Archive for August, 2013

Photo a Day Part 4

August 30, 2013 |  by  |  Family  |  1 Comment

Closing in on the end of the month and I have two last groups of photos for my photo a day challenge at Get It Scrapped.  We will be doing a new challenge for the month of September so if you would like to join in on the fun head over to find the list of topics for your photo inspiration.  HERE IS A LINK

Day 20 – Shadow Dancing


Here are my 3 favorite people lined up for a shadow shot!

Day 21 – Sweet, Sour or Sassy


Sweet and sassy YES!   Happy B-day to my 11 year old!

Day 22 – Don’t Bug Me


I was having trouble finding a bug but at the moment my allergies are BUGGING me in a big way.  The evidence is my bangs being tucked back and glasses on for about 4 weeks depending on how long the fall season lasts.

Day 23 – You’re my Favorite


Yep these 3 are my absolute favorite!

Day 24 – Slim Pickin’s


Our tomatoes and cucumbers are definitely NOT slim pickin’s this year we get buckets like this 2 or 3 times a week.

Day 25 – Shrimp on the Barbie

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Well it was not shrimp BUT it was crab legs, was being the key word 🙂 Yumm!

Day 26 – Baby Got Back

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OK so I am the first to admit that I have “back”, the ice cream is probably not going to help he he! But oh so good!

I will have one last group of photos next week.  I am struggling with a few of the last ones.  Creative interpretation will probably be key.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Ombre and Gallery Wall

August 28, 2013 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  2 Comments

I have two layouts post at Get It Scrapped in the past two days so i figured it was easiest to post them here together as well.  The first is a layout inspired by Gallery walls.  The ladies at Get It Scrapped collected a lovely collection of artfully arranged gallery walls on Pinterest and asked us to create a layout inspired by a gallery wall.


Home Is Where The Heart Is by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Kraft, spray mists; Adirondack, ink; Sharpie, gesso; Golden, embroidery floss; unknown

The base of this layout was created by using spray mists with stencils and then after it had dried using a dry brush with gesso over the page.  Because the inks are water based I did get a little color pulling up into the gesso which I love.  I then printed my photos at home after cropping them and turning them black and white.  I printed them on matte photo paper so they stayed very contrasty and clean.  When I trimmed them I purposefully left the white paper around the edge of the photo to create the look of frames.  Each one of the photos got a embroidery floss hanger.  I just poked a hole in each top corner and threaded the floss through, tying it in back.  I had really tiny brads that look like screws so each photo was “hung” with a brad and then I added the journaling, title and doodles with my Sharpies.

Check out the rest of the Creative Team’s gallery walls HERE

Today’s article was featuring layouts using ombre to enhance the feel of the layout.  Here is the layout I contributed:


Hiking Into the Past by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: ink; Copic and Sharpie, sticker letters; Jenni Bowlin, cardstock, small sticker letters and trim unknown.

I am pretty excited about this layout, I love how the background turned out.  I used Copic markers specifically B05,  E07 and E09 to create the airbrushed ombre effect.  I have a “cloud” scalloped stencil that I created just for this effect and then I tore a piece of cardstock for the layered red rock look that is so indicative of Arizona. After adding my photos and title, a portion of which were colored with my Copics to match I added journaling about our hike through petroglyphs and the fact that Lori completed all but the last 100 yards or so in a full boot because of her broken toe on the trip.  She is the one on Dad’s shoulders in the upper right photo.  The trim was an amazing find at the Creating Keepsakes Convention last year and sadly I do not know who made it but I knew it would be perfect for these layouts.

Check out all the amazing ombre effect from the Creative Team HERE

We are doing great here, girls are LOVING the start to their 3rd and 5th grade years. Oh and I have an 11 year old at my house YIKES how did that happen!?  We are melting in temperatures hitting over 100 most late afternoons right now hoping the end is close.

Happy end of August to you all!


August 23, 2013 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  1 Comment

I shared an easy tutorial on how to make your own pinwheels at Get It Scrapped this week.  There is really nothing to them.  They are, as we like to say, easy peasy!

Here is the layout I created using my pinwheels:


Spring Has Sprung by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; American Crafts, patterned papers, vellum tags and brads; SEI, ink; Sharpie, sticker letters and words; Cosma Cricket, trims; unknown

Click HERE to read about how to put these fun pinwheels together.

Click HERE to see more inspiration with pinwheels!

Also Amy Kingsford has been writing an amazing series about finding inspiration in your surroundings and all three articles are must read material.  Click HERE to read the third installment and get links to the first two.

Happy weekend all!

August Photo a Day – part 3

August 22, 2013 |  by  |  Family, Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

OK so i am falling a little behind!  I am going to have to cheat a little extra to finish up all my photos BUT I will make it work!  Here are 5 more of my photos for my photo a day challenge at Get It Scrapped!

Day 14- Grow


My girls keep swapping out who is taller!  Lori had Sara beat about mid summer but Sara has pulled ahead again!  All I know is that these two just keep growing!

Day 15 – Blue Skies Smiling at Me

image(13)So not exactly blue skies BUT I couldn’t resist trying to capture the reflection of the sunrise that greeted me on this morning.  The blue skies have certainly been smiling here these days.

Day 16 – Get to the Point

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A needle without a point, I worked a couple days on a small piece of crochet to put on a project for Get It Scrapped.

Day 17 – School Days

image(14)Might be my best shot yet.  There is nothing better then 2 big smiles at the END of the first day of school!

Day 18 – Water Works

image(7)image(12)We decided after the third day of school to break out the slip n’slide.  We ended up with 10 kids in our front yard it waas great fun.  Lori and Sara decided to try some tumbling passes (at least somersaults) into the water.

Day 19 – Dog Days

imageYep, poor Maisey is stuck with just me again.  Quiet house for she and I.  I am not near as exciting as the two girls rumbling around the house I am sure 🙂

So the mission this week is to get a few more checked off!  I can do it!

Have a great Friday all!

August Photo a day part 2

August 14, 2013 |  by  |  Challenges, Family  |  2 Comments

Here are the next round of photos for my photo a day challenge at Get It Scrapped.  I am having so much fun at this!

A full Plate – Day 6

image(4)So it is a full bowl not a plate, but the peaches here in the summer are to die for!  I am serious this family puts them away.  I am the lady walking out of Sam’s every week with 4, count them, 4 boxes of peaches.  And yes, I will be back for 4 more next week!

Architecture – day 7

image(11)This is the architecture of a work out.  Our entire family goes and climbs stairs for 1 hour on the weekend.  The girls and I run/walk up and down 4 flights then run around the back side of the bleachers just to do it again and again.  John does it with 67 pounds strapped on his back!  Woo Hoo

gobbledygook – day 8

image(5)Three brown haired girls in our house (4 counting me)  Can you tell who is who or is it just a bunch of Gobbledygook?  Thanks Tami for bringing us a great word, so fun to say!

Bloom where you are planted – day 9

image(3)So these lovely cucumber plants are more than happy to bloom where they are planted in fact this is a flower bed that we use for them on the side of our house and 2 plants have now grown the entire length of the 12 foot plot.  happy, happy, happy and cucumbers coming out our ears, good thing we like them a lot!

Frame – day 10

image(2)I realized as we playing at the park on one of our few school free days left that one of the parts of the play set looks just like a poloroid so we definitely needed to pose!

Clearly – day 11

image(1)Clearly I have a bump in the bed!  Hmm, wonder what it could be…

image(6)Thanks Lori for “helping” make the beds!

Don’t Blink – day 11

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Cat Nap – Day 12

image (2)Yep even John is getting included.  This amazing man is working way too much right now, he deserves as many of these as he can nab!

Another wee photographed for fun.  I’ll be back next week with more!

Happy Wednesday!