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.