August 31, 2011


Here's Gracie on a recent trip to Knott's Berry Farm, using Sketch #54 from Sketchabilities.
(alphas: American Crafts, Sally: ek sucess, doily: Martha Stewart, flower: Prima, twine: My Minds Eye, rhinestones: Heidi Swapp, papers: Echo Park and American Crafts)
Sketch #54
Gracie was so excited when she met Sally (Charlie Brown's sister) and loved her pink dress, but was sure she had lost her hair bow, and told Sally 3 or 4 times that she needed a bow.  lol
We're down to less than a week before school starts, and of course wishing we still had a month. So many things still left to do!
Happy Wednesday!

August 27, 2011


More of the old black and white family photos with some of the Country Drive collection from Echo Park. The sweet truck sticker was perfect!
(numbers: American Crafts, twine: My Minds Eye, paper-stickers: Echo Park,tag, doily)

When I'm working on old photos like these, I'm always so undecided what names to use as almost everyone went by a nickname instead of their real name. Ultimately these layouts will be for the kids someday, so I use the names the kids are used to hearing when the family stories are being told. Their Great-Great Grandpa pictured here was named Alexander. According to family legend, back in 1900 when a Alexander was just a little boy,  a census taker had stopped by the farm and said something like "hey there Buck". The name stuck with him from then on.  The really cool part is now that there are places such as, I can look at a copy of that 1900 Federal Census and sure enough, hand written by that census taker is the name Buck Barrett- age 3.   
I love family history!

August 24, 2011

{Page 2}

I pretty much never do two-page layouts when I scrapbook. This layout does go with the layout from yesterday though, and continues the story of my first birthday.
(click on the photo to see it up close)
Silly thing to scrapbook about, but I know at some point those little booties won't be in my freezer anymore, and I don't want to ever forget them.

August 23, 2011

{When I Was One}

This is the only photo I have of my first birthday. Not the best photo, but a very special one.
(papers: American Crafts and My Minds Eye, alpha stickers: Pink Paislee}
I love the new Garden Cafe papers from American Crafts. Perfect for cutting out these cute flowers.
Thanks for looking, and Happy Tuesday!

August 19, 2011

{the studio}

I took some pics today of my scrapbook studio. This is where I play with paper and glue. (click on the photos to see them up close)

I keep embellishments in these baskets separated by theme

 older patterned papers are in these towers

Cricut machine and punches in the baskets below

rubber stamps

photo printer and scanner


alpha stickers separated by color

Martha Stewart punches

more Martha Stewart Punches ;)

cardstock is separated by color of course!
I'm in dire need of some yellow as you can tell.
I need to remedy that!

chipboard alphas are stored in this cabinet, separated by letter

I hang layouts before putting them into albums

I use some of my vintage Milk Glass collection
to hold things

The island/storage table is in the middle of the room, and is 42" tall because I like to stand when I scrapbook. I have tall chairs for when friends come to crop :)

The studio has two walls with windows. Natural lighting is perfect in there! (it doesn't always work for picture taking though lol)
My hubby made everything except for the shelf unit that the embellishment baskets are in, and the 2 paper storage towers. The towers are by K & Co. and I got them for free when a scrapbook store moved. Right now my patterned paper (the new stuff) is in the island, separated into Cropper Hopper vertical paper holders. Sweet hubby is working on some shelving for them.
There is also hardwood floor halfway into the room, but EVERYTHING needs to come out to finish the rest of the room  ~ugh~  I'm  kinda dragging my feet on that part.  I also want to take the cottage cheese junk off the ceiling. lol  Other than that,
I love it!
So there you have it, my own little scrappy space.

August 17, 2011

{indie bloom}

I used some of the new Indie Bloom and Nordic Holiday collections from Basic Grey with this pic from 1921. It seemed perfect for the old black and white.
(paper: Basic Grey, alpha letters: American Crafts and My Little Shoebox, twine: My Minds Eye, stickles)
The flowers were cut from the patterned paper, and the book print flower is just a page from an old book that I cut into a scalloped shape and then "smooshed" to look like a flower. Yes, "smooshed" is a technical scrapbooking word ; )

Happy Wednesday!

August 13, 2011


More layouts to share!
This is also for Scrapbook Daisies to display in the store. I used more of  the cute cute cute Echo Park "Playground" collection.
I cut some of the sweet polaroid cameras and film from the paper, and did a little machine stitching around the edge. I had the idea to make the whole layout look like a polaroid photo....what do you think??
I made one more layout with the "Playground" collection just using some of the left over scraps.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day!

August 11, 2011

{Thank's Carolee!}

Carolee at AdornIt sent me a box of goodies from their Vintage Groove collection. Here's one of the layouts I did using the vintage yet modern papers. Just perfect for this pic of Gracie and Pa from our recent trip to San Francisco.
(alpha stickers: sassafrass, everything else AdornIt)
This is such a sweet pic of the two of them together, I love it!

August 9, 2011

{A Layout to Share}

This one's for Scrapbook Daisies, using the "Playground" collection from Echo Park.

It was perfect to use with these pics of Gracie and I at the park. I loved going to the park when I was a little girl, just like she does now.

We're enjoying this last month of Summer vacation. Today has been a day of legos, sidewalk chalk and popsicles from the ice cream man. Love days like this :)

August 6, 2011


We've always know Tucker was a smart kid, but apparently all this time we thought he was attending 1st through 5th grade, he was really attending High School.  What??
Well, that's according to the letter that came in the mail today from Congress/House of Representatives congratulating him on graduating from High School.
After having a good laugh, I showed the letter to Tucker. He read it through and pointed out on the second page of the letter it mentions "Internship Opportunities to help young people explore careers in public service". It says if you are interested in more information on internships, to contact them. Why do I just know he is going to be calling Washington, DC on Monday. (remember he is the reason we had the vacation to Sacramento a few weeks back because he wanted to visit the State Capitol)
I'll be keeping the letter for his scrapbook. One of those funny moments to look back on when he was 10 years old.

August 1, 2011


Here's a layout I made for the Little Yellow Bicycle Sketch Challenge.

This is the sketch...

I'm still new at using sketches, but it's kinda fun!
It was of course made with Little Yellow Bicycle products, oh and a Jenni Bowlin journaling sticker, My Little Shoebox and American Crafts alpha stickers, and a Creative Imaginations Storm Trooper (or is that a Clone Trooper??) Tucker would be so embarrassed that I don't know what kind of "trooper" that is ;)
Happy Monday!