Category Archives: Digital Designs

Having a Blast

Well…I’m having a blast!I’ve been busy stamping and learning and have two things to share with you today. A digital layout as well as a card. First the card. I went for a fun retro look for this design combining, red, brown, Kraft, dots and of course, the toadstools. They are so super trendy right now! Wonderful Toadstools is the toadstool and sentiment combo that is the Cornish Heritage Farms Stamp of the Month for March.

Retro Toadstools


This is a super economical design. Very few layers and just a knot of ribbon for an embellishment makes it fun to create and won’t break the bank. I also just love this quote sentiment. I can think of so many ways to use it!

Supply List:

Stamps: Wonderful Toadstools, Pin Dot Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms

INk: White pigment ink by Clearsnap, Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper: Kraft cardstock by Prism

Other: ribbon by Creative Impressions, sewing machine, white gel pen by Signo, colored pencils by Prismacolor

Quick Tip: I just love the look of this Pin Dot Scrapblock stamped in white pigment ink on kraft cardstock. Pigment ink is a bit of a pain to clean up and I know I’ll be using this look again. My quick tip is to stamp a few 6×6 Kraft sheets while the ink is out and the stamp is dirty. Saves time to stamp them all at once! If you love it, stamp it a few times to have on hand.

 What a Splash


Wow, wow, wow! The Digi in Deep Jessica Sprague course is not just a notch above the others, it is a few! I’m still trying to unravel my brain but I DID complete the layout. I’m boggled with all the new things I’ve learned already.  I’m thrilled though with my new layout and just had to share with you. You can click on it to get a closer look at the detail. I ended up with about 40 layers in the layers palette and that’s AFTER merging a lot of them. All the elements come as part of the course so I’m not going to try and list them here.

Have a great day!


Jessica Sprague On-line Classes {C’est Bon}

So I’m done! Wow!Where did four weeks go? I am incredibly glad I took this digital course! So if you want a resounding recommendation…I want to sign up for each and every Jessica Sprague class that comes up! 😉 If you’re new to my ramblings…I’m just finishing up my second Jessica Sprague on-line digital class called Now You’re Rockin with Photoshop. Very aptly named…this class rocks! I’ve also completed Up and Running with Photoshop which is now a self-paced class you can take anytime. So….why do I think these classes are so fabulous?

  • Very reasonable and affordable
  • Each class has four lessons and layouts that teach you a myriad of things
  • each class builds on your knowledge
  • each class is taught in video and audio format…you can listen to Jessica teach while watching EXACTLY every step she makes on the computer to get the results
  • Weekly extra assignments reinforce your knowledge and challenge you to design your own layouts
  •  Each class builds knowledge at a great pace…enough to challenge you but not enough to overwhelm
  • Daily e-mails from Jessica Sprague
  • Great mini book tutorial links each week
  • Forums and Gallery to share and ask questions…I’ve always gotten the support I need
  • Free digital downloads come with each lesson that you can use again and again
  • Jessica teaches lots of great hints and shortcuts
  • Lots of photo editing tips
  • You can see the class taught in either Photoshop Elements or in CS, CS2, C3s versions
  • You always have access to the class tutorials so that if you forget, you can always come back and relearn your skills
  • links to great digital scrapbooking sites and many times great coupons

Summer Evening


Lesson Four Layout – this is a double spread layout…to see the detail, click on the image


{love} week four Wed. assignment


WALL-E just a quick fun layout


Quick Tip: Digital elements can be used over and over again. Did you notice that layouts 1 & 3 and 2 & 4 use the same flourishes?

Just in case you think I sound a little TOO effusive…I am not affiliated with Jessica Sprague in any way…just a huge fan! I’d been dabbling in digital (self-taught) off and on for about a year. It took FOREVER for me to learn each little thing by trial and error. When I think of the time I’ve wasted…sigh. I’ve learned so much in a few short weeks that I know this is one hobby I’ll be enjoying for a long time to come. If you’re interested in “growing you skills”…this is a fabulous place to start!

While I’ll always be an ink and paper girl… maybe, just maybe, I’ll be a bit of a digi girl too. 🙂

Have a fabulous day!


A little peek…

A little peek into my world…..

Some digital designs for you today that I’ve created over the past couple weeks…the first two, I was just playing around trying to put my newly learned skills to practice. If you’re having trouble reading the journaling, you can click on the photos to enlarge.

Quick Tip:  Don’t be afraid to try something new! Take a class, ask a friend, search the web. Never stop growing.

the little things

a layout about my friends’ daughters on the beach…


I found some digital photos from three years ago and just had to create a layout. Isn’t he precious?!

Sweet Cherish


Saturday 30 min Start to Finish assignment: October 5th


Class 3 layout: Sweet Days


Just a little peek into my world. 🙂 Enjoy each moment of yours!



Well…this is NOT a football post. Actually this is a milestone for me. Today is our 19th anniversary and we’ve been married half of my life. I guess that gives my age away but I’m really not one of the people who hide it. While we’ve had hard times, we’ve had lessons, we’ve also had many, many joys that far outweigh them. I know I am incredibly blessed.

the better half


OK I will admit this “recent” photo is a couple years old. I really wanted to create this layout today to remember my thoughts and I just couldn’t find anything more recent of us together.

Take care!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! We’re enjoying an absolutely gorgeous fall day here. I’m busy with the turkey stuffed and in the oven, the squash and the pies baked and am just starting to work on some salads and veggies. Yummm! I was hoping to have a Thanksgiving card to share with you today but a busy weekend just seemed to fly by! Instead, I just thought I’d share a “blast from the past” with you today. A design I created two years ago for the Dirty Dozen Gallery. I’m thankful for so much today! My family, my husband, my home, a relationship with God, plenty to eat, my health, my job and being able to do what I love. Truly I am blessed!

Time to Give Thanks


I’ve made my Dutch Apple Pie yesterday…yummmm and some pumkin pie too. I thought I’d share another requested recipe I get for special occasions…Raspberry Cream. I’ve made some alterations to the original recipe to make it fit our family. Even if you don’t have a large family…make it big anyway! You’ll want leftovers! 😉

 Raspberry Cream

3 – 3oz packages of Raspbery gelatin

2.25 cups boiling water

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups Frozen raspberries

2 cups small marshmallows

1 large tub of Cool Whip

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water in medium large bowl. Add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Stir in frozen raspberries. Chill until syrupy stirring a couple times. Fold in marshmallows and Cool Whip. Pour into serving bowl. Chill.

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We’ve been having a fabulous weekend. Spent a lot of the day Saturday on the lake. On Saturday’s, as part of the Jessica Sprague Now We’re Rockin class, she challenges us to create a 30 min. quick layout. This week it was to design a layout featuring photos you took on Saturday on the theme, this makes me happy. Here’s mine…



I hope you’re having an absolutely wonderful day!



These cooler days of fall were just meant for scrapping summer images. Not so very many weeks ago we were on the water. It’s kind of sad, really. I have two fun summer layouts to share with you today…one paper and one digital. Who says I can do both?! I’m having fun with both and learning a lot!

Wild Ride (paper layout)


This layout was part of a Craft Critique review I wrote on Page Maps sketches. This layout uses one of September’s sketches for inspiration. They actually have some great new sketches up for October so check them out if you have the time!

Quick Tip: Even if you use a sketch to help design your layout, don’t feel you need to be a slave to them. In this layout I rotated the photo panel to a fun angle to make it my own.

Supply List:

-Writer’s Block Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
-flourish from Beautiful stamp set (rummage bin line) By Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Black Palette ink by Stewart Superior

-My Mind’s Eye
-blush red dark cardstock by Prism
-Fancy Pants Designs

-letters by American Crafts
-circle cutter,
-flowers and decorative tape by Prima
-ribbon & ric rak by Creative Impressions 

-buttons by Autumn Leaves

-felt fish by Fancy Pants designs

-sewing machine, stapler



This layout is from the second week class of Jessica’s Sprague’s Now You’re Rockin’ Is that not a cool circle photo element? Hmmmm…I’m wondering how this would work on a paper layout….

Have a fabulous day!



Brushes and layers and sepia, oh my! Lesson one has been fabulous and Now I’m Rockin’! 😉 I’ve learned so much already I can’t wait to get started on lesson 2! In case you’re just coming to this blog…I’ve started the Jessica Sprague Now You’re Rockin’ with Photoshop on-line class and I’m enjoying every minute.  I was hoping to get some stamping done as well but as life goes with a large family, I have another sick kid and a wedding to get ready for tomorrow and well as some work to finish up.

Don’t forget about World Cardmaking Day tomorrow! There is still time to enter this giveaway and lots of fun challenges going on at CHF tomorrow. You can even check them out tonight to get an early start! See the details here.





One thing I learned was how to make faded in sub-titles. Look close…do you see the giggle under the journaling? I love how it work with with what I’ve written. If you can’t see it…just click on the photo for a better view. 🙂 Just so you know…all the digital elements you see came with the course. Cool, huh?

Happy Friday!