Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Silly & Lovely

It’s rare when I use black and white photos on my scrapbook photos. But I made these black and white for a reason . . .

Silly & Lovely

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • The first time I printed these photos, they were in color. But the color was really off, and the background was very distracting, so I couldn’t get the color pictures to work for me. Then I tried printing them in black and white, and they looked so much better. I need to keep this in mind when I have other pics that don’t look great in color.
  • I used a fun three-photo sketch for this layout.
  • I created this page for a challenge to use lots of stamps. I have so many stamps and need to remember to use them more often.
  • I first tried using transparencies with the photos, but I ended up preferring the look of the chipboard frames.

This process video almost didn’t happen. I misplaced a memory card with a bunch of the footage . . . but then I found it again. So yay! Here it is.

Please enjoy it and give me your thoughts on how to fix a clogged fineline bottle. See you next time!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Next Time Keep Right

Whenever I take a trip there is usually some kind of misadventure. I consider myself lucky if there is only one. :) I took a trip last month that started with me making the wrong choice when I came to a fork in the road, probably because I didn’t realize I was at a fork. My drive ended up being a bit longer than expected. Oops!

Keep Right

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • This layout fits in three of my video series: Scrapping the Spectrum, Memorabilia Medley, and Something Old Something New. The map patterned paper is easily 15 years old or more. I knew it would come in handy eventually. I have a few scraps left, and I’m going to try and use those up soon.
  • Here’s the sketch that inspired me.
  • I created this layout for a challenge in the Victoria Marie Facebook group. Fun times on International Scrapbook Day.

And here is the process video.

Until the next one!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Did Someone Say Nap?

It has been too, too long since I’ve posted on the blog. I’ve been in a bit of a scrapbooking funk but am now getting back into the groove. I’m excited for International Scrapbook Day tomorrow and have ordered new photos to play with. In the meantime, though, here’s a layout I did last weekend.

Did Someone Say Nap

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I created this page for a challenge on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group. Victoria created a sketch that features three photos. I kept the general design but used one giant photo instead. I love this photo of my poodle, Clayton.
  • I cut out the bottom speech bubble from the title card and used it as a template to cut out a speech bubble from patterned paper. I added “nap” with Thickers and popped up the speech bubble with pop dots.
  • This is a pretty simple layout that came together quite quickly. It’s nice to have one of those every now and then. :)

Of course there is a process video for this layout. Hope you enjoy it.

Until next time. :)

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sweet Faves

Every now and then, I get some paper in a monthly subscription and think, “How the hell am I going to use that?” Case in point: this paper featuring candy. This came in a Messy Box and I had no idea at the time how–or even if–I would use it.

Sweet Faves

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Victoria Marie came to my rescue here. She had a challenge to scrapbook a top 10 list. I was trying to use up Messy Box supplies, and once I saw this paper I knew I would use it to make a page about my favorite sweets.
  • This layout is part of my Something Old, Something New series. The orange and pink patterned paper is the “old”–it’s a paper from TLC that has been in my stash for more than 10 years. Messy Box paper is the new.
  • I didn’t do a lot of embellishing on this page. The paper itself is so busy I felt it made enough of a statement on its own.

So that’s it. If you want to see how this one came together, check out the process video.

I’ve got more coming soon. Until then, take care!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

All Is Calm

One of the easiest ways for me to get into the holiday spirit is to scrapbook Christmas photos. I saved several photos from last year for this purpose; this is one of them.

All Is Calm

I’ll start with this–I love this photo! I was so glad to get this pic of my boys curled up on their pillows by the Christmas tree. Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used vellum on the right side of the page. It has a copyright date on it from 2000! It’s crazy that I still have products that old in my stash–and I still have at least one more sheet of it. I think it looks great here, though. I paired it with some Felicity Jane papers, so it’s part of my Something Old, Something New series.
  • I got the idea for the title from the vellum, which has lyrics from a Christmas carol. Not the same song, but it started some Christmas songs going in my head, and that led me to my title. I embossed the larger letters with gold embossing powder.
  • Here’s the sketch I used for this page. I like how it showcases the paper.

So that’s this layout. If you want to know more, check out the process video.

I’ve got more Christmas layouts to come. Until next time!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hello Kenda Christmas

Once upon a time I got snowed in on Christmas Day and couldn’t go anywhere. And then I made a layout about it. 

Kenda Christmas

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the thing: grid layouts are a bit of a challenge for me. I struggle to layer things on the different parts of the grid. Yet grids are a great way to use up multiple cards—I have a bunch left from my time as a Messy Box subscriber. So I’ve got to go for the grid every now and then.
  • In this case, I did get stuck when it came to the layers. I got unstuck during a trip to Tuesday Morning, where I found some Christmas-themed layered stickers. I saw them and knew they’d be perfect for this layout. That helped me complete the page.
  • I have some brushstroke stamps that mimic the card on the top right. So I used them to create a stamped border around the layout.

My process video for this one is short and sweet.

So that’s my layout. Be back next time with another one.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Treats

There’s always something a little fun about scrapping older photos. Such as this one, which was taken more than 30 years ago.

Happy Treats

Let’s talk about the layout:

  • What am I going to do if I ever run out of this woodgrain patterned paper? It’s from My Mind’s Eye, and I love it. I have a few more sheets, so I don’t have to worry about this now. But it’s definitely in the back of my mind. This paper creates a beautiful background.
  • I used this sketch for my layout. I have a couple of sheets of those woodgrain labels, and this was a great way to use a bunch of them. I stamped on some and wrote journaling on others.
  • Since the labels are a darker brown, I decided that was a good excuse to bring in some cork elements. I have a difficult time using them, but I like the way these look.
  • The blue patterned paper has been in my stash for more than 15 years. I think it adds a nice touch of retro.

Here’s the process video. Hope you enjoy it!

Until next time!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016


This year I decided to give planning a try, and I decided to scrapbook about planning. My layout features March.


Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I did lots of mixing and matching when it came to products. The color scheme originated with my planner pages, so I started with green and dark pink and went from there.
  • I used a very big title because I needed something to stand out on this very colorful and busy page.
  • No sketch for this one. I just positioned the planner pages on the layout and created a few clusters in the empty space.

Yes, there is a process video. Check it out below.

Until next time!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

What a Treat

A year ago I signed up to attend my first-ever scrapbooking retreat: the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. I was so, so sick and needed something to look forward to. I hoped I would be able to figure out my asthma/allergy problems in a year.

The month of the retreat arrived, and my lungs had been doing much better. I was excited but nervous, and my anxiety grew as the event drew near. I have social anxiety, and I was anxious about whether I would enjoy being around so many people, whether I would have everything I needed to create pages, and what it would be like to travel with so much medical equipment.

I’m so pleased to say I had so much fun! Victoria greeted me when I arrived, and the other scrappers were so warm and gracious. I enjoyed the venue as well–it had a nice, large room for scrapbooking, the bedrooms were comfortable, and the food was just lovely! My fave was a dessert (of course), a tasty spice cake. And the crop room even had Diet Pepsi. Do you know how rare and amazing that is? LOL.


Aside from a trip to Tuesday Morning (I hitched a ride with Angie) and a group lunch, I stayed at the venue and scrapbooked. There was a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with chit chat and jokes. One table was set aside as a spot for people to leave products they no longer wanted. I have to admit I took a few items from that table (OK, maybe more than a few), but I used some of them on pages I worked on at the retreat, so I figure it’s justified. I also used some of my Tuesday Morning purchases as well.

I left feeling like all these women are my friends, and that friendship continues through Facebook connections. I had a wonderful time. This retreat was a true getaway, and such a treat! I loved waking up and just being able to sit down and scrapbook. And I stayed up late to scrap as well.

I managed to put together 21 page kits to take with me. I finished 14 pages and had 3 more that are about halfway done. I’m happy with that. You can see the pages I made in the layout share below.

I’m signed up to go again next year. Can’t wait to see these crazy, wonderful women again!


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Friday, November 11, 2016

56 Years & Counting

I stole this photo from my brother’s Facebook timeline. But I really couldn’t help it. It’s such a great picture of my parents.

56- Years & Counting

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used this sketch for the layout.
  • The vanilla paper for the background is from my stash of Club Scrap cardstock. Always good to use some of that.
  • It’s hard to find flair that doesn’t use a white background. But I finally managed it. That’s where it helps to have a large stash. :)

The process video is below. Hope you enjoy!

Until next time!

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