Friday, April 29, 2011

Another Friday Flashback

Busy, busy day today (another wedding to photograph--yay!) so I'll keep this flashback short and sweet!

Today I have two layouts from the November 2008 Scrapbook Trends to re-post. Their both of Spencer's baby days and the one about his lashes has one of my favorite photos of him on it! I have always loved how long and sweet his lashes are!

Your Long Lashes

 Sweet Slumber

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Older Photos, New Layout

I've had these photos sitting around waiting to be scrapbooked forever. But they weren't really the best photos even though they told a story I really wanted to remember. They were shadowy, had red eye problems, and were underexposed. Thankfully a little digital photo enhancing helped remove a lot of those problems and I finally got them printed and scrapbooked. These photos are from six years ago when my oldest had his first desire to dress himself. It didn't go quite as planned, but it was cute all the same. I turned it into my last layout for April.

 Mr. Independent

I fell in love with the dinosaurs in this new line (Mr. Boy) by Bella Blvd. Ty just LOVED dinosaurs at this age! Matter of fact he still like them quite a lot :) Anyhow, here is the journaling: "These photos show you Ty, on the day you decided you were big enough to dress yourself. The only problem was you picked Blake’s baby clothes to try and wear. That didn’t go so well and after getting a bit stuck; you came to me for help. You wouldn’t let me put bigger clothes on you but eventually you found a way to wear the baby clothes. You so were very proud of yourself, I had to take a picture! 2005"

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

At Least One of My Boys Has All His Birthday's Scrapbooked....

Of course he's only had four of them, but I have finished them all! Ty and Blake...well they both have some of them scrapbooked! I've really got to do better on their birthdays as well though. For some reason scrapbooking birthdays is hard for me though! I think it is the number of photos I have from their parties with friends. Spencer hasn't had a "friend" party yet....just family.

Anyhow, here is his fourth birthday (and another of my April layouts).

The papers here are from the very cute Spotted Owl Soup birthday line by Jillibean Soup. The journaling reads: "Brownies, presents, your favorite foods, grandparents, family, and lots of Lego Cars to play with. I think that must have made it a perfect birthday for you Spencer! We just loved celebrating your 4th birthday with you! Dec. 2010"

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I Have A New Toy...

So about eight or nine months ago I bought my first Cricut machine. It was the Create and I loved it! Used it a whole bunch and pretty soon wondered why I put off picking one up for soooooooo long! :) When I got it I thought I'd never need the larger sized Expression as I just couldn't see myself using super large die-cuts... 6"x12" seemed pretty big at the time...well............

 I was wrong!

It's amazing just what this machine is capable of and before long I decided to upgrade. I found a great deal on a refurbished Expression for $100 here and spent the last couple of days playing around with and falling in love with the larger size! Here is one of the projects I made.

This little gift bag was cut with the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge, and the stork/flowers/and circles were cut with the Stork's Delivery Cartridge by Creative Memories. The papers are a mixture of various Pebbles papers from their Ever After, New Arrival Girl, and Tree House lines. Cutting that bag out without the larger machine would have been impossible! I'm loving the possibilities that this introduces!

Thanks for letting me share my excitement! Enjoy your Tuesday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Future Cowboy at Our House

This was Blake's first year participating in his school's annual hoedown as a student. He has come to be a part of Ty's hoe-down before, but he really got excited about having his turn to learn the dances and routines. Dressing up was also exciting to him and showing off his moves to his grandparents and me was his favorite part of it all.

Future Cowboy

This layout for is made with new lines by Cosmo Cricket. A few papers from Upcycle, Salt Air, and Social Club seemed to be made for each other so I did something I rarely do and used more than 1 line on a layout. I think I may have to try it more often! I based this layout on this fun sketch from the Studio Calico blog.

The journaling on this layout reads: What fun it was to go watch your first hoedown Blake! You had worked so hard to learn the dances and had so much fun performing them! Your grandparents and I loved coming to the school to see you do your line dances and routines. Clearly you were thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to be a “cowboy” today!

More layouts to come this week!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Hi everyone, I just wanted to quickly share a little something that I made for the Pebbles blog today! This little wall hanging was made with their Happy Go Lucky line and was really fun and easy to make thanks to the pre-made chipboard flowers in this line.

The opening in the frame (from the dollar store) is about 12"x6" which make it really easy to just cut a 12"x12" paper in half and add it as a background.

It was a black frame at first, but some white spray paint fixed that. :)

I cut the title out with my Cricut and the new Creative Memories Stork's Delivery cartridge--can't get enough of that cartridge!

Anyhow, be sure and check out this project and all the other beautiful projects on the Pebbles blog today!

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bubble Beards

Do your kids do this? Take a bubble bath and spend their time figuring out what they will look like in their old age? Well that's what mine do and I decided to scrapbook it! This is one of my April layouts for this month and it features Studio Calico's new Countryside line.

The Journaling reads:

Bath time always seems to be filled with lots of laughter from you three boys, but no more so than this past week when I found you brothers giggeling in delight at the “bubble beards” you were giving yourselves!  It made me laugh to see such a simple thing bringing peals of laughter all the way down the stairs. April 2011

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Win Some Brand New Pebbles

Pebbles is releasing a fabulous spring mid-release called Floral Lane! It is beautiful and I'm very excited to get my hands on some and play with it! You can check out more pictures of this line on the Pebbles blog, and be sure and leave a comment there to have a chance to win some for yourself!

I'm wrapping up my Queen and Co. board program layouts right now, but I'll be back with a whole bunch of new layouts in the next fews day! Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Some Creative Memories Projects to Share

Happy Wednesday! Whew, halfway through the week already! It's been a fun one here so far, I'm working my way through another set of Queen and Co. board program layouts, so that has tied up a lot of my creative time, but I've also been enjoying driving the new car we bought last week, and planning a beach camping trip with my parents. Should be a lot of fun! :)

Today I just wanted to share some recently completed layouts and a card I did for the Creative Memories blog and project center.

I *heart* your Baby Fat

This layout of Spencer uses one of my favorite photos of him and that pacifer he loved so much! It uses a mixture of Creative Memories new adorable Rugged Baby Boy papers and embellishments, and their new line "Fabulous", plus a little bit of work with their new Cricut cartridge (that I am completely in love with!), Stork's Delivery.

Rugged Baby Boy line:

These use their new "Cheerful" line, along with more work with the Stork's Delivery Cricut cartridge--great for more than just baby layouts! Oh, and these new lines come in digital too if you are interested!

Got to run today! Lots and lots to accomplish! :) Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Swing Buddies

A little something digital today! I bought some awesome digital kits and templates a few months ago, but haven't had much time to play with them. I made up for that a little over the weekend and came up with this.

Swing Buddies

The journaling reads: "Just as the school year ended and Dad headed out to scout camp, I got really, really, sick with something like the flu. I had very little energy and spent most of two or three days sitting on the couch downstairs trying to care for you three boys. One of the only good moments of those few days was looking out the window and watching Ty and Blake playing together. Ty was pushing Blake on the swing and then jumping on his back to join him in the ride. They were both giggling and laughing so hard...despite how sick I felt, I found my self laughing too--and running for the camera of course! June 2009"

This is the digi kit I used, Brotherly Love, by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Meghan Mullens, super cute huh? :)

And I used this very fun template by Cindy Schneider

I love that Cindy now includes a .page file with her templates making them compatible (and very easy to use) with Storybook Creator Plus 3.0--my favorite digital scrapbooking software, so simple to use and worth every penny! I moved things around a bit, but overall stuck pretty close to the original.

Anyhow, that's it for today! Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Flash Back Time Again!

Since I'm late in the day posting this I'll try to make it extra special! Here is a layout I've never posted anywhere, even before it was published--so I'm not re-posting it, just finally able to get it up online! It was in the very first Cricut Magazine from Jan 2011.

You Love To Pretend

I used some of my favorite My Mind's Eye papers here, paired with the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cricut cartridge (sub-title) and the Creative Memories Reminisce Accents cartridge (border). The journaling reads:
"All three of you boys love Grandpa’s hat and frequently wear it when he comes to visit. This particular visit was on a Sunday after church. You Blake, took a turn wearing his hat and promptly took off running around the room and declared that you were now “ Indiana Jones!” And in your Sunday best, you truly looked the part of your Lego game hero! 7/12/09"
Also, be sure and leave a comment on the Pebbles Blog today so you have a chance to win your favorite line from their new collections!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Winner, Winner!

Well picked Comment #3 so congrats Jamie Lane Cripps!!! Please email me your address and I'll send out your Queen and Company prize! :)

Not much to share today so I thought I'd just post a simple card I made with some older Pebbles papers. These papers are from their super cute Twitterpated line, and the stamp is by Imaginisce.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Daddy Daughter Dance

Hi everyone--I hope you had a fabulous weekend! We spent ours enjoying the nice weather with some landscaping projects, a walk at a nature preserve, listening to conference, reading books and playing board games together as a family. It was one of the best weekends we have had in a long time mostly because of the lack of extra stuff preventing us from just hanging out together as a family. It was wonderful!

Today I wanted to share a layout that went up on the Pebbles blog this morning featuring their Happy Go Lucky and Ever After lines mixed together. It's about a rare chance I had to dance with my Dad during a cruise we took last Thanksgiving.

Daddy Daughter Dance

The journaling reads: "One of my favorite moments from this cruise was having an opportunity to dance with my dad. It was a bit of an impromptu moment as they had just cleared the lounge chairs off the deck and some fun oldies songs were being played over the speakers. No one else was dancing but these moments are so few and rare, I grabbed his hand and asked him to dance with me. We Cha-chaed across the deck and had a blast doing so. Thankfully I left Marc with the camera and he snapped a few photos of this tender moment. Nov 2010"

Be sure and stop by the Pebbles blog to check out the other awesome layouts from the design team mixing and matching the new Pebbles lines today!

Also this weekend I started working on a new project for my grandma. She lives several hundred miles away and I don't get to see her much. She loves to hear about my family and what we are up to, and I figured one of the best ways for her to know how we are is to share my layouts with her. I decided that I would make her a photo book of some recent layouts so she would know more about my boys and what this crazy family of mine was up to. I'll send it to her before we come up to visit her this summer so hopefully she can get to know my boys even better before our visit!

This meant re-photographing my layouts so that I have hi-resolution copies of them for the book. A time consuming, but necessary step. I find that I have some comfort in knowing I have hi resolution copies for myself too. I think I'll burn them to a CD and take them over to my parent’s house as a back up in case anything should ever happen to the original layouts. I would hate to lose the originals; however, knowing I could just print up a few photo books and replace them is a nice thought :)

Here is a peek at some of the thumbnails of what is going in the book:

I still have lots more to go, but hopefully I'll get it wrapped up in a day or two!

Thanks for stopping by! Oh, and don't forget my giveaway from a couple of posts down. I'll close that out later tonight and get a winner posted in the morning :) Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Flashback Again

So sorry I missed posting a flashback last week, it was just a busy day! I decided today that I'd post two previously published layouts to make up for it though! :)

First up is one from the June 2010 issue of Scrapbook Trends featuring one of my favorite lines from Sassafras Lass, Monstrosity.

Today You Were A Little Monster
The photo is from awhile back of Spencer telling me "no-no!" It seeded to fit this page well.

Journaling Reads: Today, well actually, for the past few weeks you have been quite a handful Spencer; getting into everything, breaking things, spilling things, taking off your diaper and having accidents, etc. Today was just the day that you decorated the carpet in my craft room in lovely multi-colored ink blots. But really that is nothing, in fact I'm smiling about it. I mean it just adds to the huge silver paint and walnut ink stain you left on that carpet about 2 weeks ago. Never mind that you striped all my ink pads off their bases and tore them apart, never mind that you ruined 2 sets of clothes, never mind that your hands may be permanently stained to look make you look like a Picasso. At least we have a permanent reminder of your exploration into art. Groan. Well, it's a good thing you are so cute Spencer, it has saved you from a lot of trouble during your "monster moments" lately! --December 2009"

 And another one featuring Spencer from the April 2010 Scrapbook Trends. The papers here are by Cosmo Cricket and the embellishments/letters are by Queen and Company. I love that I got 9 birthday photos on this rather simple page!

The Journaling reads: "We were in Lubbock for your 2nd birthday Spencer, and you got to spend the day with lots of family. You loved playing with your cousins, eating cake and ice cream, and of course playing with all your new toys (which included a lot of little people). I enjoyed watching you have so much fun, yet I also saw just how much you have grown. You have truly left the baby behind and become a very cute little boy. December 2009"

And as a side note, Pebbles has a give away on their blog today for the Mr. and Mrs. line. Be sure and stop over at their blog and leave a comment for a chance to win it!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone--and don't forget to comment on the post below for a chance at my Queen and Company giveaway!