Archives for May 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016


There are  photos I have tried to scrapbook several times; this is one of them. I guess today is its day. 🙂


I struggled with this photo because I wasn’t sure which colors to use with it. We are all wearing such different colors, so there wasn’t an obvious choice there. I could have turned the pic to black and white, but I do that very rarely and didn’t feel this one warranted it. I finally decided to go monochromatic. So let’s move on to talking about that.

  • No sketch for this page! The design evolved from a few product decisions: I wanted to  use this dance acetate from a Messy Box kit. However, their paper (and acetate sheets) are only 9″ x 12″, so I had to do something on one of the sides. That led me to the large white letters, also from a Messy Box.
  • Since I was using some fairly new products, I decided to dip into my stash for the photo mat. The corrugated paper came from my 8-1/2″ x 11″ days, and I added some older vellum and a square doily as well.
  • I liked stamping on the side of the title. I used some stamps from my Felicity Jane kits.

Random note about the photo: I love how this picture also captures Cupid’s endless desire to fetch. He’s in the background waiting for my sister to throw the toy for him. 🙂

Process video below.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jamba Delivery

Remember five or so years ago when hexagons were super popular? I must have bought dozens of hexagonal papers in different colors and styles. Then I used maybe a handful or so before setting them aside for something else. Yet, look! Hexagons are having their day again on this layout.

Jamba Delivery

A lot of my hexagon papers are multicolored, but I really like the way this monochromatic paper works as the background. And on that note, let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used this layout to inspire my page.
  • That purple paper has been in my stash since at least 2001. I’m not kidding. It’s really that old. I like the pop of purple on the floral patterned paper, so I decided to bring this sheet into the modern age. 🙂
  • I used a rotary stamp that says “Drink tea and eat cake.” I only inked the “Drink tea” portion, then I crossed off “tea” and handwrote, “Jamba.” Just for a fun, personal touch.
  • I love having a swatchbook for all of my spray ink–it helps me choose the colors I want to use on any project.

The vivid colors of this layout made it really fun to create. You can see the process video below.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Walk Away

Beauty in Walking Away

Sometimes I just have to walk away. Not from scrapbooking altogether. Never that. Just from my current project. You can see the project in question here.

I’ve got the basics down, but now that it’s time to embellish, I’m stuck. I thought about adding some circles, but they started to take over the page. I want some places to layer and cluster, but I’m not sure where to do it. I will figure this out, but for now it’s time to walk away.

What do you do when you feel stuck on a project?


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Friday, May 13, 2016

You Make Me So Happy

Why, yes, peanut butter kiss cookies make me happy. Doesn’t everyone feel that way? 😉

So Happy (700x649)

Enough about cookies. Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I have been using sketches by Laura Whitaker a lot lately. Here’s the one I used this time around.
  • I’ve discovered that most flair has a white elements instead of vanilla. So it took a while to find some that coordinated with this Jen Hadfield vanilla-based collection.
  • I am loving diagonal-striped patterns. It wasn’t always this way; I kind of ODed on stripes in the 90s–at least where scrapping is concerned. But now I’m loving them. Especially when they are multicolored.

I’ve got a process video for this page as well. You can check it out below.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Purple Reign

This page looks harmless, right? But it gave me a bit of trouble at first. I’m pleased with the end result, though.

Purple Reign

Here are the facts about this layout:

  • When I first started working on this layout, I used only patterned paper. It all coordinated but ended up being a bit too much. Once I switched out my base layer for white cardstock, it came together much better.
  • Here’s the sketch I ultimately decided to go with for this page.
  • My wingman came up with the title. Since this page is about people wearing purple, it seems quite appropriate.
  • This page is my entry in Shimelle’s challenge to use woodgrain patterned paper.
  • I have a difficult time using cork and other kraft elements on my page, so I’m delighted I was able to overcome this and embrace the brown.

If you want to see how this layout started, check out the process video. I think it’s interesting to see how it started and where it ended up.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

What I Get from My Mother

It’s Mother’s Day! And I coincidentally–no really, it was a complete coincidence–scrapbooked a photo of me and my mom.

What I Get from My Mother

This is one of my favorite layouts from recent scrapping.

  • It got me out of my comfort zone. I have a tough time when I scrapbook with kraft or cork. But this particular cork had white on it, so it helped me over my mental block.
  • I got a chance to use the chipboard piece with the pile of books! I’ve been wanting to use it but wanted it to be purposeful, so it worked out great on this layout that talks about how Mom and I are both readers.
  • Lots of aqua, a color I really like. And it’s perfect for this photo.
  • I used another of Laura’s sketches for this page. I seem to be using hers a lot lately.

And of course there is a process video. Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Best Selfie Ever

It is no surprise to anyone who has visited my site more than once that I take a lot of selfies. But it’s all in the name of scrapbooking, I promise.

Best Selfie Ever

With this layout, I made a very small dent in my Messy Box supplies. Better than nothing, I figure.

  • I’ve misplaced the sketch I used for this one. I’ll be sure to add it once I find it again.
  • The pocket page cards, small flair pieces, tag, washi tape, small letters on the title, and the “cheers” acetate are all from Messy Boxes.
  • I used a fun small diecutting machine called Diamond Press to cut out the pinked circle and the “Selfie” part of the title.
  • Also, stamping. I pulled out a few rotary stamps and stamped them in a few places on the layout.

You can see the Diamond Press in action in my process video below.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

National Shopping . . . er, Scrapbook Day

fills my days

This year I’ve been telling myself that I will think about every scrappy purchase before I make it–and it had still better be on sale. So I’ve been quite proud of myself for my restraint. Except I’m not too sure it’s working. Sure, I’m holding off on (most) full-price purchases. But I’ve been bringing home several bags of stuff. Great stuff, absolutely. And it’s on sale. But it’s still more stuff! Do I really need more stuff? The answer is no, I don’t.

But the truth is, if the National Scrapbook Day sales this weekend are good enough, I am still going to buy. I’ve started my NSD shopping already with some random embellishments and stamps. Um, oops? Don’t know what else to say. I’m also hoping to see Ali Edwards put some of her kits on sale. And I’ll probably be tempted by something else that comes along . . .

But after this weekend I’m not just going to think about each purchase–I’m going to rethink it and rethink some more. After all, it would be nice if scrapbooking could go back to filling my days without filling other areas of the house. Unless it’s with completed scrapbook pages. 🙂

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Sunday, May 1, 2016


You know that patterned paper in your stash, the one that you pull out for multiple layouts but it never gets used? Well, I finally used it for this layout.


This page is part of my Something Old, Something New series, where I incorporate older items from my stash with fun, new products.

  • The new products are the patterned papers behind the photos and some of the stamps. The older products are the patterned paper I used for the background (which I’ve tried to use several times before, and it just never quite made it onto a page), the flair, and the small doily stamp.
  • Here is the page that inspired this layout.
  • It was fun to go through my collection of doggy-themed flair. I have a lot of it, but I have a little less now that I’ve used some.

Here is the process video for this layout! Hope you like it. 🙂

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