Graduation Day

Hello amigos,

It is a wonderful day!  Everyday should be but today is a grand one.  No particular reason – must have woke up on the right side of the bed.  🙂

Tiim walks the stage.

I used the perfect paper – graduation caps, of course.  I matted the photos on a solid paper to make it a little less busy.   I trimmed the photos first.  I did this so I could fit all the pics on one page and because it makes it easier to figure out which person is Tim.  On the Bluffton Bobcat photo I went around the edges with a border sticker.

Last, but not least, I added the graduation stickers.   This girl loves her paper and stickers.

God bless all of you!



Graduation (Ephemera) Page

Hey friends,

A quick graduation page using decorations that we used to celebrate.

Ephemera – the cheapest and best way to scrap!

The pictures had the banner in the background.  I saved a few pieces of it.  The graduation paper I chose had circles in it that said words of encouragement.  The banners were circles – perfect.

I trimmed the pics down and then matted them.  I wouldn’t be able to fit all the pics and the banner if I wasn’t willing to cut out the unnecessary background.  I put the banner on and then attached the pics.  I added ribbon stickers.  A fun and awesome layout.

God bless all of you on this winter day.

My Christmas Cards

Hello friends,

It has been a long time.  I got so busy with Christmas (part of the reason was making over 60 Christmas cards).  Finally had a wonderful Christmas and everything important fell into place.  Then we helped our middle son move to Virginia Beach with his family and took our youngest back to NC.  Now I am trying to start a new life with just my husband and I.  Can’t say that I am very prepared.

So….I bought a stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  I was going to make it all about a beachy Christmas.  I always have bought a Jesus centered Christmas card but just once I wanted to focus on how it can be ok to have seashells instead of snowflakes (I have really missed the snowflakes that I grew up with).

I found an idea on Pinterest that I liked but I had already bought some papers to use so it was a little different.

Here is the Pinterest idea that I found:

Pinterest idea that I found – not mine.

Here is the first cards that I made.

My first attempts of the Christmas cards looked like this.

I liked this but it took a lot of time because of the coloring of the tree.  I was getting frustrated because Christmas was quickly approaching.

I then did another try using a teal paper with a white stamp for the tree.  I was using a white card to start the layering process.  I liked what I did but I accidentally found something quicker that popped more.  That is what I did the last 1/2 of my cards with (give or take).  I intended to buy aqua envelopes and I accidentally bought aqua cards.  I ended up using them and saved myself a lot of time cutting and folding cards.  Normally it isn’t a big deal but I was under a time crunch and I was making a lot.

This is what the rest of my cards looked like.

2017 Christmas card.

I like this version the best.  I do like how the Pinterest card had another layer on the tag.  It would have taken quite a bit of time to add that touch.

On the inside it was stamped, “Have yourself a beachy little Christmas.”

I added a pic of Brad, Tim, and I at a buoy that had washed up on Hilton Head during the hurricane this year.  It is no longer there but it was a photo op for several weeks.

What the hurricane washed up.

So…I hope your Christmas and New Year was/is wonderful!

God bless you and yours – abundantly!