Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Live Laugh Love"

Today is our 31st wedding anniversary! I'm still crazy about this guy! He's the best gift the Lord ever gave me. These pictures are from two years ago!
 Trust me...our marriage is not perfect, but we continue to make it a priority and to love each other unconditionally. He's definitely the better half!! Our retired racing greyhound, Riley, even got in on the action.
 These were all selfies. We set up a tripod and set the timer on the camera. I think they turned out pretty well, and we had fun doing it.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Tree Huggers"

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!  Temperatures have been dropping into the low 30's and the wind has been blowing! Soon the snow will be flying. I don't mind the snow, but the sub zero temps that are coming, are not my fave.

We're real Christmas tree people. How about you? My kids have fake trees, but they sure do enjoy coming with us to the Christmas tree farm to help us find the perfect tree. These pics are from our 2014 Christmas tree hunt. It was Sawyer's first Christmas! The weather was nippy, but the sun was shining, so we had a great time.
 Look at those red noses!
 I love the little stocking hat with the SU embellishment. The paper is MME Jen Wilson 29th Street Market and We R Memory Keepers "Anthology. The washi tape is Pink Paislee. I used Cricut's Winter Woodland for the hat and trees and Jubilee "Runt" for the title font.
 Here's the whole family, minus my youngest son's girlfriend. Thankfully, she joined us last weekend for this year's tree hunt. We always go out to eat afterwards, so everybody looks forward to that time together. We actually failed to get a family photo this year! Not sure if I'll have anything to scrap from this event or not (sigh).
Hope you are starting to feel the Christmas spirit in your home. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have several more Christmas layouts to share this month.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Love You"

This one is for my granddaughter's album from Fall 2014. Right now, I'm only scrapping special mile marker events and ages in my grandkids' albums such a birthdays, special photo shoots, etc. My granddaughter is only 4 and the book is already filling up. I may have to have a couple of books for them. I hate to limit myself too!
 The paper is from Paper Company and Bo Bunny Safari, with embellies from My Mind's Eye "Cut and Paste". The title is from Cricut's Paisley cartridge.
 This little girl is truly my sunshine! After raising two burly boys, she's all things, pink and purple, ruffles and bows...and both sugar and spice! She bring us such joy!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Family is Forever"

Do these photos look familiar? This layout is for my grandson's album, and it includes the photos of him and one family photo for him to remember how big his sissy was at this age, and how good looking his parents are. 😉
 Sometimes I use the same design, but many times it ends up completely different than the layouts in our family album. I babied this one up a little with the a white scallop border around the photos, but it's still very boyish with the woodgrain, stripes and primary color accents.
 Our little man is so stinking precious. He's his mother's mini and he has a precious personality. He's two and a half now and he's definitely giving his parents a good run! He's very active and ALL BOY!
The background paper is from Recollections and the woodgrain from My Mind's Eye and the journaling card is Basic Gray "Capture". The button embellishments are from Studio G, as well as some SU punched scalloped circles.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "BeYoutiful"

I love the fall, and dislike the fact that it's gone too quickly!! Because it's my favorite, we like taking family pictures in the fall. This little photo shoot was of my son and his precious family.
 Aren't they just the sweetest? I can't get over how time continues to fly by and these little babies are now 4 and 2 years old!
 The woodgrain paper is from Recollections, and the journaling tag is BoBunny "Misc Me". The fabric flowers add a lot of texture. I used a black sharpie marker to add the dots in the center of the flowers to look like the flowers on the paper. The title is from Cricut's Lyrical letters and Jubilee, and Art Philosphy for the bracket map.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Imagine"

I'm squeezing in a few more fall layouts before we're fully into the Christmas season.
 These beautiful photographs are from a fall photo shoot in 2014. It's taken me a while to get these posted!! What a gorgeous little family! They mean the world to me! This is my son, daughter-in-love, and our two beautiful grandchildren.
 I love these beautiful paper and journaling tag from My Minds Eye "Indie Chic". What beautiful way to show off my sweet family. The title is cut from Circut's "Graphically Speaking". I used the SU washi and 5 petal flower punch topped with a brad above the journaling tag.
 As families, things are never perfect, but we never give up and we love each other unconditionally. We are truly blessed beyond measure.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Sweet"

Have you ever been to Extraordinary Desserts? It's an upscale, and amazing bakery in San Diego. If you're ever there, you need to at least experience it once.
 I admit, it's way too expensive, but most amazing and one of a kind food is overpriced.  I've never seen such beautiful, and delectable desserts in my life. There was a line well outside the door!
 It's hard to see too much of it with these photos, but trust me that it's worth experiencing.
 The shiny Kraft paper is from StampinUp! I used the Quarter Note cartridge for the title, Birthday Bash for the cake, and Artistry for the "Eat Cake" embelly. The SU 3 flower punch was perfect for the little flowers decorating the cake. I glammed it up with some Wink of Stella.
 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!! This may not be my last California layout! I may actually have a few more... :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Bike Hike"

This is the second to the last layout from our California trip last summer. We hosted a bike tour on Coronado Island with a few of the agents who were on the agent trip.
 What a beautiful day we had! I picked a cruiser bike and it was a pretty comfortable 10 miles with only a few hills here and there. We took some great pictures along the way, and had great fellowship with our agent friends.
 Beautiful sites to see at every stop. The paper, paper clip embellishment, and letter stickers are Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore". The title font is from Lyrical Letters 2 and the bike is cut from Going Places.
Hope you are enjoying looking at my California trip album as much as I've enjoyed sharing this trip of a lifetime with you! There's one final "sweet" layout to share...Stop back tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Two Page Scrabook Layout - "Dream Job"

Hello! Today I'm posting one of the last few scrapbook layouts from my California trip last June.

Have I mentioned that I love my paying job? Well, of course, there are many duties and days that are not my favorite, but overall, I truly love what I do each day. This layout is about one of the fun parts of my job....travelling and meeting planning!
 I help plan our company's agent and incentive trips. This agent trip is what brought my husband and I to California for this wonderful and amazing experience. The above pictures are from the welcome night on the patio at our beautiful hotel in SanDiego. After spending weeks and weeks planning out all of the details, it was a blast to see it all play out and watch our agents enjoy themselves and build deeper relationships with each other and our company.
 Our agent spouses have developed long time friendships and enjoy their time together. We planned a mini spa morning and made bookmarks for the stacks of books our group donated to underprivileged children in the San Diego area.
Hope you enjoyed a little window into the fun (and very stressful) part of my job! It was a wonderful trip! There was actually very little time to take pictures of the "work" part of my trip, but I think I have one more layout of a bike tour on Coronado Island. Check back in a few days to see it.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Last Goodbye"

I used to only scrapbook the fun things... the events, happy holidays, and the other joyous occasions of life, but something about that seemed a little empty and unrealistic to me. Lately, I have forced myself to scrapbook some of the sad times. It's worth remembering the times that we feel totally raw and undone, not sure of what tomorrow holds for us, or how long the hurt will cloud our hearts.
 My Dad died two years ago in August. We had a memorial service, but my Mom was not sure what she wanted to do with his ashes. After some research, we decided to have the internment service at the Great Lakes National Cemetary in Holly MI.
 It was a very chilly day, but we huddled up together and sat through the short military service where we honored my Dad for the last time. It meant a lot to all of us to watch them meticulously fold the flag in my Dad's honor, and then kneel down and give it to my Mom.
We've been missing him for longer than the two years he's been gone. He was diagnosed with Alzhiemers ten years prior, and we watched him slowly slip away from us. The last few years, he didn't know our names, but I could still see a small twinkle in his eyes when we came in the room right up until the last six months or so.

Thankfully we have so many great memories to hang on to! Most importantly, I know that he is whole again, and that I'll see him one day when I arrive at my heavenly home. 

Do you scrap your sad memories? I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Happy Halloween"

Who is ready for Halloween? It's almost time! It's tons more fun now that grandkids are in the picture. We're invited to follow along the trick or treating trail with them and enjoy the experience first hand.

Here's a layout from 2014 of our cute little owl and pirate. Aren't they just adorable? I remember being so excited to find this owl costume on sale at Cracker Barrel. Score one for Grandma!
 We had a great time and made some fun memories
 I believe the orange paper is from SU, along with some patterned paper scraps, and washi from my stash. The owl was cut with Cricut's Hoot N Holler cartridge. Who doesn't love some bats and spiders too, as long as they're not in my house! StampinUp's bitty banner punch comes in handy for the cutest little banners.
If you stop by later this week, I'll be sharing a Halloween layout from last year. See you soon!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Sweet Treats"

There's a cute little old fashioned ice cream shop in Upland, IN where we occasionally stop when taking my son to or from Ball State. This time, we shot a few pics and it turned into a pretty cute layout.
 We look a little tired after packing up my son and all of his school belongings after his summer session. It's so much work! I'm so glad that he's now graduated and we're done with the twice a year manual labor of moving him. Plus it's so great to have him home!!
 I love this vintage look striped paper from Crate Paper "The Pier" collection, and Fancy Pants "Summers End". The wood grain circle banner is Studio Calico, and the red ribbon is Paper Studio. Most of the buttons are StampinUp plus a few miscellaneous buttons from my stash. The cute big mouth journaling tag is from Smash! It seemed appropriate for filling our faces with ice cream. I failed to make a note of the cartridge for the bowl of ice cream and the title.
Hope you like the vintage vibe of this little layout. Now I'm hungry for ice cream! Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Priceless"

Fun with the grandbabies! I used to do this with my sons, so it was fun to pull a chair up to the sink and let the grandkids enjoy splashing around.
 Any one-on-one time with these two cuties is a precious time of making memories. I wish I had more memories of times like this with my own grandparents back in the day.
 I'm not sure what the discussion was with PawPaw here, but I know it must have been precious. What a joy to watch my dear husband first become a wonderful Daddy, and now a precious PawPaw to these two!
I didn't make any notes on this layout about the materials I used, but I remember crumpling up the red side banners before attaching them just to give it a little more texture. I used my SU punch for the mini flowers and then layered them up with mini brads. The journaling tag was cut with Art Philosophy and the title (Priceless) is from Graphically Speaking.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "My Sunshine"

Here's a girlie layout of my favorite little Sunshine. She brings so much joy to our family.
 Those eyes...that smile! Could she be anymore adorable?
The paper is from StampinUp and Simple Stories. The pretty pink ball fringe ribbon is American Crafts. The chipboard pieces are from Studio G. The banner, branches, and journaling tags were cut with Cricut's Art Philosophy. The double 5 point flower and the little bitty flowers were created with StampinUp punches.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a lovely and productive week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Little Guy"

This little guy is my favorite (and only) grandson! He's non-stop fun!
 The paper is
This one is for my book, but I made a similar one for his very own scrapbook.
The paper is from MME "Miss Caroline". The banners and strips of paper are from other scraps I had on hand. The banner across the right page is made with the StampinUp! itty bitty banner punch. This is the most simple banner possible. I didn't even punch holes and thread the string...I simply stuck the banner to the top of the string after laying it in place. Super simple and sometimes simple is just better.

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