Thursday, August 7, 2014

We Have Arrived!


I almost can't believe it but I am writing you this post from my hotel room at Disney' Caribbean Beach Resort. We arrived in Orlando around noon and and headed over to our hotel. Our room was ready so we stopped in our room and then had lunch at the resort before heading out to Epcot. We started at the Seas with Nemo and friends and I got some awesome pics. We then rode Mission Space and it was Mom's first time on the ride. She was nervous at first but at the end I think she really liked it.  We then headed to our favorite ride at Epcot: Soarin'. We had a fast pass so it was a breeze getting on. :)

As we were getting ready to leave a good old-fashioned Florida thunderstorm rolled in so we did the Living with the Land as we waited out the storm. We had dinner reservations in Mexico so we finally had to brave the storm and but ponchos. We got soaked on our way to dinner. Our dinner was good...so much food!  

After dinner mom and dad headed back to the hotel to go to their convention but I stayed to watch Illuminations since the rain had stopped. I got some great pictures. :)






Then I headed back here to the hotel. Tomorrow I am spending the whole day at the Magic Kingdom so I had better get some shut eye! See you all soon!

Monday, August 4, 2014

On our Way

Today I am heading back to my favorite place on Earth...Walt Disney World! I will be spending 8 blissful days in the parks, enjoying all of my favorite things. Some days will be spent by myself, one day will be spent with my awesome friend Matthew, and the rest will be spent with my family. We are taking my nephew Conor for the first time. I am so excited to share this place I love with him and see him meet Mickey and ride on the Dumbo ride with him. (I was on that ride when he was born.  :) 

Some of the things I am most looking forward to include:
-seeing Wishes
-spending time with my family 
-the new 7 Dwarfs Mine Train ride (I have 2 fast passes for it!)
-dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming
-riding on the Teacups with Matthew
-celebrating Mom's birthday while we are there
Riding Expedition Everest
-hanging out with my family in my favorite place on Earth!

We are about ready to board our flight so stay tuned...I am planning on sharing my favorite moments from my vacation here on my blog. :)


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!