Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy, Really Scrapbook Page

Here's another layout that I made for a challenge, the July Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Scrap Our Stash. I didn't win the challenge, but that's okay! It was my first time participating and I had fun! 


The row that I did for the challenge was stripes, stars, and twine. And, actually, I met the requirements for another row, too, by having banners and numbers!


This layout used up some old Crate Paper papers, Me & My Big Ideas embellishment stickers, and American Crafts Thickers letters. I opened up a drawer in my scrap room and discovered all these sticker letters that I had forgotten about, including the gold Thickers!! How could I have forgotten about those?

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cheerios Part 3 Scrapbook Page

So sometimes I just have so many pictures to scrap that it's easier to throw them into pocket pages and call it a day. I don't have any Project Life stuff to make it even easier, so for this one I had to create my own embellished papers to decorate the pockets without pictures.


Most of my pictures were horizontal 4x6s, and as you can see, these pocket pages are ideal for vertical 4x6s. So I had to figure something out. I grabbed some coordinating scrap paper and embellishments and got to work!

I just thought of it as I would a regular scrapbook page. I made a point to use all of the elements I could in creative ways so that I had enough supplies to fill all of the pockets while also making it look like I wasn't scrambling to put something together.


A lot of the embellishments are from an October Afternoon collection, and because these pictures are all about eating Cheerios, I figured that some embellishments about cows and milk would be very fitting!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Drink Scrapbook Page

If you saw my Insta Story a few days ago, then you probably saw my stories about putting together supplies from my stash for the August 2017 Scrap Our Stash challenge! (You have until August 29 to play along with this challenge here.)

This challenge is a Tic Tac Toe challenge, meaning you have to choose a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical row and use all three of the elements in that row. I chose the color blue, polaroid, and hexagon shape. And here's what I came up with!


This scrapbook layout uses a bunch of different manufacturers: Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Crate Paper, and American Crafts.

I didn't have a specific polaroid frame or polaroid camera, so instead I took a Basic Grey sticker frame that sort of had a polaroid feel to it and used it to frame my main picture. It ends up looking a little larger than a traditional polaroid, but I think it works!


For the hexagons, I broke out my Fiskars hexagon paper punch that my mom gave me awhile ago and punched out some Crate Paper patterned paper hexagons.


And, hopefully, as you can see, I used A LOT of blue on this layout. The navy blue circles were in my scrap paper drawer. I had planned on using them on a Christmas layout, but the color didn't work out, so I decided to save them for future use.

I used blue October Afternoon embellishments and layered them to make one big 3-D embellishment for the bottom of the layout.


And there's lots of blue throughout the patterned papers. There is even blue in my pictures: the cup!'

Thanks for looking and don't forget to play along!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What Happens After You Die - Book Review

My mom died back in June. It was very sudden. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer on June 3 and then passed away on June 19. Everyone keeps saying that she's in a better place now, and while I really have no doubt because my mom was a church-going Christian, I still felt like I needed to know more about where exactly she was. So I requested Randy Frazee's book What Happens After You Die from Booklook Bloggers. The book's subtitle is "A Biblical Guide to Paradise, Hell, and Life After Death". 
The first thing that struck me about this book was that the author was prompted to write the book after his own mother died suddenly from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (Cancer sucks, huh?)

Even as a pastor, Frazee felt a little bit of doubt about what his mom would experience in the afterlife. He had told his mom that she would go to Heaven, but when it came down to it, he just wasn't sure he believed in all of that. 

So he turned to the only good source we have on Heaven and hell: the Bible.

The second thing that struck me about this book was that our popular concepts of the afterlife are actually wrong. Forget what your Sunday School teacher told you and the fluff fed to families at funerals. (Nice use of alliteration there, don't you think?)

Not to say that the notion of Heaven is all wrong. It's still a thing, but it's not what we've been told. Frazee actually divides things up into Life Now, Life In Between (when our spirits go to be with God and await the return of Jesus to Earth), and Life Forever (when Jesus returns to Earth). 

And Frazee talks about what happens after death for both believers and non-believers. The non-believer stuff is a little scary.

Of course, there are discussion questions if you're reading this book with a small group or Bible study. Plus, the back of the book is filled with relevant scripture passages for quick reference.

I think this book will enlighten a lot of people, especially Christians. Even if you're not sick and you don't know anyone who is, death is inevitable for us all, and knowing what to expect (as much as we can know) can help us understand how to make the most of our Life Now.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, August 7, 2017

TV Tot Scrapbook Page

It's the beginning of August, which means there are NEW scrapbook challenges to do! Here is one that I did using the August 1 sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches. You have until the end of the month (August 29, I believe) to get your completed layout using the sketch linked up to the August 1 blog post. There are prizes!

And here's what I came up with after taking a look at the sketch:


Back in February, Daphne learned how to press the buttons on the remote to turn on the TV. Whoops! She's not as into the remote now, and she certainly has no patience to sit and watch anything on TV, but I'm glad that I have these pictures to document this time.


With two pictures to use, the two-picture sketch was perfect! And I was able to use up some old American Crafts papers, random buttons, sticker embellishments, and ribbon from my stash!


I was definitely pleased with how this one turned out! I like the simplicity of the layout and the open blank spaces. I wasn't totally thrilled with the letter stickers, but I didn't have any other letters in my stash with enough T's. Oh well.

Make sure to check back on August 15 at Stuck?! Sketches because they will have another challenge!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Walk This Way Scrapbook Page

Welcome to a special Sunday edition of the blog! I'm posting today because I put together a layout for a scrapbook challenge, and I wanted to share it with you, get it linked to the challenge blog, and make sure you guys had enough time to participate in the challenge yourselves!


It's the 123 Challenge for August 2017 over at the 123 Challenge Blog! This is the first time I've done a challenge like this before. You have to use a given sketch, two words (either in the title or as inspiration for the page), and three colors.

So for this month, there is a lovely one-photo layout from Pagemaps, the words "family" and "fun", and the colors teal, chocolate, and violet.


I followed the sketch and the color scheme. (Had some gorgeous colors in this jewel tone paper pad I picked up at Michael's the other week for 40% off!) Instead of using the words in the title, I used them as inspiration for the layout. This is a picture of my daughter (the family) playing at her activity table (the fun).

The week before her first birthday, she pulled herself to standing at the activity table and started pushing it around the living room, walking behind it! WALKING! We were so excited, and it was kind of FUN to see her take these next developmental steps.


The patterned papers on this are old American Crafts, and I love how they have the violet and teal in them, too. Everything else is just random stuff from my stash. I was surprised at how many things I had that coordinated with the color scheme for this challenge.


I was also excited to use my Creative Memories circle cutter to make the thin violet circle you see on this layout. My mom gave it to me for Christmas, but it has been a challenge for me to do more than just simple squares on all of my layouts. So I'm glad that this sketch had a circle in it so that I could get creative and use one of my tools!

Thanks for looking, and thanks for 123 Challenge Blog for such great inspiration this month!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stand Tall Scrapbook Page

Here's a scrapbook page that I made for a challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. This was a new scrapbook challenge blog to me, and it was a very easy challenge to complete last month. All we had to do was use old paper from our stash.


I used Cosmo Cricket papers and embellishments that have been in my stash forever! The twine is also old, as are the Basic Grey letters. I used my Xyron to adhere them to the page.


These are the kinds of layouts I like best because you grab a bunch of seemingly random stuff, and yet somehow it all looks like it goes together. I think I like the more neutral patterned papers because it's so much easier to add pops of color and whatnot with embellishments.


And yes, my baby pulled herself up to standing in her crib all by herself back in February. I was at work when it happened. :( Thank goodness Daddy took a picture!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What Happened to All the Scrapbook Bloggers?

Does anyone else remember Google Reader? I used to use it all the time to keep up with all the blogs I was following. Google Reader compiled all the latest blog updates in one place, so all I had to do was scroll through my feed instead of visiting each individual blog.

Most of the blogs in my Google Reader were scrapbook blogs belonging to individual scrapbookers. There were A LOT of them at the time.

Now, I don't know if the end of Google Reader is the problem or if something else happened, but when I look back through my list of scrapbook blogs that I subscribe to (still), most of them haven't been updated in years.

Where have all the scrapbook bloggers gone?

(I hope you sang that to Paula Cole's "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" If you did, then we are probably kindred spirits.)

But seriously. What happened to the scrapbook bloggers? Did life get in the way, and they just didn't have the time to keep up with their blogs? Are they still scrapbooking but not sharing their work on their blogs? Did they move on to other forms of online expression? Turn to social media-only sharing because it's easier and less time-consuming than putting together a whole big blog post?

I used to follow SO MANY scrapbook blogs. I participated in scrapbook challenges. I was part of a community! And now I feel like that community has gotten lost, or at least the community that I used to be a part of.

I'm sure there are other scrapbookers out there who are still blogging. I mean, I am! And I'm on a quest to find them and figure out the best way to follow them and make sure I stay up to date with the latest posts. I recently put together a Pinterest board for Scrapbook Challenge Blogs so that I can try and participate in more scrappy challenges. (Follow along on my board so you can see some of the challenge blogs I've recently discovered or re-discovered, in some cases.)

I would love to find even more challenge blogs and general scrapbook blogs. If you know of any, please let me know what they are in the comments section!

I want to get back into a scrappy community! It's a good group of people, you know?