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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Sunday, November 6, 2016

This Reminds Me of a Joke

I participated in another YouTube hop. This one is about creating your own background on a scrapbook page.

This Reminds Me of a Joke

Let’s jump right to the layout.

  • I had a false start on my background–started one and then discarded it. I eventually used texture paste and mist to create my background.
  • Two photo strips are the focus of this project. I wanted to do something a little different with them, so I cut them and spread them across the page.
  • The black ribbon is from the wrapping around a Felicity Jane kit.

My process video is below, but keep scrolling for links to the other videos in the hop.

The Art of Creating:
Alyssa – Getting Scrap Done:
Until next time!
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Bearded Besties

This is one of my favorite photos from this year, and it was fun to scrapbook.

Bearded Besties

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • This is the first page I made at the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. It uses a variety of products, so it is part of my Something Old, Something New series. The fibers, stickers, and Thickers are all from my stash.
  • I used a layout from a magazine as inspiration for the design.
  • The black “splatters” on the top left of the page are part of the patterned paper. I added mist to the bottom right to coordinate.

There’s also a process video for this layout. Hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hello, My Name Is Cupid

It’s pretty clear who runs my household. Hint: it’s not me.

My Name Is Cupid

The journaling reads:

Here’s how it goes. Cupid whines at me so I will get up and let him outside. Instead of going out, he steals my spot. And my blanket. Little rascal!

Let’s talk about this layout.

  • This is an installment of my Something Old, Something New series, where I use newer products with items from my stash. In this case, the Messy Box products are new. The dog-themed items are things I’ve had a while. It’s nice to finally put them to use.
  • Here is the scrapbook page I used as inspiration for the design.
  • I used lots of Teresa Collins chipboard for this page. It turned out to be a pretty good match for the colors of the paper.

For more information, check out the process video.

Until next time!

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Love This

It’s past time to post another layout. I’m going to be playing catch up for a while, so let’s get this started!

Love This Adam

I have a lot to say about this layout, so let’s jump right in. :)

  • Here’s the sketch I used for this page.
  • The guitars on that paper are actually silver, but that doesn’t show up very well on the scan. It’s a really nice paper, though. I got it at Tuesday Morning.
  • This is a layout I created at the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. I used many of the products I brought and added a few from the table where people put products they no longer wanted. Namely the wood veneer, the white diamonds, and the tags. I’m not sure who brought those things, but thank you!
  • This is my latest installment in the stashbusting YouTube series. We used ribbon and twine this month, and I used some that have been in my stash more than 10 years! Check out the videos from the other scrappers.

Julia – The Art of Creating
Jessica – Scrappy Sisters
Katie – Scrappy Sisters
Laura R
Alyssa – Getting Scrap Done
Michaela – Michaela Jordan Scrapbooking

You can jump directly to my process video here.

Until next time!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

I Love Right Now

I’ve tried to scrapbook these photos a few times, but each time I was unhappy with what I came up with. This time I was determined, and I love the resulting page.

I Love Right Now

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used this sketch to create the page.
  • I stopped subscribing to the monthly Messy Box kit, but I still have lots of papers and accessories. I make a small dent in them here with the patterned paper at the top, a few pocket page cards, and the hexagons. (Still have lots more!)
  • The blue circles were punched from a pocket page card. I love how they play up the blue in the multicolored card behind the photo.

I have another layout featuring Karl Urban. You can check it out below.


Don’t forget to check out the process video. Hope you enjoy!

Until next time. :)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Dream Come True

I could look at pics of Chris Evans all day . . .

Dream Come True

Let’s jump right in and talk about the layout.

  • I created this page for a challenge to use a piece of non-white cardstock as the base of the layout. After trying a few options, I decided to go with this gray piece.
  • The word “dream” in the title is wood veneer. I sprayed it with a few layers of white mist to lighten it.
  • I stamped circle outlines on the layout and really like the way it looks.

Want to know more? Watch the process video.

Until next time. :)

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Just Plain Wonderful

Looking at this layout makes me happy. And a little hungry. :)

Just Plain Wonderful

Let’s jump right in to what I love about this layout.

  • This color scheme appeals to me so much! I love the polka-dot pattern on the left and the black and gray elements.
  • I used mist on the wood veneer right above the photo. It’s pretty subtle, but it just gives the wood a pink tint that helps it fit in more.
  • Still love script-style fonts, and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

For more deets about the layout, check out my process video.

Until next time!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

This Makes Me Happy

I am so excited to be involved with a group of scrapbooking YouTubers who are making a dent in their stash! This is our first month, and our focus is on using punches! Here’s my layout for the YouTube hop,

You Make Me Happy

My nephew got married this month, and I loved working with this wedding photo. So without further ado, let’s talk about the layout.

  • As I mentioned, the focus of this month’s layout and video is using punches. I used a punch that had a set of three hearts on it. I punched several hearts out of the paper and used them in the two embellishment clusters on this page. Then I took a leftover piece of cardstock that had the hearts punched out and used it as a stencil. I applied several texture paste hearts to my niece-in-law’s dress. Once the paste dried, I added clear Wink of Stella glitter to add a pretty shimmer that helped the hearts stand out.
  • Although punches were the primary  focus, I also pulled patterned paper from my stash. The floral paper has been part of my stash for more than 10 years. I love that I was able to get it onto a page. The journaling piece is also something that I’ve had a while.
  • I did not use a sketch for this. I really wanted the photo to be highlighted, so I had it printed as an 8 x 12 photo and then added two embellishment clusters.
  • Once I had almost finished the layout, I wanted to add more dimension. I found the pretty resin flowers in coordinating colors, and I think they look great.

Here is the process video for my page:

Please check out all the participants in this YouTube hop. We’ll see you again next month for another video!

sweet girl designs
Grace Islander –
Julia (The Art of Creating) –
Alyssa – Getting Scrap Done:
Michaela- Michaela Jordan Scrapbooking:
Scrappy Sisters (Katie & Jessica) –
Thedutchscrapper (Marloes) –


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