Major Milestones | August at Simple Scrapper

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July marked two major milestones in my life: my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and our kitchen was completely remodeled. It was a very busy month! Luckily I had time to scrapbook each of these events–by using Story Starters and Collection sketches from the membership at Simple Scrapper made creating these pages very easy!

For our anniversary, my husband and I bought each other matching Apple watches. Even though something silver is a more traditional gift, we decided that our gift would be technology. Now we can text each other from our wrists! I used this month’s Story Starters, Tech Today, to spark this story.

After living in our house for almost nine years, we finally decided to remodel our kitchen. We put in new cabinets, a new sink, and a new microwave. We were without a working kitchen for about six weeks, which was tough. But in the end, our kitchen turned out wonderfully. I used a Collection sketch to inspire this layout about the remodel.

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Out and About | March at Simple Scrapper

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About eight years ago, my family and I moved from Greensboro, a fairly large city in North Carolina, to a farm out in the country, about an hour away. We still go to Greensboro quite often though—my husband’s office is there and I love to go shopping in town.

This layout, inspired by the March Story Starters at Simple Scrapper, documents our frequent visits to the city.


The photographs I used were taken at several different places, so I pulled colors from each of the pictures and spread them around the page to give the layout a cohesive look.

This next layout tells the story of a trip my husband and son took to a NASCAR race. It was my son’s first race and quite an adventure for both of them!

a day at the races

The photograph I used on this page was taken at the track on a very sunny day with an iPhone, so the picture is somewhat washed out. I used a bold yellow patterned paper to show the excitement of the day that is not quite reflected in the photo.

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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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Simple | September at Simple Scrapper

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September at Simple Scrapper is all about living simply. I have been striving to be simpler in many areas of my life, including scrapbooking.

One easy way that I simplify scrapbooking is by using sketches. Another is to use pocket pages. Sometimes I use a sketch and a pocket page together for super quick page-creating!

My first layout uses one of this month’s Sketch/Templates along with a pocket page.

This summer my kids went mini-golfing with their church youth group. I was lucky enough to get several wonderful photos as they played. Instead of making a traditional two-page spread, I used the sketch on the left side with one focal point photo and then put the rest of my pictures in pockets on the right. Super simple!


The second layout I made gets inspiration from this month’s Story Starter theme, Simple. I chose to document how my family is working to simplify our lives on our farm. We spend much of our time at home and outside with each other and our many animals. I reflected this theme of simplicity in my layout by using a past Sketch/Template with a simple grid design, subtle patterned paper, and minimal embellishments.


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Sunshine and Horses | July at Simple Scrapper

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It is summer here where I live in North Carolina and that means two things–horse shows and sunshine!

My layouts for Simple Scrapper this month just happen to be about these two things!

When my daughter goes to a horse show, my husband is so helpful. He drives the trailer, unloads tack, and carries water. He is a wonderful horse show dad!

I used a tag as a title to tell what the page is about and also to include a current trend. To put the whole layout together, I used one of this month’s Sketch/Templates.


Summer is my favorite season–I love being out in the sunshine as much as possible. I used this month’s Story Starter theme of “Sunshine” to create this page. My favorite thing about this page–using striped patterned paper as a journaling card!


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