My Mind's Eye challenge for December is the theme Dear Santa... at http://mymindseye.typepad.com/blog/challenges/. I chose to do a LO using the All is Bright collection from MME. The LO features a photo of 3 of my 4 daughters having a little sisterly fun on Christmas morning! Part of their present from me was matching jammies! Fortunately, they are good sports and humor me by wearing the jammies! It sure makes for a well-coordinated picture for my scrapping LO's!
Here is my interpretation of Dear Santa:
This year has been filled with many unexpected twists and turns. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with the type of cardiac arrthymia known to cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Despite his best efforts, her electrophysiologist in Ohio was unable to correct the problem but knew the doctor that could help her, but it required us to travel from Ohio to Austin, Texas, for treatment/surgery. We made 2 trips to Austin, one in January for the consultation and one in March for the actual surgery. We absolutely loved Austin and all it had to offer! On the evening before we were ready to head back to Ohio in March, we took a riverboat cruise on Lake Austin and saw a spectacular sunset. The sunset was for me was that confirmation of God's comfort and unending love to us during our time of struggle and need. Just last week, as my daughter saw her electrophysiologist in Ohio, we saw evidence that the surgery had been a complete success! This LO features the fabulous sunset we experienced in Austin.
Inspiration for this LO came from December Week 2 Sketch Challege at Let's Get Sketchy at http://letsgetsketchy.blogspot.com/
One of my passions in life is providing medical care to the underserved populations in third world countries. The photo in this LO was taken in June when our medical team traveled to Robledales, Honduras. My daughter, who is also a school teacher, was able to make her third trip with me and held Bible School for the children of the village while the medical team held clinic. The children absolutely love her!!! Even though her Spanish is less than fluent...she is able to communicate marvelously well with these beautiful children!
Let's Get Sketchy at http://letsgetsketchy.blogspot.com/ posts some wonderful sketches that allow you to get your scrapping mojo going quickly! The sketch for the first week of December was no exception!
Here is my interpretation of the sketch!
This picture was taken of my youngest daughter and me on the beach at Pawleys Island, SC, this summer. We had a wonderful seafood dinner... but may have overeaten a bit... so we needed to take a little stroll to walk off dinner!
Snow and ice hit our area this past Friday which allowed me to declare a scrapbook weekend! With my scrap jammies on and armed with the December sketch challenges the mojo was flowing! I accomplished a tremendous amount and will be posting a few today. The first LO I would like to share is inspired by the sketch from Stuck?! at http://stucksketches.blogspot.com/
This was such a great sketch and here is my interpretation.
The pictures in this LO were taken this spring. I love flowers...in case you haven't noticed! These are the columbine in my backyard garden! With the snow flying today, looking at my flowers reminds me that winter is only here for a season!!!
The fall leaves were absolutely gorgeous and I just couldn't capture enough of all the beautiful colors in my many pictures! This LO was inspired by the the sketch at Stuck?! at http://stucksketches.blogspot.com/
My youngest daughter is a collegiate golfer and this past summer she played in a college tournament and she was able to have a caddie! I was so excited when she asked me to come and caddie for her. She has had a very successful collegiate career and this was a special highlight for me, as her mom, to be involved at this level of play. Of course, I had to get a picture of us to document the moment! The inspiration for this sketch came from the weekly sketch at Let's Get Sketchy at http://letsgetsketchy.blogspot.com/. It was a terrific sketch that I turned sideways to use and it came together very quickly!
Patterned paper- Teresa Collins- the Summer Stories Collection
As the photographer of the family, it can be a real challenge to get any pictures of myself and when I do, I realize no one can take a photo like me! But on this particular occasion, I not only got in a picture but it was actually a 'scrapbook-worthy' picture! It was nice to have a good pic of my husband and me taken by my youngest daughter! The inspiration for this LO comes from My Creative Sketches at http://mycreativesketches.blogspot.com/
This is my interpretation of the sketch.
Patterned paper- Authentique- the Thankful Collection
Ink edges- Color Box
Title- Dear Lizzy- altered with Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Distress Ink and Recollections glitter
My love for flowers and all the beauty they hold is probably evident as you look through my work! The LO I am posting today is of my peonies as they bloomed this past spring. They are stunningly beautiful and I wished they bloomed year round! I can't get enough of their fragrance either as I cut a few and place them in vases throughout my house! This LO is based on the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy at http://letsgetsketchy.blogspot.com/ and it came together so easily!
I am making several posts today because I have been busy working on challenges but the weather has not been conducive to taking good photos until today! Even today is a cloudy and overcast but at least there was enough natural light to make it workable.
This LO was created using the Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft at http://www.kaisercraft.com.au/blog/.
Here is my interpretation of this weeks sketch!
This photo was taken one morning after I got home from work. It was a crisp spring morning and the dew was still on the flowers in my garden. The lighting was perfect to capture the beauty of the morning dew!
Patterned Paper and Rub-On- Kaisercraft- Chapter One Collection- one of my all-time favorites!
I enjoy all the challenges the different online scrapbook sites offer. My goal for the year was to participate in as many as possible just to keep the mojo going! Today's LO is for the challenge at Sketchabilities.
Here is my take on sketch # 103!
This LO features my youngest daughter just prior to the start of the first golf match of her collegiate Senior year. These past few years have just flown by! We have been so blessed to have been able to travel to all of her golf matches. This match was in Marshall, MI., so it was only about a 4 hour drive from our home.
Patterned paper and diecuts-Adorn It- Bumble Collection
The November challenge at My Mind's Eye at http://mymindseye.typepad.com/blog/challenges/ was quite simple this month...document your gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for...where do I begin! My LO features a picture of me and my husband. We celebrated 31 years of marriage this past June!!! So grateful to be married to a wonderful man of God, a tremendous provider and a terrific father of four incredible daughters! We have entered our empty nesting years...as indicated by the title of my blog...and we enjoy traveling together to all parts of the US visiting our children!
My Creative Sketches at http://mycreativesketches.blogspot.com/ always provide great sketches for their monthly challenge and fabulous inspirations from their Design Team! This month was no exception! I love double page LO's so I was thrilled when I saw this sketch!
Here is my take on this month's sketch. The pictures feature my youngest daughter at the first collegiate golf match of her Senior year. It is hard to believe this is the first of the many 'lasts' we experience over the next 9 months.
The LO I made today is inspired by the Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft. The picture was taken at The Brookgreens Botanical Garden in Pawleys Island, SC, this past July. There was a gentle rain falling and I love that I was able to capture the raindrops on this beautiful water lily! I used the True Romance from Kaisercraft to showcase this picture.
This picture was taken in Robledales, Honduras on July 4th, 2012. My passion is serving the under served and I felt so blessed to have yet another opportunity to provide medical care to the people of Robledales. It was a pleasure serving with my friends, Kim and Ann!
Here is my interpretation of the sketch.The photo is of the Atlantic Ocean at Pawleys Island, SC. My husband and daughter are in the chairs facing the ocean and if you look closely in the center chair you will see my little chihuahua, Jumbo, sitting on the little cabana chair I made for him! Jumbo loved the beach and loved going on vacation with his family!
Mojo Monday...oh how I love starting my Monday with a little bit of inspiration to scrapbook! The inspiration I used today is the Mojo Monday sketch from Flying Unicorn at http://flyingunicornforums.com/
Paper- Pink Paislee- Butterfly Garden Collection
Flowers- Prima, Recollection, Bo Bunny
Cricut- Title and cut out circle
Butterflies- Little Yellow Bicycle- burlap stickers
When we were on vacation we visited Brookgreen Botanical Gardens in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. It was a rainy day but I was able to get some great pictures of all the beautiful flowers and statues!
It has been a rainy Saturday here in Ohio which prevented me from getting some yard work done so I have taken advantage of this time to be able to scrapbook! I had the opportunity to complete the challenge #100 at Sketchabilities at http://sketchabilities.blogspot.com/ today! Here is the sketch I based my LO on.
Paper- Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and Webster's Pages
Crochet medallion- Webster's Pages
Bird & Birdcage- Prima
Misting inks- Shimmerz- Goldie Lox and Tattered Angels- Tattered Leather
This layout was created for the challenge at Flying Unicorn at http://flyingunicornforums.com/forum/topic/2350/page/2#194652/page/2.
I had no intention of doing this challenge as I had already scrapped all my Christmas pics from last year but then I remembered this pic I had taken with my phone. My daughter was home from college and we went shopping and the store had a sleigh set up. I convinced her to jump in the sleigh so I could take a picture! Her smile doesn't really reflect what she was thinking!!! But because she loves her momma, she graciously got in the sleigh and allowed me to snap a pic!
The September challenge for My Creative Scrapbook came together so well. The pictures feature my youngest daughter and our sweet little chihuahua, Jumbo! Lil J and I went to Cleveland to visit my daughter last fall and it was the perfect day to spend some time outside visiting the beautiful parks in the area. I never leave home without a camera and was delighted with the pictures I was able to get. Here is the sketch I based my layout on from http://mycreativesketches.blogspot.com/