Friday, December 31, 2010

Layout for Sketch Challenge at Scrap with V

I made this layout for the January sketch challenge at Scrap with V. I flipped the sketch on it's side. This is of my sister and me when we were toddlers. I framed the layout and gave it to my sister for a Christmas present! I used several different Studio Calico kits to make this! TFL!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some layouts from a recent class

These are few of the layouts that I made for a journaling class that I helped teach at Inspired to The bottom layout was featured on the October Afternoon blog a few days ago!! In a couple of days, I will post the technique I used for the reverse applique technique that I used for the stars on the middle layout!! It's a fun technique that I learned from Davinie Fiero at Studio Calico!! TFL!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Crate Paper Snow Day fun with Maya Road too!

I made this cute banner using the Maya Road chipboard stocking album and Christmas words and Crate Paper Snow Day patterned papers and chipboard elements! I just love the colors and how versatile the Snow day line is! And my favorite technique of using the Maya Road chipboard albums is to make them into a banner. I had one leftover chipboard stocking so I made it into a gift tag!

I used the Echo Park Wintertime line for this and some Maya Road chipboard letters which I Maya misted and covered with Glossy Accents! TFL!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crate Paper - Snow Day!

I received Crate Paper's Snow Day line in my design team box from and I just fell in love with the retro colors of this line! And their chipboard elements and epoxy brads are always perfect for cardmaking!! TFL!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fun with Echo Park Wintertime!!

I made these really cute Snowman Soup toppers and Tussie Mussie using the Echo Park line Wintertime kit. The line includes a couple of pieces of paper that have 4 different 6x6 designs on each piece that are perfect for the Snowman Soup toppers! The pieces of paper are called "damask" and "frost" and are on the backsides. You can see them just peeking out behind the front design!

I simply cut the pieces of paper into the 4 squares and folded them in half. I decorated the front halves of the toppers and then attached them to the top of the plastic baggie that has the Snowman Soup "recipe".

I also used the sticker sheet and the journal tags patterned paper for some accents on my topper!

Here's the tutorial on how I made the Tussie Mussie! I used a piece of the Wintertime paper and some of the stickers to accent it!

I love how Echo Park coordinates everything together and you get such a versatile, huge selection to choose from! And at a great price too!! Thanks so much for looking!! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010


But my how this year is flying by!! I can't believe 2010 is almost over! I think it's because I've been very busy the last half of the year. But it's been a great year so far ;)! These are a couple of layouts that I did for some design team work. They are both of my older two kids - I got some great pictures of them lat week! The top layout was for using October Afternoon and some Studio Calico veneer wood frames. I made the flower using a technique that I learned from Stacey at Inspired to Scrap! It's my son and his fiancee - another engagement picture! The bottom layout is for my lss - Scrapbook Corner in Little Rock. All My Minds Eye and Prima - but I got the little birdie at Anthropologie (it's a paperclip!). TFL!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm a glittery mess.....

but I just adore the Lost and Found line by My Minds Eye!! I made this layout using most all of their product except for the Prima and the KI border. This is my son and his fiancee - he got engaged last month and I took some engagement pictures for them this past weekend over Thanksgiving break. Love this cute picture of them!! I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow from Scrap with V. TFL!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inspiration hit me last night!

I've been in kind of a scrapping funk for the past week, and then last night, something just hit me and I cranked out two layouts!! I made these using my Nov Studio Calico kit. I stayed up until 2:00 AM but sometimes I think that's the best and quietest time for me to create! I really love the Crate paper line that's in the kit. I think I might need to get some more from my lss before it's all gone! I usually don't buy any extra patterned paper if I've gotten in a kit because once I've used it, I really like to move onto something new! But this paper is just so versatile - and I love the colors! The top layout is me at my niece's wedding. The title says it all!! The bottom layout is my two youngest kids this past summer. I took them for a photo shoot and got some really nice pictures of them together! TFL!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sketch Challenge at Studio Calico

It took me 3 days. for some reason, to use the Sunday sketch here to make this layout!! I just couldn't wrap my brain around it! I finally got it done using my November Studio Calico kit. I used my two new favorite punches - the large scalloped circle edge punch and the scalloped deco edge punch - both made by EK Success. TFL!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

October Afternoon - Schoolhouse

I finished some design team work this morning for using the October Afternoon - Schoolhouse line. The colors of this line are just gorgeous - I love the mix of turquoise, red and yellow - and it's versatile enough to do more than just school layouts! You can find the complete line of October Afternoon at and don't forget to use the coupon code NOVEMBER20 to receive 20% off your entire order there!! TFL!

New Class and Givaways at Inspired to Scrap

We have a new class coming up in December- it is all about journaling. This class is sure to inspire you to create meaningful layouts about various topics whether you want to write a little or a lot. (Don’t stress if you don’t consider yourself a journaler, you will still love this class and be inspired to create plenty of layouts!)

Here are the details:
December 8-22 : 15/15 – 15 Days of Journaling Inspiration – $15
To many, journaling is the most important element of scrapbooking. We’ll explore journaling ideas, prompts and more in this class. We hope this class will add more dimension to your memories.
Features of the class- Access to a private area of the message board
Daily journaling inspiration
Photo and/or Video tutorials
All new samples and layouts to spark your creativity
Encouragement and support to complete 15+ layouts
Inspiration from fellow classmates

*Click on the store link on the blog to purchase the class or enter to win by leaving a comment on the blog post here about your own journaling style and how you’d like to improve it. Become a fan of Inspired to Scrap on Facebook for a second entry. Deadline to leave a comment is Friday, November 19, 2010. I will choose a winner on Saturday.

Stacey will also be giving away two sets of the MME Lush letters.

To win the letters, visit the forum and watch the video tutorial on how to make the flowers that Stacey included in our current kit. You can find the video under “Tutorials and {free} classes.” Then earn two entries by…

1. …making some flowers of your own and uploading them to the gallery to share with us. Make sure you add a link or the photo in the video thread.
2. …posting about the class and prize giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook.
**Go to the (not here) to let us know where you posted and to show us your flowers to be entered into the drawing. Deadline is Friday, November 19, 2010 and Stacey will pick a winner on Saturday.

Good luck! I hope to see you all in our next class!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Love this line of Crate Paper - so very much!!

I went from my least favorite Studio Calico kit last month, to my most favorite Studio Calico kit EVER this month! It is filled with this wonderful line and I love this line of Crate Paper so very much!! It's the Restoration line and the colors and design are just so gorgeous and easy to work with! My favorites are the layered chipboard pieces! Yum!! This is a layout of my daughter and me (horrible pics of me :P, great ones of her!!), but. Whenever we get together we always scrap together. She's the only person I ever scrap with!! I wish she lived closer...sigh. She has a cute little Polaroid camera that we took pics with at a crop at my local scrapbook store when she was visiting in October. TFL!

Halloween Layout!

I don't usually do many Halloween layouts, but I had to scrap about our cool pumpkin that we carved this year! I got the cutest line of Halloween paper by Cosmo Cricket in my dt box from this month and I thought it was perfect for my pumpkin!! Isn't that little chipboard diecut pumpkin and candy corn the cutest?? TFL!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Maya Road Sewing Machine Mini Album - Family

I had a lot of fun working on this mini album that I made for my lss - Scrapbook Corner in Little Rock - for design team work. I used lots of October Afternoon thrift shop pp and some things I've had lying around for a while! For the covers, I took a vintage pattern and mod podged it onto it, then used some walnut stain to darken it a little. You can see the complete album here at 2peas. TFL!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Recipe challenge at Studio Calico

I have to say that the Studio Calico kit I got last month (October), has got to be my least favorite ever! And, I've been getting their kits going on 2 years now! It just seemed that a lot of things just didn't go together and there just wasn't much to it. But, I've been plugging along trying to get a few layouts made with it before my November kit gets here tomorrow! One of the dt gals at SC came up with a recipe challenge that helped me use at least some of my kit and I really like the way it turned out! The recipe was to use:

kraft paper
a tag
journal strips
diecut paper
and an alpha stamp

This is a very old picture of me with my month old first child Samantha. I look like such a baby - and let's face it I was a baby! We both were, but I grew up fast raising her and her brother who came just a year later! TFL!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Fun!!

I just had to post a couple of pictures of my dd in her costume that she wore to scare people in the haunted house at our church on Halloween night. She was playing an insane person. This dress has been recycled for so many costumes, but it was nice and dark and flowy and the makeup and hair were actually the stars - as well as her attitude! We had watched several shows earlier that day about the scariest haunted houses in the US and she acted creepy like the people she saw on the show! You can tell she was hamming it up in the pictures I took of her!

We also carved our pumpkin using an idea we saw on TV too - our puking pumpkin. It was easy and fast and so very fun!! My dh decided to eat a bunch of the Halloween candy before the trick-or-treaters came by (I had plenty with leftovers!!), so I used all of his wrappers as decoration...LOL! I still have him out by our front door!! TFL!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

International Design Team Member!!

I am so excited to announce that I will be a part of my very first international design team - Scrap with V!! It is an awesome online scrapbook store and kit club based in Australia and I am honored to be designing with a group of very talented ladies:

Lisa Kamphius
Tina Reynolds
Ann Lavin
Natalie Hearn
Alaine Bucknall
Nicole Knopke
Yvonne Sheppard
Chris Wormald

and now for our international ladies,

Valerie Bishop - USA
Irit Shalom - Israel
Amy Bender - USA
Karolina Wyciƛlik - Poland
Kristie Taylor - USA
Amanda Jones - UK
Winnie Chia - Singapore

For my first design team "job" was to create a layout using this gorgeous sketch by Kim Kendell:

And here's my take on the sketch:

I used some of the new Webster's Pages and some Glitz embellies with a little Prima thrown in! You can submit a layout for the sketch here and win an awesome prize pack! TFL!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nov/Dec Kit Reveal at Inpired to Scrap

Stacey decided to reveal the Nov/Dec kit "Glittered Wonderland" a little earlier than promised and I am so glad because it is just so gorgeous!! It is chock full of beautiful paper and goodies and even includes a full bottle of Maya mist!! And the price is only $26!! That is such a fabulous deal!! Here are a few layouts that I created for the reveal!

I really love that fact that you this kit is so versatile and can be used for any subject, not just holiday pictures - even though you can make some gorgeous holidays layouts with it!! You can go here to order this fabulous kit, but hurry before they sell out because I know these are going to go quickly!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Graphic 45 - Steampunk Debutante

I don't make very many mini albums - but I had so much fun making this one with the new Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line of scrappy goodness! The black envelope mini album was so unusual and the paper is just stunning! I used lots of Tim Holtz embellishments as well as 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45 pretties! TFL!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Studio Calico - Elementary line Love!!

I was so very thrilled when I got my design team box from and found it full of the complete line of Elementary by Studio Calico with a bunch of the cutest embellishments and a Mister Huey too!! I just love the colors and the design of this line and the mists are color coordinated with the line so that you know exactly which mists to get that will go with your paper!! has the complete Studio Calico line as well as all the Mister Huey mists (they've had to reorder 4 times to keep it in stock!!) so go on over there now and check it out! And don't forget that you will receive 15% off your complete order when you put OCTOBER2010 in the coupon code throughout the month of October! Love this pic of dd and me - we were at an antique mall trying on the vintage hats and having lots of fun!! :) TFL!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Weekend scrapping....

These are a few of the layouts that I worked on this past weekend for design team work at my local scrapbook store - she's been keeping me very busy!! LOL! The top layout is line by Kaisercraft called Lush. The Halloween layout is a line from Pink Paislee. My Cabotfest layout is another line by Kaisercraft called up up and away and the last layout is also Christmas line by Kaisercraft. TFL

Friday, October 8, 2010

October Afternoon - Thrift Shop love!!!

When my lss boss gave me some October Afternoon to work with for some design team work I was ecstatic! I just love everything October Afternoon and I really love their Thrift Shop line! I've had a vintage dress pattern sitting on my desk forever - circa 1939!! - that I've been waiting to use and I thought it would look perfect on this layout! I wrapped strips of it up for the centers of the flowers and then I used a little strip that I had leftover as the bow attached to the top of the banner!

I think this is my favorite layout that I've done so far! It turned out just like I pictured it in my head - love when that happens because it just flies together and no agonizing about the design! :) Everything on this is from October Afternoon (accept for the vintage pattern pieces ;) and the pearl brads!) TFL!