Monday, August 20, 2012


I am getting back into scrapbooking after taking a break for awhile - I had surgery and other things competing for my focus over the past year or so.  I miss scrapbooking and was disappointed I could not jump right back in - It's harder than you think!

So much changes quickly in the scrapbooking world.... techniques, products, and trends.  It is really interesting to also see how "older" techniques make a comeback as "popular" again!

There are some things that never change, however, like stitching on your pages.  If you don't sew on your scrapbook pages yet - you really need to try it.  It adds texture, color, pattern, and so many other qualities in a really interesting way!

I am posting a couple of new layouts today... I have a new sewing machine, so I was excited to sew on the pages again!  If you don't own a sewing machine - try hand stitching.  My advice for sewing by hand:  pierce your paper where you want to sew first - it makes it a lot easier to sew.

Hope you enjoy these new layouts!

Gift From Afghanistan:

Although I have used this photo before, I wanted to scrapbook it again for a contest about clothing/style.  I really wanted the beautiful fabric used in the clothing to "pop" off the page.  I used patterned paper by Bo Bunny and gems by Prima.

Easter 2009:

I loved these spring papers by Little Yellow Bicycle!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In Memory

This post is dedicated to my niece, Rachel Catherine.  She was lost to us on February 1st just before she was born, but we still love her and miss her terribly.

Life is precious.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sassafras Lass - Wonderful Papers and Embellishments!

I have been inspired recently by the beautiful and extensive Sassafras Lass papers, chipboard, embellishments and stickers.

Here is a layout I created using the "Indie Girl" papers and their wonderful chipboard accents!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bubble Bath!

I found a cute blank board book at the craft store the other day, and it made me think of all the fun bubble bath photos I have of my daughter as a baby and little girl!

These are some of my favorite photos - so I am so glad to find the perfect book to design for these pictures!

I used Upsy Daisy Designs "Avalanche" papers, EK Success punches, stickles, and Ranger Glossy Accents....

Here are some of the inside pages:

So get out your cute bathtub pictures and start scrapping with me!!

You can view more about this project on the Upsy Daisy Designs Blog!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I was so happy that I was given another great sketch by Kim Sonsken for the December layout, using Upsy Daisy Designs Products.

Our family went on a Disney Cruise in December of 2006 after my husband got back from Afghanistan, and it was so nice for us all to be together on a relaxing vacation.

"Merry" seemed to be a great title for this photo.. Kayla was so happy on this cruise! 

I used the Upsy Daisy Designs "Spirit" line for this layout, as well as some white glitter paper for the snowflakes cut with the Cricut machine.  I also used Upsy Daisy Designs white rick rack ribbon for a cute scallop design around the red border.

Here is Kim Sonsken's wonderful sketch:

Please check out the Upsy Daisy Designs Blog, The Daisy Diaries, for more great ideas!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Upsy Daisy Designs - November Sketch!

Every month we are given a sketch design to create a layout for Upsy Daisy Designs.  Here is the great sketch (by Kim Sonksen) for this month:

Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

For this layout, I used the following Upsy Daisy Designs products:  Papers: #WP011. Beautiful, #WP015. Majestic, #WP016. Splendid, #HSH012. Beach, Rub Ons: #UDD188. Unwritten, #UDD124. Classy Brown – Alpha, #UDD0079 Sweet Slumber Alphas, Brads: #BRD311. Blossom Brads, Ribbons: #RIB401. Blossom Ribbon.

CLICK HERE to view the Upsy Daisy Designs Blog and play along every month!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cute Pumpkin/Scarecrow Centerpiece

Use a wavy-edge blade to cut your pumpkin paper strips, then attach them to a jar or small container.  I decorated the pumpkin with "curly hair" made from patterned paper, ribbon, and brads for the eyes.

I really think the scarecrow really "finishes" the project...  yes, I did machine sew his "clothes" with patterned paper and then stuffed him with raffia ... LOL!

I used Upsy Daisy Designs "Home Sweet Home" papers for this project (you can also see it on their blog)!