Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas on the Bayou

Doing a little throwback on this layout.  Back to 2006 and my first trip to Walt Disney World during their holiday celebration. I was in complete awe of the dazzling decorations.  Everywhere!  My friend, Sonni, and I were headed to our first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. But first we had to snap some photos at our resort for this trip, Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.  The Southern charm that the resort offers on a daily basis was woven into the incredible decorations for the season.  

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit December 2013

Christmas Smiles

The holidays are always such a whirlwind!  Finding the time to sit down and work on a layout is pretty tough.  When I did manage to find the time, I found that the creative juices just weren't flowing.  I felt like I hadn't done this in ages!! So instead of sitting down, just starting at paper and photos, I decided to ease myself back into the process by essentially doing complete scraplifts of some layouts that I love.  I won't be posting those as they are essentially a complete plagiarism of someone else's work.  I did feel a bit guilty about being a copy-cat. I made myself feel a little better about it by making note of the lift on the back of each page.  
This lifting process did inspire me to make each page my own, even in the smallest measure.  And thus, the creativity began to flow again.  I did three copy-cat layouts and two of my own ... although those two were inspired by other layouts or sketches.  But at least I'm scrapping and enjoying every second of it!

"Christmas Smiles" was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's "Be Jolly" layout. A photo of some friends as we paused during our annual Cookies & Cocktails day to be happy to be together for some holiday fun.

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit December 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Autumn on Lake Pepin

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to take a  day-long drive around Lake Pepin (the widest part of the Mississippi River) in the fall.  The bluffs on the Wisconsin side offer some of the best vineyards and orchards around. So apples and wine are always on the list of things to purchase on this trip. Stockholm, Maiden Rock, and Nelson are some of the cutest little towns you'll ever see offering delicious baked goods, wine shops, restaurants, galleries, and gift shops. The bluffs on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the lake are ablaze with gorgeous autumn colors. It is an annual tradition that started when I was a kid with my parents and I continue today with my dear friends.  And even my little Lilybean!

Supplies by Scraptastic Club Kit

Friday, November 7, 2014

What's This?

I can't say that I'm a big fan of the Tim Burton film "The Nightmare Before Christmas". But I am a BIG fan of the Haunted Mansion!  So knowing that Disneyland's Haunted Mansion underwent a makeover each year by Jack Skellington.... it didn't exactly thrill me. I was skeptical to say the least.  
Visiting the Haunted Mansion  Holiday for the first time in 2013, I found myself pleasantly surprised!  I couldn't help but smile at all the amazing detail that went into the transformation.

Sweet Treat

Disney's Happiest Haunts tour at the Disneyland Resort is a fun little journey to the thrills and chills to be found in the two theme parks. Including a quick stop at Trolley Treats!
My co-workers and I enjoyed this tour in 2013.  I snapped several photos of them with big smiles on their faces as they experienced the Disney magic that I know and love.

Light it Up!

The Scraptastic Club kit is giving so many fun little things to play with! 
When I saw the wood veneer lightbulb in this kit, I immediately thought of some photos I had taken with my iPad of a OneRepublic concert I had been watching on the same device.  And then of course, their current album has a song on it called "Light it Up"!
Dontcha just love it when it all comes together like that???
Sketch Savvy sketch #131

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scrap Cards: Hello

This card was made with the scraps from my "I Believe I can Fly" layout.