Saturday, May 31, 2014

Silly Saturday...

This just made me laugh when I saw it on the funny!! Have a relaxing weekend!


Friday, May 30, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 22

Here is another quick layout which features a decorative element that was formerly a pin that I turned into a fun embellishment. Can you guess what it is??? If you guessed the little copper house, then you are correct!

By simply adding a vertical strip of coordinating cardstock, attached with evenly spaced copper brads, the horizontally striped background paper becomes "balanced". Tying on some orange-y colored fibers adds an additional pop of color, and the little brass key and heart lead the viewer's eye downward across the page. A nice balance of photos, journaling, color and embellishments!

Have a FANTASTIC Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!



Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 21

I love, love, love the blue and yellow combination of colors in this layout of my beautiful niece, Megan:

The daisies are silk flowers that I picked up at Dollar Tree, and then pulled off of the stems. I attached them to the border using yellow brads, which doubles as the centers of the flowers. I added blue eyelets and organza ribbon between each of the daisies; as well as a cute painted wood beehive that originally had a pin back on it. I removed the pin back and attached it to the layout to make the perfect accent! Don't forget to take a second look at things that you wouldn't normally consider adding to a scrapbook layout! It's a great and inexpensive way to make your pages original to your tastes!

Thanks for dropping by today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the final installment of "A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May".


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 20

Hi, friends! If you've never used color-blocked cardstock for your scrapbook pages, it is a great base/starting place to bring a page together quickly! Here's an example of a color-blocked cardstock page that I created for some 4th of July pics:

The tags at the base of the layout aren't tags at all...they are raised shapes that were already embossed into the color-blocked cardstock! I just added red brads to the tops for a little extra pizzazz. I also added a metal frame around my journaling, added blue star brads, a wood-burned popsicle stick that says "Red * White * Blue" and a metal dog-tag that has the word "Liberty" stamped into it. The title letters and the number '4' were made using letter die cuts. This was a really easy and quick page to put together!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 19

Good morning, friends! I hope that you had a safe and restful 3-day weekend. Justin was a groomsman in the wedding of one of his buddies over the weekend, so we "dog-sat" Justin's 10 month old, 80 pound, yellow lab, Scout:

I know, he's super cute, right?? He's VERY energetic too - ha! ha!

The layout that I'm sharing with you today highlights a photo of my little family while we were on vacation in Colorado in 2004. I matted the photo on 3 coordinating, layered pieces of cardstock, leaving an extended edge on the chocolate brown piece. On that edge I punched 4 holes, added eyelets, and then criss-crossed a piece of jute through the eyelets. I wove a silver heart through the is recycled from a necklace that I picked up at our local $1.00 jewelry shop. (If you have a $1.00 jewelry shop in your area, they are FANTASTIC places to pick up lots of inexpensive embellishment pieces for crafts! I find great stuff at our local shop all the time!)

Wishing you a SUPER day!!


Monday, May 26, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 18

Happy Memorial Day! I hope that you are enjoying the 3-day weekend and getting to spend some fun time with friends and family.

The layout that I'm sharing with you today highlights the cousin relationship between my son and my niece Megan. Meg is 3 years older than Justin and lives about 2 1/2 hours away, but they've always been pretty close. It's amazing how much they look alike much so that they could be mistaken as siblings. :)

On this layout I showcased several pics of Meg and Justin growing up together, as well as a journaling tag about them. It's been said that cousins are a child's first friend(s), and I think that is so true.

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to check back each day this week for the final 4 posts of "A scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May".


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Silly Saturday...

With the end of the school year at hand, I just had to share a little school secretary humor with you today! Have a SUPER DUPER weekend!!


Friday, May 23, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 17

It's Friiiiiday, friends...and it's also the last day of classes for the students at the school where I work! (Not sure who gets more excited about this day...the kiddos or the staff members - ha! ha!)

The layout that I'm sharing with you today highlights a family cookout that we had at our house. In 2005 Justin raised a pig in FFA, so when we butchered it in the spring we decided to have a cookout and grill pork kabobs. They were soooo tasty...we ate like kings that day! :)

Enjoy your Friday and have a fun, safe and restful Memorial weekend!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 16

Good morning! Today's scrapbook page features another Christmas-themed layout. I substituted the letter "O" in the word "JOY" with a multi-level snowflake that I stamped onto cardstock and then cut out. I layered the snowflake levels with 3-D dots to add dimension, and then added some crystal bling for a little extra pizazz:

I also stamped the word "CHRISTMAS" onto cardstock, cut out and distressed each of the letters, and then added them to the edge of the right side of the photo that I matted with additional cardstock.

Have a great day!!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 15

Happy "Hump Day" friends...we're half-way to the weekend! The layout that I'm sharing with you today highlights one of the very first pics of Mike and I together. My Grandma Franklin snapped this photo of us in November 1986. We had been dating for about 6 months, so I had to title this page "Young Love":

It's hard to believe that 27 years have passed since that photo was taken! :)

Wishing you a blessed day,


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 14

One of the things that make the holidays so much fun are the great traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. One of the traditions that Mike's mom started for our Christmas celebrations is to play Bingo. Each person brings a wrapped gift, worth about $5.00, to put into the loot pile. When a player Bingos, they can choose a gift from the loot pile, or steal someone else's gift. The catch to all of this is that there is a lump of coal wrapped up in the loot pile! Every year someone ends up with the lump of coal, has to write a poem about the coal, and then wraps and returns the coal to the loot pile the next year. We've got years worth of coal poems and pics of the "losers" that end up with the lump of coal - SO FUN!!! (At some point - maybe this summer while I'm on break!! - I am going to make a "Christmas Coal" scrapbook for our family.)

Here's one of the fun Christmas Bingo pages that I created for my Christmas album:

Have a fun day and make time to's good for the soul!


Monday, May 19, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 13

Happy Monday, friends! This is the last week of school where I work, so it's going to be a CRAAAAZY week with lots of end-of-the-school-year activities. My "adopted niece" Kennedie, (daughter of my pal Jamie), is graduating from high school this week. I can't even believe that she is old enough to be graduating and preparing to head off to college! It seems just like yesterday that she was 9 years old and sitting in my office talking about the latest books that she was reading - time surely does fly!!

I have been working on the decorations for Kennedie's graduation party which is later this week, and I'll be sharing those photos with you soon. Since graduation is on everyone's mind, I decided to share one of the scrapbook pages that I created to commemorate my son Justin's graduation in 2008:

I enlarged the photo to 5" x 7", and then matted it on a piece of blue cardstock that I cut to 6" x 8". The background consists of two coordinating Close to My Heart papers and a strip of chocolate cardstock to cover the seam where the papers connect. I used my fleur de lis paper punch, coordinating cardstock and matching brads in each of the corners to pull the design all together.

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a SUPER week!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 12

Happy, happy Friday!!! I am sharing another Christmas layout with you today. This is a pretty simple page, but I added some ribbon layers and decorative buckles to create an interesting border at the bottom:

As you can see, ribbon is a great and inexpensive way to add some extra pizazz to a page!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a fun and safe weekend!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 11

Good morning! Although the layout that I am sharing with you today is a simple one, it incorporates one of my favorite quotes as well as one of my favorite photos of my hubby and our son:

Mike and Justin have always had a very, very close relationship, and to this day they love to hang out together! The photo on this layout is them after pond fishing one afternoon...Justin is about 6 years old in this cute!

Enjoy your Thursday...only one more day until the weekend!! :)


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 10

Hi, friends! I thought that I'd post a 2-page Christmas layout for you today. I used kraft cardstock for the background, bordering the top and sides with strips of cranberry-colored cardstock. For a little extra detail I added sage green cardstock diamond shapes with brass brads to the intersecting corners of the borders. The "Home for the Holidays" snowman cutout in the upper corner of the page is simply an image that I cut out of a Christmas card that I received that year. I loved the image and colors, so I decided to use it on the layout. I attached it using 3-D dots to "pop" it off of the page just a bit:

On the adjoining page I created a little pocket at the bottom to place a journaling tag and a copy of the "Brown Family Christmas Festivities Guide" that I create each year for our family. This guide lists what our menu will be, what each person will bring to share at the dinner, information about our annual Bingo game, etc. I incorporated additional decorative elements to the pocket, using images that I cut out from the same Christmas card:

By creatively trimming the photographs, I was able to get 16 photos on a 2-page spread, as well as a memorabilia/journaling pocket! :)

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 9

Hello! The layout that I shared with you yesterday highlighted my sweet great-nephew Ian, so today's layout features his precious baby sister, Kayle Ann. (She will turn 5 on June 2nd and is such a doll!) Their dad, (my nephew Ryan), is celebrating a birthday today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Ryan!!

The polka-dot paper created a nice back drop for the photo that I used. I distressed the edges of the pink cardstock that I matted her photo on, as well as the blue blocks that I turned on a diagonal and attached with 3-D dots for a little extra interest. (The cardstock is from Close to My Heart. I love their cardstock, which is known for having a white core, and is perfect for distressing!)

Thanks for dropping by today!


Monday, May 12, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 8

Good morning, all! I hope that you had a restful weekend, and for the all moms out there, a wonderful Mother's Day! My son came over and he and my hubby built a large raised bed with a trellis. In that bed they planted thorn-less blackberry vines for me - I am so excited that I will have blackberries growing in my backyard! I have great memories of blackberry picking with my Grandma Franklin each summer, and then having a large bowl of sugared blackberries for breakfast the next morning - deeeelicious! :)

Today's scrapbook page highlights my precious great-nephew, Ian. I cannot believe that he will be 7 years old in a couple of weeks...time surely does fly! In these cute photos of him, he is so tuckered out after a day of playing with all of his tired that he just crashed in the big middle of the toys all over the floor - lol!

I added black and white gingham to this layout because I really like the contrast that it gives to the mostly primary colors that I used:

I hope that you have a terrific week! Oh! I wanna send a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to my sweet friend Megan F.!!! Wishing you a special day full of happiness!

Don't forget to check back here tomorrow, folks, for layout # 9 this month!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Sending warm wishes to mothers everywhere...have a VERY Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Silly Saturday

Problem solved!! I'm too short - ha! ha! ha! ;)

Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 9, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 7

WOOT! WOOT! It's FRIIIIIDAY, folks!!! The layout that I'm sharing with you today has a LOT of fussy-cutting...but the end result was so worth the time put into all of the cutting, don't you think? The stamped images and paper are from Close to My of my favorite CTMH stamps is the stitch stamp. I love adding it to layouts, cards, etc.! After I stamp the stitches, I like to use my paper piercing tool to add "stitch holes" to make the stitching look more realistic. It's the simple little details like stitch holes, fussy cutting and the like that can take a layout from good to great!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! I hope the weather is pretty in your area so you can get outside and enjoy the sunshine, flowers and birds!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Scrapbook Page a Day During the Month of May: No. 6

Hi, friends! Today's featured layout is a Christmas layout...yes, I know it's only May! ;) The stockings that are "hanging" at the top of this layout came from a sheet of patterned scrapbook paper. I simply cut out 3 different stockings, added our names to the stocking cuffs with letter stickers, and then attached them to the page using 3-D dots to give them a little extra dimension. I strung red and white yarn across the top of the page to hang the stockings from, and then added a button to each end of the yarn.

Cutting out specific elements from a piece of patterned paper is a great way to get more bang-for-your-scrapbooking-buck!

Thanks for dropping by...have a great day!