Matthew Celebrates Turning Four

Hi creative friends,

Yesterday I showed on a layout how my son and grandson shared the same day and the same party.  Well, my son had to work on his birthday.  My grandson, his mom, and I had fun with Matthew all day.  This page is about what we did on his birthday before his party.

The birthday boy’s day.

The first thing that we did was go and have his picture taken.  I didn’t have any pictures of that but I did write it on a journaling card as #1.

After the pictures we went and ate Mexican food.  The waiters sang to him (which either scared him or embarrassed him).  He did enjoy putting on the sombrero before we left the restaurant.  I wrote this as #2 on the journaling card.

We then went to pick up donuts for his dad’s donuts cake that he has every year.  He got to eat an awesome baseball donut.  I wrote this as #3 on the card.

On #4 on the journaling card I wrote about the party.

On #5 I wrote about the gifts.

How I put this page together was by combining two pictures and layering them and attaching them together.  I then matted them like that.  I did this with two sets of two pictures.  I figured out where they worked perfectly on the page (which by the way is awesome candle cardstock that matches the previous layout) and attached them.  I then matted the journaling card and attached that to the page. I added a birthday checklist sticker to the page.  I checked all the boxes on the sticker (presents, cake, party….).  The last thing I added was a pendant banner on the bottom right corner.  The pendants were stickers that I attached to the page.  I added star stickers on top of the pendants.  A really cute two page layout!

God bless!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Happy Birthday Ben and Matthew


Ben and Matthew’s birthdays are on the same day.  I did a page on Matthew’s birthday and included Ben on it to make it more special.

My son and grandson celebrate together.

I had an awesome piece of candle cardstock paper and I have one slightly different that goes with it for tomorrows layout.  I took a piece of blue cardstock from my basket that I have bigger pieces of papers that I have left over in.  I put letter stickers that say “Celebrate” across it and added balloons and streamers on it (and on the rest of the layout).  I also put these awesome, festive number stickers that represent Ben’s age and Matthew’s age on the title area.  I also put stickers that say “Dad and Me” and “Happy Birthday” on the title.

I trimmed most of the photos and matted them.  I figured out where to put them on the page and adhered them.

Ben always has a donuts (Krispy Kreme) “cake”.  Matthew had a Spider Man cake that I made.  It turned out so cute.

More on the big day tomorrow.

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!

Project Life Week 34

Hey y’all!

A quick look of the first part of week 34.  My niece, Tiara, came for a visit and we had a good ol time!

First part of PL week 34.

Of course the first thing that anyone would do when visiting is hit the beach.  Matthew, Tiara,and I did just that.  On the first picture I put a gold chipboard circle that says “hello”.  I wrote the word “week” and put numbers for the week 34.

The first small slot is Tiara and I at the beach.

The second small slot is a PL card that I put heart stickers on and wrote “Tiara came for a visit!”.

The right large slot on the top row has a picture of our toes after a pedi.  I put a cute flip flop sticker on the pic, too.

The first picture on the bottom row is Matthew at the beach.

The rest of the pictures are when all of us went to Ben and Amber’s community pool.  It was a good evening.

That is it for today.  Hope to finish up week 34 tomorrow!

God bless!

Project Life Week 33

Hi friends,

I am scrapping week 33.  Moving on through the year.  This is an easy week but the next PL week is another long one because we have company arrive.  Keep our lives fun her in SC.

Project Life Week 33.

It was nice being home after a long vacation but I already missed my family and friends.  The two big pics on the top row is of the kids at the movie theater.  They posed with an advertisement for an upcoming movie.  The first small picture is Matthew with his craft from the library.  The second small picture is of Tim on the first day of his senior year.  It is morning and he isn’t a morning picture.  I wished I would have thought to make him take a better picture since it is his senior year.

On the bottom left I made the first slot to hold two pictures.  I put a picture of Tim (we were taking some possible senior pics in KS) and then a picture of Abigail setting at her desk the first day of school.  The third and fourth small slots have a PL card with the week and what is happening in the pictures and a picture of my daughter in law with a Alice in Wonderland necklace (her favorite) that I got her for her birthday.  The last large picture on the page is of Absey Doodle holding a sign about the first day of school.  I put a cutie pie sticker on the picture.

That is it for this PL week.

God bless!

Project Life Week 32

Hi friends,

Hope your weekend and Monday was fantastic.  I spent my day with two of my grandkids.  Absey was out of school.  We decided to go to their favorite park.  Free entertainment except gasoline.

Week 32 (one page) coming up!

Last day in KS and on our way home.

The first large and small pictures are of celebrating my daughter in law’s birthday early.  The second large picture and then the 3rd small pic is of my plate at Long John Silvers.  Brad had been craving it so Tim and I stopped on the way home and rubbed it in with pictures.  The bottom left picture is of Tim with his uncle.  His uncle has a wig on (to give him a hard time).  Tim’s hair is his with some extra color.  So funny!  The last small pocket and large one is of their cat WAY up high.  On the bottom picture I added a sticker that says, “Let the cat out of the bag.”.

Next PL we will be home!

God bless!

Project Life Week 31 (part IV)

Hi friends,

I am finishing up week 31 today.  So happy to be moving on!

The last part of week 31.

My brother and his family went to the ark in Kentucky.  It is a new attraction that goes along with The Creation Museum.  I have been to The Creation Museum but the ark is new.  I really want to go.  The first picture is of my bro and his family at the ark.  The 2nd slot is a sticker set of Noah’s ark.  This is an old sticker set that I bought then didn’t use.  Some of the animals got bent up but there was plenty to put on one PL card.  I thought it was perfect for this layout.

The first two small slots are of me and my buddy Linda.  We (and two other friends) went out to eat.  We took pictures together because she had a wonderful idea of going on Wheel of Fortune together.  It hasn’t happened yet but who knows?  We needed pics for the application.  The bottom left picture is the whole group at Olive Garden eating lunch.

The third small slot has a PL card that I journaled on to tell about the pictures. I put a sticker that says, “Crop Paper Scissors” instead of “Rock Paper Scissors”.  🙂    We had a crafting night at Linda’s house.  We try to do this every time that I visit and I love it!   On the bottom right picture I put a sticker that says “Love to Scrap”.

That is it for today and week 31!

God bless!

Project Life Week 31 (part III)

Hello my glorious scrappers!

I am working on another day of PL Life.  My album for the year is overflowing so I bought another one and started a new album (#2 for 2016).  I went back and ended book one after June.  This is a first.  The other two years I was able to make it with one very full album.

A fun family time that took place at a place where I have a lot of memories (Not the donuts store.). 

The first large picture and the first two small pictures are from a new donuts store in Wichita, KS.  I had been hearing about it on Facebook for several months.  It is called Hurts Donuts.  The first small slot is a picture of some of the donuts that I got from the drive thru.  I asked for a variety and they gave it to me.  The second small picture is the Whaabulance that they have sitting outside in their parking lot (because it is Hurts Donuts).  We went after I took my nephew and his family to the movie theater.

That is another story.  My nephew wanted to go see Suicide Squad.  He has a cutie patootie daughter that insisted that she needed to see it.  I told them that I was skeptical about her going but they thought it would be fine.  We went.  After a few minutes it was obvious that she wasn’t fine so she and I went theater hopping to kid movies.  I had never done that before but this time I felt ok about it because of the situation.  We did have a good time, too.

The next day I took my nephew’s wife and kiddos to meet other family members at a hamburger/ice cream place in Howard, KS.  SO GOOD!  It is called Toots.  We ate, visited, and the kids played.  A fun time.

I talked all about it on the PL journaling card and added a donuts sticker.

That is all for today – more tomorrow!

God bless!


Project Life Week 31 (Part II)

Hola, sweet friends,

Can’t believe our first Friday in the new year is here already.  It is true that our lives fly by faster the older we get.  Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself wishing mine away.  For example, I sometimes find myself yearning for the weekends and not enjoying the weekdays (which comprise the majority of our lives) as much as I should.  That is probably normal but I don’t think it is good.

While I was in KS I didn’t wish away one second of it.  I so miss my KS family and friends!  Here is the second part of an amazing week.

An amazing day with my son, his wife, and amazing grandkids.

I put as many pics as possible on this page.  On the upper two I put border stickers as dividers so that I could put two pictures in each slot.

The first small slot and the bottom left slot has one picture in it of Ethan with his new bike that his grandpa and I got him.  I added two banners and put haircuts on one and bicycles on the other.  I then added a film strip sticker and a camera sticker to the bottom PL card.   – so cute!

The far right small slot and then the bottom right slot I did the same thing with Lily on her new bike.  To decorate I first added a part of a card (the pink strip with a bicycle on it) to the PL card.  Then I added the bicycle, street sign, and butterfly stickers.  I love it!

The middle two small slots are of the kids waiting on their dad to get a hair cut.  (The second pic is me holding my Lily – doesn’t get to happen often enough).

That’s it for now.

Hope to see you Monday!

God bless!


Project Life Week 31


Hope this year has started out great for you.  I am off sugar (including all soda – miss my Dr. Pepper!).  Next week I am starting Nutrisystem.  I lost quite a bit of weight about 5 years ago using that program so here I go again.  Brad started doing AWESOME a few days ago.  This is going to be a great year of health for us.  Sounds like a typical resolution, huh?  I did it before so I know I can do it again.  This time it just has to stick.

Scrapping most days now.  Have to keep this up.  I have so much that I want to accomplish.  Today the start of PL Week 31.

Week 31 (the start) was a really good week.

The top slot has a picture of Tim and my Olathe KS family’s dog.  Such a great animal.  I put it on a PL card.  I added a clear disc with a gold 31 on it.  I put a banner above it and added alphastickers for the word week.  Can you see my substitution?  I ran out of e’s.  That is pretty common using the work “week” all the time.  I used backwards 3’s.  I also added a suitcase sticker since we were on vacation.  The 2nd picture is Tim, the awesome dog, and my beautiful niece Courts.

The first small slot is a PL journaling card that I wrote about the pictures on.  I added paw print stickers below the words.  The next two small pictures and the first bottom picture are of my KS family when we met at a restaurant.  The Last small picture is of Ethan with his new bicycle helmet on.  The last picture on the page is Lily getting her first professional haircut.  She was awesome!  I put the picture on a PL card.  I added a sticker that says, “new beginnings” and a cute butterfly sticker.

That is it for the start of the awesome week.

God bless!