Let’s have a Sedona Adventure…

Last month, after the Creativation show in Phoenix, we took a little extra time and went

to Sedona for a couple days.  I would love to say it was pure relaxation.

But… I think we did more walking (and hiking) than I did all week at the show.

When we went to Sedona last year, we took a Red Rock Jeep Tour.

This year, we did a lot more exploring on our own and after we got tired,

we took a trolley tour up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

The chapel and the views did not disappoint.

When we were getting ready to leave, I offered to take pictures for a couple of girls from our

trolley tour.  One of the girls took this photo for us in return.

She took our usual “old couple pose” and then said “now, do something else”.

It took us by surprise and this is what we got.  My favorite picture of the trip.

I don’t even mind the photo bomb in the trolley window.

For my Sedona Adventure Layout…

I started with a piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper and a Sedona map I picked up.

I used a SVG file and my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* to cut the words

“let’s have an Adventure” in Black and Red Glossy Adhesive Vinyl from .

I also cut a circle and a smaller arrow to mark on the map the spot the picture was taken.

It’s an easy way to tell a story.

FYI…Even though StyleTechCraft vinyl is not acid-free, it’s still great for creating titles and accents on your scrapbook pages.  Just make sure not to use it directly on your photo’s.

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Jillibean Soup and Xyron-Siblings Layout

Growing up with you is one of my favorite memories.

This is me with my crazy, wonderful siblings.    (I’m right smack dab in the middle.)

The five of us have been through a lot together.  Especially the last year.

I’m  so glad we have each other to count on.

Even though we drive each other crazy from time to time, there’s a real closeness and love.

This picture was taken last August when the whole family got together for one last

picnic at our family home.

Home… A story of who we are.  A collection of things we love.

That caption from the collection about brought a tear to my eye.

I’m a little nostalgic when it comes to home right now.

Down the hall in my family home was a very large collection of photos.

The pictures covered both sides of the hall walls.  It was like a very big scrapbook.

No one was left out.   (even if you didn’t like the picture)

A collection of everyone they loved.

For my Siblings Layout…here’s what I used:               (*affiliate links)

When you have a lot of little pieces to stick onto a layout I like to use a combination

of my Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker* and my Xyron Mega Runner*.

The Xyron Sticker Maker is real easy to use.  Just place the paper, design side up, into the end of the sticker maker and pull the paper through.  Rub the protective covering and peel back to expose sticker.

This week the Xyron and Jillibean Soup Design Teams have joined forces for one amazing blog hop.  Make sure to join us each day on Facebook for awesome inspiration and a chance to win some cool prizes on both pages.  (make sure to visit both!)

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Grand Canyon Adventure & “Roughin’ It” Shadowbox Frame

In January, after the Creativation Show in Phoenix, we took a little mini vacation.

We had decided earlier to visit Sedona and in a spur of the moment decision

decided to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Neither of us had been and it was on our bucket list.

The day was beautiful and the views were AMAZING!

If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, I suggest you go.

You won’t be disappointed.

For my Xyron Design Team Project this week, we partnered up with Paper House Productions.

I picked the Paper House Productions Great Outdoors Camping Kit*.        (*affiliate link)

I knew it’d be perfect for my Grand Canyon pictures.

Interesting Fact… I’ve never camped a day in my entire life. (and proud of it)           

Even it you don’t go camping, you’ve got to admit this Great Outdoors Washi Tape Set is cute.

“My idea of roughing it is a bad hotel room!”

This what I tell people whenever they talk about camping.  (it’s not for me)

To make the “ROUGHIN’ IT” shadow box frame…

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Directions…

  1. Remove the glass from the shadowbox frame to create a ledge for adding small found treasures.  (removing glass is optional…just a personal preference)
  2. Print the saying “My idea is…”  onto one of the scenic papers from the “Great Outdoors” kit and cut it to 6″ x 6″.  For extra dimension, I used my  Xyron Mega Runner* to adhere the layer onto green mat-board.
  3. Cut a 9″ x 9″ green gingham background from the paper crafting kit and adhere the printed paper to the center of the green gingham background.
  4. Use the 4″ x 4″ “ROUGHIN’ IT” square from the “Great Outdoor Tags” scrapbook paper and adhere it onto mat-board for extra dimension.  Adhere to center of the printed scenic square.
  5. Add the 3D tent sticker over the tent pictured in the “roughin’ it square” .
  6. Add 3D lamp and leaf to embellish.
  7. Insert into shadow box frame.

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Climbing on the “Really Big Rocks” with Warren

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On a warm afternoon in March, I got the chance to play with Warren outside all by himself.

We played basketball for a little while and then he was off to climb on the “really big rocks”. 

Under the tree, in our front yard we have a grouping of big rocks.

When your a two year old little boy it’s the perfect place to climb.

It was such a beautiful day, we played outside for over an hour.

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I mixed a variety of Paper House Collections to create this fun layout.

From the Faith Collection to Sports and Travel.  They all work well with each other.

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I cut a tree silhouette out of brown cardstock and rubbed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo

and outlined the tree with a black marker to give it some dimension.

I printed the rocks clip art onto grey cardstock and cut out.

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Here’s what I used for my layout:

At the Lake…

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I recently asked my daughter Stephanie to send me some pictures for a family album I was working on.

Stephanie sent me these lovely pictures of her and her husband Zach at the lake.

His parents own a little place by the lake in Conover, Wisconsin that they love to visit.

I love these pictures.  It looks so peaceful there.  (I want to visit.)

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I find it hard to believe that she took these beautiful pictures with her phone.

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The “At the Lake” layout is my first Design Team project for Paper House Productions.

When it comes to scrapbooking, I consider myself to be fairly simple.  I like layers and clean lines.

I used a variety of Paper House Products from several different collections on this layout.

I love how the Paper House collections work well with each other.

Here’s what I used for my “At the Lake ” layout…

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This project was created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

Preserving Summer Memories

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I’m holding on to Summer as long as I can.

This summer Nicholas learned how to swim the entire length of the pool without the aid

of a floatie and he learned how to float on his back.

Warren learned how to jump off the side of the pool.

Pretty impressive when you consider they’re only 4 and 1 1/2.

Nicholas loves the water, we call him a polar bear because it doesn’t matter how

cold the water is.

Yesterday… we had our last pool party of the season.  Thanks to a little 95º heat wave.

I’m going to miss summer.

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Cherish Family 1936

I recently ran across this old Family Reunion picture from 1936.

Cherish Family 1936 layout

Because there is over 100 relatives in the picture, I wanted to highlight where my Grandparents are.

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I used one of the frames from the “Clear Mixers“.

After removing one side of the protective covering, I painted the edges with Antique Linen Distress

Paint.  I glued a small piece of scrapbook paper under the painted side and trimmed it with an exact-o

knife.  I gently sanded the edges with a sanding block and distressed it slightly with Vintage Photo

Distress Ink before removing the second protective coating.

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My grandfather is the one with the x and my grandmother is sitting to his left holding my Uncle Bill.

I used the Chamberry Collection from Adorn it and a scalloped circle punch and a old border punch

from Marvy Uchida.

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.