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2015: Flight to California

2015: Flight to California

2015: Flight to California

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog. I have been spending most of my creative time actually creating around 150 new pages that I hope to show on here over the next few months.

This spread is of our flight from Chicago to California and back.  the next few pages will show what happened in California in between the two flights!

For this spread I used photographs from the two flights as well as the ticket stubs and baggage tags.  We flew on Spirit Airlines, whose color is yellow, so I made the paper airplane cutout on my cricut and chose yellow accents to emphasize the airline colors.  The photographs are also bordered in yellow.  I love using this cloud background paper for airline or flight spreads as it helps the page to fell airy and light.

I like to use ephemera such as the tickets in my scrapbooking because it is a subtle way to show the dates that things happened.


2008: San Diego Bay Bridge Run/Walk

2008: San Diego Bay Bridge Run/Walk

2008: San Diego Bay Bridge Run/Walk

Once per year the Navy hosts the Bay Bridge Run/Walk to raise funds for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Fund. The Website shares that “MWR provides Quality of Life programs for our 500,000+ active duty and retired military, reservists, their family members and civilian employees who make up our San Diego Military Family. This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge.

This is a rare opportunity to walk or run across the Coronado Island Bridge which has incredible views.  A friend of ours told us about this opportunity and we decided to join her on this adventure.  It was a beautiful day and wonderful experience and if you live near San Diego I encourage you take advantage of this in the upcoming year.  Find out how to do so here –>

This page was a lot of fun (and work to create).  I could not find background paper that I felt did this event justice.  So I decided to make my own.  I took one of my pictures from the experience – looking back on the bridge that we had just walked over, and used it to hand draw the bridge from that viewpoint.  I then painted the bridge using craft paint, and when it dried used a permanent black marker to outline the paint.  I purposely did this in a very rough format because I didn’t want to take away from the pictures of the event.

I put my son’s number onto the page and then themed the pictures after the number.  I used a hole punch to punch holes in each of the pictures so that they matched the holes in our numbers that we wore for the walk.  I also placed the pictures in chronological order from left to right showing our progress across the bridge.  I made sure that a photograph of our time at the finish line made it onto the spread in the top right hand corner – and I journaled on the bottom of the bridge in the right hand page our experience so that viewers would understand what we had done that day.


2008: San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano has something for everyone. I was interested in historic sites, antiques and small eating establishments – my son was more interested in the farm animals.  This spread combines the two things that we liked.

On the left is a postcard and a picture from “The Tea House on Los Rios” where we had a wonderful peaceful light lunch.  I cut the leaves out with my Cricut machine using the same colors that I used for the background and the picture border.  In this photograph it almost looks printed on the page – but it creates a 3D effect on the page.

The right hand side has pictures from our time at a petting zoo.  I bordered the pictures with a straw photo paper that I had in one of my paper packs.  People are sometimes afraid to use photo paper for borders, but I felt like this really helped the farm theme to stand out on this page.  Notice that the background paper on this page is the same as the border and leaves on the left hand page.

2008: Train ride to San Juan Capistrano

2008: Train ride to San Juan Capistrano

2008: Train ride to San Juan Capistrano

Another trip that we took with the Families Club with the YMCA was an Amtrak Train trip from San Diego to San Juan Capistrano.  This spread chronicles the train station, the train, and the beginning of our day trip.  The train station had a clock that showed the time and date and I used pictures of this with my son to help chronicle the timing of this event.  I usually use ticket stubs to help establish this, but the tickets that day were unreserved/unrestricted tickets and therefore did not have a date on them.

I used my Cricut machine to cut the title to the trip in video reverse on a tag so that it looked like a luggage tag.  I also included the train schedule so that we would be reminded of all of the stations that we stopped at on our trip.


2007: Birch Aquarium

2007: Birch Aquarium

2007: Birch Aquarium

One of the advantages of living in San Diego is that everyone wants to come and visit :)!  So, I felt the need to buy season passes to all of the local attractions to save money while giving friends and family the local sights tour.  One of our favorite places is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

This spread is another example of mixing photographs from various trips to the same location.  If you look carefully at the pictures you will notice that my son has different outfits on in some of the pictures.

I used a pre-printed background page set and then added some of my own elements.  The blue round “air bubbles” were cut with my Cricut machine and I added the fish sticker on one of the “bubbles”.  I purchased the iron on patch at the Aquarium store.  I often will buy patches to put in scrapbooks, since they are usually pretty cool, and we don’t really iron on patches on to any clothes that we have.


2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

2007: Pirate's Dinner Adventure

2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

As part of our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Los Angeles we went to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure with our good friends Tira and David. Tira was a friend of Brandon’s when he was thinking about adoption and really encouraged him to move forward in the process. Tira is a professional photographer and later took pictures of our adoption day. View Tira’s website –>

This first spread includes a flag and a pirate hat from our adventure.  I didn’t want to glue the flag down, and it would not stick with sticky tabs, so I used my Crop-a-dile Big Bite Punch to insert eyelets/grommets into the corners to hold it on to the page.  If you look carefully you will be able to see the green eyelets that I used.  In order to show as much of the flag as possible I used a fine point pair of scissors to carefully cut around our outlines in the photos.  I also had some wonderful stickers and embellishments to put on this page.  If you remember the Medieval Times page – my son was posing with his sword – apparently he wanted to keep the theme here and was using a flag to attack our friend David – in a friendly way of course!

2007: Pirate's Dinner Adventure 2

2007: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure 2

This second spread showcases that my son was called up on stage to be part of the show – he loved that! Since it was Thanksgiving time they were having a Christmas theme – and he got to be a toy soldier – complete with a wooden gun – I don’t know how they pried that out of his fingers when it was over!

The pirate outfit in the left corner is from a Jolee’s Sticker collection – and is one of my all time favorites.  (Of course – I like pirates too!).

The pirate ship on the right hand side is actually a full page print on transparent plastic.  I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Punch again to hold it to the maroon background page using eyelets/grommets.  I placed this plastic sheet on top of the photographs and title  – which is why you see a little glare from the light when I took the picture of this spread.

2007: Point Loma Nazarene University

2007: PLNU

2007: PLNU

While I was working on the adoption process of my son I was working at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. My son got to “help” me with several of the fun events that I was a part of while I worked there.

The left hand page shows pictures from a leadership training event that was similar to a mud run and our job was to jump out of the bushes and throw water balloons at the participants.  What a perfect event for an 8 year old boy!  The letters and the splatter spots were all cut using my Cricut machine.

The right hand page shows how we “painted up” for a spirit event that the students were holding.  Again, the stars and the titles were cut using my Cricut machine.  Notice that the PLNU at the bottom is from the title silhouette banner at the top of the page.  I also affixed two patches from PLNU on this page and included the stray strands from pompoms that my son picked up at the event.


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