Thursday, April 21, 2016

Scrapbooking pages from my retreat

Last week I said I would share some of the pages I made the first weekend in April at my scrapbooking retreat. Here they are:


I hadn't done any of my Halloween photos yet, so I dug in and finished them. No journaling. This page is more of a tradition, so no new story, just fun.


I debated adding more to this page and decided cute photos, chickens, and white space are enough.


Continuing the no journaling thread! Just colorful papers and colorful photos.


More Halloween, more no journaling.


This is my spread for Week in the Life last year, which was filled with funny moments, so I scrapped only those photos.

This was a one-hour challenge. I scrapped our camping weekend from last year to Carlye and Whitewater State Parks. That's 18 photos on this spread. I am ridiculously proud of that.


Finally, the half hour challenge page. I didn't do the stitching in the half hour, just the holes. I stitched later.

Thank you for visiting! This weekend I am going on another scrapping retreat, sort of an escape before the grading binge in the next few weeks. After that it should lighten up, and I should be back to scrapbooking more! (Hooray!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Simple Scrapper pages

My Simple Scrapper April pages went live in Spark Magazine, so I wanted to share the pages I made. Here's the first:


Here I journaled about the changing season and how my thoughts turn to my garden a little bit each day.  I dug out as many sprint like products as I could for this page. (I think I had run out of E's, so I curled a C to make do. Heh.)

Here's the next page:



Years ago I made a page about my mom called "The Dish Fairy" because of her habit of washing every dish as soon as it is dirtied. I put Heidi Swapp acrylic wings on her--do you remember that product? Memories. Anyway, I have since learned that I am now becoming the Dish Fairy myself and made this page to commemorate it. I dug back into my mists for this, which have been lately neglected, and I added my favorite embellishments, buttons. That is my motto, "Put a button on it."

I did mention that these were published in Simple Scrapper's Spark Magazine. Yes, every month Simple Scrapper publishes a magazine for members. If all the other perks are not enough for you, that alone makes the membership worthwhile. I love getting inspiration from it every month. Here's a link again with membership information.

I'll be back later this week sharing the pages I made at my scrapbooking retreat. It may be next week though--my boys have tech week for dinner theater at our church, and they perform this weekend, so things are a little chaotic. Fun chaotic, though. It's all good.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Write Click Scrapbook and my sons' favorite page

Hello! I wanted to share a page that my sons called their favorite.

When we were in Chicago last month, we visited the Art Institute. While there, we encountered a painting with a wonderful beard. Since my husband also has a wonderful beard, this inspired a series of photos. I printed them small, thinking I'd put them in a row on a page, then found in my stash a piece of lovely frame paper by Studio Calico. This page was then born:


When I had the page sitting on my scrap table (my lap desk), my son walked by, did a double take, and heaped compliments on it, declaring it his favorite. My youngest concurred. I don't think it's the most technically advanced page I've done, but it's certainly whimsical, and it matched the pictures well. I guess this goes to show that the best stories for the family are the best stories, not necessarily the most well crafted pages, Good to remember

I made this page for Write Click Scrapbook's April gallery. Check it out!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Back from busyland...

A post from some of my friends on Facebook reminded me of my neglected blog, so I came back to  post about my busy month. Truly, I felt badly about being gone, but there was a lot tugging on my attention. Here's what I experienced in March and early April:

1. Grading. My school runs on trimesters, so we finish about the 10th and start the new trimester immediately. As an English teacher, this bogs me down for a variety of reasons. Last trimester involved a researched argument, and this trimester started out with a process paper, so every night I have been reading 10-15 student papers. There's a lull right now--I am only scoring theses and topic sentences--so I'm back!

2. Spring Break. For the first time ever, we shared a spring break with my SIL and BIL and families, so we met in Michigan and Chicago for some fun.




Truly a lark, but planning for this trip took some energy, as did the drive back, through blizzard conditions. Yowza.

3. Easter. I know this is a busy weekend for many, but as a church musician, I need to be at just about every service, from Good Friday to Easter Vigil to every service Sunday. This is why my husband and I decided years ago to always eat out on Sunday, which we did at Hell's Kitchen this year.



BONUS! We managed to get tickets to the Guthrie Easter night, one more wonderful memory making adventure:


4. Reading. This will sound crazy, but since I knew I would be unable to scrapbook much this month with my hectic schedule, I decided to put a dent in my To Be Read (TBR) pile. I've read January First, My Favorite Plant, Crimson Shore, Buried Prey, Empress Orchid, The Invisible Man, and The History of Love in the past month and a half. I'm hoping my bedside pile will be gone by September so that I can read some new books that have piqued my interest.

5. Scrapbooking. Truly, I have scrapbooked! In the next few days, I'll share pages I've made for Write Click Scrapbook and Simple Scrapper, plus some pages I made while on a retreat in Pine City, Minnesota. Here was my view from my scrap spot:


The Pine City Scrapbooking Retreat is a wonderful place, not too far from the Twin Cities. I went with a group of ten ladies and had a wonderful time. Here we are:


I will post pages and projects I made later this week.

There were a lot of other things that occupied my time--piano lessons, violin lessons, taekwondo, and I think there was a recital in there?--but I did some memory making and memory recording this past month. I'll share more this week.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March pages for Scrapbook Circle

Hello! The March kit for Scrapbook Circle, Oh Happy Day, comes just as winter in the Northern hemisphere is drawing to a close, and I am delighted with how much color it holds. I bought both add-ons and more paper, I loved it so much. Here are my pages.

First, a page about my son and coding, a page where I used a lot of the main and the add-on Beautiful Day:


I drew color inspiration from his Minecraft sweatshirt--no lie. Since the kit had lots of wonderful yellows too, I added that to punch it up (and because it goes with his hair).


The background had grey misting with some yellow dots, and I altered the speech bubble to house the title, which I stamped and stitched.



Then I made  page to commemorate the pond at the Landscape Arboretum Rowan fell in as a toddler.



I love the greens in this kit, plus this cool triangle paper, which reminds me of water. I sewed the banners down instead of attaching them with the wooden hangers they came with. I like how Rowan in his red shirt pops against all the green.




Next was a page that tugs at my heart. My grandmother died recently, and these photos were ones that she kept over the years. I made this page for my dad (she was his mom) for his birthday.


For this page, I used the papers from the add-on Beautiful Day, plus my favorite embellishment, the flair from the add-on Good Vibes. Lots of embellishments from the main as well.


For the title, I was trying a play on words: love notes/love noted. I think these photos are my way of noting how much she loved us all.


There's some amazing washi with the kits--the gold in Good Vibes that I used on the water page and my final layout and this love washi that came with the main. It was perfect for the page.


Finally, a page that highlights the printables that come with the kit:




When we traveled in Boston last summer, we took to imitating the statues we saw--there were so many!--and taking photos. I used the triangular printable as the border above the photos.


The title tiny letters come from lettering from an old kit--lots of gorgeous blues in this kit.


More washi and die cuts and flair from the add-ons!

Thank you for visiting and seeing the pages I made. I hope you go to Scrapbook Circle, check out the ideas there and these wonderful kits. In addition, this will be my last month with Scrapbook Circle. It's been an inspiring two years, and I've enjoyed my time with their products. I'm glad this terrific kit was my last to play with because it was truly inspiring.



Friday, February 12, 2016

March scrapbooking layouts for Simple Scrapper

Hello! I have about a month left in the term at my school, which means I'll be grading like crazy for a few weeks. As a result, I worked hard to scrapbook this past weekend, finishing my March pages for Simple Scrapper. Here they are:


In the dead of winter, I want to use a lot of color, and so I did, using new story starter and an old sketch to scrapbook about my son's changing dream job. Here's some details:




Then I used a new sketch and an old story starter to scrapbook a summer story of the boys enjoying the backyard fire last summer:


I love that picture of my husband in the middle! Nothing like a good grid design. I put some space in it so I could Here's a detail:


Thank you for visiting! Please visit Simple Scrapper to check out their fabulous inspiration. Right now there is a free class--a reboot!--called Photo Crush, where you work together to organize your digital photo library. Check it out!

Monday, February 8, 2016

What I do with those holiday cards

I made this a long time ago, but I thought I'd share it in case it gives you ideas.

I love getting Christmas photos, but I hate throwing them away, so I tend to trim them and put them on a layout together. I was very bad last year and didn't scrap it until this year. Here's the page:


I find that putting the photos on a mass block is the easiest way to scrap them. Here I stretched them onto the second page when needed.


Here's the page I made this year. I got fewer cards with photos, so I was able to fit it onto one page! Of course, after I made this page I got two more picture cards; I will cut them into circle and lay them over the corners of photos on this page.

Thank you for visiting! If you hate throwing away Christmas photos, I hope this gives you another alternative. I didn't invent this, but I find it worth continuing.