Monday, January 16, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  A couple week's ago, I came across the Simple Stories "Happy New Year" collection.  I loved all the bright colors set against black and white backgrounds.  But I didn't think of New Year's Eve when I saw the line; I thought of my daughter.  Her birthday is the first week of February.  She is such an enthusiastic, happy child.  The vibrant, energetic colors of the papers made me think "birthday" instead of "New Year's," so I decided to feature some of my favorite pictures from her birthday last year using this line as the backdrop.  The different size blocks featured in the sketch were ideal to highlight the journaling cards that fit perfect for a birthday theme.  In addition, I used my square punch to cut out different patterned papers from the line to accent the pictures from her party. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  My children love going to aquariums.  Since my girls were toddlers, they have been mesmerized by fish and sea creatures.  We weren't able to go on a vacation last summer, but my husband and I took them on a few adventures around the area. When I asked my girls where they wanted to go one afternoon, it was a no brainer..."The aquarium Mom!"  For this project, I used some of my favorite pictures from our trip to the Newport Aquarium in Covington, Kentucky.  I have been itching to use Echo Park's Pirate's Life Collection, and I thought aquarium pictures would be the perfect subject matter for this project.

Monday, January 2, 2017


Happy New Year!  This is my latest design for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  The holidays may be over, but my very astute husband caught my hint on Cyber Monday and bought me this beautiful Christmas kit called "Holiday Cheer" from Photo Play that I was dying to use.  A few days before Christmas, my husband, daughters, mother-in-law, & I went to dinner at The Golden Lamb, the oldest hotel in Ohio.  The decorations throughout the building were breathtaking, so my girls and I were having lots of fun exploring and snapping pics. I thought the vintage designs on the paper fit perfectly with the photos I took. To finish this page, I threaded twine through eyelets on the right side and embellished with ornament stickers.


This is my first project for the New Year and my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  It's January in Ohio which means one day the temperature can reach 60 degrees while the next day temperature is below zero.  One thing lacking here this winter has been snow.  There is truly nothing more beautiful than watching giant snowflakes fall from the sky.  However, there is truly nothing more awful than driving on icy, slick roads.  Yet as a teacher, there is truly not a more glorious sound than the phone ringing early in the morning announcing, "Snow day!"  In other words, I have a love/hate relationship with the white stuff.  But it's January, and I'm a seasonal scrapper which means snow was on my mind. I was inspired by the chevrons on the sketch, but decided to approach them in a different way.  At first, I tried to create triangles similar to the sketch, but the busy nature of my paper overtook my pictures.  So I "scrapped" (no pun intended) that idea and decided to make my chevrons a different way.  I pulled out my square punch, used small doses of my Doodlebug "Polar Pals" paper, and then positioned my pictures as the sketch indicated.  A piece of accent paper on each picture and a few snowflake stickers placed randomly around my layout, and this first page of the New Year was born. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  I was completely inspired by the season for this project.   This picture was taken nine years ago when my little ones still believed in Santa and would allow their Mom to dress them in adorable Christmas clothes.  I have a thing for Doodlebug papers, and when I saw the "Here Comes Santa Claus" line, I knew I had to use a picture of my girls visiting with Santa.  While I mostly followed the sketch, I opted to use a paper ribbon instead of a diamond to accent the picture.

Thursday, December 15, 2016


This is my latest double page spread for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this layout I was inspired by the travel details on the sketch. Ten years ago, my husband and I took our daughters on a train ride to Chicago at Christmastime to shop at American Girl.  Santa gave my older daughter a "Felicity" doll as an early present while on the train.  We literally exited the train and went on a shopping spree for all of Felicity's outfits.  My older daughter was in HEAVEN!  My younger daughter, always the agreeable one, had fun doing whatever her older sister was doing.  We had a fantastic time checking out the town during a rare December warm spell in Chicago.  While I didn't use all the elements called for on the sketch, I was able to use a variety of Doodlebug "Here Comes Santa Claus" papers to bring the Christmas theme to life.

Monday, December 12, 2016


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I am a Christmasaholic.  My favorite day of the year is the day our local radio station changes over to 24/7 Christmas music.  I put up my Christmas tree a week before Thanksgiving every year. I have a slight addiction to Christmas wrapping paper. And I have had a blast over the years with our family's Elf on the Shelf "Holly Jolly." Last year, my youngest daughter asked the dreaded Christmas question; the one I feared for years...So I was surprised and eternally happy when she pulled Holly Jolly out of the box this year and asked, "Mom, are you still going to hide her for me?"  The answer, "OF COURSE I WILL!"  So in honor of Holly Jolly's "release" from her box, I decided to feature some of her favorite "hiding spots" from around my house over the years.  She's ridden a wooden reindeer, hung out in a Christmas tree wrapped in toilet paper, & hoarded peppermints wearing soccer pre-wrap around her head.  (Holly Jolly has always been a bit mischievous).  To pull this project together, I used paper from Authentique's Retro Christmas Collection.  I followed the sketch closely but decided to add a few paper ribbons to the top to add even more holiday spirit to the page.