Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pumpkin Time

In October, the family went out to Patterson Farms to their pumpkin patch.  We had so much fun.  We didn't just pick pumpkins, we got to visit the barn and see the animals, and we even got to see the piglets race!  I came up with some ideas to use some embellishments that I already have.  I just love when that works out. 

Today, I wanted to share a page I did about picking the pumpkins.  This page was full of firsts for me.  I've used Tim Holtz Distress Inks before but never with grungeboard.  I'd never even opened the packages I had.  Wow!  I've been missing out on a lot with that stuff!  I love it.  The combination of the ink with the grungeboard was an awesome effect. This is also the first time I used any paper by Echo Park.  I love all their lines and have most of them, but haven't ever used a sheet.  I need to get out of that "save it for a perfect layout" mindset that so many scrappers seem to have.

I also used Ranger Ink Glossy Accents for the first time on the grungeboard pumpkins.  I snipped some of the extra grungeboard to use as stems and connected with the Glossy Accents.  This is a close up of the pumpkins.

The orange, felt pumpkin border along the bottom was made by Queen & Co.  I bought it at CKU Charlotte in Aug.  It was a bit bright for the layout so I used a variety of distress inks to darken the edges a bit and then put on Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist to darken it overall.  I like how it turned out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Star, really far away.

Elizabeth has recently become excited about finding the moon at night.  Tonight, she took my hand to go look for the moon.  I took her on the deck and we sat down and looked at the moon. 

I remembered going outside and looking at the stars on chilly night with my Dad.  He taught me to find my first constellations.  Orion is still my favorite because I could always identify it. 

It was a cloudy tonight but, through the breaks in the clouds, we could see one star peeking through.  I pointed it out to Elizabeth and told her what it was and that it was really far away.  I gave her a big hug and told her too that one day I'd tell her all about the pictures in the sky just like Grandad taught Mommy.  When we got too chilly we came in.  As I locked the door to the deck, she ran over to Daddy to tell him about the moon and star and how the star was really far away. 

My heart smiled tonight.  :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Today, we took Elizabeth to see Santa.  She didn't want to sit in his lap, but she didn't cry!  That's a step in the right direction.  All week, Matt has been showing her pictures of her visiting Santa and bunches of Santa movies.  I can't wait to scrapbook these new pictures.  Since she wouldn't sit in his lap, Santa read her a story!  Then, we got to have cookies and milk and make a reindeer ornament with her hand as the antlers.  Pictures are up on her website already.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays

I'm trying to find my lost scrapping mojo.  Each day, I go to various websites looking at forums or reading blogs.  I see lots of wonderful scrapbook pages out there and wish I was doing that too.  But every time I sit down, I'm not inspired.  When I'm inspired, I can't sit down.

What to do about all this?  I visited the Sketchy Thursdays blog.  Each Thursday they post a great sketch to inspire you.  I'm challenging myself to use these sketches.  That will be at least one page that I get done each week.  It's a start, right?

This is my entry for the November 4 challenge.  I did it this weekend but waited to post it until almost the last mine.  I'm good like that.  :)  I used paper and embellishments from the Basic Grey Wassail collection.  The pictures are from Elizabeth's 18 month pictures so, even though it's her Christmas dress and a Christmas layout, they were taken in February 2010.