Hello!!  I snuck away for a bit from blogging - we were busy celebrating someone turning two . . .

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AND I have been working on 2 HUGE scrapbooks for Ryan's teacher & assistant teacher for Teacher Appreciation Day - with 2 albums, 29 kids, and a 2 page spread for each - that's a lot of scrapping!!  It is actually more of a memory book, than album - each student created artwork, wrote something about their teacher, and then another mother snapped pics of the kiddos to include.  I have 1 week left to pull it all together :)

Oh & I have been squeezing in some scrapping here too!!!  I am super excited to share my 2 most recent layouts for Noel Mignon using the Soda Shoppe kit.  Such a fun kit!!!

First up - a page about me???  I know, doesn't happen too often but I am working on an 8 1/2" x 11" album - it's a bit about me as well as quotes I love.  Sort of a self journal, but also memory book . . . not sure exactly what you'd call it.  Anyways, here goes . . .

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I kind of LOVE this smaller sized page - it just seems easier to balance all the elements for some reason.  No worries though, I'm not jumping ship from the 12" x 12" world.  All the kid's albums are in this format & I can't see changing it now :)  Here are some close-ups of the journaling . . .

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Did you see those die-cut clouds above??  They are from my Silhouette - LOVIN' that thing these days!!!  I doodled the black border around each with pen :)

Now - if you are looking for a sketch challenge - I've got one!!!  My new challenge is up on the Noel Mignon blog.  I'm looking for LOTS of participants this month so please join us :)

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Here is my take on it using the Soda Shoppe kit . . .

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This was a special layout for me - we had such a difficult time with Ryan & swimming.  We had a HORRIBLE experience with an instructor, but we stuck it out.  In the end, I wasn't really sure if I had made the right decision.  After that we took a break & started up again with a different instructor & pool.  He has done awesome & just amazes me with how much talent he has for swimming!!

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Off to clean up - I will be back tomorrow to share 2 more layouts I did & to answer a question from "30 on Life" in my comments.  Also - if there are any questions from anyone out there, I'd be happy to try & answer - just post a comment :)  Happy Sunday!!


  1. I'm really enjoying your 8.5x11 LO's, Julie! Those clouds are awesome. I should pull out my Cricut a little more often. Loving the new sketch and your take. Lots of washi inspiration here. Sounds like you are having fun volunteering at school. I did a lot of that in my day too. It was always fun. I'm sure they will be loving your artistic talents as well as your teaching background. Glad Ryan conquered swimming! It is so hard to see our children go through tough experiences. I guess dealing with different adult personalities prepares them for the real world but it doesn't make it any easier on a parent. Happy Birthday to Nicholas!! I can't believe that he is 2 already!!

  2. I love the page about you. Hard to believe the little one is 2. Great photo.

  3. Happy 2nd birthday!

    WHAT A PROJECT you're doing for the teachers - they will LOVE IT!

    Amazing layouts - they're so fun!

  4. I love you pages so much. All the details are just beautiful and they are just so fun and colourful. They make me smile.

  5. Goodness! Happy 2nd Birthday!!! How exciting is that! Just love your page about yourself - so pretty and meaningful. Have a great week. (And, yes, you are busy with 29 kids to scrap!!!!!!!)