Sunday, December 20, 2009

Now & Then

It's the most wonderful time of the year...Wrestling Season! Yep, the season has barely begun, and I already have some terrific shots of Brian. Since I only started scrapbooking a few years ago, I have a ton of pictures from his earlier tournaments that I never scrapped, so I thought it was time for a layout with a little perspective. I like to hide my journaling, so the picture in the upper left actually flips up and offers plenty of room for comment!

Design-wise, I did a couple of things to make this layout work. The first was to print several of the pics in black & white...I actually even used Photoshop to make them a little "grainy"..because Westfield colors are gold and black and I think they were wrestling on red mats and one kid was in maroon and another was in red...bottom line, such a wide range of colors did not fit into my "vision". The earlier shots from 2005 when he was wrestling for SYA were in color, and they happened to coordinate with the paper.
I also had some fun playing around with the title. One side of the background paper had the word "WRESTLING" printed on it. I cut the letters out and mixed them in with letters I cut in varying sizes with my Cricut (Opposites Attract cart). I also added Diamond Glaze to some of the letters for even more variety. I think it works well because it echoes the different types and sizes of fonts on the background paper.
After the basic layout was completed, it was really simple to pepper in the coordinating word stickers (from Reminisce). I also added a die cut wrestler from my stash. A lot of the elements are "popped up" using a terrific idea from one of my friends on the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team. Erin Saravia recently shared that she uses leftover chipboard pieces when she wants to pop something up, instead of foam pop dots. Awesome tip from an awesome & talented lady!
You can thank the blizzard for this layout...not much else to do since it snowed for more than 24 hours and accumulated 2 to 3 feet of snow! Perfect scrapping weather! In fact, I may have to do another layout for my other son, Paul and his baseball season from last year...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Visit with Santa...

...deserves a special page to commemorate the event. This month's papers from SEI were perfect for the occasion!
Some of the packages are epoxy stickers from SEI, and some I actually trimmed out from the Christmas Tree paper - they would have been covered up by the embossed red velvet paper.
Serendipity played a part in the layout - do you notice how the largest branch of the tree connects to a swirl on the red velvet? Love it! I wish I could say I had planned it...

I was actually thinking about putting a picture in the oval element on the tree, when I realized I had picked up the perfect Santa sticker the last time I was at Scrapbooks Plus. I wasn't sure why I needed this sticker, I just knew it was beautiful. I am so glad I had it because it worked perfectly here!

I used my Cricut and the Design Studio Software to cut the title. The "S" and the swirl are from Storybook, but the rest of the letters are from Base Camp. The little dots on the letters in red and white are just little dots of acrylic paint. I applied them with the wrong end of the paintbrush - I used a toothpick for the tiny dots.
This layout is kind of like a present, in that you have to open it to really appreciate it - surprise! You know I take tons of pictures. It is a very rare occurence for me to do a layout with only one photograph. I loved the series of Paul having his chat with Santa and had to include all 3. The only place I was able to include Brian was that shot of his back as he listens to a reading of the Grinch! I printed the journaling on vellum so I could still see the fancy foiled swirls. I added little bows tied with embroidery floss on the packages at the top...because too much is never enough!
For details on how to create the foldover page, check out my post at Scrapbooks Plus on Dec.23rd.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In The House - December

Create a home decor item to use each month and then convert it to a 2 page scrapbook layout!


The project this month is a flurry of snowflakes, trees and reindeer in traditional Christmas red & green - with just a touch of blue!

Delicate laser cut stickers and a silver tone charm add a touch of class.
There are 12 new houses for newbies who would like to jump into the project. This is the last opportunity to obtain a house. (Each month, for the first 5 days of the class listing, priority registration will be given to the students with houses! Ask to be put on a waiting list if you are only interested in the layout, which is available for viewing at Scrapbooks Plus.)
You will need to bring (2) vertical pics that can be cropped to approximately 3.5" x 6.25", and (4) horizontal wallets - do NOT crop them before the class please! Also bring the regular class kit, red line tape, dimensional glue dots, a ruler and pencil.
Tuesday Dec .15/11a-3p OR Tuesday Dec. 22/6p-9p No kits.
Class size limited to 12. Contact Scrapbooks Plus to register.

Monday, December 7, 2009

In The House - November

I somehow did not get the November "In The House" posted last month! Must have been busy! Here is the class sample...I did not include pictures this time:
...and here is the way it will look once it comes down off the wall and you morph it into a layout!

Jerri sent me a photo of her finished project - she had to leave class early because her little girl was not feeling well. I think she did a great job!

Donna also had to leave before she was finished, but she had a good start on it!
You ladies all did a great job this month...there were a lot of techniques on this one: heat embossing, glittering, Pearl Ex, Cuttlebug embossing, edge punching & chalking!

Whew! I think that was all of them!
Here are some more pics from the class:

Thanks again for taking my class!
It really is such a fun group!

In December, the houses will be available again, so anybody who wants to jump into the project at this point can do so. There are a limited number of openings, so make sure you sign up early! Specify whether you need the house and the layout or, if you already have the house, if you just want to make the layout. Check the class schedule as I am offering a choice of a day or night class.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Paul's team won the county championship the first year he played 85lb National. He was such a force on the line that he was always getting double and triple teamed. By the end of the season, coach was just telling him to line up where ever he wanted to line up! I paired MME with the Athlete papers from Teresa Collins. Love it!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sneak Peek - Happy Trails

My new favorite challenge Blog is Stuck On U Sketches. The latest challenge is this page map...
...and this is my version: I really struggled with the best way to make the heart shape. I ended up using vellum, which I heat embossed with a leafy branch pattern that matches one of the background papers.

The title was cut with the Cricut Stone Script cartridge.

In the lower right corner, the page map shows text. I turned a Jenni Bowlin mini calendar card into a journaling block. I traced it and adhered the matching shape only to the top edge. I scored it along the top of the calendar design and creased it so it would be easy to lift the flap.

The buttons on the Prima flowers are from my stash - which came from my mother's and my grandmother's button boxes, so they are very special to me. I have quite a nice collection because they used to cut the buttons off of clothes before they went into the "rag bag"...nothing was wasted.

Last little thing to see is the dimension I always have to add to my projects. Pop dots are my best friends!
This layout used the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team kit for December featuring the WinterSong papers from SEI. Even though this is the perfect kit for winter and snow layouts, it turns out it was also the perfect kit for my pictures from an October walk through the woods!

Turtle Rescue Rangers

We found this little guy crossing the road when we were on our way to church. We couldn't tell which way he was headed, so we scooped him up and released him in our garden. Brian said we were the Turtle Rescue Rangers! We love to rescue turtles... I did this layout for the DT at Scrapbooks Plus. I really like journaling on the dymo strips! I thought the Cuttlebug "Traffic Jam" embossing folder looked a lot like the pattern on his shell, so I used it on a piece of the whitewash Co'ordinations and matted a picture with it. I did the photo collage in Photoshop.
Papers - MME
Title -Cricut Opposites Attract

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So This is Love

Sharon and Rick at the reception.

sei Moravia papers
Cricut Stone Script
Page Map by Misty Samson

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sharon and Mom

Loved this picture and wanted to feature it on a page all by itself. The border is the same one I used on the 2 page layout from the wedding.
Papers from SEI Moravia.

Friday, November 20, 2009

forever begins today

I am finally getting around to scrapping pics from Sharon & Rick's wedding - December 1999.
I used paper from SEI - Moravia line - metallic papers make everything so elegant!
I'll never forget...Pat helping with the ceremony. The "Mary Queen of Scots" Dress. The exploding bouquet. The freshly fallen snow through the window at the Chapel at Red Rocks. Remembering Carolyn.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

the FALL guy

Another layout with my annual pics from Cox Farms. This was 2008. Brian's first year of working there. Somewhere I had seen a page where they mounted the pic on the back and then cut through the cardstock and rolled back the edges...and I gave it a try here. I think it turned out well, especially because the MME paper was double sided. I used the Fiskars ScrapBoss to dry emboss the leaves on the metallic paper strip. Don't you just love the little pumpkin charm on the ribbon? The title was cut with my Cricut (Jasmine cart) and with my Sizzix Sidekick - "FALL" is actually cut out of metal!

MME papers

Martha Stewart edge punch

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cox Farms - 2006

Cox Farms is such a fun tradition for me - and I hope for the kids, too! We have been going there every year since before MC was born. Ken used to take a long lunch from work and join us, since his office is so close...but that was when we lived in Springfield and the kids were much younger. I chose papers from Jillibean Soup for the DT at Scrapbooks Plus in October, and threw in the brown on brown paper from Anna Griffen. Love the Journaling tags and the corrugated letters from Jillibean Soup! I used Erin Saravia's page map for this layout.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin Time with Jillibean Soup

Fall at the Pumpkin Patch! We have gone to Cox Farms every year since 1997...maybe a year or 2 longer than that. One of our favorite things to do is to feed the goats - I love this series of pics with Paul so I used them to create my 2 page layout this month for Scrapbooks Plus: All the products on this layout are from Jillibean Soup. I love the names of the papers: Roasted Pumpkin and Curry Powder. I did use some Bazzill cardstock as the base, although I couldn't tell you for sure what color it was - if anybody wants to know I will look it up.
It was fun to spread the story across the pages by sprinkling around the little Journaling Sprouts, varying the size and shape of the boxes, but treating the edges with the same ink to tie them together.

I used my Base Camp Cricut cart to cut out an extra large "P" on the reverse of some of the kraft paper and pulled out my paper crimper to coordinate it with the corrugated alpha - which I believe is my favorite scrappin' product this month! I inked and heat embossed some of the letters with green - the remainder I inked with dark brown. They do pop off the page a little better in person!
It was still looking just a little too monochromatic, so I added in some accent pieces from the Chopped Parsley. The felt flowers (Bean Seeds in Jillibean Soup lingo) added some much needed *pops* of color.

Here's the Susie Bentz Tip of the Day: Using your Creative Memories 1.5" circle punch you can center it over each of the circular graphics on the Chopped Parsley paper and get a nice clean design - you do have to exclude the outermost ring of the design, but...

...just LOOK at the cool trim you can make out of it with a little scissor action! I *love* the lace-like effect!! I haven't used it on a layout yet, but maybe next week. (and yes, I did stretch my paper by cutting those circles in half before sliding the edge under the pics or paper.)

Friday, October 16, 2009

This is the Sad Story of a Happy Tail

Sulu and his case of "happy tail" - very stressful story, very cute layout! Again, I used the papers from Jillibean Soup. I created a pocket for my journaling pages and spent all kinds of time carefully lining up the pattern...and then covered up the edges! LOL! My favorite product comtinues to be the corrugated letters. Oh! Can you tell that I added the title on the journaling tag in Photoshop? I will hand write it after I get it back from the store, but I didn't come up with the whole title until I had already taken the pic! I think it is the perfect title!

Monday, October 5, 2009

1 Cute Chick

I am Designer of the Month over at Scrapbooks Plus, so I got to put together a kit for the DT to use. Most of the kit was from Jillibean Soup, which features designs on kraft paper as well as brightly colored prints, some of which are double-sided. The little birdies in one of the papers inspired this layout. I had this really sweet picture of MC from this summer I wanted to scrap - riding back to the dock after a long day of scalloping in Appalachicola Bay - and the colors were perfect for it. The corrugated alpha and journaling spot are also from Jillibean Soup, the stickers are from Mrs. Grossman's, and the other alpha are thickers from American Crafts. I used my paper crimper on the number "1", cut with Base Camp Cricut Cartridge. I picked up the little wooden bird element on sale and decopauged him with paper from Anna Griffin - love my Modge Podge!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

All Occasion Fall Card

I don't usually share my cards, but I love the way this one turned out - and it was really easy. I started with the Autumn Type embossing folder from Provocraft and ran it through my Cuttlebug with some Coordinations card stock. After it was sanded I mounted that on Orange Sugar paper from Jillibean Soup and inked the edges. The last layer was another piece of the Coordinations cardstock, which was crumpled up and sanded - love the effect! The ribbon and cute felt flowers are also from Jillibean Soup. Simple!

Friday, September 25, 2009

In The House - October

I have been playing around with this idea for more than a year...I found this really cool house-shaped shadow box last fall and as a DT member over at Scrapbooks Plus, I needed to create an altered item every month, in addition to our card and pages, and this looked promising. The idea is to create the shadow box as a home decor item, but when the month is over, the elements come out and go directly onto a pre-designed 2 page layout. I recently found the time and the right paper to inspire me, and it turned out really cute! I used my Cricut to cut most of the embellishments and paper is from MME, BoBunny, Martha Steward, Bazzill and Co'ordinations. I have turned it into a class I will be offering in October, and then will create a new design each month.
I have to laugh though. It is definitely Murphy's Law. As soon as I got it finished, I found out that the store that carried the shadow box has discontinued it! Oh, I can order directly from the manufacturer...if I need 2000! Anyway, I had already ordered enough for my class, so we are good to go!
I thought this would make a really great gift, too. You could keep the house to enjoy yourself and then share the pages with somebody special every month...okay, you could give away the house, too...but I am keeping mine!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just Cardstock & Ribbon

My favorite scrapping tool used to be my square punch, and this layout is a good example of why!When I come home from a day at the beach, I always have shots that consist of a tiny person against the backdrop of a lot of waves and ocean. A square punch helps really focus attention on the "best part" of the picture. If the image is too large, I really like the effect of splitting the picture between 2 punches. It is fun to play around with all those little squares until you find the perfect mosaic.

The rest of the layout is just cardstock and ribbon, with an alpha for the title and a few embellishments. (I must admit I loved the vellum alpha!)

Note: These pics were taken before I switched over to digital. I admit my first instinct now would be to crop them in Photoshop, making the person in the picture larger, but in this instance I am really glad I didn't. I often include small detail shots as an accent on my layouts, but this one is full of little details that really tell the whole story - and I love it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Glass of Wine & A Good Book

This is one of the fastest layouts I have put together in a long time! I wanted to use the cool journaling books that Debbie has at Scrapbooks Plus - I chose the Wine Journal and the Readng Journal. The "torn out paper" look is so popular right now that I didn't feel the need to trim the pages, I just added a little ink around the edges. The paper and die cuts are Andrea Victoria from MME. I created a shadow for the die cut strip by tracing it on black cardstock (using a white gel pen so I could see the lines to cut!).The die cut frame along the outside is a leftover from one I cut on the Accu-cut at the store. My friend Sarah has excellent penmanship, so I asked her to hand write my title. Thanks Sarah!

I shot the photo on my neighbor's deck. I just knew the late afternoon light would be perfect, so Louise accomodated my last minute photo shoot and helped me rearrange her patio furniture and plants. Afterwards, we watched a "chick flick" and finished off the bottle of wine!

A totally satisfying scrapbooking experience!

Monday, August 31, 2009


The kit I got for the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team this month was from My Mind's Eye, Andrea Victoria. I absolutely loved it! The paper is so versatile. I don't usually share my cards, but I really had fun making this one:
I incorporated a doodlebat, DB KanjiWords A-G from scrapNfonts, for the Dream*Discover*Happiness tiles. It was the first time I have used a doodlebat, basically like a stamp, and I loved it. I just fiddled around with the font size until I had what I wanted, then I printed them on MME patterned paper, cut them out, and popped them up. I created the "ribbon" by making little folds in a strip of the Andrea Victoria paper at fairly regular intervals.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Missy Messy...

is a nickname I use for my daughter...more of a term of endearment than any kind of description. And yet, it seemed the perfect title for this layout... I have not done a digital layout in a long time. This one was prompted by the August template challenge on the Scrap-N-Fonts blog. It was well timed because I had purchased several fonts when I was on vacation, but had not downloaded or installed them since my return home - so this really got me "off the dime" as my parents would say.
Anyway, I also had to make several trips back to "My Classes" on the Jessica Sprague website because I knew I had been taught how to do clipping masks in a couple of her wonderful online classes, but I couldn't quite remember how. Thank goodness all of the classes are available forever, because it didn't take me long to find what I was looking for. I do feel myself being drawn over to digi scrapping because there was absolutely no mess to clean up when I was finished...
I really am happy with how it turned out and I have to thank the designer of the paper kit for that, Summer Driggs. Her stuff is fabulous!
Credits: Scrap-N-Fonts - LD Chicken Scratch, LD Dainty Swirl. "Courage" Kit by Summer Driggs: Brown, Green & Dots Paper; Yellow TOrn Paper; Tag 3;Brown Button; Lace Eyelet.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

4th of July Layout

I was so happy when the "Stand and Salute" cartridge came out in time for the 4th of July! I designed this 2 page layout as a class at Scrapbooks Plus, but it also got me to finally scrap these way too cute pics from 1994. We went to fireworks and a picnic at Ft. Belvoir and had a wonderful time.
I actually taught the class yesterday and the ladies came in with some great pictures to work with - I'll post the layouts a little later - they turned out so well!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cuttlebug "Be Inspired" Challenge #34 - Basic Grey & Cuttlebug

I found a new challenge blog today, the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot. The challenge was to use your cuttlebug, Basic Grey paper and Core'dinations to create a project...most of the samples were cards, but I did spy one layout at the end, so I hope a layout is okay! I found this great pic of Ken on the beach in Bonaire, our last big dive trip and I was inspired... I dug through my stash and found some of my all time favorite Basic Grey paper, Ice Cream parlor from the Two Scoops line - it reminds me of the beach. I also searched through my stash and found 2 pieces of Core'dination cardstock from the Whitewash line - Cottage Porch and Washboard. Then I found my most recently acquired embossing folders and my cuttlebug and I was ready to play!

I ran the core'dinations through the cuttlebug and distressed the raised images to let the darker color show through, then I cut out the words I wanted to use.
To be completely honest...I initially made a mistake and ran the first piece of cardstock through backwards. No worries! I just took the blue pieces and ran them over a white ink pad to hightlight the words and put them in the mix. Serendipity! I added a tiny transparency frame from Hambly to highlight his smiling face - and then I was done with the layout for my strong, sweet, dear, kissable, happy, cute, fantastic, selfless, loving, big-hearted, wonderful, extraordinary guy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sibling Revelry

Here is a very simple one page layout using a 4x6 print. I did a little fussy cutting on 2 beautiful papers (from Scenic Route) to integrate them.

Using my exacto knife I sliced most of the sun's rays along the bottom half of that paper. Then I trimmed out the wave paper and "married" the two of them, pulling forward a little ray of sunshine here and there. A couple of times I had to slice into the wave so that the "sunshine" would lay properly on the page.

I like to add dimension to most projects, so I found a chipboard swirl that reminded me of the waves printed on the paper. I painted the chipboard green and then pulled out my Pearl Ex to try a slightly different technique using Future floor polish! I filled a Waterbrush with Future and used it to apply the Pearl Ex. I also painted in some shimmery details on the fishies I had cut out. Once it had dried, there was no need to seal these items with acrylic spray to keep the Pearl Ex from rubbing off. Love it! A couple of pop dots for dimension...Done!

Now the bottom of the page was finished and the top half needed some more "weight". I had a die cut of a sun, but it really didn't work, so I used my scissors and trimmed out the thin outline of the sun that was left on the diecut paper (I love to squeeze every little bit out of my kit!). I added a little Pearl Ex...and it looked good, but still not quite right. Soooo I dug into my stash and found some sunshine yellow mulberry paper with a gold paisley pattern. Perfect! I adhered the mulberry paper and the sun outline with Memory Mount.

The final touch was the title which I ended up printing from my word processor. I tried to add a tag for journaling several times but I just couldn't find a spot that made me happy. In retrospect, I think I could have made the sun into a flap, and journaled behind it. There really wasn't much I wanted to add - this was one of those rare moments when they were all together and happy and not bickering - so "Sibling Revelry" really says it all for me!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Scuba Dive Mini-Book

I made this mini-book last summer for the DT at Scrapbooks Plus. I used a set of cardboard coasters for the base, and covered the front with this cool blue sparkle-y paper and some die cut dimensional stickers.Instead of leaving the binder ring bare, I stitched a sleeve for it out of a bright green ribbon that matched the die cut flippers on the front cover. I searched through my stash because I remembered buying these cute ocean themed charms some time ago. I had initially intended to use them for wine glass charms, but I absolutely love them here!

I won't bore you with a page by page narration, but I will tell you that the papers are from the Crafters Workshop Flourishes, Dots and Circles line. The letter stickers are Making Memories.

I traced the wings from the Tim Holtz Elements Grungeboard pack, which is where I also got the little crown for the Queen Angelfish!
The crown was treated with some paint and Pearl Ex.
Here you can see that I echoed the circle patterns by creating dimensional elements - basically popping up detail pictures on stacks of cardstock - actually varying the height for a little more visual interest.

I think this green moray eel was smiling at me...

Yes, that really is (or was) a shark! I am not usually nervous about them, but we were actually passing through a "feeding arena" where they have a shark feeding show, and this guy swam straight towards me. I guess he realized that I had nothing for him, because he did veer off, but I must admit he had my full and complete attention!

I had a little fun with the back of the book. I created a flap using a Grungeboard hinge, which I painted and secured with brads.

Lift up on the tab, and you get one last peek at the shy Queen Angelfish hiding in the reef!