Thursday, September 11, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Time to Print!

Hello! I've been away from the hop for the summer. Things just got too crazy for me to keep up so I took a little break. I'm glad to be back and hope I can inspire you with some fun projects today!

We spent three weeks visiting family this summer and my kids were over the moon to spend all that time with their cousins. Who wouldn't love a party that lasts for three weeks?  The kids are definitely missing each other and can't wait to be together again but with the time zone difference and school schedules it's difficult to keep in touch. I'm always trying to get my boys to write cards and send them to family but they're resistant to the idea. They like getting the mail, but sitting down and writing seems a little too close to school I think.

I decided that if they had some fun cards to write on they might feel a little more motivated. I chose to do a post card because it's a smaller space and they won't feel like they have to write a novel. See how tricky I am? ;)

I started with a template from the Fifty Nifty download and played around with all my downloads until I found combinations I liked. Definitely the long way to do things, but it works for me. So far I have two designs and I've got a third one brewing in my mind... My boys will definitely want some options. I mean, who wants to send the exact same card over and over again? :)

Design 1:


Design 2:

I'm pretty excited to get these printed! Crossing my fingers that my boys will actually use them!

Cindy is up next - can't wait to see what she's sharing with us today! 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

The big news in our family this week is that school is officially out for the summer! It's bittersweet; we're moving in a few weeks and it's really hard to leave a school that we love so much. My kids have grown leaps and bounds while attending Halley and it will always have a special place in our hearts.

I feel like I put a lot more on this page than I normally would, so I'm still playing around with it some. But I'm close to finishing. I can feel it. :)

I'm excited to see what other projects are in store for us this week! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Celebrating Dads!

Father's Day is nearly here! My boys are so excited about it - they can't wait to give their presents to their Dad. I was looking through some old pictures and found these from a family photo shoot a few years ago. It's strange now to scrapbook pictures without Jesse in them; it seems like he's always been a part of our family! These are two of my favorites from that shoot though and they deserve to be in our scrapbook :)

As I was looking for gift ideas for the men in our church I came across this cute printable. It's the lyrics to one of my favorite Primary songs; Daddy's Homecoming. My boys still run to see Chris when he gets home from work - it's my favorite part of the day. Which has nothing to do with the fact that I get a break. ;)

I loved the printable and that it would be perfect on a scrapbook page. Now I wish I had pictures of the kids greeting Chris when he gets home. I'll have to put that on my To Do list.

I hope you'll find some inspiration from today's blog hop for your own Father's Day pictures!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Worm

Before I ever had kids I knew I wanted to pass along my love of reading to them. I worked at a bookstore in college and used my discount to stock up on children's books! 

My boys and I go to the library often and I was pretty excited when they asked to have their own library cards. Simon didn't want his picture taken, but Andrew was a good sport. Right now he's reading every Calvin and Hobbs book he can get his hands on. It's hilarious to see him crack up at the jokes. 

To create my background for this page I just added an overlay from the Kaleidoscope kit over my patterned paper and changed the opacity of both until I was happy with the results.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Hello everyone! Hope you're feeling inspired by today's blog hop!

Currently I'm trying to play with some of my new downloads! I'm really excited about all the Project Life goodness coming our way. I love the concept of PL, but I still really love to make traditional layouts so for this layout I used the PLxSU downloads but stuck with my usual style. I had fun cropping the different cards and grouping them with other cards for a whole different look. There are so many fun things in the PLxSU kits that it'll definitely keep you busy for awhile!

Next up is Cindy! Have a great day! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - "Mom" is the Word

Sadly, I have to skip out on the hop this week. My kids have been sick with colds and now I'm coming down with it as well. I can't seem to tap into my creativity through all this brain fog. I know the rest of the team has some great things for you though, so keep hopping!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - what are you working on?

Hello there! Before we get started I just have to ask - have you noticed the colors going a little funny on Blogger?  I'm not sure if I'm going crazy or if there's a problem with the site. My uploaded images are most definitely not the right color. They're darker than they're supposed to be. So... just a heads up - these may look a little strange but that's all Blogger. I had nothing to do with it. :)

I have some simple little projects to show you today. A friend of mine is having a baby girl very soon and she asked if I could make some printables for the nursery. She wanted to hang some Primary songs on the wall and I'm excited to see how it turns out. I think it will be adorable! We're still playing around with ideas, but these are my favorites so far. *If you click on the link you can listen to the full song and read the lyrics.

This is one of my favorite Primary songs, "A Child's Prayer". I've loved it since I was a girl; it always calms me.

I have so many favorite Primary songs and this is another one - "My Heavenly Father Loves Me"

This song is called "I Am a Child of God"; I sang it countless times growing up and it's even more special to me now because I have my own kids and I realize how important it is to teach them about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so that they can build their own faith. 

This isn't from a Primary song, it's actually from an address by President Hinckley (former prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) given to the youth of the church in 2001. I remember watching it on TV - a lot of the things he said have stuck with me. Much of his counsel that night was focused on six "B's" - things he wanted us to work on to build a strong character and prepare us for adulthood. I thought this would be a great thing to put in a child's room so they can see it often as they grow up. I like how this turned out so well that I think I'll make one for my own kids' rooms!

So there you have it! That's what I've been working on. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop - so glad you could join us! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - It's Spring!

Why hello there! Today on the blog hop we're celebrating Spring and I just have to say - thank goodness it's finally here! I'm not a fan of Winter. I am a person who needs lots and lots of sunshine.

I just did a quick page this week with a picture of my husband and son getting in some time on the swings. Whenever we go to a park we spend most of our time at the swings - it's Simon's favorite thing to do. 

I used the Watercolor Wonder paper to fill my hexagon punches. Normally I'm not a flowery person so I decided to throw in a few flowers on this page. I even used a couple of flower papers. Impressed? I am. ;)  Even though it's a "boy page" I still think the flowers work. And just for the record, I think it's perfectly ok to use pink and/or flowers on a boy page. 

Cindy is up next so while you're over at her blog make sure to give her a shout out for creating our fun new Blog Hop tags!