Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

Savoring Savannah

Once again I had tons of fun creating a layout from pictures/memories of our recent trip to Georgia. As I frequently like to do, I searched for sketches to use to make designing the page go more quickly. I really find Becky Fleck’s PageMaps to be really fun to play with and very well designed so when I came upon this multi-photo sketch at Scrapbook {Express}ions:


I felt it would work well for my page. I took the idea of the stepping (from title, to pictures to journaling and down to the subtitle) and chose to use that idea for my photos. I also liked the strips down the sides, which were similar to the long hanging banner on the right side of my Ice Cream layout (see my Birthday Bliss post) which will be opposite this page in my album.

Why don’t I just share what I did now?


First, I must confess that the photos for The Olde Pink House come from their website. We were so busy enjoying the moment that I didn’t take any pictures inside and I only got one picture from the side as we walked by on our way to Leopold’s – that will likely appear on another page.

I also printed a map from Google as a background for my photos.

I’m sure you can see how well the stepping worked with my photos. I was really so pleased that I could get both the portrait and landscape oriented pics to play nicely together!

I printed the background paper on my HP Photosmart B8550 printer (Amazon reminded me that I bought mine there in 2009.) The design is from Stampin’ Up! (Basic Gray Grid) and I just love that collection of patterns. There are so many different ways to use it (I changed the opacity to 60% to get it light enough to journal on and so it would mesh better with the facing page which has a white background.) I also loved the idea of the many squares in Savannah all with trees covered in gray Spanish Moss! Too perfect!

Another challenge I wanted to participate in was from A Blog Named Hero Challenge #42: Layer Cake! I felt that this was a great sketch with lots of layering going on and I even layered the Hero Arts stamps I used (Weekdays – with Studio Calico and All the Time – for Operation Write Home) in the lower right corner. There’s dimension in the title and the place setting (as well as layering on both!)

You need something else to look at:


I also wanted to participate in Silhouette Challenges #12 “Faux Stitching Feature”

Silhouette Challenges

I thought it’d be fun to show a fancy table setting (with the proper number of forks and spoons), so I used a Silhouette sketch pen and the 4 piece dinner ware set by Samantha Walker  (making it six by ungrouping and copying the fork and spoon). I made a placemat for it to sit on and did an internal offset and a dashed faux stitched line. I used word doodle borders by Rivka Wilkins for the border on the left side, changing the line to a dashed, faux stitched line.


So, as usual I had to get in my fave wood veneer pieces (from Studio Calico) and my current fave manufacturer (Simple Stories) for the patterned papers, stickers, brads and numbers.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sorry about all the words, I just felt like I wanted to showcase some of the techniques and products that I used! I hope you have a fabulous day!


I also used:

Silhouette Cameo 
13 arrows by Lori Whitlock
savannah skyline by Ginny Nilson
PTI Summer Camp stamp (bootprint)
Color Box ink in Espresso
Adhesive from Beacon, Cool Tak and Xyron



I don’t know what your spring has been like, but ours has been slow to arrive. All the bulbs that usually appear at the end of February or early March have finally come up. We are fast-forwarding through Spring, though, as the weather has warmed up considerably (can you say “pollen attack”?) I’m not complaining. I am so glad to see the flowers coming up and warm weather returning. A month ago I wondered if it would ever happen!

The newest challenge at the Creative Cutting Challenge is Spring! I love that there are so many different ways you can take this! I must admit that I had wanted to take a completely different approach (Spring Break), but the layout I had planned just wasn’t coming together and the deadline was approaching to submit my project so I’ll be sharing that layout with you another time. Instead I decided on a celebration of my lovely early Spring bulbs. I used the Flower Set One from The Creative Pointe:


and enjoyed taking photos of those Spring beauties coming up in my yard! I thought the “Flowers” sign would be great for my title!

Beautiful Spring Flowers

I used a sketch from Stuck? I loved the layers and the square photos were perfect for my images!

Stuck_april 1



This is the last of the full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper from my Basic Grey Kioshi collection! I’ve enjoyed all the creating I’ve done with that collection (and still have plenty of 6×6 paper and embellishments left.)

Anyway, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Spring and use your digital cutting machine to cut non-Cricut files and submit a project for the Creative Cutting Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! Your kind comments always bring a smile to my face so please don’t hesitate to type something up below!


Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and chipboard elements - Basic Grey; other digital cut files – Lori Whitlock (doily) and Silhouette store (tags); Ribbon – Close to My Heart; Vellum – The Paper Studio; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.

Bunny Love

Cindy Pointe keeps adding new files to The Creative Pointe’s store and I thought her Easter Bunny Card was adorable! I was determined to scrap for the Easter challenge for The Creative Cutting Challenge, but it was on my mind when I saw the challenge in my Yahoo! group for an Easter card and the Simon Says Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats challenge! I’m so happy that Cindy was sweet enough to let me have the file so I could play with this super cute bunny!

Easter Bunny Card PV

I can’t say I did anything earth-shattering with it (funny that I chose lavender for the card base even), but I had a lot of fun coloring eggs (and the background) and putting in the punny sentiment.


Cindy has an amazing selection of Easter images. I’m so grateful I got a second chance to play with her wonderful Easter files! You should check out the files in her store! They are so fun and priced right (the bunny card is $1!)

I hope you’re having a great day! Thanks for making mine more special by leaving a comment below!


Supplies: cardstock – Close to My Heart and Recollections; Silhouette sketch pen; Font – KG Hard Candy Striped; Markers – Bic; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.



Birthday Bliss

Yep! I’m pretty lucky! I’ve been in some pretty fabulous places on my birthday! It’s all because it’s during the kids’ Spring Break and we love traveling during that time!

This year we went to Georgia and had a wonderful time! I’m so motivated to just get going on the album for the trip that I’m going to share a layout for it today!

It all started with this wonderful sketch from Stuck on U Sketches :


I adore banners and really felt this would be a great layout for the pictures I took on my birthday of our visit to Leopold’s in Savannah. I took my pictures with my cell phone and since it was later in the day the lighting wasn’t great so I had to use smaller pictures, but this is what I created:


 Thanks so much for visiting! I’m busy, busy working on some more projects, so not a whole lotta pictures or words here, but more creations will be coming soon!

Have a fabulous day! Remember the best way to keep me smiling is by saying something nice in the comments below!


I couldn’t resist entering a few more challenges with this layout, so here’s what else I’m entering:

Challeng YOUrself Challenge #5: Something Trendy! – I’m in all three of the photos of people and I used wood veneer, banners, twine and chevron paper (and arrows, but since they are wood veneer, I didn’t want to count them twice!)

Simon Says Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats : Ice Cream is definitely a sweet treat!

Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group : April challenge  - birthday 

Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group : 52 week challenge (makeup for week #13)

Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group : April Word Play challenge

I used:

Patterned paper, stickers and alphas from: Simple Stories; Alpha from Heidi Swapp; Stamps from Papertrey Ink and Close to My Heart; Ink from Clearsnap; Wood veneer from Studio Calico; Twine from Twinery; Pen from Sakura; Marker from Bic; Adhesive from Beacon and Xyron.

Easter Happiness!

It’s time for the Easter challenge at Creative Cutting Challenges and I’ve got my very first Easter layout to share with you today!

I really love the look of dyed eggs for Easter! They have the most beautiful colors and make me really feel nostalgic, so I thought that the Easter Headings file from The Creative Pointe would be a great place to start with two great choices for egg-themed designs.

ImageLooking at the pictures I had, I found this sketch from Studio Calico that worked perfectly:


Since I didn’t have any Easter paper and the sketch had a very clean look to it, I thought I’d go with white paper as my base and create some interest with stamping with Distress Stains. Here’s a look at my background supplies:


I will say that I used a very thin cardstock. I would definitely recommend a thicker cardstock (or watercolor paper) for the background if you’re using as much water as I did. I had quite a bit of warping of the paper. I just sponged the Distress Stain right from the bottle onto the stamp, using a similar color (red with yellow or yellow with green, etc.) After I stamped I spritzed with water (sometimes I spritzed the stamp after I had put the stain on and before stamping.) I glued three layers of the cardstock together when the stamped sheets were dry to try and flatten things out afterward, but there is still quite a bit of warping. I used the same stains to color pieces of the cardstock that I then cut for the title and the circles around the pages as well as the strip at the bottom.

Here’s my full layout:


Here are some closeups:


 Here’s The Creative Pointe’s cut file (the Easter made out of eggs) and there’s that awkward “I think this is smiling” face again. I’m glad my son eventually figured out how to smile and have it look like he was happy:-D. When he saw this yesterday he said he thought he was making a shark face. I think that’s a pretty good description of how it looks!


 And here’s the queen of great pictures! Doesn’t she look happy and cute! I only wish I could have included her fingertips which were all stained from the dyes!


 I used the Distress Stains and a water brush to color my stamped and embossed chick. I love the way you can see the background stamping through the washi tape!


 I couldn’t resist the punny title!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and will consider playing along with The Creative Cutting Challenge

Thanks for visiting! I’d love to hear about your favorite Easter tradition!



First Things First!

The newest challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge is Anything Goes! This was such a fun one because it meant I got to go through all of the files that The Creative Pointe offers and then put a project together that would go whatever I wanted to use! I chose a school layout because it’s a goal of mine to keep plugging away on finishing up my daughter’s school album (K-8) and there haven’t been any school challenges. I just really loved the School Set II files!

School Set Two PV

These have lots of fabulous details and layers! I really felt they would be perfect for the early grade school pictures of my daughter so I dug up her 1st grade picture and went to work looking for a sketch. The Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch a thon Hop #2 had lots of great sketches and I really loved the one on Laura Whitaker‘s blog, designed by Brenshevia:


I loved the strips at the top and bottom and how the picture and central elements were layered. I flipped the top and bottom, but here’s what I created:


A+ for cuteness (and she always works hard, too)!

I had this first grader paper from Moxxie in my stash and felt I should really use it. The bright colors really went well with my daughter’s sweater and made choosing the colors for the die cuts pretty easy! I adore all the layers on these cuts! Just take a look at them:




I used a woodgrain paper on the pencil and chalkboard die cuts and a silver paper on the scissors. (Laura’s twist included using something wooden on your layout and I love the look that the woodgrained paper gives to these cuts!) The title is three layers deep using CK Jessica for the font and doing offsets for the shadow layers. The chalkboard has four layers of cardstock and the pencil is three layers deep at the top yellow layer (I’ll be entering the Scrap Our Stash Stash A Thon Birthday Challenge #1 ~ Cake/Layering challenge.)

I hope you’ll join along with the Creative Cutting Anything Goes Challenge if you are able to cut non-Cricut files with your digital die cut machine!

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies used:
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!; Patterned Paper – Echo Park, HP, and Moxxie; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico; Washi Tape – from stash; Pen – Zig; Adhesive – Beacon, Xyron, Zig

Hello, Kindergarten

Hi! I have another throwback photo that I’ve scrapped (maybe that’ll be the theme on my blog just like on Facebook…) I certainly have more throwback photos that need to be scrapped than I have current ones!

This is a multichallenge layout (oooh, aaaahh!)

First we have the Chic Tags February Sketch challenge (aren’t they great to have it due in March?)

ChicTagsFeb2014 sketch

The beauty of a single photo sketch is that it simplifies the process of scrapping so much. Just search for a photo that needs a page to itself and you’re on your way! I love to use sketches and I really thought this one was perfect for Erin’s Kindergarten picture. Now the other challenge I worked with was the Scraptastic Club Blog Challenge Thursday (yep, this one went up today!) It’s a Tic Tac Toe challenge:


The idea is that you pick a row, column or diagonal and you include all three on your layout. I chose the left column. So I have yellow, stamping and at least 1 diecut on my layout. Here it is:


I’ve got yellow in the pencil, the title, the tab above the photo and one of the star stickers, I stamped the word “smile” on the tab and numbers on the red background paper and I die cut the file folder, “mon->fri”, the title, the apple and the tab above the photo.

Sometimes I don’t have much to say about a school portrait, but my daughter had changed so much from preschool to kindergarten that I really felt that the photo and the journaling about that change deserved their own page!

Oh, and there’s a third challenge of sorts. Vicky Papaioannou, from Clips-n-Cuts apparently asked her husband to develop Inlinkz. You may have noticed how some blogs have images and links for the products they use on their posts. Vicky was asking people to try it, so I’ve done that down below for the products that are available at the linked stores. I’m so excited!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting today! I certainly appreciate you stopping by and especially love when you leave me comments! Have a fantastic day!


Products used: Patterned paper – Creative Memories; Stamps – My Favorite Things and Studio Calico; ink – Close to My Heart and Tsukineko; Digital Die Cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Cut files – Kerri Bradford, Lori Whitlock, Sweet Afton; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico; Adhesive – Therm o Web, Xyron and Zig.


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