I am married to a wonderful guy and he is also my best friend.I am a SAHM with 3 children~ 2 great sons and 1 special needs daughter, who is very special to me! Having a daughter with Down Syndrome has enriched our lives in ways we did not think possible. She is a wonderful gift from God. Because of her I have chosen to be the voice of hope for a little girl, also with Down Syndrome, but without the love of a family. It is my mission to fundraise for her so her orphan days can soon be over, and she too, can know what its like to be part of a loving family.
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In honor of Theresa Laurens birthday this week (pictures to come later) I wanted to post this video clip to show that nothing is impossible. God is good, and Theresa has unlimited opportunity for sucess in the future.
Tomorrow is my sweet daughters birthday. She will turn 17. I cant believe how fast the years go by. I am so very proud of her and all she has accomplished. We enjoy every minute with her. Her Dad has been doing a daily countdown to her birthday for the last 2 weeks. Its changed each day by the time she wakes up. This is her standing next to the chalkboard yesterday. In honor of her birthday, I wanted to make a very special scrapbook page that we could frame. I went back in time to when she was 3, and chose one of my favorite photos of her. We have always lived near a beach, so there are many seashore photos in our house. Heres a sneak peak~ lots of yummy texture~
And here is the completed page, all ready for framing! I absolutely love it. Its my favorite page to date!!!
Her expression is priceless, and I love how all the seashore colors blended together.
The photo is a 5 by 7. The paper is called Brilliant Blue Dot and is Bo Bunny. Its more the color of the closeup photos than this full shot, but its a beautiful color!
She played hard, the sand is even in her mouth! haha!
I distressed the edges of the sand colored cardstock (unsure of manufacturer) as you see below.
Around the bottom right corner, I added a partial border of ivory pre punched cardstock. This was in a pack by Bazzill Basics called Just the Edge.
The flowers are all Prima, but from different sets. The lace is an old piece I had lying around.
Arent they so pretty?
The journaling cards are from Tattered Angels. The larger one was sprayed by me with some Glimmer Mist from the same company. I used a color called Bubbles to age it a little, and to add a bit of blue and some glittery sheen.
I then trimmed this card in some wire edged mini pom pom in a lime green that I had purchased a long time ago. It was the first time I used it, and wish I knew where I got it, cause it was fun and easy to use. I would get some in more colors.
More birthday funess (is that a word??) tomorrow!!! Many thanks for stopping by...
Another layout from my Madison scrapbook. I did this one in a country type style. Since the photos were taken in the fall, I thought it was a good match. For some reason, plaid and fall remind me of each other... The jar is an unmounted stamp someone had given me quite awhile ago. The problem with unmounteds is- I always forget what company they are from. In this case, I never even knew. But there was the stamped image, lying on my work table, so I thought I would use it. I tied a bow around the rim and added the 3-d sticker to the "inside" of the jar. Photos are 4 by 6 inches, left unmounted, which I usually dont do, but liked it in this case. Paper is from my stash. The beige checker paper was torn on both sides before adhering to the center. I then used that paper again when I punched a leaf border from an EK Sucess punch I have.
The sentiment is computer generated onto white cardstock and mounted with a leafy green scrap.
Notice in this closeup, I have used some Magic Mesh!!! I purchased a few different colors of this years ago when it was popular, and of course hardly used it. But low and behold, it worked perfectly on this page. Which is why I hate to get rid of unused supplies. Keep them long enough and they will have a purpose!! LOL
This week I took a little break from working on Madisons scrapbook to make a Valentine banner for my sister. It came out so pretty, I love it and am working on making myself one. Its so sparkly and colorful in real life, and I had wanted to make a banner like this for awhile now. What better holiday than Valentines day to finally do it~ Another reason was that I just got the new rosette die from My Favorite Things and couldnt wait to play with it. I know you can make them pretty easy without buying a die but its just soo easy this way. It comes out from your big shot all cut and pre folded.
I used 7 gypsies paper that Ive had a long time, and some pink Bazzill cardstock. To make it sparkle, I used Martha Stewart coarse chunky glitter around the edges of the rosette.
This is another one of my dog pages. She looks socute by these pumpkins. I have a few photos from this day and they all came out great. It was from Thanksgiving 2009. Paper-??, cardstock is Dusty Durango a retired Stampin Up color. White cardstock is also SU. Sticker is from K and Co. Vellum is from a book of dog quotes by Flair. These pumpkins are from Michaels and I actually got them for my daughter to play with. But they are made of felt and are sticker backed. They looked great when I held them up to the layout, and I love the way they tie in the photo.
I made the verse look like a tag by using a label punch by Stampin Up and tying fibers onto it after I punched a small hole in it. I also framed it in the Dusty Durango which looks nice and hides the glue dots under the vellum corners.
To help me get over some of the sadness of losing my pal, I thought I would make a scrapbook devoted entirely to her. Now although I am a papercrafter, I must say that I lag far behind in my scrapbooks. I guess I would just always rather make a card or little booklet or something. So I though that this would serve a couple of purposes other than helping me feel less sad. It would help me get more into actual scrapping of pages, which I want to, It would honor and preserve her memory, and It would be a book that had an actual beginning and end that would'nt be too terribly long. And it will help me to lessen my never ending stash of supplies. So there you have it~ Over the next month or so, I will be showing you the pages as I make them. They are not in any kind of real life order, but instead just as I feel motivated to do that particular picture. Unfortunately, most of my supplies will not be identified, as I have had them for quite some time, in some cases, years. But when I can, I will. So, here goes page number one~ The ribbon was actually a bow cut off a gift I received, paper????, punch is Martha Stewart. Cardstock tag is from Flair. Many thanks for stopping by...