Sunday, November 10, 2019

Boys Will Be Boys - Two Page Wedding Layout

It's time to share more pics of the boys today! Having raised two boys (no girls), I kind of "get" them. My two never cease to amaze me or amuse me!!

Here's some photos featuring their sillier side for the wedding album. Boys definitely being all boy!
 My sons are at the top of the page above...My youngest, the handsome groom, on the left and my oldest handsome son on the right!! I love the black and white wallet of them "cuddling"...LOL! Could I be anymore blessed with these two? They keep me guessing, laughing, bursting with pride, and sometimes raising an eyebrow. 😍
 Aside from his one and only big brother, Jacob had three friends from college, and a high school friend stand up with him. I love seeing the more professional wedding-like photos next to the goofing off definitely shows their personalities.
The brick look patterned paper was a nice masculine background for these photos. The title was cut with my Cricut with a bold block font from Design Space and I added small letter stickers for part of the title. The photo corners were just enough to finish off the page. 

Thanks for stopping by for another wedding layout. More to come!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"Bride Tribe" - Two Page Wedding Layout

Hope you all had a fun Halloween. It's not my favorite holiday of the year, but I do enjoy seeing it through the eyes of my grandchildren! We had a fun time trick or treating the neighborhood together. Scarlet was a hippy and Sawyer was a lego, but he already took off his costume before I snapped the pic. Somebody told him Legos can be pretty scary when you're barefoot in the middle of the night.πŸ˜‚ Oh, how I remember....
Fall is slipping into winter so quickly! Yikes! I'm not ready to give it up yet.

Thought I'd share some more of my son and DIL's wedding layouts. Here's a layout featuring the lovely "Bride Tribe". They were so photogenic, it was really hard to choose what pics to feature on the layout.
 Above is the right side of the layout. Apparently, I forgot to snap a picture of the left side. Sorry about that, but you can zoom in on the pic below if you want to see it more closely. I used a mixture of both black and white and color photos on most of the layouts in the album. I like the contrast of the black and white!
I kept it simple with 3 banners of different lengths going different directions from my scraps. I used the largest banner on the left to balance out the fewer pictures and to highlight the title. The title could have been a bit bigger, now that I look back at this.😞 The antique round brads are from StampinUp! The paper flowers have been in my stash forever and helped to make the page look more feminine along with the blinged up little bitty butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Stay warm out there! 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Halloween Treat bags

How was your Halloween? Do you make special treat bags for your favorite Trick or Treaters? I try to make something cute for my little grands every year. Even if it's as simple as using a brown paper sack and drawing a silly face or Jack-O-Lantern on it. This year I cracked open my Cricut !
The owl is for the little Miss and the Bat (or is it Dracula?) is for the little Mr.
I found this bat bag in Design Studio. It fit perfectly on a 12" mat and one sheet of 12x12 cardstock with a scrap of green. I may need to buy a bigger mat and enlarge the bag for next year...They may need more candy?? πŸ˜„ I did change the eyes and the mouth on the bat. I think he will like it!
For the little Miss, I used the same bag design, but found a cute owl for the front. It was pretty easy to size the owl to the proper size for the front of the other bag. I ran it through my Cuttlebug to look like feathers. And those little feet!!! 😍 I'm a bit of an owl freak, even though the little Miss is not as excited about them as she used to be.
I used my new StampinUp!'s" Everything Festive" to stamp a cute tag to tie on the side. I wish I would have had black and white baker's twine...I will have to get some for next time!

Our Trick or Treating night was postponed from Thursday until tonight! Isn't that crazy?? We had really strong winds on the 31st and the authorities were concerned, because it was also so wet and rainy, that power lines or trees could get blown down and hurt somebody. Hmmmm....I guess there is a first for everything!! Anyway, I'm looking forward to trick or treating with my favorite 7 and 5 year old. πŸ˜ƒThen they are sleeping over!! PawPaw and I love making memories with them!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

"The Boys" - Two Page Wedding Layout

Now it's time to share my layout of the boys getting ready for the wedding. They had their own kind of fun, as boys normally do. 😜
Definitely a more masculine look for this layout with hounds tooth check and shiny mustache paper. There was a LOT of facial hair in the room!!  I sized the title and the tie to work together on the page. Both were cut with my Cricut. Look at that sweet little grandson of ours getting his hair combed by his handsome Daddy!!! He's so full of sweetness and a little bit of chaos. Couldn't love him more! 
How are we so blessed to have two tall, handsome young men as our sons?? Not only are they handsome, but they are good, God fearing men who love their families and leave their mark on the world around them. They are not perfect, but they strive to be the best they can be and we couldn't be more proud of them!!! This guy right here, the groom, is our baby, and I still miss having him around the house and our conversations. He always loved and appreciated my cooking, whatever I made. He was even super helpful around the house and the yard. 
Not sure why the coloration of this picture is off, but the left background is all white (like the right side). I used the Cricut to journal this one too. More from the boys later on in the album. They are such a hoot!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have many more wedding layouts to share with you!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

"The Girls" - Two Page Wedding Scrapbook Page

Here's another layout from my son and DIL's wedding album which I recently completed. This layout is of the girls getting ready before the wedding. They were having so much fun together.
 I love all the pictures and it was so hard to decide! Thankfully, I was able to work all of these onto one layout without it detracting from the design. I used gold foil for the crown and the photo corners. It was so exciting to find the white sparkly bow in my stash! The journaling was done on my Cricut machine. Throughout the album, I used some of my own handwriting too. Cricut writes WAY better than I do!
Her braids were so pretty! Beautiful young ladies, beautiful smiles, beautiful dresses and so much anticipation!
I was able to get 9 photos on here including the 2 wallets and I still had room for some decorative tape and a little bit of bling. Thanks for stopping by today! Lots more wedding pages to share soon!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"All the Things" - Two Page Wedding Layout

My youngest son was married two years ago to a beautiful young lady! We are super happy to have Katie as our second daughter-in-love! She fits right in with our crazy family. They are a great pair and I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for them.

I took the plunge and created a wedding album for them. I loved doing it, and I hope they will enjoy it for years to come. I'm proud of how it turned out and am happy to start sharing some of the layouts.

 I thought I would try to follow a theme throughout the album, but honestly, I just couldn't do it. Overall the color theme is close, though, since many of the colors are repeated in all of the photos.
I love everything fall, so these colors are right up my alley. The background paper is so pretty and works so well with the pictures.
 I hope you are inspired and will come back for future posts. You may not have any weddings to scrapbook in the near future, but all of these layouts are easy to use with all types of themes.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon so you can see the beautiful Bride and Groom! 😻

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Napkin Holder - Vinyl project

Thought I would hop on here quick and share a little vinyl project I did tonight. I'm new to the whole world of vinyl, but loving it!

We bought this farm house style napkin holder when we first moved into our new home. It was kind of plain Jane but I loved the size of it and the wood handle. I had a little piece of vinyl left from another project so decided to jazz it up farm house style. 
If you need a step-by-step tutorial, please click here for my Rae Dunn inspired farm house pantry labels. The labels were my first project, and I was hooked after that!
Anyway...back to my Plain Jane napkin holder. I chose this "Simply Blessed" image from Design Studio, cut it on my little piece of leftover vinyl and I love how it turned out!
It looks like it's always been Farm House fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you are inspired to take something Plain Jane to farm house fab.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Final Goodbyes - Two Page Layout

Finally, this is it! My very last scrapbook layout from our 2017 Israel trip. This was our final meal together as a group at the Andromeda House. It was an amazing spread of tasty food. Why didn't I take a picture of the buffet? It was so good! I'm not a very adventurous eater, but found the food in Israel was a very pleasant surprise.
 We all had scheduled departure times with the airport shuttle. I was glad we had a later departure so we could stay with our group as long as possible and see them off as one of the host couples for our group.
We started our adventure in Tiberius along the Sea of Galilee, travelled to Jerusalem, and finally watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. I never thought we'd be able to see Israel, yet here we were!! What an incredible and unexpected blessing that we'll never forget!
Definitely the trip of our lifetime. We learned a lot, but also two years later, feel like we've forgotten a lot of historical details. We just may need to go back some time in the future.

Thanks for letting me share our amazing trip with you. I hope you've been inspired in some way. What next?? You'll have to stop back and see, but maybe some wedding layouts? 😊 I've got a whole box of recently finished layouts to photograph! Maybe you'll see those soon.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Two Page SCrapbook Layout - "Jaffa Walking Tour"

Today, I'm sharing another two page layout from our amazing time in Israel. Jaffa's claim to fame is the TRUE story of Jonah and the Whale. The Lord told Jonah  to go to Nineveh, but he went to Jaffa (aka Joppa) where he boarded a ship and went to Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
My husband took some great pictures as they walked through the town and learned more about the history of Jaffa. It was yet another blistering hot day, and everybody came to dinner sweating!! But, again, well worth the effort. We ate our last meal together as a group before we all boarded our airport shuttles. The coast is very scenic, especially with TelAviv's skyline as a backdrop. I love the colorful doors, brick walkways, and interesting architecture.
 This layout was super simple with the solid aqua cardstock, seven photos and map embellishments. A little bit of twine around the left side, camera die cut, map letter stickers, and postcard journaling to finish it off.
This is another example of how I pack in the photos. Here I used digital size photos to give enough room to stack the vertical photos on top of each other still leaving a bit of blank space all the way around.

Hope this layout inspires you in some way!! Thanks for stopping by. One more Israel layout to share soon!! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Time to Celebrate"

Just a few more Israel layouts to share! Whew!!! There were quite a few. This is what happens when you have so many great memories to capture. They all fit nicely in one album, though, so I think I did well!
 This is a second layout from our final gala event. The guy behind me looking my direction is the person I work closely with to help plan our agent trips. He's kind of like a big brother to me. I wish I could remember why we were all laughing, but I'm thinking the joke was on me here based on my expression. πŸ˜†
 It was such a great night seeing all of our planning play out in real life. What a blessing to even be there with my colleagues! I was a last minute add to the invitation list, so even more of a surprise blessing! My husband and I are just so grateful for the opportunity to experience Israel with so many amazing people that we know and love!!
I chose to play off the pink in my necklace and in the centerpiece flowers. Matting the pics in green amped up the color even more. I love the memories this layout evokes for my husband and I!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Two more trip layouts coming soon!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Exciting News!

I am so excited to share this exciting news with you. One of my layouts (Beards Rule) is being featured in the new fall issue of Scrapbook and Cards today. Here's a link to check it out (Pg. 64). Thanks for looking!!! I can't say enough about the quality of this magazine! The beautiful projects are so creative and inspirational!! I'm humbled and honored to be part of it.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Time to Celebrate"

Here's another layout of our final gala event in Israel! The trip was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for my husband and I. So many memories made with our wonderful work family. It was such an amazing event!
 After dinner there was dessert and a time for open mic, for anybody who wanted to share about their Israel experience. Once again, I was completely blown away by the amazing agents that we have the pleasure to work with every day. I'm so grateful for the way they represent our company to the churches that we serve across the country!
 We are beyond blessed to have been able to participate in this amazing trip! We were able to experience walking in the places where Jesus walked and learning more about his vast love and ultimate sacrifice for us all!! Words really can't describe it all.
Thanks for stopping by!! Have a blessed week!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Olmaya Gala"

Our final event in Israel was a Gala where we celebrated our time together. What an amazing venue with a panoramic view of the Old City.
The location, dΓ©cor, entertainment, food, and our amazing group made it a phenomenal memory for everybody who was there. I felt so blessed to be given the opportunity to help with the planning of this once in a lifetime trip, from start to finish, and then see it all play out in person with all of these amazing coworkers and agents.
 Everybody was taking photos in groups and as couples with the old city in the background while listening to the jazz band on the lawn and enjoying some hors d'oeuvres. Then we went in for an amazing dinner together.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I have a few more Israel layout to share so stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Two page Scrapbook Layout - "Old City"

I only have a few more Israel layouts to share!  So many great pictures, but I had to narrow it down significantly to keep it in one large album. This layout features pictures from the temple.
It was so much HOTTER than normal while we were there and there was not much shade to be found within the walls. We kept walking and it was totally worth all the sweat!
 The picture above (lower right) is our entire group. Remember this was a work trip, so it was such a blessing to experience this Holy place with others who we know and love, and who share our beliefs.
There were so many pictures, I really kept the embellishments to a minimum. These are travel stickers and travel washi tape that I had in my stash for quite some time. Hope you are inspired, and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Two page Scrapbook Layout - "Good Times"

Who is hanging on to the last few days of summer?!? Fall is, by far, my favorite, but I've learned through the years how fast times I'm hanging on to summer for awhile longer.
 I don't always break out the camera on our Sunday family dinner get togethers. I'm glad I did on this day, because these shots are priceless to me. Our two boys, their sweet wives, and these two grandchildren have our heart!
I cut the title with my Cricut to look like the patterned paper on the bottom part of the layout. My patterned paper scraps came in handy to show through the heart cutouts. I doodled a few X's just for fun, to match the cross-stitch look in one of the hearts below.
 Bright colored washi strips to line the edges and a little bitty banner with a heart for extra interest along the bottom. I used a few of the heart shaped negatives to scatter around the title.
These are my favorite family! Can't get enough of them. We are so blessed to have them nearby and that we're all willing to make time for each other in this busy phase of life. 😘