26 December 2010

Cute...but Psycho!

25 December 2010

Christmas Carol

22 December 2010


Straight From the Heart

20 October 2010

Erica's Fall Photo Shoot 2010

Hey all! Sorry for the long absence. A lot has been going on in my life and I took a break from scrapping for a while. The break isn't over yet though. I'm getting ready to move here soon, so all of my scrapping supplies are in boxes at the moment! But rest assured, soon as I am settled in my new home and locate my paper and pictures,...I'll be back with a vengeance! Until then,..take a moment to enjoy Erica's newest photo shoot. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back real soon!

02 August 2010

Summer 2010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


How many times in a lifetime do we get the chance to make a difference in someones life? Really? Not just a little difference,..I'm talking a big difference! This is one of those times for me!!

I recently asked a friend on Facebook if I could borrow a picture of her son to do a layout with. Being a photographer, I thought the picture was amazing. It is the layout Serenity,..the young boy on the horse. I posted the layout in my gallery and tagged it to her page as well. She loved it! She gave me the nicest compliments, then sent me a message to my inbox. What I read in that message was the most incredible words I have ever read.

She has a friend whose son Anthony B. Franko (pictured in this layout at age 10) was abducted on Mother's Day in 1983. He has never been found. Her message was a request for me to do a layout,..getting the word out,..spreading his face once again near and far,..over a new the hopes that somehow, somewhere he might see it and find his way home.

Being a Mother myself,..I cried reading her heartfelt message to me, as I am crying now writing this post.
I can't even begin to fathom the pain in losing a child this way....or to have to bear this misery for more than 20 years. My heart goes out to this Mother for her strength and her unwillingness to give up Hope.

It is my sincerest Hope that somewhere in this big world Tony or someone that knows him can see this layout and be returned where he belongs,...Home! This layout is traveling the internet from blogs , to websites, and being printed to be posted in stores,..rodeos and in every place that people think Tony may see it.

I am so honored to be a part of this effort to reunite Tony with his family. I will never forget this feeling in my heart right now or take for granted the people that I reach with my craft.

If you have any information about Tony or his whereabouts ,...please contact




This picture was taken at a nearby flower garden,..built for public use for weddings, senior pictures and ordinary photo shoots like this one. The flowers were chose for the garden to bloom at different intervals so there is a new kind of flower to see at all times during the season. It's perfect for pictures or for just walking around and enjoying the many scents. There are also waterfalls,..rock beds and bridges,..footpaths,...fountains and statues to get just about any shot you can dream up!

Country Boy

This is my nephew Justin striking a pose during a photo shot I was doing of my oldest daughter. My sister has a great older property with a barn,..perfect for those rugged , indoor shots..complete with farm machinery inside like this wagon!

08 July 2010


There has been a lot of turmoil in our family for some time now. It has taken a toll on everyone,..including my girls. They are hanging tough,..but I know inside they are torn. The problems they face are not theirs and were not created by them,..but they unfortunately have to deal with them right along with the rest of us. I have always brought us through rough situations in the past and thankfully,..the girls believe I will do it again this time. Being Torn is temporary,....Being a family is forever!

My Girls,..My World

Just the Facts!
Bottom Line!
Final Answer!
Any Questions?

Thanks for dropping by and come back really soon!

On The Fence

This layout is supposed to depict the struggle that my oldest daughter Brittany has with being a girl and a complete Tomboy at the same time. However,...I don't think she really struggles with it all all. She handles both side beautifully!

This layout was done using plain colored card stock. I made the flower vine myself with florist wire and florist tape. You can make these too using this tutorial:

Star Quality

This layout was made using plain solid colored card stock. I did some dot work on this one and kept it very plain so the focus would be more on the photo. The only colored piece of paper is right under the picture.

The letters are by Heidi Grace in a fantastic Value Pack that I found at JoAnns on sale for 6.99. What a steal for almost 700 letters!

The star was traced using a stencil I bought from Oriental Trading a while back.

All inks are from Tim Holtz.

White pens are by Gellyroll.

Thanks for the visit and don't stay away so long next time!

Waiting For Edward

The idea for this photo came from the movie Twilight. There is a scene in the movie where Edward and Bella are lying in a meadow just looking at one another. I had Erica posed like Bella,..but left the other side empty , as if Erica is Waiting For Edward!

I bought a new punch from a line I've never tried before,...EK Success Punches. I must say,..I love the compact size and the way it folds up for easy storage. It is a fantastic punch and I'm looking forward to purchasing more from this line.

The big letter "E" is from Heidi Grace and was covered in a photo of Bella and Edward that I found in a magazine.

I know that someday Erica will find her Edward!

Thanks for dropping by!

28 June 2010

Fibro Friend

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2005. I knew of one other person that had it besides me. It is a difficult and complicated condition that still makes no sense to me. It affects the muscles and causes chronic pain for most who have it. There is no cure,..yet it is not progressive. It mimics many other conditions like R.A.,..Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis.

Then , one day I met Jenna Baker. She is a fellow scrapper,...a great friend,..and a Fibro sufferer,.just like me. We became fast friends and spent endless chats talking about our condition and how it effects us. She has had it much longer than I have and has it much worse than me. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways.
Although it's terrible that she has this horrid condition,..I'm thankful to have her to talk to about it. she understands everything and has helped me more than she will ever know!

This one's for you Jenna! I Love You!

23 June 2010

You Are Beautiful

Girls Of Summer