Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Balloon Fiesta Layout

I love these pictures of Nathan's first balloon fiesta, and I couldn't wait to scrap them with this Hot Air Balloon Set. I added clouds from the Rainy Days set and used the Basic Alphabet set for my title.

I primed each piece with gesso, added ink, and then finished the balloons and title with glossy accents.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter? Where?!

It has been such a warm winter.  Other than one week last month where it got cold and snowy, it has been highs in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Last weekend we went on a short (Nathan is newly potty trained after all) hike and Jesse wore short sleeves!  

Nathan has gotten back into the swing of things (see what I did there?) and has started pumping his legs back and forth like a big boy!

These are pictures of everyday life -- Nathan drinking his "milky" (with a new blanket courtesy of his Nana)

and Nathan helping unload the dishwasher.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Baby Boy Layout

This week I am excited to share another baby boy layout with you.  I used the large Baby chipboard for my title. I primed the chipboard with gesso, added yellow ink, and finished it with glossy accents.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Well Deserved Treats

We are in the midst of potty training -- it's attempt number three -- and so far it's going fairly well.  Nathan has been enjoying some much deserved treats, and we are so proud of him.

Jesse was gone most of last week on a work trip but we were able to FaceTime every night and had tons of fun.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CE February Challenge

It's time for Creative Embellishments' February challenge. I was inspired by the picture to use twine on my page, and I also added some handwriting. I love this Bubble Panel, which I used behind the adorable pictures of Nathan and in the corner of this layout. My title is from the Baby Time Word Set, and I added a duck from the It's a Boy Set

Here is another layout I created with this adorable Carta Bella It's a Boy line.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Now that we are back at home, Nathan is having a ton of fun playing with all of the new presents he got for Christmas.  He loves them all, including his stuffed dinosaur, train track extension, and new trains,

trucks (and empty boxes, of course),

and his new Play Doh set.

As an extra special treat, we got snow in Albuquerque this week!  So much fun.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Creative Embellishment Cards

I love making cards out of scraps I have leftover from my layouts, and I realized that I haven't made cards in a while, so I made two all-purpose cards this week. For the card on the right, I used a chipboard piece from the Valentine's Hashtags set for my title. I primed the piece with gesso, added purple chalk ink, and then layered crackle paint on top. 

For the card on the left, I used a beautiful chipboard Bird. I primed the piece with gesso, added turquoise chalk ink, and then layered white perfect pearls on top.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Nathan went to a Build a Bear birthday party for his friend Annelise and had a blast!

Nathan got a Cookie Monster stuffed animal.  We have never been a Build a Bear before, and Nathan was transfixed!

He especially liked the fluffing station!

We had the Hamburgers over that evening.  Their kids are a hoot -- amongst other things, Lucas and Nathan enjoyed wrapping themselves around Jesse's legs and made him tromp around the whole house.  He definitely got a workout!

We just love Dave and Tiffany and are thrilled that we got to spend time with them!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cereal Layout

I created this layout of Nathan's introduction to solid foods.  I used the Heart Strings Border as the main element on my page.  I also used bib embellishments from the It's a Boy Set and the Basic Alphabet for my title.  

I primed the chipboard with gesso, layered chalk ink on top of each piece, and then finished it with crackle paint.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

We spent Christmas in Connecticut. Chloe narrated part of the Christmas story for their Christmas Eve service, which was adorable. 

We wanted to try another escape room after we had so much fun with one this summer. We got out with 12 minutes to spare, and I (very fittingly, if I say so myself), became the queen!

We had a lovely Christmas with family!

It even snowed on Christmas and we had so much fun playing in the snow! Nathan enjoyed the snowball fights and making this adorable snowman.

We then celebrated Christmas for a third time in Indiana. There were lots of laughs and giggles!

The best feature of Grandpa Thomas and Memaw Nono's new home is their indoor pool and sauna!

Nathan kept his Uncle Mitt and Aunt Merida on their toes by having them chase him around basically the entire time he was awake.  Just watch this adorable video of the three of them!


We were also able to squeeze in breakfast with Nana and Grandpa Butch. It was good to see them again.