Monday, May 22, 2017

My Girls

I have here today a page I made of my daughters together. As adults, they all lead busy lives and live in various parts of the world. It's a special time when they are all together. This was my oldest daughter's birthday weekend. Her husband had surprised her the day before with an overnight stay for all the family at a waterpark. We came from all over to celebrate her 30th birthday! This particular moment was while we were out and her husband was at home working on yet another surprise- an official party!

I wanted to capture the earthy feel of the photo, and I selected the Hazelwood kit. I fussy cut all the butterflies except for the large one the bottom. I cut out the doily from a stash of Bazzill Basics paper with my Cherry Lynn French Pastry Doily die. I am entering this in the Scrap Our Stash May Challenge.

For this challenge, you must use something from your stash for each of the letters in the word
MOTHER.  Here's my stash for MOTHER:

M-My Girls, title, Media
O-Outdoor Photo
T-Today in the layout, and Tsukineko Shimmering Mist (gold over the butterflies, and corners)
H-Hearts, Hazelwood paper
E-Epherma (the large butterfly, gold foil hearts, gold "lovely" and the flowers); Embellishments (button and heart paper clip)
R-Re-inkers (Close to My Heart, Sweet Leaf, Moonstruck speckled in the corners)

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shades of Cool

I can't exactly say I've dived back into scrapbooking, but I have been working hard at setting my room back up, and sorting through all my long lost stuff. Grown kids don't move out and stay away, they come home, and when that happens, my scrap room becomes dismantled to make space. My husband finally suggested I make a place in our sun room. I was reluctant, due to the huge windows and so much light that could potentially damage my products. However, I love that particular space. It's a very refreshing place to be early in the morning. I enjoy reading my Bible and having my quiet time with God in my rocking chair there. Needless to say, the rocking chair has a permanent spot in "my space." We found room dividers at Hobby Lobby, and dear hubby hooked one side to the wall for me, so as to make it a temporary, yet stable divider.  The room is long and narrow, and I still have plenty of space for the sun room to feel like it's own room. I have been sorting through paper, embellishments, dies, stamps, etc., and I have tried to really look at what I want and don't want. I actually discovered that my taste hasn't changed much, and it was refreshing to know that I can still use "old" stuff with a fresh look with the new things I have.

Graduation came and went last weekend. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders to know that I am completely finished with my education.  I'm tapering off my caseload in the rehab center as an addictions counselor, making way for more time at home for the individual we care for, as she needs me to be home. This is giving me more time for what I enjoy, and that is putting my memories on paper!

 I did a layout today and used my March Doubleshot kit to create "Shades of Cool" of the granddaughters showing off their "shades." The kit was from The Scrap Room and it is the American Crafts On A Whim by Amy Tangerine. Everything is from the kit except a the black paper for matting, and a few accent pieces that were in my stash. I followed the May sketch challenge from The Scrap Room. I fussy cut the sunglasses as one of the "rings" in the sketch. I used a circle punch to make another "ring," sort of rainbow style to pick up more of the paper in the horizontal banner. I punched black dots and placed rhinestones on them to connect the circles. I matted the photos and the "shades" paper in black in order to keep them the focal point of the layout. The title Shades of Cool represented the theme of the photos and the paper, making for a fun layout!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Scrap Itch

The Scrap Itch is a rare disease that you acquire when you haven't held or manipulated patterned paper, glue or anything shiny in your hands far too long! I've been on a paper crafting hiatus for over four years while I completed my master's degree in counseling. This is my first attempt at a scrapbook page in four years!  My scrap room is discombobulated, but I have the Scrap Itch! I have decided the only cure for this disease is to dive in and play. I'm looking forward to a full year of a scrap-happy life. Every counselor needs self-care, right?

For this layout,  I used the January "Jumpstart" Sketch Challenge from The ScrapRoom Blog. All of the papers are from Fancy Pants which were included in the January's Flavors of the Month club kit and patterned paper add-on kit.  I fussy cut the balloons, and highlighted them with a silver paint pen and silver sheer shimmer mist, popping them off the page just a bit. I accented the sprinkles on the cupcake with stickles.  Some of the embellishments came from previous month's kits, and some from the little bit of stash I could find. I had fun creating the page to celebrate my granddaughter's first birthday!