Thursday, July 31, 2008

Why I scrap?

Final design team challange at ScrapDango! This week's challenge had a lot of requirements and took a little planning. Here were this week's rules:

For week #4 you must create a 1 page 12 x 12 layout with the theme: Why I scrap

Must use the following &
ONLY the following on your layout:
5 different pattern papers

4 different chipboard items

3 different buttons

2 different colors of cardstock

1 5x7 photo of YOU scrapping!

Here's what I created:I've had a lot of fun with this design team call. I loved that it got everyone involved and made you think. Wish me luck! There are 25 other woman in the running so it's kinda a long shot---but worth it!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quality Time

We are leaving for vacation very soon and it's ALL I can think about. To pass the time, I've been scrapping some photos from previous vacations. Here's a photo of our view from the cabin in 2006. This is what I call "Quality Time".

Creative Scrappers- I've been working away on the sketches from last weekends "Sketchfest". For this layout I used this sketch. The challenge was to use stitching in your layout---no hand drawn stitches!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Another layout of my Dylan. Gotta love the Love, Elsie products!!!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

August MemoryWorks Express Kit!

The August MemoryWorks Express Kit has been released!!!! LOOK at this kit!!!!! I am so in love this month. Perfect for scrappin' my little boys! Contact me to find out how you can order one.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

One hour sketch

Last night I participated in a one hour sketch challenge at Creative Scrappers. It was crazy! A sketch was posted at 9pm and I had one hour to complete a layout and then 15 minutes to upload it to the gallery. It was fun. I was really surprised at how many people come out for it--over 30!

Here's the sketch we were given:

Here's what I completed:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday to you!

Here is my completed layout for the design team challenge week #3 at Scrapdango.

Create a 2-page 12x12 layout. Other requirements--- 1)Must use the colors red & green as the dominant colors BUT your layout CANNOT be Christmas or Holiday related. 2)Must use a minimum of 5 photos, one of which must be larger than a 4 x 6. More than one can be larger than a 4 x 6, but one must be. 3)Must include journaling, either hidden or visible.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Just wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming Sketchfest at Creative Scrappers this coming weekend. If you like sketches and are looking for some inspiration--stop on over! 15 new sketches will be revealed. Prizes will also be awarded!!!!! Now you know what I'll be doing this weekend!!!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008


So, many of you already know that I love sketches. I just love the inspiration that it gives me to start a layout. Even if the layout ends up being something completely different, a sketch really jump starts my creativity. I recently found a new sketch blog/forum--Creative Scrappers. Each week they post a different sketch. At the end of the month they hold a random drawing for everyone that has completed a layout based on the sketches (one entry PER layout!!). They also have a forum and gallery where you can go and chat with other scrappers. Come check it out!

I decided to give last weeks sketch a try while scrapping on Friday night. Here's what I created:

And here's the sketch:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stick Boy

So, I was a little disapointed with myself at the crop on Friday night. I didn't plan my pages beforehand and I was a little rattled because of it. I did comple 4 layouts--so it wasn't a total loss. Here's one of them:

Here is a layout I completed of my son Dylan and his "self portrait". I have to admit that I did totally scraplift this from a layout I cut out of a magazine. I just loved the different elements with the scallops and circles and the square drawn around the page. So, I wasn't really being creative here---but isn't it cute???!!

Friday, July 18, 2008


After many complaints from Dylan that all I scrap is "Adam and Zach, Adam and Zach" he's been getting a lot of scrap time lately. Here's a great one of Dylan entertaining cousin Zach. I like to call him the baby whisperer. He loves to entertain the babies--and they love it!!

I created this layout at my weekend retreat a little while back. My friend had these really cute fabric flowers and didn't know what to do with them. It was a perfect addition to my layout--and she let me have it!!! Thanks Melissa!

I'm off to scrap for a fews hours tonight at Memories on 5th in Coralville. I should have some new creations to show you tomorrow (that is if I don't chat too much!!!).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Cutiepie!

We leave for vacation in 2 weeks! To get in the mood I've been scrapping our pictures from last year's vacation (yeah, yeah, I'm a little behind...). Here are some of my favorite of Dylan taking a ride on the boat. I just love how the sun is hitting his face. My little cutiepie!!!

Fancy Pants: About a Boy Theme Set
Fancy Pants: About a Boy Rub-on's
American Crafts: Foam Thickers
Prima Cardstock
Autumn Leaves: Clear Acrylic Star Stamp
Heidi Swapp: Clear Jewels
Colorbox: Chocolates & Blueberries Liquid Chalk
Ribbon & Clear Buttons

If your looking for a great kit to scrap those fabulous 4th of July photos you took---stop over at Moments to Remember. There's only 1 kit left!!!! It's a steal for $20!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Week #2

Here is my finished layouts for this weeks design team call at Scrapdango.

Week 2 Challenge:
Create a 12x12 layout based on a sketch submitted in last weeks bonus challenge. I had dtorin's sketch which was the following:

Here's what I did with it:

Week 2 Bonus Challenge:
Create a 12x12 layout based on the sketch that YOU submitted in last weeks bonus challenge. Again, here's my sketch I submitted:

Here's what I did with it:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wonderful World

A layout of a great picture of my mom, my sister, my nephew, and my grandma---4 generations! Wow! I know that this will be treasured for years to come.

Moments to Remember: Music Inspiration Week #1--What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. I have had so much fun playing along with the Scrapping the Music challenge blog that I decided to do the same thing over at Moments to Remember. Each week I will post a new song with lyrics for inspiration. Stop over and check it out each Wednesday!!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Scrapdango DT Call

I've found a new cool scrapping site that I've recently started hanging out at. It's called--Scrapdango! They have 2 amazing kits each month--which is very cool. They are currently holding a Design Team call for 3 new design team members. Instead of just sending in a few layout examples, they are holding a 4 week contest/challenge. In the end, the current design team members will choose the winners. I thought it might be fun to play along. More than anything it's a fun little challenge for the next month. There is a weekly challenge and a bonus challenge that you must complete each week.

Week 1 Challenge- Create a ONE page 12 x 12 layout with the following:
·Must use the colors green, orange, & violet. Any shades or hues of these colors are allowed. All 3 of those colors must be used, but other colors may be used also.
·Must use a minimum of 5 different papers – patterned and/or cardstock.
·Must use scallops.
·Must use a minimum of 7 blossoms.
·Must use the quote: “If there’s anything half so much fun as being alive, I’d like to know what it is!” R. Beuchner
·Must use a minimum of 2 photos.
·Must include journaling, either hidden or visible. Please include the journaling in your description when uploading.

Here's what I submitted:

Week 1 Bonus Challenge-
Your challenge is to create a 12 x 12 sketch. You may create your sketch using a computer software program or you can just draw it by hand & then scan or photograph it!

Here's what I submitted:

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Thought I'd switch things up the other day and do a couple cards.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ahh ha!

Just a simple, fun layout of my son at his birthday party. I just love all the different cardstock options that are available these days!

Monday, July 7, 2008


Grandpa and his boys!

Challenges: (More old ones, but new to me!!!)
Sketch This: I used this sketch for my layout.

Scrapping the Music: This was a song posted way, way back--"Blessed" by Martina McBride.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

My Drive

Scrapping the Music: Song this week--"Drive" by Incubus. Journaling reads--"Whatever tomorrow brings, I'll be there. With open arms and open eyes. Yeah."

Sketch This: I used this sketch for my layout--

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Party Animals

A fun layout using Fancy Pants: About a Boy theme set. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Smooth Moves

This layout was completed using the very cool Crate Paper: Static line. This paper is soooo cool. It has the swirly cool distressed look that I love. I especially like the layering that I did in the bottom corner.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Moments to Remember July Kit!

The Moments to Remember July kit is here!!!! For only $20 you can get everything you see here! Not a bad deal, huh? Stop on over to get yours, but hurry---they go quick!!!

Here are a few things I created with the kit: