Wednesday, August 1, 2012


If I could save summer in a jar...

Happy first day of August!  It's the last month of summer.  Despite all my complaining about how hot this summer has been, I'll still be sad when it's over.  Part of me wishes I could bottle up the warmth and joy of summer, so that I could hang onto it forever.  That's not possible, of course, but I still intend to savor what's left of the summer.  Therefore, I'll be focusing on summery projects in all my blog posts this month.

Supplies: all stickers by Simple Stories; airmail paper by Bo Bunny; all other paper by October Afternoon; ink by Tsukineko; pen by Zig.

My favorite summery product line is currently Summer Fresh by Simple Stories.  I know I'm not alone in adoring this collection.  It's so versatile!  I've seen it used by CAS scrappers and shabby chic scrappers alike!  I've used Summer Fresh shape and phrase stickers on "Farm Summer," the layout pictured above.  (The alphabet stickers on this layout are also by Simple Stories, but they are from a different collection, which is called Baby Steps.)

My "Farm Summer" layout houses two photos of my husband and his brother.  These are old photos, from when the boys were growing up on their family farm in Montana.  In the top photo, they're having a little picnic near one of the farm outbuildings, and in the bottom photo they're playing with red wagons and wearing John Deere tractor tee shirts.  The journaling reads: "Just some random pix of Scott and his brother playing.  There were no other kids nearby, so they played together all the time."  Once again, I marvel at how different my husband's childhood and my own childhood were.  I grew up in a suburban neighborhood, and there were kids my age in nearly every house on the street.  I'm glad that Scott's mom gave me these old photos--they are a priceless glimpse into his childhood.  I'll be adding this layout to the album I'm making about Scott's childhood.  In fact, I've made this layout on the back of the "Harvest Time" layout that I posted back in March.

Now, speaking of fun product collections, I'm curious to know what your favorite collections from CHA Summer 2012 were.  If I were to pick my top five favorites, they would be:
  1. Persnickety by Lily Bee Design--a yummy combination of citrus and berry colors.
  2. Autumn Spice by Lily Bee Design--they had me at woodgrain journaling cards!
  3. Midway by October Afternoon--to me, this collection epitomizes October Afternoon's signature blend of trendiness and cuteness.
  4. Grandma's Lima Bean Soup by Jillibean Soup--bright colors plus vintage motifs equals one happy Denise.
  5. Everyday Eclectic by Echo Park Paper--viva Allison Kreft!
I can't wait to get my hands on these collections.  What's on your shopping list?  Happy scrapping!


June Houck said...

A terrific and perfect LO! You effortlessly combine other collections; that is difficult for me. I am glad you are scrapping your dh's childhood. My first scrapbook is my dh's childhood pictures. He was the second child, so there wern't many photos...there are tons of his older sister ;)

Your LO is gorgeous!

Angi said...

Adorable page. Love those adorable jars.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Love what you did with the Summer Fresh collection. It's one of my favorites. :)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

This is such a fabulous page!
And I love that line, too.
I also love their Fall line coming out.
And just ordered the Everyday Eclectic line :)

Helen Tilbury said...

Such a sweet layout Denise! Everything here just matches so perfectly!!

Ann Dolina said...

Just love this page Denise! It really feels like it's from a farm. The papers seem like old wallpaper you'd find in a farm kitchen. Scott must be very pleased with this tribute to his childhood.