Friday, May 22, 2020

Sail Away - Two Page Hawaii Scrapbook Layout

This is my last day of working from home full time!!!😩 I really don't want to go back to the office yet. I've been so productive! But I'm psyching myself up to return next Tuesday. Right now I'm distracting myself from thinking about that with all things crafty.

Today, I have another Hawaii layout to share. These pictures were taken during our sunset dinner sail for our award winning agents.  The views from the water were amazing!! Unfortunately, the sea was a little rough!
The Wanderlust tag at the top was drawn with my Cricut with an image from Design Studio. I love how it turned out. Layering it with a few seafoamy green pennants really made it pop against the blue. I love the color combo. This chevron paper was in my stash and it was a fun way to highlight the picture of my husband and I. The StampinUp! Bitty Banner punch with a mini brad adds a little extra detail.
 Laying the pics in a grid with a white border helped me fit more pics on the page. I stretched the title across the top, and layered with a white sail boat and waves.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend honoring all of those who gave their life in service to our great country!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Royal Arrival - Two Page Hawaii Layout

I'm ready for some super sunshiny warm weather. How about you? I think it's time to share some of my Hawaii layouts from our amazing trip last year. It was part work trip, part vaca for us and 100% amazing!  Let's start at the beginning with our arrival!!
One of the perks of my job is to help plan our agent incentive trips. What an amazing blessing this has been for us. Especially Hawaii! We were there 10 years ago, so were super excited to go again.

We had quite a delay in our home town airport, so by the time we arrived in Honolulu it was after 10:30 pm Hawaii time. But because our travel partners are so good to me, they still had their car ready to transfer us to the hotel...the Royal Hawaiian (aka Pink Palace). What a beautiful place!! Unfortunately, you can tell how tired we were from the pictures. Tired, but super excited!!
 We received beautiful leis, chocolate covered strawberries, and beverage cups. Aren't those strawberries almost too cute to eat?
 I think this gorgeous patterned paper was perfect for the photos. I matted the photos on black, added a row of pink decorative tape, and cut leaf outlines to tuck in behind some of the pictures. The leaf outline echos the leaves in the patterned paper. Of course, after I was finished with the layout, I decided to add the little pink crown to the title. You can see it better in the top picture. I thought it was appropriate since we felt like King and Queen! I added a little spark with some Wink of Stella.
I hope you come back as I share more of our amazing adventures. We're just getting started. 😎

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Birthday Boy - One Page Masculine Birthday Layout

The sun is shining in NE Indiana today and I am grateful! I'm still working from home, but I'm loving the sunshine streaming in the window. I even took a little drive just to soak it in through the sunroof. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day.

Speaking of sunshine 🌞...this man lights up my world in so many ways. He is my rock and my forever love. I don't know what I'd do without him.

I believe all of the paper used is Graphic 45. I love mixing all of the patterns here! It was fun to put together all of the elements for this page. I rarely pull out my mini alpha stickers, but sometimes they are the perfect touch. The sentiment stickers were from another set of paper, but I think they worked well with the style and colors.

Hope you enjoy your day!! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Mom's Day - Two Page Scrapbook Layout

Mother's day has rolled around again! It's time to celebrate all of the amazing Mother's that we all know and love.♥♥♥♥ My sweet Mom has been gone for a few years now and it's always a tough day for me to celebrate. Yes, I'm still a Mom who is loved and cared for, but I wish I still had my own Mom to love on!  Even though my heart aches for her, she will always live on in my heart as a shining example!!

Here's a layout featuring pictures from Mother's Day last year.
 The top picture is my two grown boys. They're 6'4" weight lifters so this pic was kind of fun!! The two beautiful kiddos on the bottom are my grandbabies!!
 My family is so good to me!! I am so grateful for the spoiling and the love they shower on me. My hubby is the biggest "spoiler" of all. I try not to give him a list of things I want because he will literally go buy everything on the list.

It's always fun to celebrate my DIL's, especially the amazing Momma to our grandbabies! She deserves all the love and spoiling she can get!! She's had to take on the role of teacher to our grandkids during this pandemic. I know it hasn't been easy and I can't even imagine having to do that for my own kids when they were that age.😖 But they are all thriving and doing great!! Being a Mom is the most important role of all!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy Mother's Day!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Owl birthday cards

I've been making a lot of birthday cards lately, so I thought I would share a few! I'm not a huge fan of coloring in stamps, nor am I very good at it. However, I'm not too proud to share them anyway. Where are my owl fans?? Anybody?
 I made the purple card for a friend whose daughter was having a Quarantine birthday and was asking for cards to make it a special day. The pink one below is for my sweet 8 year old granddaughter! She asked me some questions and wanted to know how I made it. She's a crafty little one, and I can't wait until we can spend some quality time creating together.
As mentioned above, I'm really kind of bad (inexperienced) at coloring stamps. I used Stazon for the stamp outline and a blending pen with SU ink to color the owls. For some reason, the pink owl turned out a little splotchy in the middle, but it's okay. She loved it and that is the main thing. I did the purple one second and that one turned out a little better. I used some patterned paper scraps down the center of the card, cut out the owls and popped them up with adhesive foam, and added the sentiment banners below.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

"Birthday Girl" - Two Page Scrapbook Layout

Wow! I don't know how time is flying so fast! Indiana is on a Stay at Home order and I've been working my full time job from home for over a month now. We don't go out unless necessary to pick up supplies, occasional fast food pickup, or even more rare drive to work to handle something I can't do at home. 

Thankfully, I do love being in my home. But, I am ready for things to start moving towards "normal" again!! I know I'm not alone on that feeling. I miss my family, friends and coworkers. 

We're all tired of hearing and reading about the virus, so I will move on to something more fun like sharing a scrapbook page! Today, I have another birthday page. This is my youngest daughter-in-love. She's a keeper and we are proud to have her in our family!
 She's not a huge fan of being in the spotlight, but she puts up my need to celebrate all things birthday!! I believe this paper is from Glitz design, including the green strip with black owns. I believe that was the edge of the 12x12 paper. I love owls!!
 Every time I see pictures taken in our Dining Room, I really want to get our ship lap project started. The wall is not very flattering to those sitting in front of it. Although, when this was taken, it probably had more to do with my old cell phone camera. In spite of the dreary background, she is a beauty and we so enjoy having her in our family.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope your week is starting out great!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Happy Birthday - One Page Scrapbook Layout

This is our beautiful daughter-in-love on her birthday last year. We are so very happy to have her as part of our family. Our sons have both done well choosing their forever love.
She is such a great wife to my son, Momma to our grandkids, daughter, daughter-in-love,  friend and many other roles that she wears so well. She is much stronger than she thinks she is and takes each new day in stride! She is primarily a Stay At Home Mom and I have so much respect for that role. She is adored by her family...and all of us!

Today is her special day and I hope it is the BEST year yet for her!!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

One Big Happy Family - Two Page Scrapbook Layout

Here's another layout from our Easter celebration in 2018. This was our first Easter at our new house. We decided to take some family pics in front of the fireplace.
 I didn't use your typical pastel Easter colors for this layout, but instead used some family-themed paper which really seemed to fit the pictures. Again, the mixing of the patterns is something I adore.
 We are so blessed to have our grown kids and grandchildren living in the same town within 20 minutes of our home. I wish our parents had been that close when our kids were young, but we are the ones who moved from our hometown in Michigan to Indiana as a young couple. We had no idea what that would mean once we started our family!  It was a 3 hour trip that we made hundreds of times over the years, and our parents did too. We made it work, even though it had it's hardships.
All of that to say, we are so grateful for our family. They mean the world to us!!

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Happy Easter - Two Page Scrapbook Layout

Hope you made it through your Easter quarantine with a smile on your face. I will admit, it was a struggle for me. We are so used to hosting dinners for our grown kids. I miss seeing their faces around my table. We have seen each other, but it's definitely not been the same. But Easter isn't about family, going to our church building, traditions, or a special dinner. It's really about what Jesus did on the cross for us! I tried to keep that in my focus.
 These pictures are from our first Easter celebration at our new house!! Love having a little more space for everybody. Coloring eggs is something we try to do together each year...Something we didn't get to do together this year.
 There is really not much to this simple layout. I love to mix patterned paper, so that part was a no-brainer. All of these embellishments came with this pretty spring stack of paper. The title was cut from Design Space.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. More layouts from Easters' past to share this week.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Hippity Hop - Two Page Easter Scrapbook Layout

Happy Easter to all of you! What a glorious day of celebration! I missed our church family, but celebrated "in spirit" participating in the live stream service.

I have another Easter layout to share with you today! These pictures feature our grand babies with their Easter baskets in 2018.
 I was so giddy when I found the image of the chocolate bunny with a bite taken out of his ear! I had to use it on this page. Isn't it cute??
 These two are just the cutest! I can't believe how much they've grown and changed over the past two years. They are the sweetest! I think the paper choices, while bold, are a little more toned down than the previous post! The pink strip of paper across the middle helps to calm it down, along with the muted vintage floral paper along the bottom. I added real lace trim as an accent under the pictures. The StampinUp! mini flower punch and mini pink brads for the WIN. I scattered these across the page to highlight the pictures.
I may post a few more Easter pages this week, because I still have several I haven't shared.

I pray that your resurrection day is blessed beyond measure! Thanks for stopping by today. 



Friday, April 10, 2020

Egg Masters - Two Page Easter Layout

We went to the most wonderful Good Friday service this morning. Believe it or not, it was a drive in style service at my place of employment! Great music and an absolutely wonderful message given by one of our employees. There was lots of whooping and honking when it was over. What a great way to start our day, focused on how Christ loved us so much that he gave his life for each of us! There were some dark days before he rose from the dead! But, now we can rejoice knowing that Easter is coming!!

Here's an Easter layout from 2017. This is my son and daughter-in-law coloring eggs in the kitchen at our old house.
 These two get super creative with their egg decorating. It's fun to watch them. I got a little creative with my paper choices for this page!! There is a lot going on here...lol. As I look back at this, I might have changed a few things, but that's okay. I'm not going to change it. It's done and the memory is preserved. The mission was still accomplished.
 I love the two little scalloped flower clips on the title. It doesn't lay very flat in the album, but it will continue to flatten out over the years.😆 The red rick-rack is like masking tape and is so quick and easy to put down on a page. It's very forgiving and pulls up easy if you need to adjust it.
I hope that you have a very meaningful Good Friday, even though you may not be able to celebrate the way you have in the past. It will be different, but I know that God is working all things for our good and His glory. Stay strong and stay safe! If you have a chance come back for another Easter post on Sunday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Sawyer turns 5! - Two Page Birthday Layout

Hooray! Today is our Grandson's 6th birthday! We are so excited to celebrate with him tonight, even though the celebration may not look like it has in the past. We will make sure he knows how amazing he is and how much we love him!! 😍😍😍

Here's another layout of his fifth birthday last year. I love the pennant paper and the perfect boy colors in this layout. 
 He's a very lucky little man to have so much family around to love on him! We had such a great time celebrating 5 years and all of the energy that comes with that. Our grands help us feel more young at heart and see things through their eyes. What a gift!
The paper is Photo Play's "Birthday Boy". I was so torn between which side of the paper to use? Do you ever feel like that? The other side had an aqua background with presents and cupcakes. I decided to go with this side because of the white background which allowed me to use the teal cloud paper.😍 I also used BoBuny's "Lemonade Stand" and "Mango/Luau Lime". I used my Cricut to cut the green scallops, scalloped circle and the title. I cut out their cute puppy (Archie) and propped him in the corner of the pictures, just because he's so handsome!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have lots more layouts lined up to share in April...a few more birthdays and Easter. And...I hope you are all super impressed that I'm less than a year behind on my scrap-booking. If I was completely current, I wouldn't have anything to work on, and I don't even want to know what that would be like. 😟

Stop back soon! In the meantime, stay at home and be safe. We'll get through this together.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sawyer Turns Five - Two Page Birthday Scrapbook Layout

Time sure does fly, even when we're "staying at home". Many have had more time to craft during this time, but we are actually working full time from home. This is such a unique time, but I must say that I love working from the comfort of my own home. I've been really productive and can do 98% of my job from here.

All of that to say, I'm so very thankful for my employer! They worked fast and hard to get more than 500 employees set up with all they need to work from home. Kudos to them!!

Now on to the point of my post today. My grandson's birthday is coming up quick!! Poor guy...quarantine birthdays are not ideal, but I know we will all do what we can to make the most of it. It may end up being one of the best!

Today I'd like to share the layout from his fifth birthday!
I love this boy paper pack from My Mind's Eye "Boy Crazy". The colors are so vintage and it's easy to mix and match the different patterns.
Stars and stripes, rockets, robots, and tennis shoes. What else could you need? Since he received stomp rockets for his birthday, I found a rocket image in Design Studio and added it for journaling.
There's a lot going on in this layout, but I love the way it turned out. It totally suits his fun personality. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Stay home and stay safe.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Celebrate - Two Page Wedding Scrapbook Layout

Here is the last page of my son and daughter-in-law's wedding album! I've been sharing these pages for several months now and we've finally come to the end. :)

 They had so many great pictures during the reception, it was really hard to choose just enough for a two page layout! I trimmed a few of them down to 4x4 in order to pack a few more in. Wallet size pics are also a good choice for a page like this with so many awesome pictures to choose from. You will notice I mixed color pictures with black and white throughout this album.
 Oh to be this young again!! 😍 They had such a great time celebrating. My son was part of an a Capella group at Ball State and many of them were at the wedding. I kept waiting for them to all break out in song for us, but the upper right picture is the closest they came. Look at all that hair!!
 The paper here is a metallic wood grain! It's hard to see it in these photographs, but it is so pretty! One of those papers you almost hate to use (or is that just me??)!
I cut some banners to use down the center of the project to highlight the picture of them dancing together and added a little bit of twine around the banners for the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out this wedding album. If you'd like to see all of the layouts for this wedding album in one place, you can find them on Pinterest: My Scrapbook Pages - Wedding

Stay safe and enjoy your additional time with family during the days and weeks ahead!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Garter Toss - Two Page Wedding Scrapbook Pages

How is everybody doing out there? How are you handling the social distancing and possible isolation that is happening in our country right now? While it can be a very unsettling time, I'm choosing to stay positive and trying to make the most of it. We are working from home, which is awesome, but the reason behind it does make me sad. Praying our nation will get through this together and that we will stand united, taking care of each other along the way.

On a more joyous note, I'm sharing another two page wedding layout from my son and DIL's wedding a few years back. I was so grateful to be able to put a wedding album together for them.
Sorry for the weird variation in color on the photographs of these layouts. The sun must have been coming in the window where I was shooting these in a way that I didn't notice until now.  I love the ease of using washi tape! I used 2 different woodgrains along with a floral to ground the photos on this page.
As you can see, my son and the boys had a great time together! Crazy kids enjoying their big day. They will look back on their wedding day with such great memories!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your extra time at home means a little more craft time for you. I'm hoping I can be a little more productive this week myself. Blessings  and safety to all of you!!
Remember to look in on your neighbors and take good care of each other.