Monday, January 20, 2014

Scrapping The Little Things x2.....{MCT Project Life}

Good Morning everyone!!
This is my first "Scrapping the Little Things" post for My Creative Time
where we are sharing Project Life, Smash book or Scrapbook LO's.
I wanted to jump on the PL bandwagon and hopefully get myself motivated to do something with all the pictures I take of my kiddos :)

Here is a little background to this page and the pictures.....
Christmas time here was crazy to say the least....that is weather wise.
Right before Christmas we had a HUGE snowstorm where we got almost 2 feet of snow. While it was beautiful and the kids had fun playing in it, what came after was not fun!
We had a very nice temp warm~up..... but what comes with a warm~up is melting snow.
We live about 100 yards from a very large creek....can you see where this is going???
The snow was melting, the creek was rising and YUP we were flooding. We were on our own little island. The water was completely surrounding our house and the end of the driveway was under 2 feet of water. There was no way we could leave the house...not only because of the water at the end of our driveway but because our street was under water as well as all the surrounding streets. Then to make matters worse, it snowed again...LOL
These are the pictures from after the second round of snow....Look at all that water

 So you all probably know we own chickens....If not now you do :)
We currently have 4 hens and well here is their coop during the flooding.
Mind you their "home" is sitting up 2 feet from the ground, but with all the water we had, it came up to their doorway to their box. So we did a rescue of them and brought them up to our front porch. Yup at 9 pm the night that the water was rising, my husband went into the foot of freezing water to bring them out one by one. I was on the chicken receiving end and carried them up onto the porch. they are the next morning. Totally confused as to why they were there and then upset that it was now snowing. So they were then moved into the garage. Let me back up a sec and explain why they were moved to the porch. We figured they could free range during the day in the yard where there wasn't water and then be high and dry at night. That did not happen :(  With it snowing again we decided to move them again where they would be confined, warmer and stay out of the crazy elements.

Now to move onto my PL page. After the water went down, we had some bitter cold weather. This lead to 2 days of school being cancelled, but also on the flip side, lead to all that remaining water on the side of the house to freeze. So we took advantage of it and made our own ice rink!

When my hubs and the boys went out to play hockey (without skates too) I grabbed my camera and took these pictures
These are the insert cards I made to match the pictures. I left the tags blank for now (cause I do not like my handwriting) but will print out the wording and attach them to the tags.
I used alot of MCT stamps and dies for these tags. All the products will be listed and linked down below. I also embellished with some Totally Sky Trendy Twine, burlap ribbon and some staples to attach the ribbon. The designer paper I used for the cards are all from Carta Bella~Rough and Tumble. LOVE this paper!!!

MCT Products Used:
Stitched Sweetheart & XOXO Dies

You have stuck with me and my super LONG, picture heavy post so far that I have one more PL page I made. This is the one I used for my DT call for MCT that I did not get a chance to share yet.
I took pictures every week for my son's football season with the hope to put together a book for him. Again this series that Emma does is SO going to get my butt in action to complete it for him before the next season begins...LOL!!
Here are the cards I made...again I will link up all the MCT products I used below.

Emma's journal dies and all her stamps make putting these cards together a breeze! Now I just have to work on taking the pictures of them and getting them to look a little better.

Casey plays football for the Clarence Bulldogs and I was able to get the awesome Annie over at SVG Cutting Files to design the logo for me.  How cool is that??
And if you didnt notice he is number 30 and the team's center. He also plays on the line but his heart and soul is in snapping that ball to the quarterback :)

MCT Products Used:
Stitched Journal Die
Just Simply Live
Type Calendar
Touchdown Stamp Set
Sports Sentiment Stamp Set
Journal It Stamp Set

WOWZERS that was a long post! Thanks so much for sticking around for it all!
Make sure you head on over to My Creative Time to see what the rest of the DT made!
I know the inspiration is AWESOME!!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a GREAT Monday!!!


  1. Oh gosh my goodness what a story wowzers but I have to say I read every word and you really are a good story teller definitely have a way with words. I love your pics they definitely turner out great and felt so sorry for the chickens and their harrowing experience and you and your hubby are real troopers and handled everything so well and truly made lemonade out of lemons. You pics of the snow/flood experience were awesome and love the hockey game (LOL) great lo's girl just great and the pics of your son and his football awesome too. You truly are one talented gal in so many areas and love how you used all of Miss Emma's goodies. Thanks for sharing it all. YOU ROCK!!

  2. You are one strong person to be able to handle that experience!!! That was definitely a story and had me on the edge of my seat! I guess that's why I'm in FL, I don't do snow! We've gotten snow flurries and that was exciting enough for me, Lol! I love that you took a frustrating experience and made it fun for your kids! The chickens even had an adventure to talk about, lol! It sure made for a fantastic memory to Scrapbook about as your layout is wonderful! Really neat that Annie made your son's team logo!! It looks great on your layout! And I really love all of Emma's products as well on your layouts! They look terrific!!

  3. Wow, are you guys okay? Is it getting better?

    Love your projects!

  4. wow looks like you are having an adventure.. hope all is well now.. love your layouts..

  5. Aww Jessica I remember the pics on Facebook!! You PL pages are so cute. I love the bull dog on your last PL page. Too Cute.

  6. What a crazy story, Jessica! But how fun that you ended up with an ice rink! I love that you decided to scrap this! Your cards are all adorable! Brilliant idea to make tags for journaling and then have the gift card pocket to tuck them into!

  7. Your PL is wonderful! love the fabulous MCT products that were used.
    My favorite is the insert tags for journaling...ADORABLE!!!
    Love that idea!!! Super cute pictures!
    Have a wonderful day my friend
    Crafting With Creative M

  8. Oh wow! Just awesome!!! I really like this blog entry, Jessica! You amaze me with your creativity!

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. Awesome PL layouts! These are the perfect stories to capture!!

  10. That is something about the water. The poor chickens. I am glad you had options for them.

    Your layouts are awesome! You are such a good mom!

  11. Wonderful way to capture these family memories, Jessica. My husband grew up on a farm and I remember a few stories of "winter rescue" situations. Thanks for the inspiration to get moving on some photo related projects..I hope the rest of the winter is not so squishy for you!!

  12. Oh my gosh Jessica that's something else! What an event, look at all the snow and water! I couldn't imagine...been a Southern California girl my whole life.

    Your pages are awesome, love them so so much!!!
    Have a great day!!

  13. That looks Amazing. I seriously need to get back into mine.

  14. My goodness,I never thought about rescuing chickens in a snowstorm. Glad you were able to make this awesome layout.

  15. What memories you have scrapped for your kids

  16. Oh wow, all that snow and water!! Your poor chickens!! Kinda nice to live on your own island, though ;) Your pages are amazing!! I love the designs and the pictures!! You did such a fabulous job with both of them!! I look forward to more of these from you!! Happy Monday my friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. OMG Jessica, both of your project life's are FANTASTIC, LOVE them both!!! SUPER DUPER job, Have a great day my friend!!!! :)

  18. Not a 'long' post at all, Jessica - rather a delightful, engaging one! Snow and water - yuck (I live in Canmore where we had the mega floods last June...eeeeewww). Despite your chickens being confused, I'm sure some part of them appreciated the 'rescue and relocation' plans. Your layouts/pages are fabulous: you've captured memories and transformed them into keepsakes to be treasured. Wonderful inspiration!

  19. Scrapping is all about capturing fun memories to remember. I enjoyed reading about the snow...think you have the same weather Michigan has had. Great job on your layouts.
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  20. That was a lot of water! Thanks goodness you ended up with your own ice rink out of though to capture those wonderful pictures and memories! Great layout!! What a great guy your hubby is for going out there to get the chickens! I also love the football layout! I still have tons of football pics to scrap, I need to get busy on that! lol

    Stacey--DT sister

  21. Fabulous pages and great elements. I hope that you are now flood free and it didn't cause to much damage. Great photos! Have a wonderful week.

  22. super PL cards for both layouts! I can't believe all the snow you have right now...we are heading for a drought :(

  23. Wow! That is crazy weather and a great chicken rescue! Great lay-outs too! Carri~Abusybee

  24. Wow, what an amazing story and it looks like our church picnic grounds! lol I love, love your layout, loved hearing the story behind the layout and love the football layout! I also love how you used MCT products on your PL layouts.

  25. Yikes, I remember when you had that storm at Christmas :( What a bummer to have to deal with that over the holidays! Your poor little chicks!
    Your layouts are ALL awesome! I love the pull out tags and the pictures are great! Can't wait to see more layouts! I am trying to do more layouts this year. I really got a way from them a few years ago but with Arya getting so big in a hurry, I really need to stay on top of that!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sherrie K

  26. YIKES!!! that is a lot of snow but what fun making their own skating rink :) fab pages girl :)

  27. What great layouts. That is a crazy story about all the snow and flooding. I'm sure it was a really unexpected little adventure, but I'm glad your family was able to make the most of it.

    Best crafty wishes!
    Staying Crafty

  28. Oh My Gosh!!! Poor chickens!!! Brought to mind a camping trip with the Girls Scouts my husband and I did once where we were caught in a torrential down pour. Our campground flooded and my husband had to carry the girls one by one to our van. Took them all home to our house, got the dry and warm and had a big sleepover in my living room.
    Anyway.... your layouts are both super adorable!!!! Love them :)

  29. Great save on the chicks Your Hubs is a hero in my book. Super fun layout. Love the design and all the elements Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  30. Awesome PL projects! I don't do project life but I should because all the stuff I make I never actually scrap the things I should. Maybe that will be something new I will do!
    Great inspiration!

  31. Jessica ~ Well you know how I feel about your creations ~ LOVE them ALL! The details, colors and papers are always spot on! ALWAYS! I so remember seeing this on FB! My goodness ~ what an AWESOME hubby you have and your LOVE for your "Girls" is immeasurable! Thanks goodness they have you as their chicken momma! LOL! Thanks for sharing ~ STAY warm!!!