Text Me using Red, White, and Blue alpha by Simple Girl Scraps

Text Me web

I loved this story so much that I had to make a page!

Journaling taken straight from the blog post

Credits:
Call Me kit and Red, White, and Blue alpha by Simple Girl Scraps.

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Lucky Charm

Lucky Me by Simple Girl Scraps Template by Luv Ewe

I’ve had this one on my list of things to scrap for at least a year. Glad it’s in the books! I like when I can use a holiday themed kit, in this case St. Patrick’s Day, for a non-holiday page.

Journaling reads- My dad used to always listen to the radio to enter contests. He would win tgings all the time- records, tickets to concerts, all kinds of prizes. One night when he called in and won a prize, the DJ said, “”You must have kissed your lucky charm tonight”. So after that, before he would call for a contest, he’d kiss me on top of my head for luck.

Credits:
Lucky Me by Simple Girl Scraps
Template by Luv Ewe

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

I Like Big Boats and I Cannot Lie

I Like Big Boats web

I stole the title of this page from a challenge at Ginger Scraps. Is that not hilariously awesome?

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I used this sketch from Shimmelle as a starting point. I love looking at paper scrappers for inspiration!

We have visited three big boats over the years, so I kept things simple and just added the names and dates on top of the photos.

USS Alabama 2009
USS Lane Victory 2012
USS Yorktown 2013

Credits:
Love A Sailor kit by Simple Girl Scraps
Red White and Blue alpha by Simple Girl Scraps
Splatter brushes by Just Jaimee
Lobster and Mom’s Typewriter font
Based on a sketch by Shimelle Lain

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

A Day in the Life using Call Me by Simple Girl Scraps

A Day in the Life web

This was a fun LO to make. I wanted to document some of my favorite apps right now, so I took screenshots of all the apps I used on Friday afternoon. (you can do that by pressing the Home button and the Power button at the same time on iPhones). I really liked how it turned out, and I might do something similar for the apps I use on the iPad, which are mostly different. It’ll be fun to see how my app choices change over time, although with the exception of Pandora, I’ve been using all of these for years.

Credits: Call Me ellies, Kraft papers, and alphas by Simple Girl Scraps

Journaling reads- I use my phone so much during the day. Everything from listening to music, to making my grocery list, to taking pictures. The one thing I don’t use my phone much for is making calls.

Apps pictured are Pandora, iChat, Tweetbot, LoseIt, Todledoo, Grocery IQ, and Instagram

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

“Home Is” using Moving Out by Simple Girl Scraps

So isn’t this the cutest little guy? I’m so glad Jason’s mom gave us some pictures of him as a kid! I’m hoping to score a few more when we go visit her this summer.

This is a LO I’ve wanted to make for years. I actually started one with a different kit and picture last year, but I never finished it. I super love Theresa’s military word art, and it gave me a nice jumping off point for journaling. I’m hoping to make a companion page showing all the places they moved when he was little. I did this one for the Template Challenge at Ginger Scraps.

Home Is Where web

Journaling reads- Jason was an Air Force brat. A lot of kids find military life hard, but he really enjoyed moving around the world. It made him resilient and able to deal with change well. And it sparked his love of travel that continues today.

Credits:
Moving Out kit and Home Is… word art by Simple Girl Scraps
Template by Craftastrophic

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iNSD Challenge at BPC- Summer 2013 Bucket List

Last weekend was (inter)National Scrapbook Day. I’ve celebrated several iNSD’s since I started scrapbooking, but this one was different. I had a budget of $0. I was a little bummed about that, but I was still able to acquire a bunch of freebies! I will always be grateful for the generosity of designers who share their awesome goodies for free.

I needed something to occupy myself on Sunday, so I looked around for a few challenges. I love challenges! I’d say 95% of the pages I’ve ever made have been for a challenge of some sort.

Big Picture Classes had ten fantastic challenges for iNSD and I did 7 of them! (I’ll probably come back and do a couple more of them at some point). I loved all the inspiring pages from some of my favorite scrapbookers.

The first challenge was to fill out a form. I can see several pages coming from that, so I’ll share those at another time. I did make six other pages for challenges at BPC. I’ll be sharing them in the next few days.

The first challenge was to make a Summer Bucket List. You know I was all over that one! I’m a big fan of bucket lists for each season. Here is last year’s list and a post on what we accomplished. (I can’t believe I never blogged about our St. Augustine adventures! I’m terrible at blogging our travels).

Here’s my page showing this summer’s Bucket List.

Summer 2013 Bucket List web This is one of my favorite pages! Not just for the subject, which is super fun in itself, but I love throwing all these trendy things one one page. Stripes, flairs, mustaches, stamps, journaling cards, chevron, arrows, and washi! It is trend-tacular 🙂

Here’s our list:

  • swim
  • beach
  • water park
  • parks and nature walks
  • document our adventures
  • football
  • soccer
  • comics
  • roller skate
  • basil lemonade
  • pizza
  • ice cream
  • skateboard park
  • birthday party for the Little Man
  • epic road trip to West Virginia and Washington D.C.
  • 4th of July party

I looked at the list and got a little bummed because there are so many BOY things on the list, so my personal addition is to paint my nails in pink sparkly polish. Okay that’s a little gender normative of me, so let me rephrase that. There are a lot of things that involve being outside and getting sweaty doing things that require coordination. So I’ve added an activity that requires sitting still in my air-conditioned house. Much more up my alley 🙂

Layout credits:
Just Be You Kraft, Alpha, Everyday Stuff, Messy Stuff, and Elements by Simple Girl Scraps
Lobster and Lavendar Lime fonts

Happy belated Siblings Day!

This kit came at the perfect time to celebrate Siblings Day. I could do dozens of LO’s about my sister and our relationship. Believe me, I have a list. My goal with this one is to see if I can make her cry. Because I’m mean like that muwahahaha.

Sisters Forever by Simple Girl Scraps Ellies Kraft  Papers

 

Journaling reads-  When I found out I was going to be a big sister, I was so excited! I never remember feeling jealous or anything like that, just happy and excited. Every age and stage you passed through was my favorite. When you were a baby, babies were my favorite. I loved seeing your whole face light up when you smiled. When you were just about to start kindergarden, confiding to me all your worries about going to a new school, five year olds were my favorite. When I would pick you up from elementary school and we would swing at the playground to avoid going home, eight year olds were my favorite. As you grew up and went into high school, I would still pick you up, but hang back a bit to give you time with your friends. Teenagers were my favorite for a long time. When you came to live with me we had our ups and downs. I wasn’t your mother, but you still needed someone to be. I wasn’t your favorite, but you were always mine. Now as a grown up, you worry me more than ever. It’s hard after so many years of bossing you around to be still and let you make your own way. But I love that we still talk. I love your wicked sense of humor and how you chirp at me. We don’t always see things the same way, but grown up you is definitely my favorite now.

Credits: Sisters Forever Ellies, Kraft, and Pattern Papers by Simple Girl Scraps
Template by Jellebelleke

Using a tutorial to scrap two pages

For today’s Document Life Workshop, we’re talking tutorials!

I find a lot of inspiration from paper scrapbookers. Whenever I’m feeling less than inspired, I’ll take a look through a few of my favorite paper scrappers’ blogs and my mojo gets an immediate boost. One of my favorites is Shimmelle Lane aka Glitter Girl. I used her tutorial to create two layouts using the same process.

Side note: I don’t care at all that these pages look so similar in composition. They’re going in different albums, so it’s no big deal.

This challenge was deceptively simple- use something up that you have a lot of. Since I have a bajillion journaling cards, I thought it would be fun to try and use them for something besides Project Life. I find using the standard 3×4 journaling cards a bit awkward on regular LO’s. But watching Glitter Girl confidently and simply tuck her card under the photo… I can do that!

Where I ran into a problem in this tutorial was the 6×6 pattern paper blocks. Mixing patterns is hard! (For me at least). So I turned to this tutorial on mixing patterns from different manufacturers.

Here is my first LO.

I used the same kit, but I still mixed patterns WAY more than I usually do. Otherwise I followed the tutorial pretty closely.

Listen to Your Heart by Simple Girl Scraps

Journaling reads- Jason’s first visit included- fun times at the Sheraton, helping me and my pants up really high hills, touring Nashborough Village, meeting my sister for Mexican in the Arcade, seeing the stadium, eating pie, getting to know each other IRL, and falling more in love.

Credits: Listen to Your Heart by Simple Girl Scraps

For the second LO, I got a little more brave and actually mixed the designers up a little. I kept the same LO structure, but the photos are vertical instead of horizontal.

best day ever web

Journaling reads- We woke up super early and drove to Titusville to see the SpaceX Dragon rocket launch. It was such an amazing day! After the launch, we toured Kennedy Space Center. We ran around like little kids. It was a blast! Every sentence ended with an exclamation point that day. Best Day Ever!

Credits:
A Boy’s Life Papers by JenC Designs
Springtime Papers by Connie Prince
Be Awesome Journal Cards by Aprilisa
Capture Life: Spring ellies, flairs, and Word Bits by CridamD

It was fun to step out of my comfort zone and try a couple of new-to-me things. At this point in my scrapping life, I’m not really into using a lot of photoshop techniques. My pages aren’t ever going to be works of art. I’m more into the storytelling aspect right now. But I think sometimes that deters me from trying new things. So this was definitely a fun (and needed) challenge for me.

Thanks for looking 🙂

“Mountain Air” using Nature’s Delight by Simple Girl Scraps

I love making LO’s that show connections. So when I saw this kit, I knew I wanted to make a page about our love for the mountains. I used photos from California, West Virginia, and Tennessee, all from different years. Connection pages are my favorite!

Mountain Air web

Journaling reads- It’s nice to get above sea level every once in a while. Here in Florida it’s hard to find even a small hill. So we get super excited to be in higher altitudes. Every time we travel in the mountains, our eyes are always glued to the GPS, marvelling at the         elevation numbers.

Credits:
Nature’s Delight elements, papers, kraft, and alpha by Simple Girl Scraps
Filler Up template by Lilacs in Bloom

LO making spree…

I feel like the energizer bunny with LO’s this week.

This one started out to be a challenge submission, but I didn’t want to follow the rules. We’ll call this one Just for Fun.

Sept 2011 template by Crisdam Crafty by Partners in Crime

Journaling reads- My  Aunt Marsha is the crafty one in our family. You name it, she’s probably tried it. From card making to crochet. She made the blue dress in the photo for a wedding. She also repaired my mother’s wedding veil so I could wear it at my own wedding. She always has her crochet bag wherever she goes, and she’ll bring it out anytime she sits still. She is always making something for a baby shower or other event. She has made me two lovely crocheted blankets, one for my high school graduation and one for my wedding. She even made the dress I wore in my graduation.Now if I could just talk her into trying scrapbooking…

Credits:
Sept 2011 template by Crisdam
Crafty by Partners in Crime

I love using big photos, but I don’t do it nearly as much as I should. Here’s one about our trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

hogwarts web

Journaling reads- We love going to see the Harry Potter World whenever we go to Universal. It really is magical to see the place you’ve seen in movies come to life. They did an amazing job recreating Hogwarts!

Credits:
Hello Sunshine 4 FB freebie by Rainy Dayz Designs
Magic kit by Simple Girl Scraps

Here’s a LO for the All About Me Challenge at Scrapbook Bytes. The prompt was to write about our own personal “pot of gold”, something that we want in life.

My Pot of Gold web

Journaling reads- In Jen’s Perfect World, the people I love are healthy and happy and live closeby. But not too close. I continue to have a great marriage and we travel and have adventures together and somehow manage to be financially stable while we do so. That’s my pot of gold.

Credits:
Project 2013 March kit by Connie Prince
March FB freebie template by Seatrout Scraps