An update on me and a few layouts in the midst of chaos….

Hi everyone! It’s been forever since I’ve had time to get scrappy. Lots going on here…it started with the end of the year stuff with Natalie and Macie—finishing up school, track meets, doctor appointments, camps, summer basketball league, dental appointments…you name it and I’ve done it. Sophie’s new school does not offer a summer program so she’s been at home with me all summer and that’s been interesting (ok, sort of stressful, I love her but she’s a bit of a high maintenance diva). A lot of times it’s hard to squeeze in any creative time when you are chasing 5 kids around (ok, mostly just 4 right now—even though Ashley is 20 now she’s still considered my kid 🙂 )She had the privilege of going to Brazil with the Study Abroad program through Texas A&M (where she goes to school) and had some exciting experiences. We’re hoping to work on a journal together documenting her time there. If we’re lucky, maybe she will let me share some of it with you guys here 🙂 Weston is crawling and so I am literally chasing him all over the place!

Anyhoo…I’ve realized that I just can’t do it all, as much as I’d like to, and so I really backed off the scrapping challenges and stuff and have been working on an art journal project that I’m hoping to submit for publication and working on my house. When we first bought this house, it was an investment property that we were going to just rehab and resell. In a funny turn of events, I actually fell in love with the place (usually not a danger in our line of work–I’m sort of picky LOL) and we decided to keep this one for ourselves and move in. Suddenly white walls and wall to wall tile were not good enough. We really rushed to move in, so I hadn’t really decorated or even finish unpacking all of the boxes even though it’s been 10 months. I’ve been redecorating the twin’s room, our master bedroom and bath, the dining room, the laundry room, and the living room. It’s been a blast turning this house into our home and I’m really happy with what I’ve done so far. I plan on sharing some pics when things are done.

Now onto my scrappy bits 🙂 This first layout is for my friend Ashley Horton’s July Sketch It Out Challenge. I am a big fan of Ashley’s sketches and layouts, and was really inspired by her sketch this month. I dug into one of my past kits from Scarlet Lime for the goodies, I believe most of the paper is American Crafts. I also used some rub ons and a stitch stamp that I found and had never used, as well as a mask and mist (part of the “twist” in the challenge) I am also submitting this layout for the *thinking through design* blog’s “thought” on grounding. I used the dark color strip as a way to ground the picture of Sophie against the white background with the misting. Here I feel like the mask/mist combo also helps ground the layout in general by appearing in both corners and tying the entire layout together. Here is my layout:

This next layout is for this week’s sketch challenge over at Let’s Get Sketchy. I never do anything diagonal, so I thought it would be fun to try this one out. Here’s my layout using some Simple Stories paper that I got as a gift from Ashley Horton when Weston was born.

I hope everyone is well, and that I am able to find some more time in the next few weeks to share some more of my projects. I’ve missed all of my wonderful scrappy friends!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erin Blegen
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 10:52:01

    Sounds like you’ve been one busy lady!! Glad you’ve found a “home” in your house and good luck with the renovations…I know what you mean about not being all the way unpacked. I’ve been in my house for a year and a half and still have tons of stuff in boxes…
    Can’t wait to see the pictures of your finished results!
    Your projects are both beautiful- glad you found some time to get creative.
    Take care,


  2. Tabitha
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:48:06

    Awesome layouts! Love your take on the sketch! Thanks for playing along with Let’s Get Sketchy!


  3. Martine
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 13:09:32

    wonderful LOs! love the colors and misting on the first one, and the cute clouds and hot air balloon on the second one! glad you played along with us this week at LGS!


  4. Steffanie S
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:03:18

    You have been one very busy girl! Good for you for recognizing when you need to take a step back. I’m happy you are back to scrapping a bit though—love your thoughts on grounding! Be sure to link up to T*T*D so everyone else can check it out also! Beautiful detail—love the misting!


  5. laurie lariviere
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 08:51:57

    very nice layout, love your photos! thanks for playing along with us at lgs!


  6. maddiebeth
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:45:03

    Glad to see you posting again, Melissa!! You are one busy Lady!! 🙂 That will be fun to work on a journal with Ashley and I hope your Art Journal gets picked up for publication!! I know it will be fabulous!!


  7. Ashley Horton
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:46:25

    And I have no idea why I typed Maddie’s name for my name on that comment!! I think the heat has gotten to me!! 🙂


  8. Ashley Horton
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:48:15

    Okay, I am just going to try that comment over again! It said: Glad to see you posting again, Melissa! You are one busy Lady!! 🙂 That sounds fun that you and Ashley are going to work on a journal together! And I hope your Art Journal gets picked up for publication! I know it will be fabulous!!


  9. Laura Whitaker
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:14:35

    beautiful layouts, love your take on our sketch. thanks for playing along at lGS!.


  10. bethie8
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 15:02:20

    I love the girly pretty in pink layout. My little girl is a girly girl as well. I am not quite sure where she got it from though!!!


  11. titiyan
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 04:32:01

    Beautiful page!Love the color and Balloon!!
    Thanks for playing along with at LGS!


  12. jenessa
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 18:24:35

    Both layouts are beautiful! Love the color choices for each =) I absolutely adore the hot air balloon & clouds on the latter. Thanks for playing along with us at LGS!


  13. Carolyn
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 22:46:24

    Glad to see you that you are sneaking in a little scrapbooking in your very busy schedule…wow!! I can’t imagine having 5 children, their busy summer activities, redecorating, and keeping up with the everyday “stuff”. I love the colors in your “grounding” layout and love that you submitted it to thinking*through*design, hope you have time to add more!


  14. Melinda G
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 14:00:00

    Great layouts! Your elements and that balloon is too cute! Thank you for joining us this week at LGS!!


  15. Stacia
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 14:23:48

    you sound like you have been really busy! Great layouts!! I’m so happy that you took some time to join us at LGS with this week’s sketch challenge!


  16. brenshevia
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 17:38:06

    lovely page, thanks for playing with us at LGS!


  17. Colleen
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 06:55:52

    Carving out me time is always important. Glad you’re getting time to scrap, and that you chose to join us over at thinking*through*design. They’re both very well grounded. Love the bright colors and the misting in the first one. Great job!


  18. Devra
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 19:44:31

    I love the dark pink grounding your photo. Nice to see thou around. I hope you’ll come back to t*t*d


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