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Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Posts Coming!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I’ve been on a roll recently and I’m currently scheduling a bunch of posts with many many more to follow.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

– Over a couple of weeks, I dug through 4 years of photos on my laptop and selected 343 to print.

– I uploaded them to Shutterfly.

– Over another couple of weeks, I matched the photos to sketches and selected what size to print each of them.

– I ordered all 343 photos.

Now I’m just cranking through them getting caught up as fast as I can!  😉

To keep it simple, I used mostly Sketches from these books: Scrapbook Generation.

And to keep my blog posts simple (and flowing), I’m going to be a little less detailed on products I used.  I will throw in some brands here and there, but I just need to crank these posts out to share my work at all!

And the Winners are….

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The winner of the
Sketches for Scrapbooking Single Page Sketches Volume 2 is:

Christy says:
April 15, 2012 at 7:33 am (Edit)

“I haven’t used sketches before but I’d like to try.”

And the winner of the
Sketches for Scrapbooking Travel Themed Sketches is:

Linda says:
April 14, 2012 at 6:27 am (Edit)

“I always enjoy your layouts. Simple lines and a story to tell.”

Both winners have been notified via email.

Thank you everyone for the sweet comments.  I really appreciated reading the positive reviews of my layout and blog.  Please come back again soon!

Playtime with Daddy

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Tobin just loooooves his daddy and he loves their hang out time on the weekends.  Here Tobin is burying Warren in toys.  And he took a break to show his giraffe some love.

Products used:  Papers:  Little Yellow Bicycle (most), TPC Studios (blue/green dots);  Journaling blocks: Little Yellow Bicycle, jillibean soup;  Accents: Me & My Big Ideas (animals), Crate Paper (tree);  Ribbon:  Stampin’ Up;  Letters: Glitz & Glitter (white), Making Memories;  Sketch:  Sketches for Scrapbooking

A Cute, Quick, and Easy Baby Shower Card

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

I started with this patterned paper from my baby stash.

I wanted my card to revolve around this adorable giraffe.

So I trimmed it down to 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches, rounded the corners on the right side and glued it onto a white card..  Then I outlined the giraffe with a brown pen to make it pop off the background more.  With some ribbon and a journaling block turned into a sentiment, voila, a baby shower card!

Products used:  Ribbon:  Stampin’ Up;  Journaling block: K&Company;  Stamps:  Close to My Heart

Scrapbook Expo Goodies

Monday, March 19th, 2012

On Friday, I attended the Pleasanton, CA Scrapbook Expo.  It was a little chaotic and overwhelming but here are the goodies I escaped with.  😉  Most of this is from the SEI booth.  I happen to love SEI papers and they had buy 2 get 1 free paper packs and 30-50% off on the old paper lines and accessories.

I already used the papers I bought from the SEI On the Coast line but you’ll have to wait until April to see that layout on Sketch Support!


Saturday, November 5th, 2011
I just love these photos of Tobin and Nana.  Tobin was practicing his pouty lip all night.
Products used:  Patterned paper:  American Crafts (flowers);  Journaling Block:  Little Yellow Bicycle; Letters:  American Crafts;  Sketch:  Sketch Support (used half of a two page sketch)

10 Favorite Things

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Well, this is going to be a little more than 10. I cheat…

1. Cricut!

I love, love, love my Cricut Expressions. I primarily use it to cut out titles for layouts. But it’s also great for cutting custom journaling blocks and accents for layouts and cards. You can even cut some envelopes. I’ve used my Cricut to make banners for parties and you can also use it to cut vinyl to decorate walls – Jennifer did it!
I also own a Gypsy which adds another level of capability to my Cricut. I can now plan out cuts with software and weld words together, amongst other benefits.
And finally, I have to plug my favorite cartridge for the Cricut. Lyrical Letters is by far the most versatile font cartridge and I find it’s the perfect starting point when deciding which font to cut my titles out of.

2. Magnetic Cutting Mat.
I don’t use it for cutting, but for laying out a page and holding things still while you design, this cutting mat is amazing! I only wish it came in a 12×24 size for designing double layouts! I have the Basic Grey brand mat. I have seen a few others out there, though.
3. Sketches.
I’m a huge fan of sketches! My favorite place to collect them from is Page Maps. The author releases a new set monthly (with example layouts) and also has a book. The book is fabulous because it contains a deck of cards that are laminated and great for taking to crops.
I also get sketches from scrapbook magazines like Scrapbooks Etc and other online sources.

4. Folders.

To keep myself organized and knowing which photos to scrap next, I have hoarded a large supply of clear 12×12 folders. I use them to prepare page kits for cropping and to just stay organized at home. In each folder, I add photos, page sketches, papers, coordinating embellishments, etc.
Sadly, I cannot find a photo. The folders I use are available at Michael’s. They come in a few different colors individually or the clear ones come in a pack of 10.

5. Rotary Trimmer.

I love using my Making Memories self-sharpening rotary trimmer. It’s magnetic, so I can hold down papers with the magnetic ruler that comes with it and I never have to replace the blade.
The only downside to the MM trimmer is that it’s a bit bulky for travel. I have a slim Fiskars trimmer for crops.

6. Pens.
I love my complete set of ZIG pens. But for white, nothing can beat the Signo Uni Ball white pen. It is essentially white paint in pen form so it shows up crisply on any color paper.
7. Adhesives.
My new favorite tape runner is by Therm O Web – I buy them at Michael’s. I use Glue Dots for non paper items like buttons. And for attaching memorabilia, I use clear photo corners.

8. Clear Ruler.

I’m not sure that I would have bought this for myself, but having received it as a gift, I’m surprised just how handy it is. I’m sure there are other brands available, but I have the Tim Holtz ruler. It has markings for measuring and centering, and holes for paper piercing.
9. Journaling Blocks.
I prefer to add a special touch to my layouts with hand written journaling. I often use premade journaling blocks for this purpose and I also use them for layering accents on a page. Some brands I love are: jillibean soup, K&Company, Basic Grey, Making Memories, etc.
10. Letter Stickers.
Even though I use my Cricut for cutting out custom letters, there is a different look when using some of the cute letters stickers available for purchase. I tend to only buy letters made out of unique materials, like fabric, foam, cork, etc. Mostly I purchase Thickers or Making Memories. I love the small glitter alpha stickers by MM.

Good Eats

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

More pictures from my trip home in August. When on vacation in familiar cities, it’s a priority of mine to enjoy all of my favorite foods nearby. This spread covers my favorite bagels, Mexican food, and pizza. Yummmmm!

Details: Patterned papers are all by SEI Bridgeport line. Black stitching was done on my sewing machine. “Good Eats” and “La Carreta” were written with Making Memories glitter alpha stickers.

Travel Chipboard Album

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

New! Available in my Etsy shop.