Wednesday, October 26, 2011

50 Ears - Sketch in Thyme

So the lighting is off a bit in this one but you can see the gold Mickey hat brads. In the scan they are totally wiped out and I want you to see just how cute they are! Heck, they even have the number 50 on them!

Anyway, this is another sketch from Sketches in Thyme. They are using this one to help choose some new Design Team members. I thought it would be fun to get back on a DT and get myself some scrapping deadlines! lol! I seem to work better that way. And it helps that I really love their sketches!

You can see the sketch, check out their DT call for yourself, and see the other great entries on their blog.

Products used:

Bo Bunny paper
Junkitz paper
American Craft brads
Scenic Route chipboard
QK font

oh, and I traced and cut out the "mickey hats" out of the glitter paper.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


This is another layout using Sketch Inspiration #236. Obviously I am getting a lot of 2 pagers done thanks to some recent sketches! I also seem to be having a love affair with grey these days.

Products used:
Kaiser Craft papers
Tim Holtz ink
QK die
Basic Grey chipboard

Discover History

Another Hawaii layout! So excited to get these done! This uses yet another sketch from Got Sketch Express. I love how many photos I can fit on this layout!

Products used:
Scrap Within Reach papers
Maya Road chipboard
Accent Depot brads
HS Ghost shape (star by title)
MM metal tag

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Polish Festival

This was a fun day! I am glad I was able to find fun colorful paper to scrap my photos. The layout is based on a sketch from Valerie Solomon.

Products used:
Kaiser Craft paper
Fiskars edge punch

A Trip to Space

I really had no clue what to title this layout! It is obvious where they were due to the name of the place in the photo, but I really like titles. This scanned really dark. Background cardstock is a dark blue, I think Bazzill Admiral. But, I like how the scan shows the colors in the patterned I didn't fool with it!

This layout uses the March 2011 kit from Scrapdango.
Products used in addition to the kit:
Scrapworks studs

Apple Hill 2008

Figured I needed to put a year there since I seem to do a layout of the same visit every year! Layout is based on a sketch from Got Sketch Express 2. She made it a single page sketch but I needed a 2 pager.

Products used:
KI Memories paper, chipboard, and stickers
American Craft ribbon and stickers
Fiskars edge punch

Say Cheese

We seem to gravitate to the same crazy things every year at the State Fair. This year it was a bunch of those silly photo cut-outs. The layout is based on a sketch from Got Sketch Express 2.

Products used:
Echo Park paper and stickers
Scenic Route chipboard
Junkitz ringz (is that what they were called?) and brads
Fiskars edge punch
American Craft brads

How the West Was Won

Gotta love those school plays! Funny how both Ryan and David did the same play but the photos came out completely different. This layout was for a challenge over at Scrapdango focusing on using paint and paper piecing or hand cut element. I pieced the hat and handcut the paint stamped letters in the title. I even hand journaled! Layout based on a sketch from the PageMaps sketch book.

Products used:
Flair Designs paper and stickers
Making Memories stamps and paint
Lasting Impressions buttons
felt star

Sweets for my Sweet

Aw! Ryan made Valentine's candy for his girlfriend. This layout is based on a sketch from Got Sketch Express 2. I love different ways to use three photos on a one pager! And yes, the layout does butt up against the right hand edge of the paper.

Products used:
Scrapworks paper
QK fonts
American Craft thickers
Heidi Swapp ghost shapes

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Operation Write Home World Cardmaking Day Bloghop

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Today I chose to join Operation Write Home to show my support for the men and women who have volunteered to serve our country. Whether they are serving state side or on foreign soil, they have put the protection of the United States and its citizens above their own needs....and sadly the needs of their families! For this reason I pray for them and their families, that they be reunited swiftly and safely. Thank you for being brave and strong and willing to do what so many are not!

For more information on the products or techniques used for this card, please see HERE and thank you for visiting me today!

Operation Write Home supplies handmade cards to soldiers to help them stay in contact with loved ones. If you would like help support their endeavor, please click on the Donate button to the left. To continue the Bloghop, please click on the button at the top of the blog.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Christmas card directions for OWH blog hop

Products used:

Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Quickutz Jolly Collection
KI Memories printed ribbon
Marvy Ink
Fiskars edge punch
Queen & Company micro-brad

How to tips:
1. tear edge on one side of background paper & ink other edges
 - attach to card base
2. ink edges of patterned paper strip and attach to card based & background
3. attach brads on each end of paper strip
4. die cut greeting and ornament from patterned paper
5. attach greeting to card being sure to leave room for ornament
6. die cut additional ornament from cardstock & adhere to patterned paper ornament
 - this will help keep your ornament sturdy
7. punch border edge in cardstrock then trim from paper to make strip
8. attach border strip to ornament & trim sides
9. ink edges of ornament
10. attach ribbon to border strip and wrap around back of ornament
11. attach ornament to card
12. tie ribbon in bow and glue dot to ornament
 - this will keep the bow where you want it and you won't chance pulling bow tight and tearing die cut.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pie for Pops

Ryan really had a blast throwing a pie in Jeff's face as between inning entertainment at a River Cats game!
layout is based on sketch #55 from Sketches in Thyme, a new sketch site Peggy and I found!

products used:

My Minds Eye paper, die cuts, twine

Carving Time

oh yes, Halloween 2007!! hey, every layout is one closer to being current! lol!! this was for a "wood shop" challenge over at Scrapdango. had to use orange, ovals, more than 8 photos, and wood.

 layout is based on sketch #19 by Allison Davis for Scrapbook Generation (

products used:
Cosmo Cricket paper, die cuts, blackboard
Lasting Impressions buttons
American Craft thickers

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Aloha Santa

Aren't you impressed? Two layouts done in one day! I had pulled these photos out to use for a sketch yesterday, but then changed my mind.....or really went to bed! lol! This morning I decided the pictures didn't need a 2 page layout. As long as you can see Gramps and David in the bottom right photo so you know just how BIG these things are, everything is all good!

Layout is based on sketch from Becky Fleck's Page Maps. The particular sketch is on page 110 of the book, but she has LOTS of sketches on her site!

Products used:
KI Memories paper and chipboard
Doodlebug jellies
American Craft stickers

Gramps' Special Gift

Um, yeah, well where do you think I get MY warped sense of humor from?? So Gramps, ED, gave the boys these wonderful shirts for Christmas. Only more perfect because someone else made them, so there are other people out there with our whacked sense of humor. We still chuckle when one of the boys wears their shirt! (and can you see the sharks "circling" the boys??)

Layout is based on Sketch 237 from Sketch Inspirations.  

Products used:
Flair Designs
American Craft Thickers and ribbon

Saturday, September 10, 2011

wow! aren't you impressed?? that is 2 layouts completed in the same day! this one went fairly quickly. if they were all done so fast!

Products used:
Scrapdango's January 2011 Spice Kit
Cosmo Cricket
Ruby Rock-it chipboard
Making Memories rub-ons
Accent Depot brads

Blue & Gold

Boy Scouts birthday party back in February 2007. I had the hardest time finding paper that worked with both the theme and the colors! I mean, REALLY, all that tan and blue...... Anyway, this layout met another challenge over at Scrapdango: paper with words on it, and some type of computer element (journaling).

Products Used:
Creative Imaginations papers
Prima flowers
Lasting Impressions brads
American Craft Thickers
Scenic Route chipboard
QK font
MM date stamp

Monday, September 5, 2011

Root for the Home Team

Been a while I guess! wow! hadn't realized it had 6 months. sheesh! maybe I forgot to post some here? I sure hope so! lol!! anyway, a baseball game....this one we took a neighbor too. it was $1 hot dog and dessert night. the boys were allowed to eat as many desserts as they ate hot dogs. they topped out at 5 of each! lol!!

layout is based on Sketch Inspiration #236. I love that she is doing some 2 pagers now! the layout is also used for a challenge over at Scrapdango that required an "action photo", a circle, something conveying motion, and extra credit if you used the word "team". check, check, check, check! sure love it when I can cover a bunch of bases with one layout! lol!!

products used:
Simple Stories paper
Lil Davis tape
Fiskar's arrow punch
7 Gypsies arrow photo anchors
We Are Memory Keepers chipboard alphas (I covered with patterned paper to make them match.)

let's hope it isn't another 6 months before my next layout.......afterall, I just ordered 428 pictures from Snapfish. haven't used the ones I bought LAST Labor Day weekend yet!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Getting carded!

A thank you card for a good client at work requested by my boss. I like that he appreciates my work enough to ask me to make cards for special occasions.

Products used:

Crate papers
Heidi Swapp ghost star
Gin-X chipboard star
Chalk ink

And a card I challenged myself to make! another co-worker received a great birthday invitation to an ice cream birthday party. it was an oversized ice cream cone that swiveled open on a bright red cherry brad. I HAD to make a birthday card that measured up to the bar.

Products used:

KI papers (various collections)
QK Daisy
Sizzix die
Pop dots (for the ice cream scoops)
Doodlebug rhinestones
Scallop edge punch

and if you are still reading, I made another baby mini-album. this time it was for yet another co-worker. I posted it over in my Scrapdango gallery. sorry but not only can I not link you to just the album layouts, but they also didn't post in order (or scan decently).

Sunday, February 20, 2011


So much for zooming through layouts, huh? I guess that is what happens when you go to Vegas for a couple days and come home having won.......A COLD!

Here is another one from our Christmas vacation in Hawaii. wouldn't that be a nice place to recuperate from a cold? yeah, well, one can dream! needless to say, this is our arrival in the airport in Hawaii. my dad was there to great us all with traditional leies.......seeds for the man, flowers for the woman.....and well, macadamia nuts for the boys! lol!

this layout is based on today's newly posted sketch #208 over at Sketch Inspiration. I think it took me all of four hours after seeing the sketch to have this done. and during that time I also put away a bunch of scrap supplies I purchased yesterday, picked out photos and sketches for 3 layouts, and took a shower. aren't you impressed? HA!

Products used:

Basic Grey papers and alphabet stickers
HS rhinestone and ghost hearts (the ghost one is under the "a" in aloha)
Gin-X rub-ons (don't you miss them???)
misc brown pen and ink

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Beware of Attack Gecko

Can you believe this is my 8th layout of 2011?? (not including the last layout where I did the 2nd page of a previously completed layout) Not bad considering my "goal" was 1 layout a week. I am really enjoying getting back into scrapbooking and using all those supplies I have been gathering. Even better, I am getting a tad bit closer to current in my albums......okay, well December 2006 isn't very close but it feels nice to see that stack of Hawaiian Christmas vacation photos.

This layout is based on another wonderful sketch from the Sketch Inspiration Volume 1. it was designed for 2 photos and a title, but I figured that the top photo said it all! lol!!

Products used:

Basic Grey paper and flower
American Craft felt flowers
Lasting Impressions buttons
Queen & Co micro brads

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Sweet Treat

So......what is the longest it has taken you to finish a layout you started?? how about 19 months??? yes, that is how long it has taken me to finish this layout. does it look a bit familiar to you? it might if you have at terrific memory and used to check out the gallery at LifetimeMoments. I did the first page of this layout in June 2009. it was probably a DT assignment for new stuff from CHA. normally it looked best to do a single page layout, but rarely do I take so few photos that I can make due with just one page! I would normally follow up with a second page later. anyway, I needed to order another piece of the background paper (which, unusual for me, I did right away) to complete the second page. and then it just sat around......and got pushed aside for other fun things. you know how it goes. needless to say......19 months later I finished! aren't you proud of me?

Products used:

Collage Press papers and journaling blocks
Heidi Swapp ghost hearts
Doodlebug rhinestones, alphabet stickers, and rub-ons
Love Elsie softie (or whatever she called them)
Scenic Route chipboard alphabet

Aye Matey!

So let's start this off by stating that transparencies are horrible to photograph or scan!! I lost patience with this and just snapped away. course, there is a neat little trick in this layout I want to tell you about: I layered the black ship transparency OVER the black paper that had the same image printed on it in white. I put the transparency a little off so that the white acts as a shadow for the black. I realize this isn't groundbreaking, but I thought it was kinda cool! otherwise, this layout isn't as exciting as I would have liked it to be. but considering I had the paper and picture pulled for over a year, I am glad it is done!

Products used:

Hambly Arts transparency and paper
American Crafts photo corners and Thickers

Heat Wave

They say California has nice weather year-round, but the boys were pushing it here! Sprinklers in March? whatever! it was cold but they are crazy!

Products used:

Me and My Big Ideas paper (from 2007 thankyouverymuch)
Scenic Route chipboard alphabet
Prima flowers
Provo Craft brads


A Cub Scout overnighter event with the Boy Scout Troop back from when R was a Webelo. they stayed overnight at a nearby rock climbing place. of course, no one got any sleep, but they had a great time climbing and playing teambuilding games!

this is based on a sketch from Allison Davis. I think I have used it before which would make sense because I really like it!

Products used:

Bo Bunny paper, journal block, dimensional stickers
American Craft Thickers
misc brad

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Puttin' Around with Arlyn

wonder if I should have warned Arlyn that I was posting this? lol!! and yes, I totally realize that the journaling on this layout is extremely silly, but really, what about mini-golf isn't silly?

this layout is based on a sketch by sketchsupport. it was originally for 5 photos and kinda flipped from what I ended up with, but I like the linear look to it and will probably use it again, following the sketch closer.

Products used:

Echo Park papers and border sticker
American Craft ribbon and brads
Prima flowers
Doodlebug alphabet stickers
Junkitz brads
Heidi Swapp ghost alphabets

Monday, January 17, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame (page 1)

I say "page 1" because I need to make a second page for this layout with 2 other photos I have.....but only 1 sheet of this paper! any guesses who made it? I really should have a contest and disqualify certain individuals who were with me the night I scrapped, because I really think people would be shocked! needless to say, thank heavens for Google because I found a place online that has it.....and it will only cost me $7.50 in shipping for a $0.56 piece of clearance paper! wonder how much I will end up spending to make paying shipping worth it?

this layout was based on sketch #100 from the Sketch Inspiration book. the book only contains 1 page layouts. in a perfect world it would include some double pagers, but that is just me! lol!!

Products used:
SEI Beachouse Baseball Text (seriously! who would have guessed?)
Jillibean Soup
Carolee's Creations (aka Adornit) ribbon
American Craft Thickers
Basic Grey stickers
unknown buttons and play ball sticker

Sk8 Punkz

kinda plain layout but I loved the photos! don't know why but they came out really grainy. probably had the wrong setting on my camera....but it added to the whole grunge feel of the layout. oh, and btw, I completed the 3 layouts I am posting today at a crop on Saturday night. first 3 layouts of 2011!

Products used:
Basic Grey Wander paper
Basic Grey Wander chipboard
7 Gypsies arrow photo anchors
Lasting Impressions brads
KI Soup (thanks Arlyn! I had to break in to the back-up back-up stash from you!) btw, those letters are brown and not black. black looked wrong with the layout.

Baseball Nuts

yes, no question about it, those things make can decide if I am talking about the sticks or boys! anyway, as the River Cats got closer to the playoffs, the hype increased (another layout done with pictures taken a bit later in the game has the boys with Sharpie mustaches).

this layout is from a sketch found in Sketch Inspiration Volume 1. I turned sketch #109 on its side! oh yes, and most of the stuff on the layout is from a kit from Scrapdango. really it shouldn't have taken me too long with all that help.....right? too bad I had to decide on brads for the arrow photo anchors....that took 20 minutes! lol!!

Products used (from the Oct 2010 kit and not):
Scrappin Sports and More baseball text
JilliBean corrugated alphabet
JilliBean striped paper
7 Gypsy arrow photo anchors
Bazzill brads
JilliBean spots
Pink Paislee canvas border
QK Olivia