Saturday, January 16, 2016

Scrapping our life continues.

As the challenges continue at The Lily Pad, so does my daily scrapping pages.  I am determined to finish my May/Jun/July book!
Here is Day 13-StoryTelling.
We are not a family that does long good byes I dropped my parents at the airport, and then watched in the rear view mirror as they went away. I grabbed the camera and got them going in the door. I cried and cried. Having them here at at my home was such a great time. They were a huge help for the wedding and reception. I was so proud of them and think they are proud of me too. Living so far away is a pain when you want Mom to come over and show you how to do something. Sharing recipes with my Dad is way more fun in person. I know that California is their home as New Mexico is mine, but it doesn't stop me me from wishing . After they are gone, I think of all the photos I should have taken, more hugs I should have given them. Tears flow as I remember how much I am indeed loved. Mom and Dad, I love you so much and next time I might just take one more hug to go.

Day 14. Where I Stand-

Day 15- Repeated Elements
Why is Gabriel wearing a yellow flower in his ear? Because Sage Marie asked him too. Having them here for Eric’s wedding was a joy. Gabe and Sage Marie had a special connection.

Day 16-Using Paint as a Photo Mask
When I took these photos in May 2015, I knew I wanted to do a paint page, it has been ruminating in my head all this time...oh I adore this challenge.
my mom, whose hands hold so much and never seem to stop moving.
It has been a fun week of scrapping. The kids are all working or in school, so it is nice to sit and scrap a bit, clean, then oh yeah, then scoop up gallons of water, when the washer explodes.  Life at our house continues! 

~never lose your joy

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

smack in the middle of MOC'16

The Month of Challenges.  Yep, everyday for 31 days in January, the Lily Pad, a little place I go to help me create digital scrap pages!
Today is Day 12 and I am up to date! Here is a quick update of the 12 pages I have done: (and if you want to jump in and get the instructions, I have the title linked)
DAY 1- Blind Scrap (Inspiration Challenge)

DAY 2- Listers Gonna List (Journaling Challenge)

DAY 3- Text Spacing (Technique Challenge)

DAY 4- Photoless Layout (Style Challenge)

DAY 5- Embracing Imperfection (Photography Challenge)

DAY 6- “This is My Song” Image Challenge (Inspiration)

DAY 7- Filled Template (Template Challenge)

DAY 8- One Word (Journaling Challenge)

DAY 9- Scrap Therapy Challenge

DAY 10- Extraction with a Twist (Technique Challenge) I actually am the hostess for this, and you can see my goofy video on the site too!

DAY 11- Scraplift (Inspiration Challenge)

DAY 12- Embellished Template (Template Challenge)

I am having a blast scrapping memories and will be back to add some more next week!
~never lose your joy

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bullet Journaling My Way-Battle Plans

I make lists. All the time. Then I leave them at home.  When I had a smart phone, I would take pics of my lists.  That worked kinda, but I couldn't edit the photo...quite the conundrum. Then one of my Sistas in Scrap(Sarah) at the Lily Pad did a blog post on Bullet Journals.  I was hooked!
I am not one to print things out and then cut them out, so I am relying on my pens and doodle ability.  I don't have talent for art, but I do love words!
After watching the official Bullet Journal video here.  I knew this was for me, but I needed more tweaks and color! I discovered Bojo Berry and her videos.  She walks thru her whole book and then set up for 2016, and that helped me to get it better!
I can honestly say, after I watched her videos, I went directly to Amazon and ordered

Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Emerald by LEUCHTTURM1917 -

but it won't be here until FEBruary, so I went back and got a RED one...I think I will need two this year anyways!
I then was getting buyers freak! What if I didn't use it? So I picked up this old and oh so heavy notebook I already had to begin RIGHT now. It was heavy, oh my gosh, like a brick, but I am glad I started that day, because I became fastly addicted to the journal -Which I call my Battle Plans! I wasn't sure how the monthly list was going to work, but it did. I did a change up in my new book,and it helped.
I needed something to also help me track my fun job as a Pollywog over at the LIly Pad. I make many digital scrapbook pages for designers and have to upload them for advertising purposes on certain days.  Plus there is a major challenge going on there, and I needed a place to plan. 
I did an end of year goals, and totally wacked the page up...

Here is my first weekly page, and you can see I am not real confident in the journal yet. 

So after a couple weeks, I wanted to plan what to put in my beautiful red Battle Plan journal, so I made a page in the Tank (the old journal), I got some tabs from Walmart (way cheaper than ANY where else)
See the difference? Pure beauty in the new one, I love her!
Here are my tools for making it purty.  I got these awesome pencils as a birthday present with grown up coloring books, from a precious friend! The big ones are Prangs, and the then ones are Lyra's. They blend so nicely.  When I am going over my todo lists each night, I color, or sometimes, just feel the need to color.  That cool transformer case is actually my son's but he lost it for using it as a weapon at school. That is a whole diffferent post! I use Staedtler pens, because they dry instantly and I can leave the top off for 18 hours and no dry. 
Starting off with a legend or Key.  I called mine a key, because I keep forgetting the word legend.   I also included the pens I plan on using, but now that I am into working with them, I wouldn't do that again. But it looks cool here. 

 This is the Index, and one of the reasons I wanted this particular journal. The pages are prenumbered and I just fill out the Index. This is a huge help, and looks so professional to me.

The calendar was a blast to do...scary, and only one mistake, hence the flower covering the 31 of April!  the left side is just so I could familiarize myself with the page.  I need that to break down my lists.
I took this idea from BoJo Berry, having 3 columns for the monthly calendar.  All Day(for holidays, birthdays, or duh, something that goes on all day).  Then Daytime and Evening. This is a huge help, as the day really needs that for me. Color coding, is important too. Red:church, Orange: Kids, Purple: Finances and Green: the Lily pad.

My very first weekly log. I am waffling between the box or bullet (dot) for actions. I figure it is my book, so I can waffle.  HeLarryUS, my first big boo boo, 2016 was 206 and what? I had to smoosh the 1 in there and laugh!

I use my journal for sermon notes. I then can use it also in my prayer time, to remember the words that spoke to me, and apply to my life and praying for others. 

We watched the movie WAR room on New Years Eve at church and that inspired my Battle Plan Prayer pages for my family. I cut my family out of the Christmas card, and surrounded with scripture for them, and things that are on my heart for them in prayer.

I am here now, and still playing with my weekly log, I don't preplan them, I add them as todo lists and use my monthly calendar as the main planner.

There ya' go, hope you understand my ramblings!

~never lose your joy

Friday, November 20, 2015

Going Back in Time Time!

As a scrapper, a digital scrapbooker, one of the fun parts is going back in time and doing what I call throw back pages.  Sometimes they are photos, or memories I have used before, but a new kit has come out and it really will be perfect for the photo.  I like to pop these pages in our current year book. The kids love them!
Here are a few I did last week, that will make you go..."oh my goodness, they are so little!"

These are all done for The Lily Pad designers and if you click on the page, it will take you to the credits. 
I have about ten pages for the Eric and Rachels wedding and hope to have them up soon!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Scrapping Mojo and The Lily Pad go together!

I took a leave of absence with scrapping and my dear friends at the Lily Pad, back in May/June. I scrapped zip! NONE! My dear boss, Laura left the Pod door open, and I knocked last week! She let me back! I went a bit crazy, and made so many pages!
The first weekend of the month, The-Lily Pad has a special called Build Your Own Collab(BYOC).  I made 5 pages with all the goodies the amazing designers put together.  Here they are:

1. Grocery Shopping
In our house, this is a big deal and happens  A LOT!  The kids were all out of school, so we opted to all go...oops, no, of course, Gabe was sleeping like a good teen.

2.  Hair Dye Day
The girls in the past have had a friend do their hair.  She is a beauty school drop out, with creativity! They did it all on their own this time. Great fun.

3. Visiting the ER
I have been fighting UTIs for months now, and lost a few times and stuck at the ER, awaiting shots of happy juice.

4.  Stop Time
Before Eric got married, Rachel was out of town, and he came all by himself to the house, and had a fun evening just hanging out.  I love this photo of them all grown up!

5. My Boys with Fros!
The were so fun growing their hair out.  It takes a lot of work. You have to grease it up, pick it out and scrub hard in shower.  After these, we shaved it all off.  The wonders we found inside the fros, ugh. lol

I hope you enjoy the pages!

~never lose your joy

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recap on Halloween 2015

The joy of having older kids! My eldest son and his sweet and precious wife took all of our kids out and about the town for candy! Fifteen pounds of candy came home with them. 
The day had been pretty horrible for Whitley, he was fighting everything and had lost the right to go with them. I am a wimp for taking celebratory things away, and Dad and I discussed it and let him go, but he had to be ketchup.  LOL, that was punishment for him in his brain. Gabe let D use his gas mask, and oh was he happy!  Jordan wanted to wear his size 3T spiderman costume, but would have had a perpetual wedgie.  We explained that cuteness is the factor for high intake of candy, so he went with the pumpkin!
Whit came home with an attitude, and had been a butt to his big brother, so Eric took his candy, Whit cried buckets and stomped off to bed as we all devoured candy.  His behavior has since changed and he apologized to his brother. He didn't get that candy back (because I think Eric ate it all), but has been able to partake in the huge bowl of sweets.
Tony and I played all by ourselves and ate ice cream! Woot, without sharing. 
The page I made is done with Spooky {kit} by Little Butterfly Wings pver at the Lily Pad!

~never lose your joy

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

This Polly lives again!

The last six months or so, well, have been exhausting and emotional crazy.  Things are on a more even keel (fasting and praying for it to stay that way). This is usually when I go and adopt another dog, cat or kid  NOT happening....hahhah
One thing that really went on the back burner, or more like the top cabinet, waaaaaaaaaaay back behind the turkey platter, was my hobby of making scrapbook pages. I did a few posters for church, a flyer here and there. I missed it, but honestly, wasn't taking pictures.   Sometimes, the things that happen in life, you can't really pose the rebellious child, the emotional melt down, or just plain weariness and say, "Smile!"
I am smiling still, and even more excited that I have been granted back as a Creative Team Member aka POLLY at
I jumped back in the last week of October, and have a few pages to share:

This was for a slow scrap by a sister Polly; Dana.   She gives 6-7 instructions, and you make the page. It was just so nice to scrap again!
Then I kept opening the failed online dress I bought for Eric and Rachels wedding...laughed and laughed and finally found the perfect kit and the idea for the page was born:

I have made 4 other pages awaiting the kits to hit the stoes this week. Stay tuned for fun here!

~never lose your joy