Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The One with Oh, Brother!

What is a little sister for if not for rolling cars across her head?
 
 Little sister doesn't seem to mind. 
In fact, I think she loves any attention big brother gives her :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The One with February 2013 American Crafts Layouts

Got my two monthly American Crafts layouts made! Done and done.
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1ST POOL DIP

Journaling says: Jane's first time in a pool was at Indio with the Bybees and lots of other friends. She seemed pretty indifferent to the whole experience. We'll keep trying!

How to: Punch 1" circles from patterned paper, patterned vellum, gold glitter paper, and gold foil paper then trim each circle into quarters. Adhere the quarter circles in a quilt-inspired background down the left side and across the top of a light pink cardstock background. Add buttons, an acrylic flower, and chipboard heart on the circles for embellishments. Place a crocheted doily on the bottom right corner, spray over it with white mist, then remove the doily. Layer a photo, title stickers, and embellishments over the misted doily. Tuck white and gold doilies under the edges as well as a tag with journaling written on it. Stamp little arrows, sentiments, and the date around the photos.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, patterned vellum, glitter paper, gold foil paper, album page, acrylic flower, chipboard (anchor, arrows, heart, letters, star), tag, stickers (flowers, star), rub ons (arrow, heart, star), stamps (arrow, date, heart border, sentiments), pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Buttons: American Crafts, Crate Paper; Doilies: Michaels (crocheted), Wilton (gold, white); Sequins: Craft supply; Pearls: Recollections; Pens: American Crafts (black), Sharpie (gold); Ink: StazOn; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Corner rounder, circle punch: Fiskars
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2 GOING ON 22

Journaling says: Once you got your hair cut you instantly turned into a grown up boy! Where did baby Fox go? You're huge and so handsome!

How to: Trim patterned papers, corrugated cardboard, and album pages into 3/4" strips then trim them into arrows; adhere the arrows diagonally across the right half of a mint green cardstock background. Add puffy arrow stickers, a vellum arrow sticker, stamped arrows in brown and aqua, and stitching over the paper strips. Layer photos and title stickers on the left edge and write journaling above and below the photos. Drop aqua spray mist across the page.

Supplies: Cardstock, corrugated cardstock, patterned paper, album pages, stickers (arrows, dog, journaling spot, letters, numbers, starburst), metal tag, wooden veneer card, stamps (arrows, date), pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Ink: American Crafts (aqua), StazOn (brown); Spray mist: Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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That's all for now!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The One with the Layout Based on a Sketch for Shimelle.com

When Shimelle asked me to make a layout based on a sketch (see the sketch HERE), I jumped at the chance!
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THIS IS ME

Journaling says: The best part about going home (aside from all the help from Grandma) is getting to raid my sister's closet and wear her clothes for a few days. It's such a nice change of pace from my boring wardrobe. And then she takes good photos!

Note: I made this layout while I was at home in Washington state for Christmas. I didn't have my scrapbooking supplies with me, but luckily my sister is also an avid scrapper so we rummaged through her stash and found some super fun things to work with! The sketch that Shimelle designed that this layout is based on was such a great start. I liked the two diagonal lines and decided to keep going with that idea and make diagonal lines of patterned paper across the entire layout. I mostly used the On Trend collection by Crate Paper, with som gold accents thrown into the mix. The placement of the photo, title, three embellishment clusters, and journaling are right where they are in the sketch - sketches make things so easy peasy!

How to: Trim 1/4" strips of patterned paper and adhere them diagonally across a gray woodgrain paper background. Straight stitch through each paper strip. Create a photo mat from layered blocks and piece of patterned paper and cardstock and add the photo on top with foam squares. Create three embellishment clusters on the top, left, and right sides to form a visual triangle. Use die cuts, stickers, a wooden veneer circle, stickpin, brads, jewels, and more; the more the merrier! Create a title on the right side of the photo on top of a gold doily. 

Supplies: Cardstock, stamps (sentiment, date), pen, ink, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper, buttons: Crate Paper; Gold foil paper: Craft supply; Doilies: Wilton; Crocheted ribbon: Hero Arts; Pearls: K & Company (flowers), Recollections (dots); Heart jewels: Darice; Stickpin: K & Company; Die cuts (butterflies, circle, clouds, girl, labels, star, tab), sequin butterflies, wooden veneer flower: Studio Calico; Stickers: American Crafts (silver glittered letters), Cosmo Cricket (aqua mini alphabet), Studio Calico (arrows, "me" circle); Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Shimelle has tons of other inspiring sketches up on her blog right now if you need a jump-start on your scrapbooking!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The One with the San Diego Zoo

Picking up from yesterday - or rather, last week - when we went to San Diego. Tuesday night Fox took a bath and since we didn't bring his towel he got to wear a mini towel, hehe. What a stud muffin.
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Wednesday morning we woke up and did our usual morning routine - breakfast of Frosted Mini Spooners. 
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What's a morning without a little photoshoot?
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We caught a glimpse of downtown San Diego on our way into the zoo. 
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We made it! 
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We knew it was going to be a fun day.
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Right at the entrance are the pinkest flamingos I've ever laid eyes on.
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First stop was the reptile house. Fox checkin' out an alligator (or, as he calls them, "Agalitor").
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Then we headed over to the children's area complete with playground and petting zoo.
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We came all the way to the zoo to see a pony!
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Inside the Insect House we saw tons of disgusting creatures. Chris's worst nightmare - a hive of bees! These leaf cutter ants found some pretty colored leaves.
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It was like a tropical jungle - so pretty!
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Macaw!
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LOOK! A HOMOSAPIEN! Coolest exhibit ever :)
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Walking through the Lost Forest, Scripps Aviary, and Monkey Trail was super impressive. There were three different levels for viewing the animals.
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All over the place was propaganda about how our world is going to pot. Chris loved it.
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Pause to enjoy a cute baby Jane. 
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We stopped for lunch and then headed over to the east side of the zoo to see the big ticket animals like lions and tigers and bears oh my!
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Giraffes are ginormous.
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Fox LOVES elephants.
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King of the mountain syndrome.
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Scenery.
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More scenery.
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I spy two polar bears - one polar bear above water, another polar bear doing the backstroke under water.
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Over by the polar bears there was a helicopter (or as Fox calls it, "hecoliter) for kids to play in. Fox was in heaven.
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Oh what we wouldn't give to ride the Skyfari back to the exit! The only problem was we couldn't take our hefty strollers, so we made the long walk back - at least it was cool-weathered and the scenery was divine.
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Over the course of the day we saw hundreds of animals. Rather than post a picture of each one, I made a collage to recap:
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As we were leaving I heard Fox and Jane laughing away in their stroller. I'm glad they had fun even after a long day of walking/sitting!
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Our final picture was a group shot to commemorate this awesome day. 
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Thanks for all the fun Bybees! We had a blast!

The One with the San Diego Temple

One of the things I really wanted to do on our bucket list was a session in the San Diego Temple. But, it's two hours away (that's with no traffic, which, let's be honest, is never...), what would we do with the kids during the two hour session, so on and so forth. I even tried arranging a group to go down and we'd trade off babysitting/attending a session, but it fell through. Then our friends the Bybees said they got a hotel in San Diego and asked if we wanted to come down and spend a few days and go to the zoo. Fo sho! It was also the perfect opportunity to do a temple session - we'd go through first and they'd watch the kids (5 kids 3 and under!) and then vice versa. We headed to San Diego at 8:30am this past Tuesday and arrived at 10:30am - there wasn't traffic - hooray!
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Fox was looking dapper and happy the entire car ride, and Janey Pie fell asleep. 
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We checked into the hotel and then wanted to make the 12pm temple session so we quickly gave instructions for our kids (we've never left Jane with anyone during the day before, so we crossed our fingers she'd be a good girl!) and headed to the temple. I was only able to take a couple of photos on the way in because we were short on time. 
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It was as beautiful inside as it is on the outside. I enjoyed the session and loved feeling the sense of peace and calm that comes with going to the temple. I've now been through 11 temples:
Nauvoo, IL
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Provo, UT
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Manti, UT
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Draper, UT
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Mt. Timpanogas, UT
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Seattle, WA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Newport Beach, CA
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Redlands, CA
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San Diego, CA
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I wish when we were living in Utah and kidless we would have been to all of the Utah ones cuz they're so gosh dern close together. Another time, another day, another season! Anyway, back outside, I snapped away!
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I'm so glad we were able to do this! We went back to the hotel and switched roles so the Bybees could go to the temple. 5 kids 3 and under was... fun? :) No but really, it was fine and then the next day we went to the San Diego Zoo! Recap coming tomorrow!