Feelin’ Fresh

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When spring rolls around each year, I want to clean. I want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in. I want to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. I want to use fun and bright colors on my pages!

In honor of this fresh start that spring brings, our first challenge for April at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is Feelin’ Fresh! Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest perhaps) that says FRESH & let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern – maybe it reminds you of a memory!

So I chose to use this fresh color scheme as inspiration for my page for this month’s challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I am using my kit for this month, Snapshot, based on the inspiration kit Ashton Court by Cocoa Daisy.

This color scheme was perfect for showcasing photographs of my daughter and me at our recent horse show. We both did well—the show was a great start to our spring show season.

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Fresh and Happy Meals | February at Simple Scrapper

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Wow! Food must be on my mind—both of my layouts for Simple Scrapper this month are about eating. After the holidays, I have been on a stricter diet—trying to watch my calorie intake and shed some pounds. This change has not been easy, so I am trying to find the positive in the meals that we eat.

My first layout is a declaration of one of my goals for this year—to eat less processed foods by slowly substituting healthier choices. I fear that tossing out all of my favorite junk foods will not lead to success. I used a Sketch/Template from this month’s collection to make this page.

I took these photographs at a nearby international market which is filled with every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable. I am hoping these yummy pictures will convince me to pick up a juicy orange put down the nacho chips.

My second layout documents a celebration of sorts (the Story Starter theme for this month is Celebrate). After many years trying to please my entire family with the meals I make and not succeeding, I decided to let my three children (who are now teenagers) make their own meals. They choose their own groceries and prepare most of their own food. So far it has been an agreeable decision for the whole family!

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Freshening Up | January at Simple Scrapper

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After the rich colors and holiday decadence of the Christmas season, I am ready at the start of the new year to freshen up and lighten up. In January, I find myself looking for pastel colors and soft patterns to create new pages. I used a collection of papers in pink, light blue, and yellow to make two layouts using prompts and sketch/templates from Simple Scrapper.

A few years ago we had a perfect snow. It was deep enough for sledding and just below freezing so the snow was not too slick (and it was not too frozen for driving!). My kids and I went over to a friend’s house where we had a nice sledding party. The pictures I took were not great–it was still fairly cloudy–so I converted them to black & white and cropped them to focus in on the subjects.

I used one of this month’s Story Starters on the topic of Friends Forever to create the page. I also used a past Sketch/Template to give me a starting point in getting these photos on my page in a pleasing arrangement.

My children know that I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to take pictures of them. After we visited a museum one day, we were waiting to meet my husband who was in a meeting. As we were waiting, I noticed that the statues and landscaping around the outside of the museum were as striking as the exhibits on the inside. So I immediately took out my camera and took several photographs of the kids exploring the outdoors.

I used one of this month’s Sketch/Templates to create the page–a great sketch that allows for one focal point photo along with two smaller supporting shots.

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Farm Fresh

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For the last few years, our family has been lucky enough to have a flock of hens that provides us with farm fresh eggs. We started out with just six chickens, all of whom laid brown eggs. We were so excited when we found that first little egg in the nesting box! Pretty soon we were getting five or six eggs every day.

A couple of years later, we added a dozen more hens. This time we purchased a new breed that laid white eggs. I loved having two kinds of eggs!

Last year we added a dozen more hens. (Over the years, we have lost hens for different reasons. So we keep adding to our flock as much as we are able.) Most of the hens were the same breeds we already had, but one little chick was different. We could not wait to see what kind of egg she produced!

A few months later, we found our first green egg! Now not only did we have fresh eggs, we had beautifully colored ones as well.

This year we have a new flock of chicks, many of them unusual breeds. Soon we we will have even more beautiful delicious eggs!

In this layout for Scrapbook Challenges, I used a photograph of our eggs showing the wonderful variety our hens lay.

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If you would like to see the sketch inspiration for this layout as well as other pages created from this sketch, go on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog.

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FRESH Vision – One Little Word for March

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Last year I did a vision board for one of the assignments in Ali Edward’s One Little Word class. It was the first time I had ever really delved into what a vision board was all about. So after reading a little about them and seeing a few other people’s vision boards, I grabbed a stack of magazines and went to work. My vision board from last year looked like this:

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And while I did deliberately choose all of these pictures, the board as a whole did little to inspire me throughout the year. I wasn’t sure why I did not feel inspired until I heard business coach Sue Painter speak about vision boards on Lain Ehmann’s Simple Scrapbooking podcast. She stated that a vision board can help to focus you on the goals and dreams that you want to achieve. By putting photos of the things that you really want in your life in front of you, you keep these ideas in your head and make decisions based on the items on your vision board.

As I look back at my vision board from 2013, I can see only a few photos and ideas that I knew I wanted to achieve that year. I also had many pictures of things that I just liked. I feel that this board was a mishmash of nice pictures that were not really meaningful to me. This board had little relation to the goals I had for my word in my life.

This year I decided to do my vision board differently, keeping in mind the ideas I got from the podcast. I chose just three photos that I felt truly represented my word FRESH. I changed the photos to black-and-white and added just a little purple (the predominant color in my album this year). This vision board speaks to me in a way that my board last year did not.

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Last year my vision board ended up hidden behind a door in my office. This year my vision board will be in a place where I can see it every day!