Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Happy Halloween!  This is a special post for Use Your Stuff in honor of the creepiest day of the year!  In the spirit of Trick or Treat night, I decided to feature some of my favorite pictures of my favorite candy beggars and their furry friends.  Ever since we've adopted our dogs, my girls have insisted that they dress up for Halloween just like them.  One year my big dog was a lobster; another year he was a firedog.   One year my Chihuahua was a Triceratops; another year she was a shark.  I'm not sure the dogs enjoy being dressed up, but they sure have brought a lot of joy to people who come to our house trick or treating! To pull this project together, I used Echo Park's "Halloween Town" collection.

Monday, October 23, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  For this week's challenge, we were asked to use this sketch.  I love using sketches.  It takes so much of the guess work out of making pages, and this one did not disappoint. I decided to feature pictures of my daughter and her friends at their Homecoming dance.  Much to my happiness, she actually allowed me to take pictures of her which is a rarity anymore.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Bella Blvd papers from Illustrated Faith collection.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  Every second week in October, my cousin and I take a pilgrimage to Waynesville, Ohio for our favorite event of the season; the Sauerkraut Festival.  This festival celebrates all things sauerkraut.  You think of the food, this festival sells it topped with sauerkraut.  It's phenomenal!  (If you like sauerkraut...)  Every year there is one vendor that catches our eye.  This year it was the woodworker who made deer and other woodland creatures from scraps of wood.  I had to have one because the deer looked like my dog Penny.  While we were at the man's booth checking out the deer, it started to look like rain so the man sold us our deer at a discounted price.  Which was good because the Cokes (featured also in the picture) were DOUBLE what we typically pay!  Every year we take one picture to commemorate our trip; last year's was a selfie (on the left).  This year was our clearance priced deer and extremely overpriced medium Cokes!  Yin and yang...To pull this project together, I used Carta Bella's "Autumn" collection.

Monday, October 16, 2017


 This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I decided to feature pictures of my daughters four years ago during a trip we took to Senoia, Georgia.  If you are a Walking Dead fan reading my blog, then you would recognize Senoia as "Woodbury" or "Alexandria."  It's where The Walking Dead is filmed.  My older daughter and I scheduled a tour with Atlanta Movie Tours that took us to all sorts of locations where pivotal scenes from the series were filmed.  My inner nerd was filled with so much joy seeing all these places!  When we were done with the tour, we explored the city of Senoia.  And even the railroad tracks where my daughter was standing in this layout were in the series.  The tracks led to "Terminus."  To pull these pictures together, I used a variety of papers from Pebbles's "Midnight Haunt" collection.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I decided to feature a trip my daughter and I took a few Octobers ago to Senoia, Georgia.  Why Senoia?  Because that's where The Walking Dead is filmed.  We had a blast touring the different places where our favorite show is filmed.  We saw all sorts of cool locations such as the waterfall where Rick told the group they were all infected to the warehouse where Daryl fought his brother Merle in season 2.   The highlight of our trip was our tour guide otherwise known as "Woodchuck Walker."  He was the featured walker in Season 2 Episode 1 where Rick and Daryl had to "pump his stomach" looking for Sophia...He was more than happy to do his best walker pose with my daughter.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Authentique paper from their "Mysterious" line.  I loved the vintage, macabre look of the paper.  It reminded me of the opening credits of The Walking Dead, so I felt it would be perfect for this layout.

Monday, October 9, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  The challenge this week features "Breast Cancer Awareness" or use the color pink in the project in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I decided to showcase a picture of my daughter wearing and holding all sorts of pink.  She loves her Snapchat filters.  It's amazing how she can take a thousand pics of herself a day, but if I try to take one of her, she flips.  So when she does take a selfie that she's happy with, I always ask her to send it to me so I can do things like this...To pull this project together, I used Simple Stories's "Beautiful" collection.  I loved how subtle the pinks where on the paper, and the boldness of the black and white flowers. 

Monday, October 2, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I love fall theme paper.  I love it so much in fact that I may have a borderline addiction to buying papers with leaves and pumpkins on them.  When I saw this sketch, I decided immediately a favorite fall picture should be featured using my favorite, newly purchased Carta Bella's "Hello Fall" line. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017


 This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  As I've said in other posts, I love fall scrapbook paper.  Dare I say, I'm a bit addicted to fall scrapbook paper.  So when I saw Authentique's "Bountiful" collection, I knew I had to buy it.  And once it was mine, I knew exactly what pictures to use.  Five years ago when the leaves were at their peak color, my daughters and I did a photo shoot at a local arboretum.  To this day, these are some of my favorite pictures I've ever had made of my children.  I liked how the pictures were placed on this sketch and followed it closely.  Because I chose to keep my pictures in the 4x6 format, I decided to use a decorative placement of squares on the far right instead of pockets. To add a fall touch to my layout, I used leaf tags I found at Michael's in the discount bin; my favorite place to find unique embellishments.