Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Church of Peter's Primacy"

Today, I will be sharing another two page layout from my recently completed Israel scrapbook.
 I had a little extra fun creating this one! The inside of this church had amazing architecture. I took a little extra time and tried to give my page the same feel using brick patterned paper as my background. I created a tall arch for my title, candles from scraps, and also attempted to recreate one of the gorgeous light fixtures. The light was created with two curved flower stems that I cut with my Cricut and then overlapped at the outside edges. I cut small oval flower petals in half for the lights themselves. Then, the fun part, was drawing the straight lines to create the wires to hang it from. It was a little crazy, but I do love how it turned out. I was drawing the lines right on my finished scrapbook page! Thankfully it all ended well.
 I hope that all of my fussing around on this layout adds to the photos rather than distracting. The church was gorgeous and full of rich, meaningful history. The gorgeous light fixture (bottom right pic above) inspired me to try something new.
Hope you like it and feel inspired to create something special on a future layout. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have plenty more Israel pages to share!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Paper Flowers

Do you remember the fragrance sticks that many of us used to have (or maybe still do)? You know...the decorative bottles with bamboo sticks standing in fragrant oil? See an example below which will serve as my "before" picture.

I had some on my desk at work for about 10 years! I never added more oil and they just sat there, collecting dust. Mine had small plastic flowers on the top end of the sticks and the bottle was shorter.

My sweet, long-time friend from work recently had neck surgery. I wanted to take her something special. Knowing real flowers wouldn't last very long, I decided to take a stab at making my own. Then I remembered these not so lovely bamboo sticks sitting in the cute glass bottle! Time to upcycle!

 I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. My girlfriend loved them, especially knowing I made them for her. Sadly my cell phone doesn't take the best pictures, but hopefully you get the idea.
 I cut the layers of flowers with my Cricut. I used two large daisy-like flowers, and 3 smaller flowers on each bamboo stem. I used a black Sharpie marker on the top and bottom of the plastic flowers to darken them. They were pastel before. I used a small hole punch in the center of each layer of flower, stacked them up and put the bottom of the bamboo through the holes, using a little bit of glue on each layer to hold it all together. Wink of Stella added a bit of a frosty shine to the top layer.

I washed out the bottle, of course, and tied some twine around the top and the bamboo fragrance sticks have been reborn!! 😍Hope you like them. I may have to make some for myself.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Built on the Rock"

Time to share another layout from my completed Israel scrapbook!
On the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, Israel sits this beautiful little stone church commemorating the location of Jesus' reinstatement of Peter. The nearby red brick church sits in the spot where he fed the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. 
 We stuck our toes in the sea, knowing this is close to where Jesus called his disciples to follow him and be fishers of men.
There were just so many pictures to choose from! I managed to fit 10 on here and still have a bit of room for design.

Hope this layout inspires you in some way!! Have you ever been to Israel? Such an amazing place!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Peter's House"

Today, I'm sharing another Israel layout - Peter's House in Capernaum. So many interesting sites to see and it was only Day 3 of our adventures.
 You could look down through the glass floor and see the remains of Peter's house!
You can read more about it in the journaling. It's definitely the trip of a life time, if you ever get to go! It's so amazing to walk where Jesus walked. Especially with the group of friends, coworkers and agents that participated with us. So many deepened friendships and memories made!
I hope these Israel layouts will inspire you with your travel pages or any type of layout, actually. It's as simple as changing out the paper and the embellishments. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Magdalenas"

Today, I'm sharing another page from my completed Israel scrapbook!!😄
This paper and layout would work for any type of  travel layout, no matter the destination.  Matting the photos on orange cardstock really makes the pictures pop, even with all of the various patterned paper. The Washi tape and border punches also help draw the eye in to the photos.
 Magdalena's was a fabulous place to stop for lunch. We had a great view of the valley and the food was amazing. They kept bringing out different courses with a couple of different dishes to try each time. I thought all of it was really great and being in Israel with our agents and coworkers was the most amazing part.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Enjoy your day!!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Two page Layout - "Hoppy Easter"

Spring is definitely arriving in northeastern Indiana! We're all so ready! To celebrate, I'm going to take a short break from posting my Israel layouts and share a little Easter.

These pictures are from coloring eggs a few years back. We're trying to form some strong traditions with our kids and grandkids and coloring eggs is one of them. Even my full grown boys and their wives seem to enjoy it. If you're trying to start traditions with your busy families, my suggestion is to get it on the calendar as soon as possible, so everybody can be there to enjoy it. Speaking of that, I need to get it on the family calendar for this year!
 The grandkids are starting to enjoy doing these things together as a family too! I love that we're making memories that they will hold onto long after PawPaw and I are gone. I hope they will also enjoy looking back through all of my scrapbooks and keeping the pages that are special to them.
I love this because it shows all of the silliness that we share as a family too. Between my boys and their wives playing the part of "creepy" Easter bunny, and the occasional splashing of the colored egg dye, and the other chaos that ensues, it's always a great time together! Everybody gets to take home the eggs they made to eat them throughout the week.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you are beginning to see spring break through in your area too! Soon the trees will begin to blossom. The hope of Easter is right around the corner!!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Mount of Beatitudes"

Today, I'm sharing another layout from my newly completed Israel scrapbook. The Mount of Beatitudes was one of the most beautiful spots we visited.
 As a group, we found some shade and took turns reading scripture. It was still morning, but boy was it hot outside already! 
 It was so surreal that we were there at the spot where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount!! The view of the sea was amazing! They built a church here to represent the Biblical significance of the area. I have another layout that shows the inside of the church, but the grounds were so lush and green, these pictures deserved their own layout.
I used washi to frame the photos. It's subtle, but it's a repeating pattern of a world map. My journaling around the edge comes partly from the Sermon on the Mount. A few layered, punched flowers and a bright pop of green keeps the focus on the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope the sun is shining where you are today!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Ancient Fishing Boat"

Here's my third layout from my completed Israel album.
 The remains of this ancient fishing boat were found along the shore of the Sea of Galilee in 1986. It was painstakingly uncovered, restored and put on display. There were many amazing pieces of history on display at the museum.
I tried to keep my embellishments to a minimum throughout this album. The point is for the photos of our wonderful trip to be the spotlight and tell the story.
 I hope these layouts will spark ideas for your future travel layouts or any kind of layout, actually. When I look at layouts others have created I'm usually trying to find the best way to arrange my photos on the page, where to put the title, journaling, embellishments, etc. I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest, but many times I just start laying out my photos to see what works. I tend to use a lot of photographs on each layout. Especially with this album, since I had so many great photos to choose form.

Thanks for following! Have a crafty week!! It's starting to look a bit like spring here in northeast Indiana. Thunderstorms are on their way later tonight.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Sea of Galile"

Ever been to Israel? Is it a bucket list trip for you? We never thought we'd fulfill this dream, but in 2017 we were invited to go for a work trip! What a surprise and great blessing!
 First day of touring was a short sail on the beautiful Sea of Galilee! It was smooth as glass that day and it was hard to imagine that is where Jesus calmed the storms and waves and Peter walked on the water.
 What a great group of people to experience this with. We read Bible verses and sang praises as we crossed to our next destination.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "The Big Adventure"

Two years ago, we were blessed beyond belief to be invited to attend a work trip to Israel. One of the favorite parts of my job is helping to plan and organize agent incentive and training trips that we offer every two years. I typically am invited on the domestic trips only, but in 2017, I was giddy with the surprise invitation for my husband and I to join the group in Israel for our company's centennial year! Wow!!! 

I finished the album about 6 months ago, but haven't shared any of the layouts yet. It always takes me a while to photograph each page, then crop and edit them. So, now is the time! I will space them out a little with other family layouts, so that it doesn't get too boring. I was afraid all of the layouts might look the same, but I think they all have their own look and feel. So...here we go!! I'll share them in the same chronological order as our trip, because that is how my brain works.
What a long couple of flights! We broke it up a bit by laying over in Paris, so that I wouldn't get too sore from sitting. I have arthritis and sciatic issues, so getting out and moving was very helpful, even though it meant taking longer to get there.
From the moment we were picked up at the airport and ushered quickly through security, we were pampered and spoiled. The travel company took great care of us and we could relax and enjoy. It was such a joy to see the trip that we'd been planning for more than two years, playout in real life!
From the moment we started the commute from airport to hotel, it was obvious that we were not in the US. We knew this would be a great adventure and a trip of a lifetime for us!!

Even if you are not interested in Israel, these simple layouts can be used for any type of travel, or as a template for any two page layout, really. Just switch out the paper and embellishments and make it your own!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Friends Always"

Did you ever sing the song, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold."? We are blessed to have some "gold" friends! I met Nancy when we were 4 or 5 years old. Eh hem....I think that makes us friends for five decades!!! That's right, a semi-century friendship! We were backyard neighbors. We spent a lot of time going back and forth to each others house. Even after we moved to other homes, we kept in touch at school. Later, we were roomies in an apartment, and stood up in each others weddings. They later moved to Traverse City, MI and my husband and I moved to Fort Wayne, IN. We still visit each other as often as possible for our kids graduations, weddings, parents' funerals, and  just to hang out and spend time together.
 Our husbands became friends as teens before Nancy and I knew them. We all met up at my church playing volleyball with the youth. Our youth played VB every weekend. It didn't take that long for Mark and I to become interested in each other and shortly after Gary and Nancy started dating. Oh my goodness...there is so much more to the story than I have room to share here. 😍
 I love the colors in this layout. I'm not sure what possessed me to go so feminine with it, but it was close to Easter when they came to visit us last year, so the paper and embellishments fit the décor. I do love how it turned out. There is something about using black embellishments to set off a page.
We had so much fun getting caught up with each other, playing games and just hanging out. We felt so blessed to share our new home (and guestroom) with them. Prior to this visit, in our old home, they had to sleep on the pull out couch in the living room. No fun, I'm sure! Maybe they'll come more often now!! 

Have a great week!!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Future Mrs."

My husband and I were born and raised in Michigan. Most of our remaining family still lives there. We decided to shower my future DIL with a celebration up there so that our MI relatives could join in the fun. My wonderful sister-in-laws helped with all of the planning, food and décor.
 Katie's Mom was able to join too. We had a great time and she received some great gifts. My two daughters-in-love, pictured there on the love seat, are amazing young women. I have a lot of respect for them and I pray that our family will continue to grow together and love each other. We have a ton of fun. I think we spend as much time laughing together as we do eating together.
 And then there is my most adorable granddaughter!! She and her brother are the light of our lives! She can be a stinker sometimes, but I'm not surprised since I raised her Dad. 😂
 There's a lot going on with this layout, but I love all the heart garland, doilies and gemstone brads. Most of all, I love all the smiles and great memories from that day.
My family has my heart and I'm so grateful for the bond we share. Both my husband and I have already lost our parents. That means he and I are now the ones working on building and leaving our legacy to our children, grandchildren and future great grandchildren. I pray that we will leave a legacy of love, laughter, and a strong faith that will pull them through all of the tough times.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Celebrate Love"

The only thing as good as being blessed with raising two sons, is gaining daughters when they find that special, lovely girl and bring her into the family!! My "baby" boy got married a little over a year ago and we definitely think she's a keeper. It's always interesting when the family dynamics change, but she's definitely been a sweet addition.

These pictures are from a beautiful bridal shower that her family threw for her. We had a great time celebrating this young lady and the love that her and my son share.

 It was so fun to spend time with my oldest daughter-in-love and my sweet granddaughter too! Look at her dancing in front of the mirror. I love her spunk and the way she is all girl, but tough when she needs to be! All of these young ladies bring such joy to my life!!! It used to be I was the only female in our family, raising two boys.... but now I'm so blessed to have these two young ladies and granddaughter to share life with.
 I pray that we will continue to grow closer and that I will shine a light in their life in any way that I can. I don't want to be a just a "mother-in-law", but a second Mom who makes a difference and leaves a special mark on their life. Somebody that they cherish and enjoy spending time with too. So here's to all the special ladies in your life (both young and old)!
I hope you like this layout. I love all the pennants and J & K banner in the upper left. I was able to get 10 pictures on here and still add some fun embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Hugs & Kisses"

These two little munchkins have my heart!! I can't believe I haven't shared this one before now. I must have blinked because now they're 4 and 6 years old. 
 These two are the most adorable and precious handful EVER! This Grandma gig is truly a joy!
 This was Valentines Day 2015. I created special treat bags for them both. Scarlet's was an owl and Sawyer's a fox. Sissy seems to like Sawyer's cars in this picture as much as she liked her pink unicorn.
I raised two boys (no girls), so the pink lace, washi and other feminine touches were pretty new to me at that time!! 😍They'll never get old!! Poor Sawyer will just have to deal with it, I guess. And who knew how cute it would be to just fold over some ribbon or ball fringe and attach it randomly to a page.Except for the sweet faces, it may be my favorite part of the layout.
Happy Valentines Day!! Go squeeze somebody you love! Pamper yourself and your loved ones! ❤❤❤
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "DINOS"

My kids loved playing with dinosaur toys about 20 years ago when they were still little guys. I'm hoping my grandson will get more interested in them, but so far, he's really into transformers. My boys loved those too, so he comes by that naturally. 😍

Today, I'm sharing one last layout from the Houston e4 conference I attended a few years back. Our final night was at the Museum of Natural History where they had an impressive display of dinosaurs! We gathered and ate many different kinds of foods that were placed at different food stations spread throughout the exhibit. It was a fun night!!
As I've mentioned, part of my job is meeting and event planning. I can't even imagine all that went into this event! Everything was thought through and planned in such great detail. It's strange to look at these pictures where it looks like there was hardly anybody there! There were bunches of people, as you can tell from some of the other event layouts I posted previously.
 Again, I used the Teen Angst patterned paper to set off these pictures with the black background, and purple matting. The little alpha stickers add a different dimension for sub-titles on a page. I used them here to spell out the location.
This wraps up my Houston e4 conference layouts! Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by today.