Thursday, February 28, 2013

Then he turned 9 way 2 soon

My oldest is currently 11 years old and quickly apporaching 12. I am trying to catch up on all his older pictures and hope to one day be scrapping current photos only. These are the pictures of his 9th birthday at the grand parents house. I once again used Kiwi Lane templetes for this, it gives just the right amount of motion. I stitched the number "nine" using Charissa Miller's Kiwi Lane Blog post, for Whats called Tip Time Tuesday. I love the look the multi colored stitching and the all over stitching. I got the new American Crafts AT calander stamp and let me tell you that was a hard thing to make work but the fact you can make any monthly calendar from any year.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dirty Thirty

You only turn 30 once, but in our family you normally get to celebrate a few times over.  This was one of Chucks few times this year. I love the expression on his face when he pretended to blow the candles out again so I could get a picture. I just wanted to document the big day he didn't think would come. Loving the older sketches that I have had put toge her for some time they are really helping me get pictures scrapped fast.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday

I am desperately trying to get caught up on old pictures of my oldest son who is not 11 years old. Here are some pictures of one of his many 6th birthday parties.  As part of my local scrapbook stores birthday celebration they turn their monthly super saver session into birthday themed. I have had this one laying around since November 2011, and just worked wonderful for these pictures of my son turning 6 years old.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Amber 1, Two Peas

Another week another sketch, this week starts a whole new gem series. You can see the sketch and find all the details on the scrapbook steals blog (HERE). I say this every time but I am in love with the Kiwi lane templates. I used several on this layout to get the right size strips and for the tags. I just loved these photos of my son and niece playing together from two years ago when we went to visit. I have a fun time mixing different collections and using papers that don't really go together because the unique look always makes me smile.

Kiwi Lane Templates used: Photo 3x3, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2; Photo mat 4 1/2 x 6 1/2; Strip Set 3 in, 1/2 in; and Tags 1, 1T

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pile of leaves..

This layout is the other page kit from the same Scrapbook Generation Super Saver kit from August 2012. In the front yard of rental house there is a huge tree. This was the first year we have been here when the leaves fell off. Andru had a blast playing in the small pile I made for him. He kicked and threw those leaves for a good 30 minutes. I think it is something every kid needs to experience and he did have a grand time doing it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Branson Balloon Fest 2012

I have had this kit sitting around from Scrapbook Generation since August of last year. I just loved the kit when it came out and knew eventually I would have some photos to go along with it.  My family and I went to the 2nd Annual Balloons over Branson Creek this year. I was able to get these amazing shots of the balloons in the morning and of my two wonderful sons with the balloon right behind them.

Friday, February 22, 2013

and then I loved again...

Nothing beats finally finishing pictures that were taken almost 4 years ago. I have been trying to pick the right papers for these photos for a while. Everything just seemed to come together so easily when I used the floral paper from Echo Parks Sweet Day.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Joyously Jade/ Jade 10

Another series has come to a close and with this layout I am Joyously Jade. You can find out all about Scrapbook steals and their weekly sketches, plus the sketch this is modeled after HERE.

I had a really hard time with this layout because I do not take very many vertical photos. I had to improvise with a horizontal photo and I don't think it came out all that bad. I tried to use my new Kiwi Lane template with the polka dot ghost. I mixed and matched several collections for this, Echo Park, Simple Stories, MME, why not it all goes some what.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Jade 4 & Page 4 of 46

Here I am slowly making my way through all the pictures I "stole" off facebook of my sister and her fiance. If you've looked around my blog you will know I am working on a HUGE mini album for them. I used another sketch from for inspiration, you can see it HERE.
My sister and her lovely fiance, live in Florida so they are able to go to Disney World a lot!! They have so many pictures in front of Cinderellas Castle. It was fun looking through them all and picking out the ones I wanted but also seeing them grow up with each other over the years. I am so happy to be able to make this for them and will have a hard time keeping it until December when they get married. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jade 9 and PGCB Twine Challenge

Here is yet another weeks sketch complete. As always I used a sketch from to create this wonderful layout of my hunny and I. You can check out the sketch HERE. This weeks sketch featured a Sunburst, which I have managed to stay away from up until now because I am so intimidated by them. I used a 6x12 piece of paper as a template by cutting it down into the strips and then tracing them onto the paper I wanted to use.
I got a new paper organizers yesterday, so I went through all my paper and seperated it by Manufacturer ( I may have a slight MME problem). I can across some older lines and they seemed to work wonderful for this layout. I used MME Quite Contrary, Breaking free, and Echo Park's Country Drive. Staying true to form I also used a Kiwi Lane template, Nature 5T, which added just the right element for my page.

I also used some twine on my seams for the sunburst, which is part of the challenge over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. They do a bi-weekly challenge and are currently celebrating One Year with some great giveaways. Make sure you check out all the lovely ladies and creations HERE.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Page 3 of 46

I just had to break into my new scrap goodies. When I saw the MME Lost and Found Paris 6x6 pad and the Kiwi Lane Nature 2T (butterfly) I instantly knew what picture I was going to scrap. I am working on this huge project for my sister and the pages are starting to come together. Hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter Swap Box

I am part of an online crafting group and every so often we do a scrapbook swap box. It is completely secret and you send a list to the host then she passes them out to everyone. I am not ashamed to say I always hope that a Canadian gets me, I love the chocolate from up there. You can think its the same all you want but it isn't!! 
My lovely swap buddy Kristin, did a wonderful job on my box. I am currently obsessed with Kiwi Lane templates, the ease of use and the way your layouts come together is just amazing. I was actually trying to figure out which sets I was going to get with my refund today and here one shows up in my box. I just love everything in here. I have been looking at Echo Parks new Photo Freedom line since the came out but didn't realize what all it came with, its a whole line and special page protectors to put them together.

I simply can not wait to dive into all of these wonderful products and create. My son has already tried to steal my jumbo Mint KitKat bar.

Thank you again Kristin, you did a wonderful job!!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back to see what I make with my new stuff.

Jade 3

It has been a lovely here in Springfield, and the kids are getting along so well. I took avantage of the not so common occurance and am trying to get caught up on my past due Jade sketches. You can find out all about Scrapbook Steals and their weekly sketches HERE.  I have had these photos of Chuck and Andru playing games at Chuck E. Cheese since June but couldn't find a good way to show the photos without them over powering on a one page layout. I had been looking at the Jade 3 sketch for a few weeks and just stumbled across these photos. After cutting down the smaller pictures I started to regret my decision but when I matted them onto the red paper, it all came together. I am never one to go with just one kind of paper or even pattern, I like to be WILD like that. It always looks good in the end. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Opal 10

Trying to get caught up on some older sketches from when I was out of the mode of scrapping. We all go thru periods of not wanting to do much of anything and I had one of those for about 4 months. I was behind about 30 sketches and have managed to get caught up on a bunch of them. For this one in particular, I have a huge love hate relationship with. I worked on it for three days, tracing, cutting, inking and then laying it all out to make sure I liked it. By the time I had glued it all down, I hated the layout and I just left it on my desk for another day and came back to it. I added the little house and spider web because it needed something.

I used Tag 6 and Spook Lane from Kiwi Lane Designs for this layout. I just love the versatility of the templates. You can use them to make a million and one things and not always what they are set out to do. Okay as you can tell I REALLY REALLY LOVE them. Using Spook Lane I traced it into a chevron shape and I like how that came out.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday Card Swap

I participated in my first ever card swap and it was a birthday card theme. I am always running behind when birthdays come around so I decided to make a "non" traditional card a belated card. I am still very new at card making so this was a challenge to me from the start. I went with a belated birthday card using my Create a Critter cartridge and Kiwi Lane Designs Spook Alley 1 A/B. I hope they are sufficient for the swap and everyone gets great use out of them.  I took a few pictures of the steps along the way, I did cheat by using premade bases but that was the only way I could make sure they had envelopes that would fit the card inside.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jade 8

Another day another layout.. I drew my inspiration from the weekly Scrapbook Steals sketch which can be seen HERE. As I have said before I am working on a huge project for my sister, it was suppose to be a surprise but I have a hard time witth that and well I have been posting them to my blog. Im not entirely sure she doesn't look at my blog. Oh well it is still really fun to put together. For this layout and all the others I really want the pictures to speak for themselves so I am going for minimal extras.  I have to say it again if I haven't said it before I LOVE Kiwi Lane templates. I used Spook Alley to make my triangles by only tracing the point of 1A. The soft tones of the picture are a perfect match for the pink and dark colors of the triangles went with the shirt colors.

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