Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Imagination station layout + process video

Happy Memorial day guys. Today I'm starting the week off with a layout share based off of a sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap blog

I'm almost to the end of my homemade scrapbook kit for May called "crush" and instead of using only two 4x6 photos, I loaded this page with 8 2x3 pics. 

To see this layout from start to finish, please click on the video below...

And here are some more close ups...



I hope you have a great start to your week and thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Birthday layout + process video

Hi crafty friends. I'm back with another layout and a sketch which I based my page from. This time the sketch is from Stuck?! blog.

I am still using my homemade "crush" scrapbook kit but this time I used the blues and reds more than the pink. Although you will see some of the pinks making little appearances here and there in this page.

To see this layout from start to finish, click on the video below...

And here are some more close ups...


Thank you guys for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thanksgiving 2012 double page spread

Hi there my dear friends. Today I'm sharing a layout that I made with this sketch from Stick it down challenge blog as the base....

Can I just tell you how excited I am with this layout. Excited because this was the first page that I created after not being able to scrap for two whole weeks. Yes dear friends, life is super busy right now that carving time out to enjoy my favorite hobby has been a struggle. Do you feel the same way? Before I would be so stressed about not getting to create but now I just try to remember to breath and know that every thing has it's season and I will eventually get around to doing the things I love the most. 

With this layout I used my homemade kit for May called "crush". The color scheme were red, pink and dark blue so it was kind of a challenge to create a thanksgiving layout with it. Luckily I had pulled some brown neutrals that worked well with a fall themed page. That's another thing that I don't stress about too much nowadays, making sure that the pages I create match the season or theme of the layout. Of course I'll add elements to coordinate with the theme but I don't necessarily pick products that scream that holiday. It helps me use up my stash and gets me out of my comfort zone.

The sketch had four photos in it but because I love taking pictures and can't only scrap four from this event, I decided to extend my photos to the right. I also printed them all at 3x4 size so I can get in more pictures in my layout.

I decided to use some tiny letter stickers to add to my journaling. I am finding myself gravitating to handwritten journaling again these days as it makes the process faster for me.

I decided to create circle frames around my pattern papers so I used my Creative Memories circle cutter, cut out the inside circle first then cut out the larger one. I cut out the pattern papers that went under the frames the same size as my circles.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative day.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sweeter together layout + process video

This was my final layout using my April homemade kit. Did you see that I was able to fit in 9 pictures here and still had plenty of room for embellishments? yeah kinda stoked about the results of this layout. ;)


Here's the process video to go along with this page...




Thank you for stopping by and I hope that this page inspired you to create something today.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Texas BBQ layout + process video

One of the things that we had to "check off the list" during our road trip to Texas in June of 2011 was to have some Texas BBQ. We found a mom and pop restaurant along the road and decided to check it out. The place wasn't grand but it had some fun accents and the food was delicious that we were so glad we took the chance on this place. 

Here's the process video to go along with this layout share...




Thank you for stopping by and checking out my layout.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, May 11, 2015

Roswell layout + process video

Hi crafty friends. So this week, I'm taking a bit of a break from sharing some May projects to share some of my April layouts and process videos that were never uploaded on the blog. 

This first one was #5 or #6 layout made with my April homemade kit. I was running out of pattern papers so I made some designs with the cardstock background instead. I don't know about you but I cannot scrapbook just one photo, especially if it's a trip or event. In this page, I was able to cram 8 pictures. Here's the process video if you wanna watch how this layout was made...





I still can't believe that these pictures were from about 4 years ago. It felt like it was just yesterday.

Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic "creative" week.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, May 8, 2015

Young at Heart layout

Hello crafty friends. Today I'm sharing another layout made with my May homemade kit. This layout was also inspired by two challenges. A sketch challenge at Stick It Down Challenge blog...


And a recipe/product challenge at Scrap Our Stash blog. 

I loved the honeycomb design on the sketch but I remembered that I had pulled a lot of washi tape and trims for my homemade kit and decided to make a layered background with them, mimicking the placement of the honeycomb in the sketch. I still used the doily and turned the sketch 90 degrees so that I can incorporate a vertical line of photos instead of one horizontal 4x6. 

For the recipe challenge we were to use products that correspond to each letter of the word "emboss". Here's what I was able to put together...

E- Echo park paper (chevron in the background)
M- Making Memories word stickers
B- Butterfly charm
O- Oval shape brad (the one with glasses)
S- Spellbinders nestabilities (I used one for the black scallop circle behind the butterfly charm)
S- Sharpie pen (for my handwritten journaling)

I participated in two pocket letter swaps last month and the tag along with the label cut outs are from one of the letters I received. I never realized how much fun putting together and receiving pocket letters could be. I just wished I had more time to participate in those. Maybe by summer time.

As I was going through my stickers, I found some Making Memories word and phrase stickers. I cannot believe I've been hoarding them all this time. I am planning to finally use em up this month.

So there you have it. Another page documented. Thank you for stopping by and I hope my page has inspired you to create something today.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Sister Reunion layout

Hi there friends and welcome to May. I have a few layout shares from last month's homemade scrapbook kit but wanted to get some of my May layouts posted so that I can enter them in some challenges. 

I had put together my May kit with this color scheme on International Scrapbook day (May 2nd) but was not able to do a video share before digging into them. Here's the photo of what I was able to put together...


and here's my first layout....

This one was made during NSD and I'm entering this into two challenges. The first one is for the die cut challenge over at StuckOnUSketches blog. I used some die cut shapes from the ephemera pack of a Pink Paislee line called "Pen Pals". I'm also entering this for the latest challenge over at The Studio Challenges blog. The them was be inspired by music and I used one of my favorite songs ("Happy" by Pharrell Williams) as part of the title.

I wanted to play more with my gelatos and I took a free class from Scrapbook.com and I got the idea of adding color to my modeling past with my gelato. In this page, I used two 3x4 white cards and my Heidi Swapp stencils to create my very own textured papers.

I added some doily to my homemade kit for a neutral element and I used that to back up my title.

I got the pink tag in a pocket letter that I received recently (I love putting together and getting pocket letters btw) and layered it with stickers and die cut shapes.

I added more die cut shapes just above the journaling lines and used two pens to add my words to the page.
I finished the page with some splatter of white mist.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come visit again soon.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, May 4, 2015

Family update- April 2015

Hello there friends. So I know this update is a tad late but life is, well, life and these things, although quite important to me just has to be done late. 

So onto the stories from last month....

The first weekend of April was Easter and also General Conference weekend. We managed to get some Easter traditions done and Mason was so cute on his first Easter egg hunt. He didn't do any hunting and I had to force him to hold a plastic egg for the pictures but he once he realized there were candies in them, it became one of his favorite things to hold.


One of our family traditions around this time is to have coordinating church outfits. Since Easter weekend fell on a Sunday where we didn't have regular church services, we dressed up the following week. In the years past we would buy outfits but because of budget constraints this year we opted for finding thing in our closets that work well together without making new purchases. We started with Maddie's dress and found blues and pink hues in our stash. So glad when these things works out. The Lord definitely is in the details of our lives. 

We also started our garden last month. We first planted our seeds in a seed starting kit but unfortunately most of them haven't sprouted yet. I have been a big summer gardener but in the last three years, things haven't really been working right and I'm starting to loose interest in it. Plus we have a lot of rabbits roaming around our area and I'm afraid that they will beat me to my harvest. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Marcus has been getting himself ready for fall hunting season. We got him some gear and Mitch went with him through a weekend class to get his hunting license. He was able to pass the test with a 90% grade. He has also been walking on the treadmill to increase his endurance and went on a hike with his dad a few Saturdays ago. 

On another news, his IEP was renewed for another year (another blessing that I'm very grateful for) but one thing that the teacher did tell us is that he has gotten behind on reading (again) Because of this they have suggested that he reads out loud so one of his task is to read to Mason. It hasn't been consistent as he has a lot of projects to finish up for school but when he does, it's a sight that makes this mama oh so happy. 

One of Maddie's extra curricular activity this year was choir. They did a recital in the fall at school but when the spring choir started, we found out that they would be performing at the Pikes Peak Center along with other schools in the area. It was a big commitment for her as she had to wake up early twice a week and go to school an hour earlier for choir practice. This past month, they had their recital and I was able to watch her perform. She had a great experience that she would like to do it again next year. I'm so happy that she's slowly coming out of her comfort zone and trying out some of her talents. 

Another talent she has is the love for art. A couple of months ago we got a letter from her art teacher saying that one of her pieces were chosen to be displayed at the district office as part of the Air Academy art scholarship program. Last month she got to take her artwork, certificate and ribbon home. Above is a photo of her showing her beautiful work.

Maddie also went to her first daddy-daughter dance this past month. It was hosted by our stake primary and according to Mitch, all she wanted to do was eat the desserts. He did manage to take her to the dance floor a couple of times. Ha!

Mitch worked hard at making us a can rotating shelf this month. He spent all of his days off as well as some Saturdays to get it accomplished. Finally at the end of the month, we were able to spend one of his day off outdoors. We took an impromptu stroll through a part of the  Santa Fe trail. Above are some of the pictures I took with my phone. 

And lastly some updates on our growing little dude...

He turned 8 months in the month of April and now he:
-likes to crawl and stand holding up onto something. 
-prefers table food than his baby food. Every time he sees us eat something, he's always looking into getting some of it too. 
-Smiles and loves to babble, especially when someone is either singing or talking. 
-Has a hard time sleeping because of teething. Sometimes he will sleep for 4 hours straight but there are times when he wakes up every two hours. 

Thank you for stopping by and keeping up with our family.

Till next time,
Grace