Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Scraplift Challenge

I'm hosting a Scraplift Challenge over at MouseScrappers!  During this scraplift, I've challenged everyone to browse through Julie L's gallery to find inspiration.  There really are no specific rules, other than be inspired by one, two, three or more of Julie's layouts and create a Disney-inspired layout! 
 
The best part about hosting a challenge, is I get to give the participants this cute Stackables v.2 {mini} kit for completing the challenge! 

 
So where can you find this challenge?
I'm glad you asked! 
You can follow this link to the Scraplift Challenge at MouseScrappers as well as earn your own copy of Stackables v.2 {mini}
What are you waiting for?  This challenge is only happening now through December 18th!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Facebook FAN Freebie

So every month, MouseScrappers has a new Facebook Fan Freebie.  This month, I was able to donate a cute mini kit to be part of the FAN Freebie!  If you are anything like us, you love your Disney Tsum Tsums and look forward to the first Tuesday of the month when Disney releases their limited edition set of Tsum Tsums!!  Our family's love for the plush and app-game inspired this month's MouseScrappers FAN Freebie found on their Facebook page!

 
If you are interested in donating a MouseScrappers Fan Freebie, please contact the admin of the Facebook page for more details.   As well if you are interested in advertising your brand/designs at MouseScrappers, they are always looking for more Sponsors!  You can read more about it by following this link at MouseScrappers!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

RAK Challenge

Do you dabble in designing?  Do you know how to create a template, alpha pack or maybe even a kit?  If so, why not check out MouseScrappers RAK Challenge!  Each month, a color swatch is given for inspiration allowing the members to create whatever inspires them!   I love this challenge and love that I'm able to give back to a community that I love so much!!
 
Here is my submission for this month's RAK Challenge
 
This link will take you to the RAK Challenge forum, where you can look at this month's color swatch as well as pick up my submission, Holiday Mix {mini}
 
While you are there, save the color swatch and see if you can create something for the challenge.  What an awesome way to give back to a digi community!
 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Miss me, yet?

Have you missed me yet?  It's been a while since I've posted to my blog and for that I do apologize.  I had a lot going on and didn't know if anyone was interested in hearing about it!  Before I start, let me show you what I've been scrapping because sometimes that shares more in to our lives than mere words can describe!

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I love fall and love the leaves on the ground!  It's one of my favorite things about fall.  Although my most favorite thing is seeing the leaves change their colors, seeing the rainbow fall colors appear almost as if overnight!  I love the smell of fall from the cool, crisp air all the way to the warm burning leaves smell.  I enjoy fall and have been very thankful be in an area that has that season!
 
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Probably one of the hardest things our family has gone through has been the unexpected death of my grandmother.  I am very lucky to be in my late 30's and still have my grandmother in my life, much less in my children's lives!  That blessing has been taken away as she was called Home to our Lord and Savior.  I will never forget the last time my son and I were able to spend with my grandmother, a few days prior to her death.  It was such a sweet moment, my 2-year old singing "Twelve Men", "You are my Sunshine", "Jesus Loves Me" and many other childish songs.  I do not think my son will remember his great-grandmother, but I will cherish this moment right down to the last hug and kiss before we walked out of the room.
 
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My oldest is having a hard time with her daddy being gone.  When we first started this year, we knew it would just be a year and figured while it would go by probably slowly, it would go by.  We had no idea the many changes that would happen this year.  For the first time in eight years, my oldest left the homeschooling world and was enrolled in public school.  That's right, she started school the middle of 8th grade year--a year that is very rough on anyone to start school.  We thought she would succeed, but after moving away from the military community and in to an area where she had to figure out who she was, I'm not going to lie, she struggled to find who she was and who she is.  This year has had its ups and downs, mostly downs, but we are taking each day as they come.
 
Well, that's all I have for you, layout-wise.  I have scrapped a lot layouts, but nothing really recent as I'm going through and trying to scrap older photos of the children so I can get their albums ready for the printers. 
 
What have you been up to these days?
 
 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Paint

Did you play along in last month's RAK Challenge over at MouseScrappers?  If you haven't done so, you might want to check out this month.  This month, I created these two paint clusters using this month's color swatch!!

 
You can find my submission here at MouseScrappers.
 
I wonder who else will play along this month!
 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

MouseScrappers FB Fan Freebie

It's starting to get cold out there!!  With all this talk of cold weather, I can't help but think of Frozen, which inspired me for this month's MouseScrappers Facebook Fan Freebie!

 
You get these four journal cards in both horizontal/vertical that should work with all styles of scrapping!  Just hurry, because this MouseScrappers Facebook Fan Freebie is ONLY good during the month of November!  Get it before you forget!
 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

It's Fall Y'all

MouseScrappers just started this fun challenge called a RAK Challenge.  In a nutshell, they give you a colorswatch and if you happen to have time during the month, you create something with it to share with the MouseScrappers community! 
 
I was really excited and created It's Fall, Y'all
 
You can find my submission here at MouseScrappers
 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Calling all Whovians!

That's right, I'm calling you!!  Did you know that when you follow MouseScrappers Facebook Fan Page, you can get monthly freebies?  Yay!  This month I donated four Doctor Who inspired journal cards that you can use for all different projects!

 
I love these cards and I am not a Whovian in the least!!  However, these cards make me want to be a Whovian!! My girls are obsessed with all things Doctor Who, so this was fairly easy to make.  I just made these journal cards from things that I've heard my girls talk about.  About the only thing missing is perhaps the 10th doctor, but I really have no preference of a doctor since I really don't know anything about the show!
 
Anyways, you can download Doctor {journal cards} through MouseScrappers Facebook Fan Page here for a limited time.  At the end of the month, they will be gone!  Don't miss out!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Bow-tique

Neverland Scraps met with Carol, the owner of MouseScrappers about the possibility of donating a kit to the store to help with site/maintenance fees.  After a few weeks, Neverland Scraps created Bow-tique which went live today! 
I love how this kit came together! 
There are six pattern papers and four solid papers. 
There are over 85 elements and a complete alpha that coordinate beautifully together! 
 
As  a bonus, Neverland Scraps created Bow-tique {bonus} to scrap those moments, yourself or those special people in your life who have battled or who are dealing with Breast Cancer. 
Where can you get Bow-tique?
I'm glad you asked!
You can get Bow-tique exclusively here at MouseScrappers
Bow-tique will ONLY be available for purchase at MouseScrappers during the month of July.
ALL proceeds from the purchase of Bow-tique will go towards the site/maintenance fees of MouseScrappers.  Your small contribution can make a large impact for such an amazing community!
I know it's been a while since I designed, but I remembered how much people liked seeing the product in use!  I am pleased to show you how these two layouts turned out using Bow-tique
 Both layouts were using Neverland Scraps Pixie Plates 
Make sure you head over to Neverland Scraps Facebook Fan Page to pick up Bow-tique {bonus alpha} which is not available any where else, but at Neverland Scraps Facebook Fan Page!

Don't forget Bow-tique is ONLY AVAILABLE during the month of July.  At the end of the month, it will be removed from MouseScrappers and I do not know if you will be able to purchase it again as I am not selling in a store at the moment.  Make sure you get Bow-tique before it's gone and while you are helping a fabulous community, MouseScrappers!!

Until next time . . .

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pixie Plate #296

One of my favorite things about designing is seeing how it was/is used!   When I was selling, I loved getting emails from customers sharing their latest project with something of mine.  I also loved being able to go through the store's gallery to see how customers used my product.  It gave me great joy to see those projects.  Pixie Plates always gave me the greatest enjoyment as I'd look through the gallery thinking "that's my template?"  and then be wow'ed at how the scrapper took the template and made it their own with altering the template by removing/adding photos or cluster differently than I had imagined.  That was probably my favorite memory about being an active designer and selling in a store--seeing how my designs were used.    So if you have used Pixie Plate #296, consider emailing me or posting her the link to your layout so I can see how Pixie Plate #296 gave you inspiration on your layout!!
 
I wanted to scrap with this template,
so I grabbed In the Stars Collection by Amber Shaw
 
 
When I saw this kit, I knew I needed to have it and scrap my daughter's 8th grade formal.  As I scrapped, the layout kept evolving and changing from one direction to another.  Originally I had four photos along the bottom, but I wanted to journal, so I removed two of those photos.  At the end of the night, this was my finished layout using Pixie Plate # 296
 
 
I love how this layout come together.  I love everything about it!
How have you used Pixie Plate # 296 or another Neverland Scraps product?


Friday, June 12, 2015

MouseScrappers Blog Hop

Welcome to MouseScrappers Design Challenge #21 Blog Hop! 
You probably came from Chef Minnie Mouse's blog.  Thank you for playing along in MouseScrappers Design Challenge Blog Hop!  I'm so excited as this is my first time participating in the Design Challenge, much less the Blog Hop!! 
Basically how this works is a handful of people came together, using the monthly color swatch and created either a template or a mini kit.  I had originally planned on doing a mini kit, but time ran away from me and so I asked if I could do a template instead. 
This is the color swatch that we were given for this month's Design Challenge:

Once we've completed our portion, we uploaded it to host of the challenge.  She went through everyone's submissions and gave each of the participants links to each other's creations.  After that was done, everyone's submissions are being hosted at MouseScrappers Store, where you can purchase the entire collaboration.  Your purchase, helps keep MouseScrappers running, so please consider purchasing this month's collaboration!

This is my submission for this month's collaboration:

The ONLY way for you to get this Pixie Plate and all the other submissions is to purchase the collaboration kit at MouseScrappers!
All proceeds of purchase of this kit will be used to keep MouseScrappers running, so help your fellow Disney site running! 

However, since this is a blog hop and you came here for a matching freebie, I'd like give you Pixie Plate #296 to thank you for stopping by my blog and supporting MouseScrappers.
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 Did you like Pixie Plate #296?
Do you want to see more Pixie Plates?
Let me know what you think, if you'd like to see more from Neverland Scraps!
So where do you go from here? 
You will head on over to MJAJmom's blog
If you get lost, here's a master-list of everyone participating

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Template Challenge

I'm hosting another Template Challenge at MouseScrappers!  All template challenges run for two weeks, giving you plenty of time to play along in the challenge.  Since MouseScrappers is a Disney-inspired site, we ask that your layout be related to Disney whether it's from a recent vacation, going to the Disney Store, or even photos of something Disney (Mickey Mouse, Ariel) in your home!  Once your layout is completed, upload your layout in the MouseScrappers Template Gallery.  Find the coordinating forum about your layout and post the link/image to give others Disney-inspiration!!  After you've done that, come back to my Template Challenge Thread and post the link/image of your layout with the coordinating forum link to be eligible to win an extra prize at the end of the challenge!! 

I know, you are asking, what does this template look like?  I'm glad you asked because this is the Pixie Plate #291 that you will be working with for the next two weeks
 
And here is how my best friend, Dawn (Aussiegirl) used the template to create a Disney Cars layout
credits:
Neverland Scraps Pixie Plate 291
Britt-ish Designs Motormania
Kellybelle Designs Crossing the Finish Line Word art Freebie
Dream Big Designs Raceway
So where do you go to get the template?
Head on over to MouseScrappers, download the template in THIS thread.
While you are there, see what other exciting things MouseScrappers offers with their challenges, inspiration and chatter!
 
Until next time . . .

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Goodbye isn't Forever

I don't know if many know, but in January, our family said, "goodbye" to my husband while he went overseas on an unaccompanied hardship assignment.  The children and I put our belongings in storage and moved in with my parents so the children could be closer to family during this transition.
 
Usually when my husband goes away, I go crazy taking photos, but I never scrap the time that he's away.  It's too painful to scrap the photos because he isn't there to see them.  Or it's too painful to scrap the photos after he comes home, because I remember how much I missed him and become a sad, depressed woman.  I tried scrapping current photos while he was gone the last time, but every time I scrapped the photos, I felt guilty and ended up in tears!
 
This time around, it's been four months since he's been gone.  Over the weekend, I missed my husband so much that I started looking through the photos that I've taken since he's been gone, or the week he left.  As I was looking at the photos, I kept thinking to myself, "oh I love that photo" and before I knew it, I had about 20-photos that I wanted to scrap.  So instead of just taking photos to store on my hard drive and feel guilty about scrapping them, I sat down this weekend and scrapped two different photos, which in a way was major therapy for me.  Yes, I cried.  Yes, I miss my husband, but somehow scrapping these layouts don't make me miss him so much and I can start to look forward to the day he comes home next year!
 
These photos were taken at Reagan National Airport.  After a crazy day, my husband's flight was finally secured and we had the timeframe of when we had to say goodbye.  We asked at the USO if they could get the family in at the gate to spend time with him, but they were unable to help us.  So we asked at the reservation desk.  Normally, they allow one person back at the gate, but because we were a family of five, they were more hesitant.  My daughters started crying and that's when the man behind the counter handed us four tickers that allowed us to wait at the gate until my husband boarded his flight!  We waited about two hours before they finally called my husband's plane.  Saying goodbye, with a baby, was really hard!  He had no idea what was going on, but knowing how much he'd grow in the year that my husband was going away, really made it difficult.  The girls, really struggled to keep their composure so that Daddy wasn't sad before he left.  Once he left, the kids and I stayed at the gate, waiting for his plane to take off.  The kids were standing at the window when the man behind the counter, the one who allowed us to go to the gate, came and said, "if you wave, the pilots might wave back."  The kids waved and sure enough the pilots waved while they were checking their engines!  It was really neat.  About 20-minutes later, the plane taxied and we watched it take off.  That moment, was probably the hardest moment in my mother-years.  Immediately, I had two hysterical girls and a toddler screaming, "Daddy".   It took me another 20-minutes to calm them all down with the help of the gate clerk and the man behind the counter.  The drive from DC to PA was a long drive, filled with the occasional crying of a child
 
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If you look closely to the background of the layout, you'll see an airplane blended in the background.  That is my husband's plane taking off and heading towards Jacksonville!!
 
Fast forward to the end of April when I picked my husband up from the Philadelphia Airport to surprise my children that their daddy had come home for a short visit!  His flight came in at midnight and we didn't get home until closer to 2am.  As soon as my husband came in to our bedroom, the dog barked and growled not sure of who I brought home!  Once he realized who it was, he was so excited to see my husband.  I really wish I had captured their reunion on video!!
 
The following morning, my husband hid in our bedroom while I told the three children that we were going to make birthday pancakes for our middle, who's birthday was the next day.  The girls reluctantly came downstairs and were a little aggravated that I was going to take photos and video them making their own breakfast, when normally I make them breakfast.  It was at that time, my husband entered the kitchen saying, "hey, what's for breakfast"
 
This moment, I did video and uploaded to YouTube, so the family and friends could see the children's reaction, which was priceless!!  You can view their reaction here:

**please turn down your volume as my middle cries almost the entire video**
 
A month prior to my husband coming home, my middle had been having nightmares that Daddy came home and when she woke up he was gone.  So when he actually came in the room, she started crying because she thought it was another nightmare.  I don't know if you can hear, or understand her, but she keeps screaming, "this isn't a dream" and then she asks, "is this a dream?"  She thought for sure she was going to wake up and he'd be gone.   She really couldn't believe he was right there, standing before her in person and not in dream!!
 
So this weekend, along with scrapping my husband's departure, I had to scrap his visit home, which while it was a very short visit, we did a lot during his time home.  Sadly, he's back at his duty station but we are now counting down the days until he comes home!!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are you a Whovian?

When Tracey released Loving the Doctor at ScrapMatters, when I was on the QC Staff, that was the first that I had heard of Doctor Who.  She said "watch the show", to which I tried, but never got in to it.  And every time I heard people talk about it, I zoned out.  ScrapMatters closed and everyone moved on.  Fast forward to this month and I now have not one, but TWO Whovians in our household!  Every time they bring up something Doctor Who-related, I try to listen, but for the most part still zone out.  I even tried sitting down to watch an episode or two, okay maybe a whole season, but I just cannot get in to the show!  But not my children, they are obsessed with Doctor Who.  This Christmas, it was all that my oldest got for presents!  She got a set of Doctor Who socks, a "Bad Wolf" pin as well as a few other Doctor Who related pins.  But her best and favorite gift was a Sonic Screwdriver.  You should have seen her zapping things around the house, looking for aliens!! 

Imagine my excitement, when I was browsing Tracey's store at GingerScraps and stumbled across Loving the Doctor!!  Of course I had to buy it and add it to my limited Doctor Who collection.  I finally had a kit that was scrap-worthy of my daughter's Christmas presents!!

 
As you can see, it SCREAMS Doctor Who, that is if you are true Whovian!!
So this weekend, as part of GingerScraps Mix It Up (May) Challenge, I scraplifted a kit I never used before and honestly may have "forgotten" about it until my daughter begged me to scrap her Whovian photos!! 
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I'm so excited that I stumbled across Tracey's kit and even more excited that I found a challenge to make me use the kit and in a way that I would never have thought to use the kit--in a PL-style layout!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Template Challenge

That's right, I am hosting a template challenge over at MouseScrappers!  All you have to do is download the template and create a beautiful layout about Disney!!  It's really that easy!!! 

So head on over to MouseScrappers.  While you are there, check out their other challenges and prizes you can earn for scrapping all things Disney!!
 

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Most Magical Place: Journal/Date Cards

My best friend, Dawn (Aussiegirl) is hosting a Scraplift Challenge at MouseScrappers.  She had asked me if I would create a participation prize for her.  Little did I know that not only could I still design, but (1) I had fun doing it and (2) it would spawn in to a full blown Disney-inspired kit!!!  That's right, you heard right!!  You will WANT to do Aussiegirl's challenges over at MouseScrappers and earn a beautiful product that you can scrap all things Disney!! 
 
This week, you can scraplift a layout using her challenge rules and earn
Most Magical Place: Journal/Date Cards
 
When you complete the challenge you will get three sets of journal/date cards in Black, Red and Yellow so that they can coordinate with the other pieces of this Most Magical Place collection!
 
Hurry, head on over to Scraplift Challenge #136 today to earn this prize!