Saturday, April 5, 2014

Love being with you

I love Teresa Collins collections. The colors always work with your photos regardless of the subject matter. For this layout, the majority of the papers are from the Family Stories collection with the base page from the He Said She Said collection. Who doesn't love when collections work so well together?

This photo was taken in San Francisco, so I was thrilled to discover the anchor paper in the collection which was symbolic of our trip by the bay. In addition, the anchor is symbolic of my husband's influence in my life. Sharing the trip with him made the memories all the more special.

The little embellishment cluster adds just enough color and dimension to finish the page off nicely. I matted the sentiment (included on the punch out sheet) with navy blue to pop it a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Debra xo

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Port of Beauty

As mentioned in my last post, I am sharing another layout from Venice. I must say that these photos are some of my favorites from the trip. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a beautiful splash of bright colors.

For this layout, I used an older Bo Bunny line called Sophie. I knew this would be the collection I chose almost immediately. The fushia and teal colors work together so well with these photos.
I fussy cut some of the flowers out of the 12x12 papers and used pop dots to create some dimension and visual interest.
I used some Imaginisce hot rocks to add a pop of color to the paper at the top of the layout. I found that they added just the right pop to the border strip that I placed under the photos as well.
In addition, I used a doily die-cut by Sizzix and cut it in half to add a delicate dimension. The banners were chosen to pick up the color combination in the photos. The title is from Jillibean Soup and Amy Tangerine.

I had such a great time creating this layout with all of the bright colors. Never discount your older paper lines. You never know when they might be just the color scheme you are looking for.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Doge's Palace

Hello everyone! After some unforeseen life events, I've been MIA for a while. As we all know, life rarely sticks to the scripts we all so meticulously write. So often, we all reflect on the previous year and can usually sum it up in one word. Well, for me that word was LOSS. 2014 began on shaky ground as well, but I'm happy to say that recovery has begun. So much so that I have even found time to create a few layouts that I hope to share with you in the near future.

We all have "Bucket Lists". Some include daring activities, travel, accomplishments, the list goes on. At the tip top of my list was travel to Italy (Venice to be specific). On our honeymoon in 2007, I was able to cross off this entry with my very best friend. We had such a wonderful time! I find myself reliving so many treasured moments while putting pictures to paper. For me, that is one of the most rewarding aspects of scrapbooking - reliving the experience. I love getting to tell my story!

This is Doge's Palace (The Palazzo Ducale), a very magnificent palace. I used the Find Your Wings and Fly collection from My Minds Eye.

I loved how the colors worked with the lovely buildings and beautiful blue sky:

The embellishment cluster adds just enough color to pull the layout together:
I'll be sharing another layout from Venice soon. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We Gather Together

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I can't help but reflect on last year's yummy dinner with all of the trimmings. I always love cooking for this very special feast! Although my family is somewhat small, our love for each other is quite tremendous.

It was such a thrill preparing for our lunch. Once the table was full of the people I love the most, my day was complete!! Trying to get to my seat and beat the camera timer, well..that is another story. That's me peeking from the back of the table. I barely got in the shot.

For this layout, I used the Persimmon line from Basic Grey. I love the vibrant colors! You can use this line for a number of different photos and color schemes. The blues and oranges so lovely together.

I fussy cut the diamonds in the corner and added some enamel dots from My Mind's Eye for added texture.

From my house to yours, wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering Cathy

One of the reasons I scrapbook is to capture memories before they are gone. I find the process of putting your photos and memories on a page and tucking them away in a scrapbook to be one of the most rewarding and therapeutic exercises.

Such is the case for this layout. On January 27th of this year, I lost my very best friend, Cathy, to cancer. Her diagnosis and passing occurred within 3 weeks of each other. I miss her friendship and loyalty every day. She was one of the few people who loved me unconditionally and accepted me "as is".

Our scrappy group rents a house several times a year for the sole purpose of scrapbooking and spending time together. We had our first girl's weekend this year following Cathy's passing. While the void of her presence was so vast, we spent time remembering this special lady throughout the weekend. Although she has left us, we couldn't help but feel she was there with us in spirit.

For this layout, I used the Into The Woods collection from Lawn Fawn. The colors were so bright and cheery. The private journaling was added later.

For the banner, I used my Imaginisce hot rocks to add accents to the banner.

Lastly, the cloud wood chips by Freckled Fawn were the finishing touch I needed to give the layout the element of sadness that was felt without making it too dreary.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Birthday Girl

Every year around Thanksgiving, my family celebrates my Mama's birthday. Since it falls on November 23rd, we typically plan to celebrate it on Thanksgiving Day because my sister and her family live out of town. Last year was no exception.

The only difference this year was my sister made her to-die-for cupcakes instead of purchasing a store made cake. They are so delicious!! We had a wonderful day together as a family, enjoying a tasty turkey dinner and topping it off with a celebration to honor the best Mama in the whole wide world!

For this layout, I used the Basic Grey line, Clippings. It worked well with the muted colors in the photo. I also used just a hint of the newer Persimmon line as part of the layers.
The title was made using Thickers and Basic Grey's alphabet sheets.

And finally, a little twine ties everything together nicely.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Imaginisce October Sketch Challenge

Imaginisce has a sketch challenge every month. Last month I participated in the challenge (for the first time ever) and had so much fun that I'm hooked! I couldn't resist giving it a go again this month.

Here's my interpretation of the sketch using an older Imaginisce fall line called Apple Cider collection coupled with a stamp from their newest line called Bushel of Fall. I just love how older lines will coordinate beautifully with the newer ones.  

This layout was created using pictures from a trip my family took to Lancaster, PA. We were fortunate enough to stay in a home that was right in the center of the Amish community. As a matter of fact, the home we rented belonged to an Mennonite pastor. The property was right beside a pumpkin patch edged with a weathered white fence too! We had a front row seat on the cool, crisp Fall days to take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful destination.

Here's the October sketch:

And here's the finished layout:

Thanks so much for stopping by!