Friday, January 18, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Beards Rule"

This is one of my favorite layouts of all time. Trust me, I don't like all of my layouts...

 My youngest really enjoys having a beard. I decided to go through his social media pics and pull out some of the best pics and do a beard layout. Beards are kind of a thing right now.

 His friends had compared one of his profile pics to Ryan Gosling! My son also did some selfie then/now comparisons. One of my favorites is the one he took of himself at the eye doctor! 
 I used grungy, colorful patterned paper for the title, and matching washi tape along both sides to frame the pics.
He also enjoyed decorating his beard for the season or just because he was bored. Love the toothpicks, Q-tips, and Christmas ornaments! What a hoot! I used wallet size pics on the layout, so I was able to cram in 13 pics. I had to have them all!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Two Page Birthday Layout - "Another Birthday"

We've officially been in our new home a full year! How exciting!!! Time has flown by, but we're loving this new chapter of our life called empty nesting. Sometimes it's a little lonely, but I'm not home that much to really think about it or get lonely.

This celebration is the first one in our new home! We had only moved in a few weeks prior, but we managed to celebrate my sweet hubby in the midst of it all.
 These are my favorite humans right here! We even rocked the group selfie with my oldest creeping on me! I sure do love them all! There are so many families who struggle to get along, but most of the time we enjoy being together. We're so blessed to be in close proximity, too.
I'm loving the polka dot with the little green plaid banners. I used a border punch along the edge, cut some plaid banners to match the photo matts and topped it off with an adorable deer paper clip. I am slightly obsessed with antlers right now. I used my Cricut to write the journaling! It's so much neater than my own. I will continue to throw in some of my own handwriting in all my scrapbooks, though. It's easier, and it makes it more personal. Some day, when I'm gone, they will appreciate seeing my scribbly writing, just as I do my Mom's writing, now that she is gone.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Two Pager Layout - "Go Fight Win"

Well it just doesn't get any cuter than this! My granddaughter participated in a cheer clinic at school. Of course, we went to cheer on the tiny cheerleaders. What a hoot!
 She seems so much bigger now! I think her legs have sprouted quite a bit! She was one of the smallest ones for this clinic back in October 2017. She is the 3rd girl from the right in the picture above.
 She was so happy to have her whole family there to support and cheer her on. She kept looking for us all and waving! 😻
Even though this is technically a sports page, I made it feminine with some florals and I love the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you are having a crafty weekend or at least enjoying some down time!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Two Page Layout - "Crafty Crop Inn"

Have you ever scrapped a scrapbook event? Once a year, I get together with a close group of friends and rent a retreat house. It's such a great time scrapping together for an extended period of time. We spend a lot of time just catching up, laughing, scrapping, preparing meals, and eating together. What a great time!
 This was our first and only time at this particular retreat house. We had fun, but since then, we tried out a few other retreat houses that ended up being closer and we liked them better.
 We try to get a picture of us all together each year! This summer,  we'll be adding a few more to our annual group retreat weekend. Can't wait!!
That sunset, though!! 😍😎😲

Hope you are able to work in some crafty time this week and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "More Presents"

Here's an after Christmas layout with our extended family at my son's home. We always celebrate in January with my husband's siblings' families. It's always a crazy time of presents, games, laughing and other ridiculousness. We wouldn't have it any other way.
 I just love my family! We actually enjoy our time together. I know that's not the case for some families and that makes me sad, but I also "get it". Family dynamics can be tough. I am so very thankful that we are family, but also friends, who choose to make time for each other.
 I hope that you have enjoyed some special times with your family and friends this Christmas! You never know what life will bring you, so enjoy each moment that you are able to.
May God bless and keep you and your families during 2019. Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 31, 2018

One Page Layout - "New Family Tradition"

I have just one older brother. He lives about 3 hours away in Michigan. Our parents are both gone now, so we only have each other as far as our core immediate family. Last year, my brother and sister-in-law joined us for dinner on Christmas day. We had already celebrated with my kids and their families. We had a great time. They just came for the day, but it was nice to have a quiet day catching up with them.
We were in the process of moving the week after Christmas, so this is one of the last formal photos inside our old dining room. The tree on our table was the only tree we had because it just didn't make sense to put one up as we were in the process of packing. It was a crazy time for our family!! Moving is not my favorite!

Since then, my brother and his wife have separated. I'm not sure how that will turn out. Personally, I think they're a great pair, but I have to trust that God will work that out between them. My brother came for Christmas day again this year and we enjoyed his company. This time he was able to spend the night in our guest room at our new house and spend a little more time with us. We loved having him!! I'm sure I'll be scrapping that event in the near future.

I hope that my brother will come down more often now that we have guest space ready and waiting. We are looking forward to hosting family and friends as much as possible! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Finally - Dream Home"

If you've been reading any of my posts, you know we moved into a brand new home a year ago. It's been a wonderful experience for us! Something we'd dreamed of doing for a very long time.
 These pics were taken about a week before moving in on December 29, 2017. The moving experience was one I don't ever want to repeat! I hate moving, but moving in sub zero weather is just ridiculous! However, it was totally worth it to get into our new home and start enjoying it.
It's been a fun year of decorating, getting organized and starting some of our own projects that we took on. My husband loves a project (or five). Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot of time to actually make them a reality, but we'll get there and in the meantime, we're loving our new place and making lots of memories here. 
Thanks for checking out our new place. Stop back soon! 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Our Home for the Holidays"

I still have a few Christmas layouts to share with you.
 I apparently forgot to add the date on here. There's no journaling, because it's pretty obvious the pictures are of our (previous) home decorated for the holidays. I believe this was 2016. At this point, we had purchased our lot and were trying to finalize our home plans for our dream home to be built in the following year. This was our final year of fully decorating that home for Christmas.
 We sure did love our old home in so many ways, but we were also very excited about the fact we were in the process of making our dream home a reality...finally. We had 28 years of memories in this, our first home. Our tiny dining room was bursting at the seams now that our oldest boy has a family of four and our youngest was at that time engaged (now married). Even though it was tiny, we managed and always seemed to make it special for everybody.
We tried to make it a place where everybody was comfortable with a little bit of magical ambiance. Now that we are in our new home, I look back at these pictures and it's bittersweet. Love all of the memories that I'm preserving with my scrapbooks. But I also LOVE making all the new memories in our new home. Two days from now we will have been in our new place for a full year, completing the full year of holidays and memory making in our new home. We are so thankful and blessed to have a little more room for our growing family to enjoy when they come for family dinner each week and especially for all the holiday meals. We are truly blessed to fulfill our LONG time dream of building. For a little taste of our new home (before we moved in), you'll have to come back tomorrow for a sneak preview layout!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Come back soon!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Two page scrapbook layout - "Merry Christmas"

The grandkids, even at this young age, have learned to be patient about opening gifts. We usually have brunch first, and then do stockings in order of our age (youngest to oldest), and then the presents in the same order. We like to spread it out and watch everybody opening their gifts. I know many enjoy the mass chaos of everybody opening it all at once. I personally want to see the expressions on their faces as they open each gift one at a time.
This is an older layout from two years back. I love being able to look back at previous years and see how my kids have grown and changed and also, of course, how the grandkids have grown. What a blessing each of them are in our lives.
 And, I was wrong about that being the last Christmas in that home! Our home building plans were just getting started at this point, and we assumed the house would be done, but we ended up not getting into our new place until right after Christmas 2017.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! May your Christmas be blessed and full of joy!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Cookies"

Do you and your family have the tradition of making Christmas cookies each year? We do! I'm actually surprised how much my grown kids seem to enjoy it and this year, the grands were really enjoying it as well. I love our time together!!

This was the last time making cookies at our old house. Such sweet memories there, all packed in around the dining room table. What a mess, but so much yummy fun! When the cookies were all decorated, of course we had lots of frosting left in the tubes so my youngest boy and his wife decided to take care of it for us. Katie squeezed the tube so hard, the top flew off and frosting went all over her face and jacket!! She took it like a champ. What else can you do, right?
I love my family so much!  We just celebrated our first Christmas with these crazies in our new home. What a blast! I love making all of these new memories in our new place. We made cookies last Saturday together and I can't wait to put together a new cookie decorating layout to share.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you are up to your elbows in Christmas festivities!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Holly Jolly"

A few years back we took the grandkids to the Street of Lights show in Marion, IN. It's a bit of a drive, but usually they're excited and don't mind it.
 These pics are from two years ago. We wanted it to be an annual event, but we never got around to doing it in 2017 since we were in the process of moving from our house of 28 years to a brand new dream home. Let's just say it was a crazy fall, winter and holiday season!
 But, our outing is planned again for this Friday night! They'll spend the night with us and we'll celebrate Christmas with the whole family the next morning at our house. It will be a brunch, but we'll still need to have our ducks in a row. You know, like having the presents all wrapped and the food all made in advance. LOL!
I'm so looking forward to having them over again. It's a little easier at our new home since we have more space for them. Can't wait to see the lights together and a special treat of some kind on the way home. Love these two so much! They are such a blessing to us!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Warm Winter Wishes"

Here's a layout of our 2016 Christmas tree hunt at the Tree Farm. I love that or kids all meet up with us to help us pick out a real tree. We always pick either a Douglas or a Frasier fir. Unfortunately, they rarely have them in the cut your own tree area. But we always find a nice one that's already been cut...and let's face it..that's just super simple.
 The kids rode the train with Uncle Jacob and Aunt Katie. Super cute pictures! Our big lumberjacks carry the tree out to the car and get it secured, and then we all go to lunch!
 The littles seem to love checking out the nativity scene and enjoying the whole "real tree" experience. I know we love having them with us!!
More Christmas layout to come! See you soon!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Big Kids"

Watching your kids grow up and become awesome adults is a major blessing! We snapped these photos of our sons and their wives enjoying Christmas last year.
 Our grands were already done opening and were playing with their gifts. Now it was time for the big kids to enjoy theirs.
These two boys are such a delight to us. We are so proud of who they have become and LOVE spending time with them just getting caught up on their week.They both live nearby and we can see each other often. That, alone, is a blessing!
I used super simple embellishments on this page. The gifts are simply rectangles with bakers twine tied around them and the poinsettias were made with StampinUp's 5 petal flower punch, doubled up with wood buttons in the center. For quick leaves, I used the same 5 petal flower punch with green paper and cut into multiple leaves and tucked them under each flower.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! More Christmas layouts to come!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Two Page Layout - "Seasons Greetings"

It's time to start sharing some layouts from Christmases past. If you know me, you know that I'm not a huge fan of scrapping Christmas. In fact, I didn't even do it for years. Now I bribe myself to do it by purchasing a fun new packet of holiday patterned paper. 😄
The Season's Greetings tag was one of my first Cricut Air projects that involved using pens! I think it turned out so cute! I know I was pretty proud of myself! The berries are cut outs to the red paper behind. So fun!
 So then I got sassy and did the holly berry borders. I believe I penned my own leaf accents to tie it in with the tag. Not too hard to do. and I love how it sets off the page.
 My cutie pie grandkids make Christmas even more special! These pics are from Christmas 2017 in our pevious home. We moved a week later! Crazy!! We didn't put up many decorations, but we had the nativity scene, a small tree on our table and a few small decorations that were easily accessible. Do I look stressed or just exhausted here! lol
I hope you are ready to see some more Christmas pages, because I have plenty more to share!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

One Page Scrapbook Layout - "Up in the Attic"

The attic in our old home was a place of great mystery. Our grandkids were so intrigued and curious every time we pulled down the stairway to take something up or down. They were dying to see what was up there! Just before we moved out of our home, we gave them the opportunity to go up and check it out.
Their Daddy helped them up and down since there aren't any railings to hold onto. Look at the terrified look on their faces! I guess it wasn't nearly as much fun as they thought it might be. 😏 They took a quick look around up there at the stacks of boxes and they were done! 

This probably seems like a silly thing to scrapbook, but it's just one more memory of our home  and our moving days that I'm trying to preserve. Our boys (now grown) were up and down those steps so many times during the moving process!! They just kept bringing boxes much STUFF!! They were such good troopers about it. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about how much help they were to us!! They kept us moving forward and were so entertaining in the process. I wanted to curl up in a ball and make it all go away, but their maturity, perseverance, and sacrifice just kept us going until finally it was all done! We really can't thank them enough. I've never been more proud of the amazing young men they've become. And...did I mention my daughter-in-laws!!! Holy cow! They were hoisting furniture, boxes....all in sub zero weather, blowing snow and wind! 

We're incredibly thankful and blessed to be in our new home. Yes, we still have an attic, but this time with a real stairway and a lot less junk!