Thursday, July 30, 2015

August scrapbook pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello! I have some pages to share using August inspiration from Simple Scrapper.

This first  page uses a new story starter and an older sketch, telling the story of my childhood love of fishing with Grandpa and how my boys are following suit. (The title rhymes with "history.") It also uses some old products--the My Mind's Eye kraft patterned paper, an old Jillibean tag, and some Studio Calico Atlantic and chipboard photo turns. Here's some details:

Next is another new story starter and old sketch. That's me in 3rd or 4th grade in the Azores, stomping grapes on a school field trip. I used a lot of Project Life cards on this page instead of cutting up patterned paper.

Finally, using a new sketch and old story starter, is a page that pairs some photos of my husband as a child with current photos of him and our boys. I mostly used October Afternoon on this, mostly vintage Road Trip products. I loved that line. I also used some vintage Simple Stories.

 Instead of cutting up paper for the circles, which were in the sketch, I stitched.

Thank you for checking out my pages! Please visit Simple Scrapper for more inspiration and consider a membership, where you'll get even more inspiration.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Hello! I have been such a miserable blogger this month, I am wearing the cone of shame. In my defense, I spent the first half of the month on vacation, so I thought I'd share some photos of what we did. Here's the photos of the trip:

Of course, the main reason we went was to visit my parents in Maine. We had a wonderful time that involved LLBean, Popham Beach, blueberry picking, fishing, and lobster. Here we are eating ice cream in Freeport:

Next, we went to Boston to spend the 4th of July weekend with Derick's siblings and their families. Here's Derick and I at Quincy Market:

We were fortunate enough to watch the Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The music was awesome, a highlight. If you are in the Oval like we were, you can't see the fireworks well, but that was OK.

Here and there we hiked the Freedom Trail. We also visited the aquarium, which offered multiple opportunities to quote Finding Nemo, and the Science Museum, which was having a special Science of Pixar exhibit. Here's a shot of most of us at the top of the Bunker Hill monument after climbing almost 300 steps:

What you can't see: on the back of Rowan's short is a sweat stain in the shape of my face, which I had wiped right before this picture was taken. By the time we got to the bottom, my legs were Jello. It took days for them to recover.

Later that day we saw a game at Fenway Park:

And the next day we went camping in Vermont on our own at a lovely campground called Townshend S.P., which had a gorgeous CCC-built ranger station and traditional CCC platform text sites. I don't think we've ever stayed at a lovelier campsite.

Camping food was a highlight, of course:

We hiked to the top of Bald Mountain, where I got the only signal I ever got camping at the peak, a text message from a friend of mine. Lola our dog hiked off leash and had to overcome her fear of crossing streams. It was pretty muggy, as you can see by how much I am sweating (check out the finger marks on the bottom of my shirt from where I kept wiping my face):

The men, looking noble at the actual peak:

This was the trip we taught the boys cribbage. In this game  Rowan finally beat me, after numerous skunkings of him by me:

Vermont was mostly muggy with periodic rain, One afternoon was gorgeous, though, so I took the boys swimming at a reservoir. The reservoir was oddly made--a truly slimy bottom made it uncomfortable to walk in, and the bottom was interestingly uneven. Look how far out the boys are yet how shallow it is. I call this the boys walking on water like Jesus photo:

After camping we went to Herkimer, New York, for a day visit to Cooperstown:

And then we drove to St. Ignace, Michigan, for a couple days, one of which we spent at Mackinac Island. We hiked a good part of it.

Rowan obviously forgot to wear his red shirt. LOL

After Mackinac Island, we drove home.

Thank you for letting me share my vacation photos after my pathetic blogging this month! Please visit Write Click Scrapbook this week for a few days where I share how I go about scrapbooking my vacations--click here to read about how I organize the album, and click here to see how I create multiple photo templates. Tomorrow I'll post about how I design the album, and later this week I will post the pages I have been working on in this compressed month for Scrapbook Circle and Simple Scrapper!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New gallery at Write Click Scrapbook

Hello! It's time for a new gallery at Write Click Scrapbook, and the theme this month is SEVEN. It's the seventh month, of course, and this inspiration can apply in many ways: stories about 7, using the number 7 on the page, and so on. I used 7 different products. Here's my page:

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this photo. I love it! I chose to use the following seven items (the pen was free):
  1. The cloud paper
  2. The pink tag
  3. The yellow tag
  4. The phrase die cut
  5. The yellow Thickers
  6. The pink letter stickers
  7. The pink epoxy sticker
I love the combo of aqua, pink, and yellow. I think they are joyous, which reflects the boys here.

Thank you for checking out my page! Please go visit Write Click Scrapbook and check out the new gallery--and challenge yourself to scrapbook by number of products. It can be inspiring!

Monday, June 29, 2015

July pages for Scrapbook Circle

This July kit from Scrapbook Circle is seriously my favorite kit. I found the products to be so inspiring and easy to use. Here are the pages I made this month:

When I love a photo, I enlarge it and scrapbook on it, which I did on this page. The wonky hearts on one of the pieces of paper made me think of butterflies, so I fussy cut them, sewed them down, and bent the heart like wings.

Next is a funny story about my dog. If you know me or have read my blog for a while, you know I love Star Wars. Here Lola got her very own Wookiee. I picked papers from a 6x6 pad in the add-on 2 that were bright and Star-Warsy, distressed the edges, and layered them on top of each other to act as a photo mat.

The puffy Stickers might have been my favorite embellishment. And lo! A dog hair made it onto the page. Drat.

I used my embossing buddy to remove the stick from the letter stickers and added the letters to the page with dimensional stickers. I also trimmed the words "Happy Day" to separate them and to remove vellum so it took up less space.

Then a page about my son and his gardening help. I put it together on this aqua paper because it had ghost words and images dealing with gardening. Once I was done, though, I decided that it needed more texture (I always figure that out when I'm done), so I sewed along the lines where the shade changes. On the bottom I had to do it by hand because I'd already adhered elements over the lines. Drat.

Finally, a page with a big story about my younger son. I kept the design simple to focus on the story and give it the weight it needed.

Thank you for checking out my pages! I truly loved working with these products--they were easy to use, fun, and versatile. Go visit Scrapbook Circle and check out this month's kits!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

July pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello! June is winding down, and I wanted to share the pages I made for next month's Simple Scrapper. First, the layout I made that used one of the new sketches for July:

I LOVE this sketch (based on a digital template for those of you digital scrappers). The blocks on the right make it so easy to add more photos if you want. It also solved a dilemma for me: I wanted to scrap my son's play, but my photos were not great (taken in the audience in the dark). This sketch gave me the idea of using his professional head shot on the left and the stage shots, printed smaller, on the right. Here's some details:

Next is the first of two pages I made using July's story starters.I loved the theme for this month, so much that I made two pages from the story starters.

The theme for the gallery involves music. This is a song that takes me back to studying abroad in Germany, hence the picture. (That's me on the right with a bob.) I used the June Scrapbook Circle kit Have a Little Fun Today for much of this page, plus a few Project Life cards and some Jillibean Soup letters for the title. I also used some great Gossamer Blue On My Desk puffy stickers, which if you look close you can also see on the above layout as well. The song in the title you can see here:

It's a terrific song,  with poignant lyrics that perfectly encapsulate youth and growing older and looking back. Here's some details:

The next page I also used a story starter from July, this time a song that brings me back to a moment of joy. Yes, I made another page about Star Wars:

I was inspired by this old photo of my elder son in a cart, which reminded me of the story I journaled about. The last Studio Calico kit was called Galileo, so some elements in the scrapbook kit and Project Life kit were perfect for a Star Wars page: the planet, the "D is for"card, on which I wrote Darth Vader's theme, and the Father's Day paper, which contained the word "Vader," which I circled every time I saw it. The puffy stars came from stash and fit the theme. Here's the details:

Thank you for checking out my pages! Remember, Simple Scrapper releases layered digital templates every month, plus 10 thematic story starters, in addition to fostering a community built around scrapbooking purposefully and easily. If you haven't considered joining, please check it out! I found next month's products particularly inspiring, and I'm sure you would too.