We Blinked

Hi friends,

It’s Monday.  I am trying to embrace every day of the week.  I acknowledge and know in my brain that every day is a gift from God but some days are a little tougher for me to greet in such an optimistic way.  The closer I get to the weekend the more optimistic I seem to feel.  One of my new lifetime goals is to wake up each morning praising God.  Now… to implement that.

 

These are some of my favorite senior pics of Tim.  The sun isn’t right.  They aren’t his favorite.  I like them because he has a hat on (always wears a hat) and he has his skateboard beside him (loves to skate).

I used a piece of cardstock.  I then trimmed a half inch off two sides of another piece of cardstock and then adhered it to the first piece.  I matted both pics.  I cut out with my Cricut the tree.  I used two colors and cut twice to have the tree trunk brown and the top green.  When gluing the tree on the page I went a little glue crazy.  To cover that up I used some Wink of Stella around the edge of the tree.  It is kind of like glitter glue but it dries so fast.  I used gold.

After adhering the pics and the tree to the background I put the title on –  “We blinked.”

Finally I used a journaling card and wrote about  the pics and added some skating stickers.

We blinked.  It not only is about Tim is graduating and growing up and it happened so quickly.  It is also how this part of our life – kids at home (youngest to oldest) is coming to an end.  We started this parenting thing in 1984.  Now, 33 years later it is changing.  For me it is a lot of sadness mixed into a little sense of freedom for Brad and I.  For Brad it is probably the opposite – a lot of freedom and a little sadness for our life as it has been.  We both love our kids fiercely but he has focused on his career a lot when my focus has almost always been family.  I know a lot of moms go through this so I trust time will help heal my heart.

I will keep scrapping.  🙂

God bless!

 

 

Sibs

Hello (Dolly),

This is a fun page.  I just thought it looked unique but my friend brought up that it looked like a postage stamp.  And so it does.  🙂

Tim and his sis paddle boarding.

I took a textured piece of blue cardstock (love it!) and used it for my background.  I then took a piece of striped cardstock (love it, too!) and used a 1″ circle punch all the way around trying to space evenly.  I drew a small line on the punch to show how far to insert the paper because I wanted to punch just a little past 1/2 way.  That way it was fairly consistent.  I matted the pictures with white paper.  I then figured out how I wanted them layered on the page and then adhered them.  I wrote the word “sibs” with alpha stickers.  I added a camera (of course) sticker and shell stickers.  Then I added a sticker of a wave and a fish jumping out of the water.  I am going to try and find another fish or two to add to that section.

So cute!

God bless y’all (and Dolly)!

The Last Twenty-one Pilots Layout (I think)

Hello good buddies!

Another day, another layout.  At least this day.  🙂  On this blog I am including a YouTube video on how to work with embossing paste (some call it texture paste).

A combination of different concerts that Tim attended.

The first thing I did was to create the dotted effect on a piece of cardstock using a stencil and embossing paste.  I am going to put the YouTube link below so that you can see how I did that.

After creating the dots I took a piece of glitter paper and cut out a square the size of the dots.  I then attached (with fast drying glue) the red glitter paper to the cardstock.  Glitter paper is hard to attach to cardstock (I guess because it is so heavy) so that is why I use something more substantial than the glue tape.

I then attached two pics together (The House of Blues picture and the picture of Tim with Tyler and Josh from Twenty-one Pilots).  I attached all three pics to the page (using the glue because attaching anything to the front of glitter paper is difficult, too.  I had to sit things on top of the pictures to let them dry and not curve up on the outer edges).

Last, I put the title on with alpha stickers and added a home made logo.  I made the logo using adhesive that I rolled on and flocking powder.  I used it like glitter.  I punched the circle out.

Cool page that did take a little time and effort.  Well worth it!

God bless!

 

 

 

Sewing Table Re-do

Hello,

We survived Irma.  We evacuated to Atlanta and the tropical storm Irma followed us there.  But we had a great visit with family.

Before we left for our great adventure, my husband and I (mostly my husband) refinished an old sewing cabinet.  He got it from Good Will.

Seas the day!

Shine on!

The table was sanded and painted.  What I wanted to show you was the Cricut designs that we added at the end.  So cool!  We are just starting to work with Cricut vinyl.  I put numbers on my mailbox.  My sister in law decorated some walls in a Sunday school room at church.  We are having fun with this.  I think I am going to put something on my front door for fall.  I will post.

On the first side (Seas the day) I am going to add another sand dollar.  On the other side (Shine on) I am thinking of adding light beams.

Fun, fun!

God bless!

 

Timmy Turner (and His Fairly Odd Parents)

Hello, hello!

This is a fun page.

Before Tim was born we would sit on our couch and think about names.  We knew that we wanted a biblical first name because our oldest two boys had biblical first names.  We finally decided on Timothy.

A few years after he was born a cartoon came out named Timmy Turner and His Fairly Odd Parents.  Tim was teased from before the time he entered school.  It was all in the spirit of fun but he hated it.

I had to have a layout with Timmy Turner and his Fairly Odd Parents on it.  The name does fit our situation perfectly.  😉

Tim and his odd parents.

I used the Cricut to cut out Tim’s name and the “and his fairly odd”.  I used a tiny glue pen to adhere the letters to the page.  (After matting – twice- the picture and adhering it to the layout.  I then used alpha stickers for the word “parents”.  Finally, I journaled about the name thing and adhered that to the layout.  Cute page!  Not so sure if Tim thinks it is a cute memory.  🙂

God bless!

How to Evacuate for a Hurricane

Hello!

Today’s post is the fun part of a hurricane.  Tim went to his cousins’ house and spent time with them.  He had a great time!

Evacuating for Hurricane Matthew.

The first thing I did was make the title “Evacuating for Matthew”.  I used a sage green ink and used a Fiskars Stamp Press to make the letters perfect.  Unfortunately the lettering doesn’t show up well in the picture.  Squint hard.

I then matted three pictures of Tim and his cousins (and pup).  I used brown and green mats to match the pictures.  We all went to a park and hiked a trail.  The last night we were there we went to the local fair.

First I attached the title to the cardstock.  Then I figured out how I wanted the pictures layered and attached them to the page.  I added brad paw prints and a sticker of a puppy that looks like our Diego.  I added a sticker that says “Family Memories” and  wrote on a journaling tag and attached it.  Last I added a tag that says “cousin”.

Fun page that will bring back amazing memories.

God bless!

Prom Fun

Hello darlin’,

Doesn’t that sound southern?  What about honey, sugar, sweetie.  So many names that we are referred to since moving to the south.  I am picking up on a few, too.  Not sure what I think about that.  🙂

Today I had to look for Pinterest inspiration for another prom picture.

Don’t they look royal?

The glitter portion of the paper looks more peach than shows in the picture.  I used the glitter paper for the background paper.  I then had awesome “pretty paper” that I traced with a decorative ruler and cut out.  I tried adhering it to the glitter paper but the glitter paper wouldn’t let me.  I ended up using glue to adhere it.  That is the problem with glitter paper.  It argues when you try to attach anything to it.  I matted both pictures on peach paper.  I then put a black strip of paper across the “pretty paper”.  I then adhered the matted photos onto the black strip.  I made a crown out of glitter paper and put pearls on the tips.  Before attaching it to the layout I traced the border of the pretty paper with Stickles (a glitter glue).  Between glue for the glitter paper and the Stickles, there was a lot of drying time on this layout.  Last I adhered the crown to the layout and then added two heart brads to look pretty and to really secure it.  Love how it turned out.

I “stole” an idea and made it my own.  Paper lifting.  😉

That is all for the day.

God bless!

 

Junior Class Picture

Hello, hello, hello,

Today I am scrapping another class picture.  I must admit that I had to go to Pinterest and look for school picture ideas.  I took an idea and made it my own.  That is what I do a lot of time when I have a scrappin block.  🙂

Almost a senior. We (I mean he) can do this!

I took a sturdy piece of cardstock (I wanted to make sure that there was blue in it because of his picture and a sticker that I wanted to use).

I matted his picture and adhered it to the right side of the cardstock.

I then cut out a orange rectangle (color on the background paper).  I adhered the rectangle to the background paper beside the picture. I dug through my brad’s and picked out two that I like.  Using my paper piercer, I poked two holes in the orange paper and cardstock.  I then put in the brads.  I dug out some tan twine and wrapped it around the brad’s a few times and tied a knot.

Last touch….the sticker that I wanted to use (Junior Year) and another one (Almost a Senior).

Very easy once I found an idea.

God bless!

It’s “Sew Easy” (and time consuming)

Hi friends,

I am doing a senior prom layout today.  It was easy but time consuming (just like the title says).

I looked through all of my “Sew Easy” stencils and decided to put two different hearts on the layout.  I could have free handed other designs but I decided that prom was a perfect time to use hearts.

The sewing tools needed for papercrafting.

The stencil I used, the thread I used, and I also needed a piercing mat and a paper piercer.

First you put your stencil on top of a piece of paper (the heavier piece of paper is better to sew on) and that is placed on the piercing mat.  Then you pierce all of the holes into the paper.  Finally you start sewing starting on the back side of the page.  Finish up on the back side of the page and tie the knot there.

The back of the paper after I sewed on one heart.

The finished page. It is a lighter shade of gray than the picture shows.

After sewing the hearts I matted the pics and adhered them to the page.  A really simple but pretty layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

God bless!

 

 

More Cards (Taking Classes are Fun!)

Hey, y’all!

Went to another card class and made three more cards.  Found a new technique that I want to try (after I get a supply or two).

Pretty card with the new technique.

If you notice the background of the white cardstock it has shiny flowers on it.  How this is accomplished is by using embossing paste and a stencil.  You rub the paste across the stencil and then about 1 hour and 45 minutes later you use the embossing gun on it.  This was done at a class.  I have stencils at home but I need to get some embossing paste.  Really want to try this on a layout.

Cute and easy.

Bicycle paper on the left.  Bicycle stamp on the right.  Add paper and a few jewels and wallah!  Cute!

Very cute but I need to wait until Christmas to get a tool to make this at home.

The blue paper on the card is made by running the paper through a machine (like a Big Shot) to add different images – in this case bicycles.

The tag was punched and a brad was added.  The words were stamped and embossed with embossing powder and a heat gun.

Cute stamped image that was colored in with markers.  Jewels and sequins were added.  I think this is my favorite because I love bicycles.

That is it for today.

Hope to see you again tomorrow!

God bless!