more vacation pages

Continuing on with the vacation pages I made with the July Gossamer Blue kits…

My husband’s sister and her husband were also on a trip to celebrate their anniversary on the same weekend we took ours, and incidentally happened to be staying a short distance away from where we were staying in Chesapeake City. So they drove over one evening to spend some time together. They accompanied us to the Tap Room for seafood, and then down to the marina to sit and watch the boats and talk. They are a sweet couple, and aren’t they cute? I love this photo of them, so I included it in my album.



Again, these pages are pretty simple and easy, because that’s usually how I scrapbook these days. I have too many photos to scrapbook to take a long time on each page. The travel embellishments in the July kits made it super easy to pull together some fun and quick pages.


I love those black word stickers from Seven Paper. They are geared towards Instagram photos and could even be used as word prompts for photo taking.


Patterned paper, stickers, and photos. That’s pretty much it. Noting fancy.


You know I said we like to visit the creamery by the water for their fabulous ice cream? This photo was taken there. I love this photo.

IMG_6700Everything on this page is from the July kits except for the yellow paper clip and the chipboard hearts. Those are from my stash.


I have no idea why, but I love to attach little bare chipboard hearts with tiny staples. Always staples. Love the gold word stickers too.


Have you taken any fun vacations lately? Or have plans to take one? The July Gossamer Blue kits are chock full of really fun travel/vacation type stuff. You should definitely check them out, if you haven’t yet. Last I checked there were still a few available.

Good Life/vacation pages

I finally got a new camera lens, so now I can catch up on posting all those projects I’ve been meaning to share! Hold onto your hats, because I have quite the backlog!

I attended a scrapbook event recently and was able to get quite a few pages done for my 8 1/2″ x 11″ album, using mainly the July Gossamer Blue kits. The pages went together so quickly, and the kits were perfect for documenting our trip.

The page I shared last, for the blog hop, was the first I did about last year’s anniversary trip my husband and I took to Chesapeake City, Maryland. These two pages are from that same event.


My husband and I are foodies, so I really appreciated the food/eatery related embellishments in the July kits. These photos were taken at the Tap Room, a fabulous little crab shack in town. Seafood is our favorite! My husband is happy when he has a large serving of crabs to dig into. The lobster was mine, and it! I’m hungry now.


This month’s cut files include some little banners with cut out phrases. I use the banner itself on another project and saved the “good life” letters for this page.


I’m loving the acetate cards included in the July add-on kit #2 (sold out). I just layered one of mine over the background, but they would be fun to use in a pocket page album. And that wood veneer piece with the spoon and fork! Cute!


There’s really not much to do in Chesapeake City besides eating and watching the boats. So that is what we do there. And sleep. It’s a relaxing place to be to get away from life’s hectic pace. That’s why we like it. It’s nice to not feel like we have to be taking in a lot of other things, although this isn’t the place I’d plan to visit for an exciting and entertaining vacation. It’s the kind of place we visit when we want to be squirreled away from everything with nothing on our agenda except relax.

We visit the creamery by the water, for their delicious ice cream, and just walk around town a lot when we’re there.


We like to head down to the marina, get a couple of drinks and watch the boats come in. We pick out our favorites, and dream about owning one of our own someday. The photos on this page were taken at three different times of day. Guess it shows how much we like to walk around down there when we’re here.


I kept the pages for this event really clean and uncluttered. I wanted the photos to tell the story. But I love the travel themes in this month’s kit so much that I want to take another trip, just so I have a chance to use them all up! Ha! I need to fly somewhere though, so I can use the airplane/flight embellishments. I’m sure my husband would understand my need to take a vacation for that purpose, don’t you think?

I’ll share more soon. Thanks for stopping in!


July GB Design Team Inspiration blog hop



Hey everyone! It’s time again for the Gossamer Blue Design team Inspiration blog hop! I’m so glad to have you join us in today’s hop, and I hope you’ll be inspired by what you see being shared by the team.

I want to apologize for the quality of photos in my post today. My main camera is in need of repairs, so I had to resort to taking these with my iPhone. The quality and size is less than ideal, so sorry!!



I made this page about an anniversary trip my husband and I took last year, since the July kits are travel related. I am doing an 8 1/2″ x 11″ album for this, and my photos are printed out in a 3″ x 4″ size. I’m really enjoying this size right now, in both the photos and the album.


We visited the tiny town of Chesapeake City, MD for our anniversary. This is the second time we’ve been there. It’s a great place to go to just relax, since there’s really not much there to do except watch the boats, visit the ice cream shop, stroll through the streets filled with little shops and art galleries, and eat food.

I thought that sticker of little town houses from Shimelle was perfect for this page.


Some Evalicious (sticker and tag), plus a title typed out on patterned paper and stitched on.

Hopefully it won’t take too long for my camera to get repaired, because I have so much more to share with you!! I’ve been on a roll with my scrapbooking, and the July kits were so fun to incorporate.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Here’s the blog hop list for those of you who would like to hop along:

Alex Hunter

Andrea Gray

Brenda Smith

Brenda Weaver

Caylee Grey

Chantal Philippe

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Erin Taylor

Eunyoung Lee

Felicitas Mayer

Heather Leopard

Jill Keller

Joy Taylor

Katarzyna Przybyt

Kathleen Graumüller

Katie Ehmann

Kellie Winnell

Kelly Xenos

Michelle Wedertz

Patricia Roebuck

Rebecca Luminarias

Sandra Dietrich

Sian Fair

Stephanie Buice

Yana Smakula

Gossamer Blue July reveal!

Aahhh! July! That time when we realize that one whole month of summer vacation is already come and gone and there’s just still so much summering yet to be done! There’s Independence celebrations and fireworks, picnics with friends, a pool beckoning, or maybe the beach. There are vacations to take and road trips to embark on. You know that with all those summer photos you’ll be taking of all your awesome excursions, you’ll need some awesome scrapbooking supplies to use to document your fabulous memories.

You’re in luck, because the Gossamer Blue July kits are just perfect for that very thing!

Here are the projects I created for reveal with the July kits.

let’s do this card (Main kit):


I created this fun card to send to a friend who might love coffee as much as I do. Coffee dates with a good friend are the best, don’t you agree? I can think of a few people I’d like to send a card like this to right now!

Created with Main Kit supplies only. I love the exclusive coffee stamp and the book of stickers from Shimelle.

Sun shine Fun time page (Main kit and Bits & Pieces kit:


The exclusive cut files are such fun! I need to use them some more. I love the Evalicious stickers and embellishments so much!

Photos from a beach trip from a past summer. Destination stamp is from the Main kit stamp set.


Always choose the adventure card (Life Pages kit):


I love, no I adore, the stamp set in the Life Pages kit this month!! It’s worth getting the kit, just for the stamp! Seriously! Just look at that cute little travel trailer. Gah!! Plus, there are so many fun phrases in this set. You should get it!!

Permit to drive page (Main kit, add-on #2, Bits & Pieces kit, Life Pages themed add-on):



I took the liberty to use lots of the travel themed embellishments in the kits on this page. I still need to add my thoughts about my oldest child learning to drive. I plan to add my journaling to the travel log spot. That journaling card was clashing with the other colors on my page, so I changed the color a bit by adding a strip of vellum along the top to tone down the bright shade of green.

I also really love the gold state embellishments this time. I’m trying to figure out how I can use all of them.


The add-on kit #2 includes those fantastic large black alphabet stickers. I really love them! I thought they were perfect for this page, since they remind me of the font on road signs. I love that the smaller alphabet is so similar too. They are perfect to use together.

That’s what I have to share for now. I have a few more projects using the July kits that I’ll show you throughout the month. So I hope you’ll stop by again for more July kit inspiration.







This is my beautiful girl!

She is headstrong and stubborn. She is compassionate and sensitive. She is independent and smart. She’s cute and funny. She is doing so well at playing the violin. She still adores babies, small children, and small animals. She is both frustrating and lovable. The smattering of freckles across her little nose makes me melt.

I think she brings out the best in me and the worst in me. Kids tend to do that, don’t they? She can make me want to pull my hair out sometimes, but then she’ll smile at me and wrinkle up her nose and her eyes twinkle and I am undone. When I curl up beside her on her bed at bedtime to chat and say prayers, I can’t believe I’m so blessed to call her mine. We have the best talks then, about all kinds of stuff. The mother/daughter bond between us is strong. I pray it stays that way.


This page uses the June kits from Gossamer Blue. They are pretty and flowery and fun, so perfect for a little girl! I sewed quite a few of the tiniest embellishments along the top of my page. There were so many tiny cute embellishments in the ephemera packages that just begged to be used up.


I painted the chipboard “C” with some acrylic paint to match the patterned paper. I love how versatile that chipboard alphabet is. I’ve seen lots of people stitching these, and that looks so cute that I may have to try it.

This is the last project I made using the June kits. I finally have dismantled all of them and separated them out. I had such fun with them, but there’s SO much more to come! Tomorrow is the reveal for the July kits, and you will love those too, I’m sure.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lookin’ Good, good lookin’!


This is my boy. The same one in the page I shared yesterday. Isn’t he handsome? This boy has grown so. stinking. much over the past year!! A year ago he was trying hard to pass me up in height. Now he is proud to be able to look down on me. He is 13 1/2 and so quickly turning into a man that it scares me.

This is the kid that has the great sense of humor. The one that keeps up laughing, although the childish, silly humor is fading, and a more mature sense of humor is taking it’s place. This boy rocks the Rubik’s Cube and playing the piano.


It’s this boy, who always hated dressing up, who is now asking my opinion on what he should wear and what goes together, and chooses the button down shirts for church on his own, without any nagging or prompting on our part to “pick something a little nicer”.

While watching a TV series on WW2 with his dad that, unfortunately, included some bad language, his dad turned to him and asked if he’s be able to ignore those words. This boy responded emphatically “Yes, dad. I don’t swear!”

I love this kid!


I’m almost done sharing my June kit pages. I have one more that I’ll share with you next week. This one was made using supplies from the Main kit, Life Pages kit, Main add-on, Add-on kit #2, and the Life Pages themed add-on

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend. Mine will include a photo shoot, having friends over, and a picnic with our church family.

Let the good times roll!


I’m back with another page from the June kit. I’m trying to squeeze them all in before the end of the month without overwhelming you! Ha!

This one is another 81/2″ x 11″ page that will go in my album. This page was SO hard to photograph! I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the foil elements, or maybe the shade of blue background paper. I had the hardest time getting the colors to come out right and everything to look sharp.

This is another favorite ocean picture of two of my kids. I love this photo of my son holding his boogie board in the surf. I think it’s because it reminds me of how quickly he’s turning into a young man. That physique isn’t one of a little boy anymore. His shoulders are getting bigger and more defined and his chest is getting more muscular. It’s even more shocking to me when I look back at photos taken just a year or two before. This is one example of why I like to take some of the same kinds of photos every year. It records the passing of time so well. Not long ago they were little toddlers running around with round bellies and chubby cheeks. Looking at photos like this make my heart hurt a little. From pride and the fact that they are growing up so quickly!

Plus, I love the way my daughter’s head is poking out of the water. My kids enjoy the ocean as much, or more, than I do!


The elements in the June kits are so much fun! I really, REALLY love the Citrus Bliss ephemera package and other embellishments from Pink Paislee. I love the citrus theme, the flamingos, and the colors in this line so much.


This page uses the main kit, the Bits & Pieces kit, and the Life Pages themed add-on.

It’s a simple page, but I had fun making it.

I hope you’re having a great week. Thanks so much for stopping by!