Monday, June 2, 2014

The cat's out of the bag

Anyone who has a cat knows they have a tendancy to get into mischief. My cat Vincent is no exception. He was a feral cat for about a year when he adopted us and showed up at our door. He made himself at home rather quickly and has the sweetest nature about him. I'm constantly amazed that he was in the wild - fending for himself for over a year given his gentle demeanor.

My husband and I were in the den watching TV when we hear a commotion that sounded like the front of the house was caving in. Just about the time I was going to go check it out, Vincent runs with the handle off of a grocery bag around his neck. The poor baby had gotten stuck in a bag and wresteled with the bag until he had ripped part of the bag away. You can imagine how hard we laughed. Even though I knew how badly he wanted that handle from around his neck, I had to run grab my camera first to snap a picture. Immediately I decided that the bag handle would be incorporated into my layout somehow.

I used a sheet of patterned paper called Bookworm from the Chic Tags Happy Place collection. I matted it on a piece of kraft cardstock to mirror the bag. I also used several cards from the new Simple Stories Cat collection and used a frame from Crate Paper to frame Vincent's photo. Finally, I used a few enamel dots to bring out the colors used in the layout.

I added some letter stickers and some journaling to the bag to help blend it into the layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Debra xo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Feeding the squirrels

Every day I am visited by a whole slew of squirrels. Most people find them annoying and destructive, but I can't help but love all animals. I do find them a bit greedy when there is birdseed to be had. This time of year I usually have a few mama squirrels with their babies and I can't help but marvel at nature and the instinctive nurturing that each parent has for their little ones. Recently, I've spotted a pair of solid white squirrels that have joined the fray. At first I thought they were albinos, but upon closer inspection, they don't have any of the usual traits. Regardless, I love watching them all...brown or doesn't really matter. They are all God's creatures. **This concludes your Mutual of Omaha wildlife lesson for the day** (Those who are old enough to remember this will get the reference).

I used an older line for this layout. The Basic Grey Persimmon collection has been a favorite of mine. I love the blue and orange tones. This line came out around Thanksgiving and has all of the lovely warm colors of fall. I love how it worked with the kraft cardstock to give the layout a very natural and organic feel.
In addition, I brought in some gold washi tape and a blue enamel dot.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


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!