A lot has happened in these last few months. As many of you know Design House Digital closed it’s doors last summer. I had just started selling my digital kits there so this was very sad for me since I felt like I had found a digital home at last. I was planning on selling at another well know digital company, but after a lot of heart to heart talks with myself, I decided that it was important to focus more on my family. Designing would have to take a back seat. So this summer was strictly about hanging out more with the kids and helping my husband fix up our little lake cottage that we bought a year and half ago.
We bought our little cottage right after my husband came home from a year’s deployment in Afghanistan. We found this small slice of heaven while my husband was home on leave and all four of us fell in love with it! It was structurally sound, but needed some major cleaning and TLC since it had not been lived in for about 4 years. The first summer we cleaned and fixed small things… the kitchen sink needed replacing, the toilet upstairs, and the whole process of cleaning from top to bottom including getting rid of 3 trailer loads of stuff! We also cleared a LOT of brush since you could hardly see the lake through all the trees! This last summer we worked on expanding the parking area (there was only enough room for 2 vehicles), cleared more trees including one HUGE pine that was making it’s home in a portion of our septic field and building a deck and stair system down to the beach (the cottage is situated on a steep hill). The kids were also a big help with smaller things and when they got tired, they loved being able to run down to the beach to build sandcastles and swim! We had a lot of family time too… walks, bike rides, kayaking, boating, fishing and just hanging out on the beach. It was definitely a good summer and a good decision to put designing on the back burner.
Ribbon Tag from the Shabby Princess Shoppe.
During the summer, I also had some time to hang out and do some traditional scrapbooking after the kids went to bed. I had forgotten how much I loved working with paper after all the years of digi scrapping! I’ve posted a couple of layouts that I have done since I’ve gone back to paper.
The first page is of my son Luke while camping at one of our state parks that we have in the area. We had taken a hike and found this amazing cabin! The last picture of this layout shows some green and orange accent paper behind the photo. I achieved this look by running it through my Tim Holtz VagaBond Machine with a Darice embossing plate. I then took some sandpaper and roughed up the embossed part to distress it. Supplies used: Paper -My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey, Large Diecut – Crate Paper, Chipboard Letters – Making Memories, Embossing Plate – Darice, Thread – Iris, Chipboard Stickers – Basic Grey, Frame – My Mind’s Eye, Rubon – Cosmo Cricket.
The next layout is actually from Halloween a couple of years ago. I’m definitely NOT a chronological scrapbooker!! I tend to scrap whatever catches my eye or the way that I feel at that moment. Scrapbooking is a bit about therapy too, not just preserving the past… don’t make it stressful by worrying about having to scrap those 15 more pics of Cousin Robert’s birthday party instead of the vacation to Disneyworld that you just took just because the party came before your vacation! Supplies used: Paper – Coordinations, Imaginisce, and Bo Bunny, Rubon Letters – Swatch Book Impressions, Tags – Basic Grey, Chalk Tag – My Mind’s Eye, Washi Tape – My Mind’s Eye, Embossing Plate – Darice.
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