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Year.o.graphy by Simple Stories is one of my all time favorite paper line -- and that is not an exaggeration! There are so many fun things that are possible with this line.  I love it most for everyday photos like these:


Weekend Retreat Wrap Up!

Are you tired of me yet?  Well, this should do it for a little while anyway.  I have a few more to share, but need to wait till next week for those!  Here is a sneak though:

Yep, that is my adorable puppy dog, Cooper, and some yummy SIMPLE STORIES papers!  Check back next week to get a better look at those layouts!

These last two layouts are just because - just because I loved the photos and have been waiting to scrap them!  Remember that fun trip we took last summer to visit IRENE, the tugboat?  Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day teamed up with the bright and sunny BEACH BUM line from Fancy Pants!

And these shots I have had since way back in May 2010  - ahhhh, isn't she adorable? Just like this SIDEWALK Collection from October Afternoon!


Weekend Retreat Take 3!

These three layouts were created while playing one of our retreat games - BOSSY SCRAPPER.  Our version of the game goes like this:
Everyone who is playing wrtes one thing on a scrap of paper --- one thing that yu can use or do to a scrapbook page.  Then all the items are read outloud and everyone's layouts have to have all the items on them.  So for instance, this layout had the following requirements:

journaling card
the word love
hand journaling
washi tape
6 patterned papers
punched edge
rub on
and mini letters
I love this game!  Totally makes you think outside the box and helps use up all the things in your stash that you have forgotten about!  This next layout is my favorite of the weekend!  It was funny that I had chosen this photo of my friend Lynne -- because she is a RANGER junkie and that was one of the requirements of the layout!


    Weekend Retreat Take 2!

    These next 3 cards I created using random lime green and red scraps to match the fun felt embellishments I had in my stash from Pebbles:

    My goal this weekend was to use up random embellishments that I have had laying around forever.  So I also used these pink felt embellishments from Pebbles too:

    These are some fun photos from an old retreat - way back in 2008.  Thanks to Robyn for sharing he photos with me!


    Another Relaxing Weekend Retreat!

    Heading out of town is always so much work:  pack this, plan that, organize everything... almost too much to do.  I said ALMOST.  Once I get there and get those first few hugs from my friends - it is all worth it.  Even if I had to leave early this year, it didn't matter.  All that chattin', laughin' and scrappin' is just good for the soul!

    Over the next few days, I will be sharing all the goodies I scrapped.  Hope you are inspired!

    These first 2 layouts and the card were created with the MAGIC OF OZ Collection from Graphic 45. I'm not a Halloween fan, but I am a Wizard of Oz fan! 

    See you tomorrow with some more layouts!


    Soccer recap and more!

    Ahhh...I love having all these fun pictures of Emma to scrap with!  These photos were from the first day they got here straight from the airport.  It was already getting late, but it was warm outside.  She took one look at that pool and jumped right in!  It was so fun to see her smile and laugh - so great to just be able to watch her have a good time! 

    These papers are from the fabulous October Afternoon line, SIDEWALKS.  I knew when I saw those adorable duck stickers what my title would be!  If you are local to the Seattle area, you can find this line at THE URBAN SCRAPBOOKER in Edmonds!  Brooke has some fun products in the store!

    Soccer Update:

    Jordan and the Northwest University Women's Soccer Team are still going strong!  They finished up the regular season at home for Senior Day.  They are in the playoffs but having that last game at home was so emotional - for me.  LOL!  You all know that she has been playing soccer for 16 years and I just can't wrap my head around the end of this journey.  It is such a joy to watch her out there doing what she loves and doing it so well.  I know there will be so much more soccer in her life whether it's playing for fun or coaching -- and I can't wait!  Here are some photos of that last home game of the year:

    The Seniors:

    The Award:

     The Hug:

    and a couple of game shots:

    They won that game against Southern Oregon 1-0 in dramatic fashion as always! So that put them in the first round of playoffs which were last Saturday.  Of course they were in Ashland, Oregon - 8 hours away from home.  But, we couldn't bring ourselves to miss the game, so we packed up the car and headed out at 5am!  Game time was bitter cold, and playing away on their home field was definitely a disadvantage.  Check out the bench -- yeah, just a tiny bit cold!


    The game was amazing and the girls came out and scored 2 goals in the first 15 minutes to help take the nervous energy away from the fans in the stands!  We had quite a crowd too - thankful for the cross country team that weather the chill to support the girls!


    The girls held on to win the game 2-1 and advance to the next level of the playoffs - the championship game on Saturday against the 8th rated team in the US at this level - Concordia.  It's going to be a great game and means another road trip.  When every game could be her last, I just have to be there no matter what.  Here is the team after their win:

    So much other fun stuff happening around here right now too... baseball has just started up, school is going great, couponing is still tons of fun, and the holidays are right around the corner.  Definitely  not ready for that! 

    Happy Monday everyone!


    Sweater Weather!

    Get out your sweaters and scarves, bundle up, and welcome Fall! With the Sweater Weather kit from Dixie Pieces all of your fall pictures and projects can be complete. Papers include Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall, Crate Paper Farmhouse, and coordinating Bazzill cardstock colors. Embellishments include a Maya Road acorn chipboard book, Fancy Pants buttons, Elle's Studio stickers, phrase stickers, ribbon, and more. This kit is jam packed with goodies, sure to complete many beautiful layouts, cards, or projects.

    Patterned Paper and Cardstock:

    Little Yellow Bicycle Hello, Fall Autumn Tree (double sided)
    Little Yellow Bicycle Hello, Fall Little Leaf Pile (double sided)
    Little Yellow Bicycle Hello, Fall Bundle-Up Blue Sweater Weather (double sided)
    Little Yellow Bicycle Hello, Fall Sweater Weather (double sided)
    Crate Paper Farmhouse Cupboard (double sided)
    Crate Paper Farmhouse Farmers Market (double sided)
    Crate Paper Farmhouse Sweet Corn (double sided)
    Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Chili, Herbal Garden Dark, Intense Yellow, Suede Brown Dark


    Pink Paislee Expressions Alphabet Stickers in Cocoa
    Paper House Rub-On White Alphabet
    Crate Paper Farmhouse Phrase Stickers
    Little Yellow Bicycle Hello, Fall Paper Flowers
    Maya Road Acorn Chipboard Book
    Maya Road Mini Canvas Tags
    Elle�s Studio Lil Snippets Date
    Bazzill Basics Harvest Collection Maple Leaves
    Fancy Pants Daily Grind Buttons
    Maya Road Pleated Ribbon Brown (1 yard)

    I love the rich, warm colors of this kit - just like a sunny fall day in the Pacific Northwest!  Here are a couple of sample layouts.  Remember - you can see all the wonderful kit creations over in the gallery!


    Guess what?

    Right now on the Simple Stories Blog you can find a promo code for a brand new SILHOUETTE AMERICA product and a giveaway from Simple Stories! Here is a sneak peak:

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