Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Colors of Summer

That's what was in my box of goodies this month from Right at Home! As soon as I opened the box, I knew I'd be scrapping pictures of our vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. Since I took about two hundred pictures, you might be seeing those a lot.

For this first layout, I was dying to use as much of those cute patterns as possible, soI made a color block of 3 x 3 inch pieces of Bo Bunny Mango Luau patterned paper. Since the papers are now double-sided, I got eight different blocks. Then, I used the fun Bazzil card stock edge strips to border the block. I cut out the flowers and backed them with brown cardstock. I love the Bazzil paper brads in the center...just perfect for those big flowers! The title is none other than American Crafts Thickers and Bo Bunny cardstock stickers. To tone down the bright colors a bit, I used kraft colored cardstock and some pages from an old novel for the butterflies and part of the flower centers.

This next layout is mostly one sheet of the Mango Luau paper, front and back, and then some scraps from the first layout. How versatile is that double-sided paper, hun? I cut out more of those great big orange flowers and accented them with buttons to really make them pop. To draw your eye to the title, I tied on some twill ribbon. The last thing I did was to back the Bo Bunny cardstock alpha stickers with cardstock, so they would show up better and so I could pop them up and overlap them a little.

This last layout is made mostly with the Whitewash C'oredinations cardstock that was in my kit. I LOVE that paper. The inside is a different color from the outside, so it begs to be torn and distressed. Immediately, I knew I wanted to make a sophisticated layout for the picture of my kiddos in the sand dunes. I tore the paper to imitate the dunes and then I used the scraps to make the grass. The fence is made from torn strips that have been stamped and "strapped" together with twine. The circle also includes that twine and every single sweet brown brad that came in my box. After making the clouds, I realized that I used every last bit of the C' was sooo much fun to play with.

What a great kit from Lisa at Right at Home, hun? Be sure to check her store for all your scrappy needs!

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sew Cute!

I snapped this sweet photo of my hubby and his sister at my two-year-old's birthday party back in April. I immediately knew I wanted to scrap this photo for a couple of reasons. First off, I can't believe how alike they look. They could be twins! Also, it's further evidence of how important our family is to us. We love getting to gether with family as often as possible.

But, probably the most important thing is that she's so happy in this photo. After a lot of searching, my sister-in-law has fallen in love with a wonderful man whom she'll be marrying in November. My husband and I and our two boys will all be in the wedding. Holy smokes...won't that be a hoot!

Just wanted to point out the post card edge that I made using my small circle punch. I measured it out and then punched half-way and then outlined it to make it pop. I just LOVE that effect.

I cut those butterflies from a sheet of KI Memories lace cardstock and then backed one with some scrap paper. And I don't know if you can see it, but the flourishes are Tim Holtz grungeboard coated with some crackle paint. Ooo, love that stuff, too!

All you Dymo lovers out there must go to Michael's and buy the newest pack of Dymo tape: blue, pink, and clear! How fun is that?

Two more fun ideas are the small circle mirrors in the centers of the flowers. They're hard to photograph, but oh my gosh! you'll love them in person. I picked those up for cheap at the Michael's. And, maybe my favorite accent, is the beaded letters. I took some old white chipboard alphas from who knows when, gooped on some Crystal Accents, and poured on some itty bitty seed beads. It was messy, but I really like the result.

And lastly, I LOVE hand stitching on a layout! On this one, I stitched around the edge of the scalloped circle to make it pop a bit. For step-by-step instructions for hand stitching or more ways to incorporate it into a layout, go check out my tutorial HERE at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Scrappiest's Sketch #18 is a Hoot

Don't you just love that tree branch and owl? Too cute! I can't get enough of trees and vines and creatures! Fun stuff. I also like how clean the rest of the sketch is. Liz really sketched up a good one this week.

I've put together a variety of odds and ends for this one. The background paper is the backside of a piece of Prima. Forgot which line. Then, the scalloped edge is from Pink Paislee Office Lingo die cut sheet. I had to piece it to get it down to the size I wanted. Then, one of my favorite parts is the blocked pieces of a book page. LOVE that look. The photos are mounted on some older Crate paper.

Ooooo, I am so glad to finally use this Hambly owl. He's adorable as is. All I did was plop down a couple of buttons for his eyes. The alphas here are actually a border that I chopped up and added simply for the color and texture.

Finally, I did a little distressing and doodling on my Heidi Swapp letters, circa 2007? 2008? I still have a ton of those, and I plan on using them up.

Be sure to go check out the other DT members layouts. They are fabulous, as always. And, Liz has a great prize up for grabs this month. So, load up your layout before the end of the month. I'll be checking to see what you all come up with.

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Sketch and a Cure

Just popping in to let you know that 52 Sketches #25 is posted today! Grab your scalloped papers and get scrapping because it's a fab sketch. And the prize....oh my! It's sponsored by Scrap for a Cure, a kit company with a pay it forward philosophy. Each quarter they donate 5% of their sales to a new charity. How awesome is that?

You should definitely go see the design teams' layouts. They did a beautiful job! Tons of inspiration.

I'll be back tomorrow with another reveal! Thanks for stopping in.

Happy Scrappin'

Happy Father's Day Smilebox

Since my hubby is in Alaska, me and the kiddos made him an interactive e-card at Hallmark's Smilebox. Super cute, cheap, and fun! They have e-cards for all occasions to accommodate all number of photos. Check out what we sent!

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook: Dad's Coupons
Create your own scrapbook - Powered by Smilebox
Make a Smilebox scrapbook

My hubby is a fun-loving guy, so he'll enjoy this coupon book! I'm sure he'll be trying to print it out too, so he can redeem some coupons when he gets home.

To all the fathers out there...who probably aren't at my blog actually...but anyway, have a good one!

Love you, Jeff!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Right at Home Reveal

Today I get to share my first layout for Right at Home Scrapbooking! Yeahhhh! This month Lisa sent me Bo Bunny's Mango Luau paper and some coordinating embellishments (sticker sheet, brads, buttons, ribbon, and Bazzil border strips). There were so many fun colors and patterns to play with, especially since Bo Bunny's paper is now double-sided.

The sun is hand pieced and beaded. For more information about how to make this sun or other beaded embellishments, go take a peek at my tutorial HERE at Right at Home. The other three layouts that I created with this line will be posted later in the month, so please check back. In the meantime, grab some beads and dress up your layouts.

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, June 19, 2009

I Still Get to Scrap the Boys

As you may know, I joined the Scrap the Boys Creative Team in May. LOVE that challenge site all about boys. The perfect scrappy inspiration for someone who's always scrapping boys....for anyone with male layouts for that matter.

Anyhoo, Susan held a design team call a couple of weeks ago, and of course I wasn't ready to give up this team after just two months. So, I reapplied and I was asked to stay. Wooo hooo! [Now, this doesn't count as a NEW team for all those who read my last post. :)] I'm thrilled to get to keep playing along with Scrap the Boys and this talented group of ladies from all over the world.

Wendy Smith – Australia
Amy Welch - Arkansas USA
Kerryn Fry - Australia
Anna Koziarek - Poland
Leanne Triggs - Australia
Hayley Turner - Australia
Aphra Bolyer - Louisiana USA
Pia Salem – Lopez - Philippines.
Hannah Blair - New Zealand
Wendela Lam – The Netherlands
Nadhrah Maidin – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Linda Eggleton – Australia
Monique Follet – Australia

To learn more about the team, go by the blog in the next couple of days and see their photos and bios. The June challenge is in full swing, and there are tons of great layouts already posted at the site. Go take a peek!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


....I can share my latest news! I've been holding to this for a little while. Lisa at Right at Home scrapbooking has asked me to join her 2009 Design Team. I am soooo excited to be a part of this talented group

Julie Balzer
Donna Bryant-Durand
Kim Faucher
Debi Gilarde
Shannon Morgan
Anita Mulcahey
Ashley Newbert
Kathy Skou
Frances Sylvia (Yeah, I know....joined at the hip, hun?)
Kristie Taylor

There is tons of inspiration at Right at Home. The design team will be posting frequent layouts and tutorials on the blog HERE. You can also go to the forum and stroll through the gallery, watch some video tutorials, or participate in fun challenges HERE. Frances will be posting some amazing Cosmo Cricket Snorkel layouts tomorrow, and I have a tutorial coming up this weekend. Be sure to go check us out and say hi!

My scrappy plate is FULL, overflowing even, so you won't be hearing about any new design teams for me for a little while! But, do stop by when you can because I'm sure to have plenty of layouts to share regularly!

Happy Scrappin'

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Couple of Reveals

Challenge #2 is up at a la Carte! The saying goes, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." So in honor of Father's Day, we have cooked up a special menu for the men in our lives.


1. Use the word father or dad in your title or journaling.
2. Use plaid, argyle, paisley, or diagonal striped pattern paper.
3. Use white space.
4. Use a metal embellishment.
5. Use distressing.
6. Use mixed alphas. (You know sometimes a man just doesn't match.)

Here's my DT layout:

I used white (actually red) space, the word "Dad" in the title, mixed alphas, and metal (can you see the staples holding down the ruffled paper?). You have to see Frances's layout....can you say awesome?

The gallery will be up later today, so you can add your own take on the challenge. Get yours up by the 29th to be eligible for the monthly draw AND to be possibly be our first every guest designer!

For my second reveal, I've got sketch #17 at The Scrappiest.'s a good one. It features a cirlce, and I just LOVE a circle. So many possibilities. For this one, I used pleated paper. Soooo much fun. You don't even have to cut a circle. The pleated paper gives enough to be molded into a circle.

Here I have some super silly Jungle Bungle paper from Sassafras Lass! Good stuff! And, holy moly, these pictures are too much. I have about 15 pics of him on the pot, and he's looking this serious in all of them.

Be sure to head over to The Scrappiest to link your layout for sketch #17. Liz has a super fun prize pack of Bo Bunny Grease Monkey paper and coordinating embellishments to give away!

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Second Term

Soooo excited to have been chosen for a second design team term at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks. I love Julie's sketches and the community over there is fabulous! If you haven't been yet, you've got to check it out!

For the next three months, I'll be working alongside these nine talented ladies!

Pia Astrand
Heather Derbecker
Jennifer Findlay
Lindsay Gannon
Veronica Goh
Tracey Hunter
Deanna Misner
Amy Oxford
Frances Sylvia

The winner of Sketch #24 will take home an amazing prize--a $50 gift card to Scrapbook Express. That's an awesome prize, hun? Well, here's the fun sketch that could help you win it. I'm loving the circle of circles!

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hurry ....

on over to Creating from the Heart because Melissa has a ginormous giveaway and it ends at 3:00 pm today! It's huge...a Sizzix Big Shotz and some templates and embossers AND other scrappy stuff. What are you waiting on? GO!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Officially Sistas

Wooooo hooooo! I'm so excited. I found out yesterday morning at 7:00 am that I was chosen to be a So Sketchy Sista! Frances had gotten her email at 1:30 am and she called to wake me up to check my mail. She couldn't wait any longer to see if I had also been chosen. I was and now we're officially Sistas!

So Sketchy is an amazing sketch site filled with inspiration on an almost daily basis. Her sketches are so, 8.5 x 11, 12 x 12, and even 24 x 12! She does not disappoint. I'm so looking forward to being on her team for the next six months! Thanks Allison.


Frances Sylvia
Zoe Nembert
Jennifer Benoit
Jennifer Stevens
Nicole Nowosad


Tina Quinata
Tracy Schultz
Jessica Kruegel

Come join us at Pages In Time for a mini online crop this weekend. This is our first of a series of monthly online crops hosted by the design team. This weekend is Lesley's turn. She's got lots of challenges and tutorials planned complete with prizes!

The theme is GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS, a cause that Lesley supports in Australia. The group tries to make everyone aware of kids in hospitals all over the world who don't have enough equipment to give them a fair chance of survival.

More details about the crop can be found HERE. Hope to see you there!

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Toddler Time

It seems like lately I mostly scrap my toddler. Sometimes I feel a little guilty about that, but they grow up sooooo fast in those early years and everything they do is new and cute. I don't want to miss any of it. So, here's more fun layouts about my two year old.

Oh my goodness, this little baseballer cracks me up! He was dead set on playing some ball with his brother. He got the glove, and for whatever reason plodded up to the fence and got in the ready pose. After a short few minutes, he was sitting on the ground crying completely done with the game. baby turned two. He had such a good time at his party. The cake was his favorite. He couldn't even wait for a fork. I was excited to get to use up these clocks. This Bo Bunny birthday paper was a lot of fun, too!

Ok, I know I say this every post, but you have to come back tomorrow....I have some great scrappy news to share!

Have a good day! Happy Scrappin'

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sketch #23 @ 52 Sketches

Oooo, this week's sketch is a good one! Don't you just love those circles? They gave me another excuse to do a tree on a page. Anyway, you have all week to get your layout loaded into the gallery to be eligible for an awesome prize pack from Zoe, a Close to My Heart independent consultant.

I used several lines of product on this layout. The tops of my trees are made from Jilli Bean Soup kraft journal spots. Very versatile. The blue background, the tree trunk, and the green on the tree tops are all papers by Chatterbox. The grass is actually a border that came in a big pack of borders by K & Co. Got it at Michael's. The die cut tag is by Jenni Bowlin, and those fun alphas are Thickers, of course.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! Come back tomorrow....I have four layouts waiting to go up on the blog.

Happy Scrappin'