enough time) we drove to Carmel by the Sea. It was so beautiful.
 We spent a lot of time researching hotels on line and had all of our reservations lined up months in advance. They were all beautiful. This one had a beautiful vaulted ceiling and a fireplace...so relaxing and enjoyable. We headed out right after breakfast the next day to see the beautiful beach and snap some great photos.
The paper is from Making Memories "Passport" and Studio Calico "Take Note". The passport paper had a pretty navy blue vine on it, so I duplicated it with a vine from Cricut's "Artistry". The button is from StampinUp.
This is only the second day of our Cali trip!!! There are still a ton of layouts to post. If you are enjoying them, stop back.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Priceless"

I'm taking a little break from the California Dreamin layouts to show off our adorable grandbabies. :) These two are too much fun! They keep us young! We love them so much.
 We are so grateful to be near both of our kids and our grandkids! What a blessing to be part of their every day lives. These photos were taken during one of the many times where we watched them for awhile to give their Mom and Dad a well deserved date night. Not sure how we got started with playing in the kitchen sink water, but that was great fun! I remember my youngest loving to do this too.
Sawyer was getting into the action too, splashing around like his sister.
 What great memories from that day. We tried out the tricycle and took a walk around the block with the wagon. It was only March, so it was still a little chilly.
I didn't write down the supplies, but I know the red chevron is washi tape and the cute little flowers are punched with SU triple flower punch. The red banner strip was folded by hand in a random fashion to give it some extra texture. The journaling tag is Art Philosophy and the title die cut is Graphically Speaking (priceless).

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. The next post will be our first stop on the Pacific Coat Hwy (Big Sur) at Carmel by the Sea. See you soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

Our last views of San Francisco were the mighty Golden Gate bridge. This time we viewed it from Bakers Beach and Fort Point.
 What a fun and beautiful destination!!! I hope we will be back some day.
 The paper is "Trend Setter" from Fancy Pants along with the button and banners. The title font is Lyrical Letters.
I will probably throw in some miscellaneous family posts before I continue with our California Dreamin' vacation album. Hope you will stop back to see the rest of our trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, the Sequoias, Hollywood, and San Diego.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Happy Father's Day"

Next week is Father's Day!!! I hope you are able to celebrate with your Dad or another father figure in your life. Father's are the unsung heroes of the family.
 When Mom and Dad work together as a team, it's a beautiful blessing designed by God. My hubby is the love of my life, and he is an amazing Dad to our two boys even though they are now grown. He raised them to be strong, faithful, dependable and to love their future wives unconditionally, to treat them like a Princess of great value. My husband does that for me, and most of the time I don't deserve it. Neither of us are perfect, but we never give up on each other in those tough times. Now my oldest boy is also a Daddy of two precious little ones. I watched him take on the role of husband at a young age, and now he is an amazing Dad who loves his family well.
 Father's are such a critical person in our lives. I lost my Dad a few years back (about two months after these pictures were taken) and it's such a feeling of isolation. Once we're grown, we think we don't depend on them as much anymore, but you realize when they're gone, the sense of security, continuity and safety that is lost. He was always there for me and now he's not. When my father-in-law passed away, I remember my husband and I asking each other, "Who is going to pray for us every day, now?"
Now I'm getting all sappy and wiping away the tears, but that's how it is when we remember somebody we loved dearly. So let me distract myself by telling you about the supplies I used on this layout. The paper is MME Kraft Fun Day and the pictures are matted in Bramble. The title is cut with Cricut's Father's Day cartridge. The wood accents are from Bo Bunny.

Enjoy your family today and make some fond memories together.