Monday, November 25, 2019


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  With this week being Thanksgiving, our theme is to create a project featuring something you are thankful for in your life.  I knew immediately what I wanted to feature for my project.  My daughter broke her leg in September.  She has been sidelined for the past two months while her bone heals.  As devastated as she's been to have her soccer season come to an abrupt end, what has been incredible to see and experience has been the amount of love that has encompassed her.  She has an amazing network of friends especially from her club soccer team.  When she was brought into the hospital, her club team friends were right there holding her hand during the worst of the pain.  Featured in this project are two of her best friends who have been her rocks throughout this ordeal who also had to spend some time in crutches this past fall.  Words can not express how thankful my husband and I are for my daughter's friends keeping her spirits up during her recovery.  We are all blessed beyond measure to be surrounded by such incredible people.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "So Much Pun" collection since the theme is my daughter recovering from an injury.  I was also inspired by the following sketch from my former design team "2 Broke Girls" when pulling this project together. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  It actually went live on November 21, but unfortunately for me, life got in the way, and I am right now having the chance to post it.  I've been wanting to create a project for this picture of my oldest daughter.  She was posing in front of angel wings, and I wanted the just right design to feature the picture.  So I recreated the background of the picture in the background of the layout, spray painted a pair of chipboard angel wings and doily gold, and my angelic layout came to be.

Friday, November 15, 2019


This is another layout I did for the Creative Inspiration Fall themed Mini Crop where I took on the challenge of creating a project with layers.  I love Halloween paper.  It's my scrapbook store downfall...I will buy it all if I don't exercise some self control.  So for this project, I decided to layer some of my favorite papers from Crate Paper's "Hey Pumpkin" line.  My daughter was the cutest witch back when she was a tiny girl.  I thought she would be the perfect subject matter to highlight with all these adorable Halloween themed papers.  I also layered a variety of embellishments on this page as well.  To pull the project together, I used the October 6 Sunday Sketch because I loved how it incorporated so many layers in the final product.


This is my creation for the Creative Inspiration November Mini Crop where I took on the Halloween/Fall Colors challenge.  Back in June, my cousin and I took a girl's trip to New England.  We explored a variety of cities and states in the area, but hands down, our favorite stop was Salem, Massachusetts.  As a History teacher, I wanted to see the site of the Salem Witch Trials for myself.  The city of Salem does an incredible job embracing its past and making a dark part of American History into a positive learning experience. One of our stops was the Salem Witch Museum where we watched a play about how the accusations of a few young girls led to the Witch Trials.  (None of the people accused were "witches;" those accused were simply people who were easy targets and accused of crimes they did not commit).  Later that night, we were exploring a local store when I saw was this bundle of brooms by the door.  I said to my cousin, "Look!  It's the parking lot!"  (Witch humor...)  With all the witch memorabilia and souvenirs, Salem truly is "Halloween Town" which I thought would be the perfect subject matter for a Halloween/fall color themed project.  To pull this layout together, I used the November 11 sketch & a variety of papers from Authentique's "Nightfall" collection.

Monday, November 11, 2019


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff where we were asked to use the colors red, brown, and gold on our projects.  I decided to feature pictures I took of my cousin and I at our favorite fall festival of the season; the Sauerkraut Festival.  At this festival, everything, and I repeat EVERYTHING is made with sauerkraut from pizza to donuts.  Featured in this layout is my red, brown, and gold German Sundae which is a baked potato with sauerkraut, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and an olive. Not only do we go for the incredible food, but also for the crafts.  We have found some interesting, one of a kind items during our annual trips.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of red, brown, and gold papers from Ella & Viv's "Fall Rustica" collection.  In addition, I was inspired in my placement of papers on this layout from the following sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls.

Sunday, November 3, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  With this sketch focusing on a picture in the middle of the circle, I wanted to use a photo that not only was extremely clear, but also meant something important to me.  Once I started scanning my photos, I knew exactly which one I wanted to use for this project; the coffee cup.  This is not any coffee cup; this is my first morning coffee in Costa Rica.  Every morning of our trip, I would literally climb a mountain to reach the restaurant at our resort to get my first cup of coffee.  Once I was finally reached the restaurant, I would find a table overlooking the Pacific, catch my breath, and enjoy every single second of my morning.  The only word that I can muster that describes my morning ritual in Costa Rica is magical.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Graphic 45's "Lost in Paradise" line to give the project a tropical vibe.

Friday, November 1, 2019

HOCO 2019

This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenges using the following sketch.  For this project, I was inspired by this picture I took of my daughter and her group of best friends before their freshman Homecoming Dance.  They had no clue I was taking their pic, and I love the looks on their faces as they are talking to each other.  Even better, I had my camera on a black and white filter which I think gave it an even more beautiful feel.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of blue and gold papers from Scrapbook Customs "Navy Mustard" line.