Saturday, May 20, 2017

Update & New Blog!

Hello Crafty Friends! It has been several years since I've updated this blog. Although I stepped away from blogging and making videos, I haven't stepped away from crafting. I did take a bit of a break after becoming overwhelmed with product, inspiration, and crafty pressures. You know what I mean: the pressure to have the perfect photos, the perfect products, and the perfect story (whereby you discover the meaning of life) - or otherwise the memory is not worth documenting.

Well that's crazy! I let go of all the pressures and have rediscovered my love for crafting! I started up a new blog to share my new approach, and I hope you will join me over there for some new crafty adventures!

Here is the link: 

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Layout!

I thought the new Dear Lizzy paper line was perfect for Easter picture.  I used several Sizzix dies here as well: Tim Holtz Alterations Butterflies, Bunnies and Carnivale alphabet.  The banner was cut with Stephanie Bernard's Banner Framelits.  Yes, the date says 2011 - I'm a bit behind (LOL)!!  Thanks for looking!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012


I just received the Echo Park Note to Self collection and couldn't wait to use it!
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The scan made the title appear a bit weird, but you get the idea.  I used an old Sizzix font called Alphabuckles for the title.  Journaling will go on the bulletin board square.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oh So Sweetalicious!!

Hello crafting friends - I have an Oh So Sweet-a-licious layout to share with you today!
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For my layout, I used the Sizzix eClips Sweetalicious cartridge (for the title) and the Birthday & Bean Pole cartridge for the ice cream sundae - doesn't it look good enough to eat?!  The "Oh So" portion of the title was cut with an older Sizzix decorative strip font called Hayseed.  The large ric-rack border was cut with a Sizzix Bigz XL die exclusive to Stampin' Up.  My journal block and the "a day to remember" flag were created with The Stamps of Life stamps by Stephanie Barnard and her Colorbox ink in Guava (love that color!).  The papers are My Little Shoebox and Bo Bunny double dot and a small October Afternoon sticker finished it off.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Layout for October Afternoon Sketchy Thursday

I decided to participate in this week's sketch challenge from the October Afternoon blog.  Here is a video with my take on the sketch: 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scrapping with Cell Phone Photos!

A video to share a few layouts made with cell phone photos to hopefully inspire you to get those iphone photos printed and into your albums!

Saturday, December 10, 2011 Holiday Blog Hop!

Hello Crafting Friends!  In case you weren't aware Scrap-Mart is hosting a holiday blog hop with FANTASTIC prizes, including an Autographed Vagabond machine, a $500 Spellbinders bundle, and a Boss Kut Gazelle!! Check out blog for all the details!!

Here are a couple of peeks of one of my projects for the hop - visit the Blog for all the details (click image to enlarge)!

Be sure to check out the hop and enter to win the fabulous prizes!!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Preparing for Adventure!

Happy Friday everyone!  Just a quick post to share a layout I completed this evening using my Sizzix eClips machine, Tim Hotlz die and October Afternoon papers...
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The "adventure" title was cut from the Sizzix eClips Vacation cartridge and the yellow and green borders were cut with the Sizzix eClips Edges cartridge (hello my new favorite cartridge!).  The kraft tab and tags are all from the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Tiny Tabs & Tags die.  The stamping on the tags was done with The Stamps of Life Lines2Journal (fits perfectly) and Minis4Circles sets.  The stickers are October Afternoon.  Thanks for stopping by tonight and Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birds of a Feather....

Ok, prepare to say Awwww..... Just a quick post to share a simple layout showcasing our new siberian husky puppies, Luke and Lexi - aren't they cute?!?

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The papers and stickers are all from the Amy Tangerine line from American Crafts. The feathers and photo corners are Quickutz die cuts. Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Well Hello Hello Crafting friends - it's about time for a post now, don't you think?!?  I just returned from the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Kansas City where I got to help out in the booth and had a fantastic time!  I am so inspired to get some scrapbook pages done now - I just need to clean out the ole nook and get some pages done!
I have been creating though, and shot a couple of videos over the last month that I uploaded on youtube but haven't posted here yet.  I kept meaning to take photos but that hasn't happened yet, so here are the videos...the first is a layout using a sketch from the website:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just Keep Swimming Layout & Video

Hello crafting friends - today I have a double page scrapbook layout to share with you.
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I created this layout with Bo Bunny paper, the Cricut Lite Four Legged Friends cartridge and the Creative Memories border punch system.  Here is a video showing how the page came together:

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inspired by Amy Tangerine...

Ever since I signed up for Amy Tan's online class, I've been hoarding the Amy Tangerine supplies I purchased.  But I couldn't wait to use them, so I put together a fun and whimsical layout this evening.  Here is a video showing the details:

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As usual, my scanner cut off about 1/4 of an inch on the bottom - I promise that I really do make my borders even LOL!  Someday I will get a true 12" scanner.   Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Peek Into My Nook!!

Here is a quick video I made to show my friend Katie how I store paper in my Ikea Expedit shelves and I gave a quick overview of my Nook (excuse the current mess!). 

Thanks for watching!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Simple Scrapbook Layout

Hi cyber crafting friends!!  I have a quick layout and video (gasp - yes I said video - I know it's been forever!) to share with you today.

And here is the completed layout - can you believe I didn't use a single die cut on this page?!?
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It's been awhile...

...since I have updated my blog.  Summer craziness took over and now that we are headed into the new school year I hope to have more time to craft.  Emma's Throwback Thursday challenge was the perfect way to get my mojo flowing. The challenge was to use a "retired" Cricut cartridge on a project.  So here is my layout:
I actually used 3 retired cartridges on this page:  Camp Out (trees); Pooh Font (title); and Soccer (sunshine).  I cut the background shape with my new Creative Memories wavy square template - I love that template design.  The paper is from American Crafts.  The scan cut off a bit of the bottom, so the border is even all around, but you get the idea.  Thanks so much for the inspiration Emma and thanks to all who stop by!!  Happy Crafting!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Family Layered Layout

Hi Crafting Friends!! Just popping in to share a simple layout with you today.  Don't you just love when you get a great family photo?!  I like to use one picture from the year on the cover page of my family scrapbooks (yes, I keep annual scrapbooks - I am an orderly person and just have to go in order - lol!).
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I wish I could say this is how we always look, but let's just say there is a reason it is going on the front page of the album - haha.

For this layout, I used the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Ribbon Square die for the background.  The title was cut on my Silhouette, and the sub-title is a Quickutz 4x8 font called Rollerskate (it is mounted on the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Hanging Sign die tucked under the title and photo).  The patterned paper is Marrakech by Basic Grey.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In a Pinch? Try some Pre-Designed Paper!

Wow - it's been a crazy month and my poor blog has been neglected - so sorry!!  When I'm short on time for scrapping, I love to grab some pre-designed background paper to serve as a foundation for my layout.  It's like adding a layer of dimension for  It's like Soup Starter for scrapbook pages (what ever happened to Soup Starter anyway?...)

For this layout, I started with the postage stamp paper from the For the Record collection.  I trimmed down the green graph paper and punched the edge with a Stampin' Up notebook punch.  I added another layer of patterned paper as a 'belly band' and mounted my photo so part of it would stick out of the green graph paper.  The arrangement of papers and photos adds visual interest (at least I think so!).  The fonts here are Quickutz Banana Split and Diesel.
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For my next layout (of my precious pup Tabitha!) I started with a Bo Bunny bracket shape background and mounted it on top of a coordinating patterned paper.  All I needed to add to finish the page was a few swirly flourishes from the recent Quicktuz Yearbook release - love those swirls) and a bold title cut from a retired Quickutz font called Stardust.  Waterfall Stickles added some sparkle too!  My scanner is not a full 12" and the image was off a bit from the scan, so the edges are a bit cropped off, but you get the idea - lol! 
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

Well April marks my last month serving on the Club Ruby Design Team.  I will stick around as an occasional guest designer there, but I hope to spend more time catching up on my personal pages.  Here is a double page layout I created with the fabulous April kit - the papers are so happy!
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I can't put all the details here but you can check them out at Club Ruby.
I also had The Posh Box give my blog a bit of a makeover to convert to a 2 column style instead of a 3 column - this will allow me to post larger photos and videos so they are easier to see.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Just a Quick One-Pager... share with you on this Monday morning!
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The papers and stickers are from Basic Grey's Lime Ricky collection - one of my favorites! The green is Bo Bunny double dot.  I cut the title using Quickutz Chick-a-Dee font and my Silhouette using the font from the Jingle portfolio.  Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Color Challenge Layout

If you are in the mood for a challenge, check out the color challenge on the Club Ruby blog today. Here is my take on it...
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The title is from a Sizzix Christmas Decorative Strip die.  The little mice are from the Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge. They are just too cute but took several tries before I could get them to cut clean.  
I used patterned papers I had left over from the December Club Ruby kit.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bird's Eye View Layout

Ok, as promised - here is the double-page layout I mentioned in my last post and a video of how I put it together.  Enjoy!!

And here is a photo of the final layout...

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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bring Back Double Page Layouts!

Just as I was complaining to myself of only seeing single page scrapbook layouts on my nightly blog hopping routine, I realized my own blog has been guilty of this very offense {gasp}.   Don't get me wrong, I love single page layouts, but the majority of my scrapbooks are filled with double page spreads, so I want to make sure my blog reflects my actual scrapbooking.  SO....
I started working on a two page layout last night and then decided I would video the process.  A typical page for me - lots of photos, some memorabilia, and just a couple of die cut embellishments to accent the memory.  Not too complex.  Baseball theme (no surprise there...hehe).  Hopefully I'll finish the spread and video to post sometime over the weekend.  So stay tuned double page layout friends!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jack-A-Razzi Layout!

I love this photo of my son - I changed it to black & white to avoid cluttering the image.  For my layout, I used the new Spellbinders Sprokets dies  to add movement along the page.  The Tim Holtz for Sizzix Filmstrip and Chip Block dies added the perfect accents to my layout.  You could use the Sizzix Tim Holtz gears for this as well.
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My brother-in-law snapped this photo of my son Jack during my niece Claire's baptism (see last layout post).  I gave Jack my camera to get some photos and boy did he take the job to heart!! I plan to add my journaling about the day on the film strip openings.  The paper here is from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop line.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Godparents Again!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Ok, here is another baptism layout, but this time for my niece and now Godchild, Claire.  Isn't she darling!?  I used the February Club Ruby Kit for this layout - the papers and embellies in the kit are fabulous!
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I can only post a pic here, so check out Club Ruby for all the details! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!