Wednesday, September 17, 2014

15! Happy birthday to my sweet daughter!

My baby is 15 today. She's such a sweet girl! In honor of her birthday I'm sharing her "number" page.

For my kids' birthdays I always create a "number" page for them and I decorate the house with a bunch of these pages. I hope they enjoy it. I know I enjoy looking at all the photos of them over the years. They're growing up so fast!

Anyway ... Happy birthday Lauren. I love you Sweetie!!



Materials used:
Leathers Katy by Gennifer Bursett
Sup Sentiments (add on pack 2) by Karla Dudley Design
Happy Birthday (bead scatter) by MScraps

fifteen paper overlay created by me

Friday, September 12, 2014

LAUGH LOL! (Teenage boys are entertaining!)

I thought I was done scrapping photos of my senior photo shoot with the boys but then I remembered a funny thing they said and I just had to scrap it so I'd remember. Teenage boys can certainly be entertaining!



Materials used:
Walter Collection by Karla Dudley Design
Template Inspiration 111911, Tab Words Fall No. 1, Creased Cardstock No. 1, and Denim Challenge (recolored denim paper) by Katie Pertiet
Carefree Elements (Laugh paint spatter) by Mye De Leon
Say What Stickers (thought balloon) and Make a Mess Mask (paint spatter) by Splendid Fiins

Playground Collection (smile button) by Crystal Wilkerson

Thursday, September 11, 2014

End of Summer Celebrations - Cedar Point Resort

Last night I posted a page of the kiddos swimming up north & swinging from a rope into the lake. Tonight I made a facing page with other photos from that same weekend. The pages don't coordinate, except I did use the same background paper. 

If you took a peek at my printed books you'd see that each page is different. No coordinating going on here!



Materials Used:

Katie Pertiet:
Messy Stitches Squares No. 1
Messy Stitches Rectangles No. 1
LeMarche Kit
Banner Safety Tags
Loosely Labeled No. 6
Touch Up Paint No. 2
Flagged Numbers

Echo Park Hybrid: Fall Fever Papers
Jen Alison: Vintage Findings Antique Prints
Pink Trike Design (Robyn Meierotto) Chipper Painted Alpha
Karla Dudley Designs: Clear Essentials (staple)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hot, Sunny Days. Time Off. Summer - Playing at Caribou Lake

I picked up my first set of Lightroom presets today and was absolutely dying to try them out! In case you want to check it out, I used a soft vintage Lightroom preset by Adrienna Looman (Snap Click Scrap) for the photo treatment on the tall photos. It's on sale for $1 for a couple more hours today if you want to check it out.


Materials used:

Echo Park Hybrid:
(wood paper) Fall Fever papers
Katie Pertiet:
(hot sunny days) Fine Lines Borders No.5
Hinge Pack
Adrienne Looman:
Soft Vintage Lightroom Preset
Karla Dudley Design:
staples) Clear Essentials 

Font: Stringfellows

The Building Crew - The making of a raised herb garden

I love that my husband is teaching the kids to be handy and to be able to build things! It'll be a great skill for them to have.  What a great dad!

I'm loving this awesome template design by Wishing Well Creations and the Geared Up Kit by Scotty Girl Design was perfect for this building theme! 



Materials used (all from Pixels& Co.):
Recycled Vol. 1 by Laura Passage of Wishing Well Creations
Geared Up kit and (grid paper) Noteworthy papers by Scotty Girl Design
(frame) Picture This Elements by Anita Designs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Graduation photo shoot with the guys!

I had a great time taking senior graduation photos of my son and my nephew. These good looking guys warranted six pages in the family album! I wanted to scrap my favorite photos of each of the guys but I loved some of the photos of them together too ... looking good and also being goofy so I wanted to add some of those too! I sure do love these guys! 

I decided to keep the pages super simple because I wanted to keep the entire focus on the photos!










Materials used:
Life 365 Papers by Karla Dudley
(word tags) In the Making Elements by Sabrina's Creations
(camera button) Click by One Little Bird
Puzzled Crosswords by Mista Cato
(senior) Book Worm by Gina Miller
(photo shoot click wordart) Click by LivE Designs
(photoshoot acrylic) F Stop by Scotty Girl Design

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Project Life | Week 36 (back to school!)

Time for another Project Life Installment. It's week 37 already!





Materials used:
Abundance, What We Learn and Count Your Blessings by Mye De Leon
Back to School cards by Celeste Knight - Scrapaneers
June 2014 and September 2013 Storyteller Journal Cards by Just Jaimee
Staycation Journal Cards by Traci Reed
Chalkboard Frames by Robyn Meierotto
The Good Stuff Buttons by Karla Dudley Design
Essential Styles (chipboard) by Mommyish

At home date night thanks to our sweet daughter!

I thought I'd share that I'm lucky to have an incredibly sweet daughter - who also happens to be an amazing cook! Yay! I thought that the fabulous meal she made for my husband and me definitely warranted it's own page in our album!


Materials used:
Dreams of Love by Julia Makotinsky
(heart button) June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Stringfellows font

Saturday, September 6, 2014

First Day of School (yup ... another one! LOL!)

This is it. Really. This is going to be my last first day of school layout. Promise! LOL! This layout is for my family album. The layouts have been different, with different stories and perspectives. But really. I think I'm done now!



Materials used:
(paper) Let's Go Mini Kit by Robyn Meierotto
(frames) Fauxlaroids by Splendid Fiins
(brush frame) Snap Frame Brushes No. 4 by Katie Pertiet
(veneer alpha) Abundance Alpha by Mye De Leon
(string) Everyday Celebrations by Audrey Neal
(texture) PDQ Painted Canvas Vol. 11 by Nancie Rowe Janitz

(staples) Karla Dudley Design

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

I've got simple 8x8 books that I've been keeping for each of my kids for their first day of school photos. I've kept the pages in this book super simple. The main things I want to show on their pages is a photo taken as they've headed off to school along with their signature/handwriting at the time. It's a fun little book that I enjoy looking at here and there. Somehow I completely forgot to put together last year's first day pages until last week. Oops! That's why I made a point of making these pages right away!




Materials used:
Scholastic by Mommyish
(frame) Carded Stacked Frames No. 3 by Katie Pertiet
(rubons) Hopscotch by Shabby Princess
(pencil border) Off to School by Fancy Pants Design
School is Cool by Sweet Caroline Studio

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Driving off on the first day of school

I put together this page tonight as I was thinking about my kids first week of school this week. Starting high school. Finishing high school. Big changes!


Materials used:
Color My World by Scotty Girl Design
School is Cool by Sweet Caroline Studio
Authentic mini kit by Wishing Well Creations
Hello Stitches by Creashens
Status Update by Wishing Well Creations
School Mates (frame) by Katie Pertiet

The Great Minnesota Get Together

The Great Minnesota Get Together (the Minnesota State Fair) is such a great way to end our summer vacation! I used a new release (tomorrow!) from Wishing Well Creations and Scotty Girl Designs to create this page. It's a kit called "A Fair to Remember" ... what could be better for a State Fair page, right?!







: Wishing Well Creations & Scotty Girl Design :

: Creashens :


Font: Stringfellows

Happiness is this: A refrigerator for a teen boy

Happiness is a new refrigerator just for a teen boy!



Materials used:
Karla Dudley:
(frame) Frame Essentials
(punch label) Life 365 Word Stickers
(flair) Anywhere Buttons
(font) KD Life Ultra
Spendid Fiins:
(tape) Wishy Washy
Kitschy Digitals:
(paper) Wrinkled Linens 
Julia Makotinsky
(stitches) Life in Color
Katie Pertiet
(doodle) Twisted Dots No. 1
(beads & notepaper) School Mates kit
(paint spatter) Striping Masks No. 2

(edge brush) Floral Edgers No. 2

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Project Life | Week 35 (ICM Abundance by Mye De Leon)

This was quite an eventful week for us. Here's to hoping this coming week is much less eventful!

I had a chance to play with Mye De Leon's September ICM Abundance Collection for these pages. I absolutely love this kit. There are so many digi goodies I haven't had a chance to play with yet!




Friday, August 29, 2014

First day of school - 2013! (Oops, I forgot!) (A new collection by Mommyish)

My kids first day of school is next week and I completely forgot to make a first day of school page for LAST year. I have really simple 8x8 albums for each of the kids for their first day of school pages. I kept the pages pretty simple throughout so that I'd be sure to keep up. I was a paper scrapper when I started so it's fun seeing the progression/difference in the pages. One year my daughter even wanted to make her own page. I LOVE that and think it might be my favorite page!




Materials used: Scholastic Collection by Mommyish

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A College Tour at Michigan Tech

My son is a senior this year so this summer we went on a number of college tours. It's an interesting process. I had fun this morning creating this page for one of the college tours he went on.





Materials used:
Taped Overlays No. 1 by Katie Pertiet
(fabric tag) Loosely Labeled Dates by Katie Pertiet
(date strip) Date Strip Stamps No. 2 by Katie Pertiet
(notebook paper) Notebook Journaler Frames No. 4 by Katie Pertiet
(papers) Follow your Art January 2012 by Cilenia Curtis
(The Time Is Now) Don't Wait Clusters by Cilenia Curtis
(paint texture) by Cilenia Curtis
(paper) On This Day papers by Paislee Press
(I Hope That) Journal Challenge 28Sept2008 by Anna Aspnes
(grid overlay) EZPZ6 Overlay by LivE Designs
(clock) Scrapartist Muse 0409

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Project Life | Week 34 + The Great Minnesota Get Together

Hi all! I've got 4 pages to share with you this week. On Saturday we went to the Minnesota State Fair (the Great Minnesota Get Together) with family. It was a great time! When I've got an event when the family gets together I like to make some extra pages. So ... here are my pages for the week!









Materials used:

Regular PL pages:
Life in Real Color Collection by Sugarplum Paperie at Pixels and Company

The Great Minnesota Get Together pages:
Everyday Eclectic by Echo Park Hybrid

Monday, August 25, 2014

Minnesota State Fair | A crazy ride! (The Stinger!)

We went to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday and my son and niece were the only ones in our group crazy enough to ride this ride. Of course I had to scrap a page! I even got it all on video and included a QR code for good measure!

FYI, when I was getting the link for the kit to include in this blog post I noticed that it's on sale at Snap Click Supply Co. (formerly Jessica Sprague) for only $1.99! I don't know how long it's for sale, but if you like it, it's on sale now!


Materials used:
County Fair by Design by Dani

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Love This Place | Cedar Point Resort, Marcell, MN

As summer comes to a close I thought I'd scrap a page of scenes from Cedar Point Resort - a resort owned by my sister and her husband. Cedar Point is a place where we've made lots of awesome summer memories over many years. (My parents owned the resort before my sister so it's been a LONG time! We're very lucky!)



Materials Used:
1. Transparency Clusters No. 1 (frames), Creased Cardstock No. 2, Loosely Labeled No. 6, Assorted Tapes No. 2, Linen Buttons Winter Woods, Hey There (doily & wood stars), Cantana (compass brush) by Katie Pertiet
2. The Good Stuff This Year (wood camera) by Mye De Leon
3. Indian Summer (doily) by Gennifer Bursett
4. Lets Go Mini (This Place extraction) by Robyn Meierotto of Pink Trike Design
5. Fonts: Tiza & Traveling Typewriter

Inspired by Layout by Linda Roos (InTheMakingDesign)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Life is good!

It's new release Friday at Pixels & Co. I used Wishing Well Creations' Status Update kit to scrap this fun photo of my son and me. I love scrapping these random photos!


Materials used:

1. Status Update by Wishing Well Creations
2. Blueprint No. 12 by Gennifer Bursett

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Totally Random Comment: "I Still Like You Guys"

... a great totally random and deadpan comment from my son at dinner the other day when we'd just gotten back from vacation  ... "You know, even though we've spent pretty much every minute together this past week, I still like you guys." 

I of course had to get it on a page! LOL!



Materials used:
1. Dandelion Wishes papers & smears by Mye De Leon
2. Blush Flairs by Mye De Leon
3. Remarkable (frames) by Karla Dudley Design
4. My Wonderful Adventure (ric rac & scatter) by Katie Pertiet

Scrapaneers Peer Interview - EEEK, that's me!



This is really weird for me, but if anyone wants to check it out, I've got an interview on the Scrapaneers blog today. Every month one of the Scrapaneers Peers is interviewed. I've been a Peer since the very beginning and this is my month. Yikes! To be honest it freaked me out just a bit so I put my interview off for a whole year. Silly, right?! What am I - a self-conscious teenager? Get over it, right! LOL! It's super easy for me to share my scrapbook pages, but not so easy to talk about myself. If you want read a little bit about me and see some of my favorite scrapbook pages, click HERE.

Also … Scrapaneers truly is an awesome site. If you haven't had a chance to visit (or if you haven't been there lately), Scrapaneers offers really top-notch workshops on a whole host of dig topics. There's sure to be something that interests you. Click here to read a description of their workshops.

Until next time … happy scrapping!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Digi Project Life | Week 33 (Mye De Leon is guesting at MScraps)

My friend Mye De Leon is guesting at MScraps. This woman is crazy talented! Seriously!

I used Mye's What We Learn kit and What We Learn Journal Cards, available at MScraps, to scrap this week's Project Life pages as well as Mye's Childhood Alpha for my title card.




Sunday, August 17, 2014

Family Chronicles


As I sat outside on the patio this morning reading the paper it gave me an idea for a scrapbook page ...


(NOTE ... I wouldn't have posted this if there was actually anything real personal with the doctor visits ... if so my daughter would have been so annoyed with me - and I just wouldn't do that!)





Materials used:
newspaper paper from Dream On by Mye De Leon 
extraction from In The News Journaling cards by Audacious Designs
flourish stamp from Pari Stamps by Carina Gardner

Saturday, August 16, 2014

U 2 R Awesome | School is Cool kit by Sweet Caroline Studio

It's been a beautiful day. We got lots done and I still had some time tonight to scrap another quick page using Sweet Caroline Studio's new School is Cool kit. Now it's time to watch a Robin Williams movie. We're thinking Good Will Hunting.

Have a great night!


Materials used:
1. School is Cool kit by Celeste Knight of Sweet Caroline Studio
2. KD Life Font by Karla Dudley Design
3. D'Ink No. 1 Elements (doodled border) by Creashens