Sunday, June 26, 2011

Swim Day!

We love to spend hot summer days at the pool. The kids could swim and play all day if we let them. We really like that it's an inexpensive (FREE!) way to get some fun family time together and that it lets us be outside enjoying the gorgeous weather without being too hot.

Here's Miss C showing off a new bathing suit. I couldn't resist this ruffled top. Too cute. She loves it.

Ry has learned the fine art of the cannon ball. He's in and out of the pool over and over practicing. Love it!

Wonder how Ry learned? Check out Shane's super high and crazy splashing cannon ball. Pretty sure it had to hurt, though.

The guys love goofing around. They are so funny to watch! I love that Ry has finally leared to love the water as much as I do. Oh, ok...I have to give diving a shot. But not off the board. That thing's loose and it scares me!

Nice, huh?!? :p After all that diving and swimming, I found my favorite place to the big float with Miss C. This is MY idea of fun at the pool.

It seems the only thing left to do is scrap these pics. I'm thinking of using a multi-photo layout to get them all on one or two pages. Of course, I'll also need a fun summer/pool themed kit. Have any suggestions for me? Want to show off some of your fave summer layouts? I'd love to see them! Just link me up in the comments and I'll leave you some love.

Happy Sunday!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

School's Out! Let's Scrap!

School ended here a couple of weeks ago, and I did remember to take my annual end-of-the-year photo of Ry. However, it's taken me this long to decide to scrap it. I don't know why that is...every year I scrap a beginning and end of school photo, but for some reason it was a bit harder to scrap this time.

I ended up going to a couple of my fave kits. I used At The Bus Stop by Lauren Grier and Smarty Pants by Shawna Clingerman and Julie Billingsley. I used a brand new font from Darcy Baldwin called Me and My Shadow Light. It will be available at SSD this weekend. Here's what I ended up doing:

I love to compare the first day with the last day. It's amazing what a difference a school year makes! Here's Ry on his first day of 2nd grade:

Also, since this was such an unusual year with the school switch in November, I thought it would be fun to compare that, too:

My little guy is growing up...I love it and hate it at the same time! As always, you can find my complete layout credits in my gallery at Sweet Shoppe.

Have you scrapped the end of school for your kids? I'd love to see how you're scrapping these milestones. Link me up to your pages here in the comment section and I'll leave you some gallery love. <3



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day

I love Father's Day. It's so much fun to celebrate what an amazing dad my husband is to our children. They love "Daddy Day" and go out of their way to make daddy happy on this special day. It really is so cute!

The kids and I worked together to make these cute books for daddy. We searched the Family Fun website for just the right thing and the kids really wanted to make these. I just used some scrapbook paper for the covers (glued to cardboard), some stickers for the title, and of course, the adorable stick. The kids didn't want it to be a notepad, as the directions suggest. Instead, they filled each page with little stories and pictures about how much the love daddy. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.

Since I'm back to scrapping more, I wanted to do a Father's Day-ish page for my hubby. I love this photo, and decided to use it. The title, You Make Me Smile, is so true! I used Lauren Grier's newest kit, You Give Me a Reason To Smile, and my fave font ever, Gimme Space by Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid. You can find this page in my SSD gallery. :)

I really love being able to use this space to share what I'm doing with all of you and I sure hope you enjoy it, too! Please feel free to leave comments with ideas, suggestions, or inspiration of things you'd like to see here.

See you soon!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Time for a change

Since the end of my designing days, I haven't been sure what to do with this blog. I love the following I have on here and hate the idea of just leaving the blog unattended and unloved. So, I've decided to blend in my real life and my scrapping here. You'll see layouts from me, I'll talk about the wonderful designers I create for, there will be LOTS of Matilda Jane talk, and even some real life stuff from me. If you're already following me here, I sure hope you'll continue to do so! I will leave the freebies, tutorials, recipes, etc. here just like always. If you're new to the blog...welcome! I hope you'll enjoy it!

Here's a page I created just today, using goodies from Lauren Grier and a fabulous font by Darcy Baldwin:
Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!



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