Near and Far Friends

One thing that I strive to do in my 40’s is cultivate meaningful relationships that are both near and far. I am blessed to have just that. Back home is one of my best friends from childhood and here in the valley is one of my best friends I met through the crafting industry whom introduced me to another friend.

I wanted to document these friendships on a page, but did not have all the right matching letters, so I have to get a little creative.

I was out of the letter “A”, but I had a lot of “V”, so I flipped it upside down to make the letter “A”

If you are looking for the letter “E” and are out of it, just use the number “3” backwards. “i” can be used with an “!” and vice versa. You can swap the letter “G” out for “6” and so on.

I wanted to add a little sass to the layout and found these sentiment strips that were perfect and exactly what we were doing in the pictures!

Part of the fun of scrapbooking is using what you have on hand. That can be challenging when you are trying to come up with a title — but not impossible. You just have to think outside of the box! Don’t be afraid to mix letter stickers, fonts or even cut things apart.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Day with my Girls in Scottsdale

My friends from The Paper Collage and I had a fabulous day in Scottsdale Arizona. We started off the day with vintage inspiration at a local market. We then made our way to Central Phoenix for a lovely lunch at Bianco — one of the nation’s best Italian food restaurants.

After lunch we window shopped in Old Town Scottsdale. It was fun, but not nearly as fun as checking out the beautiful cactus and flowers in the heart of it all.

We had a lot of laughs too! Everything from the nasty coffee we so desperately searched for to trying to get just the right picture of the same thing.

We all had a wonderful time and look forward to our next day together. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Tell me in the comment section.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!