Friday, June 28, 2013


The June 1st challenge at About a Girl is to use doilies. The girl in the pictures is me, age 3. I was the flower girl at my aunt's wedding. I have no memory of the event, although my parents told me that I got scared and wouldn't walk down the aisle. I asked my aunt for some photos of my grandparents and received these photos last month instead. Based on the week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The challenge at Frosted Designs is polka dots, the challenge at About A Boy is use circles. The washi tape and letters on the title have polka dots as well as the brown paper behind the ticket. I used a large circle behind the picture, and three smaller circles to hold the circular embellies.  Photo is of my husband and son from 1980.


Challenge #17 at Scrap Your Story is "Sunburst". Since I had all these sunburst pieces sitting on my desk left from my tutorial last week putting together a layout was easy. I add a piece of film strip, a couple of buttons and three gears as embellies. Photo is of my dad and his sister from the 1940s.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Beauty

I bought the butterfly mask at Michael's last week (couldn't let a 50% off coupon go to waste) and when I saw that the challenge this week at Lasting Memories is "Things with Wings" I knew I had to use it. Then I added the gold shiny butterflies because the glue dots where showing through on those corners of the patterned paper. Photo is of my daughter all dressed up - don't remember if it was prom or another reason.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Father's Day Blog Hop. We are so happy you could join us today to honor the fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and all other men who have been a great influence in our lives. You should have started at Miranda's blog.  Miranda will be giving away a Michael's or JoAnn's gift card (winner's choice). To be eligible for the blog candy, you are required to visit each stop in the hop and leave a comment. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19th on Miranda's blog.

 For my project I made a layout of my dad holding me. Painted the chipboard letters and key to complement the paper and flowers.

I have a rak up for grabs for followers who leave a comment.
Thanks for stopping. Now hop on over to Nadja's and see her awesome project.

Here's the entire line-up:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fun with Dad

In honor of Father's Day I made a layout of my son and his father. I used the sketch from Scrap Your Story, the challenge from Scrap Our Stash (all about our guys, use 5 brads) and the challenge from Use It Tuesday (masculine layout). The patterned papers I used are some of the first I bought when I first started scrapping, the brads are also several years old.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monster Flakes

I turned the sketch from Artful Delight  sideways for this layout. My son posted this picture on facebook of the huge flakes falling downtown in February. He said he punched one of the flakes and it exploded. I think it was just the right conditions for multiple flakes to stick together as falling, put it sure looked neat.

Sunburst tutorial

I'm a member of a scrapbooking group on yahoo called Scrappin-N-Chattin. Each month we have layout challenges and one of this month's challenges is to use sunbursts.  After discovering that several of my friends didn't know how to make one I decided to do this tutorial.

I started with three coordinating papers from the DCWV Summer Dream stack.


Turn all three sheets face down.

I marked where I wanted the photo and embellies to go on the top sheet.

Then draw lines on the top sheet to make the sunburst. I can make the rays as wide or narrow as I want, as many or few as I want. This example is 9 pieces.

Now number each ray.

Holding the sheets together cut one of the rays and add the same number to the pieces.

Once you have all the pieces cut and numbered you can begin to make the sunburst. Below are one each of pieces 5, 4 and 3.

I used three pieces of each color, starting with number 1 on the bottom edge.  This put the photo on the left. I would start with number 1 on the right edge to have the photo on the right. (Or simply turn the page once everything is glued down.)

To make a two color sunburst I can use the even numbered pieces on a sheet of cardstock.

Or the odd numbered pieces on a sheet of cardstock.

Or the even numbered pieces of one color and the odd numbered pieces of another color.

For a three color look with only two colors of paper, I can overlap the rays a little to let a strip of the cardstock show.

I used 14 pieces of one color for this layout (evens only) and this layout (odds only). 

The possibilities are endless with as few colors or as many as I wish, full sheet sunburst or partial sheet. If you make a sunburst please leave a link in the comments so I can visit.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Isn't the week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy perfect for the multiple pictures from my grandson's kindergarten graduation?  I followed the sketch pretty close with just the addition of some buttons. I'll be saving this sketch to use again.


Happy Next Level

I used the sketch from Stuck?! for this layout of my grandson's birthday. He likes to play video games so instead of a birthday card I gave him a "Happy Next Level" card. I wanted to make the title totally in red but I didn't have an "x". Seriously, who has enough "e"s and no "x"? Weird. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Nick's 19

Used the sketch from Sketch-n-scrap for this four picture layout of my oldest grandson's birthday. Couldn't fit as many embellies on since the photos couldn't crop any smaller.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chalk Artist

The challenge at Scrap It Girl is die cuts. I used six - three stars, two gears and a gingerbread man for good measure. I have trouble embellishing boy layouts and it seemed a good fit.

Dancing, dancing...

The challenge at Scrap Your Story is to use song lyrics. I used "dancing, dancing, dance the night away" as part of the journaling. I used pink and black for my colors as those were the colors Charlie wore (right foreground).

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Life is Good

My grandson's enjoyment of his lunch lead to the title Life is Good. I used Sketch #5 from the Paper Bakery, the "use stripes" challenge from Red Carpet Studio and the anything goes challenge from Use It Tuesday. The striped paper is from an older DCVW stack called Trade Winds. I'm really trying to use up the zillion sheets of patterned paper that I have so I can actually buy some new patterns someday (maybe 2016.)


I planned on journaling on the blue background so grabbed a white pen. Then I wrote on the green instead but didn't change the color of ink.

Isn't this a fab sketch?