Lunch on the Green

Do you have any fun traditions that you do to kick off Summer? My husband and I always like to go out for a nice lunch together before all of the kids are home for the summer. For several years, we would go to the local golf course and eat. (Camryn came with us because she was in half-day Kindergarten at the time.) It’s “different” for us, because neither one of us golf, but we discovered that the lunch counter there has the most amazing hamburgers and fries. Hehe! PLUS, they always let us borrow one of the carts for a short joyride around the course. Golf courses have the most amazing scenery, don’t you think?!



I’m seriously in love with these wood sprinkles by Jillibean Soup, and you get a full package of them with the Noel Mignon Social Butterfly Kit. (I see more packages of them joining my stash of supplies in the near future. :) )



I love to combine different sizes and colors of letters together in my titles. Here I created a square title block on one of the cut apart October Afternoon cards. I accented it with a hand cut viewmaster circle from the My Mind’s Eye Now and Then Izzy Smile paper, Flair Pin, cork arrow stickers, and another wood sprinkle. Fun!




Before I know it, school will be out. Seriously?! Where has this year gone! I can’t believe that May is just around the corner. I better get out and enjoy the Spring weather this weekend before it gets too warm.

Have a good one!


My Crazy Fun Family

The best thing about my family is that they are so much fun to hang out with! I love how silly they can be together. We just have a great time being together! A few summers ago we went on a road trip. When we arrived at our destination, the kids were so happy to be there, that they jumped out of the car and started running and jumping around. I caught this fun picture of them and decided to feature it by itself on this next page using the Noel Mignon Social Butterfly kit.



Circles are a really fun way to frame out a single photo. Here I cut out a large circle from the Crate Paper Boys Rule Race Track paper.

I also had some fun with chevrons on this page. The two sections at the top of the page were hand cut from patterned papers. I accented them with a pair of Jillibean Soup Wood Sprinkles (LOVE these things!).



Do you have a silly photo that deserves to be center-stage on a layout? Well, pull it out! Print it at a nice, big 5×7 size and have fun recording that memory!

Have a great weekend!


Bits of Color

Happy Friday! I’m up on the Noel Mignon blog today with another page using the Social Butterfly Kit. The colors of this kit are ones that I naturally  gravitate towards … I just love bright happy colors! But sometimes papers with lots of color can be tough to scrapbook with because they compete with the photos. When this happens, I like to keep the background simple and add color in smaller areas around the page.


My son’s scout leader sent would send out a newsletter each month containing photos of the activities they had completed the previous month. I love having photos from events I’m not able to be there for, and I know my son will appreciate being able to look back at some of these times later in his life. :)


For this page, I used white cardstock as my background, adding droplets of spray mist in two different colors for more interest. I also inked the edges of the cardstock with the orange ink pad included in the kit. I placed all of my photos together on a single mat. I broke up the four-square grid of photos with one of the My Mind’s Eye Flair Pins topped with a die cut and accented on either side with a cork arrow sticker.  Along the top of the photos I added a hand cut strip of the speech bubble patterned paper by Simple Stories. I used a couple of the bubbles to add details about my photos.




Along the bottom of the page, I added another hand cut bit of patterned paper paired with a length of the fabric tape. The smaller letter stickers of the title help to carry the color orange around the page.

Thanks for popping by today! I hope you have some fun things in store for the weekend. Me?! I think I will be doing a bit of Spring Cleaning both inside and outside of our home.

See you again soon!



One Sunday, a gal speaking in my church told the following story (this isn’t the exact story, I found this one online) about the butterfly, and talked about how the butterfly has since become a meaningful symbol to her in her life. It really touched me, and since then I have also become drawn to the butterfly as a symbol of life’s experiences forming us into the person we are meant to become.

The Lesson of the Butterfly
 The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.

The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.

What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.

Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.

Noel Mignon’s latest kit is called the Social Butterfly kit and includes a large, chipboard butterfly. I knew it would be the perfect symbol to include on a page of my daughter receiving an English department award from her school last year.

Jensyn has always loved reading, writing, and anything to do with words. She is very smart and witty and is a talented debate artist because of all of this. I have no doubt that she will use her writing and/or speaking talent someday in an important way. :)



At first glance, the Social Butterfly kit is a very bright kit … but I was also able to use it in a softer, more feminine way by pulling out the yellow and aqua colors and pairing them with white.


I loved the way that the felt flower looked layered on top of the white chipboard butterfly … but I really wanted the butterfly to have more texture or pattern to it. I thought about stamping it, but then decided to try running it through my embossing machine with a polka dot embossing folder. It worked like a charm! I used my electric eBosser machine, so I didn’t have to flex my muscles too much trying to crankthe thicker material through a handled machine (like the Cuttlebug or Big Shot).  I LOVE how it turned out!


To add some detail to my title, I placed one of the BasicGrey metal pieces in between the two words along with one of the large wood-framed gems by Jillibean Soup (both included in the kit). What a gorgeous combination of textures! I will definitely be purchasing more of the Jillibean pieces. SWOON! LOVE those things!

Thanks for letting me share my page with you today! I hope you enjoyed the story of the butterfly, if you haven’t heard of it before, and will now look at it as a symbol of hope as we go through life’s challenges.

Love ya!