More Childhood Layouts

So I've been going through a box of old slides from my childhood and scanning them. I can't resist scrapping some of them. This first layout is scraplifted from Kathy Skou at Scrapbook and Cards Today. The title means "Little Family" and talks about how my mom had always wanted a big family but ended up with only us two. I love that photo of our little family! This was my attempt at ombre, going from dark to light blue. All the papers are very old! Feels good to use up some stash!

The second layout journals about my first steps, although the photo was taken about six months later. But I like that photo, including the blurry foot which shows movement. It seems I was in a hurry to get around. I started walking at 8 months and 19 days (my mom kept a great baby book which I'm going to have to steal for future baby layouts!). Never crawled or anything, just started walking! The page is based on a sketch by Kristine Davidson. I used the old "Boxer" collection from Basic Grey for this one.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a scrappy weekend!


More Old Photos to Scrap

I've been having lots of fun with old photos recently. My uncle lent me a bunch of old photos to scan and I got old slides from my childhood from my parents. On this first layout, titled "At the Lake", I combined photos of my dad and my uncle from the 40's with photos of my brother and myself in the 70's, having fun at the lake where we both spent our summers. I used an old Basic Grey collection (Color Me Silly) and even some vellum!

This second layout is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck. It's a picture of my great-aunt and me when I was two. The title means "Like a 2nd Grandmother", which she was! I used another Basic Grey collection, Kissing Booth.

It's report card time now at school, so my scrapping has been slowing down. Hopefully in a few weeks it will pick up again!

Have a scrappy weekend!


Two Layouts to Share!


I've got two layouts to share with you today, both about my dad when he was 5 years old, in 1943. The first one's title means "Simple Pleasures". I love those photos of my dad and uncle having a blast, while my grandma seems all "down to business", getting her boys clean! It's based on challenge 317 at Scrapbook Challenges.

I added two portrait pictures instead of one landscape photo. I also handstitched circles to put more emphasis on the small pictures. I used Basic Grey's Archaic collection for this one.

The second layout means "Brothers and Friends". I scraplifted it from Gina Rodgers at Scrap Friends. I used pieces of Archaic papers from Basic Grey and one of Tim Holtz' Core'dination cardstock as the base. I added some acrylic paint applied with the edge of a credit card to grunge it up a bit. I machine stitched between the squares of paper.

That's all I have today. Hope you have a scrappy week!


Two New Layouts

Hi there!

I've got two layouts to share with you tonight. The first one was done for a challenge at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out. The theme for October is "Journey". This layout talks about my journey through school, figuring out what I want to be "when I grow up"! The title means "For Good?", as I'm still debating whether I will stay in the education field or not. It's based on a sketch by Valerie Salmon.

The second layout is based on sketch #316 at Scrapbook Challenges. The title means "Rothenburg Under the Rain". It's a quaint little village in Germany which we visited last December during our tour of Christmas Markets.

That's it for now! Hope you have a scrappy weekend!


Once Upon a ... Sketch

Hello! I participated this month in the challenge at Once Upon a ... Sketch. The challenge was to incorporate the following quote along with the sketch provided. I loved the quote so much that I had to take part in the challenge!

And here's the sketch that we had to use.

I only followed the sketch loosely and did a pretty bare layout, which is difficult for me! And did some doodling, which I'm not very comfortable doing! I think I should have stitched around the page instead, but it's too late now... I used of picture of myself when I was blowing out the candles at my 3rd birthday. It's hard to see from the picture, but the title says "Capture the Good Times" and the complete quote is written on sides. Not my favorite page, but I'm glad it's done nonetheless.

You have until the end of the month if you want to participate in the challenge here!

Have a scrappy weekend!

A Sketch and Challenge at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out

Hi there! I have just one layout to share with you today. It was done for a challenge at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. The "theme" was innocence and we had to use a picture of ourselves when we were very young. This is a picture of me when I was one day old. I used this sketch by Melissa Elsner, from SFTIO.

Here's the layout, using some old Sassafras Lass papers. I finally used a different stitch than straight or zigzag on my sewing machine! I used a diamond-shaped stitch to frame the page. I like how it turned out! The journaling stamp is from Unity.

That's all I have to share today! I hope you're having a scrappy week!


Two More Heritage Layouts!


This week I worked on some old pictures of my grandfather. The first layout, with photos from the late 20's early 30's, is based on sketch #315 from Scrapbook Challenges.

I always have a hard time with masculine layouts. I have a hard time embellishing them! I used wooden letters and banners, which I colored with a distress marker. Added some wooden buttons and a chipboard star.

The second layout is based on the October sketch by Kristine Davidson for My Scraps and More. 

This layout features a photo of my grandfather in 1960. This is the grandfather I remember. He didn't change as he got older! You can't see the journaling very well as it's on the dark red paper, but I used an old typewriter that I just inherited from my parents. They wanted to get rid of it, and I wanted one for my journaling! Perfect match!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great weekend! Happy scrapping!


Sketches in Thyme and a Heritage Page!

Sketches in Thyme is having a DT call! They have a blog which offers weekly sketch challenges... and you know how much I love sketches! This is the sketch we had to work with for the call.

I adapted it quite a bit for these two beautiful photos of my grandmother when she was young. (My uncle lent me a bunch of old photos I had never seen before. I'll be scanning like crazy! And you might be seeing several heritage pages in the future!) I used her own beautiful old paper doilies on the layout. Fussy cut some Webster's Pages paper (which I have and love but never use!) and used some sanded Core'dinations cardstock as the base. I'm pretty happy about how it turned out. I'm sure my dad will love it!

I don't know if I'll make the team or not, but one way or the other, I'm really happy I got this layout done!

Hope you're having a creative weekend!


Two New Layouts!

Two weeks ago, I saw my favorite singer in a show in a small venue. We were sitting in the front row, right in front of him. After the show, I got to meet him and have my picture taken with him! I've been a fan for almost 30 years, so it was very exciting!

Here's one LO about it, showing the venue (it was at the zoo!!) and how close to the little stage we were. All the papers are MME. It's based on a sketch by Stacey Lokovic at Inspired to Scrap. Here's the sketch, which I rotated to fit my pictures, and the LO.

The other LO is about my meeting him, and is based on a sketch by Cherie Averill.

Hope you had a great weekend! Mine is still not over, I'm going to see another show with my fav' singer tonight!

Happy scrapping!


Another Let's Get Sketchy Post!

Here's my last "unofficial" layout with Let's Get Sketchy! Here's the sketch.

And here's my layout. I love green... but this is REALLY green! lol! And I used my Sizzix Texture Boutique embossing machine! (I almost never use it... {blush}) The page is about the Cape Henry lighthouses near Virginia Beach. The one on the right was built in 1792 and is the oldest one in the States. We climbed up it, and could have a view of the "new" lighthouse (the black and white one) which was built in 1881.

Hope you go check the DT reveal here and join in with your own creation. You could win a prize!

Happy scrapping!


2nd Guest Designer Page with Sketch~N~Scrap!

Hi there! Just a quick note today to share my second layout I did for Sketch~N~Scrap this month. This is the fun sketch we had to work with.

This time, I actually used just one photo on the page (I usually try to add a few pics to single-picture sketches!). It's Biltmore, in North Carolina, the biggest private residence in the US. For the banner, I used my circle punch to cut off the ends and shape them. The colors are very subdued, but I wanted to keep the focus on the picture.

Go check out what the DT did with the sketch on the blog. Hope you join in and play along too!


Another LO from Let's Get Sketchy!

Hi there!

Although my DT term with Let's Get Sketchy is up, I had a "head's up" on the September sketches! So today I'm sharing the layout I made with this sketch. It's a beautiful sketch with lots of circles, but of course, you can substitute whatever you want instead.

I changed the photo orientation and size. (And just as I'm writing this, I realize I forgot to glue one of the strips of paper I had cut, a pink one... No wonder the page seemed like it was missing something! lol!) It's a layout about a "poney cruise" that we took to Assateague Island in Virginia. The island is famous for its wild poneys! I dug into my "vintage" Basic Grey and used the "Infuse" collection.

You should check out the beautiful layouts of the DT on the blog here, they're sure to inspire you!

Have a scrappy week!


My Featured Layouts!

Recently, I've had two layouts featured on two blogs. The first one is my "Escape" layout which was featured on Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. Then my "Tea at Biltmore" page was picked in the top 5 over at C'est Magnifique Kits for their August sketch challenge. What a surprise!

Now that I'm back to work at school, I have less time to scrap, but I still have one layout to share with you today. It's called "Dreaming of Antarctica" and was done for one of the "escape" challenges at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. It's based on this fabulous sketch by Julie Bonner, for Noel Mignon.

I used some very old paper on this one! The chipboard snowflakes were painted white. I then put a coat of Diamond Glaze and sprinkled some Diamond Dust on top for a glittery effect.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrapping!


Guest Designer Spot at Sketch~N~Scrap!

Hi there!

The first sketch for September is up at Sketch~N~Scrap, and so is my layout as guest designer! Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout, titled "A Man and the Sea". The pictures were taken in Acadia National Park in Maine last summer.

Go check out the rest of the reveal at Sketch~N~Scrap. The design team has paired up with the Paper Secrets' team for a double dose of inspiration, as Paper Secrets is the sponsor for September!

Have a scrappy week!


Challenge #26 at Let's Get Sketchy!

Today is my last reveal with Let's Get Sketchy! Six months sure went by fast! Here's the pretty sketch we had to work with.

I made a layout about life in Trinidad, from our trip to Cuba in the winter of 2011. I used a bunch of papers from Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry collection. I love the soft colors. I also stitched around the pieces of papers.

Go check out the rest of the team's work here. You have until next Sunday to link up your creation for a chance to win our monthly prize!

Happy scrapping!



That's the theme at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out for August. The first challenge this month was to scrap about how we sometimes wish we could disappear somewhere and just escape from it all!

The title of my layout means "Escape". The picture is from the incredible beach of Cayo Ensenachos in Cuba, where we went in 2011. I wouldn't mind escaping there a few more times! lol! The picture flips open to reveal some journaling. I kept embellishments to a minimum. My layout is based on a sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches.

Hope you can "escape" and join in the fun at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out!


C'est Magnifique Sketch!


Today I'm sharing a page I did with the August sketch at C'est Magnifique Kits. Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it. I rotated the sketch to fit my landscape pictures. It's us having afternoon tea at Biltmore Inn, in North Carolina. I always get a kick out of having tea!

That's it for today! Hope you have a scrappy day!


Sketch~N~Scrap Guest DT Call!

Sketch~N~Scrap is having a guest DT call for September! All you need to do is complete a layout based on this sketch by August 20th.

I loved the multi-pic sketch with all those squares! This page is about Amish country, in Pennsylvania, which we visited this summer. I used the old Basic Grey collection "Urban Couture". For the squares of pattern paper, I actually cut out the examples from the "cover page" of the collection pack! Great way to get the same patterns but in a very small size!

I also did a layout of sketch 14 from Sketch~N~Scrap, one of my rare single photo pages! This is a picture of my brother and my niece. Don't they make a nice "couple"? I used an even older collection of Basic Grey for this one, Skate Shoppe!

Hope you have time to join in and play along with Sketch~N~Scrap and their cool sketches!


Challenge #68 at Scrap Your Crap: Brads/Eyelets

You know you have them in your stash! Tons of brads and a healthy dose of eyelets too. This month's challenge at Scrap Your Crap is to dig them out and use them! You can use brads only, eyelets only or a combination of the two. Try to make a dent in your stash!

Here's my layout. I used up 45 eyelets! Woohoo!! The page is about the "Wet Jet" tour we took in Niagara Falls back in 2008.  It was lots of fun, and definitely wet!! You can see that where we were sitting was completely submerged in water!

My layout is based on sketch #4 by Susan Stringfellow at Sketch Savvy.

Go to the blog to see the other creations by the DT. Why don't you join us too!

Happy scrapping!


Challenge #24 at Let's Get Sketchy!

We're already in the 6th month at Let's Get Sketchy and into my last month as DT over there! Here's this week's sketch. It's full of layers, and it's multi-pic... I love that!

Here's my take on it. It's about the Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany, that we visited last December. It was wonderful! An item off my bucket list, actually! I used the Basic Grey collection "Nordic Holiday", which has lots of fun Chrismassy papers.

Go check out the beautiful creations by the rest of the DT here, and be inspired to create your own for your chance to win our monthly prize!

Happy scrapping!


Found a new challenge blog!

A couple of days ago, I found a new challenge blog and fell in love with their sketches! It's called iclassygirl. Lots of multi-pic sketches, which I love! Here's one of them, along with my take on it.

These are the gardens of Biltmore (in North Carolina), the largest private home in the US, which we just visited during our vacation. It was crazy big!! For this layout, I used Crate Paper's Pretty Party collection. For the dark green paper, I traced the packaging of an old Prima felt "De-Vine" which had a pretty shape!

That's it for now. I'll be back Monday with the newest reveal at Let's Get Sketchy!

Hope you're having a creative weekend!


Back from Vacation with Two New Layouts!

Hi there!

I've been on vacation for the past two weeks, so that's meant no scrapping for me! I dove back in my scraproom with these two layouts about Point Ellice House, a beautiful victorian home in Victoria, BC. The first page is based on sketch #69 at Sketchabilities. I used the Curio collection from Basic Grey.

The second page is based on the August sketch at The ScrapRoom Blog

Just a couple of weeks before school starts... Hope to get to scrap some more before work starts up again!

Happy scrapping!

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