Graduation Gifts

Hi friends,

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!  We had a wonderful day with family.  My hubby was off for five days.  We had a plan to get a lot of things done.  We did get a few things done but many things got put off.  We did get a little relaxation (after Thanksgiving).

Today’s page has to do with Tim opening his graduation gifts.  He didn’t know that I was putting all the cards to the side as they arrived in the mail.  Of course a few times he got to the mail first and found them.  I just let him open those so that he didn’t think that I was putting any to the side.  He really was excited when he saw all the cards that had arrived for him.

Tim opening graduation gifts.

First I matted the photos together on a black piece of cardstock.  I then adhered that to the chevron background paper.  I saved the “charm” that was on a gift box.  It says, “Just for you”.  I put a few strands of ribbon (school colors) through the hole at the top and then adhered it with glue dots to the page.  Finally I added stickers, that I found at a thrift store for a quarter, to the page.  Of course they were $$$.  He had a really good time and I am pretty sure he felt loved.  🙂

God bless you and your loved ones!

Such Pretty Paper

Hey y’all,

Today’s post was so easy to make.  I had a beautiful piece of cardstock that I used.  In order to leave it’s beauty I had to keep the rest really simple.

Oh, what a pretty tree!

I matted the two photos using cardstock that matched the leaves on the tree.  I then added a quote on the bottom.  It was by Henry Thoureau.  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”

I love this page so much.  I feel a little guilty because it was so simple.

God bless you and your families!


Crazy Hair, Don’t Care

Hi friends,

Today I completed a silly layout.  Tim has had silly hair at different times.  He has had green hair before he went to a Twenty-one Pilots Concert.  And when he went to his family in Iowa we weren’t sure what hair he would come home with (only happened a couple of times).

Tim with some of his crazy hair (he has also had some awesome hair).

I used two sheets of paper that had different colors of spots (one had orange and one had green).  I matted the orange hair pic with the orange spot paper and the green hair pic with the green spot paper.  I then adhered them to the striped cardstock.  (It had green and orange in it, too). I left a larger space on the orange spotted mat at the bottom and put alpha stickers that say “Crazy Hair”.  I left a larger space on the top of the green spotted mat and put alpha stickers that say “Don’t Care”.   I punched some orange and green circles and adhered them to the striped cardstock on top of the page.  I used a journaling tag and wrote about who were in the pictures and put that on the striped cardstock on the bottom of the layout.

Cute page for such silly hair.

God bless!

Goofy Pics


It’s hump day!  Making it through the week and getting closer to the weekend!

Today I have a doctor appointment – no big deal but I don’t like going to the doctor.  But at least it is hump day!

Goofy, silly guy!

My husband (and me – a little) took my son’s senior pics.  Actually we took all of our boys senior pictures.  My husband tends to go on and on and on (one of the benefits of the digital camera, right?).  These are some of the pictures towards the end of the photo shoots where Tim was ready to be done.  He started acting goofy.

I trimmed down some of the pictures and I matted all of them.  I adhered them to the wonderful piece of cardstock.  I cut out a rectangle (that was the width of the matted picture) and adhered alpha stickers that say “enough”. I adhered it across a part of a picture that was not needed.  I also adhered the alpha stickers in the middle of the layout that say “goofy!”.

Cute page for a cute guy.

God bless!

Graduation Ceremony

Hi friends,

Another layout for Tim’s albums.  In a few days I am starting on my Christmas cards and putting scrapping aside for a few weeks……NOOOOOOO!

Tim’s graduation ceremony.

I started with a really busy background page (what you see on the top of the layout).  I added a short piece of gray cardstock to the bottom of the page.  I then added a larger (but not full size) piece of black glitter paper to the middle of the page.  I matted the two pics with black cardstock and then the gray cardstock.  I adhered them to the background and then added the 2017 stickers and the Senior crystal stickers.  On the gray I added a sticker that says “graduation ceremony” and then put a cap on the corner of it.  I then followed it with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt (The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.).

Love the layout!

God bless!

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!



Diego and Kansas (the dog)

Happy Friday,

Not many plans for the weekend but glad it is here.

Still working on Tim’s album.  Several pages left but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

This page is about Tim’s dogs.  He loves them – especially Diego.

Tim and his pups.

I used the background paper I had that had paw prints on it.  I then put three pics of the doggies on a piece of brown cardstock and left a wide space on the bottom.  I then added some cute stickers.  Finally I put stickers that said ‘Diego &”.  Then I put a sticker that I got from the state of Kansas.  I crossed out “The 34th state” and put the word “dog” below.  Me and my sense of humor.

Cute page of Tim and his pooches!

God bless and have an awesome weekend!