Monday, August 15, 2016

Get Up: Autism Walk

We have participated in a yearly autism walk since Brandon was diagnosed three years ago. We had a big group this year, and I took a bunch of photos to document the occasion. My sister-in-law even brought my brand new nephew to walk/roll. We had a great time. The biggest surprise was when my grandparents showed up. We were so happy to see them!

Most of the supplies on this layout are from Echo Park's Capture Life line, but I pulled some washi tape, enamel dots, and mist from my stash. I entered this layout into a music themed challenge at and I won! I was able to pick an extra song for everyone in this month's challenge. (If you're curious, the song I had for July was Marky Mark's Good Vibrations and I used part of the lyrics for the title.)

I'm still working my way through a pile of scraps by making cards because I can't bear to throw big pieces away. I'm taking the Valentine's Card Class at PageMaps, but who says I have to make valentine cards with the directions? 

Both of these cards feature Simple Stories' I Heart Summer line. The colors are so fresh and the little bicycle embellishments totally had to go on a project. I was glad I found a way to use them!

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss several of the layers, and I added dimensional adhesive behind the banners to make them pop. A tiny bit of twine from my stash finished them perfectly. I can't wait to mail them out!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Friends: The Cut Shoppe Guest Designer

I was super flattered when Ashley Horton invited me to be a guest design team member for The Cut Shoppe this month. I absolutely adore her files and I own more than I should probably admit! The Spin Cycle cut file caught my eye this time around, so I created a fun layout by backing parts of the the cut file with different patterned papers. 

You can totally feel the love that Brandon and Sophie shared in this photo. She truly was his best friend, and he misses her so much. I used Doodlebug's Puppy Love line to create my page. I am a huge fan of the bright colors and the little embellishments are adorable!

If you love this file as much as I do, you can grab it by clicking here.

Don't forget to stop by The Cut Shoppe's blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Kids

We've already started homeschool this year, and my kids are very excited! I've had many people ask me why we only take a break for one month a year. The simple answer is that my kids get really bored, and they beg to start again. After a month, they've played hours of video games and have finished the summer reading program at the library. Homeschool keeps them focused and they really prefer being on a regular schedule. I must confess that I prefer it as well. 

I haven't been able to blog much this summer due to our scattered schedule, and our new 7 week old puppy that needs loads of attention. (I guess I didn't have enough to do?) I'm dropping by today to share a layout that I made during NSD. I am that far behind on posting my pages! 

My grandparents have always had chickens or goats and my kids really love visiting them. In the photo below, they were feeding the animals old bread that my grandma kept aside for them. I think the goats enjoyed seeing my children as much as they enjoyed seeing the goats. 

I know what you're thinking... Another project with Scenic Route's Grafton line?! I promise, this is the last one I have to share. I'm all out of scraps at this point!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Faith Journaling: A New Adventure

I love the idea of the faith journaling movement that is expanding in the scrapbook industry lately. I haven't been able to bring myself to actually journal in my Bible. I'm really afraid to mess it up because it was a gift from my grandmother. Instead, I decided to use a kraft notebook from Basic Grey as my faith journal. I may eventually journal in my actual Bible, but for now this works. 

I created the cover of my journal by making a rainbow with gelatos. I covered each part of the rainbow with words by using coordinating alphabet stickers. Then I covered it all with a ton of Mod Podge so it would stay in place. It's working well so far!

I have only finished two pages inside of the journal at this point. This is the first one. I had a picture in my head when I read Deuteronomy 1:6, and I'm happy to say that I love the way it turned out. The mountains were drawn with watercolor color pencils and blended. I used mist and snowflake buttons to finish the design.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut during day to day life. It's especially easy to stay in one place where we know it's safe, but that isn't what God asks us to do. While I was reading this passage, God brought one particular area of my life to mind where I've been stuck. (My mountain so to speak.) He reminded me that it's time to go. 

If you have a faith journal please comment with a link to your blog. I'd love to stop by for a visit because I'm always looking for inspiration.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

One Call Away

I decided to participate in the June Music Challenge at and I was assigned the song "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth. I had this picture of Ronnie and Brandon on my desk and it really worked well with the lyrics. I decided to write the journaling to Brandon about how Ronnie and I are only one call away if he ever needs anything. 

The title work is my favorite part of this page because the word "one" was written by Ronnie and scanned in so I could cut it with my Silhouette. The word "away" is my handwriting as well, so there are little pieces of us on this layout for Brandon.

This design was created with a hodgepodge of goodies that I had in my stash. (Jillibean Soup wood veneers, Crate Paper stickers, Basic Grey papers, and Studio Calico Mist.) I'm taking Nicole Nowosad's Silhouette 101 class at and I was inspired by one of the projects in her class.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Our heat index reached 114 degrees yesterday, so it must officially be summer! We've been keeping cool with a kiddie pool and a sprinkler in our backyard, but it's really not enough. We may have to head back to the beach soon, but for now I'll have to be content with scrapbooking older beach pictures. These photos were taken a few years ago at our local state park. My kids adore turning themselves into sandy messes!

Almost all of the supplies on this project are from Simple Stories' I Heart Summer collection. They were totally perfect for scrapping our little beach trip. I added the bling and embroidery floss from my stash. This layout was inspired by a lesson in Ashley Horton's Silhouette class at and by a page that Shimelle Lane created called "Snack Spot".

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picture This

I'm still on mandatory rest for my bronchitis and I'm about to go stir crazy. This is day two of not cleaning my house or going to work. My house looks like a bomb went off in it because there are clothes everywhere. Ronnie tries to catch up with everything as much as he can when he gets home from work, but it's a lot to do. He has helped me so much and I am very blessed to have such an amazing husband. It sounds crazy, but I'm looking forward to being able to clean again on Saturday. Our whole routine is off, and nobody likes it when Momma is sick!

I have a few projects to share today. This is the companion layout to the one I posted a few days ago. It was inspired by Ashley Horton's "One Cut File Two Ways" lesson in her Silhouette class at Brandon doesn't ask to have his picture taken much, but when he saw the giant pelican statue at a local restaurant he was so excited! It's not a perfect photo, but it's a treasured one for sure.

I also have a card to share today. I liked the way my "The Perfect Day" card came out so much that I lifted it and created this one. It's the same basic design, but it's brighter and I like it.

Most of my supplies for these projects came from Scenic Route's Grafton line, but I pulled several packages of older embellishments from my stash to add interesting details.