Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Laughing Place

Hello blog friends. I just wanted to pop in here with a Disney layout I created for one of the challenges over at Disney Scrappers. If you like to scrap all things Disney, check this group out. They are a fantastic group of ladies and there is tons of inspiration too! :)

Here's my page.

These pictures of my friends and I on Splash Mountain are some of my favorite ride photos ever! I love this ride but I hate the drop and I always have this look on my face every time I ride it! So my friends decided to have a little fun with me. Matthew (in the 2nd seat) works at Disney and he knows where all the ride cameras are. So they planned this shot and I had no idea until we went and looked at it. :) Even the photo guy was laughing!

 So as soon as I saw the Laughing Place challenge I knew I had to make this page. I created the title with my Silhouette Cameo. The font is Benjamin Franklin and I used the swirls from the Splash Mountain title to finish off my title.


 
 
 I also downloaded the Brer Rabbit "You May Get Wet!" and the lyrics to Splash Mountain off the internet and used it on my layout too.

  

 If you want the Silhouette files for the title and other Splash Mountain embellishments, let me know your email and I can send you the file. :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Time Well Spent

One of the perks about being a teacher is having some down time in the summer to recharge my batteries and get a fresh perspective on life. For me this includes a family vacation to my favorite place on earth...Disney (more on that later), lots of time to scrapbook and be creative, and spending time with others.
 
This past week, I spent my mornings investing in the elementary-school aged children at my church. I was a volunteer for our VBS (vacation bible school) on the crafts team and I worked with 2 other volunteers, Alicia and Amanda, to help kids make a different craft each day. Our church's VBS is huge with over 550 kids in attendance this year. We were in craft room 4 and we met with 3 groups of 30 kids to create a different craft each day.
 
These are some of my favorite pictures from the week:
 
 
The team does such a s great job presenting the gospel message in the large group through skits, Bible stories, worship, and fun activities (like sliming Kevin, our children's pastor). 186 kids accepted Christ as their forever friend this week and I am so glad that I had the time to be a part of this amazing adventure!
 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Creativity

One of the things I love about creativity and crafting is its healing power.  Over the past few months I have dove into my scrapbooking, using it to heal my hurting heart.  The pages I have created over these past few months are some of my favorite pages ever! And since I haven't blogged in awhile I want to share some of my favorites with you. :)


I just love this layout for so many reasons.  I love these pictures of me and this layout is a reminder to myself that I am beautiful.  I also love the bright fresh colors of the layout and all the fun stamping on here.


I just love the simplicity of this layout. The beautiful photos really shine and the stamping just helps tell the story of capturing this beautiful butterfly at the farmer's market.



I love this layout for so many reasons. I love that I got so many photos on these pages to tell my story of visiting NASA in Houston in 2010 using Kerri Bradford's photo collages. I am SERIOUSLY addicted to these things! ;) I also love that I got to use a bunch of my space themed scrapbook products! And lastly I love the title that I was able to create with my Silhouette using the logo off the internet.


This is just one of those layouts where everything came together perfectly to create this beautiful layout. The colors, photo, and elements just make me happy to look at this page!


I have had these pictures on my scrapbooking to-do list for a few years now. These photos represent a dream lost and are a reminder of a difficult time in my life. Although I loved teaching, there were so many parts of this job that I absolutely hated! Now that I am back in the teaching profession I was able to pull these pictures out and document my first classroom.  I just love the bright colors on here and the fun die cuts that I sprinkled across the top of my page. :)


This layout was inspired by a layout on Nichol Magouirk's blog. She is one of my absolute favorite scrapbook inspirations and I just love everything she does.  I had been struggling with what to do with these photos since I had so many.  Her layout was perfect and so I scraplifted it.  I love the fun and eclectic look to this page and I love that I got to use so many of my stamps on here. :)


Another project I finished during this time was scrapping my friend Emily's wedding. I was her maid of honor and I wanted to document the day. This layout is one of my favorite ones. :)


This was another one of my absolute favorite pages from Emily's wedding.  I just love how this page turned out! :)


This layout was super time intensive but I totally love how it came out! The bottom half of the page is my journaling taken from the blog I wrote that night. I stamped lots of the words to really make the journaling stand out.
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This is just a smattering of my favorite layouts. To see all that I have been up to over the past few months visit my page at Scrapbook.com. All of my layouts are posted over there and your can see more details about each of these layouts there too. :)

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

These well-known words from Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of  Two Cities perfectly sums up 2013 for me. In 2013, I got a new job, met a pretty amazing guy, got to know my adorable nephew, and finally got a new car. I also lost one of my favorite places ever (which was also my place of employment), had 2 of my best friends move away, and the amazing guy mentioned above broke my heart.

Tonight as I was double backing up my photos from 2013, I realized this truth. I have so many amazing memories from this past year, but many of these memories also bring pain...the realization that things will never again be as they were.  Change is necessary but sometimes is oh so Difficult. Sometimes I wish I could go back to some of these wonderful memories and freeze time, but I know that is not reality. So I must remember the good and learn from the bad and strive to make this next year even better. So here's to 2014...may it be an even better year than last!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

More Got Sketch Fun!

A few weeks ago amid the craziness of changing jobs (see previous post), Valerie from Got Sketch asked me to contribute another layout to the Got Sketch blog.  So of course I said yes.  I am a huge fan of her sketches and this one was just so much fun to work with. 
 
The sketch actually went live last Monday, but with starting my new job and getting a cold at the same time, I just didn't have the time or energy to get my layouts on the blog. 
 
Here's the blog post with the sketch as well as all of the designers' interpretations: http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/2013/04/sketch-155.html
 
As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use it for a Disney layout. The 3 circles in the upper right corner reminded me of the shape of Mickey's head so I went off in search of the perfect Disney photo.  I found this awesome picture of my friend Debbie and I last November when we went to Disney for Christmas. 

 
I used a mixture of patterned papers from various companies: EK Success, Fancy Pants, BoBunny, and Queen and Company but I love the effect of all the different patterns and colors.  The Mickey head was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo.  And some fun Ali Edwards stamps complete the page. :)
 
After I completed the Disney layout, I  had one last picture from my sister's wedding ceremony to scrapbook and it was also perfect for this sketch, so I decided to use it again. Love how versatile it is...from fun and vacation layouts to elegant and wedding type layouts!
 
 
This layout was perfect to use up some of the 6x6 papers I have from this beautiful collection from Basic Grey. It was also a fantastic place to showcase this fun organza flower from Jolee's that I picked up on clearance. :)
 
Well I hope you all enjoyed my layouts and I'll be back later to share more!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Change

Lots of stuff going on here in my little world over the past few weeks. Some sad and others oh so very good. Firstly, my local Archiver's store closed last Sunday. It has been a very emotional and busy time for me, since Archiver's has also been my job for the past 3 1/2 years as well as my scrapbook store and source of information and scrapbook goodies for many years. I have learned so much about this amazing hobby and have grown as a scrapbooker and as a carmaker in so many ways. I have also made some amazing friends, including Peggy, Robin, Pam, Jennifer, Heather, Wenona, and so many others. I have been able to come together with these ladies and share my love for papercrafting with them and also be inspired by them. The past few weeks have been filled with reminiscing and making new memories towels us remember the times we have spent at Archiver's. Today was my last day there and although I am sad to see it end, I know that God has bigger and better plans for me.

As I close out this chapter in my life, God has opened up another, unexpected opportunity for me to get back into the classroom and use the talents and training that He has given me. About the same time that I found out that the store was closing, I filled out an application and had an interview for a teaching assistant position at a local Montessori school. I knew it might be a long shot since I have no training or experience in the Montessori schools, but at my interview the directors and I hit it off really well. So this past Thursday they offered me a job as a teaching assistant in their lower elementary classroom. It is working with students in grades 1-3 and I start on Monday. They also want to train me as a montessori teacher in a year or two which is so exciting!

It is just so amazing those God at work through all of this. His timing is so incredibly perfect and this new job seems to be a perfect fit for me, my talents, and my passions. I have been waiting and praying for the right job to come along and for God to show me where He wanted me to be. Lately I had become so discouraged with teaching and I was beginning to wonder if this was really where God wanted me. I started looking for other job opportunities outside of teaching and tried to wrap my head around the idea that I wasn't going to be a teacher. I clearly remember having a conversation with a dear friend about 2 months ago. I was just feeling so discouraged and lost about my career path. I didn't know what to do and I just felt like everything was such a mess. My friend sat down and prayed with me after church and her prayer was that God would bring me a position out of the blue, something I wasn't expecting but that was the perfect fit for me. And this job is exactly that. I wasn't really even looking for it but now in about 3 days I will be back in the classroom full time, able to share my knowledge with students and guide them as they grow and learn.

This has been such a long journey for me and there are so many family and friends that have been praying for me throughout this entire journey. I want to take the time and thank you all for your love, support and encouragement to me through this long, difficult process. I want to leave you with some verses that have been so important to me throughout this time and maybe they can be an encouragement to you too.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." -Jeremiah 29:11-13

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Got Sketch

I am a huge fan of scrapbook sketches.  They are a fabulous way to jumpstart a layout because most of the design work foundation is already laid out for me.  I just plug in photos, papers and embellishments, and a dash of my own creativity and I end up with gorgeous layouts. 

For the longest time, my absolute favorite go-to sketches have been the Got Sketch sketches from the amazingly talented Valerie Salmon.  Aside from the sketches she releases on her blog, she also has these amazing classes that are chock full of sketches, inspiration, tips, and tricks that are the source of so many of my layouts.  I have taken all of Val's classes, or "the whole enchilada" as us Got Sketchers like to call ourselves.  To check out the blog and Val's classes, check out the blinkies on my sidebar.  :)

So when Val emailed me last week and asked me to contribute a layout to the blog, I was so excited!  Today the blog post went live so I can share the sketch and my layouts....yes two! I was so inspired I actually created 2 layouts for the sketch, but I only submitted the blue one.  :)

To see Val's sketch, go here.

Here's my first take on the sketch.  This is the layout that Val featured in her blog post.  These fun pictures of my friends and I were taken when we went to see The Hobbit back in December, hence the funny 3-D glasses. :)



I used some of the My Mind's Eye Indie Chic collection and stamps from Ali Edwards and Hero Arts to create my fun layout. The title was cut with my Silhouette Cameo. A few brads and punches finish off the layout.

Next up is my second take on the sketch.  These pictures are from Valentine's Day 2011. The sketch was perfect to display these fun photos of my parents and I opening our Valentines.

 
This is a fairly old collection from Bo Bunny called Sweetie Pie. I loved the added green in the papers to coordinate with my dad's shirt.  The heart was diecut out of some Creative Imaginations dotted felt and a stamp from Ali Edwards created the caption with the photos.
 
I loved playing along with Val's sketch and if you love sketches as much as I do, head over to Got Sketch and check it out! :)