Monday, November 24, 2014

Layout Share: Writing Clues

I've been wanting to create a page about Alex writing clues on a worksheet this summer. Each clue tells so much about who he is and what he thinks about things! It is hilarious and gives me a sneak peek into his little world! This template comes from December 2014's Simple Scrapper membership materials.

Sprinkles v.29 by Valorie Wibbens 
Handmade by Valorie Wibbens
(both from the November 2014 BYOC)
Template and story starter from Simple Scrapper membership materials

Friday, November 21, 2014

Layout: Christmas Magic

I'm suddenly feeling very inspired to scrapbook but haven't been feeling well enough to spend much time actually creating layouts. However, I was so inspired by this month's Simple Scrapper membership materials that I sat down tonight and created this layout that tells about the magic of last year's Christmas with my family. Just seeing all of these photos together reminded me how lucky I am to have these people in my life ... I am so fortunate to have 4 amazing parents, 1 very cool sister, 1 wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children.

Credits: Christmas Tradition, Downtown Christmas, Pocket Stuffers no. 4, 
Woodlets no. 2, and Stuffed Pockets - all by Valorie Wibbens at The LilyPadTemplate from Simple Scrapbooks Membership Materials (September 2012)Story Starter from Simple Scrapbook Membership Materials (Decmeber 2014)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Layout: Hello 4th Grade

I pulled together this page tonight about Meighan and Alex starting 4th grade. I used a template from the template challenge over at The Lilypad which is fantastic! And I used the September 2014 Storyteller kit by Just Jaimee (also over at The Lilypad). I'm really happy with how it turned out. I still can't quite believe that I have NINE year olds who are in 4th grade. It seems like yesterday that they were born! And this means we're half way through their youth ... in 9 more years they will be 18! Time truly does fly!

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Layout - Run Club

Meighan has really loved being a part of her school's girls' run club this fall. She was also in the club in the spring of last school year. But, this year, she seems to be enjoying running more and more! She's so athletic and I think she's seeing that the results of running are helping her be able to be an even better soccer player. One of the mom's who runs with the girls sent me some photos from a recent club run and I had to use them to document how much fun Meighan is having as part of the club! She'll be running in her SECOND 5K on November 8th and she is so excited! I'm very proud of our girl! Here's the layout which uses Valorie Wibbens' new Sweater Weather kit which is fantastic!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Layout: The Best Present

When I was a little girl, my Dad made me the most amazing gift! He built a huge dollhouse with his own two hands for me - it was decorated with carpet, furniture, and curtains. There was a cool hinge on the roof that allowed me to reach the upstairs bedrooms to play. It was simply amazing! And it still, 30+ years later is my all time favorite gift ever! I remember not quite believing that my Dad loved me so much that he spent so much of his free time to make me something so beautiful and magical! It was definitely a big hit and I would smile each time I looked at it, remembering how my Dad made it for me. I think it's time to document that memory in my scrapbooks ... and one of the Story Starters from the November Simple Scrapper materials gave me the inspiration to get it all down on paper! And so here it is ...

Template and Story Starter from the November 2014 Simple Scrapper materials
Sprinkles V11 by Valorie Wibbens
Heirloom by Paislee Press
One for the Album by One Little Bird
Generations by One Little Bird and Paislee Press
The Era Of by One Little Bird
The Love List by One Little Bird
Who I Am by One Little Bird

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Layout - Chicago

I finally got around to creating a page about my 2010 trip with Stephanie to Chicago. I think this may be the second layout I've done from that trip ... I need to get moving! This layout uses a template from the November 2014 Simple Scrapper member materials.

I loved our time in Chicago - it may be one of my favorite cities in the US (a list which includes San Francisco, New York, Philly, DC, Seattle and Portland). In retrospect, I wish I'd taken the time to go to Chicago more often when we lived in St. Louis so that I could have done more exploring. Just a few days isn't nearly enough time in Chicago! But, I have great memories of our long weekend in Chicago - getting to experience the city for the first time with my best friend was fantastic!

Template from Simple Scrapper November 2014 Member Materials
Just Right by Valorie Wibbens
Orbits by Valorie Wibbens
Sprinkles V28 by Valorie Wibbens
Be Back Soon by Valorie Wibbens
Giggle Snort by Sara Gleason
Little Talks by One Little Bird Designs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Layout to Share - Glasses

This is another layout using the October Simple Scrapper Materials. Back in April, Meighan was super excited to find out that she needed reading glasses ... she was the last of us without glasses and had the idea that glasses are COOL. The eye doctor said she probably could have waited another year before truly needing them but she was so excited that we went ahead and purchased them for her! And she looks amazing in them!

Credits: Never Ever Land, Sprinkles 24, 26 and 27, The Good Stuff, Photo Kisses No. 6 -

all by Valorie Wibbens & Template from October 2014 Simple Scrapper Membership Materials

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Layout to Share

This layout is about one of the consistently special places in my life - our family cottage in Reedville. It's been the one constant over the last 40 years - a place that always feels like home and family to me. Some of my best memories take place in this place. As I grow older, I've come to appreciate what a special place it is for my family. Although I primarily used photos of the beach, the cottage, etc., I did include one of my all time favorite photos taken at the cottage. It's a photo of me and my dad laying on the infamous green chaise lounge that I spent a lot of time lounging on over the years. There's something special about the photo, that I felt needed to be included in order to truly represent what the cottage means to me - FAMILY! Anyway, this uses a template and a story starter from the October 2014 Simple Scrapper membership materials and lots of goodies from Valorie Wibbens over at The Lilypad.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Open House

We headed over to the school today for the Back to School Open House and I thought I'd share a couple of photos. The kids are really excited about 4th grade ... and I'm over in a corner crying, unable to believe that my kiddos are actually NINE and starting 4th grade next week. The thing that I am happy about is how wonderful our school is ... the teachers, the administration, the families ... they are all wonderful and the kids have really found a wonderful school home at SVES.

Here are my adorable 4th graders, both with new haircuts!

Meighan was very upset to find out that she won't be in the same class with her best friend, Lilah, this year. They've been together for two years and she's really bummed to be in a different class from her this year. Meighan's teacher is Mrs. Harris for 4th grade. Although Lilah won't be with her, many of her friends will including Cecelia and Sadie who are both in the photo below with Meighan! She is such a social butterfly so she's super excited to be with her friends again all day when school starts! I suspect that 4th grade is going to be a great year for Meighan!

 Meighan and Mrs. Harris

Sadie, Meighan and Cecelia

Alex found out that he's in Ms. Ayubi's class and that his two closest friends, Josh and Jake, are both in his class. He is ecstatic! And I think Alex has had a great summer and he's maturing so much ... right before my eyes! I'm very proud of him! Here he is with Ms. Ayubi who we really like and think is a great fit for Alex!

Alex and Ms. Ayubi

And so another school year is about to start - with lots of activities and fun. Meighan's soccer season begins next weekend and Alex will start fall baseball soon. Can't wait for the chaos to start!

I should also mention that Sami has started her second year at WVU and is doing great! She's in an apartment off campus this year with some friends and seems to be really happy! One of her friends who is a photographer recently took some amazing photos of her which you can see here. Sami is such a beautiful girl - inside and out! We could not be more proud of her! Here is just a sample of the beautiful photos that Amanda took of Sami - 

So excited for all of our kiddos! Watching them grow up and into themselves is such an amazing experience!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Layout Share - Meighan's First 5K

I have a new layout to share using the September membership materials from Simple Scrapper. This is one of the templates included and it's fantastic! I've been trying to figure out the best way to document Meighan's first 5K earlier this year and as soon as I saw this template, I knew it was the right one! I love how it turned out!

Template from the Simple Scrapper Membership Materials for September 2014