Archive for May, 2009

52 Sketches 52 Weeks

We’re sponsoring the sketch over at 52 Sketches 52 Weeks this week.

Stop by and check out the cool sketch!

52 Sketches...52 Weeks

The prize is one of our sold out June kits!


Are you all excited for the JUNE kit? It is SO full of bright colors — all summery and warm. I went through my photos and found one of my family on vacation in Uruguay in 1989 at a famous beach — perfect for this month’s kit.

However, when I went to put on the title, I noticed — OF COURSE — that I was out of the letter “T” and the letter “S”. So, I had to get creative. This was from a sticker alphabet from a kit last year. I took the sticker outline of the letters “T” and “S” and placed them (very carefully, and lightly) where I wanted the letters in my title. I then traced the letters in pencil and pulled up the sticky outline — does that make sense?

I then used my black markers and colored in the shape of the letter. I took this photo up close and you can kind of tell that the “T” and “S” are a little different, but in the picture of the whole LO, you really can’t tell — and behind the plastic page protector — you really can’t tell!

Just another quick idea on how to make those sticker alphabets go further when you are missing letters! Although, I wish alphabet manufacturers would get it already and make TONS of extra “T”s, “S”s, and “E”s!!!! 🙂 Here is the whole LO to enjoy! Happy JUNE to you all!

Need something "scrappy" to read?

I came across this book in my local library quite by fate…I wasn’t looking for it at all. And would you believe that it has a scrapbooking theme???

& come to find out it is a series!!! Looks like there are 4 books, so I have 3 more to go!!! The 1st book in the series is the one I read: Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz.

Here are a few reviews:

“Excellent! A fabulous story of romance and family ties!” – Stacy Julian, founding editor, Simple Scrapbooks magazine

“I don’t know much about scrapbooking-edgers, brads and all those doodads-but I do know a good story when I see one. And that’s what Rebeca Seitz delivers with this tale of faith, romance, and four sisters’ shared love of scrapbooking. A delightful combination!” – Tamara Leigh, Author of Splitting Harriet and Perfecting Kate

You can find info about this book here on Amazon.

I encourage you to find this book! It was so easy to read! Have a great Friday! Take care!

The Same Picture Over and Over

Well, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I have been exhausted all week long. When it gets this close to school getting out, and I know that in only a few more days I will not have to get up and rush to get 5 children dressed, and then drive to 4 schools to drop them off….I think it just makes me tired 🙂 We are ready for summer around here.

I discovered a technique recently that I am in LOVE with. I really enjoy using multiple photos on a layout. Sometimes I have a hard time incorporating the different photos into a layout. I always try to stick with the same occasion, or event, but every once in a while I do not take enough pictures. I will end up with 2 or 3 that I love and want to scrap. A while back, I saw a layout which included one picture used a few times. So, it gave me an idea, I decided to do a layout with one picture that I really liked, and printed it out as wallet sizes. Here is what I came up with.

I loved the way that it turned out, and the 4 pictures together ended up being just a tad larger than a 4 x 6 photo, but wow what a difference it makes. Now, do you want to see the little felt bird again from Sassafras? I do…it’s so adorable 🙂

What about this little guy???? They are in the May kit!! How cute are they??

I hope that you will give this a try. I think you will really like the results. I will see y’all back here next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

It’s all in the details!

I find that adding little details on a layout can really make a difference and add interest. For example, on the layout below, I could have left the tree branch on which the owl sits as is, but I decided to add interest to the branch, so I cut out leaves and tucked them underneath the branches. This gives a little extra touch that makes that branch even more fun and cute.

I hope that this has inspired you to add little details to your layouts. Happy Scrapping!


A Little JULY Sneaky Peek

Tip: Use the white space on your photos

One of my favourite things to do is use white space on my pictures for my title or an embellishment. Don’t be afraid to overlap. You can also use it for your journaling, either using your computer (like I did on the second layout you see here) or your handwriting (you’ll need to use a pen for slick surfaces like American Crafts’ Slick Writer, Sakura Identi-Pen or Uni-Ball Signo).

This layout was made using the June kit. I added the chipboard letters from my stash.

This is an older layout, a few years old.

tip of the day….e

Happy Memorial day!  I hope that you are spending it with friends and loved ones!  For my tip today it’s sort of simple, but fun all the same.   I loved this pattern paper but it was in pieces, what to do?  I put them as close as I could on top of my card, then covered up the edges with my jewels, my card, and flower.

  So, the next time you have paper you love don’t throw it out piece it together!
Oh, so you know this is a sneak of the June kit! 🙂  Enjoy!

Take a Look…

The full June kit, Amusement Park, reveal is up!
Here’s a look at a couple more layouts I created with this kit.
Hope you are looking forward to this kit!

Still creating with the May kit!

I am so happy with the number of layouts & projects that I have been able to create using the May Kit! & with a little bit of “planning ahead” I have another layout to share today!

In one of my very first posts on this blog, I shared a layout where I used a small piece of Fancy Pants Delight Spice…but I cut it out of the center of the pp, rather than cutting a piece out of the edge. My thought was that hopefully I could use what was left as the base of another layout….

& yes, I chose a photo of my son that really inspired me to create this layout. He was actually taking a break from mowing and I caught him in this “thinking” pose, and it got me to thinking about him…lately I have been doing a lot of wondering about my sons; where will they end up? what will they do? that sort of thing…maybe it is because they are getting older and it seems like you blink & they are gone… :0(

So here is “WHO WILL YOU BE”

This layout came together so easily…like I didn’t even have to try! The patterned papers in this kit coordinate so well; so you can get busy creating rather than deciding…so here is what I used from the May Kit:

Fancy Pants Delight Spice, Cards & Strips
Pebbles Inc. Patchwork (just the bottom strip that is pp, which is so cool-no waste!)
Fancy Pants Delight Rubons
Sassafrass Perchers Felties (these are so stinkin’ cute!)
Sassafrass packaging (I used the packaging to create the scallop circle with my Cuttlebug)

& from my stash: Label Buddy, date stamp, Stampin’ Up ink, journaling pen, sand paper & machine stitching

Thanks for stopping by today! & have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!