Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pumpkin Time

In October, the family went out to Patterson Farms to their pumpkin patch.  We had so much fun.  We didn't just pick pumpkins, we got to visit the barn and see the animals, and we even got to see the piglets race!  I came up with some ideas to use some embellishments that I already have.  I just love when that works out. 

Today, I wanted to share a page I did about picking the pumpkins.  This page was full of firsts for me.  I've used Tim Holtz Distress Inks before but never with grungeboard.  I'd never even opened the packages I had.  Wow!  I've been missing out on a lot with that stuff!  I love it.  The combination of the ink with the grungeboard was an awesome effect. This is also the first time I used any paper by Echo Park.  I love all their lines and have most of them, but haven't ever used a sheet.  I need to get out of that "save it for a perfect layout" mindset that so many scrappers seem to have.

I also used Ranger Ink Glossy Accents for the first time on the grungeboard pumpkins.  I snipped some of the extra grungeboard to use as stems and connected with the Glossy Accents.  This is a close up of the pumpkins.

The orange, felt pumpkin border along the bottom was made by Queen & Co.  I bought it at CKU Charlotte in Aug.  It was a bit bright for the layout so I used a variety of distress inks to darken the edges a bit and then put on Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist to darken it overall.  I like how it turned out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Star, really far away.

Elizabeth has recently become excited about finding the moon at night.  Tonight, she took my hand to go look for the moon.  I took her on the deck and we sat down and looked at the moon. 

I remembered going outside and looking at the stars on chilly night with my Dad.  He taught me to find my first constellations.  Orion is still my favorite because I could always identify it. 

It was a cloudy tonight but, through the breaks in the clouds, we could see one star peeking through.  I pointed it out to Elizabeth and told her what it was and that it was really far away.  I gave her a big hug and told her too that one day I'd tell her all about the pictures in the sky just like Grandad taught Mommy.  When we got too chilly we came in.  As I locked the door to the deck, she ran over to Daddy to tell him about the moon and star and how the star was really far away. 

My heart smiled tonight.  :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Today, we took Elizabeth to see Santa.  She didn't want to sit in his lap, but she didn't cry!  That's a step in the right direction.  All week, Matt has been showing her pictures of her visiting Santa and bunches of Santa movies.  I can't wait to scrapbook these new pictures.  Since she wouldn't sit in his lap, Santa read her a story!  Then, we got to have cookies and milk and make a reindeer ornament with her hand as the antlers.  Pictures are up on her website already.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays

I'm trying to find my lost scrapping mojo.  Each day, I go to various websites looking at forums or reading blogs.  I see lots of wonderful scrapbook pages out there and wish I was doing that too.  But every time I sit down, I'm not inspired.  When I'm inspired, I can't sit down.

What to do about all this?  I visited the Sketchy Thursdays blog.  Each Thursday they post a great sketch to inspire you.  I'm challenging myself to use these sketches.  That will be at least one page that I get done each week.  It's a start, right?

This is my entry for the November 4 challenge.  I did it this weekend but waited to post it until almost the last mine.  I'm good like that.  :)  I used paper and embellishments from the Basic Grey Wassail collection.  The pictures are from Elizabeth's 18 month pictures so, even though it's her Christmas dress and a Christmas layout, they were taken in February 2010.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Love Affair with Basic Grey

It started many years ago.  I secretly coveted some paper collections.  This was in my early days of scrapbooking.  I was a fresh college grad and most of my supplies came from WalMart.  I couldn't dream on spending so much money on simply paper.  But still, I loved Basic Grey.  I didn't buy any, but just drooled over it online.  As time went by, I expanded my horizons to a newly opened scrapbook store in my town and moved up to drooling in person.  I bought a sheet here and there but couldn't bring myself to spend almost $20 at once on something that was simply fancy paper. 

As happens with so many hobbies, life interferes and you drift away.  My sister moved in with my husband and I temporarily, and I found out a few months later I was pregnant.  My daughter is born (who is two now) and my sis moves out.  We sell our house and move to an apartment waiting for our new house to be built.  Time moves on. 

Then, about a month before my daughter's first birthday, I start peeking at and  There's nothing like thousands (I wish I was exaggerating) of baby photos to make a girl want to scrapbook again!  And so, I began drooling over Basic Grey once again.  This time though, I didn't see the $20 as a terribly huge sacrifice and I bought my first complete collection - Lemonade.  I have to say, that is still one of my favorite collections.  I adore it.  Many of Elizabeth's first layouts were done with that collection. 

After many discussions with my husband, we decided to do something that I've always wanted - give me a scrapbook room!  The corner in his office was overflowing and I needed more space.  As I moved into the spare bedroom, I went through many of the supplies I had kept from years ago, including scraps of paper.  And one of them that I picked up made me smile.  It was covered with elephants.  My mom loves elephants and I bought that paper to scrapbook some photos I took of her opening an elephant gift I had purchased for her while on vacation at the beach.  I looked at the bottom cutaway strip and smiled.  It was from Basic Grey! 

I went searching for more Basic Grey after that.  I started buying some of the new lines that came out that I fell in love with.  I also noticed a For Sale or Trade board on Two Peas.  It was then that I crossed the line from merely drooling over paper to being in a full blown love affair.  There were ladies there selling their old Basic Grey lines that they didn't want anymore.  And they were selling them for half the price!  I snatched up two, three, sometimes six different lines at once from sellers. 

I began to realize how much I liked that company.  Their style matched my own in many ways.  I will admit, I'm not a fan of the recent stuff that has come out.  Wander and Jovial just don't speak to me the way Lemonade and Oh! Baby Girl (the first line I ever drooled over and now own three sets of) do.  So, I told myself that I don't have to buy everything.  Far from it.  However, as I buy the old lines, I stare at my growing collection excited to be creating again.  I can't wait to take more photos of my daughter and put them on that luscious Basic Grey paper.  In fact, I think she's waking up from her nap.  Time to go to the pumpkin patch and get some of those photos.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I'm finally getting my words on paper!  I'm writing a children's book about Normie, the Lake Norman monster.  I'm having a little writers block though.  I have my basic outline and I written about a third of the book.  I know what happens next but just can't seem to find the write words. 

Writing a book has always been a dream of mine.  It's an odd dream to have for someone who hates to write!  I love to be creative though and tell stories.  So, I'm trying something new to help my husband.  I'll post again when I'm done.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Basic Grey!

Wow!  I'm so excited.  Earlier this week, new Bo Bunny.  This morning, I wake up to an email stating that Basic Grey has announced two more new lines!  I'm drooling over these.  They're called Oliver and Olivia and they gorgeous! 

Oliver has a mix of denim blue, red, and lighter green.  Love it.  I don't have a son, but I still want this line.  There are some of the papers but I'm not too huge a fan of, but they're double sided!  So, if I don't like the first side, I do like the reverse.  The look great!

My favorite of the two is Olivia.  I love the brighter colors and they will be great for spring and summer layouts.  Olivia features pinks, greens, and whites.  I love the stripes, plaids, and tiny prints as well as all the flowers.  I can't wait to get my hands on this one and the matching embellishments.  I'm not usually big on getting a ton of BG embellishments (too expensive), but I'll be biting the bullet because they are just such a perfect compliment.  I need this paper!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear Edwina, Zva, and Bo Bunny

First, the good news.  Dear Edwina, Jr is over!  The shows went so well.  I'm so impressed with how the middle schoolers pulled themselves together and put on a great show.  I am happy that I was such a big part in it.  It's very stressful to stage manage for such young kids.   You end up doing so much more then you'd expect.  But it's all worth it to see them singing on stage and hearing the talent that my school has.  I'm so proud of them and will miss our eighth graders as they move on to high school next year.

I tried out for the Zva Creative design team in April.  Unfortunately, I didn't make it on the team.  Oh well.  I'm still new to trying out and haven't been published anywhere yet.  I may try some magazine submissions and see how that goes.  Creating Keepsakes has some submissions listed on their website so I may try that in the next couple months.

And now for Bo Bunny news!  Wow!!!  I just saw the four new lines they have, and I'm blown away.  They are amazing!  I love all four of them.  Their previous release had some great lines but they didn't all wow me.  These though, I need all four lines of papers.  And the embellishments.  I think I finally found the perfect paper to scrapbook Elizabeth's first "Fortune July".  I can't wait until they come to!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's Here!

This is the big week!  We have two more rehearsals left before the final (taped!) dress rehearsal.  Thursday we have a show in the morning for the school and then one at 7pm.  We have a third and final show on Friday at 7pm.  I can't believe it's finally show week!  Next weekend, I think I'll be sleeping in a lot.  May 1 is National Scrapbook Day and I think I'll be celebrating with online crops because I plan to chill out in my pj's and just relax all weekend.  I have so much left to get finished before tomorrow's rehearsal!  I have lighting scripts to mark, final props to sort, a wheelbarrow to prep with letters...a lot!  I love being the stage manager but it's a lot of work, and I miss seeing Elizabeth every day.  I like to play with her and read her bedtime stories, and all that stuff!  I hope I can help the director pull all this off.  Fingers are crossed and prayers are being said.  :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Creativity

My creativity seems to be taking a vacation.  She popped in for a little while last night and early this afternoon but she's gone again.  What's up with that?!  I wonder if I'm just tired from spending all my time working on the musical.  There are only two more weeks and that's over, so maybe I'll welcome my creativity back then. 

In the meantime, Zva Creative is doing a Design Team call.  I saw it posted on  I made these two layouts as part of my three to submit with my application.  I don't have a lot of Zva Creative products so I used some Primas on the second layout.  I still need to either create a third layout or choose one that's already in my library.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Busy, Busy

Wow!  I feel like I spent most of the day in my scrap room and I only got two layouts done!  One I'll share now and the other will have to be tomorrow.  I got it done late and want to wait until the sun is shining to photograph it. 

Since last summer, I've fallen in love with Basic Grey.  There's just something about it that I can't quite put my finger on, but I just love most of what they put out.  When I first saw their line Sugar Rush online, I had to have it.  I went to Scrap Shack and reserved a pack.  When they called that it had arrived I was very excited.  This was the first time since discovering my love that I'd been able to get a line when it came out.

I arrived at the store with great anticipation.  What a letdown.  Sugar Rush didn't seem to capture the love I felt for it online.  That didn't stop me from buying the matching buttons (or two different monogram stickers).  When I got home, I felt like I had wasted money though.  Thirty bucks down the drain.  It just sat in its package, neglected as I bought and use other BG lines.

This week though, I've fallen back in love with it.  I've done three different layouts with the line and love each one of them more than the last.  My favorite was the one I finished today. 

I discovered that I only had four hours to upload a picture of a layout for the April Sketch Challenge on  Yikes!  Totally forgot about the deadline for that.  (That darn spring break got me relaxing!)  I usually think about sketches for a couple hours and figure out what pictures would work best.  This one though, I didn't have that luxury.  I quickly picked the pictures because the sketch had three and I only had three printed from this theme.  No thinking there.  Now...what colors...My husband picked out the playpen because of the gender neutral colors.  Green and grey - those would match Sugar Rush!  I got to work.  I finished the layout in about an hour.  For me, that's an awesome time.

One thing I really like about this layout is the pink cardstock.  It wasn't the perfect match of pink so I decided to paint it a streaky, distressed looking white for the photo border.  I wanted to try to capture some of the distressed look of the paper line.  What to do with the pink strips and brackets I cut out though.  I had the idea to ink the edges.  Lucky me happened to have a red, pink, and blue that matched Sugar Rush perfectly!!  I just love how I could tie the pink paper into all those different colors.  I think it turned out great.  What do you think?  Please leave me a comment!

Oh...and I did get it uploaded on time for the challenge.  The layout I'll upload tomorrow is the sketch challenge for next week.  Yay!  Done early!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

What a day!  Elizabeth was Little Miss Fussy Pants during Mass today so I took her out first and then Matt took her out.  She kept want to throw things, yell, and bang her toys on the pew.  We went to Matt's parent's house to celebrate his mom's birthday which is tomorrow.  No scrapbooking today unfortunately.

I did sign up for Club CK.  I saw an ad for it in the current Creating Keepsakes.  What made me sign up was that I'd be able to get into a CK convention and have a free class.  That's worth the price right there.  Plus, I get access to back issues of magazines and some books online.  I'll try it out.  Who knows if I'll renew next year.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Scrapping Up a Storm!

I've been busy!  I got two pages finished yesterday.  I guess technically one was finished the day before, but I couldn't find my camera to photography it.  The photos in the layouts were taken almost a year apart.  She's 11 days old in one and 1 year and 1 day in the other.  Time just seems to fly as a mommy.  I was actually looking at preschools online this morning.  She'll be 2 in just four months!  Wow...I need to get scrapping on her 1 year old album.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Our Little Bunny

Easter Sunday is coming.  While at the Scrap Shack last week I saw some white lace paper like I had at home.  Inspiration hit!  I bought some Doodlebug Lime Green glitter paper and the following layout was born.  I just love my little bunny.  At 20 months, she won't wear anything on her head so no bunny ears this year.  I can't wait to photograph and then scrapbook her first time looking for eggs.  Maybe this year will be that time!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Saw my doc today for a physical...yay.  He did two trigger point injections for my neck pain and now my neck is killing me!  I'm wishing I hadn't said anything.  Hurts!  I really wanted to get some scrapbooking done today but I can't sit at my desk right now.  I hope tomorrow morning it's feeling better.


Elizabeth and I spent the morning at a local park.  We met another mommy there with her two daughters.  It was so much fun to see Elizabeth go round and round on the slide.  She liked the swing too though not as much I believe.  I think she'll be taking a good nap this afternoon after all the running around!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I think half the posts I put on here are about not blogging!  I need to get with the program.

Monday, January 18, 2010

What a weekend!

For most this is a three day weekend.  For me, it's a four day weekend.  It's the end of the quarter and Tuesday is the day to work on report cards.  Since I finished report cards already, I'm relaxing at home doing what I love - creating scrapbook pages!  My friend LeAnn is coming over and we're going to scrap together.  This is the first time I will have had someone over to scrap in my new house.  I'm looking forward to it.  I've been getting my scrapbook room ready all day.  I'll have to post some pictures of the before and after.  I'm toying with the idea of doing an organization challenge.  I need to get all my old stuff out of there so I have room to store the stuff I actually use!

I can't wait until tomorrow.  Hopefully, I'll have lots of wonderful layouts to share!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Design Team

I was chosen to be on a design team.  It's the first time...figured I'd start out small.  :)  I'm so excited!  I can't wait until she emails me my first challenge.  Her blog is  It's just started.