Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sailing Through September!

The time has flown so quickly.  The last time I posted was August 9th and here it is 9/23!  How does that happen?  I guess Life Happens!!
Since that time, my kids have all started back to school - and boy was that a huge deal.  All 4 kids in school for the first time in 16 years!  I have no little ones at home in the morning, but that time goes fast though.  It also means that I have 4 different school schedules to keep track of and I am the family taxi.
With all my kids so big, I love to scrapbook older photos and reminisce over those little faces.  This month, I spent more time on older photos than normal.  I have been scouring my older photos and trying to clean up my digital files.  That is a HUGE job in itself.  My old "vault" with pictures from 2000-2010 has 15,000 photos on it!

Here is the oldest one - My Grandpa and his friend Oakie in about 1949 using Gingerscraps Buffet pieces from
Dagi's Temp-taions - Autumn Glory Templates 
Little Rad Trio - Fishing Fun 
Pixelily Outdoor Explore Artsy Papers 
When my youngest started school, I did a little looking back to when my now 10th grader started Kindergarten from 10 years ago.
Dear Friends Designs - Through the Years - Kindergarten
Clever Monkey Graphics - School Rules

I did this double page spread from 4 years ago and my son's friend's 1st birthday party in the park.
Also with Buffet items, it includes
Dear Friends Designs - Celebrate 
Aprilisa Designs - Picnic in the Park 
B2N2 Scraps - The Great Outdoors Patterned Papers 
Pixelily Designs - Outdoor Explore 
Connie Prince - Nature Walk Kit 
Boomers Girls Designs - Beach Boys Extra Alphas 

I just love looking at these pics of my little man as a baby!  I had snapped these pictures of him at the library and used a dinosaur kit that matches his outfit that I loved and a play on words.
Magical Scraps Galore - Prehistoric World 
Dear Friends Designs - Shape Me Template 

Then, I re-scrapped a page that I did awhile ago that I just never loved.  Do you ever have that, where you just don't love how a page turns out.  LJS came out with a kit for empty-nesters - meaning parents whose kids have left the nest, but I couldn't help but re-do this page of an actual nest with it's baby birds.
JB Studio - Incredible Life Vol 4 Temp 3 
LJS Designs - Empty Nest 

Boys are so much fun.  You have to let them play in the mud and dirt and worms - it is just a boy thing!!
Leaving A Legacy Designs - Mud Pies and Gray Skies 
Little Rad Trio - Think About It template 

Here is another old one.  I just love fall!  All the apples, pumpkins, cool weather.  So, I just love all the kits that come out this time of the year.
House Party Template by Little Rad Trio 
Apple-icious by LJS Designs 
And here are a few more Fall Ones
LJS Designs - Fall Frolics 
Dear Friends Designs - Grab Bag #1 (Random Memories) 

And for Gingerscraps 7th birthday, there were a bunch of $5 grab bags with tons of goodies
Clever Monkey Graphics Grab Bag for $5 during GS birthday - Happy Fall Y'All (recolored teal flowers, leaves, purple big flower and orange alpha to periwinkle)
Dear Friends Designs - Grab Bag #1 Assemble
LJS Designs On the Boardwalk (Ice Cream Cone)

Look for another post from me soon with some more scrapping goodies!
Until then, Happy Fall to you

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Still Surviving on Survivor

I love a challenge!

No, really, I simply love a good challenge, like it is a secret to unlock and something new to learn. It is one of the reasons that I have fallen in love with Digital Scrapbooking.  This month, Gingerscraps has been hosting it's Survivor Challenge.
The competition started July 19th and runs every week until September 1.  Just like the TV show, we have alliances (I started a Disney lovers one of course), we have immunity challenges, weekly challenges and tribal council to vote some off the island.
This year's Survivor theme is Lost At Sea.  It is all themed around having our scrapping ship taken over by pirates.
Week 1's challenge was for us to disguise ourselves as pirates to blend in with the mauraders
Here is how mine turned out.
I actually took my kids to the park with a box of pirate gear and dressed up to take photos.  Many of the contestants used app or photo shop to change themselves into Pirates

Week 2's challenge was send a "message in a bottle" to someone to ask for help.
I sent my plea to the only Pirate that I can think - Captain Jack Sparrow.

Now, this week's challenge was to show off what you treasured.  This was a little harder
I went with a quote from Walt and my love of learning and books.

Go check out all the other Survivor Layouts and be amazed!
Survivor Gallery

Friday, July 3, 2015

Going back in time

Have you ever had a memory that you needed time before you could "handle" it?

While I scrapbook all the time, I just recently realized that I had skipped certain memories because I just need time.  My step-father, John, passed away 5 years ago in January 2010.  2010 became the year that I didn't scrap (which included the pictures of my newborn son, who arrived in April).  I had also skipped the last trip to Disneyland that my father took with us - 2008. I had scrapper 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, etc, but not 2008.
Finally, I am scrapping these memories and it feels so great to relive the fun memories, scrap the sorrow, remember them all!

LJS Designs - On the Boardwalk 
also uses Dear Friends Designs - Double Trouble V4 (from Buffet) 
Monthly Mix - Family Ties
Magical Scraps Galore's #selfie template from the site MEGA collab
Boomers Girl Designs - Nighty Night
Dandelion Dust Designs - Out of This World
Dagi's Temp-tations - Oh Boy Templates
Dear Friends Designs - Never Too Many Template
Connie Prince - Adventure Time
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Grungy Papers
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Solids & Ombre Papers
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Splatters
Just Because Studio - Incredible Life 3 templates 
LJS Designs - Sweet Child of Mine 
Blue Heart Scraps Good Life Papers & Smatters Little Rad Trio's Missing You Bundle Dear Friends Designs Framed Templates
Clever Monkey Graphics & Joyful Heart Designs Easter! Bundle
Simply Tiffany Windows Template

and the one that started this journey . . .
Little Rad Trio's Swing Batter Kit
and also uses Little Rad Trio February Template Challenge, which is now recycled in Play It Again V1
I encourage you to look and see if there is anything in your past that you may have not scrapped - even if you have no photos and create a page to remember them by!

Friday, June 19, 2015

May & June Busy-ness

Somehow May got away from me!  It is like I blink and months go by.  Does that happen to you?  While I am still super busy, I am happy that the kids are out of school now.  For us the month of May includes so very many end of school activities, that my head is spinning.  We had multiple field trips, award ceremonies, graduations, field days, creating end of year teacher presents and more! Finally May ended and we took a family trip to Disneyland.  Yay!

With all of that, you would think that I had no time to scrapbook - but no way, of course I fit in time for that!

To start, I had to highlight what has become my favorite treat - caramel apples.  I used this kit from LJS Designs called Silly Willy Nilly and a template from Dear Friends Designs called Pile It On
Since it almost State Fair time again, Next, here is a double page of previous Fair trip using Ponytails County Fair Carnival  and her template Double Double
Because I have been working to recover some old photos, I have running across these old pictures from when my little guy was born and just can't resist creating some loveliness with them using LJS Sweet Child of Mine and JB Studio's Incredible Life template
One of our favorite trips every year, is to visit Yosemite.  We love to raft down the Merced River, hike, visit the Indian Village and just hang out.  Dagi's Temp-tations comes out with these wonderful Day by Day templates that make getting a ton of photos onto a page.  I used Nature Boy by North Meets South Designs which was a free daily download from Gingerscraps!  You can buy it now, but every month you can download a new kit if you check the blog every day!
Next, one of my favorite animals at the zoo - the Red Panda!!  I just love this.  I had to do a double page using Magical Scraps Galore's Panda-monium and Dear Friends Chock Full (psst, Chock Full is on sale for $1 until June 30th)

Another fun event each month at Gingerscraps, is the Buffet.  They one color palette and the designers all create pieces that coordinate together.  It is a great way to get multiple kits that can work  together.  It is amazing to see.  Here I used Connie Prince's Adventuretime, Leap of Faith papers and splatters and Dear Friends Never Too Many .  This page is when I first took my son to Yosemite at 2 weeks old.
This month, LJS came out with a fun Around the fire kit, which of course means another Yosemite layout ;)  I am so ready to go again!! For the template, I used this free template from Dear Friends.  It is part of the Template Challenge at Gingerscraps.  There are 2 free templates every month that you can download and create with!  Check it out.

For April and May, I was the Guest Creative Team Member for Hat of Bunny over at Scrap Orchard.  Her kits are so bright and fun.  For many of them, I "see" my Riley.  She is so full of life that it is hard not to think of her.
Hat of Bunny is the featured designer for June and all of these pieces are free at different events.  It is called Stranger Than Fiction

This is part of her Life's Little Moments June series.  It is so full of fun items.  I just love how this bright page turned out!

For the beginning of May, Scrap Orchard hosted it's Farmer's Market when hundreds of items (new and old) are only $1.  Of course, now, this fun Pajama Party kit is more, but still tons of fun.

Life's Little Moments - May is perfect for End of School Year fun

Life's Little Moments March is practically Riley's theme kit!

So, you see - I have been busy!  The best part is that I feel like my scrapbook style is improving and really coming together.  I have learned so much this year.  I am loving my pages and am proud to show them all off!  I hope you are all staying busy and having a great summer.  I hope to be back soon with more fun.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Scrapping Like Crazy!

It is amazing the difference between 1 year and the the next.  Last year, I was offered my first (small) CT and did a few guest spots here and there.  Now, I am kept super busy and get to "play" with tons of designer kits as a full-time site Creative Team member of Gingerscraps and also for Clever Monkey Graphics - on top of the Guest spots that I still do - like for Hat of Bunny this month and next.
I have gotten 17 pages done this month and 46 last month.  And still more to come!!

Here's is a peek of some of the fun items that I got to work on:
For Gingerscraps Brush Challenge - Connie Prince's Celebrate America & Four or More Templates 7

If you spend $10 this month at Gingerscraps, you get this great collab called Let it Rain which was perfect for my puddle stomper!  I also used Dagi's Template - Put A Spring in Your Step

For something completely different, I used Dagi's same template set and Connie Prince's Better Together kit to do this fun layout of Conner and his Best Buddy

I did a double page spread as my first layout for a 2 month guest spot for Hat of Bunny over at Scrap Orchard.  Her Life's Little Moments April was HUGE and so perfect for these pictures of Daffodil Hill.  

This month, I was paired with Pixelily and created this cute Spring card for the Gingerscraps Hybrid spring card challenge.  I kinda went crazy with my Silhouette!  Making cards lots of fun!  Showers to Flowers is part of this month's buffet from Pixelily

Just this week, I got to scrap last year's Mother's Day pictures using 2 new kits - All About Mom by Little Rad Trio and Day by Day 4 templates by Dagi's Temp-tations.  I just love how they turned out!  

Every month, Gingerscraps has 2 free templates as part of their template challenge!  This was template 1 by Pretty in Green and using Ponytail Designs Birthday Bliss.  Loved all the triangles

For Clever Monkey Graphics, I used one her older kit - Turtle Power to both create a card and make a layout of it.  So cute.  I love that burst and all the TMNT with their weapons.  Quite a blast from the past!  The birthday boy loved his card, too!  Best yet, I was able to use this layout for the Template Challenge!!  If you do 10 challenges - you get a free Mega Kit!!

Have you been getting the free parts of Gingerscraps Daily Download?  This month, it is hosted by Connie Prince & Trixie Scraps (also known as North Meets South Studios) and it is called Nature Boy.  It is so cute.  I was able to do this fun page with it and  Everyday Moments Singles template by Dagi's Temp-tations.  If you missed any pieces of the DD, you can buy the whole kit after the end of the month

When I saw Hat of Bunny's March Life's Little Moments, I immediately thought of my daughter, Riley.  She IS this kit.  I think it was designed just for her.  The kit made these somewhat boring pictures of her birthday dinner so vibrant and fun.  

Dear Friends has been creating templates like mad and the best news is that they asked me to convert all their templates to the .page format for them!!  Boy, have they kept me busy.  This is one set that they release last week called Off the Grid.  I did these 2 pages of our Zoo Member Day for the font challenge and using Pixelily's Safari Trip kit.
So, as you can see - I have been busy!  Can't wait to create more loveliness!  I have learned so much and grown so much in my ability in the last year.  I can't wait to see what this next year brings.