Just Pin It!

Hello!

A month or so ago I was shopping with my son at the outlets.  One of his favorite stores had a “fishbowl” of pins that were freebies.  They told me to grab as many as I wanted as I was paying.  I grabbed a few for me and a few for my bud, Terri.

The front of one of the pins.

The front of one of the pins.

 

The back of the pin.

The back of the pin.

I have been wanting to use them with different layouts but I kept forgetting.  I finally remembered.  I thought this was perfect time because the pics are of a lighthouse and the front of the resort Atlantis.

I pinned the pin on a journaling card.  To make it easier and less likely to bend the card I poked holes with a paper piercer where the pin would enter and then come out again.  It worked very well.

More touring.

More touring.

To make the layout the first thing I did was to mat the photos.  I then put adhesive photo corners on all of them.  I decided where I wanted the photos and attached them to the decorative background paper.  I added a cardstock lighthouse card.  I then attached the journaling tag with the pin on it.  The last thing I did was to look up the name of the lighthouse that we rode by and put the name and a little info around the mat of the picture.

I was really surprised at how well a lot of the pictures turned out considering we were in a moving bus and they were through the glass windows.

I  love lighthouses and I really like how this layout turned out!

Many of God’s blessings to all of you!

Cramming a lot of Photos on a Layout

Hi friends,

There is limited space in my cruise album and I have a lot of photos.  I wanted to cram as many as possible (without looking bad – of course) on this next layout.  I am showing two pages side by side.

The left page of the layout.  These pics are of what I saw while Rich-ard was giving us the tour.

The left page of the layout. These pics are of what I saw while Rich-ard was giving us the tour.

All I did was adhere photos side-by-side on a piece of background paper.  Just a very thin strip of the paper actually shows.

The right side of the two page layout of our bus tour.

The right side of the two page layout of our bus tour.

On this page I matted the horizontal photo but the others I did not.  I adhered the four pics (one matted) to the page and added a few vacation stickers.  I only used four pics on this side of the layout but the total of both pages is 10.  That is a lot.  I know that there isn’t a lot of creativity on these pages but sometimes (especially when there are so many photos involved and limited space) you just attach the photos and go for a neat and clean look.

I actually did these pages while in KS.  I was trying to get done as much as possible with limited resources.

The complete layout.

The complete layout.

I didn’t journal because I really don’t know anything about these buildings/statues other than what the signs say.  Rich-ard did tell us about most of them but there was so much information that my brain didn’t retain much.

I hope your are having a lovely week!

God bless!

Making My Own Embellishment

Hi friends,

Today I planned on making a homemade flower to put on my layout.  It doesn’t really look like a flower but it is a nice embellishment.  So…..whatever.  🙂

More sight seeing in the Bahamas.

More sight seeing in the Bahamas.

How I made the embellishment:

-Using three different circle punches and three different pieces of scrap paper I punched three circles.  I then inked all of their edges.  I adhered them together and also adhered a button to the middle (with a string tied in the center).

How I made the layout:

First, I matted three photos with two different pieces of cardstock.  I then decided where I wanted them on the page (keeping in mind that I had the embellishment to put on the page, also).  I then adhered the matted photos and then the embellishment.  I added a sticker to the embellishment that says, “anniversary celebration” since that is why we took the cruise in the first place.  Finally I added a bulky luggage sticker in the bottom right corner of the page.

Hope your day is turning out even better than planned!

God bless!

Project Life Week 34

Hi friends,

My weekly layout of Project Life is finished.  Very happy to be back to a regular schedule and not playing catch up with it.

Left side of PL week 34.

Left side of PL week 34.

Tim and I had a  “weekend before school starts” road trip.  We went to Greensboro for Tim to see his girlfriend and old pals from the neighborhood.  I went to see my friend Fannie (and her family) and to have lunch with my friend Pam.  Good times.  On the way we stopped at the wonderful mall in Concordia.  We only spent an hour or two there but enjoyed it.

In the top two pics I included two places I stopped after dropping Tim off at his girlfriend’s house.  I went and got my favorite smoothie (I have been craving it) and then went to my favorite bookstore – I didn’t stay long because I was running late to Fannie’s house.

The bottom two photos are of Tim and Camila and then Tim with one of his friends (at a skate store).

Right side of PL week 34.

Right side of PL week 34.

On the top of the page it shows cute little Jensen – what a doll!  It also shows him playing with his daddy.  He kept giggling but I couldn’t catch it in the pictures.  He has sure grown since the last time I saw him.

* I wanted to mention that over Jensen’s top left pic and on the previous page on the small card that says “My happy place” is a new (at least to me) Project Life item.  They have overlays that come in packages of 12.  The ones that I know about are only in the larger picture size (I trimmed down the “My happy place” overlay).  I found mine at Michaels.  Sweet.

On the bottom of the page is Tim’s first day of school picture and the PL card where I put what week it is (Week 34 – this year is flying by)!

Hope you are working time in to be creative.  It sure makes life more fun!

God bless!

More Nassau Photos

Hello,

More pics from our cruise.  I am having a hard time not making every layout crazy colorful.  I think that is because that is how the Bahamas are – vivacious.

Sightseeing.

Sightseeing.

This background paper was travel cardstock.  I cut up the middle about 4″.  I then folded the sides up and pressed them down with a bone folder.  That makes a nice crease.  I adhered the back of each fold to the page.  I then added a die cut and enamel dot to each fold.  I adhered a piece of decorative paper to the back of the background cardstock.  (Little silver fishies are perfect).  I then added a ship die cut.  I then matted two pis of Brad checking out the sights.  Last but not least I added a journaling card about how we just had a short time to look because Rich-ard (tour guide) was in a hurry.  😉

Such a fun layout.  Too busy?  Maybe but I sure love the silver fishies and the ship.  So cute!

God bless!

The Straw Market

Hello!

I had such fun scrappin’ today.  I had my background paper picked out for months.  It looks like woven straw – like the bag that I bought before I boarded the ship when leaving Nassau.  The pictures are of me perusing the straw market and Brad surveying our surroundings.

The Bahamas are so colorful and I wanted this page to show that.  I decided to make a wreath around the pictures with mainly flowers but also other elements (sunglasses, words, bird….).  The first thing I did was to attach the photos.  I overlapped them so that things that weren’t necessary didn’t take up space.  I then started placing the flowers and things around the pictures.  I layered them and used some chipboard and some decorative paper.  Some of the items had glitter.  I wanted a lot of texture and depth.  After I found the home for everything I started adhering them.  I didn’t journal because on the journaling card from the page before it mentioned the straw market.

The strawmarket wreath.

The straw market wreath.

I loved how it turned out.

Hope your day is fantastic!

God bless!

More X’s and O’s

Hi!

Yesterday’s post had hugs and kisses on the layout.  I thought that would be all the x’s and o’s for awhile.  Apparently not.  Today’s layout has hugs and kisses, too.

Nieces and nephew - love 'em!

Nieces and nephew – love ’em!

Now these youngsters are young adults.  They are really good ones, too.  😉

To make the layout I found the background paper that I wanted to use.  I then found the paper (in my scrap pile) that I wanted to punch hearts out of.  I punched one larger heart and then 7 smaller ones.  I first adhered the hearts to the page.  I then took the metal arrow and adhered it to the center of the large heart with a glue dot.  I added a small heart on top (normally a brad would go into the center of the arrow but I covered up the hole) and then the letters “x” and “o”.

I then matted the two pics together on the same paper as some of the small hearts were punched out of.  I attached the matted photos onto the background paper.  I wrote on a tag that I liked and attached it to the paper and then trimmed off the edges that hung over the edge of the background paper.  To do this best I always turn the layout over (facing the back) to see what is hanging over more easily.  The only other thing is a clear sticker that says, “Live & Grow”.

Fun layout!

Hope you are getting some fun in these last days of summer!

God bless!

XOXO

Hi guys!

Today I am doing a traditional layout.  It is of my oldest son, Jake, getting baptized back in 1996.  He was 12.  Hard to believe – he is getting ready to turn 30 this year.

I was going through old magazines a few weeks ago and saw a card with x’s and o’s on the front.  (Hugs and kisses).  I tore out the page and put it on my desktop to be filed at a later time.  When trying to figure out how I was going to do the baptism layout I was thinking about how much Jesus loves us and how thrilled he is when we commit our lives to him in the act of baptism.  I could just imagine him holding us and giving us hugs and kisses.  That was the inspiration behind the layout.

Jake is baptized.

Jake is baptized.

I used two different square punches and punched out four squares – the smaller ones in a solid green and the larger ones in a pattern paper.  I mounted the squares on a larger square of pattern paper and then matted it on a larger square of white paper.

Finally I attached the large square to a piece of decorative paper and then added my x’s and o’s.  I attached a piece of white paper to a bottom portion of the page and attached the pictures to the white paper.  Last but not least I added the “God is Love” sticker across the page.  I didn’t journal but I had journaled on  the previous layout (his brother got baptized on the same day).

Not a typical baptismal layout but I think it is appropriate.

God bless!

RICH-ARD

Rich-Ard Our tour guide.

Rich-Ard
Our tour guide.

Today’s layout is a quick and shiny layout.  It was taken on our first excursion in the Bahamas.  We took a bus tour and Rich-ard (he pronounced his name that way and told us to, also) was our guide.  I thought it was funny and wanted to remember it.

I started with a tan piece of cardstock.  I had a clear plastic 12″x12″ overlay that had tropical plants and birds on the sides.  I first adhered gold chipboard letters to the top of the overlay that said “RICH ARD”.    That created my title.  I then matted my photos on glittery gold cardstock.  I also trimmed a corner off of each of them so that the plants and birds wouldn’t be covered.  I adhered them to the overlay, too.  Finally, I used a cardstock journaling tag and adhered it on the overlay.  I then turned the overlay over and ran adhesive everywhere that I had attached pics, tag, and letters (just a little dab where the letters were).  I turned the overlay over and carefully placed it on the tan cardstock.

This layout really stands out – just like our tour guide did.

Fun day!

Fun layout!

God bless!

The Last Terri Page – For a Bit

Hi friends,

This is the last layout that Terri sent me – for the moment.

Terri's daughter returns!

Terri’s daughter returns!

This layout is an example of not having to pull out all the bells and whistles to make it perfect.  Terri used a background paper with a lot of personality.  She made it not so busy by adding the red paper.  Then she matted all the pictures (some in rectangles some in circles) and put them on the page.  I loved the touch of the pictures being in circles and rectangles because it went perfectly with the “xo” that she added.  She did staple the “xo” onto the page to add another element.  Such a great homecoming page!

Thanks again, Ter!

God bless!