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Celebrating (all kinds of things!)

May is a month filled with celebrations: Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Graduation, National Scrapbooking Day. OK, I realize that most people don’t celebrate National Scrapbooking Day and honestly, I didn’t really do much to celebrate the day itself since it’s on a Saturday and I don’t tend to have time to scrap on Saturdays, but it’s still fun to celebrate! I’m thankful for opportunities to celebrate scrapbooking since it’s something I’m passionate about.

There were five different challenges that the layout I’m sharing today qualifies me for and two of them are celebration challenges and the layout is from my birthday so I think that’s something to celebrate!

It all began with a sketch. I know, it’s shocking. I’m glad you are sitting down ;-)! The first challenge is from PageMaps. This is one I could enter a bunch, but I will follow the rules and only enter once. I got to pick any PageMaps sketch from 2013 or 2014 to celebrate their 8th anniversary! I chose a double page from February 2013:



I loved all the room for journaling, the different background paper layers and the photo groupings. I also loved that the elements in the sketch were about nature because that’s the subject of my layout, too! Now I included 10 total pictures on my layout, but I think you can get the general feel of the sketch.




I used the Simple Stories Snap Life and Color Vibe papers and elements throughout my layout. This has really been a versatile collection for these vacation layouts. It includes lots of fun bingo cards, so I used the fun “awesome” bingo card on the left side for my Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group challenge for May to use a bingo card.

For the other challenges, I’ll be entering the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree (had fun using a die cut palm tree from Miss Kate’s Cuttables I adapted a coconut palm tree from her beach scene – I really liked all the layers on the trunk and the foliage.) And along with the tree I cut the title from a Simple Stories file in the Silhouette store as well as a bamboo background by Elizabeth Mayne that’s in the upper left corner.) I’d say this is Die Crazy so I’ll be entering my layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.



Moxie Fab World National Scrapbook Day: Scrapbooking Rocks Challenge was to scrap for fun and share – I pretty much always have fun when I scrap, so that was easy!

I think that about wraps up this blog post! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your thoughts when you leave comments, so thanks for sharing! Have a great day!


Supplies not already listed: Cardstock – The Paper Studio; corrugated shapes – Close to My Heart; pens – Sakura; cutting machine – Silhouette Cameo; Adhesive – American Crafts, Imaginesce, Xyron.

May 24, 2014 edited to add:

I was chosen a top 3 for the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree! I’m so happy! I love my palm tree! Thanks Stuck on U Sketches!





I prefer my Dogs Salty!

Why, hello there! I’m so glad you’re stopping by today!

I have a little bit of a different layout for you today. My husband actually did the journaling. Yep! I decided to use his log for the webcam cache that we drove to on Hilton Head island and I used one of the pictures from the webcam as a photo, too! Pretty fun, huh?

I really loved the look of the wavy border at the bottom of sketch #390 at Scrapbook Challenges. I thought that’d go well with the island theme. My Yahoo! Scrappin-n-Chattin group also had a challenge this month to use memorabilia, so I included the daily use pass we bought so we could drive out to where the cache was. Hey, and Simon Says Stamp is having an Anything Goes challenge, so this will be entered there, too!

Here’s my layout:


I decided to go use a chevron paper in blue to reinforce the ocean theme. The Simple Stories Snap Life ColorVibe collection has been a great one to work with for this trip. There’s always a color or pattern that works and it coordinates with the other Simple Stories Snap papers I’m using! I have chevron paper and kraft on the facing page (Savannah Wildlife) so among other things, I used the Close to My Heart Keyboard Kraft alphas for the title.

Here’s a close-up of the journaling – it was a bit challenging getting all the icons from to appear, but I am so happy with how it turned out!



Add in a few typeset stickers from Snap Studio, a sprinkle of wood veneer from Studio Calico here and there and an overlay from the Snap Life 12×12 collection and you’ve pretty much got my layout! (With cardstock from Bazzill, a little bit of journaling with a  Zig pen, adhesive from Beacon and Xyron.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’re having a great day! I really enjoy reading your comments, so please feel free to comment below!



Polar Vortex brings early Spring flowers in April

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.

Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

Computer Card PV

I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!



MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!


I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

Welcome Scrapbook Steals Blog Hoppers!

I’m participating in the Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop! If you want to start at the beginning, be sure to visit
the Scrapbook Steals bog.

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve come to visit me here today! When the call went out for anyone interested in participating in a Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop my hand went up and the goodies went out in the mail! I received these fabulous rolls of American Crafts Everyday Ribbon

Ribbons_web(aren’t the colors and patterns lively and fun?)

I had some birthday cards that I needed to make and these ribbons were just perfect! I always like to look for great prices for scrapbooking supplies and I just happened to have ordered a LilyBee Designs Pinwheel tiny tablet recently from Scrapbook Steals and felt the two would be a match made in heaven! Here’s what I made:


I wanted to use the ribbon a little differently than one might expect.

Here’s what I came up with.

Using my die-cutting machine, I cut a frame and felt it needed some streamers inside it.



I ran adhesive across the front of the card, glued down the top of the ribbons and twirled them and pressed them down into the adhesive as they went down the front of the card. I really like the fun and dimensional look this gives. The frame is attached with dimensional foam adhesive at the top and bottom.


With this cake die-cut I felt like the ribbon would be like the layers of the cake and simply glued it down to the card base and popped up the die cut with dimensional adhesive.


Finally, I had a die cut with cuts that looked perfect to weave the ribbon through. I just love that lime green print ribbon – I think it adds so much to this cake!


I backed the dot cuts with the black print, turquoise and green ribbons, but turned the green upside down so it would be a solid instead of the print. I also backed the “Happy Birthday” with the turquoise. Can you see?


I hope you’re inspired to do something fun with ribbon! I am certainly glad to have 3 new fun cards created!

I’m the last stop on the hop! Be sure to bookmark or follow the Scrapbook Steals blog for all sorts of Scrapbooking  and papercrafting inspiration!

I’d love to hear about your favorite thing to do with ribbon in the comments below (or just tell me how much fun you’re having today!)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!


Supplies and tools used:
Cardstock : Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper: LilyBee Design
Ribbon: American Crafts
Stamp and Ink: Close to My Heart
Embossing Powder: Clearsnap
Adhesive: All Night Media, American Crafts, Imaginesce and Xyron

How to turn a child into a ham

I don’t know about you, but I think photo props are such a fun idea! They turn mild-mannered, maybe even photo shy or at least photo averse, people into hams for the camera! That is pure magic in my book, especially since I’ve got a couple of those photo averse younger people living in my house!

So, when I was thinking about the latest challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge (Halloween – Not a Card), I thought the photo props would be a great way to get my kids to “dress up” and ham it up for the camera and I was right, hurrah!

I did give them choices as to which props they wanted and how they wanted them to look (and I created a couple without their input that I thought I might use but then I was able to recruit a drama-queen thespian willing to pose, even better!)

Here’s all the props you get in the Photo Props collection from The Creative Pointe:

Lots of potential for fun!

Lots of potential for fun!

Here’s how mine turned out:

You can see that mustaches are popular with the kids

You can see that mustaches are popular with the kids

I used: cardstock from: Bazzill, Colorbok, DCWV, Doodlebug, The Paper Studio; Gems from: Bead Landing; Ranger Liquid Pearls and Crackle Accents; Adhesive from: Scotch and Xyron.

To get the lens of the monocle, I filled the opening in the monocle with Crackle Accents on my non-stick craft mat and then waited and waited and waited for it to dry. It took over 7 hours! It was difficult to pull up without breaking it, so I would recommend a layer of acetate underneath that you can trim to size (or cut with your cutting machine beforehand) to support the Crackle Accents. I really love how it turned out (I also sprinkled a few drops of Gold Glimmer Mist onto the lens along with a tiny amount of Doodlebug Sugar Coating black glitter while it was still wet.) I laminated the monocle with my Xyron 900 to give it some strength. I used bamboo skewers for all the photo props.

Here are the teens, hamming it up:



Here’s my son, emulating his favorite British gentleman:


and then just getting silly!



And there you have it! Six props and three hams! These pictures are so much fun! I can wait to scrap them! I could also retire some of the props to the page for fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I sure hope you’ll play along with the Halloween – not a Card Challenge over at the Creative Cutting Challenge! Have a top-notch day!

Thanks for leaving a kind word or two! It really puts a smile on my face!


P.S. While these are simple, no layer files, if you need information about how to use SVG files in Silhouette Designer Edition software, please see this post, where I do a tutorial of the process.

Traveling around in my memory

Well, maybe not in my memory, but trying to document Erin’s experiences so that if she should happen to forget she’ll have this page to help her remember!

In case you weren’t aware, a huge goal for me is to finish her school album for Winfield schools (K-8), so when I found challenges for travel themes and a wonderful PageMaps sketch that was part of a challenge my brain came up with Erin’s 8th grade trip to Springfield! I was so pleased that she took our little point and shoot camera and took lots of great pictures (all the pictures on the LO are hers except for the one of her, which my friend Kara took and texted to me [and later resent it via e-mail when I couldn’t find it because it was the only close-up of her that I knew of – thanks again, Kara!])

You may have noticed that I tend to focus on the details. Well, there are themes I used that may not be completely obvious upon just checking out the page, but I’ll talk about those details, don’t fret ;-)!

Here’s the sketch which was the August Guest Designer Challenge from Jessica Navarro over at sketches4all (bless you Jessica for choosing a 2-pager with lots of photos and especially a PageMaps sketch – I love PageMaps!)

You'd think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

You’d think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

Here’s my layout:

Here it is in it's 2-page glory!

Here my layout in it’s 2-page glory!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she's not buried in a group shot.

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she’s not buried in a group shot.

Title and journaling detailTitle and journaling detail

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and are 3 separate pins - the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and there are 3 separate pins – the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Without further ado, the details! I chose my patterned paper first and it inspired me to consider the penny, where President Lincoln (yes, of the Land of Lincoln, otherwise known as our home state of Illinois) has resided. Pennies are made of copper and when copper oxidizes it becomes this beautiful turquoise color. When I saw the turquoise in the camera paper I decided it needed to be a strong element in my layout as well as the copper pen I used for the writing. That’s it! In other fun was a challenge to use arrows. I decided that it would be fun to use the arrows to label the photos and add to the energy of the page. There was also a challenge to use wood  (I loved using wood veneer alphas and the @ on Lincoln’s head), stripes (I used a blue ribbon with white stripes on the right side of the LO) and mixed alphas (I used 3 different alphas for the title).

The cardstock was from Bazzill and my stash. The patterned paper was from Bo Bunny and Little Yellow Bicycle can lay claim to everything from patterned paper to flags to chipboard shapes to vellum strips. The alphas are from Close to My Heart and Prima, the wood veneer is from Studio Calico, pen was from Faber-Castell and the ribbons are from The Paper Studio and Stampin’ Up! Adhesive was from American Crafts, Scotch and Xyron. Cutting files were from Silhouette store.

I will be entering this layout into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):

Kristi B. – August Challenge – Use wood, stripes, and mixed alphas

Rochelle Spears – August Challenge – Travel Theme

Scrappin-n-Chattin – August Challenge – Travel

Scrap Your Story Challenges – Challenge #22 Arrows

Silhouette Blog – Shape Challenge – (the 3 bowling pins are all the same shape)

Sketches 4 All – August Guest Designer Challenge – Jessica Navarro

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed taking a look into my daughter’s memory and my creation! Have a wonderful day and please be sure to let me know how you came to find my blog and what caught your eye on my layout!


Having a sparkly good time!

I have to admit. I’m not much for bling. I love the way it looks on everyone else’s projects, I just don’t buy a lot and don’t use it a lot.  I am also not a fan of glitter. It just gets everywhere and that bothers me. “Why is she blathering about bling?” you may ask. Well, I loved this sketch, especially once I got the inspiration for which photos to use and part of the challenge was to include some bling from your stash. After all the blog is called “Scrap Our Stash”! And hey, while I was at it and busy with my Cameo and playing with glitter, I thought it’d be great to enter the “glitter it up” challenge at Cameo Creations!

So what I saw in the sketch was a vertical strip of pictures, stars and the scattered bling. What I was inspired to use was a planet, a photo booth strip, lots of stars and glitter and epoxy bubbles!

Here’s a look at what I created (and had a lot of fun, especially with the bling part!)

Here's a peek at the journaling

Here’s a peek at the journaling

Bling on the title and bubbles

Glitter on the title and bubble bling

Details in lower right corner

                                   Details in lower right corner                                             metallic silver gelato on grade circle and word 

I'm star struck!

I’m star struck!

(The pictures were left at a larger file size so that if you click on them you can see more detail. What do you think? Should I go big again or should I shrink the file size as I have on previous posts?)

Here are the details:

Cardstock: DCWV (La Creme), Core’dinations, Stampin’ Up!

Vellum: JoAnn

Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle – Makin’ The Grade

Letter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers – Letterman

Font: Space Age

Digital Cutter: Silhouette Cameo

Cutting files:

  • SVGs: Kerri Bradford Studio – School Years
  • Silhouette files: Paper Bakery – Everyday Polaroids, Creating Keepsakes – Super Stars, Sarah Hurley – Night Sky – stars, moon and planets, Ginger Snapit Designs – Field Trip

Stamp : Studio Calico

Ink : Tsukineko Brilliance – Starlite Silver

Glitter : Doodlebug Design, Inc. – Sugar Coating

Bling : Close to My Heart – Epoxy Bubbles – Green and Blue

Paint : Faber-Castell Gelatos – Metallic

Pens: Bic – Mark-It – Hot Aqua, Kuretake – Zig Writer – Platinum and Zig – Archival – Black

Glue : Zig and Xyron

I will be entering this LO into the Scrap Our Stash July 15th Sketch with Stash #5 Challenge

and the Glitter it Up Challenge at Cameo Creations Challenge:

I’d love to hear what you have to think about my latest creation! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in and comment!

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