Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Boys Will Climb

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Hey!  Welcome back.  Thanks for stopping over to take a peek. 

I’m a mom of 4, 2 of them boys, and I can tell you for sure that my boys have been climbers.  Like, climb the library shelves to the ceiling climbers (true story).


The fact that my boys love climbing walls should be no surprise.  Ha.  This layout is documenting my son’s recent climb.  Thankfully, this one involved a helmet..


I used a couple of practically ancient American Crafts papers for the background.  Then I made “bricks” with my distress oxides, a stencil, and some water.  I LOVE Oxides and all the fun affects you can create.  Next time I do this technique, I’ll whip up a quick tutorial for ya!

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There’s another theme to this layout… ancient supplies.  There are some leaves from Prima Marketing, some clock rub-ons from Maya Road, and some stickers from 7gypsies (remember them?!).  I love using up old stuff to make room for the new!

Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Happy Birthday!

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Anyone else buy something because you love it… then realize that you have nothing else in your stash that coordinated with it?  Yeah.  Me neither.  HA.

Except, of course for these journaling cards from Studio Calico.


It’s possible, you know… in theory… that I’ve had these for about 5 years and never used them.  So I decided it was way.past.time.  So I picked another oldie (remember Double Dot from BoBunny??) as a background and layered on the cards for the majority of my patterns.

I also use some October Afternoon punch-out tabs from October Afternoon, and some woodgrain alphas from Studio Calico.

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My biggest challenge with this page was the complete lack of coordinating embellishments.  So, I ended up cutting out some bits from the cards themselves, like the bottlecap style images and layering them up.  Sometimes you just gotta work with what you’ve got! 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Heeyy!! I’m Back.

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I have missed this blog!!  There’s a reason I’ve been gone, but it’s boring (moved across country, no space, things packed, new business, etc.).  Instead of boring you with the why, let’s just get to the fun stuff.  I’m creating again!

This is a layout I made recently to try to document the special bond between my girls.  They are 11 years apart, and they love each other to pieces.  In fact, I think the little would be quite fine without me as long as her sister was there for her.

The papers in this layout are from Jen Hadfield’s collection called Everyday. (for sale now at Scrapbook.com).  I adore the bright colors and fresh patterns in this collection!  I fussy cut a bunch of lemons and layered them along the horizon line.  I don’t think I’ve use lemons before so this was kinda fun!
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On the white cardstock, I covered it with gesso, then some Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Bundled Sage.  I smudged the inks on with my distress tool… but it didn’t quite turn out the way I was hoping… so yeah.  I need to work on that some more. 

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The other bits on the page came from here and there… mostly really old stuff!  I love getting some of the oldies out and used up.

Thanks for taking a peek!  See you soon.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Around the World, and Back to IKEA

When we lived in Eastern Europe, we went to IKEA a LOT.  We would have meetings with teammates in the cafe, hang out there for some air conditioning, stop for a quick meal, and we even walked laps around the store in an effort to get baby #3 to make his appearance. It was a familiar place for us while living in an unfamiliar country.

So when we returned to the US, we were all eager to make the 100-mile trek to IKEA to help furnish our new home stateside.  We made it there only a few weeks after our return, and did indeed find some great deals for the new place.


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I used a lot of paper here from the BasicGrey Carte Postale line.  Remember that one? Me neither.  Apparently, it completely slipped under my radar until it showed up at Tuesday Morning.  I picked it up because it was full of colors that I didn’t have much of in my stash.  Mixed with a bit of October Afternoon’s Saturday Morning line, it was perfect.  I really like how this one turned out. 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 14, 2017

DC Walking Tour

Last fall we mad a treck across the USA to attend a very special wedding.  While we were in Richmond, it seemed just too close to leave without going to visit Washington DC, since many of us had never been.  So we hopped on a train and off we went. 

We only had one afternoon, so we walked through as much as possible and caught the highlights- Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House.  The kids were old enough to appreciate the experience, I think (I hope), and it’s likely we won’t be back for quite a long time, so I took lots of photos.

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I used a background paper from Basic Grey (Carte Postale) as well as a few BG embellishments.  I also used some giant chipboard letters from Seven Paper with my Distress Stains- a favorite technique of mine because it’s so very easy.  Some stamping, some tickets (Maya Road) and some thread add texture to the layers. 

Go have a crafty weekend.  Smile

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Friend Farewell

Hi everyone!  I am finally finishing up 2015 in my Project Life album (which means I will be scrapping Christmas in July… ironically).  This photo is from our farewell party in Bulgaria, right before we moved home to Indiana.  It’s a special photo, because it features almost all of my kiddo’s friends from that time in our lives.  I’m really happy with how this one turned out.

The background is a paper from a Webster’s Pages line by Alison Kreft.  It’s actually a cut-apart sheet, but I had several so I decided to use the B side here.


I colored the chipboard frame with Distress Stain in Spiced Marmalade.  Most of the fussy-cut pieces are from Crate Paper’s Farmhouse Collection, and the letters are October Afternoon Daily Flash.



Thanks for coming by and taking a peek!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Konza Water Park

Hi there!  Thanks for coming by!  I have just a minute, but I really wanted to pop in a share this layout with you today.  The photo is from a day at a water park (I know, I know) where they also happened to have some ATV’s and a track.  After a day of watching the kids swim, my husband could not resist the chance for speed.  This happened to be my favorite photo of the day, and so all of the swimming photos are in the pocket page facing this one in my album.


The giant chipboard letters are colored with Distress Stains, and are from Studio Calico.  The paper and washi are from We R Memory Keepers.



Thanks for taking a look!  I hope you are inspired to create today!