Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love Day Photo Shoot

Happy Saturday everyone !

I thought I would pop in and update the blog with some love ! We are having a fun girls weekend while the boys are off camping. I stayed up WAY too late last night trying to play catch up on my 2015 Project Life album.

Today I wanted to share with you some pages about our Valentine's Day Photo Shoot that we did back in February.  I know, I know. It's June but I have a few layouts to finish in my PL album. Plus who doesn't love a good photo shoot photos to play with !

I have to say that it was super fun to create this layout, no rules, no specific products. I am happy to say that it is now done and I can move on to something else.

Here is a look at both pages.

Here are a few close ups of the first page.

I used a combination or products for this one. The gray card is from Amy Tangerine Plus One kit.
I used a lot of the Crate Paper stickers. The red LOVE acrylic is from ColorCast Designs.

A close up.

I used some of the cards from the BH Gold Kit and boy do I love them !

On this card I told the short story of my "Love Bug".

Lets move onto the second page. I used another card from the BH Gold Kit.

I asked the kids to do some funny walking down the tracks and I got a few great ones. These three are quite the characters.

This heart overlay is from the BH clear overlay card pack. I LOVE it and thought it went perfectly with this layout.

One more close up. The photo of these two only took about 15 tries.  Siblings, oooyyy !

That is it for me today. Thanks for coming everybody.

I am off to go paint some pretty girls toenails and then see what else we can find to do before the boys get home.

Have a fabulous weekend everybody.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Project Life Week 21

Hello Everybody !! 

Wow, has it really been that long since I have blogged ?!!! 

I am truly sorry about that. The end of the school year was jam packed and then summer came. 
I have definitely been more busy creating than blogging. But I hope to catch up slowly. 

I thought I would share my last week I have put together, week 21. 

I created this one using the NoelMignon kit for June called Happy Go Lucky. It was jam packed with lots of fun goodies. 

So let's go, I've got a movie date with the kiddos today !! Did I mention Summer is here. 

Here is a look at both pages together. When I was looking back over the photos from this week I noticed that I had a lot of fun photos out in the yard. I decided to go with a green color scheme with a few other colors thrown in. 

I just had to tell the story of how the kids call Dr. Pepper "Mommy Juice". Now let me say that yes I drink a glass here and there, but I certainly do not drink a ton !! But my kids try and steal a sip or two. 

I added that story on to the first journaling card with the arrow on the bottom. 

I kind of went with a simpler style for this layout. I just love how all my photos turned out and wanted the focus to be on them instead. Cause you know I love me some good photos !! Lol. 

Moving on to the other items on this page. One of my favorite photos from the week was the small 3x4 photo. I was out taking photos of my blooming flowers and a humming bird came around and I managed to stand real still and get a shot ! If you look close you can see it. I added a digital brush to the photo from Ali Edwards and puffy triangle sticker. 

The bottom photos are of my growing squash plant. Here is the link to the brush.

The next photo is a scene that happened a lot towards the end of school. Noah requested me to bring his scooter to the bus stop. So I would leave it on the other side of the gate for him, he would see me and run to the gate and off he would go !!

Let's move on to the other side. 

I took some fun photos with my 50 mm lens that week and I love how they turned out. 

Next is Bob the minion. Is it safe to say that I might have a little soft spot for these little yellow guys ?!!! They are so cute. They came out to Build A Bear and it didn't take much convincing for me to agree to let the kids get one. Plus it was their good grades present. 

The journaling card that has the hearts on the top tells the Minion story. The picture next to it is how Noah keeps Bob's clothing in his room. He kills me !! Love it. 

The last story was about how Katelyn was awarded with being on the Principal's List. She kept a 4.0 all year and was awarded her certificate at an Ice Cream Social at school. The photo of us next to it was from that day. So, so proud of that girl. 

Well that is the end of week 21 folks. Thanks for coming. I hope to catch you all up on all of my pages here soon. 

If your interested here is my Instagram link -  

I share a lot on there. 

Have a Great Day. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Project Life Catch Up | NoelMignon kits

Happy Wednesday everybody !! We are half way through this week. How is everybody ?

Well I know I kinda slacked off this past week or so, and for that I am sorry. I had "life" stuff that needed to be caught up on and dealt with.

To make up for my lack of posts I have decided to share 2 weeks with you today. Both of which are using the Noel Mignon kits. Lots of Project Life goodness. And hopefully more to come this week. Our family has a fun and crazy weekend ahead. The boys are going camping with our church group and us girls are having a fun filled girls weekend. So we shall see !!

Let me start out with Weeks 20 and 21 of 2014. As you know I am not caught up on 2014.

I cut up a piece of paper that came in the kit from NoelMignon to start out my title card. I decided to stay simple and added a few stickers and the dates. Done and Done !

As I was looking through my pictures from last May I realized that I didn't have enough pictures to fill up 2 full weeks. So I simply but both weeks together and I am okay with that. 

One of the things that I love about pocket pages is that there are no rules. I have the option to combine weeks if I want. Or to skip weeks. I could even do it monthly if I wanted to. There are so many options.

I also decided to stay simpler for these pages as well. Of course I added things here and there but I wanted to try and get it done. But you know, I am totally happy with the way it came out. So don't be afraid to both be simple with your pages or go crazy and have fun !! 

A little info about the photos on this page. All the kids were super into having their faces painted. That was the week that I started decorating the laundry room. Lastly was Noah with a fresh new haircut. He loves to get his haircut because he gets a sucker. 

Moving on to the second page. This one is a little bit of Noah's Tball action. 

Lots more fun cards on this page. Photos are of Noah practicing hitting at Tball practice, his precious medal and Maddie being her typical self (which is a goof ball while brushing her teeth). Oh also Saturday chores with an Ali Edwards brush. 

A close up. 

That is all for those pages. Lets move on to this weeks pages that I shared on the NoelMignon blog yesterday.

This months kit was all about Travel. I was so excited about this because last summer was almost ALL travel.

I decided to start at the beginning of our summer travel. Last year the kids got out of school and we spent a whole week at home just chilling and then packing to hit the road. We headed out to spend a few weeks at my moms house.

Here is week 24 of 2014.

Here is the title card. I added the week brush from One Little Bird.

This particular week we drove to my parents house, threw Noah a birthday party with family, went on several hikes which we got rained out, ect. Lots of fun.

During our trip we took several hikes with my dad and the kids. I have lots of memories of hikes with my brother and my dad. So it was so awesome to go hiking with my own kids and my dad. 

Here is a close up of some of the cards. In the kit there are these great My Minds Eye cards. The hello die cut card was one of my favorites. I added some patterned paper behind it for a fun look. To make it stand out I used a pen around the hello bubble. I added the white letters to abbreviate UTAH.

The photo with Noah is at the farm where we did his birthday party. I wanted to try to break up my photos with some white space. It was a perfect combination.

The second page of week 24. I just loved this 4x6 filler card.

Here are the journaling cards for this page. The "hike" brush can be found from Ali Edwards here.

Before the birthday party guests arrived we had a mini photo session with Noah at the farm. I was fun ! The next journaling card I printed onto vellum and cut it into a tag before I added to the card.

Okay everybody ! That is all I have for now. Hopefully I can get back here soon and share a spread that I made for this months Becky Higgins CT.

Have a great day everybody.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Family Photo Shoot

Every Spring the Almond Groves around our neighborhood bloom like nobody's business.  It is so beautiful to watch.

These pages were part of this months Becky Higgins Creative Team Inspiration on her blog. 

Since moving to California I have taken the kids over several times to get photos in the orchards. This year I really wanted to get some family shots. It took three different tries on three separate days, some bribery, and some close weather watching but we made it happen.

Although the weather conditions were less than ideal, the lighting was bad, the clouds kept coming in and out, I am so happy with the photos that I was able to get. We even got rained out, leaving us less than 30 minutes in the orchards. Oh well. Here is to better planning next year.

This is the left side of my spread. I made a fun and simple title card. The card and the geotag are from the new Becky Higgins Embossed Value Kit.

Have you all noticed that gold is EVERYWHERE right now. I am usually not a huge gold fan but it's really growing on me. I sprinkled a little gold here and there throughout my pages.

The love you below the photo of all of us is actually a gold foiled photo overlay. There is also gold in the arrow that is on the journaling card.

I hate to admit this but these pages took me a little bit longer to put together than I would have liked. But I am totally not complaining. In the beginning I think I had too many photos. Since they all look alike, sort of anyways, with all the green and white from the trees. I decided that I need to break up the photos with something. I moved things around, added in some color, and even broke up the photos with some patterned paper. The end result is something that I am most proud of.

A little bit more gold on the photo overlay in the bottom left corner. Gotta love it baby !

This is the second page, or the right side. More fun photos and of course more gold.

Here is another example of breaking things up. First with the 4 small photos of Noah. I added them to a journaling card from the Jade Edition. Not sure why he looks like a white albino kid here in these photos but oh well. It was probably user error, as I am not a professional photographer ! I have to admit that I am still working on my photography skills. Just this past January I have been working with Manual mode and trying to figure all this stuff out.

Another example of trying something different. This big photo really breaks everything up and it turned out perfect.

Can I just say how hard gold is to photograph ! Yikes, forgive me folks. Also this whole spread was so tricky.

Anyways a few cute filler cards. The first one is from the new Embossed value kit. The second one is from the mix and match value kit. I just love that camera.

This is my journaling card that I told the whole story of how this event came about. For me this part of the story is just as important as the photos are. I used another gold photo overlay as a border around my journaling.

That is all I have to share with you today. Thanks for coming everyone !!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Hello everyone !!

Recently I have embarked on a small project. Some of you may have heard about it, maybe through Instagram. It's called My Selfie Scrapbook. Or know as #myselfiescrapbook.

A few of my fellow Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team members put together a class or a project all about YOU. I'm not going to go into all the details other than there are prompts from all of the contributors of the class, examples by a blog hop, and of course lots of examples and photos on instagram. Search for the hashtag #myselfiescrapbook.

Here are the links so you can check it all out and get all the details about this class.

You can find all the fun information on Jennifer Lakes blog.

Here is the introduction blog post.

I wanted to share my pages that I have completed so far.

For my album I chose this fabulous minty blue by We R Memory Keepers. It is a 4x4 size and it has been such a fun change.

Here is my title page. I used this brush from Ali Edwards. To embellish my page I doodled around the brush with my pen. I added some gold splatters for a fun look. My Story kit ( the magic one) from Ali Edwards had that amazing silkscreen and gold paint. So I thought I would put it to good use in this album.

To go along with my title page I wanted to journal about what this album was about and I also included some journaling about one of the photo prompts.

I used the "me" acrylic from one of the classes contributors. She makes fabulous products and her business is called Color Cast Designs. You should check her out !!

In my album I am going to be playing with these fun pocket pages that have 2x2 squares. The page on the right side has pictures of my hands. It was one of the photo prompts listed in the class.

Here is a close up. Underneath I used another Ali Edwards brush and you can find it below.

It's called Get Real Digital

One of the things I love about digital brushes is that you can customize them. In the past I have taken a single word from a digital brush and used it on a project. This time I took out the & sign from the original brush and replaced it the great script "and" word from the same brush set. I love to play around with these !!

More 2x2 pictures and 2 of the journaling cards about more of the photo prompts.

The other side is a photo of my favorite shirt. That was another photo prompt. I used a free template that is included as part of the class. You can find it here on the blog.

A few weeks ago I picked up some supplies for this album. I spotted some supplies from Heidi Swapp. I picked up both the clear pocket cards plus the foil pocket cards. I used one of the clear cards and cut it up to embellish in the corner.

One more photo prompt was called #fromwhereistand. Here are my pages using that photo prompt. You can find the #fromwhereistand brush for free on the blog post.

Here is a close up. I used the silkscreen again to put the word story on the bottom of my journaling card.

I did a few more pages to finish out all the journaling prompts. These ones are all about "my feet".

Here is a close up of the big page. I journaled on a tag and that was a fun thing to add. The word "hello" is also from Color Cast Designs.

To wrap up my blog post I have 2 more pages to finish out my journaling prompts up to this point. I have one that is all planned out and half done.

I plan on coming back and blogging more pages once I get some done. Yippeee.

I sure am loving this project. It has been a nice distraction from my regular Project Life pages.

I want to challenge everybody to make one of these albums. You owe it yourself. I feel like I am always the one behind the camera. It has been fun to be on the other side of the it.  I am looking forward to making more pages and taking some more fun pages in the coming month.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Project Life Week 5 | Simple Stories Fresh SN@P pack

I've got some more pages to share today !

I know right ?!! It has been a busy couple of weeks.

Today I am going to share week 5 of my Project Life album. These pages I did for the Simple Stories blog. So fun was the Fresh SN@P pack to play with.

The colors were fun and there are tons of fun cards.

Here are both pages together.

I left a lot of white with a pop of color here and there.

For the title card I started by cutting out the arrow from one of the journaling cards. I added the week stamp from Simple Stories, and printed out the date.  I finished off with some embellishments, including the clear white stickers that are so fun.

In the Fresh pack there are lots of fun bits and pieces to embellish with.

This card is one of my favorites. It is perfect for this week where I found Noah up on the porch column playing the ipad. And also two other family members playing on electronics together. I journaled about how we are a I family, for Iphone, ipad, ect.

I used some of the clear photo stickers, the black arrows on this card. I used one of the white ones down on the bottom with the rest of my embellishments. Recently I have been cutting things from the journaling cards and using them as embellishments. Like the heart on this one. It is a good way to get more out of your stash.

Here is a look at some more of the journaling cards and photos. The blue card tells the story of Noah and how he insisted on going to the park for lunch. As you can see, he won that battle.

The white card with the circles on it I used some of the circle pieces from the pack and put them all together to make a filler card. I finished it off with a little doodling and some enamel dots.

The last card on the right has a clear photo overlay that I used as part of my journaling card. It told the story of how Noah was student of the month.

I am so happy that my 2015 PL album is coming along so great.

Here is my to do list :

Finish up a few things in week 6
A Valentine's Day photo shoot
A beach trip
Week 11
Week 15
Another beach trip

Might sound daunting to some but I am excited to do those spreads !!

How is everyone else's PL albums coming ?

Have a wonderful day and see you next time.