Monday, October 02, 2006

Scrapbook Pages!!

I had so much fun doing some scrapbooking and scanning this past weekend. I went Friday night to my friend Chris' and did some scrapbooking with her (although we really spent more time trying Mojitos--a brand new discovery for me--and eating her delicious homemade salsa!); I also did some creating on my own too, which is always fun! Then, Gary dug out our scanner and taught me how to scan pictures (which I think I'm going to become addicted to, because I've got a ton of old family photos that need to be scanned!).

Here are some of the things I created . . .

Remember those photos I posted a month or so ago of my impromptu backyard photo sheet with the girls? I sat down and got this two-page layout of them done this past weekend. You can tell I'm still learning how to scan and stitch together these layouts because you can see the break really bad on the first page.

I really like how the pages turned out, though--mostly because I really like the Fall colors and the fun things like those big tall chipboard letters, the buttons, and the flowers. (And I LOVE using big photos on pages--that's an 8 x 10 on the first of the layout.)

One thing I'm consciously doing with my scrapbooking these days is trying to capture really MEANINGFUL things on my pages. I love doing scrapbook projects just for the sheer fun and joy of doing them, but I also want them to be something that will be valued someday. So right now I'm working on an album that has really meaningful journaling that will really let others (hopefuly my grandchildren or great-grandchildren) know about me someday. I'm doing pages about my grandparents, my childhood, my friends, my loves, and my children.

This is a layout I did of some of my childhood memories for that album.

The journaling says:

Where did you grow up? I was born in Greenville, Texas, lived in Texas and North Carolina before kindergarten, but then pretty much grew up in Farmington, Arkanas (right outside Fayetteville). Lived there until we moved to Alabama before high school.

What memories do you have of your dad? I'll always remember that Dad drove me to school every morning of my childhood. We'd sing songs on the way--things like "Puff the Magic Dragon," "House at Pooh Corner," "Stewball," and "Wild Mountain Thyme."

What memories do you have of your mom? Mom was the best cook and I loved when we all decided to have Saturday homemade doughnut nights! I also used to love to go to her classroom at the high school where she taught. I co
uld that all of the students loved her!

What toys and gamed did you like to play? Books were my very favorite (I remember countless days reading under the tree in our front yard), but also loved to ride bikes, play with Barbies, roller skate, and do gymnastics.

Who was your firs
t crush? That would have to be Bobby Foster, starting back in first grade. He was the son of one of the Razorback basketball team's coaches and I thought he was great. So cute and athletic!

Which family vacations were your favorite? We didn't really go on big vacations, but we went camping a lot. That was always a lot of fun, although it always rained incessently when we went (7 inches one time!). I also remember the time we went to Port Aransas, Texas--the first time i saw a beach!

What did your childhood bedroom look like? I ha
d a white bedroom set and I was always changing my furniture around. I also remember getting a small black and white tv for my room when I was about 10. I also remember my big window and the snowball bush that was right in front of it.

The next page has somewhat the same design feeling as that one before--lots of pinks, girly embellishments, and kind of a collagey feeling. It captures Sydney's love of fashion these days and shows some of the different things that make her "In Style."

Gotta love those crocs, huh? And that tatoo too!

The journaling on it says: "Sydney is definitely All Girl! She loves to shop, try on clothes, and dress up! Here are some of her favorite fashion statements from the Fall of 2006. Too cute!"

And then this final layout I did last night. It's one of my niece Lori. Gary just did some beautiful photos of Lori for the Miss Photogenic contest at our high school's pageant. I used my favorite of the pictures on this layout. (It's for a "special" project for someone, so shh . . no telling!)

I really like how it turned out! And I especially love the colors in it--just makes me feel like Fall is finally here to stay!

I do need to share this photo of Delaney after her tournament on Saturday. She was so excited--and so were the rest of us--because this was her first time to win a tournament! (She's been on two other travel softball teams and never won a tournament with either of them!) Here she is holding her trophy! (And go to Gary's blog to see a lot more great pics from Saturday!)

(And, yes, this will be on a scrapbook layout soon!)

PS--Do you like the new look of my blog? I decided to redecorate a little bit around here! It's always nice to have a little bit of a change!


Andy said...

love the new look of you blog. the scrapbooking pages are beautiful. the ones of your daughters are great. i love the pictures too. go cute. i also like the idea of doing the one on you from your childhood.

NMOTB said...

Love the new look doll! The scrapbooking is stunning - very talented indeed and ofcourse the pic of D with the trophy is COOL! Glad to hear you all had a great weekend!

Sofi p said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Just love the layouts, theya are all beautiful!

adrienne said...

Your blog looks great! Glad you learned how to scan lol

Amanda said...

really like the new blog! Looks bright! I love the Layouts! They are so good! I'm too embarrassed to share any of mine! :-) Your little girl will NEVER forget the fun times that she spends in athletics, those trophies, and her mom and dad in the stands! Those years in athletics form them....I can attest to that! Awesome job Delaney!

rhonda said...

love all the layouts!!!

Josie said...

Cheryl, thanks for visitng my boring little blog. I always love to get new visitors.

Your blog is lovely. The scrapbooks will be such great mementos for your kids.



Cheryl Wray said...

Thanks guys on the scrapbook comments! You all know I'm ADDICTED to it!!! And, yes Adrienne, I'm so glad I learned to scan!
Now to come up with some sort of snazzy banner for the top of my blog page!

Angela said...

Love the blog! Great layouts you've got posted!

scrapperjen said...

I love the look!
Wonderful layouts - great pictures. You have a very productive weekend.

Jane said...

love the new look of your blog, I noticed it as soon as i came over.....great layouts, must go and do some scrapping now....

toya said...

the new look looks great, cool layouts, you really worked them, nice
and what a huge trophy,,, are you are proud mama or what?

Going For Greatness said...

What great layouts!! I love how you did your childhood one! Came out fabulous! The girls are gorgeous!!
ps - Oo a scanner... *sigh* MINE DIED!! I need a new one! What kind do you have and do you recommend it?!

Dana Brooks said...

You really did an awesome job on those layouts. Dana

beadinggalinMS said...

Love the new look of your blog. The scrapbook pages are soo cool. I got many many scrapbooking things but hardly do pages anymore. I need to start again.

Ms.L said...

Those are really beautiful!
Your blog looks great too:)

maria said...

I LOVE, love, love your layouts! Thanks so much for sharing them and the memories too! Wow...truly priceless!

Cheryl Wray said...

Angela, Jen, Jane, Toya, Dana, Mrs. L. Maria--Thanks!!
Gabi--I'm heading over to your blog to leave you some notes about the scanner! You would love to have one!
Beady--you need to start scrapbooking again! I love it!!

Liz Ness said...

Great pages! (Love the larger prints on the page and all of the wonderful colors!)

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Cute layouts. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ronalyn said...

A new look! I like it.. much like fall and turning a new leaf..


I love it.. I hope you are having agreat day! Talk soon!

Greta said...

fabulous layouts dahling!!! Keep 'em coming