Tuesday, October 25, 2011

LOTS of Scrappy Goodness

Ever since I found mixed media art
I have put scrapbooking on the back burner.

Now I didn't do it intentionally...
it just sorta happened.
The more I painted and collaged and put words
with old images the more addicted I became!!! LOL!

However, as fun as mixed media is
I knew I needed to be keeping a record of my family, too.
Lately I have been thinking so much about the 
empty nest just 4 years away...I decided it was time
to take our memories and get them down for good!
So last weekend I packed my bags and headed to Kansas City
for a weekend of nothing but scrapping.

Here's a peek at a few of my favorite layouts.

I bought this paper nearly 3 years ago...it's Fancy Pants. Goes perfect with my Happy Emma don't you think?

Along with the retreat the Creating Keepsakes Convention happened to be in town. I have gone every year for the past 7 years...they are so fun! I found these darling papers and many of the embellishments I used throughout the weekend there.

I love this page of my Jacks and me. Where ever he is I feel home.

On this next page I used lots of flowers. Love them!

My friends teased me because the page is all about my sweet Dave and his Birthday celebration.

I think flowers go with everything. Don't you agree?

See the phrase "happy birthday to you"? Those are stamps I found at Wal-Mart for $1. I used them all weekend!

This next page just plain makes me smile!

From the photos to the embellishments.

Isn't this so cute? My favorite thing to add to my pages are words!

This is more of the Crate Paper Kit I bought at CKC. Kits make everything so easy. I am loving that banner!

The reason my girl and that sweet little munchkin on the right share a "unique friendship" is because they were both born on May 22nd:)

We take a photo of the two of them every year.

Here is another layout...

Em is 14 and Yvey is 5.

It has been fun to see the changes in both of them through the years.

Here's an 8 x 10 photo of Em playing soccer in her early days.

She has always had the sport in her blood.

My son Jackson has a passion for speech and debate.

This particular tournament he took first place in Poetry.

See these circles? They are stamps I used on white card stock then cut out and put on page. I found an entire set of these at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago for $1.49! I used them on so many layouts this weekend and just know they will had a touch of whimsy to my collages and cards.

There's another banner! Sooo cute.

I filled an entire album with plenty for another one...

If you haven't scrapped in awhile I encourage you to take some time in the next few weeks and just do it. Don't worry about making them fancy or perfect. Just pick up a kit or search through your own stash, grab a stack of photos and set aside 2 hours and get busy!  

One more thing before I go...

Jackson is now a licensed driver!!

Linking up with Julia at Stamping Ground and Rook 17. Two inspirational ladies for sure!! Thank you so much for stopping by:)


  1. Ooooooo!!!! What wonderful pages!!! I love that you had this time . . . LOOK at all you accomplished! So glad you had such a great weekend. And WOW!! Look at Jackson! DRiving?!?!? Oh, he's such a handsome one!!! CONGRATS to him!

  2. These are all so wonderful and the love for your family comes through on every page! Look at your boy all grown up!

  3. Wow! You accomplished so much in one weekend! I haven't scrapbooked in years, and would really enjoy getting back to it. It's not so different from collage and mixed media when you get right down to it. I have an opportunity to do a scrapbooking weekend in January, but I haven't decided whether I will go or not. I don't think I would get nearly that much done! Great photos, and great layouts!

  4. That was lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Gotta love a productive scrap!! Fun pages, Leslie!!

    Congrats to Jacks!!
    Peggy K

  6. What beautiful layouts! AND so many! I swear, I would have gotten like 3 done in a weekend, lol! I was always such a slow cropper - it has been so long for me too - and just yesterday I took a step in this direction by doing a piece about Kendra as the focal image - it's a start . . .
    Thanks for the inspiration as always and congrats to Jacks! xoxoxo

  7. Hey there...stolen phone and busted computer equals no blogland Mandy...i one have a phone so i am having mini checks of blogland ...anchors...love your pages..i must admit they do make me miss them..that is what i do best...i have gotten sidetracked with art...i have had an idea for ages to art abduction scrap in an old fashioned style scrapbook that kids used to use...like i did as a teen before scrapbook per say was invented..that is my hope anyway in the near future...seeing yours has just brought me a step closer...xxx

  8. My you did get a lot done! You all look so very happy together what splendid memories, I am a huge fan of fancy pants although I usually end up shipping it from the states as not many places stock it or the full range over here :(

  9. Oh you scrapbook with abandon - love the style that you have...and your verve in getting it all recorded. Love that.

  10. Wow - what a great result. You really get across what a wonderful family feeling is shared by you all. Way to go Jackson - now you can ferry your mum everywhere, LOL!!
    Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

  11. What an achievement to do all that in a weekend to celebrate your beautiful family for posterity.

  12. Lots of lovely layouts there! Very productive! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

  13. What an amazing amount of LO's and all great too! You must not have talked to anyone at the retreat, lol! Do Not Disturb, lol!

    Brenda 83

  14. Wow, you got a lot of lovely layouts done! How nice to have these beautiful pages to record your family's memories! Well done!
    xoxo Karen

  15. You are a machine! That is so much work! I have boxes of pictures just waiting for my attention. I will get there... Thank-you for reminding me to take them out of the box already. Have a great weekend with your beautiful family. xo

  16. Lots of lovely LO's! Happy (very late) WOYWW!


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