August 29, 2011

it's a long ways off

To get back into the habit of blogging I've got to start somewhere.  I never meant for my blog to be solely a scrapbooking blog and I think when I'm in the habit of blogging it isn't.  But when I'm trying to just get a post in and share something, a scrapbook page is the easiest thing that comes to my mind.

Even though it is late August, and September is just around the corner, fall won't be showing up around these parts anytime soon.  Believe me when I say that I am thankful for the mild summer we have had this year, but it usually doesn't start truly cooling down until late November sometimes mid-December.  So in my mind, it is still summer, summer, summer.  It was a big surprise to me then when I received my October issue of Scrapbooks Etc. in the mail a couple of weeks back.  And an even bigger surprise when I was flipping through the magazine and noticed one of my layouts.  I just wasn't expecting to see it so soon!

I made this layout using photos I had taken for a day in the life project prompted by fellow Write.Click.Scrapbook. collective member, Emily Pitts.  I didn't take that many photos for that project because we were in the middle of our move, but I'm happy I participated and I actually really love all the photos and moments I did manage to capture that day.  By the way, you should go through the posts that Emily put together for that particular week, tons of ideas and photography inspiration.  The first post in that series can be found, here.  Then, just use the arrow tabs at the top of the post to continue reading through the week's posts. 

I will say that I am looking forward to fall; it is my favorite season.  With it comes apple picking, visiting the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating and Thanksgiving (oh, and daddy's birthday too!)  Even if the weather doesn't cool down until November, we love this time of year and it seems the boys do too. 

Before I go, I did want to say that we are praying for all those who have been effected by hurricane Irene.  We have family that were hit by the storm, they live in a flood zone and are unable to stay in their house at present.  If you could, take a moment to say a prayer for them? 

Until next time, God bless. 

August 24, 2011

if you're looking for me...

I'm blogging at Write.Click.Scrapbook. today.  Talking about my favorite scrapbooking tool, punches.  I hope you'll stop by to see all the projects and ideas I've collected for the post.

And, as an aside, I'm hoping to get back into a blogging routine, soon.  We've started school and I've been keeping myself occupied with that, along with numerous cooking experiments...  Anyhow, I think it's time I got back into sharing some of that here again.

August 17, 2011

sketch number ten

Yesterday the tenth sketch in the Stretch Your Sketches challenge went up on the Ella blog.  I can hardly believe that the series is almost over (only two more sketches to go!)  I have had so much fun doing this challenge series with Ella and all of the Ella friends.  I wanted to interrupt my blogging break to share my layout from this past sketch:

I've actually had the sketch for this week in my notebook for some time and I have used it or a variation of it several times now.  Usually when I use a sketch I follow it fairly closely.  In this case, I really only used the sketch as a starting point for my layout.  As I went to edit the photos I planned on using and as I put together the layout I ended up moving things around quite a bit.  Even with all the changes I made, I think you can still tell that the design was inspired by the sketch.

These photos are from Mother's Day of this year and the journaling reads:  These are my Mother’s Day photos. You can’t really tell, but I’m holding onto Nathan mostly because he was trying to run away. And Gabe basically refused to look into the camera. Oh well, we tried. May 2011

Joining me this week in the challenge is Ella Friend, Mary Jo Johnston.  Mary Jo is an amazing card maker, and so I asked her to make a card from the sketch instead of a layout.  Instead of creating one card, she made two!  Here is a little sneak peek of one of her cards:

Mary Jo has been creating scrapbooks, handmade cards and paper crafts for nearly 10 years. Her love for photography and preserving memories has made this hobby a precious part of her life.

Mary Jo's designs range from clean lines and traditional to vintage and shabby chic.  She enjoys creating mini books and layouts, but has a true passion for cardmaking.  The tiny details that go into each card are what she enjoys most.  Her work can be seen in Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts Magazine, CARDS, Scrapbook TrendsSimply Handmade and Cantata Books. She has been a featured Designer of the Month for CARDS Magazine, and has more than 200 cards in publication.

Mary Jo lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband and their five year old twins who are the subjects of her most precious scrapbook pages.  She blogs at Me and You + Two.

Be sure to visit The Daily Trumpet to see the sketch for this week as well as the full images of Mary Jo's adorable cards.  I really do love seeing what everyone comes up with using the sketches.  I always come away quite inspired and so I hope you will play along!

August 2, 2011

Sketch #9

Sketch #9 in the challenge series went up today at The Daily Trumpet.  After the last sketch which featured six photos, I've simplified things a bit this time around.  As I always say there are no rules or limits as to how you use the sketch, just let the sketch inspire you to create and then share it with us! =)

I am happy to announce that this month the Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series is being sponsored by Ella Friend Monika Wright and her etsy shop

So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook Stretch Your Sketches,

The winner will also receive a $20 gift certificate to i love it all and Monika has generously agreed to ship internationally - thank you Monika!

This week I took a turn at stretching the sketch, and I did stretch it quite a bit!  You can read my description in the post to get the full details.  Here is my layout which documents our family's love of In-N-Out:

The journaling reads:  Every Sunday after mass we go to In-N-Out for lunch. We’ve had this tradition in our family for almost three years now. When we go, the boys always get stickers. Nathan calls them "stickos" and he likes to make the cars in his picture crash (if you were there you'd get to experience the sound effects too). Gabe on the other hand likes things to make a little more sense and he makes the woman hold the flowers (which is too sweet). One day while we were eating Gabe said, "Isn't In-N-Out great?" Yes, Gabe, it is; we couldn't agree more.

Inside the pocket are the sticker pictures that my two sons made on this particular trip (if you'd like you can see them here).  Even if we keep this tradition for years to come, I don't know how long these simple stickers will make my boys happy and so while I don't save them every week (can you imagine the stack I would have by now!?) I did want to save at least one set as a reminder of these days.

Joining me this week in the challenge is May Flaum.  Here is a sneak peek at her layout:

And here is what May had to say about herself:

When it comes to crafting I am all about the fun. Hi there, my name is May Flaum and I’m just a purple, damask, vintage loving crafter and work from home mama of two lovely girls. I’ve worked in a lot of positions in the scrapbook industry, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. From teaching classes on-line to creating new projects for a design team I just love scrapbooking. It combines my love of family, good times, color, design, and lets me put all the photos I love to take to good use. I love cooking, photography, spending time outside in the yard, and being silly. I have a new book with Memory Makers called Scrapbook Workshop (coming end of August), and on-line you can find me as a contributing editor for Scrapbook Update, teaching on a regular basis at Big Picture Classes, and blogging almost daily.

Keep up with May at her blog confessions of a chocoholic.  Registration for May's current Big Picture Class, Double Take is open now.

May's layout is so beautifully done I hope you will visit the Daily Trumpet to see the rest of the layout as well as the sketch that inspired the layout.

And I hope that you will join in the fun too!

August 1, 2011

Cocoa Daisy's August Kit: Siren's Call

I have the very great privilege this month of being the guest designer at Cocoa Daisy.  They sent me this month's kit which is called Siren's Call and I had so much fun creating with it (unfortunately the kit is already sold out).  This kit is beautiful; it is filled with bright, bold colors and was perfect for scrapbooking some of my favorite summer photos.  I made three layouts and two cards with the kit and here they are:

This is my favorite photo from last summer.  We still haven't been the beach yet this year.  We need to go sometime soon!  I used Mister Huey's mist in Calico White on this layout to subdue the color of the blue cardstock just a bit.  My first time to mist ever.  I'm taking baby steps. =)

You might recognize this photo, summer wouldn't be the same without my new favorite beverage.

Early in the summer my husband spotted a box of Otter Pops at Costco.  He bought a box just as much for himself as he did for the boys.  They have all enjoyed taking breaks from their play to enjoy a sweet treat now and then.

The stamp from this month's kit is a set of banner pieces (and it is still available for sale as of this posting).  I used it to create this card:

I have been embossing a lot lately and it has been fun to incorporate this technique into my scrapbooking.

And one last card that I made from the scraps of my layouts:


I love that yellow paper above.  It's from Simple Stories and is called Hello Sunshine.  The other side is the circle print that I use on the Perfect layout.

Finally, I want to extend a big thank you to both Christine Drumheller and Ronda Palazzari for the opportunity to work with Cocoa Daisy this month.

I'll be back tomorrow with my Stretch Your Sketches challenge layout.  Just as a note, the sketches are going up on the first and third Tuesdays for this month.  Ella is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Month and it kicks-off today.

Have a happy Monday. =)


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