Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scrap Our Stash August Sketch.

Scrap Our Stash is a site/group that inspires you to use your stash and supplies. They do 2 challenges a month - one is a stash challenge (1st of the month) and one is a sketch challenge with a stash prompt (15th of the month).  The Design Team examples are shown everyday to inspire you to put together a great page!  To learn more you'll have to check out their site at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/

It's the 24th of the month which means it's my turn to show you my layout based on the August Sketch!  I know I say it every month- but seriously, this month's sketch is a personal favorite! I've been excited to show you also what I came up with!! 


With my layout I chose 3 Various Mfgs ( Manufacturers ), washi tape and the letter X.  


I decided to scrapbook this awesome picture of my nephew, Alex. How cool does he look in his catcher gear? He's 8 but I swear, I see him as a varsity 18 year old already. QUIT GROWING PLEASE!  I knew that the new Cool Kid line by Crate Paper would be perfect for this page! I found some other papers in my stash that worked well with the collection. I always love watching my stash shrink down- too bad it wasn't faster.  My favorite part of this layout is the picture itself. Instead of using three separate pictures, I thought it would be a great variation to just divide up the picture! I just love this page so much! I love scrapbooking my sweet nephew - even with him being far away, his mom does a great job of making us feel like we're right there with them. Makes my heart so happy.

I hope this page inspired you to take a shot at our challenges over at Scrap Our Stash! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

xo. Renee



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weekly Wednesday .04

I can't even begin to explain that I'm excited to see July out the window.  The month was filled with so much hectic family crisis' and I'm happy to say we're on the positive side - I'm hoping- of all the situations that we've encountered. 

So when I flip back to my planner, I got right down to decorating August proudly. I sort of let go of July when it came to my planner as well. I didn't want to document the events, nor what I ate. Plainly because I didn't want to remember- nor was I eating/exercising much at all. 


I love the bright colors. I had to make it fun and happy! Granted not a lot is happening this month- but at this point, that's completely okay with me! So I've been doodling my mileage on the dates  as well as other appointments. It's seeming to be rather blank so far. But I'm hoping by the end of the month- maybe it'll look a little different! I'll have to post comparing shots. Or maybe not. 

Also along the side, I like to post what bills I have to pay as well as goals I have to accomplish. I know if I check them off I'll remember to do it.  Kind of. 


This is a sample of what my week looks like. I like to write down what I eat all day, to hopefully hold myself accountable to eat better. Plus if I write it down, and I eat badly- I tend to eat better the next day because I remember writing how crappy I ate. I also split the last box of the day in to two- top which I put my work out and the box under- I put my hours.  At the end of the week- I am able to see how many hours I worked as well as how many miles I ran all together.  Which I total as well on the side. 

I love having my planner... It's letting me see my life spread out in front of me. Holding me accountable for so many things I have going on.  I'm hoping this continues strongly for the rest of the month! 

I also have cute list and layout coming for my planner next time! You'll love it! Well- at least I do!! :) 

xo. Renee

Do you guys use a planner? How do you utilize it?! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Scrap Our Stash August Stash.

For some reason this post didn't post on August 10th. I apologize for this inconvenience. 

I'm excited to show you this month's first challenge for Scrap Our Stash! 

Scrap Our Stash is a site/group that inspires you to use your stash and supplies. They do 2 challenges a month - one is a stash challenge (1st of the month) and one is a sketch challenge with a stash prompt (15th of the month).  The Design Team examples are shown everyday to inspire you to put together a great page!  To learn more you'll have to check out their site at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/



For the first challenge, you are to be inspired by a chosen book cover. And this month's cover threw me for a loop. I haven't traveled in a while and with the pictures I have from traveling, I've already scrapped them recently. Gosh, what am I going to do? But while flipping through my papers, I came across  a perfect map in vibrant colors that I had to use.  Which happened to match Fancy Free perfectly, I think I need to put that line away by the way. I have scrapped so much with it. I swear, I'll get to my regularly scheduled lines soon.   Also I had to include a decorative paper clip- now that part- I also realize I have very little selection of paper clips! ( You'll see it's almost not noticeable.)


This page inspired me to scrap the picture of an Old Stone Church that is literally in the middle of nowhere in north east Iowa. It's a very special place to me, everytime I go - I'm literally taken back by how simple and how peaceful it is. Not only that, but one of my great great grandfather's was the stonesman for the construction of this church.  Some of my family members are also buried in the small cemetery by the church. It's my happy place.  I can't wait to be married there someday.  

I can't wait to see what you all come up with based on this challenge! 

xo. Renee


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scrap Our Stash July Sketch.

I'm here again with this month's second scrap our stash challenge!! 


Scrap Our Stash is a site/group that inspires you to use your stash and supplies. They do 2 challenges a month - one is a stash challenge (1st of the month) and one is a sketch challenge with a stash prompt (15th of the month).  The Design Team examples are shown everyday to inspire you to put together a great page!  To learn more you'll have to check out their site at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/


Isn't this a great sketch? My only problem was the lists- they provided me with a serious challenge. Gotta dig around in my scraps especially with the photos I have to scrap! I picked Sangria, Timberwolf, and uniball pen. I'm hoping I did the challenge some decent try. 


Thought I'd show you some close ups of the page. Show you some of the small details. 


I loved these two photos of Sienna and I. Seriously, I can't get enough of her and playing outdoors- I've been utilizing it at all opportunities. She's proven to be such a good girl and I'm such a proud puppy aunt.  I also thought these pictures would  go perfect with Illustrated Faith- She Blooms line. Being I don't have any embellishments for the line, I fussy cut up a storm to create some added pieces to the page. 


I hope you enjoyed my page for this challenge! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with- join us at Scrap Our Stash's blog and enter your page!! You'll have an opportunity to win a great prize :)


xo. Renee



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Make Ahead Monday on Tuesday.

To say my month has been hectic is an understatement, but now that I think I'm on the positive side of everything - I'm excited to share with you my project life! 

I showed you last my "Summer Before I Turn 30" cover. Now I'm placing pages of events thus far into summer. I'm not going in any real order  and my summer will be going all the way until my birthday in September.  

I thought to begin with my garden and playing with Sienna. Outdoorsy theme put together. I went through my stash of PL cards- I'm  big fan of destash sale sites as well as Studio Calico sales because I've now accumulated more cards than I'll use in a life time.  But I'm in love with their style and sturdy product as well as can't pass a deal even if its only one card i really want.  Tell me it's not just me. 


Beyond that point, I found this card with veggies on it, worked perfectly for my garden. I thought also the progress report card worked perfectly to journal how my garden is growing. To write about Sienna's new love, I thought this chase adventure was spot on. Feels like studio calico always has a card for every moment and using their embellishments add the right touch. 

For this page I also cut the top pocket of the sleeve off. I thought maybe I'd create some variation in the page size as well as pocket patterns throughout the book. So on the back side,  I decided being I only had a few pictures from the 5k I ran- it would work for a smaller page. 

As I've told you a few times already, this 5k was a mess at the beginning - even the end really. But when I saw the card, Wake Up and Be Awesome, thought it was perfect for this. I also couldn't get enough of the 4x6 bright color rays card, I cut it to fit the 3x4 slot so I could use it twice. I also added a smiley emoji with some popdots to give it some dimension. 


I love how both spreads turned out so far! And already love seeing how I can use my supplies together that I've been hoarding for this project for months. My summer so far has definitely been interesting and hopefully I'll be able to document it well. 

Can't wait to see how you guys do your project life!! Please share!! Also - follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see sneaks and ideas I love!!  



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Scrap Our Stash July Stash.

I'm so excited to tell you all that I am continuing my journey with Scrap Our Stash. I've been asked to continue on the team for a second term and I couldn't say no to that! It's a wonderful team, positive ladies and awesome challenges. I'm honored! Thank you again!! 

Scrap Our Stash is a site/group that inspires you to use your stash and supplies. They do 2 challenges a month - one is a stash challenge (1st of the month) and one is a sketch challenge with a stash prompt (15th of the month).  The Design Team examples are shown everyday to inspire you to put together a great page!  To learn more you'll have to check out their site at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/


I love this month's cover- but then again, when do I not? But seriously- the circles- the colors. All of it! I wanted to layer my circles to kind of look like the circles on the cover.   In my head- the cover of the book looked slightly different so we'll pretend they are layered more on the cover.  I used up some more of the scraps I had - with choosing the colors of aqua spectrum.  I was digging around in my stash- where I realized that the Crate Paper Journey line had a lot of the aqua I was going for. So it felt good to use up that collection as well!  


I've already wrote about the race this photo is from. But I hadn't done a scrapbook page about it- I thought it was perfect for this page. I was able to trace around it while fitting everything in it so I could use it on one of the layers of circles. Crate Paper Journey also fit well with the running theme. Life is a journey and this is definitely a moment I wanted to capture. Getting third place honestly? Will probably not happen again- its an opportunity to get to experience it. Thank god for small races! 

I can't wait to see what you all come up with from this challenge! It's such a fun cover- you should all give it a try! Don't forget to come back later this month to see the sketch challenge!! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scrap Our Stash June Sketch.


Scrap Our Stash is a site/group that inspires you to use your stash and supplies. They do 2 challenges a month - one is a stash challenge (1st of the month) and one is a sketch challenge with a stash prompt (15th of the month).  The Design Team examples are shown everyday to inspire you to put together a great page!  To learn more you'll have to check out their site at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/



This month's sketch is very fun! It's a great way to use multiple papers in your stash up in one layout! So that's exactly what I did! I love seeing my stash dwindle down. For the lists- I picked polka dots, Quartz, and rub ons! 


I thought this sketch was perfect for the multiple photos I took from a family day outside! All the family enjoyed the nice summer weather- the cat and the dog in the same area- don't say that is true! It's just been an enjoyable summer already with all the opportunities to take Sienna out to run around. Can't wait to see what else this summer holds for us all. Also with all the fun photos - I thought Pibk Paislee's Fancy Free was perfect! The fun bright colors just screams summer! 

I just loved this challenge by SOS- and I hope you join us and link up your page for a chance to win a awesome prize! 

Xo. Renee