Saturday, September 23, 2017

Baby's First Stitches

Merida came to visit us last weekend, and we enjoyed spending time with her.  Nathan literally had her running and jumping up and down chasing the light from his flashlight!

Unfortunately, the fun and games came to an abrupt halt when Nathan fell on the playground and split his lip.  We had to take him to the ER where he got three stitches to go with the big scratch on his cheek!  Most kids in our ER get one stuffed animal to make them feel better.  The doctor remarked that Nathan must be really cute because people kept on bringing him more stuffed animals and he ended up with three!

Our brave little boy didn't let his "ouch" keep him down for long.  He is running around and really enjoys playing frisbee with us!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tummy Time Layout

Today I am here to share a layout of Nathan at four months.  I love how Creative Embellishments chipboard can compliment and elevate any type of layout.  I used four different chipboard pieces to add just the right finishing touches on this layout.

I used the block trio from the It's a Boy Set.  I painted the blocks with two coats of white gesso, and then used a green marker to color the alphabet and border accents.  I also used this same treatment for the Stars chipboard pieces and the Arrow Banners.

Finally, I used Creative Embellishments Basic Alphabet chipboard to make my title.  I layered two different colors of blue ink to get just the right color for this page.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grandpa Thomas

Grandpa Thomas came to visit this week and brought with him a big boy bike for Nathan.  He will have to grow into it, but he was thrilled to be pushed around on it!

Grandpa Thomas also took Nathan to swim class.  Nathan has gotten to be quite a good swimmer for being such a little guy.  

And he just loves it!

The four of us went to the zoo as well, and had a blast.  Nathan wanted to see as many animals as possible, and the highlight of this particular trip was the train ride we took around the Africa portion of the zoo.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Smile Layout

I have been wanting to do a layout with a giant title for a while now, and I decided Creative Embellishments' Smile chipboard set was perfect for this darling baby Nathan layout.

I primed the chipboard title with gesso, and then used baby blue chalk ink to bring out the blue in the patterned paper.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back to School & Other Transitions

Nathan started a new school year a couple weeks ago.  He moved up to a different classroom, but kept his same teachers so the transition was pretty smooth.  We love this little guy to pieces!

Another (bigger) change is that we are moving!  We are under contract to buy a house and sell ours -- it's been an adventure so far and we can't wait to tell you more.

Friday, September 1, 2017

CE September Challenge

I was inspired by some of the diagonal elements in this month's Creative Embellishments challenge picture to angle the elements on my page. 

I was also encouraged to go outside of my typical comfort zone by stamping on the background of my page.  I found a great subtle background stamp -- the Distressed Grid stamp -- and inked it with grey chalk ink to add a little interest in the background of my page.

I used Creative Embellishments Basic Alphabet chipboard to make my title.  I layered two different colors of blue ink to get just the right color for this page.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Nathan and I were able to watch the solar eclipse Monday and he thought it was cool to see the sun look like the moon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Adore Layout

I am excited to share this layout of Memaw No-No and Aunt Becca's first time seeing Nathan.  I used Creative Embellishments' adore title from their Family Word Border Set, and painted it with gesso and chalk ink.  I also used four wood Buttons and added twine to complete the look.

Here is a closeup:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So Much Fun

It's rainy season, and Nathan wanted to go outside during a storm. Jesse thought it would be fun to take him out for a quick minute and Nathan thought it was hilarious to get soaking wet. 

Nathan has been getting more social and is enjoying playing with friends. It's cute seeing him interacting with other kids.

My mom sent some of Rachel's old toys to Nathan and he really loves the animal Duplos.

He is also enjoying playing with Rachel's old doctor set.  Here is Nathan giving me some "medicine."

Nathan has been interested in the solar system lately, and has learned the names of all of the planets, so we drew the solar system on our patio (Pluto included)!  As Nathan likes to say, "so much fun."  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Swimming Layout

This baby Nathan swim class layout is too cute.  As soon as I saw the Wave Panel in the store, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I put two of the 6x6 panels side by side and trimmed off the interior borders on each panel.  Then I glued the pieces on to my background paper to create a fun wave feature for this swimming layout.  I used light blue chalk ink on the panels.

I also used the word "swimming" from the On the Beach Word Set as my title.  I used a thick layer of liquid pearls on top of this piece.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Already

I can't believe it's August already!  Our blazing hot June/July has transitioned to cloudy and stormy. Nathan is excited about, well, most things, actually.  But he is really loving dinosaurs lately.  We have read him his dinosaur book so many times he knows the names of over a dozen dinosaurs, including ones like a Citipati!

Nathan has been enjoying playing car bubbles -- going after bubbles in his car.  It's not very effective, but oh so cute.

These videos are some of my favorite new ones of Nathan -- enjoy!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CE August Challenge

Creative Embellishments has their August Challenge up on their blog!  The background of this month's inspiration photo reminded me of crackle paint, so I used crackle paint on some of the chipboard pieces I put on these cards.  I used the Heart Balloon Set and painted two of the three balloons in each cluster blue with liquid pearls, and then added a thick layer of crackle paint on top for plenty of texture.  For the middle balloons and "string," I used gold stickles.  I used the same two treatments for the hashtag titles on these cards, which came from the Valentine's Hashtags set.  Enter this month's challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Creative Embellishments' store!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

6th Week Layout

Today I am here to share a layout of my Nathan's sixth week.  Even though this is a clean and simple layout, I actually used six different items from the Creative Embellishments store in this layout. The stars of the layout (pun intended) are the Stars "3x4" Card and the Stars wood veneer embellishments. I painted the stars card with white gesso and then added some grey ink on top. I left the wood veneer stars as is.

I framed this darling picture with the Large Nested Rectangles, added one of the words from the Baby Time Word Set, and inked both of them in light blue ink.

I also framed this journaling card with the Large Nested Rectangles, and added my title piece that I created from the Basic Alphabet and Grades or Awards sets.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Park Above

This morning we had a ton of fun going to a new-to-us park and splash pad!  I am posting this picture of our happy boy because he was not-so-happy when going down for his nap today (I think he was overtired).

This park had all kinds of cool things, like musical instruments,

and play equipment (they also had "construction equipment" in a sandbox area, which Nathan loved but we didn't get a picture of it).

His favorite, of course, was the splash pad!  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Layout

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be on the Creative Embellishments design team. One of the very first Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces that caught my eye was the Family Word Border Set. I used the "family" word as my title and focus of this layout of my son meeting his grandparents. I also used Hearts chipboard accents, which were the perfect addition to my embellishment clusters.

I altered these chipboard pieces by putting a light coat of white paint on the chipboard, and then following that up with numerous coats of grey ink, which resulted in a distressed look.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

East Coast Trip Part II

When we visited my mom in Connecticut, she took Nathan to see dinosaurs! He has been very excited about dinosaurs lately, and even knows the names of a half dozen types of them. He was particularly enthralled with this brachiosaurus.  

They had a splash pad there too, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have some more water fun!

No trip to my mom's is complete without lobsters.  And this time Nathan even got a lobster hat!

We squeezed in a quick trip to the bay as well.

Nathan really enjoyed splashing, playing with oars, and riding in the motor boat.

And getting tossed around too!

Such a water baby.