Tag Archives: Scrapbooking

Dream Pop Crop

Mark Your Calenders I will be hosting an All Day DREAM POP CROP Saturday May 18th in Pensacola, Florida. I am so excited about this one and I know ya’ll are gonna love it. I am still working out the details and layouts but…For $65.00 you will receive A 12×12 Chocolate My Legacy Faux Leather Album, Page protectors, The New Dream Pop Paper, A coordinating Stamp set, Lunch and plenty of workspace. We will complete several layouts using the dream pop papers and there will be additional work stations set up for more creating. You will want to be at this crop! Looking forward to sharing my creations with you over the next few days.599681_10151313185346123_1415419353_n

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Claire Creations

I am totally into Navy these days.  I just love Navy and all the colors it can be combined with.  So of course when I saw this Claire paper It just jumped out at me.  I have made several layouts using it.  It is a neat combination of colors and can really spread across several seasons.

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Fabric and Papercrafting

I love our new fabrics but I really struggled with what to do with them besides making flowers.  I don’t sew…let me rephrase that I can’t sew.  Failed sewing class miserably!  I was very thankful for this video on the textiles and some different ways to use them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Which Comes first the Layout or the Photo?!

Ok so this is a question I get asked a lot.  How do you create all these layouts without knowing what pictures go on them?  Ill be honest and tell you I create both ways.  Somedays I just want to copy other peoples beautiful layouts and somedays I have a specific project to work on.  Two things I have found is that I always love to get the new items in the catalog and I am prone to be a Hoarder…shh dont tell my husband!  I used to be so bad about buying an extra pack of my “favorite” paper only to have a new favorite come along and never again touch my stash.  SO…a few years ago I began making as many layouts as possible out of the current paper packs even if I didnt have photos. (this is a layout I created several weeks ago)Valentines

How does this work?  Well the trick is to leave your photo areas a common size i.e. 4×6, 4×4, 3×3.  Most of the time I leave a title off and eventually I will go back and when I have a surplus of photos or events I just start searching my stash of pre-made pages.  And if I have more photos than I have places enter in one of my most favorite products—-> Flip Flaps.  With all of out sizes and varieties the amount of photos is endless!

Valentines2013Give it a try scrap an entire paper pack with or without photos.  It cuts down on your stash and helps you get caught up!

Surfs Up + Bahamas = Perfection Part 2

Here are the other layouts I have completed.  I still have several to go but feel like I have made a pretty good dent thus far.  My creative juices are flowing and my daughter has become a sweet scrapbooking companion!

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Bahamas layout 6

Celebrating the Not so Happy Moments

Did that title catch your attention?  Yeah I know its a weird one but I will explain.

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So today is the 2 year anniversary of one of my worst days.  When my son was 5 days old he quit nursing so I took him to the Dr.  They told us he was positive for RSV and needed to be hospitalized immediately.  Apparently Newborns can bottom out fairly quickly with this evil virus and so we ran home to pack a bag not sure how long the stay would be.  They poked him, they prodded him and made him very uncomfortable.  He was still so sweet and little and happy.  He was barely sick.  I had no idea what the next few days held for us.  He went downhill some but it became so frustrating because everything they were doing I could have done at home.

On day 5 of our stay the Dr said if his stats held through the night that they would let us go home.  What ominous words those were.  He bottomed out around 4 that morning and after several attempts to help him recover one of the biggest men I had ever met (a respiratory therapist with huge hands) grabbed my tiny son up and said if we don’t go now there may be no going back and carried him across to the NICU.  (the picture on the second page that is taken through the bars of the hospital bed was in the midst of this moment.  I thought it may be the last picture I took of him.  It was also the photo that I sent to my husband telling him to come quick.  He arrived to the hospital in tears) About this time the chaplain for the hospital and my minister showed up (them both being there was pure coincidence) making the situation totally surreal.  They shoved tubes down his throat, IVs in his arm and I watched from the back of the room as the Dr.s worked their magic.  Ev just stared at me and I prayed I fell on my knees in the hospital room and prayed.  My husband, best friend, mom and I  waited for him to become stable and within minutes they knew he would be ok.  He remained in the NICU for 3 days and after 10 days we finally got to go home.

2 years later he is a happy, healthy, rambunctious 2 year old.  IMG_8030When I was able to recover and hold it together I started to scrapbook again.  My husband thought it was so odd that my first layout was Evs “Hospital Adventure”.  It was therapeutic.  I had fought for my child, I had fallen on my knees and prayed for him and God showed up.  I was proud of us and I knew that I wanted to capture that moment in time so that when he was 18 he would understand what we had gone through.  I love being able to share this story, It may just be through paper and pen but he will know it was an important moment.  I think we need to capture our lives to share with our children and it may not always be happy but they need to know there are hard times.  They need to know how hard we fought.  They need to know we were sad or afraid but we got through.  My scrapbooks tell my family’s story!  I challenge you to tell your story through your memory/scrapbooks.  A lot of times the hard times help create a stronger you.  Make sure to capture those moments also.  Tell your whole story.

For Always

For Always GreenHere is another sneak peak at one of our new paper packs.                                            For Always has been one of my favorites to play with.  Who doesn’t love Black and White?  and then throwing in some green!

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The coordinating stickers are beautiful and are perfect for creating titles and these beautiful little embellished clusters.

For Always Green2I just love the way this layout turned out with my black and white family photos.  If you love this layout you can create it with me on February 16th at my all day crop.  I will have all of the new products and new catalogs.  We will be creating some beautiful layouts!