When my kids were little, we spent our summers in Central PA at the house that had belonged to my grandparents. It is a 100+ year old farmhouse in a Borough of about 600, so small we used to joke about a population spike when we were in town. It was quite a change from our suburban life in South Florida and I have many fond memories of those days. My kids loved being up there, we had a huge yard with 20+ acres beyond that. We raised chickens, planted a garden and enjoyed the slower pace of life in the country. One of their favorite things as toddlers was the Little Tykes swing that hung from the large apple tree in our backyard. I have pictures of both my son and my daughter, born 6 years apart, in the swing being pushed by their daddy on their 2nd birthdays. In reality, I was the one who spent hours upon hours pushing them in that swing, but of course, I have no pictures of that! Anyway, I have wanted to scrapbook these pictures for a long time and when I got my Cameo, I decided it was time to tackle this layout. I created the cut file for the swing in Silhouette Studio, link to download for personal below. I used grass – tree border by Alaa’ K for the tree, grass by Silhouette, the clouds from hot air balloon by Lori Whitlock, all from the Silhouette Online Store, and Comic Sans for the title. You can’t tell in the photo, but the swings and the clouds are mounted on Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I am sorry for the pitiful photo, my scanner is not speaking to my laptop, some sort of tiff between the two!
Cut file on this post, Baby Swing.
The Paper Cabana
Now that my daughter is heading back to school, I decided I needed something to do with myself! Last year, I wasn’t really an empty nester because I was so busy taking care of my dad, who passed away the end of January. But this year, my nest will truly be empty, just me, Stella and Lucy at home for 12 hours each day. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I love a good challenge and my new Silhouette Cameo has reignited my love for electronic cutters. So I have decided to combine these two loves and start a weekly challenge blog for electronic cutters! The first challenge will begin on Wednesday, September 5th at 9:00am. You can do a card, a layout or any other project, as long as it has at least one SVG cut. The prize for the first challenge is a $10 Download Card for the Silhouette Online Store! I am also looking for a few guest designers for the first challenge, if anyone is interested, please email me at email@example.com.
For more details, please visit The Paper Cabana
Scene at the Beach
This is another layout for my Summer Scrapbook class. I designed this layout for a class in 2009, but my dad got sick and the class got cancelled. The base is Sahara Sand with So Saffron and Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper in the background. The photo mats are Brocade Blue. The title was cut with the Cricut, as were the Palm Trees and beach pail. The flip flops and beach ball were stamped in So Saffron and Certainly Celery.
Games Wii Play
This is a layout I made for my Summer Scrapbooking class. You can have “Wii” spelled “We” as an option. I used Old Olive Textured Cardstock for the base, Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper for the background and Brilliant Blue for the photo mats. The titles were cut with the Cricut in Old Olive and Chocolate Chip for the shadow. The Wii controller was also cut with the Cricut using a cut file made with George and Basic Shapes.
Here is a layout I made for today’s Free for All Challenge F4A121 Red, White & Blue. Confession, all the elements were cut for this layout. I was going to do a class with this layout 3 years ago, but my dad got sick and I never did the class. I sold the original sample, but I had another kit ready to be assembled. When I saw this challenge, I dug out the kit and finally put it together! The title was cut with the Cricut and Uncle Sam was made with Stampin’ Up! punches. I think the stars are a Sizzix die, been so long I can’t remember!