Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Time to simplify

Hey friends!  I have tooooo much going on all over the interwebs and have decided to simplify.  If you find this blog and would like to connect with me elsewhere, you can find me here:


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Scraproom Tour!

I love, love, love my current scrapbook room. I am blessed to have a dedicated space (except for some other home office type uses) that I can use for my creative endeavors. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy seeing other’s creative spaces, because it inspires me!

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I learn a lot from seeing how other crafters organize, display, and of course create on a budget! So, since I have watched like a million craft room tours, I am super excited to share mine with you. I hope it inspires you as I have been inspired.

If you enjoy the video, I’d love for you to subscribe to my channel, and pin the graphic above so others can find it too! Thanks!

Here is the video! 

Scraproom Tour Video on YouTube

(I’m working on embedding, I’ll update it as soon as possible)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Chilly Easter

It was a cold and snowy night…

Just kidding.  Ha. 

But it was Easter, and it was freezing.  Life winter coats and see-your-breath freezing.

So this presented me with a dilemma.  Bright red coat dominating Easter photos.  What’s a scrapper to do??

Create an Easter page with Christmas flowers, of course.


Since the photos were fighting back with any traditional Easter themed products, I dug deep in my stash and found some Christmas papers (The Paper Studio) that had colors that worked with my photos but weren’t too holiday looking.  Proving, of course, that there is an answer to every scrapbook challenge. 

I decided on the white background, then used gesso and a stripe stencil to add some texture and a graphic element to the page.

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While the result isn’t overly Easter-y, it does work for the photos and I’m happy with the final result.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bless This Mess (Cute)

Oh that face!  There;s something about that expression on his face that just has me…  all wrapped up.  I couldn’t NOT go girly with this page.  It just didn’t fit that sweet face to pair it with all rough and tumble papers.

So, Maggie Holmes for the win!  I did, however, keep to more masculine colors, and anchoring the page with that buffalo check really helps.


I derived partial inspiration from Shimelle’s Layer On Layer class.  There’s a video where she shows taking a sticker book and just layering things up, one on top of the other.  I did this with the Maggie Holmes sticker book- almost everything here that isn’t paper of enamel accents is from that book.


I actually started this layout with a full circle of enamel accent dots, and then most of them got covered up.  That’s just how it seems to go sometimes!  Because of that, though, I ended up adding a few more as embellishment at the end.


Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, October 22, 2018

24 Yards

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You know how sometimes you start something, convinced it’s a really good thing… then 3245 hours later, you’re wondering why on earth you ever decided to do that thing? 

Me either.  Ahem. 

Except, there was this once when I ordered 24 yards of amazing fabric to make drapes for 3 very large windows.  Thankfully, I finished them, and when we moved a year later, they worked in the new house too.

I scraplifted myself for this layout.  The original, From 4 to 5, is from all the way back to 2010, and featured Cosmo Cricket.  Sadly, Cosmo is no more, but the style of this layout is still perfect.

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The new version tells the story of those 24 yards of fabric.  Ironically, I used supplies from BasicGrey, another company that is no more.  I mourn. 

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The collection is called Clippings, and I used the chipboard, the 4x6 journaling stack, and the 12x12 sticker sheet to create this layout.  Oh, and that red polka dot?  Totally a My Mind’s Eye Christmas paper!  You never know what might come in handy!

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Mist spatters are Heidi Swap Color Shine, the numbers are BasicGrey’s Milk & Honey Collection, and the Thickers are Rockabye Foam in blue (my fave font ever!).

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

We Live In a City

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We recently moved across country and we’re adjusting to living in the city again.  So, when we were visiting the Alamo and a squirrel willingly came within a few feet of my daughter’s stroller, it reminded me again that we’re city folk again. 

She loved it, and I got this cool photo!  I used the Maggie Holmes Open Book Collection for several of the papers, and then turned to my currently most-used stash of Elle’s Studio Labels and amazingly versatile alphapbets (I need them ALL!) for the finishing touches.
I started with a few layered banner pieces matted my photo, and then of course fussy cut pieces.  I jazzed up the background a bit with a bit of mist in my current favorite mist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Tea.
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Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Let’s Just Play All Day

So back in April 2016 (which just happens to be where I am currently scrapbooking. Ahem.), we were in the middle of a major home renovation.  There was dust, and dumpsters, and wallpaper to strip (it had GOLFERS on it!).  There was also shopping!

This layout uses mostly the 6x6 paper pad from Echo Park, called Happy Camper.  I passed over the line when it first came out, but when I found the 6x6 locally a few months later, I decided I NEEDED it.

And apparently I did, as I have used it a ton since then.


The photo is of my 3 checking out the tractors in Lowes, while we shopped for light fixtures.  They were bored, other than this 5 minute interlude.  Still need to write in my journaling though!

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I mixed in some October Afternoon Farm Girl ephemera and some random bits I had out, as this layout was made while we were in temporary housing and I was limited to 2 Iris cases and a box.  It’s amazing what you can do with a little, right?

See ya soon!