An odd sort of milestone

I love it when I get my mojo flowing and I actually get pages done! I have now officially filled up 2 whole albums. I went from zero pages to 2 albums worth in a year. And it was all due to this place.

I know I know, I post about them all the time. I started posting on the freak a year ago last summer. My good friend Jessicabree was on the design team there and suggested I give it a try to get away from the negativity on 2peas.

Who knew it would be almost life changing. Ok well not almost. It was. I have scrapped more in the last year than I have in the previous 9 years combined. While sometimes the cheeriness can be a little fake I will take it over real drama any day. The two layouts I did this past weekend are perfect reflections on my time there.

I had done a similar layout for my first Scrapfreak crop so i wanted to do another one to celebrate my first year on the freak.

Bazzill CS
PP- Scenic Route, MME, BG, K&Co, Hambly, memory box
Chipboard- Maya Road
Alphas- American crafts thickers, scrapworks rubons
The journaling reads:
Jessica is honestly one of the most talented people I have ever met. I jokingly call her the MacGuyver of scrapbooking because she can take anything and make a fantastic page. She has been my biggest supporter and is often my muse. I treasure her talent &friendship.

PP- scenic Route & Sass
Hambly tree rubons. All sorts of doo dads and flowers.

Get Meaningful Lesson 14

No I didn't skip 13 (well I am skipping posting it) I did it but I can not for the life of me get a good picture of it. AS soon as I can figure something out I will post it.

Lesson - 14 Beliefs
Whether you practice an organized religion or are a die-hard atheist, we all have beliefs that shape who we are and how we live our lives.? Think about the core beliefs that define you as an individual.? Especially consider the nuances of those beliefs, the contraditions you may have in beliefs, and the choices you have had to make the past because of your beliefs.

Journaling reads: I always joke and tell people that if I were a better person I would be Buddhist. I love all of their beliefs but continually struggle with this one.

(and it's the BIG one. lol)

LOTS of stickles
SEI flower and brad
Maya road and Heidi Swapp Birds

Get Meaningful Lesson 12

To finish out this series of lessons that focus on our senses, this week is all about TOUCH.The feeling of grass beneath your feet, the chill of cool water on your hands, the touch of a mother soothing her child, the tight embrace from someone you love...

This week, I want you to reflect on memories tied to a physical sensation. Think about your favorite feelings and create a page about it!

And My layout:

Get Meaningful Lesson 11

Ok I actually did this a while ago and totally forgot to post it.

I grew up a home full of music and can't imagine my life without it. So many of childhood memories are tied to music. Even as an infant, I was lulled to sleep each night by same album, Sittin In by Loggins & Messina.

Music is a part of both our everyday life and those special events. For this lesson, I want you to use music to help you think of memories you want to record. Some things to get you thinking:

  1. Did you grow up with lots of music in your home? How did your parents taste in music influence you?
  2. What music did you like in when you were younger? Think about specific songs you really loved (or still do!). Try listening to them and get inspired to scrap memories associated with those songs.
  3. Are their songs that hold special meaning to you... perhaps the song you danced to at your wedding, a song you sing to your child, or a song that got thru a hard time.
  4. If you had to pick a theme song for your life what would it be and why?
  5. If all else fails, consider using a song to inspire the title or journaling of your page.

Here is my layout:

ScrapFreak June Guest Design Team contest

So I should have posted this over the weekend before I knew the contest outcome. I just found out I didn't win :(

And I really thought I had a great layout. This is the second month I thought I had a good shot and came up empty.

I am actually really disappointed. I know I shouldn't be, but I am. I really really LOVE my layout and thought it captured the theme- COLOR really well. Not just in the layout but in the photo too.
Ahh well.

Here is my entry:

A layout of my dolly obsession. They have become quite the creative muses for me The photo was created using big huge labs flickr toys.

PP- Basic Grey Blush & Obscure
KI ribbon
Sass teal scalloped border
Pink Paislee Black border sticker
Sass clouds
Alphas- Making memories, American crafts, Maya Road chipboard. The shiny letters are AC that were re-inked with alcohol ink.
Black Soot distress Ink.

There are tiny black rhinestones in the intersection of each mini photo.

Miss them already

So I am back after spending a week in Maine with my family that went by waaaaaaay too quickly. I miss my adorable nephews already!

Here are just some quick SOOC shots