Happy Friday! It's later in the evening here  and I am just getting a moment to upload this post. We are definitely living a 'Summer Schedule' these days!

Todays layout documents a trip to San Antonio that I took with my son and the entire Percussion section of his band. There was a PASIC Convention and I got to serve as the female Chaperone. Don't cringe - it was actually a great trip with a great group of kids!

The photos for this page were not so great - they were taken with my iPhone, and in the case of the one with John + I together, it was a selfie at arms length away. Thats ok, though. These photos are the ones I have, so they are the ones I will use.

I kept the design for this page simple and easy -  basically planning everything around the width of my photos. I used papers from  the Felicity Jane Next Stop and Note to Self Collections. The polka dot definitely lends itself to a girl page more than a masculine page, but when used with woodgrain I think it balances it out a bit more.  The red and black papers work as a great anchor for everything.

The heart has been diecut with a simple heart punch (from the same papers). The 'memories' label is from the Next Stop Collection. I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to secure it. 

I wanted to point out the tag at the top. I actually used a Silhouette file and cut it from a piece of the Note To Self collection. After it was cut out, I quickly ran it through my sewing machine. Quick and easy.

Todays Tip is to keep things easy. Don't overthink the design and don't overthink the papers. Keep things simple - one or two patterns and then add in bolder colors to anchor your design. 

Have a great Friday night, friends. We are settling in for a movie night and hamburgers! 

Happy Thursday, friends! This week is just rolling on by -  and its been a good one! Its been hotter than heck so that has meant lots of time in the studio this week.

Todays layout does not actually feature my boys - but it is a masculine page about my husband's and my favorite place in the world: St. Thomas, USVI. We went back to St. Thomas last year and that solidified it as our magical place.

The weather. The beach. The sunsets. It's perfect. I snapped this photo on our way back from dinner one evening. It was shot with my iPhone and I was pleasantly surprised at its quality (though Im not sure there is a perfect way to capture how amazing this sunset was!).

For this page I used Felicity Jane papers - thought I grabbed them from several of her kits. The background dot paper, multi colored stripe paper and navy dot paper is from the Savannah kit (again, its my favorite kit!). The yellow dot paper is from the Susie kit. The tags and flowers have been cut out from the digital files she sends when you buy your kit. 

Todays tip: don't be afraid to mix and match papers from different collections! Nothing says you must only use the papers that come in one months kit. Felicity Jane kits flow fabulously month to month, coordinating and complimenting each other. Mix them up! 

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate you! 

Hey friends! I am back today with another layout that uses Felicity Jane papers on a Masculine page. This time? I pulled in the 3 things boys of mom's never seem to get to use on their pages: pink, polka dots and - gasp- florals! And just for 'funnies' I added in vellum as well! 

Today's layout came from papers in the That One Day kit (Oct. 2015). This is the kit that made me fall in love with Felicity Jane kits. The florals. The polka dots. The colors. Sigh. Everything I love in design was in this kit. 

Now, normally I don't use pink, florals, vellum and polka dots on my 17 year old son's pages. I just don't. But I loved the kit and wanted to use it, so I figured why not! 

 To start my layout, I printed out my journaling on a piece of vellum. While the dots on the bottom half of the page are super distracting, I wanted to dull them a bit, giving my journaling a bit of a change to stand out. After that, I sewed on the floral strip at the bottom, tucked in the cardstock scallop, and then added in my title. 

Each kit comes wth a 6x12 sticker sheet of coordinating elements, and using the orange 'remember' circle, I stapled it on with my tiny attacher. It was the perfect little something to finish off my page. 

Todays tip: Who says boys can't have some pink, florals and vellum on their pages! Pull out all the patterns and papers that you love, and make it work! 

If you missed the first layout in this series, you can check it out  here. 

Tomorrow I will be back with yet another layout using Felicity Jane, this time using the multiple kits on the same page! 

While reading a few Scrapbook Message Boards, I noticed many thought that Felicity Jane Kits were too feminine to use on a boy Scrapbook page. Not so, my friends! 

I took the challenge to use only Felicity Jane papers and to incorporate them into masculine scrapbook pages.  The layout I created today is actually very simple...using a photo of my oldest son running in one of his track races. He was so tired - he had already ran 3 races and well, he was running out of steam. But he pushed through and finished strong. I was so proud of his effort. He kept going.

(paper: Felicity Jane, cardstock: American Crafts, chipboard: 
Crate Paper,wood veneer: random, enamel dots: Pebbles)

Todays tip: Flip those pretty papers over and see whats on the back side! While there typically are a floral, a polka dot, and a striped paper in her collections, there also is usually a more neutral pattern on the 'b' sides. Definitely flip the kit papers over and check out their backsides! 

For this challenge, I pulled some older Felicity Jane paper from my stash. The mint star paper is from the December 2015 No Peaking Christmas kit. It is actually the backside of the black and white buffalo check paper in the photo above. At first glance this kit doesn't seem to lend itself to a Spring Track photo, but see! It worked! 

For this challenge, I pulled some older Felicity Jane paper from my stash. The mint star paper is from the December 2015 No Peaking Christmas kit. It is actually the backside of the black and white buffalo check paper in the photo above. At first glance this kit doesn't seem to lend itself to a Spring Track photo, but see! It worked! 

Check back tomorrow when I share another masculine layout that uses only Felicity Jane papers! 

Giveaway Winners!

His friends! I am back with the 5 winners for a free pair of glasses, sponsored by Firmoo!

Thanks to everyone who entered - I will be email the winners with the information on how to get their prize! 

My husband and I attended a Kentucky Derby party with some of our good friends. It was hot and windy but it was a blast! The horse we betted on didn't end up winning but it was fun and exciting all the same! We've gone to this party for probably 6 or 7 years and look forward to it every year. 

My boys asked me what I wanted for Mothers Day. My reply? For them to organize my shoe closet! And they did! They took all of shoes and mated them up. Then they put them in clear boxes. Then they stored them on my shelves, flip-flops together, heels together. You get the idea. They did a great job! These two make me so proud. They have good hearts and such hard workers. I love them to the moon!

Week In The Life

Ali Edwards is hosting a new round of Week In The Life, and I am in. Today thru Sunday, May 15 I will be documents my entire week. The good, the boring and mundane.

I actually had to think long and hard about joining in this year. It's a busy time of year right now. Banquets and Dr Appointments. Working out. Piles of laundry needing tended to. Mothers Day.

But then I had a second thought: yes, I am busy but this 'season' of life won't be lasting much longer. My boys are growing up and will be moving on to their own futures in a short time. Things can change at the blink of an eye, and well, my story RIGHT NOW matters.

My story most likely won't be glamorous. But it matters. 
My story probably won't be all that exciting, really. But it matters. 
Things that are happening right now in my life may never happen again. And they matter. 

Ali offered a new WITL kit for purchase this year but I am choosing to work with her kit from 2015 (that I never got around to using). I will be adding in pattern papers I love, perhaps using other things from my stash. I won't be purchasing anything new to use this year other than photo paper and maybe some digital files. But thats it. 

In fact, I won't be doing much in the way of 'prework' (compared to what I did for December Daily). My plan (if you can even call it that) is too simply take photos and keep a running log on my phone of my day. Print my photos at the end of each day. So I am not overwhelmed, I am aiming for about 5 photos for each day. Maybe more, but probably less.

****PS. My giveaway is still going on! Check it out and you could win a free set of eyewear!