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Summer & Dreams

I love scrapbooking. Unfortunately over the past couple weeks there has been little time for it. You know how those last few weeks of school can get. A little crazy to be sure. High School exams are now over and my daughter had a safe flight to Alberta. I’m now the lone female in the house so life should be interesting. This week brings the end of Elementary School and a Canada Day celebration. I can’t believe summer vacation is here.

Today’s Creative Scrapper’s sketch #110 is a fun one. I just love the way the gorgeous curved layer moves your eye through the design.


The Canvas Tree Form is fun to alter by sponging it with a little Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I’ve always loved the look of paint on layouts and I splattered and brushed on some Claudine Hellmuth Blank Canvas Studio Paint to add interest to the kraft cardstock.


Here’s a closeup of the tree and the Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets are a fun way to add a little journaling to the layout.


Stamping makes a great embellishment on layouts and photos. Sentiments from the Hero Arts Anytime Messages set is stamped here on the photo and also at the  top of the design.

Here’s the original sketch. You can play along here.

Supplies: Hero Arts Anytime Messages Stamp set, Kraft cardstock by Bazzill, pinking sheers, Paper Girl line patterned paper by The Girls’ Paperie, Brushed Corduroy & Crushed Olive Distress Ink by Ranger, Puff Alphabet by SEI, sequin trim, lace by Prima, Canvas Tree Form by Prima, buttons and glitter chipboard by Melissa Frances, Binding Edge Punch by EK Success, Journaling Ticket & Tiny Attacher by Advantus

Have a beautiful week!

scrapbooking sketches

I’m camera shy. I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Because of this, I rarely have a layout about me. I managed to step out from behind the camera for a brief minute and so here’s my finally layout.

This layout is built on the latest Creative Scrappers sketch, number 108. I’m super excited to be designing for the Creative Scrappers sketch blog on team P. That means every other Sunday I’ll have a layout to share using that week’s sketch. Creative Scrappers has the MOST fabulous layout sketches. I try to play along every week whether I need to or not.



This layout uses this weeks sketch combined with some of the Delovely line by Cosmo Cricket and some beautiful bling by Zva Creative.


The beautiful pink crystals here are Zva’s product number CR01CB131.


Here’s a close-up of the bling embellished chipboard. I used the CR01CB101 clear crystals by Zva Creative here.

Supplies: patterned paper and chipboard from Delovely line by Cosmo Cricket, doily by Wilton, CR01CB101 & CR01CB131 crystals  by Zva Creative, sewing machine, dymo label maker, circle punch, Pearl Trinket Pins by Maya Road, twine, white cardstock, tiny attacher by Advantus, rub-on by Melissa Frances

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Getting Creative

I love creativity. Love, love, love it! Finding a little time each day to do something creative just makes me happy.

A few exciting creative things are happening for me today and I’m seriously bouncing.

First…I’m off to CKC Buffalo! (check out the link…there may be one in your area) With a large family I don’t often get away and I can’t wait to have some creative fun. CKC is the Creating Keepsakes Convention with lots of fun classes and shopping and friendship. The best thing about this short little trip is getting to meet my very talented and wonderful friend Becky Olsen. I can’t believe that after all the countless hours on the phone I’ll finally meet her in person. Something tells me I’m not going to get much sleep tonight. :)

The other  exciting thing for me is I get to announce that starting June 1st I’ll be designing for the Creative Scrappers sketch blog. I’m really looking forward to it as I’m a huge fan of their sketches and love using them each week. I get to do what I’m already doing only as part of the team. How cool is that? I’m loving being back at scrapbooking in addition to creating cards, having some creative fun and preserving beautiful memories for my family. Congrats to the other designers! I’m looking forward to working with you.


You can see my Creative Scrappers layouts here.

Now if you’ve come here looking for the Ways to Use it Challenge…yes, it is Thursday and no, I haven’t forgotten about it. Because of my super busy adventure today, I’ve asked a guest hostess to host the challenge for me. Thanks so much Beverly! She’ll be posting the challenge here.

Lastly…if you’re looking to get a hold of me, with the long weekend etc. I’ll catch up on emails Tuesday.

Happy creating!

the bright side

So I should be doing a MILLION other things. My to do list is seriously long this week. I should be cleaning the kitchen.  I should be finishing up some projects. I should be getting groceries. Instead, the mail came with some new paper goodies and what do I do? I scrap of course.

I was bad and didn’t take any photos of my 40th birthday. I’m always the one behind the camera and that’s the way I like it. I did however take some photos of the beautiful flowers I got for my birthday and they worked themselves into a few thoughts on turning 40.


Lovin’ this new Basic Grey basics paper. I knew I would! Love journaling right on the lined paper and love how it just goes with everything. The sketch is the latest Creative Scrappers sketch #103.

Quick tip: The all white paper and accessories make the title and photo pop.

Supplies: cardstock by Bazzill, Basic White paper pack , Basic White Sticker Labels by Basic Grey, Thickers by American Crafts, rhinestones by Zva Creative, clock sheer by Maya Road, Tiny Attacher by Advantus, flowers by Hero Arts, Binding Edge Punch by EK Success

Thanks for stopping by!

way back

I’ve been having the most wonderful morning scrapping and creating away with Cappella. I just adore this new line from Basic Grey and have been looking forward to its release. Most of my wedding pictures remain unscrapped and this is a gorgeous line for anything but especially weddings. I love the soft classic colors and how well they work with my twenty year old photos. Ellen now has it and the very yummy Basic Grey Basics in store here.

Last week I was madly looking for my marriage certificate in case I needed it for my passport (never did find it so I’m glad I didn’t need it!) but instead found our engagement photo. Oh to be young and thin. Sigh. It really needed to get on a page and it worked with the latest Creative Scrappers sketch so here’s my layout.Took me under an hour so yay!

and so it begins


Quick Tip: Don’t scrap your originals in case you ever want them for something else. I scanned and printed this photo to keep the original intact.


Supply List: Cappella patterned paper , chipboard letters and stickers by Basic Grey, sewing machine, black brads, transparency by Hambly Screen Prints, Tiny Attacher by Advantus, Picket Fence Distress Crackle PaintFrayed Burlap Distress Ink by Ranger, rhinestones by Zva, Tiny Type by Cosmo Cricket, Doilies by Little Yellow Bicycle

Have a beautiful day!


It’s National Scrapbooking Day! Do you have plans? I’m hoping to get into my craft room to make at least one layout. If the weather holds I’m planning on taking some of the boys to a local war of 1812 reenactment. Should make for a fun afternoon and I’ll be sure to bring my camera. Everything is a photo op these days! lol

Another Creative Scrappers sketch here. I’m totally addicted. It’s a great way to make sure I get scrapping each week. I’m enjoying a little more creative balance these days and it feels good. This is sketch number 101.

Photo Shoot Smile


This layout is a hodge podge of little things. I stayed pretty true to the sketch and then added in some embellishments for interest. I’ve used the very beautiful Thrift Shop line for it. I adore the doily paper.

Quick Tip: I sanded the black letters to give them a more vintage feel to match the look of the layout.

Supplies: black cardstock by bazzill, patterned paper and stickers by October Afternoon, butterfly punch by Martha Stewart, Doilies by Little Yellow Bicycle, sewing machine, Origins chipboard letters by Basic Grey, Thickers by American Crafts, lace by Prima, hinge clip by Advantus, Trinket Pin by Maya Road

Happy scrapping!


I’ve been sitting on this layout for a while now and excited that I can finally share it. Creative Scrappers has been celebrating their birthday and 100th sketch for the month of April. I was excited to be able to create a sample for one of the special sketches this month. Check out the post and the rest of the readers reveal here.

I absolutely love this sketch. It was such a joy to work with. I stayed pretty true to the original format and I love the offset focal point.


Summer Joy


I mostly used a Jenni Bowlin kit for this project. I love the bright summery colors and that die cut paper reminds me of watermelon. I can’t wait for summer!

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