Weekend Scrapping at Badlands Ministries

Apr 26 2014 Badlands

This past weekend my sister, Lynette, and I went to the Badlands Ministries for a crafting weekend.  Of course we scrapped, but we also climbed the foothills at least 4 times.  Once on an extremely windy day, I thought my sister was going to be blown off the side of the hill.  40+ mph winds can do that. Fun times.  We got exercise, did a ton of chatting and got some layouts made.

You Did It

This 8×8 layout was a quick one for documenting the day my son got his permit.  He is anxiously awaiting his driver’s license late this summer.  It will be so strange not to have to shuttle him around.  This morning was open gym and weight lifting from 6 a.m. till 7:30 a.m.  Yes it is off-season, but conditioning never seems to stop.


I also wanted to do a quick layout on Z’s car accident last fall. Strange, but only took one photo, so I did an 8×8.  This way we will never forget.

Love About You

As I was searching for a photo I ran across this one of my boys before bed when they were much younger.  It is a little dark so probably can’t see their faces, but oh my, this captures their personalities so well.  Since I only had this one photos, an 8×8 was perfect for it.

Always Together

This photo of Big M and I from Christmas is a fun favorite.  I love having layouts of just us together in our albums.  I wanted to use these embellishments, so it turned into a 12 x 12 for it to work.  When my boys go through the albums someday, they will never doubt that I love their Dad.


Two other older photos I found were of our boys when we moved into our house in 2007.  We planted trees with the though of taking a photo each year to show their growth and the growth of the trees.  Well the trees died that winter so that never happened, but I love see how small they were back then. Since I did a 12 x 12 I had plenty of room to journal.

ND Winter

The last one to share is of two photos taken 2 days apart in 2011 in our back yard.  The top one is after it snowed.  The bottom one is two days later after the typical strong winds we have in North Dakota. (I am writing this as I listen to the winds blowing about 25 to 30 mph with gusts in the high 30s.).  The wind completely changed the landscape, and I wanted to document that change.

I doubt I will scrap again until next September, but it was exactly what I needed at the end of a school year. Relaxation and getting away.  Now to tackle my huge spring to-do list.


Maplelag Scrapping Layouts

Sisters 2013

Last weekend was the annual scrapbooking retreat with my sisters at Maplelag.  Last year I showed you the last several years of my sisters and I, so I thought I would start with a photo of us right after a walk.  I think this is the walk where the mean dog didn’t like us being there.

sisters and niece

This year my niece, Lynae, from last year didn’t make it because she has a 3 month old little girl.  However, we were blessed to have my niece, Bri, join us.  Bri is one talented lady.  It was so nice to have her there to share the fun times.

Maglelag Layouts

It was really nice at the resort for the first day and a half, so we were able to get some work done as well as get in some walks through the woods.  Then the weather turned cold and rainy.  Sad news, but we got a lot of scrapping done.  I thought I would share some of my completed pages.

Driver Permit

This is a 6×6 layout.  When I have just a small snippet of a story to tell, I like to do smaller layouts.  I had this layout done from years ago when I attended Scrapfest at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.  Just hadn’t used it for a photo and story. This weekend I was trying to use some of my old supplies.  This one worked perfectly to remember when Joshua got his permit.

Just Like Matt

This is an 8×8 layout.  Big M looks more like his Mom’s side of the family.  However, in this photo, he looks exactly like his Dad.  His Dad has been gone for 13 years now, so I just had to capture the fact that there is some of his Dad in him.  His Dad worked on cars all of his life, that is why the car is on the layout.

I Want You

I just loved these photos from my birthday, so I made another 8×8 layout.  Normally I love to journal the story, but to me the photos say it all.


Ok on to 12 x 12 layouts.  I don’t use stickers a lot, but these stickers just seem to work with the photos.  So only photos, stickers and journaling were used on this layout to capture a time we went sledding in the park.

Boys Will Be Boys

I really love to scrapbook whatever inspires me.  I love to scrap current as well as older photos.  These photos are from 2001 when my boys were little.  I came across them and had to do a layout. My son, JV, loves basketball now.  It must have started early.  I used an old page title on this layout.

Tee TimeHere is a current photo layout.  I wanted to capture JV’s experience on the golf course.  I used new Creative Memories papers, but paired it with an old title piece.  Glad I am using some of my supplies. Since I organize my little scrap elements by color, I was able to find a few green elements to complete the page.

Horizon Track

I complete several other layouts, a mini album, caught up on my Project Life 7 on the 7th, and got my 30 Days Hath September album ready to be completed.  I was productive, but my last layout share is this layout of my son’s experience running track this past spring. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters, and some new paper and cutouts from Creative Memories to complete my layout.

It really was a wonderful weekend.  If I am lucky and the weather holds, I hope to head to Minneapolis next weekend to see my nephew play football.  Hopefully we will get some scrapping in as well.

Have you gone on any retreats lately?  Do you try to use older supplies with new?

I Love Productive Weekends

Snow Day

A scrapbook page.  I actually completed a page.  However, I have to admit I didn’t do it from scratch.

You see, this weekend Z is at a retreat and Big M and JV are hunting.  It is opening deer season for youth.  I stayed home to clean my den.  I am going to my sisters’ annual scrapping weekend in Maplelag, MN next weekend, so I need to organize my room before I could even begin to thing about packing.  The den was a disaster.  I worked from 3:30 until 12:30 on my room on Friday.  I already have 3 large bags of scrapping accessories I am going to share and donate.

Then I got up this morning and started again. I came across a couple of things to list online to sell. I stopped cleaning and listed several items either on Ebay or on our local sales site. It include a couple of carts that I had in my room that just weren’t working for me anymore. Also listed some large items that were in the garage.  Have to make room for a snowblower.  It is going to snow, even though I am trying to deny it.

In the process of cleaning, I found this snowman layout kit I had completed probably back in 2003 when I took a class.  I set it aside.  Then I came across these photos of the boys building a snowman in 2005 back when we lived in Boise.  I decided to just stop and put the layout together.  It felt so good to put it together and scrap.  Now I am really excited about next weekend with my sisters and my niece.

It definitely is a dated layout.  Rarely do you see paper piecing on layouts any more. I don’t care.  I think it is cute.  I have finally used a started layout, and I have rescued some photos from a pile of stuff.

Yep, I love productive weekends like this.  Now back to my den. I have a lot more work to do.

Around the Blogosphere – Jan 9

Source: nathaliesnotes.typepad.com

 The other day I wrote a post, Give It All…about not being afraid, don’t hold anything back. Now check out this post by Nathalie Hardy titled, “Eyes On Your Own Paper, Y’all”.  Even though it is about scrapbooking and Project Life, it really does apply to anything in our life.  I can and should use inspiration I find about junking and upcycling.  I should look at photography on the web to help improve mine.  I should use scrapbook layouts on blogs to be inspired to create.  However, the moment I start to feel overwhelmed or get that “mine aren’t good enough” feeling, I need to put down the mouse and create.  I need to scrap a layout, shoot a photo or two, or paint that shelf sitting in my basement.  I need to create and keep my eyes on my own paper.  Enjoy the process and results.  Know I am growing and learning.  I need to be satisfied with my own work and be content.

Source: Allyou.com

Source: Allyou.com

If one of your New Year’s goals is to eat better you might want to check out this 100 Healthy Snack List that Six Sister’s Stuff posted recently.

A 15 Minutes Exercise to Help Your Photography in 2012 from Digital Photography Skills.  I hope to do this exercise this week.

Photo found at alderberryhill.blogspot.com

I came across a post by Sarah at Alderberry Hill titled Ideas to Make Life Easier.  Some tips I have heard of before and others are new, such as using a shower cap to keep dirt from your shoes off your clothes when you pack them.  Why didn’t I think of that?  Go check the ideas out.

What have you found inspiring on the blogosphere or Pinterest?