Thursday, August 22, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Happy Birthday - Game On"

Here's another layout of my boys' birthday celebration in 2017. As I mentioned yesterday in my post, they share a birthday and its TODAY!! My husband and I are planning to have a lunch with our birthday boys today, and then celebrate with dinner out, cake, ice cream, and gifts on Sunday when we normally get together as a family. I can't wait!!
 We all love a good game of corn hole. I'm not very good at it, but I like to play anyway, if anybody will allow me to be their partner. πŸ˜• This celebration took place at my youngest son and daughter-in-love's home. It was fun to celebrate there, in their newly purchased home.
 This is kind of a strange blend of patterned paper, but I think it works okay. This is one of those layouts that I look back at the design of it and think maybe I should have done it differently. But anyway....my favorite people are in it, and that's what matters most to me.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and say a big happy birthday to my boys from wherever you are!! They are such a special blessing!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Make a Wish"

My boys share a birthday, and we think it's pretty special. The boys aren't as much of a fan of it, but now that they're older, I think they see how unique it is. They're like twins, two years removed...however, they don't really look much alike.
 This particular birthday was two years ago, already! Time sure flies. As you can see from the date, their birthday is two days from now! I have another layout to share with you on that BIG day. The big news is my oldest will be 29 and my baby will be 27!! They're making me feel so old right about now. We couldn't be any more proud of the amazing men they have become!!!
This cake was something to talk about!! Cookie dough brownie cake! It was pretty amazing, but even I must admit, it was almost over the top with chocolate. At their request, I made it for them again last year, but left off the chocolate chips from the side of the cake. I will be making it again this year because they love it. It's super easy too, but shhhhhh...that'll be our little secret!
I use this mustache washi tape a lot in their layouts. My hubby and boys love their facial hair so it's perfect for all their layouts. And the plaid....very masculine!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. You'll have to stop back on Thursday for the other layout of their 2017 birthday. Love our boys!! πŸ˜πŸ™ŒThey are simply our best contribution to society.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Giddy Up"

Here's my last Indiana State Fair layout to share. This is my beautiful granddaughter riding a pony for her very first time. I was so excited for her!! She was a bit nervous, but seemed to enjoy it once she got through the line and started riding. I've loved horses for most of my life, so I especially enjoyed seeing her eyes light up!!
 I used Simple Stories "We Are Family" collection. I randomly doodled my own cross stitches on the blue cardstock to tie in with the patterned paper. Once again, my StampinUp! five petal punch was perfect since it's similar to the flowers on the patterned paper.  I topped them with little buttons from my stash. Red and white checked washi came in handy as an accent. The journaling card is from Basic Grey.
 I found the cute title in Design Space. So perfect for a little girl's first pony ride!!
Thanks for checking out my Indiana State Fair layouts this week. If you get a chance to visit one of the State Fairs, you should definitely go check out the animals, ride the rides, and enjoy some yummy fair food! It's a wonderful way to spend a summer day, especially if your grands are as adorable as mine. ❤❤

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Udderly Fun"

Here's a fun layout from the Indiana Fair two years back! It's going on now. Wish we could get there, but it's been such a busy, busy summer. These layouts remind me of the sights, sounds, and yes, the smells, of our day at the State Fair.
I think we all left that barn wanting a cute baby calf of our own! 😍 They wouldn't be too much work, would they? They're actually smaller than our dog and I'm sure he'd like a playmate. πŸ˜€πŸ˜
 The cute paper is by BoBunny"Kiss the Cook" and Reminisce "In the Kitchen". I love the red accents with it. I cut the title and cow with my Circut. The State Fair embellishment was made with a scalloped circle punch and a 2" circle punch which fits perfect inside of it. I used a little bakers twine and a Kraft tag on top. I love to layer my embellies.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Come back to see one more State Fair Layout on Friday morning! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - Indiana Fair

Who has been to a State Fair this year?  Anybody??  These pics are from a few years ago during our first time ever to the fair. We met our kids and grandkids there. So much fun to see it with them!
I thought the paper from Simple Stories "Say Cheese"was super fun for this occasion. The smaller square pics really help me fit more pictures on the page.  I simply matted my photos with a thin black matt, added a few embellishments like layered scalloped circle punches (StapinUp!) and a title with the same colors and DONE.

Hope you enjoy! You can double click the pic for a closer view. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have a few more State Fair layouts that I will share this week, so come back and check them out!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - " Hosanna Walk"

It was a beautiful morning to walk down the cobblestone path from the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane.
It was a long steep, and narrow road down the hill. The immediate view into the valley was a huge cemetery. It went on forever. There were some people there laying stones on the vaults. I wish I could have seen it back in the time where Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem.
 This day was a scorcher. Glad we started early in the day, but it was still exhausting for me and my knees with the steep decline. Definitely a moving experience for all of us as we walked where Jesus walked.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "In the Garden"

I just realized I failed to share all of my Israel layouts. Here's one of the Garden of Gethsemane where he sweat blood and willing gave himself up to the authorities, knowing the torture that would come his way.
 The garden was a lot smaller than I imagined it, but steeped with history and emotion.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! More Israel (and other layouts) to come!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Pool Time"

As promised, here's my pool layout. πŸ˜€ We have so much fun together! This pool looks so inviting right now with the heat wave we've had going on. Guess we need our own pool. 😎

These pictures are from time with our extended family in Michigan two summers back. We don't get to see our TX family very often, so it's always a special time together when they are able to join in the fun.
 Doesn't this look inviting? I used some fun patterned paper for the title to jazz up the plain background. The washi tape and white puffy clouds seemed like the perfect addition. I doodled around the edges of the clouds and sun with a white gel pen. The center of the sun is popped out with dimensionals.
 These pictures are from two years ago and so much has changed since then. It is so bittersweet to see them all grow up. My youngest son wasn't even married yet in these pictures, my Mom was still alive, and my youngest grandchild wasn't even in pre-school yet. Time sure does fly!!
Feeling super blessed by my family!! Hope you enjoyed checking out my pool layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Family Fun"




Here's another layout from our extended family time in Michigan two years ago. We had such a great time being together, even though we had a full house!
Here we are gathered in the living room just being together and enjoying a meal on the porch. It doesn't get any better than this.
 Great food and fun together! This is summer at it's best!
Thanks for stopping by today. My next layout will be a pool layout, so be sure and stop back for more family fun layouts.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Smile Smile"

It's really heating up in northeastern Indiana. This is the perfect evening to catch up with my blog! I have so many summer layouts to share with you.\

Here's one form a few years back. Our extended family got together at my husband's sister and brother-in-laws home in Michigan. So much fun with siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins! They have a lovely pool, so they're home is a big, big draw in the summertime. Getting us all there at the same time is the hard part!

 I used the circles to echo the circular window in the clubhouse. I didn't really want to cut these pictures into circles, but instead I used the circles as an accent. I also journaled around the cirlces.
 Aren't they cuties? The girl and the blondie are my grandbabies!! The other two handsome boys are my great nephews!! Love them all and it's so fun to see them play together since the great nephews live in Texas. They really don't get to see each other very much.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Stay cool! I'll be sharing a few more layouts from our family's extended weekend together over the next few days. Don't forget to stop back!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Made in USA"

Did you all enjoy your Independence Day? There's always reason to celebrate living in a free country. We are blessed to be Americans!!
 I have no idea why the colors look so different on each of these pics. The center one that has more blue and white (less tan) is actually what it looks like. Sorry for the crazy vintage look of the other two pics. Not sure what I did.
 This layout is from our celebration in 2016!! Time sure flies, but how cute is my family?!?! I love them all so dearly! We're short a daughter-in-law in this picture. They were definitely dating then, but maybe she was out of town with her family or for some reason, just not pictured.

Does your family play cornhole?? It's one of our favorite outside games to do together. We now have a new, bigger yard to play in! Can't wait to take full advantage of that. :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Enjoy your week!!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Two Page Layout - "Super Dad"

Father's Day is here! I hope you are honoring the Dad or Father-figure in your life. If you still have your Dad here in this world with you, that is something to celebrate. I found a layout from Father's Day 2015 that I never posted. Once I found it, I drafted and scheduled a post for today so that I wouldn't forget again!

So much has changed in 4 years since these pictures were taken. Our little grandson is now 5 and nothing babyish about him anymore. Time sure does fly. I know this was one of my hubby's favorite Father's Day because he received this cornhole game made specially for him by our two sons!!! We play this game so much every summer. Our boys put a lot of work into it and it's been a source of joy for all of us. I'm the only one who kind of sucks at playing it, but I play anyway!
I love this license plate paper and the red ruler washi tape. Perfect for the masculine layout.
So proud of the men in my life!! My father is now gone, but my husband is a great role model for manhood for our two boys as they start their families and take care of their wives, children and their homes.
My hubby spoils me rotten and I'm forever grateful to God for helping us find each other!

Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Mount of Olives"

Today I have another Israel scrapbook page to share with you.


 Our bus drove by a camel being ridden on the road as we were driving to the Mount of Olives. The same camel is pictured here. They were selling camel rides. Some of our group decided to do this. it looked like fun! The view from this point was breathtaking. This is where we started our walk down the long brick street (Hosanna Walk). Which will be pictured more in my next layout.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a scrappy, crafty week!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "David Citadel"

Here's another Israel layout from my newly completed album! This was a super long day of touring, baptisms in the Jordan and then travel from Tiberias to Jerusalem. That evening we had a group meal planned. As one of the hosts, I did my best to clean up, cool down and look presentable.
The David Citadel Hotel is absolutely amazing. We were so surprised, actually. It was very welcoming and our group check-in went pretty smoothly. We did have to go back and get another key to our room because the one they gave us didn't work. That took a little chunk out of my beautifying schedule, but that stuff happens sometimes.
 So here we are cleaned up and ready to party with the group. You can't hide the tiredness in my eyes, but I'm sure everybody was dealing with that. We had a great first night in Jerusalem's grand David Citadel. The food was amazing and our view from the balcony where we ate as a group was stellar!
I had a scrap piece of travel paper from a stack that I've had for quite awhile. I cut out the luggage, arrow and the little circle details and used them as embellishments on plain ivory card stock. I added a little washi and some journaling. Hope you are inspired in some way! Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pantry Labels - Farmhouse Style



I got some new cannisters from Meijer recently since my old Tupperware cannister lids were crumbling. I chose the Rubbermaid Brilliance pieces because they are easy to grip with one hand. 

We recently moved into a newly built home and I am trying to improve on my cabinet organization, so I decided to try my hand at vinyl labels.

This was my first attempt at using vinyl! They turned out just as I'd hoped, so I think there will be lots more vinyl in my future. Here's a quick tutorial including all the basic info you'll need.

What you need:
Black matte vinyl
Transfer tape
Scissors
Scraping tool
Cricut or other cutting machine


Here's my before pic with my trendy sticky note labelling system. 😁 All that white stuff looks the same without labels!
Here we go!
 1) I used Design Space to layout each of the labels separately. I chose "Straight & Simple" font because I'm a fan of the farmhouse style, but you can pick whichever font you like. Design each of your labels separately to the correct size and shape for your container. After you have filled your canvas with all of your designed labels, draw a box around all of them together and use the "attach" feature. This will allow you to keep everything laid out properly when you cut them. Otherwise your letters will get moved around on the matt before cutting....Not cool! Here's a picture of my design space canvas.
 2) Use your scissors to cut a piece of black vinyl to fit whichever size matt you are using. Lay down the vinyl (with paper backing) directly onto your cutting matt and load it into the machine. Set your blade to "vinyl" before cutting. My machine cut through the vinyl perfectly, leaving the paper backing fully in tact. When it is done cutting, slowly peel back the unwanted vinyl. Your letters will stay on the white backing. 
3) Use the weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters that you don't need. This is my kind of weeding. It's easy and goes quickly.

 4) Cut a piece of transfer tape that will fit over all of your letters at one time. I cut both my vinyl and the transfer tape at 12x12 since that's the size matt I was using. Peel the paper backing off of the transfer tape, then carefully lay the tape directly on top of your cut letters. The tape is fairly sturdy and it shouldn't roll back on itself.
 5) Run your scraping tool firmly over every single letter to be sure the tape is sticking to every part of the letter. Then, peel your entire project off of the Cricut matt.
Cut out each of your labels keeping the words together if they are on two separate lines like mine are.
 6) Wipe down your cannister where you plan to apply the label. Peel off the paper backing and place your label smoothly on the cannister. Use your scraping tool once again over every part of each letter to be sure the vinyl will stick well to the cannister.


7) Once you have scraped down every letter you are now ready to slowly pull off the transfer tape. Do this by starting in one of the corners and pulling it off at a 45 degree angle to the letters. Be sure your letters are sticking to the cannister. If the vinyl letter starts to peel back with the tape, carefully put the tape back onto the cannister, use the scraping tool on that part of the letter again, and then carefully pull back the tape again. Tip:  I used the Strong Grip Cricut Transfer Tape. I would recommend something with a little less grip, if you can find it. It works fine with the strong, but it might be a little easier to pull off it was a lighter grip.
 You can see below how many labels I created. Once I had everything laid out in Design Space, the actual cutting and adhering only took about an hour. I'm pretty pumped about how they look! I may have to leave my cabinet doors open for all to see. 😍
Let me know if you try this project! It's fun stuff!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!