Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Perks of Almost Summer

So sometimes there are perks to the 16 year old being out of school early. I got to send her to go and pick up Mr. Kindey-gartener from school so I could keep tinkering around with my blog. Don't tell her that though. She thinks I'm laboriously working on very important stuff.


This is.

I mean, I need to get these things blogged for sketch challenges before their deadlines are passed. Right?

Plus, she got to weasel out of her dishes duties as a result of being my boy fetcher.

Hmmm. Somehow I think I got the short end of the stick. Lazy girl.

So over the weekend I got all sorts of crafty. It felt really good to do some more pages in my memory book about dad, and even a few pages just because I could. If I keep up this drive for crafting, it's going to be a busy summer! :D

So the first layout that I came up with was for the ScrapbookSteals.com Peridot 4, Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I modified the sketch a little bit to work with some of the photos that I took from Maddi's seminary graduation on the 19th.

I can't believe how proud I am of our oldest. Her love and desire to always be at Seminary really make a momma proud. I don't remember having such a strong desire to attend Seminary and do all of the required assignments. (Maybe there were just no cute boys). In fact over the 4 years that Maddi was in the Seminary program, she received all A's, except for one semester in 9th grade when she didn't read her scriptures every day. EVERY DAY. did you read that? She truly is my inspiration.

Next I made a fun and light hearted layout for the Sketch #4 challenge over at the Paper Bakery Kit Club blog

I had so much fun doing this layout because there is NO patterned paper on it. Only paper that I used my masks and mists on. I adore how it turned out and I love that I snapped some of these silly photos at the hospital, so that I can always remember it wasn't all gloomy during those weeks, but that we did our best to have fun and be cheerful also. (Hmmm. Wonder if those eyeballs are still there!)

I have to be honest that I've reeeeeally enjoyed using sketches to create pages with. It seriously takes so much of the brain pain out of creating and allows for a quick and simple page. I now get why people looked forward to Mid Week Mojo at ScrapbookSteals.com so much when I was the sketch maker for 4 years. I think I look forward to a new sketch just as much as the next girl!

It's always fun to throw your hat into the ring for a bit of scrappy swag when creating a sketch challenge so I turned to scrapchallenge.com to find some more sketches that might actually have a little swag attached to them. I mean at this rate, I might actually blow through my stash and neeeed some new supplies! ;)

The next sketch I happened across came from the Sketch Savvy blog. I loved this Sketch #102 sketch and thought it would work perfectly for this page I did about my current addiction of gardening. 

Next I stumbled across a few sketches on the Sketch ~ N ~ Scrap blog.  I printed off a few sketches but only had time (so far) to complete the May 15th Sketch.  It may be my favorite of the bunch as it is of me and my sweet momma. Geesh I love her. I'm such a lucky daughter to have such an amazing mom, who has stood firm as a rock during the course of the past few months. I only pray that if I outlive Tracey that somehow I will manage to be as strong as her. 

The final sketch I completed was the May : Week 3 Sketch challenge on the Let's Get Sketchy blog. Another page down in the book about dad. The only thing that truly breaks my heart about this day, is it was the last time we were all together—mom and dad with their 4 kids. I genuinely wish I'd have thought to get a photo of all of us. :( 

Well I guess it's time to get a little work done around the house now. Well, I do actually need to get working on my class for CHA. Hmmm.  Maybe I'll do that instead. :D


Susan Stringfellow said...

wow - you really have been busy and these all turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for playing with my SketchSavvy sketches :) I love your dirt therapy title and those perfect Crate Paper papers

Kelly said...

Oh my, you really did crank out some beautiful layouts! Loving them all and the banner for the Sketch N Scrap layout is fantastic! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Sketch N Scrap! :)

Anonymous said...

I love your color combinations and texture. The elements just add the right dimensions in your project. So glad you played along with us at Sketch-N-Scrap :)
xx Ria

Debbie P said...

Wow, you've been super busy! Awesome job on all of your layouts! You did an awesome job with the Let's Get Sketchy sketch. Thanks for joining us!

Lisa in Texas said...

What beautiful layouts! I love how you did the banner on your page with your mother, it is very pretty! I hope you will find time to play along with more of our challenges! Also, don't forget we are having a Design Team call for a guest designer for the month of July. You can find it here:
Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

Kerry said...

So glad you have found our Sketch N Scrap blog and are enjoying the sketches so far. You have done a beautiful page and I look forward to seeing more of your creations. Thankyou for playing along with us at SNS. xx

Brenshevia Baker said...

You have been a busy lady! Great pages all of them! Thanks for joining us at LGS!

Ashley Horton said...

Love the misting in the background of your page!! Thanks for playing along with us @ LGS!

Heather Hall said...

Beautiful layouts. Your flower border is stunning. Thanks for sharing with Sketch-N-Scrap!

Sherri said...

Seriously so much eye candy in one post. You have been gettin' it done girl. I love hearing about your kids, especially the girls (since that's what I know best, lol). You are very blessed to have children who love the Lord, and live a life that is reflective of all that they have been blessed with. So glad to have met you my friend.

Stephanie said...

wow!! Every single one of your pages is gorgeous and inspiring - you are one talented scrapper. I love your take on the Sketch N Scrap sketch, thanks so much for taking the time to play along with us :)

MichelleMc said...

My you've been busy! Beautiful pages! Thansk for joining us at LGS!

Brandi Matos said...

Beautiful pages!!! Love your work!!!! Great take on the sketch as well :-)
Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch~N~Scrap!!!!

Mandi said...

Lovely pages. You Thanks for playing along at S~N~S. have a great style.

jenessa said...

Wow! All really awesome layouts! Great job with the sketch at LGS...thanks for palying along with us!

Melinda Garner said...

Wowzers! You have been busy! And, you have cranked out some awesome layouts! Thank you for joining us at LGS!

Katrina Hunt said...

HOLY COW! You have been busy!!! And NO PATTERN PAPER? You are my hero!!! You know I love my paper! Thanks for playing along with us at The Paper Bakery and you know I love ya!!! Hugs, Katrina