Thursday, February 21, 2019


This is my latest creation for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  This has always been one of my favorite pictures of my daughter.  We were in Chicago getting ready to head back to our hotel from lunch.  My husband and I are from a small town in Ohio; hailing taxis is not in our comfort zone.  So him and I were saying, "You do it!"  "No, you do it!"  Next thing we know, our six year old has her hand up in the air and hailed the taxi in this picture.  Him and I looked at each other like, "What just happened?"  She has always been a take charge girl; this is photographic proof.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd's "Let's Go" line.

Monday, February 18, 2019


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff along with Double Trouble Challenge Blog.  For Use Your Stuff, we were to create a "magic" themed layout.  For Double Trouble, we needed to include one or more elements from the bingo board found below.   My immediate thought when planning this project was Harry Potter.  My family has loved everything about Harry Potter, especially my oldest daughter, since the release of the first book.   She has always been my faithful Harry Potter companion.  We've gone to book openings together along with opening nights of movies.  In the layout, we were at a Deathly Hallows release party at our local Barnes and Noble book store.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Harry Potter themed papers from Reminisce's "Worlds of Adventure" and Color Play's "Wizard World" collection.  I was also inspired by the placement of the papers in the layout from my former design team 2 Broke Girls Challenges.  From Double Trouble, I used silver & gold embellishments, the sentiment, and the die punches.

Friday, February 15, 2019


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  For this project, I was inspired by a new pad of "The Paper Studio" paper I bought at the Hobby Lobby called, "The Pink Passport."  With it being so girly, I decided to feature pictures of my teenage daughters when they were smaller acting like little ladies.  Once I picked the pictures, I converted them to black and white to keep everything uniform.

Monday, February 11, 2019


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week our challenge was to create a project using hearts and/or red and pink.  I decided to do both with this layout.  I was inspired by the heart filter on top of my daughter's pictures, so I decided to go full on Valentine's Day for this project.  I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection and borrowed the large heart as a design element from my design team "Sketchy Board Challenges" to pull this project together.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  For this layout, I was completely inspired by the papers from Crate Paper's "Carousel" collection.  I've had these papers in my stash for a while, but wasn't quite sure how to use them.  As I looked at this sketch, it struck me...Navy Pier!  My husband and I took our girls to Chicago ten years ago, and they had a blast riding all the rides at Navy Pier.  I decided to feature a few of my favorites for this page.

Sunday, February 3, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  This past week where I live we have been in the grips of a polar vortex.  What does that mean?  That means where I live in the midwestern USA it was colder here than it was in Antarctica.  So in the spirit of the cold weather that gave me a few unexpected days off school to play in my scrap room, I decided to create a project featuring my daughter when she was tiny playing in the snow.  To pull this project together, I used Doodlebug Design's Petite Prints in Stone Grey as the background and a variety of papers from Authentique's "Frosted" collection to build the layout.

Friday, February 1, 2019


This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenges using the following sketch.  I absolutely love these pictures of my daughter.  She had just discovered her Dad's camera, and decided to have a photo shoot with some of her friends at a local candy shop in our hometown.  I've been waiting for the perfect sketch to scrap these pics.  Since I love them so much, when I saw the heart on the sketch, I knew I had found the perfect template for these pictures.  I used a variety of heart papers from Doodlebug Design and a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's The Paper Studio line to pull this project together.


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  The challenge of this sketch was finding eleven photos of the same theme to showcase.  To make this happen, I dug into my picture archives and highlighted one of the greatest moments I've had as a Mother of girls; the weekend we spent in Chicago at American Girl.  My daughter was turning seven and wanted the American Girl doll Mia more than anything on Earth.  So our family took a train to Chicago to shop for her doll.  While we were there, her Felicity doll went to the doll hair salon.  We shopped, shopped, and shopped some more.   But the highlight of our day was our lunch at the American Girl CafĂ©.  She had a smile on her face all weekend long.  To highlight these pictures, I used polka dot Doodlebug Design paper that has been in my stash for years.  I also found an American Girl birthday card that I had stashed away for later use that I used for the title.  To make the star look like it was "shooting" I used white chipboard swirls I bought off of Etsy.  I put my Cricut Basic Shapes software to use and cut out multiple stars found throughout the layout.  And finally, to add some bling to my layout, I used a variety of rhinestone jewels and flowers to embellish the layout.  When it was all said and done, I was shocked about how well this project came together using so little products.  I guess it goes to show that sometimes less is more.