Scrapbooking with flowers, ribbons and all things beautiful -- with BOYS!

If you're like me, a Mother to Boys and a little more then addicted to scrapbooking - the paper, ribbons, flowers, buttons, glitter, you might be wondering how to incorporate all those finds into the perfect layout! I'm here to help! At least, I'll try. I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years and have only recently decided I was done with holding back on all the beautiful embellishments and am going to start using them. Hope you enjoy my journey!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Inspiration.....ARTastic Challenge Blog

I like to participate in blogs...I think they are exactly what I need to move on something, probably something that was stuck just below the surface of my scrapbooking mind and wanting to come out anyway.  This week, I decided to use my scrapbook layout as my own inspiration for a poem.  I play along with some of those blogs too, you see. 

The Greatest Show On Earth

Look around and you will see a playful world for you and me! 
Open your eyes, sweet little man, and know that you can  - you can!
You can fly to the moon,
Swing through the air,
Walk upon a high wire,
Whatever you Dare!
Whatever you want, my sweet little prince, I will catch you and kiss you good night.
I will sing to the stars and turn out the lights.
I will be there, my little love, because you are...
My Greatest Show on Earth.

The Circus Horse by Marc Chagall

This month, I'm a Guest Designer over at ARTastic Challenge Blog!  We used this painting for inspiration. 

I had so much fun incorporating my family into the mix of a carnival scene. 

Owen was perfect to launch from the cannon!  Myself, I perched on a swing (see me above the cannon?), high above the show taking it all in. 

And sweet Wyatt, isn't he perfect on a high wire?  He is so funny!  And we can't forget Mike, now can we?  He's the perfect side kick to my goofy little Owen!

My mod podge flower made of string and bling!
I also used some new techniques this month - mod podge and tissue paper!  I have been deep into my Soul Restoration course and everything is mod podge, so naturally a little of that gooey stuff had to flow in here. 
My cute little guys!

I'm giving away goodies at ARTastic this month - so come play along!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Glee Club - Week 3 - EVERYBODY DANCE!

It's week 3 of Glee Club and this week we were challenged to use a children's song for our title.  Now, my boys are 6 and 9 and they are not that much into children's tunes, but they sure do like music - especially Wyatt!  He also loves to dance, and so the title, EVERYBODY DANCE, was perfect for these crazy shots I took of him having a blast busting some moves to Replay. 

Notice his signature look, the one sock. 
We spent nearly a year calling him, 'Wyatt One Sock' because of it.  Just couldn't figure out why or how he would always end up with one sock on and one sock off. 

Next, the hat.  No, it's not a designer hat, although I can see why you might be confused - hahahaha.  Gigi sent him this hat and I guess it inspired him to hit the floor.  I wondered if he would try a handstand, as why not, with all that cushion!

I love to listen to Wyatt sing.  He has a great voice and easily remembers the words to any song that comes on the radio.  I incorporated the words into the tag, as when he's older, I know seeing them will quickly bring back this tune for him. 

Looking at these photos, I can't help but smile at just what an awesome kid Wyatt is!  I just love his smile, his quirky moves and the easy way he goes about everything he does.  I hope he never loses his funky style and love of fun! 


Don't forget to check out the action at Soul Scrappers - Glee Club!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Glee Club - Week 2 - ALTERNATIVE!!!

If you know me at all, you know that I love ALTERNATIVE rock.  There has always been something that has drawn me to it, much more so than the upbeat hip hop rock you catch on the mainstream channels.  I just like its 'soulful' sound and the way so many of these artists just belt out the words that seem to play in my own head and heart.  So, that being said, I was thrilled that this week's Glee Club was Alternative music.  Now, for myself, I'd say that TRAIN, as much as I like them, is just not in the same league as what I call alternative, but hey, I'll take what I can get!  I know my music likes are just not in sync with the rest of the world, so this is probably as close as I'm going to get. 

My layout here, 'You Already Know How Much I Love You', is my tribute to alternative music.  It's a complete alternative to how I'd normally scrap and really helped shed some of those restrictions I typically place on myself.  There's no fluff, no flowers, no ribbon or bows.  It's paint and birds and yes, cars!  I wanted it to be messy, and so here it is!  It's about being REAL.  Yes, that's a kooky Santa Hat Wyatt is wearing, and the reds in his shirt and chapped lips just make him the sweetest thing I could ever imagine.  Not to mention how he tells me everyday, "Mommy, I love you soo much I want to marry you!" Who could resist that? 

Then there's Owen, rockin' his crazy faces for the camera.  Once in a while though, if I work real hard I'll catch that 10,000,000 dollar smile of his and it just makes me so happy.  This is life, and if there's one thing they already know, is just how much I love them! 

Check out GLEE CLUB and come play along! 

I hope I've inspired you to get started on your own creation! If not, check out my etsy shop for more inspiration!