Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello Oceanside

When our family went to Oceanside a couple of months ago, I took a lot of pictures. I've already created a layout with a few favorites, but I wanted to use more photos from our trip on another page.

My favorite thing on the page? It's got to be those cork "who" and "when" fill in the blank pieces. I sketched out the idea for those a few months ago and now it's excited to have then through the design and manufacturing process and actually on a scrapbook layout.

I love that I fit six photos on this page. Photos really helped tell the story. Isn't that what scrapbooking is all about - telling our stories?

Layout Supplies /// Island Adventure Kit /// Bungalow Add-on /// Tiki Torch Add-on

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cake for Breakfast? Yes, Please!

This morning I got together with some friends from church for a meeting. It was one of the friend's birthdays tomorrow and I decided that it would be fun to take along a little breakfast birthday treat to share. I hadn't gone to the store or specifically planned to use a recipe, but noticed that we had some strawberries in the fridge that were begging to be eaten. So I did a web search for "strawberry breakfast cake" and found a great recipe.

It's always a bit of a risk to just use a recipe from a random blog, but today it was a success! Here's the recipe for the Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Cake that I used. The only thing I changed was that I used almond milk for the 1/2 cup milk.

It was perfectly sweet and moist. Just note that if you make it, it does take an hour to bake. So plan accordingly. I do *try* to avoid sweet things in the morning and generally try to stick to eggs or smoothies, but this morning this sweet treat was just the perfect way to start the day.

Friday, August 1, 2014

K + D >>> Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop

Welcome to our Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! Scrapbook Circle has a new creative team, as well as a fabulous August kit, and we'd like to introduce you to both today. We are giving away five August Kits and the winners will be selected from the comments posted along the hop. 

If you just left the talented Tessa Buys blog, you are in the right place. If not, I hope you'll join us for the entire hop by starting at the Scrapbook Circle blog.

We are all so excited to feature the new August Island Paradise kit today. I hope you are filled with inspiration!

One fun thing to note: Scrapbook Circle is running a promotion this month that all new subscribers can choose a past kit to ship for free with their August kit. Just add the Island Paradise kit to your cart, then add a favorite past kit to your cart and use the code "FREEKIT" in the promo box at checkout.

As I mentioned in the post about my sister's bridal shower, we've had a whirlwind couple of months around here prepping for Kristen's wedding. The day came and went earlier last month and I'm now enjoying time looking through some of the pictures I took on the wedding day.

I printed off a couple of my favorites and used them on a layout celebrating Kristen and Doug's wedding day. Their story is quite amazing and I hope she gets it all written down somewhere. Not only does she now have a wonderful husband, but four really great kids too. Instant family. I couldn't be happier for her.

I loved using the August Island Paradise Kit on this page. The black and white background paper was a perfect backdrop to the wedding photos mixed with pops of color from the embellishments.

Layout Supplies /// Scrapbook Circle August Island Paradise Kit /// Bungalow Add-on /// Tiki Torch Add-on

I hope you've had a fantastic time hopping around to the Scrapbook Circle team blogs today! Remember to comment along the way while you hop and we will choose five lucky commenters to win an Island Paradise kit. Winners will be posted on the Scrapbook Circle blog next week.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello Island Paradise!

Island Paradise. Doesn't that sounds nice right about now? Well, I guess the next best thing to being on an island paradise is having a scrapbook kit with that name. The August Scrapbook Circle Kit, Island Paradise, is now live on the site!

I'm loving the bright colors and the cool textures and layers that can be created with the embellishments. I think my favorite embellishment is this cork. It's a Scrapbook Circle exclusive and I'm loving using it.

Want to see more? Head on over to the Scrapbook Circle site.

Also, Scrapbook Circle is offering a FREE PAST KIT to all new subscribers. Sweet! Just add the Island Paradise Kit to the cart, then choose a favorite past kit and add it to the cart too. Use promo code "FREEKIT" at checkout and the charges for the past kit will be removed.

If you've been thinking about a new Scrapbook Circle subscription, now's the perfect time. Plus, subscriptions are only a 2 month commitment, so what do you have to loose?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day @ The Lake

I'm having so much fun going through pictures from this summer and choosing a few favorites to print and scrapbook. Last month, we got to go with some friends to Lake Havasu for a long weekend on the lake.

We had a great time spending two full days playing on the boat. My favorite is surfing. I'm definitely still learning, but having a lot of fun. I'm perfecting crashing into the water quite nicely.

All of the boat photos are always taken with my phone because I'm nervous to pull our the big camera on the boat. I had some fun playing around with the pano feature on my phone and here's a look at how it turned out. 

Layout Supplies /// Island Paradise Kit /// Bungalow Add-on /// Tiki Torch Add-on

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Project Life >>> May 2014 Part Two

Hello, hello!  It's been a while since I've worked on my Project Life album and it feels good to have another spread complete. May was such a great month filled with lots of events and I'm happy to have the highlights documented here.

I bought a few of the 4 X4 grid page protectors from October Afternoon and this is the first spread where I've used one of them. I love that it can hold so many photos! I think it may be my new favorite style of pocket page.

Lacrosse Banquet /// Audrey's Birthday /// Honors Assembly /// Math Award /// Babysitting Vincent /// Family Bowling /// Feed My Starving Children Volunteering

Memorial Day /// @ the Car Wash /// Pool Building /// Wedding Cake Tasting /// @ the Lake

Still loving this Project Life process because I'm able to document so many little bits and pieces of what is going on in our family. 

Layout Supplies /// Our Adventure Kit /// Our Adventure Digi Cuts /// Away We Go Add-on

Monday, July 21, 2014

We Love Oceanside

The beach. Our family loves the beach. We wish we lived closer, but at least it's only a half day drive away. We have Wyndham timeshare points and decided it was time to used them to book a room for a few nights in Oceanside, CA.

Side note: we've had Wyndham time share points for 8 or 9 years and we love having them. We bought them on ebay for a tiny fraction of retail price. We do pay annual maintenance fees, but it is much less that the cost of the hotel would be out of pocket. Plus Wyndham rooms have a family room, kitchen and bedroom(s) which gives us room to spread out and saves us money because we make breakfast and lunch in the hotel and only go out for dinner.  Okay enough about that, just thought I'd share something that has worked well for vacations for our family. :)

We spent a weekend in Oceanside in June and loved every minute of it. We traveled with another family which worked out great because everyone was always occupied with a friend. We spent time digging and building in the sand, boogie boarding (the kids, not me because I don't like cold water!), eating fish tacos, a morning run along the beach (just me!) plus lots of relaxing. Perfect!

Now I want to start planning a return trip.

Layout supplies /// Our Adventure Kit /// Away We Go Add-on /// Happy Day Add-on


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