Another Tree Page

Hi!  Hope your week is going fantastically!  The page I am going to show is one I’ve been thinking about for quite some time.  The pictures are of my family at Thanksgiving. So….I obviously wanted the page to be fallish.  What I had in mind was a bare tree with leaves on the ground around it.  What stopped me from doing the page sooner is I wanted to get a couple of leaf punches.  I actually found one but it was a mini one and I wanted a couple of different sizes.  I haven’t found those – yet.  So….the other day I was glancing in a clearance rack at a art and craft store and found a packet of paper leaves.  Some were plain leaves and some had words like family, memories…. on them. They were in fall colors, too.  EVEN BETTER!  They ended up being SO cheap – like 10 cents or less.  Wow!

Here is my page.

Thanksgiving at the folks.

Thanksgiving at the folks.

Brad (the hubby) told me that I should have had more contrast between the tree trunk and the background paper but he told me this AFTER the page was finished.  He is probably right but I still love it.  I still have some leaves left for different projects.  I have a totally different idea in mind.  I will be sure to post when finished.

Have a wonderful day!

God bless!

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut

If you have followed my blog for very long you will have noticed that I cut a lot of my pictures.  I do that when the background is distracting to what I want the viewer to be focused on.  I also have done that when there is no purpose for the background and the paper or decorations on the page are a lot more exciting than the background of the photo.  A final reason that I cut a photo down is because the  ephemera is significant to what the page is about and the full size photo is covering up something important.  I cropped both of the photos on my layout today.  I did it for the third reason.  The certificate is important to the page.

Tim going indoor skydiving in CO.

Tim going indoor skydiving in CO.  Notice the signed name “timmy” is in Tim’s handwriting.  <3

What a fun day we had!

God bless!

 

 

A Rediscovered Treasure

I was moving books, notebooks, files, and stuff on a bookshelf that my husband uses.  I opened a notebook and found pictures and slides from when my son, Ben, was taking photography classes at his high school.  What I love about the pictures are knowing these are some of the things that were important to him during that two year period of his life.  Here are some of the pictures.

Ben's guitars.

Ben’s guitars.

A bridge that you cross over when you enter a park that we use to walk trails on.

A bridge that you cross over when you enter a park that we use to walk trails on.

Our puppy, Chewey.

Our puppy, Chewey.

Our cat, Patch.

Our cat, Patch.

An elephant at the local zoo.  It would reach for food.  This picture won first place in competition.

An elephant at the local zoo. It would reach for food. This picture won first place in competition.

I think this is my nephew (he must have been going to a dance).  If I am wrong I would love for someone to tell me.  :)

I think this is my nephew (he must have been going to a dance). If I am wrong I would love for someone to tell me. 🙂

Joe at a track meet.

Joe at a track meet.

My dad's grave side service.

My dad’s grave side service.

My dad's funeral.

My dad’s funeral.

My mom.

My mom.

Another picture of my mom.

Another picture of my mom.

The class had them take pictures with different perspectives and then they developed the pictures using different techniques.

It was a fun treasure to find.  I scanned the pictures that I put in this post and now have them in a safe place.  Oh, happy day!  Hope your day is happy!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party Pics

In the title the word pics isn’t referring to pictures, it is referring to toothpicks.  I’m using the toothpicks, in today’s post, that have the frills on the end.  They remind me of a party – a celebration.  I’m using them to create flags like I did with the other toothpicks but these create a little more fun.  I must say, the flags I am creating today are very amazing.

What I am going to do is punch three black Mickey Mouse head punches and three red ones.  I am then going to choose three toothpicks, each with a different color frill on the end.  Using liquid fast dry adhesive I am going to glue the black Mickey face to the top of the tooth pick, just under the frills.  I am gluing it to the side, not the center, of the face.  I think that makes it look more like a banner or flag.  I am adding a mini foam adhesive circle to the front of each Mickey face.  Then I am going to glue the red Mickey faces to the other side of the toothpick so that they almost match up with the black Mickey faces but the black does show through.  They will be placed on top of the toothpicks and on top of the foam adhesive circle.  This will add dimension and make sure that everything stays together.  The final touch I will add is putting a Mickey Mouse letter on each flag that spells TIM.

Disney!  What a great time he had!

Disney! What a great time he had!

I must say, I love the outcome!  I must also say, I love washi tape.  I’ve been adding it to almost every layout.

Hope your Monday was made a little better by this post.  ;D

God bless!

Fun Friday Pages

It has been another busy week!  I don’t know what made this week seem extraordinarily busy or tiring but I feel like I am nearing the finish line of a long race.  I guess I am thinking in terms of running because my youngest tried out for track at his school this week.  As usual I am looking forward to the weekend.  Hope I have time to scrap.  Here are a few of the pages that I scrapped this week.

One of Tim's certificates from swim lessons. And of course, Tim.

One of Tim’s certificates from swim lessons. And of course, Tim.

Holiday time in 1996.  I used a Christmas card I received this year - had to cut it down a little.

Holiday time in 1996. I used a Christmas card I received this year – had to cut it down a little.

The youngest one is graduating!

The youngest one is graduating!

A couple of pictures from Tim's bus ride to Disney.

A couple of pictures from Tim’s bus ride to Disney.

Tim and I at Hoover Dam with our friends, the Hansens.  Our guide kept making dam jokes which has continued (still) in our family.   - You can take as many dam pictures as you like.

Tim and I at Hoover Dam with our friends, the Hansens. Our guide kept making dam jokes which has continued (still) in our family. – You can take as many dam pictures as you like.

Thanks for sharing my blog experience!  Have a great weekend AND

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Washi Flags

Hi, everyone.  Today’s idea builds on yesterday’s.  I am going to make another flag that is SO simple but so cute.  It is a flag using washi tape.

I started with the toothpick with points at both ends.  I clipped off the point at one end.  I tore off a 3-4″ segment of washi tape.  I then placed a toothpick about half way onto the washi tapes sticky side.  I placed the end of the toothpick where I had cut off the point.  I then stuck the washi tape together securing the toothpick.  What is so nice about washi tape is if you get the placement wrong it can be easily separated and replaced.  Finally, I cut off the end of the washi tape to the length that I wanted my flag.  I then cut a small slit up the middle and then started at the corner and cut up to the top of the slit.  I repeated at the other corner.  It is the easiest way to make a nice “v” at the end of the flag.  I made three flags and then put a sticker on each.  I then wrote the names of my brother and his high school friends at their reunion.

Greg at his high school reunion.

Greg at his high school reunion.

Have a wonderful day!

God bless!

Making Flags

I am going to show an idea using what most of us have around our homes – toothpicks.  I am going to make flags out of toothpicks.  It is super simple, super fast, and super cute.

I am using a toothpick that has points at both ends so using scissors I cut one end off the toothpick.  I am going to use a sticker for the flag.  What I did was mount the sticker onto a piece of cardstock.  I cut the cardstock slightly bigger than the sticker.  I then made a “v” cut into the end to give a banner effect to the flag.  I then used quick dry liquid adhesive to glue the flag to the toothpick.  I used this technique for one flag.

I made two other flags slightly different because two of the stickers I used had a blank edge (apx 1/2″) on one side.  So, what I did was to mount the sticker on cardstock (as above) but I left the blank section of the sticker cardstock free.  I went ahead and made the “v” cut on the end but instead of using the adhesive to attach the sticker I just wrapped the sticker around the toothpick (the part I didn’t attach to cardstock) and had it stick to the back of the cardstock.

Three flags adding a lot of emphasis to my layout.

Three flags adding a lot of emphasis to my layout.

You can place the ends of the toothpick behind other embellishments,  journaling, or the photo, or you can show the whole flag.  I placed mine behind a journaling tag.  I added some washi tape to the edges of my photo frame and called it done.

I am going to start keeping toothpicks with my scrapbooking supplies.  The flags make the embellishments “pop”.

Hope your day is fantastic!

God bless!

Washi Tape Banner

This is a quick and easy idea to spruce up a page.  I’m using two of my newest and most favoritest (I know that isn’t a word but I really wanted to use it) embellishments – washi tape and twine.

I cut a piece of twine – longer than I knew I would need (I would rather cut a little off the ends than have to start all over).  I then picked out two different washi tapes that I thought would go with the layout.  In the center of the twine (just by eyeballing it) I wrapped a piece of washi tape  – about 4″ long – around the twine so that it would stick to itself.  The nice thing about washi tape is that you can unstick it if you don’t like the results and then stick it again.

Washi tape getting ready to be stuck around the twine.

Washi tape getting ready to be stuck around the twine.

I did this three times trying to space the tape evenly.

Washi tape wrapped around the twine.

Washi tape wrapped around the twine.

I then cut the washi tape so that all three pieces were the same length (as shown in the picture above).  I put a notch (about 1/4″) in the bottom center of each banner and then starting on the outside left corner I cut up to the top of the notch.  I did the same thing on the bottom right corner.  This method makes for nice “v” cuts which makes for nice flags and banners.  I did that to each banner.

My banner is finished - now to hang it.

My banner is finished – now to hang it.

To hang the banner I made two holes for brads to go through.  Before sticking the brads in the hole I looped the twine around the brad (a complete turn).  I made sure the brads were in there real tight.  Also, with the first brad I made sure that the banners were centered.  I did but a little adhesive on each banner to keep them hanging down the way I liked.  Here is my finished page.

Some of the people that went to Sam's baccalaureate.

Some of the people that went to Sam’s baccalaureate and graduation.

I hope your day is a great one!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Blast of Winter (Jam)

Saturday we had a great time going to Winter Jam (also called JamNation).  Winter Jam is a Christian concert that comes here every year.  This was our fourth year attending.  Some of the artists were New Song, Red, Jason Castro, Jamie Grace, Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, and Toby Mac.

My son went with his youth group.  My husband and I went by ourselves (kind of strange but we had better get use to it).  We didn’t get great seats.  We sat behind and to the right of the stage about 1/2 way up.

Brad brought one pair of earphones.  We shared.  :)

Brad brought one pair of earplugs. We shared. 🙂

All the lights were out and most people turned on their cell phones.  Looks like a night sky out in the country.

All the lights were out and most people turned on their cell phones. Looks like a night sky out in the country.

During Red - my sons favorite because it was loud and there was screaming.  They did put on a show.

During Red – my sons favorite because it was loud and there was screaming. They did put on a show.

The artists played to a sold out crowd.  I believe it is sold out every year.  There are a lot of God believers in this country!

The artists played to a sold out crowd. I believe it is sold out every year. There are a lot of God believers in this country!  That is Jason Castro on the screen.

Thanks for putting up with my ramblings about what a good time we had.  If Winter Jam comes to your neck of the woods I suggest you check it out.  The entrance fee is $10 at the door.  Make sure you go early.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Friday Pages

It has been a fun week scrapping!   I printed off some pictures I’ve been thinking about scrapping for awhile and so I’ve been thinking about how I was going to complete their layouts for quite awhile.  Here are some of the pages I completed.

Tim wins 1st place!

Tim wins 1st place!

Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.

Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.

Hello, Hollywood!

Hello, Hollywood!

Tim and his best buddies admiring Will Smith's shoe print and signature.

Tim and his best buddies admiring Will Smith’s shoe print and signature and Jackie Chan’s star.

A birthday with mom.

A birthday with mom.

So many memories!

Hope your weekend is amazing!

God bless!