Dinner Date to Nuremberg

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Even though we've lived back in the states for over a month, I still have a few things I want to blog from before - like our dinner date to Nuremberg! We went on pretty much this exact same date two years ago and loved it so much it was worth repeating. We parked the car and then walked to the cutest street of them all: Weissgerbergasse!
For dinner we ate a very traditional German meal of mini Nürnberger brats, mustard in a cute jar for our soft pretzels, yummy potato salad, sprite and coke (with no ice, oh Europe, lol) and topped it all off with a delicious apple strudel.
Then just like last time we walked up to the Nuremberg castle to take in the views. Oh my heart just aches because I miss it so!
Next we headed into the altstadt to walk around the main squares.

Do you see what I see?! A PINK house!
More details from our stroll around town.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about our time in Germany! Sorry to be a broken record.
We need to find a new babysitter stat so we can keep going on fun dates and rekindle our love :)

Moments Together Layout by Flóra Farkas

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The designers got their Turn the Page goodies recently so this week I asked them to make projects using exclusively that collection! Flóra Farkas is sharing a simply stunning layout today - the more I stare at it, the more details I find! Like the little French knots! LOVE!
Hi ladies! I love wreath designs and wreath cut files so I decided to make a new page with it.
I cut out a simple wreath from white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I placed it on Paper 10 which has a beautiful soft coral color. I chose the floral Paper 15 to complete my wreath, but before this I added few tiny coral, yellow, and blue French knots to the leaves to make “berries”. I left a few blank just to keep my layout airy. 
After the knots were done, I fussy cut many leaves and flowers from Paper 15 and adhered them with foam tape. I also used flowers, birdhouse, and acorns from Chipboard Stickers and few bits from the Puffy Stickers.
My title was created from an Ephemera Die Cut and clear stickers from Sticker Book. I love the Sticker Book so much because it has many different fun elements like copper foil. To finish I placed a Journaling Spot in the bottom corner to write some journaling and stamp the date.
I hope you like my new page! I am in love with the colors of the layout. I already see this collection will be perfect for our fall memories. Thanks for stopping by today! 
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Why are wreath layouts so beautiful!? I don't have the answer, but I don't think I've ever seen a wreath layout I didn't love. So give it a try!!

Family Adventures Layout

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'll be sharing my latest Big Picture Classes layouts over the next few weeks, starting with this one with a title that was made with washi tape as a mask!

There are a few different techniques on this layout and I mostly wanted to focus on the title. There's also watercoloring with the packaging technique, fussy cutting, the print & cut feature with a Silhouette Cameo, and hand stitching a floral template that I designed exclusively for Paige's Pages 13!
 The start-to-finish process video can be found over in the class if you're interested to see exactly how this came together!
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, washi tape: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Floral stitching template: Paige Evans; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Embroidery floss: DMC

Evans Family Reunion 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We missed the last three annual Evans Family Reunions (because, Germany) so we were excited they pushed this year's back a few weeks so we could attend! We rotate by family who is in charge of the planning and this year Bethany and Kamron were up to bat.
We left early Saturday morning and headed south, passing through the beautiful Washington State capitol: Olympia.

Hello Oregon!
We made a pit stop at Collage to ogle at the washi wall and then met up with Tom and Margi at Arby's. My first roast beef sandwich in four years and it was just as good as before :) Then we drove a few more miles to the Enchanted Forest in Salem. Fox and Jane got to meet their cousins Evelynd and Ethan practically for the first time! (They've all met before, but they were all too young to remember).
We went to the Enchanted Forest for the reunion in 2012 when Fox was 2.5 and Jane was only 2 weeks old.
Chris took one for the team and road with all the kids on the Frog Hopper.
Bumper boats. 
Back in Bavaria?! I wish :)
And then Jane was D.O.N.E. She just laid down and gave up on life.
As we were pulling up into our hotel we passed a mini mall and I silently hoped there would be a local scrapbook store like there used to be in every strip mall! I was so surprised to see "Scrapbook Fever" on the sign! My wish came true! 
Alas, it's been out of business since 2012 or so when the economy took a turn for the worse and pretty much all LSSs closed, including my precious Yesterdays. Anyway! After I posted this sign on insta-stories I found out SO MANY OTHER scrappers live in the Portland/Salem area! How fun! All ya'll should get together and invite me and we'll scrap all the livelong day!
Before church we drove to an art gallery where Bethany's husband has some art on display.
I LOVE the texture created on this painting by the layers and layers of brush strokes.
Here are Kamron's paintings.
Except, it's not traditional paint. He does a technique I've never heard of before and it's fascinating! He sprays countless layers of spray paint and then uses, I want to say a toothpick but I don't think that's right..., to swish the paint around and draw images into the layers of paint before they dry. Cool right?!
Jennifer Evans lives in Salem! We couldn't pass up the chance to hang out so she and her twin picked me up at the hotel and we headed to Craft Warehouse to do some shoppin'!
I got a few things and then had fun perusing all the aisles of craft and scrap supplies with friends!

The next morning we all met at Bethany's condo and then headed even further south. 
We stopped for lunch at a drive in diner off the side of the freeway that I probably never would have looked twice at but Tom says it's good, and he was right!
American food at its finest.
Livin' the life.
Then we went to the Wildlife Safari. Jane is OBSESSED with flamingos so she was pretty dern happy.
See what I mean? :)
We drove around in our car and saw lots of animals like these cute bears. We also saw giraffes, tigers, cheetahs, llamas, and lots more beasties.
In the gift shop I snapped a photo of these cute shelves! Adorable!
On the way down to Ashland I started the stitching project I brought along. I spent about 8 hours on it so far and am only 2/3 finished! I'll share the layout here when I'm done!
We met up with the Andy/Cami clan at the rental home and the party officially started!
The views from the home were immaculate.
All of the PNW was going through a three week heat wave. Luckily you can't feel heat through photos and the house had blessed AC! So rare here.
Oh the natural beauty of the earth.
Spectacular sunsets every night.
We took family photos on Tuesday morning (remind me to photoshop Kamron into the pic at the top!) and then went to a local lake to cool off. I'll end with a typical grandkids shot, always a good time, lol!
Another Evans Family Reunion in the books! I'm already looking forward to next year!
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