Monday, August 30, 2010

Stay Tuned!

I've got some exciting news to share in a couple of days!
Check back soon to read all about it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Yesterday I found out that I was 1 of 10 (yes, 10!) winners of a UniBind Photobook Creator prize pack!

I can't wait to see it in person!

Be sure you are a fan of UniBind Photobook Creator on Facebook - they have more giveaways coming!

You could win, too!

Friday, August 27, 2010

3 Layouts in 3 Weeks

I recently went through a sort of dry-spell in my crafting.
Things got busy and I didn't make time for it.

Things are still busy, but I demanded (to myself) that I make time for crafting. I've been working on a commissioned scrapbook and I had three layouts that were sort of half finished for quite awhile. I committed myself to finishing the 3 layouts within 3 weeks. I finished the first layout (and posted it here) and now it is time to reveal the final two.

No, the book isn't done - but at least 3 layouts are now complete!

While I was shopping for papers for the book, I saw a die cut paper from Crate Paper called Tickled Pink, and I thought it would be great for the page about this adorable little girl's birth. I was so inspired by the paper that I decided to use the name of the paper for the title of the page as well.

I used my sewing machine to stitch a border around the focus photo and also some accents on the side pages. It is hard to see in the picture, but I think it give the layout a nice finishing touch.

When I was gathering the pictures for the book, Lori (who asked me to scrapbook some pictures from her daughter's baby/toddler times) told me a little bit about each picture or set of pictures so that I could have a background to keep in mind while designing the pages.

Although this Maui page is a very happy one, the story that goes along with it is not quite so happy. Lori ended up sick much of the time that the family was vacationing in Maui and was so sick that she barely got out. I do think these are some great pictures despite Lori feeling so ill.

Sometimes scrapbooks are so wonderful because we can scrap the true emotion of the event...but sometimes scrapping the event a little happier than it might have been can bring out the good memories and leave the not-so-fun moments behind.

Supplies - Tickled Pink Layout:

Papers: Crate Paper
Cardstock: Bazzill, Bazzill Bling
Embellishments: Prima (Flowers), American Crafts (Thickers), Brads (from stash), Machine Stitching
Tools: Paper Trimmer

Supplies - Maui Layout:

Papers: Crate Paper
Cardstock: Bazzill Bling, Bazzill Washboard
Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin (Bliss Bingo Card), Prima (Flowers), Maya Road (Chipboard Letters), Tags (from LSS), Crate Paper (Brads), American Crafts (Photo Turn), Machine Stitching, Twill (from LSS)
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife, Mod Podge, Foam Brush

Fan Friday on AWDML

My round layout was featured on the Fan Friday blog post for A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Check it out!

PS - Come back soon for some new layouts I just finished - I am really excited about how they turned out!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

aROUND Robin

There was recently an online crop on the Fiskateer message boards. I was excited to be part of a challenge called "aROUND Robin". The task was to create a round layout in two hours, but the real challenge to it was that each member in the challenge would be "scraplifting" another member's layout - similar to a game of telephone.

I was sent this layout (created by Robin) as my inspiration.

I used the general idea of the layout and rolled it on to it's side and created my layout from that.

My layout was then sent on to the next person in line who created their layout using mine as inspiration (they never saw Robin's original layout). And then the layouts would be passed along in the same way until the last person completed their layout.

This was such a fun challenge!

Monday, August 16, 2010


I'm finally getting back to the album that I am making for a friend.

Although the rest of the book will be created with brighter colors, I thought there was a brightness to these "pastel" colors that will work well in the flow of the book.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Lettering: American Crafts Thickers
Embellishments: Machine sitiching, Prima Flowers, Prima flower centers (Sultan Collection), brads
Tools: Fiskars scissors, paper trimmer

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, #009!

I created this card for a very fun Lead Fiskateer that I met at a crop last year.
I shall call her #009.

I created this card using only paper, tulle, and Fiskars tools (and some adhesive).

The Fiskars tools I used:
Round n' Round Squeeze Punch
Funky Heart Squeeze Punch
Threading Water Border Punch
Fiskars Scissors

If you haven't tried the squeeze punches yet, you are missing out. They are fantastic! They are super easy to use. My kids love when I get out my box of punches and let them play with them.

If you aren't already a Fisk-a-teer - Go. Run. Now. (But don't run with your Fiskars scissors...they are sharp!)


Paper: Sunburn, Georgia Pacific
Embellishments: Tulle (from WalMart)
Tools: Round n' Round Squeeze Punch, Funky Heart Squeeze Punch, Threading Water Border Punch, Fiskars Scissors

Friday, August 6, 2010

Christmas in July

Yes, I know it's now August (my birthday month! Wahoo!), but I did make these in July for a Christmas in July online crop at A Walk Down Memory Lane.


Tree Shaped Card:

Papers for both projects are from Basic Grey and other than that all I needed to complete them was some adhesive and my trusty Fiskars scissors!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My sister, my friend.

I created this frame for someone who wanted something similar to the BoBunny frame I made (they will be giving it as a gift).

I also made a coordinating card to go with it.


Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Frame: Target Dollar Spot
Embellishments: Flat Back Pearls (Target Dollar Spot)
Tools: Fiskars Scissors

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stepping away from the paper...

Recently I put down the paper and picked up some yarn and a crochet hook.

I saw a necklace online that inspired me and learned how to crochet flowers yesterday (I am very new at crocheting) and made this:

And now I want to make one in every color!