Wednesday, September 20, 2017


I love creeping on my Instagram to find different ideas on how to do pages. I found an idea done by Irit in the Hip Kit Club using circles and layering them similar to I have on this page. I thought this idea would be perfect for the circles in the Pink Paislee/Paige Evan's lines. I believe a few of her lines have these circle pattern on the paper with a pattern on one side, a saying on the other. I apologize, I have had a few of them cut up so I'm not for certain. 

Either way, I had a punch that fit the circles to a T so I took the punch to the paper and cut all of the remaining ones out to begin the process on this page! 

I took the circles and cut 1/3 of the bottoms off so I could layer them on the bottom as well as the top. I also put one strip of her paper boarders I cut out on the bottom to cover up some of my messiness on the circles.  What's great about Paige's collections is that they go well together so I have a mesh of various pieces together. I layered behind the photo as I always do, placed an area for some journaling as well layered and embellished around that.  I love all the various pieces in her collection Oh My Heart, just kind of goes well with my personality I think. As well as the bright colors, how fun is it?? 

I wanted to scrapbook this picture of me from playing softball with my church league this summer! I had so much fun playing softball again, literally- its been ages and you can tell in my fine batting skills. I stuck to playing in the outfield for the most part so I didn't have to work too hard on fast balls coming at me and thinking where to throw it again. I was too afraid I'd mess it up for the team and even though I know they didn't care; I would have felt horrible! I'm just glad they accepted me to play with them - just a fun activity I haven't gotten to do in a while and didn't realize how much I missed that type of thing.  This is the type of memory I love capturing and scrapbooking most, something I'll want to remember for sure in years to come!

xo. Renee

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bon Fire.

What I love about summer nights are the bon fires at my friend's house. The smell, the smores, the drinks and the conversation- which is endless. This night I think I didn't even get home til 4 in the morning. Gave my parents a bit of a fright, but we just had great things to say even when we've known each other for years! 

I thought this photo would be perfect for my Simple Stories Cabin Fever stash. Fell in love with it, but again- I didn't do much adventures this summer as I was hoping so thankfully this occasion worked well for this line!

With one of the papers, I drew out the letters for the word BON FIRE then cut them out. I decided instead of using the O- that's where I would place the photo which I cut in to a circle. I built a cluster beside the photo with different embellishments I cut out from the cut aparts as well as stickers. I did the same in the word fire with a cut apart to use for journaling then used embellishments beside it.  I loved how the page turned out and it helped use up stash I wasn't sure how I'd be able to use.

Am I weird that I'm getting some pleasure out of using up all my stash? I've been banging out pages I never would have thought before even though I've had these papers for a while. Crazy how that happens if you just limit yourself and expand your creativity. I also have been trying to make a way for them to work for the Paper Issues' monthly challenges on their Facebook page. I can't even begin to express how excited I am for their fall crop coming up- more challenges to bang out this stash! You'll have to stay tuned to see how that works!! 

xo. Renee

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Eli!!

I tackled another task of using up some more of my stash. I couldn't wait to scrap these pictures of my friend's sweet son, Eli on his first birthday! How adorable is he honestly?? Can't get enough.

I had some birthday supplies that I don't believe I had the whole collection of - so I kind felt the need to go through my stash to find colors that matched the pieces I did have. This all kind of fell together just right! 

I drew out a sunray type pattern on to a piece of random cardstock- cut it out than traced each piece on to the different colored scraps I had in order. Pieced them together on the background I wanted to use. Same process went for the smaller rays in front of them- although my cutting job wasn't as neat that time around. I layered behind the photos with embellishment pieces from the collection I did want to use. As well as cluster with embellishments at the top kitty corner bottom. I always love a little cluster on the bottom as well- I think I just love embellishments all over. Truth? 

I splattered some paint around the pages by the clusters as well as added enamel dots and chunky glitter. I just love these photos- he's such an adorable baby. I love him and his family so much! I'm so happy that I got to spend his first birthday with him- what a journey it's been for you little boy and you're just beginning!  Can't wait to see where life guides you! 

xo. Renee

Monday, September 11, 2017

Almighty God.

I think I've shared with you before how I've been sort of playing with the Bible Journaling concept. I know I'm not an avid participant but I do find it therapeutic to do after church. Just kind of gets my thoughts of the service or what I enjoyed down on some form of paper. 

I fell in love with a song we sang at service a few weeks ago- Only King Forever by Elevation Worship. It just spoke to me and I loved it so when I got home, I searched around online for a verse that I felt was relevant to how I interpreted the song.  I chose the verse Matthew 28 19-20 which says

 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I usually outline or highlight the said verse, than decorate as I see fit. Digged around in all my Illustrated Faith supplies that I keep together in a bag for ones I thought would fit the verse.  Using acrylic paints with colors that match to create the smears I've seen on various other people's pages - a technique I have fallen love with. Stamped a few other accents - although I'm horrible at the stamping technique.  This is another way I have been using my alpha stash- finding ones that match my color scheme and outlining what I wanted to illustrate- such as the lyrics to the song. 

I love how it turned out- definitely one of my favorites so far! I am just so excited that I've found this church as well as this method of exploring your bible. It's brought me back to my faith which had always been in my heart solid more stable. Makes my heart happy. 

xo. Renee 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Light It Up.

I'm back with another scrapbook page! I'm kind of on a roll with making them, not so much on blogging them. I apologize- I'm working to try harder this month!! 

Earlier this year when all the summer lines came out, I jumped on the boat and bought them all. Shocking- I know. But I realize I hardly took any pictures this summer; or do anything that exciting to be honest. So I'm using my summer lines with random photos - praying it doesn't look too horrible! 

I saw - I believe- Cat Martin do a page on Paper Issues Facebook Page that used all different alphas as her title and I swooned. What a great way to use up some alphas, because you know - I have a huge thicker hoard- on top of everything else in my stash. I used this photo that I took with of course, a snapchat filter. It's the only way I live anymore, I think I'm 10 x prettier and anything boosting my confidence is a win in my book. The colors in my clothes I thought went perfect with Pink Paislee's Summer Lights collection. All the pretty oranges,pinks, and purple! Even though it had nothing to do with beaches or summer, I did my regular clusters of embellishments around the photo as well as the top right corner. Layered behind with different pieces in my stash and added banner from a past Dear Lizzy collection. 

I love how it turned out with all the colors, it feels so summery and perfect!! I also like incorporating songs in to my pages that I can't get out of my head- hopefully in the future I'll look back and remember how much I loved the song! Again, like I've been doing all summer- I also used up some of my stash and makes me so excited to watch it windle down. I'm hoping Cassie doesn't hate me too much but I promise, when I get my stash down to a normal size - Paper Issues will be the first place I go to restock up!! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

When I Needed A Paw ....

When I said this was a tough summer, that wasn't even all that this summer entailed. If one animal in our family passing wasn't enough, we had to lose them both. 

The beginning of this summer shortly after we found out that Pumpkin had diabetes, we had to make the unfortunate choice of putting down our sweet girl, Sienna. She had also been having a rough few months- just not eating much of anything and having other stomach issues that were out of the normal for her. We've seen a few vets, taken on the blood test, and did all the x-rays. But nothing was really pointing in our favor for answers. She was acting normal for the most part, still her bouncy loving self. So that's what was making it all so difficult.  

Again, it was just her acting very strange one day that just made Dad think- this is just the end of the road for her and suffering anymore would just be unnecessary. Because as much as she wasn't showing it, she had to be at some extent and a great faker. After a talk with the vet, a decision was made.  We all took our time with her giving her tons of hugs, letting her run freely around the yard, and shedding too many tears. Our leading lady would have to cross the bridge. 

It still stings all the time not to have her in our house, she along with her brother Jake whom my sister with her husband adopted 11 years ago became a big part of our lives. My dad couldn't stand the thought of them having to be separated if that would to happen; so when my sister made the move to the big cities- our house is where they came. To say my Dad loved them would be an understatement, not that he would ever turn down an animal; but his heart surely grew a million sizes when he met these two pups. 

Losing Jake two summers ago was difficult, oddly enough - it was when I had my break up. Sienna and I took many nights running/walking to just ease the pain. We had something in common- losing our boys. I also took a chance on Sienna that summer, letting her explore the world without a leash. Weird- I know- but she's a runner, without her leash we'd assume she'd be in New York. But she proved us all wrong and trotted along side of us around the yard - we wished everyday we had tried it sooner perhaps it was just in timing. 

Who knew that her last year of her life would be filled with endless car rides, tons of running adventures- she surely couldn't have been happier. Maybe it was just how it was meant to be. I miss her everyday- still can't look out my bedroom window without looking down at her kennel waiting for her to be looking up at me with her wiggly butt. The happy thought I keep thinking though is that she's finally with her best friend Jake again, I can't even imagine what their reuniting was like in heaven. Bouncing around and licks for sure. 

When I needed a hand, she surely did give me her paw- time and time again.  

Love you Sienna. 

xo. Renee

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Hardest Goodbye.

I think I knew this would be one of the hardest summers from the beginning.  

I found out early in May that my sweet love ( my cat, Pumpkin.) was sick with diabetes.  I knew the results before she even told me, he was acting just as our past cat had when he was sick. I just was hoping maybe , just maybe- something else was wrong. Of course, she offered the choices- and to each their own, I weighed the pros and cons. My choice was not easy but I knew that I didn't have the time nor the adequate money at this time to give him the care that I know deep inside he deserved. 

So I spent my time cherishing every hug... every meow. I knew I was definitely battling time with my soul mate. It sounds bizarre, trust me- I'm well aware. How do I go thinking that my cat could be my soul mate? Maybe he isn't. But he definitely feels like one of my great loves.  

I got him when I was living on my own in my favorite apartment back in 2006. I had struggled a lot for a while with different things and it came to a time where everything had finally came to a stand still. I felt it was time for a pet. So I went to Pet Smart to look in the little adoption corner and there I spotted 3 orange kittens. I know I played with one of them before I played with Pumpkin but all I can remember is him hiding behind my feet. I told him to come out little pumpkin. I bought an orange color and claimed him as my mine.  

With all my life changes, even when I left him behind- he was my one thing that remained the same. He greeted me when I came home to visit, waited by my door for me to wake up. His love for his family was more than apparent - always checking on his people when he knew something was wrong. Even in happy moments, keeping conversations with his meows. His conversational skills could put most grown humans to shame.  He was so smart, so tricky. But yet, so unlike any other cat I've ever met. 

There's so many words to use for him and yet, I'm at a loss on how just to put it so it does justice. 

I prepared myself because I knew it was coming with each passing day. I just told myself I wanted to end this before I felt he was suffering. I literally had a conversation with my best friend days before that I just felt it was time. I felt he was ready to be home. That next day he just wasn't himself at all... we called the vet... she never answered. But I held him in the hallway and told him it was okay. I loved him with all of my heart. No one could replace my Monkey.  We all went to sleep and Pumpkin passed away. 

And that morning to keep my mind preoccupied, I made this page of a few of the selfies I made him suffer through. It was the only thing I could think of. Seems like when life goes all wrong, scrapbooking is my therapy. I used the sketch from the Paper Issues Sketch Challenge this month, and it worked perfectly. Also, I finally also got to use up what was left of my Cocoa Vanilla  Wild @ Heart collection. Turned out perfect for my love for Pumpkin. 

Love you more than words Monkey. 

xo. Renee