Monday, January 18

Best Friends

Hello Monday, this week we are celebrating best friends! The interpretation of this theme is totally up to you. Join us in the creative fun.

I made a scrapbook album for my husband, my best friend, for Christmas. We went camping for a month together out west in the fall of 2014. Montana and Wyoming were calling us back on an adventure. We camped in a tent, even when the temperatures dropped below freezing high in the mountains.

On my must do list was to eat out at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone. I wanted us to have dinner there to celebrate our anniversary. When I called to make reservations, we could get in at 9:30 pm, but there was no guarantee the road would still be open to get back to our hotel (oh yes, we did stay in hotels when it got too cold and wet). If it was closed, it was about 150 miles to go around. Well, that was disappointing, so lunch was our next best option, and it was nice!

A beautiful day is just right for some painting and picnicking.
Love these page protectors in different sizes, and it made it so much faster to scrapbook. Only thing is, it is hard to photograph in the plastic. 

One of my favorite places in the world is the Beartooth Mountains. Years ago, I was on trail crew and hiked all over this area keeping the trails maintained. My partner and I would backpack out for a week with all of our camping supplies, food, and tools. Boy, was I in shape then! There is a little store up in the mountains called Top of the World that is still there, so we had to get a photo of ourselves there.

Today's post is more about the story, but isn't that what scrapbooking is all about?

What's the story with your best friend? Or maybe it's two pets? Join us in best friend fun! I look forward to seeing what you create!

Don't forget! Design Team call is open until Tuesday 19, at 9 am EST.

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  1. Fantastic layouts! Love the rich colors with the photos of the park and you and your hubby! Brings back wonderful memories of our family trip to the park!

  2. LOVE this Maura! the photos and the way you have showcased them is absolutely gorgeous! I loved reading about your travels too, brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Maura such a nice way to display your photography!! Love the colors and it makes me jealous a little as I love wandering in parks!
    Hugs xxx Zoey

  4. What a great layout, Maura! It looks like you guys had a fabulous time!! :)

  5. Brilliant Layouts, love all the elements used and the photos are brilliant x

  6. Beautiful layouts Maura and such great memories to document. I like the papers that you used, and all those gorgeous photos.

  7. What a fantastic post! It was so fun to see more insight into the exciting life of Maura! Who would've thought that you have had so many outdoorsy adventures! Loved reading about them and seeing the pics. The lodge in Yellowstone reminded me of my family going to Camp 18 in Oregon every year to eat on our way to the beach. And the cafe at the "top of the world" reminded me of hiking to a tea house at the top of a mountain around Lake Louise, Canada. So see? Not only do these pages look amazing, but your words and pictures brought to mind my own stories, too. I think it's a special thing when art reminds us of our own life experiences and I thank you for bringing those happy emotions to the surface!

  8. What a great album full of so many wonderful memories and photos to treasure forever! It's such a lovely way to document your time away and a really clever take on our theme...I love it! :)

  9. Such a wonderful album, with lots of amazing memories of your trip together, Maura. Gorgeous pictures and love the pattern paper. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Love your beautiful layouts, Maura. Great photos and design! :)

  11. Beautiful layout and great story Maura! It's a wonderful way to document your trip ! Barbarayaya

  12. What a great layout and wonderful gift you created! We also have fond memories - in fact hubby and I became engaged at Tower Falls - way back in 1956! The walk to the bottom was closed the last time we were there.
    Thanks for choosing my card for the Best Friends spotlight - I am so honored.

  13. Best friends are the cornerstone of a fulfilling life. They're the confidants, the partners-in-crime, the ones who lift us up. With shared laughter, support, and adventures, they enrich every moment. Explore Best Games Best friends are the family we choose, and their presence brings immeasurable joy and comfort to our journey.


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