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.

Make sure to check out the projects made by the rest of the team on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Also, we would love for you to join our new Facebook Community!

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Fast February

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WOW—where did February go? I knew that last month would be busy, but I had no idea the time would slip by so quickly.

This is my son’s senior year and we are understandably busy. We went on three college tours last month. He also turned 18, got his permanent driver’s license, a new car, and his first job. Lots of excitement!

So I did not get into my scrap room as much as I would have liked. I did manage to make a few layouts, but I have not blogged about them as yet.

Way back at the beginning of the month I was excited to work with a new kit I called Bee-lightful. During February, I made five layouts with this kit and my chosen sketch. Unfortunately, I did not have time to post them on my blog.

So I am going to do a couple of posts to show how I used this kit and the sketch.

The first layout is a direct interpretation of the sketch. I documented the story of how as a family we have watched several new and old seasons of shows on Netflix and Hulu. Sometimes it is challenging to find shows that everyone likes—so I showcased a few of our favorites on this page.

I kept the page fairly simple since the photographs are so different from each other and fairly grainy from being taken off the web. This sketch with the three square pictures was perfect for telling this story.

For the next layout, I turned the sketch so that the long strip of patterned paper ran across the top of the page. I also notched the end of the strip of paper into a banner shape since this layout is about the celebration my son turning 18.

The design of the turned sketch lent itself well to including three photographs from my son’s birthday—two show presents he received and one shows his cake (the design of which comes from the TV show Attack on Titan). I made sure to include lots of details from the day in the journaling!

For the next layout, I reversed the sketch and used one 4×6 photograph instead of three smaller square ones.

The page tells the story of my daughter and her horse. This pair recently made the switch from eventing to dressage, and they both have been working extremely hard in their new discipline. I wanted to use a recent photograph of them to show their progress. Unfortunately, the recent pictures I have were taken in our ring in the dead of winter—not very picturesque!

So I chose a photo that I liked and converted it to black & white. I used a simple black & white patterned paper for the background. While the design of the paper is somewhat bold, the black & white color scheme allows the photograph to stand out. I added just a touch of color in the strip of patterned paper.

When I chose this sketch to work with during February, I was not sure how I would be able to use it in different ways. The design seemed to distinctive to get many new looks from it. But after working with the sketch, I realized just how versatile it is.

In the next post I will show you the final layouts I made with this kit and sketch.

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January Favorite Photos

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One of my photography goals in January was to take more indoor pictures of my family at home. And I did. But there were very few that I liked. None of them even made my top five list for the month. I’m still going through the photos to determine what I don’t like about them. I think the first change I want to make is in composition. I want to crop in tighter and get more detailed shots.

So these are the photographs that did make my top five list this month.

It snowed early in January. I love to see the snow, but I love it even more when it is gone. I took this picture looking out the door of my kitchen. I love that you can see the reflection of my house–showing how I am warm and snug inside while it is cold snowy outside.

This is my husband and me having lunch at a new local restaurant. The food was fantastic and we had a great time!

My daughter rode on an IEA team for the first time this year. Here she is at a practice ride at her coach’s barn.

I snapped this photograph at the visitor’s center at Hanging Rock State Park. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hike that day, but I still got some good photographs.

The reason we were at Hanging Rock was to pick up my son after his training day. He is working to become part of the NC Forest Service and eventually a wild land fire fighter.

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December Photo Favorites

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This month I was very busy, but with many non-Christmas-y events. Therefore I found myself lots of photographs around my house since I had decorated for the holidays. I also took advantage of the wonderful light at this time of year. Here are five of my favorite pictures from this month.

This is Trigger, one of our retired ponies. He is almost 25 years old. In the winter, I am usually feeding the horses as the sun comes up or as it is going down, so I frequently bring my camera to catch the beautiful light.

This is the first year we have had these shiny gold balls on our tree. I loved taking pictures of them, especially when I could get a great reflection.

I took this photograph in my car with my iPhone. I was driving early one morning and noticed the cool tic-tac-toe pattern in the sky.

On the day of the winter solstice, we went out and cut pine boughs with which I decorated the house. I love using natural elements in my holiday decor.

These peppermint-and-chocolate cookies were a great hit in our house this year.

And so this brings me to the end of another year. See you in 2017!

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More Photos Please!

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Getting several photographs onto a page is sometimes a daunting task, especially if you are not making a two-page spread. When you have more than two or three pictures to place in your layout, try cropping your photos down to a smaller size.

In order to get more photos on my page, I took a cue from the very popular 3×4 journaling card. I selected the pictures I wanted to use, then cropped them to 3×4. I was able to place four photographs on my page without the pictures taking over the entire canvas. I placed them side-by-side across the page to tell my story.


When my daughter competes in a horse show, I often have many pictures from the event. I like to capture her before, during, and after her ride. So to document this particular event, I chose four photos that showed her getting ready, warming up, riding, and preparing to leave. With the photos in a smaller size, I was able to tell the entire story of the day on one 12×12 page!

If you would like to see more strategies on how to get more photos on your pages, head on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

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