"...and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than sould can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)"

-E.E. Cummings


If I Had My Druthers: (Fave Movie, Bands, Color and Hobbies)

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Safety Suit
  • Train
  • The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Orange
  • Scrapbooking (duh!)
  • Writing
  • Photography

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day Four with Frosted Designs!

For the fourth day of Christmas at Frosted Designs, I created this layout which incorporates four different patterned papers!
The first paper is the main background piece which is the patterned dark blue and lime green piece. The second is the blue tissue paper which forms the first layer underneath the pictures and the background for the title at the bottom. The third papers are two pieces of blue and green printed origami paper which form the second layer underneath the pictures. The fourth papers are the three green strips which I used for journaling and to denote the year that these pictures were taken. I will be posting close-ups soon, but just haven't been able to get them done yet! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

First Day with Frosted Designs!

After a ridiculously long scrapbooking sabbatical due to my busy college schedule, I've been so happy to find some time to get up in my craft room this Christmas break! I'm excited to take part in the Frosted Designs 12 Days of Christmas, although I won't be able to join in on all twelve. For the first day, complying with the one bird requirement, here is the layout I created!
And here are some close-ups of the page!

And that's my page for the first day of the Frosted Design 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Change" at Bird is the Word

This past year has got me to thinking about change probably more than any other year in my life. I graduated high school, began college, ended a serious relationship and taken enough college hours so that I am now a junior. This prompt made me think about all of these changes and, then, the things that have not changed. So, on that note, hre is my page:

I decided to make my page about the facet that no matter what changes we have faced, ou friendship has not changed. I'm sorry about the weird shadow, I could not get it to go away... Anyways, I hope you like this page as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

June at Stuck?!

I have so much scrapbooking to do this month, and I'm super excited about it! :D My Dad and I recently took a trip to Austin, Mom just had a birthday, and I got to spend some time with my friends from high school for the first time since our graduation a year ago. Needless to say, I've been a busy little scrapper! I love the June sketch at Stuck?!:
And although I adapted it a little bit, I really loved the spacing of this sketch. I did not use a big heart behind the focus photos, instead cutting lots of little hearts to place around the page. So here is my page! I can't seem to make this picture smaller, so I apologize for the size and off center appearance! The title, which appears a little illegible because of the flash on the glitter, reads "Family Love", and the journaling says "While in Austin, Dad and I met up with Aunt Linda at one of her favorite places, Magnolia Cafe. It was so nice to talk and catch up." Of course I have a lot of glittering on this page, some hand cut hearts, a little fussy cutting, and (my favorite) two heart shaped buttons I discovered in my scrap stash. I hope you like my page! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mother's Day at Once Upon A ...Sketch

This month the challenge at OUAS is about Mom. This is a very special month for me, because my Mom and I are very close, in fact, we're best friends. I wanted to adapt this challenge into a gift that I could give her for Mother's Day. We hold handmade gifts in high esteem in my household, so I decided this would be perfect. The sketch is as follows:
Current Challenge
I made a few adaptations to the sketch. The main one is that instead of layering paper behind the focus photo, I created a book of photos and attached it to the page so that the pages could be flipped. So, without further ado, here is my page:

So, as you can see, I adapted the title to fill all the empty space on the left, and modified the banner a bit at the top. All the journaling is on the inside of the flip book, which I am trying to upload pictures of currently but am having internet difficulty. The book is held together with ribbon covered loops, and tiny little wooden closepins. The flowers on the bottom are Prima (loooove!), and I cut the letters on my Cricut, then added glitter and pearls. I will try to add the pics of the inside of the book soon!  I hope you love this page as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April at Once Upon A Sketch! :)

And I'm ever so happily back to posting!! :D Yay! I have missed my online scrappy community oh so much these last few busy months! So April at Once Upon A Sketch is all about home. The journaling criteria is to be combined with this beautiful sketch:
With this criteria and inspiration, I created this page:

As you can see, I switched things up a bit... I moved my title up, and in place of the journaling tag pictured, I placed a small picture of my bedroom to offset the picture of my house. The journaling is where the title is pictured, and it says "I believe that home is more than just a building. Home is a place you go to feel loved and supported. My home and the people in it have made me who I am." :) This page is one of my favorites to date, because I incorporated a lot of things that I have tried on different layouts all put together. There is some glittering, some fussy cutting, a handmade paper flower, and a combination of buttons and gemstones. Also, happy side note, the background for the pictures came from a roll of wrapping paper I have had in the attic for years! :D Yay for using fortuitous items! I hope you like it, thanks so much for stopping by! :D

Friday, February 17, 2012

Once Upon A Sketch in February!

The second challenge of the month at OUAS was totally perfect!! I had one more picture from our trip to Galveston that I needed to scrapbook, but simply couldn't find the inspiration to do it. But this sketch combined with the journaling prompt about your favorite vacation certainly gave me the kick-start I needed:

As always, I love the sketch! Here is my page:

The journaling says "My favorite family vacation is the one I shared with Mom and Dad in Galvestion. We had an amazing time soaking up the sun." I really loved the way the colors came together in these papers with the picture I took the last day of our trip. I also have to say, I'm pretty excited about the flower in the right hand corner, as I used a new technique I had never tried to make it. I really enjoyed making this page, and love the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by! :)

White With 1 in February!

White + Lemon + Three photos!! Could this be more out of my comfort zone?! Haha, I never use lemon, and very very rarely incorporate more that two photos, however, this challenge ended up being one of my favorites! Perhaps the fact that it took me so far out of my comfort zone is the reason that I enjoyed it so much. Anyway, without further ado, here is my layout:

I tried some new techniques on this page, and I really like the way they turned out. The two flowers on the page are quilled, which is a really fun way of making your own embellishments that I had never tried before. Also, I punched holes and ran yellow ribbon through them around the edges of the page, which helped create the "fun" look I was trying for. I am pretty happy with the way these pictures of my oh-so-silly friends and I worked on this layout. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sketch Along Tuesdays #33 at Frosted Designs!!! :)

I've been following Frosted Designs for a while, but this is my first time to enter! I'm pretty excited to take part this time, and am super pleased with what I came up with after being inspired by the following sketch:
I love this sketch and the CT team's work! I've been needing some inspiration for multi photo layouts, and this one did the trick. So, here's my page!
I used pictures from my trip to College Station for this page, and I feel that it turned out nicely! :) For some reason, the picture is looking a little tilted, but anyways, the title is "Unexpected Places", because Dillon, Kaleb, and I found "Bottle Cap Alley" in this random part of town, and it was such a cool surprise. I love this page, and am thankful for the inspiration that Frosted Designs provided! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Stuck?! January 15th! :)

I've been trying to spice up my scrapping life with a little humor, and the January 15th sketch at Stuck?! provided me the inspiration to do so! Here is the sketch:

And the page I made with a touch of cheesy humor is:
My best friends and I are always so silly and cheesy, so I wanted a page that captured that aspect of our friendship. I didn't add any journaling, which I know is often considered a scrapbooking faux pas, but I felt like the picture and title just spoke for themselves. I wanted it to be simple and fun, and I really love the way it turned out! I hope you like it, thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My very first combo challenge: Bird is the Word & Once Upon a Sketch!

I've never done a challenge for more than one challenge, and I'm a tad nervous about it. :) But I really, really thought my idea was perfect for both challenges, and I just couldn't pick! So, I'm fulfilling the word "Remember" for Bird is the Word, and the journaling criteria and sketch for Once Upon a Sketch! Here is the sketch from OUAS:

I chose to scrapbook about my favorite memory from 2011, which was our family vacation to Galveston! We had such an amazing time! So here is my page:
For some reason Blogger won't center my picture... Sorry! :) So the title is "I will always remember", and the journaling says "When I look back on 2011, my favorite memory is the vacation we took as a family to Galveston. It was the most amazing time spent together, and I will never forget it." I really like the way this page came together, and I enjoyed using the postcards and pamphlets I have been saving. :) And of course, the ever present glitter and glitter flowers. :) I hope you like this page as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Stuck?! Part 1 in January! :)

I have been desperately needing some multi photo layout ideas, and the Stuck?! challenge didn't let me down! I'm so excited that I finally got to use some of the many photos I've had from our Galveston trip. So, without further ado, here is the sketch:

And here is my page!

I modified the sketch a little bit, making the block on the left solid photos instead of three. When we were in Galveston, I kept taking pictures of the signs when we went places, and I really wanted to use them but wasn't exactly sure how. But, I think it worked out really well! :) I really love the colors, and the map printed on the paper. I hope you like what Stuck?! inspired me to create! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Show Us Your Stuff in January. :)

This month I really enjoyed the challenge at Show Us Your Stuff! I've been enjoying a ton of scrapbooking lately, and feel like I'm getting my scrappy mojo back! ;) Here is the sketch:

Super inspiring!! And here is the page I created using the sketch:

This is a picture of my dad, who graduated from Lamar in December. (I also made a page for my Mom for a previous challenge, but missed the deadline. Oops!) I love this picture soooo much, and I'm really reallly happy about the way it turned out. I did alot of distressing and ink stamping on this page, plus some glitter detail I'm a little bit in love with. Here lately I can't seem to make a page without glitter on it!! I hope you like what I came up with! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Promise at Bird is the Word!

Bird is the Word's January first challenge word is "Promise". This is the sketch:
Such a great sketch!!! I modified it a little bit for my layout, but it was truly inspiring. :) So, without further ado, here is my page:
I have been saving this ocean-themed paper for a looong time for some of our Galveston pictures, and when I saw the sketch and the word at Bird is the Word, it just clicked! :) I cut the some of the waves just enough to slip the picture of me posing on a little wooden boat that was sitting outside of a resturant we ate at on our vacation into them as if the boat was really in the water, which I must admit made me feel like a scrapbooking genius. ;) Instead of using more photos in the top left-hand corner, I put my journaling there and made it yellow to mimic the yellow of sunlight. I cut the clouds from another sheet of paper and glued them at different levels of height for some 3D texture, and then went crazy with the glitter paint! I glittered the waves, the clouds, and the journaling tag layers. My title is "I promise... that I will always make time to be silly.", and the journaling says "As we grow older, it's easy to get wrapped up in the seriousness of life. But I think a little silliness is good for the soul!". I hope you enjoyed looking at this page as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lime in January at White With 1! :)

This month the challenge at White With 1 is White + Lime + Buttons. :) I was pretty excited because I've been waiting for the perfect challenge for the picture of my cousin Dan's college graduation, and this was it! His favorite color is lime green, so I thought, why not?! :D Here's the page I came up with:
I'm pretty thrilled with the outcome!!! The title says "Dan, Dan the graduation man!" because throughout his life we've always called him "Dan, Dan the ...whatever... man!" :) I used a plain white sheet cardstock, and then painted some bubble wrap with green paint and laid it on the paper!!!! I'm so excited! I don't have any scrapbooking mists or paints (they're on my wish-list, though), so I've been looking for ways to recreate texture without them. I think this worked out pretty well. :) I've been saving the program, and so I cut out the TVCC seal that was on the front, & the commencement title, & then cut his name out from where it appeared in the program and glued it over his picture with some lime rhinestones on the sides. I wish I could put up some close ups, but something's up with my uploader here on blogger. : / Anyways, I have four buttons on the page to fulfill the button requirement, which I threaded through with lime sewing floss and glued down to emphasize the corners of the page. :) So, I hope you liked it! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Wonder" at Bird is the Word!

The challenge word for the December 15th challenge at Bird is the Word is "wonder". This is the sketch:

Because I took a bunch of pictures over the Christmas break, I've been looking for the perfect scrap inspiration, and boy did I find it in this challenge!!! This is the first page I've made in a while, so I really really enjoyed making it. So, here is the page I made:
I absolutely love this picture of me and my best friends. I chose it as the photo that matched "wonder" the most to me because as long as I live, I don't think I'll ever understand the way friendship works. It's magical the way people can go through so much together; can fight, cry, yell, laugh, be heartbroken, be blissful, and still enjoy being together. My friends are awesome, and I hope that this page shows how special my friends are to me. :) The journaling tag says:  "Me, Elizabeth, Kelsey, and Jaci have an amazing friendship. We've been there for each other through times of joy and sadness. We've dried each other's tears and listened to each other's dreams. I love you guys. ♥" I hope you like my page! Thanks again, Bird is the Word for the inspiration! :)