31 May 2009

Warning Signs That You Might Be Addicted To Scrapbooking

Warning Signs That You May Be Addicted to Scrapbooking

1.If you write to the friendly folks at Cropper Hopper to suggest a 2000 square foot tote transportable only by tractor trailer... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

2.If you tried to bribe the school principal to let your unborn child have a graduation diploma early because you found the best page embellishments on sale this may be addicted to scrapbooking.

3.If you use 40 rolls of film to capture those special moments at home during a 24-hour period... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

4.If you keep over half your supplies hidden in the trunk of the car while simultaneously hiding the keys from your husband... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

5.If you force all 45 members of your extended family to sit on Santa's lap at the mall because it would be a great scrapbook page... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

6.If you refuse to take your child to the emergency room without grabbing your camera first... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

7.If have tried to explain the benefits of skipping meals to save more money for scrapbook supplies... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

8.If you carry one camera for black and white photos, one for panoramic, one for 3-D photos, and one for color close-ups with you to the grocery store... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

9.If you're now wondering why you don't have a 3-D camera... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

10.If your idea of a dream date is a man who loves to hammer your eyelets and refill your Hermafix ... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

11.If you try to glue your child's tooth back into his mouth because you want a better "before and after" page ... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

12.If you refuse to take any more pictures, even at your daughter's wedding, because you need to catch up on the ones you have first... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

13.If you are considering hiring professional writers to do your journaling... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

14.If you think that you must take your scrapbook supplies with you for a romantic weekend away... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

15.If the only recipes you collect any more are crop snacks... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

16.If own 8 different tools that cut a perfect circle... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

17.If you have figured out how to scrapbook while driving your car... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

18.If your kids know the only way they can participate in anything is to agree to have Mom there taking pictures... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

19.If you believe Becky Higgins should have her own cable channel... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

20.If your career aspirations include selling punchies and paper piecings on eBay... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

21.If you think it makes sense to leave tags on new clothes because you are going to return them right after you take the pictures of your kids wearing them... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

22.If you falsely report your child missing so that you can get the digital enhancements of how they'd look ten years from now from the police department... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

0 to 200 in 6 Seconds

0 to 200 in 6 seconds

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was
really pissed.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the
driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke
up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box
gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought
the box back in the house.

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday.

I Dream Of Genie

May 31, 2009

This is my niece Charly dressed up as a genie for the annual Halloween Party at their campground. The campground decided to have trick or treating for the kids in August while the campground was open. I think that is such a cool idea! I was there a couple of years ago for it and the kids had loads of fun (and so did the campers!). They really go all out to make it special for the kids. They decorate their sites with lights and spooky things! I was surprised to see how many campers participated in this event. It sure was fun for everyone!

Thanks for the visit and come back real soon!

29 May 2009

Make A Wish

May 29, 2009

This is my niece Ruby blowing some dandelions. It was such a cute picture, but I don't think I have any of her that aren't!

I used my template to cut the shaped piece, then cut of the corners off it. I used my Crop A Dile to set the eyelets and used hemp cord to lace it all back together. Sounds kind of silly now that I type it out to cut a piece of paper , cut the corners off, then stitch it back together! Oh well, it looks great!

City Chic

May 29, 2009

This is a picture of my oldest daughters friend from school. She and the other members of the high school band took a trip to New York. They stayed about 4 days and from what she says, they all had a great time!

You Might Be A Redneck

May 29, 2009

This is my nephew Justin showing off his "Hay Skiing" talents!

The lettering was done using the Monogram Pack found at WalMart. It has so many cool letters to choose from in all different sizes. It's perfect for projects like this one!

Forever My Girl

May 29, 2009

This is another layout using the curved edge technique. If you missed the last tutorial, its done by punching a straight edge with your edge punch. Then carefully cut it apart and glue each cut piece around the curve. It's a great effect!

Simple Pleasures

May 29, 2009

This is my niece Charly at her sisters T-Ball game. She really enjoys hanging out with her sister and watching her games. It's one of the simple pleasures in life !

Angels In The Outfield

May 29, 2009

This is my niece Ruby at her T-Ball game. The kids had so much fun playing. They don't keep score, so it's just for fun. The kids take turns playing different positions in the field which gives everyone a chance at making a great play!

This layout was done for a ABC Challenge over at Pages In Time. The challenge was to use three letter (chose by the host of the challenge) and create a layout using the letters to define a technique or product used on the layout. For example...the letters she chose were E,F and L. I used Embroidery floss for the E, lace for the L and Foam hearts for the letter F! Pretty fun huh!?
Another little added twist was to use at least three pictures. Now, I'm one of those scrappers who uses one photo normally on a layout, so this was a bit challenging in itself. It sure was fun though!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blonde Ambition

May 29, 2009

I did this layout as a personal "hooray for me!"
I have had Fibromyalgia for about 4 years now. Some days it feels like it is taking over my whole body. I never let it get me down though. I feel that if I succumb to the pain, then it wins for the day...and that just isn't going to happen! I always try to work through the pain and keep going. Sometimes I over do it and pay dearly for a few days afterward. However, it's usually worth every bit of the "owwies" just to be doing something productive.

Thanks for the visit and come back soon!

The Butterfly Effect

May 29, 2009

This layout includes many different mediums. I used chalk, ink, punches and some homemade flowers to put it together.

For the masked butterflies, I used a cut out butterfly and just inked lightly around the edges. When you lift the butterfly off, all that is left is the white (negative) of the butterfly!

The leafy vine on the right side of the picture was made by using a small leaf stamp and overlapping the leaves for a more dense look. I then cut them out as a whole piece to lay on the photo.

The corners were made using a scalloped edge punch, but I left the edge piece attached. It makes a really nice border effect.

The flowers are simply silk flowers that I took apart in layers. They are actually a five petal flower with three layers of petals. Using a hot glue gun, I started by making a small bud and adding layers of curved petals to make it look like a rose. they were pretty easy to make really.

Thanks for the visit!

Stay Beautiful

May 29, 2009

This is a layout using punched corner pieces. Below, I'll show you how they are done.

Start with a piece of thinner paper (card stock doesn't punch well for this project), cut 2 1/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches.

Fold the piece of paper in half once.

Using a corner punch, punch the four corners of your paper as shown.

Unfold the paper and fold it the opposite way as shown.

Punch the remaining two sides and unfold! You should have a beautiful corner for your photo!

Thanks for dropping by and come back real soon!


May 29, 2009
Did you ever have one of those days where everything was just perfect? Well, this day Friday May 15th, was one such day for me!
After a fun ride taking my girls to school, I went to my sister's for a visit. We had a great time. Later in the afternoon, I attended V.I.P. Day with my nephew at what used to be my old grade school! Boy, has it changed! Back when I went there in the third grade, a picture I drew won a contest and was painted as a mural on the outside wall of the school. It has long since been built on with a few additions since then. It was about 30 years ago! I asked around to see if anyone knew of my painting. The staff that is currently there knew nothing of it until I asked a girl that worked in the office. She said, not only did she know of it, but had a picture of it! And to top it all of, one former teacher at the school loved the picture so much that upon retiring , the staff had the picture put on a blanket for her!
I have been trying to get a picture of that mural for some time now and was almost in tears when she said she would be glad to get me a copy!
After returning home, my DH and I attended a dinner and awards ceremony for an organization he is part of. He had finished the course and graduated!
What a great day it was Today!

Great Blonde Joke


A blonde and her husband are lying in bed
listening to the next door neighbor's dog.
It has been in the backyard barking for hours and hours.
The blonde jumps up out of bed and says, "I've had enough of this".
She goes downstairs.
The blonde finally comes back up to bed
and her husband says "The dog is still barking,
what have you been doing?"
The blonde says,
"I put the dog in our backyard,
let's see how THEY like it!

2009 T-Ball

May 29, 2009

This my niece Ruby in her official T-Ball trading card! I wouldn't trade it though, even though it's autographed by her!

The red letters down the side that spell out Ruby are actually ghost letters with a floral pattern on them. They are usually very hard to see, so to make them match my layout a little better, I colored them in with marker on the sticky side. After drying, I applied a little bit of glue to the back to attach them!

The fan on the left is just a plain piece of white card stock that I stamped with flowers and then folded back and forth to get a little fan.

Thanks for dropping by!

There's a Bathroom On The Right

May 29, 2009

A while back, my girls and I were riding around in the car with the radio on. The song Bad Moon Rising came on by CCR. When they sang the chorus..".there's a bad moon on the rise", the girls asked me what they were saying. I jokingly told them that they were saying "There's a Bathroom On the Right". they sang it that way several times after that and even in public, which always got a good laugh!

Thanks for dropping by!

Crazy For Glue

Lyrics sung to Madonna's Crazy For You!

My tables covered with matted pics,
I know in moments I’ll get my fix,
And this layout’s just as good as done…..

I see you, yes, my sticky friend,
Got a flower stuck to my rear end,
It’s ok, it’s not the only one…..
What I’m dying to say, is that

I’m crazy for glue,
Touch me once, and you’ll be stuck too.
I never wanted any single guy
It’s here forever if you let it dry
I’m crazy for glue!

I’m happy now with the glue I’ve chose,
Stuck it down, but that‘s not where it goes.
Moving things like this would not be smart…….

Think to myself that it just might nudge,
It’s permanent and now it just won’t budge.
And now I can’t get my fingers apart……
I need some help, I think

I’m crazy for glue
How this all happened, I don’t have a clue.
I know this all sounds very hard to believe,
And now I’ve got it on my sleeve….

I’m crazy for glue!

Ok, so I'm a little behind!

May 29, 2009

This layout is called Gemini. I was born in June and share my birthday with some of my favorite scrappers! Plus, as a bonus, i found out that the character Edward Cullen of Twilight shares my b-day too. Could I be any luckier!!

12 May 2009

Beautiful Storage!

May 12, 2009

My Dh built this shelf unit for me to store all my flowers, fibers and small embellishments. I decided a while ago to use glass jars to not only hold my things, but to add a burst of color to my scrap space. Using glass jars makes it so easy to see what you have available to use. It also makes it easy to see when you are running low on supplies.
The best part though is the beautiful rainbow of colors!

My DH used the jars themselves to measure to the shelves so everything would fit perfectly. It's a great addition to any scrap space!

Thanks for stopping by!

Window Valance

May 12, 2009

One of my very favorite things in my craft room is my valance. The layouts are of my Mother in Law, who passed away 1 year ago. She always loved looking over my shoulder as I worked on my layouts, so I thought it would be fitting to still keep her close by!

Using layouts in this way is a great way to not only display some of your favorite layouts, but provide a curtain for a window as well.

I bought a dowel style curtain rod with the brackets. On each of the layouts, I added eyelets to the top edges. Then I simply used ribbons to string through the eyelets and tie them around the dowel. Three layouts covered the opening of my window perfect!

You could also use this method to display layouts on a wall as well. Small wooden dowels work great for laying things right on the wall!

Displaying your work helps to give you inspiration and keep that creativity going. I love being surrounded by the layouts I've made. After all, these are the pictures of my loved ones...and who wouldn't want to be surrounded by loved ones at all times!

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by!


A Storage Solution!

May 12, 2009

I know storing your craft supplies can really take some creativity! Stickers and letters get bent or lost or just plain ruined. I think for me, the toughest thing about storage is that when it's out of sight, its out of mind. So often, I finish a layout only to realize I had the perfect letters or a great embellishment that would have looked great on it. If I tuck things away neatly in drawers, I easily forget that I even had them.
I attempted at first to build a make shift Clip It up (the originals are a little pricey for my "Bootscrap budget!). With it being a circle, I found it to be very cluttered and difficult to organize. I then came up with this idea. I bought a metal dowel at my local hardware. I chose metal so that it would be able to accommodate the weight of several sheets of letters and stickers. I then purchased two shelf brackets with hangers on the ends. This would be my dowel holder. I bought book rings to hang all my letters and stickers with. Book rings work great with the metal dowel and slide with ease. You can hang several coordinating things together on one book ring or keep everything seperate. It's an inexpensive solution to organizing your work area!

Thanks so much for the visit!


The Wonder Years

May 12, 2009

My niece Ruby just turned 5 years old this year. I just love those years when kids are still full of wonder about the world they live in. By the time they are teenagers, they know it all!

It's always great to take the time to see the world all over again through a child's eyes.

This layout displays some of the great gifts that I won for a contest on National Scrapbook Day on the Pages In Time site. I won the Sketch with a Twist Challenge and the prize was a RAK ( random act of kindness) from the host of the challenge. I just received the package yesterday and was amazed when I opened it. There were all sorts of flowers, fibers, cards and papers in it. It felt like Christmas!
So a huge shout out to Melissa over at Pages In Time for the great gift!

Here is a picture of my new goodies!

Thanks a million Melissa!

Thanks for stopping by bootscraps and don't stay away so long next time!


Did You Know?

May 12, 2009

Did you know that having a scanner makes you brilliant? I didn't until my oldest daughter Brittany informed me that I was!
She was watching me put together this layout titled Popsicle Faces. I decide to use Scrabble tiles for the title and unfortunately didn't have 2 P's to spell Popsicle. Her first reaction was to just find some different letters for the title.
Mine was to put the one P that I had in the scanner and color copy it. She watched in amazement as I cut out the printed letter and glued it to one of the blank tiles that came with the set.
This was the moment I found out I was brilliant. What a great day!

So, I guess now when I'm having a down kind of day, I'm just going to scan something! If nothing else, I'll feel brilliant for a second or two!

Thanks for visiting me here at bootscraps and always remember that scanners make you brilliant!!
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10 May 2009

Dushville, Michigan

LMay 10, 2009

I decide to do a little research on my hometown of Winn, Michigan.
Come to find out, it used to be named Dushville. I have no idea how it got it's original name or why the name was eventually changed.

I found this really cool photo though and decided to do a layout of it. The picture is of The Grand Army of the Republic, taken May 30, 1895. The names of the soldiers were listed below the picture, but none of them sounded familiar to me. I'm not sure of the exact location of the picture either. There are two houses in the background, but they don't seem familiar either. I'll do some further checking and see if I can find anything else.

Vintage and heritage layouts are some of my favorite ones to do. I love the color scheme used for most of them and the aged photos always look great.
Check out your history and find some old pictures to scrap. You'll have so much fun looking at the photos and learning about your past!

Thanks for stopping and come back soon!

Happy Mother's Day!!

May 10, 2009

Here are a couple of my latest layouts.....

The first is titled Rain. Just yesterday we had a morning shower. Daisy, my Welsh Corgi, decided she wanted to go outside to do her business. She wasn't impressed with the weather and changed her mind on the whole "potty" idea! She stared at the yard, then back at me, then back at the yard as if to say...."I can't pee in these conditions!"

The second layout is titled Car Wash. I asked my youngest daughter Erica if she'd like to make a deal. Kind of like Monty Hall huh!?
I told her that I would give her all of the money in my console if she would wash my car. She agreed.

Shortly after she got started, my oldest joined her outside. Before long, the car was no longer being washed and the girls were soaked from head to toe! They split the $9.11 that was in the console(yeah...911..weird huh?) and I got some priceless shots!

My hubby asked them later if they wanted to wash his truck for all the money in his console. They quickly declined his offer due to the fact that his console is empty!! Nice try!

Thanks for stopping by and come back real soon!

09 May 2009


May 9, 2009

I used several different techniques to put this layout together.
I've been doing more masking in my layouts lately and I'm really liking the look of it.

Masking is done by laying a cut out image on your layout and using chalk or ink to rub gently over the cut out. When you lift the image back off, you are left with a white design of the image, almost like a negative. It adds a lot of interest to a layout. You can use all different colors to mask, you can overlap for a whole different effect. Try it sometime!

Another technique I used on this layout was using punches to make the floral design on the right side.

Using a pencil, make a curved line on the edge your paper. Using different sized punches, begin by punching your flowers. Because punches will only go so far into your paper, try keeping your design close to the edge. After punching out your flowers, use a hole punch, in different sizes to finish making the curved line. It makes a really cool addition and a decorative element to your layout.

For the picture frame mat, I cut a piece a piece of paper larger than my photo. Using my medium daisy punch, I went around the edge of the paper , punching various half flowers out. It makes a neat edge for matting photos.

On the photo in this layout, you'll notice an overlay. It is the plastic packaging that came from a set of acrylic stamp I bought. I used the same daisy punch to punch out the edges. Then I used ink to add some color. Alcohol inks would work much better on this project, but I don't have any of those at this time, so I just used regular ink. Make sure to let the ink dry before handling the pieces. I then added a little glitter glue to the edges for some sparkle. Lastly, I used a black permanent marker to go over the edges to help it stand out against the photo. I angled the acrylic piece on my picture to only cover two of the corners. I really liked it the way it turned out.

The punched out flowers on the left are done the same way. I had trouble getting my larger flower punch to work on the acrylic, so try to test your punches on a piece of plastic first to make sure they will work!

I had never really worked with any kind of acrylic before joining Pages In Time. One of the challenges for National Scrapbook Day was to use acrylic on a layout. It was very hard for me to figure out how to use it. But since then, I've been playing around with it a lot more, and I'm kind of liking the way it looks.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to stop by again! I'd love to hear from you anytime with your ideas or tips!

If I Could Turn Back Time

May 9, 2009

This was a fun lo to do where I compared a picture of myself at age 17 and a picture I took of myself at nearly 42.

We always talk about how we would love to turn back time or if we could do things all over again.

I think given the chance, I would stay exactly where I am . I've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but it's those mistakes that have made me who I am today. Though I'm not proud of some of the things I've done, I like the person I am now.

If I could turn back time...I wouldn't!

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07 May 2009

May 7, 2009

I took this picture while on my Honeymoon in Hollywood in 2008. Being from a small town in Michigan, I had never really seen a homeless person before. However, each time I did, I was reminded of this song by Joan Osbourne...What if God Was One of Us? What if God visits us every now and again in the form of a homeless person to test our faith and compassion? Would it make a difference? Would we treat this homeless man different if there was even a chance he could be God? Just a little food for thought.....

These are the lyrics to the song:

If God had a name, what would it be
And would you call it to his face
If you were faced with him in all his glory
What would you ask if you had just one question

And yeah yeah God is great yeah yeah God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets

And yeah yeah god is great yeah yeah god is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
He's trying to make his way home
Back up to heaven all alone
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the pope maybe in Rome

And yeah yeah God is great yeah yeah God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if god was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone
Just trying to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the pope maybe in Rome.

Take a moment today to help someone....
open a door for someone.....
say Good Morning to a stranger....
donate something to Goodwill....

You just never know!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!

06 May 2009

Toot My Own Horn

May 6, 2009

Over at Pages In Time, we celebrated National Scrapbook Day with a weekend Mini Crop. Challenges were posted on Saturday and we had until Monday at midnight to finish them. There were several challenges to choose from and I did as many as I had time to do.

I had a busy weekend and was not home for most of the weekend, but I did manage to enter several challenges! And guess what.....toot! I won two of the challenges!

I won The Sketch With A Twist Challenge! For this one , we had to use something acrylic and follow a sketch. I've never worked with any kind of acrylic or recycled material before, I'm ashamed to say. I didn't really like the layout that I posted for it, probably because the plastic flowers looked funny to me. But I'm not complaining...I won a prize! Here's the layout:

The second prize I won was for a set of cards. I hardly ever make cards and was so surprised when I found out that I had won! The cards had to be done in these categories:
1. stamped
2. paper piecing
3. recycled material

Here are the cards I entered:

For the time I had available to spend over at Pages In Time, it was great! Everyone had such a good time. It was nice too doing the challenges and actually trying some new things that I might not have ever tried otherwise. You should visit Page in Time and check it out! It a great place!
Here's the address:


Thanks for dropping by and have a great Day!

Have Mercy

May 6, 2009

Ok, Twilight fans! Here he is in all his glory! The New Moon poster!! I had read somewhere that the New Moon posters were out and I just had to get me a look and man, am I ever glad I did! For me personally, I think James is cuter than Edward...well at least until I saw this poster!

This was a really fun layout to do and once again I was able to use my punches. The cool thing I discovered was that the tiny pieces left over after punching my paper actually could make a really cute border, as shown on this layout. The lower right edge is nothing more than the little punched out scraps that I would normally just throw away. But after looking at them I saw that they were very decorative and would look nice around the edge of the layout.

So, next time you are ready to clear your table and throw away all your little pieces of scraps, look for some new ways to incorporate them into your layout. It sure can save some money!

Thanks for reading and stop back real soon!

Mud Pies!

May 6, 2009

This is my niece Ruby doing what she does best...making mud pies! I have a few pictures of her covered in it!
This was a really fun lo to do because I got to experiment with my new Fiskers border punch.

If you notice, on the curved paper, I have it punched out. How did I get it to punch on a curve, you ask? I didn't!!

I punched a straight piece and cut each section to affix to the backside of the curve! Experiment with your punches! You may be surprised at how versatile they really are!

Thanks for visiting me here at bootscraps and stop back real soon!

05 May 2009

My Playlist

May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

This is another layout that I did for a challenge over at Pages In Time. This was simply called My Playlist. The object was to make a layout that told about the music you like and add distressing somewhere. Easy for me , since I distress everything!

For this layout, I used a real CD that skipped terribly.
Using my Crop A Dile, I punched holes all over in it and added eyelets! No, it doesn't break it, surprisingly! I've seen vinyl records punches this way as well. It made a really cool addition to the page. The large music noted came off the internet. I used music note paper (from an actual hymnal), and card board. It was a pretty basic layout with the only real stand out feature being the CD.
The journaling on the page reads: I listen to all kinds of music. If you choose any mixed CD out of my car, you could hear anything from Korn to Carrie Underwood , all on the same CD!

Thanks for stopping by here at bootscraps and hope to see you again real soon!

04 May 2009

A Mother Like No Other

May 4, 2009

This was for the So uplifting challenge over at Pages In Time.

This first layout I did a few months ago. It is my youngest daughter Erica, with a couple of her baby pics thrown in....wasn't she a cutie!

I've always like the design of this layout, so it was an easy choice to pick this one for the So Uplifting Challenge. For this challenge, you had to lift yourself. How fun, right?! The next thing was coming up with ideas for my new layout. That part was easy too.

The words "So Uplifting", immediately made me think of my mother in law, who passed away a year ago this month. I've been thinking about her a lot lately, so she was the logic choice for new project.


A Mother Like No Other !!

My mother in law as simply the best.

I have a very strained relationship with my own Mother. Though I wish we could get along and that things didn't have to be this way, it was her choice that we distance ourselves from one another. That was almost two years ago.

My mother in law immediately stepped up to fill her shoes. She was not only my friend and mother in law....but became motherly towards me. She would talk with me endlessly about issues and problems, yell at me not taking better care of myself and lift me up when I had forgotten how!
She always treated me like I was one of her own. I felt loved by a real Mom!

As a memorial to her and to honor her this Mothers Day, this layout was perfect. I miss her and love her every day of my life!

Thanks for the visit and come back soon!

Paradise Found

May 4, 2009

Another Challenge lo from Pages In Time.

This was the hardest layout for me of all the challenges. It was a sketch with a twist challenge. The challenge was to use some sort of acrylic on your layout. I've never worked with that before and had a rough go of it.
I had a small piece of a transparent paper that my hubby gave me a couple of days ago that I though might work great for flowers. Unfortunately, My Retro punch wouldn't punch through the plastic. I ended up punching the outlines and cutting them out by hand.
Then finding something that would write on them was the next challenge. Nothing seemed to work very well. I finally tried a set of opaque markers and the flowers were finished. I found out too, that doing layouts to sketches is very difficult for me. I think I'm just to unorganized in my designs to have to follow a sketch. They just seem to planned to me and I didn't like that feeling.
I didn't really care for the layout after it was completed, but it seems to be doing well at the sight.
Thanks for stopping by and remember, "don't be a stranger!" Come on back soon!

Music Is What Feelings Sound Like

May 4, 2009

Over at Pages In Time, they have been keeping us busy doing challenges for National Scrapbook Day! This layout in particular was for the Handmade Flowers challenge. I have no idea what kind of flowers to even call these. I spent about 2 hours just folding paper trying to come up with something new. Anywho...this was the end result!

The layout is of my youngest daughter Erica. She loves music. It's one of those things that makes her really happy. When she gets new songs on her IPod, you'd think it was Christmas!
The photo I used was from a Taylor Swift photo shoot we did a while ago. She just loves Taylor Swift and said she wished she looked more like her. So I did my best to make that happen. I really love the pictures we took that day.

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02 May 2009

Only You

May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbook Day Everyone! There are some fun things going on today! Pages In Time is hosting an Online Mini crop today! Take a minute to check it out and join in on the fun!!

Only You

My youngest daughter Erica is such a bright spot in my life. She has an addictive laugh and a smile that melts my heart! No one else is quite like her!

I did this lo for one of Pages In Time Online Mini Crop Challenges....Doodle it!
The grids are hand drawn (doodled) and the dots are around the picture are doodled on.

But the thing I want to share are the hand made call lilies. Below are all the steps you need to know to make these yourself. They are really very easy and dress up a page nicely!

Here's what you need to get started:
Glue gun (regular glue or tacky glue will work, but I'm very impatient!)
circles cut in what ever sizes you want
yellow ink
black or brown ink

First off, use your sponge to apply yellow ink in a strip down the center of one circle as shown...

Next, use your black or brown ink pad to ink the edges of the circle.

Then fold your circle in half making sure that the yellow strip is in the middle of the fold, like shown....

Now, this part gets kind of tricky, so pay careful attention. Pinch one end of the folded circle...

And lay it flat on a hard surface......

Now, carefully pinch the yellow inked area together like this:

This is where I use the glue gun to glue the upper portion of my flower together.

And now you have a finished calla lily...just add leaves!

Thanks so much for dropping by and Have an Awesome and Fun Filled National Scrapbook Day!!

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