Friday, July 29, 2011

Birthday Birthday Birthday

I am WAY behind on scrapping birthdays. I hadn't made any bday layouts for the boys since their one-year parties. I'm going to start working on catching up a little. So many photos, so little time! Here are layouts for Greg's second and third birthdays. I'll have to do some of Jon's next. Maybe one of these years I'll even get their baby scrapbooks done, LOL!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inspiration Challenge

Over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, we are having an "Inspiration Challenge". I used the color scheme from the magazine cover as my inspiration for the Gregisms layout. If you're feeling inspired too, we'd love to see what you come up with! Check out the details over on SEM and link up your creation there. And, happy Monday!

The inspiration:

The result!:

More about the layout - These are all funny things that Greg said when he was little. I'm glad I wrote them down because I would have never remembered what he had said. It makes me chuckle to go back and see them now. And he arranged his lunch remains that way. Carefully positioned crusts and apple slices with one bite out of each. What a little character!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #4!

Well we have another challenge up at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! This one is all about taking a meaningful song and scrapping about that. Take a peek over at the SEM blog to see all the details. Participate and you stand a very good chance of getting one of the challenge prizes. ; ) Here's my layout example for it. The song I used is What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

I got a little crazy and didn't even use a photo! (gasp!) I think I went a little crazy with the red roses too, but it's all good. Here are the lyrics and journaling:

What A Wonderful World ~ Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I have always loved this song, it is so hopeful and optimistic. It makes me look at what is positive in the world. There is a lot of bad that we tend to focus on, but there is a lot of good to be thankful for too!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pixel Love…

Well, sort of. I've dabbled in digital layouts before but it's not my favorite way to scrap. I love getting my hands all inky and the tactile sensation of playing with paper too much. I'd rather do hybrid layouts. But every once in a while I go for it. Here are two digital layouts I recently completed with freebie kits I had found somewhere. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #3!

Well here we are with the first challenge of July at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. Roulien has challenged us to share what a new day means to you. Check out the blog for all the details. Here is my layout with the journaling for you to read.

journaling reads:
This was a hard challenge. Usually my first thought when I wake up is “Rats!” followed by “God, please help me survive the day & give me patience.” My youngest son has Sensory Processing Disorder & is quite a handful. He requires constant help & a watchful eye. He’s not verbal yet & is strong willed. I know that will probably benefit him in the future, but now I’d like a bit more compliance! I was trying to picture my day as a gift to unwrap & I found myself getting pretty resentful towards God. I can’t even remember the last time I got to savor a whole day. I started throwing a little pity party & had to make myself think about people that have worse problems to snap out of it. I don’t know why God has given us such a challenging child but I know it’s for a purpose. I have hope that there is a reason & I need to remember that. In the meantime, I grab whatever little moments I can to savor – like my morning cup of coffee! It’s a little ritual and kickstart to the morning. I take my perks where I can get them (pun intended).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

This is a fabulous opportunity for all you crafty scrappy folks to help support our troops. Operation Write Home takes handmade (blank inside) cards that you make and sends them to troops overseas to use to send to their own families and loved ones. What an awesome way to put your creativity to good use! Check out their site and see what all the details are. There are some specific guidelines (minimal, don't worry) to follow when making your cards. If you are a Creative Juice local, Scrapbook Island is serving as a drop zone for the cards and will be collecting them through July 24th. Happy creating!