In training

This scrapbook layout uses two photos and products from Pink Paislee's "Switchboard" line.

I figure if my mom thought taking pictures of us while potty training would be cute, then my layout using those photos would by default also be cute! 😉

I hope no one is grossed out by the idea, but I actually think these photos are pretty darling. I am putting my potty time to good use by applying imaginary cream to my legs (1968), and Phil is—of course—reading a magazine (1970).

Product/technique notes

I was inspired twofold on this project. I used the sketch below from My Scraps & More. And I used elements from Paper Issue’s mood board right below the sketch (the circles; the all caps lettering; and the citrus slices, which inspired my twine pie chart effect)!
My Scraps & More sketch #110

Paper Issues July 31 2015 mood board

Most of the products I used are from Pink Paislee’s “Switchboard” 6×6 paper pad with some chipboard from Crate Paper. I cut the title on my Silhouette.

Note: I’m submitting this to the Paper Issues “Chip off the old block” link party.

The lanky years

The lanky years is a one-photo scrapbook layout using Jillibean Soup products.

The first thing I thought of when I came upon this photo of me and my baby bro in the summer of 1982 was of how skinny we both were! That seemed like a good enough reason to do a layout. :-)

Product/technique notes

I followed this June sketch from My Creative Scrapbook, used patterned papers from the Jillibean Soup Avocado Soup 6×6 paper pad and designed and cut the title on my Silhouette.
My Creative Scrapbook June 2015 sketch

El Niño layout and card using leftover scraps

El Niño layout and card using leftover scraps

2015 is an El Niño year, and boy, have we felt its effects in Texas! We have seen far more rain than usual so far, but May and June have had epic rainfall numbers (and lots of flooding).

We took these post-thunderstorm photos down at Rattan Creek Park at the end of our street on June 14th. In other summers this creek has been just about nonexistent because we get so little rain here.

I’ve heard a lot of people grumbling about “too much rain,” but I really don’t understand that mentality. When you live through several years of extreme drought conditions, how can you “get sick” of rain? Believe me when I say that we are truly grateful for every raindrop.

I am participating in the Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge #27, which requires you to follow the sketch and then create a card out of the scraps from your layout project. Here is my card, which I will be sending to a college friend of mine:
Card using leftover scraps from layout project

Product/technique notes

LAYOUT: Following is the Scrap Our Stash sketch #27. I used patterns from the BasicGrey Kelly Purkey Mon Ami 6×6 paper pad, cut the clouds with my Silhouette and hand-stitched the circle.
CARD: The stamps are Hero Arts, and I hand-stitched the edges.
Scrap Your Stash June 2015 sketch

Wildflowers

This scrapbook layout uses the Basic Grey Herbs and Honey collection.

I love wildflowers. I took these photos along the long and winding path we had to walk from the parking lot into Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas. This was back in May 2012 on the day that Matt (and thousands of others) participated in the Spartan Sprint obstacle race. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting…and a brutal event.

Product/technique notes

I created this page using the Basic Grey “Herbs and Honey” 6×6 paper pad and followed this My Scraps and More sketch:
The My Scraps and More sketch I used on this layout

You are awesome

This is a clean and simple one-photo design using the ombre effect.

This is a photo of our sweetheart, Liam, at three months of age. How about that bold stare? He still has those amazing baby blue eyes.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout to participate in a monochromatic/ombre challenge at A Cherry on Top, in which they required the use of only one color (other than black and white) in at least three shades. No other colors (except in your photos) was allowed. That is not as easy as it may sound! I found my papers in 6×6 paper pads by American Crafts, BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye. I created the title with a free cut file that I offered on my blog a few weeks ago. Here it is again, in case you missed it.

The Constant Scrapper Awesome Titles freebie