Equal Time

My husband did this series of photos of our son post-bath time over a dozen years ago. I love their artsy look (my photographs don’t do them justice) and my son’s precious expressions. They are hung in the living room and always make me happy when I see them.

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Although I have pictures of both of my children scattered here and there, I had not yet hung photos of my daughter… There goes the mother of the year award once again!

I thought I should give her equal wall time…

So this is what I came up with after a fun crop night with good friends…

These pictures are from her high school graduation series. I decided to put them in a shadow box frame…  and that, of course, called for embellishing!

I divided the 12×12 paper into four sections using velvet ribbon, inked and distressed a doily, added pearl and rhinestone flourishes, some buttons, flowers and leaves… and voilá, my daughter has equal time!

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Baby’s First-Year Calendar

One of my favorite gifts when my daughter was born was a calendar. It was a Hallmark calendar with 13 unmarked months and a sheet of stickers with baby firsts such as first haircut and first tooth. The calendar and stickers made it so easy to keep track of her milestones. I know I would have been terrible about keeping up with her baby book… It was all I could do to keep up with being a new mother.

Whenever I had to buy a baby gift, I would look everywhere for that calendar but could never find one. It finally dawned on me that I could just make one – I am a scrapbooker after all!

Now, when someone special has a baby on the way, the baby’s first-year calendar is my go-to gift… I have made seven or so over the last few years and sadly did not take pictures…

A new baby is always an exciting event – especially when it is a family member having that baby! My husband has known his best friend since the third grade. We have waited a long time for him to have his first child!

They are having a boy. The nursery theme is vintage sports with a navy and burgundy color scheme. I don’t normally use overly themed papers or stickers, but they seemed fitting for this project.

I hand stitched baseball laces with embroidery floss for the cover

The Cover

Baseball is my favorite sport, so I decided to do a baseball cover. I hand stitched laces with embroidery floss and put the baby’s name in the “sweet spot”. I used Ranger vintage photo distress ink throughout the book to create a vintage look.

The first month

The first month

The calendar opens to a blank calendar on top and and a layout page for photos and journaling at the bottom. I keep the calendar blank because babies are unpredictable and rarely arrive on the predicted date. The blank calendar allows the parents to add the appropriate months and dates as they go.

 

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The pictures on these pages came from the baby shower invitation. When it arrived, I thought it would make a perfect embellishment – so I cut it up!

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I thought it would be fun to add the baby’s last name to the soccer jersey… and I love the Hambly onesies. I’ll be sad when I run out of them.

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Tennis anyone? Every set of pages has a sport theme.

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I thought the wood-grain washi tape enhanced the  backboard.

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Daddy did a lot of bike riding during his college days.

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Kung Fu, tae kwon do, karate???

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Hockey!

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Maybe the baby will take a ride in daddy’s boat someday.

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Daddy is a doctor, but doesn’t golf… yet

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Football and baseball… need I say more?

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The final month has the “first” page. Each circle has a baby first and is a sticker that can be placed on the calendar.

Now to wrap it up and get it in the mail!

 

Ruby Rock-it Sketch Challenge

Brothers

Brothers

This month’s sketch challenge inspired me to complete this layout of my nephew’s. Carnival Queen’s geometric lines were perfect for a masculine layout and the color palate was perfect for a Spring photo. I like to work with 81/2 x 11 so I took a few liberties with the sketch – I’m really happy with the results!This photo is of My nephews Michael and Kyle at Easter.  We had an Easter egg hunt for Kyle and Michael helped to hold him up to reach the high ones. Michael is such a terrific big brother! He is so patient with Kyle and goes out of his way to help with him. He is a wonderful young man. I am very proud of him!

 

Happy Easter!

I love the creative process. I begin by gathering all the materials and embellishments that I might use. I let them inspire my design. I love how a few simple embellishments can transform a simple postcard into a sweet Easter wall hanging.

Oh, the possibilities!

Oh, the possibilities!

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Distress ink, a bit of trim, flowers, and…

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A sweet wall hanging appears…

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I used some replicas of vintage postcards to create these simple wall hangings (gifts for Easter)

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I found this fun paper garland (25 yards for $1.00!) that I used to make this banner.

My cropping studio is now in full swing! Organization is still a work in progress but it was so fun to sit in front of the window overlooking the garden and make these little Easter gifts. I can’t wait to start my next project!

Perfect timing for my first blog post… My first day of substitute teaching.

It was a great day teaching kindergarten. The kids are adorable, helpful, and fun. This is truly my calling – I love it! Working with the kids, parents, and staff makes me so happy. I am so grateful that I have been able to do what I love – respiratory therapist, mom, teacher. I will be with the class for the next few days… let’s hope I still feel that way at the end of the week ; )