Friday, September 21, 2018


This is my final project for the month of September for Creative Inspirations.  Our end of the month  mini crop for September is a "Back to School" theme.  Each of us took a different "subject" from school, and being the American History teacher that I am, I chose to do the "History" theme page.  In Ohio where I live, September is the start of football season. When my Grandfather was in high school here in my hometown, he was an incredible football player.  Not only did he hold several school records when he played, his team also was undefeated for two years.  My Aunt recently posted this picture of him on social media, and I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.  I used a variety of papers from Photo Play's "End Zone" line to pull this project together.  In addition, I used a sketch featured at Creative Inspirations from earlier this month to highlight this picture.


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  This time around, I was completely inspired by the colors of the sketch.  Last September, my daughter and her soccer friends went to the USA Women's Soccer Game in Cincinnati, OH.  My daughter lives and breathes US Women's Soccer.  She was so excited to meet the players and watch the game with her friends.  And of course, she had to wear her Tobin Heath jersey that is red, white, and blue.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's Patriotic Parade and Stars & Stripes Collection.  I also printed a copy of the US Women's Soccer Logo and soccer ball stickers to bring forth the soccer theme of this project.

Monday, September 17, 2018


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's team was to create a project about friendship.  I decided to focus on my daughter's friendship with her four legged best friend.  Lila is our chihuahua that was supposed to be a teacup, but she is 20 lbs. of fun.  She is the funniest dog.  And she loves her humans fiercely.  When she was a puppy, my daughter would push her around in doll strollers and toy shopping carts.  She's a little too big for those things now, but she is more than willing to sit on your lap.  And in the case of this picture, play Monopoly.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Puppy Love" collection.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  I love the fall.  I love the colors, the temperatures, and being the avid scrapbooker that I am, the new patterned paper collections being released.  For this project, I used a variety of patterned papers from Authentique's "Pleasant" collection to feature pictures taken of my daughters at the height of the autumn color change about five years ago.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I did something different than I typically do for this month's projects for Let's Scrap.  I like to use different paper products not only because it changes things up for me, but also to showcase how to use different products and pictures with two page sketches.  However this month, I used the same line of paper for both projects.  I loved Bo Bunny's "Summer Mood" collection and how it matched beautifully with their "Escape to Paradise" collection.  For the first September project, I used the brighter colored papers from "Summer Mood" to feature pics of my daughter and her favorite fruity treats.  The "Escape to Paradise" papers were more pastel, vintage beach in nature.  So for my other September project, I featured pictures of my daughter hanging out at her favorite place in the United States; Panama City Beach, Florida using that line.  I chose some of my favorite pictures of her and her favorite places in Panama City to highlight the papers in this collection.

Friday, September 7, 2018


I recently joined the Design Team at Creative Inspirations, and I absolutely LOVE this group!  Not only are the sketches easy to translate, but also they sponsor all types of challenges that push my creativity.  This week we are having a "Birthday Bash" challenge.  At first my mind went safe, and I thought, "I will make a gift card holder that my daughter can use for a birthday gift..."  But then I decided I wanted to make something with a more adult feel.  One of my daughter's and mine's favorite things to do is to make drink coasters out of scraps of patterned paper and leftover letter stickers.  So I decided to make coasters that could go with a bottle of wine as a gift.  I used scraps of paper from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection to design the coasters and a few swipes of Mod Podge to prevent the paper from warping if they get wet.  Then I created a tag to tie around the wine bottle with the message "Cheers to another year!"  This project took very little time to complete, and would be perfect not only for a birthday, but also a housewarming gift.

Monday, September 3, 2018


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff  where the theme this week is "School is in."  In other words, we were to make a project with a school theme.  This has been a bittersweet back to school season for me.  My older daughter is a senior.  This year is going to be filled with lots of lasts, so I decided to feature one of the lasts in this project.  I have taken a picture of my daughter on her first day of school every year since 2006.  So for this project, I decided to feature a picture of her on her first day of kindergarten and her final first day picture taken on the first day of senior year.  It is amazing to see her transformation.  She may be twelve years older and a bit taller, but I can still see that sweet five year old in that seventeen year old face.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of October Afternoon school themed papers to give the project a vintage feel.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this challenge, I was completely inspired by the Bo Bunny "Summer Mood" collection when I spotted it at my local scrapbook store.  The bright blue hues and the lemon print fired off the creative juices in my brain.  And I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to feature.  My younger daughter was diagnosed with food allergies to milk and egg at five months old.  Although her diet is limited, she has become a connoisseur of all things frozen.  From popsicles to slushies, she loves all things sweet and fruity.  So for this project, I used as variety of pictures from her toddler to her teen years enjoying her icy treats.  To pull this project together, I also used cardstock embellishments from Bella Blvd's "Fruit of the Spirit" collection.


This is my latest project for Sketchy Boards Challenge using the following sketch.  I've become quite sentimental the past few weeks.  My daughter is a senior in high school.  In the past month, we've been on college visits, scheduled senior pictures, and I'm starting to realize the end of an era is in sight for her.  Of course I'm not sending her out into the great unknown, but with her graduation on the horizon, I've found myself getting extremely sentimental.  So when I saw the clocks on the sketch, I started thinking of my daughter throughout the course of her time on Earth.  For this project, I featured pictures of my daughter at different times in her life; as an infant, on her first day of kindergarten, at an ice skating competition when she was a tween, and finally, a photoshoot she had in June of this year.  I used chipboard clock embellishment along with cardstock stickers from Recollections to pull this project together along with a variety of patterned papers from Michael's and Hobby Lobby.