A Year Ago...

Only last March I had surprised my hubby with a trip to see Spring Training in Arizona.  This was his Christmas present, and it was so surprising in the fact that I planned the entire trip all alone. Now you may think that's no big feat, but in our house he does all of the trip planning. He's a travel agent in a future life.  I OK itineraries, pack my clothing and camera gear and that's about it.  He does all the rest of the legwork and I'm infinitely thankful for that.  

While it's not St. Paddy's Day yet, we had the pleasure of attending a game with the Reds all geared up in their green and shamrocks.  It was such a great unexpected thing to happen.  Such a great trip...one we'll have to repeat at some point.

 

My Daring Side

OK, I'll admit, I'm not the most adventurous soul out there. But there are a few things that I will try.  Skydiving...nope.  I don't see the point in jumping out of a perfectly good plane. Bungee jumping...nope.  Same argument but insert jumping off of a bridge.  But I will zipline at the drop of the hat.  I don't care if it's a long run, a short run, in the jungle, in the desert, wherever and whenever.  Normally the opportunity presents itself when we're in Hawaii.  If there's a zipline in the islands, we're up for it.   There's just something so freeing about the feeling of being surrounded by nature, just flying along with the wind in your face.  Nothing quite like it.  I decided this needed to be documented with my GoPro.  I had fun taking video and shooting some still photos during a recent visit to the Flyin' Hawaiian Zipline on Maui.  http://www.flyinhawaiianzipline.com/

We had some great guides and a gorgeous day to spend just zippin' zippin'.  Couldn't have asked for anything more.  Bad weather had been the norm during the week, so we were so happy to get a break in the weather and get the chance to experience the best zipline on Maui again (our second time doing this line).  And lucky us, Haleakala decided it would hang out and gave us a gorgeous view of her all afternoon. 

Our crew.  Thanks for the great day guys!

Our crew.  Thanks for the great day guys!

Ready to go!  

Ready to go!

 

Layout using products from One Little Bird and Kate Winiecki.  

Layout using products from One Little Bird and Kate Winiecki.

 

New Year, more stuff.

With the start of 2015 I'm going to be making a new commitment to getting my site up and running and funcitonal.  So get ready for more photos shared, more scrapping and maybe some ramblings here and there.  I may even pull a few photography and other tutorials out of my sleeve and onto the keyboard.  

My hope is to make my blog a fun destination for looking at some interesting things and learning just a bit.  

Stay tuned!

New Scrapping to share!

Working my way through a bunch of vacation photos in scrapping.  Luckily for me, it's the time of year where I can easily get my hands on travel related items, or make challenges into travel related layouts.  I don't think I'll ever run out of material the way we like to travel so much!

Here's my layouts for this week!

Just Jaimee - RLIP-Are We There Yet? Collab at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - RLIP-Are We There Yet? Collab at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - Save the Date at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - Save the Date at The Lilypad

Scotty Girl Design - Q&A at Pixels & Co.

Scotty Girl Design - Q&A at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 7 at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 7 at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 8 at Pixels &  Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 8 at Pixels &  Co.

Yay! A freebie hop.

Who doesn't love a freebie?  

We all do of course.  And the wonderful Anita from Anita Designs has come up with a winner.  Her team (me included) has put together an awesome blog/FB hop that will result in a winner of a kit once you're done.  Simply follow along, and you'll score some awesome goodies designed by Anita herself and her team.

It's been great dipping my toe into the design world, and has given me a whole new respect for the designers who crank out awesome digi scrapping kits each and every week.  Hats off to you!

Click on the preview below to score my portion of the kit..."Lattice."

Or click this link...Freebie

I hope you enjoy this freebie, good luck and enjoy all the other goodies the rest of the team have in store for you.  

 

You should have arrived here from...Scooty's Designs

 

Next stop...France M. Designs

If you get lost anywhere along the way, you can get back on track at Anita's website...Anita Designs

What have I been doing this week???

Here's a gallery of the layouts I've been working on this week.  It's been really busy...finishing up my stint at The Lilypad, continuing working for Scotty Girl Designs, starting a guest stint for Just Jaimee and starting on a new team...Anita Designs.  I'm so excited to get to work with all these fabulous designers.  It's a fun time and I'm having a blast and getting a lot of scrapping done.  Not much else, but at least the scrapping is happening LOL. 

Just click on the pic and it will scroll to the next layout in the gallery.

Thanks for looking!

What Have I Been Up To Lately?

Life has been busy the past couple of weeks.  But I've managed to fit in a little scrapping time here and there.  Still guesting at TLP (The Lilypad) and having a ball.  It's seriously been a mental life saver for me these days.  

Here's a look at the layouts I've created the past couple of weeks.

Created for Scotty Girl Design - This Year 2014 Summer available at Pixels & Co.

Created for Scotty Girl Design - This Year 2014 Summer available at Pixels & Co.

The below gallery is what I've created over the past couple of weeks as a part of my stint as a Guest Polly at The Lilypad.  Click on the pictures to scroll through.

As you can tell, I've been a bit on the busy side...but I absolutely love creating these designs with my photographs.  It's an extension of my art and very enjoyable.

Holiday...Day Two

How many holidays last for more than one day?  There are a few, but none like National Scrapbook Day.  It really should be called National Scrapbook long weekend.  One has to pace themselves.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.  

Here are a few layouts created.

 

Doesn't Get Any Better

Doesn't Get Any Better

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

More to come....

It's a Holiday!

OK, it's not a holiday that most folks know about or celebrate...but if you're a scrapbooker, it's a major holiday.  It's National Scrapbooking Day or NSD for short!  It's the day where stores galore in digi land pull out all the stops and throw tons of product out there, run super sales and lots of fun all the way around.  It can be a bit overwhelming, but it's all fun. 

On top of this, I'm doing my one month guest stint at The Lilypad.  I've been waiting anxiously for this since I first learned I had won one of the coveted Guest Polly spots.  TLP has so many great designers and such great digital project for any style of scrapping, it's my go to haven for all things digi.

Here's a selection of the layouts I've completed so far using the new this weekend items available in the shop.   Click on any of the images to be taken to the TLP gallery to find the links to all products used to create these layouts.

Create

Create


Magic

Magic

Go, Seek, Explore

Go, Seek, Explore

So Proud

So Proud

Delicious

Delicious

Click, Crop, Create

Click, Crop, Create

Doesn't Get Any Better

Doesn't Get Any Better

Snapshots

Could there be a better theme for a digital scrapbooking kit than one that centers around my passion, my love, my photography?  Shannon at Scotty Girl Designs must have been reading my mind.  She gave me a kit that speaks to me and my art.  

My husband loves to take photos of me taking photos (sounds redundant doesn't it?).  I love that he enjoys capturing me in my element, having fun doing "my thing."  It's just sweet that he supports my artistic endeavors in any way he can, including documenting them.  He took the photo below while we were in Ireland on Inishmore at Dun Aengus exploring the beauty of this Aran Island off the coast of Ireland.  It was a beautiful day, and beautiful surroundings I wanted to capture in all their glory, even if it meant getting close to the cliffs.  No worries though, I stayed back enough because the wind was wicked up there and I didn't want to become a statistic. :-)

Click created using Scotty Girl Design's Snapshots available at Pixels & Company.

Click created using Scotty Girl Design's Snapshots available at Pixels & Company.

Spring Wildflowers

Spent Saturday running around in the woods, looking for the Spring wildflowers that can be so fleeting this time of year.   With the snow we had earlier in the week and cold temps, I was worried about there being anything worth photographing.

Luckily for me, there were plenty of blooms out or in the process of emerging. Every week it's a changing view with new flowers emerging.  I'll have to see what I capture next weekend if possible because there were plenty of flowers that were still to come out as the daffodils make their exit.  Here are a few pics, but I'm horrible with flower names so don't expect much in that department. 

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

I named the two that I knew, but the others...that escapes me at the moment.   Told you not to get your hopes up too much. ;-)