Tuesday, July 31, 2012


For the final Child's Play challenge for the month of July, the card game "Go Fish" was the challenge toy.  I tend to over think scrapbook pages....this time, not so much.  I had the perfect pictures and paper for Go Fish challenge.

My daughter absolutely loves sharks; why....I have no clue.  Me, not so much.  Last year, we were in South Carolina for vacation, and a couple of fisherman caught baby black tip reef sharks off a pier near our condo. This scared me to death since sharks were obviously hanging out where we were swimming, but my daughter thought it was the coolest thing ever getting to hold one.

As for the sketch design, I got the idea from Sketches in Thyme website.  Once again, another awesome place to go for design ideas!  I tweaked the design a little to fit my needs & this is what I came up with for "Go Fish!"


This challenge for Child's Play was posted while I was on vacation.  It always seems like my creative juices work overload when I'm away from home.  Probably one of those "absence makes the heart grow fonder" situations with my scrapbooking supplies....Anyway, my initial thought was doing a layout about a beautiful sunset.  Every once in a while, I capture one of those stunning sites in a photo where the sky is every shade of pastel imaginable.  I had every intention of doing a page involving a sunset, and began  thinking about colors to incorporate in the layout; specifically pastel colors.  And the more I thought of pastels, my mind began to shift gears.  Now I had visions of Charleston, South Carolina creeping into my mind.  And then the page was born....Rainbow Row on East Bay Street!
I tell my students that when I retire, they will find me in Charleston, SC.  It is my favorite city in the USA.  I love the history, the colors, the amazing food.....It's really like stepping back in time when walking around the city.  I love scrapbooking anything about my time in Charleston, and the papers I found to do this page reminded me so much of what I imagine the inside of those row houses looking like.

In addition, for this layout design, I used a template found on one of my new favorite blog spots; "Creative Scrappers."  So between the awesome sketch design I found on that blog and the inspiration derived from watercolors, this was the end result!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


It's been a while since I've posted on here!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks between swim meets, parties, doctors appointments, vacations, etc., etc., etc.!  I'm glad things of slowed down a bit enough that I have time to scrapbook some and enjoy these last few weeks before school starts back up in August.

For this project, I used the Child's Play Challenge that used the classic book "Goodnight Moon" as inspiration.  I must be honest.....I have never read this book.  Being the creature of habit that I was (and still am), I tended to go for my tried and true favorites at bed time.  I guess I probably should read this book since I made a scrapbook page in honor of it!

When I started thinking about the challenge, I kept thinking about the mountains of pictures I have of my daughters sleeping.  I'm a sucker for a sleeping child picture.....So the Mommy paparazzi sometimes works overtime when they sleep.  As a result; I came up with this layout for the challenge this week.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


This is the latest page I did using the Child's Play Challenge as a guide.  It asked to make a page using the Snoopy Snow Cone machine for motivation.  Well, definitely had the perfect picture to make a page for this!  My brother in law loaned my girls an actual Sno Kone machine he bought at a baseball park.  They (with the help of their Dad) drag it down to the corner and sell Sno Kones to our neighborhood.  Definitely make more profit selling Sno Kones than lemonade

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I made this page for the Child's Play Challenge blog yesterday.  It's so stinking hot here that going outside is just not an option....so scrapbooking and playing with paper has been our activity of choice at my house.  Not having a design team that I'm part of anymore (sniff sniff), I need some jumpstarts to get me going and inspired.  So I've been checking out the Child's Play challenge blog.  The first challenge for the month of July said to make a page using the game "Rush Hour" as inspiration.  I'm a child of the 70's-80's, and I don't remember this game.....But it does look like fun!  Reminds me of Tetris on a board.


Anyway, I had the perfect picture of cars that fit the challenge.  We went to the American Girl store in Chicago 4 years ago, and being from the Midwest, my husband and I had zero experience flagging down a taxi.  So my fearless 7 year old did it for us!  And was successful!  She not only stopped the taxi, but we took the one pictured back to our hotel!  Thanks Caitlin!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


So I've become a Pinterestaholic.....I love that site!  So does my daughter.....We've tried a variety of things featured on Pinterest which I will attach below.  But also, I found a site that showed how to make coasters for drinks out of bathroom tiles using scrapbook supplies!  OMG!  My younger daughter and I have been up to our elbows in mod podge in my scrapbooking room making coasters out of scrapbooking supplies!  We are having a blast; attaching the pictures of my patriotic coasters below.  (I'm a History teacher....inspired by the 4th of July....)  Have a safe holiday and Happy Birthday America!

Coasters!  Directions of how to make these are located at www.cottagehome.blogspot.com/2011/01/tile-coaster-tutorial.html

The Veggie Person.  I made this for my daughter's swimming/slumber/birthday party a few weeks back.  Idea came from Pinterest, but I altered slightly.

Rice Krispee sushi!  My daughter having the party said we just had to make these!  And the even cooler thing about them, they were safe to eat for my food allergic younger daughter!  I went outside and said, "Anyone want sushi?"  Of course, all the little girls yelled, "NO WAY!"  Until they found out they were Rice Krispee treats!  Once again, THANK YOU PINTEREST!

Sunday, July 1, 2012



This was my last project for Simply Scrapbooks' Design Team.....Sniff sniff.....I was scared to death of this project because I had never used Graphic 45 products before.  I like Graphic 45's paper, but honestly, it intimidated me.  So I decided to get out of my comfort zone and tackle this project.  And out of many of my kits for the design team, this one came together the quickest!  But the store was closing, and they didn't need it to display, so it's in my pile of "to file" scrapbook pages.  I liked it so much, I ended up making a similar page for a retirement gift for a teacher.  And then I ended up getting the Graphic 45 Wizard of Oz paper to scrapbook my "Wicked" pictures, tickets, and playbook.  I think I've successfully faced my fear of Graphic 45 paper!