Thursday, March 17, 2011


Well, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard "IT'S SPRING BREAK...  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????" screamed on the beach in the last couple of weeks, well, lets just say that I'd never have to work again... And of course its always in some very high pitched female voice (For those who watch How I Met Your Mother, there are lots of "woo" girls down here).

Actually spring break down here has not been too bad yet although we are being told that today is normally the worst day of the week as lots of local town kids descend on the island as well.  We also have the Snoop concert right next to us tonight so we'll see if we get any sleep.  We have still be venturing out to the kiting beach and even the grocery store yesterday, and while things are much busier than normal, it is manageable. 

Not too much going on for us here.  Matt has been kiting and I've been working on some scrapbooking pages and getting things ready for the classes that I'll be teaching at the Bald Eagle Festival in November.  We did get to watch another turtle release a couple weeks ago, I'll get some photos posted up later. 

I've started a new blog to keep my scrapbooking stuff a little separate from our person blog so instead of posting the posts twice, I'll just post some links here and you can check it out if you wish.

Here are a couple of links here of some new scrapbook pages that I've done.


SS Graveyard

Born To Be Wild



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Traveling through Moab, Utah

I wanted to share a few scrapbook layouts from our travels through the beautiful landscape of Moab, Utah last May.  We were lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the Moab area so we had plenty of time to explore and take photos of Dead Horse State Park, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park.

AWAY WE GO - May 17, 2010 - Dead Horse State Park - Moab, Utah

JOURNALING:  We left Bryce Canyon about 9 am to make the 4 1/2 hour drive into Dead Horse State Park.  Along the way, we stopped at a Wal-Mart in Richfield.  We drove into the beautiful campground about 4 pm.  After finally figuring out how to get the trailer into the campsite, we set out to explore the point overlooking the Colorado River.  What a gorgeous place to watch the river wind through the canyon.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Lucy Chesna, National Parks papers
PICTURE PERFECT - May 18, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Dead Horse State Park - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  Here Matt captures both sunrise and sunset at Dead Horse State Park.  We drove the short distance to Canyonlands to visit both Mesa Arch and the Green River overlook, as well as the park road.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Heather, Bon Voyage Travel stack by DCWV, Paper bag
THE GREAT OUTDOORS - May 19, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Dead Horse State Park

JOURNALING:  Meander viewpoint and sunrise at the point.

SUPPLIES USED:  Roam papers by K&Co
FALSE KIVA - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  What a peaceful, quiet place - The size and grandeur of the alcove seems at home with the simplicity of the structure.  What a perfect balance.

SUPPLIES USED:  Paper Lace by K&Co, Roam papers by K&Co, Scraplift of Lisa's layout based on Sassylilsketches April sketch
AZTEC BUTTE - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We hiked the 2.1 mile trail to Aztec Butte to view 3 ancient grainaries (1200 AD).  It was steep up the slick rock.

SUPPLIES USED:  Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Sketch by Cheri O'Neill
CANYONLANDS SUNSET - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We enjoyed a great picnic while watching the sun set over Green River.  What a beautiful spot.

SUPPLIES USED:  Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Sketch by Cheri O'Neill
ESCAPE INTO THE WILD - May 22, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We drove 74 miles south from Moab to visit the Needles area of Canyonlands.  On the way, we passed the Newspaper Rock petroglyphs.  Once in Canyonlands, we had a picnic lunch near Pothole Point.  We decided to brave the 50 mph winds to hike the Slickrock trail.  It was a 2.4 mile trail that wound its way up and down the slickrock, to give us gorgeous views of the canyon below.

SUPPLIES USED:  Boy Scouts papers from K&Co, Bazzill stitch template
NATURE WALKS - May 23, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Arches National Park

JOURNALING:  We drove to the Devil's Garden trailhead to do the 2.6 mile hke out to Landscape Arch.  On the way back, we visited the Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch.  After a picnic lunch at Fiery Furnace, we enjoyed seeing all the major sites on our drive out of the park.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Cheri O'Neill at Let's Scrap, Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Postcards, 50 States Cricut Cartridge
OFF ROAD - May 25, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We decided to drive the 4 wheel drive road called Shafer Trail from Canyonlands and back to Moab.

SUPPLIES USED:  National Parks papers, Cardstock by DCVW
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - May 25, 2010 - Moab, Utah

JOURNALING:  Delicate arch is such a recognized symbol of Arches.  Here Matt captures the "classic" shot as well as some other great views.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Susan Stringfellow, Blue Awning papers by K&Co, Destinations Cricut cartridge
SLIPPIN THRU THE CRACKS - May 26, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Arches National Park

JOURNALING:  We were excited to explore the Fiery Furnace on a ranger led hike.  We also had a permit to return alone but had issues getting in.

SUPPLIES USED:  Martha Stewart Classic Woodland papers, Sketch by Amy Alvis
FOUR CORNERS WONDERS - May 27, 2010 - Utah

JOURNALING:  We decided to drive down to 4 corners to explore the ruins of "House on Fire".  We also toured Natural Bridges & Mokey Dugway.

SUPPLIES USED:  Roam papers by K&Co, Destinations Cricut cartridge, George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge
HISTORICAL SITES - May 28, 2010 - Utah

JOURNALING:  We spent our day doing the same drive, only in reverse and adding Valley of the Gods.  We also hiked out to the "Fallen Roof" ruin.  It was pretty difficult to find but definitely worth the scramble up and down the canyon walls.  We also re-revisited the Gooseneck State Park again.

SUPPLIES USED:  Complete Boy kit by My Minds Eye