Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A New Month

A new month means a new kit from Inside Out Journaling.  Our theme this month is BRAVE!  I look that word and all it stands for.  Being afraid, yet still having courage to move forward and take action.  I did a lot of soul-searching and heavy journaling this month.

I started with this page about my kids and the power of their love.  I have tackled some demons and continue to do so because their love is so pure and unconditional.  I love how happy this page feels to me!

 
It is one of my favorites from the kit.  You can explore the kit club and sign up by going to the website. 

 
I did a lot of handcutting and doodling using the stencil from the kit.  My journaling means a lot to me as well.  I will be sharing more about this page and my other pages over at the Inside Out blog on Mondays.   Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

She's Come a Long Way

Life is about growing and evolving.  As a mom, I have to constantly help my young kiddos learn the important lessons in life.  They are literally forming themselves as I type.  My daughter has a history of being very feisty.  Very...

It has been challenging to deal with.  Along the way, I realized that I played a role in it.  Maybe it was my reaction or what I was focusing on.  So I got to work and we renovated our relationship.  It has made a huge impact on her.





































I decided to document it on a page.  The theme this month at Inside Out is Restore and the kit is full of beautiful goodies.  I loved this kit!  Ella and I have restored our dynamic.  I had fun with this page, adding some whimsy and using a diagonal design.

Most importantly, I told the story.  It is a record of how far we have come!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For My Dad

The theme of the month over at Inside Out is Restore!  I love this word because is it healing and powerful.  I went right to the thought of restoring my faith.  Someone who has done that for me over and over again is my dad.  He restored my faith in men!  That restoration allowed me to feel safe enough to forgive in my life.

 
I will admit, this is not my favorite design ever.  But it doesn't matter.  The thoughts, ideas, and sentiments are what counts. 
 

This life is too short to hold onto fear or not trust in something.  I am just glad that I had my dad to help restore my faith at an early age.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday's Musings: Friendships

There is a saying, something about how you have some friends for life, some for a season and some for a reason.  I have been very lucky in life to have a great circle of friends that would qualify as the "for life" kind.  So what happens when there is a fall out.  What happens when a rift occurs?  And not just one when you are 14 or even 22.  I think you find your way back to each other, because it is too special not to.

I scrapped about this exact thing on one of my newest layouts using the Inside Out Visual Journaling kits.

 
These are two of my lifelong friends.  For Marcia and me, it was the 8th grade.  Tina came in 9th.  We have been together since.  I love these girls.  They are my sisters really and even though life is busy and we don't talk nearly enough, time stands still.
 
Except for once when two of us had an issue.  It was impactful. 

 
I share more of the story over at the Inside Our blog this month. Be sure to pop over to hear more and to gain inspiration from our whole team! 
 
Even though the rift was impactful, we found our way back.  Because that is what friends do.  Especially the most loyal ones.
 
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Revisiting Summer

The one thing I love about scrapbooking with freedom is that you can scrap any event, regardless of the season.  I try not to worry too much about scrapping in order or including every moment on a page.  I found some pictures that I really liked and decided to remember our summer vacation.  I pulled out some Webster's Pages from my stash and went to work.

 
I love all my Webster's collections and the Our Travels line remains one of my all time favorites.  I love the sky and clouds paper.  I added in some wooden embellishments and stickers.  Webster's in my stash always means embellishments. 
 
This page reminds me of how carefree we were in the summer and how much my children adore Maine.  It warms my heart because it is a place I remember so fondly!
 
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Page About Us

The month's theme for Inside Out Visual Journaling is Forward, which is quite fitting for our lives right now.  We are moving full steam ahead forward to times of big changes.  Steve will potentially be taking on a new job that will impact our lives.  It is all good and we are excited.  But things won't be the same.

I have great faith in our ability to handle it, though I am sure there will be bumps along the way.  I am vowing to stay positive and understanding.

 
More than likely, he won't be home during summers anymore.  Our lives as two teachers is done.  Hours will be adjusted and each of us will be taking on more.  Sometimes life gives you an opportunity you can't say no to so we are moving forward.
 
Somewhere along the way I have settled in to being focused as a mom at a level different than before.  I am enjoying taking care of my family on a whole new level so I am going to try to embrace it.  I know there will be stress and I may not be able to go grocery shopping sans children.  I will have to juggle more...But we are all together and healthy so what do I have to complain about in the grand scheme.

 
I love this kit from Inside Out.  It is so pretty and full of cool elements.  It was perfect to help me start to tell this story.  I am sure there will be more to come soon as we move forward.
 
 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

I have many resolutions this year!  One is to blog more frequently, but I am struggling with how to accomplish that when I have no motivation!  I am not scrapbooking much these days as life has taken over.  The kits from Inside Out Journaling keep me busy and inspired.  If I didn't have that force, I might be done altogether. 

So, a layout using the January kit called Forward.  It documents my resolutions and shows how fun this kit is with all the patterns and embellishments!

 
I got my handcutting on and used the scalloped edge as a pretty border.  Then I just layered some transparencies, journaling cards and stickers.
 
 
I guess it is a small victory that I blogged tonight.  I will see if I can gain some consistency!
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dropping By

This month the Inside Out Visual Journaling kit focuses on the concept of being authentic.  I love that word...truly!  It is just a pure concept and I wish we could all be our authentic selves each day.

When I think about my life and this concept, I think of Steve and the kids.  It took me finding my authentic self to meet Steve.  The time was truly right when it happened.  Then our kids came and they drive me to stay as authentic as I can.


It is hard to stay patient and calm.  To be centered in the midst of crazy.  I fail a lot, but I wake up each day trying to be better and move closer to my authentic self.

 
This kit has this cool heart stencil and I used it to create a custom sheet of patterned paper.
 
 
And the words, of course.  The story behind why I scrapped about these three when thinking about being authentic.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It Feels Like Winter

This polar vortex is for the birds.  I love fall and feel like I am missing out.  I spent most of the summer way too hot, but this cold come too quickly. 

One good side effect is that I felt like scrapping a winter based layout.  I used the new holiday collections from Webster's Pages to make this layout:

 
It is a bit of a different color scheme for winter, but I wanted to match my son's snowsuit.  I used the touch of black to coordinate with him.  These papers are from the All that Glitters and Gingerbread Village collections.  I used the typography that matched my theme.


I used the buttons to resemble snowballs.  I love the movement.

 
I also cut the Joy out from one of the papers.  Joy in this case means joy about the snow and winter.  Nathan adores being outside in the winter.  Leave me in the house with some coffee and slippers and I am good!
 
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Since I missed Oct.

I might as well move right to Christmas?  No really, can you believe all the decorations that are out right now?  The fall is flying by and winter will be here soon.  I decided to roll with it and make a Christmas themed page using the new All that Glitters and GingerBread Village collections from Webster's Pages.

The collections are so pretty.  I love the vintage feel of All That Glitters and the more cutesy feel of GingerBread Village.

 
Look at those reindeer....they are so cute!  I layered touches of gold throughout this layout.  I used some older Webster's goodies like the ribbon and the star.  The embellishments never go out of style!
 
 
I used the beautiful metal frames, placing a sticker underneath.  I hand cut the 25 from one of the sheets of paper.
 

 
I decided to go with the idea of shining and use the rays.  They have those pretty stars on them.  The collections are just so pretty!
 
It may have just gotten me in the mood for Christmas!
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Remember Those Best Days

I guess remembering the best days helps us get through the tough ones.  It helps us plow through the busy times.  I had a true best day ever during our trip to Sedona this past spring.  It was quite amazing.  I scrapped and, more importantly, journaled about how awesome it was using the October Inside Out kit.

 
I love the wood grain and how natural it feels.  It added a nice touch to my page. 
 
 
I made my own title by hand cutting the words from one of the papers.  I like to hand cut whenever I can so that my page seems more unique. 
 
We are in the midst of soccer season and it has been crazy.  I need to hold onto these best days as a source of reflection and relaxation.
 
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday's Musings: He is my Home

Feeling so blessed.

I am a lucky girl with a great guy.  I so appreciate the relationship Steve and I have built.  He is my home.

I went away for college.  Not too far, but far enough.  I ended up getting a teaching job in a town near my college.  I never went back home.  A few years later, I met Steve right in the town where I teach. 

His home has become my home.  Truthfully, I would go anywhere with him.

 
I made this page using the very lovely Nest collection from Webster's Pages.  Seriously, Brandin just gets it.  She made a gorgeous collection!

 
I did lots of layering with stickers and with hand cut elements.  My number reason for loving Webster's.
 
I sit here today feeling so grateful to have met and married Steve.  So happy to be loving him every day!
 
 
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

In Need of Energy

Why have I been so absent?  These little critters.  They have friends and birthday parties and sports.  They have choir and religion and so many needs.  Honestly, I am loving being a soccer mom and witnessing all their fun.  We are in the sweet spot!
 
 


I made this for the SFTIO kit called Energy.  They both zap and build my energy.


 
I love all the lines on this paper and used it to scatter around my elements!  I am off now to make dinner for the fam.  Boring mom stuff that fills me up!
 
 



Thursday, October 2, 2014

One Month Later

I am here posting.  Not that I am sure that anyone reads blogs anymore, but I still want to post my work and share stories!  Life is crazy busy as the kiddos are involved in sports.  I feel altogether happy and drained with a wonderful life.

I made this page using the Scrapbooking From the Inside Out kit, Energy.  What is that?  haha!

I truly believe in guardian angels....a spirit who helps to sustain us and protect!  I wrote about the concept on this page. 


 
I am celebrating my 44th birthday today and I have many reasons to be happy!  Great family and friends fill me up and make me so grateful!  I am blessed!
 
I will be sharing more about this page on Monday over on the SFTIO blog!  Bes sure to check it out!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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