Scraps of Life

Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s no secret that Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. When I worked in retail, I would wear either a Santa hat, elf hat or reindeer antlers every day to work starting the day after Thanksgiving up until Christmas Eve. I would always help decorate the places for Christmas and right now, I have snowflakes hanging from the ceiling above my desk at work as well as ribbons tied to the door handles. I’m still adding things, but I’ll be sure to take pictures of my work space when I’m finished.

Since we’re just starting out, a lot of the stuff we have so far are wonderful hand me downs. We’ve been blessed with loving families that shared their Christmas treasures with us. A few things are original to us and we’re still on the lookout for stockings we want but below you’ll see what we have so far.

I may or may not have a slight obsession with penguins. The two in the two left picture both sing and dance. The one with the yellow eyebrows sings a Christmas version of “Tooty Fruity” and his eyebrows move. Matt got him for me last year and my Grandma got me the other one. I love them both. The tall wooden penguin with all of the stuffed ones on the chair came from the craft fair at church this year.

The two garland creatures came from Matt’s aunt and uncle and I just think they’re adorable. Baxter was unsure of the deer at first and kept going up and sniffing him. It was pretty cute. I’m only sad I didn’t get a picture to share. The snowman in the middle came from Grandma and was made my some of the “crafty ladies” at church.

Now here is our Christmas tree, also from Matt’s aunt and uncle. I can’t wait to get more and more ornaments for our tree and other random decoration. I’ve found a few very cute things on Pinterest  (My DIY Christmas Board) I plan on making for either this year or next year as well. Maybe I’ll even start adding to the craft fair at church!

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The Buzzer Shot

Last night Matt and I went to our alma mater, Northern Kentucky University, to watch the women’s basketball team play their first home game in Division I. We walk into the familiar arena and see something totally different, yet awesome. Banners representing all of the teams in the Atlantic Sun conference that NKU is now proudly a part of. It was surreal.

Now to be honest, I was never really a huge fan of basketball, but Matt is and he’s kind of corrupted me just a little bit. I understand more of the game than I ever even cared to before and I always knew enough to be able to follow. Having my alma mater get into the “big leagues” so to speak of college sports, makes it even that much more exciting.

Norse was up most, if not all, of the first half but it was a very close second half. So close that it would be a miracle if they won as it was down to the last shot thrown up at the buzzer. It was tied at 64 when the shot went up in the last seconds of the game and into the basket it went. NKU had beaten an undefeated team at their first home game of the season. Until, of course, the refs decided to double check to make sure the ball left her hand before the buzzer and make the room tense again. Thankfully, it was ruled a good basket and a victory!

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It was seriously such an exciting time. I hope the students that were there bring some friends next time and get that place on fire for the teams. I will say that even though the pep band was small, they were loud and full of life. It always was my favorite part of basketball games anyway. What’s yours?

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Some Old Favorites – Scrapbook Pages

A while back I had taken some pictures of some of a few of my favorite scrapbook pages to show some friends, so I figured it was a great place to begin. Speaking of beginnings, my love for scrapbooking began when my cousin, Randy, bought me a picture book for Christmas the year before we went to Europe together. It wasn’t actually meant for scrapbooking, but I decided it would be fun and I’ve been hooked and improving ever since.

When I took these pictures, I tried my best to reduce glare but it was difficult. I think in the future, I will take the pages out of the protective sleeves and find the most well-lit place in our apartment. If you have any tips, feel free to share.

For starters, here’s a page from one of Matt and I’s trips to an adorable county in Indiana. I just love the simplicity of this page. Since I did this a while ago, I can’t really recall where everything came from but I do know that the heart punch came from Creative MemoriesPSA – It is on the “While Supplies Last” list if you like it.

 

 

 

 

This one, as you can tell from the picture in the top left of the page, is about our engagement on September 18, 2010. Matt was a sports writer at the time, but every few months he was to write a column about anything he wanted. The first one after he proposed, he wrote about everything leading up to that moment for that day. This page is very special to me and showcases how you can incorporate a newspaper article into your scrapbook pages.

 

 

 

I’ll admit it. We’re obsessed. One of my scrapbooks is completely made up from Reds related pictures. Games, Redsfest, etc. This is the title page for that album. For games pages, I always try to remember our tickets. At any given time, I have old tickets for something in my wallet just waiting to be scrapbooked.

 

 

 

 

This was from RedsFest the first year we went. If you don’t know, the Nasty Boys were a trio of Reds relief pitchers in the 90’s, most importantly, 1990. I decided to take a play on that by putting pictures of my husband and his cousin on the page with the picture of their jerseys.

 

 

 

 

Don’t have any pictures? No problem. I cut the front page off the Playbill from Aronoff’s showing of Mary Poppins we went to, typed up a synopsis of the day on Word, put the tickets in and embellished it a bit. I love the brightness of it. (Pay no attention to the “Relay for” bubbles as that is the opposite page)

 

 

 

 

This is one of my most fun scrapbook pages. It’s from the Merry-Go Round Museum in Sandusky, OH and if you’re ever up there, it is so worth the money. I loved setting this page up like a little scrapbook merry go round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, for now, but not least is the page from New Years Eve 2010. Fun background pages can really make a scrapbook page design.

So there you have it, my first installment of scrapbook pages. Feel free to pin them and use them as inspiration if you so desire!

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Thanksgiving 2012

As I sit here and watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special and think about all of the blessings in my life, I can’t help but become overwhelmed with thankfulness and joy. I have all of the typical things that everyone takes for granted throughout the year such as a loving family, supportive friends, a great job, a place to live, a car, etc. New to this year’s Thanksgiving is being thankful for my husband (not that I wasn’t thankful for him as my fiance or boyfriend…you know what I mean) and that no one was injured when we hit the deer.

None of that even graces the surface though. Not even close. Matt and I are so blessed by everything in our lives that it amazes me every day. God is evident everywhere I look in our life together and our lives away from each other. I try my best every day to show my gratitude for grand and minute things every day to the people that deserve the thankfulness. To me, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Showing it, day in and day out.

Do I always succeed in this goal? No. Do I still continue to try? Of course!

In the sermon on Sunday, our pastor used the following cartoon in his sermon. I feel like it pretty much sums up what I’m trying to avoid happening in my life. I don’t want to ever feel this way.

 

Tomorrow we will start the day by going to Matt’s parents, spend the day with them and head over to my aunt and uncle’s place for the evening time. With Jello cookies, wine and our wedding album along for the ride. It’s going to be a wonderful day and I’m so glad I have the people in my life to share it with. Truly humbling that I’ve been entrusted with so many wonderful relationships.

So to anyone out there who happens to read this, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Compassion International

Well, I don’t think I’ve been happier to cross something off my Day Zero Project list save our wedding day, than I am today. We sponsored our first child through Compassion International and wrote him a letter complete with three pictures. I really cannot wait for Rio (this is his nickname, not his real name). to write back. He’s 9 years old and his favorite sport is baseball, which I can’t lie, played a part in us choosing him. Not that we’d love and pray for another child any less, but to have a good starting interest to bond over sounded like a great idea. Plus, I love his smile. 

We told him about our cat, Baxter, who our favorite baseball team is and asked him why baseball was his favorite sport. It says you can expect to receive around three letters from your child a year but that you should write to them more often than that. I have a feeling I’m going to be cherishing those three letters a year. 

We got some pointers from the Compassion International blog for writing our letter and found out that today is also Universal Children’s Day. How appropriate, and we really had no idea it was today. This is just something we’ve both wanted to do for a while and we finally did. I AM PUMPED!

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Scraps of Life

I’ve decided to bring a new life to my blog and motivate myself to get back into posting more frequently. In order to do this, I’m going to take pictures of my scrapbook pages and share them with the masses for inspiration and what have you. I also plan on executing more Pinterest projects and showing them off here.

 

All of this will be intertwined with the ramblings and happenings of my life. Stay tuned!

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