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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Layout Share

Here is a just finished layout all about my friendship with Jennifer who I've known since 1988 and who has proven to be an amazing friend to me! Used a template and story starter from the September Simple Scrapper membership materials on this one!

Template from Simple Scrapper membership (September 2014)
Layout created using Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Membership (September 2014)
Word Art by Ali Edwards
Bestie kit by Karla Dudley
We elements by Paislee Press
The When elements by Sara Gleason

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Layout: What Matters Most

Here is my most recent layout - I really wanted to celebrate this fantastic photo that my mom took of our children while we were in Alaska in May. And I just love it! I have made it the background on my phone to constantly remind myself of what truly matters most - our family!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Layout to Share - Embrace the Silly

And here is one more layout that I recently finished - again using all goodies from The Lily Pad! This one tells the story of our Girl Scout troop's final Brownie pool party! These girls crack me up! One more thing - have you tried Sara Gleason's goodies at the Lily Pad? If not, RUN to get some! I had a blast using her supplies! I think I may have to do some more shopping soon! I have a couple of her things but I think I may need MORE!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Layout to Share

I'm on a ROLL! My scrapping mojo is really being helped by participating in the challenges at The Lilypad AND my membership with Simple Scrapper! Between the story starters and templates at Simple Scrapper and the July Challenges, I've been finishing pages up left and right! YAY!

Here is one I've had on my story list for awhile about a heartbreaking moment just after our move to Virginia and it was hard to get out the journaling but I'm so glad that I did! I think this might be one I'll be interested in revisiting down the road to remind myself about these little moments of parenting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Layout to Share

Just finished a new layout about our end of year Girl Scout event and I love it! So excited to share it with you ... I used a Story Starter from the August 2014 Simple Scrapper membership as well as a Simple Scrapper template from 2012 membership materials. All of the supplies can be found at The Lilypad shoppe! I had fun creating this page and remembering all the fun we had at the event! I love our Girl Scout troop!