Friday, February 21, 2020


This is my project for Creative Inspiration's Friday Mini Crop inspired by Valentine's Day.  My contribution was to make a layout based on the theme "love."  I decided to go old school for this project; literally 1930's old.  My layout features pictures of my grandparents when they were dating.  I might be biased, but I do believe they are one gorgeous couple.  They met during junior high school and remained together until my Grandpa passed away in 1985.  I thought they were the perfect representation of love for a Valentine's layout.  To give this project a vintage vibe, I used papers from My Mind's Eye "Gingham Farm" collection and the following Creative Inspiration sketch from October 6, 2019.


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I wasn't sure what route I wanted to go with this sketch until I started going through my picture stash.  This was a picture of my daughter taken at a photo shoot with one of her best friends.  I loved how she was being silly making the heart symbol with her hands.  With Valentine's Day a week ago, I thought she would be the perfect subject matter for this sketch.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Valentine papers from my stash including Crate Paper's "Lala Love" and Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection.

Sunday, February 9, 2020


This is my latest project for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  Last week was a monumental weekend for my family.  Back in September, my youngest daughter broke her tibia playing soccer.  We really were not sure she would ever make it back to the soccer field given the extent of the injury.  That was our first mistake.  My daughter WAS going to make it back to the soccer field come hell or high water.  Last weekend, she did exactly that.  She played in her first soccer game post broken leg in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  While it did hurt her at times, she pushed through and had a successful first outing.  I didn't breathe a whole lot while she played, but I am so thankful that she has faced this challenge head on and got herself back out on the field where she is the happiest.  She truly is the bravest person I know.  Because she played the tournament up in the Smoky Mountains carved out into soccer fields, I decided to use Echo Park's "Little Lumberjack" collection because I loved the outdoorsy vibe.  Also, I added a few Doodlebug Design soccer ball cut outs because of the soccer theme of the project.

Monday, February 3, 2020


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This bi weekly challenge was to create a project featuring a critter in honor of Groundhog's Day on February 2.  I'm not a fan of winter, but we have had zero snow this year.  As a teacher who loves snow days, this is heartbreaking...For once, I hope that the groundhog does see his shadow, and we do get a couple inches of white fluff so we can get a day off school!  So in honor of winter and one of my favorite critters, I featured pictures of my dog Penny in her dog sweaters that my older daughter knitted her.  Penny is not a fan of dog sweaters as you can tell in the pictures, but boy she looks cute!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Authentique's "Alpine" line along with this sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls as a guide.

Sunday, February 2, 2020


This is my latest sketch for Creative Inspiration using the following sketch.  When I saw this layout, I was instantly inspired by the squares in various parts of the page.  I instantly thought of a patchwork quilt.  I started to inventory my mass quantities of pictures and came across these gems of my oldest on a field trip to a local farm when she was in preschool.  She has never met an animal that she didn't like including this horse who tried to eat her hair for a snack.  I used a variety of Doodlebug Design, "Down on the Farm" collection papers and cut them into 3"x3" squares.  I added a few more strips of patterned paper to keep the layout looking balanced, and this project was done in no time flat.

Saturday, February 1, 2020


This is my latest project for Sketchy Board Challenge using the following sketch.  With this project needing to be Valentine's Day themed, I decided to feature two of my greatest loves on this project; my younger daughter and my chihuahua Lila.  These two are the best of friends.  Nothing makes my daughter happier than taking funny pictures of herself with her dog.  This is one of my personal favorites.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from my Valentine's Day stash including papers from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection, Pebbles's "Love Me" line and Photo Play's "Love" line.