Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Wish for Healthy Families

Last April, my husband and I were invited to be a part of the March for Babies walk in Newport Beach, CA. We were asked to be a part of Team Dakota by Dakota's mother, Mackenzie. This was an incredibly humbling experience. Seeing the strength of all of the families who had lost a son or daughter was inspiring.

I wanted to scrap this event but was unsure of how to go about it. I saw the challenge for this month at Scrap it With a Song was the song "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. Not only is it one of my favorite songs, it was also perfect for this picture.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

4th of July Wreath

Good morning everyone! I am really enjoying our new place. Sometimes I feel like I am in the country somewhere. I'm sitting next to our big bay window and can hear lots of birds chirping. So peaceful! Make me want to do a whole lot of nothin'!

With 4th of July quickly approaching, I decided our home needed some sprucing up to prepare for this important holiday. I had made this Valentine's Day wreath earlier this year and wanted to try something similar, only with paper.

Here is what a Friday night looks like for me!

And that eventually turned into this...

I used some chipboard that I had buried in one of my drawers to cut the frame. The paper is called Glory and it is by Authentique. I found it at my local scrapbook store. I love that the colors are a little muted and that it has this musical themed paper.

Have a happy Wednesday everyone! Thanks for reading!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Money Lei a.k.a Dollar Bills Ya'll!

It's been a busy month around here! The school year is over and I've been enjoying the beginning of my summer break. I've kind of felt like my kitty, Normandy.

I have FINALLY been able to get back into my craft room and start making some stuff. I think my hands were getting restless!

My first project of the summer was to make a money lei. My little sister (she's my husband's sister but I've claimed her now!) graduated from college and I didn't just want to give her cash. Of course I had to make it a little more difficult!

My grandparents had given me a money lei when I graduated from college and after some Internet research, I decided to give it a shot.

You will need:
$60-$75 crisp one dollar bills
Small paper clips

I found a lei at the dollar store to use as the base. The flowers added some color and the lei had the perfect spacing for the folded dollars. I began by accordian folding one dollar bill. I then folded each side down to create a circle. I paper clipped one end first.

I wrapped the other end around the lei and then paper clipped the other side. I was able to add two dollars between the flowers.

My dollars were folded a little thick so I used about $68 dollars. The amount of money you need will depend on how tightly or not you fold each dollar.

I think the new graduate was happy. Congrats, sister!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

SMASHing Right Along

Since the last time I blogged about my first discovery of Smash books, I have become quite the addict. I love my Smash books. My collection went from one book to five in a matter of a month. I even got my BFF hooked! What I love most about it is that it is so personal. I use mine more like a journal than a scrapbook. I find myself journaling a lot more than I do on layouts (shame on me, I know). For some reason, whenever I work in my Smash book, I picture great-great-great-great grandkids reading it and really getting to know what I was all about.

I've been to two crops this month and I took my Smash book to both. I have all of my supplies in one tote which makes it super easy to take with me. I also recently discovered Instagram which is perfect for Smashing.

National Scrapbook Day at Pages From the Heart

Becoming members at the Regan Library

My class this year
Moving to a new place

Although I'll never give up "traditional" scrapbooking I am definitely loving this new method. Thanks for reading!