Favorite Teacher

Hi guys!

Hope your day is going fabulously!  I have been taking the grandkids to VBS this week.  It is about 30 minutes away so when they are there I find things to do like eat breakfast, look at thrift stores, go to the beach and look at God’s creation…..  It is a nice time but I am ready for a nap (that can’t happen while watching grandkids) when I get home.

Today I am posting a layout that I did of Tim and his favorite teacher.  A lady that my husband and I adore, too.  She had a heart for Tim.  Can’t beat that!

Tim and his favorite teacher.

This page took quite a bit of work.  It isn’t perfect (which I  am sure you can see if you look very closely) but I really like it.  I took a thick piece of cardstock and turned it so that the back was face up.  I traced a large circle (I don’t know the circumference) onto the middle of the page.  I then got out my magnetic ruler and laid the paper on to my magnetic mat.  There are measurements on the mat, too.  I drew across the circle to make it in halves, then fourths, and then I drew two more lines to end up with the circle being divided in eighths.  I then got out my X-acto knife and cut all the lines inside of the circle.  I then turned the paper over and folded out the triangles and adhered them to the paper so it looked like sun rays.  One thing that I wish I would have done differently is once I attached the “rays” to the paper I saw that I couldn’t distinguish the triangles from the paper as well as I hoped.  I then traced the edges of the “rays” with a black marker.  I wish that I would have done that before folding the paper.  Oh, well….  I then matted the picture on a piece of chevron paper and attached that (using adhesive on the front edges of the mat) to the cardstock.  I then added enamel dots onto each “ray”.  I then added words that described her on each “ray”.  I added her name to the top of the layout. *Word to the wise: even though you think that you will remember someone’s name or what is happening in a picture in the future, there is a good chance that it will be forgotten.  Better add the name or journal a bit.*  Finally, I added a journaling box and wrote about why we were in the office when the picture was taken (Tim was returning from voting for the first time) and about the teacher.

That is it for today.  Like I said earlier, even though I can look at this layout with a critical eye and see errors, I really like how it turned out.

God bless and hope to see you tomorrow!

Rock the Cap

Hi friends,

I finished an awesome scrapbook page of Tim graduating!  I used the Cricut to accomplish this beauty.  🙂

Tim is graduating!

I made the letters and the graduation cap with the Cricut.  I matted the pictures in Tim’s school colors.  I then adhered everything to the page.  Last but not least I added a silhouette sticker, of a graduate, in the top right corner.

A fun page.  I saw the saying “rock the cap” and I knew that I wanted to use it.

God bless!

Sophomore School Picture

Hello friends!  It’s Friday!

I am always so excited that it is so close to the weekend.  Last night I went to the Savannah Banana’s baseball game.  We hadn’t done that before in this area and we haven’t done it for a very long time anywhere.  I had a good time.  I like baseball more than my husband but he seemed to enjoy himself, too.  And – we won!

Today I am going to show you how I scrapped Tim’s sophomore year school picture.

Sophomore year!

I found paper that went well with the background of the photo (circles).  I decided to break out the Cricut.  I made a camera with it and also the banner that says “smile”.  The camera also has a bold circle for the lens.  I matted the picture before I attached it.  I then added a piece of another piece of cardstock to the top of the page – the backpacks.  (Boy, these kids wear heavy backpacks to school everyday!)  Then I added the Cricut embellishments and topped it off with the sophomore sticker.  Perfect page!

Hope your weekend is fantastico!

God bless!

You Shine! Layout

Hi friends,

I am finally managing to post a scrapbook layout.  On Monday I hurt my hip terribly.  I tried to post on Tuesday and Wednesday but our internet wouldn’t connect with my computer.  Today I win!  😀

An awesome layout for an awesome guy!

I saw a layout with a similar idea on Pinterest.  It was with hearts and was different in some ways but it gave me the idea for this layout.

First I punched a circle with the biggest circle punch that I have on a piece of cardstock.  Then I punched a circle around a blown up picture of Tim skating with the second biggest circle punch that I have.  I adhered it to a piece of flashy green cardstock and then adhered it behind the circle in the cardstock.  I started a circle around the picture with tiny gold enamel dots.  I then went to a larger size enamel dots that were black and gold.  The next step were with stars.  I continually adhered bigger and bigger ones.  Finally I ended up with the awesome bling stars.  After the biggest star I continued around the circle with the words “You SHINE!!”.

In the bottom left corner of the page I put a small picture of the same picture (I had adhered it to the flashy green cardstock, too) so that a lot more of the skate park was shown.

I added the date with stickers in the bottom right corner and a camera sticker in the top right corner.

A really fun layout!

Thanks for visiting today!

God bless!


Industrial Scrapbooking Using Metal Tape and Embossing Tools

Hi friends,

This is an exciting post for me.  This is how I made the beginning layouts for my son’s senior year scrapbook.  I had seen a video that was similar in some ways and had been thinking of making these layouts for several months.  I was waiting to go to KS so that my friend, Terri, and I could do these awesome layouts together.  Below is the video of us making one of the layouts and the pictures of the layouts.  Please watch the video and take a look at the awesome pictures below.

Tim’s announcement page.

Such awesome layouts!

Thanks for stopping by!  God bless you and yours!

Shirtless Matthew


Another cute layout has been completed.  This boy is photogenic!  🙂  I am an unbiased grandma – ha ha!

My cute dude!

This decorative piece of paper was from a Carnival Cruise line packet.  I didn’t want it to say carnival and I didn’t want it to show a fancy drink that was on the page by the palm tree.

The first thing that I did was to trim around the chair and the palm tree leaf where I new that I wanted it to hang over the mat that I was going to put Matthew’s pics on.  I used my X-acto knife.  I matted Matthew’s pics and then put them on the decorative paper. I adhered the part of the chair that I had trimmed around and the leaf that I had cut around to the mat.   I added a border strip on the mat, too. I used another smaller palm tree sticker and a monkey sticker to cover up the fancy drink.  I added a pair of sunglasses on top of the chair and then I also added a little starfish sticker to the bottom right corner.

A cute page was born!

God  bless!

See you tomorrow (I hope).

Matthew – Of Course

Hi friends,

Hope you are having an awesome Friday and have a wonderful weekend ahead.  I have another amazing layout for Matthew’s overdue album.  (Don’t you love all the adjectives that I am using?)

This is my summertime sweetie!

This is a lot like yesterday’s layout.  I plan for them to be next to each other in the album.  I cut out the center of the frames with the X-acto knive (just like yesterday).  I adhered the photos by putting a thin layer of adhesive around the edges of the fronts of the photos.  I then adhered them to the page (making sure they were where I wanted them before pushing them down.  I added cute word stickers to the top of each frame.  I put a decorative card on the bottom left side of the page.  The only other thing that I did was add the month and year on the top right corner of the page with alpha/numeric stickers.  It is really important to add dates and ages throughout albums.  We always think that we will remember things but our brains can only hold so much information.  🙂

More tomorrow!

God bless!

Abby’s Birthday! (and Matthew)

Hello my favorite crafters,

Today is more traditional scrapping on Matthew’s album.  It is a good day!

Abby’s birthday pictures with her bro.

Today I used a page from the scrapbook album that I bought for Matthew.  Instead of covering up the photo frames on the page.  I cut out the center of them using an X-acto knife.  Using that knife is a skill that you get better at with practice.  It definitely looks easier than it is.  After cutting out the middle of the frames I put adhesive all around the edges of the front of the pictures.  I made sure they were in just the correct position before adhering them to the paper.

To finish up the page I added a PL card with to the top left corner of the paper and put alpha stickers that say “Abby’s” and a sticker that says “day”.  I also put three large dot stickers below it (to bring together the page since the cake has dots on it).  I also added a cake sticker.  It is supposed to look like a cake with fondant icing (it smelled REALLY bad).  I put yellow dots on the cake.  I added candles to the top and a sticker that says “fun” to the top layer of the cake.  Last but not least I put a big sticker with the number 7 on it since it was Abby’s 7th birthday.

Fun layout for fun kids!

God bless!

A Terri Page

Hi friends,

My buddy, Terri, always has fun scrapbook pages.  She sent me a picture of a recent one that she did.  She used some of her Christmas cards to make it an awesome layout.

A fun way to use Christmas cards.

Terri used a punch to create the page and to make it go quicker than if she fussy cut it.  This is her daughter in the picture and her family.  It is a great picture.  Framing the picture with some of the paper that the hexagons were made from really pull the page together.  I love the little elves and then the “joy” hexagons.

Thanks Terri!  Another great layout!

God bless!

Matthew Attends (3) Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Hi traditional scrappers and Matthew fans,

Today, and the next handful of days at least, I am going to be trying to finish up Matthew’s album.  Why the rush?  I want to get going on Tim’s album(s).  I would like them to be done before graduation.  But….considering Project Life and real life – that may not happen.  After I finish last years PL I might stop until after his graduation or until I get his albums done.  I need a best buddy who loves to scrapbook in my neck of the woods to help me in my time of need.  😉

I remember before Ben’s graduation my mom and sister came one night and helped me scrap so that his albums would be finished.  I am so glad to have that memory since they are both with Jesus now.

So….here is Matthew at VBS this summer.  He actually went to 3 of them (Abby 4) because our church didn’t have VBS and (we were in the local high school at that time) we found all the Vacation Bible Schools in the area that would take four year olds.  Abby went to another one because she had went to it the previous year and loved it.  Matthew was too young for that program.

Matthew had a wonderful time (except he didn’t enjoy the singing part).

I found this beachy paper (very thin) that I used as my background paper.  I trimmed pictures and matted them and trimmed around the matting.  I figured out where I wanted the pictures and adhered them (except the one under the sun).  I wanted all the sun rays to show so I trimmed the rays with an x-acto knife.  It’s blade was dull so it wasn’t a real clean cut but it still looks awesome.  Of course I found new blades after finishing the layout.  I adhered the last picture to the page and the rays to the picture.  I then adhered his name tag (got to save the ephemera) to the page and wrote about the experience on the bottom of the tag with a slick writer.  I had two different kinds of letter stickers that were orange and about the same size to put the letters “vbs” on the page.    I think it turned out awesome!

Can’t wait to scrap more tomorrow!

God bless!