Wednesday, June 21, 2017


 This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  For this design, I was inspired by a recent picture I took of my daughter and our dog.  It is very rare anymore that my daughter volunteers to smile for the camera, so I have to take advantage of any window of opportunity I'm given.  We had just returned home from taking my dog on a walk, and they both plopped down in the grass. The light was perfect, the daughter was cooperative; it was a win win situation!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Bark" collection.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I decided to dip into my photo archives for this project and feature pictures of my children playing at my cousin's house.  My cousin lives in a cabin on a river.  She has goats, dogs, kittens...You name it, the critter lives there.  When my oldest got out of the car, she asked, "Are we at a petting zoo?"  The girls fished for the first time, and played with kittens the remainder of the time.  It truly was a great day outdoors.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of patterned papers and cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "The Wild Life" collection along with "shiplap" paper from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" line. 

Monday, June 12, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff using the following sketch from a former design team I was on called "2 Broke Girls."   The theme for this project was "use warm, summer colors; reds, yellows, and oranges."  I instantly thought of all the pictures I've taken over the years of my girls gardening.  As I was going through my picture stash, this one jumped at me.  My dog was a puppy.  My oldest wasn't afraid of getting dirty.  To me, it screamed "I love summer!"  Once I found my picture, I was surfing around Pinterest for some inspiration, and came across this sketch from 2 Broke Girls.  I loved working with their sketches, and I thought this one would be perfect to showcase the picture I selected.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of patterned papers from the Simple Stories "Summer Days" collection & a sheet of "shiplap" paper from Echo Park's "Jungle Safari" line.


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  For this project, I was inspired by the semi circles on each side of the title.  The half circles reminded me of rainbows.  Once I thought "rainbows," I knew exactly what pictures and papers I wanted to use.  When my daughter was four, she decided to be a unicorn for Halloween.  While some costumes kids wear once, she wore this one over and over.  She LOVED being a unicorn.  (Who wouldn't?)  And she didn't mind me taking pictures of her wagging her unicorn tail.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection to play up the unicorn/little girl theme of the layout.

Monday, June 5, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  The circle with the triangle behind it reminded me of a moving ball.  And the past month, every weekend has involved a soccer ball.  So I decided to feature pictures of my daughter at her last soccer tournament of the year for this project.  Her team played an excellent two days of soccer, and were the champions of their age group.  It was a great way to end a fun season of club soccer. While I followed the sketch, I decided to flip it.  In addition, I added to strips of printed paper to add my own touch to this sketch. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  We are finally on summer break and I could not be happier!  I do love my job, but trying to cram a year's worth of work into nine months does a number on me.  So in honor of my first layout of the summer, I decided to feature one of my favorite summertime trips to Dataw Island, South Carolina.  My Aunt used to live there, and my girls would have a blast visiting her and all the wildlife in the area.  Technically, the area was more swamp like, but many of the critters living in and around the island would qualify as jungle creatures.  My children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the island looking for alligators, catching blue crabs.  To pull this project together, I used papers from the Echo Park "Jungle Safari" to pull the project together.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This is my latest project for Use your Stuff.  The theme for this week's challenge was "Bohemian Rhapsody."  When I think of Bohemian, I think of hippies from the 1960's.  And when I think of Hippies, I think of my daughter a few Halloween's ago.  She absolutely LOVED this costume.  She wore the boots around even when it wasn't Halloween.  And let me just say, sometimes it was a sight to behold...And that's exactly what I think of when I think of Bohemian!  To pull this project together, I used a variety of bright and cheerful Bella Blvd papers.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  It is almost Memorial Day in the USA, so I decided to do a patriotic page for this design.  This is one of my all time favorite pictures of my family.  We were in Washington DC for the first time, and my daughter was SO excited to see the Lincoln Memorial.  The photo gods shined upon us and somehow, this picture was snapped without the huge crowd of people that were flanking us on all sides.  It truly looks like we were the only ones there visiting Abraham Lincoln (and trust me, we weren't!).  To pull this project together, I used papers from Authentique's "United" line and a touch of jute for my accent bow.

Monday, May 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  When I saw the Doodlebug "Dragon Tails" paper, I knew I had to have it.  Why?  Because Vikings are our school mascot!  My daughter loves being a Viking.  She loves going to the Viking football games and playing for the Viking Volleyball team.  So for this sketch, I found a few pictures of my daughter with some of her favorite Vikings doing some of her favorite things.  I followed the sketch, however, rather than use triangles as the sketch indicated, I decided to use circles and a "Viking" theme print to accent my pictures.


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following design.  I was inspired by the stars on the sketch and decided a picture of my daughter with her favorite American Idol star would be perfect for this layout.  During the last season of American Idol, contestant Alexis Gomez was from the town right next to ours, and my daughter was her biggest fan.  My daughter was glued to every episode of the show and was in tears when Gomez had to go home.  So when we learned that Alexis Gomez was going to do a free concert in our town during the annual Spring Fling festival, my daughter was in the front row of the performance and the first in line to get her autograph afterwards.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd to highlight my daughter's favorite American Idol music star.

Monday, May 8, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  I am the hostess of this week's challenge, & decided that feathers would be a fun theme to use for a project.  I knew exactly what papers I wanted to use for the feather theme; Scrapbook Customs "Tribal" collection.  And I knew exactly what pictures as well...My hometown is the home of one of the largest conical Native American Mounds in the USA.  Not only is this park perfect for getting exercise (it is quite the workout climbing the 108 steps to the top of the Mound), but also was the home of my girls favorite playground when they were smaller.  Some of my favorite pictures that I took of my children when they were tiny were at this park.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from the collection to play up the Native American theme.

Monday, May 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  This past Easter was a beautiful day, and I was able to get a variety of pictures of my favorite egg hunters racing around my parent's back yard.  When I looked at this sketch, I thought that Doodlebug's "Spring Thing's" collection would be perfect to use to highlight my pictures.  The tags are a great size to use a variety of printed papers, but small enough that the patterns don't distract from the subject matter.  Overall, if you have printed paper but are worried about the pictures drowning in the design, this sketch is ideal to showcase your pictures and your papers!


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.   I decided that pictures of my daughter dying Easter Eggs would be perfect to feature for this project.  She is getting to that age that certain activities seem childish to her.  But much to my pleasure, she still LOVES to color Easter Eggs.  These are some of my favorites from what could be our last hurrah at egg coloring.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of Doodlebug Design papers from the "Spring Things" and the "Bunnyville" collection.

Monday, April 24, 2017


This is my latest project for "Use your Stuff" challenge blog using a sketch from Shawn Stiles Lahr for Sketches in Thyme.  When I saw that the challenge included layering paper with circles, I knew Shawn's sketch would be perfect.  Last month, my daughter had a soccer tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It was cold, windy, drizzling rain, and the threat of snow loomed all weekend.  Yet despite the awful weather, my daughter and her team did an incredible job.  The final game ended in penalty kicks.  Although her team did not win, the girls handled themselves with such grace and sportsmanship; it was an awesome, yet cold, event to witness.  Also during the weekend, I went to a place I've always heard about and wanted to visit for myself; Your Scrapbook Superstore in Sevierville, Tennessee.  It was everything I thought it would be.  I could have spent hours lost in the store, but being between soccer games, I had to be fast.  One of my finds while exploring the store were the soccer cut outs I used to anchor the pictures along with Echo Park's Soccer Collection papers.  I also used a touch of Doodlebug's Limeade Petite Prints paper along with Scrapbook Customs Chalkboard Sports "Soccer" paper in small doses to accent the pictures.

Friday, April 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following design.  We are in the heart of club volleyball season right now.  It's been a rough season, but despite the ups and downs, I have gotten a few pictures of my daughter playing that I love.  Action shots are so hard to take; I was shocked and thrilled I got the one on the right of her hitting the ball.  (Even though it did go out of bounds,  she got amazing height!)  To pull this project together, I used Simple Stories "Volleyball Collection" papers and cardstock stickers along with Moxxie's "Volleyball" collection & Scrapbook Customs "Sports Pride" collection papers.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


This is my latest project Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  I'm getting excited for summer.  Ok, that's an understatement...I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL SUMMER!  Because I'm a bit impatient, I decided to scrapbook some of my favorite pictures of our last trip to Panama City Beach, Florida to hold me over until our next trip in June.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of paper from Doodlebug Design's "Anchors Aweigh" collection

Monday, April 10, 2017


This is my latest creation for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  My daughter got her temporary license at the end of November, and whenever she hears the garage door open, she asks,
"Can I drive?"  Although the thought of her driving on her own scares me to death, overall she is doing a good job figuring out how to navigate the roads.  On Christmas Day, my brother snapped this picture of her getting ready to drive us home. I love how happy she looks; seems like yesterday she was driving her Barbie Jeep around the neighborhood, and now she's driving my Honda!  To pull this project together, I used Photo Play's "Boarding Pass" papers.  And to "drive home" the driving them, I decided to make intersecting roads to highlight the picture. 


This is my first project for my new design team "Use Your Stuff" challenge blog.  The theme for this project was "flowers, " and being the seasonal scrapbooker that I am, I decided to "spring" into this project with a spring themed page.  This warms and breaks my heart simultaneously.  My baby was five in this picture.  She wore dresses, let me do her hair, and happily allowed me to take her picture.  Now she's one month from being sixteen, prefers jeans and leggings, still has incredible hair, but does not allow me to take any pictures of her yet takes a million selfies a day.  As trite as it sounds, I literally blinked and she turned into a vivacious, sassy, fun almost adult.  On the day her Dad took this picture, she was posing in her Grandma's flower beds when the daises decided to bloom.  She was so excited to play with the vintage looking watering can.  She was Daddy's Little Girl and was more than happy to give him a huge smile during this impromptu photo shoot.  To pull this project together, I used a sketch from Bev Code, one of my design team friends and colleagues at Sketches in Thyme.  Her sketches are perfect for the busy scrapbooker; they are easy to translate and fun to design with.  Finally, the papers are from the Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby's "Ninth Street" collection.  For the "flower" element, I used shades of turquoise flowers from the Paper Studio as well.

Monday, April 3, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  A few months ago, I bought Authentique's "Fabulous" paper collection.  Originally, I wanted this kit because of the vintage dog paper included in it.  However, when I finally got the set and started going through it, I fell in love with the retro sunglasses paper.  I knew exactly the pictures I wanted to use with it; the "Sharpay" glasses girls.  A few years back for Halloween, my oldest daughter was Sharpay from High School Musical.  She bought the sunglasses to complete her costume, and my youngest would put them on when her sister wasn't looking.  I decided pics of my girls sporting fabulous eye wear would be perfect to use with my favorite paper from the "Fabulous" collection!

Saturday, April 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Last month, my niece and nephew went to the circus for the first time.  My mother, who went with them, kept sending me pictures.  Their faces were pure joy.  They got to ride an elephant, get their faces painted, and watch an entertaining show complete with trapeze artists who could not seem to catch the bar every time they tried to do a stunt.  So when I saw the "1" on the layout, I thought the first time at the circus would be the perfect subject matter for this project.  To pull this project together, I used Carta Bella's "Circus Party" collection.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


This is my latest creation for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I was inspired by the blocks featured in the sketch, but decided to do a few twists on the picture and paper placement.  I love these pictures of my oldest daughter at her dance recital.  She was an adorable black cat, & I was able to take a variety of pictures of her modeling her costume.  However, the pictures I liked best were vertical.  So I decided to modify the sketch a touch by turning the pictures a different direction.  I used various blocks of paper from the My Mind's Eye "Meow" Collection to highlight the pictures of my cute little cat. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Since this project is going live on March 15, I decided to go with a St. Patrick's Day theme for this layout.  My girls have always enjoyed St. Patrick's Day.  The "leprechaun" used to visit them and cause some minor mischief throughout the house.  And they were always willing to pose in cute St. Patrick's Day t-shirts and headbands.  To pull this project together, I used Doodlebug's "Pot O Gold" paper collection. 

Monday, March 13, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  With St. Patrick's Day around the corner and my propensity to seasonal scrapbook, I decided to go full on Irish for this layout.  My daughter is a die hard Ohio State fan.  Her best friend is a Notre Dame fan through and through.  It's been a fun rivalry for the girls especially when the teams met at the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.  Both girls sported their team colors, & were more than willing to pose for a picture (an odd occurrence anymore)...  To pull this Irish project together, I used products from the Authentique "Emerald" collection.

Monday, March 6, 2017


This is my latest project for The Memory Nest using the following sketch.  I went to my local scrapbook store in search of circus paper; I came out of the store with Moxxie's "Coffee Addict" collection.  My daughter loves coffee.  She gets it honestly; her father would have coffee dripped intravenously if he could.  I'm hooked.  Her grandmother goes to Tim Horton's so much, they immediately put on a fresh pot the minute she walks through the door.  So I decided pictures of my daughter hanging out with her friends at Starbucks would be perfect subject matter for this sketch!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  Last month was my daughter's birthday.  And it was an interesting one...My daughter has a food allergy, so she can't eat traditional cake.  So my Mom made her safe cupcakes for her birthday.  The cupcakes were sitting on my kitchen table waiting to be eaten when my older daughter came into my office and said, " many cupcakes did Mimi make?"  She had made twelve.  On my table were two cupcakes...My dog ate the other ten. The remnants were scattered on my couch.  Because we were on a tight schedule because of an indoor soccer game and no one wanted to eat a potentially dog saliva covered cupcake, I  improvised.  Come to find out, candles in a pizza work when in a birthday pinch.  (Although the candles melted from the bottom up so they were in a strange "J" shape when I took them out of the pizza).  To document this birthday classic, I used Echo Park's "Party Time" collection.  And as a side note, my Mom made my daughter another batch of safe cupcakes for when she returned from soccer.  So she did eventually get to eat birthday cupcakes. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  I'm still in Valentines day mode and fell madly in love with Doodlebug Design's Cream and Sugar line.  When the papers arrived at my house, all the sugary treats on the papers reminded me of these pictures I took of my younger daughter when she was a baby.  My daughter has food allergies.  Although she is allergic to milk and egg, this child has a massive sweet tooth.  Over the years, I have become quite the food detective and have learned a variety of ways to make baked goods that are safe for her.  I've also found all sorts of other goodies such as soy ice cream (which is all over her face in these pictures) that tastes just like super creamy regular ice cream.  I've learned to substitute applesauce for eggs when making cookies and cakes. So long story short, she eats all the junk we do, although a healthier version of it!