Monday, April 24, 2017


This is my latest project for "Use your Stuff" challenge blog using a sketch from Shawn Stiles Lahr for Sketches in Thyme.  When I saw that the challenge included layering paper with circles, I knew Shawn's sketch would be perfect.  Last month, my daughter had a soccer tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It was cold, windy, drizzling rain, and the threat of snow loomed all weekend.  Yet despite the awful weather, my daughter and her team did an incredible job.  The final game ended in penalty kicks.  Although her team did not win, the girls handled themselves with such grace and sportsmanship; it was an awesome, yet cold, event to witness.  Also during the weekend, I went to a place I've always heard about and wanted to visit for myself; Your Scrapbook Superstore in Sevierville, Tennessee.  It was everything I thought it would be.  I could have spent hours lost in the store, but being between soccer games, I had to be fast.  One of my finds while exploring the store were the soccer cut outs I used to anchor the pictures along with Echo Park's Soccer Collection papers.  I also used a touch of Doodlebug's Limeade Petite Prints paper along with Scrapbook Customs Chalkboard Sports "Soccer" paper in small doses to accent the pictures.

Friday, April 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  We are in the heart of club volleyball season right now.  It's been a rough season, but despite the ups and downs, I have gotten a few pictures of my daughter playing that I love.  Action shots are so hard to take; I was shocked and thrilled I got the one on the right of her hitting the ball.  (Even though it did go out of bounds,  she got amazing height!)  To pull this project together, I used Simple Stories "Volleyball Collection" papers and cardstock stickers along with Moxxie's "Volleyball" collection & Scrapbook Customs "Sports Pride" collection papers.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


This is my latest project Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I'm getting excited for summer.  Ok, that's an understatement...I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL SUMMER!  Because I'm a bit impatient, I decided to scrapbook some of my favorite pictures of our last trip to Panama City Beach, Florida to hold me over until our next trip in June.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of paper from Doodlebug Design's "Anchors Aweigh" collection

Monday, April 10, 2017


This is my latest creation for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  My daughter got her temporary license at the end of November, and whenever she hears the garage door open, she asks,
"Can I drive?"  Although the thought of her driving on her own scares me to death, overall she is doing a good job figuring out how to navigate the roads.  On Christmas Day, my brother snapped this picture of her getting ready to drive us home. I love how happy she looks; seems like yesterday she was driving her Barbie Jeep around the neighborhood, and now she's driving my Honda!  To pull this project together, I used Photo Play's "Boarding Pass" papers.  And to "drive home" the driving them, I decided to make intersecting roads to highlight the picture. 


This is my first project for my new design team "Use Your Stuff" challenge blog.  The theme for this project was "flowers, " and being the seasonal scrapbooker that I am, I decided to "spring" into this project with a spring themed page.  This warms and breaks my heart simultaneously.  My baby was five in this picture.  She wore dresses, let me do her hair, and happily allowed me to take her picture.  Now she's one month from being sixteen, prefers jeans and leggings, still has incredible hair, but does not allow me to take any pictures of her yet takes a million selfies a day.  As trite as it sounds, I literally blinked and she turned into a vivacious, sassy, fun almost adult.  On the day her Dad took this picture, she was posing in her Grandma's flower beds when the daises decided to bloom.  She was so excited to play with the vintage looking watering can.  She was Daddy's Little Girl and was more than happy to give him a huge smile during this impromptu photo shoot.  To pull this project together, I used a sketch from Bev Code, one of my design team friends and colleagues at Sketches in Thyme.  Her sketches are perfect for the busy scrapbooker; they are easy to translate and fun to design with.  Finally, the papers are from the Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby's "Ninth Street" collection.  For the "flower" element, I used shades of turquoise flowers from the Paper Studio as well.

Monday, April 3, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  A few months ago, I bought Authentique's "Fabulous" paper collection.  Originally, I wanted this kit because of the vintage dog paper included in it.  However, when I finally got the set and started going through it, I fell in love with the retro sunglasses paper.  I knew exactly the pictures I wanted to use with it; the "Sharpay" glasses girls.  A few years back for Halloween, my oldest daughter was Sharpay from High School Musical.  She bought the sunglasses to complete her costume, and my youngest would put them on when her sister wasn't looking.  I decided pics of my girls sporting fabulous eye wear would be perfect to use with my favorite paper from the "Fabulous" collection!

Saturday, April 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Last month, my niece and nephew went to the circus for the first time.  My mother, who went with them, kept sending me pictures.  Their faces were pure joy.  They got to ride an elephant, get their faces painted, and watch an entertaining show complete with trapeze artists who could not seem to catch the bar every time they tried to do a stunt.  So when I saw the "1" on the layout, I thought the first time at the circus would be the perfect subject matter for this project.  To pull this project together, I used Carta Bella's "Circus Party" collection.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


This is my latest creation for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I was inspired by the blocks featured in the sketch, but decided to do a few twists on the picture and paper placement.  I love these pictures of my oldest daughter at her dance recital.  She was an adorable black cat, & I was able to take a variety of pictures of her modeling her costume.  However, the pictures I liked best were vertical.  So I decided to modify the sketch a touch by turning the pictures a different direction.  I used various blocks of paper from the My Mind's Eye "Meow" Collection to highlight the pictures of my cute little cat. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Since this project is going live on March 15, I decided to go with a St. Patrick's Day theme for this layout.  My girls have always enjoyed St. Patrick's Day.  The "leprechaun" used to visit them and cause some minor mischief throughout the house.  And they were always willing to pose in cute St. Patrick's Day t-shirts and headbands.  To pull this project together, I used Doodlebug's "Pot O Gold" paper collection. 

Monday, March 13, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  With St. Patrick's Day around the corner and my propensity to seasonal scrapbook, I decided to go full on Irish for this layout.  My daughter is a die hard Ohio State fan.  Her best friend is a Notre Dame fan through and through.  It's been a fun rivalry for the girls especially when the teams met at the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.  Both girls sported their team colors, & were more than willing to pose for a picture (an odd occurrence anymore)...  To pull this Irish project together, I used products from the Authentique "Emerald" collection.

Monday, March 6, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I went to my local scrapbook store in search of circus paper; I came out of the store with Moxxie's "Coffee Addict" collection.  My daughter loves coffee.  She gets it honestly; her father would have coffee dripped intravenously if he could.  I'm hooked.  Her grandmother goes to Tim Horton's so much, they immediately put on a fresh pot the minute she walks through the door.  So I decided pictures of my daughter hanging out with her friends at Starbucks would be perfect subject matter for this sketch!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Last month was my daughter's birthday.  And it was an interesting one...My daughter has a food allergy, so she can't eat traditional cake.  So my Mom made her safe cupcakes for her birthday.  The cupcakes were sitting on my kitchen table waiting to be eaten when my older daughter came into my office and said, " many cupcakes did Mimi make?"  She had made twelve.  On my table were two cupcakes...My dog ate the other ten. The remnants were scattered on my couch.  Because we were on a tight schedule because of an indoor soccer game and no one wanted to eat a potentially dog saliva covered cupcake, I  improvised.  Come to find out, candles in a pizza work when in a birthday pinch.  (Although the candles melted from the bottom up so they were in a strange "J" shape when I took them out of the pizza).  To document this birthday classic, I used Echo Park's "Party Time" collection.  And as a side note, my Mom made my daughter another batch of safe cupcakes for when she returned from soccer.  So she did eventually get to eat birthday cupcakes. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I'm still in Valentines day mode and fell madly in love with Doodlebug Design's Cream and Sugar line.  When the papers arrived at my house, all the sugary treats on the papers reminded me of these pictures I took of my younger daughter when she was a baby.  My daughter has food allergies.  Although she is allergic to milk and egg, this child has a massive sweet tooth.  Over the years, I have become quite the food detective and have learned a variety of ways to make baked goods that are safe for her.  I've also found all sorts of other goodies such as soy ice cream (which is all over her face in these pictures) that tastes just like super creamy regular ice cream.  I've learned to substitute applesauce for eggs when making cookies and cakes. So long story short, she eats all the junk we do, although a healthier version of it! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this project, I went full out Valentine's Day.  I don't take many pictures on this holiday, so instead I decided to feature pictures of a few of my loves; my girls and my puppies.  These two humans and three furry creatures warm my often times cynical heart.  And I thought they would be the perfect subject matter for a Valentines' Day themed project.  To pull this layout together, I used paper from
Photo Play's "So Loved" collection.

Monday, February 13, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  About a month ago, I stumbled upon a CD of pictures that contained a treasure trove of photos of my children as babies.  Why was this such a big deal?  For a long time, I thought that these pictures were gone forever...The website where I upload many of my pictures suddenly deleted everything I uploaded from this time period.  Thank goodness I had the good sense to make a CD back in the day!  And thank goodness I happened to stumble upon it one evening this past January!  This particular picture I have been in search of for a long time, and I was over them moon that I found it on the CD.  It continues to be one of my favorite photos of my two girls; the older one was blowing bubbles while the younger one was trying to pop them.  I've wanted to do a project with this picture for as long as I can remember, but thought it would never happen. Now that the photo has been recovered, I decided a sketch featuring circles would be perfect for a bubble blowing picture as the subject matter.  I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Illustrated Faith" collection to pull this project together. 

Monday, February 6, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  By far, the picture on the right of my oldest daughter is one of my favorite photos that I have ever taken.  She was five and having a blast touring Chicago.  We had spent hours at the American Girl Doll store, strolled up and down Michigan Avenue, and were tired.  Her father and I were born and raised in Southwest Ohio.  In other words, we are not big city folks...We needed to hail a taxi to get back to our hotel and neither of us were exactly sure of taxi cab hailing protocol.  Our knowledge of taxis came from Sex & the City...needless to say, we were feeling a bit out of our element.  So as we were trying to figure out the proper etiquette of taxi cab hailing, our five year old daughter sticks her little arm in the air, starts waving it around  yelling, "TAXI!"  She became so confident being our family taxi cab hailer, I was able to catch her doing it in the picture on the right.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Let's Go" collection, namely because I loved the cute taxi cab print.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I live in the Midwest of the USA where we are supposed to have all four seasons...Except this year. Ohio had winter for a week and now we are experiencing Spring.  This is sad for me because I'm a teacher.  Teachers love snow days more than students.  BUT, I'm trying to stay positive about our lack of winter and decided to pretend I'm living in Florida this year and experiencing a southern USA winter.  It's made things more bearable.  In the meantime, since snow is not in the forecast, I decided to dip into my snow picture archives and use some of my favorites of my girls for this sketch.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Doodlebug papers from the "Polar Pals" collection.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


 This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  I have been obsessed with HGTV show "Fixer Upper" here lately.  I love the vintage look Joanna Gaines creates in the houses she refurbishes on the show.  When I saw the Authentique "Fabulous" collection, it reminded me of items Joanna would use to decorate a little girl's room.  And I knew the little girl who would be the perfect subject matter for this paper; my oldest daughter.  When she was younger, she was the epitome of girly girl.  She loved dresses, dolls, singing..I snapped this picture of her when she was five talking on the phone cuddling with my brother's dog.  I have taken thousands of photos of her over the years, but this one has always been one of my favorites.  It's as if I took a picture of her ten years in the future.  Overall, I loved how the soft, dainty prints in this paper line pulled this project together.

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.