I am so thankful for an amazing husband and my two amazing children! The Lord has blessed me beyond deserving! Thank you Lord for everything I have been given in this amazing life!
Joann's opened their doors at 6am Wednesday morning this week. Yup they started their Black Friday sales on Wednesday this year - Yeah! So, I went of course and stood in line for only a half hour with some other very friendly crafters. Not much of a line, I'm guessing most people didn't catch the early sale in the ads. I walked in the store and asked for guidance to the nearest Cricut Explore and she directed me to the front counter, where their one and only Cricut Explore for the Black Friday sale was kept. Yes, yes, yes, yes!!! It was mine! So, of course I brought it home and unfortunately had to set it aside as I had much prep work to do for Thanksgiving the next day. I can't even begin to tell you how difficult it was to leave it alone in it's box for so many hours until I could justify time spent with it. But, finally the baking was done the house was clean and it was time to play!!!
So, play I did until 1:30am Thanksgiving morning! Tired the next day, sure but there's a remedy for that - it's called Coffee!
It was a ton of fun taking it out of it's box, downloading the Cricut Design Space, registering my new toy and then watching a ton of tutorials on how to run the software.
For my first project, I cut out the great Thank You Card that they provided for free! I love it!
Then, I decided to venture out on my own. Pretty simple but I am learning. And this owl is so cute!
Cartridges: Nate's ABC's and Everyday Pop-up Cards
Cartridges: Dude!, Nate's ABC's, and Paper Lace 2
Then, of course I couldn't not decorate my new toy so I played around with some vinyl. I decided to try my hand at uploading my signature after watching a tutorial on how to do it.
I was scrapping with a friend tonight and decided to look at some sketch blogs for inpsiration. I went to one of my favorite blogs Stuck?!, as I love their sketches, and they had a fabulous sketch up for their November challenge. Challenge accepted :)
Last month my family got the chance to get some pictures taken. My mother arranged for a photographer to take some photos of all her children, their families, and themselves. I think they turned out great and decided to scrap a few. I used this weeks sketch from the Let's Scrap blog for my photos. Their sketch is below:
One of my children's favorite things to do is to ride our bikes down to the river and throw rocks into the water. They can do this forever, no matter how long or short the trip. It's a beautiful location and I definitely don't mind perching myself on the flattest rock I can find and take pictures of the kids and the scenery.
This week at the new Let's Scrap blog they are having their 4th challenge:
Challenge #4 - Photo Inspiration
The photo I choose as inspiraton was this one below. I saw the water and immediately thought of the pictures I have taken by the river.
I decided to just use the same sketch as the one Susanna used as her example, sketch 2-1-12. I choose to use the left side of the sketch as well.
For our church's annual Vacation Bible School the theme is Arrow Island! This year the decor team has grown and so has our church decor! What an amazing talented group of people I was able to work with. Even though this isn't a scrapbook related, we did a lot of amazing things with paper to decorate the church with so I figure why not!
So, enjoy the tour!
Welcome to Arrow Island!
Water Fall made by a friend on the decor team did an amazing job of creating a realistic looking waterfall in our church lobby. Her husband created room dividers and then she covered them in white fabric with brown on the sides for rocks. The white fabric is then covered with white and blue tulle then shine streamers over that. The foam is cotton and the water is shiny see thru wrapping paper with colorful fish underneath. Some blue and green lights finish it off as well as lots of greenery, rocks, and flowers!
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour and all the great decor, the majority of which was created using paper!