October 30, 2011

{Sketchabilities # 58}

Today is reveal day for a new Sketchabilities sketch. Here's my layout...

(papers: Little Yellow Bicycle, Crate Paper, Sassafras Lass, My Minds Eye, title and twine: My Minds Eye, cardstock: Bazzill, flower and leaves: Recollections, ribbon, tag cardboard)
And here's the sketch:
For the base of the layout, I cut a 12x12 square from a cardboard box, then tore off the first layer of the cardboard to make it a bit shabby. After I cut the circles I even made them a bit shabby by sanding the edges with a Dremel tool. I love the effect it gives it. I "borrowed" the Dremel Tool from my hubby's workbench, but I think it has found a permanent home in my scrap studio ;) Don't forget to head on over to Sketchabilities and check out what the rest of the Design Team did, and if you give the sketch a try, be sure to link it up for everyone to see!
Happy Sunday!

October 27, 2011

{It's almost Friday!}

Today I'm playing along over at The Jenni Bowlin Studios forum in the "Mix it Up Challenge". The challenge was to use 3 or more different Jenni Bowlin lines on one project.
I dug into my stash and used pieces from her 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011 collections!
It's fun playing along with the other girls over there...such great group of scrappers!

October 25, 2011


First off, I just wanted to say thanks for all your sweet emails. I posted the Santa and Me frame on Friday, and by Saturday afternoon I had 187 emails in my inbox with comments and questions. Wow!
So for today, here's a layout I made using a sketch from The Paper Bakery. It's their first sketch challenge, so go check it out and play along!
Here's my layout:
(paper: Basic Grey, Martha Stewart punch, pearls)
And here's the sketch:

As you can see I used circles for the squares, and the doily snowflakes are the butterflies. I love it! When I showed it to Tucker, he said he liked how I used circles to be like snowballs. Duh, that hadn't even crossed my mind. We'll just say I planned it that way ;)
Oh, and remember how just a few weeks ago we were having 100° degree weather here in So. CA??  Today I have the fireplace burning. Gotta love it.
Thanks for stopping by!

October 21, 2011

{It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas}

Well, at least in my scrapbook studio!

I had a picture taken with Santa every year 'till I was 15. Seriously. My parents never insisted, but it was one of those things that being an only child you just do because you know how happy it makes your Mom ;)  I only included up to age 10 for the frame because adding 5 more years would have made it huge. lol 
I printed all the photos in black and white since I wore red and white every year, except for age 8 where for some crazy reason (Donny Osmond was popular) I wore purple.
Oh, and I went with a white frame and painted the tiny clothespins white, because you know come Easter, I'll be doing the same thing with pics of me and the Easter Bunny. lol lol  Just kidding ;)  I plan on changing the ribbon to pink and hanging it in Gracie's room with photos of her.
Thanks for stopping by, here's a few more pics:

October 19, 2011


I have one more layout I made for Scrapbook Daisies with the "Hello Fall" collection from Little Yellow Bicycle.
(papers and chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle, cardstock: Bazzill)
This is my Great-Great Grandma Alice in 1897. Written on the back of the photo in her handwriting, is the story of walking to the photography studio, and how Howard got "a paddling" because he walked right through the mud in his brand new shoes.
For this layout I scanned and printed a copy of the photo since I was going to glue the chipboard word on top of the picture. I pulled out my vintage deckle scissors from the 80's and trimmed the edges to make it look like the original.
Another layout finished for the family history album ;)

October 17, 2011

{Beautiful Day}

Happy Monday everyone!  I have a layout to share that I made for Scrapbook Daisies, using Little Yellow Bicycle's "Hello Fall" collection.
(alpha letters: American Crafts, journaling sticker: October Afternoon, everything else Little Yellow Bicycle)
I used two pieces of the same background paper, cutting the leaves from one, then used Helmar Zap Dots to add some dimension.
As I was working on this layout, Gracie wanted to "help" which means she wants to play with paper and stickers too. She looked at the photo I had just glued to the page and said "Mommy, is that when you were a little boy?" I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. Oh the joys of having this silly almost-three-year-old to keep me company during the day ;)

October 15, 2011

{Sketchabilities Saturday}

Today I want to share my very first layout as part of the Sketchabilities design team!
I followed the sketch pretty closely, still using 3 photos and the large strip behind the photos. From there I flipped the sketch, and added the circles to tie in with some recent pics of Gracie playing with bubbles.
Here's my layout:
(papers and stickers: Crate Paper, cardstock Bazzill Basics)
I did a tiny bit of Cross Processing in Photoshop to give the photos a modern-vintage look. Not too different, but I love the subtle results.
And here's the sketch, Sketch # 57:
My inlaw's are here for the weekend, tonight we are going to the Honda Center to see Lord of the Rings in Concert, and tomorrow the Flea Market. I'm looking forward to both ;)
Oh, and remember the chevron layout I posted a few days ago?? It was featured here yesterday. So cool!
Happy Saturday!

October 10, 2011


Here's another layout I made with the box of goodies that Little Yellow Bicycle sent me. This one is made with the "Get Your Game On" collection.
(alphas: American Crafts, polka dot paper: My Minds Eye, everything else: LYB)
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New York. There's nothing like sitting in the bleacher section with all the locals. They are crazy about their Yankees, and know how to have fun ;)

Happy Monday!

October 7, 2011


Little Yellow Bicycle sent me a HUGE box filled with love. Here's what I came up with using the "Head of the Class" collection.
(alpha letters: American Crafts, My Little Shoebox, everything else Little Yellow Bicycle)
That's my oldest son Andrew, on his first day of pre school in 1990. I know I scrapped that photo once before (probably in '91) but I'm quite sure the layout was a mess. Think sticker sneeze and plain cardstock.  It's something I said I would never do, but I've kind of started going back and re-doing a few layouts. Totally crazy I know. I can't even keep up with current photos, so going back to the 90's is not real productive, but if you saw some of those layouts, you would know why. I might have to pull out some of those early pages and share them. You just gotta promise not to laugh or call the scrapbook police ;)

The weekend is here, enjoy!

October 3, 2011

{Chevron Love}

Remember I mentioned here about a layout I was working on with hand cut chevron designs?? Well, it's finished, and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
(alpha letters: American Crafts, journaling sticker: October Afternoon, numbers: My Little Shoebox,  patterned papers and chipboard: Crate Paper & Die Cuts with a View & Fancy Pants)
I loved these papers and chipboard from Crate Paper for this pic of Clayton and his Dad, they go perfectly with that 70's shirt ;)

Enjoy your Monday!