Turning Sixty

My kids threw a surprise party for my 60th birthday last summer. Yep, the big six-oh! I can’t say I’m loving that number, but I sure am counting myself as one blessed woman to have such a loving, thoughtful family.

Here are the layouts:

I used Close to My Heart papers and a cutting guide from Tina Lovell to document this wonderful afternoon. There’s one more layout in this cutting guide, but I’m saving that one for another occasion.

You can find Tina’s cutting guides here.

The Celebrate paper collection retired on February 29th but it’s likely there’s a consultant who has some inventory available for sale. Contact me if you’d like some referrals.


Month in Review: January – February 2020

I’m spending some of my winter days in Florida this year and have focused my storytelling more on everyday life, rather than life events. Since everything is new to me here, it’s easy to snap photos most days, choose my favorites, and create a layout at the end of each month.

Here’s what I did for January and February:

When I started putting this layout together, I learned, with great disappointment that the paper crafting supply chain in SW Florida is nearly non-existent. What a bummer. But I used what I had on hand and got the job done … it’s all about the storytelling you know!

This is the sketch I used. I found it on Pinterest and it was listed as having come from Big Picture. I just flipped this sketch to create the right side of the layout.

By the time I did this layout, my new Expressions Air 2 had arrived so I had more creative options available to me … thank goodness!

I used a journaling technique referred to as “telling the story by the numbers”. Using 20 photos left me little room for storytelling. I simply numbered each photo, then used a coordinating list to summarize my February life!

So there you have it … two months of everyday life. Nothing fancy or frivolous. Just getting the story told!


Catching Up With a 14 Year Old

One of the many projects on my winter to-do list was to play catch up with photos I took last summer of my then, 13 year old grandson. Well, he turned 14 this past winter so before I was willing to admit he’s another year older, I put these pages together:

Just look at all those fun embellishments!

I used this kit from Scrapbook Generation to get these layouts done in no time flat. The kit came with directions, color photos of the finished layouts, and a sketch to keep for future use.

Now ….. Go tell your story!


2019 Review: A Wedding

Weddings are such a big event in any family. Last year, my nephew married his long time love in a picture perfect ceremony that put a smile on everyone’s face. As with most weddings, there were lots of photos taken. While it’s nice to think about scrapbooking all the photos, for me, it’s just not practical. I had to utilize my best photo sorting skills to choose the photos that told the story from my perspective. Not to say I’ll never use any of the others … you never know what fun projects are my future!

The “Celebrate Today” pocket card is a Flip Flap that opens to reveal more photos
This is the Flip Flap in the open position

Supplies Used: Close To My Heart

Layouts designed by: Tina Lovell

Here’s to best of family times …. Have a wonderful day!


2019 in Review: July 4th

I’ve been in full blown scrappin’ mode recently. {woo-hoo} It’s been so fun reviewing photos from 2019, then digging through the amazing stash I am blessed to have and decide how I’ll tell the stories.

For my July 4th memories, I pulled out supplies I bought from Scrapbook Generation a few years ago. I’m a sucker for anything red-white-blue and these papers really fit the bill. I added a little stamping, and bling here and there for pizzazz, and just like that, the story all came together!

When I need to kick start my scrap booking, I go to photos, an event, or theme that make me really happy. Doesn’t matter what it is, as long as that happiness-factor prompts my memory into story telling mode. Fourth of July happens to be my favorite holiday so it was easy for me to gain momentum, complete my layouts and get the story told. From there, I just go to the next story, and the next, and the next …. before I know it, I’m one happy scrapper!

“Keep Calm and Scrap On” friends!

Supplies used: Scrapbook Generation, Close To My Heart