Sunday, December 15, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  For this project, I decided to feature two of my favorite pictures of my youngest daughter on two different Christmases.  She has food allergies, so when she find something she can eat, she is in heaven.  When she finds something she REALLY likes, she turns into Buddy the Elf.   I found her squirting icing in her mouth one time when she was building a gingerbread house.  Then a few years later, I found her chugging a 2 liter of cranberry ginger ale.  (I promise I did teach her table manners).  Every time I see these pictures, I envision Will Farrell eating spaghetti with maple syrup downing a 2 liter of coke and then belching the burp of all burps.  These are definitely two of my favorite Christmas pictures of her of all time because of the image they conjure in my head.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Doodlebug Design Christmas theme papers.  I liked how the sketch used strips of paper which allowed me to use a variety of printed papers without overwhelming the project.  To finish this up, I used a eyelets and some baker's twine to secure ornaments down the side of the page to give the project an extra Christmas vibe.

Monday, December 9, 2019


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This week's challenge asked us to use this mood board of mint green items as inspiration.  I must be honest, I like mint green, but it's not my usual go-to color.  So this was one of those projects that had to stretch me a bit creatively.  As I was trying to figure out what to feature in my project, I came across this picture of my daughter standing in a gazebo about two Christmases ago with a mint green light shining down on her.  I loved the minty glow and thought it would be perfect for this project.  I dug into my stash and found the perfect mint green paper in the Crate Paper "Snow and Cocoa" collection to accent the picture.  I was also inspired by this sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls when putting this project together.

Sunday, December 8, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following Sunday Sketch.  This week I was inspired by a picture of my daughters taken at one of our favorite restaurants called "The Golden Lamb."  It's the state of Ohio's oldest operating business.  It's one of those places that when you walk into the building, you literally feel as if you have stepped back in time.  Several famous people including Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens have stayed at the Golden Lamb.  My girls and I love to wander the halls looking at all the rooms, antiques, and pictures.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's "Christmas Edition" collection because I loved the antique vibe of the paper.

Sunday, December 1, 2019


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  When I saw the boxes on the sketch, it reminded me of a Mid Century Modern design.  I've been waiting to use this picture of my daughter taken back in the Spring after she watched "On the Basis of Sex" about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  My daughter loves all things politics.  She adored this movie and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's style.  After she watched the movie, she went upstairs to get ready to go out with her friends.  She came downstairs sporting a Ruth Bader Ginsburg scarf circa 1970 as happy as can be with her new accessory.  As a history teacher Mom, my heart burst with joy. To pull this project together, I used a variety of paper from Ella & Viv's "Mid Century Modern" collection since when I think of the 1970's, I think of this design style.


This is my project for Creative Inspiration's 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.  Each of the design team members created a project for the first twelve days of the month of December, and I am the line leader with December 1.  I like to create projects that are useful and easy for anyone to recreate.  Honestly, I have issues following directions.  If I can do this, anyone can.  I found this project on Pinterest (directions below) and thought it would be perfect to feature for this project. I selected Doodlebug Design 6x6 "Santa Express" paper because that was the size needed to fold the paper into the gift card folder.  To keep all the folds in place, I used a red brad.  Finally, I included a few Doodlebug Design Christmas cardstock stickers and this project was done.  I plan on using this project as a Secret Santa gift for work later this month.  


This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenge using the following sketch.  For this challenge, I decided to feature a picture of my best friend in the whole world on Christmas; my dog Aro.  He is quite a fan of Christmas especially when he's covered in wrapping paper.  So with the Christmas vibe of this sketch, I thought he would be the perfect subject matter for this layout.  To pull the project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's Christmas collections that I have accumulated over the years.