Saturday, July 30, 2011

In the Garden

Colour Create

Our challenge this week at 
Sentimental Sundays is Garden Party
(Anything you might find in your garden)
Right now my garden is mostly weeds, so the pictures
in these pages are before blogging, when I actually
did yard work and household chores! Anyway, please join us this week and show us what is in your garden!

I mentioned a few months ago that I was working on
finishing the scrapbooks I started for my Nieces and Nephew. After my Nephew was born, I started a book for him, and the theory was every time I saw him I would add a few pages to it. Then his sister came along, and I made when one for her, then a cousin came along and I made one for her, then her sister came along, and I was incredibly behind. They all knew they had books, but were wondering if they would ever get them back. With 11 years worth of 
pictures, and four kids, I was beginning to wonder the same.
Then we had a family day where we give the kids
a bunch of presents and have a fun day, so it was a perfect opportunity to finish the books to give them as presents.  It was a tremendous amount of work, but so worth it in the end. My husband even pitched in and helped. He probably does not want the world to know that, but I could not have done it without him. It turned out to be almost 400 pages. They are a bit simplistic, since they are for kids, but they are very happy with them. If I ever get to do some books for me, I will do fancier layouts. I will show more pages from time to time, now that I have permission from their parent's to share. Just won't bore you with all 400 right now.
City Crafters
The story behind these pages is that when we 
moved to our property in 2006, each of the kids planted a tree that was their tree to take care of when they visited us. They also painted rocks in their favorite colors and made stepping stones with their hand print in it. We live 3 hours away, so we do not get to see them as much as we would like. They each come and stay with us in the summer for 4 or 5 days.
They love to water, weed, and take care of their trees.
It has been fun watching the trees grow with them. They are now much taller than the kids.

Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: Misc.
Designer Paper: DCWV & Misc.
Stickers: Jolees & K&Co.
Die Cuts: Spellbinder's Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
Journaling done on computer
Labels: Using Label Maker by Brother

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Paper Shelter Challenge -  Anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Come and Get It Challenges - Anything goes
Divas by Design -  Summer
Stampavie and More - Summer
Fashionista Friday - Summer
Crafty Ann's - Summertime
Craft Your Days Away - Summertime
Just Some Lines - Outdoors/Summer
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Anything but a card
Phindy’s Place - Diecuts
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Inspiration from nature
City Crafter Challenge - Inspiration
Colour Create - Pink green, white
Paper Play -In the garden
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Garden
Stamp Insanity - use your favorite colors (Green & Pink)
Clear It Out! - Use Old Supplies- Anything Goes  (Paper & pictures)
Catered Crop Green, Scallops, Die Cut Shapes


Cheryl said...

oh hun these are all amazing layouts and brilliant pictures too,hugs cheryl xxxx

Tine said...

Hi Stacey. What fabulous memories for the children (& parents) to treasure. Great layouts & lovely photos. Hope you are all keeping well.
Tine :)

Faye said...

Nice to see you Lovely.:)
These layouts are fab, the pictures so vibrant and full of joy. Have a great week. xxx

Dorcas said...

I liked reading the stories too! Always thought the tree idea was fabulous, wished we'd thought of it with Tweet but I guess it wouldn't have done any good what with moving to and fro.
Great layouts!

Heidi said...

Wow this is fantastic Stacey!
Wonderful LO's and photos:)
What a lovely idea with the trees.
Have a great day!
Hugs, Heidi:)

Martha said...

adorable, thank you for joining us at Clear It OUt

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow fab layouts and photos, lovely story to go with them too, thanks so much for sharing with us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

400 pages is an amazing number!
Love the tree-idea, too!

pinky said...

Absolutely gorgeous layouts! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So lovely!!! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

dj1952 said...

Stacey this is beautiful. I'm sure they don't mind at all how fancy the pages are. I did photo albums for my twins and they love them, and they were nowhere as pretty as this. Love the colors. The children really have grown. It's neat to see that growth next to the trees. Hugs, dj

Linda R. said...

Your pages are so pretty.. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Michele Gross said...

I love your tree story! What a wonderful living memory! So special for them to have their own tree. I'm sure it will continue to be meaningful as they grow up :) Great layouts, so fun to see the growth :)

Cheryl Nelson said...

Such LOVELY work! Thank you so much for joining us at CCCB!

Ros said...

Such sweet pages and something to treasure ... thank you so much for playing along at CCCB

Jenn Borjeson said...

Ooh - how pretty! Thank you for joining our challenge at Just Some Lines this week!

Ann Whitfield said...

These are all fabulous layouts Stacey, thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

laney said...

Fabulous Layouts Stacey!!!
Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too

Babs said...

What a great idea Stacey, and what a big job getting all those done! Good for you. I bet the kids love to come over to your house to see how their trees are growing. Thanks for sharing.
Luv, Babs

Donna said...

Gorgeous layouts Stacey, and such beautiful subjects! Thanks for joining us at CYDA this time.
Donna x

Sammibug said...

Awesome idea! Thank you for playing along with us at Stamp Insanity.

Cheryl said...

Wonderful layouts! The pictures are so sweet.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! What great layouts. I can tell you had so much fun. Thanks so much for taking part in our Come and Get it Blog Challenge.

Annika said...

OMG - 400 pages!!! Wow! But it is SUCH a nice thing to do for them and something that will bge treasured for years and years to come!
You are a total angel!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

What absolutely wonderful creations; they'll be an absolute treasure for the kids and their families. Thanks for playing along with StampInsanity's Favourite Colour challenge this week :D

iRene-M said...

Oh, my!! These are wonderful LO's.
A true work of love that will be treasured even more in the years to come
Thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's

Jane said...

Lovley layouts perfect gifts
thanks for playing at StampinSanity this week
Luv Jane xxx

Laura said...

Sooo cute! I totally "hear" you on the WORK required for the scrapbooks! I managed to make a 8x8 in 3-4 days...with printing pics and all and it was TIERING! Soooo cute that your hubby stepped in :).

Love the idea with the trees! :)

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

Linda McClain said...

Oh my, you've been busy! This are all so sweet and soft, I love them. Thanks for sharing them with us at Catered Crop.

Colleen Dietrich said...

I know what you mean about being behind on pictures. THe kids are 13 and 9, and I haven't put a photo in an album in YEARS, let alone scrapbook them! LOL

And I also can relate about gardening and housework...before blogging/cardmaking came along!

Lesley said...

Lovely LO's and a lovely idea! Thanks for taking part in the CYDA challenge xx

Lisa Jane said...

what wonderful layouts
Thanks for joining us at Diva's by design this fortnight
Lisa x

Lisa Jane said...

what wonderful layouts
Thanks for joining us at Diva's by design this fortnight
Lisa x

Just Some Lines Digital Stamps said...

These are fantastic pages!!
Thank you for joining the Just Some Lines Saturday Challenge


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