Saturday, April 9, 2016

I’m Retreating

I accepted a blogging challenge to post on my blog 21 times this month. After a strong start, I am brainstorming new topics. This blog entry about scrappy retreats got me thinking about something new I am doing this year: attending a scrapbooking retreat!

It’s not until this fall, but I am excited about it. Here’s the place I’m going, which looks beautiful to me. :)

I’ll be here with a group of 20 or so scrappers I know from a scrapbooking Facebook group. Meeting them all for the first time, so I’m a little nervous, too. But I’m also excited! I’ve got many months left to prepare, but I need to start putting together page kits. I’ll be there a little more than three days, and I want to get some pages done.

Anyone have any tips about scrappy retreats? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Friday, April 8, 2016


Language Cap

Disclaimer: I can be a bit sweary. And this shows up in my scrapbooking from time to time. Here’s an example.


This language may offend some people. But I want my pages to be genuine. I want people who know me and look at my pages to see me in them–and not just in the photographs. My journaling is best when it sounds like me. So I’m fine with this quirk. I don’t swear on all of my pages, but sometimes I do. Just like I don’t always swear in real life . . . but sometimes I do. :)

What do you do in your scrapbooking to ensure it reflects you?

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Guy with the Gun

I’ve had this comic con photo for a while now but have struggled to scrapbook it because of the bright color of Bruce Campbell’s jacket. Finally I just decided to embrace the yellow and go for it.

Guy with the Gun

A few points about the layout.

  • I’ve collected a lot of washi tape but don’t always remember to use it. So I’m pleased that I used a couple of tapes on this page.
  • This layout came together quickly. Nuts about Sketches offers several great sketches for 8 x 10 photos. I used this one.
  • I outlined the edges of the patterned paper and love the look it adds to the layout.

Have you ever had a photo you had a hard time scrapping? What finally helped you move past it?

For more info about how I created this page, watch the process video below.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Pretty Paper

Let’s be honest here, people. I’ve been scrapping for nearly 20 years. I have plenty of patterned paper. Plenty. I do not need more patterned paper. Yet somehow, when I went to Tuesday Morning, I ended up leaving with these in hand.

Paper Everywhere

I would ask how this happened except I know exactly how it happened. I make myself justify any paper purchase I make these days. I bought the stack on the left because I am a sucker for script writing. And even the non-scripty papers are fun and use colors I love. I bought the stack on the left because I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Plus, look at those florals! They are fabulous.

My next step: make the purchase worthwhile by using some of this paper.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Movies in Review

Last year was not the greatest when it came to health issues, but it was a good year for going to the movies. So I wanted something to capture the movies I attended. Here’s what I came up with.

Movies in Review 1

Movies in Review 2

I knew I’d seen a lot, but lining up the movie posters like this made it even more notable. Here are a few other things about the layout.

  • This layout was great for using small scraps of black and white cardstock.
  • I was inspired to use planner pages on the page by this layout of Melissa Vining’s. It turned out nicely, and I’ll probably use more pages in future.
  • I put the movie posters in alphabetical order. My favorites were Antman and It Follows.

You can always find out more about my process by watching the process video. Until next time!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Today Smile

The color combination on this layout makes me happy.

Today Smile

I scrapped a photo from December for this page.

  • This is a sketch I’ve been wanting to use for a while, and I finally found the right photo for it.
  • I used gelatos to add color to the wood veneer piece. It’s a great pop of color. I also like the blue frame around the veneer.
  • Speaking of blue, I am loving navy blue these days, so that’s why I used a navy mist along with the gold.

I hope you’ll check out the process video for this layout. Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016


Here I am scrapbooking a beloved tradition: getting together with a few friends from work at lunchtime to watch segments of Unsolved Mysteries.


I love this tradition and this photo, so I enjoyed creating this layout.

  • I love participating in scrapbooking challenges. This page was for a challenge by Shimelle to scrapbook with a large photo.
  • I decided to dip into my Messy Box supplies. They are piling up—I gotta use some of this stuff! The large letters, chipboard circles, and washi tape are all from past kits.
  • Aside from the photo, the title is my favorite part of this page. I like how the “solved” portion of the title is nestled into “lunch.”

There’s also a process video. Check it out by clicking below.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Poodle & the Pillows

Last Christmas I bought new pillows for my dogs. This purchase resulted in this crazy photo, which of course I had to scrapbook.

Poodle Pillow

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • The title is a play on Princess & the Pea. I like how the black alphabet stickers resemble the writing on the patterned paper on the top right.
  • I used Felicity Jane papers to create this layout.
  • The stamping and confetti creates a diagonal flow.
  • I used rub-ons from my stash to create the “pillows” part of the layout.

Here is the process video for this one. Hope you enjoy it!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Magical Moments

What makes a moment magical? Well, it doesn’t hurt if Chris Evans is part of it.

Magical Moments

It’s true. I have an obsession with casual interest in the actor Chris Evans, so I took a zillion photos of him when he came to comic con. Which means I’m going to have half a zillion scrapbook pages about him. And that is not a problem. :)

Moving on to this particular layout . . .

  • I had to redo the journaling on this layout. This is why I need to practice first, because my second try is much better.
  • Lots of washi tape on this page. And since I’m determined to make a dent in the tape I have left.
  • I used lots of goodies from the January Elle’s Studio monthly kit. Plus several dimensional elements.

Also notable is the fact that my niece helped in this layout. You can check that out in the process video for this page. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Just Today

My crusade to use my Felicity Jane papers continues, this time with a couple of comic con photos.

Just Today

Some details about this page:

  • I made this page for a challenge in the Victoria Marie Facebook group. The challenge was to create a page using photos that were not cut in rectangles or squares. I cut these pics of Julie Benz into circles.
  • This layout was the inspiration for the page design.
  • What does a flamingo have to do with these photos? I don’t know either. But I liked the pop of gold the flamingo flair added to this page, so I used it.
  • It turns out that rub-ons go on more smoothly on plain paper, not paper that’s been prepped with gesso. Go figure. :)

I hope you’ll watch the process video to get more deets. Thanks for visiting!

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