Monday, April 14, 2014

Project Life Week 7

Welcome to week 7.  Valentine's week.

I wanted to pop in today for a quick post and share my week 7.  Spring Break is here for us ( In the present day). We are heading up to visit my parents for the rest of the week and Easter. I must hurry because I still have to pack my things up !! EEEK.

I went a little more simple this week. I really would like to get more weeks done. Most of the photos are from Valentine's Day. 


Here is my title page. I went with the kind of collagey' look.The card is from the Studio Calico PL kit. I cut into some of the ticket part so that I could place my photo underneath and turned out great.


My first blog post on the Simple Stories blog. I had to put that in my PL !!


Journaling cards.

The blue card can be found in the Studio Calico digital shop. 


This one I used the 14 from the Color theory cards from Studio Calico. Oh dear, just caught my big mess up on this one. Will have to fix it. Should be easy enough. Darn it.


My first Maxi skirt.


Sochi Olympics makes it's first debut in the album. Might add more, not sure yet.


Sorry it is so short. I really must run.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them and I will answer. Have a wonderful rest of the week. I will be back next week.

Take care. Until next time.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Simple Stories/Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am so excited to be apart of the Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop today over at Simple Stories. Click the link here to check it all out.

Here is my finished layout. I had so much fun using the Simple Stories Travel SN@P Set. So many fun things, stickers, and cards.


I received the Perfect Tears tool and boy was it great. It tore even the tiny journaling cards with ease. Included with the package of 3 tear tools was the water pen. You go over the edge of the paper with the water pen and it is so easy to tear the paper. Loved it ! Click here to check out all their cool tools. They also have matting tools.

Here is what the tool looks like along side some of my supplies.


The first page. This layout was all about our weekend getaway to San Pedro.


Once I saw the hotel stationary I knew that I had to get a picture of it for my title card. Yes, call me crazy !! I added the title and the date in photoshop and added the rest of embellishments.


Patrick was working down in San Pedro and so we went with him for the weekend. We checked in and settled in to our room. All 5 of us plus 3 stuffed animals of course. (left to right - Pony, Fluffy, and Husky) No, I did not name them.


Journaling card with some torn papers. Love it !

We visited my Brother and Sister-in law while we were down that way. We took a walk to a neighborhood pizzeria.


A fun and very fitting filler card. We got lost a few times over the course of the trip, no thanks to my maps app built in to my phone. Thanks apple !

A numbered recap of a few of the things we did over the weekend. 


This was our view overlooking the marina in our room. Removed the journaling space from this card and put in a photo.



Dinner at an amazing BBQ place called Porky's BBQ. Nom, Nom.


The second page.  This particular page protector was so fun to use. It has a 2x12 strip on the side that I added the 2x2 square pieces to and a few photos. It is part of the Simple Stories Variety Pack.


Just take my word for it, BEWARE of Friday the 13th !! It started with bad luck and kept getting worse !

The other card was fun to put together. Lots of layers and tearing of paper. 


The kids insisted on swimming in the pool, even though it was soooo cold. I watched and relaxed from the lounge chair poolside.


Click. Photo took on our coast drive on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).


This card was for my extra journaling that I needed to fit in.


That's a wrap on my Simple Stories Travel layout. Thanks for looking !!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Weekend Lens

Hello everybody !!

Last weekend the kids and I took a little road trip to visit my Brother and Sister-in law.  They had purchased their first house down by the coast a few months ago and we have been trying to get down there ever since.

Here we are in the driveway about to take off.


I have to say that we had a grand old time. Lots of lounging around for me, playing for the kids. They have a dog, and of course that's all the kids wanted to do. We did manage to sneak in a trip to the beach, a shopping trip at ikea, a quick trip to the local scrapbook store for me ( I don't have one in town anymore), movies at night with peanut butter waffles topped off with ice cream and chocolate sauce, it was heaven.

The kids played with chalk on the driveway all weekend. Courteous of their aunt and uncle.



 Playing with the dog was #1 on the priority list.




We enjoyed an afternoon at the beach. Even though it was a little cold that didn't stop the kids from playing in the water.


The kids would run into the water, splash around for a half second and then run right out ! It was hilarious to watch.


Me and Noah made an awesome Sand Castle.



Ta Da !! I promise, I do feed this kid ! All day, every day.


Noah was the official rock miner for the sand castle.


 When it was done the kids named it Rock Mountain.


Maddie decided she needed a sand castle.


We made time to BBQ. It was super delicious.


It was so nice to get away from real life for a few days. This past week I was under the weather. Exhausted, body aches, ect. So needless to say I didn't get much done.

I did manage to finish a Simple Stories assignment and I had sooooooo much fun !! Stay tuned next week as I will share the whole layout with you and on the Simple Stories blog. Until then here is a sneak peak !



I am also almost done with week 7. I was hoping to finish it last week but did not. I will share some time this week !!

* Also - I am still planning on doing my tutorial for you all. I promise !! Will start on it soon.

Have a great day everyone !!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monster Truck Tour Layout

Hello everyone !!

I wanted to pop in today and share a layout that I finished. We as a family have a fun thing that we like to do. Either me or Patrick will take one of the kids out by themselves for a date night/afternoon, whatever it happens to be. We have been doing this consistently since January and it seems to happen once a month or so. January just so happened to be Noah's turn.

I overheard a commercial for the Monster Truck tour that was coming in to town that weekend. I was so excited that me and Noah headed down to the ticket box that afternoon and bought 2 tickets.

Patrick and Noah headed out on Saturday night and had a wonderful time together. Noah was sooooo excited !!

Here is a look at both pages together.


Here is the first page. They just happened to take a lot of vertical photos. So I made 2 of them 6x8 and cut them up to fit into the pockets.


The title card. I wanted to stay with a neon green and orange, with a little blue thrown in, color scheme. So I chose to go with a green title. I used one of the fun doodle lines that I mentioned back in my favorite brush post. You can find them here at the lily pad.


This was a fun photo. This was were the big monster trucks would jump and crush the cars on the other side. Noah is sitting on the ground underneath.


The journaling cards for this side.

I started by stamping on the top of the first card. Adding some enamel dots and half of the arrow saying on the bottom.

The other card is from the SC kit. It was rather fitting for this layout don't you think !


Here is the other side of the layout.


This card was fun to put together. While it is rather simple,  I love the look of it with the vellum truck. I needed something that wouldn't get in the way of the tickets sticking up. As far as the truck goes, I found a free clipart truck online and printed on the vellum.


I added the tickets into an empty pocket and put a cute clip on the top to hold them in place.


The bottom photo is a panoramic shot of the "PIT" before the show began. I added some of the photo to half of the journaling card. I had Patrick send me an email with the journaling from that night that I spread around the 2 pages.



This one was really fun to do. Lots of different colors and boyish things.

Until next time.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Q & A



Howdy folks !!

How is your weekend so far ?

I get asked a lot about how I print on my journaling cards. And other little things too. A few years back I put together a couple tutorials. If you haven't checked them out click here.

I want to put together another tutorial for you all. With this one I also want to include a walk through of how I put my week together from start to finish.

I promise that I'm getting to point of this post. Here goes.

I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you all out there if you have specific questions for me before I get started. I am getting ready to start my week 7 and thought that this is a good time as any to do another tutorial.

Now is your chance. Ask away if you have any. Leave a comment if you have a question and I will answer it/and or address it in the upcoming tutorial.

I hope to get started real soon.

Thank you all !! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Flashback Friday

I got caught up last night looking through my older albums. (I was still doing PL at the time as well)

It is always so fun to look back at my life, how little the kids looked, the memories that were made.

I wanted to do a little Flashback today. Seems fitting that it is Friday after all.

I snapped some photos with my iphone last night of some of my older layouts. Some of my favorites.

These ones are truly treasured. Feelings came back. Memories came flooding back.

The albums that I flipped through were from the year 2009. The year Noah was born.

Every now and again I want to do some traditional layouts. Maybe just a few here and there.

I will have to plan for that. Do some online shopping.

Here are some of my favorites from 2009. A long time ago. We are talking 5 years ago !!

This one was all about us going to the Rascal Flatts concert last minute. Long story short, I went back and forth about spending the money to go or not. Found some tickets someone was selling the day of the concert. Bought them, dropped the kids off at my moms and met Patrick downtown at the arena. Another long story short, seating was messed up so we ended up sitting front row from the side stage and very close to the main stage !! It was a dream come true !!  I can literally reach up and touch them !!


This is one from my pregnancy photo shoot.


This one is from the Air Show. It was so fun, hot, and exhausting all at the same time. I was very, very pregnant.  Maddie, shown on the right was not impressed as the rest of us.


This is one of my favorites. We were trying to pass the time will Noah arrived so we took Grandma to the farm with us. He was born 5 days later.


Noah makes his arrival. Hospital pics.


Newborn photo shoot.


This one is from Noah's book. Supplies are from the Becky Higgins Baby kit. LOVED IT !!


Annual fall family photos.


Leaves.  Patrick took the blower and made a HUGE pile of leaves in the backyard. It is big enough to hide both girls in it !! Fun times.


Well thanks for looking. I sure did have fun looking through my past albums. Will definitely do this again in the future. Also make some new layouts. I see all this wonderful inspiration out there all the time.