So You

Do you ever have those moments where you are just floored by how quickly your kids are growing up? I know you do. It’s crazy, isn’t it? Lately, I’ve been thinking about my son a lot. He is such a joy to have in our family. He is taller than me now, and is joining in on the adult conversations at family gatherings. He loves “older” music (like John Denver, James Taylor, Queen, BeeGees, etc.), collects cassette tapes and vinyl records, loves anything vintage, being outside every chance he gets, and just loves life. He is a happy guy, kind and thoughtful, and watches out for his sisters. :) I’m so proud to be his mom. It’s been awhile since I’ve snapped some photos of just him, so I made him stop his homework the other day, so I could take a few.

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I came across these cute pics of him wearing a coonskin hat the other day and had to scrap them. We were at a pioneer tea party for his sister and because I was focused on scrapping my daughter and her friends, I had missed printing these ones out. But they are just so HIM. I’m grateful I stumbled on them again, so I could get his cute personality in our family album.

I pulled out a Kaisercraft collection I had in my stash and put it to use. Can you tell that I’m loving using my stash lately? Hehe!

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The title is a phrase by Karla Dudley that I found in the Silhouette Online Store here. I love using my Silhouette for titles! I never have to worry about running out of the popular letters and love that I can size them to fit my page perfectly. I cut the title out twice in two different colors (I do this a lot), and then used my scissors to trim out the word “you” so I could create a layered title. I embossed the red layer with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then decorated the center of the letter “O” for some added detail and color.

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The tree was trimmed from a die cut page that was part of the collection. I cut the hearts from another patterned paper and sprinkled them throughout the tree accompanied by phrase stickers (by Fancy Pants Designs).

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I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving this week. I LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect time to catch up with family. If you are looking for a meaningful project for Thanksgiving Day, may I suggest downloading the FREE Printable album by Bella Blvd found HERE? (Stephanie, you ROCK for putting these together to share! Thank you! Thank you!) I put one together in 2011 for my family and it makes my heart smile every time I read it.

Here’s a peek at our 2011 book. The ironic thing is that we weren’t even at this Thanksgiving dinner with my family. We had a small Thanksgiving dinner here at home with our own family the night before we were supposed to travel to my sister’s three hours away to stay with her for the weekend. We ended up all getting sick and couldn’t go (this is why Maryn and Camryn were both thankful that we had a dinner just ourselves … or else we wouldn’t have had one that year). :) I gave the book to my parents to have everyone fill out, and even though we weren’t there, their words remind me of all that was going on that year in each of our lives, and how much I love them.

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I love reading my parents thoughts and love for each other. I cherish this because when do you get your parents’ to write in your albums, right? :)

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My nieces and nephew even took the time to fill out the pages. :)

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If you are interested in the older versions of Stephanie Hunt’s printable albums you can find them on the links listed below. Even though they have the years on them, I think you could still use them for other years (I’m thinking you could print out the new year on little blocks and adhere them over the other year).

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

JanaBold

Cutie Patootie Fall Cuts!

My mom’s birthday was at the end of October. I had bought her some fun jewelry, but wanted to make a cute gift box to give them to her in. SVG Cuts to the rescue! I love their cut files! They always have something amazing up their sleeves!

I decided to make the owl box from the Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit, that way she could keep it out as a decoration through Thanksgiving. To go with it, I created the Scarecrow card from the September Scenes Stand-Up Cards SVG Kit. They both turned out so cute!

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I changed the owl up a bit by adding more feathers to his wings (just handcut by me). I also cut the beak out twice so that I could layer them together. I bent the top layer up, so that his mouth was open … he kind of looks like he’s smiling! :) For the eyes, I added punched circles from corrugated paper, then used Recollections large black pearl stickers for the pupils (purchased at Michael’s). His belly was embossed with the Charles Embossing Folder by Cricut. Finally, I added some twine around his neck (with a metal charm by My Mind’s Eye, older collection), buttons and gems.

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Pumpkin embossed with the Cricut Cuttlebug Kaleidoscope folder. The haybale was embossed with the Darice Thin Lines Border folder.

The papers I used, were from these fun stacks that I purchased at JoAnn’s.

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Have a great weekend!

JanaBold

One More Halloween Page!

Okay, okay … I couldn’t stop! I have one more Halloween layout to add to other spooky pages I have shared with you this week. :)

I had these blurry shots of the girls’ Halloween Costume parade from last year that I wasn’t particularly excited to get scrapped. They just weren’t calling my name … but, I decided I would go ahead and tackle them while I had all of the Halloween papers out on my desk. And you know what?! I actually had fun with them! I’m happy about how this one came together.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

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I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch to get me started on this one. I loved that the photos were anchored by patterned paper strips … a great way to use up the scraps hanging out on my desk from my other Halloween projects this week. The bottom strip is a length of fabric tape. I added the star border rubon over the top to bring down the star pattern I have going on at the top of the page.

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I love making die cut titles, but this time I decided to utilize my ever-growing stash of letter stickers and create a mixed title. I usually shy away from doing this because I’m too lazy to look through all of my alphabet bins. Hehe! I need to do it more often … I love the way it turned out!

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On the sketch there was a grouping of 4-5 circles and stars on the right hand side of the page. I replaced these with a few pumpkins I created using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I used the pumpkins from the Cirque de Scaree set of cut files by Lettering Delights. I just love the striped pumpkins with their party hats and silly grins! In fact, I’m thinking it might be fun to make party hats for the pumpkins on our porch next Hallooween!

The Halloween decorations are now put away for the year and I think it might be time to put away the Halloween papers, too. I’ve been itching to scrapbook some Fall photos, but haven’t really taken any this year. Sounds like I better pull out the camera and get some pics of the kids playing in the leaves before the snow starts to fly. :)

Have a great day!

JanaBold

Use It Up – Halloween Style, Part 2

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

Monday, I shared with you my bad habit of collecting, but not using, Halloween collections. Today is my second installment of the projects I created, trying to use up my existing Halloween stash. :) Today, I am scrapping with the 2011 American Crafts Nightfall collection.

COSTUME PARADE

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Chipboard letter stickers are by BasicGrey. Blue letter stickers are from Echo Park Paper.

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CARVING PUMPKINS

For this page I used a sketch by Scrapbook Generation. I LOVE their sketches … especially in the middle of the night, when my creative brain is just wanting to play, and not think out designs. Hehe!

I also mixed in several stickers and brads from the 2012 October Afternoon Witch Hazel collection.

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Black letter stickers by ScrapWorks. Orange letter stickers from Rusty Pickle. (oldies, but goodies!)

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

I was starting to run out of steam on design ideas, but wanted to keep working. For me, that is when I like to scraplift one of my favorite designers. It’s always fun to try on a new style! For this page, I used THIS AMAZING PAGE by Summer Fullerton as inspiration (LOVE her work! Thanks, Summer!).

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Black Letter Thickers by American Crafts. Orange letter stickers by Rusty Pickle.

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Ahhh! It feels good to use up some older supplies! Sadly, I didn’t make as big of a dent in them, as I had hoped. *gulp!* You *might* just be seeing more Halloween pages from me before this month is over … I mean, I GOTTA use up some of these papers, so I will have room to shop for more next year, right?! Hehe!

Have a great day!

JanaBold