Fast February | Part II

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The final two layouts I made with this kit—Bee-lightful–and the sketch are both double-page spreads.

For this page, I combined my chosen sketch with a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits that included two square photos that I thought would complement my sketch. I liked the clean lines of the design, which would go well with the simplicity of the original sketch.

The photographs on this page are from a recent walk I took with my kids in our woods. I am always amazed by the beauty of the forest even in the dead of winter!

Finally, I took the sketch and paired it with a pocket page.

I had several Instagram photos on my phone that simply showed what our life has been like over the past few months. Using the sketch and a pocket page, I was able to get all of these pictures in a spread quickly and easily.

This kit and sketch were “bee-lightful” to work with! I am looking forward to another kit this month. I hope to do more scrapping during March!

Now go create!

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.

Now go create!

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.

Now go create!

January at Simple Scrapper

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Welcome to 2016! Many people make resolutions this time of year, including me. I like to think of my resolutions as good intentions that I have for the coming year. I never know what new and exciting events may happen that will change my plans!

One of my good intentions is to use my stash. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of scrapbooking products. Before I purchase anything new, I want to use what I already have.

So when I created these two layouts for Simple Scrapper, I used several supplies that have been sitting in my scrap room for a while.

The first layout is based on one of January’s sketch/templates. I found two bold vertical photos (as in the sketch) and paired them with a subtle patterned paper background. This page tells the story of my youngest son and I having fun together on an unusually warm winter day.


The second layout is inspired by one of the Story Starters on the theme of Love, Me. I documented the special bond that my daughter and I have around our love of horses. One of my greatest joys is being able to ride with my daughter!


I loved being able to document these stories while using older products!

If you would like more inspiration design and storytelling, check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. It is a wonderful community!

Now go create!

Winter Joy

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Summer has to be my favorite time of year. I have strong dislike for cold, dreary weather. So why is this blog post titled “Winter Joy?”

Well, there is one thing that I enjoy about winter–when it snows. Even though it is cold and all the water troughs freeze over (we have horses), a snowfall on the farm is just so pretty.

december mood board

December Mood Board

When I saw the December mood board at Scrapbook Challenges, I instantly wanted to scrapbook some photos of the snow at my house. I found two that I liked and used the December Noel Mignon kit to make my page. The sketch is from the Scrapbook Challenges archive.

winter joy

So even though I would rather be in June than January, I can still appreciate the beauty of a snowfall.

To see other pages inspired by the mood board, just go to the Scrapbook Challenges blog. When you create your page, make sure to enter it into the monthly contest.

Now go create!