July 31, 2007

AUGUST KIT IS HERE!!! We are using My Minds Eye

Again this company amazes me with the quality of their paper! Besides the paper my favorite part of this kit are the Making Memories Alphabet letters. There are 3 sheets in such fun colors!
So I took this kit with me to CHA in homes of getting to work on it. The first night we went out and enjoyed Chicago and the 2nd night we scrapped! I was able to get my first 3 pages done with the kit. The next day after the show was over, we had about 6 hours to kill before our red-eye plane left. So we did what every scrapper would do - we pulled out our kits and scrapped in the hotel lounge area - suitcases in all! It was a blast! I then was able to scrap when we traveled this past week! Fun times!

Layout #1:
I printed these pictures knowing I couldn't wait to use the striped papers with it! I did the Mccall title in the making memories letters and printed the skatepark and journaling from my computer. I used the border stripe along the left side and then matted the photos with it. I custom made photo corners. I think used my ink to make the stars brown and white. I knew they would stand out on the orange paper. As a final touch, I added the ribbon and brads.

Layout #2 - US

With 3 kids we don't get pictures together that much. Our friend Crystal took this of us in beautiful Idaho. I love the picture and had it printed in sepia. I think the layout came out good but didn't scan well (sorry). I used the orange floral paper as the background. On the left side of the paper I used ribbon and on the right side, I used the sticker strip and distressed it. I think put the word us on cardstock and put it behind the brown frame. I then cut a strip of the striped paper to put at the bottom. I used the journaling card to write a message to Larry and attached it to the photo with the frame accessory. I tied a little ribbon around the striped paper and then I was done!

Layout #3

We took a lot of pictures this summer (over 1500) so I have lots to scrap! These are some fishing pictures from Idaho. Andrew was so excited to go fishing and catch a fish! I used the dot paper (my 2nd favorite paper) as the background. I then created my fishing title with my favorite sticker letters :) and then handwrote "in the orthwest" using the rubon N for Northwest. Next I cut small pieces of ribbon to line up along the photo. I also cut a few strips of the striped paper. I again used a piece of my striped paper to mat the bottom of the photo (the striped paper is now gone). Layout #4

Next I printed some pictures of Ezra with his first Jamba Juice. He loved it and wouldn't put it down. I placed the photos diagonally on the paper and cut the sides. Next I cut 2 strips of paper from the dot paper and red floral (I have no problem using floral paper with boys). I think matted the main photo in the dot paper and cut another floral strip at the bottom.

I am not done with my kit. In fact I have a page partially done. I can't wait to use it up!

Make sure you check out the gallery on http://www.personalscrapper.com/for more layouts!

July 30, 2007


Home again!!!!

Wow - we have had a very full July! I am happy to be home but had an incredible month. I hope to catch up on my blogging!

Here is a cute picture of my boys from the Redwood Forest today!

July 18, 2007

Family Time

I have had a great opportunity this summer to spend a lot of time with my family. Its not very often that you get time off of work and school together so we are trying to make the most of it before our precious time is up.

We have traveled around our state quite a bit and realize again what a beautiful state Oregon is. Its got the ocean, mountains, rivers, deserts and much more. Even though we have lived here our whole lives, it is so nice to explore some new places together and discover new things with our children.

I feel like I have come to a point in my life where I realize how important having time together is! I feel so fortunate to have been married for almost 13 years and have 3 beautiful boys. I have always been one to not stress too much about what people think and just live my life. So that is what I am doing, living life - enjoying life! We don't have to wait until we are retired to enjoy it! Enjoy it now while our children still live with us :)

July 16, 2007

7 on 7-7-07

So I have been a really bad blogger!! Thats ok - I have been spending lots of time with my family!!! I hope to slowly catch up on my blogging! I have taken over 1000 photos already this summer and can't wait to scrap them!
Andrew turned 7 on 7-7-07. It was such a cool birthday! His idea was that we have a bbq at our house with some close friends and then at 7 have a little parade around the neighborhood. Everyone brought their bikes, scooters, wagons. It was a cute idea!! We all had a great time! Andrew enjoyed spending time with everyone!


Cake Time... I love this one of Amelia after she hit the pinata and the kids praying and waiting in the background. They really wanted some candy (and a turn to hit it )
Even Ezra had a turn!
Wow - time is flying! My little baby is now 7 and an older brother to 2 brothers! Life sure happens fast! Andrew is a great kid! I am so glad to be his mom! He is full of life and I love him!!!!

July 2, 2007

JULY KIT REVEAL: Autumn Leaves French Twist

Wow - it has been awhile since I blogged! Life is crazy having everyone home for summer! I have hardly had a chance to just be on the computer!

July is here and we have a fun, new kit to work with. I decided to change it up this month and order some bright colors from the Autumn Leaves French Twist line. Although the paper is not 2 sided (which I normally prefer), there are some really unique designs. 2 of the sheets of paper have a diecut edge.

I just got back from traveling so I didn't get too much time to scrapbook but managed to whip a few out. I have been so excited to try this kit out!

Layout #1 - I started with the whimsical notebook sheet of paper. I knew I wanted to use a canoe photo from a camping trip last summer. I have been waiting to scrap this photo of my nephews and brother-in-law. I took my exacto and cut around a few of the swirls to help frame the photo. Next I matted the photo in the green and then the black paper. I doodled dots on the green mat and then placed a few buttons and chipboard to accent it. After adhering the photo on the page, I placed some of the orange ribbon below it and then the black & white ribbon. I added a few buttons to the swirls and then put the word CANOE in the awesome Scenic Route chipboard letters. It was a great memory to capture!

Layout #2 - We just got back from vacation and got a few new family shots. This is one of them. I placed it on the green cardstock. Next I cut 2 strips from the striped paper. I matted themm both in black cardstock. I knew what I wanted to say for the title, so I placed all my letters on the side. I wanted the RV to stand out so I used the outside of the chipboard letters. Next I picked out a few buttons and chipboard circles to go along the top of the photo. I created a small photo corner out of buttons and the layout was complete!

Layout #3 - We just took some family photos in Idaho so I decided to scrap one of those. I loved the blue/green paper in this kit. I decided to mat the photo in the blue cardstock and add a little curve to the bottom of it. I then placed the family title along the curve. Next I hand drew 3 leaves and 2 stems. I then cut around them but made sure some of the black still showed. I placed one on each side of us but had a longer stem on the left side. I had fun making this quick and easy little accent!

So far I just have 3 layouts but I have lots of things left over and hope to make 2 or 3 more in the next week! Happy Scrapping!