Saturday, July 30, 2016

Scraplift Challenge

What better way to jumpstart some summer scrapbooking than with a scraplift!? Given this challenge for a Scraptastic blog post, I headed on over to the Scraptastic Members Facebook Group and perused all the awesome pages that were uploaded to the group. There were so many gorgeous layouts that I couldn't just choose one. I chose two, and came out with two wonderful pages of my own.

 The first piece of beautiful inspiration was created by Aimee Dow:

Here's my take, albeit with two photos and an extra strip of stripe on the left:

I love how this photo came out sort of silhouette-like, just before his event, the 1500 meter freestyle (a mile!). Of course I had to mimic the pool flags with a little banner of my own. ;)

I created a second page based on this fabulous layout by Paige Sterling Fox. Grid designs are a favorite!

As you can see, I switched around the placement of my photo and the little squares, but still kept true to the basic design. 

This was my son's first time swimming in the State Championship Meet, so stars, splatters, and appropriate phrases abound:

It was quite nice to have these wonderful Scraptastic Subscriber pages on hand to direct my own, as it sure shaves time! Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Beautiful Day with Cake By The Ocean

A leisurely drive from the Florida beaches to home had my husband and I stopping along the Mobile Bay for a walk and an attempted selfie. Of course the photo came out wonky, but instead of trying to square it and position it right side up, I angled the picture on this layout that I created solely with the Cake By The Ocean main kit from Scraptastic Club.

The word "beautiful" in my title was made more dimensional by placing pop dots between the background sheet and die-cut word, from The Cut Shoppe's Girl Stuff cut file set. Enamel dots further highlight a few of the letters.

Yes, we were by the ocean, but no, we did not have cake. ;) We did however enjoy the beautiful day, combing the beach for shells, lounging in our chairs under the umbrella, and then driving home "the long way".

A favorite aspect of the Cake By The Ocean kit is the transparency of many of the die-cut embellishments. I had fun dressing up my layout, layering several of the die cuts at the top of the page and tucking others behind the photo. 

Wander, Happy, Love...just a few more words that describe the beautiful day we spent together. :)

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


When I saw the large LIFE print on this bold paper from Scraptastic's Cherry Pie kit, I immediately thought about a photo that I snapped after one of my son's lifeguard shifts last summer. It's become a sort of family tradition, as this is the fourth of my kids to work summers as a lifeguard, following their mom's footsteps of course. ;) It also blends well with his swimming passion, as he's always at the pool anyway, for swim team practice.

Colorful journal cards flank the photo, all of which are anchored by an equally colorful tear strip. 

Below, bright yellow letter stickers complete the title:

An assortment of clips embellish the upper right hand corner of the page, along with an exclusive flair from the Cherry Pie kit. Everything on the page is from the kit and/or add-on.

I remember my time as a lifeguard...for a new hotel in the area. I wore a bikini, checked chlorine levels, watched out for the safety of any guests which happened along, and basically worked on my tan. Perfect job for a 16 year old. Tee-hee. Lifeguarding...a job so hot, it's cool! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hangin' Poolside

Nowadays poolside photos usually depict my youngest, but back in the day, my middle son swam as well...for his middle school team. On my layout Hangin' Poolside, the kid are doing just that, waiting patiently for their team picture to be taken:

A clothesline pokes fun at my title, and becomes a design element on the page. Pen-stitching adds a bit of detail to the outfits:

The T-shirt and jeans (cut down to shorts) are from The Cut Shoppe's Boys Rule and Girl Stuff cut file collections, two sets chock full of cool designs (titles, accents and more).

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

I guess I'll be taking more poolside pics this weekend. Swim meet, of course! ;)