Saturday, May 8, 2021


I was looking through photos when I came across this wallet-sized portrait of one of my nieces. I decided it had languished in the pile long enough.

I used a Page Maps sketch for the design. I also accepted a challenge from Scrapbook Challenges to use multiples of one shape to make another shape. During my scraproom organization, I realized I have a lot of buttons and wanted to do something with them. So I dumped out a bunch of pink ones and made a chevron border with them. The result is I got to use up a bunch of buttons and make a layout with a stashometer rating of 32%.

Do you have a surplus of any particular supply? What do you do to use them up?

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

So Star Spangled

This layout and video has been in the works for a while because it’s a special collaboration.

So Star Spangled

Before jumping into the layout, I’ll give you the collaboration details.

This layout is a collaboration for Grace Islander’s July Scrapathon! For this challenge, we scraplifted one of each other’s layouts and went with a Fourth of July theme. Her layout is here.

Learn more about the scrapathon and join the scrapathon Facebook group.

We’d love it if you participated! There will be prizes including one from the April Lilli Store. The grand prize is only available to US residents, but other prizes are available internationally. If you create a project inspired by this challenge and post it to social media, please use the #julyscrapathon hashtag so we can see it.

Now let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the layout by Grace Islander that inspired this page. I loved the diagonal design and mixed media elements.
  • I haven’t done hand stitching in a while, but I love how it looks. It is a time-consuming process, though. I just did it during my TV-watching time and felt so productive. LOL. Still, I was relieved when it was complete.
  • The original title for the page was Star Spangled. But that left me with an awkward trapped space between the “r” and the light blue star  next to it. So I pulled up the title and added the word “So” to the beginning.
  • I used a set of star Framelits as templates for both the sewing and the misting. You can get a better idea about that in the process video.
  • Many embellishments were brought together in the making of this layout. Lots of stickers, chipboard, and acrylic pieces. Plus several papers from my scraps. It was fun to put all of this together.

Here is the process video.

Thanks for visiting. See you next time! 🙂

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

On the Case

I’ve taken up another new hobby: Criminal Case, a game on Facebook. The journaling pretty much sums it up, so here’s the page.

I initially used a different paper for the background, and that’s how I ended up with the yellow and blue color scheme. I changed the background paper but kept the other colors. I was nearly done with this layout until I remembered the paper scrap with the people on it, and it turned out to be a good match colorwise. So that was the last addition I made to this page. I made it for the smaller photos challenge on Shimelle’s site.

I got the swivel stick embellishments with a kit I bought and was at a loss for how to use them. When I saw they worked with the color scheme, I pulled a few of them out.

Do you play any games (on Facebook or otherwise)? Or have you scrapbooked another hobby? Please share in the comments.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

My Daddyo

I am blessed to have my dad still in my life. He lives nearby, so I see him every week or two and sometimes more often. I made this page for him for Father’s Day.

I embossed the letters and painted the stars and love the way everything turned out. Even better was my dad’s response to the layout. He said he liked the photo and smiled as he read the journaling. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Only an Aunt

Long time no post. 🙂 So I’ll dive right in. When it comes to two-page sketches, I really love the sketches from Let’s Scrap. So naturally I used it with these fun photos.

It is such a delight to be part of this girl’s life. I found the saying about aunts on a scrapbooking site and think it really works for this page. No stashometer rating, but it was fun to create a girly page.

Do you have favorite sites for scrapbook sketches?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bring On the Chocolate

When I was a subscriber of Club Scrap, I got a kit one month that was packed with chocolate-themed products. Looked like fun, I thought, but I had a couple of problems. One, I had a stack of Club Scrap kits I hadn’t used so the stuff was buried. And two, I am not a big fan of chocolate. Don’t get me wrong: I like things like Snickers or Reese Sticks. Even chocolate milk as long as I dilute it with regular milk. But brownies, chocolate ice cream, plain chocolate bars, etc. I can do without. I know, I know. I’ve had many people tell me how weird that is, but what do you do? My sweets addiction is ice cream, not chocolate.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I got some photos printed. Chocolate played a prominent part in the photographs as did mustaches. So I decided it was time to dig out that Club Scrap paper and see if it would work. It was even better than I anticipated as you can see.

I never thought I would use mustache embellishments on anything, but they suited this layout. And I finally put my chocolate paper to use. In fact, the stashometer rating is 49%. All the paper I used is from my stash. Sweet!

As for the chocolate mustache . . . I didn’t eat mine. I let my sister and niece have it. Weird, I know. I’m sure I had some ice cream later though.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

College Girl

I have been trying to clear off my scrapbook desk but keep getting distracted. This time by this layout that I’ve been wanting to redo for a while.

The unfinished page. Great colors but no embellishments.

I loved the background paper and still do, so I wanted to keep that. But I wanted a more interesting title and a less monochromatic look. So here’s what I ended up with.

The updated version. I love how the photo pops off the page. This is still a monochromatic layout, but there’s much more contrast, which makes the page more interesting.

I started with a Page Maps sketch but ended up changing things quite a bit. I am quite happy with the addition of the lighter colors. I think it really helps the photo stand out more. And I got to keep the original patterned paper background, although I tore it a little when I pulled up the other pieces. Luckily it was easy enough to cover it up with the lighter paper.

So that’s the new layout. What do you think of the difference?

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

April Showers Bring May Snow

The weather is always a bit weird where I live. I’ve often used the heat and air conditioning in the same day. This was a new kind of crazy for the year, though, and the title says it all.

I used a Page Maps sketch for this layout, and the stashometer rating is pretty high: 55%. I have started to use a new system to organize some of my embellishments, and it makes it easier to find ones that will work on my layout. I will post about what I’ve done later this week, after I have a chance to take some good photos.

Have you had any May storms where you live?

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Acquaintance, Pal, Friend

I didn’t get a whole lot done on the actual interNational Scrapbook Day (NSD), but I’ve been slowly scrapping my way through the week. Here’s a two-page layout I did about a work acquaintance/pal/friend.

I’ll try to get a non-glary picture of the right hand page, but I wanted to post it anyway. I did it for Shimelle’s challenge to do a two-page layout. Here’s how it looks as a spread.

I used a sketch from Let’s Scrap and pulled out some butterfly patterned paper I’ve been wanting to use for a layout. I bought a few sheets of this and I’m glad, because I am excited to use it again. 🙂 I also pulled out some new flair to use as embellishments on the page.

I did use one item from the stash: the yellow sticker that says “life.” I also created some custom letters by embossing some chipboard Thickers. You can still see a faint trace of the grid pattern on the base, but that just adds character.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I Love This Boy

I got several new masks recently, and I was ready to use them. Case in point: the pie chart mask used below.

I’m still getting used to this mask, so I decided to stick with one color instead of going with several colors. I’m sure I’ll try a multicolored look eventually. 🙂 I still like the way it looks. I used paint here and made it a color to coordinate with my boy Cupid. The color on this photo didn’t turn out quite as I hoped; the background is actually a darker green than it appears here. Oh well. Still, I like the layout and I’m having fun using up paper scraps.

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